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The Most Versatile LBD!

Dress: Missguided (50% off using code ‘gobabe’) | Shoes: Steve Madden (under $100) | Purse: Aldo | Sunglasses: Quay Up until recently my entire wardrobe consisted of 80% black. Truthfully, I was scared to wear colour and thought black was the easiest way to go. My wardrobe literally was black, white and grey! When I decided I wanted to start blogging I also decided I wanted to evolve my fashion too. I wanted to incorporate more colours, textures and patterns. And I wanted to try new styles I shied away from before! One style I always steered clear from was pleats. Why? I honestly don’t know, lol. I just never liked pleats and never wore them! So when I was browsing the Missguided website one day I came across this LBD with pleats. I was initially drawn to it because of the bell sleeves (I’m a huge fan of bell sleeves). So I purchased it and when it got delivered I HATED it! I was so so close to returning it but never got around to it. Looks like this procrastination worked in my favor because I decided to give it one last try…. and I LOVED it! Honestly, I don’t know why I disliked it so much when I first tried it on. But since actually giving it a try I have to say it’s probably one of the most versatile little black dresses I own. You can pair it with a heel and it looks good enough for a party or date night. And in the Summer you can put…

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3 Easy Steps for the Ultimate Date Night Look

Dress: Mendocino (similar here and only $20!) | Jacket: H&M (sold out – similar here) | Shoes: Steve Madden | Sunglasses: Aldo (similar here) | Purse: Hieleven  I am truly a date night girl! I look forward to date night with Qais every week and I am a huge believer in ‘dating’ your spouse after marriage. Qais and I try to do date night once a week and keep it pretty simple, but fun. We usually do dinner but we do try to keep it exciting by trying to places to eat. We also love exploring new parts of the city and other local areas too! I, to no surprise, LOVE dressing up for date night. I would honestly by a new outfit for date night every week if I could, lol. But I obviously can’t, so I’ve come to be creative and have a pretty simple process on how to turn almost any look date night ready! 3 Easy Steps to Turn Any Look Into a Date Night Outfit: Step 1: Always Add a Heel You really can elevate any look by adding a pair of heels. This is a easy trick and can turn your weekend jeans into date night ready! In the summer I love adding a strappy sandal with a casual cotton dress or my favorite pair of jeans! My personal go to is a nude heel. But, a pop of colour or a classic black heel will also do the trick! Step 2: Pull out…

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Top 5 Must Have Jean’s for Spring! (all under $100)

Top: Forever 21 (similar here and here) | Jeans: Zara (under $50!) | Shoes: Aldo (under $100) | Purse: Aldo (similar here for $19.99) | Sunglasses: Shades Crush c/o Styles I am living for lately include; white frayed denim, off the shoulder tops and MULES! Seriously, the trends this Spring and Summer season are amaaaazing and I can’t get enough! I feel like these styles may be my favorite in a long time and I hope they stick around for a bit! I mean what is a easier look then a fresh white pair of distressed jeans, a pleated off the shoulder top and some nude mules? When it come’s to effortless style, I think this look takes the cake. I love when I find a good combo that just works. And this combo works! PS… If you are looking for a good everyday mule you need these ones from Aldo! It’s the perfect height, colour and price (under $100). MY TOP 5 MUST HAVE JEANS FOR SPRING: ZARA RISE SKINNY FIT JEANS (the one’s I’m wearing above which are under $50 and fit like a dream!) TOPSHOP MOTO BLACK JEANS (the perfect pair of high waisted black jeans) LEVI’S 721 HIGH RISE DISTRESSED JEANS (my faaaaaave pair of jeans and don’t forget to size up!) ASOS FARLEIGH JEANS (LOVE these they remind me of a pair of Frame denim) BDG GIRLFRIEND HIGHRISE (the go-to jean for Spring)

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Spring Fave: OTS Dress!

Dress: H&M (old – but love this one here!) | Shoes: Charlotte Russe | Purse: Aldo (similar here) | Sunglasses: Quay  | Choker: Aldo (similar here) | Watch: Rosefield Happy Monday! Unless you’ve been living under a rock you would know that OTS everything is huge! I have been loving the OTS (off-the-shoulder for those not in the know 😉 ) dresses since last Spring/Summer and I’m so happy this trend is here to stay! The dress I’m wearing is from H&M from last Summer. It’s actully a pretty cool dress because it can be worn OTS (as seen above) or with straps. I love this olive green colour for days I’m not feeling black or colour. It’s loose and flowy, and can be easily worn with pretty much any accessory, purse or shoe! This look to me is a laid-back date night look. Perfect for sipping some cocktails on the patio and indulging in some Mexican food (slight obsession with Mexican food over here!). Since I can’t link this exact dress, I’ve linked other muted and laid back OTS dresses!

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Spring Must: Distressed Denim Skirt (under $40!)

Top: Forever 21 (similar here and here) | Skirt: Missy Empire c/o (only $32!) | Shoes: Aldo (under $100) | Purse: Aldo (similar here) | Sunglasses: Quay | Watch: Rosefield  Happy Friday guys! If you’ve been following my blog or Instagram you know I am LOVING denim for this Spring. In my last post, here, I explain how I wasn’t loving the denim dress trend until recently. And now I’m loving the denim skirt trend big time! In the past month, or so, I’ve purchased a few different denim skirts. Everything from white embroidered (read the post here), and super distressed white (read the post here), to a classic black denim skirt. It wasn’t until I received this skirt from Missy Empire until I really fell in love with the denim skirt trend. All of the skirts I mention above I really do love. But, this Missy Empire denim skirt fits so so so good! It fit’s truly like a glove, which is unlike the other skirts I wore above. I’m not saying my other skirts fit poorly (I would say the F21 skirt does actually, lol, more on that skirt probably next week). But this skirt just fits AMAZINGLY! It fit’s TTS and really gives your body a nice hour glass shape. SO, if you haven’t bought a denim skirt for the season buy this one!! I promise it won’t disappoint and I love the off center slit it has in the front, super chic! And you can really pair…

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My Top 5 Denim Dresses for Spring!

Dress: Boohoo (only $35!) | Shoes: Charlotte Russe | Purse: BP (similar here) | Sunglasses: Shades Crush c/o Okay, I know I say this a lot buuuut….. I have a new obsession! Denim dresses! I have to say at first I wasn’t completely sold on wearing denim as a dress. Heck, I barely wear denim as jeans. BUT, I decided to give it a go and see if I liked it or not! And I have to say, I. Am. SOLD! So I first started considering denim dresses when I saw Dress Up Buttercup wear it here. I loved it but didn’t think I could pull it off! I kept thinking about this dress over and over (clearly I need to get a life, lol!). And wanted to buy it but didn’t want to spend that much on a dress I loved but didn’t know if I would love on me. When I was shopping the Boohoo sale a few weeks back (everything was 50% off!), I saw this chambray dress I’m wearing. It looked cute, easy to wear and super easy to style. So I made the plunge and added the darker wash to my cart! When I first tried it on I was 100% loving it. And disclaimer, I don’t love the 3/4 length sleeves on this dress. They are super tight and don’t button up! But, other then the sleeves I absolutely love this dress! It’s really more of a chambray dress then denim, but I think it’s close enough! It’s a great dress…

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The Perfect Stripe Top (under $50)

Top: Goodnight Macaroon c/o (available in 3 colours!) | Jeans: Zara (old – similar here) | Shoes: Forever 21 (similar here) | Sunglasses: Shades Crush c/o | Purse: Le Chateau (under $50!) Happy Monday! Today Qais and I are going south of the border to Buffalo to do a little shopping, and I am so excited! I don’t usually get two days in a row off so we’re just excited to spend today shopping and exploring. I wore this look last week to church and I have to say this is my new “just throw on and go” outfit. I’m surprisingly not a huge fan of stripes, so for me to buy a striped shirt I have to LOVE it! When I saw this top on Goodnight Macaroon, I instantly loved it. I loved the pleats and the knit fabric and loved how it came in navy, purple and white (so cute!). As for fit, it is one size fits all. I would say it fits more like a medium. But if you wear a size small it will just be flowy but super cute! It come’s in three different colours and is really so comfortable to wear! It’s a great shirt to dress up with a pair of jeans and heels. Or with a pair of cutoff shorts and sandals. Overall, if you aren’t a huuuuge stripe fan, like moi, I do believe this top may just change your views!

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

Top: 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…

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Palm Print Slip Dress (the perfect Summer 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…

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My Top 5 Embroidered Skirts for Spring!

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!…

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