sunburn city: 5 tips for dealing with sunburn


Sunburn, yuck! While sunburn is one of the major pitfalls of summer, it’s bound to happen to you at least once or twice in your lifetime. And even though I’m sunscreen obsessed, sunburn has plagued me more times than I’d care to admit this summer.

Stupidly on more than one occasion this summer, I’ve said screw it to sunscreen while laying by the pool or at the beach and I’ve been gifted with lobster red skin that’s left me in pain for days if not weeks.

Not only is sunburn horribly painful it’s ugly to look at. Now don’t think I’m being over dramatic, but I could be, when I say my sunburn this summer has been the worst I’ve ever experienced.

My first bout of sunburn left my calves burnt to a crisp, leaving me hardly able to walk and forcing to hobble around for nearly three weeks. Swelling, blisters, and extreme redness followed. Pretty sure I had sun poisoning. Sounds lovely, right?

Well since I didn’t learn my lesson the first time, I am currently blessed with my second helping of sunburn as I type this. Currently, my faces is 50 shades of red, with horrible dry patches making me look at least 20 years older. Super fun!

So since I’m the sunburn queen of the Summer of 2016 I thought it would only be fitting that I share my wisdom with you.

Tip 1: WEAR SUNSCREEN. Baz Lurman wasn’t lying when he said to wear sunscreen! Do it everyday, every time you’re in the sun. If you wear sunscreen properly, you won’t need the rest of my meandering advice.

All kidding aside, sunburn is no joke and can have long-term effects like premature aging, wrinkles, and even cancer.

Tip 2: Pop an ibprouphen, which has anti-inflammatory properties and will help with any pain, swelling, and redness. Also, hydrate,hydrate, hydrate. Your skin is most likely severely dehydrated so drink up to help replenish your skin and help it to heal faster.

Tip 3: Take the sting out of your skin. There are dozens of rememdies out there to ease the sting of sunburn. Those include everything from rubbing tomatoes on your skin, bathing in oatmeal or tea, or placing milk-soaked wash cloths on your skin.

Tip 4: Slather on the Aloe. Aloe is your best friend, repeat after me. Aloe is your best friend. I keep mine in the fridge so it’s extra cold when I apply it.

Tip 5: Adjust your skincare. When dealing with sunburn you can’t just go about your normal skincare routine you must adjust. Right now I’m using a rotation of Garner Micellar Water as a cleaner since it’s so gentle, and First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream to help heal my skin.

To treat my skin further I’ve been using Leaders’ Get Rid of  Your Ex Skin-Cells sheet masks,which gently exfoliate the skin to remove all that dead sunburned skin. Followed by Leaders’ Too Much Fun In The Sun sheet mask which is calming and nourishing. These sheet masks and the the FAB cream are helping my skin heal so nicely.

*Sidenote: My sunburn was so bad I had to get microdermabrasion to get rid of all the peeling and dead skin cells. On the positive side of it my skin felt baby soft.

How do you deal with sunburn? 



On My mind….


Happy Fri-YAY my loves! I’m beyond grateful for the amazing week I’ve had. Friday’s are for fun so let’s have some! I’m sharing what’s on my mind right now in hopes that you’ll do the same. Let’s chat about everything we can’t get enough of whether it’s silly, embarrassing, sad, or fun!

On my mind…

dreaming of….quitting my job and starting fresh!

can’t put down…China Rich Girlfriend. It’s the funniest book with glamour, money, and a lot of crazy drama.

currently craving….champagne. I’m ready to get the weekend started ASAP 😉

can’t get enough of….Swedish Fish

obsessed with….home decor. Itching to redecorate every inch of my house.

can’t stop watching….Real Housewives (guiltiest pleasure ever!) + Underground

learning….meditation and gratitude. The Secret is life changing if you haven’t watched or read it you must!

What’s on your mind this week? Share below! 

xoxo, Lara

Chic Travels: Santorini Greece


Santorini, Greece is one of the most beautiful places in the world. With its blue skies and white buildings, the island is nothing but picturesque. I was lucky enough to get to spend some time visiting this beautiful island in June and every day there took my breath away. And let me tell you pictures don’t do the island justice because everything is more beautiful in person.

Besides the kind people, the delicious food, and the warm weather what I fell in love with the most while in Santorini was the sunsets. They are the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. Second, on my list, has to be white buildings that just jump out against the beautiful blue background of the cloudless skies.

During my time in Santorini, I stayed at Andromeda Villas which is a nice, small hotel that looks over the Caldera. The hotel is gorgeous, and the staff was incredibly kind. Plus Andromeda has an elevator which is something you grow to appreciate especially in Santorini 😉

Hopefully, my pictures inspire you to visit the island – trust me you won’t be disappointed.

Special shoutout to my friends Jess and Sean, if it wasn’t for their wedding, I’m not sure I would have been able to visit Santorini so soon. Thanks for letting check one more destination off my bucket list! xoxo
























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xoxo, Lara

Behind the Beauty: Exclusive Interview RHONJ’s Melissa Gorga

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Real Housewives of New Jersey star Melissa Gorga is on display no matter if she’s in front of the camera or not.

With her good looks and glamorous style, Melissa is always fashionable and fresh faced.

So, what’s the secret behind her envious look? Well, Melissa was kind enough to spill her beauty secrets to me during a recent interview.

Have you always been into makeup?
Melissa Gorga: Actually, no. The truth is, the most makeup I wore before the show was mascara and lip gloss. I never left home without either of those. I also never used to have my makeup professionally done unless it was for an event, and I think being on the show has given me a whole new appreciation for it. When you are on TV, you have to wear a lot of makeup because the lights will end up drowning you out. When I first started the show, production would always tell me I didn’t have enough makeup on and to go put on more, so you really learn what works for TV and what doesn’t. And to be absolutely honest, Joe hates when I have my makeup done. He likes the natural look and loves when I go back to just mascara and lip gloss.

What’s your go-to everyday look?
MG: It would have to be a bronze-y eye, I think it really matches well with my skin tone, a baby pink cheek and nude lip. It is my go-to look.

What are your favorite beauty products?
MG: I have so many favorites! I never thought I would fall in love with makeup the way that I did. Highlighter is definitely one of my favorite products, my favorite right now is one from BECCA in Champagne Pop. I also have a Too Faced bronzer in chocolate that I love and my MAC Love Nectar lip gloss.

What’s the best beauty advice you’ve ever received? And the worst?
MG: The best advice I’ve gotten would have to be from a makeup artist in LA. She told me to put a little Argan oil on your face before foundation to help give your skin that creamy and smooth look.
The worst would have to be being told to put multiple, bright-colored eye shadows on my eyelids. That’s a big no-no!

Being a mom is busy job, how do you find time to take care of yourself?
MG: Right now its summer, it’s all about the kids, so there’s a lot less me time. Once the kids go back to school, I will drop them off and drive straight to the gym. I get an hour in and then I have the whole day to do what I have to do for that day. If I don’t head right there, I won’t go at all! LOL It’s not always easy with 3 kids under the age of 10, but it’s something you just have to figure out and find the balance. Joe and I always make a point to have one night of the week put aside for date night, too.

Let’s talk body. How do you stay so fit? Your body is the ENVY of so many!
MG: Thank you so much! I really appreciate that. I have to be honest, I think 50% is my genetics. The other 50% is definitely working really hard at the gym and eating right. I don’t believe in dieting, but I do believe in small portions throughout the day and eating every few hours. What some people don’t know is that I never sit. I am not one to sit and watch TV; I am constantly running around with my kids and having the boutique now just keeps me really active throughout the day.

If you could pick between flawless makeup or perfect hair days forever, which would you choose?
MG: Can I choose neither? LOL. I think I would have to go with flawless makeup because you can always put a hat on to cover a bad hair day.

When do you feel most beautiful?
MG: This might sound silly, but I really feel the most beautiful when I look natural. My hair is usually up in a bun, I have a little bit of makeup and a pair of sweatpants on.

 What’s your approach to aging?
MG: I do feel like as I’ve gotten older, I have become more comfortable in my skin and also in what I say. I used to really worry about what other people thought and not saying how I truly felt because I didn’t want to offend anyone. Now, I have learned to just speak what’s on my mind. The same thing goes for what I wear. I just feel more confident and I own it a lot more. I don’t care what other people think and that is so freeing.

Have you had any work done? We know Jac accuses you of having 4 nose jobs this season….not nice!
MG: I’ll clear that up as the show goes on, so keep watching!

Do you believe in fillers and non-surgical maintenance beauty?
MG: I do, I believe in doing what works for you and what makes you feel good because that is what matters. And as long as you do things in moderation, some people can get a little carried away if you know what I mean LOL

Any other beauty confessions you’d like to share?
MG: I’ve definitely learned less as more. Like Coco Chanel once said, “always remove one thing before you leave the house.”

HUGE thanks to Melissa for chatting with me! I’m excited to see how the drama plays out on RHONJ this season!

Which beauty secret of Melissa’s surprises you the most?

xo, Lara

And I’m off…


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


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.



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



Looking forward to outdoor Summer concerts



Testing driving my Summer essentials – Rosé and tinted aviators



Decor inspiration


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words to live by


What’s motivating you this Monday?

xo, Lara

Monday Motivation…


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.



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



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


Happy Monday!

xo, Lara

Monday Motivation


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.



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



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


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


Happy Monday!

xo, Lara

Finding Moments Of Zen

beach haven, nj

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