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3 Ways to Shine and Stand Out in Your Casual Outfits

Jacket (50% off) | Sweater (50% off) | Jeans (50% off)| Bag (50% off) | Boots With the Holidays going strong and beautiful dresses everywhere, it can feel hard to shine and stand out in your casual outfits! And as tempting as it is to add sequins and glitter to every outfit, it’s just not practical. Creating a casual outfit to shine and stand out in can sometimes feel hard. Thankfully, Express has made it easy this Holiday season to not just shine with their Holiday pieces, but, with their casual pieces too. Below, I’m sharing my 3 ways to shine and stand out in your casual outfits with Express. 3 Ways to Shine and Stand Out in Your Casual Outfits: 1. Choose the right jacket One of the easiest ways to shine wearing a casual look is choosing the right jacket. Ditch the black puffer or peacoat for something more fun. A great jacket to help you shine is not only stylish but warm too. This faux fur lined boyfriend jacket literally checks off every box. It’s super warm, cozy and is very versatile, too! I love an oversized fit to make a statement. Plus, as the weather gets colder I can bundle more underneath because of it’s oversized fit! 2. Pick the perfect pair of pants As the weather gets colder, I like to swap out my light washed destroyed denim for darker wash denim. Sometimes, darker wash denim without some rips can be a little boring. I love how…

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Bodysuits and Straight Leg Denim

Bodysuit | Jeans | Boots (similar) | Clutch Happy Monday, from New York City! I’m here for a quick trip for some Shop Basic Babe buying for Spring/Summer 2018. New York City always leaves me inspired and motivated to get back to the grind and to continue chasing my dreams! Who else loves NYC as much as I do?! Who else also loves this bodysuit trend and hope’s it stays forever?! I’ve always been the type to tuck in all my shirts and blouses. So this bodysuit thang can definitely stay. It just makes looking put together SO much easier! I am also loving the deep v, stripes and bell sleeves on this bodysuit. This top is seriously my cup of tea and I love how ridiculously easy it is to style! Also, if you haven’t hoped on the straight leg jean trend yet, why not?! They are totally fab and really make a look. It’s all about finding the right fit for your body though. These GRLFRND jeans are truly the perfect straight leg jean. And if you don’t mind the splurge I highly recommend them! Anyways, I’m off to the show to do some buying and I am planning on doing some damage, lol!! xo Lauren Thanks to Shein for collaborating with me on this post!

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3 Easy Ways to Elevate Your Basics

Blazer (43% off!)| Top | Jeans (similar) | Boots (similar) | Belt | Purse (love this one here) Yay for Friday! And yay for my quick trip to NYC on business this weekend! I’m looking for some restaurant recommendations, specifically sushi. So if you know of any good sushi spots in NYC hit me up! I usually go to Nobu, and absolutely love it, but would love to try something new too! As you guys probably know, I love wearing easy pieces. Everything from basics to throw on and go pieces. I just love the idea of easy and effortless dressing! Apart of easy and effortless dressing is definitely getting the most out of all your pieces. Especially, basic everyday pieces. One of my favourite things to do is to elevate my basics. There is nothing better than feeling like you really tried with your outfit when you actually really didn’t! I mean, that is basically my style in a nutshell. Looking like I tried when I really haven’t! So here are my top 3 tips on elevating your basics and looking like you really tried! 3 Easy Ways to Elevate Your Basics: 1.Wear a statement piece A statement piece is all you need to really pull a basic look to an effortless look. This velvet cape blazer is such a statement piece and looks great dressed up or down. As soon as I got this blazer I knew I wanted to dress it down for an everyday look. There is…

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Random Life Update!

Top | Jeans | Jacket | Boots (similar) | Purse Hey guys! Happy Wednesday! I feel like it’s been so long since I’ve given you guys a life update. Sometimes it’s just nice to share what’s going on in my life with my blog readers. It’s almost therapeutic to write it out. Especially since these last few months have been such a huge change for me! So where should I start… WORK LIFE: Firstly, life has been HECTIC since Shop Basic Babe has started. Now, SBB isn’t my first business. I owned a children’s store before. But man, is SBB teaching me SO much. I feel like once you own your own business, you kinda feel like you know what you’re doing. But I’m learning I don’t. I’m so thankful I have such a great team helping me with SBB. I am learning soooo much about branding, marketing and really how to make an online business work. And it seriously is more work then I expected. So naive I know. Overall, the online shop has been a hustle but so good at the same time! My blog is getting a facelift – which is much needed! So excited to show you guys the reveal. It was just time to freshen it up and re-brand. I’ve also felt like it was just time. My blog and brand has grown and changed so much in the past year and I really wanted to reflect that! And in other EXCITING news… my husband (who…

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3 Guaranteed Ways to Make your Blog (or Instagram) Pictures Better!

Top | Skirt | Jacket | Shoes (similar) | Purse I get asked a lot about my blog and Instagram pictures. From how I edit them to how I get them to look so professional and what camera’s I use. I have an editing guide here if you were wondering about editing. But today’s blog post is how to take the ‘perfect’ picture before editing! So let’s jump right in! 3 Guaranteed Ways to Make your Blog (or Instagram) Pictures Better!: 1. Create a story Don’t just take a picture. Create a story. Use buildings in the background to create interest, depth and height. Take advantage of the way the sunlight is hitting the road or the way it’s hitting your hair. Look at your surroundings and try to make them create a story for either your blog post or Instagram. Create a vibe or a feeling. Nothing is more captivating than an image that creates a story. It’s so easy to take a picture in front of a wall and call it a day. But it’s so much more exciting and inspiring to use your surrounding to help tell the story about your outfit! 2. Capture the candid To really create a story try and capture the candid moments. Nothing shoots better than an authentic walk (vs the fake walk – which rarely looks good). Walk around your shooting location, naturally interact with what’s around you and do your thing. I like to pretend that Qais isn’t there shooting…

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Top 5 Transitional Pieces for Spring

Top (under $40) | Jacket (love this one here) | Jeans | Boots (similar here) | Purse Happy Friday! The weather is finally starting to warm up in Toronto. And I desperately hope it stays that way! Everytime Spring starts to show it’s face, I like to slowly start adding lightweight knits and transitional pieces into my closet. I absolutely love adding transitional pieces to my closet. I guess it gives me a glimmer of hope that Spring is actually coming, lol! This asymmetric peplum top is our newest arrival to Shop Basic Babe. It’s so lightweight, comfortable and is the perfect throw on and go top! I love tops that looks like you tried more then you did. And that’s definitely this top! Anyways, here is my top 5 transitional tops for Spring: Top 5 Transitional Tops for Spring: Revolve Missguided Shop Basic Babe ShopBop Asos xo Lauren

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Trend to Try: The Pajama Shirt

Bodysuit | Jeans | Boots (similar) | Jacket | Purse Honestly, who would have thought it would be cool to wear your pajamas out in public? I mean in elementary school I always avoided pajama day cause I thought it was strange, lol. I clearly thought pajamas were for sleeping only and it took awhile for me to jump on this new trend! I’ve been seeing this trend everywhere lately! And it honestly hasn’t tickled my fancy. Most of the pajama trend has a lot of big prints on them. And as you guys know, I’m not a print kind of gal. But when I was at Zara last weekend I found this beauty and knew I had to have it! Firstly, I LOVE bodysuits so that was the first win. Secondly, it’s white and neutrals are always a win! After trying this on with my favourite jeans I am now officially a love of the pajama trend. And not to mention the materials for this pajama trend is silky (or faux silk in my case) goodness. Because I think you should try this trend too (why not?), I’ve linked a few fave pajama tops below. And no worries I didn’t link any crazy prints or colours! 😉   xo Lauren

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Currently Crushing On: Faux Fleece Pullovers

Sweater | Pants | Shoes | Hat | Purse Yay for Friday! And yay for super-cosy-and-seriously-warm sweaters! Cause this Canadian girl is so over the cold and nothing beats a comfy soft sweater to help ease the pain of Winter! But for real though, this sweater is everythaaaang! And they’ve been everywhere for good reason! I honestly don’t dress like this out much. But I might start now! When I was shooting this look I was seriously in heaven wearing this pullover. The only thing that was weird was not wearing heels. I’m a total heels girl so no heels are weird for me lol! Anyways, we just released this two-tone faux fleece pullover at Shop Basic Babe. It’s easily my favourite sweater in the shop. And it’s the perfect sweater for basically every woman. It’s just so easy to throw on and go. It definitely makes a statement in a good way. And most importantly, it is WARM! Like soooo warm. Totally Canadian approved! So if you’re looking to expand your sweater collection in the near future then this baby is it! Plus, I love the light beige colour so it goes with everything! Which is always nice. Have a great weekend and I’ll talk to you guys Monday!! xo Lauren

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Top 5 Paper Bag Pants You Need to Try!

Pants | Top (similar)| Jacket | Boots (sold out – similar) | Purse | Hat (similar) Do I dare to say I have, yet another, new obsession? Well, yes I do and it’s these paper bag pants! I know I use the word obsession very loosely, lol, but these pants are just giving me ALL the feels! I’ve honestly been in a fashion rut lately and haven’t felt inspired to try new styles. But after seeing these at H&M I just knew I needed them! They were just so different and finally inspired me to style my wardrobe and take some fresh new blog pics! Off topic, but if you’re a fashi0n blogger reading this then have you been in a rut lately too? I don’t know if it’s the cold weather or what. But lately, the idea of styling myself for a shoot seems so dang hard!! Which brings me to another point. Spring, you can come any time now. Thanks. Back to the post. These pants are seriously so fun. So easy to style. And are going to make great transition pants as the weather warms up! So excited to pair it with a white tank and sandals in the Summer! So that being said, here are my top 5 paper bag pants. Top 5 paper bag pants: H&M Asos Topshop Showpo Missguided xo Lauren

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Currently Crushing on: GRLFRND Jeans

Jeans | Cardigan | Bodysuit | Boots (similar) | Purse   I haven’t done a currently crushing blog post in a long while and it’s definitely overdue! Especially with these GRLFRND jeans! OMG! I am obsessed. Like I would totally wear these every single day if I could! If you’ve been following me for awhile you may know that I never was a jeans girl. I could never find a pair that flattered my legs. And I could never find a pair that would hold it’s shape and look good after months of owning them. So if you are anything like I were then you need to read this post! Okay so, I’ll be honest. GRLFRND jeans may be a bit a splurge. They are a major splurge for me! I honestly don’t spend over $60 on jeans. But, you honestly do get what you pay for when it come’s to jeans. So the question is… are these couple hundred dollar jeans worth it? Yes! If you’re looking to get many, many, many wears out of jeans then these are for you! If you’re looking for jeans that will hold their shape and are available in different styles and colours to flatter your legs. Then these babies are for you! Done deal. And I’ll be super transparent too. I was gifted these jeans from Revolve. And have always wanted to buy GRLFRND jeans but couldn’t honestly justify buying them before! But I will say I would definitely save my money…

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