Lauren Lora

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

 

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The New Cologne Sitting on My Boyfriend’s Shelf

A Review of the Ralph Lauren Polo Red Extreme Cologne

Influenster was kind enough to gift my boyfriend with a free bottle of the Ralph Lauren Polo Red Extreme cologne. He was pretty excited when he heard that he was getting something for a change.

The day we got it, I made him try it on immediately. The scent was a mix of fresh yet musky, which are two words you would most likely not hear together in a fragrance. I’m not sure how Ralph Lauren pulled this off but they created a cologne that makes my boyfriend smell clean but “manly” at the same time.

Ralph Lauren Polo Red Extreme bottle

The packaging is very minimalistic and unassuming. However, the strong red Polo logo against the matte black bottle gives it a bold yet dignified presence on my boyfriend’s shelf. It’s actually small enough for him to either keep in his pocket or keep in his car but he found that applying it once a day is all he needs.

My boyfriend applies a light amount in the morning and there’s still a faint scent lingering toward the end of the night. According to him, it’s a bold fragrance but not overwhelming to the point where he’d get sick of smelling it midday. I’d have to agree as I’m not a huge fan of fragrances, I hardly wear perfume myself, but I’ll admit that I do enjoy the scent on him.


Go pick up a bottle for your mans, ladies!

xoxo, Lauren
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Disclaimer: We were given this product for free from Influenster to test but all opinions are our own.

I Think I’ve Found My New Favorite Fine Jewelry Line

My Thoughts on the Mejuri Grace Threader Earrings & Pearl Mini Studs

Wearing the Mejuri Grace Threader Earrings and Pearl Mini Studs
Fun fact: I’ve been wearing the same earrings since high school. My ears are incredibly sensitive to the point where even real gold can irritate them. So when Mejuri first popped up on my radar, I was hesitant.
 
I eventually got sick of wearing the same set of earrings and around the same time was Valentine’s Day. My boyfriend asked me what I wanted, and with Mejuri’s great return policy, I figured why not give it a shot. He got me the Grace Threader Earrings and Pearl Mini Studs.

About Mejuri

When it comes to jewelry we’re usually left with two options: expensive fine pieces or cheap costume ones. Mejuri sought to be the best of both worlds, combining hand-crafted fine pieces with affordable prices. How, you ask? They cut out the middle man and work directly with the manufacturers.
 
Mejuri’s pieces are made in collaboration with style icons and designers across the globe. They don’t release products seasonally but rather, they update their inventory with new collections each month. It’s $10 flat rate shipping within the U.S. and free if you spend over $100. And, as I mentioned earlier, their return policy is amazing. They accept returns for up to 30-days with return shipping on them.

Mejuri Grace Threader Earrings and Pearl Mini Studs

Grace Threader Earrings

I was most excited for the Grace Threader earrings; after all, I’d always wanted a dangly pair. The simplistic design is versatile and looks beautiful when worn. They hang at just the right height, so as not to look awkward or trashy.
 
However, the Grace Threader’s beautiful design is also its greatest flaw. In order to get it through your ear you have to pull the actual chain part through your earring hole. Recall how I have incredibly sensitive ears? You can imagine how irritating and uncomfortable putting them on must before for me.
 
I cringe a bit when I put them on and take them off. I also find it unfortunate that I can’t take advantage of the versatility of the design. However, these earrings are still gorgeous and I’m willing to overlook the flaws.

Mejuri Mini Pearl Studs

Pearl Mini Studs

Along with dangly earrings, I’ve also always wanted pearl studs. My aunt has a beautiful set that I’ve always envied so I figured it was about time to get my own.
 
Although the pearls are on the smaller size, I think that’s what keeps them looking youthful. If you get pearls that are too large, you run the risk of looking like you’re wearing your grandmother’s hand-me-downs. They’re the perfect size to either wear together with the Grace Threader earrings or on their own.
 
While I was more excited for the Grace Threaders, these Pearl Mini Earrings ended up being the ones I was the most satisfied with. I can see myself wearing them more often than the Grace Threader set. Not only are they easier on my sensitive ears, they’re slightly more casual looking meaning they’ll go with more outfits that I wear daily.

Conclusion

Despite being slightly disappointed by the Grace Threader earrings, my overall opinion of Mejuri remains positive. I’m not going to let the Grace Threader earrings cloud my view of the brand because not every girl has the same problem as me. It’s unfortunate that I have sensitive ears, but I should have considered that when ordering. I could always return them but as I said before, they’re pretty enough to the point where I’m willing to overlook the struggle of putting them on and taking them off.
 
So if you’re looking for an affordable line of fine jewelry, I’d highly recommend Mejuri. They have many other pairs that are just as gorgeous. I already have a few in mind for my next order: Lotus Earrings, Olive Leaf Ring & Choices Bar Bracelet.
 

Will you be checking out Mejuri?
 
xoxo, Lauren
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These Leggings are Made from Recycled Plastic Water Bottles

My Review of Girlfriend Collective’s Sustainable Leggings


“Free” you say?

 

I have this love-hate relationship with leggings. They’re incredibly comfortable and if I could, I’d live in them forever. However, if you buy the wrong pair they can be terribly unflattering. A bad pair of leggings could make your butt look flat or even worse, give you a camel toe. So when I heard about this “free” pair of leggings that Girlfriend Collective was giving away on Facebook, I was skeptical.
 
How could a “free” pair of leggings be any good? I started by asking my homegirl Kristi what she thought. She already received her pair and had been wearing them to work out for a while. Her feedback was positive so I took a chance and got my “free” pair of leggings. It took a while for my pair of leggings to arrive since it was backordered but I tried them on as soon as they were delivered. And just like that, I fell in love with these startup brand leggings made from used plastic water bottles.

 

The Leggings

The leggings fit me like a glove and hugged me in all the right places. The fabric is very high-quality, feeling smooth and soft against the skin. The material is also thick enough so that you don’t feel over-exposed. During my workouts the leggings hold up better than the ones I purchased from Gap Fit. They stay in place and move with me seamlessly.
 
What I consider to be the icing on the cake for these already amazing leggings is how they’re produced. Girlfriend Collective prides themselves on being a sustainable fashion brand, and they mean it. The leggings are made of approximately 25 used plastic water bottles each. If you’d like to learn more about the production process or purchase your own pair of sustainable leggings, head on over to their website.
 
Will you be purchasing a pair?
 
Urban Outfitters hat (similar one here) / H&M cropped hoodie / Girlfriend Collective leggings / Nike roshe ones
 
Photography by Matthew Ng
 
xoxo, Lauren
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The New York Public Library isn’t for Checking out Books

How the NYPL became NYC’s new Instagram Hot Spot

Is it just me or are there more people at the New York Public Library taking photos than there are checking out books? It seems like this New York City landmark became an overnight Instagram sensation. Don’t get me wrong though, I hopped on the band wagon as well. The white marble façade makes for an excellent backdrop and the grand interior gives you a lot of scenery to work with.

I’d been seeing a lot of my friends and fellow NYC Instagrammers tagging their photos at the NYPL so I made it a mission to check it out myself. I dragged my friend and photographer Kevin out of bed and together we went to see what the hype was all about.

When we got there we quickly claimed a spot to take photos at and sure enough, other bloggers and Instagrammers started showing up. I’m sure it must’ve looked ridiculous to an outsider, a bunch of girls and their photographers all posing in the same general area.

But in all seriousness, I’m happy that the New York Public Library has gotten onto the list of Instagrammable New York City places. It’s a beautiful building and a historical landmark that doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it should.

Are there any other NYC Instagram hot spots I should check out? Leave a suggestion in a comment below!

Zara jacket (similar here) / Lulu’s sweater dress / Uniqlo heat tech tights / Aldo over-the-knee boots / Ray-Ban sunglasses / Celine micro luggage tote

 

Photography by Kevin Mui

 

xoxo, Lauren
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