January 2014

success is not easy.

by Lauren on January 31, 2014

you know the feeling when you order something online and you check the mail everyday to see if it has arrived? that is the feeling i had this week while i waited for my new print to arrive. the print instantly resonated with me because my career and life aspirations have been on my mind lately. this print reminds me to strive to reach my goals and work hard at everything i do. i’m going to hang it in my office for a daily reminder.


this brings up another topic i have been thinking a lot about lately. recently, i have been asking myself who am i and what do i stand for and to be honest i felt a little lost answering this question. i truly think your 20’s should be devoted to figuring out who you are as a person and investing in who you want to be in the future. i took some time this week to pursue answers to this question of who am i? i sat down and wrote down my professional and personal goals and even attended two professional networking events this week. it helped me feel more comfortable in my pursuit for the real me. at the end of the day, we don’t have to know exactly what we want in every aspect of our life all the time. that comes with time and the most important thing we can do now, is work hard because success is not easy and is certainly not for the lazy. 

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love, lo


office style.

by Lauren on January 29, 2014

not only do I have my own space at home to decorate but I recently got my very own office that provided me with another space to fill with inspiration. i’ve only ever had a cubicle so having an office has been a nice adjustment. there is something to be said about having your own space that you can make yours at work.  it eases the pain of having to stay late or come-in early because my office is catered to my personality and what inspires me.

my mother-in-law came to the office for lunch and she decided that I definitely needed more decorations and went to straight to Pottery Barn after our lunch. needless to say she spoiled me and helped me transform my office into a cozier place.
























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love, lo

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cfg on instagram.

by Lauren on January 27, 2014

if i had to choose only one social media site to use, it would have to be instagram more so than facebook and twitter. i update instagram with my daily musings and am constantly searching for inspiration from those i follow. i like being able to see just one picture at a time without all the crazy status updates. follow me on instagram to see what I have been up to lately, below are a few highlights.

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{blog talk with a fellow blogger at our favorite gourmet coffee shop}

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{old school polaroid style of the hubby and I on new years eve this year}

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{work style thats warm enough for frigid temps}

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{gold monogram his and her anthro mugs}


p.s. follow my CFG Facebook page to get the latest updates.

love, lo



trendy two: stripes.

by Lauren on January 23, 2014

After a much needed girls day last weekend and spending an afternoon at the spa, my friend Morgan – from the blog Eeny. Meeny. Miny. MO – and I started talking about collaborating on a few blog posts. We came up with the idea for a monthly segment called Trendy Two where Morgan and I feature a trend or item and our take on styling it. This month we chose stripes. It was hilarious because after looking in my closet, I realized just how much I love stripes and that I might have a small obsession. Below is my take on the trend and then Morgan’s but be sure to go checkout her blog as well for more on her styling of stripes.

Lo’s Take:


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Mo’s Take:

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A couple of tips when wearing stripes:

1. Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns. Let’s say you have a fabulous striped top and fun patterned scarf, feel free to layer it on.

2. Add color to your stripes. Whenever I add color to a striped outfit (especially if the stripes are black and white) it makes the look more put together.

3. And finally, accessorize your stripes. Add bangles, watches, midi rings, you name it!

love, lo


kc fashion designer: Chante Gossett

by Lauren on January 22, 2014

One of the reasons I like Facebook is purely to see what people are up to. Now that I am a couple years out of college and ‘real life’ has begun I have noticed what cool things people are doing. Many of my friends and peers from high school are not only going after their dreams but making them happen.

I had the opportunity to interview a local fashion designer, Chante Gossett. Although Chante says she is just getting started, her designs are amazing and remind me of something out of vogue. I was eager to talk with her and hear how she has gotten her start and where she finds inspiration. Fashion lovers get ready to be in heaven!

















(all photos credited to Crystal Farris)

1. How did you get started with creating your own fashion line?

I’ve always wanted to get into the fashion world for as long as I can remember. When I would go to draw, it somehow always turned into drawing clothing. When I was in college the most logical path to what I wanted to do was to apply to become a part of the Textile Design program at KU. It made the most sense to me since we don’t have a fashion program. This became an incredible jumping off point for me, I finally was learning skills that I could actually apply to creating handmade clothing.

It started with a few pieces here and there and then a friend of mine had done West 18th St. Fashion Show and told me to apply, so I did. I got in and created a five piece collection so I think that was really my first full foray into executing a small collection. After that it took me a while to get back to work and I just released my SS 14 collection this past November in a Showcase that I put on at the Bauer. It turned out to be a great event and we had a huge turnout, the collection I created for SS14 was eight pieces.

















2. Tell us a little bit about the creative process you go through when creating new pieces? Where do you find inspiration?

When I go to design, I first think of what I want the inspiration or concept to be and what type of girl or environment I envision for the clothing. A lot of my inspiration comes from these imagined scenarios or environments that I see these clothes existing in. Art history has also proved to be a huge inspiration for me and I constantly find myself feeling as though I’m referencing famous pieces or my favorite artists.

















3. Where do you see yourself and your fashion line in 5 years? 

My end goal is for my line to become a functioning small independent brand based in KC where I have a team in studio making the fabrics with me, producing the clothing somewhere in the states, have a showroom in NYC and stocking in select boutiques around the world.

















p.s. be looking for a post tomorrow called Trendy Two where a friend and I each give our take on a hot new trend!

love, lo


sassy neutrals.

by Lauren on January 20, 2014

you can probably tell that i love neutral pieces when it comes to decorating my house. my apartment has been getting quite a bit of love lately since i have a little time in my schedule to focus on it. yesterday was a bargain hunting kind of day since our nearby kirkland’s home decor store is moving locations and everything was 40% of the lowest ticket price! and of course I had to stop by target because we all know that I have a very real addiction to anything sold at the big T.













this is a pouf! a pouf is a newer concept in the design world but basically it looks like a pillow/foot rest but really it creates extra seating. the pouf is very sturdy so someone could sit on it if we had a bunch of guests over and needed more seating.













everyone has to have a monogrammed rug! it just seems too perfect not to have your monogram displayed when everyone enters your home.













&. can I just say how much I love a simple & sign. i think of it as elegant yet classic. this one is going in our master bathroom next to the Mr. and Mrs. hooks that I posted here. i think it adds a nice touch to a bathroom that needs a little lift.

love, lo


wedding bliss.

by Lauren on January 19, 2014

even though our wedding was over 6 months ago, i just can’t help but feel bliss all over again when I see this video that my dad made. it captures the day so well and all the special people a part of it. i wish I could just go live that day again, not any of the planning or the year leading up to the wedding but just the day of. it sounds cheesy but it honestly was the most perfect day.

i have loved sharing these past few months of my life with my guy. cheers to many more years together!

Lauren and Mike’s Wedding Day from Rob Swirbul on Vimeo.


love, lo


busy girl schedule.

by Lauren on January 17, 2014

When you work full time it often forces you to get organized and creative with your time. One of the things I am working on this year is managing my time better and scheduling more things on my calendar rather than not planning ahead. I often get so busy during the week that I end up missing out on a lot of stuff I wanted to accomplish or get done by not having them scheduled into my week already.
















Here is the breakdown of what I am working on accomplishing each week.


My goal is to workout 3-4 times a week. The breakdown: 2 nights during the week and 1-2 times during the weekend. During the week, I hit up the apartment gym with the hubby and on the weekends when I have more time, I will go take a workout class at Lifetime Fitness.


I am working towards blogging 2-3 times a week. I think every other day to every two days is reasonable for me. Since I am trying to post all original content, having fewer more rich in content posts makes sense.

Friend Time.

If I can see my girlfriends 1-2 times a week, I will be happy! After college, I realized how crucial catching up with friends every so often is since we don’t see each other every day anymore like college. (p.s. I have a murder mystery dinner party planned for this weekend as well as a blogging/wine/takeout sleepover with my girls).

Me Time.

Perhaps the most important of all! I have to schedule 2 nights a week where I do something for me which could be a bubble bath, reading a good book or putting on a facial and drinking my favorite herbal tea. This allows me to be the best person I can be to my friends and family, simply because I have taken care of myself.

love, lo


black & white.

by Lauren on January 13, 2014

There is something to be said about having your own place to design and decorate. I have had more fun this year creating my personal style and showcasing it around my place. As I get older, I have begun to appreciate black and white decor and the simplicity it offers. It goes with everything and never goes out of style. My collection has already started but I plan to continue my search for the perfect home accessories in one of the neutral colors.

Personal style is an important trademark to any space but I hope that when people see my home decor they instantly think of me. Below are my latest finds that I have profiled around my office and the master bath. You can never have to many home accesories!

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love, lo


closet makeover.

by Lauren on January 10, 2014

Cait from Gussied Up came over this weekend and gave me a closet consultation. She is a pro when it comes to fashion and putting together outfits. I am so glad Cait came over when she did because I just started a new job where it’s a must to look polished and professional but I was getting in the habit of wearing just 25% of my closet. Cait helped me incorporate pieces that I wanted to wear but hadn’t in months. Take a look at what she created for me!

She started by giving me her Gussied Up Checklist, which is a list of all the basic must haves you need in your closet. Most of the items I already had but it reminded me I needed some more basics, like a white button down. Cait then organized my closet by style (i.e. sleeve length) and color. I originally had it organized just by color but having it organized by style helps you “shop your closet,” as Cait says, to create unique outfits.

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After my closet was organized, she had me pick out a few pieces that I liked but didn’t know what to wear with. Cait was able to help me create 5 new outfits. I have been wearing them all week to work. Check out the rest of my outfits here.

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If you are interested in having your own closet consultation, contact Cait over at Gussied Up. You can Email her at gussiedup{dot}cf{at}gmail{dot}com. I highly recommend using her and promise you won’t be disappointed in what she creates for you.


love, lo

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