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




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

The 90s Appreciation




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

The Early 2000s Appreciation



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

The White Person Tries Corn Rows Appreciation



My only concern: burning of the scalp.

The Mullet Appreciation




Obvs never going out of style.

The Mens Appreciation





The ‘Oh No She Didn’t’ Appreciation




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

The Effortless Appreciation



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

The Short Hair Don’t Care Appreciation





These babes look good no matter what.  Bitches.

The Shaved Head Appreciation




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

The Rachel Appreciation


Always imitated. Never duplicated.

The Kate Gosselin Appreciation


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.


2. Birchbox Subscription (starting at $30)

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


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!)


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.]


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.


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!!


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!


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

Happy Earth Day!

Hi Friends!

In honor of Earth Day here are 10 interesting facts about our planet, the species that live on it and nature!

1. Earth isn’t round. Centrifugal (big word) force pushes outwards at Earth’s equator giving it a slight wasteline. it also weighs 6,588,000,000,000,000,000 tons.  You curvy girl!


2. Coral Reefs are the largest living structures on planet Earth.  They also contain the highest density of life, even more than rainforests!

3. 70% of the planet is covered in ocean but humans have only explored 5% of it. There is enough undissolved gold on the sea floor to put 9 pounds in every persons pocket on Earth!

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4. Ya know how sometimes it just feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day? Give yourself a break! Technically, there are only 23 hours 56 minutes and 4 seconds. That’s how long it takes the planet to rotate on its axis.


5. The ‘Turritopsis Dohrnii’ is a type of jellyfish that is essentially immortal. It can transform itself from an adult back into a baby through a process known as ‘transdifferentiation’, in which one type of cell transforms into another. Fountain of youth anyone??


6. Lightning strikes the Earth 6,000 times every minute.

7. For every human there are 200 million insects.';alm'sldkvn'sknv

8. Reptiles have been roaming the planet for about 340 million years.


9. The largest individual flower on Earth is from a plant called Rafflesia arnoldii. It’s flowers reach up to 3 feet in diameter and weigh around 22 pounds!

10. There are approximately 8.7 million (give or take 1.3 million) species on Earth today.

Let’s keep it that way! We try and do our part by donating 50% of all proceeds from every >>Wildlife Necklace<< purchase to the Wildlife Conservation Network!

Well guys, there ya have it.  Take these facts and do with them as you please.  Hopefully they help with  your next Trivia Crack game or upcoming date.  You can sound like a total genius, in the event the weight of Earth or the amount of gold at the bottom of the ocean happens to come up in conversation.  In any case, Earth Day is about broadening and educating how important the environment is worldwide.  Get with the times because like, it’s like cool to be a tree hugger these days.

Until Next Time!

XO Lauren

Gisele Bundchen Kills It At Life

Hi Friends!

This week Gisele walked her last runway. She’s 34 and she’s retiring from the model biz to focus on other projects she has going on. Okay, so now that you have the facts, I’m gonna talk about how much I love this woman. I think it might be weird, to like, love a super model. Shouldn’t I be eye rolling and seething with jealousy? Maybe if this post was about like, Adrianna Lima I would feel differently. But it’s not.

 I’ll admit, a lot of the love has to do with Tom Brady. A lot of it has to do with her living in Boston, giving it a much needed super model aspect. They don’t NEED to live here year round. But they pretty much do. They built an insanely expensive mansion in the outskirts of Boston. Would you if you could? Or would you opt for LA or someplace warmer. It just sorta feels like — they’re sticking it out with the rest of us. Just in a much nicer house with lots of maids. It’s also important to note that even with Tom’s high paying salary, Gisele is the bread winner. That’s cool. That’s like girl-power-I-am-woman-hear-me-roar status.

Anyways. The following is a list (in no particular order) of the times Gisele absolutely killed it in life. Enjoy!

  Let’s just start off with a bang. I heard an entertainment report the other day that credited Gisele to bringing the “real woman body” back to the runway. I guess i’m an alien?

Sorry Beyoncé but this defines flawless.

Oh so this is what you’re supposed to look like while you travel? Comfortable and effortlessly chic? I always forget about the chic part, sticking more with a effortlessly hobo look.

Just stop with this. Good god woman.  I can’t even let my dog off the leash in my own front yard. Gisele does it on an exotic beach, while pregnant in a string bikini and holding her son’s hand. I really need to get my life together.

This is my favorite. I know she got a lot of flack for the comment she made. I know a lot of people really tore her a new one for it. I don’t get why. I love it. Her husband just lost the Super Bowl literally 30 seconds before she was swarmed by jerk photogs. She was defending her man! And if you wanna get technical, she was right!

I mean, does this need a caption?

Just casually breast feeding with her glam squad. Best part is Kimmy Kardashian instagramming same pose a few months later. Sans breast out.

As her ever loving and supportive husband looked on, she walked the runway for the last time and every single model wore her face. If that’s not a way to go out I don’t know what is!

Man, she just really has it all together, doesn’t she? And honestly, I didn’t even eye roll or feel a sting of jealousy when I wrote that! I think I have a soft spot for women who age gracefully.  I’m not saying that 34 is old. At all.  Maybe I would have 10 years ago, but not when it’s just around the corner for me now.  But let’s face it, in Gisele’s world, like Hollywood world, it is.  She’s bowing out before she loses any integrity. Tapping out on a high note before doing anything crazy like falling off the stage during a performance or sticking her tongue down Drake’s throat at Coachella *cough*Madonna*cough* in order to stay relevant.  You go Gisele! 

 Girl, you betta keep workin’ it! 

 Xo Lauren

Boston Strong 


Today, I can remember exactly where I was when I heard the the terrible news of two bombings at the finish line. I can still feel all the emotions of that day and the days following. I will never forget being at a local bar, watching everything unfold live on TV. I will never forget the entire place erupting in a Boston chant after the capture. I will never forget those who lost their lives and the incredibly brave survivors, responders and bystanders who rushed to help. Today, like always, I am Boston Strong. 

Xo Lauren

Celeb Sightings at Coachella: Weekend 1

Hi Friends!

Well, weekend 1 of Coachella is in the books. In case you missed it – here’s a look at some of the noteworthy celebs spotted this weekend!

Kendall & Kylie Jenner 


Paris & Nicky Hilton


 Bella Thorne  

 Brooklyn Beckham–all grown up!

Aaron Paul & Lauren Paresakian 

 Sarah Hyland & Dominic Sherwood

Danity Kane….

Nikki Reed & Ian Somerhalder

Kate Bosworth

Amber Rose


Julianne Hough


Whatta weekend! Especially for someone like me who enjoys living vicariously through celebs! Only a few more days and then we get to do it all over again. Until next time!

Xo Lauren