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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

LURAP dress review

I'm not one to promote or talk about a product unless I absolutely LOVE it. I told myself when I started blogging that I wouldn't blog about merchandise (no matter what the company sent me) if I wouldn't buy it with my own money on my own time. 

But today I am going to talk to you about a dress I would go out and buy right this second if I didn't already own it thanks to the wonderful people over at LURAP

LURAP stands for L-ove UR AP-pearance. The company is doing something we probably all wish was happening as we order more online and shop less in store: tailoring clothes before you order them and try them on. Every piece of clothing is made to fit you, not the other way around. Nothing sits in bulk in a warehouse, the clothes are made once you order them.

I can't tell you how many times I've ordered something only to get it and realize the model in the photo had a torso double my length and legs that made mine look like stumps. 

LURAP makes the process of getting what you want super easy and simple. Add something to your cart and state your bust size, waist size, hip size, how tall you are, and more. You can even request a length or any special altercations. Want a dress a little shorter and roomier? You got it. Prefer something more modest? They will do that for you. 

I received this dress two weeks ago and have worn it each week. It's super easy to thrown on, it doesn't need to be ironed, and the bright white color makes me look a little tanner (I live in Las Vegas where summer last nine months & my pale skin is constantly exposed). I love that it's not tight and not to short, but the racer back and stitching detail make it easy to dress up for a fun night out or wear during the day with sandals. 

Here are some pictures of the dress! If you want to order your own, click here. Have a question about how I wore it or the fit? Comment bellow or email me, everyone deserves this easy summer look. 




I'm obsessed with wearing hats as I've moved into the no-need-to-wash-my-hair-everyday phase. With a few layering necklaces, this dress is super casual and still put together.


In the photo below, I wanted to be super honest about the fit. It's cut a little low on the sides. I don't mind the cut, but I also didn't wear a bra with the dress and don't have a whole lot to worry about, if you know what I mean. (I just told you about my business while simultaneously scaring away every male reader, ever.) If you are bustier and don't like letting it all hang out, you could definitely wear a lace bandeau.






The dress is a polyester blend and thick enough that you don't need to wear a slip underneath. The detailing across the chest, waist, and sides is see-through. Someone would really have to be staring super hard to notice this, but it adds a nice detail to the dress.




Racerback is universally flattering ( I read that in Allure or something) and this one swoops low and fits nicely.




The fit is like a baby doll dress. It comes a few inches above my knee and hangs loosely. 





Despite being loose and a little flow-y, I didn't have any problems while walking with it exposing anything or being too short as I bent over and moved around. I watch two small kids and wore this dress around them while playing outside, being constantly tugged at, and running. Aside from a few grass stains, the dress held up against two toddlers.



While I am promoting a company, why not promote my beautiful friend that took this pictures? Carly Cottle is an angel and one of the sisters behind Sister House Collective. Check out her Instagram, www.instagram.com/canniec

Hope you all love this dress and have some fun checking out LURAP's website. Tell me your favorite companies and spring/summer trends! Love to all of you xoxox

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

I'm baaack

I took a little break from blogging and I am slowly trying to make my way back. I've always, always loved sharing with this online community. I've made friends with people all over the country and received emails that have been so heartfelt and touching. Some of my closest friends now started as blog readers. This three-year-old blog has become a constant tool for learning and growth. The give back from an online community is insane. I took a break for a few reasons, but the main one is that I felt like I stopped writing for myself and started writing with the intention of making everything fit into a post.

I'll get into all that later, but before that, I'm going to ramble about art and writing and why I love the whole mess of it.

I've never taken a break from writing. I've had a small notebook since I was six and it's been a constant love of mine ever since. My favorite part of writing has continued to be simply letting go of all the stuff that is too heavy to hold on to but too important to forget about completely.

Somehow during the course of my blog, I felt like I began tailoring some of my pieces with an audience in mind. While I am the biggest promoter of sharing and being selfless, I think art has to be something you do solely for yourself before you share it. I've journaled my entire life with no intention of anyone reading the entries. My love for writing and my need to write is why I do it. That's really why this blog started and worked, I wrote the things I needed to hear. I shared them, and strangers from all over needed to hear those same things.

21 years of life and 21 notebooks later...

I think that's why we as human beings are so drawn to art and creation in the first place: we are trying to make the thing we haven't seen but have needed for ourselves. Once we do that, we can share it and watch people nod their heads in agreement because they needed just that thing, too.

That being said, writing (and creating in general), is a risk that really can't be calculated or planned for.  I recently read Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and Gilbert says to pursue your creative passions so long as you are alive, but realize that creativity has promised you nothing.

How scary is that to think about? You can spend your whole life pursuing your passion and there is no guarantee that passion is going to put a roof over your head. That's also the magic of it, we will still do the things we love with nothing at all. That's how we often know just how much we love our art, it survives through every low and high.  I physically and emotionally could not imagine a world where I couldn't write each and every day .Writing hasn't promised me anything, this blog is not sponsored and even though I have a job that allows me to write and get paid, it's not a fancy dinner and sports cars kind of wealthy. (it's  more of a -eggos waffles for dinner and gas tank is never totally full- kind of wealthy).

But I'm happy. I'm creating. Writing has brought me closer to all things true and bright and kindred to my soul. It makes me get in touch with dark parts of my life and causes me to feel grateful that I can tell about them. I made a vow with writing that I would pursue it always and forever (true love over here) and I plan to.

I have no real direction for this first post back, besides to share that if any of you are in a creative or general life funk, remind yourself what you love and why you started it in the first place. Remind yourself that while your passion didn't make a promise to you, it makes you happy, it makes you better, and that is often (and always) enough.

Write the book you have longed to see on the shelves, paint the picture you've wanted hung up in your bedroom, sing the lyrics you've craved to hear through your headphones. We have to pursue the things that set fire to our hearts and continue, even if no one is watching or paying attention.

We have to eat the eggos waffles for dinner and drive with our gas light on and stay up late doing what we love. That's what life is.

So much love to all of you and SO happy to be back. xoxox
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