Lauren’s picks

26 Jul 2017

It’s Official | We’re Going To France!


You guys!!! It’s official. My boyfriend and I are headed to France next month! For two weeks to be exact.

Have you been?!

After brain storming a few different destinations, we ultimately decided that we wanted to visit the South of France. Italy, Spain and Greece were all contenders but as you guys already know I’m obsessed with France. So, c’est la vie!

Once we decided on the destination, Josh wanted to see if we could squeeze Paris in as well since he’s never been. My answer (as you could probably guess) was YES. So to break up the trip from the South of France to Paris, we will be stopping for two days in Provence. God forbid we have to wine taste in one of the best wine regions in the world! So here we are with an amazing 12 day agenda to look forward to. I’m partnering with a few amazing luxury hotels and Haven in Paris. Remember our super cute Haven in Paris apartment from 2015?! I’m so so excited to team up with Haven in Paris again and cannot WAIT to show you guys the place we are staying this time around.

As you could imagine, I’ve been shopping up a storm. Since we will be traveling in the dead of summer, I’m looking to stick to basic pieces I can swap in and out all vacation long. A lot of silk camis, wrap dresses, linen pants, jean shorts, striped shirts, and more.


What’s your packing strategy for a long vacation? Do you try to stick to a carry on? I just don’t know if I can do it!

Here are a few of the pieces I have on my France wish list:

A new pair of sunglasses – I LOVE these Le Specs sunnies.

A Solid & Striped Suit – eyeing this Chelsea One Piece right now.

High waist jean shortsMadewell shorts are a no brainer.

Last but not least, a new sun hat! How cute is this Hatt Attack Panama hat?

P.s. I’m looking for any and all South of France recommendations! We’re starting out in Saint Tropez and then working our way up the coast. If you have any restaurant, tourist or shopping recommendations – I’m all ears!! Email me!




Images via Gal Meets Glam

13 Jul 2017

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017


Good morning! And happy early access day. If you haven’t noticed hash tag #NSale all over the internet yet, early access day means it’s the first day you can shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

This is truly the one sale I look forward to every summer. In case you’re not familiar, Nordstrom lets consumers preview major fall pieces before returning to their regularly marked prices in the fall. I like to use this time to invest in classic wardrobe staples like a Burberry coat. I also like to invest in handbags and jeans which always tend to be an after thought for me. Last year I picked up these AG ankle leggings – I wear them on repeat most weekends. This open front cardigan is also back this year! Going to stock up in two more colors. Last but not least, a girl can never have too many basic tees (only $17 dollars!)

The best way to shop the sale is early and online. Many of the popular brands like Stuart Weitzman and Tory Bruch Sell out fast. I was so happy to see Stuart’s over-the-knee suede boots are back for $499!

With Nordstrom’s quick shipping and return policy, online is seriously the only way to go. Also – if you live near a Nordstrom, you can always buy online and pick up same day! Some stores even offer curb side pick up!

So here’s the scoop.

If you’re a Nordstrom card member, you can shop today – as in right now. If you’re not a card member, do not worry. The sale opens to the public on July 16th and runs through August 6th.

I’ve created the ultimate Nordstrom Anniversary Shopping list below – from beauty must-haves to classic wardrobe staples, here’s my favorite deals you can shop right now!!


Black Cardigan (A favorite & only $65 dollars!) | Black Over-the-Knee Stuart Weitzman Boots | Rag and Bone Booties | Camel Slides | Black Romper | Cashmere Vest | Army Green Jacket | AG Jeans




Tops & Blouses 








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11 Jul 2017

My Top 10 Products Amazon Prime Day Picks


Once a year, Amazon bestows on us Amazon Prime Day. Similar to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (which starts tomorrow, btw!), Prime Day offers hundreds of deals to help you save money on some their top selling products. I did my due diligence (duh) and scoured hundreds of pages to nail down my top 10 Amazon Prime Day Picks.

One | Amazon Echo

I have been wanting to get an Amazon Echo for quite some time now! Not only would I love to ask the device the weather everyday, being able to order my groceries or other everyday items on Amazon without using my phone or computer I think is so cool. Originally $49.99, today you can shop for $34.99! You could also pick up the bigger version for $89.99 (over $90 in savings!)

Two | Boho Tops

In case you’ve never shopped Amazon Fashion, I highly recommend! I love some of their Boho Tops they currently have on sale including this, this and this.

Three | Vegetable Spiralizer

I haven’t officially joined the Spiralizer craze but Prime Day may have changed everything. This ScharfPro Vertical Self-Pressure Vegetale Spiralizer is only $19.95. Yes, please!

Four | KitchenAid Mixer

Similar to the Spiralizer, I haven’t jumped on the KitchenAid bandwagon either. Normally KitchenAids are well above $1,200 dollars. Today Amazon is offering you over a $400 dollar discount – so you can get the KitchenAid Proline Edition Stand Mier in Copper for only $799.

Five | Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Firtness Wristband

So many people I know love their fitbit, including my mom! You can pick up the Fibit Charge 2 for $129.88 when normally its $149! You could also dress up your fitbit with this stainless steel band! Rose gold is more of my jam.

Six | Stadler Form Essential Oil Diffuser

I’ve owned quite a few diffusers in my day, but the Stadler Form is the absolute best. It’s good looking, works so well (no weird leaking/splattering), doesn’t take up a ton of room, & emits all of the yummy essential oils w/ some serious power.

Seven | Silk Pillowcase

I’ve been hearing about how silk pillowcases help with preventing wrinkles. This 100% Pure Mulberry Silk Pillowcase is regularly priced $99.99 and you can shop it today for only $54.99!

Eight | Kindle E-Reader 

I love my kindle but mine is so old and it’s about time for an upgrade. What I love most about reading on my Kindle is that there is no harmful blue light. Studies have shown that evening exposure to blue light from backlit screens like tablets and smartphones can suppress the body’s production of melatonin and disrupt sleep. The kindle also reads like real paper, doesn’t cause eye strain and is light enough for one-hand holding.

Nine | Ninja Coffee Maker + Blender 

Many of my friends are obsessed with Nespresso, however, this Ninja Coffee Maker may give Nespresso a run for their money. I’m also so tempted to pick up Amazon’s best selling Ninja blender! Originally priced $119, you can start juice tomorrow for only $69.99.

Ten | Gotofine LED Lighted Makeup Mirror

Originally priced $54.99 – you can shop this LED lighted makeup mirror for only $34.99. This mirror simulates natural sunlight and is perfect for applying makeup!  There have been too many times when I’ve put on too much foundation and ended up looking cakey without even realizing it.  This mirror is touchscreen and easily portable!

7 Jul 2017

3 Prosecco Recipes To Try At Home


Ever since moving to the Upper East Side, I’ve been obsessed with entertaining at home. One of my favorite weekend activities is brunch, so naturally, inviting friends over for brunch is always so fun especially now that I have the space!






Whenever I entertain at home, I always make sure to have Chloe Prosecco on hand.Whether you prefer prosecco on it’s own or you like to create a special recipe, prosecco is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Plus Chloe Prosecco pairs well with both savory and sweet dishes.

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’m a huge fan of Chloe Wine Collection and their prosecco is just as delicious as their rose! If you live on the Upper East Side, you can find the Chloe Prosecco at Yorkshire Wines and Spirits, the Wine Emporium or Up Thai! The wine is bursting with fine bubbles and notes of peaches, apples and flowers. Making it perfect addition for your brunch cocktails! Not only is it rich but it’s balanced with a crisp finish.

If you’re looking to mix up your brunch at home, I’ve highlighted three different prosecco recipes definitely worth trying! What are some of your favorite tips when hosting friends for brunch?! Xo. Lauren

Recipe One | Chloe Mango Sunrise 

1 part chilled Chloe Prosecco

1 part orange juice

1 part pomegranate juice

1 part mango juice 

Combine all ingredients into a wine glass with ice, and garnish with fresh orange slices 

Recipe Two | Chloe Blushing Bellini

1 part chilled Chloe Prosecco

2 parts fresh pomegranate juice

1/2 part creme de cassis

1/2 part vodka

Combine all ingredients, except Chloe Prosecco, in a champagne flute. Stir gently, and top with chilled Chloe Prosecco

Recipe 3 | Chloe Blackberry Sparkle 

4 parts chilled Chloe Prosecco

1 1/2 parts gin

3/4 part fresh lime juice

1/2 part agave

1/4 part blackberry liqueur

Combine all ingredients, except for Chloe Prosecco, in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to chill, and strain into a wine glass filled with fresh ice. Top with chilled Chloe Prosecco, and garnish with fresh mint and lime. 


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