My Purse, It Has Everything

August 18, 2018
Personalized vegan noir Pop & Suki Camera bag with aviator sunglasses, earbuds, Cora tampon, and a peppermint on a marble table

This bag is my end all be all. Seriously, I may never buy another purse again.

Los Cabos, Mexico: Swimsuits on Sale + ATVs

August 14, 2018
Miss Lauren Alston in a white and pink bikini and yellow one piece on vacation

Visiting Cabo was the best way to end the summer. Our 4-day trip was the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure - what more could I ask for?

Why Habits Make the World Go 'Round

August 10, 2018

Habits are the driving force in my life. That sounds kind of extreme but in the transition to college and being substantially more independent, establishing and maintaining habits made everything simple. Last week, I finished Gretchen Rubin's Better Than Before and learned everything I wanted to know about forming and keeping habits. Since I'm a woman of the people, I'm going to save you the trouble of reading the book and share the most important, life-changing deets.

Summer Beauty Essentials

August 7, 2018
beauty products for summer featuring sun bum face stick sunscreen, supergoop setting mist, and becca hydra-mist setting powder I month later and back on the blog. When I wrote my farewell post, I had an inkling that I might be back in 2019 or late fall at the earliest. But, during my month-long hiatus, I realized that "misslaurenalston" is such an integral part of my identity. There are numerous other factors that brought me back here, but instead of listing them all out I'd rather get into my summer beauty essentials.


July 3, 2018

It's been awhile since I've written a blog post and there are a lot of reasons and excuses I could give. In the past year, I've been through phases of being obsessed with blogging and wanting to quit, but it's taken me until now to make a decision.

As much as I love creating this blog, it's become more than I ever thought it would be. When I started blogging six years ago, being a blogger or influencer didn't exist. I loved taking pictures of my nails and makeup on my Canon point & shoot camera and posting right when I got home from school. For better or worse, social media and influencer marketing have completely changed what it means to be a blogger and it's not what I want to do.

I've loved blogging for the past six years and it's taught me so much about the industry that I'm sure to use in my career. Blogging has given me friends, memories, and opportunities that I'm extremely thankful for. Thanks to everyone who has supported me along the way! While I'm closing this chapter of my life, it's not to say that I'll never come back. But, for now, farewell. xx, Lauren

The Best Travel Outfit Ever

June 5, 2018
Girl in a casual green dress getting into a green Rolls Royce

The day before my Hong  Kong flight I was in Urban Outfitters (when am I not there) picking up another pair of my favorite skinny jeans (and they're super on sale!!). As I was wandering around the store, I realized that as much as I love those jeans (and I really do) I was not looking forward to wearing them for over 24 hours on the plane and in the airport. That's when I saw the dress. 

5 Tips for Fighting Jet Lag

June 2, 2018
view of vancouver from plane

Let’s talk jet lag, it's the worst. It sucks to travel halfway around the world only to be too tired and sick to enjoy your new surroundings. There are so many tips and tricks out there for combatting jet lag and I’ve tried a lot of them. So here’s what works. My methods are tried and true, I did each and every one of these things during or after my flight to Hong Kong (which was a 36 hour travel day, 20+ hours were spent in the air) and I felt fresh as ever when I woke up this morning.

Books of the Month: May 2018

May 30, 2018

Lauren reading I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley

A few days ago I realized that I've read so many books this month. I don't feel strongly enough about any of them to do a full book talk, so instead, I'm doing a quick roundup/recap!

Beauty Travel Essentials

May 25, 2018
makeup bag with products on marble background

Hi everyone! Today, I'm sharing the beauty & skincare products that I have to have on the plane. In my last life update, I mentioned doing a summer study abroad in Hong Kong. I leave in a few days so I'm taking a break from packing and writing this post.

Girl's Night Out in Georgetown

April 21, 2018
Girl's Night Out outfit

Happy Saturday! To be honest, I haven't had the best week. Wednesday, in particular, felt like a perfect storm — any and everything that could have gone wrong did. During weeks like this, going out and leaving all of your stress at home is the best way to deal. Letting your mind rest for a few minutes makes a world of difference. Sunday night, my friend, Emma, and I are going to see A Quiet Place! We have a meeting at 8pm Sunday night, so we're not doing a real girl's night out, nevertheless, I cannot wait. I've been thinking about what I would do if I was spending a full night on the town, so this is my guide for a perfect girl's night out in Georgetown. 

Book Talk: Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

April 13, 2018
Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

I'm excited about today's post because it's a book talk for 21 books! Kidding! It is for Roxane Gay's Difficult Women which a collection of short stories, but I'm not going to go deep into every single story. Today, we're discussing three of my favorite and in my opinion, the most thought-provoking stories.

Spring Break 2018 | La Romana, Dominican Republic

April 11, 2018
Palm Trees in La Romana, Dominican Republic

I've been back on campus for a week and somehow it feels like 2 months. The past week has been so full that I feel like I've barely had a moment to breathe! I'm excited to finally be publishing this post, though I will admit I love last year's Spring Break in Miami post 100x more. Between Miami and Seattle I fell in love with travel posts, but since this year's spring break was a relaxing resort instead of a bustling city I had to change up the style of the post.

Life Updates

March 31, 2018

It's so crazy that almost March is over, we've survived 1/4 of 2018! I've been super irregular blogging this month, but hopefully, I'll be back to normal in April :) To catch you up with my life if you aren't following me on Instagram (@misslaurenalston) or Twitter (@mslaurenalston), I'm going to hit a few of the highlights in this post! 

Dealing with Disappointment

March 13, 2018
Dealing with Disappointment

Every time I think I have this whole blogging thing down, life gets to me and I go MIA for a few of weeks. Seriously, I can't believe it's been nearly 3 weeks since I've written a blog post. I have so many post ideas that I cannot wait to pick up right where I left off!

Essentialism - What Does it Mean?

February 24, 2018
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
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Today's post is a bit of a mashup between lifestyle and reading, and I genuinely want to hear what you think about it. Whether you've read or are interested in reading Greg McKeown's Essentialism or not, read through this post and leave a comment with your thoughts and opinions!

How to Get Out of A Creative Rut

February 20, 2018

As much as I love blogging, every couple of months I fall into a rut and feel completely uninspired to write blog posts, post on social media, or be creative in general. I usually end up wallowing in it for a few days (or weeks) and then something sparks and I jump back into the swing of things full force! It works, but it's undeniably not the most efficient way to live my life. After a few cycles of this, I realized what always pulls me back: changing my look.

Jaco Juice & Taco Bar | Georgetown, D.C.

February 16, 2018
Jaco Juice & Taco Bar tacos and smoothies

Last weekend, a friend and I were trying to pick a spot for a quick lunch before a movie. He loves Mexican food but my being vegan can make tacos and burritos a bit more difficult. After a bit of sleuthing, I discovered Jaco Juice & Taco Bar. Jaco has quickly become the perfect go-to spot for a couple of reasons: it offers a variety of fresh food from acai bowls to burritos and it's less than a mile from campus!

How to Study for Exams

February 9, 2018
5 tips to study more effectively and efficiently for exams

Midterm season at Georgetown signals the beginning of the end... finals (it doesn't make any sense, I know). This week, I was unlucky enough to have three finals in 24 hours. Fortunately, I learned a lot from midterm season last semester that made those 24 hours bearable, so today I'm sharing 5 tips to acing your exams!

Book Talk: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

February 6, 2018

I wish I'd never read Lauren Groff's Fates and I'd have another chance to experience it for the first time. To be honest, I picked it out at the library because the cover looked interesting, so I had pretty low expectations. Little did I know, I would continue to think about the story months after I finished reading it.

February Mood Board

February 2, 2018

Happy Groundhog Day! I'm writing this post a couple days early, but my guess is that Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow this morning and we have six more weeks of winter ahead. Last year, February was a great month for me; nothing spectacular happened, but despite some setbacks — losing my wallet and ruining my laptop — I was able to roll with the punches and not let it get me down.

Book Talk: Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

January 30, 2018

At this point, Liane Moriarty is a household name as HBO's Big Little Lies brought her to the attention of entertainment lovers everywhere. A couple of years ago I wrote a book talk on Liane's novel The Husband's Secret and since she has become one of my favorite contemporary fiction authors. I recently read Truly Madly Guilty and it was just as great as I expected!

Falafel Inc. | Washington D.C.

January 28, 2018
Falafel Inc in Georgetown Washington D.C.

I've been living in D.C. for a couple of months now so it's for me to share one of my favorite go-to spots: Falafel Inc.!

Book Talk: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

January 24, 2018

This past Christmas, my mom surprised me with Angie Thomas' The Hate U Give. Surprisingly, I hadn't heard much about this book before reading it even though it was one of the most talked about books of 2017!

Starting a New Semester the Right Way

January 19, 2018
Tips for starting a new semester the right way.

I've been back in school for about a week now and putting my best foot forward to start the new semester. The first couple of weeks usually set the tone for the rest of the semester and there are a few things you can do to set yourself up for success.

2018 Goals and Updates

January 16, 2018

I'm back! In case you didn't notice, I took about a month off from the blog to enjoy the holidays with my family, relax, and make some big decisions. Without getting into the details, I've been feeling unhappy and uninspired with my blog and I knew I wanted to make some changes but I wasn't sure what exactly what those changes were going to be.
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