My CURRENT Skincare Routine (Morning + Night)

My CURRENT Skincare Routine (Morning + Night)

Hi everyone!! Happy Hump Day! I’ve been getting a lot of questions about my skincare recently and so I thought the easiest way for me to share it would be to write a full post dedicated to the products I’ve been using lately! Let me start out by saying that I do get acne easily and at the age of 25 it can be pretty devastating when a pimple (or 2) pops up on your chin or anywhere on your face. I’ve been working hard to combat any acne and I have FINALLY found a skincare routine that has been working!

My trouble area is typically my chin (I still have scarring from previous acne that hasn’t gone away yet BUT it has gotten MUCH better with these products). People have told me that acne on your chin is hormonal (which is why I do usually get flare ups right before that time of the month). I also have a REALLY BAD habit of touching my mouth and face and hair constantly. That’s also something I’m working on. These are all factors that go into my daily struggles with my skin.

But like I said above, I’ve FINALLY found a routine that is WORKING for me. I haven’t had a bad flare up of acne in a month now (usually I’d get a few month – ew!) and I’m feeling more comfortable not wearing makeup because my skin tone is becoming more even. I definitely do still have scarring and I will be looking for a product to target that problem. When I find a good one, I will let you know!

OK now let’s get into the products!

My Current Skincare Routine
(From Left to Right) Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser || Dr. Brandt No Baggage Eye Cream || Dr. Brandt DNA Neck Cream || Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment || Charlotte Tillbury Brightening Youth Glow || Origins Ginzing Moisturizer || Origins Nightamins Moisturizer

Step 1 (MORNING & NIGHT) – Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser: So I use this face cleanser MORNING & NIGHT.I have fallen in LOVEEE with this stuff. Some people have told me not to use a daily exfoliant every day, but this one is truly so gently and SO good that I feel the need to use it daily. I feel like it actually CLEANS my face whereas some face cleansers don’t make me feel that way.
What I Do:So I got this tip from Lauren Sims (who is amazing btw) and her Insta Stories. I take one pump of the face wash and rub it between my hands. Then I proceed to rub in on my DRY FACE in a circular motion. Once I feel satisfied, I’ll then rinse my face with warm water and pat it dry with a wash cloth.

Step 2 (MORNING & NIGHT) – Pixi Toner: I had never really thought using a toner was important but then I tried this one and now I don’t think I’ll ever go back! It really helps with taking the excess oils and makeup and all that off. Also this one smells SO good. I use this both morning and night right after cleansing my face.
What I Do: I take two pumps of this onto a cotton pad and “swipe” it all over my face and neck.

Step 3 (MORNING) – Dr. Brandt No Baggage Eye Cream: OK so I got this stuff because literally every blogger I follow was RAVING about it. I have yet to see those same results -_- but I’m still hopeful! I only use this in the Morning.
What I Do:I will take a small amount on my ring finger and then I will pat it under each eye. It is supposed to help with bags (which thankfully I don’t really have yet) and darkness (which I do have).

Step 3 (NIGHT) – Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment:Alright so this product is VERY pricey (like $105, I know, crazy!) but let me tell ya, it is WORTH IT. This product is supposed to help will all kinds of things. I have noticed a difference in the evenness of my skin and also the texture of my skin. I feel like my skin has become way more smooth since using this product. I also feel like this may be one of the products that has kept my acne at bay and that’s why I’m going to continue to keep using it. I do have to admit it does have a particular scent that I wasn’t crazy about at first BUT I quickly got used to it.
What I Do:I take one pump of this each night after cleansing and rub it in all over my face. A little goes a long way with this one!

Step 4 (MORNING) – Charlotte Tillbury Brightening Youth Glow: Yet another thing I have fallen in LOVE with. I got this a few weeks ago and I have been using it ever since. It’s supposed to brighten your face and give you a healthy glow – and I personally feel that it does that for me! It goes on SO smooth and easy and it’s moisturizing, too. I can’t recommend this stuff enough.
What I Do:I will take a dot of this product and put it on my cheeks and my forehead. I will then use that product that I put on those spots and spread it throughout my whole face. I am trying to use these products in moderation since they are pretty pricey.

Step 4 (NIGHT) – Origins Nightamins Moisturizer:I have been using this night moisturizer for a while now and I loveeee it. It is definitely thicker than the daytime one and I wake up feeling so refreshed and ready to start the day because of this. Again, I wasn’t crazy about the scent of this one (super citrusy) at first but it has grown on me and now I don’t even notice it!
What I Do:I take a dime size amount of this and spread it across my whole face.

Step 5 (MORNING) – Origins Gin Zing Moisturizer: OK love this moisturizer too! It has been hard for me to find a good one that won’t cause breakouts for me, but this one has been a real winner in my book! It’s very light and gentle and it really does make my face moisturized all day. It’s pretty affordable too! It has the same scent as the one I mentioned above.
What I Do:I take a dime size amount of this and spread it across my whole face.

Step 5 (NIGHT) & 6 (MORNING): Dr. Brandt DNA Neck Cream:I HATE how we have lines on our necks! Me and my sister talk about them all the time. I want to get rid of them but I don’t think that will ever happen lol. I have recently started using this neck cream in hopes to keep the lines at bay.
What I Do:I take a dime size amount of this and rub it on my neck in a circular motion.

Ok wow I think that’s everything! Please let me know if you have any questions about anything! I am happy to answer them and I will definitely show you all how I use each products on my Instagram Stories in my future.

OK time to announce the GIVEAWAY WINNER! If you are the winner please email me within 48 hours! Thanks to everyone who entered! I will be having more giveaways like this last one very soon! :-).

THE WINNER IS: ALLISON CUMPER

There ya have it! A look at my current skincare routine for the morning and night! I hope this was helpful!

Thanks for reading!
XO, Lauren

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Lace Shoulder Top & GIVEAWAY

Lace Shoulder Top & GIVEAWAY

Hey everyone!!! Happy hump day! This week is crawlinggggg but hey we’re one day closer to Friday now! I posted a picture on my Instagram the other day where I was wearing THE CUTEST lace shoulder top and I got a ton of questions about it so I’m excited to be sharing it on the blog today!

Lace Shoulder Top & GIVEAWAY
Lace Shoulder Top & GIVEAWAY
Lace Shoulder Top & GIVEAWAY

Lace Shoulder Top & GIVEAWAY

Lace Shoulder Top & GIVEAWAY

Top: Free People Jeans: Citizens of Humanity Shoes: Vince Earrings: J.Crew Lip Color: Dior Addict Lip Glow in the color “Pink”

So I saw this Free People Top online and I knew I had to have it! First of all, the price is on the cheaper side of Free People products (it’s $88 whereas most of their items are like $128!). Secondly, I thought that the lace detail on the shoulders was beautiful! I’m really into lace lately and I love the way that it was incorporated into this top! At first I wasn’t sure which color to get (it comes in like 4 colors) but I decided black was the best option for me!

As for the sizing of this shirt, it is definitely very flowy – that’s why I decided to tuck it in partially (don’t mind how you can see my zipper in most of the pics LOL) and I liked the way it looked! The reason why I went with a Small rather than an XS is because of the length – I wanted to make sure that it wouldn’t be too short for me (you guys know I prefer to wear my shirts and sweaters on the longer side!) Someone asked me if this shirt was boxy – and I would say that it COULD be, but if you style it the right way, it can definitely look amazing!

OK I’ve got another confession for ya – I went to New Jersey to stay at my sister’s house on Sunday night and I packed up some clothes for her to take some pictures for me. What I didn’t remember was SHOES. If I had planned a little better, I would have packed THESE SHOES and worn these instead! I really don’t love the way these shoes looked with this outfit – but that doesn’t mean I don’t love them!

OK now for the BEST PART – THE GIVEAWAY! 

I had asked you guys on my Instagram Stories if you’d want me to give away a BUNCH of makeup samples (not just samples, products I’ve been sent by brands that I either have purchased myself already or haven’t gotten around to trying) and the answer was overwhelmingly YES! SO HERE WE GO! Today I’m giving away ONE BIG BOX filled with makeup samples & products to ONE LUCKY WINNER! Some brands that are included are: Pixi, Tarte, Bobbi Brown, Revlon, NARS, MAC, and so many more! I’m sharing more details on my Instagram Stories so be sure to check there!

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There ya have it! A look at this lace shoulder top & giveaway! I hope you enjoyed!

Thanks for reading!
XO, Lauren

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Instagram Roundup

Instagram Roundup

Hi guys! I’m sitting here inside by a fire watching the snow fall outside. And it turns out, we’re getting quite a bit of it! I walked outside earlier and was surprised at how deep the snow actually was! It’s been a crazy storm here – if you haven’t seen it, I’ve shared some of it on my Instagram Stories! I figured I’d sit down and put together an Instagram roundup for you guys since I’ve been home and stuck inside!

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Sweatshirt: Nordstrom ON SALE! 

Love this sweatshirt – it’s casual yet can be dressed up too if need be! I’m wearing mine in a size small. You can’t really tell in the picture but it does have a metallic finish which is so fun!

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Sweater: Loft 10% OFF WITH CODE SNOWDAY

I LOVE the color of this sweater! It also comes in a cream color which is super cute too! I’m wearing this one in a size medium for an oversized fit!

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Sweater: Loft 60% OFF! || Jeans: Similar Pair || Boots: Nordstrom

This sweater is so fun and it’s currently marked down to $18!!! Can’t beat that price!

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Sweater: Loft || Jeans: Similar Pair || Boots: Nordstrom

I love this cold shoulder sweater! I think the detailing on the shoulders is so cute and intricate. It’s a really comfy sweater too, which is always a good thing! I’m wearing mine in a size small!

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Sweater: Dreamers by Debut || Jeans: Citizens of Humanity || Booties: Hinge

Ok so this sweater has been one of my favorites! I love the detail on the shoulder and I absolutely love the color! It was perfect for Fall. Unfortunately it has SOLD OUT which is terrible but this sweater and this sweater are similar, great options! I love this brand because they are so affordable (most sweaters are under $50!).

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Sweater: Cotton Emporium|| Pants: JCrew || Boots: Nordstrom

I thought this sweater was so fun because of the color block on the sleeves! It’s also really comfortable and I’ve been into turtlenecks this Winter so I was all about it. It’s also great because its another sweater that’s under $50! I’m wearing it in a size Small.

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Top: Similar Here || Pants: Citizens of Humanity || Shoes: Sam Edelman || Lip Color: Stila Cosmetics in the color FIERY || Earrings: JCrew

This outfit was one of my favorites! I love wearing all black (I personally think it can be very slimming lol) with a pop of color! And I meannn how cute are these pink heels?! They’re also really comfortable too, which is an added bonus! They’re currently on sale for under $100 with free shipping! Woohooo!

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Sweater: Loft ON SALE!  || Jeans: Similar Pair || Boots:  Nordstrom

I love, love, loveeee this off the shoulder sweater! I’m going to be writing a full post on this sweater very soon BUT I wanted to share it with you on here today because it’s currently on sale for like $22!! It also comes in black and I’m seriously considering buying it in black too! I recommend sizing down – I’m wearing this in a Small and it was just a little too long for me, even though I typically like to wear my sweaters longer.

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Sweatshirt: Halogen || Jeans: Similar Pair || Sneakers: Kate Spade ON SALE!

So unfortunately, this sweatshirt is also sold out BUT I’ve found a very similar one from H&M that is 10% off today! I’m thinking about ordering it for my self even though I really don’t need it lol. The gray color of these sneakers is also sold out BUT there are still a few sizes left in the “whiskey suede” color which I also have. These sneakers are AMAZING and I am obsessed with them. I also just ordered these ones and I have a feeling I’m also going to fall in love with them.

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Sweater/Coat: Goodnight Macaroon ON SALE WITH CODE JOY30 || Top: JCrew 40% OFF WITH CODE NEWYEAR|| Jeans: Similar Pair|| Boots: Nordstrom || Sunglasses: Karen Walker || Bag: Louis Vuitton Neverfull

I have loved so many things that I’ve gotten from Goodnight Macaroon and this sweater is definitely one of them! I have it in the color above and in gray because it’s such a great piece to have in your closet. Right now it’s 30% off with the code JOY30 – everything is 30% off on their site so I’d do some shopping now! I also LOVE this striped turtleneck – I currently own it in 4 colors, and I’m about to buy it in my 5th lol. It’s 40% off with the code NEWYEAR.

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Top: JCrew Factory 60% OFF WITH CODE CHILLY || Pants: JCrew  || Boots: Nordstrom

This top was so fun for the holidays and it comes in a bunch of colors. It’s currently 60% off which is amazing – it ends up being $12!!!! That’s unreal! I’m wearing mine in a size 2 which is my usual size so I’d say it’s TTS. Everything is 60% off at JCrew Factory right now so it’s time to stock up!!

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Sweater: Free People || Tank: Loft 10% OFF WITH CODE SNOWDAY || Hat: Similar Here || Jeans: Similar Pair || Boots: Ugg

If you follow me on Instagram then you already know that I love this top! I am obsessed with the back of it because it has a criss cross detail which is so fun. I also think it’ll be great to wear into the Spring and Summer. I’m wearing mine in a Small and I wish I got it in an XS because it is a little bit too big for me. But don’t worry, I’ll still be wearing it lol.

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Scarf: Free People || Shirt: BP || Earrings: JCrew

I’m sure you’ve all seen this scarf on every single blogger but it’s because it really is amazing. This color is sold out but right now I’ve got my eye on the “sky blue” color which is so pretty! And this white t-shirt is seriously the best you’ll find. It’s $19 and so comfy. I have like 3 of them in the same color because I wear it so often.

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Top: Similar Here || Jeans: Similar Here || Sandals: Tory Burch || Sunglasses: Ray Ban || Bag: Madewell

So this picture is obviously old because it’s NOT warm here at all. But I posted this the other day because I did a whole post talking about my best purchases from 2017 and these sandals were included. They’re amazing in every way. This top is one of my favorites because of the material – it’s one of the comfiest tshirts I own. This one is old but I’ve linked a similar one that’s more appropriate for the season. Also my bag in the picture is from JCrew but it’s no longer available so I linked the one from Madewell that is just as amazing! SO durable and great for travel!

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Sweater: Loft 10% OFF WITH CODE SNOWDAY || Jeans: Similar Pair || Boots: Ugg || Hat: The 203

It was snowing AGAIN the other day so I made my mom step outside and take this picture for me (seriously my mom & sister & sometimes brother are the BEST for helping me out so much with my blog). I also hadn’t washed my hair yet that day so if I was going to go anywehre in public I knew I needed to wear a hat. The 203 has become one of my favorite brands recently (not just because I’m friends with the owners, but because their stuff is truly awesome). I love the bright pink pop of color on this hat!

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Top: Madewell, ON SALE Here  || Jeans: Citizens of Humanity  || Booties: Hinge || Bag: Louis Vuitton Neverfull

Another top that I fell in love with. I have a whole post dedicated to how amazing I think this top is so be sure to check it out!

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Dress: Free People

Another OLD post from Florida but I saw that this dress was on sale and I had to share. It’s one of my favorites from last year and it comes in a bunch of colors. I’m wearing mine in a size Small and I thought it fit TTS! I also talked about this dress in my best purchases of 2017 post.

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Sweater: Leith ON SALE!  || Jeans: AG || Sunglasses: Karen Walker || Shoes: Kate Spade ON SALE!

This sweater is definitely oversized and definitely comfy! I love the color of it – I don’t have any other colors that are like this one. It’s on sale right now for like $40. I am wearing mine in a size small but I’d size down if you don’t want it to be too oversized. It also has a fun detail on the sleeve – it has snaps on the inside which was a nice touch.

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Top: Loft 10% OFF WITH CODE SNOWDAY  || Pants: Madewell  || Lip Color: Stila Cosmetics in the color “Fiery”

Another one of my FAVORITE outfits. I thought these pants were so cool and I’m literally OBSESSED with this lace tank. The back of it is so awesome and I’ll definitely wear it through Spring and Summer. I have a whole post dedicated to this outfit here.

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Sweater: BP || Jeans: Similar Pair || Boots: Sorel

This was taken today out in the big snow storm lol. I made my poor (pregnant) sister go out in the cold and take these pics for me. We got a bunch of funny outtakes that I posted on my Instagram Story. But anyways, this sweater is great and comes in 7 colors! It’s under $50 and it’s TTS – I’m wearing mine in a size small. I have it in this color and a maroon color too, which I love! I also got a lot of questions about these snow boots – I think they’re great – they definitely keep my feet warm but they are hard to get on and off which is kind of annoying.

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Top: Madewell || Jeans: Citizens of Humanity || Booties: Hinge

Again, another one of my favorite outfits! I went into Madewell the other day to try and find something to wear for New Years Eve, and I saw this top and ended up loving it! I’m very much into the velvet trend right now (as you can probably tell) and this shirt does not disappoint! It was very cold when taking this picture lol but gotta make sacrifices, ya know??

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Sweater: Loft 10% OFF WITH CODE SNOWDAY

I went into Loft the other day and didn’t find much but I did find this cute velour off the shoulder top! Again, it was freezing while taking this lol. But this sweater did keep me warm! It’s TTS – I’m wearing it in a Small and I love the length of it. It’s long enough to wear with leggings which is always a plus!

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Coat: JCrew 40% OFF WITH CODE NEWYEAR || Boots: Sorel

This coat is from a few winters ago but I still love it obviously. This color is no longer available in this coat but they still have 3 colors left in a few sizes! It’s marked down to $300 and then you can take 40% off your purchase with the code NEWYEAR. It’s SUCH a warm coat and worth the price (especially when it’s on sale!). And hey, there are those snow boots again. Trusty each year!

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Coat: JCrew || Pants: Citizens of Humanity || Booties: Hinge  || Sweatshirt: Loft 60% OFF! 

UMMM this coat you guys. AH-MAZING. Yes, I’m being dramatic but I truly believe it’s THAT good. It’s ON SALE and there’s only a few left in certain sizes. I’d honestly act fast on this one because it’s been selling out SO FAST. I’m wearing mine in a size 4. I’m typically a 0 or 2 but I sized up in this coat because I wanted to be able to wear it with a big sweater and not have to worry about it fitting. This coat is honestly worth every penny. The sweatshirt that I’m wearing underneath has a cute lace detail and it’s a cold shoulder one. It’s currently on sale for $18!!! 

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Bow: JCrew || Sweater: Similar Here

This may be one of my favorite pictures from 2017. I have become obsessed with hair accessories, which I know, is kind of weird. But I mean come on, how cute is this little bow?? It was out of stock for a while but it’s now back in stock in both colors! Get it while it lasts! Also this sweater is OLD but I’ve found one that’s pretty similar and super cute!

Wowwww I think this may be my longest Instagram roundup ever! I really hope this makes shopping all of my looks from Instagram easier for all of you who don’t like to use LIKETOKNOW.it. Which one was YOUR favorite look?! Let me know in the comments!

There ya have it! Another Instagram Roundup! I hope you guys enjoyed this post!

Thanks for reading!
XO, Lauren

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Highlights of 2017

Highlights of 2017

HAPPY NEW YEARS EVE!!!! Are you guys ready for 2018??? In today’s post I’m talking about my highlights of 2017 – all the amazing things I’ve experienced this year that I want to share with you guys. The events are going to be in no specific order – my thoughts are all jumbled so whatever comes out, I’ll write!

Turks & Caicos

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Highlights of 2017

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Highlights of 2017

Highlights of 2017

Highlights of 2017

Highlights of 2017

It’s been a running joke in my family for like 5 years now that I’ve been dying to go to Turks & Caicos – kind of a long story that none of you would think is funny so I’ll spare you. But anyways – this past February, my mom made this dream a reality for me! I had been dying to go to Turks and Caicos because I had heard about how beautiful and amazing it was. And I was NOT disappointed. It was absolutely breathtaking – I’ve never seen water so blue or so clear. It was seriously one of THE BEST trips of my life.

My mom and I have been going on trips together for a few years now. I’m really good at convincing her to go places with me even though she gets really sad when she leaves my dad lol. In 2016 we went to the Bahamas which was amazing but in 2017 we stepped up our game and made it to Turks and Caicos. If you’ve been considering going, PLEASE do it. You will not regret it.

I have a full post on our trip here so go check it out! It was definitely one of the highlights of my year!

Fort Lauderdale

Highlights of 2017

Highlights of 2017

Highlights of 2017

This past April my fellow teacher friends and I took at trip down to Fort Lauderdale, Florida and it was so much fun! The weather was great (most of the time!) and we really enjoyed ourselves. Theres so many perks of being a teacher – one of them being that we have breaks from school and we can take these trips together!

Funny story: we were pretty close to Miami so one night we took an uber down there and one of my friends absolutely HATED it and my other friend and I had so much fun. We kept wanting to go back during the trip but she was NOT for that hahaha. We compromised and stayed in For Lauderdale. We also ended up binge watching 13 Reasons Why which was NOT a light vacation watch. I have a full post on our trip to Fort Lauderdale here!

Being a Bridesmaid in my Cousin’s Wedding

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^^Me trying to be funny but not succeeding – pretty typical.
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SO as some of you may know, I was the Maid of Honor in my sisters wedding in 2016 and that was amazing. I was lucky enough to be apart of my cousin, Anna’s, wedding this past September. It was SO much fun and so special to be apart of her and her husband’s big day. In my opinion, family weddings are the best. But I could be biased because I love my family. Even all of the events leading up to Anna’s wedding were so much fun! Her Bridal Shower and her Bachelorette Party were awesome. I’ll include some pics below!

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Highlights of 2017

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Finding Out I’m Going to be an Aunt!

So for those of you who don’t know, my sister and her husband are having a baby this March! Finding this out was definitely one of the best moments of 2017. If you’re interested in seeing how she and Rob told us, I’ll link a video at the end of this post! We have a few months until the baby arrives and we’re all so excited. We don’t know what my mom is going to be called yet (grandma, mimi, etc.) I’d love to hear what you guys call your grandparents or what your kids call their grandparents!

Turning 25

For those of you who know me, you know I was pretty bitter about turning 25. In my mind 25 is so old and I just can’t believe I’ve hit that age. But in reality, it’s not that old. When I was younger I thought I’d have my whole life figured out by now and I couldn’t have been more wrong. I’m totally OK with it though – I believe in taking each day one day at a time and living life to the “fullest.” Tim McGraw sings a song called “Live Like You Were Dying” and I truly believe in that. I think each day should not be taken for granted and we need to appreciate the amazing things and people that we have in our lives. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason – whether that something is good or bad – I think that there’s a reason for it happening.

In case you missed it, I shared 25 things you may not know about me on my 25th birthday!

Highlights of 2017

Highlights of 2017

Highlights of 2017

So those are just a few of my highlights of this past year. 2017 was amazing in so many ways and I’m so excited for 2018. I can’t thank you guys enough for the love and support you give me! Without you, I wouldn’t get to do this every single day and I’m so fortunate for that! I hope to keep sharing my outfits and thoughts with you daily in 2018 and I hope you still enjoy it as much as you have been!

There ya have it! A look at my highlights from 2017! I hope you all had an amazing year and an even better 2018!

Thanks for reading!
PS – Uncle Cappy says “baby it’s cold outside.”
XO, Lauren

Best Purchases of 2017

Best Purchases of 2017

IT’S ALMOST 2018!!! I’m so ready for a new year, I don’t know about you. I’m excited for the future and recently each year has been getting better (knock on wood) so I hope that pattern continues :-). Today’s post is going to be all about my best purchases of 2017. All of the things I couldn’t “live without” (I could definitely live without them, but I don’t want to) now. It was definitely hard to narrow it down to a few items – I have like 15 on the list – so brace yourselves for a long post. I hope you enjoy! Don’t hesitate to ask any questions about any item!

Best Purchases of 2017

Best Purchases of 2017

Ugg Boots

I absolutely fell in love with these boots when I first tried them on. I ordered them during the NSale and hadn’t actually tried them on until Fall. At first, they were hard to get on and I was a little skeptical, but don’t worry, it got better and now they are SO comfortable and they are my GO TO boots on the daily. They are suede so they have to be treated if you live in a snowy/rainy area like I do, but mine have been completely fine through the weather. I must say though, I was wearing them during a photo shoot a couple weekends ago and I completely WIPED OUT in the snow – but they’re not made to be snow boots sooo that’s kind of my fault. Whoops. They are pricey – but well worth the price in my opinion. They run TTS – I’m wearing mine in a size 8!

Best Purchases of 2017

Best Purchases of 2017

Hinge Booties

I have been wearing these booties NON STOP. If I’m not wearing the boots mentioned above, I’m most likely in these booties. They are SO comfortable and in my opinion, the heel height is perfect. They are pretty much sold out though, which sucks BUT keep looking because you may get lucky! They come in 2 other colors too, and I’m dying for the black ones! They are TTS and the best booties I own!

Best Purchases of 2017

Best Purchases of 2017 Kate Spade Tassel Sneakers

These were another NSale purchase and I have gotten SO MUCH use out of them. I loved them so much that I even bought them in the chestnut/cognac color. I’m OBESSED. Again, these sneakers were kind of hard to get on (and sometimes still kind of are lol) but once they’re on, you don’t want to take them off. I love these because I can wear them to work (as a teacher) and I can wear them out and about on a regular basis. They’re just so fun and I think the color is amazing. I have mine in a size 8 and I’m usually a size 8!

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Best purchases of 2017 Tory Burch Miller Sandals

I had debated over purchasing these sandals for a long time and then I finally pulled the trigger and now I don’t think I can ever wear another sandal again (JK that’s me being dramatic). They are SO comfortable – I do not have a single complaint about them. I decided to get them in the color Makeup because so many people had the “vintage vachetta leather” and the black colors. I wanted to be “different” even though EVERY blogger and their mother has these sandals. I absolutely love the color I got because it goes with ANYTHING. If I had to get another pair (which let’s be honest, I probably will) I plan on getting them in the dark gray color.

Best Purchases of 2017

Best Purchases of 2017 Similar Pairs: Tory Burch Espadrilles, Tory Burch Espadrilles

Well what do you know? Another pair of seriously comfortable shoes. I have these espadrilles in a few colors – this bright pink color (which I can’t find anywhere!) and a tan color. I loved the pink ones to add a pop of color to my outfits (like the one above!) and then the tan ones were obviously more practical. They’re so comfortable and worth every penny. Again, they are TTS!

Best Purchases of 2017

Best Purchases of 2017

*This sweater sold out SO FAST but here is a similar one!!!

This sweater was another one of my NSale purchases and like I said above, it sold out SO FAST. I’m so happy I bought it when I did though because this is going to be one of my favorite sweaters for a long time. I love the lace up detail in the back and I love how it can be worn slightly off the shoulder too! I found this sweater which is really similar and I’m thinking about purchasing it too!

Best Purchases of 2017

Best Purchases of 2017 JCrew Coat

This coat is hands down the BEST coat I own. YES – it’s expensive. But it really does keep me warm when its FREEZING OUT (for example it was like 10 degrees yesterday) and I was honestly pretty warm considering the circumstances. I’m really not a fan of the cold so when I can find a coat thats cute AND keeps me warm, I consider that a win. My exact one is only available in a few sizes but the one I linked is super similar and the same color! I got mine in a size 4 and I honestly probably should’ve gotten a 2 but I’m over it.

Best Purchases of 2017

Best Purchases of 2017

Free People Scarf

This scarf is nothing short of amazing. I love it so much because it truly does the job – keeps you warm! I purchased the tan one in 2016 and went ahead and purchased another color in 2017 because I loved it that much. Unfortunately like every color is sold out right now, so if you’re thinking of getting it, keep your eyes peeled for when it goes on sale!

Best Purchases of 2017

Best Purchases of 2017 Free People Embroidered Dress

This dress is amazing. SO easy to wear and can be worn on many different occasions. I’d wear this to the beach over my bathing suit or it can be dressed up with a pair of cute heels. Or honestly, throw it on with a pair of sandals to go shopping or whatever. It’s such a good dress because of it’s versatility. I’m wearing mine in a size small and it’s currently on sale so I highly recommend getting it ASAP.

Best Purchases of 2017

Best Purchases of 2017

Karen Walker Sunglasses

OK so I may have gotten these in 2016, I’m not totally sure, but I definitely got my moneys worth in 2017. These sunglasses quickly became my favorite pair. Yes, they are LARGE, but I swear they would look good on just about any face shape. I mean, I have pretty big cheeks and somehow these sunglasses look OK on me lol. I loved these so much that I also ended up buying this pair this past year! If you’re in the market for a nice pair of sunglasses, I highly recommend a pair by Karen Walker!

Ok so that was basically all the fashion-y stuff that I am so happy that I purchased this past year. NOW let’s get on to the makeup and skincare and all that fun stuff.

My most asked question of 2017 was probably about the mascara I use. I have no problem answering these questions because I love engaging with you guys but I figured I’d include all my favorite makeup products in this post, too :-).

Favorite Mascaras:

So as many of you know, I have a bit of an obsession with mascara. Lately I have been wearing the three above. I typically put on the Urban Decay Perversion mascara first. And let me tell ya, I layer this stuff onnnn. After I put on multiple layers, I’ll then put on a few coats of the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara. And to top it all off, I’ll “swipe” a bit of the YSL Babydoll Mascara on my lashes to get rid of any clumps! Best combo of mascaras that I’ve found so far BUT I must say they’re all wonderful on their own as well.

Skincare So I haven’t taken the best care of my skin in 2017 – and that is certainly a goal of mine in the year to come. But I do have a few products that I want to mention that I feel have been working for me!

 

Haircare As many of you know, I’ve been struggling with my hair lately and I don’t know WHAT is going on with it. I’ve learned to deal with it though and make the best of it. Thanks to certain products, I’ve been able to achieve a somewhat decent blowout and I’ll be forever grateful for that (again, being dramatic).

The t3 blow dryer and brush changed my hair’s life in a big way. Never before could I achieve a blow out on my own. I used to go to the blow dry bar and get my hair done all the time. Finally, I realized that MAYBE, just maybe, I’d be able to do it on my own. And turns out, I can. You can too – with this blow dryer and brush. I’m telling you – you will fall in loveeee! It is pricey, but for me it was well worth it instead of spending money on blow outs each week!

WOW ok I think I got everything! 2017 was a year of great purchases, thats for sure! I hope you enjoyed seeing what I loved this past year and what I thought was worth it’s money. My next post is going to be my highlights from 2017 – so I’ll be looking back on everything that I experienced this past year and sharing it with you!!

There ya have it! A look at my best purchases of 2017! I hope you enjoyed!

Thanks for reading! XO, Lauren

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