Life, Lately

Eight months ago, I embarked on one of the biggest milestones of my 30 years–I had a baby! I quickly became consumed with being a first-time mother and realized as the weeks ticked by that I couldn’t focus on anything that wasn’t a basic necessity. Because it was never my intention to leave this space so very quiet after Elsie’s birth, the lack of posts came on with no announcement and a blogging hiatus just happened. I hoped that eventually I’d find the time to introduce a little style back into my own days and to share those things again here once more. But I didn’t know when for many months. So thank you for your patience, for hanging in and checking back, and if you took a break too, I hope you’ll come back with me now as I breathe new life into this place!

With a renewed focus, I’m excited to share more lifestyle inspiration and ideas with the same Perpetually Chic aesthetic and “style made simple” approach you’ve come to know and enjoy. From tried-and-true style tips and favorite meals to must-have products and inspiring travels, I can’t wait to show you what’s in store! But in the meantime, a lot has changed in the past eight months, so a few exciting updates on my life, lately, that land us to now:

  • I quit my day job.
  • I’m working on a start-up for moms.
  • I’m speaking this fall (in Mexico!) at She Takes Flight, a leadership and empowerment retreat.
  • I have an eight-month old who is on.the.move.

More to come on all of the above!

I work, I play, I mother, I cook, I cry, I laugh, and I am trying just like you to keep everything in balance. Some days are more stylish than others. The only way I’ve found to do it all with any semblance of style is to keep things simple. More than ever before, I think you’ll find this theme rise up loud and clear in the content posted here. Life is complicated and time is in short supply. The clothes we wear, the food we cook, the things we do, the places we travel–they all contribute to a sense of self and the good life, but they can be simplified so they add to, not take away from, our focus on enjoying life. I’ll try to be your guide for simple + easy ways to bring style into daily life!

Also, I’d love to hear: What do you want to see more of here? Less of? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Jaime Lopez

    welcome back. i missed seeing posts from you so i look forward to what is to come. congrats on all the fun changes in your life!

    – jaime

  • SpicedChrisTea

    I’m so excited you’re back! Your blog is one of my faves. Congrats on everything!

  • Leslie

    So excited to see you back! Can’t wait to see what you’ve got up your sleeves. I’d love to see you cover home decor, easy meals, great simple style, and what you’ve learned from being a mama the past few months!

  • Welcome back! Would love to see more home, more baby/mother stuff!

  • Kate

    It’s nice to hear from you! Glad things are going well. My favorite posts have been your outfits — you seem to have a great, natural style. I’d also love to hear what you’re doing in Madison, because I’m from there and go back to see family pretty often.

  • PerpetuallyChic

    Thanks, Laura!

  • PerpetuallyChic

    Thank you! Can’t wait to share more on those topics – stay tuned!

  • PerpetuallyChic

    Thank you for the warm welcome back! Sorry it’s been so quiet round here – excited to start posting again!

  • PerpetuallyChic

    Thanks, Jaime! Looking forward to bringing you some fresh posts! 🙂

  • PerpetuallyChic

    Thanks, Kate! Outfits and Madison tips – done and done!

  • Ashley

    I agree, I love the outfits. You have a very simple and chic style. I also love the packing tips!! I’m always looking for tips to make traveling more efficient while having everything you need. I recently had a baby too, so would love to see your packing tips for baby stuff!

  • Sarah W.

    Hey Lauren. I so miss you! Glad I can come here and see what’s going on again 🙂

  • Anna

    Welcome back! Was thrilled to see new posts after months of checking! Would love to see more travel tips, more decor and baby stuff!

  • euge

    welcome back!!!!