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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Spring has Sprung!

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Happy Spring to all my readers! It certainly doesn’t feel like spring here in New York. For the first day of spring, I figured only fitting to add some floral prints and bright colors to the blog! On trend for this spring, love the midi skirt.  This Rose Print A-Line Midi Skirt from Chicwish is feminine, plus gives a striking pop of color and is great for brunch with your gal pals or a tea party inspired bridal shower! Below are some of my top picks from Chicwish and all are 20% off with code: SWE20!!! 

Some other favorite midis from Chicwish here: Calla Lovely Midi SkirtMorning Hydrangea Printed Midi Skirt and Peony Printed Midi Skirt.

Top: V-neck Sweater  (Extra 30% off with code: VIP)

Shoes:  BCBGeneration Studded Pump; similar: Jessica Simpson Studded Pump 

Coat: Old from H&M; Similar 

Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Red Studded Mini 

Ring: Gold ‘Love’

Lipstick: Saint Germain (25% OFF with code: MAC25)

Nails: Let’s Be Friends – OPI Gel (10% off with code: ENJOY10)

Happy Shopping and Happy Spring!

Xx, Creme

Stop and Smell the Roses

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Happy Tuesday readers! Countdown to Friday has already begun for me.  This past weekend I was visiting my beautiful mother in Charleston, SC.  We had a blast – dinner and drinks, shopping and exploring, I love some quality time with my momma, but boy am I exhausted from such a busy weekend.

Looking forward to a weekend of relaxation.  Here’s a sneak peak into my bedroom, where I will be planning to relax on all weekend — full of vegging, eating yummy snacks and watching countless movies!  Wayne, Mr. Prince Charming, made a special guest preview and wanted to show off his outfit too!   I’m so lucky to have someone who is so photogenic! 🙂

All details from my bedroom decor and our outfits are below — enjoy!!

XX, Creme de Lauren

My Outfit Details 

Top: Only available online in Cream, I bought the black in the store. I ordered a small, but could’ve definitely sized down to the x-small if needed, because the sleeves are a little long on me. TODAY ONLY: 10% OFF EVERYTHING with code: 0400

Jeans: Old from Zara; similar: Here 

SneakersGold Casual Sneakers (Less than $25 and now 10% off with code: 0400)

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Bedroom Details

HeadboardMurrieta Beige Upholstered Headboard (10% OFF w/ Code: SURPRISE)

RugSafavieh Handmade Moroccan Cambridge Lavender Wool Rug

Nightstand(s): Cityscape Grey Top Drawer Nightstand

Ceramic KnobsWhite Ceramic Knob w/ Blue Leaves & Rosette

ComforterLauren Ralph Lauren Lightweight Down Alternative Comforter

Throw Blanket: Old; Similar Here and Here  (Under $30!)

Throw Pillow: Similar 

Lamps: Old from Christmas Tree Shops; similar Here , Here , Here and Here – this one is cool too!

Faux Flowers: Old TJ Maxx; Similar Here

CandleVoluspa Maison Blanc Two-Wick Tin Candle in Saijo Persimmon

Wall art‘Home is Wherever I am with You’ 

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Wayne’s Outfit Details 

Shirt: Similar; Henley Shirt

Vest: Barbour ‘Lowerdale’ Trim Fit Quilted Vest

Jeans: Uniqlo Men’s Selvedge Slim Fit Jeans

BootsCole Haan Cambridge Woven Leather Chukka (Sold out – similar style: Zanzara Botticino Leather Woven Lace-Up Boot)

Eyeglasses: Persol 

 

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

Malibu Magic!

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So, many of you have asked where you can get this L’atiste Odyssey floral maxi, that I wore to Nobu Malibu, which I am head over heels about both! Everything at Nobu exceeded all expectations I had for this establishment: the food was amazing, the service was great and you truly cannot beat the view!

This dress I am wearing a small, it’s true to size (it would look a little better if my tata’s were a little larger, but hey, what can ya do?!)   It was a little long on me, but with my favorite Steve Madden Melina heeled booties, it just grazes the floor.  This dress is so perfect for fall and spring.  It wraps and leaves little to the imagination with the low plunge neckline and open slit in the front.  When I saw this at the most adorable boutique in Charleston, SC, I knew I had to have it.

Similar dress style here

Sunnies: Dolce & Gabbana 

Clutch: Similar, here, here

Necklaces: Diamond Pendant, Pearl Choker

Lips: SALE! Bonton has 10% off all cosmetics and fragrances including my favorite, Clinique Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in “Suede” SHOPPING CODE: OCTFF25F016, FREE SHIPPING CODE: FREESHIP75

Nails: Essie ‘Perfectly Picked’ (my newest favorite polish!) It’s the perfect neutral for any season!!

Xx, Creme 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

Fall(en) for Voluspa

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Fall is officially among us and it’s the perfect time to start lighting candles; it just makes a room feel cozy and warm when the weather starts to get a little chilly.

One thing, besides flowers, that I have an obsession with is candles: small tealights, three wick, floral, seasonal, even citronella for the outdoor terrace, I can’t ever get enough!!  I have a huge under-the-bed storage bin full of different candles, different scents, different brands and one of my absolute favorites that I purchase every year from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (Nsale), is the Voluspa Metallo Tin Candle sets.  There’s different collections, Maison Jardin & Maison Blanc, that are available during the Nsale — I have both and all six scents are just to die for — very lux!!

They come in beautifully decorated tins, with either florals, or vintage gold, luxury designs which feature three different scents per collection.  I have both the large, 11 oz. sizes and small, 4 oz. sizes.  These make great gifts, either as the whole kit or just one of the candles!  The hardest part is deciding which to light first since they all smell fabulous.  Another amazing aspect of purchasing these in the kit, is the price!

In Anthro or Bloomies, these 2-wick candles individually run between $16-$18, during the Nsale, they run $15. 90 for the small collection (3 mini candles) and $29.50 for the large 2-wick collection (3 large candles)!! Seriously one of my favorite purchases during the Nsale!

**SALE** One of my favorite scents, Maison Blanc “Pink Citron”, is currently on sale at Bloomies for only $9.60 — almost half off for the 2-wick candle – check it out here!!

Do any of my readers love this brand and their collections as much as me?!

Xx, Creme de Lauren

Green Glam

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This fall I am SO loving this olive green color for dresses, vests, army jackets, sweaters — it’s so in!

I found this adorable BP woven shirt dress, which is a great transition piece from summer to fall, during the much anticipated Nordstrom Anniversary sale.  I’m so excited to finally make it’s long over due debut on crème! With the weather getting a little cooler this weekend, I would pair this with some tan booties and a leather jacket; perfect solution from day to night dress.

I paired this little number with Steve Madden Lace Up Nude Suede Sandals Heels, which are surprisingly very comfy and I walked all around Soho for this shoot (also shot by photographer and friend, Jason Mize).

Dress; Similar: here

Heels; Similar: herehere, here, here

Sunnies: Prada

Who else is excited to add fall fashion pieces to their wardrobes?!

Xx, Crème de Lauren

Whimsical in White

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A few weeks ago, I did a mini fashion shoot with my friend, Jason Mize, who I mentioned in my last post! This was one of my favorite looks he did and I absolutely love the shot of Wayne and I.

This dress is A-MAZ-ing and the background just makes this photo – gotta love Lower East Side, for their eclectic artwork! I can’t find it on Lulus anymore unfortunately, but it is absolutely gorgeous, with the hand detailed white flowers, mesh netting and love the sexiness of the fit.  I paired the look with my favorite rose gold Dior Reflected sunniessuede pale pink block heels and ‘Saint Germain’ lips.

Love this dress for date night or it’s perfect for a bridal shower or rehearsal dinner!

Other similar looks on Lulus that I love: here, here, here

Xx, Creme de Lauren

So long sweet summer!

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I cannot believe Summer 2016 has come and gone.  Where did the time go??  Anyone who knows me, knows summer is my favorite season! It’s always sunny, everyone is happy, there’s always something fun going on outside – whether it’s happy hour, dinner on our terrace, long walks in the neighborhood or weekends at the beach!

I think we can all agree that this summers hottest looks and trends included anything white, striped, lace, pale blue and off-the-shoulder.  I think it’s safe to say, I have a thing for the off-the-shoulder look and hope to continue it throughout the fall, it’s just too cute!

Above is one of my favorite summer looks shot by photographer and friend, Jason Mize. Check out his blog here.  He specializes in Weddings, Couples and Lifestyle.  I met Jason, through my friend while he was shooting her magical wedding. He’s truly talented and does amazing work!

Dress: 1. here (similar: 2. here (under $13!), 3. here, 4. here (sale!))

Love these floral pumps, they’re so beautiful and really pop when you add them with a solid colored outfit.  I love the variety of colors, which allows you to pair with so many different outfits.  These can truly dress up any look!

Floral Pumps: old; (similar: 1. & 2. here (perfect for fall and winter!), 3. here, 4. here )

Sunnies: Dior Reflected

Lips: M·A·C ‘Saint Germain’

Nails: Essie ‘Ballet Slippers’

Hoping everyone had a wonderful, exciting summer! Looking forward to fall fashion.

Xx, Creme de Lauren