Fresh Blonde Color by the Revolver Salon at Ricky’s NYC & UPDATE

Hey Guys!

I have some updates and things to share. With any transition comes many new things.

The first thing I have to share is that my blog is going through a bit of an editing and updating stage, and I will be customizing it with a fresh new layout and look for 2015. Second, I will be moving into a new place come the first of the year with great lighting and I’d like to get back to making “video blogs” and uploading them to this site.  Third, now that I am in New York, beauty services, places and products are everywhere and at my fingertips. I plan on reviewing and sharing my thoughts on the latest and greatest in beauty in and outside of NYC.

That means, if you don’t live in New York, you will have a full list of places and things to check out when you visit me, (or I mean visit NY).

I was due for some highlights , my blonde color was fading and my roots needed a little touching up. Ricky’s NYC and Revolver Salon helped me out! Ricky’s is a huge beauty supply store here in New York with many locations all over the city, and surrounding boroughs. The really talented James Joyce at The Revolver Salon located in the Ricky’s Store located in Chelsea (for all of you who don’t know; that’s a neighborhood in NY, It was at 8th avenue and 17th street), did my color and blowout.

I was so happy with the way it turned out, as I IMG_4445like my blonde like the ABC’s and he got all three, 1.ASHY, 2. BLENDED, and 3. COMPLIMENTARY to my skin tone. Right now, my skin is pretty fair currently and I like the way this ashy light blonde suits my coloring. James was fun to talk to and we were immediate friends sharing tips and tricks in the industry. He also was quick and precise with his application and very knowledgable about hair color and passionate about his art! 🙂 He flipped through his i-phone and shared many cool pictures of lots of bold color jobs he does on clients; it was fun to see the transformations!

If you want more information about Revolver Salon at Ricky’s you can click on the website here. Also, feel free to e-mail me with any questions!

Love,

Lauren

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Believe in Your Beauty -Share a Story…

Hey Guys!

I had an idea and I’m excited to share it with all of you!! A few weeks ago I wrote about my eating disorder. It definitely wasn’t easy for me but I was overwhelmed with loving and supporting comments and it has only encouraged me to share more!

When I thought about it, I realized how much just sharing that story has really helped me. It was extremely freeing to disclose something so personal and it has made me feel stronger. I got many personal messages after that from women who struggle with body image, self- esteem, beauty, eating disorders, depression, etc .So, it’s made me think…why not make this more of a regular thing?!?!?

We all have powerful stories…and I want to SHARE SOME OF YOURS! Many girls email me telling me about their issues or struggles but I think some have a difficult time putting their thoughts and feelings into words. So, I’d like to help!

I think we can all really learn and feel more empowered through sharing stories with each other. So, here’s my thought; If you feel comfortable, send me a story…it can be anything that you are battling or struggling with. If you don’t feel comfortable with me sharing your name in a blog post, I don’t have to. But-this could really be a way we can all encourage each other, lift each other up and feel stronger and  more beautiful! Not only will it help you, but it’s going to help others!

If you want to help me spread the word so I can get as many stories, quotes or messages about beauty, positive body image or self-esteem as possible please share this blog post on your Facebook, Twitter, etc and use the hashtag #Believeinyourbeauty  

I am SO excited about this!!!! 🙂

I may be contacting you if you’ve shared a story with me already… so look for many more blog posts coming soon!! YAY!

Remember this and don’t compare yourself to others: ” Just because she’s beautiful, doesn’t mean you’re not”. 

LOVE YOU GUYS!

Lauren

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Sam Smith Music : Current Favorite

Hey Guys!

It’s been a while since my last post. I’ve been finding a lot of therapy in music lately. My favorite singer recently is an artist named Sam Smith. If you haven’t heard about him, he’s a british singer songwriter who’s 22 years old and has an incredible voice!! His album hasn’t been released yet but you can find some of his music on iTunes, and I’ve been listening to all of his music on Youtube.

His song, “Stay with me” was the first one that I heard.  I traveled a lot in April; I was in Hawaii for 10 days and New York for 5 days; I listened to the song, Stay with me and Lay me down almost everyday of the month and I still love them! Here are the videos so you can also check them out.

 

This month (May), my favorite songs of his are: “I told you now” and ” Not in that Way”.

 

 

There isn’t one song of his that I’ve heard that I don’t like. 🙂 It is rare that I am so in love with an artists voice that I like every single one of their songs; so I had to share these videos on my blog!

 

Love,

Lauren

 

Oceans~ Where Feet May Fail

Sometimes a song hits your heart at the right moment. Today , I heard this song on the radio for the first time and it gave me so much encouragement. The song is called, Oceans (where feet may fail) by Hillsong. If you’ve never heard it, I hope you will listen to it. I’m linking a video of it with the lyrics. I think this woman’s voice is absolutely stunningly beautiful. 🙂

Often, things in our head get foggy, they get clouded, or unclear. We seek clarity because  life can get confusing and too much “stuff” can complicate our lives. Many times, the best thing for me to do is to try to stop thinking so much, to just shut my brain off-so to speak. (It’s much easier said than done.) I often know the right thing to do, I often know the right thing to say, but I let the thoughts in my head get in the way of what I know to be truth in my heart. Truth brings things to light. This song reminded me to just, relax.

I hope all of you who are reading this are having an amazing day. I hope you feel loved, empowered, and encouraged today!

Love,

Lauren

About Time- Thoughts Inspired by a Movie

The other night I watched the movie, “About Time”. This movie had a big impact on me because recent events in my life have given me a lot of clarity about the importance of the decisions we make and how life can change in an instant. You have to make the most of each second.

The main character is able to use time travel to go back and re-do things he wishes he’d have done differently to get a different outcome. He can ultimately use it to make life a little more like he’d wish it to be.

As I’ve mentioned before, I believe that time is the best gift you can give someone. Our time is so valuable. Recently, I’ve been telling myself is to take every opportunity and chance I have available! In the past few months I have traveled to Mexico, New York, Chicago and in a few weeks I will be in Hawaii. One of my favorite things to do in life is travel, explore and discover new beautiful things, places and people. If it is something that is on my heart or in my mind to do, I’m going to do it, because those chances may never be available again! Fear is always what stops us. And, fear is not a real thing…it is a choice we make when we choose to worry about what COULD happen in the future. In the past I’ve let the fear of finances stop me from taking risks and doing things I love, but… somehow I’ve been letting go of that and realizing that I can make it work, I will be ok.

Unlike the main character in this movie, we cannot travel back in time and re-do anything from our past. Many times I think we wish there are things we could un-say, or un-do in order to change the outcome, but the fact is that we make choices in those moments and they cannot be un-done. Many times we feel we made mistakes. The best we can do with that is to make the best out of the situation, forgive, move on and choose to be wiser next time. Live in the moment; not the past, or the future…make each moment of your life so amazing that you never think about or wish you could travel back in time.

Change goes hand in hand with time. The more time goes on, the more things change. Sometimes, ONE decision we make can change the entire course of your life. Change is a good thing most of the time, it forces us to grow, learn and move forward. This is definitely a season of HUGE changes for me. Most days, I’m totally ok, happy and accepting of the changes and determined to move forward, but other days… it hits me like a ton of bricks how drastically different my world is from just a short time ago. It’s those moments that I realize my strength, that I can get through it; choosing to be grateful for everything and everyone in my life, and knowing that things are going to be ok. They’re going to be more than ok, they’re going to be great!

In the words of my brother , “life’s happening”. So, I’m just going to let life happen, accept the changes, try to make the best decisions, make the most of the moments, and trust that things will fall into place.

My final thoughts leave me with a question-one that I ask myself. At what point do I choose to once again follow my heart and put distance between myself and the people that mean most to me ? Is it worth moving away from those I love the most to seek new challenges , experiences and dreams?

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Til’ my next post!

Love, Lauren

Lit from Within: The Reason I Write

Many different life occurrences have led up to this post. I’ve had several ideas on what I wanted to write about next,  but not sure how to string them all together to make one organized piece of writing.

I have this innate desire to write. I’ve known this for a very long time now because it’s been something I’ve loved to do from a very young age.  I have recognized that writing is something that helps me personally work through and understand the thoughts running through my head. Yesterday, I had an epiphany of sorts that one of  the reasons I write is that it helps me understand visually what I am thinking. I am a visual learner, so putting my thoughts down on paper-or in this case on a computer screen, helps me see what I am thinking about.

The other part of my epiphany about writing is very personal and I will explain in just a moment. I contemplated writing about it, but an amazing friend encouraged me to continue to speak openly and write honestly. And, I needed that extra push.

When I lived in New York I wrote almost everyday and kept a journal. It helped get me through the ups and downs,  and calmed me down when I felt lonely or confused. I remember feeling so many emotions at that time; I had so much passion for life, and was filled with fire inside of me that kept me motivated to chase my dreams. Writing always helped me process the things going on in my life and move forward. When I moved home from New York , I went back to school (for writing) and finished with my bachelors degree with hopes and dreams of someday writing books, continuing with blogging, and other writing projects.  But, somewhere along the way I stopped writing and for the last 3 or 4 years, I have hardly written anything that is truly personal. It’s as if I didn’t want to confront my honest emotions. It wasn’t until recently that I realized that for a while I had sort of lost myself, and had grown numb to feelings. It’s a hard thing to explain unless you have felt it before. But, now that I am feeling things so strongly; love, joy, passion, pain, excitement, disappointment, enthusiasm, compassion….all of these things I’ve felt in the past few months I realized I had grown numb to for a while.

It’s no ones fault that I had suppressed my emotions and I am in no way blaming the people who were in my life for the past few years. But, once I started being honest with myself  and opening up to people closest to me in my life, all of these feelings have started flooding back and now I am filled with a strong innate desire to write again. I am feeling “lit from within” so to speak… I feel like I suddenly have that strong fire inside of me , that courage, and motivation and energy I once felt before, and it is SUCH a great feeling!

Today, when meeting a friend, one of the first things she encouraged me to do was to keep writing, to keep being transparent and allow myself to write openly about my thoughts. As difficult as it is sometimes because I worry about what others may think, I know that it may help someone else reading it, and I certainly find therapy in writing.

When I left the coffee shop today, Alicia Keys’ song “girl on fire” was on the radio. Now, previously…I have always thought this song was kinda “cheesy-overplayed-melodramatic” but not today!!  Today, it was just what I needed to hear! Because , I truly feel like I am on fire…like I am lit from within, and I am unstoppable. I am so motivated and encouraged to continue moving in the direction my life is going. And, I hope that this encourages you to continue following the desires that have been placed on YOUR heart. Nothing can stop you but your own fear and insecurity.

So, in closing this post I will leave you with a photo from my “coffee date” today with a very amazing friend who gave me this inspiring quote, and of course…Alicia Key’s “Girl on Fire” Video. 🙂 The words touched my heart today.

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Love,

Lauren

Positivity and Social Media

“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, pure, lovely,  admirable, anything excellent and praiseworthy, think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

What I’m about to say may seem a little dark to some of you, maybe a little weird or creepy. But it’s the truth and I’ll explain my thoughts behind it. Many times when I’m on Facebook,  I have this thought running through my mind before I post,  “what would I want people to remember me by? If I was suddenly gone tomorrow… would I want this to be my last post? The last thing people read that I wrote.”  MOST of the time-this thought stops me from posting anything negative.

Just as a disclaimer, I am not writing this to make any of you feel bad who post negative or offensive things on social media; everyone does it! And, I’m also NOT saying I’ve never posted anything negative or heartbreaking, I HAVE.  A lot of times when we’re going through something difficult or even just having a bad day, instead of keeping it bottled up inside, we turn to social media (like Facebook or twitter) and post about it for everyone out there to read!! We do this because it helps release some of that pain or frustration by voicing it. Back in the day  you had to talk to someone face to face about your problems, or see a counselor, now we can use social media to talk about our issues.

The  point I want to make is when we post something negative it only makes ourselves feel better, not the other people out there reading it. Most people reading it are either:  1. not going to care, 2. feel sad about it and feel bad for you or 3. it’s going to add to the negativity they already feel with whatever other issues they are facing at that time. We all have a lot of “tough stuff” to deal with day-to-day.

A few years ago, a childhood friend of mine passed away and I remember how weird it was to see that she had posted on Facebook just the night before she was gone. THAT incident was what made me start to think in this way, ” what would I want my last post on Facebook to say?” I know for me, I’d want it to be something, positive , encouraging, uplifting, inspiring or even just showing my passion for what I do and people I love and care about. Believe me when I say, there are SO many times I am on Facebook and I want to post a huge rant about something or how crappy the weather is, or how disappointed , sad or frustrated I am about something. But, then I try to ask myself, who is that helping?

Can you even imagine being on Facebook and seeing a bunch of positive, uplifting, inspiring posts from people before you start your day , or before you go to bed? Positivity is contagious. Beauty is inspiring. It would be amazing to only see things like that. (I know it’s not realistic, but it sure would be super cool.)

I am also NOT saying , fake your happiness online even though you feel crappy. My life is far from perfect.. and I’m not positive and happy all the time, I just have made a choice to try to refrain from posting when I’m not in a “positive mood” because that’s not how I would want people to remember me by. The funny thing about that is, that’s sort of why I have my blog and why I’ve always loved writing in the past. It’s a place where I can have the freedom to write down my true thoughts and people can CHOOSE to read it or not. Writing has always been a great creative outlet for me. I understand things better by writing them down, and it always makes me feel better. So, unlike a blog, if you’re on  Facebook and post something, people really don’t have a choice but to see it. 🙂

So, if you REALLY want to know how I think and feel-subscribe and read my blog. Lol.. kidding. But seriously; this post was just meant to get you all thinking about social media and what you put out there. We all need more positivity in our lives, so consider this when you post, “would I want this to be my last one?”

I also wanted to mention-if you’re still interested in my “beauty blog” , about all things beauty related, that is going to be over on my website: http://www.laurenolearybeauty.com

Til’ my next post!

Love,

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