Lauren Ladnier is the queen of nails! Inspired by every day life, colours and her mother, Lauren focuses on creating content that is inspiring and authentic. Lauren originally went viral for her first nail art post but maintained her following with her kind personality and colourful aesthetic. We spoke to Lauren about music, being on social media and her nails – duh.
Is there a country you admire?
I love Denmark, I’m obsessed with Copenhagen but I’ve actually never been there -it’s on my list though!!. My Instagram aesthetic used to be really dark, which if you scroll far enough back you’ll see. But then I started following a lot of girls/accounts from Copenhagen who posted a lot of pastel and colorful pictures. I was heavily influenced by a lot of these accounts because they were so happy and the aesthetic seemed a lot more “me” than what I was posting at the time. I also love the furniture and architecture that comes out of the country, hopefully I can travel there one day soon!
What kind of music hypes you up?
One Direction is always a bop for me, it just reminds me of happy times and it never gets old. If I need to get hyped up though, I know people don’t really stan Pandora anymore, but they have the BEST 2000’s hip hop/rap station. They have all these amazing old-school songs (like Grillz, Pop, Lock, and Drop it, and Swing) that I love when I need to get pumped. That station is an instant mood booster for me.
Is there a movie you can always watch?
My favourite movie is probably Notting Hill, I’m a sucker for a romantic comedy. Another movie that makes me happy and is a lot lighter than Notting Hill is Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging. It’s hilarious, I believe it’s technically a kid’s movie though, but I love it. The main character’s love interest in the movie (Aaron Taylor Johnson) is such a dreamboat and I largely watch it for him haha.
What has been the biggest lesson 2020 has taught you?
I feel like 2020 has taught me to appreciate the smaller things in life and to be more aware of the simple things that we can take for granted on a daily basis. This time has also taught me to be extra grateful for my health, my family, and my friends.
Who would you say is your role model?
I would definitely say my mom. She’s the kindest human ever and I hope to be half as giving as her one day. I’m extremely lucky to be so close with her and it makes me happy that as I’ve gotten older, we’ve gotten closer. She’s also an amazing photographer and takes all my outfit pics when I visit home- she’s THE BEST.
That’s so cute! Do you have a secret beauty tip?
Drink lots of water! I’ve noticed when I use a large mason jar or large cup I’m able to keep better track of my drinking also! For example, I try to drink 3 large mason jars of water a day, whereas with a smaller cup, I would lose track of how many I drank. I’ve also started masking and exfoliating more, my favourite exfoliating mask has been the Summer Friday’s Overtime Mask.
This isn’t a beauty tip exactly, but I try not to use a lot of Instagram filters. I think it can be a bit damaging. I follow someone who announced they were no longer going to post stories using them because of how misleading it can be. For instance, because of some of those filters, I now want lip fillers, but prior to using these face altering filters I had never really considered it, but now I’m like “well now I know I’d look better with bigger lips because of how much better I look using this filter.” I know it’s not a beauty tip per se, but I’m trying to use them less because it’s made me see flaws that aren’t really flaws.
I also love your sense of style, how would you describe it?
I tend to struggle when I try to explain my sense of style. I’d say it’s very casual for the most part, a lot of sneakers and sweats and looser fitting things, but I also like to dress a little cutesy and girly sometimes. I’m all over the place really, but I think that’s a good thing! I don’t want to be pigeon-holed into one certain style of dressing, I just want to have fun with it and wear what feels “right” that particular day. I will say though that living in New York City influences the way I dress because I’m always seeing inspiring people and outfits on the street. It’s a constant source of inspiration for sure.
Where do you like to shop?
I love vintage/thrift shopping! I love digging around trying to find a hidden treasure! I’ve also been trying to use Etsy, Poshmark, and Depop more for vintage finds. I am also a sucker for Brandy Melville though, not gonna lie. Some of my favorite basics are from them.
Your nails are how I found you, how do you come up with your nail art?
Agh, that’s amazing!! I’ve been obsessed with nail art since I was a kid, but really started to play around with it in college. I painted my nails as a form of stress relief and even though I wasn’t very good, I remember posting all of my nail art to instagram. Pinterest had recently launched and I remember trying all the nail trends I saw on there. Towards the end of college I started getting my nails done professionally. Fast forward quite a few years, when COVID hit, I started doing my own nails again. What I love about painting my own nails, is if I have an idea, I can just paint it and try it out. However, I’m no nail artist, so sometimes I’ll have to make adjustments to my ideas to match my ability.
How did you get your start on social media?
Instagram came out when I was a freshman in college and I had just moved to NYC. I would just post whatever I thought was cool and it was just very random snapshots of my life. As Instagram evolved, so did my feed and I started posting more outfits and food. For a while, I was just posting a lot of food when the food gram phase was big. Now however, I feel like/hope my Instagram comes across as more lifestyle. I want it to feel real, but also fun and easy. I think it’s important to post what you like and be yourself.
What has been your highlight since starting social media?
One of my major highlights would have to be when one of my nail posts went kinda “viral.” It’s also still unreal going on Pinterest and seeing several of my nail pictures pop up as suggestions. I can’t stress enough how grateful I am for all of the love and attention some of my nail posts have received. I have my nail posts to thank for a lot of my recent growth.
What is something you think people don’t understand about creating content?
I think it’s a lot harder than it seems. There’s a lot of planning involved that most people don’t see or realize- from the outfits and jewelry worn to the editing and grid planning. For me personally, I rely heavily on natural sunlight, so if there’s a week of rain, I have to plan for that and try to get content the week before. There’s a lot of little factors that go into getting content, a lot more than what people realize. Instagram is also a 24/7 thing, so my brain is never really off when it comes to getting/creating content, so it can get a little mentally draining at times.
What is something you’d like to be known for?
I think I’d like to be known as being kind and approachable. If someone reaches out to me on Instagram, I want them to feel like I’m a real person who cares, because I am and I do. The amount of followers you have can make it harder to respond as quickly, but it should never change the way you treat people.
What are you currently working on and what’s in store for 2021?
I really want to start a YouTube channel! I also would love to do more nail art related things!
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Interviewed by Anna Lowe