Back to School

rebecca minkoff crossbody 1You know how back in June and July when everyone was complaining about how cool the temperature was and that it wasn’t warm enough for summer (me included)? Well those days appear to be long gone, because all of a sudden it is HOT. striped dress 1In order to cope and keep cool, the best thing to do is to take away clothing and put on the lightest and breeziest things I have in my closet. AKA this striped dress. Now, I’m sure you’re wondering why I threw a jacket on top if it’s so hot – and that’s a reasonable question. The simple answer is that this dress is a bit short in the front, and I felt going sleeveless would be a bit much LOL. (There’s some really bad windblown outtakes!)rebecca minkoff beige crossbodydowntown clevelandWith school quickly approaching, I’ve been running around trying to complete all of my back to school shopping, and as soon as I spotted this striped dress I knew it would be an essential item in my closet. I love that it can be worn with simple accessories, but when fall approaches, I know that it’ll be an easy transition piece. How cute with brown ankle booties?!target jeweled sandalsstriped dress 2I posted these pretty, jeweled sandals on my Instagram a few weeks back and have been wearing them non-stop ever since. I was a bit hesitant at first because I didn’t know if I could pull them off, but finally took the plunge. I’ve seen them everywhere, and honestly it’s for good reason! I purchased mine for $9 – which is already an amazing deal – but I’ve heard some people bought theirs for $5!rebecca minkoff crossbodyFunny story: I was walking down some pretty serious steps during this shoot and felt myself gripping on for dear life to the soles… praying that I wouldn’t fall, because I’m pretty sure this is my first pair of slides! If you don’t know, I’m extremely clumsy and have actually broken the same ankle three times. BUT, those are stories for another day. ANYWAYS….
old navy jacket
Rounding out the entire look is this amazing Old Navy jacket that I wear with everything, and my new favorite cross body! It comes in so many great colors for fall, but I love that this one is so versatile! Hopefully I don’t wear it out 😉

Dress: Marshall’s (similar) // Jacket: Old Navy (similar) // Crossbody: Rebecca Minkoff // Sandals: Target


Photos by Katie Ardner


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  1. 9.2.15
    Mikéla said:

    Adorable!! Absolutely love your jacket!

    • 9.2.15
      Lauren O. said:

      Thanks a lot! It’s seriously the best thing to throw on!

  2. 8.23.15
    Bash said:

    Love your outfit! The jacket looks incredible cozy! <3

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    • 8.24.15
      Lauren O. said:

      Thank you! It’s so cozy! I seriously wear it with everything – but most often leggings for some extra comfort 😉

  3. 8.20.15
    Kelly said:

    Such a great outfit girl!! You look so happy 🙂 Also, thank you for your incredibly lovely comment on my blog. It’s women like you that seriously inspire me!! You have such a great gift for pointing out good qualities in others. That will take you so far..


    • 8.24.15
      Lauren O. said:

      Thanks, Kelly! And of course, I always look forward to going to your blog and reading your comments! That’s one of the nicest compliments I’ve received, and I truly appreciate it! I’m extremely inspired by you, as well!!

  4. 8.20.15
    Julianna said:

    So first of all, you’re GORGEOUS! Second, I love your embellished sandals and your nude bag. This look is so cute!

    xx Julianna
    IG @julianna_claire

    • 8.24.15
      Lauren O. said:

      Thanks, Julianna! That’s so sweet!! And it was nice to just throw on something comfortable for a change!

  5. 8.20.15

    Oh my gosh I am so obsseed with this look! Probably because I have been searching high and low for outfits for college!

    • 8.24.15
      Lauren O. said:

      Thank you, Victoria! Glad I could help 🙂 And I know, isn’t it so hard?! I went to so many stores, and came out disappointed almost every time!

  6. 8.19.15
    Vanessa said:

    Lauren, I love your striped shirt dress – so cute! The bag is on fleek too! I need it in my life!
    Sending you much love, darling & I hope you have a great day!!
    XOXO, Vanessa

    • 8.19.15
      Lauren O. said:

      Thanks a lot, Vanessa! 🙂 That’s such a sweet comment! And I’m obsessed with this bag, too – I’ve literally been wearing it almost everyday! haha

  7. 8.19.15
    Shannon said:

    SOOO cute! I love these a line swing dresses I’m seeing everywhere. Good luck with those slip ons!

    • 8.19.15
      Lauren O. said:

      Thanks, Shannon! And so do I! I love them so much, I think I need to buy a few more!

  8. 8.18.15
    Rania said:

    Such a cute and fresh look, and gorgeous shoes!

    xo Rania

    • 8.19.15
      Lauren O. said:

      Thank you!! It’s a nice change for wearing heels all the time! 😉

  9. 8.18.15
    Susie said:

    Those sandals are so pretty but I know exactly what you mean about hanging on for dear life!


    • 8.18.15
      Lauren O. said:

      Thanks a lot, Susie! 🙂 And right?! We need to avoid accidents at all costs!!

  10. 8.18.15

    Cute slides! The gems on them are adorable!

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  11. 8.18.15

    I really like your dress and bag! nice outfit. <3

    Lucy Van Dean | Instagram

    • 8.18.15
      Lauren O. said:

      Thank you!! Glad you stopped by! 🙂

  12. 8.18.15
    Chaicy said:

    Loving your back to school with with that stripped dress ! You look great

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    • 8.18.15
      Lauren O. said:

      Thanks a lot, Chaicy! I know I’ll be wearing it a ton in the next few months!

  13. 8.17.15
    M said:

    Fab look! Cool shoes

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    • 8.17.15
      Lauren O. said:

      Thank you! They surprisingly go with a lot of different outfits!

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