Maybe I Should Join Pinterest…

Posted in accessories, blog, clothing, design, fashion, inspiration, Style, technology by Lauren on March 4, 2014

grey layer perfection

1. I saw the two

Pictures featured in this post on Pinterest the other day. Because I do not have a Pinterest account, I was forced to save these pictures to my hard drive. I wish I could remember the accounts where I found these. If you know, please tell me. I believe the first picture is from a catalogue while the second…

simleboldstyle2. Is from someone’s

Personal style pin-board. I just love the simple, strong, casual, and classic look of these outfits. Classy and not trying too hard. Did I mention comfy? Also: I really love that red bag. 

How’s your week going so far?

À plus tard,



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UnReality: Brooke Shaden

Posted in fashion by Lauren on February 26, 2014

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1. If photos could destroy

Me, these would. Brook Shaden’s work hits me in my soft spot. My imagination. Her surrealist photography is so beautiful. The color, the contrast and texture. It’s like looking at a painting. These photos bring me back to my days as a six year old imagining impossible things. These photos make me want to create, to build another story.






Brooke Shaden

2. I have so many

Stories I wish to tell. But first I must write Raif and Rose Book 2. What an insane adventure this book is. It’s taken me a lot longer to write than I thought. But it’s worth it. I’ve gone through so many iterations of the plot and things are finally coming together perfectly. I know this book will be worth the wait.


3. This photo is

My favorite. Followed closely by the first. This feels like a story. It evokes more than the tale of red riding hood. I wish I could explain it fully, but I can’t. It really gets to me. To see more of Shaden’s work, click here.


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Sawyer | Berson: Damn Good Design

Posted in fashion by Lauren on February 24, 2014

02ResBridgehamptonsawyerberson1. You may or many not know

This, but I am a fan of modern style and design. One firm whose take on modern I find to be the perfect balance of style and comfort is Sawyer | Berson. Listed as one of Architectural Digest’s Top 100 Architects and Interior Designers, Sawyer | Berson, these guys certainly know what they’re doing!







2. Some day in the not-too-distant

Future, I will get a chance to see these guys in action as they build my dream home in Malibu or the Hamptons or something… (a girl can dream). 


3. The kitchen below is so 

Bright and lovely. Sigh…






3. The house above

Is one of the firm’s projects in the Hamptons. Double sigh… One day, this will be ours, everyone.


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Posted in blog, Chicago, inspiration, Self Employed, technology, Travel, Writing by Lauren on February 21, 2014


1. It’s time to confess my sins.

I have been two-timing. I have been working on… (wait for iiiiit)… another… blog! *gasp!* I know, I know, the shame, the horror, the humanity!!!

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2. Yes, I have been writing for another blog.

It is a travel blog called ‘The Digital Suitcase‘ it’s super cool and I’m with a great team! I joined at the start of this semester and am so excited to be working with everyone. It’s a project we are doing as university students (so it’s for a grade, but the topics are all chosen by us. Our blood, sweat, and tears are going into making TDS great.) So have a gander!

I will be posting there twice every week for the next few months! The post you see in the photo above is my first for the site!


3. Of course I will

Continue to update The LVDS. I  actually have a few posts already planned! I hope all has been well with everyone! How are ya’ll doing?

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Kelly Wearstler is Amazing

Posted in architecture, art, clothing, decor, design, designer, fashion, inspiration, kitchen, life, Motivation, Style by Lauren on February 21, 2014


1. Did I already tell you

How much I love Kelly Wearstler’s design sense. Her clothing and interior design are killer. I got all these pics from Elle magazine. I forget whose home this is, however.


2. What I absolutely adore

About Wearstler’s designs is that she leaves no surface untouched. Every corner of the spaces she designs has been considered. She is not afraid of bold color choices. Her custom-designed stairways and use of floor covering for walls and vice vera, are the creative design ideas I dream of.




3. What Wearstler does in her

Own home, right above, inspires me as well. Check out the perfect use of granite and marble. I love the differing grains and colors. She inspires me.

Do you have a favorite designer?


À plus tard,


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Love Decisions: Mind Made Up

Posted in Cold Kingdom, dating, Friendship, holidays, inspiration, life, music, Personality, singing by Lauren on November 25, 2013


1. Before I start this

Post, I wanna say Happy Pre-Turkey Day. I also wanna say that the history behind this holiday is deplorable (“here’s some food… and some smallpox”…etc.)

But I am writing this post to say that I

Am no longer wondering about dating and relationships. No, not because I have magically found myself a boyfriend.

I am no longer wondering, because I realized… I have a life. I have WAAAY more important things to be thinking about. My music, for starters, and my hobbies, and my studies, and just the million other things going on in my life.


2. That does not mean I 

am closing myself off to potential matches. Quite the contrary in fact. I simply realize I am happy. As. I. Am. I am not worried about my peers or some misguided internal clock telling me I am behind. I literally don’t hear it anymore, and I couldn’t give less of a damn about it now. I am writing from a place of relief and confidence, to be honest.


3. I was internalizing

The strange crap people tell me about being ‘too accomplished’ or ‘intimidating’ at 21 years old. I was feeling agitated and annoyed by the guys who stare at me but never approach, even though I smile and am friendly. But something happened to me recently that has changed my outlook.

+ I realized something important:

I can be glorious.

I can be amazing and achieve anything I want, and I literally don’t have to apologize for it. And I don’t have to meet some relationship standard. And I can  be as fucking fantastic as I want. I can be the superhero I’ve always wanted to be. If that is intimidating, so be it. I gain no joy from pretending to be smaller than I am. IN SHORT: I don’t give a crap. And I love it.

I chase my own ideals. And that’s all I need. :) There’s still room for family, friends, colleagues, and love. But… I won’t be putting myself through contortions to get those things. A guy can either get on this bus or hop off – his choice, but I am not dragging him with me, and I’m not feeling bad about it either. I wish everyone true love, happiness, and joy.

À plus tard,


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