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White Dress: Delia's.
Scarf: Forever21.
Cardigan, Purse: Thrifted.
Boots: c/o Pink and Pepper.
Lipstick in MAC's Rebel.

Hello everyone!

So I have one more class that I signed up for next semester that I didn't tell you about last post...it's an orientation class. But what for? ITALY! 

I was officially accepted into the program last week and will be studying in Florence, Italy in Fall of 2014 for 17 weeks. I am beyond ecstatic. I've been wanting to do it,waiting for all of the processes to go through for many months, and I'm so thrilled to finally being able to say that I'm officially studying abroad.

I just can't believe it really. Italy. Europe. Seeing the world outside of little Ohio. I can't believe it, can't believe it, can't believe it. I'll be leaving early August and staying until December. The craziest part is that it's less than a year away until I leave. Around 8 months! These next 8 months will be a whirl wind of learning Italian, catching up on culture, filling out paper work, and learning how to cook. I hear that Italian eating is very unlike American as in it's all 'do it yourself' from the market. One of my great friends Haley is also going and I can't wait to experience this with her. I'll be taking fashion courses during the week and on the weekends taking trips across Eurpose to Paris, Great Britain, Spain, Germany, and others.

I am so blessed to have this opportunity. Can't wait to see where God takes my life with this! 

With much love, Lauren.
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Amia said...

Oh my gosh how exciting!!! Italy sounds amazing, you are going to have an absolutely fantastic time!
Amia

Carina Maree said...

You are going to fall in love with Italy. I took a weeks language class in Florence while on a tour 3 years ago, and it was the most amazing experience of my life! I can still remember the very streets in Florence; if I ever return it will feel like I'd never left.

As for the food, it is very much do it yourself, and the Italians love focusing on what's in season. During my trip there during the spring, we ate blood oranges after dinner almost every night because that's what was in season haha. But there are also SO many great pizzerias and restaurants in Florence, not to mention the gelaterias. You have been warned-there is literally one gelateria on every street corner...it was so hard not to buy a gelato all the time hehe

xx Carina

strwbrryflds4evr said...

So jealous! I've always wanted to go to Italy! I've been to Paris, London and Spain and I fell in love. You won't want to come home! Enjoy every moment:)

Madison Martine said...

Wow! That's going to be such an amazing experience!! Enjoy every moment of it!!

xo,
Madison Martine
http://madisonmartine.blogspot.com

Haley Chatlin said...

Beyond excited Lauren!!! I can't wait to travel Europe with you and share this experience together! :)

Jess said...

Italy is absolutely beautiful!! The people are so friendly and the food is honestly like nowhere else - you'll love it so much! I'm from England and I hope you'll love it here too! :) xxx

Britney said...

Congratulations Lauren. What a crazy awesome thing to happen. Proud of you!

Tineke said...

So pretty, i love the combination of white and green!
xx

Sagitta said...

So exited for you to study in europe! i am from Holland myself and i would love for you to come to my beautiful country one day! :)
xoxo

Sian Thomas said...

Congratulations Lauren!! You will have the best time - Italy is one of my favourite places :D Where will you be studying there?
If you plan to do a long weekend, come over to England and see us! If you want to come up to the North a bit, I can show you around!! York is near where I live and really beautiful :)
xx

Jana Gilmore said...

Congrats Lauren! That is so exciting!!

Love your green cardi and your bag. Super darling :)

Catherine Joyce said...

I am SO excited for you!! I know that this opportunity will be wonderful for both your faith and educational growth! I am absolutely IN LOVE with this color combo too. You are such a sweet gal & I can't wait to read about your experiences! I will be praying for you as it nears!

Catherine
James 4:8
vintage-verses.blogspot.com

friedenlinde said...

exciting news Lauren!! I am from Italy and as you expect, things are quite different here than in the US! yep, we cook our dinners, pasta and risotto all the way, but lots of seasonal vegetables as well.. and every region has its own specialties (you won't believe how many). But there are some great restaurants to try out as well, lol!
Ok, ok, we also have some great landscapes... and wonderful towns. :)
I am sure it will be a great experience for you. I understand you can hardly wait! if you need anything, suggestions on places to see, etc... ask right away!
hugs

Sammi said...

SO amazing, Lauren!! What a great opportunity for you. I can't wait to see and hear about all your Italian adventures!!

xox Sammi
www.thesoubrettebrunette.blogspot.com

Hannah said...

This post made me smile so much. Even more so than this rad outfit you are rocking, I'm totally happy that you are going to ITALY!! Ahhh! What a blessing!

Anonymous said...

hey, whilw you are in Italy, be sure to visit my country, Croatia. :) Croatia and Italy are just few hours of drive away and our seaside is absolutely stunning, esepecially in August. ;)

Kezzie said...

I'm so glad you're coming to Europe! If you come to England and want to visit, come and stay, we have a spare room! I don't live too far from London. Florence is lovely, that's where CBC proposed to me! X

Lindsey Dish said...

Ahhhh!! That's so incredible! How exciting! You better take lots of wonderful fashion photos there so we can see! ;-)
xoxo, Lindsey Dish
thebeltedpear.blogspot.com

Sianna Marinova said...

Congrats! This is great news! You will love Italy, it is amazing! Such an inspirational places especially in terms of design and fashion. I had the best time of my life there ;)

Alesha // Old-fashioned Whimsy said...

Congratulations, Lauren! How exciting! I am so happy that you were able to seize such an amazing opportunity. I hope to be in your place someday not too far down the road. Good luck with preparing and everything! I'll be praying for you :)

xoxo,
Alesha
http://oldfashionedwhimsy.blogspot.com

countrygirlcityfashion said...

I am unspeakably jealous. How amazing is that?! I know you'll have a splendid time.
Love this outfit! The colors are SO rich and gorgeous.

Vicki said...

Congratulations! How exciting! That's always been one of my dreams.(:
Love your outfit! That purse is darling!

~Vicki
decked out in ruffles

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