Fueling Creativity

As Monday’s mark a fresh start to a new work week, I thought it’d be fun to share a few offline sources that help drive my creativity day-in and day-out. I also love to hear from friends and other creative professionals on what helps them stay motivated, other than your go-to websites and magazines! So without further ado, here are a few things that help keep things fresh and inspiring around here.

1. Restaurants

I’m pretty sure I take living in New York City for granted. The number of delicious restaurants here can truly be overwhelming but one of my favorite parts about trying out a new coffee shop or brunch spot are…wait for it….the interiors (shocking, right?).  From the material of the tables to the finishes on the pendant lighting, I love seeing what materials are used where in the various restaurants around the city. A few spots I’ve been loving as of late: Claudette, Cookshop, Tertulia, Carbone, Buvette and Perla.

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Claudette, NYC

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Rosemary’s, NYC

2. City Architecture/ Neighborhoods

One of my favorite things to do offline, is to simply walk the different neighborhoods of New York. I love the West Village, Chelsea and both the Upper East and Upper West Sides. There are so many charming corners, tree-lined streets, and so much more. They also make for the perfect Instagram.

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West Village, NYC

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Greenwich Village, NYC

3. Retail Stores

When I’m truly in a creative rut, I love shopping on 5th Avenue. Insert Club Monaco‘s flagship store. I’m not sure who they hired to design the store but the aesthetic is spot on: over-sized mirrors, built-in bookshelves, fresh flowers…everywhere…+ let’s not forget about the florist on hand, and a coffee shop right in the store. I love everything about the shopping experience at this flagship! There are basically hundreds of stores that are well designed sure to help stir up some creativity.

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Club Monaco, 5th Ave – NYC

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Club Monaco, 5th Ave – NYC

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Banana Republic, 5th Ave – NYC

4. Fresh Flowers 

One of my favorite things to do is pick up $10 dollar market flowers. Not only do they instantly brighten my apartment but it’s fun to switch up the type of flowers week in and week out!

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5. Travel

I miss the summer so much basically due to all of the traveling I get to do on the weekends. The Hampton’s is one of my favorite locations simply because of all the nautical instagrams waiting to be taken – can you blame a girl? Beach getaways are also a must! I’m hoping to get more travel on the books over the long Christmas break (more on that soon)!

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Montauk Yacht Club, Montauk, NY

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Montauk Yacht Club, Montauk, NY

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Miami, Florida

What helps fuel your creativity? Have a lovely Monday! Xo. Lauren

Weekend Notes

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Hello and happy Friday! This week lit-er-a-ly flew by. I’m not complaining though. I’m very excited for this weekend as a group of my friends and I are headed to three different winery’s tomorrow! Will have a full report back on Monday.

So many good links for you this weekend:

First up, J.Crew is offering 30% all styles. Say what? I love this over-sized stripe turtle neck. This regent blazer must be mine. Their shoes are killing it.  AND J.Crew Factory is offering 50% off – I repeat, 50% off women’s and men’s style. So many good sweater options.

Piperlime is offering 20% off with code FALL20.

Take a peak at some of the world’s coolest office spaces. Insert Nasty Gal in Los Angelos and We Work in DC.

Jen looks adorbs in this silky sweatshirt.

I’m taking Crest’s two week white strips challenge. I will have a full update/report back on my progress! You can see the before photo here for comparison.

Shop up to $100 dollars off Club Monaco with ‘FALLSALE’ at checkout. I have my eye on this sweater, these boots ARE amazing (also love this color and the over-the-knee style), and this dress.

Stop by Madewell to shop 30% off all fall styles! Insert this over-sized plaid coat, this plaid shirt, and these ‘patti’ boots.

And in case you missed it on L-N.com…..