blue and white stripes with SheIn

Capture

one| two| three| four| five| six

one of the most popular trends I am seeing for spring is anything with vertical blue and white stripes. all of these pretty pieces are from a site called SheIn and are under $20! my personal favorite is number four. it has all of this seasons trends in one top {off the shoulder, stripes, bell sleeves} if you have never browsed SheIn’s website I would really suggest doing so! everything is so inexpensive and I have been really happy with the items I have purchased through them. of course buying anything online {especially clothing} can be difficult, but returns are an absolute breeze! what do you think of this trend?

this weekend we are planning to just lay low since last weekend was so busy. it is supposed to be in the 50s this weekend and throughout next week! so excited to not have to wear my parka! however, I can’t put it away just yet because lets be real it could be super sunny and nice one week and frigid with a  blizzard the next. oh north dakota…

have a great weekend lovelies!

XO Lo

*this post contains affiliate links and I may be compensated. thank you for supporting the retailers that support those pretty pieces*

the lipstick that won’t budge

IMG_20170314_170004_942

if you are on any type of social media, you’ve likely heard about Lipsense! Lipsense is a kiss proof, smudge proof, water proof lipcolor. sounds too good to be true doesn’t it?  my friend Amy recently became a distributor so I decided it was time to finally try it! I picked a starter kit which includes the lip color {I chose ‘apple cider’}, gloss, and an oops remover. all three products are essential so if you’re new to Lipsense be sure to get a starter kit! in order to give you a fair review, I used my Lipsense exclusively for 10 days. its been 10 days and the verdict is in: I love it!

for the past few years I have been a big lipstick fan. I can’t even tell you how many tubes I have. some problems I have noticed with regular lipsticks is 1. they don’t last 2. the color {especially bold colors} get everywhere! all over my water bottle, coffee cup, and lets be honest…my teeth! 3. the color fades and dries out. Lipsense solves all of these problems! it stays on all day long. once applied, it literally DOES NOT MOVE. you wont see any trace of it anywhere! the color actually chemically bonds to your lips so it is going to stay nice and vibrant all day. {your lips do go through an “exfoliation” stage to get all the waxy junk off your lips from other products. after that stage though the color stays beautifully} the gloss also helps seal in the color and keeps it looking freshly applied! have I convinced you yet?

below are the colors on my wish list! I tried “praline rose” in a boutique once and really liked it. I almost bought it when I got my first color but was looking for more of an everyday color. they also have different types of gloss! this rose gloss caught my eye because of the hint of pink!

lipsense

TODAY IS THE DAY! I am hosting a Lipsense online party with Amy  from  “Amy’s Ever After Lips” I am so excited! if you have any questions about Lipsense or would like help picking out a color let me know. hope you join the fun!

{here is a facebook live video I did with more information about Lipsense!}

XO Lo

|24|

this weekend I celebrated my 24th birthday! it was such a good day spent with my husband and close friends. here is a quick recap of the weekend!

I am a firm believer that you MUST take advantage of all the free goodies on your birthday. most of the birthday freebies are from coffee shops and that is totally fine with me. we began the day at caribou {surprised? didn’t think so} and hit up two more throughout the day.

20170318_111704

{jeans, sneakers}

{iced vanilla latte at Caribou Coffee, white chocolate mocha with a pump of almond flavoring at Gloria Jeans, and a caramel macchiato at Starbucks}

andrew took me to olive garden for dinner which was delicious. chicken gnocchi soup anyone? we don’t eat out very often so it was really fun to go on a date!

20170318_220255

{tee, jeans}

we ended the night celebrating with friends over cake { which this beautiful friend of mine made and decorated} and ice cream while watching our march madness brackets die a slow and painful death. {i’m looking at you Nova….}

20170319_161835

{jacket is new from stitch fix similar here, jeans}

on sunday, my husband took me to see beauty and the beast! have you seen it? it was so good! i had very high expectations and was not disappointed. they stuck close to the original story line, the music was amazing, and emma watson was phenomenal as Belle. we really enjoyed it!

thank you so much to everyone who made my birthday so special! can’t wait to see what year 24 has in store!

XO Lo

crushin’ on |7|

Capture

one| two| three| four| five| six| seven

happy St. Patrick’s Day and, best of all, happy Friday everyone! sorry I have been a little MIA this week on the blog. I’ve been a little more active over on instagram {@thoseprettypieces} and my facebook page! {those pretty pieces} did you see my first facebook live?

I thought I’d end the week with a new crushin’ on post!

|one| this peplum top is so cute! it looks really long which is a huge perk and this olive green color is one of my favorites! it is from Target and is only $14.99!

|two| have you tried the iced cinnamon almond milk macchiato from starbucks yet? it seriously tastes like a liquefied cinnamon roll and is so good!

|three| i just got this carry on luggage from target! {the champagne color I bought is sold out} I really love it and a review will be coming soon!

|four| I picked up this springy blue color from Tj Maxx the other day but you can find it here. they sell OPI and Essie polishes for under $5! what is your favorite nail color for spring?

|five| did you know that if you sign up to be a beauty insider at Sephora you receive a free gift in your birthday month? my birthday is tomorrow and this month the gift was this tarte blush and lipstick set! this blush is called “paaarty” and is such a perfect pink.

|six| if you follow me on snapchat {lgowen} you probably know that I finally got a new phone! I had been living in the stone age with my Iphone 4s and was in desperate need of an upgrade. I was very impressed with the camera on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and decided to go with that one, in gold of course.

|seven| how cute are these rose gold sunnies? they are a steal at $12!

hope you have a great weekend lovelies!

XO Lo

blogger inspired spring looks

Showpo bright colored kimono all white outfit best smoothie in winston salem marc fisher wedges-2

source: southern curls and pearls

I’ve been following Caitlin from southern curls and pearls for quite a while now. she always wears such cute and colorful things and this kimono is no exception. you can leave it open like she has here or it can be tied in the front! adorable!

BlankNYC Moto Jacket

source: penny pincher fashion

my favorite part of this outfit is the blazer and guess where she got it?! Stitch Fix! I think the gray and dusty purple colors together are so pretty.

Capture

source: happily howards

this look is actually from spring 2016, but bomber jackets are still going to be popular this year. this is Erin from happily howards. she is totally my favorite. I would say of all the bloggers I follow she is the most budget friendly. she always looks adorable but doesn’t feel like she has to spend a million dollars on her outfits. she also blogs about relationships and strives to be an encouragement to her readers. go follow her!

Capture

source: for the love of fancy

this look is so sporty and cute. I have been loving both trends {button up skirt, and strap front tee} and think she paired them so well together!

DSC_0613

source: elle olive harper

this look may be a little bit out of your comfort zone, but I love it! from the hat, the ruffle top and her pumps it is perfection! {her shoes are valentino $$$ but there are a few similar dupes here and here} I put myself on the waitlist for the ones from Sole Society they add such a fun element to a normal nude pump.

Ruffle6

source: the lauren elizabeth

i think one of my favorite parts of this outfit is her shoes! you can find her style here but i also found these similar ones that i love! did you know she owns a jewelry business? it is called Elisabeth Ashlie and it is fabulous. be sure to take a look!

to see more pictures or purchase anything you see in these looks, use the link underneath the photo to click through to these awesome ladies’ blogs! which look is your favorite?

XO Lo

april’s fix

I am so excited to be sharing with you one of my dearest friend’s first fix from Stitch Fix! April and I met when our husbands began graduate school for physical therapy in the fall of 2015. neither of us knew anybody in our new town and were both working hard to support our families and help our husbands through school. we instantly became friends and I feel like I have known her forever. it has been such a blessing to have a friend who is in the exact same stage of life as I am and I am so thankful for her friendship. I could go on and on but basically what I’m saying is “Apes you’re the best!” now lets look at her Fix!

20170301_213832

April works as a physical therapy assistant and you will most often see her in athletic wear. these leggings and this top were perfect for her lifestyle! the leggings could have been longer {April is 5’11”} but overall it was a great athleisure look!

20170301_213045

this jacket was amazing! we both love olive green and the jacket had coral trim by the zipper that gave it some spring flare.

20170301_214242

I wish you could feel this top. it is one of the softest fabrics I have ever felt! she loved everything about it from the marled fabric, the slit on the sides, and the fact that it is slightly longer in the back than the front. it was definitely a winner!

20170301_213253

scarves are so practical for where we live because even in the spring it is quite chilly. it is a perfect piece to transition from dark winter colors to fun light spring colors!

when I asked April what she thought of her first Fix she said “this was my first Stitch Fix box ever! I was a little skeptical if they would send items I would really like and if they would be close to my budget, but man was I wrong! they sent several pieces I totally fell in love with. the best part was that it was all a little surprise waiting to be opened! overall i would give my stylist and Stitch Fixa 5 star rating and thanks to Lo for convincing me to try it

Stitch Fix offers styling for  women, men, maternity and plus size! Ready to order your first fix? click hereto get started!

XO Lo

*this post contains affiliate links and i may be compensated. thank you for supporting the retailers that support those pretty pieces*

my dream office

capture

one | two | three | four | five

I have been dreaming about an office space where I can get ready and organize my clothing and accessories for what seems like forever! up until now we have not had the space for it. soon though, Andrew will be starting his clinical rotations and will not be using his office and I have big plans to take it over!

I talked about this clothing rack in my november wish list. I just love the idea of setting out my outfits for the week! this rack would keep them organized,  wrinkle free, and save me time in the mornings.

this bookcase is perfect for storing shoes, purses, and beauty products. I got this idea from this post on hello fashion blog. I don’t have a bunch of luxury shoes like she has, but I do like how they are displayed.

this mirror is 65 inches tall! not only is it practical for getting ready, it is also a beautiful statement piece to have in any room. best part, it is currently on sale for $63.99!

I am not sure if this change will actually happen, but a girl can dream! what do you think?

XO Lo