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HOW TO COMBAT FEAR WITH GRATITUDE

I felt it near and dear to my heart to write about this topic, because it has been an ongoing learning experience for myself and few of the closest people around me. How to combat fear. It is a simple, four letter word but it plays a huge role in all of our lives. It can control your subconscious thoughts that can transpire into our day to day behavior. It can sometimes hold so much control over our mind and begin to rule the decisions that we make for our lives, partners, and others closest to us. Life can be overwhelming, and it is only normal to develop different anxieties over time. The good thing about this realization is; that’s the moment you will gain the power to control it.

Before I continue, I want you to think back to that time you were a child living your life. We would climb tall trees, we would cross the street forgetting to look both ways, we would love our friends unconditionally, we would trust without hesitation, we would jump off of things that could hurt us, we played sports we knew nothing about. I guess what I am trying to say is, we weren’t brainwashed. We weren’t focused on perfection. We weren’t thinking about self-doubt when we were 5, 6, 7 years old. We weren’t filled with fear.

One day, my parents had mentioned to me that I was riding a bicycle without training wheels when I was 3 years old. I looked at them in disbelief because the only reminder I have of those moments are photographs, and I barely even have that much coordination now at the solid age of 28. My point is, you have such an innocent, light hearted, determined mentality at a younger age. When you fall down, you get right back up and it doesn’t stop you from trying again. You’re more eager, more receptive and open minded. You’re more likely to succeed with this mentality because your innocence drowns out the background noise of your peers and the critic’s around you. You don’t let it affect you with this impressive form of resiliency.

Fast-forward to the present day. We have developed scars over time because of mistakes we have made, holding us back from trying that thing again. Awful relationships we have been in, making it merely impossible to trust anyone else. We’ve been lied to, so it is difficult for us to trust others because of another’s mistake. Simultaneously, we have to deal with the criticism surrounding all of these topics. Not only are we dealing with these issues around us, they also live within us and sometimes they go un-noticed affecting our lives in more ways than one.

These wounds we carry around with us, are only harmful to our well-being. The mind is so powerful, and it can overcome the greatest of things, but it can also deter you if you allow it. The sooner we realize we have full control over our thoughts, the sooner we can shape our lives and combat our fear with gratitude.

I struggled with this concept because I am so brutal and harsh on myself that I can sometimes be my own worst enemy. It wasn’t until this past year that I really developed a strong, grateful mindset and unbreakable connection with my inner self. I started replacing every fearful scenario with a lesson of gratitude. One of my biggest fears was vulnerability. A year ago, I would of never wrote a post like this because I would be afraid of someone viewing me as weak-minded or someone would judge me for admitting this discomfort. I was fearful. Being open has been such a challenging, life changing experience. I welcomed my vulnerability in hopes to create new opportunity to possibly inspire or help someone. Regardless of the critics (because Lord knows they will always be there), I am grateful if this article has found you and impacted you in any way.

That is just one small example, but it really is much deeper than that. Those who overcome fear and failure teach themselves how to appreciate their unique gifts and practice this daily. Did you know that you are an AMAZING individual, made up of rare characteristics that are unlike anything else in this world? We rarely step back and celebrate this. We can be so busy focusing on other things that we can sometimes miss the big picture. There is only ONE of us placed on this divine earth and we only have this ONE life to make the best out of it. Does that put things in perspective for you? Because it was eye-opening for me.

If we don’t take that flight, how are we ever going to see the beauty of the world and appreciate new culture? If we refuse to open our hearts to someone new, how are we ever going to find that one true love that could change our outlook on relationships? You have this chance to create your life exactly how you dream of living it. It honestly all begins and ends with you. You are made up of endless possibilities.

Of course, this is much easier said than done, but it is always possible. I have held myself back from many wonderful opportunities because of the lack of belief I had in myself. It was until the moment I realized I could turn my weakness into my strength. If it wasn’t for me being open and honest about my weakness, I wouldn’t know how to propel forward. I bought myself a notebook and started writing down the things I was eternally grateful for. Some of these things included family, friends, loved ones, my health, the health of my loved ones and the trials that turned into the most memorable life lessons. Focus on all of the wonderful things you have been blessed with and you’ll never feel empty. This mentality has the power to get you through any hardship. It will lead you closer to your purpose and before you know it, that fear you once had will lose its control over you.

You are capable of it all my dear!

Love Always,

Lauren

Skin Care

Golden Hour Glow

Skin is always in! I didn’t realize the importance of a healthy skin care regimen until I started wearing makeup and photographing my skin. I grew up with oily to combination skin; with the occasional breakout that would only make an appearance whenever I had somewhere special to go. The break outs I get are typically hormonal and are underneath my skin (around my mouth and on my neck). They take about a week to dissipate and every ounce of patience I have not to touch them! You girls know the struggle of getting that beautiful glow to your skin without looking like an oil slick! It took me about two years to perfect this routine! So, if you’re struggling with a similar scenario, Be PATIENT! With the right skin assessment and products, you will get the relief you have been looking for. The skin care routine I am going to share with you may not work for you, considering everyone’s skin is unique and requires special attention. My only goal is to introduce you to a new line in hopes you pick up a few tips that you could incorporate into your own routine. If you have been struggling with acne, have dry skin, or just want to try some new products – you’ve come to the right place!

Regardless of how tired, lazy or drunk (let’s be honest), I cleanse my face twice a day (it is a serious commitment)! Once in the morning and once before bed. I love to use micellar water before my cleanser because it loosens the makeup I am wearing. I have tried a ton of cleansing oils; professional brands – CVS brands, and they have all made me break out. The micellar water cleanses and moisturizes your skin at the same time. It’s also a longtime skin-care secret of French women and it finally made its way to the U.S., for good reason. Micelles are tiny oil molecules suspended in water that work to pull dirt and oil out of the skin without leaving it stripped of its natural oils. My favorite micellar water is made by, Simple. It is great for sensitive skin and is super easy to use. Just soak a cotton pad with the water and massage into your skin in circular motions.

Next, I apply my SkinCeuticals soothing cleanser foam. This product line is EVERYTHING! I was introduced to this brand a couple of years ago and refuse to use anything else ever since. I prefer a foaming cleanser over a cream cleanser because I don’t have to use as much product and it feels gentler on my skin. It’s a soap free formula and is filled with botanical extracts which help calm the skin. I love that it doesn’t leave your face feeling stripped and dry; it keeps your skin feeling nourished and moisturized.

Serums on serums… I can’t stress the importance of hyaluronic acid. After I cleanse my skin and towel blot my face, I apply SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier. It is filled with skin boosting benefits and has superpower hydrating properties. It delivers lasting moisture into the skin. As we age, our body decreases in collagen production and our skin doesn’t retain as much moisture as it used to. This will plump up your skin and can diminish fine lines and wrinkles. When your skin is dry, the surface is more vulnerable to damage, that is why this step is so important. I have been using this product for six months and have even seen an improvement in my skin texture!

In the morning, after I apply my H.A. serum, my favorite moisturizer to use is SkinCeuticals Emollience. It contains lipids, marine extracts and botanical oils. It is lightweight and doesn’t leave my face feeling oily. When the product dries into my skin, it leaves my face feeling smooth and soft. Mango seed butter and lavender work together to rehydrate and reduce irritation and redness.

Last but not least, my favorite nighttime treatment. Instead of the Emollience moisturizer, I use SkinCeuticals Resveratrol B E. This treatment contains antioxidant benefits, pure vitamin E, and prevention against free-radical damage. When I wake up, my skin looks hydrated and radiant. It will also improve the elasticity and restore moisture. All you need is a tiny, dime-size amount to cover your entire face. It absorbs into the skin beautifully and leaves your skin feeling baby soft. I have been using this treatment for six months and have seen a huge improvement in my acne scars. They faded in color and the surface of the affected areas appear smoother. This treatment paired with the H.A. serum is an amazing nighttime cocktail.

That was information overload! Also, this is not a sponsored post, I just swear by these products! I have struggled finding the right products for my skin for years. When I was younger, I used to dehydrate my skin; thinking that would get rid of the breakouts and overproduction of oil. I didn’t realize I was making my skin worse by doing so. A lot of oily/acne prone skin is lacking moisture! I really hope you look into some of these products and enjoy shopping them below. Introduce one product at a time into your regimen and let your skin adjust. If you change your routine frequently you’re not letting your skin adapt and that could result in a breakout. Everyone deserves to wake up with that golden hour glow because there is no better feeling than being comfortable in your own skin!

Leave any skin care concerns/questions below! If you try these products let me know how they work for you!

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Day Dreaming In Denim: Let’s get down to business

Happy Wednesday my loves! I hope you are all having a productive, fulfilling week. I have been getting a lot of questions on how I balance my full time job and my side business, so I figured I would take advantage of this post and fill you in! All of my boss babes know that the hustle never stops! You’re constantly on the go, creating connections, brainstorming, and planning your week to stay ahead of the game. For me, growing in the beauty business has really disciplined my time management. But, the first five years of being in the business, I completely exhausted myself because I refused to say no to anything. I soon learned that I was drowning myself with a schedule I couldn’t handle, and I was actually getting less accomplished. I hope these tips help motivate you into starting your dream business, or help you organize the one you currently have!

One thing I learned over time was to stop relying on my memory. Writing things down throughout the day gives me more room to retain information, and the space I need to get creative with my job. I always have a pen and notepad nearby in case an idea pops into my head, or I have to make a phone call later in the day. Its a small notion that makes a huge difference for me. Sometimes I’ll get an idea from a client for my blog or someone mentions a new podcast/song I have to listen to that I don’t want to forget about.

Create a simple schedule. Map out the things you want to focus on Monday-Sunday and be realistic about it. I pencil in the days I am working my full time job and schedule blog posts, content, and side jobs around it. You don’t have to be skilled in excel, all you need to do is write down each day of the week and create small windows of time that you want to get certain things done. Consistency is everything! Every week, as long as you’re working toward each of your goals – it is going to pay off, I promise you. It is the little things that add up! Your week doesn’t always go as planned, of course. But if you know you have something written down to accomplish that day you’ll be more likely to do it.

When you create a solid schedule you are holding yourself accountable. Talking to others about your idea will help you in the long run. You’re verbally holding yourself accountable and getting different ideas from others. This may sound cliche, but, the law of attraction is a real thing!! When you’re talking about ideas and brainstorming with others, you are speaking it into existence. When you have a great idea, obsess over it!

Play to your strengths, and be honest with yourself about your weakness. Unfortunately, I am not skilled at everything, I wish I was (it would save me a lot of $$$ LOL). Knowing my weakness has helped me get things done more efficiently. I was never good with organization, until I reached out to someone that helped me get organized. I was never good at color, until I took a ton of classes that gave me the confidence to do a corrective color. There will always be someone out there that can do your job better than you, so asking for help will only benefit you in the long run.

This is just a topic I am super passionate about that I wanted to share with you.. I would love to hear your business stories and ideas. I am working on creating this platform so we can share our experiences and support, and empower one another! Leave a comment below or message me @LaurenLoSacco. Thank you for reading!

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Accessorizing In The Summer

The summer is in full swing and the weather is heating up! July happens to be my favorite month out of the year! Not only because it is my birth month (yay!), but because we still have a ton of time to lay out on the beach with warm sand in between our toes. With that being said, I am sharing all of my favorite accessories to amp up your summer looks. Let’s get right to it!

 

I absolutely love a good summer hat. Bad hair day? Hat. Need to cover up that zit? Hat. Need to cover up your sins from the night before? Umm, hat. Well, maybe not, but you get the point. You can elevate each look with an array of different shapes and styles. If you are like me, you will most likely end up with the same hat in about fourteen different colors. Linked below are a few different looks that I like to play with.

 

Gold, stacked necklaces are a trend that I am loving right now. It’s an easy way to dress up a plain white t-shirt and make your jewelry collection more customizable. We all have those days that we wake up to some serious bed head, five minutes before we have to hail a cab to the office for a meeting. Throwing on a few pieces is an easy, creative way to play up your look and pull your outfit together. I enjoy stacking pieces that have significant meaning to me. I have always had a strong sense of faith, so I like to incorporate that into the necklaces I wear. I grew up in a Christian household, but my parents allowed me to develop my connection to Jesus naturally. Each year I experienced a deeper connection and would rely on the power of prayer to help me get through any hardship I was experiencing. So, when I saw these pieces from Moonchild I made an immediate purchase. One of the chains is an emblem of Jesus, the other is prayer hands. Playing with the length of the chains are vital to giving you some dimension on your décolleté. The necklaces I chose for you will give you that layered look without much effort, allowing you to add in your necklace of value.

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Last but not least, nothing screams summer more than a straw bag! These purses are so much fun to rock through this season into the fall. There are so many options of colors, sizes and silhouettes. Jane Birkin was on to the trend in the early 70’s, when she was spotted casually strolling through the streets of Paris (cool fact). I hope you enjoy shopping the styles I picked out for you!

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Happy Holidays: JORD watches

I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off my favorite season than doing a holiday giveaway! I stumbled across JORD watches as I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and I automatically fell in love with their style, design and esthetic. They are a unique company that creates their watches with natural wood materials. I ordered the Frankie collection as a Christmas gift for one of my friends. This particular collection is made from Zebrawood and has beautiful gold and champagne details. The modern, lightweight design truly creates a thought provoking time piece.

When I am working I usually don’t like to wear anything on my wrist because I am a hairdresser and my hands are always in water or chemicals. They informed me that they treat each component with tung oil to protect the grain, making the watch splash proof.

I really love mine and was so happy with my purchase. I was ecstatic about this collaboration so I could give back to my loving readers! Also, if you are looking for a last minute holiday present they also do custom engraving.

 

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Wishing you all the happiest and healthiest holiday season!!
xo Lauren

All photos taken by Thanh Nguyen: @Thanh.tastic


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Health/Fitness

Real Talk

There has been a whirlwind of events within the past couple of months and I felt it was necessary to let you in on the excitement before 2018. I always took the cliche saying “life is a roller coaster ride” with a grain of salt until I recently experienced some trial and triumph. When I first created this blog, believe it or not, I was in a bit of a pit. Right before I left for my trip to Italy I experienced a terrible car accident, leaving my car completely totaled. I was hit head on by a taxi driver going north on Broadway in NYC. Thankfully, no one was injured in the event but my car had been completely demolished. Simultaneously, I was apartment hunting because I wanted to be closer to my favorite city. Not to mention, getting around South Jersey without a car is merely impossible. Now, throw a breakup into the mix and you may as well just check yourself into your local clinic (LOL). My point is, sometimes LIFE GETS REALLY F*CKING REAL. We all come out the other side stronger than we were before, right? Which gave me a reason to post this for anyone going through a difficult time. Everything that is happening around you will eventually make perfect sense. We are all human and could all use a pick me up once in a while. I believe sharing my own experiences will impact the next babe going through a similar hardship. If you are one of them, I hope this post finds you well!

TAKE TIME FOR YOU. If you are like me, you will throw yourself into work head first and not come up for any air. You need your rest. Often times we make the wrong decisions or react because we are just simply exhausted. Taking time to pamper yourself is so vital to your overall health and well being. Get a facial, massage, exercise or just do anything that makes YOU feel better. If you need to turn off social media for a few days or just take a day of rest, DO IT. It will only make you feel more empowered and energized for the next day. The most powerful boss babes know when they need a day of rest so they can kick ass tomorrow.

CHANGE YOUR SITUATION. As women, we feel like we can change the world. The harsh reality is we can’t. The only thing we could do is change the way we look at the situation. I know it is easier said than done, but believe me you will eventually get really good at it. It feels good! If you’re unhappy, leave the situation you are in. Leave anything that doesn’t build you up. If you don’t like your current job, LEAVE. There is something more fulfilling out there for you. If you don’t like your career path, change it. You are unstoppable. There are endless opportunities if you can see the light and be open to receiving it.

GAIN PERSPECTIVE. There is always a powerful take away from any pit of a situation. Maybe you didn’t get the job you interviewed for? Hearing the word no is never easy to accept in any situation. Rejection is an opportunity for growth and I hope it pushes you harder next time. It allows us to figure it out and create a better plan on what we can do next time. Accepting our flaws in a situation will allow us to grow and become the CEO of our life.

Now it is time to REGAIN CONTROL. Recognizing that you have the capacity to overcome any obstacle in life is very empowering. You have control over your business, relationships and your life. Create it just as you want to see it and don’t let anything or anyone hold you back.

Leave a comment if you want to share an experience that changed your life for the better!

Xo Lauren

Pictures were taken in my new neighborhood that I can finally call home!
Photos by: @Thanh.Tastic

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DAYTIME TO PLAYTIME: WHITE BOOTS

If you haven’t seen this trend floating around Pinterest or Instagram, Let me be the first to tell you. I honestly couldn’t be happier about it! Who said white was off limits after Labor Day!? There is a way to wear your white staples after the holiday and here are a few ways to do it. I fell in love with these white boots from Topshop and they have been my go-to booties all week. The first thing I noticed about the boots was the soft leather and unique shape. I am a sucker for a good point toe, especially when they are comfy enough to wear longer than ten minutes! Wearing a bold shoe is an easy way to elevate your look and dress up a delicate or casual outfit. Here are two easy ways to incorporate this bold booty into your wardrobe.

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Booties

Comfy, casual looks are my usual off-duty style. I think if women walked around bra-less with a killer pair of yoga pants, this world would be a much happier place! But on those lazy days when I just don’t feel like doing the most, I put on a kick ass pair of booties or a statement heel. The reason why I love fashion is because there are NO rules. You can wear a comfortable sweater or sweatshirt, throw on a heel and automatically feel like you can take on your day with conviction! Pair your favorite athletic outfit with a bold booty and channel your inner Sporty Spice with me.

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Top

Pairing the ankle boot with a floral mini gave this look more of an edge, without much effort. Instead of pairing a delicate style with a classic pump, I think the boot gave the outfit more versatility. They make a perfect transitional piece if you’re headed out to dinner after a day at the office. I also can’t wait to pair them with cropped jeans and an oversize sweater. I made sure to do a thorough search to find the best choices for your closet. I hope you amp up your looks with a touch of white this fall!

Be sure to shop my top picks of the season below!

Beauty

THE PERFECT POUT

‘Tis the season to think beyond the nude colored lip! There is so much more to autumn than burnt sienna and beige. Updating your wardrobe was the easy part and there are a ton of lip colors that can vamp up your go-to makeup looks as well. September makes me think of spiced mahogany and creamy shades of mocha. When I wear a bold lip I always like to keep my blush and eye shadow neutral and dewy. It is subtle enough for a work day, but vibrant enough for a night out! Picking the right lip color for our skin is crucial and accentuates our complexion. Here is a little trick I use to pick out the perfect lip.

Just like hair color, lip shades can appear different depending on the underlying pigment of our complexion. So, how can we choose the right color for our skin? First, identify your skins undertone. Everyone has either a cool or warm tone. The most accurate way to tell is by checking the veins on your wrist. If they look blue, you have a cool, pink undertone. If they look green, you have a warm, yellow undertone. If you have both like I do, that means our skin is neutral and we can pull off any color! Use this tip to help you pinpoint your pout every time.

 

FAIR

When you are blessed with beautiful porcelain skin, you will likely have a pink undertone. This means you want to stick with blue-based reds and pink lipsticks. But don’t allow these guidelines to keep you from having fun with your makeup! Shop the colors that will make your skin GLOW..

 

OLIVE

Warmer complexions look best in earth tones and flicks of gold. Almost everything will look great on you! Red, nude, plum, you name it. You can pretty much rock it all.  My personal favorite this season is black cherry! The colors below will give you the pop of color you’ve been looking for.

 

DEEP

Darker-skinned women can have cool or warm undertones, which can affect the way the lip shade plays against their coloring.  Dark burgundies and deep browns will look magnificent on mahogany-skinned ladies. Those with cooler skin that are looking for an extra pop of color should switch it up with a bright red or orange. The choices below have a incredible pigment quality.

 

Playing with color is an easy way to jazz up any casual fit. I always love to wear these colors with a dewy complexion. For a healthy glow, try my favorite luminous skin mist! Head over to my INSTAGRAM and leave me a comment if you enjoyed this post!

Love,
Lauren xo

Let all that you do, be done in Love - xo Lauren
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