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

Mind Ready Monday: Sprinkling Sunshine

Today is worth celebrating. Not because it’s a particularly special date. It’s not a holiday. Or a birthday. Or the day Beyonce drops a new album [sigh]. But it’s happening now, and you’re a part of it. Celebrate with unnecessary laughter. Celebrate with a grateful heart. Celebrate with forgiveness and openness and kindness. With adventure and passion and hard work. Sprinkle your life with sunshine, even on its darkest days.”…. Read more

Create Your Own Bliss

Are you seeing signs of spring? Everything around me is blooming, and it’s total bliss. Cherry blossom trees are painting the sky purple. Fresh blooms are turning LA’s sidewalks into flower marts. And the days are becoming just long enough to tease us. Naturally — as any Instagram-lover would do — I’ve been snapping photos. Sometimes, the most mundane pieces of beauty following winter are enough to remind us the world…. Read more

The New You & Lu!

Notice something different??? We have a new name! Welcome to the new YOU & LU.  Sometimes, change is necessary. It’s a sign of growth. A sign of hope. A sign of celebration. … and that’s EXACTLY why Lauren’s Lyst needed a re-birth. If you’ve been following along with me since the start, you’ll remember this space started solely as a personal diary documenting my quarter-life. Over the past year, however,…. Read more

Dear Resolutions, It’s Been Real

Dear New Years Resolutions. IT’S BEEN REAL. But, we’re breaking up now… Let’s be honest — we spent the first week of 2016 aiming to look like Blake Lively, while dreaming big like #girlboss Jessica Alba, all while eating SO. MUCH. KALE. And now… you just want a donut. We all want a freaking donut. So, I thought we’d be real with each other and figure out how to actually make our…. Read more