31 Jul 2015

Weekend Notes
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TGIF! I’m back home in Cleveland this weekend for some major R&R after last week’s birthday celebrations. Do you have any fun weekend plans? Here are a few links from around the web that I loved this week. Have a great weekend!

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Links I Loved

  • I’m pretty down to go just about anywhere on this list. – LaurenConrad.com
  • Obsessed with Julia’s new phone case line for Minnie and Emma! Serious hearts.

Sales & Shopping

  • I need a new pair of distressed denim in my life – thinking about these or these. Thoughts?
  • Thinking about upping my sun glass game for my remaining trips to the Hamptons. I lost my last pair of Illesteva’s (don’t even want to talk about it) but might force myself to get a new pair! Which do you like?

In case you missed it

29 Jul 2015

Look I’m Loving: Natural Wood Chairs
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One look I’ve been loving as of late is all natural dinning chairs. For some reason, they’re able to make any dinning room or office space instantly chic. From Serena and Lily to Lulu and Georgia, there are so many great options to help you achieve that natural look within your home.

I particularly am obsessed with Lulu and Georgia’s Alva Chairs. You can use as an accent chair in a corner of a room or they look quite pretty around a dinning room table.

For a more comfortable, cozy look insert Lulu and Georgia’s Malibu Chair. These chairs would be one of my top picks if I had a breakfast nook.

See below for more inspiration and top picks! Xo. Lauren

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Ben Pentreath Design

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Style At Home

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My Scandinavian Home

Malibu Side Chair // Alva Chair // Josephine Dinning Chair // Carse Armchair // Nuala Side Chair in Honey // Rattan Armchair  //Enya Armchair

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24 Jul 2015

Twenty. Eight.
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Omfg. Today marks my 28th birthday! You know what that means, two years until dirty 30!

I have to say 27 was very good to me. Remember my birthday post from last year? There was so much I wanted to do so I thought it would be fun to take a look back to see what I did (or did not accomplish). Let’s get to it, shall we?!

 

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I loved this year so much as I started traveling more than ever before, my blog is continuing to grow and my day job is still enjoyable. I thought it’d be fun to take a look back at some of my favorite moments from this past year. Let’s get to it, shall we?

I traveled to London and Paris in April.

I dined at some amazing restaurants including Claudette,  Carbone, and Charlie Bird (I made  3 out of the 5 on my list!)

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I read some great books including Emily Giffen’s new book One and Only, the Vacationers by Emma Straub, #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso, and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.

I saw Wicked with one of my best friends.

I visited Rockefeller center during the holidays.

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I traveled to Puerto Rico for New Years.

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I took a macaroon making class with girlfriends.

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I traveled to Montauk quite a few times. You can read about what to do in Montauk in 48 hours here + I also love looking back at this post and can we please not forget about #blondetauk?

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I attended the Polo Classic for the first time and wore the cutest flower crown (Thank you, Christy!!).

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I visited Chicago for the first time in a year and had my first ever rose snow cone.

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And most recently, I was able to visit Newport, Rhode Island with my family!

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A few things I did not get to: Walking the Brooklyn bridge, Blogshop, visit the New York Public Library or BK Botanical Gardens. I also did not take a helicopter ride of NY and I have yet to live by myself (serious goals!!!!). I’m still dying to travel to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard. Oh, and would still like to take a floral arranging class and create a New York City Guide for each neighborhood.

I have to say with living in New York, time just seems to go faster. I can’t believe I’m sitting here writing this on July 24th. It seems like May was just yesterday. Anywho,  I love that this blog gives me an outlet to document bits and pieces of my life which I hope you guys enjoy reading. Thanks for making this so much fun for me.

Cheers to making 28 bigger and better! Xo. Lauren

21 Jul 2015

Newport in 48 Hours
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One of my favorite things about living on the east coast are the weekend trips. Summer is absolutely insane with travel but I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way. I love being able to escape the city quite easily on the weekends.

Last week I traveled to Newport, Rhode Island with my mom, aunt and cousin. Every summer since I was in middle school we have been traveling to the east coast (Connecticut) to visit my cousin, Holly. Within this trip, we try to include a quick two day trip to a new town: Cape Cod, the Hamptons, Newport, etc. Now that I’ve been living on the east coast, it’s been so easy for us to combine these trips.

When this year’s annual trip rolled around my mom and aunt wanted to go back to Newport. As I mentioned last week, I’ve only been to Newport once with my blogger friends. I have to admit, I didn’t fall in love with the town when it was mid-February with mounds of snow everywhere. Traveling during the summer to this cute New England town, however, is a definite game changer. Here’s what we did in just 48 hours.

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Day 1: On your drive to Newport, stop at the Ocean House in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. Grab lunch, a cocktail or just walk around the grounds. The grounds are perfectly manicured with croquet courts, hydrangeas, and white rocking chairs. Let’s just say I found the perfect place to get married (after I find a new boyfriend, of course). Continue the drive to downtown Newport. Check in to the hotel. We ended up staying in the Harbor Side Inn – the cutest little bed and breakfast. Located right in the center of town off of Thames street, the Harbor Side Inn is walking distance from numerous boutiques, shops and restaurants.

Walk over to Bannister’s Wharf to catch the Madeline sail boat. Situated directly on the waterfront, the Madeline sailboat is the perfect way to enjoy the spectacular views of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. After your boat tour, head over to Forty 1 North for dinner right on the water. Order a glass of rose and king salmon for dinner.

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The Back View of Ocean House

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Entrance to the Ocean House

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View From The Terrace

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The Madeline Sail Tour

Day 2: Schedule 1-2 mansion tours. The Breakers is an absolute must. Other fan favorites include Servant Life tour at the Elms and the Rose Cliff mansion tour.  After your tours, drive over to Castle Hill Inn for lunch. Sit in the Adirondack chairs and take in the view.

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The Breakers

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All of the Rose at Castle Hill Inn

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Walking up to Castle Hill Inn

Day 2 Continued: After lunch, head back to town for some shopping. Favorite boutiques include: the Pink Pineapple, Frazzleberries, Tresor Fine Consignment, Royal Male and Soap and Water Newport. Be sure to walk down both Thames and Spring street.

After shopping head to the Mooring for dinner. If you have enough time before sunset, head to Narragansett Lane or Ruggles Ave to enter the Ocean Cliff Walk. Walk past the mansions from the waterfront and take in the ocean views. A definite Newport must!

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Until next summer, Newport.

*See what to do in Montauk in 48 hours