Erin Condren Life Planner 2018

February 09, 2018

I'm so excited for this long-anticipated post! Today, I'm finally chatting about my organizer/planner/God-sent by Erin Condren. I've utilized a paper planner since high school, so the precedent has been set for several years. Throughout college I experimented with various options, but finally, in law school, I found the holy grail! Some millennial woman have mixed feelings about using paper-anything in today's day and age, but I speak from experience when I say that it's the only thing that keeps me on track. I have a lot going on, as most people. Working as a full-time attorney, part-time blogger and all-the-time bride, can seriously take its toll.

So, let's discuss specifics. While there are so many reasons why it's called the Life Planner, I highlighted what I believe to be the most important ones!

- Interchangeable covers with personalized text/pictures
- Select your coil color: black, silver, gold or rose gold
{I usually get silver but this year I opted for rose gold, and I'm obsessed!}
- Select your color scheme: colorful or neutral
{I have the neutral and use these stickers to add some color and interest. Also, stickers are bound into your planner.}
- Select your layout: horizontal, vertical or hourly
{I've had all options, except the hourly. Horizontal works best if you have a lot to write down for each day. I got that while in law school, but now that I'm working, the vertical meets my needs best. The three boxes can be used for scheduling, such as morning, afternoon and evening, or as specific note sections. I use a hybrid approach.}

Complete Organization
- High quality, easy-to-read paper
{These pens are the best, and never bleed!}
- Pre-printed note page before each month
{I keep track of finances, work-related items, wedding must-dos on this page.}
- Overview of current year and following year
- Folders
- Zipper pocket
- Blank note pages
- Laminated tabs

- Fits in most handbags and briefcases, offering scheduling on-the-go
- Accessories available to keep everything together
{I have a band that allows for my planner to stay closed while in transit.}
- Simple, discreet way to jot down information and organize your thoughts/appointments

Ideal for All Women
As women, we take care of households, husbands, babies, pets, work, etc., so having a handle on your schedule, brings immense peace of mind.
- For the professional: You can keep work and personal all in one place, ensuring nothing goes astray.
- For the mom: The various format options allow for maximum use, whether it be that each vertical box represents a child or a breakdown of your day, the possibilities are endless and will always meet your needs.
- For the student: In my humble opinion, structure equates to success. Some people work differently, but I've found that the more organized I was with my studies, the greater success I had.
- Regardless of what category you may fall into, no matter who you are, the motivational quotes add the perfect amount of pep to get you through a tough day.

I can honestly say that there will never be a time in my life where I don't have a Life Planner. As the demands of life continue to increase, I take great solace in knowing I'll continue to have my handy-dandy organizer by my side.

If you're interested in jumping on the #ECLifePlanner bandwagon, click here to create your own!

Happy Planning,
Lauren xo

My SNS Dip Powder Experience

January 30, 2018

August 2017
November 2017
December 2017
December 2017 // Original blog post with outfit details here
January 2017 // Sneak peak of my wedding band!!!!

Hi, friends! Today I'm looking forward to sharing my journey with SNS dip powder. It's such a hot topic in the beauty community right now, and I wanted to provide an honest perspective if any of you are considering it. To put it simply, it's awesome! My experience with SNS started in late summer. I had (stupidly) decided to go back to acrylics in July to see how I liked them for our wedding. My thought was that I'd have a year for my nails to get back on track if I hated them, because, to be frank, acrylics are terrible for your nails. Please know that I'm not trying to be judgmental in any way - I was an avid acrylics-wearer for years. I unfortunately learned the hard way the level of damage they can cause. My last experience was no different, but in an effort to look at the glass half-full, I did discover SNS because of it.

After two months of hating the acrylics, I was at a complete loss. I knew my natural nails never grew with regular manicures or gel, but I wanted beautiful nails for all the upcoming wedding festivities. Enter Emily Gemma of The Sweetest Thing, who thankfully was chatting about her "dip powder" experience on Snapchat or Instastories (I can't remember but I personally prefer Instastories, so be sure to follow along @RightToRemainFab). She's one of my absolute favorite bloggers, and I trust her judgment, so I was eager to get my acrylics soaked off and give it a try. For those of you are completely new to SNS, it's powder gel that requires no UV or LED light to cure. The process is as straightforward as it's name, they dip your nail into the powder about 2-3 times and wa-la! My favorite thing about SNS though is that, unlike traditional gel, it's packed with nutrients. There are really no words to describe how grateful I am to have found this technique because my nails have never been longer or healthier. It's like miracle! 

Here's the summary of SNS:
- No UV or LED exposure
- No dry time
- Shiny finish that lasts
- Depending on personal nail growth, can last up to 4 weeks
- Natural nail appears clean, polished and, with thicker application, just like acrylics (but way less bulky!)
- Around $45+ in NYC and Philadelphia
- Safe & healthy
- Wide-range of colors (numerical system)
- Takes about an hour to complete
If you had any doubts, I hope my feedback has given you the push to test it for yourself. Let me know if you're an SNS gal like myself, and if so, what are your favorite colors? I'm partial to the nude collection but couldn't help myself with all the fun reads this holiday season. Also, if you're in the Philly suburbs, I go to Harvest Moon Nail Bar in Lafayette Hill. You won't be disappointed! 

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