I can’t believe we’re just days away from 2018! Today I’m rounding up some of my favorite posts I created throughout the year – many of which feature Project Upper East Side, entertaining and travel posts — take me back to Saint Tropez!!! You can click on the title above each photo to read each post.
Wishing you and yours happy holidays. Xoxo. Lauren
Good morning!! I’m back home in Cleveland for the next few days and couldn’t be more excited for Christmas on Monday! I know it’s been a little quiet around here so hoping to pick things back up after the New Year. Any who! My boyfriend and I are headed to Miami for a wedding in the beginning of January. There are a few warm weather getaway essentials I still need. First on the list, swimsuits. I need a total overhaul this year! I’ve been wearing some of the same swim suits for 3 years and just need to get a totally new variety. I also need new sunnies & beach cover ups! Take a peek at my top 10 must-have warm weather getaway essentials below! Xo. Lauren
Jean Shorts: When we went to France this past August, I picked up two new pairs of jean shorts. I wore them so much during out 12-day trip that I think it might be time to officially invest in more options.
White Tennis Shoes: If you like to hike or do a ton of touring around on vacation, white tennis shoes are a must! I picked up a pair for France and wore them everyday. I already need a new pair!
Clutch: One can never have too many festive resort clutches – this means braided-jute, tassels, pom moms, etc. This one from Tuckernuck is only $68 dollars! I also love this one.
Tassel Earrings: Hart is a jeweler based in Charleston. She makes some of the best tassel earrings around – I have two different pairs! I need to pick up two more for next year – they are great for vacation & everyday wear! They are so light, they don’t hurt
Swimsuit: I’m on a mission next year to buy new swim suits – if you’re like me, you buy in bulk and then just home they last at least 1-2 years. This year I need to totally revamp my swimsuit collection. I was pleasantly surprised with Tory Burch’s swim collection at Nordstrom. I picked up this black one shoulder two piece. I love that the bottoms are high waisted! I also picked up
Beach Cover Up: Whenever I go on vacation, I always try to pick up at least one new beach cover up. I LOVE this lace up tunic from shop bop + it’s under $100 dollars.
Sunglasses: Karen Walker has some of the biggest and best sun glasses for vacation. I have yet to purchase a pair but I’m making it happen for my next vacation!!! I love these tortoise sunglasses.
Sunscreen: I’ve been using this sunscreen since I was 24. I saw that the Kardashian’s also use this version so it has to be good, right? But seriously, I won’t go on vacation without it.
There’s nothing I love more than decorating and prepping for the upcoming holiday season. Each year around October, I start to brainstorm my holiday decor. From ribbon and ornaments to champagne flutes and festive dinner plates, there’s so much that can go into prepping for the holidays, but I love it so much! Not only do I want to make sure I have all the right entertaining essentials, I also like to nail down my theme in October, too! This year I went with a classic holiday look — silver with touches of red. Today I’m so excited to share 4 easy tips that can easily enhance our holiday style!
1. Order Custom Chloe Wine Labels For Your Holiday Party
Whenever I host friends over for dinner or a holiday party, I always make sure to add a personal touch. Whether this be through ordering custom wine tags, creating a custom cocktail for the evening or having sweets for guests to take home, adding a personal touch will be what your guests remember! Most recently I ordered Chloe Wine Collection’s custom wine labels for a cocktail party I hosted at my apartment that people LOVED! Did you know when you purchase any Chloe Wine, you can order custom labels — for free?! Not only were the labels a hit at the party when I was pouring glasses of prosecco, I created labels for each one of my guests and sent my friends home with their own personal bottle of Chloe Prosecco – so cute, right? Requesting a custom wine label is super simple! All you have to do is head on over to the Chloe website to make a label for your preferred varietal and allow for 7-10 business days to arrive! Make sure to order by December 14th to get in time before Christmas!
2. Create a Holiday Flower Arrangement
My next tip on how to easily enhance your holiday style is by creating a holiday flower arrangement! This year I bought two bunches of white roses and created a pomegranate centerpiece. The pomagranates instantly enhanced my flower arrangement and looked beautiful next to my prosecco display – where I also included a few pomegranates in the prosecco! Pro Tip – fill your vase up with the pomegranates first before adding water! It will be much easier to arrange the roses within the vase vs. filling it up with water first.
3. Accessorize With Pomegranates
I stole this next tip from Pinterest! Did you know you can accessorize your holiday table scape and bar cart with whole pomegranates? I included them in my bar cart styling and placed them on a little cake stand I picked up from Horchow. I loved the way the pomegranates brought a touch of holiday red to my bar cart. You can also buy these in bulk and place them in large bowls to use a centerpiece on your dinner or end tables!
4. Pick Up A Fresh Wreath At Your Local Market or Grocery Store
Living in New York during the holiday season is the best. So many neighborhood corners are home to tree stands where city residents can pick up trees and holiday wreaths for their apartment. Not only can you pick out the size of the tree, the majority of the tree stands can deliver straight to your door, too! This year I picked up two fresh wreaths at my local stand that I hung with a plaid ribbon. I love the simplicity of the natural greenery paired with a plaid holiday bow that instantly elevates my holiday decor. Picking up a fresh wreath at your local market or grocery store is an affordable way to decorate this holiday season!
What are some of your favorite tips to enhancing your holiday decor? Xo. Lauren
*In partnership with Chloe Wine Collection. Thank you for supporting brands that support Lauren-Nelson.com!
If you or anyone in your family is a huge coffee or espresso drinker, the iconic illy X1 Anniversaymachine would make the perfect holiday gift to give (or get!) this holiday season! You guys, I swear you will be obsessed..
A few weeks ago I had the chance to meet with illy caffe’s master baristas, Giorgio, who gave me a full tutorial on how to use the X1 Anniversary machine. Not only does the X1 Anniversary machine allows you to make single cups of coffee and espresso, I can happily report that I can now make cappuccinos and lattes! Steaming milk with this machine is way easier than you might think. This is a big deal for me because prior to partnering with illy, I had a basic coffee pot — for years!!!
The X1 machine has officially changed my morning routine. I love waking up and based on my mood or how tired I am, I’ll make a cup of coffee, espresso or almond milk latte. Yes, an almond milk latte – either hot or iced! My favorite aspect about the machine is that it comes with a steam/hot water wand to froth milk for creamy cappuccinos and lattes, as well as steam hot water for tea. No more $4 dollar Starbucks coffee for me before work!
I also learned that the X1 Anniversary machine was created more than 20 years ago which blazed the path for in-home espresso makers. We all know how popular single cup coffee and espresso machines are. What makes this one the best that I’ve used to-date is that it holds 5 patents developed for home espresso brewing at the illycaffè Research & Innovation labs in Trieste, Italy. You can tell the quality and the aroma of the espresso is better than any other machine.
To get more information and to shop the X1 Anniversary Edition for the Iperespresso system, check out www.illy.com and at illy caffè coffee bars and shops. It’s also available in three finishes: Stainless Steel ($695), Matte Black ($595), and Red ($595). I have the black! You will not be disappointed. I hope everyone has a great week! Xo. Lauren