And I’m off…

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As I write this I’m sitting on the runway waiting for my flight to Athens to take off.

I’m reminded of how fun and exciting it is to travel to a new place.

While I’ve been to Athens before my final destination on this trip is Santorini. One of my good friends is getting married in Santorini hence the trip.

It’s been eight years since I’ve been to Europe which is far to long in my opinion so I’m happy to be heading back.

Travel has been a huge piece missing out of my life these last few years between work, school and life traveling wasn’t high on my priority list.

Here’s to hoping this trip changes things and reignites my passion for traveling.

I’m in desperate need of this trip and am looking at it as my very own Eat.Pray.Love. moment. I need Lara time to unwind, focus on me and let go of the stresses in my life.

My plan for the week is to relax, sightsee, meditate and have plenty of fun – Sounds like the best kind of medicine.

Hopefully I can keep you all updates on my trip throughout the week but no promises since I may have spotty internet service.

So here’s to seeing you in a week and telling you all about my fabulous trip.

xo, Lara

5 Stages of a bad manicure

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Not to be dramatic, but there’s NOTHING worse than a bad manicure. I mean I go to the nail salon and pay someone to paint my nails, so they look good! If I wanted a crappy manicure I could have saved my money, stayed home, and illy painted my nails myself. Right?!?!

When you get a bad manicure, there are five stages of grieving that we need to discuss. I recently fell victim to not only a horrible manicure but a horrible pedicure as well. I was left with ugly nails and my wallet $50 lighter.

Oddly enough these gif’s detail the emotional process of dealing with a bad manicure.

1. Denial

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2. Anger

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3. Bargaining

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4. Depression

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5. Acceptance

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How do you deal with a bad manicure?

xo, Lara

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Monday Motivation…

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Mondays can be rough so why not a little motivation to make Monday (and everyday of the week) a little more manageable. Here’s some inspiration to help make your day brighter.

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Fake-it-till-you-make-it inspiration

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Looking forward to outdoor Summer concerts

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Testing driving my Summer essentials – Rosé and tinted aviators

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Decor inspiration

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What’s motivating you this Monday?

xo, Lara

Monday Motivation…

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Mondays can be rough so why not a little motivation to make Monday (and everyday of the week) a little more manageable. Here’s some inspiration to help make your day brighter.

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Impatiently waiting for a package of new Sephora goodies to arrive…

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Being honest about your true gift in life lol

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words to live by

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Catching up on your favorite show #RichKids

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Dreaming of spending many summer days here

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Knowing that lunch break naps are not only the best but are completely necessary

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Happy Monday!

xo, Lara

Monday Motivation

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Mondays can be rough so why not a little motivation to make Monday (and everyday of the week) a little more manageable. Here’s some inspiration to help make your day brighter.

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Champagne is always greater than coffee except on Monday’s when coffee is greater than anything and everything

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The perfect arrangement of pink peonies to brighten up any space

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Words to live by

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A bag worth working extra hard to obtain

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Catching the sunrise (even if it’s only because you’re going into work extra early)

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Happy Monday!

xo, Lara

Finding Moments Of Zen

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This past weekend, the weather miraculously turned beautiful and it seemed as if spring had magically arrived. Usually my Saturdays are spent catching up on missed sleep and sleeping in way past an acceptable time, then groggily going throughout my day cleaning, running errands, and blogging in one way or another. On this glorious Saturday filled with sun and 73-degree temps I was temped to change it up and so I did. While lying in bed I had the bright idea to jump in my car and drive to the shore or beach for all you non-Jersey folks out there.

While I’m no stranger to the shore I decided to forgo visiting the shore’s closest to me and instead took a little longer drive to the shore town where I spent many summers as a child. So, I got ready, put my flip-flops on, jumped in my car, grabbed some Starbucks, put on some Tim McGraw and started my adventure of the day.

My drive was filled with blissful moments of singing at the top of my lungs with the windows rolled down, the sun and salt air hitting my face and the pure joy of knowing I had nothing but open road ahead of me.

When I arrived in Beach Haven, NJ which is one of the prettiest little beach towns, I was flooded with happy memories of my childhood. I found myself back on Coral Street where me and my family spent many summers, while things were different, the feeling of the street was the same. I recalled memories of riding bikes with my cousins up and down the street, wearing matching bathing suites and sitting on the porch steps for pictures and running back and forth on the huge wrap around porch of our beloved beach house.

I parked my car and strolled up to the beach and as I sat there, I relished in the many memories this beach held. I sat on the beach, dug my toes in the sand and breathed it all in; closing my eyes, listening to the ocean waves roll in and out, and feeling calm and at peace for the first time in a long time.

Moments of pure zen don’t happen very often especially when we have jobs, responsibilities and deadlines racking our brains. I realized while I sat there on the beach that I needed this moment more than I ever realized. Being back at a place that is so beautiful and holds so many happy memories made me realize that I need this kind of peaceful happiness in my life.

A goal of mine going forward is to find more moments of zen. I need to find moments of peacefulness in my everyday lives; a little break from the world that is purely about me, my needs, and happiness. I enjoy meditation but don’t do it as often as I should and I think this may be a great way to start.

“The world is its own magic.” – Shunryu Suzuki

How do you find moments of zen?

xo, Lara

simple skincare standouts

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My current skincare routine can be summed up in one word: simple. I’ve been crazy busy lately and as much as I’d like it, I don’t have time for a complicated and multi-step routine. One and done is the theme in my routine these days.

While I may be too busy to have the skincare regime, I dream of its still important to me to take care of my skin. Nowadays I’m all about cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate and treat when needed.

For cleansing my trusty double-cleanse routine remains my go-to. I love Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser, which is a fabulous makeup remover, that I follow up with First Aid Beauty’s Face Cleanser. If I’m super sleepy I’ll just run Garnier Micellar Water over my face a couple of times and go to bed. I do like this Micellar Water because it’s gentle but the only downside is it’s not the best at taking off eye makeup.

As for exfoliating I love Lush’s Ocean Salt and First Aid Beauty’s Facial Radiance Pads both offer simple, gentle yet effective exfoliation. Both work great on sensitive skin.

When I’m in a pinch, I love mixing my FAB Cleanser with my Ocean Salt scrub for a great two-for-one deal.

To hydrate my skin I slather on FAB’s Ultra Repair Cream which I gushed about here and here. If your too lazy 😉 to read my previous posts I’ll sum them up here. The Ultra Repair Cream is magnificent; it hydrates the skin and gets rid of any dry patches that might pop up. This cream literally saves my skin during the harsh winter months but still is light enough to use during the warmer weather months.

When my skin acts up I keep it simple and reach for two products – Lush’s Sacred Truth mask and Leader’s What Happened Last Night sheet mask. Both keep my skin in tip-top shape meaning it looks as good as it feels. Sheet masks are my go-to for not looking like a puffy, dehydrated mess. These gems are a godsend and I don’t know how I ever lived without them.

Sometimes a simple skincare routine outweighs a complicated, multi-step routine especially when time is of the essence. Some tips for simplifying skincare routine would be to cut out any excess, use only what your skin needs and reach for multi-tasking products as often as possible.

p.s. If you’re looking to try First Aid Beauty products this gift set trio is a favorite 😉

What are your favorite skincare products?

xo, Lara

Currently Coveting…

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Warm (and rainy) weather has finally graced us with its presence, and while I could do without all the rain, there’s nothing better than a gorgeous warm spring day. The warm weather has me yearning for light colored clothing and glowing bronzed skin.

Rumor has it white bags will be all the rage this summer, so I suggest investing in one now. This gorgeous Tory Burch bag caught my eye because of its beautiful shape and simple design.

Also, months ago I purchased these Quay sunglasses, in the silver-blue color, and I’m so obsessed with them. I’ve been dying to pick up more sunglasses from their line ever since. Quay’s sunglasses are super fashionable, well fitting, and super affordable which is a win-win! But I also can’t get my mind off the blush Ray-Ban’s pictured up above. Decisions, decisions.

Sunnies and bags are the way to this girls heart 😉

Here are a few items that are inspiring me this week and that I may have to call my own very soon!

xo, Lara

superb street style: florals? for spring? groundbreaking.

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Welcome to Superb Street Style on ChicandSequined.com. Every week we will be taking a trend and showing you how the best street style mavens are wearing that trend.

Florals for spring are nothing new. I mean Miranda Priestly said it best in the Devil Wears Prada, “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking,” yet designers, are finding new ways to play up florals in the spring. While the florals your mother knows and loves are still around and as fashionable as ever, moody florals have also emerged this spring and are all the rage.

Moody florals take bright colored flower prints and place them on a darker backgrounds like black, green, purple instead of the classic beige or white giving the print a whole new look.

This week our lovely Superb Street Style stars show us how they are wearing florals this spring.

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Dress: Erin Fetherston

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Emily from The Ivory Lane

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Dress: Rachel Parcell

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Jess from Bows and Sequins

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Romper: Yumi Kim 

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Which look is your favorite?

xo, Lara

Current Haircare Favorites

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Haircare is always a struggle for me, I mean so many products so little time, right? For the last few years, my haircare routine has been made up of mostly high-end products which has kept me out of the drugstore haircare loop. I’ve recently stumbled upon some pretty amazing drugstore haircare products that I think are worthy of your time. While I’m not, nor will I ever be, fully converted to only using drugstore haircare products I find the balance between using high and low-end products refreshing.

Currently, I’m obsessed with quite a few incredible hair care products ranging from shampoos and conditioners to styling products and leave in treatments.

So what are these AHA-mazing products I’m itching to gush about?

Why I’m so glad, you asked!

Let’s get to the drugstore products first then we’ll move on to the fancier stuff.

Now I don’t say this lightly but L’Oréal’s Total Repair 5 is one of the best hair care lines available at the drugstore. Honestly, I was blown away the first time I used this line. With drugstore and some high end, haircare products the first wash is the best then the amazingness of the product(s) diminishes but with the Total Repair 5 line the last wash is as good as the first. This is good stuff guys, so I HIGHLY recommend you grab it up.

The high-end products in my hair care routine are just as awesome. Another shampoo I’m loving is Big by Lush, which is a product I’ve read rave reviews on for years but never tried. First off this stuff smells divine, like a yummy salty-lime margarita. It gives thin hair a ton of volume and since it’s literally pure salt it gently exfoliates the scalp while giving loads of texture to the roots of your hair.

One of my go-to products for years has been Redken’s Anti-Snap, which is a leave in repair treatment. I’ve been using Anti-Snap since high school, and it never does me wrong. It smells so good and is just a great lightweight leave-in product that protects my hair against breakage.

Another new to me product is Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment which lives up to each ounce of hype it’s ever received. This product cuts my hair styling time in half and takes all the fuss out of my pre-blowout hair routine. Winning.

While I suggest you run out and try all of these products ASAP, I know that not realistic. Honestly one thing to take away from this post is that when you switch things up, you find some pretty incredible gems in the process :)

What are your current haircare faves?

xo, Lara