Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Bloomin' Lovely.

Gap Striped Dress, Loafers,White Belt, Red Boater: All Thrifted.

We used to have a Gap in our local mall several years ago that eventually went out; since then I haven't stepped in a Gap since. I remember as a pre-teen girl thinking it was the most spectacular place. The racks of pristine clothing, the variations of jean styles on the walls, neatly folded cardigans in every color laid on rounded tables. It was a place for older girls, cooler girls than myself at just 13 years old. For Easter though that year my mother and I were looking for a dress and our usual hotspots of JcPenny's and Kohl's had us empty handed, so we slipped into The Gap.

I remember picking it up and being so in awe. This strapless, a-line dress that came down to tea length on my short, youthful frame. It was made in a mint green plaid poplin of sorts, with a nipped waist and lining to boot. I begged my mother to let me try it on and I went back to the dressing rooms, feeling like a hot shot at only 13 to be trying on such an adult dress. I loved it. I loved every bit of that Gap dress and it was the first time I can remember feeling a garment change who I was. It made me feel something; it made me feel powerful and older and beautiful. A true feat for an insecure pre-teen girl who'd grown up feeling incredibly ugly. Even though the dress was expensive, my mother bought me it and I was the happiest girl in the world to see the hip, striking cashier girl wrap my beloved dress in fine white tissue paper and slip it into an iconic Gap bag.

I wore that dress for Easter that year and for many more events in the years to come. Every excuse I could get to wear it, I did. Eventually as I grew older and more "fashion forward" the dress became dowdy to me and embarrassing...I realized it was too big in the bust, the length overwhelmed me, and it really wasn't that flattering at all. I think I gave it to good will or something, I can't be even entirely too sure, but I know I gave the dress away and I wish I hadn't. It sounds silly, but I wish I'd kept it because it was the first piece of clothing that made me feel something. And that's exactly what clothing is supposed to make you do-- make you feel. It could remind you of a memory you had in it, of a person, of a place...It can make you feel happy, sad, angry, or peaceful. It can turn you into a confident style maven or a lady of the past. But a garment should make you feel something and if it doesn't, in my eyes you're doing it all wrong.

It's all a round about connection to the dress I'm wearing in these photos. Just a thrifted, striped dress I picked up over the weekend. But it's from The Gap, and I haven't slipped into anything from there since my strapless, plaid, sundress. I couldn't help but remember that little thing when I tried this one on; funny how some things come full circle.

With much love, Lauren.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Florals.

Floral Dress, Necklace: Thrifted.
Basket Purse: Vintage.
Straw Wedges: Lulu*s.
Lipstick in MAC's Please Me.

Hello everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend wherever in the world you are :) I certainly did! It was filled with baby kittens, rainbow cake, an Easter egg hunt, and of course lots of chocolate. I didn't have an Easter dress for this year until I went thrifting on Saturday and found this pretty, floral, 90's dress. I have too many floral dresses to count already, but what really caught my eye was the beautiful crochet sleeves on this dress. I've never seen anything like it! It did perfectly well as a dress for the holiday festivities, but I think I might sell it in the future because I just have too many floral dresses...I've got to stop buying them!

I actually ended up going to church on Saturday evening instead of Sunday because of fitting everything in schedule. This was my first time going to 'my church' for Easter, since last year at this time I hadn't even visited it yet. I am a very emotionally connected person. I feel as though if I'm not moved emotionally by something, then I'm not feeling it with my heart and it... just doesn't feel right. I need to feel this inner happiness, this burst of emotion and life to feel satisfied in the choices I make and activities I do. That's why I'd been frustrated for some time because when I would worship in church for the past few months, I didn't feel that. I would get excited and riled up about the music, but I didn't feel that inner emotion that I once had felt when I first gave my life to Christ. It kind of came suddenly on Saturday evening though as I was worshiping-- that overwhelming feeling of joy that only Christ can bring. I couldn't help but finally cry and smile at the same time and lift my hands up high to worship; to think of all He has done for me and how He loves me. x

With much love, Lauren.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Red Roses, Red Roses.

Rose Dress: c/o OASAP.
Green Hat, Tan Heels: Thrifted.

Hello everyone!

Mmmm how I love red roses. I wish it wasn't so typical, but they really are the perfect flower. I don't even need a dozen to be happy--just a single red rose makes me over the moon. Love to be reminded of my favorite flower when wearing this dress from OASAP. Wish the darn thing wasn't so short. I don't really understand because I'm 5'2, so when things are short on me, I think "how in the world does this fit anyone else?!"

It's been a lovely, quick weekend at home. I've loved spending time with my little sister these past few days; but she's really excited to come up for Little Sibs Weekend this coming Friday. She gets to stay all three days with me, and we get to do all sorts of fun activities together the university plans out. She's been waiting impatiently ever since Little Sibs ended last year to do this with me, ha. I remember she told me it was the best weekend of her life-- my sweet baby girl. How I adore her

With much love, Lauren.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Einstein's Attic.

Vintage 70's Maxi, Necklace: Einstein's Attic in Kent.
Lipstick in MAC'S Rebel.

Hello everyone!

I've had this beauty of a dress for a good month and had yet to wear it. I originally bought it from a local vintage store in Kent to wear for Hannah's birthday party, but I decided against it last minute since it's head to toe polyester (calls for overheating disaster). Been waiting for the perfect "not too hot, not too cold" day to wear it, and today was finally it. 

It's an awesome, beautiful dress but there's one tiny problem; I can't walk in it. Usually that something you say about shoes, but nope, I can't walk in this dress. The tube of the skirt was cut too narrow and it doesn't flow out; plus there's no slit. So when I walk, I look like a penguin because the fabric doesn't give as I take my steps. Ha, it's a good sight to laugh at I suppose; next time I wear this dress I'll make sure I don't have to walk around campus all day first! x

Hope you all are doing really lovely...

With much love, Lauren.

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. 

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.