Twenty. Eight.

Hello, friends! Happy Friday. Today marks my 28th freaking birthday. Can you believe it? The answer is probably yes, but shit. I cannot believe I’m almost 30. Remember my birthday post from last year? Let’s just say there’s still quite a bit on my list that I didn’t get to but hey, we can’t win em all, right?

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I have to say 27 was pretty good to me. I started traveling more than ever before, my blog is continuing to grow and work has been great. Let’s take a little look back, shall we?

I traveled to London and Paris in April of 15′.

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I dined at some amazing restaurants including Claudette,  Carbone, and Charlie Bird (I made  3 out of the 5 on my list!)

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I read some great books including Emily Giffen’s new book One and Only, the Vacationers by Emma Straub, #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso, and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

I saw Wicked with one of my best friends.

I visited Rockefeller center during the holidays.

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I traveled to Puerto Rico for New Years.

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I took a macaroon making class with girlfriends.

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I traveled to Montauk quite a few times. You can read about what to do in Montauk in 48 hours here + I also love looking back at this post and can we please not forget about #blondetauk?

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I attended the Polo Classic for the first time and wore the cutest flower crown (Thank you, Christy!!).

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I visited Chicago for the first time in a year and had my first ever rose snow cone.

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And most recently, I was able to visit Newport, Rhode Island with my family!

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A few things I did not get to: Walking the Brooklyn bridge, Blogshop, visit the New York Public Library or BK Botanical Gardens. I also did not take a helicopter ride of NY and I have yet to live by myself (serious goals!!!!). I’m still dying to travel to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard. Oh, and would still like to take a floral arranging class and create a New York City Guide for each neighborhood.

I have to say with living in New York, time just seems to go faster. I can’t believe I’m sitting here writing this on July 24th. It seems like May was just yesterday. Anywho,  I love that this blog gives me an outlet to document bits and pieces of my life which I hope you guys enjoy reading. Thanks for making this so much fun for me.

Cheers to making 28 bigger and better! Xo. Lauren

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Beauty Favorites

My favorite sale of the year, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, is in full swing!

As I mentioned before, I love this time of year to invest in typically high priced items that I know I will wear year in and year out.

I also use this time to pick up on some of my beauty favorites and must-haves. Nordstrom’s beauty exclusives are on point and the selection is sure to meet just about anyone’s beauty needs. So today I’ve rounded up some of the best beauty exclusive options below.

Insert this Studio Pro Brush set for $98 dollars. Real talk: I HATE buying brushes, literally h-a-t-e. They can get so expensive – even for one brush! Know what I mean? Anytime I can get a deal on a somewhat high-end brush set, I’m in.

You gotta love a pretty palette by NARS. This cheek palette has just the right hughes to help us get that perfect glow.

Ok, you guys. The Voluspa Candle Collection is a no brainer. Three full sized candles for $29.50? Duh.

Last but not least, it’s the perfect time to finally invest in the Clarisonic Mia 2!

Voluspa Candle Collection // Moroccanoil Moisture Repair // NARS Palette // Clarisonic Mia 2 // Laura Mercier Geller Beauty Eye Dew // Clinique Take Off The Day Set // Vanilla Coconut Shampoo // Trish McEvoy Smokey Eye Set // Laura Mercier Ultimate Luxury Souffle Set

Weekend Notes

Happy Sunday, friends! It’s been a little quiet around here but that’s summer for ya! I have been traveling with my family since last Wednesday. If you follow me on Instagram (@_laurennelson_) or Snapchat (laurennelsonny), you may have seen I was in Newport, Rhode Island these past few days! I will do a full recap of where to stay, what to do and where to dine. We had perfect weather, Newport is definitely one of my favorite little towns to visit!

In other weekend news, I’ve rounded up my favorite links from around the web this week. Hope you all had a great weekend! Xo. Lauren

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Links I loved

  • I have been debating a move to Stamford since you get so much more for your money when it comes to space and I’m pretty much this girl in this article. A great read for New Yorkers looking to make a move! – New York Times

Sales & Shopping

  • I picked up a Burberry puffer last Anniversary Sale and never looked back. This one is very similar and I’m not kidding when I say it’s so worth the investment and you’ll wear it all winter long!
  • I have this sweater in my shopping cart – to buy or not to buy? Love.

In case you missed it: 

Summer Favorites Under $100

Happy Thursday, friends!

I’m keeping it short and sweet today. I’m literally typing this from the car right now (thank goodness for remote wifis!).  I’m headed back to Newport, RI with my mom, aunt and cousin today! I’ve only been once back in February and as you can imagine, it was quite cold and there was so much snow. I can’t wait to see what this city is like during the summertime!

So to celebrate a little weekend getaway to one of New England’s favorite towns, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite summer finds all under $100 dollars. Be sure to follow me on Instagram for all of my Newport happenings! @_laurennelson_

Have a great rest of your week! Xo. Lauren

Summer Finds Under $100-R2

Pinapple Loafers // Jaguar Dress // Coral Striped Towel // Wide Brim Sun Hat // Scarf // Sunglasses Case // Chloe Stud Earrings // White Pineapples // Spotted Tumblrs // Pillow // Ginger Jar Print // Printed Shorts // Red Seamed Shell Top // Blue and White Stripe Dress //