Once a month we highlight one of our favorite bloggers! Meet Lauren Nelson, the New York based creative mind behind her self-named lifestyle blog, lauren-nelson.com. On her well-curated blog, Lauren shares her love for interior design, fashion, travel & beauty. Get to know Lauren as she dishes on her best kept beauty secrets, favorite hangouts in both Chicago & New York, and tips for networking below.
HOW DO YOU JUGGLE A FULL-TIME JOB & BLOGGING? This is a tough one! Sometimes I don’t know how I manage both as it can get quite overwhelming. My day job takes priority over my blog and there are days where I have to accept there will be no new content going live on my site. I work a ton on the weekends to line up content that I can roll out over the following 1-3 weeks. If I get struck with an idea at work, I will write it down or save it as a draft so I know to come back to it later. I also make sure to line up a queue of Instagram photos that I can use throughout the week as well.
TIPS FOR NETWORKING EFFECTIVELY: I love scheduling breakfast meetings. The morning is really the only guaranteed time I know I have available to meet and network with brands. My evenings tend to fill up quickly with client entertainment obligations for my job and events for the blog. Oh, and I also try to have a personal life and work out.
HOW DO YOU WIND DOWN? I’m obsessed with Candy Crush. Anyone else? I’m such a nerd but I love playing to wind down. Or I just get off my phone completely if I need a digital detox.
TOP 3 STAPLE PIECES EVERY WOMAN SHOULD OWN: A classic navy blazer that can take you from work to play, the perfect pair of skinny jeans (my personal favorite are from AG), and black heels.
CAN’T GET THROUGH A DAY WITHOUT: Coffee!
CURRENTLY OBSESSING OVER: Ginger jars and turkish towels.
FAVORITE HANGOUTS IN THE CITY: I have so many here in New York. Rosemary’s is my go-to in the west village, East Pole on the Upper East Side, Delectica Cafe in Murray Hill, Tartine in West Village, The Smith on 3rd Ave, and Catch in Meatpacking. My old favorite Chicago hangouts are Old Town Social, Benchmark and Siena Tavern.
MUST-HAVE SUMMER TREND: I’m loving off the shoulder pieces right now! Shopbop has a great selection – I love this top and this dress.
MUST-OWN JEWELRY: Everyday earrings, a cocktail ring and a long necklace that can dress up any outfit.
BEST KEPT BEAUTY SECRET: Skincare is one of my favorite hobbies! A few of my favorite best kept secrets are Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream (a little pricey but worth it), Ole Henrikson’s Collagen Booster is a gem, and I’ve been loving Dermalogica’s entire line.
BEST TIPS FOR BRANDING YOURSELF: Stay focused. If you create content you love, your brand will develop over time. I’m still evolving my own personal brand. I think your interests and priorities change as you get older and it’s important to embrace that. Don’t be afraid to cover various topics as you grow.
FAVORITE DRD PIECE & WHY: I have been such a fan of Dana ever since I met her back in 2011 when I was living in Chicago. I love the Lauren Joy Mini Necklace and the Sylvie Rose Bar Necklace. They look great stacked together!