Red, White and BLUE! Yes, there’s something so amazing about the Fourth of July weekend, and I can’t exactly put my finger on it. Besides the obvious patriotic component, July 4th is truly when friends and family make a valid effort to pause their busy work schedules and spend quality time together. So before I start with these fun pictures from my recent fashion shoot at SISU Uptown, I would like to wish you and yours a Happy Fourth of July! May you have safe travels, embrace the moment, and absolutely cherish the loved ones around you.
And without changing subjects too abruptly, can we please talk about this stunning dress? This cobalt blue “Mari” dress is by Abi Ferrin. I prefer to call this dress electric blue, as it’s certainly a show stopper. Or should we call this dress a “she”, because this dress is so darn BEAUTIFUL. This stretchy jersey material, ruched design, dynamite silhouette; all together combined with comfort and class makes “her” one of my TOP go-to date night dress options. And just so you know, this dress comes in a plethora of other colors too: black, coral, cobalt python (the cobalt blue above with a pink python print), turquoise, emerald green and lapis monarch (green and yellow print)! Yes ma’am! 
But wait, there’s even more exciting news! Beginning July 1st – Sunday July 5th, everything purchased on the Abi Ferrin web site under “MADE 4th YOU SALE” is 40% off! And, when you enter “Laurastyle” in the notes section at checkout, you will get an awesome gift with purchase. Now we’re talking. A HUGE discount and a fabulous gift with purchase! After the July 4th sale, you will still get your “Laurastyle” discount of 10%. 
Now some of you may be wondering about the fit of this dress. Yes, she’s one sexy number. BUT whether you are rail skinny or very curvy, this is THE dress for you. As you can see, I have curves too. And this dress is all about celebrating your curves, your figure and you. I have clients who are a double zero and clients who are a size 12, and they all look fabulous in this dress. So there you go ladies- just go on with your bad self! And, even if you don’t have a hot date coming up, who cares? That should never be a reason to stop you. I bought this dress for myself just because I felt beautiful in it. That’s reason enough for me!
Speaking of beautiful, can we please pause for a moment of silence and pay tribute to the stunning body chain in these photos? I mean seriously. I have yet to meet a designer who is as talented, fun to work with and as reasonably priced at St. Raine. (I know how excited everyone gets when I mention a new, favorite designer, as I’m sure you want to click on that link now. So go right ahead, but don’t forget to enter promo code: LAURASTYLE at checkout to get 10% off your entire order!)  

Sarah Strain, the designer and genius behind St. Raine, collaborated with me on this gold-plated body chain (and a few others that I have yet to share yet). I could not be more happy with this final product! When this beauty arrived in the mail, I literally gasped with joy – pure fashion joy. And don’t think for one second that your only option is to pair this body chain over a sexy dress. I’ve rocked it with a white tank top and boyfriend jeans, and I cannot begin to tell you how many compliments I received that day.

And, did you happen to notice that beautiful hand chain? This hand chain is gold-filled and will not tarnish. The subtle cubic zirconia accent in the middle of the chain truly adds a little extra special touch. Isn’t she gorge? I’m absolutely obsessed with mine. Yes, I know it’s not easy to see the hand chain in full-body pics, but don’t you worry doll. I took a close up picture and it’s showcased below for your viewing pleasure and entertainment. LOL! 
I snapped this picture on my glorious iPhone when I was at a neighborhood Italian restaurant eating dinner with my parents. Can you tell by the fun gingham tablecloth? Haha! Well at least we’re staying true to the July 4th theme with the red and white.  
So in case you haven’t figured it out already, I only showcase items on my blog that I LOVE. I truly wear this hand chain ALL the time. Just like body chains, there is so much versatility with a hand chain. Not to mention that you make accessorizing way easier. You won’t need a ring and a bracelet on that hand – it’s all together in one dynamic piece! And once again, if you are looking for the link to snatch up this beauty, here you go. Remember promo code “LAURASTYLE” at checkout: St. Raine
And, going back to one of my most recent posts that showcased several bikinis and body chains, there is a coordinating body chain (also gold-filled) by St. Raine that matches it perfectly. I wear mine on a very regular basis. And, it’s fun to layer it with shorter, necklaces. After all, who doesn’t love to layer sexy, dainty pieces together? You can see the body chain photographed above. One of my good friends and clients wears her body chain all the time. So stunning!
Well I hate to say it, but that’s all she wrote. Happy (early) Fourth of July! Thank you so much for all your love and support. The feedback I have received thus far on my blog posts has been truly overwhelming – in a good way, of course. I cherish all of you, and truly you an amazing holiday weekend. “Because when you stop and look around, this life is pretty amazing.”
Ring: Opal Milk by Rye – available exclusively at the Abi Ferrin boutique. You can also shop the collection online HERE
Shoes: Christian Louboutin. Similar HERE.
Photo credit: Marcus Lopez
Makeup: Jeff Roose from Armani Cosmetics at Neiman Marcus NorthPark
Hair: Cam Allison from Pin Salon Dallas
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