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Late Spring/Early Summer Haul

Hello readers!

I have some exciting news…but actually it might just be exciting to me and to no one else. But it is that I bought a camera remote and I have successfully learned how to use it! So in this post I experimented with it and had a lot of fun. It makes me feel so much more independent…no longer do I have to find people to take my pictures for me! But using the remote is a lot more difficult. It takes a lot of setting up, checking the camera, focusing, retaking photos, etc. Which explains why some of these pictures are a bit blurry; I promise I will work on it!

I definitely did not buy all this stuff at once. It was an accumulated sort of thing, where I would pick one thing up one day and something else like a week later. As always, I will have linked what is still available.

1. H&M crop top and paper-bag shorts

I had an H&M gift card from Christmas, but sadly all the H&M shops closed where I live and for some reason their gift cards can’t be used online, so I had to wait a while to be able to use it. And when I finally did, I spent it on these paper-bag-waisted shorts. They are a light brown color which will pair nicely with a lot of my shirts, and they are pretty high-waisted which makes them work with crop tops. I don’t have any shorts like these, so I am very excited to style them! They are no longer available, but here are a similar pair.

I picked up the crop top because it was only three dollars, and where else was I going to find a deal like that? It is a few sizes too big, but I don’t mind because I like my tops loose anyway. It’s a great basic.

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2. Thrifted blouse

I picked this blouse up for five dollars at Goodwill. I really liked the bright floral pattern and that it was sleeveless, making it perfect for the summer. Knotting it at the waist makes it much more flattering and gives a nice ’90s-inspired touch.

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3. Free People crop top

I bought this top for 20 dollars (on sale!) and with a gift card (so basically I got it for free holla!). It’s quite a different look for me, as, like I mentioned before, I like my tops loose. It’s also REALLY cropped. But I thought it would look nice with a pleather A-line skirt or some high-waisted pants/shorts. With the shape and the keyhole in the back, it’s a nice variation of the typical French-movie-star striped shirt.

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4. Madewell T-shirt

We just got a Madewell! That store has some really nice basics. I love how the T-shirts all have a twist, like tiny holes, cropped and boxy fits or, like this shirt, a slit in the back. I don’t have anything this color in my closet and it looks really nice against tan skin. Also, it’s nice and loose, which is right up my alley. Plus, it was on sale with an extra 20% off, and all students get a 15% discount on all of their purchases!

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Also this is my dog Jake. He really wanted to model with me.

5. Free People off-the-shoulder top

Off-the-shoulder tops are really trending right now, and my mom found this top for me on sale. Yellow is also a color I don’t have much of in my closet, and I liked how it had spaghetti straps that give you a little more security. My only complaint is that it fits a bit awkwardly, as I can’t tell where the waist elastic and shoulder elastic are supposed to hit, but that’s my own fault.

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6. Lana Del Rey concert T-shirt

A few weeks ago I went to a Lana Del Rey concert as part of her Endless Summer tour and I had been waiting for that night for six months. It was perfection. Lana looked beautiful and the whole crowd was really into it. Unfortunately I had a migraine, but that didn’t stop me from screaming and singing all night (which would explain why the headache was even worse the next day). This shirt was incredibly overpriced, but while at a Lana concert do as the Lana fans do, right?

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7. MAC Taupe

I have been looking for a ’90s-inspired brown lipstick for a while, and I didn’t really want to splurge on an expensive one, but then I found myself at a MAC counter and I found myself trying on this lipstick and I found myself coughing up the money. I am weak when it comes to lipstick. But I’m glad I got it, because it has a really creamy formulation and it really suits my skin tone. Plus, it looks really good with a brown smoky eye or just brown eyeliner which I tend to wear every day.

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As always, let me know in the comments what you think, and have a beautiful week 🙂

Love,

Lauren

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OOTD: Job Hunting

Hello readers!

Today I headed off to the mall to check a few stores to see if they were hiring. Trying to find a retail job that is only seasonal is pretty difficult, and I didn’t have much success. But I tried to make my outfit cute to make a good impression.

Also, guys, today was a big day because it was my first day wearing winged liner in public without it being for a costume! You can’t really see it in the photos, but I thought it came out pretty decent. As it should, because I have only watched a gazillion YouTube makeup tutorials.

P.S. The top is still available; I have put a link below.

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Outfit details:

Top/Free People

Bralette/Aerie

Shorts/Thrifted and DIY

Bag, shoes and choker/Forever 21

Bracelet and swirly ring/Lucky Brand

Lipstick/MAC Taupe

I hope you liked the outfit! As always, let me know in the comments what you think 🙂

Love,

Lauren

DECEMBER FAVORITES

Hello readers,

I am terribly sorry, I accidentally erased this entire post, so now I am going to rewrite it in the hopes that I remember most of what I said in the original.

Here are my December favorites, which are now really quite late. I hope you are all having a wonderful new year and had magical holidays!

1. Jojoba Oil

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I have been using this to moisturize my face at night because the winter has really dried out my skin and made it lifeless. I originally bought the oil as an ingredient for a Christmas present I was making, since the recipe didn’t require much oil and I basically had a whole bottle left, when I found out the oil could be used as a moisturizer I was thrilled. It doesn’t leave my face oily and doesn’t really have much of a scent.

2. Media by MAC

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This is definitely my favorite dark lipstick. I love adding it to feminine or really casual outfits to give them more of a grungy edge. The color is a deep wine, and in a satin finish, it doesn’t dry out your lips. If you are intimidated at first by using such a dark lipstick, blot it with tissue for a more subtle look.

3. Yoga

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Basically this whole year I have been trying to get myself into yoga, but being at school made it difficult for me to do it consistently. This break I have been trying to do yoga more often. I have been doing the AM session on this DVD, which has some different sun salutations and is really good for stretching your body after sleep and waking you up. I also have the DVD with stress relief and flexibility sessions, and I really like the flexibility poses as they help relax all my muscles and make me feel more prepared to face the day.

4. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

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This book has definitely become my all-time favorite. It only took me a few days to read because I just could not put it down. In a nut shell, it is about a 15-year-old named Kafka and an old man named Nakata, and fate leads them to the same point for reasons neither of them are aware of. But it is really so much more than that. It is surreal and dream-like, but Murakami is gifted at making impossible things seem possible and believable. The book has great character development as well. If you have not read it, read it. Read it. You will not regret it.

5. Journaling

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Journaling has become a really therapeutic way for me to get to know myself better and to deal with my emotions. I have also been using it to write poems or lists of goals for myself. It is nice to have a place where I can reveal myself without judgment and where I can say whatever I want.

6. “Hunter” by Zoya

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I really love this color. I love a dark nail polish, and I love how this dark green works so well for the autumn and winter (and I will definitely be using it in the spring and summer too). It takes about two coats to get opaque coverage, and with a top coat, it doesn’t chip for about a week.

7. Essential Oils

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My collection of essential oils is slowly but surely growing. I had to buy a few more to make a sleep salve for my grandma for Christmas (the tutorial is from the Free People blog). As of right now I have Roman chamomile, bergamot, lavender, patchouli, eucalyptus, spearmint and white tea.  I have been using eucalyptus to massage into my head when I have migraines, and I occasionally use the patchouli as a scent on my wrists. Do you have any ideas on more ways that I could use these oils? Let me know in the comments!

8. Lucky Brand Bag

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I got this bag for Christmas and it immediately became my new everyday bag. Most of my bags are pretty small crossbody bags, but this one is larger and much more roomy, with four pockets inside and two outside. I’m not usually a fan of studs, but the gold, vintage-y studs on this bag look cool and subtle. I love how the top of it with the handles flops over casually, giving the bag a laid-back vibe. Plus, the strap is adjustable, so I can still carry it crossbody.

Let me know what some of your favorites last month or even this month are!

Love, Lauren

 

THRIFT HAUL PART 4/OOTD

Hello readers,

Sadly, the weekend is drawing to a close and I find myself faced with the daunting task of having to write essays when I really just want to go to bed. But I would much rather share with you my favorite thrift find from the haul, so I am going to do so.

I found this flannel hidden in one of the store racks. I love the colors, which are more feminine than most men’s flannels I find at thrift stores. It is oversized but not too big, so it doesn’t drown me. It is thick and cozy, and I like that it gives off a grungy vibe. I paired it with a pair of dark Forever 21 skinny jeans. The day I wore this outfit it was raining pretty hard, so I wore my Hunter’s to protect my feet. My hair again was looking kind of nasty, so I covered the roots with a scarf I wrapped into a headband. I wore my standard silver rings for accessories and chose Media by MAC for my lips to continue with the grungy edge.

I hope you all have a relaxing Sunday!

-Lauren

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