Lauren Lora

Lauren is a fashion, beauty and travel blogger based in New York City.

 

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A Weekend in DC

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One of the first trips my boyfriend and I ever took together was a 4 hour drive down to Washington, D.C. I’m one of those people who believe traveling together is a major test of the relationship and my boyfriend passed with flying colors. That was over a year ago, but more recently we spontaneously booked a hotel room in D.C. and made the 4 hour trip back there for a small weekend getaway.

This time around we were much more laid-back and decided to put less of an emphasis on the monuments. I’ve included them in this travel guide for any D.C. first-timers but if you’ve already had your fair share of patriotism then feel free to skip it.

Where to Stay:

My boyfriend and I always stay at a nearby Hilton that offers free parking since we drive down from NYC. (Hint: If you book through the Hilton Honors website you’ll typically get a lower rate. Hilton Honors is their loyalty program but it’s free to sign-up!) However, if you’re flying in then I’d suggest staying somewhere within the city out of convenience, if you have the budget. If not, I’ve had friends who stayed at hotels in the outskirts or rented AirBnB’s and have taken public transportation into the city.

Where to Park:

Finding parking is known to be a nightmare but strangely enough, my boyfriend and I have never had any troubles finding street parking. If you’re patient enough and don’t mind a bit of a walk to your final destination then don’t believe the horror stories. Worse comes to worst you can find a nearby lot to park your car in, my boyfriend and I found one in the Immigration building for $12/all day.

What to Do:

Day 1 – Union Market

 

This is the D.C. version of NYC’s Smorgasburg except it’s indoors and has ample parking in a public lot right outside. Is it not already sounding heavenly? Union Market combines restaurants, high-quality grocers and locally run retailers. Two vendors that I’d highly recommend checking out are Tricking Springs Creamery and Salt & Sundry. The first vendor happens to be where The Dabney, a must-try restaurant that I’ll mention later, sources their amazing butter from. The latter is a retailer where you can find the most gorgeous tableware, linens and other lifestyle goods to bring home.

 

Landmark Hopping

 

Feel free to skip this if you’ve already seen the monuments but if not, now would be a good time to explore what most people come to D.C. for. Don’t be fooled though, everything may look close to one another but they’re really not walking distance. I learned this the hard way when I tried to walk to Capitol Hill from the National Archives Museum and felt like I was heading toward a water mirage in the Gobi Desert. I’d recommend purchasing a ticket with one of D.C.’s many hop-on hop-off sightseeing tours since you can conveniently ride them to whatever your destination and get a quick history lesson while you’re on board. My favorite happens to be Old Town Trolley Tours because they’re affordable, informative and the bus is literally designed to look like a trolley.

 

Tidal Basin

 

If you’re lucky enough to be in D.C. during the Cherry Blossom Festival then you have to stop by Tidal Basin for a photo op. The entire reservoir is surrounded by beautiful Cherry Blossom trees and when it blooms it looks absolutely gorgeous. Even if you’re here off-season, Tidal Basin is a nice place to sit down and relax. My boyfriend and I like to post up on one of the benches surrounding the water and just enjoy each other’s company.

 

The Dabney

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After a long day of exploring you must dine at my favorite restaurant in D.C. and one of my favorite restaurants of all time, The Dabney. Hidden away in an alleyway, this farm-to-table restaurant does not disappoint. Their waiters are incredibly knowledgable and the dishes are to die for. This might sound silly but the best bread and butter I’ve ever had in my life came from their kitchen; my boyfriend and I loved it so much we asked for seconds. However, be sure to book a reservation in advance because this place fills up quick!

 

Day 2 – Renwick Gallery

 

You may be tired from day one but be sure to wake up early and make it out to be one of the first in line to visit the Renwick Gallery. Since it’s part of the Smithsonian, entry is free, but by midday the line tends to extend down the block. This contemporary museum is home to one of the most mind-blowing exhibits I’ve ever seen, Wonder. The rainbow below is particularly insta-worthy and this photo definitely doesn’t do it justice.

 

Georgetown

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Once you’re done being artsy and cultural, head over to Georgetown to end your trip off right where you can find food, shopping and sights all in one. I typically like to make my way down M street while popping in and out of stores that fancy my interest, hello Barneys! The real gems are located on the neighboring streets though, where you can find local stores and hangout spots. After you’ve accumulated enough shopping bags, I think it’s finally time to head home.

 

xoxo, Lauren
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East River

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This has been one of my go-to outfits for over a year now. I love how the bagginess and utilitarian feel of the Current/Elliott jacket along with the distressed Golden Goose sneakers contrasts against the body conscious cut of the Urban Outfitters dress. It’s a great low-key sexy yet comfortable look.

 

Outfit Details:
Dress – Urban Outfitters (similar one here)
Jacket – Current/Elliott
Sneakers – Golden Goose (similar ones here)

 

If you’d like to see more photos from my shoot by the East River with Dre they’re up in my Model portfolio!

 

xoxo, Lauren
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Peach & Lily Haul

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One of my favorite places to shop for Korean skincare in the city is at the Peach & Lily store in Macy’s Flushing. They have this amazing tool that they use to analyze your skin in order to curate a routine tailored to your needs and concerns. It turns out that I have “very good” yet sensitive skin that is prone to redness around my nose, chin, cheeks and forehead. I also have dry skin around my eyes and underlying hyperpigmentation spots that haven’t come to the surface yet on my cheeks.

 

After analyzing my skin, I asked specifically for an essence and a serum since those were the products that I was running low on at home. I was recommended a hydrating essence that will also treat my redness and a facial oil to combat the hyperpigmentation forming underneath the surface of my skin. The woman working the store also suggested an eye mask to treat the severe dryness around my eyes.

 

AROMATICA NEROLI BRIGHTENING FACIAL OIL ($42) – Neroli Oil is known to aide in skin regeneration as well as helping to keep skin elastic, diminish the look of broken capillaries and reduce hyperpigmentation. I’ve been taking one to two drops in the palm of my hand and patting it into my skin every night after my essence. I love the floral scent and how luxurious it feels. Hopefully it helps to keep my hyperpigmentation at bay as well as lighten a few of the acne scars that I have.

 

THE LOTUS ESSENCE ($64) – Lotus Leaf extract in this essence helps to protect the skin from free radicals found in the environment, which I’m certain NYC is full of. It also helps to hydrate and heal the skin leaving it brighter, balanced and healthier. I like to dot a pump of this essence around my face, massage it into my skin in circular motions and then pat it in to really help it be absorbed. My skin feels immediately hydrated after using it and I can see slight improvement in my redness.

 

SHANGPREE GOLD BLACK PEARL EYE MASK ($60) – The moment the sales rep at the Peach & Lily store said the name of this product I was obsessed. Gold and black pearl in one product? Hello, luxury! The anti-aging formula accelerates the rejuvenation process helping to fight fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging. The result is balanced and brightened skin leading to the reduction of dark circles.

 

Which product would you be most excited to try?

 

xoxo, Lauren
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Tokyo 58?

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If the two different handbags doesn’t give it away already, these photos were taken on two separate days. The first one was before I grabbed brunch with some friends at Hotel Chantelle and the latter after I met up with my boyfriend at his office. I purchased this jersey tank dress from H&M and I’ve been pairing it with my Golden Goose sneakers and a chambray shirt from Madewell to break it up a bit. It’s a really great weekend outfit because it’s so easy, carefree and comfy!

 

Outfit Details:
Dress – H&M (similar one here)
Shirt – Madewell (similar one here)
Sneakers – Golden Goose (similar one here)
Bag – Givenchy/Goyard

 

xoxo, Lauren
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Crashing a Workshop

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Here’s another outfit that I wore for my collaboration with A Classic Time Watch Co. and Louisa. Once again photo credits go to Eddie but the funny story behind this first photo here is that shortly after Eddie snapped some shots of me, an entire photography workshop started using me as their subject.

 

One of the guys came up to me and asked politely if he could take photos of me and of course I agreed. Soon enough the whole class was taking photos and I got a very harsh look from who was supposed to be the workshop’s subject model. Oops! Hopefully the guys send me the photos over soon so I can upload them to my gallery.

 

Outfit Details:
Dress – Aritzia
Heels – Miu Miu (similar ones here)

 

xoxo, Lauren
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Classic Time

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I recently worked on a collaboration with A Classic Time Watch Co. and the talented Louisa Wells. In between sets I asked my fellow fashion blogger and friend Eddie to snap a few shots of my outfits. We were going for a boho look to match the vibe of the Nanette Lepore watch I was modeling.

My entire outfit, minus the Balenciaga bag, is actually from Target. The dress is by WhoWhatWear and the sandals are from Target’s collection last year.

 

Outfit Details:
Dress – Target
Sandals – Target (similar one here)
Bag – Balenciaga (similar one here)

 

xoxo, Lauren
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