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Cashmere Christmas with Garnet Hill

Cashmere Christmas with Garnet Hill


tufted chair with pillows and a throw

Today I'm collaborating with Garnet Hill to share their amazing cashmere collections.  This cashmere throw has been keeping me toasty warm by the fire all season.  My nuggets tend to snag all the blankets in our family room, but they know that this beautifully fringed throw is all mine.  I've been wearing Garnet Hill cashmere for years and friends it is high quality.  This year is no exception and the options are impeccably gorgeous, like this cable detail turtleneck sweater (on sale right now!).

This Christmas Garnet Hill is collaborating with St. Jude to raise money with their campaign: Share a gift to give a gift.  We are asking people to snap a picture of their beautiful and naturally wrapped gifts and upload using #StJudeShareaGift to trigger a $10 donation to St. Jude from November 14 through December 24. Instagram users can participate directly via Instagram using the hashtag,  or upload photos directly to our campaign landing page (garnethill.com/stjude).  I'll be sharing mine on Instagram soon!

As an added incentive, those who participate in our campaign by uploading a photo for a donation will be automatically entered to win a Garnet Hill Cashmere Wrap as it will be the product focus for the season.  Check out a picture of how I styled their wrap a few years ago!

tufted chair with baby it's cold pillow and throw

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chair  ||  baby it's cold pillow (similar)  ||  cashmere throw  ||  snowflake pillow (similar)

white blouse with pink wrap and girlfriend jeans

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(this outfit is 2 years old so I've linked similar & brands:) )

Trouve blouse  ||  Loft jeans  ||  Kate Spade heels (seriously the most comfortable pair of heels)  ||  Garnet Hill wrap  ||  Clare V. bag  ||  Saint Laurent sunnies


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Gifts Under $40

Gifts Under $40


gifts under $40


Christmas is a time of giving.  It's also a time to try to stay on budget!  Today I'm sharing a lot of awesome gifts that will not break the bank.  I'm almost done with my shopping and honestly I can't wait to be finished!  I just want that off my shoulders so that I can just enjoy this time of year.

My go to place for gifts under $40 is Nordstrom and Amazon.  I love the options they have from gifts to teachers, stocking stuffers, gifts for friends - you can find it there!  Click the pictures below to shop :)



Just 11 days left until Christmas!  Have a beautiful day friends,
xo Lulu


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Christmas Eve Style

Christmas Eve Style


olive ruffle sweater with gray pants and leopard heels

Christmas around our house is filled with faith, family and food!  We've started our Advent Calendar, a treasured piece that my mom made almost 40 years ago.  The kids love opening the envelopes every day to read a Bible verse and then pin the cute little figure to the tree (check out Instagram).  We have many family traditions that we all look forward to including Christmas Eve candlelight ceremony followed by Christmas Eve dinner at my Aunt's house.  Fortunately now my Aunt lives about 5 minutes away - it's wonderful!  

So for church on Christmas Eve I like to be a little dressed up (even though our church is very casual), but then change a bit to be more comfortable for dinner.  Today I'm sharing a possible look for Christmas Eve.  I like how this olive sweater is still green but doesn't scream Christmas.  I love pairing olive with gold.  It's so pretty and feminine.

olive ruffle sweater with gray pants and leopard heels

olive ruffle sweater with gray pants and leopard heels

blue eyes with long eyelashes and gold earrings


olive ruffle sweater with skinny jeans and over the knee boots



olive ruffle sweater with skinny jeans and over the knee boots

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J.Crew sweater (similar here & love this one - 40% off!)  ||  Old Navy jeans  ||  Stuart Weitzman boots (similar here & here)  ||  Club Monaco earrings (similar here)  ||  Julie Vos ring  ||  Revitalash conditioner (makes your lashes super long!)  ||  NARS lipgloss "Turkish Delight"



What are you planning to wear Christmas Eve?  Thanks for stopping by!
xo Lulu


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Gifts for Her

Gifts for Her


Well hello Monday...  2 weeks from today is Christmas!!  Yikers - can you believe it?  I have to say I'm probably more organized this year than ever.  I'm usually the mom that waits until the last minute to buy gifts and my husband and I are wrapping them Christmas Eve :)...  This year I have almost all my shopping done with just a few gifts left and all the gifts I have bought are wrapped - yippee skippee!

This week I'm sharing all my gift guides.  The first one is for Her - whether it's your mom, your sister, best, there's a gift here for the her in your life.  I have gifts linked at all price points.  From $5 to $100+ I have you covered!  


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Do you have your shopping done?  Thanks for stopping by today!
xo Lulu
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Essentials for an At Home Manicure

Essentials for an At Home Manicure


Happy Friday!  I trust you all had a nice week - it went by so quickly as it always does :)  I'm ready for the weekend!  

Today I'm sharing my essentials for an at home manicure.  I love having my nails done but I don't often go get them done at a salon.  Paying to get them done only to have them chip leaves this gal very frustrated.  So, I usually do them at home with the right tools.  That way if/when they chip I can just touch them up myself!  You can have a salon look at home with these amazing tools.  Also in this board are my favorite nail colors and top coat!

tools for an at home manicure


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one  ||  two  ||  three  ||  four  ||  five  ||  six  ||  seven  ||  eight  ||  nine  ||  ten

Have a beautiful weekend friends!
xo Lulu
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Thursday Thoughts

Thursday Thoughts


inspirational quote

Hello Thursday.  Wow it seems like each week goes faster and faster.  From September to now has just flown by.  From the twins birthday, to Halloween, Thanksgiving and now Christmas just weeks away my mind is a whirlwind.  

The Laurel Lane is primarily a place of beauty and inspiration.  It started as just a fashion blog and now has transformed to a lifestyle blog with home and beauty.  I've been thinking a lot lately about starting this series.  Many of you know that faith is a big part of my life (I often post inspirational quotes on Instagram).  I realized the other day that I have been a Christian for almost 40 years!  My faith and relationship with Christ has changed so much since the day I accepted Jesus into my heart when I was just 4 years old.  Because it's such a big part (the biggest part) of my life I've thought and prayed about making it a part of The Laurel Lane.  I don't know if this will be a weekly post, or when I just feel led to share what's on my heart.  I'd love to hear your thoughts!

This last year has had quite a few changes for our family.  Nothing drastic, just a lot.  All.  At.  Once!  We moved from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh (my hometown), my husband started a new job, the kids a new school.  There has been even more changes since then.  Our family has been waiting for some things to happen and I have been waiting for some things to happen.  There are days when I feel hopeless, afraid that the things I want to change, won't change, can't change.

I try to read a devotional every morning to start my day on the right foot.  My go-to place is the proverbs31ministries.org app.  It's called the First5 app.  On Monday the devotional really hit home to me.  We've been studying the book of Mark and the reading was Mark 5.  Specifically Mark 5:36b "Don't be afraid; just believe".  Mark 5 talks about 3 people dealing with what seems like a hopeless situation.  Enter Jesus.  These 3 individuals should be afraid, and I'm sure a part of them was.  But they also had great faith.  But the teaching said that "Fear is actually the antithesis of faith.  Fear places us in the center, but faith remains focused on Jesus.  Faith is trusting God in the midst of hopelessness".

"Faith is trusting God 
in the midst of hopelessness."
                 ~ Krista Williams

Harder than it sounds.  If there is something you've been praying about for a long time and it seems like God is not answering it can feel hopeless.  You pray every day.  Every day starts with the same prayer and you begin to not even know how to pray for it.  Then begins the fear.  What if God never answers my prayer.  What if God did answer my prayer and the answer is no.  The fear of the what if can be never ending.  DON'T let your mind go there.  As they say, "keep on keeping on."  When the fear sets in... Stop.  Pray.  Pray the simplest prayer - "Jesus, help me.  Help me trust you."  Friends I'm not saying that you will have setbacks, that the fear will come again, that you will tire and be blue.  We are human after all.  Those are the times to set your feet on the Rock.  The ultimate Rock of Jesus
will give you strength, help you in the hopeless, give you joy in the darkness.  

More Thoughts:

I've been praying a prayer for many years.  Some were some days I haven't prayed that prayer.  There are some days I pray the prayer all day long.  I've pray through tears, through laughter, through the still silence.  I am keeping on.  My hope for you is that whatever prayer your heart is praying, that you keep on keeping on.  Be lifted up and carried by God's grace and love.

If you need prayer I would love to hear from you - lulu@thelaurelane.com

With much love,
xo Lulu
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My Everyday

My Everyday


Happy Monday all!  We had a nice weekend.  Sort of relaxing and finally getting our tree.  I'm a live tree gal (even though supposedly there are hundreds of bugs on them - thank you CNN!).  I love going to pick out the best tree and the smell!  You just can't beat it.  Our tree isn't fancy.  It's full of old and new ornaments, homemade from many decades ago to ones made by my nuggets.  Each one holds a special memory.  My mom started giving my sister and I an ornament each year growing up.  This way when we got married, we'd have ornaments to decorate our own tree.  It's a tradition I loved and have started with my own kids.

I also started a project that I'm just so excited about!  I saw these trees, loved them and though "I could make them!"  So if you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my Stories over Thanksgiving when I went on a hunt in my in-laws woods.  I was collecting some branches for my little project.  Well I have one tree almost finished and it will be up on Instagram later today!

Today on The Laurel Lane I'm sharing my everyday.  Some outfits, my nuggets and our kitty.  They are all part of my every day life! :)  

plaid scarf with cream sweater and over the knee boots

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blonde hair with blue eyes and off white hat

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Merona hat (old, similar hats here & here)  || CC cream  || blush  ||  lash conditioner  ||  mascara  ||  lips



boy girl twins in elf on the shelf pajamas

The twins are still into the Elf on the Shelf much to my dismay... !  I have to put a darn reminder on my phone to move "Snowflake" every night.  The first year I would wake up at 3am in a jolt because I forgot to move him...  Anyone else?? :)   I do love the wonder and excitement in my kids every morning when they go searching for him.  These PJs I purchased (I mean Snowflake brought...haha)  at Target, they are super soft and cozy!

cleo the kitty alseep on the ottoman

Our kitty.  I just love her.  She is such a companion to me and so sweet.  We're very happy to have her apart of our life!

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ottoman  ||  mug  ||  blanket  ||  snowflake pillow purchase last year (similar here, here & here)


white tee with tortoise necklace and bell sleeve cardigan sweater

white tee with tortoise necklace and bell sleeve cardigan sweater

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J.Crew Factory tee (my absolute favorite!)  ||  sweater, sold out :( (similar here & here)  ||  7 For All Mankind jeans  ||  Dolce Vita booties (similar here under $60!)  ||  J.Crew necklace (sold out, similar here & here)



Did you have a nice weekend?  Is your tree up?  Thanks for visiting today.  Have a beautiful day friends.
xo Lulu
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