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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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It’s The Weekend!

After a terrible and fatal tragedy this week, I think it is safe to say that this week was a particularly tough one for the residents of Ottawa. Horrific events like the one that occurred on Wednesday remind us how important it is to cherish every moment, from the smallest things to the biggest accomplishments – I plan to take this as a reminder to love unconditionally and be kind. Life is precious and you only get one chance to live it, so smile and make the most of every day. Here is just a tiny snapshot of some things I am appreciating this week:High Five For Friday1.  It is rare that Neil will participate in a race without me, but over the past week he did – and on top of that, he finished with one of the best times of the entire group! I am a very proud girlfriend.
2. This weekend my partying brought me back to the good ol’ university days – who brings a flask with them anymore? Wait – I do.
3. I used to be one of those people who wakes up at the very last moment and runs out the door. Over the past four years, Neil has taught me the importance of relaxing in the morning. Now I can’t imagine going back to whirlwind mornings – spending those 45 minutes drinking coffee and hanging out is one of my favourite parts of the day.
4. Pumpkin = Fall. Sure, but what about apple season! In my mind, apple picking trumps the pumpkin patch – unless I am carving them for Halloween. Speaking of apples, I have an amazing quinoa/oat/apple/cinnamon muffin recipe to share with you soon, if you’re interested.
5. Sunday is my second half marathon. I am so honoured to be running along side with the men and women who risk their lives for our beautiful country. The Canada Army Run is the fastest growing run in the nation over the past five years and I can’t wait to be a part of it! If you’re in Ottawa – take a look at the route and come out and cheer on the runners.

Thank to Lauren for hosting High Five For Friday.

Have a wonderful weekend friends!

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


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Manicure Monday: Leopard Print Double Accents

After two weeks of black and white manicures, I figured it was time to move onto to something a little more interesting. Using OPI French Quarter For Your Thoughts and You’re Such A Budapest, I created a double accent leopard print mani. manicure monday leopard double accent manicureThe leopard print design looks intricate and complicated, but it is arguably one of the easiest to complete with just a few pointers. First, paint your nail a solid base colour. Once this is completely dry, paint random, uneven dots all over nail. Using a third colour – I used the Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen, draw “c” and “u” shapes around the dots you painted before. Fill in any blank spaces with dots and lines in the third colour. leopard nail artIf you look closely you can see what I mean!

If you’re rocking a fabulous manicure today, send some pictures my way. Tag me in your mani pics on Instagram or Twitter.

xo Lauren


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What’s Great This Week?

Happy Friday the 13th! Bring on the black cats and broken mirrors… just kidding. What I am not kidding about is how awesome this past week has been. Here’s why: High Five For Friday

1. Healthy baking creations that are absolutely delicious! I’ll share this recipe next week.
2. Taking part in the Electro Dash with Sarah of My Mostly Healthy Life. She is such a doll – and funny. I can’t wait until we get to hang out again!
3. Date nights with Neezie in Toronto. Nothing beats a night out with someone you love – and good cocktails.
4. Tacos on lettuce wraps – best dinner ever. Seriously, the best.
5. Dating a genius. As much as I complain about participating in his studies – it is really interesting, and even a little fun – but don’t tell him I said that ;).

Thanks as always to Lauren for hosting this bloggy link up!
Have a wonderful day and a great weekend!

xo Lauren


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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