My Favorite Things at Target Right Now
2.09.2018

cute, affordable bookshelf decor

Okay, you guys asked on Instagram Stories, so here are a ton of my favorite Target.com finds! If there's anything that can unify us in these crazy times, it's probably Target!

Some of these I own, and many I've seen in person, so I know they're good. Others I haven't actually laid my eyes on, but hey, they're probably fantastic. I'm not worried 😂  My favorite thing to get at Target is home decor (hence the pic above, which features several Target items from the past couple of years), but I love it all!

Home Decor


Kitchen + Bath


Clothing + Accessories


Beauty



I hope you gals found some things to put in your shopping carts! A few things high up on my list are this bar cart, this fragrance line (such pretty packaging!), more of Kristin Ess' line (purple shampoo and a rose gold temporary die? yessss), and this basket. A few things that I have and love are this rug (so much prettier in person! It's in front of my bathroom vanity), this dress, this artwork, this serving bowl, and this tray.

"Realness" in the Blogging World
2.08.2018

Oversized white top | Love, Lenore
Easy, casual spring outfit with black distressed jeans
Cute fall or spring outfit | Love, Lenore

Something I've seen being talked about quite a bit lately is "realness" in the blogging and Instagram world. It seems like readers and followers (non-bloggers and influencers) are craving authenticity more and more these days, perhaps because we're so oversaturated with media and social media and expectations for what both we and our lives should look like. It's a tricky issue for sure! I've been thinking on this a bit, and thought I would share just a bit of my perspective. I honestly wrote down so many thoughts at first and then paired them down, because it was too much for one post. So, here are just a few thoughts (and maybe we can dive in more another time)...

Oversized white blouse for spring | Love, Lenore
Round crossbody bag | Love, Lenore
Ruffled white blouse toughened up with black accessories

I think there's a huge difference between being fake and showing your life in a beautiful way. I'm sure we all have some girls who come to mind (influencers or not) who we think of as fake. I've seen many a girl on Instagram or in the blogging world whose body looks so different in her photos versus in other people's photos, or who wasn't transparent about plastic surgery, or who simply doesn't share anything authentic about her life. It's frustrating, FOR SURE. But, I also think a lot of bloggers and Instagrammers are getting lumped into this simply because they post beautiful imagery. I feel strongly that just because someone only posts pretty images on their Instagram, doesn't mean that they're fake - it's just what they like to share in that space. 

Something to ask yourself is if you think someone's posts are coming from a place of creativity or from a place of insecurity or bragging. There are some big bloggers I've unfollowed because it rubbed me the wrong way when they overedited their photos or wore crazy amounts of makeup. These accounts made me feel bitter, and I don't want that negative energy!

In the end, I think we should just follow people who make us feel good, and who inspire us. For me that's a whole mixture of folks. I love following my friends who don't give an F about a curated Instagram grid. I love following fashion and lifestyle bloggers and home decor accounts that give me so much inspiration about how I want to dress and decorate and entertain. I love following travel accounts so I can dream of future vacations. All are okay! 

For me personally, I love photography and am even a photographer now. I also love experimenting with photo editing (not crazy Photoshopping - I'm talking tones, white balance, brightness, depth, etc.). I feel SO inspired by producing creative content, and I always want to be proud to share it with you guys. I wouldn't feel inspired to share a dimly lit photo of my messy living room here on my blog when I'm talking about home decor or something. There's nothing inspiring about that! But, there are other ways that I can share my realness. I'm always real with you in what I write here! Instagram Stories are a great sneak peek into someone's life (you've seen me on there sick, with bad hormonal breakouts, and cooking in my ugly 90's kitchen and more 😜). And Twitter is probably my favorite social media channel because everyone is just themselves. 

In closing... Bloggers and influencers, I ask that you show your real selves. Don't stop producing beautiful content, but make sure it's relevant to others and still ties in with your actual life. Show us your personality, tell us when you've had a bad day, and complain when you have a bad zit. To those who read blogs and follow influencers on Instagram, I ask that you only follow people who make you happy and provide positive inspiration for you. Don't hate-follow someone so you can roll your eyes at their fakeness. Also, please don't assume we're all like that. There are many of us that are super real (as dorky as I am), and would love to build that trust with you. Trust that even if we post pretty pictures, we are still real people and are making efforts to let you into our lives. 

edgy spring outfit
trendy spring/summer sunglasses (only $11!) | Love, Lenore
Ripped jeans, small sunglasses, wide brim hat | Love, Lenore
Top (can't recommend this enough!)  //  Jeans  //  Boots  //  Sunglasses
(bag & hat are sold out)

I thought I would use this opportunity to give a little shoutout to some four bloggers and Instagrammers who inspire me, but also make me laugh and feel like I know them in person!

Sivan Ayla (blog, Instagram)
So naturally beautiful, super real on IG stories, and always has great blog posts. I always wish I could be her friend because she's the coolest!

Ashley Guyatt (blog, Instagram)
We've become blogging friends over the years and she's such a genuine, kind person. Her style and LA photos are to-die-for and I'm always checking her Instagram for new photos!

Emily Vartanian (blog, Instagram)
Emily is always real on Instagram stories, and also writes about some amazing topics on her blog!

Mary-Katherine Minnis (blog, Instagram)
She's one of my oldest blogging friends, and is the most selfless gal ever! She is now a travel blogger, and I'm always inspired by her travels and her style.

10 [Easy] Healthy Lifestyle Tips + Tricks
2.06.2018

10 Easy Healthy Lifestyle Tips + Tricks | Love, Lenore
Tank (c/o of Shopbop) // Leggings (c/o of Shopbop) // Water Bottle (have you ever seen someone hold a water bottle so awkwardly??)

Healthy living is always a priority for me, but with spring and a vacation coming up, it's on my mind more than ever at the moment! I thought I would share some tips and tricks that [in my opinion] are totally doable, and not too intimidating. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to leave me a comment or message me on social media, because I would love to chat more!

01 | Sneak a big handful of spinach into your smoothies and smoothie bowls. The first time I tried this I was shocked that I couldn't taste the spinach. I've never enjoyed eating spinach, so I put this off for way too long, but now it's an everyday practice for me. Breakfast isn't normally a meal where we eat a full serving of vegetables, so I love that this gets me on the right track for the day!

02 | Take a re-usable water bottle with you absolutely everywhere. I drink twice as much water as I used to because I now make it a priority to have one of my reusable water bottles with me pretty much at all times! These are my favorite water bottles + tumblers, and I love that they keep my water nice and cold. You can read more about why water is such a priority for me + the benefits I've seen from upping my daily intake here.

03 | Plan a few dinners at a time. This makes all the difference for me between a healthy week and an unhealthy week. If I'm already set up with a game plan and have all of my groceries at home, then it's simple to put together a healthy meal. No planning = unhealthy takeout for me and that can really derail a week (not that it's not fine here and there, but I can't get away with doing that every night).

04 | Use reusable shopping bags and baskets for shopping. As time goes on I'm trying to reduce how much plastic I use (waste). An easy way to do this is to use reusable shopping bags! They reduce pollution and waste, and are actually so convenient. I've started getting better about keeping some in my car so that I don't show up at the grocery store empty handed. I'm planning to order these to use instead of the plastic bags you put produce in, and I also have a large woven basket (made by women in Ghana - I purchased at a health food store) that I take to the grocery store along with my bags.

05 | Add some liquid chlorophyll to your water. Liquid chlorophyll has so many health benefits, including having many different vitamins and minerals, detoxing the body, oxygenating the blood, helping with anemia, improving the skin, and making the body more alkaline. I don't mind the taste at all, and just add a tablespoon or so into my tumbler of water once or twice a day. I use this brand, but can usually find it for a few dollars cheaper at a health food store (a bottle lasts me 2-3 months!).

06 | Grab a friend and try a new workout class. Trying a new workout not only keeps things interesting, but is also great for your body! Many of us get into ruts with our workouts, but it's so healthy to mix things up and work your muscles differently. I recently tried a Piyo class for the first time, and would love to try a boxing or kickboxing class sometime this year. As a hardcore introvert I can be bad at making plans with friends, but scheduling a workout class with someone is a great way to both socialize + be accountable for actually going.

07 | Add more fiber into your diet. I recently listened to a Skinny Confidential Him and Her Podcast episode with Tanya Zuckerbrot of the F-Factor diet, and learned soooo much about the importance of fiber! My favorite nutritionist Kelly Leveque also encourages eating more fiber. Most Americans don't eat nearly enough fiber, partially because we don't eat enough vegetables, and because many of our foods and grains have been modified so much. Fiber helps to cleanse your body, helps to control blood sugar, and helps to keep hunger hormones at bay. I plan to do a dedicated blog post soon, but one way I've been upping my fiber intake is by eating GG crackers nearly every day. They're super high in fiber, low in calories and carbs, and even though they're super bland on their own, there are so many ways you can eat them (I've pretty much replaced bread with them)! I add 1-2 tablespoons of chia seeds into my daily smoothie, and beans, berries, brussels sprouts, broccoli and pears are all high fiber foods as well.

08 | Wear SPF every single day. Now that preventing aging is on my mind more and more, I know it's time to start wearing a dedicated SPF on my face every single day (beyond what is in my foundation). I've been researching several different products, but am planning to order this one first!

09 | Swap almond milk for dairy milk. This is obviously up to personal preference, but I like that unsweetened almond milk is low in calories, doesn't raise blood sugar, and doesn't have the hormones found in dairy milk. I very much limit how much dairy I eat due to the hormones in it, and trying to keep acne at bay. So almond milk has been a great solution for me!

10 | Partner with an accountability buddy. This one doesn't cost a thing, but makes allll the difference for me! At the start of the year, my friend Jo and I decided we would text our daily food diary to one another every night! While I've definitely splurged here and there, it's really helped to hold me accountable, and has definitely reduced my mindless snacking! It's also way healthier mentally for me than counting calories, and it's nice to encourage one another!       

January Loves
1.31.2018

Love, Lenore's January Loves

My monthly favorites posts are back! I needed a little break to rethink formatting and to get inspired again. What used to be a last-minute throw-together post will now be one of my favorites I think. I like a lot of different types of things, so it’s nice to have a little home for randomness on my blog.  

Completely unnecessary but amazing purchase:
* These pink Anthropologie glasses that I’ve wanted for ages. We have more than enough cups, but every time I use these glasses they make me happy, and that’s what counts right?

All gold everything:
* Mini hoop set. One of my best super affordable purchases in a minute because I wear these nearly every day. Oh so chic!
* Perfect layering necklaces. I love the layered necklace look, but sometimes it takes planning and strategic purchases. I’m so happy I picked up this necklace and this necklaces over the holidays. I wear them so frequently both on their own and layered.

Beauty + Health finds:
* The Ordinary High Adherence Silicone Primer. I ordered this primer on a whim, and have really, really loved it so far. It smooths out my skin, keeps my oily self matte all day, and is only $4.90. Enough said.
* Dove Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo. My friend Jo talked me into straying from my staple dry shampoo to try this one, and I’m so glad I did. It truly refreshes my roots, doesn’t leave a white residue, and has a pleasant smell without being overpowering.
* Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation. Estee Lauder Double Wear is still bae, but it can sometimes be a bit too dry for me in the winter months (creasing is not cute). Enter this lovely whipped formula. I’ve been mixing it 50/50 with my Double Wear to create the perfect winter formula!
* Olly Undeniable Beauty Vitamins. These are my favorite hair, skin and nail vitamins because they truly work! My hair has never grown quickly in my life, but I have very noticeable hair growth when I take these consistently. They’re a bit more than I’d like to pay in an ideal world, but if you’re trying to grow your hair out, I can’t recommend these enough.

Apps:
* Hopper. You can use this app to track all kinds of different flights, and it will alert you when the prices drop. I booked cheap flights to San Diego for Trey and I thanks to a handy push notification from this app, so it’s kind of my favorite thing right now.
* FriendO. This is a fun little game that I’ve been playing back and forth with my friend Jo. Basically you answer random questions about yourself and your friend guesses your answer.

Things I’m excited about:
* Kristin Ess’ new products at Target. I’ve tried a few of her products and love them, so I’m excited that she’s released even more. Also, her packaging/branding makes my heart sing!

Unique fashion find:
* Floral + striped top from Forever 21. This quirky little top drew me in immediately! The print, the little bell sleeves, the price - love. I wore it in this Instagram post, but you'll definitely be seeing more of it.

Binge-watch sesh:
* Stranger Things Season 2. Trey and I recently binge-watched it and loved every second! I thought it was even better than the first season, and I *loved* the character development. Honestly, is there a show with better characters? I can't get enough of them.

Valentine's Day Outfit Ideas
1.30.2018

Floral velvet dress
Feminine dress styled with a leather jacket and ankle boots

Trey and I are all over the place when it comes to Valentine's Day. Some years we block off the night to eat takeout and watch a movie, and other years we've gone all out with a fancy date to drinks and sushi. Regardless of what it is, I just love getting the chance to spend some time together! I know VDay is cheesy, but now that we're in the throws of busy adult-life, I do really appreciate that reminder to spend time together and to have a more romantic kind of night.

Regardless of if you're hitting the town or staying in, there are lots of ways to look cute and a bit flirty. If you're more of a casual gal, layer a lace-trim cami under a cardigan or leather jacket, or style a sweater or blouse with a deep-v and some delicate layered necklaces (so chic!). If you love to dress up, lace and ruffles are both feminine touches that I love. I personally like to add a little bit of edge to a feminine skirt or dress, which is why I styled this velvet, floral dress with a leather jacket and ankle boots!

I linked a bunch of amazing pieces below, but there are a handful of pieces I couldn't include in the widget. For outfit options I love this one-shoulder top (the print is to-die-for!), this gorgeous romper (super on sale), and all of these options here.


Black and pink floral dress for Valentine's Day | Love, Lenore
floral dress with a leather jacket | Love, Lenore
low back velvet dress for Valentine's Day | Love, Lenore
Jacket  //  Boots  //  Sunglasses ($11 & free shipping!)

Here are some finds I'm loving for Valentine's Day (ranging from $8 to $80)!


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