The Balanced Blonde // Soul On Fire + Jordan Younger Interview

June 29, 2017
Miss Lauren Alston listening to The Balanced Blonde's Soul on Fire Podcast

Today I'm sharing my favorite podcast at the moment: Soul on Fire. I've been listening nonstop for the past week and I'm in love with Jordan Younger (AKA The Balanced Blonde) and what she stands for. Her podcast episodes are always interesting, inspiring, and unique (she featured an animal communicator)! If you're interested in health, blogging, yoga, etc. definitely tune into her podcast which is free on iTunes. 

Sweet Treats in Capitol Hill | Seattle

June 26, 2017
Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream Pints and Cups

Molly's Moon's Homemade Ice Cream is so aesthetically pleasing! They make the waffle cones right in front of you and the "used tasting spoon" can is super cute. I got the vegan scout mint ice cream with a chocolate hard shell! They buy tons of girl scout thin mints every year to use for this flavor.

Ferry to Bainbridge Island | Seattle, WA

June 23, 2017

One of the things we knew we wanted to do in Washington was take the ferry! Since we just wanted a day trip, we settled on Bainbridge Island which was a short ferry ride away. My mom took my dad to a distillery for a little Father's day date, so my siblings and I got to explore the island by ourselves for a couple of hours.

Pike Place Market | Seattle, WA

June 20, 2017
Public Market Center sign in Seattle

Pike Place Market is a must-see in Seattle. There are so many shops with fresh food and unique trinkets. It's the perfect place to spend a few hours, or even the whole day!

Favorite Books for Every Genre

June 17, 2017

Hi everyone! If you've been reading for a while, you know that I like love books. While I definitely have my favorite genres, I can enjoy books from (almost) all of them; so I thought I would compile a list of my favorite books from each genre! Leave a comment letting me know what your favorite books are!

High School Graduation

June 11, 2017

Dress: ASOS // Shoes: NORDSTROM

So...I'm sitting here on the morning of June 10, just 5 hours before I will be graduating!! For me, it's definitely sunk in, mostly because I've been to 3 grad parties already. Still, I am beyond excited (and nervous), especially because I'm the first person to walk!!

If you know me, you're probably wondering about the dress I picked. I got it from Asos and I absolutely love it. I picked this yellow/gold because it looks great on my skin tone and it matches the stole that we have to wear. This color is also super trendy right now and I didn't have anything like it. The style is fun and flirty, making it the perfect summer dress. I know the black and gold combo is a bit much, so I styled it with white accessories (wedges and earrings)! Here are a few pictures I took before graduation and some from right after the ceremony. Stay tuned, xo Lauren.


Where I'm Going to College: Georgetown University

June 5, 2017
Lauren Alston wearing her Georgetown University tee shirt.

I am so excited to finally be typing out this post! The college application/decision process was rough, to say the least, but now that it is long over and I've gotten some distance I cannot wait to get started! This past Friday was my LDOC (last day of class) and it was truly bittersweet. While I have absolutely loved most of my high school experience, I'm ready to start the next chapter of my life! All of that being said, I am officially part of Georgetown University's Class of 2021!!

To get into a bit of detail, Georgetown was my first choice and has been for about 2 years. I applied EA (early action) and I was deferred which really got my spirits down. I was actually pretty sure I was going to a different school that I was accepted to for about 3 months until I received my RD (regular decision) admission from Georgetown. I visited for a weekend at the end of April, when I published this post and fell even more in love. I worked hard through high school, but also I was very lucky and the stars aligned for me to attend my dream school.

For a lot of reasons, Georgetown is the perfect school for me. It's right outisde of the city, it has a good range in population, and most importantly, I was really impressed by the business program. I plan on double majoring in Marketing and Finance, with a minor in French, and the MSB (McDonough School of Business) plus the opportunities that D.C. brings made it my top choice!

Finally, Georgetown is a Catholic school and a large part of the university focuses on Jesuit values. While I am religious and it was something I looked for in a school, I love that the majority of Georgetown students are not Catholic, it's seen more as a path that's available for you to follow if you choose to.

I am so excited to make the move up to D.C. at the end of the summer, so look forward to a bunch of college themed posts in the fall! If you have any questions about Georgetown or the college application process in general, feel free to send me an email or leave a comment. The bottom line, is that you want to choose a school that will give you the best opportunities/education for you, but also a place that feels like it could be home given that you'll be spending the greater part of the next four years there!
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