Thanksgiving OOTD/Recap

November 27, 2015

I'm writing this as we are winding down on Thanksgiving day, and I wanted to provide not only an outfit of the day but also a recap of how my day went.  I woke up at about 8:45 AM this morning so I could watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which I absolutely love! To be completely honest, I wasn't very impressed with the parade this year. There were no performers that I absolutely loved, but I was happy to see my favorite floats and balloons such as Snoopy and Charlie Brown!

After watching the parade for about an hour and a half, I took my shower and changed into my outfit for the day.  This year we had Thanksgiving at my aunt's house, and we did not have that many people in attendance. It was also quite warm, so I decided on a cute sweater and black jeans. I wanted to be comfortable, but also cute for Snapchats and whoever happened to stop by :)

We ate our Thanksgiving meal at 2 P.M., and it was delicious. I am so thankful to live in a family where we don't have to worry about having enough food and everyone is healthy and safe. Following our meal, some of us girls took a walk around the neighborhood.  The weather was so nice, and it was great to get fresh air. Since then we've all been hanging out together playing Heads Up and watching Ratatouille.  I hope you all had an wonderful Thanksgiving with your families and took a moment to think about what you are thankful for.

Sweater: Urban Outfitters     Jeans: American Eagle     Boots: Sam Edelman

Thanksgiving Dance 2015

November 22, 2015
Last night was the Thanksgiving Dance, which is a charity event organized by a committee of girls from the three high schools in my district.  This year I was selected to be on the committee, and I had a great time making posters, selling tickets, and helping to decorate! I don't have tons of pictures to share because the dance isn't very popular in my grade, so I only popped in for a couple hours.

Dress: Lush     Shoes: Steve Madden   Clutch: Target

Book Talk: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

November 12, 2015

If you haven't heard of The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, then you must have been under rock for the past 10 months, or not following my literature Pinterest board!  Ever since the book was published in January of this year I've been seeing countless reviews and praise for it on the internet, especially since it's being turned into a film!


November 9, 2015

Scarf: Saks Off Fifth     Sweater: Urban Outfitters     Jeans: American Eagle     
Boots: Pink & Pepper     Watch: Kate Spade

Stay tuned, xo Lauren.

Maintaining a Clean Living Space

November 5, 2015
image courtesy of PinkPot Creative Convex
As a teenager, I don't know how often I hear my parents say "clean your room" or "you can go if your room is clean".  To be honest, I mostly hear them saying this to my sister, not because I'm perfect and always have a clean room, but because I enjoy keeping my room clean.  For me, having a clean room/living space keeps me sane, when I have stuff all over the floor it's hard for me to focus.  Since I've developed a system to keeping my room clean without sitting down for an hour and cleaning my room, I decided to share my tips with you!

Put Away Your Clothes | It can be easy when you get dressed to throw your clothes on a chair or on your bed, but honestly it takes less than a minute to put them on a hanger or in the laundry hamper.  This will save you a bunch of time later when you don't have to pick up piles of clothes and decide whether or not they should be hung back up or tossed in the hamper.

Make a Schedule | Some things need to be done, like vacuuming or dusting, so if you make a schedule and do them every week on the same day, it will only take 10-20 minutes max. out of your daily routine.

Make Your Bed | Making your bed every morning immediately makes you feel productive, and a made bed can make a room look that much cleaner.  It feels great to peel back the sheets at night and crawl into bed, and it feels even cozier when the bed has been made. 

Throw It Out | It's good to know when you're keeping something because it's sentimental, and when it becomes trash. I used to keep every single ticket from every football and basketball game I went to at my school because I wanted to have memories, then I realized that a clip full of tickets isn't memories, it's garbage.  I understand keeping tickets from special games, there is nothing against that, but in 20 years I'm going to be glad I threw out that stack of tickets.

I hope this helped you out, leave me comments letting me know any tips you have! Stay tuned, xo Lauren.
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