About Lo

I'm 20. I'm ambitious, and I am completely in love with fashion. I love beautiful words and words written beautifully (whether in literature or in their style of typography). I crave great food, great wine, and great coffee. I want to see the world, and I sing a lot. But that's just the beginning

Insta catchup + Playlist | 2.23

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The last few months have absolutely whizzed by so I thought now would be a good time to do a catch up of some of the haps that I’ve shared on Instagram. My feed has turned into a constant stream of interiors, outfits and anything else that inspires me; this includes, but is not limited to, brunch, coffee and maybe a flower or sixteen. Be sure to check out my profile at instagram.com/lacunningham.

In the mean time…this week’s playlist! Exciting news ahead. Stay tuned.

Speak to you soon!

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Spring Mood 2015 | Fashion Inspo

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Regardless of the fact that much of the US is quite under the weather right now (pun intended), Seattle is in one of the few regions that’s experiencing super pleasant weather (complete with peeks of sun). This not only means that I have been experiencing HIGH amounts of energy and outputting major positivity, but also that I’ve started preemptively planning my spring wardrobe.

Developing wardrobes for seasons is new for me; it’s something that’s come as a result of having a really solidified aesthetic for my personal style. Before I get into the thick of developing the capsule (new vocab word for me) I try to envision what I want my closet to embody for the next few months and what kinds of pieces I’ll need to be able to maximize its potential. A big help for doing this? A mood board. A collection of images, colors, textures, and shapes that will sway the purchases I make into becoming a cohesive collection of pieces.

Define some goals for yourself to get started. This spring my fashion goals are:

  • To utilize texture in order to create interest in outfits, not only physical texture but graphic texture as well.
  • To collect pieces in a minimal/neutral color palette so the shapes can speak for themselves
  • To find a pleasing balance of tomboy and feminine
  • Heavy contrast in color and feel (soft vs hard)
  • To look like Alexa Chung as often as possible.

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Developing a capsule wardrobe for a season can be a tough task, luckily Caroline from Unfancy has some pretty sick tips for getting started.

To see more of my aesthetic check out my tumblr and my Pinterest.

Good luck!

Speak to you soon,

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Remix | Playlist

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Typically after a long pause in postings I have a predictable spiel about being “too busy” or “priorities having to shift”; I politely beg for internet forgiveness and say small silent prayers pleading with the karma Lords to pull me out of the range of internet irrelevance caused by my absence.

…okay it’s absolutely not that dramatic, but whatever; you get it. (Also I’m still recovering from Bey being cheated last week at the Grammys, but that’s neither here nor there)

My most recent hiatus was brought on because I needed to regroup and rediscover why I felt like this blog was important; I needed to spend time truly considering what my perspective in this over saturated internet culture is and how I can contribute positively rather than just being another monotonous voice among millions.

I tried to reflect on what I am attracted to read; what content evokes genuine responses from me; what I feel like I can share with people that is something that truly stems from me and isn’t solely feeding off of the work of others or repeating what 100 other people have already said.

I think I’ve figured it out.

I want this blog to be a hub for positivity–body positivity, self/mental positivity, goal/future positivity. A lot of the time I feel like we have a habit of choosing to think about things that are wrong and jading ourselves with those, and often that causes us to neglect to think about what is right. I want to encourage people, help people and provoke people to shift their way of thinking. I want to be a catalyst for joy being a gut reaction and not a rarity.

I still want to focus on fashion and music and travel and food and living and being stupidly sassy and using terrible puns, but I want to do it with a different approach. I want to try and make it count.

Let me also take this opportunity to say that I am FAR from being positive all the time; ask anyone. I’m not trying to claim that I am some beam of light or some angel that has come down to bless everyone who’s heart I touch. I just know that if I’m encouraging people to choose joy, then I am more likely to be reminded and choose joy myself.

I want a remix of mindset.

Cue Monday playlist–a collection of remixes and music that is getting me amped for this week and these new goals. As of last week I’m 24 and I’m ready to make this year count.

Speak to you soon,

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5 Things You Can Get Me For Valentines Day

Valentines day is just around the corner, and sometimes a thoughtful gift can be hard to muster up in such short notice. Fear not! I have cultivated a fail-proof gift guide a la you to me…or for another special pizza lover in your life.

If you want to give me something homemade:heartpizza

If you want me to think about you when I wear it:
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If you want to set the mood:
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If you prefer a more subtle, sentimental approach: pizza2

If you’re on a budget:
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If you decide to go with one of my flawless suggestions I can assure you that your SO (or me) will say that they never sau-sage a special gift.  You’ll have earned a spot in the upper crust of their (my) heart and lives; a spot coveted by many but held by few. With a little time and minimal effort, you too can make sure that this February 14 will be a memorable Valentines day that will be heart to top….(pings).

Sorry to have been so absent for the last month! Things have gotten crazy and priorities had to shift. I’m excited to get back to posting regularly again!

Happy Valentines day!

Smoothie Move | Fitness Friday

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Before I started working out, getting a smoothie was a great way to relieve myself of calorie guilt after a particularly shitty day/week of eating.

Green smoothie? I’ll take it. Jesus, I’m a health food nut!”

Now? Smoothies are a quick and easy way for me to get all my nutrients that help me reap the benefits of the lifting I’ve been doing in the gym, as well as the vitamins that keep me healthy. I’m about 90% convinced that the reason I haven’t gotten a cold this winter is because of how many greens I’ve been consuming (and there’s hardly been a salad in sight).

Smoothies that I drink after working out are high in protein and full of fruits, vegetables and fiber. I’m still learning about the textures and flavors I like and have yet to dive into smoothie-aficionado additions, like wheatgrass and aminos (or something), but I’m pretty excited about the discoveries I’ve made so far. Check it:

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Spinach + Kiwi + Chia seed smoothie (from Joy the Baker)
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makes 1 large or 2 small smoothies

For the Smoothie:

  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk, cold
  • 1 1/2 cups packed baby spinach leaves
  • 1 banana, cut into chunks and frozen
  • 1 ripe kiwi, peeled, cut into chunks

Awesome Extras:

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons wheat grass powder
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon maca powder

In a blender, combine almond milk, spinach leaves, frozen banana chunks, and kiwi chunks.  Add some of the awesome extras if you’re so inclined.  Blend until smooth.  Enjoy immediately.


Almond Butter + Banana Smoothie (+Protein)

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makes 1 large or 2 small smoothies

  • 1 1/2 cups coconut+almond milk, cold
  • 1 1/2 cups packed spinach and kale leaves
  • 1 banana, cut into chunks
  • 1 scoop chocolate whey powder
  • 2 table spoons almond butter
  • Cinnamon to taste, I usually do about a teaspoon (+ great for metabolism)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon flax meal/seeds
  • 4 ice cubs (this is personal preference…room temp smoothies don’t cut it for me)

Combine all ingredients in blender and let ‘er rip! This smoothie is super high in protein and healthy fats so I find its a really hearty/healthy way to follow up intense workouts.


ABJ Smoothie (+Protein)

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makes 1 large or 2 small smoothies

  • 1 1/2 cups coconut+almond milk, cold
  • 1 1/2 cups packed spinach and kale leaves
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey powder
  • 2 table spoons almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon flax meal/seeds

Again, put everything in the blender and goooooooo. This smoothie is a spin on PBJ sandwiches (obvs). I was feeling really clever when I got this tart treat all worked out.

Freeze | Monday Playlist

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There are few things worse than a cold toilet seat first thing in the morning. I mean it was hard enough for me to get up, let alone for me to sit on an unrelenting throne of ice for an excruciatingly long few seconds. Cold weather brings about a lot of trials and tribulations, but personally that takes the cake for me.

I hope if you’re in a place that is hellishly cold this week (as most of the U.S. seems to be at the moment) that you’re doing your best to stay warm, stay well and (for the love of GOd) stay inside. When you do have to go out, remember: layering is caring.

It’s playlist day and I’m pretty excited about this week’s mix. There was one song that was an indisputable choice: Elastic Heart by Sia. Although it’s ultra-contemporary music video been plastered all over the pages of the internet, some of you may not have seen it yet. If you’re as intrigued as I was, then a few google searches about what Sia says the song are about will serve you well.*

*Also if you were a shameless watcher of Dance Moms like I was get ready because the infamous Maddie is alongside Shia Labeouf in the video and she absolutely slaaaaaays.

I’m still so mesmerized by the whole thing. I’ll probably watch it again riiight…now. Enjoy!



Speak to you soon!

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