24 Hours in Boston

September 26, 2017
Boston, Massachusetts

If you follow me on Twitter, then you'll know that I was in Boston for literally 24 hrs. My flight landed at 12pm on Saturday and I was headed back to the airport at 12pm on Sunday. Even though my time in the city was short, I had the best weekend I could imagine!

Dorm Tour - Georgetown University

September 19, 2017

To be completely honest, my dorm isn't done yet, I'm still ordering photos and figuring out how I'm going to fill the 4 bookshelves above my desk. But all the big things are set up perfectly and my dorm room is just now starting to feel like home!

The Cheapest Ways to Travel D.C.

September 15, 2017

Before college, I was warned against getting stuck in the "Georgetown bubble," which basically means spending all your time at on campus or in the immediate area. I never thought I'd fall into this trap because D.C. has so much to offer, but it's easier than I thought. While Uber is easy and convenient, it's too expensive to use all the time, so today I'm sharing a few of the cheapest and easiest ways to get around the city!

Fall Picks from J.Crew

September 13, 2017
J. Crew in Georgetown Fall 2017

J. Crew Not Your Ordinary College Party Event in Georgetown

J. Crew Not Your Ordinary College Party Event in Georgetown

Fall is right around the corner, and to be honest it already feels like it here in D.C. This past weekend, J.Crew had it's "Not Your Ordinary College Party" event at a number of stores and I made sure to attend the one in Georgetown. There was a DJ, Spindrift, and lots of shopping; how could I pass it up? While I was in the store, I saw some great pieces for fall, so I rounded them up for you all! Hope you enjoy! xx, Lauren


4 Tips for Time Management in College

September 9, 2017
4 Tips for Time Management in College

Welcome back! I've just finished my second week of college and while I'm still figuring a few things out, time management is not one of them. College is so much different, and better in my opinion, than high school because you make your own schedule as well as decisions about your priorities.

Currently Reading: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

September 7, 2017

the art of racing in the rain by garth stein review


Today I want to do a little book talk on a book that I'm currently reading, Garth Stein's The Art of Racing in the Rain. This book was super popular a few years back and I added it to my "to read" list on Goodreads and I'm just now getting around to reading it! 

Blogging 101: Using Blogger

September 1, 2017

Happy September! Like I mentioned in my last post, I'm going back to a twice a week posting schedule this month which is so exciting for me! A month ago, I started a mini-series called Blogging 101 and my first post was about fashion photography. The feedback on that post was overwhelmingly positive so I thought I'd follow up with another post dealing with one of the hardest parts of actually starting a blog. There are tons of posts out there about how to choose a blogging platform; I've only ever used Blogger, but Barefoot Blonde and  WP Beginner have some great posts. If you do end up picking Blogger, keep reading!

1. Creating Your Blog
One of the reasons I love Blogger is because it's a Google platform. This means I can use my Gmail to create my account. Once you've logged into the Blogger site with your email, you create your blog my picking a title, address, and theme. Your blog title is what your blog is called (obviously) so for me, Miss Lauren Alston. The address is what gets entered into the address bar at the top; if you haven't already purchased a domain than your address will have the .blogspot.com ending. If you haven't purchased a domain but you want to, don't worry you can buy one from Google later for just $12! Finally, choose a theme you love, but again you can always change it later.

2. Customizing Your Blog
Now that you officially have a blog, it's time to make it your own! Firstly, you can add widgets and rearrange the sections of your blog by clicking "layout" on the left sidebar. Some of the best/most useful tools for your readers are search bars, about me sections, and a blog archive. Once you love the layout, select theme from the left side and click customize. Here you can adjust the width or your main section and sidebar, as well as choose colors and fonts for your page text. Here in the details is where your blog really comes together. If you're new to design, you can make a mood board or choose 2-3 colors and fonts for your blog! You want to avoid anything too flashy or tacky and pair your fonts well. There are tons of tips for this on Pinterest, especially on my blog/business board.

3. Writing/Publishing Posts
Now it's time for (hopefully) the reason you started a blog in the first place: writing/publishing posts! To start a new post, select "posts" from the left sidebar, then click the orange "new post" near the top of the page. Here is where you're going to write your post and post title. Blogger makes it super easy to add other kinds of media to your post; to link highlight the text you want to be a link and then click "link" and insert the URL you want to go to. You can also add pictures and videos using the icons located under the title bar. To publish your post, simply click the orange "publish" button on the top right of the page. You can also schedule when you want your posts to go live by clicking schedule on the right sidebar and selecting a date and time.

That is pretty much all of the basics you need to know for Blogger. I do have tons of other tips and tricks for making your blog look more professional or glam-ing it up! Leave a comment with your blog (Blogger or not) and let me know if I should do another tips and tricks post. xx, Lauren
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