Fairytale Proposal

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One week and a day ago, my life changed for the better… the man of my dreams, my boyfriend for the last four and a half years, ask me to be his wife!!!!

Here’s how it started…

In my last post I told my readers how Wayne and I were doing a road trip vacation throughout California.  First stop, San Francisco, then vineyard hopping in Napa, pit stop to see Big Sur, then a couple nights in Venice with a blog shoot in Malibu, and ending the trip in Downtown Los Angeles.

The day before my birthday, we were staying in Venice Beach, and Wayne had a work dinner the night of my birthday.  We decided that we would be celebrating my birthday the night before.  First stop of the night was a blog shoot with our friend Khan in Malibu, California.  We went to a secluded beach called Point Dume and I had three dresses I wanted to shoot in.

I was initially wearing the white off the shoulder blue floral embroidered dress, and when walking to the entry of the beach / cliff there was an entire patch of yellow wild flowers.  I figured I would save my white and yellow daisy dress for last when we climber back up the stairs from the beach.

After a few poses in the white and blue dress, we made our way down to the private beach and I changed into the pale pink off the shoulder maxi dress.  I had previously told Wayne that was my favorite dress I brought with me, and what I’d want to wear to my birthday dinner at our favorite restaurant, NOBU Malibu.

After a few different shots and posts in my floral maxi, I was told to walk toward the water, pause for a couple seconds, turn around slowly and walk back toward the camera.  I did just that and as I was walking back from the water, Wayne started walking toward me.  All I could think was, “What are you doing?? You’re in my shot!” 🙂 From there Wayne went on to tell me he had a question to ask me, that there is no where else he’d rather be than on this beautiful beach with me.  Next thing I know, Wayne is down on his knee, showing me the most beautiful, sparkly yellow gold diamond engagement ring and asking ME to be his wife!!!! I was the best day of my entire life.  Seeing how handsome (and nervous) he looked just made my heart gush!!

After a few shots of us together in my final dress, the gorgeous off the shoulder daisy dress, we drove to NOBU Malibu and we were seated right on the water, drank refreshing cocktails, and ate fresh seafood! It was the most perfect day and so glad to share it with each of you!

Dress #1 (Daisy): ASOS Daisy Embroidered Bandeau Mini Dress

Dress #2 (Floral): River Island Floral Maxi

Dress #3 (White off Shoulder): Sold out; Similar: Francesca’s Embroidered Dress  (20% Off Entire Site)

Sunnies: Marc Jacobs Aviator Sunglasses ~ Rose Gold  (20% off with code: MOM)

Wedges: Marc Fisher Adalyne (on sale!) (20% off with code: MOM)

Earrings: Old from Express; Similar: Etsy

Bracelet: Charriol Cable Bracelet

Ring: ‘Love’ Ring

Engagement Ring: Designed with Jeweler from Vincent Wu

Lipstick: Clinique Matte Lipstick ~ Suede (My absolute Fav)

Lipliner: MAC Lip Pencil ~ Whirl

Xx, Creme de Lauren (soon to be Mrs. Hudson :))

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Cali Bound!

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Hi all, Happy Easter!

So, as some of you may already know, Wayne and I have birthday’s just NINE days apart! And each year we like to do a little getaway as our “birthday presents” to one another, since traveling and experiencing new places is our favorite thing to do together!

Tonight, we’re off to San Francisco and I couldn’t be more excited! We’re headed to a nine day “Cali Roadtrip,” just Wayne and I!

We’re site seeing in San Fran, drinking vino through Napa Valley, driving down the PCH and cannot wait to see Big Sur (addicted to “Big Little Lies” with Reese!), partying with amazing friends in Venice Beach / Malibu and then finishing the trip in Downtown LA! My love for California grows each and every time I visit, now just need to convince Wayne to move!!! 🙂

I frequently get questions on what I wear on long flights, so I’ve linked my favorite travel outfit staples below!  I think when you’re traveling it’s very important to have key pieces which are comfortable, layered and still fashionable!

SweatshirtH&M Ruffle Sweatshirt ($9.99!!!!! Trust Me you with thank me!!!)

LeggingsExpress Leather Scuba Leggings (they stretch and they’re comfy, all while giving your ‘athleisure’ look some edge!)

Jacket: Blank NYC Suede Moto Jacket (I always travel with layers, because I’m ALWAYS freezing or having a heatstroke!) ALSO: 30% OFF with code: FRIENDS 

Loafers: Steve Madden Jill Loafer (best Gucci Dupe I’ve seen!!!!) I can’t find the floral embroidered online with the faux fur, I just purchased them in store at Lord & Taylor for 30% OFF! Also, L&T is having their Friends & Family sale now through Tuesday, April 18, 2017.   You get 30% almost everything, and 10% off cosmetics and fragrance with code: FRIENDS. 

Sunnies: Marc Jacobs 58mm Aviator Sunnies (30% off with code: FRIENDS)

Eye Mask: Sephora Collection Pearl Eye Mask – Perfecting & Brightening (These are heavenly, only $5, and no need to rinse afterwards. Just rub in circular motion under your eyes the remaining serum!)

Handbag: Celine Mini Luggage Black Tote (the greatest Christmas present I’ve ever received, thank you Wayne! :)) Of course you need a large tote to carry all your travel essentials!

Face Hydration: Evian mineral Water Face Spray – I love having something in my bag once I get off the flight to give my face a fresh glow! I use this throughout the day, everyday!!

See you all when I return, I’ll be posting some really good content for Spring and Summer fashion!

Xx, Creme

 

Sunday Strolls in SoHo

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Did winter come early?  It’s not even Thanksgiving and I’m already freezing!  I planned to do a mini shoot yesterday while shopping in SoHo with my little sister and I froze my butt off.

This jacket is one of my favorites, and a hand-me-down from my momma (really hoping she doesn’t want it back now!).  It’s a few years old and from Express but I’ve found a few, all on sale in similar colors below.  I’m always one for neutrals: cream, gray, tan and black coats but I just love having a few options that give me a pop of color!

Now is the perfect time to start making your shopping wishlists, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday right around the corner!  With coupons flooding the internet and Black Friday flyers being released early, you’re bound to find a deal on things top of your list!

Coat: old; Similar: 1. Eileen Fisher Merino Jacket, 2. J. Crew City Coat, 3. J. Crew Topcoat

Sweater dress: H&M Turtleneck Dress

OTK Boot: Vince Camuto Melaya OTK Boot; Similar: Marc Fisher OTK (Use Code: FEAST under $100)

Xx,

Creme de Lauren

Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween, to all my readers! This weekend, my friends and I went upstate to New Paltz, NY, to pack in as many “fall” activities you can in a weekend! The weather was absolutely perfect – a perfect crisp fall weekend and unbeatable fall foliage.

We went apple and pumpkin picking at Dubois Farms in Highland, NY before venturing off to some local vineyards.

My first outfit of the weekend was spent for apple and pumpkin picking, and I have to admit I didn’t really pack appropriately when it came to my footwear.  For some reason, I wasn’t thinking we would be walking around in dirt and mud, so I packed my suede block heeled booties; luckily, we didn’t run into too much mud!

Love the casual feel of my outfit, the long-line hooded sweater was purchased last week from, you’ll never guess where… Forever 21… for under $23!! Great find, and the long sweaters are very “in” this season, my wardrobe feels like I time hopped back to middle school with the chokers, long sweaters, flared jeans, etc.

My blockheel suede booties, were also a crazy deal, for ONLY$28 and they’re super comfy! Lulus.com has unbelievable deals on gorgeous boots!

Hat: Similar; 1. here (under $15!), 2. here, 3. here (splurge)

 

Tee: N-sale purchase; Lush Deep-V Neck Tee

Denim: Banana Republic (Old); Similar: 1. Here, 2. Here, 3. Here (Splurge) 4. Here 5. Here

Sunnies: Ray Ban Aviator

Lips: MAC Creme D’Nude

Nails: Essie “Perfectly Picked” 

I ended my fall-fun-filled weekend making my family’s recipe, homemade Apple Crisp! How did you spend your Halloween weekend?!

Xx, Creme de Lauren

Feminine & Floral

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I found the most beautiful, feminine top perfect for transitioning from summer to fall.  It showcases my favorite summer trends: off the shoulder and pale blue, while also being long sleeved, and having a feminine floral print, making it an all time favorite!

I scored this gorgeous top at a trendy boutique in Charleston, SC over Labor Day weekend. I love how well it pairs with this felt floppy hat and semi-destroyed flared jeans (which I can’t believe are back in style; my inner 16 year old is loving this)!!  I’ve included similar finds of the top herehere and here.  This top from the boutique, is nowhere to be found online, sorry readers!  The brand is L’atiste by Amy, if you’re able to find it online, please let me know!! Also, here is almost an identical print in an open back, flowy maxi dress and it’s absolutely gorgeous!!

Hat: Similar; 1. here (under $15!), 2. here, 3. here (splurge)

Jeans: Similar; 1. here, 2. here, 3. here

Booties: Steve Madden Melena (Under $60!)

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Lips: Revlon – HD Camilia

Nail Polish: Fingers – Essie Ballet Slippers, ToesOPI Lincoln Park After Dark

Happy Shopping!

Xx, Crème de Lauren

Polka Dot Print

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Polka dot print is one of my favorite emerging fall trends; it’s always so spunky and fun! I love mixing prints together to have a fearless look! You can always pair mixed prints with bold statement pieces to really make you standout in the crowd.

I could live in these polka dot pleated culottes.  They’re flattering to every figure and oh so comfortable, making it so easy to move around. I paired these amazing pants with this kimono-styled tied polka dot top.  Both pieces are from Zara and are each under $35!!

I styled this black and white ensemble with a bright red studded Rebecca Minkoff  Quilted Leather Bag and nude, strappy Steve Madden heels (similar), which are comfortable but would not recommend walking on the cobble stone streets of SoHo. 🙂

Nails: OPI – Let’s Be Friends (Gel)

Lips: Clinique 

Sunnies: Dolce & Gabbana 

What are you favorite prints to mix?

Xx, Creme de Lauren

Pretty in Palms

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I am so in love with this jumpsuit !!  I purchased about two weekends ago from Old Navy and unfortunately, it’s already sold out in regular, tall and petite but still available in plus sizes.  This jumper is so comfy, fits beautifully and I received so many compliments on the print!

Good news is, if you love this print, it is available in a flowy, cami dress that’s perfect for a summer BBQ or brunch with the girls.

Other Palm Print Pieces:Palm Print Jumpsuit – TopshopTop ShopExpress Flowy Maxi Dillard’s One Shoulder Dress,

Shoes: Rebecca Minkoff (Similar Style)

Other styles from Nordstrom under $100 that I’m obsessing over: CK Nude SnakeskinIvanka Trump Block Heel SandalDolce Vita Lace Up SandalAerin Open Toe Block Heel Sandal)

Sunnies: Dior Reflected – Pink / White.  In department stores, these sunnies are $450 +tax. I found a site called Otticanet with authentic, tax free sunglasses for a fraction of the cost. The glasses ship for free directly from Italy.  Highly recommend this site if you’re looking for authentic designer sunglasses for cheaper than the department store!

Xx, Creme de Lauren