The MNY Spotlight

Meet Lauren Crawford, Creator of the Lifestyle Blog Lauren Loves Gifting

Lauren Crawford, a Pennsylvania-born storyteller with an open nature and welcoming personality, started her blog and Instagram account in 2022 after a successful career in ad tech and digital media sales in New York City. Starting a family inspired her to share her love for gifting, entertaining, and creating traditions. Her platform now features content on home decor, style, travel, and more, aiming to inspire and bring smiles to her audience.

Introduce yourself!

I'm Lauren Crawford, the Lauren behind the blog and social channels Lauren Loves Gifting. What started as a love for finding, curating and wrapping the perfect gifts for friends and loved ones has transformed into a lifestyle blog that spans motherhood, fashion, travel, entertaining and lots of things in between! 

How did you first become interested in fashion?
When my mom stopped picking out my clothes for me! Haha! Fashion allows us to share our personality with the world (hopefully while we're also comfortable). For me, fashion isn't about the newest trends, but what makes sense in my life at that time. What makes me feel beautiful, comfortable and powerful. That could be a great fitting pair of bike shorts that I wear to Soul Cycle, a pair of jeans that allow me to look good while I'm going to my kids' activities or a feminine and flattering dress that I can wear out (sans kids!)
Where is one place you visited recently that you would recommend one visit?

This is a bucket list destination and I realize I'm privileged to have the ability to have gone, but Lanai, Hawaii was by far the most beautiful place I have ever visited. We stayed at the Four Seasons Lanai with our two daughters and our good friends and their two daughters and while we packed in a ton of activities while we were there, every moment was just so special. Every place we went was more beautiful than the next and the resort made you feel like royalty. It was heaven! 

Follow along on Instagram @lauren_loves_gifting 
How has your fashion sense evolved over the years?

Dress hem lines have become longer and jean waists have become higher haha! I alluded to this above, but you need and want different things as you become older and are at different points in your life. When I was in my 20s and going out until 4am in New York City I was wearing much flashier and sharp outfits and now as a Mom of two in my mid-thirties I want silhouettes that are flattering, comfortable and still beautiful. The one thing that hasn't changed is my inclination towards preppier styles. 

Lauren wears the Vivienne Mini Dress
If you could swap wardrobes with any fashion icon, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis or Catherine, Princess of Wales. Feminine, classic, preppy - my three main pillars of fashion. 
Can you tell us about some of your favorite fashion trends for the spring/summer?
I am loving the smocked nap dress trend right now - it's a preppy silhouette that is literally flattering for everybody and oh-so-comfortable. Also raffia and woven materials for purses and shoes. Lots of floral prints for dresses and linen, linen linen (does it ever go out of style?) 
What draws you to the Mestiza brand?
I love how feminine and classic the Mestiza brand is. Mestiza dresses always have intricate detail whether it's a beautiful floral pattern, 3D lace, pretty tie straps, etc. there's always something that sets them apart from your standard dress. 
How does wearing your Mestiza piece make you feel?
Bold, beautiful and comfortable. 

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