I’m especially excited to share my blog post with everyone today because I’m sitting pretty with Lauren Nelson of Lauren-Nelson.com. My “Sitting Pretty With” interview series is quickly becoming one of my favorite parts of R&R. I truly hope you readers are feeling the same way! Let’s dive in… y’all Lauren seriously rocks. Case in point: A) We met last summer when I was living in NYC and we immediately clicked. Right away, she took me under her NYC wing. B) She’s the epitome of a modern East Coast girl on the rise. C) She has an impeccable eye for interiors and design (fashion too!). D) She’s always inspiring me to travel to new places, try new things, and raise the bar with my blog. So, I can’t wait for y’all to get to know her a little better, to start reading her self-named blog – Lauren Nelson – on the daily, and to start insta-stalking her East Coast life. While she’s based in New York City, she’s always jetting out to Montauk to fuel her passion for the coast or scooting to Rhode Island or Nantucket to take in beautiful architecture and landscapes. Her Instagram feed always has me craving the East Coast! I give you Sitting Pretty with Lauren Nelson:
Pssst, reading Sitting Pretty With Lauren Nelson of Lauren-Nelson.com is pretty inspiring right? Want more!? I’ve also interviews a few other standout ladies in my Sitting Pretty With series. Take a peak at my interviews with Allison Norton of Polka Dot Media, Krista Robertson of Covering The Bases, and Annie Reeves of AnnieReeves.com.
Name: Lauren Nelson
Neighborhood: Murray Hill – NYC
Job: Advertising Account Executive by day / Lifestyle & Interior Design blogger by night
Instagram Handle: @_laurennelson_
Let’s talk business…
What motivated you to start your blog, LaurenNelson.com?
I wanted to start a blog so I could have a creative outlet. It’s been such a fun journey and I’ve made some great friends along the way. I recommend everyone to start a blog if you are passionate about it!
Describe your blog in 3 sentences or less.
L-N.com is a curated guide to a stylish life sharing the best in interiors, fashion and all around style.
What keeps you inspired at work day-in and day-out?
It’s so hard to stay inspired on a daily basis! Sometimes I beat myself up about it but I’ve learned to shut down the computer and try again the next day. Also, lists are my best friend. They always help me on days where I’m just not feeling it.
How do you pick what topics and content you want to post about?
Topics mostly come to me at random. I love reading magazines for content inspiration as well.
Is there something that you know now that you wish you’d known when you started your blog?
Hmm… great question! I wish I would have taken it more seriously in the beginning.
Let’s talk Fashion…
Describe your style in three adjectives.
Classic, fun, preppy.
What are your wardrobe staples?
I love Ralph Lauren. I’m literally freezing all of the time so their cable-knit crewneck sweaters are my life line. I wear them all of the time – at work, on the weekends, I keep one in my purse when I’m traveling. I also wear their Oxford shirts on repeat. I pretty much have one in every color.
If I peaked into your closet, what color would be the most prominent?
Navy, Stripes, White, Pink.
Are there any trends you’re excited about right now?
Off-the-shoulder tops or dresses are my JAM right now.
What fashion piece would you splurge on tomorrow if you could?
A new hand bag, I love the Gucci SoHo Leather Disco Bag… Or I’d like a Celine.
Let’s talk Beauty…
What are your beauty must-haves?
What perfume do you spritz on as you walk out the door?
Currently wearing Tory’s scent – I think it’s great for summer.
What color nail polish are you currently wearing?
Cajun Shrimp – OPI
Let’s talk Décor…
Describe your decorating style in three adjectives.
Classic, East Coast, Preppy.
If your mother taught you one trick about interior decorating, what would it be?
Blue and white is always a good idea.
What is your favorite piece of art or furniture you own?
My Gray Malin. I also love the X-Bench I had custom made in a bold John Robshaw print.
What’s on your bar cart?
Veuve Clicquot Rose.
Do you have any must-have coffee table books?
Rowing Blazers, Slim Aarons: Once Upon A Time, A Privleged Life: Celebrating Wasp Style, The Stylish Life: Tennis
Let’s talk Travel…
Beach or Mountains?
Beach every time.
East Coast or West Coast?
What is your favorite destination?
Are you planning any upcoming trips?
I have a bunch of trips to the Hamptons planned this summer. I also would love to make it to Europe at the end of Summer or early fall! Thinking Barcelona or Southern Italy. And Paris at some point this year.
Who is your favorite travel buddy?
I have two: one of my bffs from college, Carly, & Jess.
Go-to cocktail when you’re traveling?
What is your top bucket list destination?
Let’s talk New York City…
What’s your favorite part of living in New York City?
Not sure if this necessarily pertains to NYC, but I love living on the East Coast because of all of the weekend trips you can take – Connecticut, Boston, DC, Hamptons, Nantucket, Cape Cod, Fire Island, you name it. There are so many amazing places you can visit in only a short amount of time.
Fill in the blank: “On the weekend, you’ll find me at _____.”
Best date night restaurant?
Omg, such a tough one! Rosemary’s in the West Village is always a great date night go-to.
Best brunch restaurant?
Buvette, Bluestone Lane Café, Café Cluny, Spotted Pig, Extra Virgin. You can check out my NYC City Guide here: http://lauren-nelson.com/nyc-guide/
New York City means so many different things to so many different people. What does New York City mean to you?
Omg, I have never been asked this before! Love this question. I guess New York is my Oyster.
Anything else we need to know about New York?
Stay away from Times Square. 😉