25 Things You May Not Know About Me!

25 Things You May Not Know About Me!

Hi everyone! Today I’m turning the BIG 2-5! Holy molyyyy. This is weird for me. I feel like 25 is so OLD (even though I know it’s really not!) But I’ve been talking about turning 25 for the past year because that means I’m halfway to 50 (yikes!). Anyways in honor of turning 25 I thought I’d answer a few of your questions and share 25 things you may not know about me! I hope you enjoy!!

25 Things You May Not Know About Me!

25 Things You May Not Know About Me!

25 Things You May Not Know About Me!

25 Things You May Not Know About Me!

25 Things You May Not Know About Me!

25 Things You May Not Know About Me!

25 Things You May Not Know About Me!

25 Things You May Not Know About Me!

25 Things You May Not Know About Me!

25 Things You May Not Know About Me!

25 Things You May Not Know About Me!

25 Things You May Not Know About Me!

25 Things You May Not Know About Me!

25 Things You May Not Know About Me!
Outfit Details: Black Distressed Denim (on MAJOR sale!!!) || Suede Moto Jacket (wearing a size Small) || Essential Tank || Similar Sneakers || The Number One Sunglasses

1. I’m super shy but once I get to know you I’m an open book!
2. I get a Venti Iced Vanilla Chai Latte with Skim Milk every day from Starbucks (this is my guilty pleasure that I spend WAAAY too much money on!)
3. If you can make me laugh daily, I’ll keep you around!
4. I have a very strong sense of smell – my sister & I both do! We get this from my mom.
5. I watch Friends every night to fall asleep! I’ve done this for years now. It’s my go-to show when I’m feeling anxious or sad or anything really!
6. I have an older brother and an older sister. I’m the baby in the family (and definitely the most spoiled! But hey, at least I can admit it, right??)
7. My mom is one of ten children so I have A TON of cousins and it’s SO much fun. My cousins are my best friends!
8. I have my Masters Degree in Elementary Education
9. I have only been to Europe once (Ireland) and I’m dying to get to Italy & Greece ASAP!
10. My favorite animal is a bunny. I had one for 10 years and he was the absolute best! His name was Bunny (real original, I know!)
11. I LOVE Pure Barre! I try to get there at least twice a week (lately its been hard to get there!)
12. I have two cats, Max & Ruby. They’re named after the show “Max & Ruby” because the main characters are bunnies, of course!
13. My favorite song is Drunk On Your Love by Brett Eldredge. Anything by Thomas Rhett is a close second.
14. Jennifer Anniston is my favorite actress (probably because of my love for Friends). I started using Living Proof and Aveeno products because of her (lol) and I’ve loved them ever since!
15. I love reading and writing! I wish I had more time to do both during the school year but I do have a lot of time to enjoy it during the summer!
16. I worked at J.Crew for a year and a half during grad school!
17. I believe its important to have a few BEST friends rather than have a ton of not so best friends.
18. I am very close with every one in my family and I value my relationship with them.
19. I’m going to be an Aunt for the first time!
20. My favorite makeup product is Mascara. I LOVE trying new ones!
21. I hate running
22. My favorite kind of wine is Riesling (it’s pretty much the only one I’ll drink but I’ll also drink Sauvignon Blanc!)
23. I’ve always wanted a dog and I plan on getting one one day.
24. I try to be organized all the time but in reality I’m not organized at all!
25. I love to travel and see new places!

My Most Commonly Asked Questions:

1. What mascara do you use?
My favorites are: Too Faced Better Than Sex, YSL Babydoll Mascara, and Benefit They’re Real. I do A LOT of layering and many, many coats!

2. Do you have eyelash extensions?
Nope! I had been getting them for my sister’s wedding but it was expensive and time consuming so I no longer get extensions!
3. Where did you go to college?
I went to Fairfield University for my undergrad degree and to Sacred Heart University for my Masters.

4. What do you do for work?
I am an Elementary School Teacher!

5. What is your dream job?
I would love to one day Blog full time! But as of now, teaching is my dream job and I’m loving every minute of it!

6. What is your favorite TV show?
FRIENDS! For sure.

There ya have it! 25 Things You May Not Know About Me! I hope you enjoyed!

Thanks for reading!
XO, Lauren

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5 Books You Must Read

5 Books You Must Read

5 books you must read

Hi everyone! Happy Thursday. Sorry I haven’t had a new blog post up since Monday but I’ve had a super busy week! Today I’m bringing you a different kind of post than I’ve ever done before – my first book review! I am SO excited about this because I LOVE reading and I’ve always loved reading since I was younger. It’s one of my favorite things to do when I’m stressed or having a bad day – I love “getting lost” in a book!

I love anything from Mysteries/Thrillers, Drama, Fiction, Biographies, Autobiographies and more! I do have to say that my favorite kind of book is definitely Mystery or Thriller. The majority of the books on my list today are a Mystery or Thriller. So if you’re into those kinds of books – you’ll definitely want to check this post out!

5 Books You Must Read

5 Books You Must Read

1. The Woman in Cabin 10 by, Ruth Ware: Now I’m sure you’ve already heard quite a bit about this book. I’m here to tell you, YES, it is as good as everyone says. It’s so different than any other type of book I’ve read. It has so many twists and turns and you’re going to want to keep reading FOR SURE. This is a relatively quick read.

5 Books You Must Read

2. In a Dark, Dark Wood by, Ruth Ware: This book is written by the same author as The Woman in Cabin 10. I loved The Woman in Cabin 10 so much that I wanted to read another book by Ruth Ware. And let me tell ya, In a Dark, Dark Wood is definitely twisted. As you’re reading you’re going to think you know what’s going on but when you get to the end you’re going to be SHOCKED at what really happened. I honestly felt bad for some of the characters in this story, and you’ll see why. This is another great book!

5 Books You Must Read

3. The Kept Woman by, Karin Slaughter: Ok this one is definitely not as quick of a read as the previous 2, but it is SO good. Like the other two, there are twists and turns throughout the book. You fall in love with some of the characters, HATE some of the characters, and feel bad for some of the characters. When I feel like I can relate to the characters in a story, or see where they’re coming from, I’m automatically hooked on the story. This one is FOR SURE twisted in many, many ways – but it’s a great read. Give it a try!

5 Books You Must Read

4. The Obsession by, Nora Roberts: I love, love, loveee Nora Roberts. She has SO many amazing books and it’s so hard to pick a favorite. The Obsession is my most recent read by her (my mom recommended it) and it was SOO good. At first I wasn’t sure how it was a mystery or thriller, but man was I wrong. If you’re a fan of Nora Roberts, you’ll love this book (or even if you’ve never read her before, you’ll still love it!).

5 Books You Must Read

5. The Couple Next Door by, Shari Lapena: This book is another one I’m sure you’ve already heard about. This one was such a quick read for me. I just HAD to know what was going to happen next. I couldn’t put this one down. Again, it’s one of those books where you’ll love some characters and hate some at some points, too. I literally said out loud during this book “WHAT ARE YOU DOING!!!” to one of the characters. You know its a good book when you find yourself talking to the characters….(or maybe I’m crazy, lol). But really, if you haven’t read this book yet, you have to!

5 Books You Must Read

Currently Reading Listening: Behind Closed Doors by, B.A. ParisSOOO good you guys. I don’t know about you but I like to listen to my books sometimes. I am a HUGE fan of Audible. I love to listen to books while I’m driving (great for road trips!) and I’m currently listening to Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris. I’m shocked at what goes on in this book, but I HAVE to keep listening because I need to know what happens. Let me know if you’ve read this or if you’re going to read this. You’ll totally fall in love with Millie (she’s my favorite!).

5 Books You Must Read

Next on my list: The Guest Room by, Chris BohjalianI just saw that this book was recommended by Jodi Picoult (love her!) and I am dying to read it now! This is definitely next on my list. Has anyone read this?? Let me know if you have & what you thought about it!

What books are on YOUR list? I’d love any suggestions!!

There ya have it! A list of the top 5 books you must read! I hope you enjoyed!

Thanks for reading!
XO, Lauren

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2017 Goals

2017 Goals

Hi everyone! Happy Friday!! In today’s post I’m going to be getting a little personal with you guys. I thought it would be fun for me to sit down and write a post about my goals for 2017. I have taken these past few days of 2017 to sit down and really think about what goals I want to set for myself for this brand new year. Of course I have like a gazillion goals that I want to achieve, but I’m going to share my top 5 in this post!

Be Healthier.

OK so this is kind of your typical goal for the New Year and I’m sure you’ve all heard it before, but this year I am going to REALLY try to be healthier as a whole. Not only do I want to get my body back into shape, I also want to start taking care of my skin better. By no means do I think I’m fat, but over the years since I’ve finished college, I’ve definitely lost my muscle definition. I am NOT perfect at all nor do I ever think I will be, but I am making it a goal of mine to become more active and fit again.

I also always start these new workout programs and NEVER stick to them. I always come up with some excuse as to why I “can’t” workout on a certain day. In reality, I can always find time to workout, those excuses are just me being lazy. So, this year in 2017, I am making it a goal to start a workout program and STICK TO IT. I started BBG (Bikini Body Guide) again on Monday. I started from scratch, Week One, Day One. And yes, it’s only been 4 days, but so far I’ve stuck to it and I’m proud!

As for keeping my skin healthier, I need to really make this a goal of mine. You may not know this, but I struggle from eczema and I don’t do the best job of treating it. I have prescribed medicine from my dermatologist that I do not use on a regular basis. I want to make it a goal of mine to use the medicine religiously and see if that helps clear up my eczema. I also want to take better care of the skin on my face. I’m 24 years old and I’m definitely NOT getting younger. I don’t want my skin to start getting wrinkly or aging at all so I’m going to make an effort to always take my makeup off and use the best skincare for my face.

Another big part of “being healthier” for me is EATING RIGHT. I am the worst offender of eating junk food. I LOVE snacks more than anything and I LOVE candy too much. I always crave something sweet after dinner and I need to STOP caving into that craving. I know that what you put into your body affects you in SO many different ways. I want to be more energized, fit, and have better skin. I know this all starts from what you eat.

Create Content That YOU Want to See

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Desk Calendar: Ashley Brooke Designs (on sale for $28!!) Cake is from Carvel!

So as many of you may or may not know, I started Simply Lauren Rose in July 2015. It’s been about a year and a half since my site launched. I cannot believe how quickly it has grown!! That being said, I want to continue to create content that YOU guys want to see. My goal is to share affordable, everyday outfits that I’d actually wear on a regular basis. I love to share clothes that are on sale and that are attainable to the average person. Because thats what I am, I’m the average person and I wear affordable clothes. I love to share beauty content and lifestyle content as well.

I’m going to really sit down and reflect on my posts from 2016 and see which ones go the best feedback from all of you. That being said, if you have ANY requests on certain types of posts you’d like to see, PLEASE LET ME KNOW! Feel free to send me and email, tweet, or anything at any time asking for a certain type of post. This helps me tremendously! I want to produce content that YOU want to see!

I encourage you to follow me on Instagram because that is where I express myself the most! I also utilize TwitterSnapchat, and Facebook quite a bit! I would love for you to join me and interact with me every day! I also recently started sending out a monthly newsletter recapping each month and giving you a preview of what’s to come in the next month. If you’re not signed up for that yet, you totally should!

Here’s a peek at last month’s newsletter:

2017 Goals

Become More Organized

I used to think that I was a very organized person, but lately I’ve felt overwhelmed and anxious because I haven’t planned well. I am making it a goal of mine to become more organized overall in my life. I want to plan my posts for the future. I want to actually use my planner. I want to clear out all of the clutter in my room.

In the past I would get a bunch of outfits and pack them up in my car on a day where we were taking pictures. I would just pick the outfits I was loving and not have any set plan on when I was going to post them. It’s hard for me because I don’t have a photographer and I usually can only take pictures when my sister comes home or when my friends offer to help. That’s why my outfits are usually not planned out. I want to actually take the time to sit down, plan when I’m going to post about a certain outfit, and THEN take the pictures. If anyone knows of a local (affordable) photographer near Fairfield County, let me know!

I have bought MANY planners in the past, but I haven’t used them to the best of my ability. I have written things here and there, but I’ve never kept track of them. This year I am making it a goal to write everything down in my planner that I can.

If you follow my vlog channel, then you probably have seen that my room is quite cluttered. This is NOT easy to work with. I like a clean and clear workspace, but I’ve found that I have so much STUFF that I don’t know where to put it! I want to clean out my room and donate the STUFF that I don’t need. I feel with a more organized workspace, I will be less stressed and anxious.

Spend More Time With Family & Friends

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My Mom, My Sister & Me!
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All of us!

There is nothing that I value more than my Family. My parents and my siblings mean the world to me and they are my best friends! I also have a very large extended family and my cousins are some of my best friends, too. I want to make more of an effort to send time with my family and my friends. I feel like I don’t take advantage of how amazing they are. I have so many wonderful people in my life and I want to make sure they know I value their time!

I want to make a goal to reach out to my friends more and get together with them. Friendships are SO important and I don’t want to get so wrapped up in my work that I forget about spending time with my friends. The truth is, I would be so lost without my family and friends!

Love Myself.

This one may sound silly, but it is a HUGE goal of mine this year. In the past, I’ve always put other people first, and I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with that, but this year I’m going to work hard to put myself and my needs first. I feel like in order to find pure happiness, I need to love myself and be happy with the person that I am. I encourage every one of you to do the same. It’s SO important and it’s overlooked constantly. Make it YOUR goal this year to love yourself.

2017 Goals

Sweater: Free People

Sooo those are SOME of my goals for 2017. Of course, I have a billion more goals and WHO KNOWS if I’ll succeed with any of them. But I’m definitely going to try! Feel free to reach out with any questions! The best place to contact me would be my email (simplylaurenrose@gmail.com) or my Twitter!

PS- The winter of my last giveaway can be FOUND HERE! Email me within 48 hours to claim your prize!

There ya have it! A look at my 2017 Goals! I hope you enjoyed this post!

Thanks for reading!
XO, Lauren

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2016 FAVORITES PART 2

2016 FAVORITES PART 2

Hi everyone! In today’s post I’m sharing more of my 2016 favorites! I’m talking about my favorite makeup products of 2016 and some of my favorite clothing or jewelry items of 2016! Be sure to watch my YouTube video at the end of this post to see all of my thoughts on my favorite makeup products! Now let’s get into the post!

FAVORITE CLOTHING & JEWELRY

KAREN WALKER SUNGLASSES

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These sunglasses were definitely an expensive purchase but let me tell ya, I got a lot of use out of them! They are so worth the price to me because they go with any and every outfit. I absolutely love them.

BAUBLE BAR MONOGRAM NECKLACE

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OK so I may or may not be guilty of wearing this necklace too much, but who cares?? I love it so much! It’s a MUST HAVE. I wore it almost every day in 2016!

J.CREW CHATEAU PARKA

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It’s safe to say that this coat is one of my favorite purchases of 2016. I absolutely love the color of it and it’s actually a really warm coat! I want it in another color! I also love that the fur on the hood is removable in case you’re not into that! J.Crew has sales often so be on the lookout so you can snag this beauty on sale!

STREET LEVEL REVERSIBLE BAG

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I seriously love this bag because it’s like 2 bags in 1! I love the fact that it’s reversible and that it’s under $50! This would also make a great gift for someone!

STEVE MADDEN SUEDE BOOTS

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You guys, if you haven’t gotten your hands on these boots yet, you need to now! They are SO comfortable and on sale for under $90!! I get compliments on these boots every time I wear them!

PINK ADIDAS GAZELLE SNEAKERS

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When I saw these pink sneakers, I knew I had to have them! And boy am I glad that I got them! I have worn them so many times since I got them this Fall. They are under $90 and SO cute. If you do get a pair of Adidas sneakers, size down HALF A SIZE because they run big! I originally got an 8 (my normal size) and had to exchange them for a 7.5! I also just got these sneakers and they’re ALREADY a favorite!

DANIEL WELLINGTON WATCH

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2016 FAVORITES PART 2

To be honest before 2016 I had never even heard of Daniel Wellington and I am SO glad that I now know what great watches they sell! I have this one and this one and I love them both! You can use the code “LAURENROSE15” and get 15% off your own Daniel Wellington watch!

BEAUTY FAVORITES

*All of the products mentioned are listed in the description bar of the video!*

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OTHER FAVORITES

Favorite Starbucks Drink: My go-to Starbucks drink is a vanilla chai tea latte with skim milk. As you may know from my Instagram, I love me some Starbucks!
Favorite Vitamins: I know this is SO random but vitamins are SO important so I figured I’d share my favorite ones with you. You can find them here! I take the Vitamin C ones, the Probiotics, the Women’s Multivitamin, and the Undeniable Beauty ones! They’re like CANDY!
Favorite Scent: I have loved pairing this perfume & this one together! They smell great combined or alone! Recently this one has been my go to!
Favorite Meal: If my mom is cooking my favorite meal is Pot Roast (so good!) or anything with mashed potatoes! If I’m going out to eat, then my go to meal is Chicken Parm, of course. But hey, I will never say no to pizza!
Favorite Wine: My favorite wine is Riesling. My favorite bottle is Dr. Loosen. Everyone says I need to switch to red but I don’t think I’m ready yet!

Well guys, I think that’s all my favorite things from 2016! I’m sure I’m forgetting A TON of things, but these are the ones that came to mind when I sat down to write this post! If you want to know any of my other favorites, PLEASE do not hesitate to ask!!

There ya have it! A look at my 2016 Favorites part 2! I hope you enjoyed this post!

Thanks for reading!
XO, Lauren

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2016 FAVORITES PART 1

2016 FAVORITES: Favorite Experiences & Favorite Outfits

Hi everyone!! In honor of it almost being 2017 (WHAT???) I wanted to share all of my 2016 favorites! Since I loved so many things in 2016 I’ve broken these posts down into 2 separate ones! Today’s post is about my favorite experiences and favorite outfits! Part two will be about my favorite makeup and other random favorites! I hope you enjoy this post! Stay tuned for part 2!

FAVORITE EXPERIENCES

1. My sister’s wedding: So some of you may know that my sister got married this past summer on August 13! It was seriously the most fun day of the year and I was so happy to be her maid of honor! It’s so great seeing two families join together and seeing my sister and her new husband so happy together! Here are a few photos from that day:
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Here’s a picture of my sister and all of her bridesmaids on the day of the wedding! We all loved the gifts that she got us. You can find the shirts here and she also got each of us a Bauble Bar necklace with our name on it!

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I love this picture of my sister & I!

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This picture of my mom, my sister and I is one of my favorites! Our bridesmaids dresses can be found at J.Crew and they were in the color “Dark Cove.”
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A picture of all 6 of us!

2. Graduating Sacred Heart University with my Masters in Elementary Education: Graduating with my Masters is one of my biggest accomplishments thus far! I couldn’t have done it without my family and friends! Here’s a peek at what I wore that day:
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Loved this dress! See the full post here!

3. Bahamas Trip with my Mom: My mom and I were fortunate enough to go on a girls trip to the Bahamas this past March! It was SO much fun and I loved every minute of it. It was our first time staying at Atlantis and we LOVED it. Here’s a peek at some of our trip:
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Looking back at these photos makes me reallllly want to book a trip back there…See the full post here!

4. Getting my Kittens: So after my sister got married she moved to New Jersey (booooo!) and took her kitties with her!! My mom and I (and even my dad, too!) were SO sad to see them go so we all decided we needed to get two more kittens. We went to PAWS in Norwalk and adopted two cuties and named them Max and Ruby! Here they are:
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Ruby

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You can see more of Max & Ruby on my Vlog channel!

Favorite Outfits

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These outfits are in NO specific order but I loved SOO many outfits it was SO hard to choose!! Don’t forget you can see my outfits daily on my my Instagram! Also you can shop all of my looks via liketoknow.it! AND if you didn’t already know this, I have a “LIKETOKNOW.IT” page on my blog and you can shop all of the above outfits there without having to actually sign up for liketoknow.it! If you have a specific question about ANY of these outfits, feel free to email me at simplylaurenrose@gmail.com and I’ll do my best to let you know where the items are from!

What have been your favorite experiences or outfits this past year? Let me know in the comments!

There ya have it! A look at some of my 2016 favorites! Part 2 is coming soon! I hope you enjoyed this post!

XO, Lauren

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