NORDSTROM HALF YEARLY SALE!

May 20th, 2015

It’s one of my favorite times of the year! I love the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale and they have some great stuff on sale for up to 40% off! Here are some of my picks:

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WEDDING WEDNESDAYS: ASOS FLORAL DRESS

May 20th, 2015

Happy Wednesday! I can’t believe we are more than halfway through May! Time sure does fly! It’s the time of year where most of us have weddings to attend so I decided to start an installment on the blog called Wedding Wednesdays. I have photographed many weddings and have seen MANY do’s and don’ts so I decided to share some dresses/looks that I think are perfect and appropriate to wear as a wedding guest. First up is this coral floral beauty from ASOS! It has a beautiful bright color and shape! I love the layers of tulle that give it that ladylike shape. This type of dress would look great when attending a garden or outdoor wedding. It’s fun and bright without stealing too much of the bride’s thunder ;).

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DETAILS
Photography – Hanh Nguyen Photography
Dress – ASOS
Shoes – Old Steve Madden find similar HERE, HERE and HERE and designer version HERE
Clutch – Saint Laurent find larger version HERE
Sunglasses – Nordstrom

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Here are some of my other favorite options to wear to garden/outdoor summer weddings:

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MORNING LAVENDER TURNS 1!

May 19th, 2015

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Today marks a big day for Morning Lavender – we launched just a year ago and it has been a year filled with growth, excitement, fun and a whole lot of prettiness!  I wanted to share my thoughts on our first year with you all today!

I often get the question – “so why did you start Morning Lavender?”  Well it all started with photography (sorry for the long post to follow).  I started my wedding photography business over 7 years ago while I was still an accountant.  I needed a creative outlet and get exposed to weddings while helping my sister with hers.  I fell in love with the details, the dresses and more significantly – the happiness from such an important day.  While I wanted to be a wedding photographer, I also knew nothing about cameras, light, exposure, etc…  So I splurged on an SLR, read countless blogs and online tutorials, attended workshops and practiced and practiced.  2 years after I started, I was able to quit my accounting job and pursue wedding photography full time.  It was the biggest and most life changing decision I ever made.  I was of course scared to take the leap of faith but I found something I was truly passionate about and wanted to devote my time to it wholeheartedly.  That year, I also started shooting boudoir and portraits for women and from there, I learned a woman’s shape and body.  I learned how to make women look more flattering and at the same time, different women’s preferences, insecurities and vulnerabilities.  It was then that I realized I loved making women feel and look beautiful.  During this time, weddings were becoming more and more stylish.  Facebook and Pinterest made everyone want to have the most creative and beautiful weddings.  Many of my clients asked me for opinions on what to wear and I enjoyed helping them because (a) I love to shop (ask my husband) and (b( if it made my clients look and feel good, I was all up for it!  In 2013, my husband and I began planning our wedding yay!  I loved being engaged (and being married of course) but when it became time to plan our own engagement pictures, I was frustrated and lost.  After all these years of helping others, I couldn’t find anything for myself.   I ended up putting together looks I was happy with (and our photos turned out amazing thanks to our photographer) but I had bought A LOT of options and found it very time consuming and costly to find anything pretty or special enough.  I thought to myself – “why can’t one website just have everything I need?!?” And “why are there sooo many options on one website and it’s so hard to find something?!”

After the confetti settled from our wedding and we got some free time back, I started my fashion blog Lace & Locks as an outlet for my personal style and really as an excuse to shop more ;).  With our busy schedules, I don’t time to go to malls so I started online shopping quite a bit.  Well my frustrations from our engagement photos came back and I found myself spending a lot of time just finding cute things for my blog.  I even said to my husband one time “I can’t shop anymore!”  (He still holds me to that =P). After a few months of blogging and getting positive feedback from my readers, I was surprised to find people were actually interested in what I had to share about personal style.  I received many emails and comments about what I wore and many readers asked for help on finding similar looks. With my love of fashion and my love for making women feel and look beautiful, I became inspired and motivated to start my own boutique that represented my feminine style.  With my husband’s love and support, I decided to start selling just a few pieces online.  Well as my husband can tell you, I don’t really dabble in things.  I love to go full steam ahead, give it all I got and luckily I got a man on my side who is so supportive and dedicated.

On May 19, 2014 we launched our online shop with over 50 items and 1 year later, we have over 700 items online, shot 7 lookbooks and hosted 6 pop-up shops.  We learned everything about online retail – inventory management, shipping, customer service, social media, etc… – all of which we are constantly striving to get better at.  I am fortunate to have the most incredible team of gals (and husband) who are dedicated, hard working and ambitious. We also have developed a great customer base with over 10,000 followers on Instagram and even international customers from countries Australia, Belgium and Russia.  We outgrew my little garage and moved to a new office and warehouse space early this year so we could grow and expand.  Although we had many successes our first year but we also had many mistakes – which we hope to all learn from.  Owning your own business can be very stressful but I have never been so creatively challenged or fulfilled. We are extremely proud of our collection and put great effort into selecting pieces that are stylish and flattering, but also affordable for women.  I still handpick every item you see on our shop and it makes me incredibly happy to hear customers say they love our clothes and see them wear our pieces for weddings, engagements, travels and everyday life.  I love it when customers say to me “I got so many compliments on my dress!!!”  So thank you to everyone who has been a part of this fun and challenging year!  We could not have done it without any of you!  We are incredibly excited to see what this next year brings and we cannot wait to continue to bring more prettiness your way!

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And if you live in Southern California, we are having a 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY & POPUP this Thursday at Twenty Eight Restaurant & Lounger in Irvine, CA. We hope to see you there for shopping, drinks, desserts and celebrating! Click on the photo to RSVP!
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SPRING MAXI DRESS

May 12th, 2015

Now that the weather is warmer and the days are longer, you will find me in more color and more maxis! It’s no secret I love maxi dresses. I use to think I was too short to wear maxi dresses and the thought of having to alter the length in maxi dresses proved too frustrating. In recent years, I started to pay more attention to the details in maxi dresses – the differences in lengths, materials, patterns and fit. I learned that with the right maxi, you can actually look taller! I recently curated this gorgeous, colorful maxi dress for Morning Lavender and I fell in love with the bold, beautiful pattern and colors. But what I also love is how the adjustable sphagetti straps and waist tie make it easy for any gal to wear – whether you or taller, need waist definition or petite like me. The vertical stripes in the pattern also play a part in adding the illusion of height which I so desperately need ;). I loved wearing this dress this past weekend in Palm Springs – it’s the perfect maxi for the perfect time of the year!

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DETAILS
Photography – Mimi Nguyen
Maxi DressMorning Lavender
Shoes – Vince Camuto find similar HERE and HERE
Clutch – Old Tory Burch find similar HERE and HERE
White Statement NecklaceMorning Lavender
Sunglasses – Nordstrom

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Here are some of my other favorite printed maxi dresses online now!

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NAVY ROMPER

May 6th, 2015

I apologize for the lack of blog posts lately! We just got back from an amazing trip to Japan (photos coming soon) and I have been extremely busy catching up with all my work the past week! So many exciting things are happening and it’s hard to believe it is May already! These days, I like to wear a comfy romper or maxi dress when I am busy working. Rompers and maxis are the most comfortable for me – maybe because they are really adult onesies ;). This one here is one of my favorites for Spring and from my boutique, Morning Lavender. I paired it with this gorgeous lace kimono, also from Morning Lavender to dress up the look a bit. I love the detail on this kimono so much and wish I could wear it all the time!

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DETAILS
Photography – Jason Huang
Navy Denim RomperMorning Lavender
Lace KimonoMorning Lavender
Shoes – Steve Madden find similar HERE
Handbag – Louis Vuitton find certified preowned HERE
Sunglasses – Nordstrom find similar HERE

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MAY ANTHROPOLOGIE SALE

May 5th, 2015

I don’t like to miss a good sale so when I found these gorgeous pieces ON SALE at Anthropologie, I knew I had to share! There is a navy version of the adorable lace romper I wore in this blog post on SALE for almost 75% off! It’s amazing and I’m sad I spent so much the first time lol.

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PEACH & NAVY

April 12th, 2015

So lately I’ve been slightly obsessed with the color navy. I’ve been wanting a navy handbag and when I found this darling satchel with a gorgeous gold bow from Ted Baker, I just couldn’t resist! You know me and bows :). I also loved the scallop dress I wore in this blog post so much that I ordered the version with sleeves from Urban Outfitters. This one with sleeves is actually made of spandex and rayon and the sleeveless version is polyester so it’s of a thinner, more lightweight material. What do you guys think?! Do you like the version with or without sleeves?! I kind of love both lol.

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DETAILS
Photography – Jason Huang
Dress – Urban Outfitters also the sleeveless one HERE
Shoes – Old Steve Madden find designer Valentino version HERE
Handbag – Ted Baker – comes in 5 colors! Also find this cute pink clutch version from Ted Baker HERE
Sunglasses – Nordstrom

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LACE & ROMPERS

April 10th, 2015

It’s true – I love lace and I love rompers. So naturally I had to curate this sexy black romper for my boutique, Morning Lavender! When I go out at night these days (which is hardly ever), I try to be comfortable and chic at the same time! I love the sexy lace detailing on the sleeves and black and the cute ruffles on the bottom trim. I paired it with some “edgier” accessories like black booties and leopard clutch to give it more of a “night-out” look. I was super comfy all night, except for when I had to go to the restroom (you ladies who wear rompers know what I’m talking about).

Wishing everyone a great, safe weekend, especially those going to Coachella!

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DETAILS
Photography – Jason Huang
Black Lace RomperMorning Lavender
Shoes – Old Nine West find similar HERE and HERE
Clutch – J.Crew – 25% off with code SHOPNOW! Also find similar HERE
Sunglasses – Nordstrom

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SHOPBOP SALE

April 9th, 2015

Who doesn’t love a good sale?! Especially when it’s from SHOPBOP! When I see a great sale like this, I always go for the shoes and handbags! But hurry – the sale ends tonight, 4/9/2015 at 11:59pm PST. Here are some of my favorites – if you use code SPRING25 you get 25% off!

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ASOS OFF THE SHOULDER FLORAL DRESS

April 6th, 2015

Today’s confession: I’m kind of a dress hoarder. I find a super pretty dress now and I just have to buy it! I mean how times how you adored a dress but had no occasion to wear it and so you didn’t buy it and then when you finally have a reason to wear a lovely dress, you have nothing! That has happened to me so many times that finally I just started to collect gorgeous dresses. For a long time, I spent most of my day in front of the computer editing (I still do) so I really had no special occasions to wear pretty dresses. But as I got older (sigh) and got invited to weddings, showers, etc… I found the need for an amazing dress collection. And honestly I just love pretty things so having a closet full of pretty things just kind of happened (don’t tell the hubs). So today’s post is one of those dresses. Seriously – organza, floral and off the shoulder in a great fit?! What more can you ask from in this gorgeous ASOS dress. I love their petite sizing because everything fits me so well – sometimes even a little too snug. This dress is so stylish and pretty – it would be the perfect dress to wear to that summer wedding! But hurry the dress is a part of ASOS’s exclusive salon collection so they only carry a limited number of quantities in each dress.

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DETAILS
Photography – Jason Huang
Dress – ASOS. Also love this one from Stylestalker
Shoes – Old ASOS find similar from Steve Madden
Clutch – Old Nordstrom find similar HERE
Sunglasses – Nordstrom

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