Stop and Smell the Roses

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Happy Tuesday readers! Countdown to Friday has already begun for me.  This past weekend I was visiting my beautiful mother in Charleston, SC.  We had a blast – dinner and drinks, shopping and exploring, I love some quality time with my momma, but boy am I exhausted from such a busy weekend.

Looking forward to a weekend of relaxation.  Here’s a sneak peak into my bedroom, where I will be planning to relax on all weekend — full of vegging, eating yummy snacks and watching countless movies!  Wayne, Mr. Prince Charming, made a special guest preview and wanted to show off his outfit too!   I’m so lucky to have someone who is so photogenic! 🙂

All details from my bedroom decor and our outfits are below — enjoy!!

XX, Creme de Lauren

My Outfit Details 

Top: Only available online in Cream, I bought the black in the store. I ordered a small, but could’ve definitely sized down to the x-small if needed, because the sleeves are a little long on me. TODAY ONLY: 10% OFF EVERYTHING with code: 0400

Jeans: Old from Zara; similar: Here 

SneakersGold Casual Sneakers (Less than $25 and now 10% off with code: 0400)

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Bedroom Details

HeadboardMurrieta Beige Upholstered Headboard (10% OFF w/ Code: SURPRISE)

RugSafavieh Handmade Moroccan Cambridge Lavender Wool Rug

Nightstand(s): Cityscape Grey Top Drawer Nightstand

Ceramic KnobsWhite Ceramic Knob w/ Blue Leaves & Rosette

ComforterLauren Ralph Lauren Lightweight Down Alternative Comforter

Throw Blanket: Old; Similar Here and Here  (Under $30!)

Throw Pillow: Similar 

Lamps: Old from Christmas Tree Shops; similar Here , Here , Here and Here – this one is cool too!

Faux Flowers: Old TJ Maxx; Similar Here

CandleVoluspa Maison Blanc Two-Wick Tin Candle in Saijo Persimmon

Wall art‘Home is Wherever I am with You’ 

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Wayne’s Outfit Details 

Shirt: Similar; Henley Shirt

Vest: Barbour ‘Lowerdale’ Trim Fit Quilted Vest

Jeans: Uniqlo Men’s Selvedge Slim Fit Jeans

BootsCole Haan Cambridge Woven Leather Chukka (Sold out – similar style: Zanzara Botticino Leather Woven Lace-Up Boot)

Eyeglasses: Persol 

 

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Addio, NYC! Ciao, Italy and Greece!

Today is the day I head on the DREAM vacation I’ve been planning for months and months, Italy and Greece here I come!  My three girlfriends and I leave for Rome, Italy this evening and I could not be happier!!!

It feels so surreal that today is finally here.  We have a itinerary full of adventure, wine, food and of course shopping!  After a few days in Rome, we venture to Florence to vineyard hop then head south to Positano, for 5 full days of R&R!  At each of these Italian cities, we’ll be staying in Air Bnb’s.  We got such great deals, and I am so excited to see what each Loft / Apartment / House has to offer in each place!  See the photos below for where we’ll be staying in each city!

After a wonderful week in Italy we’re heading east to Santorini, Greece.  I cannot wait to embrace Wayne after a week apart and see everyone for my beautiful friend’s wedding.  I am so blessed to have been friends with my Cassie for the last 15 years and so excited to be a part of her and Alexis’s special day.

Our first night in this paradise will be in another Air Bnb.  We will then be in the beautiful, Oia Sunset Hotel with all of our friends to celebrate the bride and groom.  The wedding week in Santorini will be filled with ATV tours, boat cruises,  more food and drinks, and lots, and lots of laughter!

I cannot wait to share my adventure with each of you and stay tuned for pictures of my outfits and experiences in each of these beautiful European cities!

Xx, Crème de Lauren

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MINORI / POSITANO:

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Sunday’s Stripes

Blog 9v1Blog 9v2Blog 9v3Blog 9v4Blog 9v5Blog 9v6Blog 9v7Blog 9v8Absolutely loving this strapless flowy striped shirt! Perfect for a hot summer day, and guess what?! It is under $13 and fully stocked in all sizes at H&M!!! Pair this top with white jeans or distressed white jeans (Anniversary Sale!) or cute jean shorts and you’re good to go for a fun night out or day at a beach bar!

I wanted more of a nautical look this Sunday, so I paired this top with nude heels (more here, here, here) and bright red accessories:

  1. Bag: Rebecca Minkoff Red Studded Quilted Leather Should Bag (Old, for sale on Tradesy)
  2. Lips: MAC Ruby Woo

A few other pale blue and white tops and dresses I love right now from H&M: (1) here, (2) here, (3) here, (4) here

 

Stripes and Everything Nice

This off-the-shoulder dress is the perfect wardrobe piece for a summer outing and I am loving the stripes!  I wore this classic dress to a family BBQ this past weekend that we had at my aunt and uncles house.  I just love the ruffled, off-the-shoulder look, and it is everywhere this summer.  I’ve been loving H&M’s summer collection and here are some of my top picks for this off-the-shoulder look: herehere, here, here.

It’s very light weight and breezy, making it an ideal option for a hot, humid day.  The khaki green dress is also to die for.  This olive color will be a huge hit this fall, so this is next on my list for purchases!  Pair either color option with a cute pair of suede camel booties for the perfect fall outfit.  Some of my favorites from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Chestnut Suede Booties, Prairie Dust Suede Booties.

I will be posting my top picks from the #nsale on Friday morning once the sale goes live to the public.  You can shop the early access by browsing the sale then placing what you want in your Wish List.  Just as a reminder if you are not a Nordstrom Debit or Credit card holder, the sale will be available to the public starting Friday, July 22 (3:00 AM EST) – Sunday, August 8 (3:00 AM EST).  This sale includes the newest fall fashion at a discount up to 40% off.

**Just an inside tip: If they do not have your size available, order any size and you can exchange your item once the product is restocked as soon as the sale ends.  You won’t want to miss this sale, everything goes back to full price on August 8!!!! Stock up on your favorite fall booties, sweaters, leather jackets, chunky knits, designer fragrances and cosmetics, handbags, etc.

Thanks for reading!

Xx, Creme de Lauren

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Darling Dining!

I’m so excited to start sharing different rooms, the very few, within my apartment which I just adore. Over the next few posts, I will give you a walk-through of my favorite spots in my 1 bed, 1 bath, 850-square foot Hamilton Heights gem, my humble abode.  We did one walk-through of the occupied apartment and immediately fell head-over-heels for it (you’ll see why in the photos)! After a long, and expensive process (Broker fees in NYC are ridiculous), it was finally ours, our first “home” together.

I just had so many ideas to decorate each room, which is a true passion of mine.  I’d say the style of my interior decor choice is very modern, feminine and clean mixing vintage pieces in a modern setting and color scheme.

One thing Wayne (my very handsome, loving and supportive boyfriend of almost 4 years) and I love to do in our home is host dinner parties with our closest friends.  What’s a dinner party without a dining room?  Yes, in NYC, we finally had a dining room which fits a table, chairs and bar cart! This place is actually heaven!

The round dining room table we purchased off of Craigslist, it’s Ikea Ingatorp that can expand to seat 6, for only $40!

These gorgeous tufted dining chairs, I purchased from Target in “Glacier”.  They come as a pair.  You’ll see from my other furniture choices that I love the elegant, tufted look in my pieces.  My recommendation is to wait until Target has a sale to purchase these before buying them full price.  Also, if you have a Target card, you get 5% off every purchase!

The soft rug was purchased from Wayfair.  I highly recommend checking this site out for quality products at a low rate.  I was a little hesitant about the rug because it ended up being the exact diameters of the table and chairs, but honestly I just love the colors in the rug and it helps the room decor flow nicely between the dining and living room.

The vintage, gold bar cart  was another steal from Target.  I got it a few years ago during a Black Friday sale and Wayne absolutely loves it.  He has a knack for crafting cocktails for our guests and it’s so fun experimenting with the different liquors and flavor combinations. A few other options: Houzz Bar Cart,  Vintage Bar Cart with Bottle Holder, and World Market Bar Cart.

Some other sites that I usually find good deals on furniture and home accessories are: World MarketJoss & MainOne Kings Lane, Christmas Tree ShopsHouzz and last but not least, Home Goods!

Thank you for stopping by and I’m so excited to keep sharing my lovely apartment with you!

Xx, Creme de Lauren

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