Book + Movie Talk: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

August 30, 2015

As you all know I love reading, so whenever I finish a book that I particularly enjoyed, of course, I want to share it with you all. I'm obviously not going to share every book I ever read with you, but if you want to keep up with what I'm reading you can follow me on Goodreads!

Dealing with Rejection

August 20, 2015
Dealing with Rejection

Hello everyone! Today I'm back with a bit more of a serious topic, how to deal with rejection. Everyone experiences rejection at some point in their life, and sometimes dealing with it without becoming pessimistic or even depressed can be difficult.

Agenda Organization - Kate Spade Agenda | #BloggersBTS

August 10, 2015
I'm back bright and early on this Monday morning to share with you my second installment of #BloggersBTS! Last week's theme was fashion, so you can check out my Back to School Fashion Essentials for ideas on what to wear this school year! This week's theme is organization, and as you all know I love my agendas! Unfortunately, my Lilly Pulitzer agenda post from 2013 is no longer up, but last year's Kate Spade Agenda organization post is still available, so you can read that one as well. Over the past 2-3 years, I've figured out what works for me as far as organizing my agenda, so I hope this helps you guys!

I'm definitely a fan of Kate Spade agendas over Lilly Pulitzer agendas, because the spiral on the inside prevents it from getting tangled in my other notebooks. Another agenda preference of mine, is the smaller agendas so I can take them any/everywhere I go without them taking up too much space. For this year's design I chose this bright kelly green with a super cute quote, so that even in the winter the bright colors will stand out and keep me out of the mid year slump!

The inside of this agenda has a cream lining with metallic gold polka dots, which are super cute and tie-in with the white and gold theme in my room. It also has a pocket in the front where I like to keep my schedule, notes for teachers, and my admit slips when I'm tardy or absent!

Instead of last years fun sayings, the cover of each month is a simple small black dot pattern. As much as I liked the fun sayings, they weren't that important to me, and I think this new pattern is a bit more mature!

As for the actual organization, I like to use the monthly overview to write down any major due dates and events, including when my blog posts are going up. I also like to write down when my web conferences are for my online classes, and any extracurricular events going on that I'm thinking about attending. I use the notes section on the left side to write down any due dates or notes that don't fit in the other boxes, like if a specific class has a lot due on a certain day!

For the weekly view, I use each of the eight spaces for a class, and write down the name of class with the work I need to get done that day. I use the extra line (I'm only taking 7 classes) to write down blog things that I need to get done, or things I need to do for clubs & extracurriculars!

I hope you all enjoyed this post, and it helped you choose the Kate Spade agenda (like I said, I love them) or just help you organize your agenda! Stay tuned for more exciting posts later this week, and don't forget to check out the other #BloggersBTS posts! xo, Lauren!

Back to School Fashion Essentials | #BloggersBTS

August 7, 2015
Back to School Essentials

Hello, and welcome back to my blog! Today begins my annual back to school series, except this year will be a little different. You may have noticed the #BloggersBTS in the title of this post; I'm so excited to announce that I am apart of the link up hosted by Cathleen from Classy Cathleen and Nicole from Empire Styles! This week's link up theme is fashion, so today I'm showing you six of my back to school fashion essentials! Also, I don't know about you, but I'm digging the blue, black, and gold color scheme!

For the most part (some days are a struggle), I dress up everyday for school. I have found that personally, the saying "dress well, test well" is true, meaning that whenever I'm dressed in a put together outfit as opposed to sweats or Nike shorts, I focus and perform better. That being said, sometimes it can be difficult to not get stuck in a rut wearing the same outfits every week. An easy solution, is to pair a bold statement necklace with a basic outfit such as a grey t-shirt and black skinny jeans. The necklace will create a super chic look, without the work of coordinating a new outfit!


Many people dread wearing jeans, they find them uncomfortable and restricting. I on the other hand, love the structure provided by jeans, especially when they fit well! If you haven't seen my Finding the Perfect Jeans post, then you should definitely check it out to read about my 'journey' to finding my perfect pair. American Eagle's jeans fit me perfectly, so I will definitely be picking some up in multiple washes to get ready for the school year!

For me, back to school footwear is a struggle, because as much as I love my summer wedges, they aren't practical for everyday at school. I'm also not a fan of flats, as they typically provide little to no foot support, and I feel as though I'm walking on the ground. Lately, I've been inspired by the sporty-chic look, and these shoes fit in perfectly with that style! I recently have purchased a pair of white high-top Converse, which I love, but this pair of Vans are a little less common for high-schoolers, so if you hate having the same things as everyone else, these will be perfect for you!

This is a bit of a splurge item, but I think that wearing a watch is super important. In the modern age of technology, teens either wear watches soley for the look (which is totally fine) or don't wear them at all, because they can check the time on their iPhones. In my opinion, watches are classic and should be worn not only for the style - don't get me wrong that's important- but also for the practicality!

Basic t-shirts are a crucial aspect of any/every wardrobe. They are super easy to style, and can look super refined when they are a good quality. It's important to get new tee's yearly in order to keep them looking neat, especially white ones! Making sure your tee fits properly (not too baggy or sheer) is also important, which means the t-shirts that your friends wear may not be the best option for you. It's good to try on a variety of different tee's when shopping, and pick the one that works best for you (and buy it in every color)!

Whether you're snapping selfies or texting in class (it's bad, but c'mon...we all do it) a new phone case can totally transform your style! For me, getting a new case at the beginning of the year feels like spring cleaning my closet, or starting a new agenda!

I hope you all enjoyed today's post; leave me a comment letting me know what your back to school essentials are! Don't forget to come back next week for a new #BloggersBTS post. Stay tuned, xo Lauren!


Sight Seeing Part 2 | London, England

August 4, 2015
side view from gardens

As you may know, today - Monday- was our last full day in London. You may be thinking "Wow! Only 3 days in London, what a short trip?!" (I've been getting it a lot from friends), but our family prefers shorter vacations, it's a personal thing. Any who, today was by far our most busy day, so I'l stop with this into and get right into the post!

Art & Food | London, England

August 3, 2015


I hope you all enjoyed yesterday's post, which was day 1! Also, make sure to check out my friend Ruth's posts about her experience in London earlier this summer!

Sight Seeing Part 1 | London, England

August 2, 2015


Yesterday concluded my first day in London, and it was such a whirlwind. From the minute I stepped off the plane I was experiencing mixed emotions, from exhaustion to excitement. Saturday was our easy day, because we were all so tired from the 7 hour flight and arriving at 6 AM London time, which was 1 AM our normal time.
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