I’ve designed many different Halloween costumes over the years, but they have mostly all had varying amounts of tulle and glitter in common. This year I wanted to depart from the cutesy costumes of Halloweens past and step into something a little more… spooky. Inspired the classic horror flick, I channeled my inner Hitchcock character and created my best Melanie Daniels from The Birds. As seen on the movie poster, my costume depicts the famous bird attack that leaves Ms. Daniels terrified and full of bird scratches. I even bribed a little birdie to stand in as my sidekick.

It’s safe to say that this little bird was way cuter than the ones attacking my character in the actual movie! Now let’s go trick-or-treating… XO Lauren


This might surprise you to hear, but I do not by any means consider myself a fitness buff. I’ve shared strict diet and fitness plans on the site before, but if I’m being honest with myself (and with all of you), I don’t tend to stick with those plans for long. As time goes on, I’ve realized that I do better when I am flexible, gentle, and realistic with my goals. When it comes to diet and exercise, my real mantra is that moderation is key. I can have my cake (or pie or glass of wine…) and eat it too, as long as I practice portion control. I don’t have to pretend that I’m going to sign up for a boot camp class every morning at 6am, and then quit after two days. I can still stay active by taking workout classes a couple times a week with friends, going on hikes or long walks on the beach, and chasing after my son. Staying strong is important to me, but having a healthy attitude toward fitness is even more important.

So with all of that in mind, I have some fabulous, realistic health and wellness content coming your way this month. Our official theme is June Shape Up, and I’ll be giving you all the information and tools you need to get in great shape for summer. We’ll have a Tuesday Ten post counting down the most fascinating health and wellness audio books, a sample keto menu plan from one of my editors who is trying the diet, and tips for mastering the post-workout primp (when you don’t have time for a full shower). And if you are a major fitness buff who has been wanting to challenge yourself, we’ll be sharing The Real Runner’s guide to Marathon Training. Since it never hurts to have a little motivation in the form of new workout gear, we’ll be sharing the chicest workout clothes and shoes. Plus, there will be plenty of other beauty, fashion, food, and Father’s Day content, too. So get ready for it…