Behind The Scenes Of It’s Amanda Lauren’s Makeover

So, if you’ve noticed, It’s Amanda Lauren has had a pretty makeover! The site is easier to search, and more clickable, shoppable and fun than ever. It’s been nipped, tucked and Cool Sculpted. Two whole syringes of Juvederm were injected into this site. Just kidding.

This whole makeover thing was a labor of LOVE! Because while I don’t normally DIY anything (or as I call it, “Don’t I WHAT?”), I built this site all by myself. I totally adulated my way through it. To be honest, I don’t think it’s perfect, but I’m happy with the results. Is anything ever perfect? You, me and this website are all works in progress.

While I never intended to make this a blog about blogging (blah blah blog), I will take this opportunity to complain about the process. To put it kindly, Squarespace has more bugs than a C-Grade restaurant. Furthermore, edits that should take seconds can take minutes or hours. It’s worse than the traffic on the 405 at rush hour. With all of the time I wasted, I could and should have switched platforms. #endrant

Insert audio of me crying here.

Insert audio of me crying here.

So stop, shop, click around and stay a while. I’ve included some of my favorite fashion, beauty and home faves on the homepage, per the off chance, you just want to look at pretty pictures of things I like. Feel free to get in touch with feedback, ideas or if you want to collab. But most of all, please enjoy.

So Last Week...Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

Happy Sunday! If you’re new here, welcome to So Last Week, a compilation of things I read on the Internet that are totally worth your time. If there were a general theme of the links this week, I think it’s being your best self. Aren’t we all striving for that? So, whether it’s business, style, food or fitness, these posts can inspire us to try new things and push ourselves in a positive direction.

West Coast CEO: Etsy Entrepreneur & Eco Gifts for Animal Rescue with Jillian Clemmons of Best In Shore

Jillian Clemmons is doing amazing things for animal rescues with her Etsy shop, Best In Shore. She discusses her passion for helping our furry friends, creating eco-friendly products and running a business, in this enlightening interview for West Coast CEO. Stay turned for my interview with Alex, which should be posted in the upcoming weeks.

Among Other Things: How (and Why) to Be a Morning Workout Person

Are you trying to motivate before the sun comes up? Soul Cycle instructor Hallie Wilson gives us new reasons to become “morning workout people.” She also includes tips from other bloggers, myself included. Shouldn’t that be reason enough to click?

The Little Blog of Vegan: Best Ever Blueberry Pancakes

This beautiful blog features easy vegan recipes that vegans and non-vegans alike will appreciate, including these tasty Blueberry Pancakes. I can’t wait to make them!

House of Comil: Play It Like A Parisian Woman – Parisian Style

There’s nothing I love more than French style. Looking at this post, it’s almost impossible not to say “oui” to Julia Comil’s jaw dropping style. You will want to steal all of these looks.

LA Times: Shopping Habits Are Changing, And Teen-Oriented Retailers Like Wet Seal Are Among The Casualties

With The Limited reaching its limit earlier this month and now Wet Seal going out to sea, you might be wondering why these retailers that have been around since the beginning of time (the 80’s and 90’s) and now saying goodbye forever. The LA Times explains what happened. 

So Last Week...Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

Happy Sunday! I feel like I'm finally over the holiday season and getting back into my regularly scheduled life. This week, I spent a lot of time trying to organize my closet. Take that as a hint for an upcoming post. Or perhaps I just mentioned this on my blog for the sake of accountability...

I also finally caught up on what’s going on in the world of fashion and beauty. Here are five posts I read that are totally worth your time. 

Yahoo Style: 5 Stylish Non-Leather Bags

Miriam Porter is an expert in cruelty-free chic. Her picks for non-leather aka vegan leather handbags are stylish and affordable. Don’t forget, for every bag you buy, you get free bonus karma points.

The Cut: 25 Famous Women on Impostor Syndrome and Self-Doubt

Whether you are a woman or not, self-doubt happens to the best of us, even very accomplished people. This article will make you laugh, take a deep breath and realize, you aren’t the only one.

WWD: DVF Re-brands Under Chief Creative Officer Jonathan Saunders

WWD has everything you need to know about the re-branding of a fav label of mine, Diane Von Furstenberg.

Blush & Pearls: Shade Adjusting Drops By The Body Shop

Whether you accidentally bought the wrong color or you got tan on vacay, Blush & Pearls has found a solution for many of our foundation woes.  

Quartz and Leisure: Snowstorm Chic

Being that I live in Los Angeles, I feel It’s Amanda Lauren is not your destination for staying warm and stylish at the same tine. But Quartz & Leisure just might be. 

So Last Week... Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

Happy Sunday! I felt like the Internet was filled so much post-election hate last week. I desperately needed to get my mind off the negativity. And trust me, it was a challenge. Here are some posts I found that had nothing to do with the election and everything to do with the superficial. Sometimes, we all need a break. 

Yahoo Style: 5 Super Warm and Stylish Cruelty Free Parkas

Because good karma never goes out of style, Vegan fashionista Miriam Porter shows you how to stay warm, stylish and cruelty-free this winter. 

Refinery29: So You Want To Shave Your Vagina

A guide for those times you can't wax and don't want to risk injuring yourself.

The Cut: 25 Famous Women On What Makes Them Feel Pretty

This collection of quotes from The Cut is a thought-provoking read.

Apartment Therapy: 19 Super Sources for Knobs & Pulls

New knobs and pulls can completely change the look of a room. Even if you are a renter, it might be worth the investment to change out some of the hardware in your space. Apartment Therapy lists the best sources for a variety of budgets. 

Amelia Liana: Chanel Collection Libre Review

Amelia Liana reviews the new Chanel Libre cosmetics collection with an honest evaluation and absolutely stunning photography.

So Last Week... Things I Read That Are Totally Worth Your Time

Here are five things I read last week that aren’t over quite yet. However, there is no guarantee any of this information will still be relevant next week. Either way, at least at the moment, they’re totally worth your time.

Ali Levine: Celebrity Look for Less Thursday Olivia Palermo

My friend, celeb stylist Ali Levine demonstrates how to get socialite Olivia Palermo’s chic Fall look for a fraction of the price. Ali is just chock-full of great ideas for dressing stylishly on a budget.

The Lady Gang: Here is Why You Need to Stop "Judging" Your Friends

This essay on The Lady Gang by Keltie Knight is so relevant, especially to me. It can be super hard to stop judging the people you love (it’s so messed up, right?), but if the super-accomplished Keltie Knight can do it, then we maybe we can all give it a try.

York Avenue Blog: How To Add Color (And Pattern) Into Your Space

This post features practical tips to make your space way less blah. If you’re too lazy to read the full post (like I said above, no judgments here), just scroll through for the pictures.

MR Round Table: Are You Experiencing Political Fatigue?

If you cannot take this election anymore, you’re not alone. The staff of Man Repeller dishes on their political fatigue in this very relatable post. If you’re wondering how I personally feel, please wake me up when November ends.

Well + Good: The Paleo Pumpkin Bread Recipe From Lauren Conrad's Favorite Nutritionist

Pumpkin Spice season is in full affect. This paleo bread recipe looks like a great way to get your pumpkin spice fix and still stay healthy. Also, Lauren Conrad always looks amazing, so I totally trust her favorite nutritionist.