Travel Notes with Lauren Olivia & Co.




This week, I am excited to introduce you to Lauren Hong of Lauren Olivia & Co, a company with a new collection of handbags with a passion for global design. Today, Lauren shares some of her thoughts about travel, how her handbag collection is sourced from textiles around the globe and a few tips for women starting their own businesses.

Be sure to follow Lauren Olivia & Co. on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.



FAVORITE EVERYDAY ADVENTURE: Taking a walk with my husband and puppy along the harbor

TRAVEL INVENTION YOU WISH EXISTED: Transporter machine to speed up the journey

BEST TRAVEL APP OR RESOURCE: Kakao Talk… such a great (and free) texting app

WHAT IS YOUR TRAVEL MOTTO? Explore. Dream. Discover.

HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHERE TO GO NEXT? Trips usually revolve around friends, family, weddings, work obligations and the like.

TELL US A LITTLE MORE ABOUT YOUR COMPANY/PRODUCT: Lauren Olivia & Company designs handbags covered in textiles sourced from around the globe. We really focus on sourcing our materials from small businesses and artisans. All of the pieces come together state side, and each product is hand assembled by our partners in Southern California. On our website, laurenoliviaco.com, we share the story behind each textile. It’s a lot of fun to see the finished products come together and be shipped off to a new home.

HOW HAS YOUR LOVE FOR TRAVEL INFLUENCED YOUR BUSINESS? Having lived in Asia for 3 years, I loved meeting new people and learning about their countries and cultures. Lauren Olivia & Co. spun off the idea to create beautiful products that tell stories—stories connecting people and cultures. We love that each product is unique and shares a bit about tradition, culture, or place or origin.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO SHARE ABOUT WHAT WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO IN THE COMING MONTHS WITH LAUREN OLIVIA & CO? We are working on a few new product designs—Japanese inspired products and others. Also, this April, we will be at the Fashion with a Passion event benefiting the Make a Wish Foundation in San Diego. A lot more is going on behind the scenes… and updates will be unveiled on our social media sites and via our newsletter.



This Week


sometimes you need to step outside

This mini work week has been a nice readjustment back in to working life after some serious R&R over the Christmas holiday. I told a few of my co-workers yesterday that I didn’t realize just how burnt out I was until I actually had some time to be reflective and rest. I am now fully refreshed and ready to take on this new year boldly.

This week, my everyday adventures included:

  • Making a pretty ambitious list of goals for 2014, that I have made action plans of how to accomplish each (oh hey there, Type A). It is quite a hodgepodge of everything from financial goals, to spiritual goals and of course a few travel related wishes as well.
  • Officially becoming obsessed with my new iPad mini with Retina display.  I’ve been wanting to jump on the tablet bandwagon for a while, but finally made a commitment to this one after seeing it win this award.
  • Having a spa day at my favorite place in Dallas. There really is nothing quite like a massage and facial to make you relax.
  • Beginning to plan an epic bachelorette weekend in Napa for my best friend who is getting married later this year. It will be my first time there, so I would love to hear your suggestions. Don’t worry, all the details will eventually be posted here.

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The Adventure Begins


The Adventure Begins

Zora Neale Hurston

This year

This Year

Oh, 2013. You were a crazy year for me. It seemed to be a year that as the quote says above, made me ask a lot of questions. It was a year full of challenges on both the work and relationship front, and the many questions that it presented to me caused me to have to respond with some of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make. It was also a year of many great memories. I started a new job, moved to a new place and went on my mom and sister’s first trip to Europe with them in September. I also think it was a year of realization of who I want to be and where I want to go next.

I am fully embracing and anticipating 2014 to be a year of positive change and opportunity. I feel like some of the things I have been working on diligently in the last part of 2013 will set me up for  year of growth and joy. I know great things never come from being inside of your comfort zone and so I have spent the last couple of days planning, praying and reflecting  in a variety of categories on how to accomplish my goals over the next 365 days, and I would encourage you to as well.

I know I fell of the face of the Earth from a blogging perspective in the last part of 2013, but I quite frankly was just spread too thin with other commitments and wasn’t feeling inspired in the little spare time I had left. I fully plan on changing that in 2014. Wishing you all a happy new year, full of the people , places and experiences you love.

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Every Twenty-Something Should Watch This


I watched Meg Jay’s TED Talk “Why 30 is not the new 20″ a few months ago and I have to say of all the TED talks I’ve watched this one not only impacted me most, but also rang the most truth in my ears. As a twenty-something I see people all around me each day making choices that both positively and negatively affect the future courses of their lives and this talk hit the nail on the head on so many levels. Your twenties are not the time to be lazy and wait to “grow up,” they are the time to solidify who you are, set your feet firmly on a path of where you’d like to go and live intentionally to be able to begin to live well  by the time you hit thirty. I count myself lucky that I was shaking my head yes and agreeing during her whole talk instead of wanting to hide in a closet. If you are or are close to a twenty something, I highly suggest you watch.

Meg has also written a book on the same topic that about why your twenties matter and it is equally thought provoking and filled with truth.