Recent Beauty Buys

Monday, December 23, 2013

For some reason I've been very into makeup lately. Normally, I am just a bronzer, blush and mascara kind of girl but I've been wanting to step outside of that comfort zone and try some new products. I hit up Ulta the other day and walked around and tested a lot of products. Here is what I came home with:




Stila: The Natural Palette -- this one caught my eye because of the neutral pinks and golds. Plus at $20, it's a great deal and easy to travel with.




Clinique Quickliner in Intense Amethyst -- I have never really used eyeliner and realized quickly that black is way too intense for me. I was drawn to this purple shade since my eyes are blue and I thought it could be a great versatile color to wear.





Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion -- I had this years ago and needed to upgrade my face lotion so at $14 (for the smaller size) this was a great choice.




And here are some things on my new wish list:


Benefit Lolli-Tint -- I had heard about these Benefit tints and recently saw this shade in Lo Bosworth's makeup tutorial. It looks like a great and easy cheek tint that you can put on without a ton of makeup.




Naked 3 Palette from Urban Decay -- I know everyone in the blogosphere is talking about these palettes but Naked 3 looks amazing and I feel like the rosy tones would really suit me. Someone buy this for me!!




Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and new year!




-Lauren



Whitefish, Montana Here I Come! (and some Chrismukkah gifts)

Sunday, December 22, 2013


I'm off to Whitefish, Montana until 2014 and couldn't be more excited for some skiing, relaxing and drinking hot chocolate. For those of you who watch The Bachelor, they went to Whitefish during Sean's season and had an outdoor concert and went up the mountain, etc. Whitefish is on Big Mountain (yes, that is the name) and is very close to the Canadian border. 



Before I go, I thought I'd share a few things I got for Chrismukkah (since we did our gift exchange before leaving for Montana):


I got this Anthropologie sweater tunic -- it's the most comfortable thing ever and looks great with leggings and boots. Perfect for Montana as well!




I had been wanting this Mac lip gloss set for a while and was glad my bf got it before it was sold out!! Mac lip gloss...enough said!






I've been in love with Yankee Candles lately, especially the holiday scents, so I was excited to get two new ones to burn this winter. I got Christmas Cookie and Red Apple Wreath.





Hope everyone has a great holiday and wonderful new year! 



-Lauren



Lilly Pulitzer Wish List

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

All this snow has got me thinking about my upcoming trip to Cancun in February. Lilly Pulitzer is one of my all time favorite brands and while waiting out the snowstorm, I found myself browsing the website. The number one thing on my list is the Lilly travel pants, which look super comfortable and perfect for travel.


Lilly Pulitzer Wish List






You can download iPad, iPhone and computer wallpaper on Lilly's blog.


I also scored this Lilly iPad case at Marshall's recently for only $13! Definitely check your local TJ Maxx and Marshall's, while I was there I also saw a Lilly iPad stand and a koozie.  




Happy hump day!



-Lauren


Holiday Dinner Outfit

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

I feel like a lot of people stress over what they are going to wear for a holiday dinner but it's actually very easy to look festive and stylish without trying too hard. Let's be real, if you're eating Christmas ham and drinking egg nog all night, you're not going to be sitting around in a tight dress and heels. I tend to go for comfort, so this stretchy sequin skirt completely caught my attention. Since it's black it can be paired with any color and in this case, I thought the burgundy would be great for xmas. A simple top and skirt can then be paired with some gold accessories and a cute bag…it's as easy as that!

Holiday Dinner Outfit

Packing for a Ski Trip to Montana

Monday, December 16, 2013

I can't believe I'm leaving for Montana in a little over a week! I still have to pick up a few things like some gloves and long johns for my trip, but overall I have most of my stuff ready to go. I'm going to be spending most of my time either skiing or lounging at the house so here are my suggestions for anyone who is going on a ski trip:

Packing for Montana


Current Sale Alerts!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

If you're like me and you're waiting out the snowstorm that's hitting the northeast, then most likely, you are doing at least some online shopping. I thought I'd alert you all to some great deals going on online right now. So many sites are offering at least a 30% discount and some are also doing free shipping. You'd have to be a fool not to take advantage of some of these deals! Happy shopping!

Current Sale Alerts!


2013 Last Minute Gift Guide

This post originally appeared on Private School Prepster but I figured I'd share it on Pretty Pieces as well for those of you who still have some holiday shopping to do. The best part about waiting is that you may get your item on sale -- if you're ready to brave the crowds, that is! A few of these items could make great stocking stuffers or little token gifts for co-workers. Happy Holidays and good luck with the shopping!

2013 Gift Guide






1. JCrew earrings: these gorgeous studs are a colorful way to spice up an outfit

2. Philosophy lotion: Philosophy always has the best scents and this one is great for the holidays.

3. Deborah Lippmann nail polish set: every girl needs sparkly and festive nails during the holiday season and this set comes with a cute cosmetic bag.

4. Christmas Cookie Yankee Candle: this is, hands down, one of my favorite Yankee Candle scents, it literally smells like sugar cookies baking in your house.

5. Archie Grand Notebook: for starters, this is perfect to write down who gave you which gift!

6. Gigi NY all in one clutch: this comes in so many cute colors and holds just enough stuff

7. Juicy Couture perfume set: I've loved the Juicy scents for years and the smaller sized bottle is good for travel

8. Polo Ralph Lauren scarf: this classic pattern will never go out of style

9. Billabong gloves: I love the classic print and fur trim on these gloves


Happy Holidays!


-Lauren

Recent Whereabouts

Friday, December 13, 2013

I've been all over the map lately with business travel, holiday events and get-togethers. I've been slacking a bit on the blogging so I figured I would post a bunch of my Instagrams to update you all on my activities over the past few weeks. 

Dress (BCBG, on sale!), Necklace (GroopDealz), Clutch (Gigi NY)
We got a chance to go see the Nutcracker in Boston...the last time I'd seen the show I was probably in elementary school!

Eli Young Band came to House of Blues in Boston and my bf won us free tickets!


After OU's amazing last second win over OSU -- at our favorite bar, McGreevy's!



A very festive Xmas tree at the Fairmont in Newport Beach, California, where I had a work event.




Hope everyone has a great weekend - to those of you in the Northeast, stay warm during the snow storm tomorrow!




-Lauren



Holiday Sweet Treats

Monday, December 9, 2013

There's always random people on your gift list that you have no idea what to buy. What I've always had success with is a sweet treat. You can't go wrong with something sweet, chocolatey or warm. But instead of just picking up a random box of chocolates or giving a gift card, there are some really cute gift ideas that come in nice packages and will satisfy anyone's sweet tooth. Here are some sweet treat suggestions:


Holiday Sweet Treats


Chrismukkah List 2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

I'm Jewish so technically I only celebrate Hanukkah but my boyfriend and many of my friends celebrate Christmas. As a result, I've kind of combined both of the holidays into what The OC called "Chrismukkah." My family and I have been celebrating Hanukkah the last few nights and I've gotten a few little gifts including the Gigi NY clutch I had been wanting forever. However, I still have a few things on my list so I thought I'd share some of the ideas I came up with:

Chrismukkah List 2013