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What to pack for an all-inclusive resort November 15 2014, 0 Comments

I don't know about you, but this weather is getting me down.  I'm dreaming of going back to Sandals (Montego Bay is my favorite).


When I went to Sandals, the number one question on my mind was: What do I pack? So I thought for nostalgia's sake, I would blog my list of "What to pack for an all-inclusive resort."

Let's assume you're going to a tropical locale.


  1.  A hat. Preferably a big one that will give you shade.  There is no guarantee that you'll be able to get a chair with an umbrella. If you plan to wear a hat in the water, pack two.
  2. 3-4 bathing suits. You'll want to have options depending on your mood.  Make sure to dry them out between wearings.
  3. 2 Cover-ups. It's so nice to be able to throw a cover-up dress on to go from place to place in the resort and not have to try to hold onto a towel. Bonus points if they coordinate with your bathing suits.
  4. Flip flops. Plain old rubber flip flops are key. Depending on the size of your resort, you may be walking a distance from your room to the water - rubber flops that won't rub are key. One pair will be enough.
  5. 4 Dresses, both casual (2-3) and more formal (1-2). Sundresses are ideal for the warm, humid weather you'll be in. I definitely recommend checking the resort dress code as some restaurants will be casual attire and others will be formal. 1, 2 and 3 are my dress recommendations.
  6. 2-3 shorts. Casual wear for lounging and exploring the resort.
  7. 3-4 tops.  Pack a few casual and flowy and one or two dressier. 
  8. 2-3 dressy shoes, flats, heels or sandals. Shoes to wear with your great outfits.
  9. A transitional going home outfit. Likely, the weather where you live will be pretty different from the resort, make sure to pack a travel friendly outfit that can transition you from resort check-out to airport to arriving home. Cardigans are my trick to making the same outfit work.
  10. Sunscreen and bugspray. Pack more than you think you'll need.  We went through 4 bottles of sunscreen when we went to Sandals. We only bought 3 so we had to buy a bottle of sunscreen and bugspray. 
  11. Cosmetics and toiletries. You'll likely spend alot of time outdoors, so plan to bring your usual summer cosmetics.
  12. Sunglasses.  If you plan to spend alot of time in the water, bring two sets (just in case).  Your eyes with thank you.
  13. Advil/Tylenol (and any prescribed medications). If you get a headache or have too many tropical drinks, these will be a lifesaver.  Plus, you won't have to pay resort gift shop prices if you need anything.
  14. A tumbler for tropical drinks or water. You'll want to stay hydrated while out in the sun (whatever your drink of choice).  A cute tumbler keeps your drink from getting confused with anyone else's and will keep it colder.
  15. Miscellaneous necessities. Undergarments, sleepwear, socks (if you plan to wear sneakers), passports, licenses, phone chargers, books etc.


Other things to consider:

  • Activities: If you plan to be active either by exercising or exploring the nearby towns/cities, plan to pack excursion clothing/ gym wear.
  • Blow dryer: Most resorts provide them, but check to make sure so you can save the bag space.
  • Dress codes: Some resort restaurants might have dress codes, if your resort is dressier, plan to pack more formal wear.
  • Electrical outlets.  Most resorts will have plugs compatible with U.S. electronics, but check just to make sure so you're not left with a dead smart phone.

     What are your vacation must-haves?

    Color Crush: Burgundy September 29 2014, 0 Comments

    I {Lauren} am seriously crushing on everything burgundy this fall.  I'm not usually a "red" person, but something about the richness of burgundy just makes me happy.  Some people call it oxblood others maroon but I just like burgundy. I kept this in mind when stocking up for our fall line here at LaMaLu Boutique.


    Some of our burgundy favorites are:

    Wine Country Dress

    The Wine Country Dress

    The Wine Country dress screams fall.  The rich burgundy color and delicate crochet details are positively gorgeous.  Pair this beauty with boots and you'll have a perfect fall outfit. 


    The Roosevelt Bangle


    Stripe Elbow Patch Open Cardigan in burgundy. We love how soft and versatile this cardigan is.  Burgundy is a great color for fall, too.


     Cold Shoulders top in burgundy

    With just the perfect amount of delicate lace, the cold shoulders top will be your new go-to. Pair with jeans, some cute boots and a chunky scarf and you'll be the best dressed girl in the room.


    Looking for more burgundy outfit inspiration? Check out our color brush board on pinterest.

    Top 10 Wardrobe Must Haves June 29 2014, 0 Comments

    A wardrobe to envy is something every girl wants.  The best way (in our opinion) to build an enviable wardrobe is to start with some basic building blocks and then expand from there. Once you have the basics, it is easy to add pieces that will complement your style and give you the wardrobe of your dreams. 

    Top 10 Wardrobe Must Haves

    Our Top 10 Wardrobe Must Haves are:


    1.  Black Blazer: Easy to throw on and go, a great fitting black blazer can dress up any outfit to go out but still be dressy enough for work.  We like the Kensie Three-Quarter Sleeve Blazer from Macy's.
    2. Gray pencil skirt: Nothing looks nicer than a gray pencil skirt a great blouse and some sky high black pumps.  We like the Grey Lightweight Wool Pencil Skirt from Banana Republic.
    3. Colored Cardigans: Cardigans are so versatile they can be worn for work or a casual outing.  Start with one in basic black or white and slowly add more in various colors as your wardrobe grows.  You'll be amazed by how much you can wear them with.  We like the Crew Neck Cardigan from Express (in every color).
    4. Ballet Flats: Perfect for days your don't feel like wearing heels.  Flats are easy to walk in (usually comfy), and season-less. We like the Caroline Printed Ballet Flats from Tory Burch.
    5. Black pumps: An absolute wardrobe necessity.  These classic shoes can be worn with everything. We like the Natalya Platform Pumps by G by Guess from Macy's.
    6. Dark Jeans: A perfect fitting pair of jeans will take you far.  Throw them on with pretty much any top in your closet, some flats and you are ready to go. We like the Modern Straight Leg Jeans In Rinse Wash from Loft.
    7. Statement necklace: Statement necklaces are a great way to finish off an otherwise boring outfit.  Think of them as the cherry on top. We like the Cobalt Beauty Necklace from LaMaLu Boutique.
    8. White Dress shirt: Extremely classic and basic, this staple can go with anything. We like the Ellison KB Blouse in Ivory from LaMaLu Boutique.
    9. Black Dress pants: Classy and dressy.  A great fitting pair of black dress pants will let you go far.  We like the Double Dobby Boot Cut Pants in Julie Fit from Loft.
    10. Watch: A great watch is the perfect finishing touch to any outfit.  Bonus points that they're also functional. We like the Gramercy Watch by Kate Spade.

    What makes a piece a wardrobe must have? Pieces that are timeless, season-less and can be worn with anything.  Classic pieces won't go out of style so they are worth spending a little more money on. 



    How I Wore it: See You Top by Everly June 24 2014, 0 Comments

    The "See You Top" has been in heavy rotation in my closet lately.  I probably sound like a broken record, but I just love clothes that can be dressed up or dressed down.  Anything versatile that can work double duty in my closet is a must have.  Plus, you cannot beat Carolina blue. 

    How I wore it: paired with white shorts and my (old) favorite coach wedges with a chunky white and gold necklace.  This was the perfect outfit for the US open and I knew it would take me from on the green to inside. 

    Sale Items Ship Free at LaMaLu Boutique June 22 2014, 0 Comments

    Who doesn't love a great sale? Who doesn't love free shipping?  Starting today sale items ship free at LaMaLu Boutique.  That top, dress or piece of jewelry you love now has free shipping.  Just use code "SALESHIP"


    Free Shipping on all sale items with code "SALESHIP"

    Start shopping sale items now!

    How I Wore It: Tropical Tank in Royal by Everly June 17 2014, 0 Comments

    Welcome to the first ever "How I Wore It" post.  I've decided to start "How I Wore It" to show you what I'm wearing with each LaMaLu Boutique piece that I own.  You can also check these posts out on Instagram @shoplamalu. 


    If you've been reading for a while, you know that I (Lauren) love ANY piece of clothing with a cute back.  A few examples are the "Take Two Top in Pink & Coral" and the "Esley Lattice Back Dress" (I wore this in my engagement pictures and on my honeymoon in Jamaica!)

    When I came across the Tropical Tank from Everly, I knew it was something we had to carry at

    I wore the Tropical Tank out to drinks with some friends.  Since we were going to be outside, I paired it with pretty mint shorts (from Loft) and my favorite Tory Burch flats.  Cute, casual and cool.

    Outfit Inspiration: Kate Middleton June 15 2014, 0 Comments

    A classic striped top is a must for every wardrobe.  Just ask Kate Middleton:


    Source. After seeing how casual yet chic Princess (Duchess) Kate looks wearing navy stripes, skinny jeans, a blazer and wedges, I knew stripes were in LaMaLu Boutiques future. I cannot get over her blazer - I love the gold button details.

    Unfortunately, the navy option was sold out but pink is just as pretty. 

    The Candy Stripes Top in Pink is super soft and comfy.  We love the boatneck and the forgiving cut.  You can snag one for yourself a steal at just $22. 


    We're still on the lookout for the perfect navy striped top to replicate Princess Kate's outfit.  Stay tuned.

    Brand We <3 Everly May 17 2014, 0 Comments

    As you know, we like to feature up and coming new designers, so I (Lauren) thought, why not showcase some of our brands on the blog?  Everly is a brand that we absolutely love. 
    Created by "Sisters Fabiana and Adriana created Everly, a young contemporary clothing line with the idea to make beautiful clothes for beautiful girls. Inspired by their love of fabric, prints and clean lines, the sisters brought together all of their loves to bring a collection to the modern girl who loves to be well and dress well. " Source - Everly.
    We love their eye for fashion, color and detail.  And I have to admit, I love the bow in their logo.  I am so pleased to announce that we are now carrying Everly pieces on!
    This is just our first shipment!  We can't wait to see how YOU like it!

    Outfit Idea 1: Striped Tank Styled for Work April 19 2014, 0 Comments

    This post kicks off a new series with outfit ideas incorporating one or more LaMaLu Boutique pieces! I hope you'll enjoy reading these as much as I (Lauren, the owner) enjoy making them.


    While I love the Spring Stripes top on it's own, it's not exactly office appropriate (or weather appropriate in NC this weekend).  Topped with a blazer however, it's great for work. I love the pop of color the tank gives the outfit.  You can pair this with black dress pants or jeans.  I wore this to work a few weeks ago and got a ton of compliments. 

    Also pictured: Loft Blazer

    Black Tieks

    Trend We Love - Wire Wrapped Bangles February 18 2014, 0 Comments

    Happy (Almost spring)!  A trend I am LOVING now is the wire wrapped bangle trend.  I love that you can wear the bangles individually or stacked.  As many as you want or as few. They are an incredibly easy way to accessorize (and super affordable, too).


    I especially love that these are hand made in the USA (CT to be exact).


    The Duke, The Carolyn and The Lillian - $18 each. 


    The Princess collection (all 3) - $42 for the set. These are also sold individually as the Deleah, The Gabrielle, and The Dianne Bangle.



    I love all of them.  Spring colors coming soon!


    Shop All Bangles Here


    What do you think of the wire wrap trend? How do you stack your bangles, with or without a watch?

    Farm To Table Styled Shoot November 19 2013, 0 Comments

    About a month and a half ago, LaMaLu Boutique participated in a styled shoot with several fabulous vendors throughout Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. If you love the dresses and necklaces, you're in luck because they are still available in the boutique at

    Here are my favorite photos from the shoot:


    Royal Blue Ribbon Ruffle Back Dress - here, necklace here.

    Royal Blue Ribbon Ruffle Back Dress - here, necklace here.

    Aren't the florals gorgeous?  Courtesy of Ashlee Little Weddings & Events.

    Blue Bow Back Dress here.


    Blue Bow Back Dress here.

    Love this detail shot.


    Love everything about this one.

    Vendor List:

    Photography: Kendall Lynnette Photography & Design and Brittany Pelegrino Photography

    Coordination & Design: Ashlee Little Weddings + Events

    Vintage Rentals: Simply Put Vintage Rentals

    Dresses: LaMaLu Boutique
    Hair: D-Spot

    Hair: Hair by Andrayah Ponce

    Makeup: Joanne Maye Makeup Artistry

    Makeup: Adrian Shirey

    Special Thanks To All Models!


    What do you think?

    Top 5 Tuesday - By Kristen October 15 2013, 0 Comments

    Top 5 Tuesday - by Kristen one of the LaMaLu buyers.

    Lately I’ve been getting super excited about fall weather and all the cold weather essentials. What I’m
    loving right now are light-weight piece perfect for the transition from hot to cool.

    A Pearl-ing Top

    Pair this with some dark jeans and boots and it’s the perfect date night top.


    Red Beaded Beauty Necklace

    As a NC State graduate I’m always looking for great red pieces I can wear to a game and this necklace is perfect.


    Ellison Black Polka Dot Top

    Add the red necklace above to this black shirt and I’m set for NC State tailgate. The outfit is casual
    enough for day, yet still dressy enough for night.

    Royal Print Strapless Dress

    For those days when the weather creeps back up to 90 degrees, hello last weekend, a short strapless
    dress is still my go-to item.

    Turquoise Drop Earrings

    I don’t know about you, but I love turquoise year round. I think these gorgeous earrings will be finding
    their way into my jewelry box!

    What trends are you looking out for this fall?

    Peplum or Not To Peplum? October 01 2013, 0 Comments

    I have to admit, when I first saw the peplum trend, I was skeptical.  I mean, who WANTS to make their hips/ waist look bigger? Not me. 

    But like almost all trends, the more I saw it, the more I liked it.


    • For those with straight figures, a good peplum will give the illusion of hips and a smaller waist.
    • For those with hour glass figures, peplum will add some extra curve.

    After deciding that I did, in fact like the peplum trend, I was on the hunt.  A few weeks ago, the team finally found the perfect peplum for LaMaLu Boutique -

    Floral Lace Textured Black Peplum Top. I love the peek-a-boo lace detailing on the top and the peplum is absolutely gorgeous.  At $36 - this is definitely one of our favorites of the fall new arrivals.

    Tell us: What do you think about the peplum trend?

    Mustard Love, LaMaLu Boutique style. September 23 2013, 0 Comments

    Mustard is a hot color right now.  Now don't go thinking Dwight Shrute in mustard. 

    Think, Blake Lively source. How gorgeous does she look in Gucci? I love the twisted halter.

    Be like Blake in our Golden Lace Top.

    Golden Lace Top - yours for only $36.

    We LOVE the braided cross straps in the back. 

    Question: Mustard clothing, yes or no?

    -Lauren: YES! I love it.

    The First LaMaLu Boutique Trunk Show & Trunk Show Information September 04 2013, 0 Comments

    A few weeks ago, a friend of mine hosted the FIRST ever LaMaLu Boutique trunk show.

    A LaMaLu Boutique trunk show, consists of friends, food, wine and all things LaMaLu Boutique.  On the Thursday night before the trunk show I packed everything up and loaded it into my car.  If you follow us on Instagram @shoplamalu, then you might have seen the pictures of everything packed up.  When I got to my friends apartment, I quickly unloaded everything before everyone arrived. 

    The great thing about Trunk Shows, is that you can see, touch and try on anything that you want.  So many people said, that everything looks so much better in person and I have to agree though I do love our pictures by the fabulous Kristen Abigail Photography.

    Everyone loved trying on all of the LaMaLu Boutique pieces and accessorizing to their hearts content.  I am so pleased with how the trunk show turned out and I cannot wait until the next one.

    Trunk Show Information

    If you are local to NC (will travel) and would like to host a trunk show, please contact us here.  We are open to doing both public and private trunk shows.  The host receives a gift for hosting and there is no limit to the number of people that can attend. 

    Engagement Outfit Ideas August 30 2013, 0 Comments

    My fiancee (still can't believe it) and I are having engagement pictures done today and figuring out what to wear has  been quite a challenge.  Obviously, I had to wear head to toe LaMaLu Boutique!

    I have finally decided on wearing the following:


    Silver Knot Earrings (how perfect are these since we are tying the "knot"?).  I'm wearing this with my casual outfit - not with the below outfit!


    And For My Formal Outfit -

    Esley Lattice Back Dress - the back on this one is just TOO cute to pass up. 

    With the 7 Bangle Set - I just LOVE this one. 

    And the Pink Filigree Necklace.  I seriously love everything about this outfit which is why I styled Taylor in it for our photoshoot.

    And for the finishing touch - the Pink And Gold Textured Earrings.

    What do you think? What did you / would you wear for your engagement pictures?

    Have you seen our new fall items? August 19 2013, 0 Comments

    Our Favorites from the 1st LaMaLu Boutique Photoshoot August 07 2013, 0 Comments

    Have you checked out our gorgeous new product pictures? (photos by Kristen Abigail Photo)


    Here are some of our favorites!!

    We love this photo of Taylor in the Royal Blue Print Strapless Dress.


     We LOVE this photo of Lara wearing our Mint Print Strapless DressMint & Gold Tree Bracelet and Turquoise Bangles

    Lara in our Orange Ruffle Zip Up Dress.  LOVE this.

    And my ABSOLUTE: Taylor in our Tribal Print Ruffle Dress.

    Check out our new arrivals page to see all of the photos!

    Wedding Shopping - Ruffled Dresses July 31 2013, 0 Comments

    I (Lauren - the LaMaLu Boutique owner), am a soon to be bride.  I have been perusing wedding magazine after wedding magazine looking for wedding inspiration and right now I'm focusing on what to wear to our rehearsal dinner. 

    I am KIND of in love with the ruffle dress trend. I first stumbled onto it when I started perusing wedding mags.

    See this gorgeous ruffled dress? Not quite what I am going for with my actual wedding dress (think lacy, fitted), but what great inspiration for a rehearsal dinner?


    I love our Red Ruffle Zip up dress.  Cute and flirty and would look amazing with a cardigan.  Bonus points that it is on sale for $36. 


    What do you think?

    Featured Item: JB Bird Halter Dress July 23 2013, 0 Comments

    Today's featured item is the JB Bird Halter dress in Peach.

    We love the peach dress, the navy tie straps and the turquoise and navy birds.  At $40, this dress is a must have for this summer.  Get yours before it sells out!

    This dress is absolutely perfect with our one of a kind JJ Bird Earrings.  We love these gold plated handmade beauties.  At only $14 these will not last long!


    LaMaLu Boutique Specials July 09 2013, 0 Comments

    Just stopping by to say we highly recommend you check out our Facebook page here!

    We have a FANTASTIC special going on for a limited time only.



    4th of July Outfit Inspiration June 23 2013, 0 Comments

    Looking for some 4th of July Outfit Inspiration?  Here are some great 4th of July inspired outfits.  You can also check out our new 4th of July tab under "new arrivals."


    This outfit features:

    Patriotic Tribal Print Dress

    White and Gold Bangles (new)

    White Beaded Beauty Necklace (new)

    Blue and Gold Medallion Earrings


    This outfit features:

    Blue Bow Back Dress (business in the front, party in the back)

    White and Gold Chevron Earrings

    Red Beaded Beauty Necklace


    This outfit features:

    Red Ruffle Zip Up Dress

    White Beaded Beauty Necklace

    Blue and Crystal Stretch Bracelet


    Coral-Red Tie Dye Maxi Dress (perfect length for tall ladies)

    Cobalt Beauty Necklace

    White Leather Snap Bracelet


    These are just a few of our favorite 4th of July outfits.  Tell us: What will YOU be wearing?

    How Do You Store Your Jewelry? June 16 2013, 0 Comments

    Happy Father's Day!


    I hope you're spending the day with your Dad and spoiling him rotten.

    Inspired by Pinterest, I decided to try storing my jewelry in decorative ways. 


    I got this great bowl (which I think is actually a cake stand) from Homegoods.  It's perfect for keeping some of my bracelets and watches together.  I keep it in my bathroom so I can easily grab whatever catches my eye.


    I use this dress form (that I think is from Pier 1) to store some of my necklaces.  I keep it on my dresser and change out the necklaces periodically.  It also keeps them from tangling. 


    For the rest of my jewelry, I use this hanging jewelry bag from TJ Maxx.  It has individual pockets 3 per row except for the bottom row which only has two large pockets.  I love that this bag is double sided and comes on a hanger.  For only $12, this was worth every cent and I've used it for years.

    The more awesome jewelry we get in stock at LaMaLu Boutique, the more I want which means I'm going to be trying to find more cute ways to store mine. So tell me, how do you store your jewelry?  What cute crafts are you pinning on Pinterest?

    Giveaway Time! June 10 2013, 0 Comments

    I hope everyone had a great weekend.  I know I did!  In NC, we've been experiencing quite a bit of rain lately which has me yearning for warmer temps (minus the humidity) and blue skies.  I thought it would be a good idea to start this week out right with a giveaway! This beaded white necklace, which we also have in red, yellow and blue is one of my favorites.  It hasn't even been posted on the website yet but you have a chance to win!

    Enter by going to the LaMaLu Boutique Facebook page and "sharing" this photo.  That's all.  I will pick a winner on Friday.  Good luck!