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H & M Finds

Y'all I just shopped at H & M for the first time in Charlotte for my birthday... Can you believe it, I was 26 years old before I had ever purchased anything from there!!  Well, actually, I didn't purchase anything on that exact trip, but I came home, convinced that that couldn't have been all the merchandise they had to offer, and proceeded to look online... AND BOY WAS I RIGHT {I love being right}!!!

So, even though I didn't really love my in-store experience, I REALLY loved my online one!!  I purchased both of these tops via hm.com, and I received them within 4 days!!  BONUS: I typically wear a small in tops, but I got this pink peplum shirt in an XS **Woot Woot**!!!  And then I got the cropped, lace top in a small, like I normally would!  They fit very well!!  

You can grab this top  HERE

You can grab this top HERE

You may be a little suspicious of the pink peplum top because it was only $17.99, but it is truly made very well!! The shirt part is a soft knit, and the peplum is a cotton blend.  LOVE IT!!  So hurry and snag yours because sizes are going fast!!  And OMG they have it in orange now too!!!

You can grab these heels  HERE

You can grab these heels HERE

And then I got this lace, cropped top!!  I am head-over-heels in love with high-waisted pants, as you all probably know already... So I've been trying out different cropped tops to compliment them recently.  I usually dress pretty modestly, so it is a huge step for me to embrace the cropped top trend!!  I still do not like my actual belly button to show, but a little mid-riff has been alright!!  I actually went out in public for a nice dinner with the hubs in this, and I can honestly say, I wasn't that uncomfortable!!  Plus, it helped that the lace detail on this top is quite elegant!!

You can grab this top  HERE

You can grab this top HERE

This one was only $24.99 and I got free shipping!!  So, all-in-all, 2 tops delivered to my house for under $45!!  What!?  Thats a steal!!  I am definitely a new fan of H & M (online)!!  Y'all should definitely give them a try as well too!!

XOXO

- Rachel

Lauren James

Take this Southern girl's word for it, this company makes THE MOST PERFECT Easter dresses!!  Well, really, they would be perfect anytime!!  You can't tell me that you couldn't make a dress this cute work for at least one thing going on in your life!?  Easter Sunday, a wedding, a graduation, a graduation PARTY, the Kentucky Derby, your beach vacation!?  Seriously, you could rock it!!

I really love the vision behind this company as well!!  Directly from their website:

"Lauren James was founded mid 2013 by registered nurse turned fashion designer, Lauren Stokes. Inspired by the classics and driven by modern styling, Lauren strives to capture a look that's unique yet timeless.

From the every day to the once in a lifetime, Lauren’s true inspiration is to develop clothing wearable on any occasion. Hours of painstaking design, meticulous sourcing of material, and hand crafted quality blend seamlessly in every garment produced.

Our mission is to deliver quality product with an exceptional level of customer service. We make goods that make you feel good, and that’s the way it should be." 

Quite DEMURE is not!?  

My favorite dress from their collection is The Savannah Solid Seersucker Dress, which is the one I have on, in Raspberry!!  For size reference, I did have to go up to a medium because of my boobs... But if you use their "True Fit" tool, they will tell you what size to get in a particular dress, but also whether or not a dress is even a good FIT for your body type!!  And they were right too, for me at least...  They told me a small in this dress would fit in the waist, but be too small in the bust, and that the medium would fit my bust and be too loose on my waist... And they nailed it!!  I ended up having to return the small for the medium, and you can tell it doesn't fit quite like an empire waist should.  But don't think that's Lauren James' fault... It was my own, because I didn't take their professional opinion as fact and stubbornly got the dress I just thought I had to have!! LOL Typical!!!  When, in fact, I should have gone with another style that better fit a small waist and large boobs combo.  When a dress company offers advice on which particular dress style will fit you the best, you should listen, and know that that's a good company!!

Since online boutiques don't have dressing rooms, I think this is an AMAZING feature for them to offer... As a customer, you will know how a dress fits before you even get it in the mail!!  And in a time crunch, that's priceless in my opinion!!!

They also carry all sorts of other preppy fashion and girly things, including: shorts, t-shirts, candles, bathing suits, blankets, jackets, bags, kaychains, and more!!!  You won't regret checking them out!!!  

XOXO - Rachel