I’d like to introduce you all formally to Lauren. Lauren is part of the HAMR team; more specifically, strategic partnerships. Her past work experience has been a keen insight into the fashion industry and networking.
I met Lauren about two years ago through her friend Jenna whom I worked with in the Reading department at the school I was at at the time. We definitely clicked from the first “meeting” we had; bonding over tacos and about our love of fashion and blogging. Our meetings are always entertaining and of course productive.
Lauren believes in HAMR’s message of individuality and creative expression though the common bond of the working girl. She wanted to work with a blog that she respects and enjoys reading daily. Lauren believes HAMR is genuine, realistic and inclusive to any woman who loves fashion. She likes the feeling of community HAMR portrays and how HAMR is just not about celebrating me, but finding a commonality with my readers. I’m glad that I met her because she’s great at what she does and definitely has a great work ethic and a vision for HAMR’s future.
5 Minutes With Lauren
HAMR: What is your occupation?
Lauren: I do business development for a data and software company. We offer our clients the information and platform to analyze the financial health of their current and prospective business partners. The clients I work with are multinational corporations and top consulting firms.
HAMR: Describe your style?
Lauren: This isn’t the easiest question for me. I’d say I like style and pieces that are special, beautiful and interesting, but who doesn’t? What makes me fall in love with an item is if it has great design and it’s well made. Right now, I’m into the eccentric furs trend. I just got a faux fox snood from Etsy I’m really excited to wear this winter.
HAMR: What’s your go-to accessory?
Lauren: Jewelry! Jewelry sparkles and shines; it’s seasonless and it always fits. I believe if I treat jewelry well, it’ll be good back to me. The longevity factor of jewelry is also why I love it so much. Actually, my most prized possession might be a gold and garnet cocktail ring that used to belong to my grandma. It’s the definition of gorgeous!
HAMR: What’s in your bag currently?
Lauren: Receipts! I need to do my expenses… But other than that, there’s Stila Lip Stain, Revlon Colorburst Lip Balm, CO Bigelow Lip Cream, Mirabella Colour Luxe Lip Gloss, My Charge Energy Shot (portable phone charger/life saver), Philips Extra Bass Earclip Headphones, a Pink-Opal, Iridescent Magic Wallet from Urban Outfitters and my GS5.
HAMR: What’s your favorite Chicago spot?
Lauren: My heart belongs in Wicker Park. I’m a little idiosyncratic, a little messy and very idealistic about my deep seated dreams. I’ll always love and feel comfortable in the vibe of Wicker Park.
Zara: Sweater (similar)
Forever 21: Top (similar)
Forever 21: Pants (similar)
Rebecca Minkoff: Handbag (similar)
Aldo: Boots (similar)
Michael Kors: Time Piece (similar)
Mr Kate: Skinny Gold Cuff (similar)
Leighelena: Single Leather Wrap with Brass Buckle (similar)
Gold Chain (similar)
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I’ve been requested to write a post about how to create the perfect arm soirée for quite some time now and I finally got around to it (you’re welcome DNB)! I have perfected this art form in just three easy steps.
- Step 1: wear bangles or loose bracelets.
- Step 2: wear a stretchy or chunky bracelet to help block the bangles or loose bracelets from falling out of place.
- Step 3: wear your favorite time piece to keep the party in line.
I like to mix up my metals and plastics and I usually keep some of the same bracelets in constant rotation. The same goes with my time pieces. It’s important to either have a gold, silver or black band time piece because it is a statement just in itself and never goes out of style. I’m looking to add a gray and burgundy time piece this season to my collection just because I have a slight obsession with them (especially Timex). Again, leather, metal or plastic bands for time pieces are based on preferences.
For step 1, I get my bangles in packs at Urban Outfitters or Forever 21 because they’re reasonably priced and they usually have a wide variety of choices. Then for step 2, I like wearing a designer thicker bracelet – I usually invest in these because I can always wear them solo as well. These I like to stalk my favorite sites for just that right piece to add to my collection. Nordstrom, Piperlime and Yoox have great selections. Modcloth and Anthropologie have some unique pieces that are great for mixing and matching.
The last unique tidbit to the perfect arm soirée is that I tend to only wear them on my right hand, even though I’m right handed. I have no idea how I started wearing them only on my right hand, but I like it this way because the focus is isolated and unique.
Remember, each soirée should be unique and express your personal style and have fun with different combinations.