Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tough Mod.

Dress: Esley.
Faux Leather Jacket: H&M.
Patent Loafers: Thrifted.
Lipstick in MAC's Chatterbox.

Hi everyone!

I got a chance to snap some photos after work today which made me so excited! Where I'm living in temporary housing for the rest of the week is right across from Central Park so it's a pretty lovely location. Going to try and take advantage of living so close to this beautiful spot before I move into FIT on Monday...but I'm looking forward to that a lot, too!  

Being in the fashion closet all day and going through all of the new pieces has been a great inspiration for putting together my own outfits. Just seeing the creative new designs and trends that are upcoming gets me out of my comfort zone of what I usually wear. Today was another good day at work! More or less what I did yesterday and also learned how to do returns. Returns are finding all the pieces in the closet that a brand or PR company has sent us for a shoot and needs back. We have to find everything that was sent, take photos to document it going out, get the shipping address, and bag it all up. It's an easy process except for finding the garments sometimes. They often get misplaced along the way coming back from the shoot and it's a NIGHTMARE trying to locate one piece out of hundreds that doesn't want to be found. Sometimes we can spent up to an hour of the day having a few of us looking for just one piece. But, it feels great to get the items out of the office to welcome new ones in and it's so satisfying when a messenger comes to pick the items up! My OCD mind loves the way it works, ha.

Talk to you all soon! x

With much love, Lauren.

Monday, May 18, 2015

First Day Interning at Cosmopolitan Magazine.


Hi guys!
A few hours ago I finished up my first day of working as a Ready to Wear Intern for Cosmo and Seventeen Magazines! I was nervous last night and this morning on what to expect on everything from what I'd be doing, to if the people I work with would be nice. I put my brave face on this morning at 9 am and marched into Hearst Tower trying to be as confident as I could! 

I wore a red silk slip dress I thrifted a couple of weeks ago that has a really pretty lace hemline. I paired it with simple jewelry and and a pair of metallic oxfords for a bit more edge to a super femme outfit. I ended up being actually probably too dressed up! Most of the people in the office dress surprisingly fairly casual (still fashion forward though), but it's because the days are long and hard. Tennis shoes (but cute ones!) will be a must for me this semester.

The day starts out at nine in the morning and I have a feeling each one will be different than before. Today was one of the busiest days they've ever had unpacking hundreds of clothing items from a cover shoot from last week. I've never seen so many beautiful garments or touched so many designer things...but to be honest, you become quite numb to it after awhile and it all just turns into 'clothes' that you're trying to hunt down and find. All the clothes sent to shoots must be accounted for after they're sent back to the closet and that's mainly what I did today! Sounds like a trivial task, but it takes a lot of work, hours, and concentration. We then send the clothes back to their respective PR firms or design houses that they came from. We also get constant shipments throughout the day of new items that need to be checked in that the editors view for future stories. I think that might be my favorite task so far! It's so exciting to see that new things that come in.

I didn't get out of the office until 7:30 and am definitely sore and tired...this is my first adult, 9-5, five days a week job and it will take some adjusting to. Despite my sore feet, I'm eager to get back in the office again tomorrow morning. It's kind of an addicting feeling working there. I feel so lucky to be a part of this!

Talk soon. x

With much love, Lauren.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Welcome to New York.

Hi everyone!!

Well, this midwest girl made it to the greatest city in the United States: NYC. My family and I arrived Tuesday morning and they were able to spend three days with me touring around and exploring. We got to see every area on the island + Brooklyn and I am amazed how NYC can be so many things wrapped up into one place. So many different feelings, vibes, and cultures mixed into one. It's quite amazing and unlike anything I've experienced before.

Sadly, my family had to leave yesterday evening back for Ohio. I will miss them terribly this summer, but I know that if I could do four months out of the country, I can definitely do three months just a few states away. Today I explored by myself and got to try a famed Melt grilled cheese and it was quite amazing as raved about! I found where I'll be staying at FIT (currently I'm in temp. housing until the dorms clear out). I also did the subway trip from where I'll be staying to where I'll be working which is the last photo above: The Hearst Tower. It's an amazing and huge building I am both parts excited and nervous to enter come Monday morning!

Right now I am sitting in my little room listening to my first NYC rain outside amidst the sirens and honking. It's a funny mixture. My familiar, comforting sound of rain mixed with this unfamiliar chaos I've never been introduced to living in suburban Ohio. I am surprised about my first feelings of coming to NYC. Where I thought would be fear, dislike, and uncertainty I don't find any of that...I find a surprisingly overwhelming amount of confidence...sense of belonging...and excitement for the things to come. New York makes you feel like you can do anything and be anybody you want. The main reason I almost didn't take this internship was because I wasn't sure I could handle New York. I've tended to shy away from big cities in the past, and I thought the chaos and insanity of this place would be far too much for me to handle.

I feel instead a sense of peace that this city will bring me many great things this summer. I feel a weight lifted off my shoulders to leave all of the sadness surrounding my breakup back home, and to a new chapter of my life where I don't worry about seeing reminders of the past. It's now a step into the future. And one I am so happy and grateful to be making.

New York, I love ya already. x

With much love, Lauren.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Chippity Chop.

Top, Flats, Bracelets: Forever21.
Shorts: Aeropostale.
Hat: c/o OASAP.

Hi guys!!

Welp, officially done with my junior year of college and will be... A SENIOR IN THE FALL! How did this happen? Didn't I just start college? Craziness. I got back to my hometown yesterday and said goodbye to my sweet little apartment for the next three and a half months. It was sad because I have my routine there and have made it like my home...but I know I will be back soon enough to finish up the last year in my degree and then move onto the big world of employment. Scary!

I only have a few days left here in my hometown to say some goodbyes and pack up my stuff, then it's off to NYC for the summer! My family is flying with me early Tuesday and it should be a blast to tour around with them. My favorite gelato shop in Florence has a store in NYC (Grom!) so all I can think about is having my delicious, heavenly chocolate fondente again...be still my heart.

And then, another big change came today that you can clearly see-- I cut my hair! Well, I didn't per say, but a professional did, ha. I've been wanting to do this for awhile--ever since I got back from Europe-- and I thought it was the perfect transitional time in my life to do it. It's not too short, but it was a lot off for me. I am a person somewhat attached to my hair, so I wanted a change but nothing to drastic. I also wanted something fresh for NYC and my internship that would make me feel confident and this definitely does. I love how it reflects changes and out with the old, in with the new; just like things going on in my life right now

Hope you all are well! Love you!

With much love, Lauren. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Video: My Makeup Collection!

Hey there guys!

Long time no see. I've been busy getting ready to move from Kent to NYC in just ONE week and my blog slid to the back burner a bit. But, I have a new video up on my youtube channel showing you all my makeup collection and storage! A lot of you requested an apartment tour and to be honest, it's pretty messy ha. So, I thought I'd start out with a smaller tour of just my makeup table until maybe (someday) I can get this apartment totally cleaned up.

I've filmed already a recent haul of shoes I've gotten, as well, so look for that in the coming days/week! Hope to have some outfits coming up; if not, I'll be documenting my summer in NYC soon so there will be lots of exciting things to coming :)

With much love, Lauren.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Two Ways to Wear the Striped T!

 In My look:
Striped Shirt, Yellow Knit Cardigan: Forever21.
Velvet Skirt, Cut Out Boots: Thrifted.
Lipstick in MAC's Russian Red.

In Ashley's look (see her post here):
Top: Anthropologie via Clothes Mentor.
 Skirt: Handmade.
Statement Necklace: Clothes Mentor.
Sandals: Target.
Belt + Earrings: Forever21.

Hi everyone!

I have a fun little post today where I partnered up with my long time blogging friend Ashley of Bramblewood Fashion to style up a striped t-shirt! The striped t-shirt is the ONE thing I would tell anyone wanting to build their wardrobe up that they need. I brought mine to Italy for four months, and it was probably my most worn item. Also, I find it's the most versatile piece I own and the different ways Ashely and I styled our shirts show you that! You can go for a very monochromatic look with black and an accent color for a more chic, classic look. Or, you can do what Ashley did and take the striped t up a notch and mix it with patterns for a pretty bohemian vibe! 

I've even mixed my striped shirt with polka dots, and houndstooth: the remixes are endless! Unfortunately this shirt of mine is getting pretty worn out and I'm on the look for a new, perfect striped t...but I won't give up until I find one because it really is my favorite essential!

My friend Ashley has a lovely fashion/beauty blog where she posts about modest fashion and beauty blurbs! She works at Ulta and I LOVED her recent post on money saving tricks there. Check out her blog if you'd fancy! x

With much love, Lauren.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Two New Videos Up!

Hey everyone! 

Here is a video I put up the other night just chatting with you all + wanting to know what kind of videos you want to see from me as I begin to get more into Youtube! I'd love to hear your suggestions over on my channel :)

And then this morning I just uploaded my second go at an outfit of the day video again. I'm getting better I think! Is there a way that I can improve the viewing quality of the videos though? They seem to be so fuzzy and I'm not quite sure how to fix that because I'm filming on my nice camera! Any suggestions are welcome :)

With much love, Lauren.

Monday, April 27, 2015

1970's Dream.

1970's Floral Maxi Skirt: Thrifted.
White Blouse, Stone Necklace: Forever21.
Hat: c/o OASAP.
Lipstick in MAC's Chatterbox.

Hello everyone! 

This is a little bit different style than I'm used to sporting but I actually loved this outfit because...THE SKIRT. I mentioned in a previous post that I found this gorgeous 1970's skirt at Goodwill the other day. I was really back and forth on getting it; it's not super practical and I wasn't sure if it would be a good piece to take with me to NYC (two requirements when buying clothes right now) but it just struck such a chord with me I couldn't pass it up. I mean, it was only like $3.50 but that's a lot for me, ha. I know, I am cheap. I will admit it. I think why I love it so much is that it reminds me of a piece I used to have in my wardrobe that I loved TO DEATH. It was this little dress/shirt here from Forever21. I remember seeing this online and begging my parents to buy it for me because for me, if I had this I would make all the popular girls jealous at the time in high school. (Yeah, I know, really immature thinking. Thank goodness for growing up). My parents didn't want to get it for me because it was so short, but I told them I would make it work; so they let me buy it. I remember getting it and realizing they were right-- there was no way I could wear this dress anywhere without my bum showing, but I loved it so much that I found other ways to wear it. I got rid of the dress a few years back and kind of wish I'd kept it, just for sentimental reasons. It was one of the first items I bought when I was starting out in fashion that felt like 'me'

Well, now that I've bored you all with that blast from the past, I think I'll end the post here! Enough nostalgic rambling for the day. x

With much love, Lauren.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Pressing Into You.

Deer Dress, Black Hat: c/o OASAP.
Green Utility Jacket: Thrifted.
Lip Color: Lip pencil from Kiko Cosmetic's in 712

Why hello there! ♥

Happy Sunday to you all! It was a pretty good one for me if I do say so myself. I got up early to the sun shining through the blinds of my window (isn't that one of the best feelings...?) and got ready for church this morning. Service was really great from the music to the sermon and I left feeling very rejuvenated and uplifted.

Then I ran around Kent for a bit because I do this app called Shopkick if you haven't heard of it! I've been doing it for about a month or so and have been so obsessed. It's an app that lets you redeem free gift cards just for going in your every day stores and scanning items! So, let's say I go into wal-mart. I'll get a certain amount of kick points just for going in the door (when I would have already been going there anyways!). And then, they have items around the store that companies want to make sure are being stocked, so they have customers scan them. This week it was the new People Magazine, Allergy Medicine, Body Wash, and some greeting cards. Easy stuff--kind of like a scavenger hunt! The points add up and you can get points for referring friends, as well. I am SO close to a $25 gift card to Sephora so I have been working hard to get there! If you'd like to try out Shopkick for yourself (this isn't sponsored: I just really like the app!) then you can download here, or if you want to do it on your phone, go to the link of my instagram profile (@passingwhimsies) and you can download it from there! Let me know if you all like it :) 

After that, I got together with my friend Courtney who has been disciplining me throughout this semester on a weekly basis. If you're unfamiliar with disciplining, it's a Christian term just meaning she talks with me every week about things I'm going through, encourages me, and we read the bible together! It's been really nice and she's a wonderful friend to have. 

Other than all that, took some outfit photos for an upcoming post, took a little nap, and then worked on homework. Looking forward to tackling this coming week with strength! I only have one full week of classes left and then one of finals...and that's it for me! My family and I booked our flights for NYC for the 12th of May so that's coming up SO soon. It'll be my little sister's first time flying (not technically, because we brought her home on a plane from China but she doesn't remember) and she's quite excited. Ahh, to be young again and excited about flying, ha! x

With much love, Lauren.