Big News! And a New Series!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

I've been noticeably absent on the blog but now I have some exciting news to share. I'm engaged! My boyfriend proposed about two weeks ago and since that happened, I thought it would be a great time to get reacquainted with my long-lost blog! The kicker, my sister is also engaged, so we'll be doing some wedding planning at the same time. You may even see some guest posts from her.

So in the spirit of wedding planning, I'll be doing a blog series about what it's like to plan a wedding, what to do right after your engagement, how to look for venues, and more!

But first, here are some pictures from our amazing night in Boston, where my boyfriend proposed to me on the roof deck of Hotel Commonwealth in Kenmore Square.












Please let me know if you have any suggestions of what you'd like to see as part of the wedding blog series!!


-Lauren




The Best Work Bags

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

For me, a work bag absolutely has to fit my work laptop, a notebook and all of the stuff I'll need throughout the day. And honestly, it's pretty hard to find a bag that can do all of that! However, I've found a few options over the years that have worked pretty well for me so I thought I'd share for all the working girls out there! 


Lo & Sons: They have a bunch of different variations, but their bags are well made, sturdy and versatile. They are all made to hold laptops, tablets, notebooks and other items, all while being comfortable to carry. I have the OMG bag in black.



MZ Wallace: The quilted metro totes from MZ Wallace are unexpectedly good for work purposes! I just got the small metro tote in black and it fits my laptop, along with my cosmetic bag, wallet, sunglasses & more. 






Kate Spade: There are always different styles available from Kate Spade, in the store, at the outlet or at places like Marshall's. I got this tote a while back from my boyfriend's mom and absolutely love it! It looks nothing like a work bag but it's perfect to hold my laptop, a water bottle and much more. 



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What do you use as your work bag?






-Lauren





7 Ways to Save Money & Hassle When Shopping Online

Monday, May 2, 2016

I actually hate shopping online, but in reality it can be super convenient and necessary at times. In order to make the most out of my online shopping experience, including getting the right sizes, finding great deals and minimizing the hassle, here are a few of my so-called best practices for online shopping.


1. Ebates: Ebates is basically free money for shopping online. All you have to do is visit Ebates before starting your shopping, click on the store or brand and it will direct you to the site to start shopping. Once you purchase, you'll be rewarded the % of cash back that the brand or store was offering at the time. From there, it's a direct deposit of cash into your bank account!



2. Sites with free shipping & returns: Look for sites that offer free shipping and free returns, that way you won't worry so much when buying something you're not familiar with. Stores like Nordstrom, Shopbop, Amazon, Zappos & others offer this deal and are much easier to deal with than paying for shipping and dealing with complicated returns.



3. Buy direct from brands: Be sure to comparison shop when buying an item that's available at many retailers. There are times when the direct brand site offers the best price and discount, so don't forget to check there! 



4. Try on in-store, buy online: I have bad luck buying clothes online so usually I'll shop around the stores in person, then buy online later when I can get a discount. Often times the store and online discounts can differ significantly.


5. Flash sale sites: Sites like Hautelook, Rue La La and Gilt can be great ways to get items you've been wanting at a better price. The only catch is that they often don't accept returns.



6. Buy in bulk: Instead of buying one-off items, save a list of things you want and buy in bulk because many sites only offer free shipping over a certain amount. 


7. Sign up for emails: The disclaimer for this one is that you can always unsubscribe! Many sites will offer a one-time discount for email sign ups, but another benefit is that they will send exclusive sales out to their subscribers so getting brand emails isn't always a bad thing!




What are your best tips for online shopping?




-Lauren

What I Got at the Sephora VIB Sale

Friday, April 22, 2016

I'm semi-ashamed to admit that I became a Sephora VIB last year. The good part is that I can ride on that status for the next year, but a scary part is that now I'll have access to the semi-annual sales at Sephora. So since they were offering 15% off everything a few weeks ago, I decided to stock up on some old favorites. I ordered online and got a few really great samples as well.


I got a good sized sample of the new Tarte "Tarteist" lash paint mascara. I love mascaras with thin, spiky brushes so hopefully this will work really well!


This should come as no surprise. I was running super low on Benefit Dallas so I took the opportunity to stock up! This is the best bronzer/blush color for light to medium skin tones. 

Benefit Rollerlash is one of my favorite mascaras! It actually does curl your lashes really well and washes over super easily with soap and water, which I love!



This was the other sample I got, a cute little Laura Mercier lip gloss in the color "bare baby." It's a very pale pink but should work well for everyday or over a lipstick.



Not gonna lie, I kind of hate having to buy brow products, but I decided to grab another Anastasia Brow Wiz since I know at some point I'll run out. Nothing exciting, but always necessary! 





Did you get anything good at the Sephora sale?





-Lauren




I'm Back! + Recent Favorites

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

As you can tell, I took a bit of a blog hiatus over the last few months but now I'm back! I've had a lot of life changes recently: got laid off from a job, found a new job, moved to a new apartment, traveled to a few different cities, etc., and with all of that there seemed to be no time for keeping up with this blog. I do still love sharing my favorite styles, beauty products, TV shows, books, movies and recipes so I'm hoping to be able to get back to a semi-regular schedule of posting! 


With that said, here are some of my recent favorites!



TV show: 
Dexter
We just finished watching the entire 8 seasons of Dexter! I wasn't sure if I'd like this show but I got hooked after a few episodes and have to say, it's now one of my all time favorite shows. 



Podcast: 
I've been walking almost every day to my new job and on the way I always listen to podcasts. If you like celebrity gossip and crazy family stories, you'll like this one with comedian Heather McDonald, who used to write on the Chelsea Lately show.



Bag:
Just ordered this tote bag! If you order direct from MZ Wallace you can get 15% off your first order and free shipping. It's a super lightweight, flexible tote and even fits a laptop!


Gadget:
I won this in a raffle at an event I went to in San Francisco. I never would've bought one myself, but I do really love it so far! It's great to be able to track my steps and try to get to 10,000 each day!



Beauty product:
I actually bought this at my hair salon and it's a great product for the spring and summer. I dust some all over my face and it gives a really nice glow.





Have a great week everyone!





-Lauren







Recent Favorites + Easy Weeknight Recipes

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Sharing some of my recent faves today! I've been wearing a lot of basics lately, such as crewneck sweaters, and dressing them up with necklaces, scarves and vests. Leggings have also been a staple for me in the last few weeks and I've been tucking them into boots with longer sweaters and tops. And of course, I've also made a few new beauty discoveries -- some are new favorites and some are old favorites that I've come back to. 







Since we moved into our new apartment, my bf and I have been getting back into the swing of cooking at home each night. We've found some awesome recipes on Pinterest recently, so I thought I'd share!














Have a great week!




-Lauren

New Beauty Favorites

Thursday, January 28, 2016



Most of these products are not new, but they are new to me! I got a bunch of gift cards for my birthday so I took the opportunity to try and buy a few products that have been on my wish list or have been favorites of many of the YouTubers and bloggers that I follow. 


Urban Decay Naked 1 palette: I finally caved and actually bought this at a cosmetic outlet store. It's already a must-have in my collection and I definitely recommend it. 

Clinique pink honey palette: I got this one for Hanukkah this year and absolutely love it. It's the perfect everyday palette that is super natural and wearable. 

Urban Decay eyeshadow primer: This is a must-have if you want your eyeshadows to show up and pop. I never used one before and didn't know what I was missing!

Too Faced Better than Sex mascara: I got a mini one of these at Ulta and I have to say that I am impressed. The wand looks a bit intimidating but it really works to create voluminous lashes. 

Benefit Rollerlash mascara: This was the birthday gift at Ulta and I love this mascara as well. It's super lengthening and separates lashes perfectly. 

Nars radiant creamy concealer: After returning the Bare Minerals Bare Skin concealer (because it was way too drippy and wet), I bought this Nars concealer that's a favorite of so many people and now I can see why!

Urban Decay high pigment lip gloss (in failbait): This works as a great topper for lipstick or by itself. It's a basic bold pink and has good staying power. 

Mac Ellie Goulding lipstick (in without your love): I was really happy to see that the Mac Ellie Goulding items were still available and this lipstick color was absolutely perfect for me. 




Let me know if you've picked up some new makeup products and if you have any recommendations! I've been on a major beauty kick lately!





-Lauren