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Q&A With Lauren Curry: The Beauty Of Moving

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Hey friends! We are so excited with be chatting with our dear friend, Lauren Curry, today on LSK. Lauren manages our Pinterest page & you can read this post to get to know her a bit more. Read the Q&A below to hear about her move to LA and what the big life transition has shown her about the goodness and greatness of God. She shares extremely inspiring words about trusting the Lord to lead you in your life in His perfect time, how important it is to find a Church community that you love, and how Jesus comforts and provides in the sweetest ways. Regardless of if you are moving soon, have moved, or never moved, this is a must-read!

What inspired you to move to LA?

I had been visiting California 4-5x a year since my uncle and brother had both moved from California to Washington State around 4 years ago. Since they left, I had really been finding reasons to visit since they moved. When I was in college, I interned in California 3 summers in a row and literally every time I came to LA, I felt like my heart was exploding because I loved it so much. It sounds so dramatic, but it’s true! It was this past September when my dad had finally sat me down and said, “God told me that this isn’t your place anymore and that you need to move to LA. So I think you need to move as soon as you can, like in the next 2 weeks”.

So literally, I think I moved 2 1/2 weeks after my dad had sat me down without any full time job or any idea what I was going to do in LA, but I knew that it was the right timing.

 

What was the biggest challenge in moving to a new city and how did the Lord help you with the adjustment?

The biggest challenge for me was feeling lonely for the people that I had left in Washington. Whenever I would talk to my family who was celebrating a birthday party all together or see my friends back home on social media hanging out and having fun, I would, to be honest, ask myself why I did the hard thing.

Through this, the Lord really has really surrounded me with such amazing people, but He has also been teaching me how to do things alone. When I got to LA, I realized a lot of what I had to learn was that sometimes there’s areas of your life and things you need to grow in and do alone so that God has space to lead you to new places.

What are 3 of your favorite things about the city?

1. I LOVE the restaurants and coffee shops in LA. One of my favorite things in the world is finding new coffee shops and discovering new eats and LA literally has a never ending list of amazing places to go for food or coffee. Living here makes me wish I was a professional food critic.

2.  I really admire how the mindset in LA is to dream big. Everyone you meet here is here to really chase and pursue a dream. It’s really inspiring to live in a city that doesn’t put rules on what you can accomplish- I think it’s helped me really to start thinking outside my comfort zone.

3. I really just love my Church. I’ve been going to Mosaic in Hollywood since I moved and it’s literally been a lifeline for me. I’ve met some of my closest friends from LA through Mosaic and it’s really just allowed me to grow more and make my faith my own. As a follower of Jesus, it’s so important to surround yourself with a Church community who can be alongside you when life feels hard.

What has been the biggest gift about transitioning to LA?

God’s timing, 100%. Before I moved, I kept making excuses for why maybe I shouldn’t. I was scared that I was going to relocate myself and then end up with no job or no community, or realize that maybe this isn’t the place that I was supposed to be. But literally the day I moved to LA, I could feel God’s favor on my life. Doors kept opening for me and God’s timing was so perfect in every detail. So much has happened for me in the past 6 months and it was all stuff that, before I moved, I was desperately trying to organize on my own rather than allowing God to bring it to me when I was ready for it.

Biggest piece of advice you would give someone who is considering a relocation?

Have a tangible, genuine faith in where God can take you.

When you know and believe that the Lord has called you to greater places, you must also understand that He will truly protect you and guide you to where you’re supposed to go, while giving you what you need along the way. It’s not always going to make sense and it’s not always going to be on your timeline, but He truly has the perfect place for you at the perfect time and when He calls you to that, take action with the thought that He WILL provide for you and give you exactly what you need, when you need it. Before I knew I was moving, I prayed for MONTHS that God would give me 3 things: My place, my purpose, and my people. Months later, I’m truly reaping the seeds of those prayers, so I would challenge anyone who is confused or scared to pray for those 3 things and I promise, you WILL see that prayer come to pass.

Ten Online Reads 1.13.2017

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Happy Friday, friends! Below are ten online reads that we have enjoyed recently, and think that you will too. We hope that you have time to enjoy these articles this weekend, over a cup of coffee or tea + a delicious, healthy breakfast. xo

*not really a read, but we are loving this beautiful tumblr account

*sixteen ways Geri Hirsch simplified her life in 2016

*the travel section of Annie Bing’s blog

*seven American castles that are so dreamy

*pretty planners for 2017

*declutter inspiration for 2017

*coming to peace with your body’s ideal, natural weight

*a cool satin bomber look from Lo’s bestie!

*simplicity inspo for the new year

*a gorgeous winter barn party

xo melissa

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Tea Time

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Tea time is the best time! Part of my evening ritual (during the week) is drinking a cup of tea before bed. It’s the perfect way to unwind and makes for an enjoyable transition between awake and sleep. I just started drinking sakara sleep tea and love it, but I also love rishi turmeric ginger tea. Below are links to teas, mugs, and teapots that I am loving. [image via anthropologie

tea time | lolo magazine | image via anthropologie

*teapot from anthropologie

*mug from anthropologie

*mug from created co

*tea kettle from sur la table

*rishi turmeric ginger chai concentrate 

*tea travel mug

*sakara detox tea

A Dry Shampoo For Every Hair Color: Stranded

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I hope you all had the most special and reflective New Year. I always love a fresh start and can’t wait for what 2017 holds. I must preface: the last two weeks of 2016 were extra special because we launched our dry shampoo powder, Stranded, as well as The Lauren Scruggs Kennedy Foundation, and both are so near and dear to my heart.

2016_12_13_lolomag8-178-editLet’s talk Stranded! I am so thrilled to introduce you to the loose powder, dry shampoo suitable for blondes, brunettes and red heads (yippee!!). It all started four years ago in our apartment with my bestie, Anna Beth, brainstorming on how we could create a legit dry shampoo without using baby powder or harmful aerosols! After SO much learning, praying, and trial and errors, it came to life! I am so thankful for how much we have learned through process, and I now have an extra respect for small business owners! Not to mention, we have learned how absolutely perfect the Lord’s timing is – we never understood the delays until now because for the tiniest detailed reasons, it could not be a better launch time. 👱🏼‍♀️

An extra fun fact: my sister and her husband joined our team almost two years ago! Extra extra fun facts: it is #parabenfree #sulfatefree #glutenfree AND #vegan 🙌🏻🍏 + we give a percentage of every sale to The Lauren Scruggs Kennedy Foundation! Stay tuned for exciting things ahead. Hint hint: a Dallas launch party will be happening in the Spring!

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*images: felicia lasala*

THE OUTFIT: denim (c/o) | boots (c/o) | sunnies

turtleneck (similar, similar, similar) | bag (similar, similar)

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Winter Recipes To Try

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I love cooking home-cooked meals all times of the year, but especially in the winter months. There is something so comforting and cozy being inside when it’s dark and cold outside! Below is my current list of recipes to try and I would love to hear any recommendations that you have in the comment section. xx meliss

winter recipes to try | lolo magazine

*basil cashew chicken via half baked harvest

winter recipes to try | lolo magazine

*creamy roasted red pepper and cauliflower soup via closet cooking

winter recipes to try | lolo magazine

*garlic butter mushroom risotto via pinch of yum

winter recipes to try | lolo magazine

*chicken tikka masala via savory tooth

winter recipes to try | lolo magazine

*leek frittata via coveteur

winter recipes to try | lolo magazine

*garlic butter white wine pasta via savory nothings

winter recipes to try | lolo magazine

*beet risotto via well plated

winter recipes to try | lolo magazine

*asparagus and smoked salmon pizzas via from the kitchen

The Lauren Scruggs Kennedy Foundation

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After my accident, my prosthetic arms brought another level of healing and wholeness, and it broke my heart to know insurance failed to provide for many. I couldn’t be more excited to announce that the Lauren Scruggs Kennedy Foundation has launched! We exist to bring hope, restore dignity, and ignite faith in girls and women by providing beautiful cosmetic coverings for prostheses. Read more about our story and mission on our website to see how you can get involved, or maybe you know someone we can serve. P.S. Any Stranded purchase gives a percentage to the foundation!

*image by felicia lasala*

THE OUTFIT: cape | denim (c/o) | shirt (c/o) | booties

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