Monday, March 23, 2015

Be Our Guest.

Polka Dot Blouse,Tapestry Purse, Stone Earrings: Thrifted.
Blue Dress: H&M.
Bunny Flats: Le Bunny Bleu.
Lipstick in MAC's Please Me.

Hello everyone!

Styled up this outfit the other day and everyone on instagram told me (and I definitely agree) that I look like princess Belle. That got me thinking...I haven't watched any of the Disney Princess movies in FOREVER! Maybe 11+ years? I would watch a few over this spring break to get caught up, but they're all on VHS tapes :( We don't even have a VHS player anymore, so they're ancient, uncrackable relics now. Still not giving them up though-- they're a part of my childhood!

 Man, it snowed today though here in Ohio; such the pits! What a spring break, eh? That's Ohio though for you. I'm going back to Kent a little early from my spring break for a wedding shower of my friend Sabrina, whose wedding I'm in actually! I haven't been to a wedding since I was 11, and have never been in a wedding at all,so it's something I'm really excited about. I met Sabrina my freshman year of college when she was a fashion major, too (now she's an amazing nursing major!), and we've been friends ever since. She's actually an exchange student from Malaysia, so it's always incredibly interesting to hear about her life and culture back home. Hopefully I can show you all some photos of the wedding when it takes place in May, and the beautiful bride to be :)

With much love, Lauren,

Peter Pilotto for Target Outfit.

Peter Pilotto for Target Dress, T-Strap Heels, Earrings: Thrifted.
Black Faux Leather Jacket: H&M.

Hello everyone!

Here is the Peter Pilotto dress I thrifted a few weeks ago that I was telling you all about! I am still excited about it and can't wait to style it up even more ways. It's just such an interesting piece for my wardrobe and allows me to experiment with more looks for my style (since I don't really know where it's going lately).

Anyways, I am home for spring break right now! I don't have any big plans-- mostly just relaxing and hanging out with my family and my boyfriend. Our one year anniversary is coming up here in the beginning of April and I can't believe it. I know I don't talk about him much on here, but it's just because I made that mistake majorly with my high school boyfriend. It wasn't pretty watching everything end and play out here on my blog. So when I started dating Ryan, I just wanted to keep the relationship more offline so as to not go through that whole mess again if anything happened, and I feel like its worked out well for me. I am excited to spend some quality time with Ryan this spring break though since we don't get to see each other too often, and definitely looking forward to having a little celebration for our anniversary soon! The day he asked me out last year involved donuts and exploring in Akron...maybe a repeat again for this year?!

Hope you all are enjoying the first days of SPRING finally being here!

With much love, Lauren.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Old School.

Burgundy Dress: Modcloth.
Camel Beret: AA.
Tapestry Heels: Thrifted.

Hello everyone & Happy St. Patrick's Day!

It's typically not a holiday I'm fond of because in college it just means a bunch of drunk people keeping you up at night and no more promises of chocolate coins anymore like in elementary school. Growing up can be the pits, man. But since having traveled to Ireland this past November while living in Europe, my heart has grown a little softer for the holiday. Today reminded me of my love for the country and the wonderful time I had there-- it was my favorite of all the places I visited. I am so eager and looking forward to going back some day. I WILL. I didn't get to explore near enough as I wanted, and am already dreaming again of those beautiful rolling green hills, charming accents, and friendly folks again...My grandparents are taking a trip to Ireland in a few weeks and I am BEYOND jealous of them! 

Funny story about these shoes. When I first started blogging five years ago, Jeffery Campbell Litas and Foxys were all the rage. They were the shoes the biggest bloggers wore, and you couldn't go one scroll down the lookbook.nu page without seeing a gal sporting one of the two styles. I was young and impressionable, and I felt like if I could just have a pair of those shoes...it would mean I was an established, successful blogger like those I admired. I was only in high school though without a job and couldn't ever afford like, what, a pair of $150 shoes? So I never got a pair.

Five years later, Litas and Foxys are nowhere to be found on anyone in the blogosphere (probably collecting dust at some Plato's Closet somewhere). I went thrifting this past weekend and kind of gasped when I saw these Foxy knock offs. I remember I loved the tapestry ones back then, and the fact that these look alikes were in my size, my fabric choice, and only $3...I grabbed them up so darn fast. There was no way I wasn't coming home with them. I think it's funny to finally 'get a pair' after all these years...having the shoes when I first started blogging would have never made me cooler or a better blogger and that's something thankfully I can realize now. But I love that when things are meant to happen, they'll come around in their good time. Like most fashion choices in my life, I usually get my hands on things years after they've gone out of style but it doesn't make it any less special to me. x

With much love, Lauren.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Listen for the Train.

Dress, Cardigan, Hat, Necklace: Thrifted.
Boots: c/o Pink and Pepper.

Hello all ♥ 

Wow, wow, wow you all are serious angels for the kind words on my last post. I felt just so dumb writing + admitting how I miss sometimes the old 'vintage Lauren'...but as always, you all lifted me up with words of support for any phase in my life I'm going through. It means so much! 

Got to have a relaxing Saturday to myself today to thrift and wander around Kent to take pictures. I went to this Goodwill in a local town I visited about a month ago and it wasn't there anymore, lol? It had actually just moved somewhere else, so "lucky me" I actually managed to go on the day of its grand re-opening + their tenth anniversary. Crazy is an understatement to explain that place. Had two great finds though so it was worth it. I actually got a brand new, tags still on it. Peter Pilotto for Target dress for only $5 which had me stoked. I was intrigued by the collection actually when it came out but would have never bought anything because the pieces we're too out of my comfort zone to try for the price tag. For five bucks though I thought, sure! I'll give this a go. And I'm so glad I did. I got this dress right here and it's unlike anything I've ever worn/owned but for some reason I'm drawn to it and trying it on I was sold. Drop waists in general tend to look pretty awful on me, but this is finally one that works well. And all the crazy prints together and colors shouldn't work together...but somehow Peter pulls it off to make a magnificent dress that I'm excited to wear. I think I might take it for a spin out for some outfit photos tomorrow-- stay tuned!

Hope you all are enjoying your weekend wherever you are! x

With much love, Lauren.

Love Me Like You Do.

Cotton Blouse: Forever21. 
Circle Skirt, Wide Brim Hat: c/o OASAP.
Cut Out Boots, Necklace: Thrifted.
Lipstick from Kiko Cosmetics in Italy.

Hello there!

I posted a photo of my senior pictures the other day on instagram (@passingwhimsies if you want to check it out), and it was interesting the responses I got from people. Nothing bad at all (lots of super sweet comments!), but people were just saying how princess like I looked and how the vintage look suited me. Sometimes I miss dressing in vintage; I really do. Posting that photo reminded me of who I used to be and how much I've changed. Not that I don't like who I am right now and how I dress, because I do. I guess I just never saw myself like this. I didn't ever expect to start getting into the style of clothes I am now or wearing my hair a certain way or looking to certain things for inspiration. I just figured I would always dress in vintage and it would be a passion of mine. And it still is-- I still drool over photos of beautiful vintage dresses and when I come across them in the thrift store I almost always can't pass them up. But as a day to day dressing style it's just not conducive with my life anymore. It became a persona for me and I felt like people weren't seeing me for Lauren, but for the 'retro girl' who was fun to look at. I wasn't into what I was wearing and sacrificed warmth, comfort, and accessibility for wearing these super delicate pieces. As a college student going to and from classes and living in a state where the weather stinks about 85% of the time, it just got too hard.

I miss aspects of vintage style dressing like the awesome community of gals it is. It's such a niche style of dressing and all of the friends I made when I wore head to toe vintage was amazing. And I miss just the respect of it, as silly as it sounds. People respected me and noticed me a lot more. It wasn't an every day thing to see someone dressed that nicely or a style so different, so I was able to be treated in a different way and admired differently. As vain as that sounds (super vain and I hate myself for it admittingly) but, I miss it. I just feel ordinary now like there's nothing particularity special about how I dress. Anyone can dress how I do-- it's not hard, it's not definable...it's just kind of 'meh' to be honest. 

I don't know, I'm just in a really confused state of my personal style right now. Posting that throw back photo of me wearing vintage brought up a lot of feelings. I feel like people don't like me as much when I'm not wearing vintage. It sounds weird and stupid but it's true. There's not something quirky, interesting, and sweet about me anymore. There's just this confused style that can't make up its mind. The problem is, I don't want to necessarily go back to the style I was doing. That wouldn't fix things because I don't feel like it represents me anymore after all the experiences and growing I've had. So I'm trying to find a new place where I feel confident and secure in my way of dress like when I found vintage. I don't know if it will be more boho like in this post; European; or the slight retro twist on modernity. It also doesn't mean I still don't love vintage and want to dress in it from time to time because it does make me feel beautiful and it is still a part of who I am. I guess what I'm trying to say is I just don't want it to be what I'm known for and expected of. I want the outside of me to fit the new inside I feel.

With much love, Lauren.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Loly in the Sky ☁☀

Ruffle Dress: Modcloth.
Stone Necklace: Forever21.
Wide Brim Hat: Brandy Melville.
Lipstick in MAC's Craving.

Hello everyone!

I bet you all along with my self thought I was never going to get outside to take photos again! Ah, but today was the long awaited day to feel the sunshine on my skin and finally go without a coat. I was in the happiest of moods! x

Another little thing that makes me so, so happy are these darling flats from Loly in the Sky. I've admired the brand for so long ever since first seeing their 'hello sunshine' flats a few years ago. They've got all sorts of cheeky phrases on their adorable flats from 'yay cake' to 'RIP diet' to simply 'oh.' What I didn't know though before they contacted me and offered to send me a pair (which I was giddy over), but they're amazing background story! 

Since coming back from Italy and Europe, a focus of mine has been on buying more ethically made goods rather than fast fashion. I learned so much about what it means to be sustainable in the fashion world, and really wanted to implement its practices into my own wadrobe. That means taking my business towards transparent, honest companies. Purchasing ethically made goods that have craft and skill in them and provide fair trade jobs. Thinking before I purchase about how much I'll wear the piece and if it's a staple or a 'throw away' item. Things like that! I've thrifted all the pieces I've bought so far this year, and these shoes are the first piece I've actually gotten from a brand. I want to only focus on brands I personally support/would honestly buy from and Loly is certainly one of those!

The shoes are handmade in vegan upper by artisans in Mexico which is amazing. You can just tell the quality and uniqueness in the shoes by looking at the craftmanship-- each shoe is special. I love that Loly is not only a small business, but it focuses on this craft aspect rather than industrialized manufacturing. I think that's so unique and rare now a days! The flats are ridiculously comfy, with natural materials built in for breath-ability, and I've been parading around in them all week since I got them. Carefully avoiding puddles though so as not to spoil them!

I really can't recommend this brand of shoes to you all enough. Check out their adorable selection and see if anything catches your fancy-- I know I have my eye on quite a few pairs for the future! x

With much love, Lauren.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Girly Gingham.

Gingham Blouse, Loafers: Thrifted.
Black Skirt: Aeropostale.
Camera Necklace: Forever21.

Hello everyone!

I thrifted this sweet little vintage blouse last week at the local Goodwill here at college. Ah, I can't get over the cuteness of it! I love thrift shopping through and through. It's gotten to the point where I don't even know how to shop in regular stores anymore when I go in them. I went into a Forever21 this past weekend to spend a gift card I've had since Christmas and the store had my head spinning and I just wanted to get out of there. You know you're getting older when you don't like Forever21 anymore. They do have cute clothes, but it's always just a mess in there and so hectic with all the people and clothing everywhere. Not to mention the sales people are always too frazzled to even say hello, let alone help (which I don't blame them). Plus, since getting back from Italy I've been more interested and invested in purchasing quality clothing made ethically, and Forever21 would probably come in last on the list for both of those. But like I said, I had a gift card that needed to be spent! I ended getting up a gorgeous white tailored blazer for work this summer since I'll need to be wearing more professional attire. I was also able to thrift a few professional career wear pieces this past weekend so I can start building up my more mature wardrobe for my internship at Nordstrom's. Hey, I don't mind an excuse to thrift more, heh. :)

With much love, Lauren.