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    How to Perfect the Athleisure Look

    With spring around the corner, it’s finally time to get outside more! Here in LA, the weather has been quite nice, around 70 degrees every day. For those of you in colder weather, I don’t envy you, but spring is on it’s way so don’t fret. Ever since moving to the South Bay in LA, one of my favorite looks to wear during the spring and summer is an athleisure look. If you are unfamiliar with this term, it means “casual, comfortable clothing designed to be suitable both for exercise and everyday wear” (that’s the actual definition from Google). I love to be active, and with an athleisure look, you can make your activewear look cute even if you aren’t headed to the gym. Here are some tips on how to perfect this look!

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    How to Perfect the Athleisure Look:

    1. Mix athletic wear with non-athletic wear- If you have and abundance of functional activewear and have a limited budget to spend on buying new activewear, try pairing some of your non-athletic pieces with your activewear. For example, try pairing your yoga leggings with a long sleeve t-shirt and a vest. Super functional and fashionable.

    2. Choose your athletic wear wisely- Let’s face it, some workout clothes are just cuter than others. Shop for some interesting looking pieces that are fashionable as much as they are functional. I absolutely love what Lululemon does with the quality and functionality of their clothing, however some other brands to check out are Alo Yoga and Albion Fit. Those last two really do a great job of designing fashionable activewear. I want everything in both of their stores.

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    3. Pair with a non-traditional shoe– To switch up your look, try pairing with a cute walking shoe. These don’t have to be your running shoes, try something completely different, like these Sanuk Chiba Quest slip-ons. These are the ones I am wearing in these photos, specifically the Chiba Quest Knit in black. I love this shoe because it is super functional and makes walking to the beach, walking on the beach, and biking to the beach a breeze. (Anything to do with the beach… It’s my happy place) Sanuk makes traditional surfer shoes, and now I definitely get it, they are perfect for beach activities! Your athleisure shoe should be ideal for all the activities you plan to partake in that day.

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    4. Have fun with it- No one said that there were rules to how you should wear your athleisure look. Definitely experiment and have fun with your look. Some of the best looks I’ve seen are the most creative! Karlie Kloss anyone?

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    If you have any recommendations, I’d be interested to hear them in the comments below! Happy Tuesday, friends. Hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend!

    Love,
    Lauren

    *Thank you to Sanuk for partnering with me in this post. All reviews and opinions are my own.

    Dressy

    Valentine’s Day Date Night Dresses

    Everyone’s scrambling for the big day trying to get the perfect gift for their loved one (see my gift guide) and I’m over here like ahhh what am I going to WEAR?! It’s called priorities… For those of you in the same boat I am, it all depends on what you are doing with your significant other or gal pal or whoever you are spending the day with. I happen to be going on a date night for Valentine’s Day, so I’ve rounded up some date night dresses for y’all for the big day.

    Embroidered Floral Dresses:

    I love these selections because they are effortlessly feminine. They are EXTRA without going over the top. With the little mesh detailing on some of them, your guy will definitely like them as well. You do want to make sure that you are dressing for the occasion, however, and these may be a little too fancy for just a date night. These would be great for dinner and a show. But I’m all for overdressing… So I say go for it.

    Little Black Dresses:

    What I love about the little black dress is how versatile it is. You can really go any way with this dress- add detail to make it fancy or strip it down for a more casual yet still sexy look. Each one of the dresses below I selected because of their detail- with the LBD I think you either have to add a dainty necklace (to the simple dress) or you can leave it alone and let the detail of the dress stand out. It’s a solid go-to for me and a staple in any wardrobe.

    The Red Dress:

    I chose this color because, well, Valentine’s Day. It’s also a very HOT color this winter. (See what I did there?) In all seriousness, I do think red is a flattering color on most people, especially if you pick the shade of red correctly for your skin tone. In general, I would say if you have a fair skin tone, you should opt for the bright, orange-y reds and if you have a darker skin tone, you can go for the deeper, maroon reds. The darker colors might look like too much of a contrast to pale skin. But to each their own, just wear what makes you the most confortable.

    Whatever you are doing for Valentine’s Day, I hope you enjoy the night!

    With love,
    Lauren

    Blogging

    Monday Motivation: Why You Need a Content Calendar

    When I began my blog, I did loads of researching. I researched “How to Start a Blog” and went from there. When people ask me how I started or how to start a blog, I tell them, just START. Start researching and you will learn. However, this does take time, effort, practice, and a lot of consistency. Blogging is not for the faint of heart. As I continued blogging (this is my fourth year in blogging!) I gained knowledge and skills that I wish to share with you guys. I want part of my blog to be dedicated to giving back, because this blog is one of the best ways I’ve spent my time in the past four years. That being said, not all of the information in my head is going to be free (i.e. you might have to subscribe to my newsletter), but I do wish to help you all out and save you some of the time that I spent researching so that a lot of your information can be found in one place. I’ve already started a “Blogging Tips” section on my blog, which can be found here!

    So let us begin! Not many bloggers think of this, but one of the first things you should do for your blog, or anything that you wish to market, is create a content calendar (or marketing calendar for higher level projects). A content calendar (or sometimes called editorial calendar) is a place where you keep all your blog posts, social posts, deadlines, collaborations, etc. organized. It can be in the form of a template or handwritten, however I suggest you keep it online so you can easily make changes. The content calendar is usually outlined month by month, day by day, and social platform by social platform. This way, you know what needs to be published and by when. You can even plan ahead and do concept shoots ahead of time based on a holiday, how novel! (This was something completely foreign to me until last year- maybe plan ahead to do a Valentine’s Day shoot instead of doing one the day of?!)

    Here are some additional reasons why you need a content calendar:

    1. It helps you stay organized
    2. It can help you plan ahead (scheduling shoots in advance is a great idea)
    3. It will help you make deadlines
    4. It forces you to take a look at your blog as a whole- what themes will I have? What do I want to focus on most with my blog posts?
    5. It will help you stick to what you are supposed to post for the day
    6. It will help with consistency (same-ish as above)
    7. It will sometimes force you to be creative (i.e. what can I put together for Valetine’s Day before x date?)

    Now that I’ve convinced you that you need a content calendar, how do you create one? Well, I’m going to save you some additional time and give you my own content calendar template that I use!

    Let me know in the comments if you have questions, how you are using this content calendar or what other ways you are organizing the content for your blog!

    Enjoy your Monday!

    Love,
    Lauren

    Tips

    What to Get Him on Valentine’s Day

    Now that you all have some ideas on what to get her for Valentine’s Day, it’s time to give you ladies (or men) some ideas on what to get HIM. Gift giving has always come a little hard for me, because I LOVE giving gifts (yes, one of my top love languages is giving gifts), and I always want the gift to be perfect. I’ve had gifts that have flopped in the past, but my general rule is if you put even the slightest bit of thought into what you are giving, the receiver will like it. Here’s what I came up with for him on Valentine’s Day!

    What to Get the Man in Your Life on Valentine’s Day:

    1. Funny Socks– For some reason every time I’ve given these to a guy, whether it be an ex boyfriend or my Dad, they’ve enjoyed them. Perhaps it’s because they don’t ever buy socks for themselves? Or maybe it’s because socks are a statement piece they can wear to start a conversation.

    2. Underwear– This can get generic, but not if you do it right. I guess that goes for everything. However, I just found this pair of Ricky & Morty underwear that is anything but generic. Anyone’s man watch this show?!

    3. Some Really Awesome Headphones– I recently got a pair of Skull Candy headphones that are noise cancelling and they are about the best thing ever. You mean I can listen to my music and hear no other person talk? Fantastic. I think your man would enjoy these at work or his daily gym sesh.

    4. Beard Oil– For all you ladies with a bearded man out there, this stuff can go a long way. I recommend one with essential oils or one with natural products, like this Kiehl’s one with Sandalwood, Cedarwood, and Eucalyptus. Yum!

    5. Gin Making Kit– Either this is really cool or just really hipster of me to put on this list. Whichever way you think it goes, I stand by that this would be cool to receive and make drinks with your man.

    6. A Cute Valentine’s Card– My all time favorite thing to give and receive is handwritten notes telling the person how much you love them. You can’t beat saying things in your own words. This one comes from the heart.

    7. A Motivating or Inspirational Book– If you know what he likes to read, definitely consider checking one of the books on his list off. It’s thoughtful and something that he will actually read. Just make sure it’s something that he likes- food, fitness, inspiring authors, etc.

    8. Work or Gym Backpack– Guys like practical things, and this is one of them. Opt for a stylish yet versatile look so he can take this directly from work to the gym.

    9. Cologne– Often times it’s important that the girl (or guy) like the smell of their partners cologne, so why not pick it out for them? If he doesn’t like it, you can always return it. Tip: have him wear it for at least a day so that the odors mix with his skin. Perfume and cologne smells different from the bottle and when you first put it on than at the end of the day.

    I hope this helps you in your search this weekend for the perfect Valentine’s Gift! Have a lovely Friday 🙂

    Love,
    Lauren

    Fashion

    What to Get Her on Valentine’s Day

    It’s that time of the year again! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Some may dread this day, but I think it’s a day worth celebrating because it celebrates love in all forms. You can celebrate with your gal pals, with your significant other, or even with your family. Yes, it’s true… when I was young, my mom and I used to celebrate together. She’d always get me a card so I didn’t feel left out. Whatever your situation is, I’m positive you have some love ones you can celebrate it with!

    I’ve gotten a few requests to do a Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for what to get your significant other from both sides- men and women, so I’m going to put together both for you. Up first, women!

    What to Get the Woman in Your Life on Valentine’s Day:

    1. Teddy Bear– I was recently given a teddy bear for an (early) Valentine’s gift from my boyfriend and I forgot how much I love these things. I used to collect stuffed animals as a kid, but now I don’t really have any. I got one of those huge ones and I use it as a pillow when I’m working on my computer at night! We also like to cuddle with it at night. Swoon.

    2. Letter Necklace– I love these engraved necklaces. Necklaces in general are a pretty solid gift for Valentine’s Day, but anything that is a little more personal goes a long way. Just make sure you know what style of jewelry she likes- does she go for dainty gold jewelry (me) or bolder statement pieces?

    3. Coffee Table Book– This is something that women always say they want but don’t actually get themselves. A strong coffee table book sets the mood for the entire living room and is a joy to read when guests come over. Also, a book in general would be a great gift if you know what she likes to read.

    4. Notebook– A girl can never have too many notebooks. I have one for scribbles and drawings, poetry, random thoughts, and a planner. This can be a generic gift if you don’t get one with a cute saying on it or something that makes it stand out… So be sure to put some thought into which planner you are getting.

    5. Record– Nothing says I love you like a good record. If she doesn’t have a record player, then see below (lol). In all seriousness, this is about knowing your significant other and her tastes. If you know what music she likes, go for it!

    6. Ring– Nooooo, I’m not talking that type of ring… Unless you want to, then by all means do it! I’m talking a ring that she can wear everyday. Jewelry is always overdone, so make this one personalized as well. My birthstone is opal, so I would enjoy an opal ring, for example.

    7. A Nice Perfume– This one is a little tricky, since you might not know what she likes, but this is one of my favorite things to get. If you don’t know what she likes, make this an experience and take her shopping! Big plus.

    8. KitchenAid– Girls may never say that they want this, but believe me, they do. This is also something they wouldn’t buy for themselves, but its the cutest thing on the planet. Just be careful that you don’t send the wrong signal when getting her kitchen goods, both of you can make things in the kitchen together.

    9. Stylish Sweater– It is winter after all? Lol that’s all I have to say about this one.

    10. Earrings– These are a great go-to. I would suggest something that is out of the ordinary, like these Kendra Scott earrings from her recent spring collection. A guy who knows what she likes… Sexy!

    11. Watch– This is only something to get her if she doesn’t have one. A nice watch is something you can wear every day and she will get a lot of utility out of. If she doesn’t wear one already, skip this idea!

    12. Record Player– See number 5 🙂 Plus, I always recommend this gift. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever gotten.

    What’s even better than all of these material goods is if you create an experience for her. Take her out to dinner, give her a handwritten note, treat her like the princess she is and show her how much you love her. Experiences always trump material things.

    Stay tuned for the Men’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, coming soon!

    Hope you all enjoy this lovely Thursday.

    Love,
    Lauren

    Fashion

    3 Last Minute Unisex Holiday Gift Ideas

    You guys! Christmas is less than two weeks away and Hanukkah has already started! This holiday season has flown by. I am finishing up my Christmas shopping this week and flying back home to Colorado next week for 10 days, which I am excited about. To help you all navigate the madness, I’ve put together some last minute holiday gift ideas for both men and women, including one of my favorite new watch brands, Malleo.

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    Beauty

    Bringing the Bash this Holiday Season with essence makeup

    Hi babes! It’s been a minute… So many things have happened in the past few months! It’s the busiest season for my blog and my work (for all of those who don’t know, I am the Social Media Manager for ONEHOPE Wine). These past few months have been a whirlwind of photoshoots, events, me getting sick (a few times), and general holiday madness! It’s been quite fun, though.

    Despite the holiday craziness, I’ve managed to put together some a fun holiday look with one of my favorite makeup brands, essence makeup. I love this brand because their philosophy is quality cosmetics at amazing prices, but more than this, essence has built an inclusive community of young women with beauty, ambition and courage. This community of real girls is built around a love for essence products as well as lifestyle of making the most of life and choosing happiness. I got the chance to test out essence makeup’s Matte Lipstick colors in their Holiday Kit, their Lash Princess – False Lash Mascara, their Pure Nude Highlighter, and their Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara.

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