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Happy New Year everyone! Today I’ll be sharing a sneak peek of essie’s brand new Serene Slates Collection. This collection consists of 6 shades in Canada which much like last years Wild Nudes will become permanent (yay)! I haven’t been able to get my hands on these shades yet but I just couldn’t wait to share them with you guys so I did some digging and found some gorgeous swatches to share with you guys below!! UPDATE: I have all six shades to share with you below!

Here’s the lineup, now let’s dive into the swatches shall we? Oh and don’t worry, all of the shade names are shoppable links if you can’t wait to snag a few of these. 😉


Mindful Meditation is described as a dusky apricot beige cream


Toned Down is described as a steel grey cream with smoky cobalt undertones


Serene Slate  is described as a stone nickel grey cream


Gadget-free is described as a gun metal grey metallic


Generation Zen is described as a mauve taupe grey cream


On Mute is described as a charcoal grey cream

Super curious to know what you guys think of this collection? Will you be picking any up? x

♡ Lauren

*Polishes provided by essie for my unbiased consideration

If you want your nails to be ~on trend~ with Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2019 Living Coral, you’ve come to the right place!

Keep reading to discover my top 5 coral nail polish picks for 2019:

source Butter LONDON

Butter LONDON + PANTONE Colour of the Year Collection 2019

essie Gel Couture ‘exhibit a-line’, sadly unavail but a close match is Gel Couture ‘on the list’

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Malibu Peach

OPI Time for a Napa

essie ‘tart deco’

♡ Lauren

It’s no secret that I’ve been less than inspired by the beauty world lately – I find that companies are pushing out way too many products too frequently! That’s not to say there aren’t recent products or launches that I whole-heartedly love but I find myself gravitating more towards my non-beauty loves at the moment; anything home or style related and, of course, cooking. Or maybe that’s just life after getting married and buying + entirely renovating a house? Haha.

Ryan and I really let ourselves indulge after our wedding and it seems to have become a pattern since then (how has it already been over a year!?). As someone who’s had food sensitivities/intolerances and stomach issues my entire life this pattern has not done me or my body any good.  I decided that it’s time to start being more mindful of what I put into my body and as a result I’ve started posting more on my very neglected “food” account: @fromlaurenskitchen.  Feel free to follow me there if you want some healthier food inspiration! I’ve also decided to start posting more Life & Style photos on my main account; but don’t worry there will still be plenty of ~nail inspo~ ;).

My resolution for 2019 is definitely to put my happiness and health first and of course to focus on my blog and also very neglected YT channel. Do you find your priorities and interests change as you age? What are some of your resolutions? Let me know! x

♡ Lauren

You’ve been asking for it, so here it is: my holiday 2018 gift guide for HER! I really wanted to create a gift guide with a variety of items (not just beauty) and price points for every woman on your list. I know some of these items are definitely on my list this year. 😉

All items are linked below for you to shop easily! x

  1. gelcare Starter Kit (use code LAURENXGINGERBREAD for $20 off until Dec 25th!)
  2. essie’s 12 Day Advent Calendar
  3.  Bath & Body Works candle(s)
  4. Make & Model Pajamas
  5. Himalayan Salt Lamp
  6. RosĂŠ All Day by Katherine Cole
  7. Instax Mini Printer
  8. Lush Bath Bombs
  9. Ugg Slippers
  10. Morphe Liquid Lipstick (Hot Shot)
  11. Anthropologie Monogram Mug
  12. Butter Socks
  13. Whole 30 Cookbook
  14. NEST Festive Petite Candle Trio
  15. Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt

♡ Lauren

Recipe adapted from Valerie Bertinelli

Butternut Squash and Arugula Pizza

Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time1 hr 55 mins
Total Time2 hrs 40 mins


  • 2 cups GF Flour plus more for dusting
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 1/2 tsp dry active yeast
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil plus more for bowl
  • cornmeal for dusting
  • 1 2 lb butternut squash peeled, halved, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 1/2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp fresh sage leaves roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary leaves finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 large garlic cloves peeled and smashed
  • 2 cups mozzarella shredded
  • 4 oz goat cheese coarsely crumbled
  • 3 cups arugula
  • zest of 1 lemon plus juice of 1/2 lemon


For the dough: Combine the flour, rosemary, yeast, sugar and 1 teaspoon salt in a food processor and pulse to combine. Add 3/4 cup warm water and the oil and process until the dough forms a ball. Transfer to a large, lightly oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let stand in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.

    For the topping: Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

      Toss the squash with 1/2 tablespoon of the olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. Roast until just tender, about 10 minutes.

        In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and the sage, rosemary, red pepper flakes and garlic. Heat for 1 to 2 minutes, just to infuse the oil.

          Sprinkle cornmeal or flour on a 14-inch pizza pan and set aside.

            Liberally flour a clean work surface. Place the dough on top and use your hands to stretch it out into a 14-inch circle. Carefully lay the dough on the pizza pan. Brush the infused oil onto the dough. Top with the mozzarella and the roasted squash, leaving a 1-inch border around the edge. Bake the pizza until the crust is golden brown, 14 to 18 minutes. Carefully sprinkle the goat cheese evenly on top.

              Toss the arugula with the 2 teaspoons olive oil, lemon zest and juice and a pinch of salt and black pepper. Top the pizza with the arugula, then cut into slices to serve.

                ♡ Lauren