RED LACE ROMPER

February 10th, 2016

I shared a neutral Valentine’s look and a romantic black lace skirt, and here’s my last Valentine’s inspired look with a pretty pop of red! I love the gorgeous red color and detailing of this lovely long sleeve lace romper! It’s a great, flirty date night look that’s comfortable and sexy at the same time! Hope you enjoyed all of my Valentine’s Day looks this year and whether you have plans or celebrating being single this year, it’s always fun to get a little dressed and dolled up, don’t you think?! =)

This romper is a size Small and the torso does run a bit short so it fits more like an XS, which is perfect for me! I would recommend ordering a size up!

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DETAILS
Photography – Jason Huang
Red Lace RomperMorning Lavender
Shoes – Steve Madden
Crystal Statement NecklaceMorning Lavender
Handbag – Saint Laurent. I also love this one HERE

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VALENTINE’S LACE LOOK & DIAMOND EARRING GIVEAWAY

February 3rd, 2016

Today I’m wearing my 2nd Valentine’s Day inspired look (see also my heart sleeved sweater look) and also doing a special Instagram giveaway (see details below)! By now you know how much I love lace (hence my blog name =)), so it’s no surprise I’m obsessed with lace skirts. I love this romantic, black look that shows you don’t have to wear red or pink for Valentine’s! I paired the skirt with an off the shoulder crop top to create a pretty overall fit and flare shape.

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DETAILS
Photography – Jason Huang
Black Lace SkirtMorning Lavender – size S fits me perfectly!
Off the Shoulder Crop TopMorning Lavender
Handbag – Chanel. Love this affordable version from Rebecca Minkoff
Earrings – Atheria
Shoes – Kay Unger

GIVEAWAY
I’m so happy to be hosting a special Valentine’s Instagram giveaway with a stunning new fine jewelry boutique called Atheria. To win these gorgeous 14k gold Diamond Disc Earrings seen here (valued at $400!!!), all you have to do is enter by:
(1) Following @laceandlocks AND @atheriajewelry on INSTAGRAM and,
(2) Tag 3 friends on the comments section of this photo on Instagram.

Giveaway ends Friday, 2/5/2016 at 11:59pm PST. A random winner will be chosen and announced on 2/6/2016. Giveaway prize is not redeemable for cash. Good luck everyone!

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WEARING MY HEART ON MY SLEEVE

February 1st, 2016

It’s the first of February (seriously where did January go?!) and I’m kicking off this month with a cute Valentine’s Day look from Morning Lavender. It may be highly commercialized but the girlie girl in me has always loved Valentine’s Day and any excuse to dress cute (any carry around heart shaped balloons). This look combines pretty neutrals with a lil’ pop of color from the heart elbow sleeves.

I will have more Valentine’s Day inspiration coming to you soon including a special giveaway so stay tuned!

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DETAILS
Photography – Jason Huang
Stripe SkirtMorning Lavender
Heart Sleeve SweaterMorning Lavender
Shoes – Old Joe’s find similar HERE
Sunglasses – Nordstrom
Pearl Statement NecklaceMorning Lavender

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PINK MAXI BALLGOWN SKIRT

January 20th, 2016

Greetings from Korea! It’s freezing here but it been such a wonderful experience so far! Follow me on Instagram and Snapchat (lacenlocks) if you want to see all the fun (and food) we are up too!

We shot this Valentine’s Day inspired look right before we left! If you have been following my blog, you know I love putting together date night looks (see black tulle maxi skirt and pink tulle midi skirt. I found this pink ball gown skirt and I knew it would be a perfect statement look for one of my favorite holidays! I added a crisp, white polka dot shirt to balance out the bright pink skirt. I didn’t want this look to look cheesy with such a bright color – I wanted the whole look to look effortless and classic, which I think I achieved with a classic top and minimal accessories. If you are missing the hubs in this post, he was behind the camera. But don’t worry, I have some more date night looks coming up where he will make an appearance (hopefully I can convince him again).

P.S. It was kind of windy that day so please excuse my crazy hair!

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DETAILS
Photography – Jason Huang
Skirt – Chicwish
Top – Ann Taylor
Shoes – Old find similar HERE
Sunglasses – Nordstrom
Handbag – Saint Laurent. I also love this one HERE

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SCALLOPS & PASSIONS

January 18th, 2016

When I started this blog, I wanted to share way more than just cute clothes – I wanted to share my experiences with life, love, travel and more. This year I made it my goal to blog more consistently but also to provide insight into something that is so important to me – my work. I actually find it so enjoyable that it’s hard to call it work, but rather my passion. After graduating from UCLA (I won’t tell you when but you probably have an idea with my years of work experience), I was an accountant for 7 years, been doing photography for almost 8 years (wow) and decided in 2014 to start something I really had no idea about. In 2014, I started an online women’s boutique called Morning Lavender to fulfill what I thought was a need for affordable feminine clothing (see the full story of why I started Morning Lavender here). I definitely shop a lot online but running a business online is completely different and I was met with the challenge of learning how to start a new business in a competitive market while balancing being a new wife and full time photographer. It has definitely been a huge learning experience – both professionally and personally. I still struggle with managing stress and finding that balance between work and life. I am fortunate to have an incredibly supportive (and talented) husband who has done everything from shooting our lookbooks to building furniture and setting up for our crazy pop-up shops. I am also very blessed to have built a motivated and hardworking team who is just as excited about seeing Morning Lavender grow as much as I am. It’s hard being the boss but my desire to help my team grow not only within the company, but also in their careers pushes me to be a better leader and mentor. The life of an entrepreneur is not for everyone but when you find something you are truly passionate about, I say go for it! I have tried many different career paths and pushed myself harder every time. I really believe you can achieve anything with hard work, an open mind and a true passion for what you are doing. Anyway, I hope I haven’t bored you too much with this long post today and inspired you even just a little bit! I hope to write more blog posts with career tips this year so stay tuned! Thanks for reading today!

Here’s my go-to shift dress that I think is so simple, yet so stylish and versatile. It’s perfect for the office and is so lightweight and comfortable.
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I am so excited to share that Morning Lavender was featured in both Redbook and Real Simple Magazine this month! It’s amazing to see that others love our pieces just as much as we do!

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The picture above also includes my favorite day planner from Kate Spade and stylish gold insulated water bottle from S’well which I actually use to keep my iced coffee cold all day long :).

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DETAILS
Photography – Christine Ta
Scallop Shift DressMorning Lavender
Gold Bow NecklaceMorning Lavender
Shoes – Old BCBGeneration find similar HERE.
Planner – Kate Spade
Water Bottle – S’well

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SWEATER DRESS & SCARF

January 13th, 2016

It’s definitely gotten a little colder these days in SoCal although I know it doesn’t compare to elsewhere – I mean I’m not even wearing tights in this post. But it definitely is cold enough to wear a scarf :). I started this year with curating a new collection for Morning Lavender and we put together a great set of new feminine dresses, romantic skirts and stylish, easy-to-wear pieces like this sweater dress that can also be worn as a loose top over jeans. I love versatile pieces that I really get a lot of use out of. I also really love my job and even more so, I love being able to share it with you all here!

I added some fabulous over-the-knee-boots to complete the look with some color and style. This was the first time I wore the boots and I hope they don’t sag over time – a problem I have found with over suede over-the-knee-boots. Do you have a favorite pair of over-the-knee-boots?! If so, please share in the comments section below!

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DETAILS
Photography – Christine Ta
Sweater DressMorning Lavender
Oversized SunglassesMorning Lavender
Burgundy ScarfMorning Lavender
Over-the-Knee Boots – Ivanka Trump find similar HERE.
If you wanna splurge get these Stuart Weitzman Highland Over the Knee Boots – they are definitely on wish list (hint to the hubs :))
Handbag – Louis Vuitton. You can also purchase certified pre-owned ones HERE

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FLORAL MIDI SKIRT

January 11th, 2016

Happy New Year folks! I know it’s already January 11th but it was nice to take some time off work and social media. I caught the flu around Christmas which sucked but I was lucky to spend some time with family and friends the rest of the holidays. It’s definitely my favorite time of the year and our Christmas tree is actually still up lol.

Well I’m excited to bring new posts and looks to you in 2016! I have so many personal and professional goals and I hope this year goes by a lot slower than the last! One of my professional goals is to consistently have content on the blog so if there’s anything you would like me to style or share, let me know in the comments section below! I am a very girlie girl and obsessed with feminine fashion so you will often find me in a combination of fitted tops and midi skirts (see previous posts – tulle polka dot midi skirt and denim midi skirt). I found this floral midi skirt from Chicwish and I thought the woolen fabric was perfect for this time of the year. I paired it with an old off the shoulder sweater – I’ve started the usual new year purging of my closet so I’m finding some old favorites that I forgot about! I love combining old pieces in my closet with with new items and it saves some money in the bank too :).

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DETAILS
Photography – Christine Ta
Skirt – Chicwish
Off the Shoulder Top – Old find similar HERE
Shoes – Old find similar HERE and HERE
Dainty Gold NecklaceMorning Lavender
Sunglasses – Nordstrom
Handbag – Saint Laurent. I also love this one HERE

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RED TULLE & BOWS

December 22nd, 2015

The holidays are the perfect time to wear a red tulle skirt! I found this petite friendly one from ASOS and loved the fullness of it. I did wish it had more of an underlayer and non-elastic waist (be weary of see-through-ness), but I was pleased with the fullness and the price. I went completely red by adding these new red bow pumps. I love the black bow pumps I wear all the time from ASOS and been wanting a pair of red ones and found these ones with gorgeous, big ankle bows. These bow heels were very inexpensive from SheIn and my only complaint about them is they have white velcro on the straps (which is handy for small ankles), but the velcro is kind of big so it shows a little which you can see if you look closely at my feet (don’t look too closely – I hate my veins!). But again for the price (under $32), I can’t complain and it’s the type of shoe you probably won’t wear all the time. I might try trimming the velcro…

The presents you see here were used for a DIY tutorial with my Morning Lavender team. You can see our step-by-step guide on how to do this pretty DIY gold gift wrapping and also how to wrap a tulle bow!

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DETAILS
Photography – Jason Huang
Red Tulle SkirtASOS
Coat – Chicwish
Blouse – Old H&M find similar HERE and HERE
Crystal Statement EarringsMorning Lavender
Sunglasses – Nordstrom
Red Bow PumpsSheIn – also comes in black and pink!

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MY INSTAGRAM & LAST MINUTE GIFT IDEAS

December 20th, 2015

Ahhh I can’t believe Christmas is only 4 days away! Luckily most retailers are still offering shipping just in time for Christmas and I’m not going to lie I do most of my gift shopping on Amazon and places where I know they will deliver on time! I’ve been busy myself with holiday shopping, gift wrapping and working to fulfill orders for Morning Lavender too! Being on both sides, I know how important it is to deliver packages on time!

I have compiled some recent looks from my Instagram for your shopping pleasure and in case you need some outfit inspiration:

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Red Bow Dress: Morning Lavender // Slim Christmas Tree: Target

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Skirt: H&M // Strappy Bow Heels: Nine West // Clutch: Old Target find similar box clutch

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Stripe Sweater Dress: Morning Lavender // Holiday Plaid Scarf: Morning Lavender // Over the Knee Boots: Old Sam Edelman find similar over the knee boots HERE

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Faux Fur Pink Coat: Morning Lavender // Handbag: Chanel // Over the Knee Boots: Ivanka Trump

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Toggle Coat: Old Anthropologie love these similiar toggle coats from Nordstrom HERE and HERE // Rain Boots: Hunter

And in case you need some last minute gift ideas, here are some of my favorites – all from Nordstrom because they are offering FREE DELIVERY BY CHRISTMAS EVE!!! Here are a mix of items in different price ranges:

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POLKA DOT TULLE SKIRT

December 20th, 2015

As you can probably tell by now, I love wearing tulle skirts (see previous black maxi tulle skirt and pink midi tulle skirt posts) and the holidays are no exception! I love this adorable Polka Dot Tulle Skirt from Morning Lavender because it’s so versatile and easy to wear with it’s light cream color. I love the pretty tulle layer but I also feel that the skirt is easier to wear because it is not too full. I wear the skirt a lot with different options – a cropped black top for an evening look or with a cute fitted sweater tucked in for a cozier feel. I combined it with this fitted J.Crew plaid shirt for a truly festive look and my new gold bow heels that my wonderful Morning Lavender team surprised me with (they know me so well)! It’s really a blessing to do what you love and be surrounded by people you love! I hope you like this sweet holiday look as much as I do!

P.S. Our lights stopped working right before we did this shoot! Photoshoot fail but we kept on working! Creating content is fun and a lot of work in case you are wondering ;). Now back to buying gifts!!!

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I love button down shirts from J.Crew because their tops in petite sizing fit me really well. I’m wearing a 00P here in this shirt. This top is currently 30% off with code GIFTNOW! I also love this polka dot button down (also 30% off) and I wear my J.Crew chambray shirt all the time.

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The girls searched on eBay to find these gorgeous golden bow shoes for me. I couldn’t find it anywhere on Zara’s site but here are similar gold bows shoes from Kate Spade that I love!

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DETAILS
Photography – Christine Ta
Plaid Button Down ShirtJ.Crew – currently 30% OFF with code GIFTNOW!
Polka Dot Tulle SkirtMorning Lavender
Shoes – Zara find similar HERE
Crystal Statement NecklaceMorning Lavender

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