Lauren’s picks

21 Nov 2017

The Ralph Lauren Mansion | Holiday Windows & Decor
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Visiting the flagship Ralph Lauren Mansion located on 72nd and Madison is one of my favorite past time activities to do on the weekends. Seriously, if you’ve never visited either the flagship men’s or woman’s stores,  you must add it to your list the next time you visit New York!

Last weekend, Amy and I went to brunch at Flora Bar located in the Met Breuer Museum and then walked down to the mansions to take a peek at the holiday windows and decor. We first popped in the men’s mansion to take in all of the plaid trimmings.  I love the dark cherry wood that’s incorporated throughout the 5 floors in addition to all of the black and white polo photos.

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After we walked all of the floors over at the men’s mansion, we crossed the street to take in he holiday windows over at the women’s mansion! They were gorgeous and full of flocked white garlands and silver trimmings. The mannequins displayed in the windows and throughout the women’s mansion were wearing polo bear heads to celebrate the Polo Bear this holiday season.

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What was truly spectacular about this year’s holiday decor is that Ralph incorporated white flocked trees on each level of the mansion so if you look out the window from the women’s mansion, you can see the white flocked tree over at the men’s mansion!

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The best part about visiting the Ralph Lauren Mansion is seeing how the RL team decorated the home floor located on the 4th level. One trend I will be incorporating in my own decor this year is mixing blue and white ginger jars with the classic tartan plaid blankets and table clothes. I also need to get my hands on some traditional gold hurricanes. I found these Arlington Hurricane‘s at Pottery Barn which are a great affordable option.

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Do you ever window shop to find inspiration for your own home?! Hope everyone is having a great week! Xo. Lauren

21 Nov 2017

2017 Gift Guide Series | The Best Beauty and Makeup Gift Sets To Give This Year
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One of my favorite gift guides to create each and every year is the one dedicated to beauty and make up gift sets! Honestly, this is one of the best times to invest in skincare or make up brands you love as these value sets are truly phenomenal.

In case you’re just tuning in, we’re in the middle of my 2017 gift guide series! So far we’ve launched the top gifts for her, the top gifts for him as well as the top holiday plaid gifts to give this year. My fourth (and personal) favorite gift guide launching today is dedicated to skincare and make up. You can shop each and every gift guide by clicking on the black and white plus sign next to each product in the collage above. Or if that’s too hard, I’ve linked to every product featured below under “Shop The Post.”

After browsing a few of my favorite retailers for the best beauty and makeup gift sets, I’ve come to the conclusion that these below are just too good to pass up. Plus, the single products I’ve linked to (ones not included in a value set) I use in my daily skincare routine and hope you love just as much as I do. Let’s get to it, shall we?

My mom is going to go crazy for this huge lip kit from Sephora – can you believe how many lip glosses, balms and lipsticks are included in this set for $70 dollars? This would make such a good gift or stocking stuffer! I also thought this skin wonderland set that comes with Sephora’s best skincare sellers would be a great starter kit for anyone wanting to enhance their skincare routine. I will be stocking up on this L’occitane hand cream set – you cannot beat this $30 dollar price point. Last but not least, I’m dying to try the new Gucci sent, Bloom – you can shop a 3-piece gift set for $129!

Product Highlights — I’ve used Dermalogica in my skincare routine since I was 25 – this power firm eye cream is the best and this pre-cleanse is great for removing oils and unclogging pores. This Hourglass ambient palette is one of the best for highlighting your cheeks during the holiday season. This Charlotte Tilbery eye shadow palette is perfect for a smokey eye. Last but not least, a new discovery that I’m slightly obsessed with is this Henne Luxury Lip Tint ($21.95 dollars)- it’s a great, clean alternative to Dior’s Lip Glow ($33 dollars).

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Be sure to check out my gift guide series below for some more great gift ideas!

2017 Gift Guide Series

Gifts For Her

Gift Ideas For The Boys

The Top Holiday Plaid Gift Ideas

 

2016 Gift Guide Series

STOCKING STUFFERS UNDER $25 DOLLARS

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: FOR THE BOYS

GIFTS UNDER $50 DOLLARS

13 PERSONALIZED GIFT IDEAS THAT ARE SUPER CUTE

Gifts For The Jet Setter

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2015 Gift Guide Series 

THE TOP BEAUTY GIFTS UNDER $100 DOLLARS

STOCKING STUFFERS UNDER $25 DOLLARS

2015 GIFT GUIDE: FOR HER

2015 GIFT GUIDE: FOR HIM

THE BEST HOLIDAY PLAID GIFTS TO GIVE

THE TOP GIFTS TO GIVE THE STRIPE ENTHUSIAST

GIFT GUIDE FOR THE MONOGRAM LOVER

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20 Nov 2017

Line I’m Loving: Veronica Beard
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Are you familiar with the clothing line Veronica Beard? I actually had never heard of this brand until this past Labor Day weekend when I was on Nantucket with Jess. I arrived a day or two after Jess so she was able to do some shopping on the island before I arrived.  After checking in to our hotel, she showed me the cutest bomber jacket she picked up from one of the boutiques on the island and it was from Veronica Beard. I (of course) was like – what’s that?! Seriously, I love my girlfriends for keeping me in the know on the coolest and upcoming fashion lines!

Since our weekend on Nantucket, I’ve been seeing Veronica Beard everyyyyy-where. So many of my girlfriends both in New York and Chicago have been shopping the line! I have added so many pieces from this collection to my wish list for Christmas. Shopbop has a fab and unique selection from the line including this super cute (and preppy) red cashmere v-neck sweater, these hip slides, and this chic skirt. Have you picked up anything Veronica Beard yet?

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P.s. Have you shopped my holiday gift guides yet?! Take a peek at the latest below.

Top Gifts for Her

The Top Holiday Plaid Gifts To Give

Top Gifts for Him

20 Nov 2017

2017 Gift Guide Series – For The Boys
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Picking out gifts for men is quite easy! Whether you’re shopping for your dad, brother, boyfriend or hubby, today I’ve rounded up some of my favorite christmas present ideas for all of the men in your life. Some of my favorite go-to brands to shop for men each and every Christmas include Tumi, Burberry, Sonos, J.Crew, East Dane, Mark and Graham and Keihls.

You can’t go wrong with a classic Barbour jacket, cologne, or a Patagonia pop over. My boyfriend has these APL sneakers and loves them! I also want to get him these Ralph Lauren Velvet slippers for all of the black tie weddings we have to attend next year. This bluetooth Sonos speaker is a great gift for any guy and comes in at a great price point – under $200 dollars! If you have a big golfer in the family, I always get my dad these Titleist golf balls each year which are a great stocking stuffer or secret santa present with a $50 dollar price tag. Last but not least, weekender bags are always a great gift – I love this weekend garment bag or this  brown leather monogrammed Mark and Graham weekender.

Don’t forget to shop some my entire gift guide series! I’ve linked to all of the posts below. Have a great Thanksgiving week, friends! Xo. Lauren

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Shop The Post

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2017 Gift Guide Series

Top Gifts for Her

The Top Holiday Plaid Gifts To Give

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2016 Gift Guide Series

STOCKING STUFFERS UNDER $25 DOLLARS

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: FOR THE BOYS

GIFTS UNDER $50 DOLLARS

13 PERSONALIZED GIFT IDEAS THAT ARE SUPER CUTE

Gifts For The Jet Setter

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2015 Gift Guide Series 

THE TOP BEAUTY GIFTS UNDER $100 DOLLARS

STOCKING STUFFERS UNDER $25 DOLLARS

2015 GIFT GUIDE: FOR HER

2015 GIFT GUIDE: FOR HIM

THE BEST HOLIDAY PLAID GIFTS TO GIVE

THE TOP GIFTS TO GIVE THE STRIPE ENTHUSIAST

GIFT GUIDE FOR THE MONOGRAM LOVER

MY FAVORITE GIFTS FROM THE DESIGN DARLING BOUTIQUE