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Mixing Summer and Fall Pieces

Bodysuit: Missguided | Skirt: Boohoo | Bag: Similar | Watch: Daniel Wellington c/o | Sunglasses: Shades Crush c/o | Shoes: J Adams c/o Happy Monday! It has been BRUTALLY hot here in Toronto. Summer decided to come at Fall, which is great, and I’ll take it, but it would’ve been nice to have this weather last month, lol! When I shot this look I was seriously dripping sweat. I don’t know why I decided to wear a sweater bodysuit, but hey, in the name of fashion, right? The one perk about this warm Summer weather is getting a little extra wear out of my Summer wardrobe. I love incorporating Summer pieces where I can and they can sometimes make the cutest outfits! I bought this gingham skirt from Boohoo in July (I think). Gingham has been huge this past season and I really love the print! I’ve also been adding in some long sleeves and sweaters for Fall. When I saw this mustard rib bodysuit from Missguided I knew it had to be mine. I love bodysuits and not having to keep tucking my top in. Plus, the off the shoulder on this bodysuit just makes it that much more fun! Also, I think it’s time for a few new purses here at Basic Babe!! I’ve been rocking the same few non-stop all Summer. Does anyone else have a hard time find purses they love to add to the rotation?! xo Lauren

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3 Easy Tips on How To Shop Lower Priced Jackets (that look expensive!)

    Jacket: Shein (only $40!) | Top: Zara | Leggings: Below the Belt (similar) | Purse: H&M (love this one here) | Sunglasses: Shades Crush Happy Friday! This week has been a whirlwind since I got back from NYC! It’s just been busy, busy, busy trying to catch up with work, life and of course the blog. Does anyone else come home from NYC 5 pounds heavier? Lol! I seriously can’t contain my appetite when I’m there! The food is just too good and I always tend to overeat and pay for it when I return home! Also, my wallet is always a lot lighter when I return home if you know what I mean, lol!! Talking about lighter wallets, I love a good jacket, but also love having a selection of jackets. That being said though, I do always splurge on my winter jacket (cause this girl can’t take the cold), but always like to have a few “fashion” jackets on hand. One of those jackets would be a moto jacket! I love a black moto jacket. They go with everything and can really turn any simple outfit into an edgy and trendy one! As much as I love the classic moto I am not always a huge fan of the price. I honestly don’t have the budget to spend $500+ on a nice leather moto jacket. As much as I’d LOVE to, I just can’t! So, I’ve learned a few tips over the years on how to shop…

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Currently Crushing On: Kimonos

Kimono: Shein (under $30!)| Bodysuit: Missguided (on sale!) | Jeans: H&M | Shoes: Similar | Purse: Le Chateau | Sunglasses: Shades Crush c/o Happy Monday from NYC! I jet back home today, but I’m trying to take in every last second here in the big city. New York is such a fun place and gives me all the style inspo feels, lol! I come to this city a few times a year and each time I come I always tell Qais if we don’t end up moving to LA we are moving to NYC. LA just has my heart because of the warm weather! Okay, I am so into kimonos! I really have always been into kimonos, so when I saw they are back in style I knew I had to get at least one showstopper kimono! Walk in Wonderland featured this kimono on her Instagram. I was SO obsessed with the kimono, but she didn’t link it and I figured it was probably out of my price range anyways! Then one day I was shopping at Zara and saw it on the rack. I ran over and tried on the last size they had left. Which was a medium but a little too big. Plus, I wasn’t a huge fan of the price ($89.95). It was nice but not $89.95 nice, lol! Fast forward to a few weeks ago and I stumbled upon the EXACT same kimono at Shein. And this is why I LOVE Shein. They always have the same thing as…

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Top 5 Not-So-Basic Cardigans for Fall

Sweater: Rylee & Cru | Bodysuit: Missguided | Jeans: Zara | Shoes: Sam Edelman | Purse: Foley + Corinna | Hat: H&M | Sunglasses: Forever 21 (similar)   Yay for Friday and for the weekend! I fly out to New York tomorrow for a quick business trip. I love going to New York (and wish I could’ve had my business trip during NYFW) and love how inspired I feel after I leave. Just something about that New York energy makes you want to work harder and achieve more, lol! I’ll probably be bringing this fuzzy cardigan with me on the flight tomorrow. There is nothing better than a big warm cardigan to layer with. It’s such an essential for the colder weather and a staple piece, in my opinion! I went on a purging spree a few months back and gave away ALL of my winter items. Including all my beloved cardigans. So I really need to start shopping for some new sweaters, cardigans and all that good stuff! And although, I am the self-titled Basic Babe. I like my cardigans to have a little bit more edge. So I’ve rounded up my top 5 not so basic cardigans for Fall! Top 5 Not-So-Basic Cardigans for Fall Rylee & Cru ASOS Revolve Forever 21 (NEED!) H&M xo Lauren

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Currently Crushing On: #OTK Boots

Top: Missguided (sold out – similar) | Jeans: Zara | Boots: Marc Fisher (ON SALE – under $200!) | Purse: Old Navy (similar) | Sunglasses: Shades Crush c/o So if you’ve been following me for awhile you’ll know my love for over-the-knee boots is REAL! I would literally live in these boots all Fall and Winter long if it was possible. I’d also wear them with every outfit on my blog if that was possible too. But I think you guys would get real bored of that, lol! In all seriousness though. I am just a lover of all boots over-the-knee. And this year is the first year I decided to #treatmyself and buy a nicer pair of boots! I snagged these at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale for just under $200 and I’m in love. I know that’s not much to spend on boots, but your girl bought a pair of black #otk for under $100 last year! And I would never spend so little again after having these babies on my feet, lol! They fit TTS, are made of high-quality faux suede and are the perfect pointed toe! They also stay up on your leg when you’re wearing them with a dress. Which is amazing! I struggled with my otk boots falling down every time I took a step last year, lol! So if you are in the market for a new pair of over-the-knee boots, look no further! These are awesome and ON SALE! So a total win-win. xo…

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Fall Must: A Pleated Midi Skirt

       Top: Tobi c/o | Skirt: H&M (this colour isn’t available online – other colours here)| Purse: H&M (similar) | Shoes: Charlotte Russe (similar) | Sunglasses: Shades Crush c/o I have never honestly been a midi girl until this Summer. I’ve always thought I was waaaaaaay too short to wear a midi skirt until I randomly bought one from Boohoo a few months back. You can see that skirt here. After rocking this skirt all Summer long I decided to add another midi to my closet! It was actually Qais who sniped this skirt first. Which is weird since he always zones out when we go shopping, lol! He told me he really liked it and so I decided to try it on and LOVED it! It reminds me of Christmas, for whatever reason, and I think I’ll be wearing it to church for our Christmas Eve service. Majorly thinking ahead, I know! Anyway, I am really into this colour and the pleats are just perfect! I wanted to make it not look so dressed up so I paired it with this lace up sleeve crop from Tobi. Which, would totally look cute with some high waisted denim too! I wasn’t sure if I could pull this top off since I tend to gravitate to a bit more feminine. But I think it really works with this skirt! PS.. you may see this skirt again in the next few weeks with a dainty blouse! I just love it that much!!…

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Top 5 Distressed Jeans for Fall

   Jacket: Missy Empire (under $60!) | Top: Zara (love this one here) | Jeans: Zara (similar) | Shoes: Charlotte Russe (similar) | Sunglasses: Shades Crush | Purse: Foley + Corinna | Bracelet: Paul Hewitt   Happy Friday! Is anyone else really loving this cooler weather? Call me crazy, but, it’s been so refreshing! And, it’s been so fun layering and trying new styles out for Fall. I am pretty excited to start adding to my jacket collection and of course my jean collection too! I’ve been talking a lot about my new obsession with jeans lately on the blog. I’ve never been a jean girl, until very recently, and now I am hooked! Zara definitely has been my go-to for a good pair of distressed jeans. They’ve also been having a great selection of high waisted jeans. I mean you can never ever go wrong with Zara! Am-I-right?! But, today is all about the distressed jean. And since Fall is literally around the corner, I’ve decided to round up my top 5 distressed jeans for Fall! Top 5 Distressed Jeans for Fall: Zara Express Shopbop (one of my faves!!) Revolve ASOS xo Lauren

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Blush Wrap Dress

    Dress:Tobi | Hat: H&M | Shoes: Kelsi Dagger c/o (on sale and under $100!)| Clutch: H&M (love this one here) | Sunglasses: (similar)I am in total style heaven with this blush wrap dress for Fall! I know you guys must be getting so annoyed with me talking about wrap dresses on the blog. But, they are just so chic and easy to wear that I can’t help myself, lol! The only thing I regret doing is not getting it in navy too!! Also, if you follow me on Instagram you would have seen me get a few pairs of Kelsi Dagger shoes. Firstly, they are nothing short of amazing! The leather is so supple and soft, and the quality is seriously amazing. They are a bit more than what I usually spend. But, if you are looking for a quality boot for Fall then this is it! The sandals I’m wearing above are sooo comfy! I wish I got them in the beginning of Summer so I could wear them more. I’ll just have to wear them as much as possible now since the cold weather is definitely coming really quickly! And real fast. This wool hat from H&M is just to die for! It’s like a light brown with a blush belt around it! It really is such a sophisticated hat to add to any outfit! I’ve linked it above and it’s under $30! This dress also fits TTS and it’s on sale! So you better snag it! Shop New…

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Girlfriend Jeans

  Top: Similar  | Jeans: Tobi (on sale!) | Purse: Foley + Corinna | Shoes: Sam Edelman (on sale!) | Sunglasses: Similar Happy Labor Day! Qais and I are having a slow weekend just enjoying each others company. It has been such a nice few days without a schedule and we have been loving the super slow start to our mornings (which is so rare, we are always on the go)! Today’s post is going to be short and sweet, as I’m sure many of you have a full day plan unplugged! Recently, I have been getting really into growing my jean collection since I am not much of a jean girl whatsoever. I’ve been trying new styles out and really trying to find out what styles suit me and what I like. These girlfriend jeans are really new to me, and are similar to boyfriend jeans but not as loose! I never thought I would try a looser fitting jean but I saw them online and thought I’d give them a go. I think they’d look great paired with a tighter fitting bodysuit, crop top, or a knit bell sleeve top like the one I’m wearing! Fit wise, they are really comfortable to wear and great quality too. I definitely think jeans and a bell sleeve top are going to be my new Fall uniform! I am totally stocking up on both pieces ASAP! Shop New Fall Arrivals from Tobi! xo Lauren

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Fall Must: Suede Skirt

Top: Rachel Roy | Vest: Missguided (50% off!) | Skirt: Missguided (50% off!)| Shoes: Sam Edelman (on sale!) | Purse: Foley + Corinna | Sunglasses: Shades Crush Happy Friday and long weekend-eve! Qais and I don’t have any solid plans for the long weekend, but we may spend time with family and go wine tasting. Which, is always a good idea in my books lol! As you probably know, I am getting really, like reaaaally, excited for Fall! I’ve been stocking on all things mustard, tons of booties and my favorite Fall staple, suede! I love suede everything. Suede pants, skirts, tops (I actually don’t know if that exists, lol) and of course suede boots! But, suede skirts are just so good for the cool and crisp weather. They offer not only warmth but obviously style too! This skirt from Missguided is not real suede. I don’t think I own any real suede, to be honest. But this “faux” suede does the job in comfort and style. One of my favorite places to buy faux suede anything is actually H&M. They just kill it in this department and I highly recommend checking some of their ‘faux’ suede pieces out when you get a chance! Also, I am dying over this vest I snagged from Missguided! When I saw it I knew I had to have it and now I can’t even take it off, lol! AND if you really feel like shopping, Missguided is having 50% off EVERYTHING with code ‘americanbabe’! xo Lauren

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