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Style Sessions Fashion Link Up – The Perfect Maxi Dress + Win $100 Gift Card!

Welcome to Style Sessions! Today I am so excited to share with you one of my favorite new wardrobe additions; a fabulous cobalt blue maxi dress from Dress Up Boutique! As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to have it… I adore the way it can be dressed up or down. I styled the dress with a denim jacket for a perfectly polished day look and mixed in fabulous drop earrings for a touch of glam!

In celebration of finding this great boutique, I wanted to share their fab fashion with you – so all Style Elixir readers will receive 25% discount on your entire purchase! Just use code STYLELIXIR (until November 1, 2013). Plus, one lucky reader will win a $100 store credit, enter below!


Last week was another big Friday’s Fab Favorites Link Up event! I had fun collaborating with our three fabulous Co-Hosts, Sabrina from Simply Sabrina, Brittany from Try It On Me and Monica from Moda by Monika. If you haven’t already, it’s not too late to join the link up – click here to share absolutely anything!

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The Perfect Maxi Dress

I’m sure it will come as no surprise when I tell you, one of my favorite colors is cobalt! It truly is the most spectacular hue, so you can only imagine my excitement when I found the perfect maxi dress… cobalt blue, tiered ruffles and a sheer skirt that’s so on trend right now. Oh and did I mention it was only $42? Ah-mazing! I recently discovered Dress Up Boutique and as a fan of gorgeous style, while still living within a budget, I was hooked!

I wanted to share their fab fashion with you, so Style Elixir readers will receive 25% discount on your entire purchase! Simply use the code STYLELIXIR at checkout (it’s valid until November 1, 2013). They add new styles every week (ok, it’s more like – yay!) and the collection is huge. If you follow me on Instagram, you will probably have seen these earrings – I am in love (and they were only $12!).

 photo 2_zps068aa373.jpg Outfit Details:  Dress Up Boutique Cobalt Blue Maxi Dress   |   Denim Jacket (similar)   |   Cuore & Pelle Tan Handbag   |   Jeweled Sandals (similar)   |   Dress Up Boutique Gold Earrings   |   Sunglasses (similar)   |   Victoria’s Secret Glossy Lip Stain in Reverie   |   Gold Bracelet Stack (similar)   |   Vitrine Fuchsia Stone ‘New York Fashion Week’ Statement Ring

It’s fun updating your wardrobe with new season pieces (especially at 25% off!), so as a little style guide I absolutely adore this fabulous fall dress (how gorgeous is the feature back!), this wine colored maxi dress (perfect with a statement necklace or scarf!), this emerald dress is stunning (it comes complete with a tan belt!) and this gold shimmer dress would be beautiful styled with tights and cute booties or patent pumps! Oh and don’t even get me started on this red dress (I have a total weakness for anything red right now!).

I love finding great new stores and even more so, sharing them with you! So today, one lucky reader will have the chance to Win a $100 Store Credit to Dress Up Boutique! Simply use the Rafflecopter below to enter… and as it’s exclusive to Style Elixir readers, your chances of winning are pretty spectacular.

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 photo 3_zps36b5e892.jpg  photo 4_zps9d4a8a2f.jpg  photo 5_zpsf0de7b4b.jpg  photo 6_zps4f9e47cf.jpg  photo 7_zps3237338a.jpg  photo 8_zps358e2501.jpg  photo 9_zps64b35440.jpg  photo 10_zps9cf8b021.jpg Outfit Details:  Dress Up Boutique Cobalt Blue Maxi Dress   |   Denim Jacket (similar)   |   Cuore & Pelle Tan Handbag   |   Jeweled Sandals (similar)   |   Dress Up Boutique Gold Earrings   |   Sunglasses (similar)   |   Victoria’s Secret Glossy Lip Stain in Reverie   |   Gold Bracelet Stack (similar)   |   Vitrine Fuchsia Stone ‘New York Fashion Week’ Statement Ring


Meet Our Head Stylist…

I am excited to introduce you to this week’s Head Stylist, Jalynn from The Red Closet Diary! When I saw this look of Jalynn’s last week,  I fell in love!  It’s perfection from head to toe (how fab is the studded handbag – and it’s less than $30!).

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What is your go-to look? My go-to look would definitely be the casual-layered, but stylish look. I might have just made that up, but it’s a look. Now that it is getting chillier, I love the layered look. Leggings, tall socks, boots, sweaters, vests and scarves… that will definitely continue to be my go-to look for until summer rolls around again!

Which fashion trend are you currently loving? I am going to have to go with the leggings trend. This may not be new, but I will take advantage of this trend until it goes out of style (and maybe still after that). You can literally wear leggings hundreds of different ways. You can dress them up, wear them casually, or even wear them to workout. The possibilities are endless!

What inspired you to start your blog?  I have been passionate about fashion for years. I have always loved bargain shopping, and putting together random pieces in my closet to make them “me”. Friends and family would always casually tell me that I should start a blog and document how to style clothing that isn’t crazy expensive (since that is what a lot of bloggers do). I always laughed and said they were crazy, and then one day I finally did. 

Name three beauty products you couldn’t live without: Chapstick, dry shampoo, and  perfume (in general). I don’t know about you gals, but I can’t even function when I have dry lips. I have chapstick in every purse I own, in my car, at work… just to make sure my lips don’t dry out. Nothing is better than soft lips. If you have used dry shampoo, I shouldn’t even have to explain why this is on my list. I recently cut bangs and I now am more grateful for it. Being the busy bee that I am, I don’t have time to fit in hair washing’s on a daily basis (and that isn’t good for your hair anyway). It is great to have a product around to save us seriously 30-45 minutes in the morning. I am a big smells person. I LOVE smells. I love putting perfume on and getting a whiff of it every time I move throughout the day. It’s a nice surprise and who doesn’t love smelling amazing?!

How would you describe your style? This is a hard question to answer. I wouldn’t say that one style fits me. When I wake up in the morning, sometimes I feel like dressing girly, sometimes I feel like dressing in black and going for the grunge punk look and sometimes I feel like being creative and putting together something random and unique. I have fun with my outfits and love that my style is never consistent. I think that is one thing that makes me unique.

To discover more about the lovely Jalynn, visit The Red Closet Diary.


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  1. Love that cobalt blue, especially with the tan bag.

  2. You look gorgeous!


  3. Gosh!! You look simply stunning!!! How gorgeous are you..and blue becomes you here..stunning..

  4. Love your new maxi! I don’t have a single one in my whole closet, which is surprising!

  5. When was the last time I told you that you’re perfect? Because if I haven’t recently, then just know I’m always thinking it!

  6. We’ve moved into sweater weather love seeing how the “other half” lives where summer goes on and on!

  7. That blue looks amazing on you!

  8. That dress is amazing, as is the color!

  9. Very pretty! Please stop by to enter for a chance to win a Helzberg Diamond necklace valued $250 at


  10. This is such a generous giveaway, thank you for hosting Lauren! That blue is a lovely colour on you (and I love that amythest (sp?) ring you’re wearing. So funky, what a cool accessory!

  11. Great maxi dress. Cobalt blue is one of my favorite colors. I love the layers on the top that adds so much interest.


  12. I love your new cobalt maxi and am slightly jealous it’s so warm there for you to wear it. The bag & earrings are stunning too. What a nice giveaway. I loved all those 5 dresses you like.

    And Jess’ Outfit is perfect I agree – love the Skirt & Booties. She is a girl after my own heart loving leggings as much as I do. Got to check out her blog.

    Hope you like the Dress I linked up today. =)

  13. I love the color of this dress and your earrings are gorgeous!

    Sparkles and Shoes

  14. Totally gorgeous! Cobalt blue was made for you. LOVE this pretty maxi with the neutral accessories!

  15. I’m loving the cobalt trend and that dress is fabulous! thanks for hosting! (sorry I accidentally posted the same link twice)

  16. Lovely as always!! The blue is gorgeous… totally see why you fell in love with it!

  17. I love the cobalt blue. It is so in right now, and it looks so lovely on you.

  18. Lauren, you totally rock this cobalt blue maxi Dress. That Color Looks so great with your Teint and hair. So jealous you still can wear that to this time.

    Have a great day :-)

    I am having a link up on midi skirts on monday, hope you will join as well :-)

  19. It is pretty perfect :)

  20. I love everything about this outfit!! Cobalt is one of my favorite colors and it looks amazing on you! :) Love the earrings and bracelets as well.

    – Sukhi

  21. Ashley Bree Perez says:

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  22. That dress is gorgeous on you! The colour is divine.


  23. You are absolutely STUNNING! This dress! The color! Your haircut! You are exquisite. I love that it’s a little dressed down with the denim jacket, yet still striking enough for a night out.

  24. Gorgeous outfit, LOVE the color of the dress– today must be maxi/denim jacket day. Cute bag :P

  25. This is a really nice blue dress! I like how it’s sheer at the bottom. Sorry I’m late, but nice haircut. :-)

  26. What a great color!

  27. Oh my Gosh, Lauren, you look so beautiful! That color is gorgeous on your skin tone, and you were totally having a fantastic hair day! Great look!

  28. You just made me so jealous of seeing you wearing my favorite maxi dress….& you are so adorable in the new haircut!!!


  29. Your so gorgeous! that blue maxi is beautiful and looks so great on you!

  30. That bag is perfection and the dress is a gorgeous blue, especially on you. Love the look!

  31. Gorgeous dress! I’ve been finding myself adding a lot of that color blue to my wardrobe for this fall. :) And I love your new hair cut!

  32. this is a gorgeous dress!
    kw ladies in navy

  33. You look GORGEOUS! I love this outfit!

  34. I love your dress. Curious, who takes your photos??? They do a great job! Thanks for hosting. :-)

  35. Hey Sweetie, we had the same thing in mind even if it was two different seasons-lol. Royal Purple and Colbalt Blue are the best colors for dresses and you looked wonderful. Enjoy the rest of the week!

  36. LOVE this dress on you! It’s a gorgeous color and you look sooo pretty in it! :)


  37. Christine P says:

    I bought the exact same dress, in blue, from Dress Up! I live in Atlanta so all of their stores are pretty close by and I am so happy for that! LOVE LOVE LOVE Dress Up!

  38. Christine P says:

    I actually dressed it up and wore it to a wedding – and definitely received compliments! I think it is a little shorter on you than me, so wearing heels with it was a must!

  39. Thought it wonudl’t to give it a shot. I was right.

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