I wanted to create this page to share with you my traveling adventures and just overall experiences that are happening to be daily. I will be updating this page telling you about trips, discuss the places to go when traveling, and of course my favorite topic FOOD! Hope you enjoy and thank you for entering Lo's World!
I'm about to be really honest with this blog post in hopes to helping another reader out there. We all know life can get crazy! I know from experience that stress and anxiety can take a toll on you. I have recently being uneasy about different aspects of my life. I'm going to call it my mid-twenties crisis. This time in my life I don't have a plan! Gasp! This is really not like me, which is scaring me the most. From a very young age, I was always the go-getter and the planner. I always knew what I wanted especially when it came to my education and aspirations in life. I was the child with journals of goals, goals, and more goals ranging from careers to the type of house I wanted. BUT at the moment, I don't have it figured out. I have such mixed emotions about EVERYTHING and I don't what do about it. I just know this uncertainty has consumed my every day moods and my sleeping habits, which is not healthy. However, I'm starting to realize what I'm dealing with is OK and I know everyone has experienced something similar to this as well or even multiple times. I always believed in the silver lining of things happening in your life for a reason, however, I'm struggling with the most is trusting myself and trusting the process. I have to put my trust in myself again. I felt this sense of being lost. Maybe it's because I have being putting a lot of pressure on myself in my personal and professional life because you can't help but to compare yourself to others around you. I want to get to the point of be grounded again and dedicating time to find what makes me truly happy. I would love if you want to share something you have gone through that has been similar. Just email me and I'd love to connect with others.
Summer is just around the corner and it had me thinking...what were some of my favorite summer memories? I got to say it was all the times I went on vacation with my parents and brother to Ft. Myers Beach. Mind you, I was born and raised in Central Florida, but it will still a little getaway my family look forward to. I also really enjoyed going to visit my family in New Jersey as we would have pool parties, barbeques, and even took a trip to New York City to see a Broadway show.
Summer was always filled with fun things to do but when I got more serious with dance; my summers became catered to that. There were summers where I attended 3-5 week ballet intensives leaving no time for other activities. However, I learned so much about the dance world from different teachers, choreographers, and seeing large ballet productions as well. Even though, you would have friends surrounding you go to all these "fun" summer activities I don't regret any of it! They are truly amazing memories!
As I get older, I really want to explore new cities, states, and countries. It's my goal to save up all year to make sure every summer moving forward I have places lined up for me go to! The best is yet to come :)
I can't wait to hear about your favorite summer memories and current summer plans!
All I can say is…how much things have changed these last 6 months. It’s crazy to even think about. Let me see, I got my heart broken, traveled for work, moved apartments, got promoted at work, found out I was going to be an aunt, and during this time I had lost interest in my blog. I think there are a few factors that made me less interested:
2. Was encouraged by someone
So, as you can see time was the main contender as I work two jobs right now and trying to finish my MBA. They are all good things, but to be an influencer and get your “brand” out there is time consuming. It takes a lot of effort to be engaged for a blog. I felt like I was overwhelmed with the pressure of needing to look a certain way or I don’t have enough resources to do these photoshoots and clothes like these other successful bloggers who have content that blows me away. Also, the fact that the person who encouraged me to start blogging and developing content was no longer in the picture. He was my biggest cheerleader and believer that I could DO it. But, that positive vibe was lost so I didn’t touch my blog or create any content for 4 months.
During these last few months, I had a lot of reflection time to do on myself. A lot of the time, I was asking myself the same questions. Why am I not blogging? Why am I letting go of something I truly enjoyed? What excuses am I making? So, these are all things I have asked myself and now I have answers. Those answers are, I should be blogging, I shouldn’t stop because of someone and there’s no excuses.
My personality contains a lot of go-getter attitude. Once my mind is set on something, I will figure it out so why not try again with my blog.
With a whole new outlook now, I have expanded my horizons in the sense of RESEARCH and developing RELATIONSHIPS with people around me. For example, I have a co-worker who loves photography and does modeling on the side. Well the old Lauren wouldn’t dare to ask for her help, but the NEW Lauren did. Now, we have a photoshoot on the books for my new content in exchange for me to write all her thank you cards for her side business. This is why its so important to ask. The worse thing that could happen would be getting a “no.”
Lastly, my biggest lesson would be not comparing myself to others and not letting others compare me. Its simply no fair for either party. I want to stay my complete authentic self and by doing so I need to trust myself. That can be hard to do. I also need to trust the process. My blog will not take off overnight. However, with my research skills, building relationships, and be consistent will show me the results I want.
I will leave this post with a positive thought I always remind myself:
“Be a unicorn, in a world of donkeys” – Mia Michaels
2017 has been a year of growth, lessons, and changes for me, but one thing I learned about myself is that I don't take time for myself. You guys know, the time that makes us feel amazing about ourselves. Sooooo, one of my reslutions for 2018 is to take more time for myself and by scheduling time for myself to workout at home 30 -minutes a day. I know I'm guily of saying "I'm too busy" or "There's not enough time in the day" but I have found out that we can't be too busy to take care of ourselves. To even add more motivation, my girl Jenny, who is a personal trainer, designed HIIT30 program that you can do in your home! She created this amazing cardio conditioning program designed to blast fast and build lean toned muscle in less than 30 minutes! LADIES! It's time to take care of you!
Join me on this journey by checking out Jenny J Fitness and use promo code LAUREN30 to receive a 30-day free trial! HOW AMAZING IS THAT?
Link to her page is below! 2018 here I come <3
I always try to buy something for my best friend that she wouldn't buy herself for many reasons. Sometimes we don't let ourselves indulge when we shop so I always make sure to buy something for her that's special and I know she will use it!
I know what my best friend loves especially when it comes to anytime of gift of soaps, lotions, and even candles. We always need this stuff so why not get your best friend stuff she loves to used!
I always like to give something personalized for my best friend. You can never go wrong with a beautiful ornament with an initial or even a symbol of something for your friendship.
I love the Northeast when it comes to the fall season! I fell in love with Norfolk, Connectitcut, where I attended a wedding a few weeks ago. The colors and smell of the outdoors was just refreshing. It definitely was a change in scenery from San Diego.
The wedding took place on this beautiful estate that was tucked away on this road with no lanes just beautiful, colorful trees. This town had one general store, post office, one restaurant, and a liquor store all on one street that was considered "downtown" to the locals. We were able to walk to this farmer's market and the locals were super friendly. Coming from a large metropolitian city to this small town, was shocking, but so beautiful. The locals appreciate what they have and its humbling. I love going to new places! Please enjoy the photos below and next up is Nashville for Thanksgiving :)
I feel incredibly honored to be awarded by a fellow blogger, blessedmessmama.com! If you want to see this boss mama, you can check out her page below!
I started my blog in January as a challenge for myself. I was told by someone who's my # 1 fan just to go for it! So, that's when the ideas just kept coming in. I got the name from one of my favorite songs from the musical, Wicked. It has an extreme importance to me as it was my first Broadway show I have ever seen in NYC and with the ORIGINAL CAST! Till this day I can remember what I was wearing, sitting at the edge of my seat, and getting the goosebumps with all the amazing performers. The rest is history!
I have a business background, but also a dance background. I love being organized in a workplace, getting tasks done and dealing with numbers. The other side of me contains the need to teach ballet to children. This blog allows me to be both of those people, creative and business!
My advice to other upcoming bloggers is to trust yourself and document everything you do! Content everyday and connecting with other bloggers is a great way to get yourself out there! GO FOR IT :)
I had recently posted on my Instagram asking for help on what to post next on my blog and this was the winner....25 questions answered all about me. Someone had suggested 50, but I figured it would be better to do half of those questions for now. My goal is to be relatable to my readers. Please feel free to send me an email or DM on Instagram :)
1. What's one thing that's happened to you that has made you stronger person?
I don't talk about this topic, but I figured I shouldn't be ashamed of it. I went through a eating disorder between the ages of 13-16. It was one of the most trying times of my life, but I feel today if I didn't go through that I wouldn't be who I am today, which is a stronger version of myself.
2. Who do you think has had the largest influence on the person you are today?
My parents and my grandma, Margaret
3. What decade do you feel you belong to most?
I would say I belong in the 1940s and 1950s-I'm known for being an old soul
4. When you were younger what did you think you were going to be when you grow up?
A Ballerina / Doctor
5. If you could identify with one fictional character who would it be?
Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly (Breakfast at Tiffany's)
6. What made you start blogging?
Its something I was always interested in because it was a way to express myself creatively and be able to challenge myself. Someone important to be gave me the push not to be afraid to share things with the world and just to be myself.
7. What is something you've never done but always wanted to?
Go on a hot air balloon ride
8. If you could be an animal, what would you be?
I would want to be an owl because what they represent wisdom and also protectors of the spirit world.
9. How do you think your parents describe as a child?
A dolly (my nickname)
10. If you could go back in time of your life, what age or time would it be?
When I was 13 so I could tell myself I was worth more than I thought I was.
11. What's your favorite form of exercise?
Hot Yoga, Cycling, and Dancing
12. Do you have any tattoos?
Yes, I have 12.
13. What do you consider is your favorite color?
Red and Black
14. If you could go on a trip tomorrow, where would you go?
15. What are your nicknames?
Dolly, Baby Doll, Sweet Pea, Queen, Lolo
16. What are your favorite family traditions?
We used to have big Italian dinners every Sunday at my grandmas.
17. What are your hobbies outside of blogging?
Dancing is a huge part of my life, but I love going on hikes and dog park adventures with my pooch. When I have more downtime, I definitely like to find a romance novel to stick my nose in.
18. What has been one of your favorite vacations?
I was able to go to Chicago in the spring this year and I fell in love with the city. The cherry blossoms, brick houses, culture, and food left a mark on me.
19. What was your favorite subject in school?
For a long time it was my history classes then my lightbulb came on and I fell in love with math!
20. What was your first job?
I was 16 working at a local grocery store. Then, shortly after I was working events as a black jack dealer.
21. What's your favorite movie?
That's an easy one, Breakfast at Tiffany's and The Holiday... I can watch them over and over again.
22. Are you a introvert or extrovert?
I consider myself both
23. What are your greatest fears?
Wiggly things like spiders and snakes and ending up alone.
24. How would your friends describe you?
25. What's your ultimate goal(s)?
I want to finish my MBA program, successfully be a good boss, continue to teach ballet, travel, get married, and if I'm lucky be able to become a mom.
This cute little house located in Little Italy is the home of some delicious wines. Its charm and appeal makes it a staple in downtown. Enjoy a glass of vino at the bar or on the upstairs little balcony.
Beer flights and finger foods = YUM! Plus, you are able to take a tour of the grounds and see how this local brew started and how they created their flavors!
If you enjoy the blues, this Speak-Easy bar is for you located in downtown SD. The vibe and specialty drinks menu is a huge hit. It's a hidden treasure I suggest to check out.
If you want pretty views this is the place to go. Torrey Pines if known for their golf courses, hiking trail, and scenic views of the city of San Diego.
One stop location for food, shopping, museums, dog parks, and anything else you could think of. Not to mention its right next to the San Diego Zoo.
What a beautiful park to spend time with family and friends. You can have a picnic, enjoy kite flying, ride wave runners, and have enjoy a beautiful night by the bonfire.
No matter what part you are in San Diego, you'll always find a beautiful beach. They all close to each other, but have different city vibes based of their location.
Seaport Village is a place where you can stroll the water side viewing amazing size sail boats, military based ships, yachts, and overall beautiful view of Coronado Island across the water.
I can honestly say from one ice cream lover to another that Hammond's Ice Cream is by far the best I have ever had here in San Diego. They have three locations you can choose from. Hammond's make all their ice cream in-house offering several unique flavors you wouldn't even think of. They are known for their sampler that comes with 6 flavors in mini cones of your choice! The presentation is so well done that I don't want to ruin it, but then my mind changes quite quickly because ice cream is definitely my weakness and it would all go to waste if I would just leave it there!
Another spot to go to in San Diego! The interiors are super elegant and make you feel a little fancy when you step inside looking for that sweet treat. They have two locations offering everything from ice cream, pastries, cupcakes, and even pies! It's a one stop shop for anything you could imagine and to satisfy that sweet tooth! Don't forget if you're a vegan or gluten free, ask for their yummy options that cater to your diet!
If you're a ice cream sandwich lover, this is the place for YOU! All the flavors you could ask for in one place. The delicious homemade cookies and ice cream, plus all the toppings you can choose from is music to my ears. In addition, you can ask for them to hot press your ice cream sandwich! Warm cookies plus ice cream = WINNER!
Greek Fusion at its finest! This restaurant offers inside and outside seating. I love the outside view of La Jolla Shores! Great for veggie heads out there and ingredients are super fresh!
By far one of my favorite places for brunch! The environment, friendly staff, and their Avocado Toast won me over! You'll also enjoy their fun cocktails they make from scratch with all fresh ingredients to get your day started!
For dessert, this is my favorite find in Downtown SD! iDessert is a French inspired dessert place that includes building your own meringue, crepes, or sundaes. Every combination has never disappointed!
Little Italy in Downtown has amazing restaurants. I suggest visiting Barbusa because of their amazing menu selections. I still think about their Stuffed Squash Blossoms! I could easily have five orders of those with a glass of wine and be completely satisfied!
San Diego definitely doesn't disappoint when you're craving Mexican Food. La Puerta has a very low-key fun vibe about it. Almost like a sports bar with delicious menu options and margaritas to go with your meal. I suggest ordering their Carde Asada Fries! Just trust me on this one!
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The castle in Mexico City was breathtaking. It contained so much history, artifacts, and a original carriage that was made in Italy. This is definitely a must see when you travel to MC!
Metropolitan Cathedral was located in a prime spot in Mexico City surrounded by beautiful buildings and shops. You're able to go inside and I couldn't believe how beautiful it was. We got lucky as when we were there, we got to see a actual mass take place.
Best thing about traveling is the FOOD! I can't even begin to tell you how much food I consumed while in MC! I loved the local shops and even street carts along the sidewalks that you can find the best food!
Climbing the pyramids was by far my favorite thing I did while in Mexico City. They are located just outside the city and its worth the drive. The Pyramid of Sun and the Moon had such an influence on me with their beauty and the history they each give to Mexico.
Palace of the Arts is the home of any performance you could possibly see. Inside the building was red marble stone that I have never seen before. The city is just full of history and beautiful structures.
My cousin definitely wanted Disneyland to be one of her sight-seeing places to go! I'm originally from Florida and I grew up going to Disney World regularly. When my family from New Jersey visited us in Florida, we always went to Disney World. Now, my cousin can say she's been to Disneyland, too!
I have lived in San Diego for almost two years and I never been to the San Diego Zoo until my cousin came into town. I must say this was the best zoo I been to! My favorite thing was the Air Tram that brought you to the other side of the park with the beautiful view of Balboa Park and Downtown.
One of my favorite places to go is the Santa Monica Pier! The scenery is stunning from the pier! You get to walk through the outside mall towards the pier while seeing the popular Ferris Wheel ride. Of course, when I go to the pier, I have to get myself ice cream in a waffle cone!
This is probably my favorite picture from her visit with this amazing background from La Jolla! My cousin was just in awe with the town, houses on hills, and seeing the seals hanging out in the coves! I'm so happy I was able to take her there to explore!
Breakfast Republic is one of my favorite places to go to for brunch in San Diego. They have several locations in this area and the food is just amazing! There hasn't been a time that my plate was completely clear!
Who doesn't love to go to a baseball game especially visiting one of the older stadiums around. Nothing is better than a beer and pretzel in my book! What I loved so much about Wrigley Field was how it was placed in a beautiful neighborhood that was able to walk around with brick homes, cherry blossoms, and local places to eat. Definitely a must see!
Willis Tower is another stop to make when you're visiting Chicago. This is the tallest building in the city with 108 floors. There were times where I felt the building sway a little bit! My favorite part of this experience was standing on the glass box that looks out 4 feet away from the building! Seeing the city underneath me in this photo is unreal!
If you go to Chicago, you must get their signature deep dish pizza! This was a situation when your eyes are bigger than your stomach. I was only able to eat one slice because the crust is so thick, but I won't complain about more crust!
95 floors of the most beautiful reviews plus cocktails looking at the city and Lake Michigan is not too shabby! Before my trip, I really had no idea how large the lake is and it's stunning! If I were to pick which skyscraper tour was better, I would definitely say the Hancock Building!
You can get the most beautiful pictures if you take the ferry ride through the city river! I loved how informative the tour guide was with the history of Chicago and its buildings as well as being able to capture such scenic pictures.