So Last Week... Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

Happy Sunday! Welcome to So Last Week, all of the things I’ve read in the past seven days that are totally worth your time. Speaking of time, I’ve been spending a lot of it giving It’s Amanda Lauren a makeover. The new site is looking gorgeous and will be more informative, easier to navigate and more shoppable than ever. I’m hoping to go live Monday or Tuesday, at the very latest. I’ve been blogging since July and while the current site is pretty, I’ve just outgrown it in so many ways. And while I’m so not a DIY person, I designed the new site all by myself (so grownup), did lots of backend way beyond my pay grade and I just can’t wait to share it with everyone. In the meantime, enjoy these informative posts written by other people.

Who What Wear: Cashmere At Every Price- What You Need To Know

If you read this blog, you know I believe strongly that friends don’t let friends wear wool blends. Luckily, cashmere is more affordable that ever. Here’s everything you need to know about the different price points of this fabric. 

Brit + Co: Instantly De-Clutter Your Closet With These Easy DIYs

If you liked my post on closet de-cluttering, you will love these great tips and stunning photos from Brit + Co.

WWD: Neiman Marcus To Trial Plus-Size Departments At Last Call

I’m not plus sized, but I definitely feel people in that category get the shaft when it comes to shopping. So, cheers to those who can now look chic and get a deal at any size.  

Harper and Harley: How To Wear A Cropped Jacket

A cropped jacket and maxi dress is one of my favorite looks. Harper and Harley show us how to style these elements together.

Awkward Girl Beauty: Battle of the Beauty Sponges

Makeup sponges are becoming just as necessary as blush brushes. The brilliantly named Awkward Girl Beauty breaks it down by brand and price. Her findings might surprise you. 

Dressing Like The Stars: Grammys 2017 Edition

The Grammys are generally one of the most interesting nights for awards show fashion because we always expect artists to take risks and shock us. It’s fair to say that every risk with the exception of one really paid off last night. Overall, the red carpet felt more like a runway. With so much high fashion, the vibe was more like the Oscars than the Grammys. Think old Hollywood and less old time rock and roll. Here are some of my favorite looks from the event and similar styles more appropriate for those who give concerts in the smallest of venues, like their showers.

Adele

Adele was a green goddess in Givenchy. You'll want to say hello to these green dresses from 3.1 Phillip Lim and Ali & Jay

Jennifer Lopez

Purple has been the stand out color this awards season and Jennifer Lopez's Ralph and Russo dress was my personal favorite look of the night. Nasty Gal and Boo Hoo have stylistically similar dresses, both of which are affordable, no matter what block you're from.

Charli XCX

Charli XCX rocked the red carpet in Vivienne Westwood. Rock your own event in these ravishing dresses by Faviana and Nicole Miller.

Keltie Knight

Keltie Knight has never looked more stunning. Her Burberry dress shines bright. Consider her style your guide in this dress by Missguided or Amanda Uprichard

Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum was anything but plain in Phillip Plein. Shine bright like a super model in a short silver dress from Carla G. or ASOS (plus size). 

Soundz

Styled by Ali Levine, Soundz aka the guy who produces Justin Bieber's music, took over the red carpet in a custom burgundy suit from Klein, Epstein and Parker (not to be confused with a law firm of the same name). If you don't have Bieber money (or Bieber girls, or that cool haircut), cover Soundz' style with a tuxedo jacket and pants from ASOS.

Tinashe

Tinashe had lots of panache in Alexander Wang. Cut out and copy her look with Halston Heritage's Hi Lo Crepe Dress .

Margaret Cho

The Fashion Police's Margaret Cho looked anything but lame in a lamé pantsuit. Go for the gold in this blazer from Sinéquanone.

 

Dressing Like The Stars: Golden Globes 2017 Edition

Do you ever watch awards shows and wish you could wear your favorite celeb’s dress? I know I do. Even if the only red carpet you walk on is in your living room, we can all be inspired by celeb style. Here are some of the most talked about looks from the 2017 Golden Globe awards along with similar dresses. While they aren’t exact dupes, some are pretty darn close. But, whether you are going to a wedding, party or simply the opening of an envelope, there isn’t one dress here you won’t feel fabulous in. Seriously, prepare for jaws to drop when the paparazzi spots you. And by paparazzi, I mean your friends who take too many selfies. 

Sparkle Like Emma Stone

A star in stars, Emma Stone's Valentino dress was one of the most talked about looks of the Golden Globes. Here are some similar dresses that show you don't have to be a movie star to pull off the star dress look.

Blush Jupiter Dress by Privacy Please

Krause Dress by Privacy Please.

Stars Tulle Dress by Mango.

Madeline dress by X By NBD.

Ruffle Critics Like Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood's pink Iris Serban dress was considered a fashion risk.  In my option, it was one worth taking. Here are two dresses guaranteed to ruffle even the toughest critic (your mom or BFF). 

Sleeveless Ruffle Dress by MSGM and Sleeveless Ruffle Trim Gown by Jovani.

Plunge Into Style Like Kristen Bell and Mandy Moore

Both Kristen Bell in Jenny Packham and Mandy Moore in Naeem Khan plunged onto the best dressed lists with daring necklines. Dare to wear these sexy black dresses. 

Maya Dress by Elizabeth and James.

Devyn Plunging V-Neck Bandeau Detail Gown by BCBG Max Azria.

Black Lace Long-Sleeve Plunge Skater Dress by Missguided.

Plunge Wrap Ties Midi Dress by ASOS.

Shine Bright Like Viola Davis in Yellow

Viola Davis was truly golden for the Golden Globes in Michael Kors. Be golden wherever you are in one of these inspired frocks.


One Shoulder Drape Midi Dress by ASOS and Kassidy Pleated Crepon Maxi Dress by Alice + Olivia.

Look Pretty In Purple Like Hailee Steinfeld and Chrissy Metz

Hailee Steinfeld's Vera Wang dress was my favorite look of the evening. Chrissy Metz also wore a purple dress, in a dark, sophisticated amethyst shade designed by Nathan Paul. Whether you are vying for a violet dress dress like Hailee's or a deeper color like Chrissy's, there are plenty of choices. 

Aliki Illusion Yoke Tulle Halter Gown by Amsale.

V-Neck Gown by Monique Lhuillier

Embroidered Lace Sheath Dress by Tadashi Shoji  (also available in plus sizes). 

Clark Dress by John & Jenn by Line

So Last Week... Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

Happy Holidays! My gift to you is bringing back So Last Week (I know… You were hoping you’d get a handbag, me too). From self-love and body acceptance to turtlenecks, here are some of the best posts I read last week.

Did you read or write something that needs to make So Last Week next week? Please email AmandaLauren212@gmail.com

The Cut: Why I'm Proud To Be A Size 10

I love this essay from The Cut by Nadia Aboulhosn. It’s about loving your body and not letting other people’s standards influence your life decisions. As someone who is short, has an hourglass figure and fits into clothing ranging from size XXS to size 10 (not kidding and yes, I totally should write a post about this), I have a deep appreciation for what she has to say.

Man Repeller: Monocycle Podcast Episode 44, Hi Again

In this episode of Monocycle, Leandra Medine talks about having a miscarriage and learning to have more compassion for herself. Warning: listening to this podcast will make you laugh, cry and give yourself a big hug.

A Sweat Life: A Yoga Workout To Calm Your Mind

Want to namaste sane when you visit your family? Try this workout.

Cupcakes and Cashmere: Spotlight On Statement Tights

Living in Los Angeles, I totally forgot statement tights existed, but after reading this post, I literally want to buy every pair.

Le Fashion: How To Toughen Up A Chunky Turtleneck Sweater

Turtlenecks are everywhere this season. Le Fashion shows you how to make them chic in a way you probably didn’t even think you could.