Paris and Italy Bound!

My HUSBAND and I are off on our long-anticipated Honeymoon today! We fly to Paris and then we're off to Italy for about a week and a half. We cannot wait to get there and experience everything that Europe has for us. Be sure to follow along on Instagram (@the_laurenelizabeth)!


It's Wedding Week!

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And just like that, it's the WEEK OF OUR WEDDING!

I truly can't believe it. It hasn't quite sunken in yet, that this time is finally here. Having thought about and planned for this week and the wedding for the last 7 months or so, it's wild that it is already here! I have a couple more days in Chicago, which will be spent packing more moving boxes, thinking through packing for our Honeymoon (we leave a week from today!) and going to some beauty appointments in preparation for Saturday.

I thought it might be fun to share some of my day-of details, like the lipstick I picked out and the robe I'm planning to wear. 

I had a bit of a hard time finding a bridal robe that could be worn beyond the wedding day. You know, one that didn't have, "bride" written in gems on the back or embroidered on the front. I figured I'd be spending a bit more money, so I wanted one that I could use again. I found this beauty and can't wait to wear it! I picked up these robes for my bridesmaids - they're perfect! 

I picked up this lipstick in Pink Cloud as my wedding day color.


I bought this cute romper to wear under my robe while getting ready that day. 

The last thing I need to do is making a "getting ready" playlist! 

You can follow along on Instagram (@the_laurenelizabeth) for all things wedding this week! 

Coffee Conversations

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Guys, it's been a WEEK. Between the 4th of July holiday, wrapping up work for the Summer, having family in town, driving to Virginia to look for a home, and final wedding prep, I've barely had time to think about anything other than what is right in front of me. Don't get me wrong, they're all good and fun things, but I've never felt as busy as a I feel right now. Let's just say that trip to Paris and Italy in about a week is sounding so good right now

In case you missed it, Mike and I are in Virginia right now looking for our first rental home! We're working with a realtor in the area, since we aren't familiar with Northern Virginia at all. We spent all day yesterday looking at potential homes and found one that we really love. We put in an application, so we're waiting to hear back on that. If it works out, we will end up living in the first one we looked at! It's crazy to think that we will be moving here in about a month! We're both looking forward to the change and are anxious to get into our first home together. 

We're hoping to drive back to Chicago later today or tomorrow. Then, we'll have a couple days to pack for our Honeymoon and wrap up any last minute wedding details and then it's wedding time! Be sure to follow me on Instagram to stay up to date on things.

In non life-related things:

I've been loving this neutral lip lately. 

If you're looking for cute and comfortable slides that are so well priced, look no further. I bought the nude and the blue and now want every other color. 

Have a great weekend! 

Coffee Conversations


Helloooooo! Friday is here!

It's my last official day of work until September 1st, I can't believe it! I remember talking about this day back in March and here we are. It's been a rather insanely busy week, so I'm very much looking forward to shutting the computer down at 5pm today. Once I've finished my obligations, it's time to pack up my office for our move! All of these things that Mike and I have been talking about for months are starting to happen and it's wild. Time flies!

My bachelorette trip last weekend was so. much. fun. My matron and maid of honor did an amazing job planning a trip for the seven of us. If you missed it, we spent the weekend in NYC! Also, if you're  ever tasked with planning a bachelorette outing, I highly recommend private karaoke. It was so fun to travel with that group of girls, as it will likely never happen again!

I shared on my instagram story yesterday that I received a mailing from Charlotte Tilbury (!!!) which included this amazing palette. I only used it once but I'm already recommending it to people. So perfect for travel, too. I also tried the overnight mask and woke up with a nice little glow!

Definitely packing this adorable romper for our honeymoon.

I'm re-watching Pretty Little Liars and too happy about it. I think I stopped somewhere around season 3 or 4 last time. The drama, you guys. It's one of a kind.

Mike and I head up to the lake for the 4th of July weekend on Sunday! My sister and her family will get into town that day, and my brother will be there, also. So looking forward to a little bit of downtime before the real madness begins.

Have a great weekend! 

5 Ways To Prepare for Monday

I don't often suffer from the Sunday Scaries. I'm usually ready for a purpose and to tackle a to-do list come Monday morning. Plus, I just really love my job, so I don't feel much dread when I think about it. That being said, I still like to take advantage of my Sunday and prepare for the workweek ahead. Whether you don't really love your job or you usually get burnt out by Thursday, here are five things you can do on Sunday to help prep you for the workweek ahead:

FIND AN ACTIVITIY THAT RELAXES YOU AND DO IT

 Yoga, running, binge-watching a TV show, or soaking in a tub. Whatever the activity, set aside time on your Sunday to do it. Being relaxed (which can usually lead to feeling happy) going into a Monday morning will do wonders for your workweek.


MEAL PREP

Admittedly, I'm still really bad at this. But when I do take the time to think through lunches and dinners for the week, I'm always happy that I did. Working from home, I eat nearly every meal here. Occasionally, I'll plan to order delivery for one dinner during the week, but almost always have breakfast and lunch at home. I really don't like waking up Monday morning knowing that the first thing I have to do is go to the grocery store because I don't have any food left, so I try my best to plan ahead. This takes off a lot of stress come Monday evening, when I'm hungry for dinner. That's one less thing you need to think about on your first day back after the weekend! 

Some of my favorite recipes right now: Easy Weeknight Chicken Tacos, Chicken Gyros, and Chicken Taco Salad

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GIVE YOUR SKIN SOME TLC

One of my favorite things to do on Sunday evening is my Sunday Skincare routine. I love taking some time to prep my skin (and hair!) for the week ahead. This is my favorite face mask right now. I typically go makeup-free a few days a week, but usually wear makeup on the weekend, so my skin is in need of a little extra love by Sunday evening. 



THINK THROUGH YOUR OUTFITS FOR THE WEEK

If you're reaaaaally type A like me, this won't even be a surprising suggestion. When I was in middle school, I used to lay out my entire outfit on the floor the night before. Like, in the shape of a human. It was dorky and funny, but was also the only way that I would leave on time in the morning. Even to this day, I could change my outfit 5 times before actually getting out of the house. Which is ridiculous because I usually end up wearing about 7% of the items in my closet anyway. If you're like me, take a little time on Sunday evening to think through what your week is going to look like, so that you can cut down on your time getting ready each morning.

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SET GOALS AND ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK

My week is always more productive when I have a to-do list nearby. I'm a list-maker, through and through. I'll write things on my list that are already complete just so I can cross them off. I like to sit down with my planner (I love this style) and a notepad on Sunday afternoon and get a good idea for what my week will look like. I write in which days I want to go to the gym, important deadlines, appointments, and anything else I need to do that week.

Working from home can be a bit isolating, so I like to plan a dinner or activity with a girlfriend as often as possible. It forces me to get out of the house and it's always nice to have something fun to look forward to midweek!

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Try these this weekend!