TGIF, people! Say goodbye to May because when we talk next week, it’s officially June. Say whaaat? Today’s Friday roundup is brought to you by a plethora of retailers including Target, JC Penny and Bloomies. I also included one of my favorite Etsy shops, Evelyn Henson. I worked with Evelyn over on Girls of Lincoln Park and I continue to follow and love her work. This summer cocktails print would make a great edition to any gallery wall or bar cart.In case you weren’t aware of my white + gold color combination obsession, let me introduce you. This Safavieh Greenqhich side table would look right at home in my living room. And gold flatware? Yes. Last but not least, can we talk about this blue velvet couch for a second? You can shop it at JC Penny. I repeat, JC Penny. I couldn’t believe it either but I absolutely love Jonathan Adler’s entire “Happy Chic” collection for the retailer. Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!! Xo. Lauren
I hope everyone is enjoying this short 4-day week! It feels like yesterday we were just celebrating our moms and now Father’s Day is just around the corner! Although I’ll be doing a more comprehensive gift guide, today I wanted to share 5 of my key gift giving items when it comes to Father’s Day. First and foremost, the wallet. Jack Spade is one of my favorite brands I recommend to my guy friends when they ask me for wallet recommendations. Leather is key and I love this shade of navy. When it comes to watches, I do have my go-to brands for men – insert Rolex, Burberry or Mougin & Piquard for J.Crew – however, I’m loving this black face and rose gold combination from Jack Spade. The brand took inspiration from modern military timepieces that emerged in WWI and incorporated swiss-made movement. Priced at $428 the watch actually looks more high-end in my opinion. Moving on to the fabric of the summer – linen. Whether you prefer a linen suit jacket, pant or shirt, linen makes those hot summer nights much more bearable. Your dad will thank you. Last but not least, every dad needs a shaving kit! The Art of Shaving makes a great collection set that includes the four key pieces for a close shave. What will you be getting your dad this Father’s Day?
If you’re in my group of friends or work with me, you may know one thing – I keep my Ralph Lauren oxford shirts on repeat, especially for my casual weekend wear. I know they have been around (literally) forever but I can’t help my love for preppy comfort. The other weekend I stopped by Sandbox Studios where Matt and I played around with several different looks and backgrounds and this outfit was one of them. I paired my pink oxford with my favorite ripped jeans from AG (you can find a similar pair here and here). Like my oxford, my favorite thing about these photos is the simplicity of the white on white (white background + a white stool). I also incorporated my everyday Julie Vos jewelry. Currently wearing her bangles, the 24k gold stack rings, and my favorite link bracelet. You can shop Julie’s entire collection here.
What’s your go-to weekend wear? Hope you all had a lovely Memorial Day weekend! Xo. Lauren
Alas! It’s finally Memorial Day Weekend. Whether you’re having a staycation or traveling somewhere fun for the long weekend, I think it’s safe to say we’re all pretty excited that the unofficial kickoff to summer is here. Today’s Friday roundup includes some fab products from Pottery Barn, Lulu and Georgia, Jonathan Adler and more. If you’re in the market for a new couch, Pottery Barn has such a great selection. The best thing about their sofas, is that you tailor it by size, fabric, and color. Decorating open shelving never got easier with a white Jonathan Adler vase. Whether you want to display on your built-in’s in the living room or on the kitchen table, this vase can pretty much be accessorized anywhere. I love love love this neon watercolor pillow – don’t you? The color combination is quite pretty. Last but not least, entryway hallway rugs are a must. Not only do they help keep your house clean but they can be pretty cute to boot. I love this polka dot rug from Lulu and Georgia. You can shop this one starting at $58 dollars and many others for great price points here. Have an amazing long weekend, everyone! Xo. Lauren
Happy almost Friday! I swear these weeks are going by faster and faster. Last night I had the pleasure of stopping by Ford‘s StangStyle event with Lucky Brands and OPI at the Blind Barber with Hallie and Staci. If you haven’t been to the Blind Barber yet, I highly recommend. Such a cool spot! Afterwards we headed to Chaise Fitness with Julia, Grace, and Meghan. To say the least, I am quite sore after after a 7am Soul followed up by the Chaise fitness class at night. However, if you’re looking for a new workout class and love a Pilates type of workout, you should definitely stop by Chaise.
There’s nothing better than a long weekend and holiday sales. Who’s with me? I’m off to Nashville for a bachelorette party this weekend but you better believe I’ll be shopping some of my favorite sales from the airport. I’ve rounded up the best of the best of what and where to shop this holiday weekend.
Baublebar. Shop 30% off with discount code MEMORIALDAY 5/23-5/26. How amazing is this Australian reef bib necklace? Perfect for a beach vacation. I’m also into statement earrings at the moment. Digging these, these, and these.
Nordstrom is not only offering double points today but you can shop 40% off all of women’s and kids! Shop these current/elliot boyfriend shorts for only $106, the cutest alice + olivia crop top for only $116, and Rachel Zoe’s studded crop top for also $116. So much goodness.
West Elm. Say hello to 25% off everything and up to 70% off on clearance. Use SUMMER20 at checkout. I’ve had my eye on this butler tray/stand for a while now and I think it’s time to pull the trigger (currently only $119).
Pottery Barn. Shop 60% off hundreds of items. I repeat, you can shop 60% off today through Monday! Stop by their patio section. Now’s the perfect time to tock up on new outdoor furniture for all of your summer entertainment needs. Their lighting and lantern selection is also great to help set the mood for those summer nights – specifically love these.
Hello, party people!! Today I’m excited to share that it’s my third blog birthday. Yep, three full years in this crazy little industry. At this point it feels like an eternity and it is true that with time, everything becomes second nature. Not only has it been a ton of fun and an amazing learning experience, but more importantly I’ve made many good friends along the way. I’m happy I launched Girls of Lincoln Park back in May of 2011 not only because it was a great time to start a blog, but more importantly it gave me a creative outlet to express my love for interiors and fashion.
Today I wanted to share seven things I’ve learned from blogging in these past three years. Whether you’re looking to start your own blog or a simple passion project, I think these seven pointers can be applied to numerous situations when you’re looking to launch something of your own.
One. Write about and/or do what you love. I know this seems cliche but it’s true. I have learned over time that if you truly don’t enjoy doing something, you will never follow through.
Two. Start local. I couldn’t stress this enough. Obviously everyone doesn’t live in New York and you should use this to your advantage. Having a local focus will help grow your audience and recognition quicker among brands, consumers/readers.
Three. Stay authentic. It can seem daunting to start your own blog or brand these days, but no one will ever create or write the same as you. Embrace it.
Four. Hustle. There’s no getting around this one. It’s so important to continue to learn new things and expand your knowledge. For me this year it was photoshop. I’m still learning something new everyday in this industry. I also constitute the “side hustle” with meeting new people. When you meet new people, your network grows with those who can potentially help you or vice versa.
Five. Get professional. This is one thing I definitely did not know how to do when I first began in 2011. Luckily I surrounded myself with the right people – I hired a lawyer to institute my LLC, sought after a graphic designer whose aesthetic was in line with mine, created business cards, designed a media kit, joined an ad network, etc. There are so many little things you can do to make you look more professional.
Six. Take a break and step away from the computer. It’s quite easy to get wrapped up in social media and all of the platforms we have to engage with these days. Putting the computer down and getting back to the basics like reading a magazine will only help stir up your creative juices.
Seven. HAVE FUN. My favorite piece of advice because – why put in the work if you don’t have fun doing it?! Who’s with me?