Goodbye, March.

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White Dress: c/o Lulu*s.
Floral Blouse: Thrifted.
Straw Wedges: Lulu*s.
Floral Crown: Handmade.

Hello everyone and Happy Easter!

Easter is a beautiful holiday. I have so many fond memories as a little girl of going on egg hunts with my cousins at my grandmother's house, receiving a heaping basket of sweets, and the beautiful flowers the church decorated with for mass. I still quite love Easter, but especially a bit more this year. It has more meaning, you know? I can appreciate the day more now that I actually understand how significant the events 2,000 years ago were. Pretty wonderful if you ask me!

Anywho, this is what I wore today for the festivities. A cherished Lulu*s dress, a newly made floral crown, and the wedges I wore for my graduation. That's already coming up on having been a year...can't believe that! I visited both sides of my family today and had a wonderful, relaxing time; now I'm back in Kent. 

It feels good to be back. I always miss it when I'm away. It feels more like my home than my actual one does. I only have 5-6 weeks left and then I'm outta here! I really have to buckle down on my studies these next weeks so I can end up with good grades. Stop procrastinating, Lauren!

Hope you all had a lovely holiday, today

With much love, Lauren.

Speed Dial.

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1990's Floral Dress, Cameo Earrings, White 1950's Purse: Thrifted.
Bow Belt: Forever21.
Clog Heels: Target.
Lipstick: MAC's Speed Dial.

Hello there! 

I'm wearing some newly thrifted items in this outfit; a new dress + earrings. I went a little crazy on the thrifting over my break. Yikes, good thing I won't be coming back for another five weeks! My bank account & wallet can't handle any more...

Tried out a new coffee shop with a friend today and it was magnificent. Possibly the best cup of coffee I've ever tried. It was a 'chocolate fudge peanut butter' latte. Had me giddy with joy ♥ 

Hope you all are well! Thank you for all of the beautiful comments you write on here and for reading! x

With much love, Lauren.

Spectator.

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Black Swiss Dot Dress: TJ Max.
Vintage Ferragamos, Tan Purse: Thrifted.

Hello everyone!

Another wonderful day of spring break. I woke up early this morning to meet a good high school friend for breakfast at Denny's! Look at this too perfect of a mug my hot chocolate came in. Well said! 

I hung out with my grandmother around downtown today and it was so lovely. Downtown is my favorite part of the city. We went antiquing, thrifting, and out for pizza. I picked up a beautiful denim dress that fits like a dream and just needs shortened (thank goodness for designer friends). I have a feeling I'll be living in it this summer! I also got a pair of clip on, rose colored cameo earrings that will be making an appearance soon. To top off an ideal afternoon, I got a cup of coffee at my favorite shop and took some outfit pictures in an alleyway. 

Speaking of outfits, I thought I had lost this dress! I only wore it once at the beginning of the school year and couldn't find it after that...I looked all over in my dorm and all over in my room at home, but to no avail could I find it. Funny how though when cleaning out my closet the other day I stumbled upon it! Glad it's back :)

Oh! And thankfully I was able to schedule a bang trim appointment before I leave back for Kent. I can't stand these grown out bangs right now; they're an absolute mess (especially in these pictures, ugh). It's on Saturday so I can't wait to show you all!

And one more thing. I got an email for an interview for one of the places I applied! I don't want to say where, but I'm mega excited. Hope I can get the confidence in myself to do well and try my best

With much love, Lauren. 

Classically.

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White Lace Dress: Delia's.
Striped Shirt, Black Purse: Thrifted.
Black & White Heels: Cato's.
Beret: Target.

Hello everyone!

I look forward to coming back home in five weeks to (hopefully) a lot of green, flowers, and actual spring time. I want to go take pictures at so many of my favorite locations, but everything is so muddy, dead, and brown that it would be pointless. Let's hope that by the first week of May when I get out of school things will have changed by then!

Things are really well with me. I went thrifting yesterday for 50% off day and got this striped shirt, a pair of high-waisted denim shorts, and a 90's floral dress. All for $5! Today I finished up some job applications and dropped them off and got to have some coffee at my favorite place. I've snuggled with my kitty, ate red velvet cupcakes, and drank too many sweet teas to count. Slept in this morning and woke up to beautiful rays of sunlight shining through my blinds. It felt so good to snuggle in my homemade quilt from my grandmother and drift in and out of daydreams (they're the best at that time). And finally, I got to meet up with someone very dear to me whom I missed so much. It was wonderful to see her in person again and get to hug her after so many months.

I'm just really lucky, you know?

With much love, Lauren.

Free.

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Mint Dress: Delia's.
Mint Blouse, T-Strap Heels, Necklace: Thrifted.
Beret: Target.

Today is the day I am finally set free. My heart, it's so happy it could burst. It's filled with excitement, anticipation, love. It's whole now and able to do all of the things it couldn't before because of such darkness. A darkness that sucked me in and out, back and forth, round and round. Never ending. It's done. It's gone. It's over with.

I got the news today that set me free. A half a year ago I would have been crippled, in so much emotional pain to receive this news. A few months ago it would have had me on my knees in desperation, desolation, and depression. But today it didn't do any of those things. This news set me free. I wanted to cry from happiness and relief when I heard and at that moment, it was like a string was cut. A string was cut and all of the baggage from several months was lifted and carried away. Just like that.

I've had a really rough past half a year. Probably the most emotionally exhausting of my whole life. Things I never thought would happen, never end up like this, did in fact happen. Did in fact end up like this. I held on so long to something that's been gone for more than a year. I had this obsession of making everything better, the way it was, and stopping what I knew was the most horrible thing I could think of happen to something I loved. I took it upon myself when it wasn't mine to take upon, but I couldn't let go. I don't know how many people told me to move on, let things happen, to let someone else handle it. I couldn't help myself to do everything in my absolute power to save this.

My whole life circled around it. My dreams. My thoughts. My journal. My conversations. My blog. I thought of every possible solution I could try and I tried every single one of them. The solutions were far fetched, ridiculous, and detrimental to myself. But I didn't care. If I could stop everything, help, then it would all be worth it.

But as time went on, I realized that no matter what I did, it didn't matter. I started seeing things for what they really were instead of what I thought they were or what they used to be. I took blow after blow after blow. Was led in and out and all about time again and was crushed so many times I can't even remember. Each time though brought me closer to free. I could feel it coming, I could feel it making sense.

I prayed that He would set me free. From all of the suffering I've had to go through. He anwsered my prayer today and gave me a new heart. It doesn't hold the resentment, anger, frustration, hurt, vengeance that it has these past few months. All is forgiven. I've done a lot of wrong myself with what I wrote about and how I wrote things. My words would come from vengeance and hate and ashamed, wishing I could take it all back. But all of that is wiped clean. In my heart I don't feel all of that anymore. I don't feel bogged down by all of the pain.

I wouldn't take any of what I did back. I wouldn't change the way I did things, wouldn't change how much I cared, tried, or loved. Because if I had just listened to other people, I would have never found out for myself. I would have never learned so much about what I deserve and what I don't deserve. What is love and what love isn't.

I only feel free and so excited for what the future holds. Every second of it, every day. It's going to be beautiful and I'm so thankful that this dark period I was in for so long is over with. I have friends to go back to. I'm so excited! They're everything I could have asked for. I love my school, I love my major and I'm looking forward to continuing it next fall. I have studying a semester in Italy in the works for my junior year which sends me over the moon. I went job hunting today and it went better than expected and I have my fingers crossed that I can get a retail job. My family loves me unconditionally, is always there for me. And I have this blog. This little, tiny blog that gives me hope for my future and my writing and my growing personal style. I have over 850 people who are there for me, without ever having met me, who give me the most incredible advice, comfort, and love.

I am so proud to say; I am free.

With much love, Lauren.

All The Small Things.

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 A new handmade floral crown.

My favorite heels ever {Forever21}

Vintage evening purses {Thrifted}

Sunnies {l to r; thrifted, Sunglasses Warehouse, thrifted}

Romantic hats {Thrifted}

Delicate baubles {l to r; pin//thrifted earrings//thrifted bracelet// JcPenny's //necklace//Target}

Pieces to yet to add to my floral crown.

Being back home means being back with all of the small things in my room I had to leave behind. Some of the things were too fragile to take, I didn't have room, or I was afraid of losing them. It's nice to be reunited though because I think being surrounded by a few pretty things you love does incredible wonders on the mood.

Not to mention all of these little treasures are for spring. Sigh. Spring. It seems like a dream, something unattainable. It snowed so much here today that my little sister had a snow day. What a 'spring' break, right? Please, please hurry spring

With much love, Lauren.
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