8.22.2014

{Pin-Up Darling #OOTD} Back to School with Class & Curves - Six Simple tips to help you dress confidently and a Giveaway!


Have you heard of Pin-Up Darling? It's an incredibly fun, vintage inspired boutique. Their collection embodies the style of the iconic pin-up girls of the 40's and 50's. Think flirty, chic, and irresistible: the perfect combination! The company aims to emulate the playful, charming pin-up look by bringing you super awesome ways to mix retro glam with current styles. Pieces in their collection range from fun, funky shoes to sleek and sexy timeless cocktail dresses - a variety of fashion sure to help every girl find their inner pin-up!

Pin-Up Darling is a fantastic boutique so I'm super excited about our collaboration over the next few months! Be sure to stay in the loop and follow Pin-Up Darling and I so you don't miss out on all the fun... I'll be styling an outfit once a month AND giving away items as well!


Pin Up Darling OOTD and Lauren Paints | a beautiful life outfit giveaway - Back to School with Class & Curves -Six Simple tips to help you dress confidently

I'm new to the whole "pin-up" scene but I've always been drawn to their indefinable charm; every single pin-up always has a special something in their eyes, a confidence that is just so damn sexy. I think I've learned a way to feel that confidence as well, dressing for my body type is truly the secret to feeling that extra spark. I feel like I have that special something now.


Pin Up Darling OOTD and Lauren Paints | a beautiful life outfit giveaway - Back to School with Class & Curves - Six Simple tips to help you dress confidently

Finding pieces that are made to fit curvier bodies like mine has changed my life, as far as my fashion sense and budget are concerned. Instead of buying pieces that are just part of the latest trend I've started buying more classic pieces and these styles last, making this adjustment can make your wardrobe so much more permanent and so much more chic. Let me state the obvious, classic styles are classic for a reason! Pin-up Darling is now my go-to shop for classic pieces, they have so many adorable dresses, accessories, tops, and bottoms to choose from... Trust me, you'll want to buy their entire boutique!

Pin Up Darling OOTD and Lauren Paints | a beautiful life outfit giveaway - Back to School with Class & Curves - Six Simple tips to help you dress confidently

I reviewed the Sail Away Tunic Dress, the Denim Darling Jacket, and the Chevron Bangle Bracelets in Navy. Each and every item feels like it was handcrafted specifically for me, the colors and fabric of both the jacket and dress are so incredibly perfect. Plus, a huge benefit is the entire outfit is super comfortable, even comfortable enough to lounge in. This outfit is also perfectly stylish. Comfort and style - two things that every girl desires in every outfit, am I right?


Pin Up Darling OOTD and Lauren Paints | a beautiful life outfit giveaway - Back to School with Class & Curves - Six Simple tips to help you dress confidently


The Sail Away Tunic dress is one of the cutest dresses I've ever laid my eyes upon. Living in Florida and having a bit of a "thing" for nautical items, I fell in love with this dress right away. It's actually the piece that initiated the collaboration between Pin-Up Darling and I! The adorable little boats, the flirty hemline of the dress with frills along the top, the perfect shade of pink - it's pretty much this Pin-Up's dream come true. The perfect length of dress for my figure, the waist cinching in just the right place, and I must ad the best detail of all - I feel like such a babe when I wear it.


Pin Up Darling OOTD and Lauren Paints | a beautiful life outfit giveaway - Back to School with Class & Curves - Six Simple tips to help you dress confidently

 The denim jacket is stretchy yet structured, a perfect addition to any outfit. I I look forward to pairing it with other Pin-up looks to brave the slight chill we get here in Florida in the winter. It's lightweight enough that I also plan on rocking it regularly while in class at college and while interning for my degree because it's the perfect way to make any spaghetti strap outfit more modest while keeping it stylish. The medium-dark shade, the stone washed detail, and the cut of this jacket are all perfect. I wish I could let you all feel how comfortable it really is, imagine being wrapped in a denim cloud... it's about like that.


Pin Up Darling OOTD and Lauren Paints | a beautiful life outfit giveaway - Back to School with Class & Curves - Six Simple tips to help you dress confidently


The Blue Chevron bracelets are full of spunk, a bright bold shade of blue with gold accents really pair perfectly with the rest of the outfit - a bit nautical but not over the top. The bracelets are labeled navy but I personally think they are closer to to a cobalt shade myself. Regardless of their shade, the chevron design is so cute and I want them in all the colors they carry now! They were the perfect touch, making me feel like my outfit was perfectly executed and styled to a tee.

Pin Up Darling OOTD and Lauren Paints | a beautiful life outfit giveaway - Back to School with Class & Curves - Six Simple tips to help you dress confidently

I have a feeling every piece I review for Pin-Up Darling will leave me feeling just as happy as this outfit did. Dressing confidently is the secret to being happy with your sense of style, I think far too often we are swayed by the media or the fashion elite to follow trends - let's put a stop to that! I'm sick of hearing that a certain body type can only wear this or that, it's simply not true - if you like a certain style of clothing, then wear it! Bikinis aren't made for only thin people, empire waist lines can be rocked by the skinniest girl in the world - it's all relative and it's YOUR choice. I have found that dressing confidently is pretty uncomplicated. Although, I feel like I should share a few tips in case you need a little guidance.

Pin Up Darling OOTD and Lauren Paints | a beautiful life outfit giveaway - Back to School with Class & Curves - Six Simple tips to help you dress confidently

6 Simple tips to help you dress confidently:

  1. Find items that suit your body type - do a little research, hunt for your favorite styles, and may I even suggest shopping at Pin Up Darling!
  2. Only choose items that you like, don't follow trends - stay true to you.
  3. A smile is the best accessory and ALWAYS rock what ya got - don't be shy!
  4. Keep things simple - don't over do it. Statement pieces are great, but only choose ONE statement to make.
  5. Classic styles are always going to be classic, stick with 'em and you're set!
  6. Don't worry about what others think, if you like how you look - THAT is all that really matters.

With that said, I think this outfit is perfect for all body types. What do you think?
Interested in rocking this flirty, chic outfit yourself?


You're in luck - the entire outfit could be yours!



Be sure to enter to win the Pin-Up Darling giveaway for the month of August!

Pin Up Darling OOTD and Lauren Paints | a beautiful life outfit giveaway - Back to School with Class & Curves - Six Simple tips to help you dress confidently

One lucky winner will win this exact outfit:
 the Denim Darling Jacket, the Sail Away Tunic Dress,
and the Chevron Bangle Bracelets in Navy
an adorable pin-up inspired outfit styled by yours truly!

Please use the giveaway tools form below to enter to win:
Disclaimer: There are affiliate links included in the post above, I also received one or more of the products mentioned above to facilitate my review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.This contest will run through September 6th at 7:00 pm EST. Must be 18 years or older to win. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other company mentioned above. You understand that you are providing your information to Lauren Paints | a beautiful life and not to Facebook, I will not use your information other than to e-mail you a winning notification if you are the chosen winner. Enter using the Giveaway Tools form above. Void Where Prohibited. Please note that Lauren Paints | a beautiful life is not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes.

8.20.2014

#WordlessWednesday - This month has been a roller coaster!

Where has the time gone? I can't believe I haven't posted my wordless Wednesday post for the past few weeks, major blogger fail! Here's a quick photo recap of the month so far:

 {our doggie visitor last week}

Nobody likes me, Everybody hates me.... #TheStruggleisReal

I need to vent about something. I know my small personal situation is insignificant when it comes to the burdens the entire world has to deal with... but it's weighing heavy on my heart today and blogging is therapeutic so I'm sharing my thoughts.

Let me start by asking:
Is your calendar full of activities with friends? How did you meet your friends? How many friends do you have?

{found via deviant art}


Well, I have none. This is not supposed to be a pity party, this is a fact. I don't even really have many friends in the "blogosphere". This is not about a fog or depression I am experiencing, I am not seeking a diagnosis. I have a very supportive husband, a pretty rad mom, and long distance friends in my hometown but I don't have any friends near by and I'm starting to feel pretty rotten about it.

Making friends as a semi-introverted adult is hard, I struggle with social anxiety at times and really just hate being "new" to a crowd. I know it's my insecurities getting in the way and once I get to know someone I think I make a great friend but putting myself on the line in the beginning, now that I am a little older, is hard. I can't be the only one feeling like an outcast in this "grown up" world we live in, can I?




I recently noticed that I just don't "click" with others like I used to... Making friends used to be second nature to me; a smile, a friendly hello, and some chit chat and a new friend was made... I moved a lot as a kid and after the initial adjustment I was always able to find a really great friend and we stuck together.  I moved to Florida years ago and it's like moving here broke my ability to make a friend. Now I feel like I'm alone most of the time, not really sure how to randomly reach out to another person, and be like "Hey, you're cool. You should be my friend" without feeling like a complete idiot and making the person uncomfortable, because who does that?! I don't want to "force" someone to be my friend so over the past few years I've just gotten used to it... but lately, I crave a real, true friend.


I know lots of people are busy, we're all just trying to get by. I don't expect a friend to drop everything all the time to "be there"... I just wish I had someone to rely on every once in a while to go grab a drink with... or to spend some time at the beach... or even just to sit on the couch with a pint of ice cream and watch movies. I want a friend that wants to be my friend and until I moved to Florida, I didn't think I would ever have trouble finding that.

Maybe it's the fact that I'm a truly awkward person; I try not to be, but it happens. Maybe it's because I'm a little overweight and that makes people uncomfortable. Maybe it's because I come off as rude because I'm a little less chatty when I first meet someone (I promise, I'm just shy). Maybe everyone in Florida already has enough friends. Maybe I'm not Floridian enough. Maybe I come across as a weirdo. Am I walking around with a "loser" sign on my back? Is my insecurity costing me friendships? I have no idea. I'm not really sure what's happening... After a day contemplating the issue, I'm starting to think maybe it's just WHO I am, maybe people don't like me.

Am I a negative person? Somewhat. I'll be working on that for my benefit, but maybe it will help me make a friend.

Do I avoid social situations? Yes, I have social anxiety... but if you invite me somewhere from now on I will make an effort to attend.

Do I offend people? I try not to, but maybe that's the issue. Maybe I appear guarded because I'm constantly worried about offending. I'll be working on this too.


I kind of feel like I'm singing the infamous "nobody likes me, everybody hates me, I'm gonna eat some worms" kiddy song.I suppose I could go on and on with my inability to make friends, but then that would be a complete pity party and no one likes that so I'll stop here. I know this post is a bit dramatic, I apologize for that... I just so badly needed to vent.


So I have to ask, 
am I the only one feeling friend-less as an adult?


This is me kind of putting myself on the line.


Would you like to be my friend?

8.19.2014

$500 Southwest Gift Card Giveaway - Back to School Transportation event! {ends 9/19}




Welcome to the MPM BTS Transportation Sweepstakes
Organized by: Mom to Bed by 8



It's time to head back to school for some of us, but that doesn't mean you have to stop traveling! I've got a bad case of wanderlust lately and I'm dreaming of flying back to my hometown for a friends wedding one weekend in September. Lucky for one reader you'll be able to win a $500 Southwest Gift Card to use toward a trip to anywhere you please!

If you win, where will you fly?


One winner will receive a $500 Southwest Gift Card.

Giveaway ends September 19th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. Excludes Quebec. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!
Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact teri@mompoweredmedia.com if you have any additional questions or comments.

8.18.2014

#2Cool4School Giveaway Hop - #Lavishy Nina Embroidered Wallet {ends 8/24}

Welcome to the Too Cool For School Giveaway Hop  hosted by Blogger PR
August 18 - 24, 2014


We all know going shopping is part of the "Back to School" tradition,
school supplies, new clothes, book bags, lunch boxes,etc - it's all needed each & every year!
As a college student & a future teacher, back to school time is full of delight (and currently a little dread, eeeeeek for having to take public speaking this semester)! I love snagging deals on back to school items and using my rewards cards at certain stores to earn bonuses. I also love having a cute place to keep all of my belongings in, thanks to Lavishy Boutique I was able to rock back to school shopping this year with an adorable wallet in hand and one other lucky lady will be stylin' while spending the dough with a bohemian Nina embroidered wallet from Lavishy!



 This wallet is gorgeous, the stitching is absolutely lovely, and the best part is it feels like real leather but is made of eco friendly materials! It features 1 pocket for your ID, 11 card slots, a zipper for change, 4 long pockets for cash or a check book, and a magnetic clasp that keeps all your goods safe!



I've teamed up with +LAVISHY Boutique to bring you
a pretty rad giveaway for teenagers, mama's, or college students -
One lucky winner will win a beautiful 
embroidered wallet made of vegan material!!

Needing some $$$ to go in that wallet? 
Be sure to enter to win my Amazon gift card giveaway here



Please use the giveaway tools form below:






Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. This contest will run through August 24th at 11:59 pm EST. You must be 18 years or older to win.  This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other company mentioned above. You understand that you are providing your information to Lauren Paints | a beautiful life and not to Facebook, I will not use your information other than to e-mail you a winning notification if you are the chosen winner. Enter using the Giveaway Tools form above. Void Where Prohibited. Please note that Lauren Paints | a beautiful life and all other bloggers participating are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes.



Be sure to enter to win all of the other great giveaways: