Wishbone.

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Blue Dress: Modcloth.
Red Trench, Blue Beret: Forever21.
Black Boots: Thrifted.

Lately I've been stumped about what to write when I put together blog posts. I sit here, staring at my computer screen, racking my brain through the day's memories, trying to find something interesting to tell you all. Something, anything. I used to be able to write exactly every feeling and thought I felt so easily. I blogged through my loneliness, my OCD, my depression, my broken friendships, my break up. So after all this I have no clue what to write about because...

I'm finally happy. It's that weird place where I never thought I'd be. Never suspected I'd end up. I am completely and utterly in love with life. My life. I don't think I've ever really written about 'happy things' on this blog. If I have, they've just been little posts about misicsule life happenings. I can't remember a single one of my posts where I wrote about something happy; none stick out in my mind.

I feel strange writing about happy things. I don't know how to take them and it sounds so silly but it is completely and honestly true. I had accepted a long time ago that I would just always be this bitter, angsty, lonely girl in life who was constantly searching for something more. 

Writing about frivolous and light things just seems so empty compared to what I used to write about but those old topics just seem beaten into the ground. I've relived these moments of my life the past few years a thousand times as my fingers furiously type across the key pad, tears cascade from my eyes, heart with a painful, dull, sinking feeling. Hitting publish. Looking back. Reading a moment in time I felt and hurt and was real.

But with as strong as the feelings of sadness the feelings of happiness are just as strong, if not stronger. A true happiness that exudes from your soul. Even if the day is bad, even if everything goes wrong I can't help but to smile and still have this strange sense of inner contentment that keeps me going. This.This is what I've been searching for, guys...and I think I'm at such a loss of words, such an inability to write what I feel because it's like any feeling I've ever felt before.

I laugh until my cheeks hurt and tears stream from my eyes. I smile up into the sky even on the most cloudy days. I hug my friends and wipe away their tears, cherishing every moment with them. I drink the best cups of coffee and relish in the feeling of pure satisfaction. I call my parents, excited and smiling, telling them about my day. I fall asleep at night, stumbling over my words to say to God to say how thankful I am. I go to concerts, stay up until four in the morning, be accepted for who I am, eat all the junk food I want, talk to my 'dream' type of guys, study what I love every day, and read the bible, getting chills

This is life. My life. And I don't want to write about sad things anymore. I want to write about what makes me happy.

With much love, Lauren.

P.S. Isn't my necklace a total and utter beaut? I can't even get over how perfect and whimsical it is. Gahh, can't get enough of Katie Dean's jewelry. It makes me so excited to see a designer start a business from the ground up because as a fashion student currently, I know how hard it is! Check out her other beautiful pieces if you'd fancy

Pardon Me.

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Apple Dress: Forever21.
Green Cardigan: Thrifted.
Camel Beret: American Apparel.
Red Clutch: c/o OASAP.
Velvet Ballet Flats: c/o Lulu*s.

Hello everyone!
School is taking its toll on me quite a bit as this semester begins to wind down. I find myself in a state of cold panic and fear, a deer caught in the headlights of all of the impending work amongst these next three weeks.  Exhaustion has set in and ravages its course on my weary body. It seems as though I take breaks only for food and sleep, the rest a blur of fabric, needles, tracing paper, and micron pens. All will be over soon enough though; I've just got to keep plugging away and keep my morale up. 

 A friend of mine gave me the most perfect bible verse to get me through today:

Philippians 4:13
I can do all this through him who gives me strength

I can do this.

With much love, Lauren.

Meow You're Talking.

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Okay, it's confession time guys.

I am one of those crazy, cat obsessed girls. There, I said it.  I AM A CRAZY CAT LADY. I've had my kitty cat Rascal for about seventeen years and miss him terribly since I've been away at college. Being united over break was a sweet, sweet treat. I spent every waking moment by his side! Isn't he so dashingly handsome...? He actually does love me despite what these pictures may lead you to believe...he's just a little, erm, camera shy!

Anywho, Modcloth was having their 50% off sale the other day and what did I feast my eyes on you may wonder...? A kitty dress. Yes, you read right. A perfect, little dress with playful kitty cats all over it. It had to be mine, so I busted out my broke college kid wallet and forfeited over the cash. Probably the best $25 I've ever spent though. And I am so excited to get it in this mail this week. They're going to get sick of seeing my eager face everyday over at the mail room...heh ;)

With much love, Lauren.

1960's Inspired.

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Black Lace Dress (underneath): Thrifted.
Black Velvet Booties: Forever21.
Beret: Target.

Hello everyone!
Here is my third and final look for vintage inspired outfits using modern pieces from Lulu*s.com! This little dress exudes 60's quirkiness with its sparkly peter pan collar...so dreamy! I was stumped on how style it because it's sleeveless and backless but a little lace dress underneath surely did the trick. Not to say I didn't freeze though. For being in the mid 60's two days ago it is now in the 20's and snowing...proof is on my beret! ;)

Did all of you have a swell holiday break? I certainty did! I am both anxious to get back to Kent, yet quite sad at the same time to be leaving my home town. Everything is so relaxing and familiar here...sleeping in, warm cups of coffee, catching up with T.V. shows, snuggling with kitty cat, talking for hours with my mother, and laying in my cozy bed with my laptop and a good magazine. Yet, I long so much for my life at Kent. Fast paced, on the go, friends everywhere I turn, excitement, adventure, new faces everyday, passionate environment...

I feel at such an odd place because I love both locations and don't really feel a sense of a secure home at either one. I live two completely different lives with different people and different activities. I'm a different Lauren. It can be hard to get in the mindset at each location and often when I am at one 'home' I long for the other, never being completely satisfied. Hmm. I guess I just have mixed feelings about going back tomorrow. I don't really know what to think.

And thank you once again to Lulu*s for the wonderful opportunity to collaborate and sport some vintage inspired looks. I am so blessed and hope you all enjoyed them as much as I enjoyed putting them together. Here are looks one and two if you missed them ♥

With much love, Lauren.

1950's Inspired.

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Patterned Tights, Pearl Ring: Jcpenny's.
Head Scarf: Thrifted.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Here is my second of the three Lulu*s vintage inspired looks; this one 1950's! (see my 1940's look here). This is the prettiest little frock that was perfect for Thanksgiving festivities today. It got quite warm here in Ohio, so I wasn't too freezing without sleeves and the drastic back.

Thanksgiving at home couldn't have been better today. Since accepting Christ in my life all of my feelings and happiness have just been amplified by ten. The amount of thankfulness and gratitude for everything in my life is overflowing. I'm thankful for being born again in Him, my incredible family, being able to further my education, going after my dreams, the friends I've made (and never thought I would find), and of course all of you gals and guys. My life is so, so beautiful it leaves me speechless. It's been a very thankful Thanksgiving.

Hope you all enjoyed your holiday ♥

With much love, Lauren.

1940's Inspired.

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Black Bow Blouse, Gloves, T-Strap Heels, Vintage Hat, Earrings: Thrifted.

Hello everyone!
I'm excited and honored to have partnered up with Lulu*s.com to put together three different looks, each one representing a different era of fashions past but using modern clothing. Today's look is 1940's and I have a 1950's look and 1960's look respectively coming up soon ♥

If you couldn't tell from these pictures, I am not in Kent anymore! I got home late last night to my home town and it certainty feels good to be back. Gosh, I missed my cat so much and snuggled with him all last night...and I guess I missed my family, too ;)

Today I went back to my favorite place to take pictures and it was so magical...it made me fall in love with blogging and photography all over again. Truthfully I get frustrated often times being at Kent because there just isn't the freedom and the seclusion of taking pictures wherever I want. There's people everywhere and usually when I am brave enough to even take them I end up getting harassed by silly boys. So, it was certainly a nice treat to just immerse myself into nature today and be able to take pictures with the ease and creativity that I used to. Looking forward to doing it again tomorrow!

Okay, and I can't end this post without fangirling over this skirt...I've been aching to try the peplum trend and this skirt is the perfect way to sport it. I usually don't wear pencil skirts/anything body con because uhm, let's be honest here...I have hips! Circle skirts and I have become bffs the past few years, but with this skirt I think there might be a new love in my life. It made my proud and confident to embrace my womanly shape!

Hope you all are doing lovely...
With much love, Lauren.

My Berets.

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I was a freshman in high school when I bought my first beret. It was black Friday and my mom and I went out shopping early to Target and she told me to pick out a new winter hat. I looked around and spotted a little, black, wool beret on the cluttered shelf and knew it would be perfect to keep my head warm during the cold winter months when I did swim team. I wore that black beret every day from the start and everyone on the swim team referred to me as 'beret girl.' When I dyed entire hair hot pink that winter for a big meet, the complete inside of my black beret turned pink. I still have that black beret today; and it's still pink on the inside.

Since four years ago I've come full circle in my life and my berets have come with me. I've greatly expanded my collection of one to a collection of nine...tan, mustard ,pink ,red ,teal ,blue ,navy ,purple ,and black. It sounds so silly but my berets are a representation of who I am. Even though my style has grown and changed tremendously over the past four years (to the point where I can't even recognize some of my past outfits) my berets have also been in my style.  Always. I've never grown tired of them, never gone a week without wearing one at least once; through fall,winter,spring, and even the blazing days of summer. They are a part of me. A part of who I am.

It always makes me giddy when people refer to me on campus as the girl who wears berets. Who always wears hats....I think all of us need that one little kick in our style that we can call our own; that defines us. Without even trying, berets have become that to me. My head feels naked without one one and I don't ever feel like an outfit is ever complete without one perched on my head. 

Find that thing you love and wear it with confidence, wear it with love. No matter what it is. It's a part of you, a part of who you are and you should never, ever give it up for anyone. ♥

With much love, Lauren.

Giveaway Winner!

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Hello everyone!
Thank you so much to all 52 of you who entered my three year blog anniversary + thank you giveaway last week! Your guy's comments melted my heart ♥ I am so blessed to have such fantastic people who read my blog... Anywho, I randomly selected the winner today by computer and the number chosen was #35- Audrey Peters! I'll be emailing you soon, Audrey to get your shipping address and thank you so much to all who entered!

With much love, Lauren.

Everything Has Changed.

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Red Sweater, Polka Dot Dress: Thrifted.
Black Beret: Target.
Cameo Necklace: Gift from my grandmother.

10 things:
1. One of my best friends Jordi re-cut my bangs perfectly last night. And the best part? You only have to pay her in Cinnamon Altoids.
2. Thrifting this perfect, perfect, perfect sweater I'm wearing in these pictures last weekend with Rachel.
3. Photographing for a fashion show here at school and realizing how much love I have for my school and the incredible opportunities I have here.
4. Staying up until two in the morning playing Battle of the Sexes. The game is left unfinished; but I think we know who's going to win... ~females~
5. Having girl talk over coffee with one of my best friends, Sky.
6. New beginner's bible study.
7. Finishing up sewing/putting together two garments for a fashion show with my incredible group members. We kicked butt against all odds.
8. Sky thrifting me a vintage, navy beret. I am over the moon.
9. Getting a surprising, out of the blue text that meant a lot, but left me confused and unsure.
10. Having only two days left until I get to go home ♥

With much love, Lauren. 

P.S. I did an interview over at the sweet Petina of If You're a Bird I'm a Bird's blog. Here it is if you'd like to peek!
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