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Style Sessions Fashion Link Up – Polka Dots + Gold Metallics

Welcome to Style Sessions! In this edition, I’d love to share with you a couple of my wardrobe favorites – if it has polka dots or metallic gold, I’m sold! Also, speaking of faves – you know that Marc by Marc Jacobs handbag I am always (always!) wearing? (eg. here, here, here, here and here). It’s currently on sale at Shopbop now through Thursday only! I bought mine as part of this sale a year ago (and I’ve worn it since). I think it’s totally worth the investment, if you want a super stylish bag that literally goes with everything – this is it! For 25% discount off your entire order at Shopbop, use code INTHEFAMILY25 at checkout.

We’re also joined today by Jess, a gorgeous blogger who I think as seriously fabulous style. She gives us the inside scoop on her fashion sense – and as a special treat for one lucky Style Elixir reader (anywhere in the world), Jess is giving the chance to win a $50 Piperlime Gift Card!

Last week was another big Friday’s Fab Favorites Link Up event! I had fun collaborating with our Co-Hosts, Lauren from Sophisticated in Style and Danielle from Coffee & Bagels. If you haven’t already, it’s not too late to join the link up – click here to share anything, that’s right, ANYTHING!

In case you’re new here, Style Sessions is live every Tuesday from 12am PST. It’s all about sharing what we’ve been wearing, or if you’re on a budget, a virtual outfit you’d love to wear! Every week I also select someone to showcase as ‘Head Stylist’ in the next edition – it’s a perfect way to meet new bloggers, showcase your personal style and your blog.

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Favorite Wardrobe Statements:  Polka Dot and Gold Metallics

I’m sure you can relate when I say, there are some wardrobe pieces I have on serious repeat. But in this case, it’s not the ones you’d expect… like a basic white, grey or black tee, cute jeans, patent black heels or a tailored blazer. I recently realized some of my favorite high-rotation pieces, are in fact statement items that stand out – such as a polka dot top or amazing gold metallic handbag. These are brilliant because they’re so easy to incorporate, but within a second give you a stylish, on-trend and put-together look.

In my wardrobe, I have quite a few bold pieces that make the perfect addition to a simple pair of jeans – for example, a floral, sequin or metallic blazer is excellent, or a pair of leopard jeans give edge to a plain white tee and black jacket. It proves to get a lot of wear out of something, you don’t always need to play it safe and go low-key…

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Outfit Details:  Polka Dot Top  (similar:  this top and this top)   |   Black Tailored Shorts   |   Prada Sunglasses   |   Mi Piaci 24kt Gold Handbag  c/o  |   Patent Black Heels   |   Victoria’s Secret Lipstick in Showstopper   |   Mejuri Cuff   |   White & Gold Bracelets   |   Crystal Pave Earrings

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Meet Our Head Stylist and Fab Fashionista…

I truly am so excited to introduce you to this week’s Head Stylist, the lovely Jess from Jess Style Rules! I recently discovered Jess’s blog and instantly thought, “oh my gosh, you have the most gorgeous style!”. I adore the way Jess creates unique and often unexpected combinations, it’s endlessly inspiring…

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I think Jess has a style that is both classic and unique, she looks so polished and timeless, but also super on-trend. When someone can master this, you just know they have fashion in their blood! A few of my favorite outfits from Jess are this embellished sweatshirt (a huge trend for fall / winter 2013!), this perfectly put together mix of plaid and floral, as well as an oh so chic cable knit sweater and shorts.

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Jess’s style always seems to be evolving and I love that, she doesn’t do the same old thing, which can be an easy trap to fall into. With a keen eye for bargains and belief that you can look like a a million bucks on a minimal budget, Jess hopes to inspire others to find the endless possibilities in their own wardrobe!

To get you started on this, she is very generously offering one Style Elixir reader the chance to Win a $50 Piperlime Gift Card! Have you ever shopped at Piperlime before? It’s one of my favorite places to find fabulous fashion at discounted prices. They also have Rachel Zoe, Olivia Palermo and Jessica Alba as style editors – I adore looking at their fashion picks! For your chance to win, simply enter using the Rafflecopter below (it’s open worldwide). Good luck!

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What is your go-to look?  Skinny jeans, an ankle boot with a heel or pumps and a silk blouse with a blazer or jacket. It’s almost sick how many pairs of skinny jeans I have. I wear the same jewelry every day (two antique rings from my great Aunt and great grandmother and a necklace with an anchor pendant from a race my grandfather sailed in in the 1960s).

Which fashion trend are you currently loving?  Leather and plaid are my two favorite trends right now, because in a way they’re timeless. I’ve always loved plaid because it’s great with pretty much anything and I think plaid looks good on everyone.  My favorite recent purchases are a leather bomber jacket and a plaid mini skirt, they are actually really cute together.

What inspired you to start your blog? I’ve always been obsessed with fashion and very particular about my own personal style, but after graduating from college with a degree in Journalism, I went straight into a consulting career and and after a few years felt like it was too late to try and break into the fashion industry the traditional way. Last Christmas my great Aunt (who has always been my style icon) and I were having cocktails and she said to me “you need to find what you love and do that”. The next day I started my blog and never looked back. She passed away unexpectedly only a few weeks later and as sad as it has been without her, she inspired me to follow my dreams and never give up. It’s been an incredible journey and I am constantly humbled and amazed at the love and support, not just from friends and family, but complete strangers and fellow bloggers. In my experience, the fashion blogging community has been incredibly warm, welcoming and amazing.

Name three beauty products you couldn’t live without:  I’m gonna cheat because I have four (but really I have more like 15): Pureology Shampoo (it’s sulfate free and vegan), Stila Tinted Moisturizer, Benefit Badgal Lash Mascara and Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm.

How would you describe your style?  My style is constantly changing. My favorite part about personal style is that it’s an opportunity to be whoever you want, even if it’s only for a few hours. For me, that could mean preppy, classic glamour, bohemian, edgy, the list goes on. I definitely tend to focus more on timeless pieces and my wardrobe has a lot of black, white and navy. I don’t really follow trends religiously but of course I find inspiration in them. There are few things in my life I don’t get tired of – family, friends, my pets, mexican food and fashion.

To discover more visit Jess Style Rules, or keep up with all things Jess via Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!


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Join The Link Up Now and Share Your Style!

One of my all time favorite retailers Shopbop is offering 25% discount on your entire order!
Use code INTHEFAMILY25 from today through Thursday. It means you can get my most adored Marc Jacobs handbag on sale, plus celebrity favorite jeans, super cute coats, tops and dresses, don’t even get me started on the boots and shoes!


Are you looking to grow your blog or store?
If so, I’m currently taking advertising bookings! For more details, just click here or email me.
Also, if the Friday’s Fab Favorites Co-Hosting opportunity is of interest to you, simply send me an email for more details!
P.P.S I’ve linked this up to What I Wore Wednesday, What We Wore, Transatlantic Blonde, Lovely Blog Hop, Real Girl Glam, Get Your Pretty On, Random Wednesday, Sunday Style, Whims Wednesday, Three-fer Thursday, Friday’s Five, Friday Style,Fashion Informant, Summer Style, Wardrobe Wednesday, Whatever Whenever Wednesday.


  1. That bag is killer! Wow!

  2. I cant believe that I have not told you that I love your hair!! I have been thinking that you looked a bit different for a few days, but I could not figure our why! How funny! I am in love with that cut! It is perfect for you and showcases your fabulous skin! I was happy to see you on Shanna’s blog today! Great picks – that floral blazer rocks! I linked up and entered your contest! What a fun way to start Tuesday! Blessings! Susan

  3. Wow, Jess looks a lot like Jane Birkin!

    Thanks for hosting the link-up again this week :)

  4. You look so lovely. And I am guessing that, besides everything else, Jess’s metallic bag may have won you over to her style! Thanks so much for hosting once again.

  5. Great outfit, Lauren!

  6. Polka dots are my favorite. You look great! Thanks for hosting!

  7. Polka dots forever!!!!!! :-)

  8. I love your style, although I probably say it all the time, lol! Great bag & blouse. And you hair looks great!


  9. It’s always a joy to pop by your link up Lauren….& your head stylist is one stylish maven!!!!


  10. That bag is gorgeous!!!

    Thanks for linking up with us for Totally Posted Tuesday! xo

  11. That bag is too fabulous! Jealous

  12. Such a lovely outfit, that polka dot top is really adorable and I love your purse. So pretty <3

  13. love the dots!! and the pop of color in the bag – amazing
    xo Jessica

  14. You’re just perfect!

  15. I love your Polka Dot top, so cute. And I am all about Gold metallics, lately. Stop by my post today. I asked my readers some important questions. I’d love your thoughts on the subject. =)

  16. Love the bag and accessories with your outfit– too cute!

    Jess has amazing style, off to check out her blog :)

  17. Jess is a cutie! I love that first look! Polka dots are my fave! Your top would be perfect with a pair of pants I scored from Old Navy recently!

  18. I think those are the most perfect shorts Lauren. I’ve been searching for a pair similar as the ones I had were about 1/2 a size too small (not possible I know, but too small anyway), but they are all too short, too long, too cuffed, too gathered waist, etc.

    Anyway long story short: love the look as always! xo

  19. Piperlime is my favorite these days! I love going into the shop and seeing all the different designers in one place! And the store is so pretty too :)

  20. You look so pretty Lauren. Love the polka top and the shorts fit you like a glove. Absolutely fantastic outfit.
    stopping by from

  21. Thanks for hosting! I love the black and white. So classy.

  22. Love the black and white outfit, super cute and classic.

  23. Wow that bag is just BAM!


  24. Jess for sure has an amazing style, thank you for introducing her to us! Love the bracelets. :)

    – Sukhi

  25. I love the look of heels with shorts. It’s just so cute and classy.
    Thanks for linking up for Favorite Fashion Friday. Hope to see you back this week!
    Penniless Socialite
    Target Giveaway!

  26. Love your new hair cute lauren! it’s so chic and fab! :)


  27. I love this look! So amazing! That lip color is to DIE for!

  28. I just love your polka dot blouse – it’s so cute!

  29. Love the polka dots! You’re so chic and stylish! :)

  30. Love these looks! So cute.

    -Allie @ LunaVida

  31. Great links up here. Will be checking out some of them and I love your outfit.

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