Beauty Week: Spring Makeup in 7 Steps

Happy weekend! Let’s celebrate with a spring makeup session, shall we?! I love honoring spring’s connection with feeling renewed + refreshed. Something as simple as a new makeup routine can be reenergizing — especially when it doesn’t require tons of time. Continuing our beauty week, celeb makeup artist Joyce Bonelli is lending us a few of her spring makeup tricks today. She’s glammified everyone from Jennifer Lopez to the Kardashians,…. Read more

Beauty Week: Beach Babe Waves

I think California has turned me into an aspiring mermaid. The whole cali-beach-vibe is contagious, and I’ve come to love more boho pieces + beach babe hair. Typically, I attempt to create loose waves myself. But when LA hairstylist Chris Dylan said he’d show me how to really get great waves, I insisted the tutorial be shared with you! Continuing with our week of beauty, here’s how to get the…. Read more

Beauty Week: DIY Face + Hair Masks

Springtime always pushes me to give my beauty routine a makeover. Less is more, right? Less fuss, less time, less masking your natural beauty. The urge to rework my routine inspired me to do a week of beauty on the blog. We’ll talk skin, hair and makeup before the week’s over [with a couple of celeb experts]. First up: DIY hydrating face + hair masks. I hope you’re ready to smother…. Read more

Self-Care Sunday | My Secrets for a Happy Week

I live for the weekends (UM, hello giant glass of wine on a Friday night). But that also means I need to really pull myself together come Sunday, so I set the tone for a happy week. That’s why I prioritize my self-care Sunday — because it kickstarts productivity and allows me to hit the reset button. Ever since becoming a mama, I have learned that “scheduling” self-care never actually…. Read more

Bliss + Breakdowns | First Weeks of Motherhood

My boy is a MONTH! A part of me already cannot imagine life before him. And yet, another part of me is still transitioning away from the freedom that once was. Motherhood is selflessness in every sense, and I am forever changed. I am learning the love for a child is limitless and knows no bounds. I am learning how to give up parts of myself for him, while still hanging…. Read more

Stylishly Sipping on Weekend Tea

Happy Friday! This week has been a beautiful whirlwind, and I want to say THANK YOU for all of your support toward the You & Lu Basics Collection. Yay! This weekend is going to be a restful one at home. A cozy few days sound like heaven. June is typically gloomy in California, which means I’ve been upping my coffee + tea indulgences [it’s just so cozy]! Plus, when Alfred…. Read more

Beauty How-To: Crown Braid

What better way to make it feel like the weekend than with a glam set of braids?! I did this look for the first time at my sister’s birthday last month, and fell in love with it! It’s feminine and perfect for springtime. I [sadly] don’t have the skillz to braid my own hair this well, so I teamed up with on-demand beauty service The Glam App to show you…. Read more

Weekend Diary: Inside Aspen

I’m waking up with a case of the Monday blues. Aspen stole my heart this weekend and I’m pretty sure it’s still staying cozy in a chairlift somewhere. TAKE ME BACK. The city turned into a winter wonderland. A foot of snow blanketed the streets and slopes Sunday morning, creating a backdrop so beautiful I wanted to buy a dozen winter coats and move in forever. This marked my first [ever!] trip…. Read more

Natural Beauty Essentials

I’m usually running late — to literally, everything. Hence, why I keep my beauty routine quick and minimal. Plus, I’ve always preferred the idea of ‘less is more’ — at least, while I’m still in my twenties 😉 If you love a simple makeup routine, keep a handful of beauty basics in your drawer. A cheek and lip stain, tinted moisturizer, lightweight concealer, mint lip balm and lengthening mascara. My freckles get to stay, my…. Read more

The Lyst: Fall Beauty Trends

When it comes to beauty, I usually stick to what feels most comfortable on me — soft colors and dewy textures. Sometimes, I’ll have fun with a red lip or fake lashes, but outside of that, I rarely venture outside my comfort zone. However, team LL noticed a number of new beauty trends popping up for fall. Looks like graphic eyeliner [woah!], metallic eyes [very unicorn-like], and dramatic lip colors…. Read more

Beach Beauty Essentials

I’m a serious beach junkie [that’s what living in California will do to you]. So, I’ve had time to master an au naturale beauty routine. Essentially, I want to wear makeup without looking like I’m wearing makeup. The struggle is real. I need my essentials to be waterproof, subtle + long-lasting. Plus, I want any poolside products to feel light and fuss-free [and not clog my pores]! I’ve narrowed it down to…. Read more

Life as a Wife: The Beauty in the Boredom

Life as a wife still feels so new. We indulge in date nights and road trips and weekend coffee in bed. People keep telling me, “Enjoy the bliss, it doesn’t last forever.” This almost always comes off as a warning. Maybe the experienced ones think it’s helpful to remind a couple of naive newlyweds completely unaware of how hard reality can be. Maybe we’re too giddy right now.  Maybe there will…. Read more

The Climb is the Dream | 2 Years of Lessons

A reflection letter I wrote to myself while in New York last month… I snapped this photo at the same hotel I visited exactly two years prior, right before launching Summer Fridays. All the feelings from that first trip came flooding back when I stepped into the lobby this week. wearing | Orseund Iris Top + Pistola Jeans The exhaustion from early motherhood. The guilt over leaving my then-baby for…. Read more

December 20

this trip is filling our hearts in a million different ways, and we’ve had one magical sign after another that heaven is dancing around us ☁️ swipe to see the white horse we met this week. she walked right over to us, from a wild pasture, and allowed us to pet her while she gave us kisses. it was such an unexpected moment 💫 so here’s to slowing down this…. Read more

My Summertime Bucket List

I’m convinced my family could swap our home for life under a beach umbrella (ya know, if there was no high tide or a bug in site) 😉 We love summertime, and it’s always a season that we create some of our happiest memories. Growing up, I used to split my summers between beach time on Lake Michigan and in Malibu (my parents lived in opposite cities), and so my…. Read more

Summer Fridays in Europe | Four Days in Paris

“Bonjour, Paris!” I practically leaped off the 11-hour plane ride last week saying that! It felt like a big moment, knowing we were in Europe to celebrate the launch of Summer Fridays across the EU. Marianna and I have been SO eager to get our products across the globe, and we wish it were as quick + simple as merely shipping them over! But it’s actually a much longer process…. Read more

Aspen Travel Diary | My Real Life Snow Globe

Aspen is quite literally like walking into your very own snow globe. It’s one of the few winter trips we take to someplace snowy, and year after year it’s one of our favorites. This time felt especially different, since it was our first experience going with Evan (we skipped it last year, because Ev struggled with major altitude changes when he was just a babe). But to say he LOVED…. Read more

NYE Style | Sequins, Stars + Sweats

HOW is it almost New Years Eve?! The week between Christmas and NYE always feels like a happy blur. Everything is a bit hazy, no one knows what day it is, and it feels totally acceptable to drink wine at 2PM on a Thursday. WINNING. Are you staying in or going out for New years this year? We’re currently planning a last-minute trip to head up north for a few…. Read more

My Fall Bucket List | Apple Picking and More!

At the start of each season, I make a bucket list of things I want to do, see, or explore. Sometimes, they’re simple ideas — like painting pumpkins or making spiked apple cider. Other times, it’s a trip somewhere I’ve never been to, or a date night under the stars someplace away from home (a girl can dream, right)?! This year, most of my bucket list is for Evan. It…. Read more

NYFW | Mom Off-Duty Style

This year I did NYFW a bit differently – this was my first year coming without Evan! This is also the longest I have EVER been away without my boy (cue the tears and anxiety)! We had so much going on this trip. Between fashion week itself, and the launch of our newest Summer Fridays product – Overtime Mask, I knew even if I brought him I would barely be…. Read more

My Earliest Lessons in Motherhood | Happy Mother’s Day

Today marks my second mother’s day as a mama to Ev, but in a special way it still feels like a first for me. This time last year, my boy was just a few weeks old and I my mind was foggy from those early days as a mom. I remember it almost felt strange celebrating mother’s day then, because I hadn’t really settled into my new role yet. This…. Read more

Postpartum Workout Series | Body After Baby

I am now one year into motherhood — (how does time pass so quickly?!) — and finally back into my normal workout routine. My postpartum workout journey was truly that — a journey — that required a lot of patience on my part to allow my body to heal and recharge. I remember feeling really eager to jump back into workouts as soon as my doctor gave me the green light, but I quickly…. Read more

THE STORY BEHIND SUMMER FRIDAYS | MEET OUR JET LAG MASK

Summer is HERE. Well, it is for our skin. Summer Fridays launched earlier this month and it’s been SURREAL to see the response from so many of you who are buying, using, sharing, and celebrating our very first product — the jet lag mask (available at Sephora.com and on SummerFridays.com). Marianna and I could not be more grateful (or excited!!) I keep asking myself if this is real life??!! It’s been…. Read more

What My Baby Taught Me | Breastfeeding + Formula

Breastfeeding is a journey. A long, constantly-evolving journey. Sometimes breastfeeding looks like these photos — beautiful, peaceful, connected. And sometimes it looks distracted, squeamish, impossible. This is the start of a new video series I’m doing, titled “What my Baby Taught Me.” The focus will be on lessons learned from my boy, shared in a minute-long video you can watch quickly (they’ll be posted to Instagram each week). This first one…. Read more

Lu’s Favorites | Skincare Secrets for Dewy Skin

I feel like my skin looks especially sleepy recently. I’m not sure if it’s the mama role officially taking its toll after several months of nursing (and less sleep!) but I can see the exhaustion — and I wanted to start working on creating dewy skin. I switched up my routine a few weeks ago to give my face a well-deserved boost. Ultimately, I needed products that could (quite literally!)…. Read more

Looking Back on 2017 | My Best Year Ever

Happy almost 2018! I am so excited to be spending it at home this year for the first time in years. Jake and I are cozy cozy cozy at home with our boy, and it feels really calming. This year has been so beautiful, so tiring, so euphoric, so challenging. Everything in my life dramatically changed over the last 12 months, and yet I feel more at home with myself…. Read more

Winter Wellness | Blueberry Break with Baby

This post is in partnership with The US Highbush Blueberry Council and Simply Inc.  Babies, beanies and blueberries… does life get cozier?! This month has been so busy between work projects and prepping for Ev’s first Christmas. We’re indulging in allll the firsts — from a trip to see Santa, to hanging his first ornament, to sleeping in festive pj’s. Admittedly, though, all the fun has meant less sleep and…. Read more

Three Decades In | Thirty Things I Learned by Thirty

I turned thirty this month. Admittedly, I started lathering my skin in coconut oil and cleaning out my closet of high stilettos that scream twenties, because what new mom wears 5-inch heels?? But as I found myself staring at a sheer crop top I once rocked when I was 22, I started to question whether we all seem to place this weird stereotype on 30? Maybe my skin has a few more…. Read more

Skincare Secrets for Tired Skin

New motherhood is MEGA beautiful… annnnnnd super tiring (hello, 5am wake up calls). I started to miss that healthy, beyonce-like glow I had been going after pre-baby. SO, I’ve come to love some skincare miracle-workers that can at least make me look like I slept until 7. New mama or not, I think you’ll love these skincare secrets. I’m sharing some of my favorite products that help boost my jet-lagged…. Read more

My Favorite Overnight Face Masks

Is there anything better than a late night face mask (with a glass of wine)? Didn’t think so. I cant tell you the number of face masks I’ve tried — Sephora.com knows me alllllll too well. A lot of you have been asking me about my beauty routine — particularly post-baby. I don’t have time to apply a lot of makeup while consumed by early mamahood, so good skin is…. Read more

Lake Life | Michigan Travel Diary

We are (finally!) back in our groove after taking a two-week trip to Michigan this month. What a crazy magical time to indulge in some lake life with our Evan Grey. It marked the first time I brought our boy to my hometown in Holland. He traveled like a champ and didn’t have a total breakdown on the flight, which I consider a major WIN. In those two weeks on…. Read more

My Mama Must-Haves | The First Three Months

Okay, mamas… let’s chat all things that keep me sane. AKA, a list of my mom must-haves. Last week, I shared my baby favorites that I love for Evan. This time, I wanted to spill my mama secrets. Because when it’s 8am and you’re already covered in puke (and probably poop), you need a little pickmeup… or a giant glass of wine with breakfast. Here’s a list of some of the…. Read more

My Boy’s Name | The Meaning Behind Evan Grey

Choosing a name for our little man didn’t come easy for Jake and I. We had lists and lists of possibilities before the big day. But we couldn’t settle on a decision prior to meeting him. Perhaps it’s because we didn’t know whether we were having a boy or a girl, so we never felt super connected to a specific moniker. We took a good nine hours after Evan arrived…. Read more

Pregnancy Roundup: My Journey to Motherhood

How are we here?! It’s still surreal to me that my pregnancy is nearing an end. In days (or weeks), my heart will grow to new lengths and my sanity will be stretched! My journey to motherhood will grow and evolve in ways I cannot prepare for. For now… I wait. The really special part about having this site is that it oftentimes serves as a life ‘diary’ of sorts. I…. Read more

A Letter to my Future Baby

For months now, I’ve been collecting thoughts to share with my growing baby. Every ultrasound, every belly kick, and every ache and pain beautifully reminds me of this little human my body is creating. I find myself sitting up at night, writing down love notes and life lessons I want the baby to know. My thoughts had been scattered everywhere — on ripped notepads all over the house, and in…. Read more

Five Ways to Style a Springtime Head Scarf

Nothing screams springtime like a feminine head scarf styled different ways! I love a good hair piece, because it can turn even the most ordinary outfit into a fashion statement. Plus, a head scarf hides a bad hair day (win-win). I’ve shared some of my favorite ways to style a hair scarf once before, so I wanted to hit the refresh button on new looks for the coming season. I’m…. Read more

BUMPdate: Eight Months Pregnant

EIGHT months?! I say this every time, but really, how has this pregnancy flown so quickly? To be really honest, I’m (selfishly) already missing having this little babe to myself. The kicks, the aches… all the unknowns. I’ve fallen in love with even the discomforts. Being pregnant has proved to be both beautiful and terrifying; euphoric yet painful. Everything is beginning to feel a lot more real. We celebrated the baby…. Read more

Dressing Up the Bump

I’ve admittedly spent the last few months of my pregnancy in far too many yoga pants. My belly loves them. But on the days I need to dress-up the bump, this lacy number wins. This feminine piece isn’t necessarily meant to be maternity wear. But like other purchases during my pregnancy, I bought it in a larger size, so it fits over my growing belly. My rationale is I can…. Read more

My Pregnancy Skincare Routine

I’m officially 27 weeks into pregnancy this week. OMG! It’s going by so quickly, and I’m trying to savor the kicks, the joy… even the discomfort. All of it is happiness. Some of you have been asking about my go-to skincare products — specifically while I’m pregnant — that aren’t packed with tons of chemicals. Admittedly, it’s a little tough to find natural skincare products that actually work. But I’ve…. Read more

Lucky Locks: DIY Leave-In Conditioner

Ladies, your Monday beauty routine is about to get a boost. I’m sharing my favorite DIY leave-in hair conditioner. This conditioning spray is quick to make with a few at-home ingredients, and it creates super soft ends. Plus, everything in it is au natural, which means I’ve been using it throughout my pregnancy. One thing I’ve struggled with is finding products I love, while ensuring they’re not packed full of…. Read more

Winter Bliss: Aspen Travel Diary

I just spent a week in the North Pole. Hot cocoa, white lights, snow angels… the magic was everywhere in Aspen. Even the people seemed happier than Santa himself. I couldn’t ski this trip because of the sweet babe in my belly. I had expected to feel a little disappointed to be missing out on the slopes, but instead I was able to explore the town in a way I never…. Read more

My Merry Message + Holiday Roundup

Merry Christmas weekend! I fall in love with this time of year over and over again. I wanted to share our holiday card. In true California style, we faked the snow with gold confetti. I’m growing a baby, Jake’s growing a beard, and Jett’s growing the nerve to admit he’s not ready to share the spotlight (UM, do you see how thrilled he is?!)… Nonetheless, our first-born looks pretty handsome in…. Read more

Winter Wonderland Holiday Table

The Michigan-girl in me is always lusting over a dreamy winter wonderland. Since sunny LA isn’t promising snow this year, I brought my dreams to the dinner table. You’ll love the coziness of this table for your own holiday parties. A few tricks? Use your favorite ornaments as centerpieces by clustering them together in sets of three or five. Incorporate different sizes and textures, while sticking to one color scheme (metallics,…. Read more

Dressed for Holiday Parties

Happy HOLIDAY PARTY season! Gold, glitter + girl talk are about to take over. I love a festive holiday party, but I sometimes dread hunting for the perfect outfit. Dressy, but not overdone. Festive, but not fussy. Glittery, but not blinding. This year, I found a few favorite pieces that I’ll wear over and over again this season. This metallic midi skirt from Anthropologie can be dressed up with heels…. Read more

BUMPdate: Five Months Pregnant

Today felt right for a BUMPdate! I haven’t written about my pregnancy since announcing it last month. It’s CRAZY how quickly my body (and little bambino) changes. I’m one week shy of five months, which is totally nuts. Overall, I feel really good and I’m pretty thrilled to be out of the nausea-stretch! Here’s a little on how my life is changing… With my EMOTIONS… I’m always a sentimental one…. Read more

NYFW Diary: Strutting Through the City

I’m finally feeling back to my routine after a whirlwind New York Fashion Week [which inevitably spans longer than a week]. The blisters on my feet are fading away and my eyes are beginning to look less puffy sans concealer. All good signs of a successful trip! I love sharing this journey with you year after year, because it’s never something I anticipated for myself when I started blogging. This…. Read more

How-To: Matte Lips

Let’s talk BEAUTY! I’m still in the midst of New York Fashion Week, and matte lips will continue to be a big trend well into the next few seasons. Good news is, you can turn even your glossiest lipsticks into a matte product in three quick steps. It’s so simple. Watch the video below for how to do it. This is a super helpful trick if you want to avoid…. Read more

How-To: The Perfect Pony Tail

Happy FriYAY from NYC! I’m in the big apple for Fashion Week right now, indulging in all things style, beauty… and food, obviously. Photos coming soon! I wanted to share a quick hair how-to on creating the perfect pony. It’s a very 90’s-ish trend that keeps popping up on both the runways and the red carpet. It channels the inner-teenager in all of us, but with a much chicer spin….. Read more

DIY Hydrating Face Mask

Happy Hump Day (which means I’ve got a video for ya)! This time, I’m sharing another DIY face mask that I often make at home. It’s super hydrating and only requires three ingredients — honey, avocado and yogurt. It will sooth both acne and fine lines. Honey is antibacterial, which means it’s great for fighting acne. It’s also packed with antioxidants, and slows down aging while keeping your skin moisturized….. Read more

Get the Look: No Makeup-Makeup

I WOKE UP LIKE THIS! Okay, but really, we all want our skin to look effortlessly beautiful. I call this my no makeup-makeup look. Basically, it’s my go-to for when I want to appear as though I didn’t try at all in the morning [when really, I totally tried]. It’s the look I lean on when I want my freckles to shine through, or my skin to glow. It’s one…. Read more

Lu’s Favorites: Get the Glow

I basically want to look like Gigi Hadid everyday. Her skin GLOWS! I’m always trying new beauty products that are light and effortless, so I can keep my look natural yet dewy. I call it my no makeup-makeup look [full tutorial coming soon]. For now, here are some of the beauty essentials I’ve been lusting over this summer. The secret to getting your GLOW on is to use a cream-based stick for…. Read more

Sweet Summertime: Poolside Picnic

Who else is CRAY FOR ROSE?! Seriously, I’m about to make your day… and your weekend… and potentially, your entire year [depending on your love for wine]. I just discovered rosé in a can. UMM. Why did I not invent this?! It looks chicer than your average beer, and tastes like heaven. This inspired me to share a little poolside picnic with you. Have your girls over [or make it a date]…. Read more

Lu’s Favorites: June

Happy June! I adore this month. Maybe it’s something that stems from my childhood, about it being the official start of summer break. Let’s talk June favorites. An ice cream cone one-piece?! Um, YES PLEASE. I’m also lusting over this TopShop bomber jacket in blush. It’s versatile and perfect for summer nights. Pair it with this crossbody bag + denim heels. A new beauty favorite is this creamy blush palette. Apply it on…. Read more

Six Tricks for a Healthy Beach Day

I am a total beach bum. It’s the California in me. The sunshine seems to encourage lots of eating… and drinking… and more drinking [umm, hello margaritas]! But for the days you want to indulge in some YOU time — sans the boozy drinks and salty potato chips — try these six tricks from The Chalkboard Mag and I… MOVE | Kick off your time by the water with a brisk walk or…. Read more

Hair How-To: Natural Waves

Waves, waves waves! I love styling my hair with natural waves year-round. Something about it feels effortless, approachable + youthful — qualities we all love! Over the last several months, a lot of you asked for a wavy hair tutorial. Since both Katie and I usually opt for waves, we wanted to share our different approaches. Choosing what works for you all depends on your hair type! LAUREN’S WAY | NO…. Read more

Lu’s Favorites: May

Let’s get BEACHY! This month’s favorites are the perfect way to welcome in beach season — think palm-inspired jewels, off-the-shoulder rompers + flamingo phone chargers!  It’s all putting me in the mood for summertime, which always makes me happy. I’m especially loving this eclectic tray for entertaining, and this rose oil blend from Target that keeps my skin super hydrated and dewy. It’s glow potion! Too many adorable favorites to name…. Read more

Coachella Fashion: Fedoras + Fringe

Coachella week is HERE. Which means, my mind is already daydreaming about flower crowns, fringe, and fedoras. FESTIVAL ESSENTIALS. This will be my first year going! Last week, I shared this Coachella lookbook video with you— featuring five of my favorite looks. As promised, I’ll give you a closer look at the outfits this week. Even if you’re not headed to the festival, I love these pairings for any beach or barbecue…. Read more

One Vest, Three Ways

Happy FRIYAY! It’s only fitting to celebrate with something stylish you can wear from work into the weekend. Meet my newest spring staple: the white vest. You’ll look like a BOSS while at work; a boho DARLING while running errands; or a feminine BEAUTY while on a date. I love to transition my clothes from work to play, which is why I’m especially drawn to this vest. You can pair it with…. Read more

Stepping Into Spring with Paper Crown

Is it spring yet?! I know we’ve officially got a few more weeks, but I’m already busy twirling in the happiest dress of the season — this coral number from Paper Crown. I’m pretty sure I’ll be wearing it for months. The color makes my heart happy, and the fit leaves me juuuuust enough room to indulge in a cupcake [or two]. Mostly, I love it for its versatility. Think beach…. Read more

Sip on this Oscar-Worthy Cocktail

“… and the Oscar goes to… THIS GLASS OF BUBBLY!” Seriously, though, this sparkly-rimmed champagne is making my heart happy. It’s the perfect drink to sip and serve on Oscars night. The glass even looks like an academy award. Here’s how to create it… Coat the full top rim of your glass with lemon juice using a small wedge. Pour a few tablespoons of gold sugar on a small plate….. Read more

Tips & Tricks to Traveling Chic

Happy Monday, from NYC! It’s freezing, but I’m attempting to remain stylishly bundled. My team and I hopped on a flight last night from LA, which inspired today’s post. Through all my crazy travels, I’ve adopted a few tricks for feeling great post-flight. Here are my style + beauty must-haves for looking as chic as Rosie Huntington-Whitley when you travel… Stick to a style formula that’s comfortable and easy to…. Read more

Rainy Day Chic

I can’t say I’ve ever looked super chic on a day that it’s pouring outside. Think wet hair, a broken umbrella and running mascara. Not exactly chic.  With El Niño taking over LA, I’m trying to manage my look-good-in-the-rain vibez. Hence, my excuse for buying this hooded raincoat and adorable [working] umbrella a few weeks ago. Here are my favorite rainy-day essentials. May you feel forever chic even in a torrential downpour……. Read more

Gift Lyst: Creative Holiday Gifts

Still trying to figure out what to get the person who has everything?? You’ll love our lyst of creative holiday gifts. They’re fun, festive + affordable! Help your friend become a better cook with a subscription to Blue Apron [recipes + ingredients come straight to your door]! Or, cuddle up with your family over this holiday hot cocoa kit. Your Instagram-loving bestie will love an album from Artifact Uprising, while…. Read more

Feel Natural: Applying Dewy Makeup

Happy Friday! Lets celebrate with a little makeup party, okay?! I’ve long been a lover of natural, dewy makeup. It feels light, airy and approachable, and is one of the few looks that works from day-to-night. The key is to strategically apply sheen, so your face reflects more light. Don’t be afraid of mixing both matte and cream-based products to achieve the look. Beyond the products, I’ve found my skin…. Read more

How to Look Good Post-Workout

I love a hard workout — which means, I usually leave the gym a sweaty mess. You, too? The red-face-meets-wet-tee look is all good if I’m going straight home. But sometimes I want to be a responsible adult and run errands after the gym. Hence, why I’ve figured out a few tricks for looking good post-workout. Below are my favorite products that have a permanent place in my gym bag……. Read more

Pucker Up: Find The Best Red Lipstick

Pucker up, beauties! We’re talking red lips today. Team Lauren’s Lyst did some very serious research. We tested drugstore-bought lipsticks in different shades of red. Why? Because after attempting to rock red lips like Gwen Stefani, I [frightfully] realized pulling it off is harder than it looks. It’s tough to apply evenly, and even tougher to take off. A few tips…  Apply balm prior to lipstick to avoid peeling and…. Read more

Body Boost: DIY Grapefruit Scrub

I’ve got something to cure those Monday blues [and no, it’s not wine]… This is meant to awaken your body + make your skin feel beautiful. Hello, DIY grapefruit-mint body scrub! You’ll spot different recipes online, and the one I’m sharing is a combination of my favorites. You’ll need: 1/2 c coconut oil | 1/4 c white sugar | 1/4 c brown sugar | 1 tbs fresh grapefruit juice | 10 drops…. Read more

Take Your Outfit from Day to Night

It’s FriYAY! Any plans? Jake and I are finally home this weekend [AKA, we’ll be watching King of Queens reruns over wine]. We’re super hip. For those of you with more exciting plans, I wanted to share a little outfit inspiration. I think it’s fair to say we all struggle with taking a wardrobe favorite and styling it multiple ways. So, I’ll be doing more of that here to boost your…. Read more

The Lyst: August Favorites

This month’s round of favorites will keep you content with summertime, while aching for fall. The August lyst is meant to leave you feeling stylish, sweet + chic. I hope you find a treat or two for you and for a friend [these all make perfect gifts]! My personal favorites? The red backpack + the black fedora. There’s something about these pieces that make me feel like I’m going back…. Read more

Travel Diary: Bliss on Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan is pure bliss. My mind is calm + my heart is happy — like every time I return home.  My family and I are rooted in Holland for the week; a small lake town that’s one of the happiest places in the country [literally, it’s been rated]. Growing up, I took its beauty for granted. But now, coming back, I realize there’s no place more peaceful than this….. Read more

Travel Diary: Parisian Flower Crowns

Happy Monday, beauties. I hope you’re excited to take on the week. Let’s swoon over Parisian peonies + feminine flower crowns. Writing this travel diary is making me ache for Paris! The city is lined with the most charming flower marts that brighten every block. We were wandering the streets looking for a special place to snap some photos, when we found a corner shop stacked with springtime blooms. There were peonies on…. Read more

My Travel Must-Haves

Calling all travelers! Let’s talk plane essentials. I [try] to travel both minimally and comfortably, so the same few items always seem to make it in my carry-on.  A cozy flight = a non-cranky trip. While I’m still wandering through Paris [eating tons of baguettes, by the way], it seemed appropriate to include a chic passport holder in the roundup. On the lesser-chic end are a pair of thick socks…. Read more

The Lyst: June Favorites

Happy start of summer! I am so ready for days filled with berry mojitos, beach waves and bikinis.  I’m craving long summer nights spent with the people I love. Barbecue, anyone? For our June lyst, Katie and I wanted to share some of our summertime staples. From fedoras, to flats, to playful dresses, June is all about ease. Loosen up and enjoy the freedom of summer. P.S. I’m especially happy this morning, because…. Read more

The Lyst: May Favorites

Happy almost weekend! I’m finally beginning a monthly series I’ve been wanting to do for a while now: a lyst of my favorite pieces worth taking a second look at. Often times, I’ll stumble across something I love, but fail to share it with you here. No more of that. From now on, I’ll create a lyst of items I’m lusting over — from beauty staples, to inspiring books, to…. Read more

Life as a Wife: Steal Time Together

Timing is everything. Sometimes, it’s coincidental. Other times, it’s intentional. Let’s talk about the intentional kind of timing. The kind of time you create for your career, your relationships, your passions. Life pulls us in all sorts of directions — from meetings, to happy hours, to errands, to date nights — and it’s tough to balance everything. So I don’t. Instead, I’m learning to balance the imbalances. For Jake and I, our…. Read more

Coffee Talks + Confidence Boosts

Ever have a “what am I doing with my life” moment? [Raise your hand]. Sometimes, those moments require a little midweek boost from a bestie. Someone who will listen to you ramble, who will empathize with your tears, who will encourage you to spike your coffee. Friends fill voids that no partner, no job, and no self-help book ever will. Cue Sarah [Boyd]. She’s the brains behind Simply Stylist and my first…. Read more

DIY Moisturizing Face + Hair Masks

My clocks read springtime is here. But my body still feels like it’s trapped in wintertime. The air has been exceptionally dry [it seems] this winter, and it’s taken a toll on my skin + hair. I’ve always read about DIY moisturizing masks made of nothing but a few kitchen staples. Particularly, olive oil. It’s got anti-aging antioxidants and is super hydrating. There are a number of different recipes out there, but…. Read more

DIY Lemon Exfoliating Mask

I want to glow [like a Jennifer Lopez type glow]. Sometimes, I think the answer is vaseline. Other times, it’s love. And now, I’m convinced it’s… lemons. My 19-year-old sister tells me all the cool kids are applying DIY face masks. I’m mostly thrilled because this beauty project makes me feel domestic-ish. Except that I’m wasting groceries on vanity… Combine 1/2 squeezed lemon, 1/2c granulated sugar, 1tbs organic raw honey + 1tbs tea tree oil….. Read more

Real Life Happens Behind Pretty Photos

Our house is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The tree is finally up, and our pup is on the nice list. I spent a lot of time daydreaming about how the weekend would go. Christmas music. Festive PJ’s. Hot cocoa. Gold ornaments. Jett in a Holiday sweater. It was straight out of a Hallmark commercial. Enter Saturday. Tree Decorating Day. Problem one: football is on. Which means, my husband is…. Read more

Indulge in Ordinary Moments

Coffee tastes especially good this morning. I’m huddled next to a cold window, listening to raindrop after raindrop drench the pavement. It sounds like home. That’s because I am in my hometown. It’s cold and wet and gray in Michigan— and yet, it’s calming. Maybe it’s because rain has a way of slowing everything down. It stalls our plans, breaks our routine and keeps us inside. Rain serves as a subtle reminder…. Read more

Tips and Tricks for Tasty Sips

In the spirit of Labor Day weekend, I wanted to share my quick tricks to serving up tasty drinks. I’m all about ease when it comes to entertaining. Often times, making a guest feel special is as simple as adding garnishes to traditional drinks. Trust me, it works wonders. Below are five of my personal favorites, from flavorful water to a fun spin on serving a glass of bubbly. ORANGE &…. Read more

Mind Ready Monday: Own Your Outlook

Happy Monday, my  friends. I have a love/hate relationship with this day. I love knowing there’s a full week ahead (to kick butt at life, obviously). But I hate the inevitable post-weekend sluggishness. [Sigh]. Let’s make today all. about. YOU. Here’s a quote from author Danielle LaPorte, which reads, “Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?” There are times I’ve changed my outfit,…. Read more

Mind Ready Monday: Make Your Passion a Profession

I’m coming down from a weekend high spent in the Windy City. There’s something about Chicago that makes me feel loved. It might be the deep dish pizza. Or the killer martinis. But I think it’s really the people. Chicagoans are so kind. I had the privilege of kicking off Simply Stylist’s fashion and beauty conference on Saturday. My job was to inspire attendees to begin turning their passions into…. Read more

Meet Me in Chicago!

I’m headed to the Windy City this weekend to celebrate all things fashion and beauty. Meet me there! Here’s why: I’m kicking off Simply Stylist’s conference Saturday at the Dana Hotel in Chicago. This is an event uniting tastemakers, trendsetters and aspiring entrepreneurs. Those of you eager to make your mark in the blogging, business and beauty worlds will learn from the best and brightest minds. My friend, Sarah Boyd,…. Read more

Beach Bag Must-Haves [His and Hers]

I’m a beach queen. I love the sand, the sun, even the seaweed. I have more freckles because of it. But really, who doesn’t love freckles?!  In the spirit of summertime, I’m sharing my beach bag must-haves— for both ladies and gents! Descriptions and links to purchase the items are listed below. Browse & Buy… STYLE: Target Dress ($18) SAVE Khaki Tee ($40) Goorin Bros Floppy Hat ($66) Pistons Hat ($20)…. Read more

When a Couple of Texans Win a Million-Dollar Wedding…

Love is in the air— the sweet, southern California air of Monarch Beach. That’s where a couple of Texans tied the knot over the weekend in a super glam, celebrity-style wedding, all courtesy of BRIDES. The whole event was broadcast LIVE, hosted by yours truly and The Insider’s Keltie Knight. A series of webisodes prior to the big day followed three couples vying to win this million-dollar wedding. It was all…. Read more