Friday Roundup

Friday Favs 5.30.14

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

Summer Cocktails Print by Evelyn Henson // Safavieh Greenwhich Side Table // Threshold 5 Piece Gold Flatware // Leopard Pillow //Jonathan Adler for JCPenny Couch (on sale!)

A Casual Weekend with Ralph Lauren

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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

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 Matthew Perrone Photography

Ralph Lauren Oxford Shirt // AG Denim (Similar) // Cobalt Blue Heels (Similar) // Julie Vos Link Bracelet c/o // Julie Vos Stack Rings c/o //  Julie Vos Bangles c/o

 

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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.

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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?

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Matthew Perrone Photography