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Spring Fave: Faux Suede Midi Skirt (under $20!)

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suede skirt

suede skirt

suede skirt
suede skirt

suede skirt

suede skirtTop: Old (but would love this top here with it!) | Skirt: Make Me Chic c/o (under $20!) | Purse: Hieleven | Watch: Daniel Wellington c/o (use code ‘LAURENEVA’ for 15% off your order!) | Sunglasses: Shades Crush c/o | Shoes: Steve Madden

:Yay for Friday and for it almost being the weekend! I actually work every Saturday so the weekends don’t get me too excited. But what does get me excited is a killer skirt that is flattering, cute and under $20 (say whaaaat!). You can’t go wrong with a skirt that makes you look model tall, model thin and won’t break the bank!

When I saw this skirt on Make Me Chic I loved it but I was unsure with how it would work for Spring. I was also worried about how flattering it would be since I’m a girl who loves a good mini skirt (see every other blog post, lol!). That being said, I decided to give it a try and see if I could style it for Spring. And I have to say I am loving the look and will definitely be adding this in my Spring wardrobe rotation.

This skirt is faux suede and it’s made out of a very light weight material. So if your wondering if it’s appropriate for Spring weather, I say yes it is girl! It fit’s true to size and has a nice form fitting shape. The only thing I would do differently is wear it with a bodysuit since this top bunched up underneath the skirt throughout the day. And for $20 bucks you really can’t go wrong!

And for all you girls who love to finish their look with a classic watch then you need this Daniel Wellington Classic Petite! It is honestly a stunning watch and I am swooning over the rose gold colour I have. I’ve wanted a rose gold watch for so long but never found one that was “the one”. As soon as I laid my eyes on this Daniel Wellington watch I knew it was the one I neede! It has a dainty 32mm face (which I love) and a gorgeous mesh strap. It’s available in the rose gold colour I have, and of course silver. With multiple face colours to choose from too.

Daniel Wellington has been so kind to give my blog followers 15% off there order with coupon code ‘LAURENEVA‘! I’ve linked my exact watch above but you can use the coupon code on any watch you love!

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Palm Print Slip Dress (the perfect Summer dress!)

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palm print slip dress

palm print slip dress

palm print slip dress

palm print slip dress

palm print slip dress

palm print slip dress

Dress: Goodnight Macaroon c/o (on sale!!) | Jacket: H&M (sold out – similar here) | Shoes: Charlotte Russe  | Purse: Similar | Sunglasses: Shades Crush ($10!!)

Happy hump day and I hope everyone is having a great week so far! With Spring being in full fledge swing I’ve been adding new colourful pieces into my wardrobe! If you read my post on Monday you would know that I am trying to get out of my black, white and grey comfort zone and try new colours and styles for the season. One of the new colours being hot pink on this dress. But, as a girl who loves herself a good palm print I was willing to make an exception!

I posted this dress last week on Easter and got such a amazing response to it! It seems that this may be my most popular dress to date and I can totally see why. It’s a simple slip on dress that let’s the print do all the speaking. And it is really easy to wear and style with anything. I have to admit that both times I’ve worn this dress (both of these shots are in the same location but 2 different days) I’ve forgotten to accessorize it. I guess I’m not called Basic Babe for nothing, lol.

Anyways, you can find this dress on Goodnight Macaroon annnnd it’s currently on sale! It fits true to size and hits right above the knee. It’s so comfortable and I’m planning to dress it down to wear it more casually this Summer. Goodnight Macaroon has a similar print here with sleeves that is really cute too and another slip dress in navy and white here. Also the dress I’m wearing and the similar ones I’ve linked on Goodnight Macaroon are on SALE! But hurry, the sale ends soon!

 

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My Top 5 Embroidered Skirts for Spring!

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embroidered skirt

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embroidered skirt

Bodysuit: Boohoo (only $16!) | Skirt: Boohoo | Shoes: Le Chateau (similar here and here) | Purse: Aldo (similar here) | Sunglasses: Aldo (similar here)

So this Spring I decided I wanted to try as many trends as I can. I mean the fact that my blog is called Basic Babe tells you I like to keep my outfits pretty ‘basic’ most of time. As in, I don’t wear a lot of accessories, I don’t mix crazy patterns, and I definitely don’t jump on every trend! But that being said, having this blog is definitely pushing me outside of my comfort zone which has been a really good thing! I’m finding myself more interested in trying new trends and new styles more then ever before!

Not that this trend is a crazy one by any means, but, I do believe it is a trend that can easily be worn and styled by just about anyone. Florals are an obvious given in Springtime for most which makes embroirded florals a pretty easy trend to love! When I saw the embroiderery trend begin last Fall I definitely didn’t think I’d be into it. It reminded me of my childhood and all the embroidered denim my mom bought for me. At the time, embroidered denim was kinda cool but I just couldn’t shake thinking of elementary school when I looked at it. I can’t say I’m all in with this embroidered trend just quite yet. But I am loving embroidered denim skirts like no tomorrow!

This skirt is from Boohoo and when I saw it I knew I had to have it! It’s honestly on the shorter side which I don’t totally love. But I definitely think its a good Summer skirt and I’ll definitely wear it over and over again as it warms up and gets more humid here in Toronto. This bodysuit is also from Boohoo and I am just obsessed with it. It’s just a basic cotton bodysuit with a bit of a twist with the one shoulder detail and I love the overlapping sleeve-sorta-shoulder thing going on!

So that being said, here are my top 5 favourite embroidered skirts of Spring:

MY TOP 5 EMBROIDERED SKIRT:

  1. SHOWPO (the skirt you’ve seen all over Pinterest!)
  2. RED DRESS BOUTIQUE 
  3. MISSGUIDED 
  4. BOOHOO
  5. H&M

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Spring Fave: Tie Up Pencil Skirt

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tie up pencil skirt

tie up pencil skirt

tie up pencil skirt

tie up pencil skirt

tie up pencil skirt

tie up pencil skirt

tie up pencil skirt

Top: Zara (similar here and on sale!) | Skirt: Zara (similar here, here, here) | Shoes: Steve Madden (stiletto version here) | Purse: BP (sold out – similar here) | Sunglasses: Shades Crush (only $15!)

Happy Friday! Today’s post is all about my love for the classic, and most flattering skirt, the pencil skirt. I’m a lover of the pencil skirt for many reasons but mostly because of it’s undeniable good fit on everybody!

So this pencil skirt is my favourite pencil skirt for Spring for one reason and one reason only. It hide’s my Winter/holiday tummy that I am trying to get into shape for bikini season, but haven’t quite yet, lol! And it’s so easy to dress up with a blouse and dress down with a bell sleeve top like the one I’m wearing above. It’s just such an effortless piece that really is a no-brainer on days I need to look more put together but have no idea what to wear!

I actually got this skirt a few years back at Zara and was pleasantly surprised to see that this particular style of pencil skirt is still in. Luckily, so many retailers are offering pretty much identical skirts to this one which I’ve linked above and below! This top is also from Zara but I’ve linked other similar ones too!

I’ve gotten a few questions about these Steve Madden shoes and how they fit! I personally think they are comfortable because of the block heel and they’ve become my go-to heel so far this Spring. They also have the same style with a stiletto heel if you were looking for a shoe to dress up your outfits more! Plus, these Steve Madden’s come in a endless variety of colours to choose from. Mine are the tan nubuck I believe, which is such a great nude for my skin colour!

Hope you all have a amazing weekend and thanks for stopping by!

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Spring Must: The Perfect LBD + A Discount Code!

 

 

Dress:NA-KD c/o (under $100 and 20% off with coupon code ‘LAURENS20’) | Shoes: Charlotte Russe (similar here) | Choker: Aldo | Purse: Aldo (similar here) | Sunglasses: Aldo (similar here)

Happy #humpday! If you follow me on Instagram or here on my blog, you’d see I’ve been obsessing over the pieces I got from NA-KD.com! I got the perfect Summer sweater (you can view the post here) and this amazing LBD that I am craaazy about!

I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect LBD for a little while now. I am a big believer in having at least one amazing LBD in your closet. A LBD is so versatile and I specifically wanted one I could wear out for date night on warm Summer evenings. So when I saw that this one was a shift dress (I’m a huge lover of shift dresses!) and had a plunging back, I knew I had to have it! Plus, I am a total sucker for knots or bows at the back so that was a win too, lol!

This dress can totally be dressed up or down. I plan to wear it with some gladiator sandals later in the season to give it more of a casual vibe. But, I love this dress with these heels! Even Qais said it was one of his favorite dresses that I own! As for fit it is true to size. It is on the shorter side and has some gaping in between my back and the plunging part of the dress. But you can’t see down it. Overall, it’s so easy to wear (I loved styling it with my gold choker from Aldo and my hair up in a bun!), it’s under $100, and how comfortable it is gives it extra brownie points!

And better yet, I have a coupon code to share with all of you! Use code “LaurenS20” to save 20% off one purchase at NA-KD.com! They do free worldwide shipping and have an amazing selection of literally everything to choose from. You may want to hurry though since my coupon is only good for 2 more days! 🙂

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Cool Girl + A Discount Code!

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Summer Sweater

Sweater: NA-KD c/o (20% off with coupon ‘LAURENS20‘ & it’s under $50) | Jeans: Levi’s (size up!) | Shoes: Charlotte Russe (similar here) | Purse: Aldo (similar here) | Sunglasses: Shades Crush (only $10!)

Okay so two things I’m obsessed with lately; oversized sweaters and Levi’s jeans! This outfit is giving me all the 90’s feels and I LOVE IT! I just can’t get enough of this baby pink sweater paired with these light wash high rise Levi’s! Also, my other new obsession is pairing jeans with dainty sandal heels. I’m just looooving this whole vibe!

So let’s talk about this ‘Cool Girl’ sweater from NA-KD. I think you need it for a Summer. I’m in love with everything about this sweater. The fit, the feel, the colour and how I can throw it on with a pair of jeans, leggings or denim shorts! The mid-high neck really makes it stand out and it’s the perfect weight for cooler Summer evenings. I got so many compliments wearing this sweater out and I had multiple people ask me where I got it from while I was shopping at the mall!

If you haven’t heard of the online store NA-KD, you need to check it out! The price point is amazing and there is sooo much to choose from! They have everything from denim, dresses, tops, jackets and outerwear to lingerie, swimwear, shoes and accessories! I couldn’t decide what to pick because I loved it all, lol!

NA-KD has been so kind to give me a coupon code to share with all my friends here, on the blog, and on my Instagram. Use coupon code ‘LAURENS20’ at checkout to save 20% off your order, but you better hurry as it’s only valid for the next 3 days! They also offer free worldwide shipping too!

I’ve linked my ‘Cool Girl’ sweater above and click here to shop at NA-KD!

Thank you to NA-KD for collaborating on this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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My Top 5 Side Slit Skirts for Spring!

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side slit skirt

side slit skirt

side slit skirt

side slit skirt

side slit skirt

Skirt: M Boutique (similar here and here) | Top: H&M (love this one here) | Jacket: H&M (sold out – similar here) | Purse: Le Chateau (under $50!) | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban | Shoes: Forever 21 (under $30!)

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a relaxing long weekend spent with friends and family. Qais (pronounced K-ICE – like dice with a k) and I had Good Friday and Easter Sunday off, so we didn’t get a long weekend, but we enjoyed taking our time and enjoying the day! On Thursday evening we saw The Fate of the Furious with our pups at the drive in. On Friday we enjoyed the day in the city and went to one of our favourite places to eat (and has the best margaritas!) El Catrin. And then on Sunday we spent the morning shooting, enjoying coffee at Dark Horse and then having a homemade meal with our fam, courtesy of my husband!

This look has become one of my go-to looks as the weather warms up! I’ve had this skirt since last Spring and love the cut and the length of it. I find it’s the perfect transitional skirt into Spring because of the coverage of the leg. So when their is a slight coolness in the air it keeps me warm and I just throw my beloved moto jacket over a tank or a tee! I actually wear this outfit more then I would like to admit, lol, it’s just one of my go-to’s when I have no idea what to wear! Side slit skirts are so flattering on any leg and are a nice change up from a back slit skirt or your typical mini skirt! That being said I’ve rounded up my top 5 side slit skirts that you need for Spring!:

My Top 5 Side Slit Skirts for Spring!

  1. FOREVER 21 CONTEMPORARY SATIN MAXI SKIRT – $33.90
  2. SHOWPO MAXI SKIRT (OBSESSED WITH THIS!) – 53.95
  3. SHEIN OPEN SLIT MIDI SKIRT – $11.00
  4. BCBGENERATION RIB SLIT SKIRT (LOVE THIS!) – $71.00
  5. SHOWPO UNDER THE TWILIGHT MAXI SKIRT – $46.95

Happy Shopping!

 

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Spring Date Night Look

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spring date night look

spring date night look

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spring date night look

spring date night look

spring date night look

Jacket: Zara | Dress: Zara (similar here) | Shoes: Steve Madden (stiletto version here) | Purse: Aldo (similar here) | Sunglasses: Shades Crush (only $10!)

 Happy Friday, and more importantly Happy Good Friday! I am looking forward to enjoying this long weekend with my family and celebrating the real reason for Easter. I’m going to be keeping todays post short and sweet as I’m sure many of you have a fun filled weekend ahead!

I wore this look last weekend for dinner celebrating my dad’s birthday. Sunday was absolutely amazing with temperatures that pushed above 20 Celsius. So I thought I would pull out my faux leather mini dress and my favourite blush suede moto jacket! I did wear this out with family and my hubby, but think it makes the cutest date night look. Blush is HUGE for spring right now and you can never go wrong with a simple monochromatic black and white look.

These heels are pretty much my kryptonite! I just bought them on Sunday and I’ve worn them 4 or 5 times already, lol. But that just testifies to how comfortable they are. And they go with everything! Steve Madden has a similar style of these shoes with a stiletto heel that I will link above and below. I was originally going to snag those but love the comfort of a block heel. And since I wear heels pretty much 7 days a week I thought these were a better choice!

Happy Easter and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend with lots and lotssss of yummy eats and treats! I have some fun blog posts planned for next week with some cute items I just received from this amazing store! I can’t give too much detail on it yet, but be sure to follow me here, on Instagram, as my Instagram story will see it first! Annnnd I’ll have a special coupon code for my followers too! See you next week!

 

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3 Reasons to Wear White and Nude this Spring!

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white and nude outfits

white and nude outfits

white and nude outfits

white and nude outfits

white and nude outfits

white and nude outfits

white and nude outfits

Bodysuit: Missguided  | Skirt: Ruche (similar here) | Shoes: Steve Madden | Purse: Aldo (similar here and only $19.99!) | Sunglasses: Shades Crush

As you probably already know I’m a girl who likes her neutrals. I honestly just like the ease of styling neutrals and how versatile they are. You really have endless options when you have a good selection of neutrals in your closet. One of my go-to favourite neutrals to wear are nude and white.

White and nude is a match made and heaven and such a flattering match at that! Whenever I’m stuck in-front of my closet and don’t know what to wear (but want to look like I tried effortlessly) I pull out my no brainer. White and nude! I’m always so shocked when I meet people who don’t like to wear nude or white because they think it’s not flattering or hard to wear! But, fear no longer. This post is my 3 reasons why you should be wearing white and nude all Spring looooong!

MY 3 REASONS WHY YOU NEED TO WEAR NUDE AND WHITE IN SPRING:

1. THEY MAKE AMAZING INVESTMENT PIECES.

The thing about white and nude is that they are colours that will never ever go out of style. Sure, some people are against white after Labor day or in the Winter. But realistically you can never go wrong with white and nude in your closet! So go ahead and splurge on your fave designer nude and white pieces. You won’t regret it.

2.  IT MAKES TRANSITIONING FROM SEASON TO SEASON A BREEZE.

You know that weird in-between state your closet gets in while transitioning to the next season? Well white and nude never go out of style, so you won’t have to worry about the ‘it’ colours of the season right away. I always find transitioning from season to season frustrating as I clean my closet to sell, give away and to organize to make space for the up-coming season. White and nude will make that transition a little easier as you figure out your new wardrobe for the next season!

3. BECAUSE DARLING, WHITE AND NUDE JUST LOOKS DAMN GOOD!

Lets be real, have you ever seen a white and nude outfit you haven’t liked? Because I sure haven’t. And I so happen to think white and nude suits everybooooody! It really is such a good look on anyone no matter your shape, size or colour. White and nude just gives that clean and polished look every girl wants!

(PS… these Steve Madden heels are AMAZING! I just bought them and refuse to take them off my feet. It’s also available in a plethora of colours too!)

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My Top 5 One Shoulder Dresses for Spring!

 

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one shoulder dresses
one shoulder dresses

one shoulder dresses

one shoulder dresses

one shoulder dresses

one shoulder dresses

Dress: Missguided (50% off!) | Shoes: Forever 21 (similar here) | Purse: Le Chateau (under $50!) | Sunglasses: Similar 

Happy Monday! A huge trend this season is one shouldered anything! One shoulder dresses, one shoulder tops and one shoulder bodysuits are going to be everywhere. This 90’s trend that was so uncool for the past few years just made a huge return and you should probably jump on this bandwagon!

I am loving the one shoulder dresses for this Spring! They really are easy to wear and really take me back to my youth (talk about an actual #tbt). I’m all about having pieces that look like you tried hard, but you actually didn’t. To me, this one shoulder dress looks so chic with literally no effort. All I did was pair my current favourite purse, a pair of heeled sandals and voila… the look is complete!

My dress if from Missguided (not surprising!) and is still on sale for 50% off with code ‘foreals’. It does fit true to size but is on the shorter side. So if you want a little more length I would recommend to size up.

And because I am totally crushing on this one shoulder trend, I’ve rounded up my top 5 one shoulder dresses for Spring and Summer. Check out my must have list here:

  1. MISSGUIDED BLUE SHOULDER RUFFLE DRESS ($27.50)
  2. H&M POWDER PINK ONE SHOULDER DRESS ($19.99)
  3. SHEIN ONE SHOULDER TASSEL DRESS ($22.00)
  4. ASOS ONE SHOULDER RUFFLE FRONT DRESS ($49.00)
  5. MINK PINK WANDERER ONE SHOULDER DRESS ($79.00)

(ps.. don’t mind my short and straight to the point blog post! I’ve had a loooong day and I’m currently writing this at midnight and I’m out of energy, lol! I promise the next blog post will have a little more life like usual!!)

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