six Easy Ways To De-Stress


Stress is a bitch to put it bluntly. I’m an easily stressed person especially when it comes to work. Perfectionism is also a huge bitch and seems to go hand in hand with stress. I try my hardest to avoid stress and remain calm, but stress is pesky little bugger that sneaks up on you without any warning. Stress is not only annoying it’s taxing on your mind, body, and spirit; it’s said that long-term stress can affect your brain and cause a lot of harm including brain cell and memory loss.  In fact, stress can also raise your blood pressure making you more at risk for heart attack or stroke.

While it’s difficult to avoid stress, there are ways to decrease the stress in your life. I suggest coming up with a few stress-busting techniques you can whip out at any given moment to ease your stress away.

Here are some of my favorite stress-busting techniques. Remember to stay calm my loves!

1. Inhale, Exhale, and repeat. Focusing on your breathing and taking deep breaths is a great way to unwind; it slows your body down making you more aware. It’s a simple technique you can do anywhere from your car to your desk. No one will even know you’re taking a few minutes to de-stress.

2. Meditation. I’ve dabbled in meditation here and there for the last year or so, and I can honestly say when I do it I feel less stressed and calmer. If I’m having a particularly stressful day at work, I’ll take my phone and headphones and hide away to a quiet spot for a few minutes to close my eyes and meditate. I love using the Calm app on the iPhone, which has meditation sounds and a timer to help guide your meditation. Two to three minutes of meditation mid-day and I’m revived and less stressed.

3. Dance Party! Nothing is more stress relieving than putting on some of you favorite music and jamming out to it for a few minutes. Dancing and singing to your hearts content will shift your focus and loosen you up. Personally I like to throw on some old school Beyoncé, Britney, or J.Lo and shake my groove thing!

4. Walk it off. Get up off your butt and go for a quick walk. Take a leisurely stroll around your building or outside. Stepping away from the stress is a great way to disconnect and regenerate yourself. Walking will help get your blood flowing and will wake you up a little bit.

5. Write it down. There are times when we are so stressed and overwhelmed we can’t get out of our heads. When this happens I suggest writing down what’s stressing you out; putting it on paper allows you to acknowledge the stress. When your stresses are down on paper and not in your head, it’s easier to assess the cause of your stress and find a remedy.  Take five minutes, jot down your stresses on a post-it, acknowledge them, create a solution and literally and figuratively toss the stress away.

6. Pamper yourself. Taking care of yourself should be your number one priority but often we put others before ourselves leaving us stressed out and miserable. Take the time to pamper yourself whether it’s heading to the gym for a workout, hitting up the spa for a facial, getting a mani-pedi or simply grabbing a cup of your favorite coffee. Do something special that’s just for you. It’s so important to create “me time” because you can’t save the world unless you save yourself first.

How do you fight stress?

xo, Lara


A Coat For Every City


One of the best things about fall/winter, besides snow (I love snow!), Thanksgiving, Christmas, and my birthday is  coats. Fall/winter coats are one of my favorite pieces of clothing because of their versatility.  Coats are the perfect finishing touch to any outfit and give you the opportunity to step out of your comfort zone.  Throwing a coat over your shoulders is a simple and chic way to accessorize your outfit and add a little va-va-voom. Practical coats are always necessary for the winter months because no one wants to freeze their tush off but remember my little fashionistas you don’t have sacrifice style for function.

While some of us, I’m talking to my Southern and Southwest peeps, don’t have to worry about winter coats there’s still plenty of fun outwear items for you to rock.  Grab a fun lightweight jacket or poncho to get you through the slightly cooler temps.

Remember to have fun with your winter coats this upcoming season.  There are so many fabulous cuts, colors, and styles to choose from you won’t want to pick just one!

Here are few great winter coat picks for any city and weather condition.

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Cozy Sweaters To snuggle up with this fall

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Nothing is better than when the air gets crisp, and you can snuggle up with your favorite drink and a cozy sweater by the fire. While I love spring and summer, fall and winter have a special place in my heart. Finding the coziest and softest sweaters isn’t the easiest of tasks but once you do find one, there’s not turning back.

When hunting for a cozy sweater look for fabrics like cashmere, wool, cotton, and even eyelash-knits. Not only are all these fabrics super soft and snuggly they will also keep you warm on those chilly nights.

So sit back, snuggle up and let’s do some sweater shopping ;)

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xo, Lara

beach bag essentials


Nothing’s better than a perfect day at the beach. The sand in your toes, the sun on your skin, the sound of the waves breaking on the shore while you’re surrounded by good people and conversation. The only thing that can ruin a good beach day is forgetting your beach essentials. Missing a critical item can put a damper on any beach day. Here are a few of my beach day essentials.

Beach Bag: Currently, I’m using a Vera Bradley bag I received as a gift. While I’m not a huge fan of Vera Bradley, I do LOVE this bag for the beach. It’s a huge bag with pockets all along the inside that is great for holding my phone, sunscreen, wallet, keys and everything else.

Towel: I always bring two towels to the beach; one to lay on and one to use post swimming or as a pillow.

Sunglasses: Gotta keep the sun out of your eyes. Right now I’m sporting a pair of Kate Spade cat-eye sunnies that two of my food friends got me for my birthday a few years back.

Sunscreen: I always reach for a higher SPF, think SPF 30 and above. Tiny Tip: Apply sunscreen 30minutes to an hour before you head to the beach, and it will help prevent sunburn better than applying sunscreen when you get to the beach. Plus make sure you re-apply constantly.

Baby Powder: This is a must to get rid of the stubborn sand that sticks to you throughout the day.


H20: It’s always critical to stay hydrated at the beach especially when the heat and humidity get super high.

Book/Magazine: Nothings better than a good trashy beach read. I can get bored easy at the beach but bringing good reading material to get lost in makes the time pass super fast.

Coverup: I’m the queen of the coverup, and I don’t mean makeup. I always bring a shirt or long dress to throw on at the beach in case I’m getting too much sun and need a break.

Facial Mist: Facial Mist is a great way to cool off during the day. I keep mine in the cooler and spritz on when I get a little too toasty. It’s an easy way to refresh yourself without taking a dip in the ocean.

Hair Tie/Clip: I always need to have my hair up at the beach if not its gets super messy and gross from the heat and wind. I tend to go for a messy topknot or a side braid for beach days. Nothing fancy but I always keep an extra hair tie or clip in my bag for emergencies.

Lip balm: My lips tend to get super chapped from the salt and the heat at the beach, so I like to keep a nice SPF filled lip balm in my bag.

What are your beach day essentials?

xo, Lara

airport style inspiration

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Today is a travel day for me so in honor of travel I thought I’d share some of my favorite airport style inspirations. While I love seeing celebrities on the red carpet, there’s nothing I love more than celebrity airport style. Something about a celebrity’s style, when they’re traveling, is super chic, minimalistic, and inspiring.





















What’s your travel/airport style?

xo, Lara

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July favorites

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 Where has the summer gone?! The summer is flying by, and somehow it’s already August. This month my favorites are more focused on non-beauty related items with a few skincare and makeup favorites thrown in.



The shore.

I’ve only been to the shore a few times this July but every time I go I fall in love all over again. It’s just such a magical, carefree place where I can unwind and let go of the stresses of life.



Starbucks Cold Brew + YSL Lingerie Pink Lipstick + Louis Vuitton Monogram Key Pouch.

Starbucks Cold Brew is the only coffee I’ve sipped all summer, and it’s incredible. It’s super strong and keeps me wide awake for those dreaded workday mornings.

YSL’s Lingerie Pink is my favorite love/hate lipstick. I love this lipstick when I have some color but hate it when I’m pale as a ghost (which is 99% of the time) but lately it’s been a daily staple.

No joke, the Louis Vuitton Monogram Key Pouch is a MUST have item. I don’t know how I lived without this small leather good. First off it’s super pretty but it’s also extremely useful and makes getting out the door easy since everything I need is all together.




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Watermelon is my favorite summer fruit, and I’ve been consuming it in mass quantities. Love it.



First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream.

FAB’s Ultra Repair Cream has been my go to cream in July. It’s simple, hydrating and gets the job done. Read my full review here.



Starbucks Peach Green Tea Lemonade.

Peach Green Tea Lemonade is refreshing and a great drink when you need a break from coffee. It’s been my go-to weekend treat drink.


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Eating Healthy + Donuts.

I’ve been eating a million times healthier this month which means cutting out most treats, but I had a donut a few weeks ago, and it was sooo yummy! Being healthy and achieving weight loss goals is about balance. It’s amazing how much more you enjoy indulgent food when you’re not eating it all the time!

What are your July favorites?

xo, Lara

Favorite Platinum Hair Moments

Pulling off platinum blonde hair isn’t an easy task. While the maintenance of platinum hair is one thing, hello almost constant dark roots, it’s another thing to be able to pull off rocking platinum hair. It takes a special kind of women to wear platinum hair right.

The women who bleach their hair the blondest of blondes are a bold, confident, fierce bread. While many attempt to pull off platinum blonde hair, only a few fully succeed at wearing the look well.

Platinum haired women are risk takers, style-makers, and influencers often leading the pack in terms of style and fashion.

In an ode to platinum hair, here are my favorite platinum hair moments.

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Are you a fan of platinum hair? Would you ever go platinum blonde?

xo, Lara

Chic 101: You Should Never Wear Opened Toed Shoes Without Getting A Pedicure First

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I know the feeling when the weather heats up, and the first thing that pops into your mind is trading in your boots for sandals and flip-flops. I’ve been there, believe me. Your feet that haven’t seen the light of day in a good six months and they’re dying to break free but deep down you know your tootsies aren’t sandal season ready. It makes sense to pretty up your feet before putting them into sandals but it seems that not everyone cares about the state of their feet. In fact far too many people openly wear sandals revealing some nasty looking feet. “Hideous. Hate it. Hurts my eyes.” – Carrie Bradshaw 

So, I’ll say this once and only once, for the love of all that’s chic do not wear opened toed shoes without getting a pedicure first.

It should be a crime to prance around in sandals with unpolished, and unkempt nails. I don’t care if you go get the fanciest pedicure around or give yourself an at home pedicure in the tub make sure you take care of your feet.

You might think oh, no one’s looking at my feet. Well, you’re wrong, I can tell you that people like me are checking out your feet and secretly judging you based on their condition. I know I’m not the only one.

Let’s be honest, feet are ugly and gross so I think they should be taken care of the most. I work hard to keep my feet looking pedicured and well kept. Girls gotta do what a girls gotta do. In fact I hate feet so much that I opt to pay someone else to do the dirty work for me. Hello, $25 Mani/Pedi combo!

Before you even think about putting on sandals this spring make sure your toenails are trimmed and painted. Then make sure that the soles of your feet are washed and scrubbed removing all calluses and dry skin. It’s that simple people; we can all do it.

My simple tip for keeping your feet always looking sandal season ready is to get pedicures all year long. I know it’s a novice idea but just because we don’t shave our legs are as much in the winter doesn’t mean our feet need to suffer as well.

Remember please do something with your feet before putting them in open-toed shoes because I don’t want to have to talk about you :)

I’m not mean, I’m just honest. But I’m actually really nice, promise ;)

xo, Lara

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Spring/Summer polish Picks

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Happy May!

The warmer and longer days of springtime have arrived. With the warmer weather comes bright colored manicures and perfectly pedicured feet.

Here in New Jersey the weather has been pretty amazing, and it has me day dreaming of all the pretty colors I will be painting my nails over the next few months. During the fall and winter months, I tend to stick to reds, nudes, and my constant go-to OPI’s Lincoln Park After Dark. When spring and summer rolls around I tend to experiment more with polish choices.

During the warmer weather months, I tend to stick with bright pinks and coral colored polishes for my pedicures since they flatter my feet best. With my manicures though I’m all about experimenting with blues, greens, yellows, and every other color imaginable.

What are your favorite nail colors for spring and summer?

xo, Lara

currently coveting…


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Currently I’m coveting everything that comes with the warmer weather. Right now I’m coveting everything from a new scent to pink pedicured toes, bouquets of peonies, a pretty pink yoga mat, blush colored paint and gold prints for my pending room revamp.  That’s not too much to ask for, right?

What are you currently coveting?

xo, Lara