Lately

posted on: Monday, June 29, 2015


{enjoying a weekend wedding in Madison — and loved wearing this red dress!}

{happy hour date at Barcocina}

{my favorite summer clutch}

{adorable sidewalk at Cafe Tola}

{colored denim + leopard... details here}

{loving the latest from Serena & Lily}

{my cute pup, Bailey!}

{enjoying a relaxing weekend at home in Wisconsin}

{a favorite look of mine this season}

{wearing these white tassel earrings on repeat — Receive 10% off with code 'BrightBeautiful10'}

{catching the Mumford & Sons concert from the harbor — so fun!}

    

Wedding Weekend

posted on: Saturday, June 27, 2015


Wishing you a wonderful weekend! I'm headed to Madison, WI today to celebrate a wedding for friends. (Can't wait!) I'm also looking forward to being back on campus where I went to school at University of Wisconsin. Feel free to follow along on Instagram or Snapchat (laura-platt), as I'm sure to share a few fun snaps ;) Have a great weekend, everyone! xx

    
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Red, White + Blue

posted on: Thursday, June 25, 2015


Can you believe 4th of July is almost here?! The holiday has always been one of my favorites, as it's a chance to enjoy midsummer's best and celebrate our great country. Do you have any fun plans for next weekend? To begin getting in the spirit, I thought I'd share a little red, white, and blue. I have my eye on this embroidered dress, a pair of classic gold sandals, this cute romper, a fitted striped dress, this pair of pajamas, and an amazing navy and white tunic. Do you have any personal favorites you'd love to wear for Independence Day?

Items as seen above: Bikini || Aviators || Tunic || Sneakers (under $50) || Weekender Bag || Nail Color (I like the shade "Rose Bowl") || Pajama Set || USA Lights (so fun!) || Embroidered Dress || Tank || Red Sunglasses || Turkish Towel (comes in multiple colors) || Anchor Bottle Opener


Colored Denim

posted on: Wednesday, June 24, 2015


I hope you're having a great week! Today's look features my favorite pair of colored denim, which is a fun alternative to standard blue or white jeans. If you like the look, I linked to similar styles below — most available under $100 :)



Life Lately

posted on: Tuesday, June 23, 2015


Apologies for the silence around here these past few days. I've been enjoying an extended weekend, which began with a concert at Montrose Harbor on Friday and then visiting family back home in Wisconsin. Truth is, it's been a nice break! And a great reminder to unplug and enjoy the moment with the ones you love. (That's what it's all about, right?) I'm getting back in the swings of things and will be back tomorrow with a new post. Stay tuned!

    
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Blush + Summer Neutrals

posted on: Friday, June 19, 2015


Happy Friday, all! Today's post is a collection of soft blush and neutral styles catching my eye lately... Enjoy!

Maxi Dress (also comes in black) || Leopard Pillow || Coin Pendant Necklace || Mimosa Candle || Tortoiseshell Sunglasses || iPhone Case || Nail Color || Lip Balm || White Skirt (on sale, currently 60% off with code GOSHOPPING) || Eyeshadow Palette ||  Bucket Bag (under $50!) || Woven Tote


10 Tips for Better iPhone Pictures

posted on: Thursday, June 18, 2015


One of the most common topics I receive questions about is Instagram. And more specifically, how to take better pictures with your phone. I've heard questions like: "How do you get your pictures to appear bright?" or "What photo apps do you use?" So, I thought I'd create a post with a few tips and tricks I've picked up along the way. Here we go!

1.) Shoot in focus. Let's start with a simple — but important — one! Make sure your lens is clean and ready to shoot. I always tap my phone's screen before I snap the photo, so my lens can focus on the subject. Also try using the iPhone HD mode for extra definition for your shot.

2.) Be aware of your surroundings. Whether you're shooting a landscape, person or object, be aware of how certain elements play together. Look up, down, and around for inspiration. Maybe it's an eye-catching background, a boldly colored wall, cool flooring or tile you're standing on, or an interesting sky in the distance, incorporate those surrounding elements that make your perspective unique.

3.) Take your photo within your camera's square mode. If there's a chance the photo will be posted to Instagram, I'll shoot in my camera's "square" mode. Doing so will ensure the photo is properly positioned (and won't crop out any important subjects!).

4.) Experiment with editing apps. There are hundreds of apps dedicated to mobile photography. My top favorites are VSCO and Snapseed. Within each app, you can easily adjust brightness, color, detail, cropping, filtering and more.

5.) Turn up the brightness. This is a personal preference. I like my photos to appear light and bright, so I'll turn up the brightness or "exposure." Don't go too crazy, though — you should still be able to see contrast and detail!

6.) Turn down the temperature. Again, this is personal preference — I almost always prefer to turn the "temperature" down for my iPhone pictures. I feel they look more crisp and clean this way.

7.) Consider the angle. Some photos look great when shot from above, like a delicious spread at weekend brunch, or looking up, say at an impressive skyscraper. Either way, I try to align and frame the photo with any existing straight lines or angles around the subject.

8.) Take advantage of natural light. It's always best to shoot when natural light is present. Overhead lighting or low-light conditions can make your photos appear too warm, full of shadows, or grainy.

9.) Remember the rule of thirds. This is a Photography 101 concept, but a well-composed photo always stands out among the rest. Here's a quick run-down on the rule of thirds to keep in mind.

10.) Have fun. Instagram (and photography, in general) is meant to be creative and fun! As much as this post is admittedly about capturing a great photo... not every photo will be "perfect." And know when to put your phone down to fully enjoy the moment as it happens ;)

For Sale

posted on: Wednesday, June 17, 2015


As I was cleaning my closet recently, I decided it was time to take inventory of pieces I regularly wear and those that don’t get as much love as they should. I already took several pieces of clothing to my local church downtown as donation, but there are a few remaining designer styles (all in excellent condition!) I thought some of you might like.

I’d love to send these dresses to a friendly and stylish home, so if you like what you see, feel free to email me at laura@brightandbeautifulblog.com with the item(s) name in the subject line and confirm your PayPal email in the body. The first to complete invoice gets the item! Open to US residents only. $4.99 shipping. All sales final.


Erin Fetherston Pink "Tuberouse" Gown - Size 6 (only worn twice, would be perfect for summer weddings!)
Original Retail: $382
ASKING PRICE: $50


^ SOLD - No longer available ^
BCBGMAXAZRIA Black Sequined V-Neck Dress - Size 8 (hello, cocktail party dress! check out the fun back on this one)
Original retail: $348
ASKING PRICE: SOLD

^ SOLD - No longer available ^
Rachel Pally Red Maxi Dress - Size Small (long flowy and flexible fit, beautiful red color)
Original Retail: $242
ASKING PRICE: SOLD

    
Any questions or offers, please don't hesitate to email!

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