Wednesday, August 20, 2014

First Snaps from Italy!

Hello finally from Florence, Italy!

I arrived here safely on the 18th and have been spending the past few days adjusting and getting used to living here! Thankfully all of my flights and such went wonderful with no issues. I drove to Kent, then took a bus to Detriot, flew to Paris, and then flew right into Florence.

It's very, erm, hot here? I cannot believe just how sunny and beautiful! In the evenings it can be stuffy because obviously there's no air but we cannot open our windows while we sleep. The staff here informed us someone might scale the building and break in! The mosquitoes are also worse than I thought and I found out that it's actually a different type of mosquito than in the States and they cause you to get big, swollen welts. Ouch! I'm bitten all over, but my roommates and I plan on getting this vape liquid that keeps them away that's used a lot here.

The apartment is super dreamy! It is further away than most of my other classmates and takes about 20 minutes to walk to the school in the middle of town. It's a pretty residential area and very nice! We live on the 'second floor' which apparently in Europe is not actually the second; it's actually the third because they don't count the ground level! The apartment is very characteristic, old, and has a lot of charm. There's book shelves lining the hallways and we even have a little loft bedroom which is pretty cool!

Florence itself is simply magical. The most beautiful city. Italy is everything you could imagine or think about in your mind. Stereotypical, but not a bad stereotypical at all. I just mean that there really are 100's of vespas everywhere, the gelato really is that good, and at restaurants they actually get kind of offended and surprised if you do not want wine with your meal. I've seen a lot of the major parts of the city in the past few days like the Duomo and other historical marks, which is impressive because the city looks so big...but once you wander up and down the streets a lot and around, you realize that it actually isn't that big at all. Not to say I won't get lost (I do every day!), but I think it'll be easy to get the hang of navigating.

I haven't started classes yet but have been doing orientation/survival classes this week. I start on Monday so that should be nice to get back into studying and learning. For now, I'm enjoying wandering the streets looking at all the shops (seems like that's all Florence is!), eating Mozzarella and Tomato sandwiches, and falling asleep to the passionate banter of Italians. I am so blessed and thankful to be here!

I hope to start doing outfit photos soon again, or at least update. Thank you all for being here on the journey with me. x

With much love, Lauren.

Friday, August 15, 2014

I'll Be Seeing You.

Dress: Modcloth.
Heels: Thrifted.
Lipstick in MAC's Russian Red.

Well, here is the last set of photos and probably my favorite of the bunch! I didn't get any pictures in my birthday dress on my 21st, so now I'm really excited and pleased to have these. Plus, a handsome counterpart surely doesn't hurt. 

 When I planned my trip to study abroad to Florence Italy two years ago, I didn't plan to be in a relationship when I went. I had just gotten out of a really horrible breakup that really left me jaded and angry about men in general. I wanted to do this trip for me-- an experience of a lifetime just on my own.  

And then in the spring when Ryan and I were talking about getting together, me leaving for Italy was the biggest problem on my mind. It seemed so selfish to put someone through a relationship where I would be gone for four months of the entire year across seas. How was that fair to put another person through that, when they didn't have any say in it? And moreover, why would anyone want to willingly go through with that in mind? I had made this decision well before being with him in the thought that I could be as selfish as I wanted with my life because it was just me. 

But even though we would be together only four months before it was time to spend that much time apart, he still wanted to be with me. It kind of shocked and confused me, and it still sort of does. He's never once made me feel like I shouln't still do this for me and be selfish and go on this dream journey of mine that I've wanted to do even before I went to Kent State. He's encouraged me to go after all these things I want and is excited for me. In the past, I've had people in my life who couldn't be excited for me because it didn't fully involve them, but Ry has been there for me saying "you can do this--you're going to have a blast,"  all along.

I couldn't ask for anyone better to miss while I'm gone.

With much love, Lauren.

The Best In Me.

Dot Dress, Vintage Hat, T-Strap Heels: Thrifted.
Lipstick in MAC's Russian Red.

I'm going to try to keep these posts pretty short because I know you all don't want to hear me mushing and gushing on and on. Ha, I don't even want to hear myself do that!

But you know the thing I like best about this kid? He's the total opposite of me, yet he brings out the best in me. I am very serious, calculated, quiet, and worrisome. He is very silly, spontaneous, loud, and carefree. I didn't want to date him at first because I thought we were too opposite-- his fun way of living was too far of a stretch from my very strict, safe, and routine life I like. I am glad I gave him a chance though and stuck with my gut feeling to say, "yes." Although we couldn't be more different, he draws out those good, rare parts of me that not many get to see. I don't know how he does it folks, but he does. x

With much love. Lauren.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Darling, My Darling.

Dress, Heels: Thrifted.
Lipstick in MAC's Russian Red.

Hello all!
I don't talk about him much here, but my boyfriend Ryan is just an awesome dude. He insisted that before I leave for Italy we take some couple photos together because he knew I would love them. He was certainly right. I guess I didn't realize how much I wanted some together till after we took them. He is the silliest, most hilarious person I've ever had the pleasure of knowing, and half of the photos are just of me bent over laughing or doing some silly antic. I'm so thankful for someone who constantly brings out happiness and joy in me and will miss him dearly when I'm gone. But, I'm grateful for these photos (and two other sets I plan on posting) to look at and smile about while I'm gone. x

With much love, Lauren.

The Clock is Ticking.

Open shoulder blouse, necklace: Forever21.
Distressed jeans: Aeropostale.
Loafers: Thrifted.

Hello everyone!

Well, in four days I'll be in Italy. The time is nearly here which is so hard for me to believe. It feels like I should still have so much time left before this all begins, but I don't. On Sunday morning I'll drive to Kent, then take a bus to Detroit, a plane to Paris, and then a plane to Italy. And I will live there for four months.

I've been very busy getting things ready and finalized for the trip, as well as, trying to see people before I leave. It's been a somewhat stressful and chaotic time that I'm looking forward to leaving behind me. Ready to just get there and start adjusting and living life across seas. It's hard to imagine and prepare for something you have no idea what to expect out of. 

On a different note, I've noticed that my style has definitely changed in the past year and I find it really cool to study. In high school I dressed very authentic vintage, and then my first year of college progressed to more vintage inspired. My sophomore year I began to get into much more casual dressing of mixing things up with jeans, no heels, and relaxed hair styles. This summer I've strangely found myself leaning towards easy, bohemian sorts of styles which actually kind of shocks me because that's never been something I've been interested in! There's just something about the ease, flow, subtle femininity, and naturalness of the style that really appeals to me in this point of my life right now. I picked up the shirt I'm wearing in these photos last weekend in Columbus and it's kind of unlike anything I've ever worn...but I really love it and want to find more pieces like it! I know it can probably be disappointing to see my style change because it's what attracted many of you to my blog in the first place...vintage style is a very specific community and I feel I'll always love vintage style and still dress in it. But for me, it's important that my style evolve with me as a person and not just stay stagnant because that's my 'niche' or what people want to see from me. I want what I wear to be the best representation of who I am at that moment, in that point in my life...and I hope you all can understand that! Thank you for loving me no matter what I wear! x

Hope to get a few more posts in before I leave; I'm really, really going to try because I don't know how soon I'll be able to get back at it once I'm over there! x

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Life's Snapshots #47.

Been really enjoying capturing moments with my polaroid camera.

Wish I could eat this again and again.

A spectacular evening.

Trying my hardest to get ready for this!

This night gown is the best purchase I've ever made.

My new baby!!

First drink birthday festivities!

Waited for three years to get this dress from Modcloth...finally snagged it on mega sale!

The table I got to set for my latest floor set at Aero :)

Yes. My coffee says poop.

Get well flowers for my mother. 

Finally got myself a pretty, new wallet!

Forever having a love affair with Steak N Shake.

Snagged up some keds for my trip!

He's always eating sweets, I'm always drinking coffee.

After fourth of July sparklers.

 Some awesome and motivating work out clothes I bought from Aero!

Fruit pizza is the b-o-m-b.

HAHAHA. Captured the face everyone makes when they want me to stop taking pictures.

Lighting bug catching :)

Sterotypical, "I saw TFIOS' ticket picture.

God likes cotton candy.

A single rose and I'm the happiest girl in the world.

A little bit of a date night!

Relaxing at Relax.

These shorts are what dreams are made of.

Hello everyone!

Sorry for this ENORMOUS photo dump here! It's been an entire month since I last did a life's snapshots post, but it's been a great month and really wanted to share these with you all :) If you have an instagram, you can keep up with me with @passingwhimsies! I'll be in Italy! :D

With much love, Lauren.