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In Bed With

Lauren & Alyssa

In Bed With is a semi-annual interview series with interesting women still figuring life out.

Photography Adam Patrick Jones

Who’s that girl?

Name Lauren Caruso
Origin Manhattan, NY
Age 27
Occupation Senior Digital Editor at Allure (and queen of all things minimal & muted on Insta)

Who’s that girl?

Name Alyssa Coscarelli
Origin Manhattan, NY
Age 22
Occupation Fashion Market Writer at Refinery29 (check out her Instagram here)

Bedtime?

L In my head, 10 PM; in reality, 11:15 PM

A I haven’t gotten to the point of having a regular bed time yet. But if I get in bed at 11 PM, maybe I’m done looking at my phone at like, 12:30 AM… ha!

Morning alarm?

L I always set my alarm for 8 AM, but I’m a snoozer. 8:20 is more accurate.

A An hour past when my alarm goes off (8 AM) — I’m the WORST snoozer.

How would you describe your morning routine? How long does it take?

L The first thing I do when I wake up is check my email, and then Instagram. I also take my sweet time in the shower—usually 20+ minutes, mostly spent singing along (wildly off-key) to Lauryn Hill or A$AP Rocky—and then I rush like crazy.

It usually takes about an hour from the time my eyes open to the time I’m out the door. The first half hour is pretty lazy and slow, and the second half hour is crazed. Never fails.

A Since a young age, I’ve always hated rushing. I take my time getting ready in the morning, but I’m always running late because of it. I’m a night-showerer in the hopes that this will shorten my morning routine, but I still take forever to style my hair and do my makeup. No shame. There’s a saying, “Never ask a girl with winged eyeliner why she’s late,” and that’s so me.

It takes me about 30 minutes to an hour to get ready, depending on if I do the “short version” or the “long version.” But usually it looks like: brush teeth, wash face, straightener or curling iron, makeup, change outfits 3 times…

“I take screen shots of outfit inspiration I find on Instagram, and I’ll usually go through the folder at night to help plan for the morning.”
Lauren Caruso

What is the one thing in your morning you can’t do without?

L Cliché as it sounds, coffee. Black coffee.

A Hitting snooze!

What is your best “pro” tip for getting ready as efficiently/fast as possible?

L I spent a lot of time on my skin-care regimen at night (after a sheet mask, I always use a toner, serum, moisturizer, and then an oil—always), which pays off in the morning: It takes me about three minutes to do my makeup. Any time I skip my nighttime routine & my skin looks sub-par, I end up wasting 15 minutes trying to make it look decent. A more practical answer: decide on an outfit when you’re in the shower.

A Dry shampoo 4 life. I only wash my hair once or twice a week (unless I hit the gym a lot, which is rare).

If you had 15 more minutes in the morning, what would you squeeze in?

L More sleep. Always more sleep.

A I would squeeze in making breakfast at home — I love making eggs or having some cereal and coffee at home in the morning, but usually I just don’t have time. More time with my boyfriend would definitely be nice, too.

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