Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Bloggers Give Back ($200 PayPal Giveaway!)

Hello lovelies!!


So I have joined forces with other bloggers to bring you all an awesome giveaway! I'm sure we could all use some extra cash and this time we're giving you a chance to win $200 in PayPal cash! Do you know what I could do with $200?! (dreams of running into H&M and going crazy) Anywho, this isn't for me, it's for you all!

Here's a list of the lovely bloggers that I collaborated with:

This giveaway was spearheaded by the beautiful Dani Faust of Ok, Dani  so be sure to check out her awesome blog! (plus, she's a mama to some beautiful babies; BONUS!)

Complete the Rafflecopter below! The more entries you complete, the better your chances are of snagging 200 bucks, honey! Once completed, repost the giveaway image (found on my Instagram and Facebook pages) and use the hashtag #BloggersGiveBack Good luck!! 





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Toodles!

Lauren K 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Bare Face Campaign: Reflection

Hello lovelies!!


So, I am happy to say that I have completed my Bare Face Campaign! Ok, well to be honest, the campaign began on the 5th of June, so the real end date would be the 4th of July but I decided to end it a little sooner due to my style challenge (which starts today).

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Hugged by Lo

Hello lovelies!


So I am bringing you two more stories! Hope you all enjoy and, remember, you guys can comment and give your input as well! Also, if you want to be "Hugged by Lo" you can send your story to @richkiddiaries@gmail.com

QUESTION

Brandy asks:

Hey Lauren,

I wanted to vent about my pregnancy and stress. Hopefully I will be able to be hugged by lo :)
So I'm 23 weeks pregnant, I work full time at a new job. At first it wasn't stressful, but now people are quitting left and right. I go to the dr a lot because my pregnancy is high risk from me having hypertension already. My bf's mom believes that I'm ungrateful because I don't smile all the time. She came over one evening after I had been out all day. Instead of keeping the visit short, the whole family stayed for like forever. I was already irritated too. Grrrr!!! Hell I didn't smile all the time before, didn't mean I wasn't happy. I really need a hug and a belly rub because everyone around me is nuts!


RESPONSE

Hi, Brandy! Congratulations on your pregnancy! (once again :)) So glad you reached out and got to vent. Sometimes (read most times) we need to vent just so that we don't implode. Pregnancy should be a time where we as women feel our most beautiful. Instead, it's the time where our hormones are going haywire and sometimes we don't know whether we want to cry, sleep, or laugh hysterically. Working full time while pregnant can be very demanding on the body; especially one that is cultivating a human being. You mentioned that you visit the doctor a lot because of previous health issues and. as you already know, it is very important to maintain a healthy diet. When women find out they're pregnant, it's like an alert goes off saying we can now stuff whatever food we'd like in our mouths! Not. True. But, I'll save my lecture for another day; don't want to add to your stress :) Honestly though, if you eat well, you will find that you are energized and in a better mood overall. As far as your family (or boyfriend's family) goes, it is sometimes hard for others to understand what we're going through internally. Maybe you need to have a talk with your boyfriend's mother and let her know that you are feeling stressed out; she may be understanding (hopefully). When we're pregnant, we need all the support we can get. Pregnancy can be an emotional rollercoaster and it's best that those around you understand that and give you your space. I know it can be difficult, but just try and take a deep breath, exhale, and calm down. If that doesn't work, get outside; take a breather so that you can clear your mind. Also, sometimes it helped for me to think about my little bundle of joy all nestled in my tummy; almost immediately, a smile would spread across my face. In the meantime, I am giving you a huge hug AND a belly rub! Love you, Brandy! XOXO


QUESTION

Asia asks:

Hi Lauren,

I am really excited about this section of your blog. Mainly because I always have too much going on in my head. Let the Lol...
I am attempting to move to New York. I've been attempting this move for two months now. It seems as though nothing is working out. I know you are probably wondering why I would want to go to NY without any savings or a clear concise plan. Primarily because It takes forever for me to make a decision. And just when I make a decision, I can't stick to it because everything you can imagine starts happening. My original plan was to move to New York and transfer from my job at Saks to the Saks in NY but that didn't workout. You know what they say... "you wanna make God laugh, tell him your plans" Whats a girl to do? Can't a girl just go to New York, get an amazing job, and live happily ever after? Help!


RESPONSE

Hello Asia! So glad you reached out! So, I have a similar story to tell. In 2008, after being out of school for four years, I decided (rashly) that I wanted to attend Florida A&M University, at the ripe old age of twenty-two. I had no plan, no financial aid, didn't know where I was living until the last minute, BUT I was dead-set on going. My family did not support me in this endeavor, which deeply hurt at the time, because I had no financial backing. To be honest, I was going on a hope and a prayer. Well, I went to FAMU despite my family's wishes and I enjoyed those three months (ha!). While I was loving the atmosphere and the new friends I was making, the time was approaching where I needed to figure out how I was going to pay for all of this. Most times, I was broke as hell, begging for folks to send me money and I was miserable inside. When my friends began to nestle in and discuss courses they were taking next semester, it hit me hard realizing that my "college days" were coming to an abrupt halt. While, I certainly don't regret attending FAMU, I do hate the fact that I wasn't smarter about how I got there. I wasn't thinking long term, at all. I am a very impulsive person and I don't tend to think about tomorrow, only today. God had a better plan for me though. I came back home, met my boyfriend in 2009, had two beautiful children, and continued my education in Chicago. While I do miss FAMU and wish that I could have finished, I know that wasn't my path. 

After saying all that, I want you to really sit down and evaluate things. Is it the best decision to hop up and just go to New York, just to potentially struggle? Or is it better to wait until you have saved enough money and you have secured a job there? Surely, I am not saying it is impossible to make it on a dollar and a dime. We hear stories everyday about how someone embarked on a new journey with little to nothing, and they made it work; often becoming successful. Also, I want you to think about what you will have to lose. When I left for FAMU, I had no children and no boyfriend; no real responsibility. Therefore, I felt as though it was a risk worth taking. Again, that is my personality, I am a risk taker for I believe it is the best way to live. I know that can sound somewhat contradictory, but if I have weighed my options and thought about what I've had to lose, then I take the risk after heavy evaluation. You only live once (YOLO), make it an interesting journey. If you have taken time and sat down to weigh the pros and the cons, and you find that the pros outweigh those damn cons, then take your ass to New York and live it up! You are young, ambitious, free, and a dreamer. You have to do these things while you have the chance. 

I truly wish you the best and I am here to support you whatever choice you make. I'm giving you a really tight hug and a slap on the butt! Love you, Asia XOXO

Disclaimer:
I must state once again that I am NOT a professional counselor or an expert in this field. I am just a person who would like to give general advice and words of encouragement to those who seek it. If professional help is needed, please contact the appropriate national help lines. If I feel that your story is one that needs professional help, I will suggest that you reach out to a help line and provide you with the appropriate contact information. Also, I am one person, so if submissions become overwhelming, please excuse me if it takes a while to post your story and a response.


Lauren K

Friday, June 27, 2014

Rich Kid Style Challenge (July)

Hello lovelies!

So, I'm always seeing these photo challenges on Instagram and they seem like so much fun. Then, I recently saw a style challenge created by Chandra of MoMoMod (More Modern Modesty, please check out her fashion blog; she's amazing!) and I got inspired to create one myself! It's funny that the thought to create a style challenge never occurred to me. Instead, I would always wait until I saw one and join in. Well, life is all about grabbing the reins right?! It took me quite a while to create this because, as I stated, I had never done anything like this before. I'm pretty pleased with the outcome and can't wait for day one!


So, I think you all aware that I have been running a Bare Face Campaign where I challenged myself, and others, to 30 days without makeup. I decided to stop the campaign a few days short (26 instead of 30) so that it will end on June 30th. So, it was only right that I started the style challenge off with my favorite lipstick hue: RED. I cannot wait to be able to wear my red lipstick again!

For the third day of the challenge, I chose Monochromatic. Meaning you must wear a look that features the same color palette. This can include an outfit made up of different shades of blue, black, white, etc.

For the fourth day of the challenge, I obviously chose Patriotic in celebration of Independence Day. While you do not have to be outfitted from head to toe in red, white, and blue, I would like for you to incorporate those colors.

For the 23rd day, I chose Braid which can be interpreted differently. It can be a braid in your hair or a braided piece of clothing (belt, bracelet, etc.)

The whole idea is to be creative; don't take the challenge too literally. Most of all, have fun with it! Don't let the challenge become a chore. If you feel as though you can't think of something that fits in with the theme of the day, don't worry yourself about it. There's always tomorrow :)

Rules: simply post the photo at the beginning of the challenge and use the hashtag #richkidstylechallenge and tag me in the photo (the photo will be on my Instagram) on the first day. After that, post your photos that match the theme of the day and always remember to use the hashtag. That way, I can see your awesome photos!

Hope you all enjoy! Toodles!

Lauren K

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hugged by Lo (First Series)

Hello lovelies!


So, as you all may know, I have started a new feature called Hugged by Lo (click on the link to read more about it). I have decided to feature a maximum of five (5) stories/questions that readers want to share, once a week. Today is the first day of the series and I have a few questions/stories to share with you all, thanks to my awesome readers! Also, feel free to comment below on any of the responses/questions. I won't be able to think of everything ;)



QUESTION

Hannah asks:

Hey there!
Congratulations on such a beautiful family. Can you please explain how in the blue hell you stayed so fine? Seriously.
I know you are pro breastfeeding but is that just it? So
1) do you have to eat anything in particular to keep milk flow and supply?
2) did you alter your diet?
3) are you working out? If so how?
4) in ref to the above what is your usual daily schedule? Breakfast,pump, run?


RESPONSE

Hello, Hannah! I must first say thank you so much for the kind words!! In regards to how I "stayed so fine" lol, I would attribute my weight loss to the fact that I breastfeed. I wish that I could say I followed some strict diet and that I woke up and did a 45-minute workout every morning, but I can't. When I had my first son, who is now three years old, I was overweight (197 pounds) pre-pregnancy, and I went up to 231 pounds by the end of my pregnancy. I was never a really small girl (thanks boobs) but I knew that I had hit my heftiest weight and I didn't like the way I felt. After having my first son, I almost immediately got back down to my pre-pregnancy weight with no effort. But, I knew I wanted to lose more weight. It honestly took me a few months to get into gear, but in addition to breastfeeding, I began to go for really long walks, everyday. I walked for at least four miles around my neighborhood. I began to see the weight just peel away. I thought to myself that if I changed my diet as well, I would see even better results; so, I changed my eating habits. I began my diet (lifestyle change) by only drinking water, eating six small meals a day (three meals, three small snacks in between) and I ate every three hours. When I was only walking and not eating well, I lost twenty pounds. When I changed my eating habits, I lost an additional twenty pounds. I tried my best not to eat sweets and I also tried to stop eating after a certain hour; if I got hungry, I would eat an apple. I felt amazing in my new body! My breasts had gone down about three cup sizes and I could now shop in almost any store and be able to fit most, if not all, of the clothes. Then, I got pregnant again, less than a year after my weight loss. I was scared, honestly, because while others told me I would "snap back" I wasn't so sure. Well, I had my second son six months ago, and I did indeed pretty much "snap back". I still drink only water (other things are just too sweet for my taste, now) and I breastfeed. The reason why I keep mentioning breastfeeding is because it is scientifically proven that breastfeeding is not only beneficial for your baby, but it is beneficial to the mother as well. It helps your uterus contract so that it shrinks after having your baby and it also burns calories. It is said that a baby who is exclusively breastfed consumes 300-500 calories. How awesome is that?! I honestly have not gotten back into eating well, I've tried it and I just can't keep it up. What helped me the first time was using a calorie counting app called MyFitnessPal. It held me responsible for the calories I consumed and after a while, I began to memorize how many calories were in different foods. I am currently less than ten pounds away from my pre-pregnancy weight and being that I have yet to work out or change my eating habits, I'm pretty damn pleased. I hope to begin eating well again, because more than just being a certain size, I want to be healthy. Thank you for your question and I hope this helped! I also want to leave you with a big ol' hug! Love you, Hannah!

Oh, and to answer the question about taking anything to increase my milk supply, I do not. Thankfully, I have not had any problems producing milk. Also, when I was eating well, I made a lot of substitutions; mashed up avocado in place of mayonnaise, no yolk in my eggs, salsa on my sandwiches instead of mayonnaise, as well, using lettuce in place of bread, sometimes. For some, eating their favorite things in moderation works for them, but it didn't for me. If I have a piece of chocolate, I'm gonna want the whole damn bar. So, for me I had to choose healthier options that were just as yummy, if not yummi-er. 


QUESTION

Anonymous asks:

Can you give tips on how a woman can rebuild herself after an abusive relationship? I've had people ask me how it is that after an abusive marriage, I've managed to maintain such a positive outlook on life and overcome circumstances.


RESPONSE

 Well, let me start by saying that I commend you for staying strong and overcoming your situation. Although, I was never in a long term abusive relationship, I have been in a very toxic relationship where abuse has occurred. I was dating someone for about seven months and I have to admit that early on I saw signs of anger issues. There were times where he would get so angry over the most trivial things. Case and point: I accident broke his oscillating fan and he proceeded to snatch the cord out of the outlet and angrily drag the fan down the hallway while mumbling curse words. While I thought his behavior was odd, I didn't make a point of it. Little things like this happened from time to time. I remember another time where I got upset at him and left his apartment and started walking. He pulled up in his car next to me and was shouting at me. I remember telling my cousin about the incident and how I could tell he had a temper; it was a bit unsettling. Then, on my birthday, something in him snapped. I can't quite remember what set him off (honestly, I could've chewed my gum and he would've gone off) but I had come back from seeing a friend and we started arguing. When I feel nervous, I tend to laugh, especially during times where laughter is not appropriate. Well, my laughter pissed him off, because he was having a serious moment, and next thing I know he had me pinned down on the bed, with his hands around my neck. Now, this man had roommates, and they were home at the time. The fact that he was "hemming me up" with other people present. scared the shit out of me. I could not believe this was happening to me. All of the women in my family were victims of abuse (some still are) and I swore to myself that I would never stand for that. I stormed out of the apartment, crying, and yelled at him out of disbelief and anger. I went on to enjoy my birthday like nothing ever happened. After that occurrence, I tried to ignore him; in my mind, it was over. Well, after he called me like crazy and said he wanted to meet up with me, I complied, like a fool. I met up with him, everything seemed okay, and we were back together. Things went okay after that but I was honestly always on edge. I, unfortunately, got pregnant a couple of months later and ended up having a miscarriage (a blessing in disguise). The final straw was when he went through my phone one night and found a friend's number (a male, of course). He proceeded to call the friend and when the friend answered, he lost it. He snapped my phone in half and threw it, I wore prescription glasses and he snatched those off as well and broke them in half. So, now I couldn't see and I couldn't call anyone. I was scared as hell! I knew he owned a gun and I saw him motion above his head (we were in the basement) and I was afraid he was going to pull that out; thankfully, that didn't happen. He kicked me out (it was about 2 am), I had no car, and I lived about a mile from his house; I was helpless. I left with one shoe (too scared to search for the other), no glasses, and no phone. I got about a block away and next thing I knew, he was in his car, right next to me. He wanted me to get in the car, I said no and we got loud. He got out of the car, grabbed my purse and hurled it on top of the neighborhood school. Fuck. Someone had called the police because we were so loud. I was extremely thankful because by that time, he had gone back in the house, and the police gave me a ride home. Needless to say, I was truly done with him this time. Plus, my family wasn't allowing anything different. They all wanted to kill him, understandably. That was by far the worst situation I have ever been in and I was so afraid to run into him anywhere. Luckily, he left me alone, so that made it much easier for me to move on.

After the relationship, I pretty much dated casually, never committing (this guy was my first EVERYTHING). It wasn't until 2009 that I began dating someone seriously (who is now the father of my two children). In the beginning, I was a little paranoid. There were times where I found myself feeling afraid for no reason. For some reason, the thought of a gun would haunt me. But, I soon let go of those fears. I believe being open about what I went through helped me. I had the support of my family and the few friends who knew. While I didn't go around sharing it with the world, I was definitely open to sharing if need be. 

To overcome abuse:
  • I believe a woman needs to know her worth; that she is indeed better than that and doesn't deserve to be abused. Women, too often, blame themselves; well, if I would've just kept my mouth shut or I shouldn't have put my finger in his face etc. We must know that no one deserves to be abused; EVER.
  • It helps to know that you are not alone and that you should never feel ashamed about being abused. It is so easy for someone to say what they would do if they were abused, but it's always a different story when it actually happens. 
  • As I stated above, talk about it. We are creatures who need to communicate and need the help of others. 5 times out of 10, the person you are sharing your story with has gone through something similar. 
  • Talk to God. I am not the most religious being, but I do have conversations with my God. Sometimes we need to dig deep and reach out to the most powerful being for comfort. 
  • This ties in with the previous tip and that is to pray for healing and strength. 
  • You must make the choice to be better than your situation and not let what you've been through, define you. People have been through a lot of rough situations and if everyone dwelled on them and let those situations take over their lives, everyone would be miserable.  Instead, let what happened make you stronger; learn from your experience
  • Always remain positive. You receive what you put out to the universe. 
I must also note that it is essential to pay attention to signs of  a potentially abusive person. As I mentioned in my story, there were quite a few signs that let me know that I was with an abusive person. I , in my naivete, chose to ignore them. Always know that people will show you who they are; believe them. This dude showed me his crazy several times and I just thought isn't that odd? instead of running like hell. 

We also like to think of just physical abuse when abuse is mentioned, but often we forget about the other forms of abuse that are just as harmful. Sure, he can break your nose, but a man can also break your spirit with his caustic words. Constantly being called bitch, fat ass, whore, etc. can make anyone begin to believe they are the names they are being called. I always say go with your gut feeling; it's usually right. 

I'm sure I've left some tips out. But I hope I have helped in any way I can. I'm giving you a really big hug! Love you and thanks for sharing! 


Disclaimer:

I must state once again that I am NOT a professional counselor or an expert in this field. I am just a person who would like to give general advice and words of encouragement to those who seek it. If professional help is needed, please contact the appropriate national help lines. If I feel that your story is one that needs professional help, I will suggest that you reach out to a help line and provide you with the appropriate contact information. Also, I am one person, so if submissions become overwhelming, please excuse me if it takes a while to post your story and a response.
 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Track Shorts

Hello lovelies!!

So, I have thought long and hard about posting this outfit. I actually wore this about a month ago and when I put the outfit on I thought I was too fine. But, when I saw the pictures I immediately hated them. I wasn't feeling my choice of a blouse; it looked too heavy and blousy for the shorts.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Canadian Tuxedo

Hello lovelies!

So, it has been a long time since I have been able to fit this denim shirt. Once I hit four months in my pregnancy, it was a WRAP; no more wearing my favorite shirt. I think we all know how versatile denim shirts can be. Can't think of how to style that skirt or those printed pants? Chances are a denim shirt is your best bet. Needless to say, I was deeply saddened when I found that I could no longer wear it without looking like if I breathed too hard it would burst open. After having my youngest son, the shirt would not even close! Still, I kept the shirt in my closet because I knew that I would one day be able to wear it again.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Neutrals

Hello lovelies!

So, I have to admit, I wasn't super motivated to do any outfit posts during my Bare Face Campaign because even though I liked going without makeup, I still felt incomplete when it came to "dressing up". I knew that wasn't fair to you guys and also it was a bit ridiculous to feel that way. So, I pushed through and took some photos.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Hugged by Lo

Hello lovelies!



I know it has been a while since I have posted an outfit of the day. I promise to have one up by the end of this week. But, in the meantime, I have decided to start a new page called Hugged by Lo. Basically, the page will work much like an advice column as well as a place to just share your thoughts. You can read more about the page and how it will work by clicking here. I can't wait to read your stories and offer my advice! I will be covering everything from fashion, motherhood, relationships, cooking, exercising, to anything else you may want to talk about! I must stress that this is just general advice as I am NOT a professional counselor and I do not hold a degree in that area. But, with that being said, I will do my best to be there for you, listen to you, and to give you best advice on the matter at hand. I can't wait to get started!! Love you guys! Toodles!



Lauren K

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Bare Face Campaign

Hello lovelies!


Today, I am getting extremely personal with you all. It took me a very long time to get to the place where I could talk openly about my skin issues and I am being very candid. Ever since I can remember, I have struggled, in every sense of the word, with my acne. I was plagued by my skin that continued to betray me. Sure, I was a pretty girl, but my marks made me think otherwise and often got me teased. I was very ashamed of my face and tried everything in the book in an attempt make my skin better.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Bright Days (Giveaway Winner Announcement!)

Hello lovelies!

So, I decided to wear my yellow skirt that I actually bought from GabiFresh's closet sale. I can not say enough that I am not a skirt kind of gal, but I really loved this one. Even though I knew I loved the skirt, I had a hard time figuring out what to wear with it. To be honest, this look kind of "came together". I remixed my striped shirt (previously seen here) and tucked it in, added my favorite green flats from JustFab and added my favorite fedora.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Mixed Metals

Hello lovelies!!

So, it decided to cool off a wee bit here (if 79 degrees is considered cool lol) and I was eager to throw on my boots for the last time in a long while. I was recently gifted this awesome sweater dress from PRSVR and I love it! I don't really wear red much (this is the only red piece in my closet)but I was excited to step out of my comfort zone with this item. Truthfully, it is a bit too short on me to wear as a dress so I decided to throw on some shorts just for added comfort.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Spotted Stripes

Hello lovelies!

I decided to keep it pretty casual today but still be cute. This leopard top is actually a dress I recently got from H&M (duh) but I decided to tuck it in and wear it a different way. I love the idea of mixing prints and I just knew this black and white striped pencil skirt would look perfect with the leopard spots. I threw on my denim jacket, for a more dressed down effect, and added my black sandals. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Cool Blue

Hello lovelies!!

I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! I know I did!! So, I have to say, I don't usually do shorts (I may have stated this before) because honestly they tend to make me feel like a twelve-year old. I took a cue from a few other bloggers and decided to step away from the common denim shorts and look for some dressier ones. I was so happy when I found these beautiful, watercolor shorts. They were the perfect mix of casual, yet could be dressy when heels were added.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

My Second Blog Birthday! (Giveaway) CLOSED

Hello lovelies!

I am so excited!!! I know I always say that, but this time I truly am. My blog has reached the two year mark (actually the date was May 21st) and I am elated (as if you needed me to say it again). Although I have been somewhat (ok, very) off and on with my blog, I am very happy with where it is today and I plan on taking my blog to new heights!

It has been so awesome for me to be able to share my looks of the day with you and share my quirky thoughts. I am so thankful for all of you wonderful readers; for your comments, your subscriptions, your overall show of support. It means the world to me and not only do I have this blog as a source of happiness for myself, I do it for you all, too. I was inspired by many bloggers, whom I've mentioned before, and it would be dream to be an inspiration to someone else out there.

It took me a long time to become secure in my body, and I still have more self-embracing to do (is that even a word?). By sharing my outfits with you all, I feel like we have formed a bond and I truly look forward to your comments every time. So, once again, thank you!

To thank you all further, I will be doing a collaboration with Brionne Warner of BriChic Boutique to do a giveaway! You can enter for a chance to win a custom signature necklace from her boutique for free! Do you guys remember when I sported my custom, handwritten signature necklace?? I honestly can't stop wearing it! There is no way a personalized necklace could be more personal!

Also, in celebration of my blog's birthday, I decided to do a shoot with my dear friend, Jeremy, who is a wonderfully talented photographer! I had so much fun taking these pictures, I do hope you all enjoy. More pictures from the shoot may appear here on the blog; we took so many!











Specs|| Tee: Target|| Necklace: Target|| Skirt: Ebay|| Shoes: Zara



Click the link below to enter my giveaway!! Contest ends June 5, 2014 11:59 PM PST; US residents only)  CLOSED
BriChic Signature Necklace giveaway

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

PRSVR No Limit Tank Three Ways

Hello lovelies!!

I am so excited to write this post today! I was lucky enough to collaborate with premium leather company, PRSVR. They let me style their ever popular No Limit Tank ($348) and I chose to style it three different ways. Can I tell you how much I love this freaking top?! First of all, I have to admit I was a bit afraid of wearing leather in the summer, but when I slipped this baby on it felt so lightweight and breathable. The top is lined in their signature pink silk, allowing your body to remain cool while you look hawt! Available in red, navy, and of course, black, this piece is extremely versatile. I promise you, you will find yourself looking for different ways to wear it because you'll love it so much. The best part is that the sleeves zip off with ease and the side features gold zippers that allows you to achieve different looks by leaving them zipped or unzipped.

A little background on PRSVR (which is short for the french word Perseverer). The company is run by the cutest couple, Margaret and Brandon Williamson, and they offer top quality leather products for the urban, chic crowd. They began the company a few years ago and it has taken off. Celebrities such as Teyana Taylor, LaLa Anthony, and Chris Brown have been spotted in their luxury leather items.
 "Persévérer, or PRSVR, is an elevated lifestyle brand created for "culture curators", those people who follow their passion with style, determination, and perseverance."

They offer a wide range of products that are versatile and extremely stylish. What I love about their products is that they're all offered for him and her; meaning if they have it in men's and women's. From leather bomber jackets to men's shorts to ladies crop tops, they have it all. They're even starting a children's line that is to die for!(check out my Instagram to see how my son rocked their red leather top) PRSVR has also just launched their premium cotton line that features affordable, stylish pieces as well.

And the best part of this post is the fact that the owners were sweet enough to offer my lovely readers 30% off any item using the code RICHKID (offer expires May 31, 2014)

How awesome is that?! Now you can be fly too ;)
No Limit Tank
No Limit Tank (Navy, $348)

75 or Better (white)
75 or Better Shorts ($98)
Womens Crewneck (Black)
Women's Crewneck ($98)
Cropped Premium Raglan
Cropped Premium Raglan ($348)





When styling this piece, I knew that I wanted to show how versatile it was. Yes, it costs a pretty penny, but as you can imagine from these photos, you are getting bang for your buck. For the first look, Date Night, I just went with a simple look by adding their leather leggings (no longer available) and I chose to break up the black by wearing my fave nude shoes.


 For my second look, Lunch Date, I chose to remove the sleeves (yes, they remove!!) by unzipping them and layering a crisp white button down underneath. I slipped on my favorite jeans and wore my newly acquired Zara clutch and voila! I had a totally new look that could take me from the office (maybe Jeans Friday?) to a sipping cocktails after work.




Specs|| Tank: PRSVR || Jeans:  H&M|| Clutch & Heels: Zara|| Necklace: Windsor


For the third look, Out with the Girls, I chose to go with an all black look, even down to the lips. I paired the tank with my faux leather shorts and my favorite wedge knee high boots. I felt super sexy in this look. I thought my large chain link earrings would be the perfect edginess I needed.


Specs|| Tank: PRSVR|| Shorts: H&M|| Boots: Steve Madden|| Earrings: c/o Bri Chic Boutique|| Ring/Bracelet: Claires

Info for PRSVR:

Store location: 818 West 18th Street, Chicago, IL
Hours: 12 pm- 8pm
Phone: 855-BY-PRSVR

Instagram: @PRSVR
Twitter: @PRSVR
Facebook: PRSVR

Be sure to check them out and step up your fly!

Which look was your favorite? Let me know in the comments below :) Toodles!

Lauren K


Friday, May 16, 2014

Blush Blazer and Leather Pants

Hello ladies!

It's been pretty crappy and cold here lately, but I'm actually pretty happy because the weather allows me to wear my blazers just a little bit longer. As much as I love blazers, you'd think I'd have a closet full of them (I'm working on that). Instead, I have a few that I always end up grabbing to complete my outfits.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

ModCloth's Uniquely You Campaign

Hello lovelies!

When I was asked by ModCloth to be a part of their Uniquely You Campaign, I jumped at the chance! To be honest, I've heard of the company before, but I had never really perused their site. I was given an item to build an outfit around using Wanelo, a place where you can shop the latest trends and create story boards. The item I was given was the uber cute The Way I Galaxy It Dress ($84.99 sizes: XS-4X) which can be worn a number of ways. What I love about the dress is that it can be dressed down with sandals, a denim jacket, and maybe a cute hat and can also be dressed up (pictured below) with a great pair of heels, blazer, and a cute clutch.

I chose to go for a more dressy approach with this frock. The look I created can easily be transitioned from an office look to a date night look. Start out at the office with the blazer and a pair of chic flats and end the night by adding a statement necklace, dancing shoes, and a BOLD LIP! (my fave) This dress can be worn a multitude of ways and, because of the print, various colors can be worn with it. The best part is that this dress is offered in straight sizes as well plus! Too often we see clothing sites separating the two and typically the plus size line gets the short end of the stick.

While searching the site, I fell in love! If you're looking for clothes that have a mod, 50s glam feel to them, this place is for you! They have the cutest dresses that compliment and flatter all body types. Everything is moderately priced and runs up to (for the most part) a 4X. Love it!

Hope you guys enjoy! Toodles!


Lauren K

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Floral Blouse and Ruffle Hem Skirt

Hello my lovelies!!

So this is an outfit I thought about wearing to dinner on Mother's Day, but after considering juggling two boys, I changed into a more casual look (I may post that as well). I'm so in love with floral so it was not surprise that I gravitated towards this blouse. There were only a few left and this one is actually a size too small (I'm triflin') but I didn't care because I loved it. Plus, the fact that I bought a sleeveless top is like unheard of.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Crop Tops and High Waisted Jeans

Hello lovelies!!

Sorry I'm so late with my posting. Last week was finals week and when I tell you I was swamped, honey! Balancing two small children and school is no joke. Anywho, I've been lusting after a pair of black jeans because honestly the only black bottoms I owned were leggings, and that's a no go. So when I saw these on my favorite site (H&M) for $12, I HAD to make them mine! The cherry on top was the fact that they were high waisted! I'm all for low rise jeans, but I have to admit it feels great when I don't have to worry about my ass or stomach hanging out.