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Korean beauty tips you need to know

Living in NYC can be tough on your skin; the fast pace of life, pollution and constant stream of happy hours and events can leave a lackluster complexion. Recently the beauty industry has been dominated by Korean skincare – and for good reason. Korean women have taken their beauty routines seriously for centuries and have the youthful, dewy skin to show for it. From a young age the importance of taking care of your skin is instilled in Korean women, along with the belief that no amount of makeup can make up for genuinely flawless skin. The skincare routine can be up to 12 steps long, using hyper-targeted and highly effective products that are suited to your specific skin type. Such an involved regimen can seem a little daunting considering we usually feel pretty proud of ourselves if we remember to cleanse, tone and moisturize, so we decided to break it down and pick the top K-beauty tips that we can all adopt right now to get us started on the road to gorgeously glowing skin.

Ady’s Top 6 Picks (we’re talking clothes!)

Happy Friday, Spring and Easter all rolled into one! It appears the temperature seems to be slowly creeping up and I am very excited! This weekend we have some fun activities planned, from lunch with new friends (who have a daughter the same age as Ady) to easter egg hunting at The High Line Hotel which looks adorable (plus I plan on eating half the choc!).

Sunday suppers

In our house, Sundays are sacred. A chance to breath and reconnect with your loved ones after a whirlwind week of school runs, meetings and an endless stream of emails. We can’t think of a better way to reconnect than to sit down together and break bread. A chance for real conversation, a chance to laugh together and truly relax. Our Sunday Suppers series is here to help you do just that. Simple but tasty recipes, something for the adults and the children.

Top 5 Spots for After Work Drinks

  We all know too well that the fast pace of work doesn’t exactly stop when work ends (think kids, husband, laundry!)  That’s why we’ve decided to make a list of places to give yourself an hour or two to sit-back, relax and de-stress, all while enjoying a well-made drink with your girls. Whether it’s […]

Where to go now

As spring is in the air and things start to warm up, we’re starting to think about warmer climes. Check out our list of 5 places to go right now.

Hello Sitter

Hello Sitter is now my newest baby. It is crazy the attention a business requires and the emotion that it creates – just like a child. It can keep me up night, it can reduce me to tears but it can also make me incredibly proud and allows me a great sense of achievement. It […]

How to Hygge

Winter can be tough. Tough on your body and tough on your mind. The cold, the wind, the snow and those dreaded winter blues. Most of us want to keep our head down and get through it, all the while dreaming of sunnier climes. But what if we don’t have to just get through it? What if we could even learn to (shock horror!) enjoy it? It seems our friends the Danes have found the key to embracing the beauty of the changing seasons. Their secret weapon? Hygge.

Hello family

I thought I would introduce everyone early on, that way when I talk about Simon (the husband) or Adrienne (my daughter) you will know exactly who I am referring to.

Hello Lauren

Who is Lauren?

I am many things (as we all are) but below are the basics:

I am a 28 year old woman
I have a 3 year old daughter – I am Mama
I am married to my best friend
My husband is the most successful man I know (yes I am biased)
We all live in New York (Manhattan to be precise)
We are all English (my daughter only by birth)

Coolest toy stores in Manhattan

Walk in and be immediately transported to a wonderland of mini woodland creatures, butterflies and fairies. The owner of Playing Mantis, Imelda McCain, carefully selects handcrafted toys made from wood and recycled materials to inspire kids imagination without the distraction of modern battery-operated toys (a woman after our own heart!).