Topshop Dress: Gift from blogging friend Kezzie! ♥
Straw Hat: Thrifted.
Necklace: c/o Sparkle Box.
When I studied abroad over in Europe last year (it's already been a year since I left!) my class took a five day visit to England and I was able to meet up with a dear blogging friend, Kezzie. She's followed me from the very beginning days of my blog and it was so wonderful to finally meet her in person. Pretty surreal if I'm being honest! She was so incredibly sweet, too, and gifted me this beautiful topshop dress. I never got a chance to snap photos of it when I was in Italy, then it was winter, then I went to New York City...so FINALLY this beautiful dress got the photos it deserved. Thank you so much Kezzie-- I will cherish this dress forever! x
Yesterday evening I went to a sort of worship concert at my church that was sponsored by the new young adult program they started up. I've never been a person who's gone to concerts or listened to live music, but last night really clicked with me how much I love it. There's something so invigorating about hearing music live that I feel like I've spent way too long missing out on. It just makes you feel very alive with all of the energy of the crowd and the band. The overwhelming feeling of being in that moment and in that place. It fills me with such joy. Last night reminded me of when I was in Prague last year and I went to this underground dive bar/punk dance club sort of place. I remember never having experienced anything like it or having known that something like that existed. Beer was being slung every where, it was dark and moody with people moving to the music quite like they were possessed. But I was so enthralled by it all because like last night, I felt so alive and so in tune with what it meant to be living. It doesn't matter where I am-- a kind of sketchy bar in the Czech Republic or the auditorium of a church--the feeling is the same. That universalism is mind blowing.
My sudden discovery of my love for live music has me super excited for seeing Ed Sheeran for the second time here in a few weeks! I'm seeing him in Cleveland on the 18th of September and am absolutely pumped. He's my all time favorite artist because of his song writing. He tells such intricate stories with his songs that seem so personal that I feel like I almost shouldn't be listening to them. I of course love his bigger songs like A Team and his recent single Photograph (probably my favorite from his new album), but his lesser known songs are what really speak to me. Wake Me Up is my all time favorite song EVER, and Cold Coffee, One, Nina, and You Need Me and I Don't Need You are amazing, as well. Also, how can someone make Trap Queen sound so beautiful? x
With much love, Lauren.