11 Dec 2017

Holiday Decorating & Entertaining
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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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What are some of your favorite tips to enhancing your holiday decor? Xo. Lauren

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30 Nov 2017

A Great Gift To Give This Holiday Season | The illy X1 Anniversary Machine
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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 Illy-Coffee-Espresso-Maker

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26 Nov 2017

2017 Gift Guide Series | Stocking Stuffers Under $50 Dollars
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I always loved opening stocking stuffers growing up! And let’s face it, I still enjoy stocking stuffers to this day. Who’s with me?!

Stocking stuffers can be personable AND affordable gifts so today I’ve rounded up my favorite stocking stuffers all under $50 dollars. My number one favorite gift to give is the Diptyque rose candle that you can pick up for $34 dollars. It’s a tasteful gift whether you’re shopping for your best friend, mom, sister,  boss, co-worker and so forth. It’s just that candle that no one ever wants to purchase for themselves! My next favorite item is the L.L. Bean tote bag (currently on sale!). What I love most about these tote bags is that they are fully customizable. From the size of the bag to the color and style of the monograms, the L.L. Bean tote bags are super affordable gifts that everyone loves. Speaking of monograms, this Mark and Graham monogrammed cosmetic case is also a perfect stocking stuffer under $50 dollars.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! Don’t forget to shop the rest of my 2017 gift guide series below. Happy Shopping! Xo. Lauren

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2017 Gift Guide Series

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The Top Holiday Plaid Gift Ideas

Top Beauty and Makeup Gift Sets

Gifts for the Hostess

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23 Nov 2017

The Top 5 Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals To Shop
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Happy Thanksgiving, friends! Checking in today to share my top 5 favorite Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals to shop this week. Be sure to check back today through Monday as I’ll continue to update with the best deals. Enjoy!!! Xo. Lauren

Shopbop

Yesterday I shared the details for Shopbop’s Shop More, Save More (MORE17) Black Friday Sale. Shopbop rarely runs sales throughout the year so this is one of the best time to stock up on brands you wouldn’t normally shop at regular prices. Insert Stuart Weitzman, Tibi, Acne, and Veronica Beard. This is my personal favorite Black Friday Sale so if there’s one sale you’re going to shop, make it this one!

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Nordstrom

Shop 20% off selected items at Nordstrom. I love these suede booties, this Topshop Camel Coat, this Burberry Vest, or this Madewell sweater.

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Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn, one of my go-to decorating sources for all things holiday, is offering 20% off EVERYTHING plus free shipping. Or if you’re looking to stock up on Christmas decor, they are offering 30% off select items. I bought so much holiday decor at Pottery Barn this season including these plaid plates, these snowflake stockings, these nostalgic santa salad plates, and these antique silver chargers (on sale for $34 dollars!). Seriously, so much good stuff! Shop my favorites below.

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Ann Taylor Loft

I’ve been shopping Ann Taylor Loft more recently for work. I always freeze at the office so finding affordable layering pieces is key. Ann Taylor Loft’s Black Friday deal is a good one!!-You can shop 50% off everything with promo code THANKS!

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J.Crew

Last but certainly not least, J.Crew is offering 40% off everything! Stock up on outerwear like this fur jacket, this wool coat (it’s stunning in red!), this leopard top coat or this parka with the fur hood!

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2017 Gift Guide Series

Gifts For Her

Gift Ideas For The Boys

The Top Holiday Plaid Gift Ideas

Top Beauty and Makeup Gift Sets

Gifts for the Hostess

Gifts for the Jet Setter