Sweater Weather

September 16, 2015

 It's been awhile (about 6 weeks) since I did an outfit post, so I thought I would show you what I've been wearing lately. It's nearly fall (only 1 more week) and I've started to notice the weather getting chillier! It's definitely not cold yet, but between the cool mornings and AC at school, I've been wearing this cardigan on a weekly basis.

This outfit is perfect for cooler mornings when I definitely need sleeves and mid-day when just the tank top works because it's gotten to the mid-80's.

I love the combination of the thin sheer fabric, with the thick cardigan. It's super chic and easy to wear!

Cardigan: AEO Feather Light Cardigan     Top: Lush from Nordstrom    
 Jeans: American Eagle     Booties: Pink & Pepper

Thank you so much for reading this post, I hope you enjoyed it! Stay tuned, xo Lauren.

How to Make Money as A Teen

September 11, 2015

From experience, I know that it can be hard to make money during high school. I'm always busy between blogging, school, extracurriculars and volunteering (and sleep); and even if I had time for a job during the year there aren't always jobs available. Over the last two years, I've found some solutions that work well for me, and may help you as well!

Sell Your Clothes!
I don't mean sell everything in your closet, but everyone has clothes in their closet that don't fit them anymore or just don't get a lot of wear but are still wearable. There are so many websites and apps, where you can sell your clothes and people will actually buy them! I use Poshmark, Vinted, and Tradesy! Tradesy works best with higher end clothing, I'm not selling anything that falls into that category, so I haven't made any money there yet. Poshmark and Vinted have both been major successes for me. I prefer Vinted because it gives you more of the money from the sale, but they are both large communities of people who love to buy clothes! I would also recommend asking your parents if they have anything you could sell for them on eBay, and split the price. My dad said I could sell his old golf clubs on eBay a few summers ago, and I ended up making over $200!

Apps that Give You Money...For Free!!
Just like there are apps where you can sell things, there are easier apps where you can make money for nothing! My favorite is Shopkick, and app where all you have to do is open it when you walk into certain stores to gain points. Shopkick gives "kicks" for walk-ins to stores like Macy's, American Eagle, Target, Best Buy and more! You can also scan specific products for more points, but it is an easy and quick way to earn gift cards and even some high-end products! Another great app is Feature Points! Feature Points works a bit more slowly, but all you have to do is download apps from a specific list to earn points for a gift card or free app in the AppStore! I just downloaded a $3.99 app for free, and it was so worth it!

Save Money!
These obviously aren't ways to have a continuous income, sometimes you won't make a sale for months, and then 3 people will buy things from your closet! If you want to make sure you always have some cash on you, I would save a small percent of everything you make. The small additions after every sale add up, and before you know it your back account with have doubled by the end of the year!

These are just a few ways that I make money for myself! Leave a comment letting me know how you make money and stay tuned for a new post soon! Xoxo, Lauren.

*This is not a sponsored post, I am not being compensated for this post!*

Healthy After School Snacks | #BloggersBTS

September 1, 2015

This week is (unfortunately) the last week of #BloggersBTS, and the theme is food! When I read that the theme was going to be food, I immediately thought of healthy after school snacks, because I know how tempting it can be to go home and overload on food while watching Netflix or doing your homework! A tip I learned, is to pick healthy snacks, and not eat while you are working, because you are sure to over eat and spoil your dinner (I sound like a grandparent, but it's true!).

My first favorite snack is frozen mangos! I love fruit because it's sweet while still being healthy! Frozen mangos are delicious snacks for after school, especially while it's still hot outside!

Another one of my sweet favorites is chocolate covered almonds. The ones that I love are from Trader Joe's and I swear they are addicting! I love these because they are sweet, without being too sweet due to the sea salt and dark chocolate bitterness; plus, just a few of these is all you need!

My third favorite snack is salty, seaweed! Seaweed is so easy to snack on and super healthy! Many people don't love the flavor of seaweed, but I love it!

Another one of my favorites is veggie straws! I'm not sure how healthy they actually are, as I've heard mixed things, but they aren't unhealthy and they taste good!

My last snack isn't a food but a drink, juice! If you follow me on Instagram (@misslaurenalston), you may have seen a photo a posted a couple weeks ago of my green juice! We've had a juicer for a while now, but, for the most part, it goes unused, so I decided to recreate my favorite kale, lemon, apple juice at home! It ended up being delicious and filling! This one is the most nutritious snack because it's all natural, but also the longest to make! It takes about 3o minutes to make and clean up a juice, so I only do it when I don't have tons of homework!

I hope you enjoyed this post; send me pictures on Instagram and twitter (@mslaurenalston) if you decide to make juice, and let me know what your favorite after school snacks are! Stay tuned, xo Lauren.
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