Wednesday, August 19, 2015

casual drama.

 / chambray  / vest / skinnies / booties: similar  / scarf / hat: similar /

ya'll know that my favorite shirt is the chambray. i honestly can't get enough & i'm surprised i haven't purchased about ten more. i added the scarf & the hat to give this everyday look a little more "umph." (i'm making up words as i go.) i'm so glad i purchased these black ankle booties, as well. i was on the fence about them for the longest time, but i'm so glad i caved in! they go with everything & have been on major repeat. as much as i love layering in the fall & winter, i think i'm ready for spring to permanently make it's debut. 

xoxo. lauren. 

cutting the fat.

as i reach farther into my adult life, i am realizing that "cutting the fat" should serve as your yearly check-up at the doctors office. a chance to take a step back & revaluate the "fat" you have allowed to hang around your life for the past year. but, like your yearly checkup at the doctors office, it often starts to become a mundane task. one that we keep pushing into the back junk drawer of our lives because we don't want to deal with it anymore. 

by "cutting the fat" i'm referring to cutting out the negative things & people that are hanging around your life no longer serving a beneficial purpose to you. the end of every season is always a introspective time for me. this summer, i've had more time to do so than most. college life comes & goes like seasons (fergie quote was 100% necessary). the past two years of my life have proved that. i moved to another state, started a new job, decided on my major, changed my major, & changed my major once more. but, perhaps the biggest change has been the new people i have surrounded myself with, & the people that i have chosen to "cut" out of my life.

the latter is the hardest change to undergo. i feel as if at times we let toxic people hang around way longer than their welcomed stay because they have become an easy & comfortable routine for us. i have "cut the fat" of many things in my life in the last couple months. i moved apartments, so i "cut" out boxes of junk & clothes that were collecting dust in my room. i "cut" out a good friend who didn't view our friendship with the same level of severity as i did. (that one still stings.) however, one of the biggest "cuts" was made after i allowed someone toxic to creep back into my life for the second time because this time he proclaimed he was "changed" & "different." & that he couldn't believe he was "dumb enough" to the make some of the mistakes he had made in the past.

you can scream the words "i've changed" at the top of your lungs from a mountain top all you want. but the cold hard truth, (capital-t) about change is this; "change isn't change until something changes." this truth hit me square in the face after, i, myself, was left feeling confused & hurt for a second time. in reality he hadn't changed one bit. he was the exact same person i met almost a year ago.

you have to shut the door. no matter how hard it is, you have to "cut the fat."

& of course just as i was back to my normal self, no longer affected by his toxicity, he found his way to creep in my life again. but this time i knew better. his "i'm sorry" & "regrets" no longer held any weight with me. this time i hit the delete button. i chose to put myself first.

"cutting the fat" is just that. putting yourself first. its a necessary & sometimes mundane task, like your check-up at the doctors office. however, you deserve to be your best self, free of any "fat" that has found its way into your life.

xoxo. lauren. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

floral party dress.

similar: dress / heels / clutch

its the last week of summer, & i found it fitting to share the most perfect dress i wore for all of my summer festivities. i love the modern-retro take on this floral pattern. i think the 50's & i would've gotten along quite well. there's officially less than a week of summer left before i start my junior year of college. this summer went by faster than most, which seems to be a trend as years pass. however, it served as a nice break from my usual hectic schedule. now, time to enjoy the last couple days with no to-do list as much as i can!

xoxo. lauren. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

floral kimono.

similar: kimono  / tank / shorts / sandals / 

i wasn't too sure on the kimono trend that has been making it's way all over pinterest & instagram, but as soon as i tried this one on, a girl couldn't hate. this lightweight cover up was a match made in heaven  for summer. this floral pattern pairs well with almost half of my closet & the added fringe detail gives the perfect amount of flair. i have been on the lookout to add another in my life & from what i've seen, no two kimonos are alike! they come in various colors, styles, & lengths. the kimono will have you looking fabulous no matter where your location. 

xoxo. lauren. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

swing dress.

similar : dress / wedges / hat / necklace 

just keep swinging, swinging… to say this dress has saved the day more than once would be an understatement. the swing dress is a must-have summer closet staple. it's comfortability & versatility have made it a frequent flyer in my wardrobe. any dress than can transform from morning groceries to evening dinner gets a thumbs up from me. 

xoxo. lauren.