Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Guess Who's Back.

Tan Cape, Polka Dot Pinafore: Forever21.
Cream Sweater: Thrifted.
Lace Up Boots: H&M.
Beret: AA.


I absolutely hate talking about the weather on the blog, but I think it's crucial to explain this. Yes, I was wearing a spaghetti strap top and skirt in my last outfit post and I was still hot. Yes, I'm wearing a cape and a sweater and tights in this outfit post and I'm still cold. No, these photos were not taken last month. I just live in Ohio where one day it's 80 degrees and the next it snows. Whew. Okay, glad I got that off my chest. Moving on!

I had something absolutely awesome happen to me yesterday-- something I've been praying about for months was finally answered! I've been looking for housing to live in at Kent for the spring when I come back from Florence since this January. It's been an exhausting, frustrating experience. I was originally going to live with a group of friends, but things didn't end up working out so I was left to find something on my own. Everything's been getting taken up and when the deadline passed for signing up to live on campus...then I really started to worry because I didn't have anything to fall back on if I couldn't get off campus housing. I had one particular apartment complex I really wanted, but it's super hard to get a place, especially for only half a year.

Well, I randomly got a call from a guy yesterday morning who saw that I posted on the apartment's facebook page. It's TOO perfect because he's graduating in December and needs someone to take the place for the spring...it's walkable location (not bringing a car next year either), a single bedroom (I need my space), allows pets (still trying to convince my parents to let me get a cat), and comes fully furnished (I don't want to have to buy furniture this summer). It's...perfect.

I'm speechless that everything worked out exactly how I wanted! I'd been offered a lot of really good housing options in the past few months, but there always was some sort of drawback that made it so I just couldn't commit. I was unsure of whether just to settle and have a place so I didn't have to worry, because I would really regret it if I was forced to take something that was a worse option later down the road. But,I kept praying about it and could feel God telling me to wait it out, that He would provide the perfect place. And He did. Absolutely, positively perfect.

Signed the lease and everything yesterday. 
I HAVE A PLACE TO LIVE! 

With much love, Lauren. 

P.S. Many of you were asking where the location is of my previous outfit post! It's actually right here on my campus. It's an awesome architectural set up of a wall of concrete made to look like a bookshelf. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Night to Day.

Vintage Nightgown (worn as a top), Pink Flats, Coral Earrings: Thrifted.
Brown Skirt: Forever21.
Lipstick in WNW's Mauve Outta Here.

Fashion blogs and magazines love to tell you how to take an outfit go from day and then work it into something to wear at night. I don't think I've ever seen it the other way around? I've had this super strange love of thrifting vintage nightgowns the past few months, and have started to acquire quite a collection. Sometimes they're just too pretty to only be worn to bed, so I've been trying to think of ways to make it look presentable for daytime wear.

I don't really know if this outfit cuts it or not, but I didn't feel too exposed wearing my negligee in the outfit. Youtuber Anastasjia (who is both equal parts hilarious and adorable) gave me the courage I needed after watching this video of hers on how to style nightgowns for day wear. I can't really offer up you all any tips (definitely don't feel qualified to do that), other than  just do you.

In other news, four more days of school this week and then I'm headin' home for Easter. It may seem like I go home a lot, and the truth is... I really do. But when you live a bit over an hour away and you miss your little sister so much you can hardly stand it...well, frequent trips home are in order. Looking forward to seeing the fam and spending time in the big M!

Hope all of ya'll's weekend was beautiful. It was 80 degrees today when I wore this & simply perfect out

With much love, Lauren.

Near to Your Heart.

Trapeze Dress: c/o OASAP.
Opera Boots: c/o Pink and Pepper.
Necklace: Thrifted.
Lipstick in WNW's Rose Bud.

Hello everyone

Today was breathtakingly beautiful. I'm in awe of the beauty God has put on this earth! The weather was such a marvelous treat today and it's going to be 80 degrees tomorrow...not sure how I feel about that! I think I've forgotten how to dress for that kind of warmth...

I was super excited to get this dress in the mail the other day. Always been a dream of mine to own a floaty trapeze mini in a pretty lace fabric. Free People has perfect ones, but always at too high of a price point for me. I've tried a few on here and there at various lower priced stores...but these darn hips of mine, I tell ya. Can't get a darn thing over them, so the trapeze shape was never all that trapeze but more of a skewered triangle, ha. I was anxious to see if this one would fit, and thankfully it slipped right on. What a dream-- can't wait to frolic in it all summer and I plan on taking it to Italy with me! Contemplating buying it in the red because you all know me and my love affair with red...

I had a dear and old friend come up to visit me at Kent yesterday and had the best time! We've known each other since middle school when we swam together, so it's nice that seven years later that things are more or less the same with our friendship. He's still a goof and I'm still far too serious, so we balance each other out to a middle ground to have a good time. We ventured off to Akron and walked around the city exploring, plus visited an awesome vintage clothing store/antique shop. My heart never beat so fast as when I looked at those racks of vintage dresses, ha. He also brought up TWO boxed of donuts for us so I mean, of course we stuffed our faces with creamy, chocolatey goodness in the Mcdonald's parking lot. I also took him to the famous Mike's place for breakfast; a cult favorite around here for hungover college students to get cheap and good food on the weekends. It's fantastically corny and themed, so of course I had to be embarrassing and ask to sit in the boat that has a steering wheel and everything. Oh Mike's Place...you sure are a little charmer....

Weekend is going good here! My roommate and I made chocolate mousse tonight out of everything we could scrounge together at the local dining hall. It turned out surprisingly really delicious...and we watched a fantastic Natalie Portman movie to boot. Life's swell.

With much love, Lauren. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Bring Me Back.

Striped Top, Camera Necklace: Forever21.
Red Shorts, Loafers: Thrifted.
Wide Brimmed Hat, Heart Tights: c/o OASAP.

Hello! 

I haven't too much to say today I'm afraid. Sometimes it's better to just let some pictures speak for themself! Hope you all are doing lovely. x

With much love, Lauren.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

1,000,000 Pageviews!

Boyfriend Jeans, Cross body Bag (c/o): Aeropostale.
Floral Sweater: Forever21.
Pink Flats: Thrifted.
Necklace: Gift from Katie.
Lipstick in WNW's Rose Bud.

A few days ago my blog hit 1 million page views! I can't even fathom and wrap my mind around that number. It kind of freaks me out that my face has been viewed a million times, ha, but it's also very humbling that people want to read and see what's going on in my life.  Which is also really strange because I don't really feel like I have a life worthy of you guy's time. 

My blog has from the start been kind of this place where I wanted to help others. I didn't want them to have to go through the same things I struggled through whether that be having a bad high school experience, self esteem issues, being afraid to wear what you want, dealing with mental illness, going through a break up...I thought if I could just share my experience, it would strengthen and help someone else to know that they could get through it, too. In NAVS and church they talk a lot about finding your way to reach people and be a positive influence on those around you. It could be through playing an instrument and singing, leading a bible study, volunteering, meeting with people to talk about things going on in their life. I always found I couldn't do any of those whether it be I just didn't have the talent for it, or I was too shy.

I feel like blogging is my perfect medium to show what it is to live a life for Jesus and be a light to those around you. It wasn't my original intention for this blog, but through the past four and a half years God has shown me that He had me create this little space for a reason.

That's all a really round about way of saying thank you guys...and if you ever need anything, I'm here. Seriously. It may take me literally forever to answer that facebook message or email, but I will; I promise

With much love, Lauren.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Relax, It's Just Coffee.

T-Shirt: My favorite local coffee shop.
Circle Skirt, Bow Belt: c/o OASAP.

Hi everyone!

Happy Monday to you all :) I've been waiting since January when I bought this t-shirt to wear it; and today's the day it's finally warm! It's from my absolute favorite coffee shop in my home town called Relax, It's Just Coffee. It opened up my senior year of high school but I didn't really even know it was there until after I had graduated that summer. It's the perfect coffee shop. In an old, historic building on the main street of my downtown with beautifully molded high ceilings and creaky wooden floor boards. It's home-y feeling with mix matched, worn in coaches and a bar counter made of doors. It has the traditional blackboard where they write all the drinks, some of them named after the hilarious baristas who work there. They're a hoot. Sassy, real, and darn good at making the best cafe mocha I've ever had. Local art aligns the walls and is always changing, and it feels like every time I come home to visit it's like a new coffee shop all over again. 

Even if I just go home for a weekend, I have to make a stop there. It's my favorite, and it is the essence of my hometown to me. It's more than a coffee shop. It's the feeling that my town gives me. The sense of home and where I belong.  Amazing that a coffee shop can do that.

Can't wait to spend lots of lazy afternoon in the summer time there. Drinking a hot mocha with an intricate foam design even though it's too darn warm out. Hearing the crazy old homeless man tell made up stories to all the patrons. Meeting my friends there to talk about serious things, and not so serious things. I love ya, Relax, can't wait to come home to you. 

With much love, Lauren.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Pour Out Praise.

Red Polka Dot Dress: Modcloth.
Lavender Sweater: Thrifted.
Bow Headband: Forever21.
Hinder Flats: c/o Pink and Pepper.

Yesterday I spent all day in the dorm. Mostly sleeping to my dismay. It seems like once I wake up late, I never really wake up for the rest of the day thereafter. That's why I'm not really fond of weekends, especially up here. They feel very long and tedious, and since I have nothing I have to do, I simply do nothing. Which feels so wasteful when I think about the days I have numbed here in my life. Taking a day off for yourself and relaxing is always good, but when you're already relaxed and feeling well and then you just do it to an extreme...well, then you just feel rather useless. I would have to say if I had to pick one of the seven deadly sins to be my downfall (wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, gluttony ya know) mine, without a doubt, would be sloth. It's something I really need to work on.

So today I wanted to get out and lift that feeling of nothingness that I had on my back from yesterday. I went out and took pictures amongst campus instead of just my usual little cove and it felt so freeing. It is just the best feeling, I feel like I lose myself and I can just think and I just move without really calculating what I'm doing and it's the most freeing feeling. I can't wait to do it more this summer. I hope to do it the rest of my life. I want to live in a place where I can always be with nature and feel His presence.

After I took these photos I went to H2o which is like a NAVS but on Sundays. My favorite part about 'church' is worship. It should probably be fellowship or hearing the word or something along those lines...but I can't help but just absolutely love to worship and show my love for God through that. For the 19ish years I was Catholic, I didn't worship. We sang old, ancient hymns and just read the lines out of tired lyrical books. But as I explored other sects of Christianity, I came to realize that I didn't have to worship like that. I felt no connection with my heart before. I just sang the lines with my mouth, not my heart. But when I worship now, I can feel Christ in me. I get to sway and dance and raise my hands and close my eyes and give praise that comes from my inner being. It's the best way I can offer myself to Christ that I know.

With much love, Lauren.