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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

Style

DAYTIME TO PLAYTIME: WHITE BOOTIES

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.

Sweatshirt

Pants

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.

Skirt

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

Style

DOUBLE-DUTY

Don’t pack your summer wardrobe away just yet! Pumpkin spice season has just begun, and there are still a few warm days left ahead. The thought of shopping for a new wardrobe can get a little overwhelming and add up in cost. I have come up with a few tips that will help you transition into the new season without breaking the bank!

Keep reading to discover what they are…

My ultimate essential during transition period is a leather or denim jacket. You can easily throw it over your shoulders to dress up any summer tank or bodysuit. It is the perfect piece for chilly, late summer evening.

I really love high-waisted trousers that have a comfortable fit. Pairing them with a light, summer top will accommodate the changing weather. I think you can wear distressed jeans all year round. This pair, I purchased from Bloomingdale’s. In my opinion Hudson, Paige and Levi jeans have the most comfortable fit. (PS. Shop their Labor Day sale!!! )

Lastly, a bad ass pair of patent leather pumps or booties can be a staple to any fall outfit. They immediately add polish and personality to anything you’re wearing. Pair them with skinny jeans, long tunics or sweaters.

 

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Style

THE PERFECT FIT: BODYSUITS

There is no doubt that the bodysuit has been brought back to life from the 80’s. It has been seen in every model-off-duty’s closet. Celebrities such as Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Chrissy Teigen and other fashion icons live for this trend. They are easy to dress up with a pencil skirt and your favorite pair of heels, or dress down with a pair of vintage boyfriend jeans and converse sneakers. This season, more than ever, the bodysuit is an inspired sartorial staple available in a variety of silhouettes, fabrics, prints, and patterns. But without the help of a celeb stylist how are we supposed to pick the right fit for our body type? Well, I have come up with a simple strategy to help you get it right every single time.

Keep reading if you want to discover these three simple steps…

Pay attention to the material

It is safe to say that synthetic materials aren’t going to be as comfortable as cotton, especially if you’re going to wear it for a long period of time. If you are going to wear it with tighter bottoms, make sure you chose a softer material to avoid any irritation. Ladies, you know exactly what kind of irritation I am talking about (ouch).

Take drastic measures

Figuratively speaking, make sure you measure accurately! I wouldn’t recommend purchasing your usual size because the suit will vary depending on the length of your torso. When it comes to regular tops I am typically a size small or medium, but in body suits, I am usually a size medium or large. I always hesitate to purchase larger sizes because of my long torso, but I am thankful when I don’t have to deal with a dreaded wedgie in all the wrong places.

Cover for comfort

The styles are endless, from plunging necklines, to backless, skin tight fits. Know yourself and what you will feel the most confident in. I typically don’t wear a bra, so I always chose a style that has thicker material in the front for extra support. It is important to choose the cut that you will feel comfortable in; that will also allow a little breathing room for the girls.

 

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Shop some of the most comfortable body suit styles below!

Style

ITALIAN STYLE

The bay of Naples is known to be one of the most romantic and colorful destinations in the world. The pastel colors of each house and the comfortable laid-back lifestyle gave me a ton of inspiration on what to wear during my stay. I wanted to make sure I was comfortable enough to indulge and explore during the day but also dressy enough for an evening of dining. The cobble stone streets made it hard to wear any kind of heel (which I quickly learned), so I definitely recommend packing some comfortable shoes! Beaded sandals, wedges or a block heel would be ideal for a day in the town.

I stumbled across a local boutique called Maricella and fell in love with a bag I saw through the window. This purse was unique and reminded me of the island; consisting of different colors and textures. It was pretty interesting to find out that this brand, D’ Barrito, creates their products with the left over materials and fabrics from Fendi, Prada and Gucci. Each bag is unique and numbered in the order in which they are created. I paired it with a striped top and a relaxed pair of jeans from H&M. Tying it around my waist allowed for a comfortable day of exploring the island and spontaneous photo shoot on a rooftop in the Corricella.

( This humidity was brutal on my hair as you can see lol! )

 

When I came across this maxi dress from Fashion Nova, I immediately had to purchase it. I loved the lemon detail, plunging neckline and halter style straps. This citrus fruit runs through the history of Italy like a golden thread.

My favorite part of the dress was the thigh high slits that were flattering from every wind blowing angle. Side note: flowy dresses leave more room for pizza and gelato!

 

For the majority of summer I have been draping myself in palazzo pants and floral prints. Floral details are fun, feminine and can instantly brighten up any outfit. Here are a few of my favorite pieces…

 

So if you are planning a spontaneous getaway or just want to snag a good end of summer sale, I made sure to post all of the good stuff!! Enjoy shopping my loves!

 

I also want to say THANK YOU for subscribing. I have received a huge amount of support that I am ever so grateful for!!!! You are the best!

xo Lauren

 

Travel

SECRET ISLAND IN THE BAY OF NAPOLI

Ughhhh, Italy…. how I love you! The colorful, serene beauty of the island of Procida could not be captured in a photo. I booked this trip in the spur of the moment and I enjoyed every waking moment of it. My best friend Angela was visiting her family and after doing some research about the island, it was an experience I did not want to miss out on.

This secret gem of an island is just a 40-minute ferry ride from Napoli, located between Capo Miseno and the island of Ischia. It is a quintessential Mediterranean paradise, mercifully off the mass-tourist radar. As I arrived into the port of Marina Grande, I noticed that the village was Portofino picturesque. Each house was painted a beautiful pastel shade; I immediately felt the authenticity of this islands culture.

We started our day at Bar Capriccio with a glass of Prosecco and aperitivo, overlooking the port. Fact: This was my absolute FAVORITE time of the day. Aperitivo is a pre-dinner drink, meant to “open” the palate and gives you the chance to socialize, relax, and nibble as dinner approaches. It is more popular in the north of Italy, though you’ll find a form of it throughout the country. Bar Capriccio offers the best aperitivo and also offers delicious cappuccinos and pastries.

I looked forward to each morning sitting in a local café, enjoying the sweet smell of espresso. I couldn’t start the day until I had a café latte and a “Lingua” – a local specialty pastry, filled with cream or Nutella.

It is most ideal to explore Procida on foot. The island is about 1.6 miles long filled with narrow, peaceful, cobble stone streets. Geologically, it was created by the eruption of four volcanoes. The highest point of the island is called La Terra Murata.

Although the walk up the hill was a bit difficult after a full bottle of wine, the view was breathtaking! What makes this place so special are the scenic views and the two long-range cannons dating back to the Neapolitan Republic of 1799.

 

We spent a lot of our time relaxing on La Spiaggia Lido. The Lido is located on the Chiaiolella Lungomare; perfectly seated in a natural setting between the Faraglioni of Procida and the island of Vivara. In the distance you can see the island of Ischia. We enjoyed watching the sunsets from Maresia Solarium (a restaurant/bar located in the cliff above the beach). The sunsets looked like something straight from a postcard.

I left a piece of my heart on this island. It is the exact representation of what life is all about. Family, love, tasty food, and truly enjoying life’s natural beauty. I lived in the moment, and I can’t say I do that very often! I felt so close to my heritage and my culture. I learned old italian traditions, that I will pass onto my family and children. This place and the people I met during my stay, have left an everlasting impression on my soul; I am already planning my return..

with love,

Lauren xo

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