On-Trend Tuesday: Neon Pop

I am clinging on to the last of the summer days. I do not want it to end. So what better way to keep the summer vibes alive than to incorporate pops of color in your outfit? From a poolside day to a Saturday night on the town, I’ve created 5 styles that will inspire you to brighten up your wardrobe for every type of occasion.

Casual Friday:

How to rock pops of neon on a Casual Friday #neon #pink #sweater #casualfriday #outfit #inspiration

1)  Ted Baker AZAMI Cashmere Sweater c/o Ted Baker (2) Current/Elliott The Fling distressed mid-rise boyfriend jeans  c/o Net-A-Porter (3) Michael Kors Lexington rose gold-tone stainless steel chronograph watch c/o Net-A-Porter (4) Valentino Rockstud Leather Kitten-Heel Pumps  c/o MyTheresa (5) CC Skye The Punk Princess Pave Spike Bracelet c/o Metro Park (6) Dolce & Gabbana Brown & Black Leopard Print Leather Shoulder/Clutch Bag c/o Profile Fashion

 

Poolside:

POPS OF NEON POOLSIDE

(1)  Wonderland Mojave Sunglasses- Clear Beach Glass/ Black  c/o Shop Bop (2) Maslin & Co Black Jaguar Beach Towel  c/o Avenue 32 (3) Tobey Summer Straw Flower Bead Homemade Beach Shopper Tote  c/o Amazon (4) Crochet Kaftan c/o TOPSHOP (5) Beautiful Bottoms Neon Aztec Bikini Bottom c/o Wolf & Badger(6) Ettika Hamsa Lariat Necklace  c/o Revolve Clothing (7) The Ropes metallic Cape Elizabeth 7mm rope bracelet c/o J.Crew (8) Leather T Bar Sandals c/o Mango

Date Night:

A neon lime green skater dress paired with a black leather jacket, strappy black heels, cat eye sunnies, and a cross body bag #datenight #outfit #neon #inspiration

(1) Parisian Neon Green Cut Out Sleeveless Skater Dress c/o New Look (2) Collarless Faux Leather Biker Jacket c/o Top Shop  (3) B Brian Atwood Elisa Strappy Sandals
c/o Scoop NYC (4) Stella McCartney Cat Eye Sunglasses c/o Stella McCartney (5) Pour La Victoire Soiree Cross Body Bag – Black c/o SHOPBOP 

Night on the Town:

a Neon Night on the Town: fuchsia neon bralet with a black elastic skirt, fuchsia pumps, black clutch, and a gold pave bracelet #saturdaynight #outfit #styleboard #neon #fuschia #hotpink

(1) Cassie Palm Tree Print Bralet in Neon Pink c/o Pilot Fashion (2) Sfdolly – Elastic Skirt c/o Selected (3) flawless Crystal Pave Link Bracelet Clear c/o Susan B. (4) Debutante Clutch c/o Henri Bendel (5) 2 Lips Too Women’s Too Neon – Fuchsia c/o Heels.com

A Run in the Park:

Neon Workout Gear #neon #purple #yogamat #runningshorts #runningshoes #runningtank #kettlebell #fitbit #toryburch

(1)  Running Tank c/o H&M (2) Roxy Move It Shorts c/o Roxy (3) Asics® Gel Kinsei 5 Running Shoes c/o Nordstrom (4) Tory Burch For Fitbit Fret Pendant Necklace c/o Tory Burch
(5) Non Slip Yoga Mat 4mm Thick Purple c/o Yoga Studio (6) GoFit Kettlebell with DVD Pink (7 lbs) c/o Target
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And now for your dose of inspiration…

Life is not a breif candle.  It is a splendid torch that must be made to burn as brightly as possible before it is handed on to the next generation. -George Bernard Shaw #quotes #shinebright #life #georgebernardshaw

“Life is not a breif candle. It is a splendid torch that must be made to burn

as brightly as possible before it is handed on to the next generation”
Quote by: George Bernard Shaw

 


Make it Monday: Seven-Layer Blondies

Creatively Lu's Seven Layer Bars #desserts #recipes #sevenlayerbars #magicbars

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For every family occasion my uncle brings a box of  treats from my favorite  local bakery. While  my mom and I are always tempted by the vast array of desserts, we can’t help but to always choose to split the delicious Seven-Layer Bar. Seven-Layer Bars, also known as Magic Bars, have a graham cracker-crumb base and are topped with a combination of nuts, chocolate chips, and coconut, while held together by sweetened condensed milk. They are sweet, rich, delicious, and are “ooey gooey”. So for my mom’s birthday dinner last night, I decided to recreate our favorite bakery dessert at home.

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Happy Birthday to the woman who taught me to be enthusiastic about life, a.k.a the reason I clap at everything.

(Yes, I clap when my meal comes out a restaurant.)

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My mom and I at our family reunion in Indiana this summer.

When recreating the seven-layer bar recipe, I opted to use white chocolate chips in order to give them a “blondie” twist. So without further ado, here is the delicious recipe that received a round of applause from my family.

Creatively Lu's Seven-Layer Blondies #magicbars #sevenlayerbars blondies #recipes #creativelylu

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups White Chocolate Chips
  • 1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
  • 1 cup slivered almonds

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F (325 degrees for glass dish). Melt the butter at the bottom of the pan.
  2. Press the graham cracker crumbs into the bottom of the buttered pan.  Spread a layer evenly with white chocolate chips, coconut, and nuts. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over the top.
  3. Bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool.
  4. To cut into “rounds”, take a glass cup, spray with cooking spray, and firmly press into the seven layer bars. Give the cup a slight twist and pull up. Store covered at room temperature.

Recipe for Seven-Layer Bars #sevenlayerbars #magicbars #blondies #recipes

To cut Seven-Layer Bars into Rounds, Take a glass cup, spray w/cooking spray, + firmly press into the Seven-Layer bars. Give the cup a slight twist + pull up. #creative #bakingtips #rounds

 

Create a delicious Monday everyone!

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And now for your dose of inspiration…"Sometimes you need to step outside, get some air, and remind yourself of who you are and where you want to be" #quotes #life #blonde

Sometimes you need to step outsideget some air, and

remind yourself of who you are and where you want to be”

Photo c/o Amanda Librot


Thrifty Thursday-Wedding Edition: Part Four

10 Must-Have Wedding Reception Photos #photography #wedding #checklist #bride #groom #love

(10 "Must-Have" Wedding Reception Photos)

The wedding reception is a time to let your hair down and celebrate your time together as the new “Mr and Mrs”. The reception is an intimate, fun, and passionate portion of the wedding with lots of great photo opportunities. However, the last thing you want to be concerned about when you are getting your “dance on” is worrying about what photos to capture. So today I have formed a checklist for 10 creative candid photos to take during the reception.

From a special moment shared between the bride and groom over dinner to the cake fight to the getaway, these 10 wedding photo ideas will help to ensure that each celebratory and gleeful moment from the reception is captured on camera.

1.”All Those Pretty Lights”

a Beautiful Dinner table lit by hanging rustic light bulbs for a beautiful rustic wedding reception #wedding #photography #reception

Take photos of the interior and exterior of the wedding reception before the guests arrive

PC: Brides-Book

 2. “Dance with Me”

Capture a special moment between the bride and groom on the dance floor during their first dance. #firstdance #wedding #photography #bride #groom

Capture the happy couple’s first dance as husband and wife.

PC: the Berry

3. “A Toast to Love”

A special moment captured during the Best Man toast at a wedding #groom #bestman #toast #wedding #photography

Capture special moments from the toasts like this bride and groom’s heartfelt reactions during the best man speech.

PC:  the Bridal Guide

4. “Sometimes, no other place will do but his lap”.

Capture a candid moment between the bride and groom at the wedding reception. Sometimes no other place will do but his laugh. #wedding #bride #groom #reception #photography

Capture a tender moment between the Bride and Groom.

PC:  Bridal Guide

5. “What’s a party without cake?”

Cake Fight between the Bride and Groom #photography #wedding #cake #bride #groom

What’s a wedding without a cake fight?

PC: Britt Chudleigh

 

6. “Me and my Gang”

A touching moment between the Bride, Maid of Honor, Groom, and Best Man Photo #wedding #bride #groom #photography

Capture a special moment with the best man and maid of honor.

PC: Photography by Britton

7. “Never Fall Out of Love-Just Fall More in Love”

"Never Fall Out of Love. Just Fall More in Love" Grandparents dancing at the wedding reception #love #wedding #reception #grandparents

Capture candids of the wedding guests like this special moment of a bride’s grandparents on the dance floor.

PC: Rifle Paper Co.

8. “the Toss Off”

the Beautiful Bride conducting the traditional bouquet toss #weddings #photography #bouquettoss

Capture special traditions like the bride’s bouquet toss and the groom’s garter toss.

PC: Brides

9. “And they Lived Happily Ever After”

"And they Lived Happily Ever After" #sparklersendoff #grandexit #wedding #getaway #bride #groom #sparklers

Be sure to capture the grand exit of the happy couple.

PC:  The Bridal Detective

10. “Let’s Drive Far, Far Away + Not Stop Until We Find Home”

Bride and Groom in the Getaway Car #photography #love #bride #groom

Capture a special moment of the bride and groom after the grand exit.

PC:  With Grace & Guts

Create a beautiful Thursday!

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And now for your dose of inspiration…

Every statistic that you throw at me is gonna be about other people. I don’t care about other people… I care about you and me. If every marriage failed except for one, I guarantee you that one would be ours ― Cory Matthews #boymeetsworld #corymatthews #topanga #love

Every statistic that you throw at me is gonna be about other people. I don’t care about other people… I care about you and me.

If every marriage failed except for one, I guarantee you that one would be ours” ― Cory Matthews

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*Stay Tuned for next Thursday’s post (8/21) on “How to Dress for a Summer Wedding covering outfit inspiration for Destination, Summer, and Casual weddings for women.


Wordless Wednesday: Love at First Sight

"I Believe in Love at First Sight Because Im a Mom" #firsttimemom #motherdaughter #quotes #love #expectantmom

Create a beautiful Wednesday,

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And now for your dose of inspiration…

"It is not what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in your heart" #quotes #love

“It is not what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in your heart”

*Today’s Wordless Wednesday is by Jaclyn Tillinghast of Jaclyn. Photography taken of her sister Kaiti after seeing her beautiful daughter Everly for the first time.


On Trend Tuesday: #Yachtcity

Ashley Karlson Hair & Makeup Artistry

 

Last month I had the fun opportunity to be a part of a “Yacht City” themed photo shoot with Boutikey and12 of my favorite Boston Blogger ladies. For those of you who have yet to be introduced to Boutikey, it’s a mobile app designed to help shoppers connect with their favorite local boutiques by keeping them up-to-date with current sales, discounts, and exclusive offers. The boutiques partnered with Boutikey also take part in a digital rewards program where every purchase you make earns you points and once you accumulate enough you can redeem your boutique specific reward! I like to think of the Boutikey app as an “Instagram for boutiques”. It can keep tabs on your favorite shops and let you know  when that dress you’ve been drooling over since  the beginning of the season finally goes on sale.

For this shoot, Boutikey paired each blogger with a local Boston boutique. I was paired with Bobbles and Lace on Newbury St in Boston, MA (they also have locations in Portsmouth, Marblehead, Newburyport, and Andover). The girls in the store helped me picked out a fabulous romper that was paired with a white bandeau and accessories from Bobbles and Lace. I paired it with my Jessica Simpson wedge Sandals from Nordstrom and my signature Creatively Lu necklace from Etsy.

 

Yacht City Summer Fashion #boutikey #yachtcity #romper #fairmontbatterywharf Rompin’ around with Jyo of Cuppajyo and Kelsey of Tickle Me Pink
 

photo ready for the Boutikey fashion shoot

 In the hair and makeup chair Pre-Shoot. Thanks Ashley Karlson Hair & Makeup Artistry for making me camera-ready!

Tropical Romper with Big Sunnies, a Boho braid, + J. Simpson wedges #yachtcity #summer #fashion #boutikey

Windswept at the Fairmont Battery Wharf.

Love this dainty gold bracelet chain ring from Bobbles and Lace #boutikey #fashion #yachtsity #romper #bohobraidLoved my messy boho braid by Ashley Karlson Hair & Makeup Artistry and dainty gold bracelet chain ring from Bobbles and Lace
 

Cupcakes with Our Blog Names #fashion #yachtcity #cupcakes #bostonbloggers

It’s the details: Cupcakes made by Boutikey displaying our blog names. 

 

Boston Bloggers #yachtcity Fashion Shoot for Boutikey #fashion #fairmontbatterywharf #bostonbloggers #style #boutikey

Bloggers featured here (L – R): KristenAllieMoJessyeKayteEmilyJyoLindaTianaKelseyLindsayMolly (Katherine not pictured)

 

Special thanks to the Boutikey team for organizing this incredible fun shoot and Tiana for the roof deck party post-shoot, Lauren of LT Photography for the beautiful photography, Bobbles and Lace for the beautiful outfit accessories, and Ashley Karlson Hair & Makeup Artistry for the photo-ready hair and makeup.

Create a trendy Tuesday!

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And now for your dose of inspiration….

When you find people who not only tolerate your quirks,  but celebrate them with  glad cries of “Me, too”  be sure you cherish them.  because those weirdos are  your tribe. #friends #quotes

When you find people who not only tolerate your quirks, but celebrate them with

glad cries of “Me, too” be sure you cherish them because those weirdos are

your tribe.

Bloggers: Creatively Lu ,  Alliewears , StyleTab , LoSoFancy , Tickle Me Pink , Cuppajyo , Mass MusingsCity TonicTrendy On A Budget , Belle of the Bean , Shell Chic’d , The Boston Fashionista , Boss and Tonic .

OOTD: Bobbles and Lace -251 Newbury St. Boston MA 02116

Hair/Makeup: Ashley Karlson Hair & Makeup Artistry

Photography: LT Photography – Lauren Matteo Niedbala