Monday, May 16, 2016

May Birchbox

May Birchbox, Beauty Blog, Subscription Box

May Birchbox, Beauty Blog, Subscription Box

May Birchbox, Beauty Blog, Subscription Box

Happy Monday! Today I'm unboxing my May Birchbox. This month's theme is all about products that keep you radiant on your outdoor adventures. The products included:

Real Chemistry - Luminous 3-Minute Peel for Body 

The sample choice I picked for this month's box was the Real Chemistry Body Peel. I tried the product on my hand as soon as it arrived and I loved it! The peel exfoliates and instantly made my skin softer and smoother. The Jour liquid lipstick is very similar to the Stila liquid lipstick I normally use. The color I received was Lychee and it's a pretty rosy neutral which is perfect for a every day. Coola has been a favorite SPF mines that I was first introduced to by Birhcbox last year. I recently started using SPF on the regular, I avoided it before because I couldn't find one that was non-greasy and not chalky. However Coola is definitely a favorite of mine that is sheer, moisturizing, and long lasting.

All the products can be found in the Birchbox shop!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Coffee Table Books


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I'm very much in the decorating mode of my apartment still. I bought all the big ticket items (couch, rug, side table, bench, etc.) and now I have moved onto putting the last finishing decorative touches. I've been on the hunt for some coffee table books. I don't want to just buy some fillers but actually fun coffee table books that I can read every once in a while. Today I'm sharing my finds, including a grown up coloring book - that counts right?! I have the Humans of New York book and need to add a few more colorful books to the bunch. The Paris in Color book is definitely a keeper! 
What are some of your favorite coffee table books?


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Spring Floral Dress

Chicwish Spring Scenery Floral Maxi Dress, Sherwood Tulip Garden, Baltimore Spring, Sherwood Gardens, Tulip Frields

Chicwish Spring Scenery Floral Maxi Dress, Sherwood Tulip Garden, Baltimore Spring, Sherwood Gardens, Tulip Frields

Chicwish Spring Scenery Floral Maxi Dress, Sherwood Tulip Garden, Baltimore Spring, Sherwood Gardens, Tulip Frields

Chicwish Spring Scenery Floral Maxi Dress, Sherwood Tulip Garden, Baltimore Spring, Sherwood Gardens, Tulip Frields

Chicwish Spring Scenery Floral Maxi Dress, Sherwood Tulip Garden, Baltimore Spring, Sherwood Gardens, Tulip Frields

Chicwish Spring Scenery Floral Maxi Dress, Sherwood Tulip Garden, Baltimore Spring, Sherwood Gardens, Tulip Frields

Chicwish Spring Scenery Floral Maxi Dress, Sherwood Tulip Garden, Baltimore Spring, Sherwood Gardens, Tulip Frields

Chicwish Spring Scenery Floral Maxi Dress, Sherwood Tulip Garden, Baltimore Spring, Sherwood Gardens, Tulip Frields

Chicwish Spring Scenery Floral Maxi Dress, Sherwood Tulip Garden, Baltimore Spring, Sherwood Gardens, Tulip Frields

Chicwish Spring Scenery Floral Maxi Dress, Sherwood Tulip Garden, Baltimore Spring, Sherwood Gardens, Tulip Frields

Chicwish Spring Scenery Floral Maxi Dress, Sherwood Tulip Garden, Baltimore Spring, Sherwood Gardens, Tulip Frields

Chicwish Spring Scenery Floral Maxi Dress, Sherwood Tulip Garden, Baltimore Spring, Sherwood Gardens, Tulip Frields
Dress: Chicwish | Bag: c/o Urban Expressions | Belt: Anthropologie | Wedges: Nordstrom | Scarf: Haute Hijab | Sunnies: Nordstrom | Lips: Stila Fiore

Spring is most definitely my favorite season! I love all the blooms and endless amount of floral I can get away with wearing. A few weeks ago I was able to make it out to Sherwood Gardens to see al the beautiful tulips in bloom. I'm a bit tulip obsessed since my name, Lauleh, translates to Tulip in Persian. It's only fitting I wear my favorite floral frock to twirl amounts the tulips. This Chichwish floral dress was made for twirling amongst spring flowers. I'm positive it is a midi dress however since I'm a little vertically challenged it turns into a maxi. Nonetheless the dress is a dream, it is extremely feminine, soft, and classy. I've worn it time and time again  and constantly get asked about it. Honestly for the price ($60) this dress is a steal!


|| Photos by the talented Katie Vee (check out her Instagram) ||


Monday, May 9, 2016

BHLDN Sample Sale

BHLDN Sample Sale, Wedding Dress Sample Sale, BHLDN Dress, BHLDN Gown Sample Sale

BHLDN Sample Sale, Wedding Dress Sample Sale, BHLDN Dress, BHLDN Gown Sample Sale

This past Saturday my sister and I went on a little adventure and it only seems fair to share all the details with my lovely readers! BHLDN, the sister brand to Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters, carries beautiful, whimsical, and romantic wedding dresses and evening gowns. This past Saturday they had a sample sale in Philadelphia at The Navy Yard. All the dresses were from past seasons, no current dress on the website were there, ranging from $100, $200, and $300. 

My sister got engaged in February (yay!) and has been on the hunt for a wedding dress. She fell in love with a BHLDN dress from last season and has been searching high and low for it - including ebay. Thanks to the lovely BHLDN sales rep at the Georgetown Store in DC who told us about the sample sale and confirmed that the dress my sister was after was going to be there. Therefore we cleared our schedules and went up to Philly to find the dress! 

Now you all know I'm a planner - I gather facts, I prepare in advance, and always have a game plan. I searched the web to gather some intel on this sample sale however to my surprise there was nada. I figured out a lot of the details on my own and prayed that everything would work out because my sister was extremely nervous she wouldn't get the dress she wanted. Therefore today I'm sharing all the details and tips for all you future brides who may be planning on attending the next BHLDN sample sale! It is totally worth attending the sample sale if you know what you are looking for! 
I scored this Tadashi lace gown for $100!

1. Arrive Early: The sample sale was from 9am-12pm. The Navy Yard gates on Saturday open at 7am. We got to the gates at 6:38am and the security guard guessed that we were obviously there for the sample sale and let us in. We got in line and we were roughly the 20th person in line.
2. Know The Rules: The rules of the sample sale are as follow - final sale, credit card only, no returns, a limit of 6 gowns per person, dresses are either $100, $200, or $300. There are no fitting rooms or mirrors therefore bring a sheet/towel, strip, or layer. People in line are let in waves into the sample sale. Luckily since we were first-ish in line we were part of the first wave of people let into the sample sale right at 9am. We left around 10:30ish and there still was a ton of people in line and a good number of dresses left on the rack. However the smaller sizes 2-6 were dresses were slim picking.
3. Bring A Friend or Two: This is definitely a two person mission. I highly discourage you from going alone. First of all it was raining and cold when we were standing in line for the sample sale to start. At some point I stood in line alone and my sister went in the car to warm up. However don't bring just anyone with you to the sample sale! Bring a friend who knows what you want, is a bit aggressive and doesn't shy from crowds, and someone who's opinion you trust. I can't tell you how many brides I saw that brought 4+ people and they were having such a hard time choosing a dress because of all the opinions that were being given. Since there are no mirrors and it is a bit chaotic it may be overwhelming. In addition to opinions you need someone to gather and guard the dresses for you. My sister stayed with the dresses and I went around the sample sale to get a different size or pull other dresses because honestly it's hard to do both since the dresses are heavy and white! I helped her try on the dresses and took pictures since there are no mirrors.
4. Be Patient: When the curtains opened at 9am it was a little crazy. People actually ran and just started to grab dresses. However do not get discouraged because after about 15 minutes dresses started coming back on the racks. Thankfully my sister knew the one dress she wanted and that is the only one she went for. If you find someone that has a dress you want don't be shy to ask if they want to keep it or plan on putting it back on the rack. I got a few dresses from people just by asking and I returned the favor. Take your time and try on a few sizes to make sure you get the one that fits and looks good on you.
5. Social Media: Follow BHLDN on Instagram and Snapchat (bhldnweddings) for insider info. I can't thank the person in charge of BHLDN's Snapchat enough because she gave me such great information. She confirmed that the dress my sister wanted was going to be at the sample sale. She also let me know the Navy Yard gates don't open until 7am therefore I probably shouldn't show up at 5am. The previous BHLDN sample sales were July 11, 2015 and January 25, 2014. I'm sure another one will be in the works - I will be sure to share the news on my blog as soon as they announce. 

Have a lovely day!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Graffiti

Graffiti Alley Baltimore

Baublebar Pearl Bennet Bib Necklace and Kate Spade Cedar Street Satchel

Baublebar Pearl Bennet Bib Necklace and Karen Walker Sunglasses

Graffiti Alley Baltimore

Kate Spade Cedar Street Satchel



Baublebar Pearl Bennet Bib Necklace




Shirt: Ann Taylor (similar) | Jeans: Banana Republic | Scarf: Haute Hijab | Bag: Kate Spade | Sunnies: Karen Walker (similar for less!) | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Necklace: BaubleBar | Watch: Michael Kors | Lips: Stila

Graffiti Alley in Baltimore is a must see! I'm a huge fan of street art - I did a whole street art tour in NYC - and always love exploring local city street art. I finally had the chance to make it out to Graffiti Alley in Baltimore with Katie and we had a blast snapping photos! 
I'm really feeling the neutral pallets colors for spring this year. I kind of throw the rule "no white after labor day" out the door because white is perfect year round honestly. I kept my accessories neutral as well with nudes and light grey and added a pop of color with a bold lip to pull the look together. This Kate Spade bag is honestly my favorite because of the shape, size, and color which makes it extremely versatile. If you are looking to purchase a new handbag this season, this is your gal. I'm also going to take a moment to gush about their Ann Taylor shirt - it is AMAZING! I only wish it came in more colors because it is perfect. It goes with everything from jeans, to work wear, to skirts (it's currently on sale too) and so much more. I love it so much that I have two in my closet because I wear it so often. 

Happy Friday and wishing everyone a lovely Mother's Day weekend!

|| Photos by the talented Katie Vee (check out her Instagram) ||

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Sara Happ Peony Lip Scrub


I'm a lover of lipstick and never leave the house without it! However I suffer from chronic dry lips and the whole chapped flaky lipstick is not a cute look. For a while it seemed nothing was helping to nourish my lips until I came across Sara Happ lip scrub products. I found this gem while I was flipping though my InStyle Magazine about four years ago. This scrub is incredible and life changing! I've developed a lip routine that I stick by to keep my lips nourished and healthy. After my PM Skincare Routine I use the Sarah Happ Lip Scrub to exfoliate my lips, a little bit goes a long way. Afterwards I use a little bit of the Fresh Sugar Lip Serum on my lips. In the mornings after I wash my face, before applying makeup, I use the Caudalie Lip Conditioner to nourish my lips. Normally the last step of my makeup routine is putting on my lipstick and by then the lip conditioner has done its work and I layer on my lipstick! I have been using this lip scrub religiously and always take it on my travels. I would say one bottle lasts about six months. I like to keep two in stock at a time, normally one on my vanity and one in the shower plus a back up for travel. 
My favorite "flavors" of the lip scrub are Vanilla Bean, Brown Sugar, and Creme Brûlée. I recently picked up the Peony Lip Scrub for spring time and I LOVE it!!! 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Floral Jewels


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April showers bring May flowers - and those flowers can be floral jewelry! There are a ton of beautiful floral inspired jewels that are just gorgeous for spring! Today I'm sharing my favorite floral jewels, that also make for great Mother's Day gifts!
 

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