That’s A Wrap!

Happy 2017, ya’ll!? This time last year I was anticipating the best year of my life – and on the outside it may seem as if that were true. I mean, I traveled to Cuba, I graduated from college, moved to the amazing city of Chicago, started my career in PR, began my first semester of graduate school and made awesome new friends! Sounds like a stellar year, right? Well, not so much. There were some other things that happened that really prevented me from fully enjoying all of these great accomplishments and kind of put a damper on most of the year. No matter how great – nothing really made me feel genuinely happy.

Now, I’ve never been super into New Years resolutions (although I did write a blogging resolutions post once – so funny to read old posts!!) because I think you start off strong for a few weeks, and then everything falls by the wayside. However, there are some bad habits I’d like to kick in this new year, and some good habits I’d like to pick up! The one thing that I really want and am going to try my hardest to achieve is to have genuine happiness again. Your happiness impacts every single part of your life, and it’s so draining putting on a facade all the time – so I know that I can do it!

Anyways, onto the outfit! I picked up this gorgeous Banana Republic Pleated Wrap dress a few weeks back and knew it would be the perfect party dress! I wore it to a Christmas party, and thought it would be perfect for New Years. Let me tell you – big hit! What’s great about this pleated wrap dress is that it can be worn all year long! During the winter, style it with your favorite pair of heeled boots (which I did for the Christmas party) and during the summer – pull out your favorite strappy sandals! I also love that it’s not a typical wrap dress and has the gorgeous pleats for that  little extra bit of flare!

In order to be more jazzy for New Years, I opted for a pair of silver pointed heels. I’ve had this pair for a while, and knew they would be perfect for the occasion!

Well, cheers to a fabulous 2017 for all of us! ?

Pleated Wrap Dress: Banana Republic // Heels: Zara (old, similar here and here) // Bag: Rebecca Minkoff // Earrings: Bauble Bar (they go with everything!)Photos by Katie Ardner

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19 Comments

  1. Jane wrote:

    Love this beautiful dress! You look fabulous!
    xo, Jane
    http://www.fitfabfunmom.com

    Posted 1.6.17 Reply
    • Lauren O. wrote:

      Thank you so much, Jane! You’re too sweet!

      Posted 1.7.17 Reply
  2. woow!! Looks like some awesome events happened on 2016! Congratulations 🙂
    – Belen
    Visit my lifestyle blog A Hint of Life

    Posted 1.4.17 Reply
    • Lauren O. wrote:

      Yes, there were definitely so many!! And thank you – hope you have a fabulous year, Belen!!

      Posted 1.7.17 Reply
  3. Rach wrote:

    You had an amazing year!! This wrap dress look gorgeous on you! Happy New Year girl!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

    Posted 1.3.17 Reply
  4. Caitlin wrote:

    Cute wrap dress! Happy 2017 🙂

    Caitlin, Beauty & Colour

    Posted 1.3.17 Reply
    • Lauren O. wrote:

      Thank you so much, Caitlin!

      Posted 1.7.17 Reply
  5. Emily wrote:

    Adore this wrap dress – so lovely! Cheers to 2017!
    Isn’t That Charming.

    Posted 1.3.17 Reply
    • Lauren O. wrote:

      Thanks a lot, Emily! Happy New Years!!

      Posted 1.5.17 Reply
  6. Anna White wrote:

    Love this dress! It looks lovely on you! Happy New Year! XO –

    Anna | http://www.parkavenueblogger.com

    Posted 1.3.17 Reply
    • Lauren O. wrote:

      Thank you very much, Anna! I’m so glad you like it and Happy New Year to you, too!!

      Posted 1.3.17 Reply
  7. Amy Arnold wrote:

    What a great year for you! I love a wrap dress. Always so classic and chic.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    Posted 1.3.17 Reply
    • Lauren O. wrote:

      Thanks a lot, Amy! It was definitely a great year – and I hope you have a wonderful 2017!!

      Posted 1.3.17 Reply
  8. Violette wrote:

    Beautiful smile and I love this wrap dress! I looks great on you!

    http://violettedaily.com

    Posted 1.3.17 Reply
    • Lauren O. wrote:

      Thanks so much, Violette! You’re too sweet! Happy New Year!

      Posted 1.3.17 Reply
  9. Kierra wrote:

    Happy New Year! You look stunning, I love those shoes!

    http://www.timelesschic.net
    xoxo

    Posted 1.3.17 Reply
  10. barristerv wrote:

    The dress is stunning on you! Navy is so hard to find. At least for me lol. I am always impressed with the creativity of your posts as well. “It’s a wrap” is so creative in the meaning with the description of the dress and the end of 2016. The honesty is your post is refreshing as well; and so encouraging for us all in New Year!! Thank you.

    Posted 1.2.17 Reply
    • Lauren O. wrote:

      Thank you, mom haha! And yes – definitely ready for a great start to the New Year! 🙂

      Posted 1.3.17 Reply
  11. barristerv wrote:

    The dress is stunning on you! Navy is so hard to find. At least for me lol. I am always impressed with the creativity of your posts as well. “It’s a wrap” is so creative in the meaning with the description of the dress and the end of 2016. The honesty is your post is refreshing as well; and so encouraging for us all in New Year!! Thank you.

    Posted 1.2.17 Reply

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