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Style Sessions Link Up: My Red Carpet Fashion & Handbag Must-Have’s

Welcome to the Style Sessions Fashion Link Up! Before we get started today, I have to quickly tell you – did you see my favorite heels ever are on sale!!? They’re under $70, plus if you use coupon code TXT15 you get an extra 15% off the sale price (I did this yesterday – yay!). I snapped up an extra pair in both the black and neutral nude color… I’ve never had a pair of heels that look this cute and are seriously comfy too. I’ve worn them when dashing between meetings in the city, to stand-up evening events – they’re fab and I just had to tell you about them!

Nine west cage sandals lace up heels on sale nude color black neutral fashion blogger trends spring 2015 My favorite shoes are on sale!

Have you been enjoying awards season? I absolutely love all the red carpet fashion and glamour! Weren’t the Golden Globes gowns stunning? If you haven’t voted in my best and worst dressed poll head over. It’s so interesting to see what everyone thinks! Inspired by this, I’ve collaborated with Skinny Cow® Candy to share my own red carpet fashion with you. I recently attended a charity ball and wore this beautiful dress from celebrity favourite red carpet designer, Tadashi Shoji.

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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. Want to join the fashion link-up? Add your post now and meet some new fashionistas! I simply ask that you please follow Style Elixir (via Bloglovin’, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!) and provide a link to this in your post or add the button below to your blog. Any tweets to spread the word are fabulous, we all love meeting new blog friends!  

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My Red Carpet Fashion & Handbag Must-Have’s…

I absolutely love this dress, I looked everywhere and as soon as I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for my event. The style is classic and timeless, but interesting and the details are stunning. It’s such a fun dress to wear too. The flared hem has so much movement when you walk or dance – it’s one of a kind!

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As many of you know, recently I’ve been obsessed with this lip crayon and the rich berry shade adds just the right touch of sophisticated glamour.

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Finishing the outfit, a clutch is perfect for keeping all the little things you’ll need during the night. Want to know my red carpet handbag essentials? Lipstick is a must, this Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon or this YSL Lipstick are my long-wearing favorites.

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I also can’t leave without packing a beautiful perfume, my mobile phone, a little highlighter and gum. I’m always running around and never have time to eat before leaving, so my favorite on-the-go treat is a Skinny Cow® Blissful Truffle Candy Bar.   They come in two flavors – Dark Chocolate and also Milk Chocolate, which is my personal favorite! With a layer of soft truffle, it’s the perfect spin on the classic chocolate bar – and a perfect ally when you’re on the go and need a moment to indulge and recharge. So delish!

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Can’t wait for more red carpet fashion? I’m excited too! I’ve included the awards show schedule below, come back and join me here after each event for the ultimate in best and worst dressed voting.

21st Screen Actors Guild (SAG) AwardsSunday, January 25
57th Annual Grammy Awards – Sunday, February 8
87th Academy Awards (The Oscars)
– Sunday, February 22

What do I love most about awards season? It’s all about indulging – from fashion, movies or celebrity news to scrumptious eats. This season, I’m giving the award for ‘Most Indulgent Candy’ to Skinny Cow® Chocolate Candies. OMG – yum! Make the most of your awards season, indulge and find happiness in every bite.

New Skinny Cow Candy

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Skinny Cow® via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Skinny Cow®.


Meet Our Head Stylist..

I’m thrilled to introduce you to this week’s Head Stylist, Heather from Thrift Stories! I love this outfit she linked up recently – the gorgeous skirt looks so effortless paired with a striped tee and her classic denim jacket. Everything about this outfit is fab…

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How would you describe your style? The most general way to describe my style is probably ‘Preppy Chic’, but I always try to incorporate something unexpected in an outfit be it a great vintage piece, an edgy find, or something tomboyish and masculine.

Which fashion trend are you currently loving? I’m completely obsessed with enormous blanket scarfs. Aren’t we all?! I’m already starting to look for light weight versions for summer time. I seriously don’t know how I’m going to dress myself if I can’t tie it all together with a huge scarf.

What inspired you to start your blog? I knew I’d be leaving my job as a modeling agent/photographer last year and the idea of not having fashion and photography in my day to day routine really scared me so I started a personal blog as a way to keep my creative momentum going. Turning the camera on myself (I do my own photography by using a tripod and remote) was a huge challenge at first but it’s definitely made me a better photographer and more aware of my personal style – I guess that’s what inspires me to keep going.

Name a couple beauty products you couldn’t live without: Oil of Olay Classic Daily Renewal Cream – I’ve used it since I was a teenager! It’s the only thing that keeps my skin moisturized without clogging my pores or irritating my sensitive skin.  RetinA Micro Gel – when I turned 30 my skin became really prone to cystic acne. If you’ve had acne you know how real the struggle is and how emotional it can be. A prescription for RetinA from my dermatologist totally saved me. ELF Essential Lip Stain – applying red lipstick is so much easier and last so much longer when I start by filling in my lips with this stain.

What is your best beauty trick? I hate to be boring, but it’s water! Lots and lots of water! The days I don’t get my usual 100+ ounces I can definitely tell because I struggle in my workout, my skin look grey and wrinkled, and I’m puffy. Looking good starts with feeling good and drinking lots of water makes me feel great. That, and a smile!

What is your favorite (or dream) vacation destination? I’m a total beach bum and I love to scuba dive so I’d probably book a private house in a super exotic beach locale like The Maldives, Seychelles or Bali. I can seriously chill on a beach for eight hours and never once be bored.

Tell us something not many people know about you? I used to give concerts as a classical pianist. I studied performance and sound engineering at the University of Colorado, Denver and fully expected to have a life of music, my first love. After I graduated there was a fork in the road and I took the path less traveled which led me back to fashion, my second love. And here I am!

To discover more about Heather, visit Thrift Stories!

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P.P.S I’ve linked this up to What I Wore Wednesday, What We Wore, Transatlantic Blonde, Lovely Blog Hop, Get Your Pretty On, Random Wednesday, Whims Wednesday, Three-fer Thursday, Friday’s Five, Friday Style, Fashion Informant, Summer Style, Wardrobe Wednesday, Whatever Whenever Wednesday.



  1. Lauren, you’re a knockout in that dress! Red carpet glamour to the hilt – some celebs could take some lessons in style from you, that’s for sure! Thanks for hosting x

  2. Your dress is gorgeous! You look stunning!

    Doused In Pink

  3. I love those shoes! Sadly I just checked and the nude are sold out in 6.5 … why oh why cruel world???

  4. You look gorgeous! ;)


  5. I love your shoes, I can see why you bought them in multiple colors! Your dress is beautiful, happy awards season!!

    Whitney & Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

  6. Omg!! Your red carpet look is amazing! You look so lean and svelte and the lace just pops against your skin tone. I’m sorry I linked twice. Oops!! Please forgive me :)

  7. You look absolutely gorgeous in this.
    Great choice on the lipstick color. It adds a little something, but isn’t too distracting from that stunning dress.

  8. You look beautiful!! I love that dress and it fits you like a dream. That lipstick was the perfect choice. I have seen but not tried those Skinny Cow truffles. I’ll have to grab them next time!

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

  9. You look gorgeous in this dress! Love the lace detailing. That lip color is perfect for this outfit. ~Cynthia

  10. You look stunning Lauren! xo Sabina @Oceanblue Style

  11. You look stunning! This dress fits you so well.


    Hope to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

  12. Wow! That dress is amazing!

  13. You’re looking like a red carpet star in this gown – love Heather’s style too!!!


  14. Stunning dress<3

    Shall We Sasa

  15. Absolutely stunning dress and I love your shoes!!

  16. Wow! Stunning black lace dress!
    So glamorous!

  17. Gosh, you look GORGEOUS!!!

  18. Wow! What gorgeous red carpet style! I love the dress; very elegant. Heather’s style is seriously cute–I love that plaid skirt! Thanks for hosting this link up! T.

  19. Lauren,
    This dress on you is so stunning! I love the lace, the whole neckline and how the dress hugs your curves at the bottom, you look gorgeous! I love the makeup!
    from the link up, ‘

    please stop by, jess xx

  20. Hi Lauren,
    Thank you so much for Linking Up on Shoe and Tell! Your shoes are incredible! I am also loving your gorgeous dress, but unless I missed it, I didn’t see who it is by. Do tell. You look stunning in it!


  21. Such a gorgeous dress!!! You look so beautiful :-) Thank you for the linkup XO

  22. Thank you for hosting!! Absolutely gorgeous :-) Would love to have you join #linkupwithlisa @

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