18 Feb 2016

Coffee Talk: Inside Lance Bass & Michael Turchin’s LA Home
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You guys! My 7th grade dreams are coming true today. Last week I had a chance to interview Lance Bass (N’Sync was my first concert EVER, you?) as part of my Coffee Talk Series and take a peek inside his LA home he shares with Michael Turchin. The duo teamed up with Home Goods (my favorite) to help put the finishing touches on their LA Home. After two years of renovations, it’s safe to say that Lance and Michael’s home came together perfectly.

As you scroll down, you’ll see their home is full of bold art, modern touches and some seriously affordable decor. Keep reading to see how Lance and Michael mastered their eclectic style, where they love to brunch in LA and where the couple plans to head on their next getaway!

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1. Name: Lance Bass

2. Occupation: Entertainer, producer, TV and radio host

3. Lives In: Los Angeles, California

Let’s Chat Décor  

1. Your style in 3 words:  My style in 3 words is eclectic, chic, laid-back

2. Go-to bedding:  I love bedding that is lush, plush, and classic. I tend to change my bedding pretty frequently so I love places like HomeGoods where I can get multiple options without breaking the bank.

3. What inspired you most when re-designing your LA Home?:  our location and surroundings were the main inspiration when redesigning our home. Our house is nestled atop a quiet hill and surrounded by an expansive forest so we really wanted to create a space that complemented the outdoors while maintaining a luxurious modern edge.

4. Decorating cheap thrill: my husband and I love to continually change and swap out the different accent pieces scattered throughout the house. We often frequent flea markets and places like HomeGoods etc. so we can find an endless stream of unique pieces that make a big impact and add character to our home.

5. Favorite piece in your home: I’d have to say that my favorite piece would be our living room coffee table. The base of the table is an actual 500lb ship propeller which supports a massive square piece of cut glass. It’s so unique and always generates a heap of compliments.

6. Most challenging part about re-designing your home: I’d have to say the most challenging part about redesigning our new home was deciding between keeping or disposing of the furniture I had accrued over the years as a result of moving so many times. I really had to step back and look past all the sentimental feelings pertaining to certain pieces. Ultimately, settling on the few pieces that I truly loved and ridding myself of years and years of accumulation was a very rewarding experience!

7. Go-to resource for home accessories: As I’ve mentioned already, I’m a big fan of HomeGoods. My husband actually introduced me to HomeGoods several years ago and I’m so glad that he did. There’s anything and everything imaginable there for decorating a home that fits your personal style and the prices are unbeatable which makes a big difference when you frequently like to redecorate certain rooms.

Let’s Get Personal

1. It’s cocktail hour in LA, where are you?:  9 out of 10 times you’ll find me sitting outside my house on my set of swings looking out over the amazing forest/city views.  My backyard is definitely my go-to place for relaxing after a long hectic day.

2. Top 3 spots to brunch: my favorite LA brunch spots would have to be Sweet Butter, Cecconi’s, and Laurel Hardware.

3. Favorite restaurant: it might be impossible for me to pick just one favorite restaurant, but if the amount of times I frequent a place is also taken into account then I’d have to go with my girl Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurant Pump. I eat dinner there pretty much every week and love it more and more every time I go. The foods is great and the ambiance is simply beautiful.

4. LA’s hidden gem (could be a antique/furniture shop, coffee shop, etc.): There’s an amazing second-hand furniture/accessory store called TINI that I’ve always been a big fan of. It’s two stories of really cool unique finds that’s always changing!

Let’s Escape For A Minute 

1. Favorite Hotel: it’s hard for me to pick just one hotel since I travel so frequently. I’ve always been a big fan of the Gramercy Park Hotel in NYC because of its chic interior and amazing scent (Yes, I love the smell of the hotel so much that I’ve ordered dozens of their candles to use in my own home). I also just recently stayed at the One hotel in Miami and I really enjoyed how Eco-friendly it was while remaining top notch in respect to design, quality, and service.

2. If you could travel in a moment’s notice, where would you go?:  If I could drop everything right now and travel somewhere I’d probably go to an amazing resort in Bora Bora and purely relax for a straight week. I’m a sucker for beautiful beaches and a crystal clear ocean.

3. Next destination:  speaking of beaches and oceans, my next travel destination is actually going to be on a cruise that I am hosting via my radio show, Dirty Pop. We will be sailing around the Caribbean for a week, and I can’t wait to have a blast with my friends and fans alike!

4. Bucket List:  I think the most obvious thing on my bucket list is traveling to space! I’ve been so passionate about space and space travel since a very young age and would love nothing more than to fulfill this goal at some point in my life!

25 Mar 2015

Coffee Talk With Amanda Gluck of Fashionable Hostess
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Today’s coffee talk feature is one of my favorite blogger friends and hostess with the mostess, Amanda Gluck of Fashionable Hostess! From her must-have decor tips and tricks to what’s on her bar cart, get to know Amanda below!

 

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Name: Amanda Gluck

Neighborhood: Flatiron, New York

Website: FashionableHostess.com

Let’s Chat Home Decor

What is one piece of furniture or artwork you can’t live without? 

I actually have two pieces of artwork in my home that I absolutely LOVE. One is my Poolside Gossip by Slim Aarons  {I have always loved the coffee table books so was thrilled to finally make the purchase} and the second is a photograph by Stepahanie Vovas. I was actually first introduced to her work via a Style Me Pretty House Tour and since then became obsessed with her work. The piece I bought from her was the largest print she’s sold to date spanning 42”x 72”!

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What was one item you were most excited about purchasing? 

The white container store shelving for my dining room. Not only are they practical for storage {I use them to store 75% of my glassware and crystal} but they are lightweight, easy to assemble, look super chic, and were totally inexpensive. People assume they are a version of Jonathan Adler – so seriously sick find!

Go-to Bedding:

My bedding duvet is from Restoration Hardware, my quilt is Bloomingdales private label and the pillows are a mix of Safavieh, West Elm and Homegoods. I actually love swapping out my pillows seasonally, gives the room a whole new feel.

On Your Bar Cart:

My go-to Champagne flutes, the Juliska Amalia flutes paired with Veuve Cliquot or Rosé Santa Margherita Prosecco for the gals,  then Bacarrat crystal lowball glasses with Bulleit Bourbon for the guys {yes, guys are much more enjoyable after a hard drink… just kidding honey!}. Then I always have fresh flowers, linen cocktail napkins, and a Diptyque candle.

Must-Have Coffee Table Books:

Slim Aarons Poolside Gossip, CZ Guest American Style Icon, The PDT Cocktail Book.

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Top Three Interior Design Tips and Tricks:

I was featured on Style Me Pretty for my “Modern Home Décor Tips”.

What’s on your night stand:

A vase of fresh flowers {right now I am obsessed with ranunculus}, a Waterford crystal ring dish, a picture frame of my two adorable babies Reese and Brooks, a Diptyque candle, and a glass of water {I get so thirsty in the middle of the night!}.

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Paint Color of Choice:

White. Always. White.

Favorite Candle:

Diptyque Vanille

Your style in three words:

Chic. Modern. Sophistictaed.

Let’s Chat Travel

Favorite Vacation Spot To-Date:

Miami – It’s where I am from but who doesn’t love a warm weather vacation?! Sunshine so you load up on your Vitamin D, short denim shorts, lots of outdoor activities, a cold glass of Rosé wine at sunset… what more could we need?

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Next Destination?

Aspen, Colorado next week actually… follow me on Insatgram. We used to go to Aspen every summer for vacation but I never went in the winter time so I have no idea how to ski! I guess that just means extra time spent in the spa and shopping, boo hoo!

If you could go anywhere in a moment’s notice, where would it be?

Mikonos, Greece

Favorite Hotel:

Gansevoort Turks & Caicos

African Safari or Beach Getaway?  Beach Getaway

Cocktail of Choice on Vacation: Champagne or Rosé wine

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Let’s Chat Beauty

Top Three Beauty Products:

Tan Towels because I am scary when I am pale, Flower Mascara because it makes you look like you have fake lashes – not kidding, Kerastase Flexible Hold Hairspray  because I have more fly-away’s than anyone I know… what the heck!

Face Mask of Choice:

Bliss Triple Oxygen Mask. It’s my go-to before events or even date night. Put it on for 5 minutes and let it foam up, rinse with ice cold water and you look like you are well-rested and glowy!

Go-To Nail Polish Color:

Essie Ballet Slippers. Always.

The Best Eye Cream You’ve Ever Used:

To be honest, my kids have been waking up so early lately no eye cream is cutting it… suggestions?!

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Favorite Spring Lipstick:

Chanel Gloss #179

Let’s Chat New York

It’s date night, where are you? We love to invite a few couples over and have double or triple date night at home. Endless wine, lingering at the table for hours, it’s the best. Plus I am the FH, I have to live up to the hype! If not at home… Catch in the Meatpacking District or Atlantic Grill on the Upper West Side.

Ultimate Sunday Brunch: When you have kids you don’t really do ultimate brunches anymore…

Local Hidden Gem: L & W Oyster Bar … great seafood and oysters with a cozy vibe.

Go-to Furniture Shop: Ahhhh so many and SUCH  mix of highs and lows!! I love Modani, ABC Carpet & Home, Overstock.com, Safavieh, Restoration Hardware, Lillian August, TUI Lifestyle.

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Keep up-to-date with Amanda on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest!

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4 Mar 2015

Coffee Talk With Mackenzie Horan of Design Darling
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Hello, ladies! Happy Wednesday. Today I’m very excited to have one of my favorite blogger friends take part in Coffee Talk this week! Meet Mackenzie Horan, blogger behind MackenzieHoran.com and owner of the online boutique Design Darling! Mackenzie’s boutique is full of fun, colorful and chic pieces all at a great price point (insert these monogrammed notecards, these monogrammed dinner napkins, and this “whistle while you work” pencil set). Obsessed!

Anywho, Mackenzie has been so fun getting to know this past year. From our numerous boozy brunches (don’t judge) to double dates with our men, we’ve had some serious good times over the past few months. Not to mention, this girl is a serious GO GETTER. Gotta love her for that! Below Mackenzie shares her favorite travel destinations, beauty secrets and more! Oh, and be sure to follow with Mackenzie’s adventures on Instagram. XO. Lauren

Name: Mackenzie Horan

Neighborhood: West Village, NYC

Company: Design Darling

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LET’S CHAT DECOR:

What is one piece of furniture or artwork you can’t live without?

A Slim Aarons print from One Kings Lane that my boyfriend surprised me with on my birthday last year. I know I will have it forever!

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What was one item you were most excited about purchasing? 

Katie Kime’s hot pink birdcage chair is truly the pièce de résistance in my tiny apartment. It makes such a happy and colorful statement.

Go-to Bedding:

Right now I’m rotating between Crane & Canopy and Serena & Lily… but like every girl I know, I dream of Leontine Linens!

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On Your Bar Cart: 

Hendricks gin and a bowl of limes, always!

Must-Have Coffee Table Books: 

Ooh, great question! There are so many. A few of my favorites are Dazzling Design by Amanda Nisbet, Poolside with Slim Aarons, and Taschen’s New York.

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Top Three Interior Design Tips and Tricks:

  • A statement mirror works wonders in a small space — my mom gave me an antique quatrefoil mirror when I moved to New York that adds much-needed architectural interest to my white box studio.
  • Hanging a gallery wall is a great way to add color and interest to your space without spending a fortune on a single oversized piece. I sell art prints starting at $18 that I love switching out a couple times a year!
  • Only buy what you love. If you truly love something, you will always find a home for it!

What’s on your night stand:

A Dana Gibson lamp and a ridiculously large tub of Aquaphor — I can’t sleep without it on my lips!

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Paint Color of Choice:

Bright, bright white.

Favorite Candle:

I have three! Diptyque Baies will always remind me of my first year in New York and right now I have two favorite scents in my boutique: the Shanghai lotus candle is a lovely spring scent and Jonathan Adler’s vodka pop candle, which thankfully smells very little like my collegiate beverage of choice ;).

Your style in three words:

Casual, classic, preppy.

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LET’S TALK TRAVEL:

Favorite Vacation Spot To-Date:

Nantucket, always and forever.

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Next Destination?

Paris in April! I haven’t been in five years and I practically have my bags packed and ready to go two months out.

If you could go anywhere in a moment’s notice, where would it be?

There are so many places I’m dying to see! Right now, probably somewhere warm and sunny. Australia, Bali, the Maldives…

Favorite Hotel:

Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

African Safari or Beach Getaway?

Can I say both?! I’d do just about anything to escape the snow right now.

If you could stay at one of the top hotels or resorts in the world, where would you stay?

Staying at the Giraffe Manor in Kenya is totally on my bucket list.

Cocktail of Choice on Vacation:

A glass of rosé!

LET’S CHAT ABOUT YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE:

Top Three Beauty Products:

Hourglass primer serum, NARS tinted moisturizer (I cannot tell enough people about this!!!), and Bobbi Brown corrector for under eye circles.

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Go-To Nail Polish Color:

Essie Mademoiselle on my fingers and Fiesta on my toes!

The Best Eye Cream You’ve Ever Used:

Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream

Favorite Spring Lipstick:

Chanel “Extatique”

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TELL ME ABOUT NYC: 

It’s date night, where are you?

Palma in the West Village. I would eat every meal there if I could!

Ultimate Sunday Brunch Spot:

Freeman’s. I literally have dreams about their spinach artichoke dip…!

Local Hidden Gem:

North River Lobster Co., a boat on the Hudson River during the summer months where you can eat a lobster roll and watch the sun set. Kind of the perfect night if you ask me!

Go-to Furniture Shop:

Is it bad that I order everything online?! I swear by One Kings Lane, Joss & Main, Jonathan Adler, Target, and Serena & Lily.

 

28 Jan 2015

Coffee Talk With Julia Dzafic of Lemon Stripes
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Happy Wednesday, loves! Today’s Coffee Talk feature is with one of my favorite blogger friends I’ve made since moving to New York. Insert Julia Dzafic of Lemon Stripes! I love Julia’s blog and instagram for so many reasons. One, it’s just plain pretty. Two, we have a very similar eye when it comes to decor. Three, she keep things fun and light!

On a personal note, Julia and her husband recently moved to Connecticut so it’s been so fun having her out in the burbs on the weekends! From mani/pedi’s to double date brunches and dinners, Mike and I have enjoyed hanging out with Julia and Anel. Can’t wait for many more double date adventures to come!

Below Julia shares her top interior design tips and tricks, favorite beauty products and more! I love learning which products my girlfriends use as well as their favorite travel destinations and recommendations, so today’s feature is pretty fun if I do say so myself. Enjoy! Xo. Lauren

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Name: Julia Dzafic

Neighborhood: Recent Manhattan transplant to Connecticut

Company: Blogger at Lemon Stripes, Marketing Director for Nourish Snacks

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LET’S CHAT DECOR

What is one piece of furniture or artwork you can’t live without?

My Gray Malin oversized print of Positano. It reminds me of my honeymoon on the Almafi Coast and is the central piece of design in our living room. You can read more about the piece here.

What was one item you were most excited about purchasing?

My custom-made striped club chair from Society Social. I knew I wanted a navy and white striped chair but couldn’t find the perfect one anywhere so Roxy made it for me!

Go-to Bedding:

Serena and Lily sheets and duvet cover. Pottery Barn faux fur throw.

On Your Bar Cart:

A brass tray with 4 of my favorite whiskeys, a decanter full of Rakia, a Bosnian liquor that my husband brings when he goes back home to Bosnia.

Must-Have Coffee Table Books:

Vanity Fair Portraits, Aerin Lauder’s Beauty at Home and A Privileged Life! I have coffee table books on pretty much every surface of my home!

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Top Three Interior Design Tips and Tricks: 

  • Buy fresh flowers ever week for pops of color and to bring natural life into your space.
  • Style in threes – on your bar, end tables or coffee tables, think about placing objects in groups of three. It’s much more aesthetically please for some reason.
  • Invest in art that means something to you. Cheap prints get old quickly and you’ll end up redecorating often. When you buy a piece of art that is timeless and sentimental, you’ll have it forever!

What’s on your night stand? 

Fresh flowers, hand cream, whatever book I’m currently reading and a photo from my wedding.

Paint Color:

I like clean white! Nothing fancy.

LET’S CHAT TRAVEL

Favorite Vacation Spot:

The Amalfi Coast, Italy

If you go anywhere in a moment’s notice, where would it be?

The Gansevoort Hotel in Turks and Caicos.

Favorite Hotel:

Palazzo Avino in Ravello, Italy. It’s where I stayed on my honey moon and it is magical. The hotel’s on top of a mountain overlooking the coast. I get goose bumps just thinking about it.

African Safari or Beach Getaway?

Beach, duh.

Cocktail of Choice:

Vodka with a splash of St. Germain is my go-to but I’m a sucker for a tall glass of Pinot Noir.

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LET’S CHAT BEUATY

Top Three Beauty Products: 

Face Mask of Choice: 

PCA Skin Purifying Mask (I’m acne prone!)

Go-to Nail Polish:

Essie Ballet Slippers

Eye Cream:

Dr. Hauskcha Daily Hydrating Eye Cream

Lipstick/Gloss:

Nars lipstick in Schiap and Aerin lip gloss in Weekend

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TELL ME ABOUT YOUR CITY:

Favorite Restaurant: 

L’Escale in Greenwich, CT

Ultimate Brunch Spot: 

Meli Melo

Favorite places to shop for clothing or home decor: 

Clothing: J.Crew and Calypso St. Barth’s. Home Decor: One King’s Lane and Hoagland’s in Greenwich.

Hidden Gem: I’m still searching for it in our new neighborhood. I’ll keep you posted. :) When we lived in Manhattan,it was a tiny restaurant on the Upper East Side called Heidi’s House. They knew us by name, it was awesome.

Be sure to follow along with Julia on her BlogInstagramTwitter!