Photo Diary: Writing in the City

Last week I flew out to NYC (thanks again for all the great pizza suggestions) to work on my forthcoming book, Beauty. Here is a photo diary of my trip…

Flew out to NYC. Bright and early! Nothing beats a view of the California coast…


This was my office for the next 5 hours… My chair reclined and they brought me treats. No complaints here.


Well, well, well…a clover in my salad:


When I finally got to NYC, I went straight to my publisher’s office… look what I found:


Then we had to get to work on Beauty, which is when I bent by glasses by sitting on them. This is the only way I could get my glasses to stay on while editing… I mean, I’m basically MacGyver.


What do you mean “only 1 computer”!? I require a minimum of 3 to write!


I spent my weekend in the office working on the book. Apparently they shut off the heat during the weekend. Freeeeezing!


Maybe I was going stir crazy…but I was really developing a love-hate relationship with the manuscript. That day, hate was winning.


So I did what any author experiencing writers-block does and stared at the walls all day:


We finally took a break from the office. But the editing continued into dinner…


Needless to say, this was a perfect end to an incredibly over-worked, busy weekend:


All in all, the trip was a great success. I got a lot done and even managed to squeeze in a little time to see a few old friends.

What are you looking forward to learn from my new book, Beauty?

XO Lauren

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  • Melissa Panici

    Thank you so much for sharing these photos with us! I love the California view. I am looking forward to learning EVERYTHING in your book!! But definately can’t wait for all of the hair advice. My hair has been pitiful lately. LOL. Thank you Lauren!

  • soupforthegirlysoul

    great pictures! It looks stressful but very worth it! can’t wait for another book :)

  • Samhita

    I LOVE your photo diairies lauren!! also, i saw that you will be naperville, IL in april. i can’t wait to come say hi to you!!

  • Michelle Elford

    Cute!! Looks crazy but fun! But did you try any pizza??

  • ilovemakeup5

    Thanks for sharing! Best of luck writing your book. I can’t wait to read it. :)

  • Katjusha Bricman

    Hmmm I gues bad things have to happen, because then we appreciate more what we have.

    Thank you for sharing, Lauren! You’re amazing! XO

  • Kimmy S

    I love these posts! So much fun to look at (and it’s cool to see how normal you are haha).

    I can’t wait for all the hair tips and skincare tricks you are going to share!

  • Mariella

  • Dy Shiny

    thank you Lauren for this photo diary, so beautiful!!!! In Beauty I’d like to find different type of hairdressing and some work’s outfits… thanks!!!! :)

  • Anna James

    thanks for sharing, Lauren. Love love love these photos. You continue to impress. xo

  • Stacie

    I love the photo diaries! It feels so personal. Thanks for sharing!! <3

  • Tatjana Kisler

    God, I LOVE your posts!

    The photos are amazing.

    Thanks for sharing!


  • Emmeline Staelens

    I love your post Lauren :)

    Everything looks great…
    I can’t wait to read your new books! xoxo

  • Sabina Barsony

    Girls, Please help me, click on the picture, and like it . I want to wiiiiin <3

  • Karina Zajac

    I love you Lauren! Can’t wait to read this book.

  • karoline

    I’m looking forward to (here’s hoping it’s in there!!) to see how you did you super high fancy bun on the cover of style and how how you do you eyeliner! Because I just can’t pull it off!! Next up: I think you should do a cookbook! Or a what do I eat book :)

  • Lizzie

    Love the pictures! Thanks for sharing

    What nail polish were you wearing in the pictures? Love it!

  • Melissa Panici

    @Sabina Barsonv I just “”liked”” your photo. It’s a beautiful pic and very classy:)

  • Amanda Ebersole

    I love this picture diary! Thanks for sharing with all of us! I can’t wait to read both “”The Fame Game”” and “”Beauty””… I’m most excited to see lots of hairsyles and beauty tips as well as how your diet can affect your skin, hair, and nails. Thanks again!!

  • Christina Shumway

    Love the pictures You are such an inspiration!

  • Brittany M

    Love these pics, it’s always nice to know other people out there are working, too. =) Oh, and I love your “”MacGyver”” idea and your gloves!!

  • Christina Palmer

    I look forward to any and all tips you have on how to be the most beautiful version of one’s self :)

    I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed Style. I even used to How to Pack for a trip list when I went to Nashville last week, and it was really perfect.

    Thanks for everything!

  • Isabella g.

    ‘No one knows fancy like….Lauren’ hahahaha A cook book would be great fo sho haha! and im really excited to buy this new one ! The photo diary is really cute thank u for sharing !

  • Tiffani Stuart

    OMG!! This NY Trip Photo book was far more comical than I thought it’d be!! Hilarious, Lauren!

  • Shellz

    You’re so cute! love the pics!

  • karly goins

    Lauren, I would love to know how to perfect my skin! I know you regularly get facials and always wash your face before bed (as do I) but I still struggle with acne-prone oily skin. I am currently working on designing my own skin care brand so I opt for natural ingredients. But I have a feeling that finding the perfect foundation is key in looking fresh and put together at all times. I would love to know any and all of your advice on skin care, and matching foundation to natural skin tone :)

    Please & Thanks xo,


  • brynn hammer

    you are adorable! love the pics! im looking forward to the whole book!

  • SLMorrow

    I’m looking forward to tried & true products you love to use! I can’t wait!! Do you have a publishing date yet? Can we pre-order??

  • Nicole Messner

    I can’t wait to read about skin care! I can’t read enough about skin care

  • Wendy Wei

    I love your ‘Week in Photos’!! Thank you for keeping us up to date with what is going on in your life! Those gloves for typing are awesome and would come in so handy for me too, working in a cold office all the time!

  • Tiffani Stuart

    I think I died on the McGyver Glasses!! ha ha.

  • Tiffani Stuart

    Just FYI to everyone buying THE FAME GAME! You can pre-order from! I did, and am so happy I did!

  • Shelby Stallsmith

    Sounds like a fun, harworking week. Can’t wait to read The Fame Game and Beauty


    Oooook 3 computers? That’s. Amazing.

  • Krystin

    Lauren, what are you using to edit your gorgeous photos? Or do any readers know what she is using? Thank you! xoxo

  • Hiba Mohammed Sahnoun

    Good luck Lauren, I hope your book will be released in French and it will arrive in Algeria

  • Victoria Vitale

    Hey Krystin I think Lauren using instagram. At least thats what they look like. Also, so excited for Beauty!

  • soupforthegirlysoul

    I crack up at the picture of you on your computer! so funny!

  • Madison Pace

    Hey Lauren! I’m so ready for the Beauty book, I think I have the Style book memorized. I’d really like to see something on really casual make-up. As a college student, you don’t want to look overdone going to calsses, but you also dont want to look like you didn’t try.

  • Kellie Norton

    I love these posts! Please keep them coming :) I’m glad you enjoyed your trip to New York! What pizza place did you end up going to you?

  • Amy Greene


    i NEED to know what brand your glasses are. Obsessed. You are adorable. xx

  • Amanda Kretchmer

    I love the photo diaries! I am really looking forward to the whole book in general. Anything that deal with eyes is cool….lining them or mascara. Also highlighting techniques. All in all, i’m just excited that you’re doing a Beuaty book!

  • Julia Renkert

    I love the idea of the photo diary! It’s fun to see a glimps into your life :)

    Cup of Tea

  • Heather McMurray

    I love your glasses! What brand are the?

  • Ashley R

    Love your style book, cant wait for your new book!and learning all the secrets behind beauty!!! See you in Boston for the fame game book signing!!

  • Chandra Jackson

    Lauren do you listen to music to help you write? You should post a playlist! I love discovering new music. Good luck with the book



  • Gabrielle Fernet

    I absolutelt love the Photo Diary idea!! and I cannot wait for your next books! Beauty and The Fame Game! So excited! :)

  • Marvin C.

    Having read this I bagan to wonder……Lauren……from all your journeys(trips etc) – what are your Favorite places in America, & well, around our World?

  • Jone C.

    OMG LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEE your glasses! What brand are they?

  • Katie TerBeest

    Lauren…Your gloves are SO CUTE! I am beyond excited for the Beauty book! Your Style book is pretty much my bible. I guess I’m most excited to read about ways to apply makeup, and all your beauty secrets!

    Check out my latest post – it’s my outfit of the day! :)

  • Vanessa R

    What an adorable post! I love them! And I can not wait to start reading these!

  • Stephanie

    Thank you for sharing such awesome pics. I’m truly excited for your next book Beauty to be written. :)

  • annya lix

    All pics are awesome!!! Im excited! cant wait for Beauty!

  • Bev

    awesome photo diary!! pictures do def speak louder than words!

  • Chris

    Nice pics, it’s always interesting to read the day in pictures.

    Quick question: what software do you use to help you organize your chapters and thoughts for your book? (if you use any) I read online that they are many software existing to help categorize the chapters, etc.. and i was wondering if you had any recommendations. It would really help me as i’m struggling a bit with organizing things on word!

  • tinamarie

    hahaha love the glasses. i sit on mine all the time! and i’m sooo excited for your new book (:

  • kasia swierzewska

    Hi Lauren, I really look forward to your new book! I would really love to see more tips on hair. What is a good affordable product, great home-made masks for different type of hair or different hairstyles.. :)

  • PattyChung

    amazingly beautiful. i hope i could do something like you someday!

  • Juul

    Lauren, how do you make that bun it’s so perfect, you are perfect ! lovee

  • Juul

    I’m also going to make a photo dairy tommorow, you really are my inspiration x

  • Steph A.

    Can’t wait for your “”Beauty“” book to come out!!!

  • Gemma

    Cannot wait for your forthcoming book to be launched!!! so excited :)

  • Crystal Posner

    Love the photo diary! Super cute! I want to go to New York!! Never been :(

  • Kim K

    I love this post & photo diary!

    You’re such an idol Lauren wish I could achieve all the things you have.

    Lots of love all the way from London xoxo

  • Stephanie Regalado

    I really love the photo diary! Looking foward to your new book!!!

    xoxo from El Paso, TX

  • Ashley Ortiz

    Does anyone know what brand these eyeglasses are? I can’t find them anywhere!

  • Larissa Wilhelm

    I am so excited about your new book Beauty and also The Fame Game! I am kind of challenged in the makeup and hair department, but I’m always wanting to learn about it. I can’t wait!

  • Summer Lucari

    I am so excited. I love your books!

  • Suzy Zhang

    i’m so excited for your new book :)

    i have a new blog post coming up so please check it out:)

  • Kelly Burt

    This looks like a very exciting trip you went on. I simply cannot wait to read your new book!! Keep up the good work girl!!

  • Maureen Feltz

    So excited for your new book :) Love the photo diary, too!

  • Kimberly

    Yes I can’t wait to read Beauty!!

    I’m happy you posted this blog! Xx

  • Jerri Fitz

    I really love this post – I can’t wait for your books to come out. See you in NYC!

  • Vivien Harmat

    The new book looks awesome as usual. Can’t wait to read your Beauty book :)

  • Renata Maria Touhy

    Book looking great ( as always!)! Happy Valentines day!! wishing you the best, xoxo,


  • LittlePipedream

    HI Lauren!!!! OMG I’M SO IN LOVE WITH YOUR GLASSES! can you please please please please tell what brand are they? that would mean the world to me because I use glasses everyday and I need to change mine and buy a new pair and i’ve been searching on a lot of stores but i can’t find anything that i like :( and I loved yours so much that if you could tell me the brand I would be the happiest girl on the earth!! thank youuu so much <3 i adore you, you inspire me so much *

  • kemi subulade

    can’t wait for your book to come out – see you in Houston

  • Tiffani Stuart

    Lauren, have you ever heard of Saving your work… or Opening a new tab on your laptops??? LOL There’s no reason to have 3 laptops!! ha ha

  • Dd Sanabria Lo


  • Lauren

    I love all of your posts!! Keep it up!!

    Can’t wait for the new books!!:)

  • Katie Stuart

    In the middle of reading The Fame Game. So good! Can’t wait for your beauty book!

    Make sure to check out my blog and become a member!!

  • RikiRistic

    Please check out my fashio blog… thanks!



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