Friday, February 2, 2018

An Unpredictable Collection!

Hey friends! I am so excited to be back in action! What better way to get back into the swing of posting than a collab with my favorite new online boutique?!



Unpredictable Juno is a quaint little boutique in Monmouth County, New Jersey, near the Shore. I would always stop in whenever I was in the area because it's a bit of a drive for me to get there. But now my problem is solved since they have just launched their online boutique! The assortment of women's clothing is totally trendy and they have everything from gym gear to work attire to date night dresses!




Here I am featuring 3 items from the collection to show how versatile the collection is! 
The first look is the Motto Merlot Floral Dress. It is perfect for any season, depending on how you work your accessories! In this look, I wore a Leith cardigan (currently on mega sale!!) over it and paired my favorite Hinge booties (in stock and the NEVER are) and Street Level clutch. 









The next look is perfect for the office. It's the Hyped Unicorn Bubble Sleeve Top. The eyelet cutouts are adorable and it's a great way to bring a little trend into the workplace.  
I paired the top with my absolute favorite work pants (they have petite sizes too). Shop them here
Purse details here
My shoes are sold out, but shop similar here!









Finally, my last Unpredictable Juno look is what I live in on the weekends: athleisure! My Active Basic Ripped Crew Neck Sweatshirt is perfect for the gym or just lounging around. I'm currently wearing as I write this post!!
My bra and pants are via Victoria's Secret Sport collection. 
Sunnies are QUAY x DESI collection.









Thanks for reading! Happy shopping!


Monday, October 23, 2017

My Beauty Favs

Hey beauty lovers! Thanks for sticking with me and baring my long lapses in between content posts. This year has flown by and it’s almost one year since I launched Love, Lauren Michelle! Can you believe November is next week?

I have gotten a few questions recently regarding my favorite beauty products and what I use to get my every day look! Here is a full review on the products I use most frequently. I also recently got the opportunity to try Mikasa Beauty Techni Brushes, so I included a review on them in this post!
 
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Make Up Forever Primer: My first step in any look is to use a dab of the Make Up Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Smoothing Primer in my T-zone, forehead and chin. It is the only primer I trust to conceal my large pores and control my oil-prone T-zone!

Image c/o Sephora.com

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation: I swear by this foundation! The oil free base provides the perfect finish - not too oily and not too dry. It is also cruelty-free! My preferred method of application is using a wet black beauty blender pro. My shade is Natural Beige in the winter and Honey in the summer!

Image c/o Sephora.com

Mikasa Beauty Techni Brushes: I had been wanting to try these brushes and when Mikasa Beauty I just had to say yes! I love how soft they are and how easy they make it to apply foundation and other products. The best part is that now I am a part of their affiliate program! You can get 25% off any product listed on www.mikasabeauty.com, including brushes, lashes, hair products, makeup and more! Use code LAUMICHELLE25 at checkout!

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Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara & Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash: This combination of is awesome. I don't use them as much now since I got eyelash extensions. But everyone used to think that I had falsies on when I used this duo. Highly recommend!
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Kat Von D Ink Liner: By far, the absolute best eye liner out there! I was known to rock a cat eye daily before my lash extensions. Now, I add KVD's Ink Liner in Trooper to create a dramatic look for a special event. The staying power is incomparable!

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MAC Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul: Latest and favorite blush discovery! It isn't super pink, which I love. When I want something a little more pink, I layer in a freebie NARS Blush in Goulue that I got as a gift for becoming a Sephora VIB Rouge member. 

Image c/o Ulta.com

Sephora Collection Bright Future Concealer & Color Correctors: I use Green Color Corrector to block out redness, Melon to block out dark under eyes and Custard Concealer to highlight under my eyes, the bridge of my nose and an inverted triangle on my forehead. 

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MAC Studio Fix Perfecting Powder in Medium: An awesome setting powder to lock everything in and mattify my face. 

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Bare Minerals All Over Face Cover in Pure Radiance: This is by far my best kept secret! I tried this product in a 500 point Sephora reward bundle. I use it as a highlighter, although I am not sure that it is truly marketed as one. Either way, it is a MUST have!

Image c/o Sephora.com

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water: I love this setting spray to hydrate my skin and lock in my look - day or night! You can technically use it before or after you apply your makeup since it duals as a primer, but I prefer after. And since it's oil free, I don't have to worry about spraying it with my lash extensions!

Image c/o Sephora.com


I know this was a long one but I hope it was helpful for those who asked about my beauty favs! 

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Don't forget to take advantage of my coupon code and get yourself some new beauty products from Mikasa Beauty!

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Thanks for reading!


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Life Lately

Hi friends!! I can't believe that it has been almost two months since my last post! Blogging is hard work!!! Since it's been so long, I thought I would give a quick update about what's been going on in my life lately.

Love
A few months back, I shared my online dating experience. I met some great people, but unfortunately my latest beau just wasn't "The One." So I've been single for about two months now. Honestly, it's nice to have the freedom to focus on myself and my career...

Career
Speaking of, I've also left my current position in fashion accessories and am starting a new career path in the beauty industry next week!I will be working with a luxury skincare brand called Eve Lom and fun, high-end color brand called Lipstick Queen! More details to come!

Closet Additions 
Being on a hiatus between jobs has not been good for my wallet! As I'm sure you know, the Nordstrom early access anniversary sale is currently going on. Naturally, I had to open a Nordstrom card to get myself early access - I just couldn't wait!! Check out my purchases below! And to see how I style these pieces into the fall season, follow me on Instagram: @love__laurenmichelle.

Topshop Cardigan Socialite Top | Free People Pullover KUT Jeans Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody | Hinge Booties | BP. Scarf

Eyelash Extensions
I recently tried out one of the latest beauty crazes - eyelash extensions - and I'm obsessed! If you know me, you know I am super obsessed with mascara and liquid eyeliner! But as much as I love makeup, I hated how long my beauty routine took each morning. I rarely left home without my trusted combo but now my lashes look great all on their own. The extensions are subtle since my lashes were already pretty long, but very light in color. Now, I can just dab a little foundation, blush, swipe my lips with some color and be on my way!

Before

After | Blue Geisha Lashes

I hope you enjoyed reading as I'm playing catch up on blog posts! As always, my Instagram posts are much more frequent and detail my daily styles, current loves, and personal adventures!



Thanks for reading!


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

May Flowers

Since my last #WeddingWednesday post was about gorgeous rainy wedding day photo ops (April Showers), it's only fitting that for May's post we talk about flowers!

When it comes to weddings, your floral arrangements will literally make or break you. In most cases, flowers are a main aspect of the wedding decor and can also turn out to be one of the most costly. There are plenty of ways to keep your cost of florals down and there are even ways to preserve them after the wedding is over! But first let's explore the best flowers for each month of the year!


Florals by Month

When planning floral arrangements, it definitely helps to know what type of flowers are in season during the month of your wedding. By planning accordingly, you can have the freshest, most beautiful flowers that are also available and affordable.

Some flowers are available all year round. They are: roses, anthuriums, orchids, tropical flowers, lilies and Gerber daisies.
Roses
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For weddings in December, January or February, try: ranunculi, gerbera daisies, tulips, calla lilies, anemones, kangaroo paws, gloriosa lilies, chrysanthemums or roses. Tip #1: Winter has best choice and prices on cymbidium orchids. Tip #2: Tulips are best in quality and pricing in February.

Calla Lillies
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Spring weddings in March, April or May call for: lilies of the valley, peonies, tulips, hyacinths, mophead hydrangeas, cherry blossoms, columbines, lilacs, poppies, ranunculi, roses, freesias and violets. Tip #3: Lilacs are only in season during these months so don't expect them in any other season. Tip #4: Lily of the valley can be very expensive and availability is usually limited to May.

Roses & Peonies
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If you're tying the knot in June, July or August, go with: asiastic lilies, black-eyed Susans, cosmos, delphiniums, gladioli, columbines, larkspur, pee gee hydrangeas, roses, clematis, cockscomb, daisies, garden roses, rudbeckia, sunflowers, viburnum or zinnias. Tip #5: Hydrangeas are best in the summer. Any other season results in inferior blooms.


Roses & HydrangeasImage c/o Pinterest

For fall weddings in September, October or November, try: physalis, amaryllis, bittersweets, hydrangeas, roses, sugar maples, sunflowers, scabiosas or gerbera daisies.

Sunflowers, Daisies, & Roses
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Tip #6: Gardenias will brown very easily from contact.
Tip #7: Callas are sensitive to cold temperatures and can suffer from frost damage. They have good heat tolerance and retain moisture well.
Tip #8: Stephanotis is extremely delicate. 


Bouquet 101

Now in terms of bouquets, there are varying shapes and sizes:

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Best Blooms by Color

It's also important to consider your wedding colors when choosing flowers:

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Floral Fiancials 

When it comes to cutting wedding costs, it is possible to save on your florals. Here are some ways to do so...

1. Work out your priorities - Decide where florals rank on your list of wedding priorities. A general rule of thumb is to allocate 10% of your overall budget to flowers, and significantly more if you want to fill your reception space with elaborately designed displays.

2. Limit your choice - Stick to one or two flower varieties and ask your florist to use natural foliage for added texture.

3. Be flexible - You may need to compromise on specific floral varieties in order to keep to your budget. Your florist should be able to suggest less expensive alternatives that will floor just as great as your first choice.

4. Keep it simple - Time is money. If your florist has to spend hour creating complex arrangements, costs will rise. Simple hand-tied bouquets will keep costs low and are just as beautiful.

5. Double up - Make the most of your church flowers by transporting them to your reception hall. Pedestals and potted trees are easy to move and look fabulous as an entrance display, while pew-ends can double as chair-back decorations. Recycle bridesmaids' bouquets into centerpieces after the ceremony.

6. Be creative - A few statement blooms surrounded by lots of inexpensive greenery can look striking, so consider having less flowers and more foliage. If you've got your heart set on an expensive flower, just use it sparingly - carry just a few blooms in your bouquet so you feel surrounded by it all day.

7. Accessorize - Use mirrors and glass to add the wow factor. A simple tablescape can be totally transformed by incorporating a large circular or square mirror tile. Scatter fresh rose petals and votives for gorgeous romantic display.


Post Wedding 

After the wedding, keep memories of your flowers by preserving them. Here are some suggestions on how to do so:

  • Hang the bouquet to dry in a safe area upside for several weeks or months and they will dry nicely. Store them in a bouquet preservation box.
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  • Press them - can be done professionally or on your own.
  • Use Silica gel - put the flowers in a container and bury the flowers with the gel. After a few weeks, dust off the powdery residue.  This is perfect for sturdier flowers like peonies, roses and zinnias.
  • Freeze dry - this is probably the most expensive, but it does keep the floors looking very close to what they looked like on the big day. The process keeps the color but takes out the moisture.

Tip: All preservation processes must start while the flowers are fresh (so while you're on your honeymoon). Ask a trusted bridesmaid to start the process for you. If you are using a professional, be sure to schedule this in advance. 


Image c/o Pinterest

Though this was one of my longer posts, I hope that it was helpful and informative!


As always, thanks for reading!

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