Fall 2019 Giveback Giveaway!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Happy Monday! It's the start to another week, but today I'm here to share a different kind of post. I am beyond thrilled to say a big "thank you" to all of you with a giveaway! With fall officially upon us, I wanted to take a moment to give back to my followers, who I prefer to call friends, because to me, anyone taking the time out of their busy day to spend it in my little corner of the internet is a friend of mine! It means so much to me that you've all found various ways to show your support, whether it be a simple "like" on a photo or messages with feedback or questions, I love this community.

This will primarily be an Instagram giveaway, but anyone who is a current Intsa follower can gain a special entry by subscribing to new blog posts and my monthly newsletter (coming soon!). You can find all the entry-specifics below, so let's get to the best part - the goods! You'll be entering to win a gorgeous, fall-appropriate tote bag by Vince Camuto that is perfect for work, school or weekend as well as a seasonally-inspired eyeshadow palette from Bare Mineral's new "Bounce and Blur" line!

{1} All current Instagram followers are automatically entered.
{2} Any current follower who tags a friend (or two, as there are no limitations) in the comments, who in-turn follows, will receive an additional entry. That new follower will also automatically be entered.
{3} A new follower is then welcome to tag a friend and continue the cycle, increasing the opportunity to win!
{4} BONUS ENTRY: Subscribe to the blog by entering your information HERE.

...and that's its! The giveaway will run for one week, ending at 11:59pm on September 30th. A winner will be selected at random and announced October 1st.

Please note: Entries are limited to those located within the continental United States. The giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram, Vince Camuto or Bare Minerals. It is my way of saying thank you for your support of my rebrand over the last few months. By entering this giveaway, you acknowledge and agree to the foregoing and release Instagram, Vince Camuto and Bare Minerals of any and all liability associated with such entry. 

Lauren xo 

My Top 10 Amazon Buys

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

I've been an avid Amazon Prime shopper for several years now, and I must say, they continue to improve their product selection daily. I've rounded up my top 10 buys from the last two years of orders These items are well-loved in our household, so I hope you enjoy them as well.

{1} Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner - This easy, small-scale cleansing machine keeps both real and costume jewelry sparkling, especially my beloved engagement ring and wedding band. I discovered this shortly before our wedding through Megan from Holy City Chic, and have been using it on a monthly basis (sometimes more frequently) ever since. I use it in conjunction with this liquid cleanser.

{2} Packing Cubes - I swore these things were a gimmick, but after packing with them for a two-week honeymoon in Hawaii, I can affirmatively share that they are not...they are a lifesaver! I've never been so organized while on vacation. All my clothing and accessories remained sorted and easy to identify for the entirety of the trip, which was a rare occurrence previously. I even use them for short, weekend getaways. Highly, highly recommend!

{3} Fabric Shaver - For years, I used this wacky thing called a "Gleaner" that was supposed to remove piling from clothing, but it never really did the trick. Then, this little miracle gadget came along! My clothes have never looked better, especially my sweaters. We invest so much in our wardrobe, and this shaver helps keep them looking new.

{4} Plate Storage Protectors - This product is for any newlywed or new homeowner. After my bridal shower, I had received more dishes than I could count. I love seasonal living, so most sets were holiday-related and needed to be stored away while not in use. Enter these amazing storage containers! I have all my dishes labeled and safely protected in our basement. It's made entertaining effortless because it's so organized.

{5} Countertop Vacuum - I don't know where this tiny miracle has been all my life, but once I found it, I never looked back. There's nothing more annoying then crumbs all over the counter. Sometimes, no matter how often you wipe the surface down, they just keep reppearing. This palm-size vacuum helps curb cleanup time, and keeps our space tidy without wasting cleaner or paper towels.

{6} Makeup Brush Cleaner - I've tried many, many makeup brush cleaners throughout the years, but NOTHING compares to this one. It's definitely on the pricy side, but it's the quickest and cleanest way to keep your brushes looking spotless. If you're someone like me who wears makeup every day, particularly foundation, this will be a lifesaver. Clean brushes make for a flawless finish and ensure sanitary application (i.e. bacteria won't be spread to your face)!

{7} Divided Lazy Susan - If you've followed me for some time, you know that I've been on an organization kick thanks to The Home Edit! This book, and the lifestyle it promotes, made me completely rethink the way I use lazy susans. I've found so many uses for this household staple, especially in the bathroom. All my hair products, for example, are accessible, organized and useable.  I also know exactly what I have, which prevents overbuying and duplicate purchasing.

{8} LV-Inspired Bag - How many of you covet the iconic "Neverfull" tote from Louis Vuitton? I know I sure did, and it took me years to save up enough to purchase my own. Thanks to Amazon, you can now get the designer look for less. As I recently shared on Instagram, this is not a counterfeit piece, but rather a true dupe. The colors are not exact, and there are no "LV" markings or other faux indicators. Further, the legal protections surrounding the well-known checkered pattern have been struck down in various court proceedings, so you can purchase without reservation. Plus, it comes in two additional color options and is made of vegan leather.

{9} Lululemon "Align"-Inspired Leggings - If you've been blessed to wear anything from Lululemon, you know the quality is unbeatable. Last year I purchased a pair of "Align" leggings for $98 (ahhh!)...Frankly, I do think they're worth every penny, and I do wear them weekly, but I would be hesitant to invest in another pair just because of the price. Again, here comes Amazon to the rescue. These leggings are pretty close to the "Align" for a quarter of the price. They are not exact dupes, and I do reach for the real deal more often than not, but this brand is a great alternative. They wash well and held up in the "squat test".

{10} Carpet Cleaner - This was recommended from one of my favorite OG bloggers, Katey, from Chronicles of Frivolity. I believe it was originally a recommendation from a mom of 3 boys...Need I say more? It's fully cleaned a variety of stains, without the harsh chemicals of traditional cleaners. We're really loving it!

Feel free to message me with any questions. Be sure to follow along with my weekly Instagram posts to stay connected!

Lauren xo

What I (Actually) Bought from the #NSale

Friday, July 12, 2019

With today's post, we're going off schedule, but it's for a great reason - the highly awaited Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here! Cardholders gained access today...Of course, I had to place an order ASAP. Items sell out insanely quickly, which is why I generally recommend ordering several sizes, if you're on the fence about anything. Returns are easy (and free), so it's a win, win!

Here are a few other tips:
{1} Shop for staples/classics. More trendier pieces can be acquired at cheaper prices through other retailers, in my opinion. Since the those types of styles go in and out, it's not worth spending money on Nordstrom's quality for items with a shorter lifecycle.
{2} Review your closet before checking out. My eyes are generally bigger than my space (and my pocketbook), so I do my best to re-evaluate my cart before committing to my order.
{3} In light of my first two points, return whatever you're not entirely thrilled with. Nordstrom has great sales throughout the year, sometimes even better than the #NSale, so don't feel obligated to keep things just because of the perceived sale price. I shop with them year-round, and rarely pay full price.

Also, I'll be updating this post with any subsequent orders, so be sure to check back periodically throughout the sale!

Happy Shopping! Note: Public access starts July 18th - mark your calendars, if you're a not yet a cardholder.

Lauren xo
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