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Fashion, Spring

ASOS COLORFUL OFF THE SHOULDER DRESS

Last Spring (with much longer hair), I fell in love with this off the shoulder floral dress from ASOS. Well this year, they came out with a more colorful version in bright Spring colors and I just had to get it as I love the fit and style so much! I think this beautiful dress is a serious contender for my search for a wedding guest dress! It does run tight so I might not be able to eat as much ;).

On another note, looking back at last year’s post, I’m still debating whether to grow my hair out or keep it short! I also had more of side part with the longer hair. So what do y’all think, should I keep my hair short or grow it out?!

ASOS is having a SHOP MORE, SAVE MORE SALE where the more you spend, the more you save! Be sure to take advantage of this sale which ends on 3/29/2016 if you plan to buy this dress!

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Fashion, Spring

PLEATED FLORAL MAXI DRESS

With Spring and wedding season almost here, I’m starting to look for pretty dresses for various occasions. I’m a big fan of maxi dresses and this pleated pink floral maxi dress has all the right amounts of pretty! I am obsessed with the pleats and long, flutter sleeves. I just got the dress so I might alter it 1-2 inches since it didn’t come in a petite size. I still had to get it though since it was so darn pretty! I paired the dress with one of my favorite shoe trends going on right now caged heels. It’s a great alternative to your typical strappy shoe and I think it still looks classic but trendy at the same time. I’ll be on the lookout for more pretty occasion dresses so stay tuned!

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RENT THE RUNWAY

I partnered with Rent the Runway for this post to show that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to look and feel glam! If you can’t tell by now, I just love dressing up for the holidays (or really any occasion) and I don’t feel the need to spend a ton of money just to look fab. You can feel glam in a designer dress like the one I’m wearing here from Monique Lhuillier for a fraction of the price thanks to Rent the Runway’s amazing selection of designer dresses and sizes (I was able to find something for petite lil’ ol’ me). I especially love this dress because it’s not your standard classic black dress – it has a great fit and flare shape with a gorgeous train, lace trim details and a sexy v-neck back. It has that wow factor but is classy in black at the same time. It would be an amazing dress to wear to a gala or black tie event! And the best part is you can use my special code to rent any dress you want from Rent the Runway for 20% off. Just use the code INSTARTR4.

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DETAILS
Photography – Jason Huang
Dress – Monique Lhuillier c/o Rent the Runway – 20% off using code code INSTARTR4
Clutch – Old Target find similar HERE.
Statement EarringsMorning Lavender
Sunglasses – Nordstrom
Shoes – Old ASOS find similar HERE

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Here are some of my other favorite gowns for rent on Rent the Runway!

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HOLIDAY GREEN

I usually don’t wear green but I fell in love with the shape of this dress from ASOS and I thought the color was very fitting for the holidays! I especially love the shape of this beautiful dress and the dress has a fishtail mini train going on that really elongates your body, although it doesn’t make it as easy to walk. I added a gold bow belt and wore it higher on the waist to make myself look just a little taller ;). I loved finishing up the look with my favorite faux fur jacket and these new holiday bracelets from 31 Bits. If you never heard of 31 Bits before, they are a jewelry company that uses fashion and design to empower people to rise above poverty. Their beads are made from recycled paper and 99% of their materials are sourced in Eastern Africa, supporting local markets. 31 Bits are headquartered in Southern California and I love supporting small businesses with such a positive message. Plus the company is owned by women and I love supporting other #girlbosses!

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DETAILS
Photography – Jason Huang
Dress – ASOS – also comes in Oxblood!
Faux Fur JacketMorning Lavender
Clutch – Kate Spade New York – I love that it is also a crossbody!
Bracelets – 31 Bits
Gold Bow BeltGold Bow Belt
Shoes – Christian Louboutin

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BOWS & (FAUX) FUR

It may be Monday but I’m bringing the glam today because it’s never too early to start thinking about holiday dressing! I just LOVE, LOVE the holidays and one of my favorites parts is dressing up! There are a variety of styles you can wear – sequins, gowns, glitter or textures – so many that I will try to share as many as I can with you this year!

First up is a twist on the classic little black dress by Kate Spade New York. The back of this dress has an oversized bow for that surprising wow factor and extra glam. I added some classic touches – a gorgeous pearl necklace and peep of red of course :). Stay tuned for more holiday posts!

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Fashion, Spring

LACE & FAUX FUR

With October almost over (it’s crazy how time flies), I can’t help but think about the holidays right around the corner. I will be styling more dressy looks on the blog to offer some holiday outfit ideas. You may remember the stunning pink version of this lace midi dress I posted back in Spring. I originally bought the non-Petite size so it was longer than this navy one you see here. Sadly the petite navy one has sold out again but you can opt for the longer length in navy or pink. I kind of love both lengths and colors so yes I have it both versions :). This look takes a pretty, but simple lace dress and dresses it up with a great faux fur jacket, glittery heels and a crystal statement necklace. Don’t you love how accessories can just change an outfit?! Stay tuned for more holiday related posts!

P.S. The hubs and I are currently in Mexico to photograph a wedding so staring at this faux fur is making me feel even hotter.

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Fashion, Spring

ASOS OFF THE SHOULDER FLORAL DRESS

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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Fashion, Spring

LACE MIDI DRESS

Happy first day of Spring! I really love this time of the year and I can finally wear all of my favorite soft pretty colors (not that it really stops me in the Winter) and favorite dresses and rompers. I am obsessed with my new lace dress from ASOS! I was hesitant to buy it at first because it is a longer midi length than I am used to and being so petite, I was afraid the dress would overwhelm me. But when I got it, I fell in love with the pretty blush color, lace throughout and how beautifully the dress hung. I even got some compliments from the hubs which doesn’t happen that often lol. This dress is part of ASOS‘ salon collection – their luxury special occasion line. I think it’s a beautiful dress to wear for the spring or even to a special event like a wedding or prom. I also love how the dress looks like 2 pieces but is connected by a nude lining so it has that crop top-midi skirt look without showing any skin 😉 – very elegant and feminine!

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SPACE 46 BLACK TULLE MAXI

I wanna dedicate this blog post to my amazing husband! Not only does he allow me to play dress up and take fun photos like this (trust me, we are waaaay better behind the camera), but he has been the constant support behind all of my crazy, ongoing ideas. His unselfish, calm and caring demeanor allows me to be who I am and dream bigger than ever. He has been so incredibly supportive since I started this blog and my boutique. He has learned way more about fashion than he ever wanted to and is probably tired of me asking him to shoot me in “squares”. I can’t imagine life without this incredible man and I thankful to be on this journey of life and love with him!

Ok now lets talk about this stunning black tulle maxi skirt from Space 46 Boutique! You may remember last year’s Valentine’s Day post featuring a pink midi skirt from Space 46 Boutique – well I wanted to share a dressier and more classic look that year with this maxi version that I has been sitting in my closet and screaming for me to wear. This skirt is seriously magical and makes you feel so elegant and pretty instantly when you put it on. It’s the perfect skirt to wear for your very special evening out and for your truly Carrie Bradshaw-in-Paris moment.

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NYE INSPIRATION LOOK – SEQUIN MAXI SKIRT

I know it’s only Christmas Eve but I’m already thinking ahead for New Year’s Eve! I wanted to share this NYE glam inspired look with you all. I’ve been searching for a sequin maxi skirt for the longest time and when I found this one, I knew I had to curate it for Morning Lavender! It has the prettiest shade of gold and adds instant glamour and elegance to any NYE look.

I also wanted to think my hubs for shooting my this whole year – I can’t believe it’s been a year since I launched this blog! Thanks to all of my readers for your love and support! Also special thanks to Katie B for this gorgeous holiday, glittery hair and makeup!

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