Lauren Taylor Creates

Lauren Taylor Creates

Inspired: Lesley Murphy

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 Who is she: Travel blogger from The Road Les Traveled

What makes her inspiring: Lesley runs a really successful travel blog called the Road Les Traveled. I met her when I was in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was living there at the time so I reached out to her after I bought my one-way ticket and asked for advice about where to stay, what to do, etc. She was super friendly and helpful and we met up for lunch a couple times in BA. While her blog is usually filled with amazing travel photography and destination recommendations, recently it’s been filled with stories about boobs.. her boobs to be exact. Lesley’s mom had breast cancer three years ago and she recently found out she carries BRCA2 gene which means she has a high risk of getting breast cancer herself. She took her health into her own hands and elected to have a preemptive double mastectomy. Instead shying away from social media and going offline during this challenging time in her life, she’s documented every step of the process on both her blog and Instagram. She’s shared her thoughts and fears, how to throw a ta ta to the tatas part, photos from her surgery and the process through the reconstruction. While it’s lovely looking at gorgeous photos from around the world, it’s refreshing to see someone with influence to talk about something so personal and difficult. Her openness and positivity through the experience has been so inspiring. 

Find out more:  theroadlestraveled.com

Who would you like to see featured? Email me at laurentaylorcreates@gmail.com to submit someone who inspires you!

Happy Mother's Day!

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Traveling is such an important part of my life and I love sharing it with the people who are important to me! Last September my mom and I did a 10 day road trip around Ireland. It was so much fun and I loved showing her this country that is so special to me! I meant to post this video ages ago but figured what a better time than Mother's Day as a way to relive our trip together.

I also wanted to wish a very happy Mother's Day to some of the moms I had the pleasure of illustrating over the past few months!

Introducing the Map Collection!

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Six vibrant illustrated map prints inspired by some of the countries I love most. So when you're home from a long day at work and want an escape to the beaches of Brazil or to a castle on the cliffs of Ireland let a LTC map take you there! They also make a great gift for your travel obsessed friends! :)
Shop the collection HERE!

Let me know what location you would like to see illustrated next. Send me an email to laurentaylorcreats@gmail.com with your favorite travel destination. 

Happy Halloween!

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I love Halloween! Well really I love any excuse to celebrate and dress up. It's such a fun way to be creative and dress up as something silly or wear something you never would any other time of the year. These are a few of my favorite costumes I've worn over the past couple of years. I was Honey Rider back when I lived in Hawaii and it was warm enough to wear a bikini to a block party. Daenerys Targaryen because, well Game of Thrones duh. I dressed up as Carmen Sandiego right before heading to South America. You can say I really had the travel bug. And last year I was a shark. I was in Turks and Caicos and I'm obsessed with sharks. It was probably my favorite costume to date and the one I've gotten the most compliments on, proving funny always trumps sexy!

Inspired: Ashley Longshore

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Who is she: Ashley Longshore is a hilarious and talented pop artist.

What makes her inspiring: If you don’t follow Ashley Longshore on Instagram, you should. She is a successful pop artist who draws inspiration from fashion, icons and greed. She churns out painting after painting that are bedazzled with beautiful crystals and have cheeky phrases and characters such as Gucci Jesus. Her work is beautiful and she has a long list of celebrity clients and incredible collaborations. Not only is her work over the top, but Ashley is a character herself constantly wearing oversized jewelry and sunglasses and says fuck a lot. 
Ashley is hilarious and really inspiring to follow. Not only does she post her amazing work but she constantly posts motivational and inspirational quotes along with her own positive thoughts. In a recent post she wrote “I hope that today you say fuck it, and make the decision to live the life you have always wanted.. it is not the easy way, but it IS the better way… live a fulfilled life chasing your dream not someone elses. Your time is precious. I love you!” 
She also encourages artists to skip the galleries and promote themselves and for art enthusiasts to purchase art directly from the artist (since galleries typically take anywhere from 50% - 70% commission). She’s making waves in the art industry and doing it her own way and encouraging other artists to do the same.

Find out more: http://www.ashleylongshore.com/
Follow her on Instagram

Who would you like to see featured? Email me at laurentaylorcreates@gmail.com to submit someone who inspires you!