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Lauren Lefevre offers professional styling services and is a well-renowned fashion blogger, having made several trips to New York Fashion Week and being sponsored by Nordstrom.

2017 :: A Year In Review

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Happy New Year's Eve! It's hard to believe today is the last day of 2017. I typically do an outfit review at the end of each year, but this year, I wanted to go a little deeper and share five things I am particularly grateful for this past year.

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1. My dad's health. My dad was diagnosed with stage four cancer in Fall 2016, and this time last year, we were awaiting him having a major surgery in January, followed by months of radiation and chemo. This is the first person close to me that I have watched battle cancer and it's been a rough road, with many ups, downs and challenges. I am so thankful to God for answering the prayers of many. It appears that his treatment is working and that he is on the road to recovery now, one year later. Going through this experience has made me more grateful for loved ones and more conscious of savoring time with them!

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2. My twins. Jack and Lily turned seven two weeks ago and I can honestly say that age six has been my favorite age ever! I have enjoyed my children and parenting them more than ever this year, to the point where I truly don't want them to grow up any more! We enjoyed their first trip to Disney, numerous beach trips and countless days on the lake this year. I cannot wait to travel and explore with them more in 2018. 

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3. My marriage. As my has business grown and evolved, it understandably has impacted my marriage to different extents. I'm sure many of you can relate to the feeling that owning a business and/or working, plus raising kids keeps any marriage in a constant shuffle for maintaining communication and fun! 2017 has been a year where I feel like Mike and I have truly grown as a team. It's been fun to dream together, and amazing to do more work and travel together. I'm super thankful to be married to a man who loves the heck out of me and our twins, believes in me, is always willing to lend a helping hand and who is a lot of fun, too!

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4. My self awareness. This might sound like a strange one, but I am grateful to feel like I have grown significantly as a person this year. If you have followed me for the past six months or so, you may recall this post. It was my most vulnerable post to date, written in response to online "haters" who publicly criticized me for all sorts of petty things. As mortifying as it was to read such cruel and judging comments by people who don't know me, it was a defining moment for me. It encouraged me to stand up for truth and to be more authentic about the "un-perfectness" of my life. I struggle with anxiety and to feel more free from the approval of other and having to "act" like I always have it all together has been amazing! The feedback and encouragement I received from hundreds of you all was truly a highlight of the year, and turned a challanging situation into one that helped me grow and change for good! My goal for 2018 is to continue to be as authentic as possible both online and in real life.

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5. My friendships. This may sound cliche, but it's not. As I look back on 2017, I am truly amazed and utterly thankful for the rich friendships God has placed in my life. I am thankful for my neighborhood friends who live daily life with me as we co-parent our littles. I am thankful for my friends at Perimeter Christian School who love my family like their own. I am thankful for my blogger friends around the country who I text with daily and keep me sane in the crazy world of blogging! I am thankful for my life-long friendships far and near with whom know everything about me and can always pick up right where we last left off. The older I get, I realize true friends are a rare gift.

I see you all as my followers as my friends, too, and I'm so thankful for each of you! I have enjoyed getting to know many of you this year and looking forward to growing in friendships with you all this year.

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Thank you for all of your support and love! Happy 2018! May the New Year be filled with much love, grace, peace and joy.

Gratefully yours,

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P.S. I have been taking some polls for new content ideas for 2018 over on Instagram and would love more ideas. Please feel free to comment or email me at lauren@editbylauren.com with what you would like to see more of here on the blog and on social media in the new year!

Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale Picks

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Hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! It was the best Christmas ever celebrating with my newly 7-year-old twins. I absolutely love this age! Experiencing the wonder and excitement of Christmas through their eyes has been incredible.

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I'll be sharing some personal reflections on 2017 later on this week, but wanted to go ahead and highlight the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale, which started today! I know many of you have Christmas money and gift cards burning holes in your pockets, so here are my top picks of sale items to score while they are still in stock!

I have included several great athletic wear options {like my go-to Zella leggings} for those of you looking to amp up your workout/gym style in the New Year!

 This cardigan is so soft and cozy! It's now  on sale for $38 ! Be sure to size down...I am wearing an XS.

This cardigan is so soft and cozy! It's now on sale for $38! Be sure to size down...I am wearing an XS.

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Also, Beautycounter launched a Winter Sale today. Lots of cosmetic items and makeup brushes are 30% off for a limited time with code WINTERSALE. It's the perfect time to revamp your makeup bag to make it safer for the New Year!

Here are my Beautycounter Sale Favorites ::

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1. Matte Bronzer.  My all-time favorite bronzer. The color is spot on and I wear this every single day! I wear No. 1 in the Winter and No. 2 in the Summer!

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2. Eyeshadow Duo in Pearl/Champagne. This is my everyday go-to eyeshadow. I use this on my eyelid and brow bone for day and then layer with a darker shadow for evening. It also doubles as a highlighter for face! Several other eyeshadow shades are also on sale here.

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3. Lip Gloss in Ruby. My all-time favorite red gloss. It's a pretty sheer red that flatters any skin tone and is AMAZING layered over a red lipstick. This lipgloss is ultra-moisturizing and smooth rather than sticky! If you prefer a more sheer lip gloss, this color is also on sale.

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4. Angled Blush Brush. I use this brush to apply my bronzer, blush and highlighter! I just bought a new set of Beautycounter brushes for the New Year and it feels so nice to start out with a clean slate! Several other brushes are on sale, too!

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5. Ocean & Pacific Palette. This gorgeous palette includes six eyeshadows, plus a blush, bronzer, and highlighter. The colors are gorgeous, and I love how easy this makes packing makeup for travel. It also makes a fabulous gift!

Check out the rest of the sale items here, and as always, feel free to email me with any Beautycounter questions at lauren@editbylauren.com.

Stylishly yours,

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10 Outfit Ideas for Christmas Day

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Can you even believe there are just TWO more sleeps until Christmas Day?!

Here are 10 outfit ideas, all simple to recreate, to keep you stylish and comfortable on Christmas! Lots of these items are on major sale and are winter wardrobe staples that you will wear throughout the season, so it's a perfect time to stock up!

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1. A red plaid flannel, jeans and mules. Always classic and festive. Add a faux-fur vest or leather jacket if you want a layering piece. Shop this shirt and these mules.

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2. Neutrals and blush tones. Dress from the feet up by creating an outfit around a pretty pair of flats, like these velvet smoking slippers. Add a statement pair of earrings as the finishing accessory. Shop this top that's 25% off today, these mules and these statement earrings.

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3. An oversized plaid tunic with jeans and a red bag. An oversized tunic is perfect with either skinny jeans or leggings and a bright red bag adds a festive pop to every outfit!

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4. A sweater dress. This fairisle one is holiday-perfection, and a sweater dress is cute layered over tights or leggings in cold weather. This Free People dress is currently marked down by over 50%!

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5. Ruffled sweater and stylish sneaks. For an ultra-comfy and chic look, just pair a fun pair of kicks to a ruffled top/sweater. Add a pop color statement earring as your accessory. This ruffled sweater has been a favorite this season and is currently 40% off and just $29!

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6. An off-the-shoulder sweater, beanie and over-the-knee boots. If you don't feel like washing/styling your hair on Christmas Day, no one will blame you! Just sport a cute pom hat like this one and turn un-styled hair into cozy statement! This gorgeous, super-soft sweater from Anthropologie is now 50% off and just $59!!

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7. Oversized plaid top and faux-leather leggings. My Spanx leather leggings are most likely what I will be lounging in on Christmas, since they are oh-so-comfy and flattering! I love wearing mine with an oversize button-down and long cardigan.If you don't yet own a pair of Spanx leggings, I recommend treating yourself this season!

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8. Baby blue sweater and leopard mules. I just love adding pops of blue to my holiday-looks and LOVE pairing blue and leopard print together! This Topshop sweater fits so well adn the vibrant color is stunning. It's currently 50% off!

9. A ruffled sweat-shirt dress with sneakers or booties. If you live in a warm climate, this is probably my favorite idea! This $49 ruffled dress is super comfy and I love it with lots of shoe options, as well as layered with a scarf or statement necklace. I wear it so much that I own it in two colors. Shop this multi-color scarf here.

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10. Red and green! It's fun and festive {and not cheesy!} to wear it styled well this holiday season! This off-the-shoulder flannel top is so fun since it dresses up or down, and I have to point out my new $28 "L" initial necklace. I have been eying this necklace for a long time and finally purchased for myself. I love it and it's going to be my new go-to gift to give!

Shop all the pieces featured ::

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Merry, merry Christmas to you all!

With love,

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