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In My Bag: Lauren’s Makeup Essentials


I’ll be the first to admit it, I’m a beauty junkie. When it comes to what I put on my skin I am very particular. With the exception of special occasions, I keep my makeup very minimal and as natural looking as possible and I (try) to keep my daily beauty routine to about fifteen minutes. Here are my current, everyday beauty essentials:

Trufora Day Serum 85
I fear aging like some people fear spiders, so the very first step in my morning beauty routine is applying this antioxidant-packed serum. It protects my skin from the harsh environmental factors that come with city life. I immediately follow with a sunscreen of at least SPF30.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation
If you’re looking for a foundation with just the right amount of coverage, this is it. It leaves my skin feeling fresh and it completely evens out my skin tone.

Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Wheat
Fellow pale ladies rejoice – I’m about to share with you the best beauty hack EVER. When contouring first became a “thing” I was feeling pretty left out. I am just about as fair skinned as you can get, and the basic contouring kits on the market left me feeling like I had tiger stripes on my face. My secret to the perfect pale skinned contour? Bobbi Brown’s Eyeshadow in Wheat. Pop it under your cheek bones, along your jaw line and forehead and you’re left with a perfect, natural looking contour.

Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Color in Violet Orchid
A little blush can change your entire look and I never leave home without it. This color is perfect for spring and summer – it’s not as bright as it looks, I swear!

Blinc Ultrathin Liquid Eyeliner Pen
This eyeliner will change your life. I’m serious.

Kevyn Aucoin ‘The Volume’ Mascara
I was a devoted follower of the Chanel “Le Volume” cult for years before I found this mascara. I’m convinced I will use this Kevyn Aucoin mascara until the day I die. My lashes have never looked longer and fuller – I am beyond obsessed!

Glossier Boy Brow
I strive to have Cara Delevingne worthy brows. A girl can dream, right?

What are your current beauty obsessions?


In My Bag: Molly’s Charleston Carry-On


I’m venturing back to Charleston, South Carolina in the upcoming month for a long weekend and it will be the first time I’ve been back to visit since I moved to Chicago last March. I am beyond excited to soak up the warm weather (since it refuses to arrive here in the city just yet…) and brunch with my BFFs who are still living in the Holy City.

Here is the #lustlist of things I wish I was bringing on my trip with me.

Red Valentino Embroidered Cotton-Poplin Mini Dress
I am honestly just a sucker for a collared dress and the scalloped embroidery is too cute and so Charleston.

Deux Lux Leyla EW Tote
Did I mention I had a thing for scallops? This carry-all tote is large enough to fit all of my airport must-haves.

Mara Hoffman Striped Top & Shorts
This no-fuss outfit will be easy to throw on for a day of shopping and walking around downtown.

J.Crew Sleeveless Top
I can definitely see myself pairing this top with chino shorts or white skinnies.

The Belmont Cabin Bag
I like to think I could fit 5-days worth of clothes in this tote, but let’s be real… It would, however, make a great carry-on bag for my essentials considering I have the worst luck with airlines losing my baggage.

And one thing that is definitely making it in my suitcase:
I back-ordered these Sam Edelman Sandals earlier this month and they’re set to arrive just before my trip; I can’t wait to wear them for a night out on King Street.

What spring styles have you been eyeing lately?


What’s In My Bag: Molly’s Travel Must-Haves


With an upcoming weekend trip to Boston quickly approaching, I wanted to share a couple of my favorite items for a few days away, when you can’t pack your entire closet (although trust me, I try!). Here are my go-tos for staying stylish while sight-seeing in a new city or a quick weekend trip.

Illesteva ‘Leonard’ Sunglasses
The perfect pair of shades are an essential, and I’ve been loving these sunnies from Illesteva. The fun blue lenses add a twist to classic tortoise frames and are great to throw in your bag when checking out a new city.

SCOUT by Bungalow Makeup Pouch
The (makeup) bag within my bag was actually a gift from my mom, and I’ve gotta give her credit: It’s a great staple for traveling. The 3-Way toiletry bag has enough storage for makeup hoarders like myself – and the bright coated cotton material is super easy to clean!

Club Monaco ‘Adele’ Cashmere Scarf
Another key accessory for a weekend trip is a go-with-anything scarf. This super-soft grey cashmere scarf looks chic paired with dark jeans, a leather jacket, and a fun pair of heels for a night out, or with your favorite sweater and leggings for the plane ride home.

New Balance® For J.Crew 620 Sneakers
I’ve been all about the athleisure trend, especially when traveling. These bright and super comfortable New Balance sneaks have been a must in my travel bag for a long day of walking, or hopping from flight to flight.

Madewell ‘The Transport’ Weekender
This Madwell weekender bag has been my trusty assistant on a few of my favorite trips. I love the classic aesthetic and durability the bag has, and it’s the perfect size for everything you’d need for a weekend away.

What are your must-haves for a weekend away?



In My Bag: European Honeymoon Suitcase


My husband and I are preparing to head over the pond for our honeymoon in a few weeks and I am trying to mentally prepare what I am going to pack. While I know my bag is going to be just at the weight limit, here are a few necessary items (big and small) I am bringing while we travel throughout three different countries.

Camera with monogrammed strap
We will be toting this accessory around our necks with our personalized leather strap the whole time we are in Europe.

Chloe Marcie Cross Body
A great go-to cross body will be a lifesaver while we are out exploring. This bag is the perfect neutral color and size for carrying necessary items throughout the day.

Cheek Color & Lip Gloss
This is a great item to have on hand for touch-ups!

I have taken a notebook with me the past two times I have gone overseas. I think it is a great way to document and reflect on paper during our travels throughout Europe.

Faux Fur Vest
An item that will definitely be joining me on the trip is this black faux fur vest. It can be used as a layering piece for when we are in Switzerland and as an outerwear piece when we are in Italy.

Riding Rain Boots
One item that I have been told to bring to Europe in February is a pair of rain boots. These boots blend versatility and fashion.

What would you pack for a European adventure?



With our busy season in full swing, I’ve been throwing anything and everything that I might need into my tote bag. From my planner to my new favorite lip color, I’ve got all of the essentials for a girl on the go. Here are a few things that have been making my busy life just a bit easier to manage:

Adidas Superstars
I love a great pair of heels, but when I’m jetting from meeting to meeting or catching the bus home, I always like to keep these comfy and chic tennies in my bag to slip into.

Gerard Cosmetics Hydra-Matte Liquid Lipstick in Invasion
I’m a huge fan of lip colors and always love to try something new. This gorgeous color by Gerard Cosmetics is so unique and goes on in a luscious purple with brown undertones.

Totes Compact Leopard Umbrella
Because the weather in Chicago is so unpredictable (especially as we near winter), I always like to keep an umbrella in my bag. I love this one because it folds down to fit perfectly into almost any size of purse.

Bonjour Compact Mirror
A long day at the office can leave you looking a little worse for wear. This-dual sided compact is the perfect mirror for touch-ups and its adorable print garners constant compliments!

What do you tote around in your tote?


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