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    Rainbow Romper

    Romper c/o Umgee USA / sandals c/o Shutini / Rebecca Minkoff purse (similar) / Give a Penny Designs earrings via Head Over Heels Baton Rouge / bracelets: c/o Dotted Tusk, c/o Reagan Charleston Designs, Stella & Dot, c/o Marissa del Rosario / sunglasses c/o zeroUV / necklace via Target / Photos by Lacey Rabalais Photography

    There’s really nothing easier than the perfect romper – comfortable but still chic, versatile and easy to get in and out of . Because seriously, some of them are just flat out impossible.

    This Umgee USA romper is sort of essential for me. I love the longer sleeves because I’m always cold. It’s in a light cotton making it super comfy to lounge around in but also looks nice enough to dress up for a night out. That’s exactly why it made it to Vegas with me for MAGIC market. Not to mention, Umgee USA will be on the floor, so I’ll be stopping by the booth to get to know the brand further. Since they are a wholesale company, you can find their clothes online in great online boutiques like Winter LennonThe Florida House, and even Zulily.

    You’ll also notice that I’m back in Shutini with new colored straps and a new way to tie them. I recently realized the shoes are great if you know you’ll be walking a lot. If the straps start rubbing, all you have to do is tie them differently – major plus for traveling!

    Another part of this outfit that I’d like to point out is the pair of Give a Penny Designs earrings that I discovered at Head Over Heels in Baton Rouge. These are fabulous transition pieces (something you will be hearing much more about over the next month or so). You can check out more of the designer’s pieces http://www.giveapennydesigns.com/HERE or in person at Head Over Heels.
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    Cropped Pt. 2

     

    Anthropologie gingham crop (no longer available but similar here) / Forever 21 skirt (old) / J.Crew Factory necklace (sold out but I like this one too / ASOS heels / Rebecca Minkoff purse (similar) / bracelets c/o Dotted Tusk, Reagan Charleston Jewelry and Rosena Sammi / sunglasses c/o zeroUV /  Photos by Lacey Rabalais Photography



    In part one of this cropped series, I mentioned that when you start feeling brave with crop tops, you can show off a sliver of skin. Here is my sliver. This is about as much sliver as it’s going to get out in public, haha. I remember telling Lacey, the photographer, about my outfit… and once she saw it, she said OH okay that’s not bad at all. So yes – it sounds totally risqué, but it’s really not as scandalous as you think. Just remember to be ultra conservative and/or classic with everything else. Shooting for super, trendy pants or a tight mini skirt will sure to be overkill – unless you’re going to Vegas…And that I am! I leave tomorrow for a friend’s bachelorette party and then head straight into WWDMAGIC week. I started packing outfits for MAGIC on Monday night and got a big shot of anxiety. Almost like packing for summer camp for the first time and you don’t know who you’re sharing your bunk bed with, and you know you’re not that good at archery… That’s exactly what the knot in my stomach felt like. BUT I’m feeling a lot better now – I’ve exchanged emails with my blogger roomie – and I’m excited to get thrown in the mix.

    SO stay tuned, for all of the MAGIC updates that will start next Sunday through Wednesday! Oh and of course, enjoy all the posts I’ve spent countless hours on scheduling for you guys while I’m gone! 😉


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    Pret A Porter Event Recap


    Last week’s Pret a Porter Fall Preview was such a great evening! Thanks SO much to everyone who came out and supported Haute Off the Rack and I as co-hosts. Approximately 20 looks walked across the L’auberge rooftop pool featuring luxurious linens and colorful knits. Each look was paired with accessories handpicked by Reagan Charleston from her jewelry line. There were also plentiful appetizers and flowing cocktails for all of the guests to enjoy before the presentation.

    Today, I’m featuring my two favorites from the fall collection that were shown – a fiery maxi dress with mint accenting and a great charcoal and mint pantsuit. (I just love the out of the ordinary color pairing with the oh-so-popular mint.) Let me just say – I am in love with this maxi dress, and no doubt, you probably are too now after seeing it. It’s just pure perfection from the color combination down to the side slits. I also really enjoy the idea of introducing a mint pastel with fall neutrals, in this case, a charcoal gray. Also not to be overshadowed are the color-blocked knit tops (there’s a purple and gold one!) in luxe fabric.

    Tomorrow, I’ll be showing you exactly what I was wearing from the Pret a Porter fall collection to the event!

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    Paris Recap – Pt 5




    Here it is, my last Paris post and what we got to do while visiting. Hopefully, my past posts will help all of you plan your future day adventures in Paris, but today is all about our nights…


    1. Before we left, we were told one of the most overrated things we would do while in Paris was seeing a show at the Moulin Rouge. I cannot even tell you how much I now disagree. The Moulin Rouge was one of the most memorable parts of our trip! Okay, so there are sparkly, feathery and at moments, really questionable costumes, but it was SO good.  They high-kicked and soared through the air, and I didn’t understand one thing they sang. I’ve seen Jubilee in Vegas, and I preferred Moulin Rouge so much more! We caught a show the first night we arrived, and it was perfect timing. OH did I mention they serve you champagne (lots)? Afterwards, we wound up inside the club next door that played nothing but American dance songs from the 90’s.

    2. A must for cocktails (and simply for getting a look inside this magnificent 5-star hotel) – visit the hotel bar in Le Bristol. They serve up chocolates and little specialty cocktails right after you are seated. The cocktail menu is filled with really creative drink concoctions. Plus, it’s a great spot to people watch. Our cab driver told us that David Beckham was staying there at the time… we never saw him. But there’s a white fluffy cat that patrols the hotel too.

    3. If you’re a fan of Sex and the City, then you’ll recognize Kong. Located in a trendier part of the city – right next to the giant Louis Vuitton headquarters, this restaurant is filled with Kartell Louis ghost chairs and boasts a gorgeous glass ceiling. The food was amazing. Smaller portions, but just so so good.

    4. Les Ombres. Hands down my favorite dinner of the entire trip. Amazing food with a view of the Eiffel Tower at night. I stepped out of my normal comfort zone and ordered the sauteed calamari on green risotto. I will forever dream of that dish. And the tower lights sparkling through the glass windows and ceiling.

    5. One night, we ventured to La Palette, a restaurant that turns into a bar/club at night. This is where all of the people our age converge over tables filled with wine and loud conversation. It’s clearly a spot for chic, fashionable Parisians who drive Vespas. Every single one of them. There were like a hundred parked on the sidewalk out front. Afterwards, we headed down the road to Le Pub St. Germaine to grab late night dessert. The 6th arrondissement is super artsy with lots of galleries and cool places to eat. Definitely worth a daytime visit too.

    This isn’t the complete list of what we did every night, but just my favorites! If you have any questions about our trip or suggestions for other things we might have done to help plan a trip of your own, send me an email at apinchoflovely@gmail.com!

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    Reagan Charleston Jewelry + Giveaway


    Over the past weekend, I got to finally meet with Reagan Charleston and view her gorgeous jewelry line with Jennifer from Haute Off the Rack. We piled on the bracelets for our last photo, but I truly didn’t want to take any of them off. Okay, so I did leave with one…

    Reagan combines fresh water pearls and real quartz crystals with sterling silver and gold plated hardware. She’s even started designing her own metal pieces by having them carved in wax and then created into pieces like her sharks tooth bracelets and lions head necklaces.

    Her jewelry including her fabulous back necklaces and druzy headpieces will also be showcased at the Pret a Porter Fall 2013 Preview and Design Showcase that I told you about yesterday. So even MORE incentive for you to enter to win a spot at the event and see her collection in person!

    But wait… there’s more. In addition to giving away spots to the event in Baton Rouge on August 8, you also have a shot to win one of Reagan’s signature bracelets.

    Enter by following our three Instagram accounts:
    @ReaganCharleston
    @HauteOfftheRack
    @KrystalBennett

    AND leave a comment under this post saying you’ve done so with your email address! A winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!

    Photos by Kaela Rodehorst Photography


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