Friday, February 5, 2016

Valentine's Day: Marquise Diamonds

It's true, diamonds are a girl's best friend. It's basically for the same reason we enjoy confetti and sneak gold decor around the home when our husbands aren't looking...we love sparkle! We're basically fish. 

I'm back with Hyde Park Jewelers today and "I'm in my marquise diamonds, I'm a marquise diamond." Ok, kidding, but can you blame me for pulling that out? I am wearing marquise diamonds, after all. 

These earrings are nothing short of AMAZE! They attach front to back and create sort of a fan look. Best of all, they are 18k gold and feature 2 carats total. There's even a stunning ring to match! 

Be sure to check out the rest of the Hyde Park #WithLove Valentine's Day collection. There's something for everyone, and in every price point. Don't forget, as a gift to EPWL readers, they are giving away these Ippolita earrings. Just mention my name in store, or let me know after you make a purchase, and I'll make sure you get your prize!

Earrings / Ring / Dress (sold out) - shorter version, & love this / Heels (old) super similar / Lips, c/o in "Heirloom" - use code eatpraywearlove15 at checkout for 15% off!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Valentine's Day: Red Velvet

Are you guys sick of Valentine's Day posts, yet? Ok good, because I have like 4 more coming! I swear my feed is going to be a solid pink and red by the time I'm through. But, what can I say? I'm feeling romantically inspired this year. (Either that, or I just really really like playing dress up. You decide.)

Today I'm back with Hyde Park sharing another set of stunning pieces from their Valentine's Day collection. Mixed metals and mixed golds are on trend for 2016, so when I first laid eyes on these yellow gold and white gold pieces, I jumped at the opportunity to style them. I immediately envisioned them pairing nicely with red, and luckily I had just snagged this red velvet dress - btw it's on sale for just $25 and comes in black, too!

The ring and earrings are the perfect pair and add an element of Hollywood glamour. 
Dress / Shoes, c/o / Earrings / Ring / Jacket / Lips, c/o (in Bombshell)

Finishing off the look are these darling Sole Society sandals. They are simple, but stunning in every way! I just love the metallic strip along the inside of the chunky heel. Is anyone else loving the chunky heel right now? I seriously feel like I can dance the night away in them!

More V-Day goodness coming your way Friday. Stay tuned.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Valentine's Day: Bows + Stripes

I've been stepping out of my comfort zone with fashion lately, and trying interesting pieces. This dress, was definitely one of those that begged to be taken for a test drive. This is the kind of daytime Valentine's Day look that I could see Carrie Bradshaw donning, don't you think? Chicwish has a whole Valentine's Day collection right now, that is sure to make you swoon.
Dress, c/o of Chicwish / Tights via Target / Shoes (old) - similar / Bag 

By the way, did you catch the #BTS action of my exciting Saturday morning spent with Soulcyle? They collaborated with Target for a pop-up in Denver. Over 600 people were on the waitlist, but Soulcyle/Target were kind enough to save me a spot. (They even hooked me up with some cute C9 for Target gear, and let me tell you...I'm living in these pants!) As many of you saw, I documented the whole experience on snapchat (leah_behr). There's still plenty of pop-ups happening all over the country, so check here to see if they are coming to your area. If you've never taken a Soulcycle class, you must! I've never wanted to die/smile-so-big-from-endorphins-pumping-so-hard, all at the same time, in my life! Seems like a weird analogy, but for those that have taken a class, I'm sure you get what I mean right? Fingers crossed for a permanent SC in Denver - I would be addicted!! I picked up this cute limited edition SoulcycleXTarget sweatshirt while I was there. You can snag yours, and everything else from the collaboration, at their online store here. Shout out to @caseyhirsch for being the most badass instructor (and for having the most amaze hair evah!!)!


Friday, January 29, 2016

Valentines Day: Rose Quartz

Oh Valentine's day...aka everyone's favorite holiday to hate. As for me, I'm all for the day. Even before I was married, I would host V-Day dinners for me and my single girlfriends. (You know me, any excuse for a party!) 

I'm a firm believer that affection and love should be shown daily, but Valentine's Day is no exemption to that rule! Last year, Brandon got me little heart shaped french macaroons and wrote love messages on them. I died over the cuteness! That's the kind of silly love thing you only do V-Day, and it created such a special memory, that I will hold on to forever! (Valentine's Day for the win!)
Recently Hyde Park asked me to style some pieces from their #WithLove Valentine's Day collection. If you're not familiar with Hyde Park, they are an incredible jeweler out of Cherry Creek in Denver. 

Being that rose quartz was selected as one of Pantone's colors of the year, you can expect this hue to be showing up in everything from clothing to accessories, and I for one, am not complaining. The second I saw these stardust earrings and matching stardust ring, my little Valentine's Day loving heart skipped a beat. 

If you're in the market for the perfect Valentine's Day gift, check out Hyde Park's #WithLove Valentine's Day Collection. They've got something for everyone in every price point. And, as a special gift to EPWL readers, they are offering there FREE Ippolita earrings, with your purchase. If you'd rather do your shopping in store, just tell them I sent you, and they will hook you up! 

Stay tuned. Lots of Valentine's Day looks are heading to the blog!

Dress (worn as a top) / Skirt / Earrings / Ring 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Comfort Is Key

A good outfit always starts with your base layers. Yes, I'm talking about your undergarments. You've gotta make sure "the girls" are comfortable, or else it will throw off your whole day!

Being that I'm a standing member of the itty-bitty-titty-committee, I've never paid much attention to my "girls" and what they need. I think us small chested girls just think we don't need to; like we don't need the same support as our fuller chested sisters. Recently Hanes asked if they could prove me wrong, and show me just how important my little twins are, by way of the comfort and support of their new line. Hanes sent me two bras to take a spin: their ultimate t-shirt soft underwire bra, and their ultimate smooth inside and out wire free bra - aka my new partners in comfort.
Sweater (just $13 and SO soft!!) / Jeans, c/o / Necklace, c/o / Bag, c/o (old) / Flats, c/o - similar / Sunnies

I learned that bras should be two things: comfortable, and supportive. These bras are both. The T-Shirt Soft Underwire Bra is as comfy as your favorite tee, while the underwire helps provide all day support. Just as comfortable, the inside and out wire free bra adds support to help create shape without adding bulk, so you can achieve a natural look. It's also tag free, so no awkward itching! With comfort in mind, Hanes has achieved creating a line of bras that feels like your second skin. You go girl! (Assuming it was a woman who created them, of course. I mean, girls know "girls" best, right?!) Best of all, Hanes is giving away BOTH of these bras to one of you lucky readers, so be sure to enter below!

A lot of you had asked about my necklace on Insta the other day. It's from Pree Brûlée and it's the cutest, evah!!! In an attempt to add more basics/neutrals to my closet (see #11, here), I'm all about adding color by way of fun accessories, shoes and bags. It's a sure fire way to bring you out of the colorless and cold winter months. 

Tonight I'm heading up to Denver for the #FPLETSMOVE event, celebrating Free People's new Movement line. There will be a FREE candlelit free candle lit yoga class with Core Power Yoga at Denver’s Blanc, light bites from Catering by Design and photos by Victor of Valencia. There's still time to sign up here! Hope to see you there!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Blanket Cape

Anytime I can get away with basically wearing blankets as clothes, I'm in! We've had some warmer days recently, so light layers have been effective in transitioning from sunny days to cooler nights. All of the ponchos I own are typically light weight and more suitable for fall, but this blanket cape from Chicwish is a heavier fabric that proves perfect for colder months. 
Poncho, c/o Chicwish / Turtleneck, c/o / Jeans, c/o / Boots, c/o / Hat - similar / Lips in "Port",  c/o - use code EATPRAYWEARLOVE15 for 15% off your purchase / Karen Walker sunnies via Ditto- try for 1 month free with code EPWL

Sunday, January 24, 2016

30 Things I Learned Before Turning 30

Sequin Pants / Blazer / Shoes, c/o / Bag, c/o

As I mentioned in my birthday post, I've been thinking over the past year on 30 things I've learned before turning 30. It's funny, I think we all want to have these profound bits of wisdom to share when we reach certain milestones, but a lot of the things I learned are such simple truths. Sometimes, we search so hard for the meaning of life, that we forget these simple truths, and how simply true they really are. So, without further ado, here are the 30 things I learned before 30.

1. Forgive - Don't hold grudges. Life is too short, and you do much more damage to yourself and your own state of mind, by holding on to anger. In the words of Queen Elsa, "let it go!"

2. Slow Down - Learn when to say, "no." Savor alone time, and make "nights off" a priority. 

3. Family Is Everything - Plain and simple. 

4. Save Your Feet - Wear sneakers when walking on the street and driving. Heels are amazing, but if you want to be able to wear them for the next 30 years, opt for flats when you can. (A tip from my Aunt Lisa.)

5. Moisturizer - This is the fountain of youth! Don't forget your eyelids and around your mouth and lips, elbows and knees. (Another great Aunt Lisa tip.)

6. Work Out - Get into the best shape of your life before you turn 50 because menopause does things to your body that you can't even dare to imagine right now. (Oh Aunt Lisa...)

7. Indulge - "Eat all you want now because your metabolism laughs at your from here on out." (Thanks for this gem, Stephanie T.)

8. Travel - If there is anything in the world that makes the long (hard) days worth it, it's being able to see the world (or at least new parts of the country) in your "off" time. This past year we took a lot of weekend trips, where we only had to miss 1-2 days from the office during the week. The great part is, that because of that, we got to take several trips last year!

9. Don't Try To Be Everything For Everyone - You have your best friends, your good friends, and your acquaintances. You wouldn't necessarily share a secret with an acquaintance, that you would with your best friends, so value your time in the same way.

10. God First - This is something that I struggle with when life gets busy. It's usually the first thing I put on the back burner when I'm trying to juggle work, blog, QT with my husband, walking my dog, working out, and everything else under the sun! But it's also the thing that empowers me to be able do everything else, and when I carve out time for God, first, I'm usually able to accomplish my daily tasks with more joy and ease.

11. Invest In Basics - I swear my closet is becoming a sea of "basics" in a neutral color palette. I feel much better about the money spent on basics, that I can wear over and over again, than I do on trendy pieces that I will quickly retire.

12. Learn People's Love Language And Speak It - My love language is gifts, so it's often how I show love. And, even thought gifts are typically appreciated by the receiver, sometimes the gift of quality time, or words of encouragement, would be so much more valuable in their eyes. Learning each other's love languages and speaking them is a meaningful way to live.

13. Trust In The Lord's Timing And Plan - For years I have questioned God over a topic and prayed it would change, only to recently learn that I had it all wrong. This lesson taught me to let go of my need to be in control, and trust that God has got this, and everything.

14. Be A Doer - Don't just say you're going to do something. Do it. And if you're not going to do it, don't say it.

15. Change Is Necessary - One door must shut for another (infinitely better) door to open.

16. Take Care Of Yourself - Your mom is not going to make your doctor appointments anymore, so fill that cavity you've been putting off, go see a physical therapist to deal with that pain you've been having, and make regular physical check ups.

17. You Don't Need Everyone To Like You - In fact, everyone won't. That's ok. There are plenty of other people that do.

18. Keep It Real - Honesty really is the best policy. And, at our age, it goes noticed. Being respected and known for integrity is priceless.

19. "Comparison Is A Brutal Attack On Oneself" - Cameron Diaz

20. It Doesn't Matter What Strangers Think Of You - I think this is something that every blogger has had to get over and deal with. If you want to take a picture of your food at restaurant, or snap a selfie to post on IG, just do it. Chances are people are looking at you, sure...but who cares! Chances are you'll never see them again! And, if you're a blogger, pictures are your livelihood and strangers aren't paying your bills.

21. Be Grateful - Never forget where you came from, or where you used to be. At one point, you dreamt about being where you are now.

22. Forgive Yourself - I am my own worst critic, as many of us are. Just remember, you are human. You make mistakes. Seek to be whole, not perfect.

23. Pay Off Your Debt - There is NO better feeling in the world than being debt free!

24. It's Not All About You - Stop talking about yourself and ask others questions.

25. Give - And give without recognition and expectation. There is no greater blessing than to give to someone without letting them know it was you.

26. Don't Be Afraid To Speak Your Mind - But also know that your opinion doesn't always matter, and that's ok too.

27. Hydrate - Drink half your body weight in ounces each day, and you will see tremendous improvements in your skin and overall wellbeing. I don't even feel normal if I don't do this!

28. Save - "Put money away consistently for your retirement and have a stash on the side - you never know when you might need an extra pair of Louboutins." - Aunt Lisa

29. Less TV - We haven't had cable throughout our entire marriage, and it's amazing how much more time we have! We still catch up on our shows on Hulu and Netflix, but we never come home and just turn the TV on, and it's allowed us the freedom to accomplish a lot of other things.

30. Experiences Are Worth More Than Things

If you have any lessons you'd like to share, please share them in the comments!
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