Here Comes The Bride

Hi Friends!

I have exciting news! Today is the official launch of IVJewelry’s new Bridal Collection! Stacked with loads of sweet pieces for monogramming and personalizing, treat yourself or gift your wedding party. Click on >>> Bridal Collection <<< to view all the new goodies!

So here’s the deal. I have entered my late 20’s. Deep breath.  I’m growing up. Which means my BFFs are too. We’ve entered a new phase in our friendship. The stage of getting married and making babies. Which for someone who loathes change, it’s extremely exciting. I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by girls, actually women, who at their core are the same wonderful, thoughtful, loyal people they’ve always been. Now their accessories are pack ‘n’ plays and diamond rings.

Anyways, enough of the mushy shit. In honor of IVJewelry’s new Bridal Collection I compiled a list of weddings I think must have been epic to attend.  Some are royal, some are common, some are scripted. All are epic. Enjoy!


The Royals 

Even though Pippa and her derrière totally stole Kate’s thunder, Kate can call herself a straight up princess. #winning.

I think we can all agree that Diana holds a special place in our hearts. I also think we can all agree that Charles  married way out of his league.

At fourteen I was barely out of my N*Sync stage. Marie Antoinette was married to Louis XVI.


The Commons

Clear stripper heels, booty dress, boom box playing Journey and a living room. That’s all Brit and Kfed needed to exchange vows in front of loved ones.

Ripped jeans, trucker hat, crop top, two witnesses and most likely alcohol and uppers. That’s all Brit and (what’s his name) needed in their quickie Vegas vows.


The Sorta Scripted Sorta Real

I mean, talk about a spectacle. This made for TV wedding had it all. I mostly only wish I was there to see Lana Del Rey sing for Kim the night before.


The Scripted

Keira gets it all in Love, Actually. Not only is Andrew Lincoln in love with her, he does the sweetest surprise at the wedding of her and his best friend. Not only is he a hopeless romantic, he kills zombies too.

I’ll say it, greatest music video of all time. First of all, Slash. Second of all, super model Stephanie Seymour in my future wedding gown. Never mind she tragically died at the end of November Rain, it’s fantastic while it lasts.

Are you kidding me with Wilson Phillips?! Kristin Wiig and Maya Rudolph perfectly portray how ever single girl sings that song. Also, if any of my friends ever made me wear that bridesmaid dress I would passive aggressively never forgive them.

When naive, Jewish Karen marries Italian mobster Henry in Goodfellas, it makes me happy. Maybe because I am also a naive Jewish girl that has a soft spot for Italians.


Sometimes weddings are traditional, sometimes they’re not. Sometimes weddings are fun, sometimes they’re not. All weddings are special, though. So here’s my advice: (for what it’s worth) have some good tunes, good people and keep the drinks flowing. Oh, and a lot of love :) That’s the perfect recipe for an epic wedding.

Until next time!

Xo Lauren

Series Finales & Why I See A Therapist

Hi Friends!

With the series finale of Mad Men and David Letterman leaving late night, I’ve decided it’s time to share just how crazy and ridiculous I am when it comes to change. I’m not one of those people that need closure, especially with tv shows. I’m not someone who needs to know how it all ends, you know why? Because I don’t want it to end. Even if I don’t watch the show after the second season, it’s still a comfort for me to know it exists on the airwaves and someone is still watching. I’m crazy. I know. In some cases, I watch a show religiously and when I know the end is nearing, I quit cold turkey. The thought of an official end to characters and stories I’ve grown to know and love is all too much for me. My palms are actually sweating right now typing this.

Anyways, here are a few examples of series finales that hit me particularly hard. Enjoy!


So, I lead with Friends for good reason. It’s really the only show on the list that I literally grew up with. Talk about a show that knew how to end a season with a cliff hanger! Maybe that’s the problem, I got used to knowing I would have the answers to Ross and Rachel drama in 3-4 months. I know, nut bag.



 People are still going nutty over the “fade to black” final scene of The Sopranos. There are all sorts of theories. What exactly did the abrupt black screen mean? Who walked into the restaurant? What was the significance of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” playing on the juke box? Honestly? Who cares. The series is over and therefore so are the lives of these fictional characters. Truth.

I binged watched Breaking Bad on Netflix months after the series finale aired. I feel like this helped with my fear of closure, because I already knew it was coming. I also already knew pretty much everything that was going to happen thanks to spoiler alerts via Facebook and social media. That being said, it took me about three days to watch entire series and three months to muster the confidence to watch finale. 

I cried myself to sleep after this one. I’m not kidding. I remember thinking “What is Charlotte doing?!” Mind you, this was before I knew there would be two motion picture movies. That would have helped to know. Also, was anyone else disappointed the Big’s name was John? Booooring.

This was a serious test for me. I watched Kenny Powers from the start. I loved him. I loved April. Thankfully they ended up together. These two crazy kids. The show was kind of out there, especially Kenny. The final episode was no different (Lindsay Lohan was Kenny and April’s daughter) but I will forever miss Kenny F*ckin’ Powers and as an adult, felt I handled the finale quite well.

I mentally shut out this series long before the actual finale of The Office. For me, the finale was when Michael left. Which, to no ones surprise, I also couldn’t bear to watch. Friends told me the show was still funny even without him but I wouldn’t listen. I mourned the fictional loss of Michael Scott. Thank god for reruns, but not the ones without Michael. Duh.


So obviously some of these shows are still there for me late at night on TBS.  That definitely softens the blow.  In the cases of Friends and Sex and the City though, I always check the guide first to see what season and/or episode is airing. If it’s Carrie in Paris or Monica and Chandler moving to the suburbs, forget it. I’ll watch the local news instead. I can’t deal with it. I honestly don’t know what I will do with myself when current favorites like The Walking Dead, Girls or god forbid Law & Order: SVU say goodbye. Good thing I have my therapist on speed dial!


Until next time!

Xo Lauren

 

Ten Epic Moms

Hi Friends!

In the spirit of Mother’s Day I thought I’d take a look at some of the epic moms that have entertained me throughout the years. By entertained I mean, made me laugh, made me cry or scared the ever loving shit out of me.

The following is a list of the 10 best moms (according to me and in no particular order) from both the big and small screens. Enjoy!


1. Amy Poehler as Mrs. George

Mrs. George perfectly represents the mom living vicariously through her daughter. She doesn’t want you to drink, but if you’re gonna, she’d rather you do it under her roof.

2. Piper Laurie as Margaret White

Carrie’s mom has affected me since the day I saw the movie. Honestly, the whole telekinesis thing doesn’t even faze me. It’s the overly religious, psychotic mother. The term “dirty pillows” (referring to Carrie’s boobs) will forever haunt my dreams.

3. Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford

So, Joan Crawford was a horrible mother. The movie, based on her daughters autobiography, details her life growing up as Joan’s adopted daughter. It’s not pretty. Especially when coat hangers are involved.

4. Sally Field as M’Lynn Eatenton

oh, sweet, sweet M’Lynn. Steel Magnolias will forever be my #1 chick flick . My favorite part? The very end when M’Lynn has her breakdown.  And the quote “Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.” Word.

5. Anna Faris as Christy Plunkett  6. Allison Janney as Bonnie Plunkett

Bonnie and Christy Plunkett are mother-daughter recovering, sometimes struggling, alcoholics. It’s a heavy topic, but they make it work, really well on CBS’s Mom. Their relationship is hysterical and it’s a modern, relevant topic that a lot of people can relate to. At the end of the day they are both Moms trying to make it through life.

7. Kris Jenner as Herself 

So…Kris Jenner. She speaks for herself.

8. Sarah Wayne Callie’s as Lori Grimes

Any fan of The Walking Dead understands the above statement. I tend to think people were a little too tough on Lori. I mean who knows how we will all act during the zombie apocalypse? And it will come.

9. Julia Roberts as Erin Brokovich

Love this lady. Love how badass she is.  I love how even as a struggling, single mom of three little ones, she finds a way to help hundreds in a multimillion dollar lawsuit. True story.

10. Sally Field as Mrs. Gump

I guess Sally Field has really left her mark as a mother on me. Mrs. Gump kept it real with Forrest and did what she had to do, including (but not limited to) sleeping with the principal to keep Forrest in school. That’s love.


So basically, I’m really grateful that my mom never tried to relive her youth through me, attack me with coat hangers, or is Kris Jenner.  Someone should put that in a hallmark card. At the same time, she’s probably grateful she never had to sleep with a principal in order for me to stay in school. Although, let’s be honest, it probably would have helped my GPA. I kid I kid.


Until next time!

Xo Lauren

Met Gala 2015–Our Favorites!

Hi Friends!

So, last night was the Met Gala. Basically, fashion lovers version of what the Oscars are to movies.  Although, as far as I know, nothing big went down like last year (need I remind you of Solange and Jay’s infamous elevator brawl)  the night was definitely filled with amazing fashion.  The theme of this years Gala was China: Through The Looking Glass and some took that to the extreme. Please see: Lady Gaga, SJP.  Not that they aren’t completely bad ass for their style, because they are, they just didn’t make the cut for our best dressed list. But we urge you to take a looksy.

This post, however, is about the women we think absolutely killed it last night.  Enjoy!


Irina’s Picks: #1 favorite and the rest are honorable mention

Congrats Lily Aldridge. You get a gold star!

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K-I-L-L-E-D  I-T, for me at least. There’s not one thing I hate about this look. Although to be honest, I haven’t seen her shoes so there’s a chance I could dislike those. I love the way she interpreted the night’s theme…. which in no way do I actually care about in regards to the fashion choices, but kudos. The dress is gorgeous and fits her so perfectly. I also love the dark lip. Something I’ve always wanted to try but 1) have no where to go  2) am too chicken. P.S. I want her clutch!!!  P.P.S. Can I be you?

*Honorable Mention*

Claire Danes and Keri Russell

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Really had a thing for the dark and sultry on the Red Carpet last night. Again, lip envy, Claire. Bravo ladies, you look smokin’!

Kendall Jenner and Gigi Haddad

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The young guns. Aside from being so hot right now in general, they are so hot right now at the Met Gala in these babies. What I appreciate here is the simplicity of the silhouettes and how the designers added just a little something extra to really make the dresses pop on the female figure. Thank you for not overdoing it with the hair and makeup. Your looks didn’t need it. Perfection.

Lizzy Caplan and Diane von Furstenberg

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These two spoke to me on a different level. With Lizzy there is the slight element of fitting the evening’s theme (which MANY were unhappy about), but really I just love the Red Carpet elegance here. The dress fits her well and the color compliments her skin tone. Diane!!! Stop being so amazing!! (but don’t really). I feel like she typically makes it onto our favorite picks in some form. That print on her – that shoulder- enough said.


Lauren’s Picks: All are my favorites because I wish I was them.

Gigi Haddad

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s all about age appropriateness. Gigi is effing gorg. She looks young, refreshed and natural. Also, shoes.

Adriana Lima Betchya had no clue who this was before seeing her name. I defs didn’t. Love it. The gala is afterall, a costume ball. Elvira meets supermodel. I’m obsessed with this look.

Hannah Davis

Hey girl, I had to google who you were after your arrival on the red carpet. No surprise, you’re a model. It’s cool though, because I can’t stop staring. Seriously. I’m in a trance.

Kendall Jenner  Gotta hand it to the girl, she’s a supermodel. I can’t find one imperfection in this pic. And believe me, I tried. She even pulls off the middle part and perky side boob with no bra. Who does that??  

Beyoncé

Hey Bey, you’re naked but I don’t even care. Even if you are a mother. And you know how I feel about that. It doesn’t even matter because this took my breath away. If I could, I would wear this to the grocery store. Bow down.

Rihanna

She literally shut the shit down. No kidding, they shut the red carpet down for her arrival. Talk about bad ass. Honestly, I have no idea what exactly the dress underneath looks like. Don’t even care. There’s something about RiRi that screams sex appeal. Maybe it’s her “I don’t give a damn” attitude. Maybe it’s her way of expressing her personal style without following the rules. Either way, I’m about fourfive seconds from wildin’.


What do you guys think? Did we get it right? It’s funny, Irina and I didn’t discuss our favorites at all before putting together this post. As expected, our favorites differ a bit. We do agree though, that Gigi and Kendall killed it. It definitely feels like these girls are the next generation of “It Girls.” We don’t hate it.


Until next time,

Xo Lauren & Irina

Hairstyle Appreciation: The Good, The Rachel & The Kate Gosselin

Hi Friends!

In honor of today being National Hairstyle Appreciation Day, I thought I’d share some hairstyles we can all appreciate, no matter how bad it is.  Let’s face it, it takes a lot of, for lack of a better word, balls to switch up your hairstyle.  It can be a huge commitment! I have serious commitment issues so I don’t typically stray too far from the norm.  But I can definitely appreciate the people who do! I mean, obvs I’ll poke a little fun at some of the following…but deep down, I’m sorta jealous. Enjoy!


The 80s Appreciation

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Seems like every style was taken to the next level.  Especially those Nelson brothers. rawwwr

The 90s Appreciation

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butterfly clips, multiple messy buns and grunge. We just couldn’t make up our minds.

The Early 2000s Appreciation

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Who didn’t love a good chunky highlight and bleach blonde multi colored hair?

The White Person Tries Corn Rows Appreciation

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chris

My only concern: burning of the scalp.

The Mullet Appreciation

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billy

Obvs never going out of style.

The Mens Appreciation

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brad

Swoon.

The ‘Oh No She Didn’t’ Appreciation

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Remember when: Kim bleached her hair?! Beyonce had bangs?! Keri cut all her gorgeous curl hair off?!

The Effortless Appreciation

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Someone please tell me it takes a lot of time to look this effortless. Please?

The Short Hair Don’t Care Appreciation

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These babes look good no matter what.  Bitches.

The Shaved Head Appreciation

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Defs need a perfect shaped head to pull this off. Something tells me these women don’t really care though.

The Rachel Appreciation

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Always imitated. Never duplicated.

The Kate Gosselin Appreciation

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Never imitated. Never duplicated.


Seems like everyday there’s some new hair trend, but who cares. If you’re feeling it rock it. Kate did.

Until next time!

xo Lauren

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

So, Mother’s Day is less than two weeks away (May 10th). If you’re anything like us, you love your mom so so much, but have a hard time finding the perfect gift for her. This usually ends with scrambling the Saturday before Mother’s Day and ending up with a gift card. Not this year! This year we’ve made it easy for you by compiling a list of ten thoughtful and affordable gifts for good ol’ m-o-m. Because mama, in the words of Tupac, you are appreciated.


1. Anthropologie Monogram Mug ($8)

Anthro puts their signature chic touch on an old classic.

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2. Birchbox Subscription (starting at $30)

Because who doesn’t love a box of goodies arriving at their doorstep?!

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3. Soulcycle Ride ($20 for new riders)

For the active mom! Even better- take the class with her. She’ll love it! (shout out to our girl Bucci!)

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4. IVJ Monogram Coin Necklace (starting at $74)

OK, OK, shameless self promotion… after all this is our blog! But really, we’ve gotten so much positive feedback from the ladies on this one. Also, for a limited time we’re giving you the option to add more charms! [For our domestic shoppers: order by May 3rd for a standard shipping delivery by Mother’s Day.]

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5. Perfume 

Either your mom is up for trying new scents or she has a go-to perfume. If you know she has a favorite we highly suggest sticking with that! Just because she already has a bottle doesn’t mean she wouldn’t appreciate a travel friendly size that she can keep in her tote.

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6. Beach Bag (Target $34.99)

One of many options out there. Since you probably spend more time at Target than you care to admit, you can pick this up on your next trip :)

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7.  Soul Mate Charity Tee ($18)

Jessica Simpson partnered up with Destination Maternity to create this adorable tee. The best part about this? $5 of every purchase is donated to Baby Buggy!

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8. Family Portrait

This is a great gift for new moms or moms with young children. Photographs are the best way to capture a moment in time! Support a local photographer or visit a portrait studio.

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9. Spa Treatment

This is kind of a no brainer, but figured we’d throw it in anyway. If you can afford it, no mom is gonna say no to a spa day!!

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10. Flowers, duh!

Many moms claim “I don’t need gifts” and if you think she’s being honest (really think about this one), at the very least you should get her flowers and a card. Brownie points if you know her favorite flower!

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If for no other purpose, we hope this gift guide reminded you that Mother’s Day is coming up and that you should probably get Dear Mama a gift of some sort. Good luck!

xo Lauren & Irina