A 5'3 Perspective


How To Transition Your Summer Dresses Into Fall

I’m always excited to pile on the layers and bring back my jackets and chunky knit sweaters as the cooler weather rolls in, but putting away my summer dresses is a little upsetting. This Fall cleaning ritual gave me an idea – let’s transition some of our favourite pieces to be a little less season specific! Here’s my take on Summer dresses, for Fall.ellepottsie summer styleThis lightweight denim Urban Outfitters dress is such an easy piece to throw on before heading out to enjoy the warm weather. The bare legs, sunglasses, bright bags and open-toe wedges just scream Summer!

Add a pair of tights, closed-toe booties, a scarf and military jacket and can instantly turn this teeny dress into a cozy Fall outfit. Add MediaellepottsieDress: Urban Outfitters / Boots: Jeffrey Campbell / Jacket: Artizia (similar) / Scarf: Michael Kors Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign

When transitioning pieces between seasons, try to play with current trends. My focus with this outfit was to subtly mix patterns while paying homage to the military inspired look. Remember to layer, not only for style, but also to stay warm in the morning and cool off around noon, Fall weather is so unpredictable!

Today I’m linking up with Toronto Shopaholic for her The Way We Wear series. The theme this week is transition season style, as you might have guessed, if you are looking for Fall fashion inspiration from real ladies, I highly recommend checking it out or searching #TheWayWeWear on social media.

Have a lovely Fall day friends!

xo Lauren

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High Five For Friday: A Week In Review

Friday1. Spending some quality time with local bloggers at the Rideau Centre Project Preview Reception! Obviously a selfie with the queen of selfies (ML of Twenty York Street) was necessary.
2. Hockey is back! To start the (pre) season off right, Neil and I headed to a 67s game which got us in the spirit!
3. Decked out in head to toe Banana Republic, I had the opportunity to model fall coats on Daytime Ottawa. It was such a fun experience and my outfits were absolutely amazing.
4. Last night Neil and I celebrated four years of being together. After running around town on a scavenger hunt, he finally found me waiting at Murray Street for drinks and dinner. I highly recommend visiting this spot if you’re looking for a delicious meal.
5. Finishing my second half marathon with my dad by my side – I couldn’t have asked for a better running partner!

If you want to link up your post of Friday reflections, head over to TheLaurenElizabeth.com.

Have a great weekend!

xo Lauren

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Fashion Is In The Air: A Fall Outfit Post

I know, I know, we are still technically five days away from Fall – but the cooler weather has swept the city with a vengeance. I’m okay with this – I am ready to pull out my chunky sweaters and boots and layer until I can’t layer any more.detailsblogger outfits ellepottsieVest: Levis / Sweater: Club Monaco / Scarf: Artizia / Jeans: Citizens of Humanity / Booties: Hibou / Sunglasses: Ray-Ban / Purse: Rebecca MinkoffwheelsDo you have any pieces that you are dying to pull out of storage as the seasons change?

xo Lauren


A Day In Valentino

Sometimes an outfit just makes you feel great – this RED Valentino dress does exactly that. It is the little black dress that is work appropriate but still fun and so versatile. It will wear beautifully in the summer with bare legs and through the winter with thick black tights. ellepottsieRED ValentinooutfitStyleLaurenDress: RED Valentino / Pumps: ValentinoLBDTreat yourself – life is short!

xo Lauren


Fall Favourites: Beauty and Fashion

It’s time to pack up the shorts, sandals and summer beauty faves – fall is here and bringing deeper, richer hues along with it. Fall FavouritesA great jacket will keep you warm and dry through the damp, chilly days. This RED Valentino Bow Detailed Parka is subtle in colour but packs a real punch in the details. Keeping things classic and simple will make you feel stylish and confident this Fall.

Simple black and white fashion is trending for Fall. To keep your look fun and unique, wear a long lasting red lip to give off a sexy and polished vibe. This YSL Beauty Rouge Pur Couture glossy stain applies flawlessly and has some serious staying power. My go to colour is Rouge Laque – but head over to your local Sephora to test out a few different shades to see what suits you best. If $34 is a little steep for your budget, L’Oreal Paris Colour Caresse is a pretty awesome dupe, however, the colour selection is not as broad.

No matter the season, flawless skin is always in style. La Roche Posay offers a wide range of skincare products to help correct any imperfections that ail you.

With cool weather on the horizon, it is better to prevent chapped lips before they occur. Using a scrub a couple times a week will keep your lips looking soft and supple, not to mention the great canvas they will make for your deep red polish! This fresh Sugar Lip Polish is gentle and natural and does wonders for dry skin.

Gone are the days of bright nails, but that doesn’t mean you have to have boring nails. Pair this Chanel Vertigo polish with almost any other colour and create fabulous Fall friendly designs. The dark grey cream almost appears black in some light, but it is the shine and easy application that cannot be beat.

Now it is your turn to share your Fall fashion and beauty faves!

xo Lauren

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Manicure Monday: Black and White Nail Art

Labour Day weekend always reminds me of new beginnings. Although I am not going back to school [and haven’t for quite a while], the summer to fall transition is exciting and opportunity filled.

As much as I love deep and full bodies nail polish hues during this time of year, I decided to try something a little different. Black and white has been making a serious splash when it comes to Fall fashion, which inspired today’s geometric mani. Fall Manicure essie blanc black and white maniI used essie blanc [three coats to ensure opacity], Revlon Art Expressionist in Pastel Punk [side 2 – grey] and Chanel Black Satin [219].

Enjoy the rest of your long weekend and transition into Fall. Good things are just around the corner, I can feel it!

xo Lauren