Outfit Inspired By: Firework by Katy Perry with Lulu*s.com

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Floral Brocade Platform Wedges (sold out, but here's similar): c/o Lulu*s.
Hair bow: Thrifted.
Ring: Gift from Kezzie.

Hello everyone and happy Valentine's Day!

To celebrate this beautiful, love filled holiday why not wear an outfit inspired by Firework by Katy Perry- a song about loving yourself.

I've been insecure since I was a young teenager. I think all of us are; some just choose to show it better than others. For me I never felt worth anything to anyone. All of the friendships I had during middle school and high school were abusive emotionally. Friends using me then dumping me, never showing true love or care for  even though that's all I gave them. It made me feel terrible about myself. Was there anything even special about me at all? Would anyone ever want me?

In 2011 Katy Perry came out with this song and I was a junior in high school. The first time I heard it, I admit I did cry 1. because I'm a crier and 2. because it was everything I had been feeling for years. It was all of my fears, worries, insecurities in one song- but letting me know that all these things are okay. It's okay to be insecure, but at the end of that day I need to realize that I am worth something. A lot, actually. I have a lot to show people and a lot of love to give, and a few bad experiences and insecurities from my past aren't going to keep me from all that I want to do.

Firework is about proving people wrong. Showing that you're special just the way you are as corny as it sounds, but it's true. I want to get a fashion degree, work for my dream company, and find a guy someday who loves me like no one else in my life yet has been able to. I'm going to get those things and I'm going to keep working hard to achieve my dreams. 

For this outfit, I wanted it to be bold and unique, just like the song says to be. My favorite color to wear is red- it makes me feel fearless and confident. Something that doesn't make me feel confident though? Tight dresses and sequins. But I was inspired by the song to be courageous, go out of my comfort zone, and grow as a person. My necklace is an infinity sign- perfect for expressing the fact that everything is infinite. Your possibilities as an individual, at being yourself. You are infinite, just as Perks of Being a Wallflower says. 

If you do anything this Valentine's Day, have the one thing be loving yourself. Prove people wrong, prove yourself wrong. You're worth it.

With much love, Lauren.

P.S. This is part of my month long collaboration with Lulu*s showing you all outfits inspired by my favorite songs! Here is my first post on The A-Team by Ed Sheeran if you missed it! x
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24 lovely little notes:

Laura Neiser said...

So glad Lulu's retweeted you so that I could see this lovely post. I adore this look. :)

Following!! xoxo


Lara

Nathalie Goossens said...

LOVE the outfit. That dress and those shoes are fierce! I think it's amazing how you are trying to be true to yourself... After all those years I'm still trying :)

Et tu, tutu? said...

Beautiful dress, and I hope you have a great day!

-Lindsey

Heather Belle said...

I've never been much of a Katy Perry fan, but I totally feel you on connecting with this song. I hate to say it, but my friends in high school and middle school sucked! Here's to proving everyone wrong!
xo Heather
http://ahopelessnotebook.blogspot.com/

Audrey Peeters said...

Hi Lauren,

I'm so behind with your blog, just like you i had some trouble with my computer 'till today. And reading a blog on your phone just isn't the same. You look stunning with that dress and those shoes. I'm just jealous!!!! Just be you, 'cause that's the Lauren we like.

xx Audrey
fashionhightea.blogspot.com

Kezzie said...

Oh my goodness, this dress is like the ruby slippers in dress form!!! I really like it! The hair bow is super pretty too!x

Teddi said...

awesome post lauren! what you said, what you feel, and what you wore. :)

Anonymous said...

Hey Lauren, I thought your reflection on past friendships was raw but real. Have you found honest connections at college? You featured your roommate in a post when you first started but never again. I lived at home when I went to college so I always wondered what dorm life and roommates was like. As for the look, you have to know the difference between going outside your comfort zone and being able to objectively know what is flattering. I think the dress is cute. I would have tried it with your leather jacket or another neutral fitted jacket instead of the tee. Just my input not a judgment :) The shoes are cool but would be too high for me! Your brave! So did you just wear the dress for the pics or did you go out and about? You must have stopped traffic if you did! Keep up the fearless adventures....and telling us all about it.

The Funky Fashionista said...

I love this post and I love this song! I was so suprised when I saw you wearing this outfit, Lauren, because it is like nothing that I would ever picture you wearing. I love that you went out of your comfort zone. I mean, those shoes that you are wearing are so high, yet so fierce. Oh and your infinity necklace is so adorable. I want a dainty little necklace like yours.

Happy Valentine's Day!
xoxo
Camille
http://thefunkyfashionista.blogspot.com/

Jamie Rose said...

Happy Valentine's day! You look so cute and festive in your sparkly peplum dress. I'm super loving the big bow in your hair too.

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Kati said...

Your outfit is stunning, I like how you combined the items! Your lipstick is also adorable!

Have a great day,
-Kati

Gina Alyse said...

Love, love, love your necklace!! And this outfit is the perfect combination of boldness, fun and classic! Loving it so much :)

xo, gina

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Mamalina said...

Oh, you look sooo cute! The dress is lovely, I love its shape, and it fits you perfectly! You can't go wrong with red and sequins :)!

Kisses,

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Laura said...

This dress is definitely different from what you normally wear, but I really like it! It fits you so perfectly!

Also, I really like the post you are doing with Lulu's; that is so fun! Can't wait to see what else you post. :)

oh! Finally saw Perks of Being a Wallflower last night (they were showing at school for free!) and I LOVED it. I read the book and I wasn't a super fan, but the movie was just perfect. Cried a whole bunch. :)

Hope that you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!

xoxo,
Laura
http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

Andrea Spanik said...

Those shoes are AMAZING! This is such an interesting look. not everyone could pull it off, but you sure do! Thanks for sharing :)
~Andrea
www.wearitbetter.com

Isabella said...

You look so beautiful! I love the way you've talked about Katy Perry's song. It has such a wonderful message. xo Isabella
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Marie Danielle said...

Love that song and lovvvve your outfit! You look beautiful! You are so good and creative with layering things. :-)

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