Author Archives: Lauren

F:  How is your getaway in the Hamptons?

L: Well, I only just arrived so it’s a little yet to be seen (even more so because I arrived after dark).  More to come once I’ve taken in a few daylight hours.

F:  What are the fall trends around the city?

L:  Ankle boots, patterned scarves, black leather motorcycle jackets and hats – among many others, I’m sure.

F:  How do you feel about being back in New York after spending some time at home?

L:  I got completely nostalgic for NYC listening to this interview, “Writers on Loving and Leaving New York,” when I was home.  The past couple of days back have been great!  I attended a portion of the 2014 Travel + Social Good Summit on Friday, spent the whole day with some of my closest peeps on Saturday, saw some live jazz that evening, and had a late afternoon cocktail with this beauty on a boat-turned-oyster bar on Monday.  All good things!

F:  Are you planning a trip out to California?!

L:  Yes!  Theoretically I am, anyway.  We need to figure out when I should come.  When should I come?

F:  Do you have any plans for your birthday?

L:  Nothing set as of now.  I’m not looking to make much of a thing of it this year so however the day goes will be fine with me!

Zwei Damen im Automatenrestaurant, N.Y.C., 1966

photo by Diane Arbus

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PACKING up for a short|extended stay in Bridgehampton, NY.

MEDITATING on the virtues of slowness and simplicity.

OVERTHINKING a little less than usual but likely still more than is necessary.


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PLAYING around town with my Mom and packing in every minute of the day with something to do.

PLANNING our Halloween party with treats, spooks and tinctures.

TAKING two days off from work as well as a break from Instagram. Life is good!

It’s a new week everyone!  Let’s make the most of it.


Lauren – New York, NY


Back in NYC for the weekend and peaking in on Central Park


Gallery opening on the Lower East Side.  I think my concerned look may have something to do with how enormous my hand looks from this perspective.


Art in my neighborhood. The detail within this image is captivating.


Farrell – Los Angeles, CA


Had the honor of celebrating EFF II's birthday with him.

Had the honor of celebrating EFF II’s birthday with him.

San Juan Capistrano Mission jumps.

San Juan Capistrano Mission jumps.

And I have my Mama in town with me.

And I have my Mama in town with me.



1. What Should We Call Me  This site has never failed me over the years. I rarely go on it these days but when I do, I always laugh out loud. -Farrell

2. 7 Things Healthy People Do Every Morning (via Food Matters)  Sounds hard and lovely not to check your phone for the first hour you’re awake but drinking a glass of water upon waking is totally doable. -Lauren

3. The Springs  This new wellness center in Downtown LA looks wonderful. -Farrell

4. 5 Steps for Tackling Anxiety (via Cupcakes and Cashmere)  Some friends and I have been feeling some anxiety the past couple weeks and this post was a great reminder. -Farrell

5. Lakewood native Mary Peffer returns to Cleveland’s Gordon Square with NAVY PRoject pop-up shop (via  Finally had a chance to check out this pop-up shop being run by a childhood friend of mine; I LOVE what she is doing!  -Lauren

6. 13 Under the Radar Apps Designers Use Like Mad (via Of a Kind)  Not a bad list to keep on hand.  -Lauren

(image via here)

In New York, when people ask me where I’m from I first say Cleveland, then add that I’ve lived in NYC for over 12 years.  Generally, their response (unless they were born and raised in NYC; in that case most are satisfied with me as being from Cleveland) is, “Well, I think that makes you a New Yorker.”  And while I agree that I am a New Yorker, it isn’t a title I ever really sought to achieve – not because I didn’t want to be a New Yorker but moreso because I’ve never wanted to cease being from Ohio.

Since leaving my job earlier this month many people have asked me whether I will stay in NYC.  It is an obvious question though not one to which I know the answer.  I have been in Cleveland for the past week and will spend a good portion of the next several months here.  It’s something I’m quite happy about.  And though I’m open to leaving New York in a way that I haven’t been before, I’m not totally sure I can actually bring myself to do it.

Over the course of the last week, I have really come to recognize that while I might be from Cleveland, I really don’t know this city.  Certainly not in the way I know New York.  I get lost driving around and there are entire sections of of this town I have no sense of whatsoever.

I have always maintained that the very best way to live in New York is to leave it often.  I’m not sure if I’m saying a short or a long goodbye but I do know that it is always good to get away and that there is always something new discover when you go home.

[posted by Lauren]



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DRINKING tons of green juice with cucumber, kale, spinach, celery, lemon and ginger to improve my energy and boost my immune system.

BLASTING Monster Rally & Jay Stone’s new song Cognac. It’s SOO good.

STAYING aware that as much as things might seem normal day to day – a lot has changed and that can be hard.


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HANGING with so much family in Cleveland this week; not being close enough to do this all the time is by far the thing I like least about living in NYC.

EXPERIMENTING with washing my face with raw honey.  I had heard it recommended long ago but never got around to trying it.  The verdict is still out.

WAITING for a taste of my mom’s apple crisp.  It’s cooking in the oven and smells so good.  I want some stat!


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