Saturday, January 24, 2015

Little Red.

Striped Shirt, Cape: Forever21.
High Waisted Jeggings: Aeropostale.
Black Boots: Thrifted.

Hello everyone! ♥

It's been SO lovely to be home for a bit; even if it hasn't been long. The weekend just flew by. My little sister snapped these photos today of my outfit in the woods and I really like them a lot! She's always the best little photographer and we have fun when we go on adventures. Can't talk long, want to spend as much time with them as I can! x

With much love, Lauren,

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Baby You're a Firework.

Firework Sweater: Thrifted.
Dress Underneath: c/o Deb.
Black Heeled Boots: H&M.
Lipstick in Wet N' Wild's Rose Bud.

Hello ♥

I mentioned a few posts ago how I went thrifting over the weekend and this firework turtleneck was one of the items I got, ha. It's kind of horrifically ugly, but at the same time...charming? I don't know, ever have a piece of clothing that is inherently ugly, but something draws it to you at the same time? That's how I feel about this sweater. I placed it in and out of my cart so many times throughout the Goodwill trip, but in the end it won out a spot in my shopping bag over a denim jacket. Which I do regret by the way. Not regretting that I chose this over the jacket, but just that I left the perfect vintage denim jacket ;'(

Surprisingly, I am actually going home this weekend. It's only been two weeks since I've come back up for school, but I've found I'm just having a really hard time. It was a bad week in general and it's been harder than I expected to getting used to "real life" after coming home from Europe. I know a lot of people would say that going home doesn't solve things; that I should stick it out and whatever, but I just really need my family right now and am lucky enough to only live an hour and fifteen minutes away. It's not that I don't like Kent anymore or want to be back in my hometown...but I just want a little break to clear my mind from the burdens I'm facing and have some encouragement from my family. 

I'm driving alone on the high way for the first time and I'm super nervous. I know...what 21 year old hasn't driven on the high way by herself...? I've just never really had to, so I never practiced it, and then I didn't have a car up at college my first two years. I know it will be fine and I need to get over the fear I've developed, but I'm honestly ready to get this drive over with tomorrow morning! Say a prayer for me, guys, ha. x

With much love, Lauren.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Simplicity.

Black T-Shirt, Loafers: Thrifted.
Trousers: Zara.
Beret: AA.

Hello.

Today I was craving simplicity. Life has been overwhelming enough on its own accord lately, so sometimes I don't want to further complicate it with my style. I don't think I've ever actually taken photos in an outfit this simple on here. No patterns, no jewelery, clean lines. I kind of really like it. I was surprised at myself yesterday when I had on a dress with a huge peter pan collar, matching keds, and a matching hair accessory and I cringed at my reflection. It was actually kind of shocking to react like that to this outfit, because it's something I would have worn in a heart beat a year ago and described as very "me." I guess I just don't want to do the twee, little girl thing anymore. Not that there's anything wrong with it all-- I still love to look at bloggers who wear this kind of stuff, but for me it doesn't fit who I am anymore. I kind of wish it did. I want to go back to that girl and where I felt more "sure" of the style I dressed. But for whatever reason of having more responsibilities, living in Europe, growing older...I've just grown out of old parts of me that I thought were essential to who I was. Strange how that can happen I guess.

With much love, Lauren. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Coffee at Midnight.

Striped Shirt, Collared Blouse: Forever21.
Faux Leather Jacket: H&M.
Wine Colored Circle Skirt: c/o OASAP.
Boots: Thrifted.
Hat: Handmade from an older lady. 
Lipstick in MAC's Diva.

Hi everyone! 

It's warmed up a little bit in Ohio (aka above 32 degrees), so I've been snapping photos outside the past few days, taking advantage of the "warmth." There's a little park less than five minutes away from my apartment, so it's been nice to just pop in my car and head on over there. 

Since I had the day off school today, I took the chance to go over to the local Goodwill and check out what they had. I've been to this one in the past and haven't been too impressed, but today must have been my lucky day! I walked away with a plaid flannel, a firework sweater (lol), the perfect black t-shirt, and a really cool shearling jacket. I found also the perfect, worn in denim jacket... but they wanted $7 (because it was a "winter coat") which I was not willing to give over. With my new apartment now and having just got back from Italy, I don't have a ton of money and am really trying to watch what I spend, so I was sad to let it go...maybe if I'm lucky it'll still be there in a few weeks! 

Also, I've found another smart way to save money on a college student's budget. When it comes to buying groceries, the Dollar Tree is actually really great. They have surprisingly a ton of food, a lot of it name brand, each thing only for $1, never any more. It's not out of date, there's nothing wrong with it...so I don't see why more people don't go there! They also just have so many cute decorations and such for my apartment to make it more lively and "me"--obsessed with their Valentine's Day section right now!

Hope you all are doing swell! :)

With much love, Lauren.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Snow Bunny.
























Cream Dress: H&M.
Green Army Jacket, Necklace: Thrifted.
Wide Brimmed Hat: Brandy Melville.
Faux Fur Lined Leggings: c/o OASAP.
Brown Boots: c/o Pink and Pepper.
Lipstick in MAC's Craving.

Hello ♥

College years are scary. What I've started becoming aware of since coming back to Kent State this semester is just how soon my time here is ending. I really don't have much longer left. This sort of thing raises questions of where I'll be living after I graduate, what my job will be, who I'll be with... Most people wouldn't worry about these sort of things yet because they're a year and a half away and it's silly to worry about something that much into the future. But since an internship is required for me this summer for my fashion program, it seems like I'll be going through a little trial experiment of what it'll actually be like to graduate.

I'm just really scared. I'm applying to all these places all across the country, with no idea who will hire me, what city I'll be in... it terrifies me to think about how soon all of this is happening and that this is the reality of my life. Most majors can just stay in the same state they live/go to college in because there are jobs readily available. With fashion...it doesn't usually work like that. You have to live in the bigger cities, away from home and what's familiar. It's not really a choice; it's what you do in order to get a job.

And I really can't complain. I can't moan and groan and act like I have it so badly because I chose this. It was my decision to go this career field; it was my decision to make my life uncomfortable when it comes to job stability and location. You think about these things when you first go into the major and kind of tell yourself all along that you'll have to prepare yourself for it...but until it actually starts happening, there's just no way you can. It's kind of like Florence. I was so worried about surviving in a foreign country for four months but in the end, there was just nothing I could do to really prepare. I just had to go out, live it, and do it.

I'm sure it'll be the same way with finding an internship/job, as well, but the idea of it is just scary. I tire of never knowing the path of my life and how things are going to be. I suppose no one knows, really, but for someone like myself who likes to plan out every detail of their life and hope it goes that way...soon I'll realize through experience that life doesn't work that way. 

Right now I'm just in the praying stages of things. Praying it all works out. Praying it's in God's hands. Praying I can have peace of mind. Praying and just doing the best I possibly can to try my hardest. That's all I can do.

With much love, Lauren.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Heart Breakers Gonna Break.

Red Striped Shirt: Aeropostale.
Black Velvet Skirt, Black Loafers: Thrifted.
Tights, Hat: c/o OASAP.
Camera Necklace: Forever21.
Lipstick in MAC's Russian Red,

Hi everyone ♥

I tried taking a few photos outside the other day behind the apartment building and LOL total fail... It's just not super pretty (no trees at all) and there's dog pee everywhere in the snow from people taking their pets out, then literally the whole complex can stare out their windows at me. Looks like I'll be staying inside then! I know I've said it before, but everywhere I move to I really feel like God blesses me to be able to have a place to take outfit photos at. Since he knew I couldn't take them outside, he gave me the perfect space inside--I'm going to stick with it :)

I've also kind of mentioned recently how I've been trailing away from buying clothes and becoming more invested in beauty products. I just already have so much + everything I could ever need, so it just feels silly to keep buying...but makeup is something I've been getting into the last few years slowly. It's taken me awhile to learn all the tricks and understand the huge range of products, but after finally getting there I'm having fun trying new things out and experimenting! I know something that really changed my entire face was filling in my eyebrows with powder. It just adds so much definition and shape to your face, and I never leave the house without doing it! Since I've been doing that for the past few years now with powder, I wanted to try out the next step which is a gel. I did some research, and every time I came across a lady with incredible eyebrows it seemed she was always filling them in with Anastasia Beverly Hills dip pomade. They specialize in brow products, so I knew this was the brand to buy from. After a lot of thought, I spent some of my gift card at Ulta on some gel + the proper brush this evening and am eager to try it out! I want the perfect brows, and this stuff is great for precision. I'll let you know how I like it! x

With much love, Lauren.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Come On, Come Along With Me.

Heart Sweater, Oxfords: Thrifted.
Green Circle Skirt: c/o OASAP.
Key Necklace: Gift from Ry.
Patterned Tights: JCP.
Knee Socks: H&M.
Lip color in Kiko's Lipliner.

Hey guys! 

Going to keep this short tonight because I've got so much to do :( Between applying for internships, getting back into school, taking care of a new apartment by myself, keeping up with emails, reconnecting with friends, staying in touch with my family....I am going crazy, ha. Thankfully after just feel so overwhelmed and stressed this evening I went to NAVS (the campus ministry group here at Kent) and just felt 100 times better. So happy I always have to reconnect me with Christ and keep my priorities in check ♥ 

With much love, Lauren.