Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Gap Inc. Favorites

As some of you may know, my closet is filled with most things Gap Inc. I love their classic, preppy style. You can purchase Old Navy items for cheap, Gap for a bit more money, Banana Republic (BR) for more, and Piperlime for the most money. I tend to buy mostly BR items that are on sale. My favorite pair of riding boots are from Piperlime though.

I went to private schools my whole life and had to dress business casual, so I think that trend has continued into my everyday wear. Recently, I received a BR giftcard and have been browsing their website in search of my next purchase. I'm tempted to impulse buy, but it would be smart of me to save the money on a special occasion outfit for the future. Which either way I decide, here are some items I'm currently lusting over...

Navy Ribbon

Silk tie-front blouse

Pave Bracelet

A for Effort Dress



How would you style the above pieces? The Maxi would be a nice, casual dress for a graduation party!

PS. Piperlime offers 15% off by signing up for their email promotions to first time users.
PPS. Here is a Old Navy coupon, which offers 20% off site-wide and free shipping.
Remember--always check websites like RetailMeNot or savings.com for online coupons!

Monday, April 29, 2013

101 in 1001

Hey all! Hope your weekend was great! Mine sure was! I went to the Red Sox game last night with friends (picture shown below). It was a blast, despite being freezing! It will be warm on my cross country road trip. I can't wait to be able to swim in the Pacific Ocean for the 1st time ever! It's on my list of 101 things to complete in 1001 days.

I am keeping a list of 101 things I'd like to accomplish in the next 1001 days. 1001 days (2.75 years) is a happy medium between writing a to do list and keeping a bucket list. It's a way to dream big and make regular progress toward meeting those longer term goals. I began checking items off my list July 8, 2012, and the 1001 days are up on April 18, 2015. So far I have 27 things crossed off my list. Here are the first 50 items on my list...

My good friends and I being silly at the Red Sox
  1. Drink 8 glasses of water every day for 1 week
  2. Find 30 new recipes & make each one
  3. Move into my first apartment
  4. Host a cocktail party
  5. Go to Europe
  6. Upgrade to a smartphone 
  7. Graduate Summa Cum Laude
  8. Renew my CPR
  9. Have a big golden birthday on 11/24/13
  10. Buy 400+ thread count bamboo sheets
  11. Go crazy for my sister's 21st birthday on 7/16/14
  12. Get my CCC
  13. Find my dream job
  14. Read 20 new books 
  15. Make jewelry at a bead shop 
  16. Find a perfect LBD under $100 
  17. Go through my closet & donate clothes that I haven’t worn in a year
  18. Take a cooking lesson
  19. Get a bikini wax
  20. Go to California 
  21. Go vegetarian for a week
  22. Get a bike basket 
  23. Take a makeup lesson 
  24. Start my own herb garden 
  25. Learn another language fluently
  26. Ride a tandem bike
  27. Go to Chicago 
  28. Start a coin piggy bank
  29. See a Broadway show 
  30. Go backpacking 
  31. Go swimming in the Pacific
  32. Go to the San Diego Zoo 
  33. Ride a horse
  34. Wear a fedora to the beach
  35. Frame a picture I’ve taken for the wall
  36. Ride in a convertible with the top down
  37. Eat at In-And-Out Burger
  38. Go to Botanic Gardens in NYC
  39. Replace all items in my Itunes with the correct song names, etc.
  40. Make a homemade cookbook with pictures
  41. Go to Mom’s work for a day
  42. Ride on Dad’s motorcycle
  43. Climb a tree
  44. Make margaritas in my pitcher
  45. Buy a wall mirror
  46. Go to Ikea & have Swedish meatballs
  47. go to the Isabella Stuart Gardener Museum
  48. do the freedom trail 
  49. go to a Bruin’s game
  50. Go on a road trip
The bolded items I could easily complete on my cross country road trip that I'm taking in 3 weeks! I'm excited to continue to check things off my list. I'll share the other 51 items in future posts. Do you have a bucket list or a 101 in 1001 list? Do share!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Have a Great Weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? It's the beginning of "Senior Week" at Northeastern, and I couldn't be more excited! I'm headed to a few bbqs and bars, Fenway Park, and a banquet. It's bittersweet how fast the past 5 years have gone by at NU, but I'm very excited to begin a new chapter of my life. While I'll be very busy, I've left you a few fun and useful links to check out over your weekend...

Sunset at Fenway Park

"Shipped my Pants"

The Power of Style
This book by Bobbie Thomas (Editor for NBC's Today Show) highlights your style by identifying your best colors. It looks amazing! Officially on my to-read list!

Well, that's a huge slap in the face
This has got to be one of the funniest, kick ass emails that I have ever read. I definitely don't understand Greek Life, but by the sounds of this email, those sisters are crying in a corner right now.

23 Science-Backed Study Tips to Ace a Test

NH Liquor and Wine Outlet Coupons
I plan to pick up a few bottles of Franciscan Cabernet!

Peace in Boston

College Senior!

A look into next week's post: Future Apartment Style


Thursday, April 25, 2013

Fedora Find

I'm in search of a fedora for the summer time. As you can see from above, I'm a fair-skinned, blue-eyed girl. A hat is a good way to keep my face from getting too much sun; not to mention, it's a great fashion statement. The hat from above was one I tried on last summer at a festival, but I didn't end up buying it (wish I had). Below are some options I'm looking at. It's hard to online shop for fedoras because you never know how it will fit your head. Most fedoras are one size fits all. You can find the fedoras below at Target, Gap, & Express (use the links provided to get info about prices and sizes).

Which fedora is your favorite? Do you were fedoras during the summer?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

DIY--Melted Crayon Art

Several other blog sites and people on Pinterest have written about these melted crayon designs. I wanted to share how I created mine with my little sister last Easter. I grew up in a house with two sisters, and every year our mom would take us back-to-school shopping. We always bought a new box of crayons each year for each of us girls. We also kept our crayons from the previous school year, so if you can imagine 3 boxes of crayons each year for about 12 years... that's a whole lot of crayons! For my melted-crayon project, I used ALL old crayons that my family had stored in our home. I encourage each of you to use supplies that you already own for this project. I also used fake flowers from a bouquet of flowers that I purchased from a craft store. After I removed the 5 flowers I needed for this project, I kept the bouquet and have it in my apartment in a vase. You can't even tell that the 5 flowers were removed from it. Here is a step-by-step tutorial of how I made my beautiful wall art...

Reused flower bouquet
<> Canvas
<> Hot glue gun with glue
<> Hair dryer
<> Crayons--greens, yellows, browns
<> Newspaper
<> Fake flowers

Step 1: Pick out the colors you want to use and line them up on the bottom on the canvas until you run out of space.
Step 2: Using a glue gun, make a line of glue across the crayons. Quickly place onto canvas in a line with tips facing down.
Step 3: Line your floor with newspaper, place the canvas against the wall, and turn your blow dryer on high. The wax sometimes splatters a little, so be sure to cover the floor and surrounding wall.
Step 4: Blow dry the crayons, making sure to move the blow dryer vertically and horizontally. This could take up to 30 minutes. As the wax starts to really melt, continue to move the blow dryervertically and horizontally to make the wax drip more down the canvas. 
Step 5: After the design has dried for 15 minutes, hot glue the flowers onto the longest "stems." 

Enjoy! Have you made a melted crayon design? I'd love to see how other people got creative with the different designs. I think the couple in the rain one is so unique.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Let's Go on a Road Trip!

Mapped-Out Road Trip from myscenicdrive.com
As I mentioned in a previous post, I am amidst planning my cross-country road trip after I graduate! The plan is to leave May 20th and take about a month to travel in the mapped-out loop shown above. Over Easter weekend, I Googled cross country trip planner and came across an amazing site called myscenicdrive.com. This site allows you to easily create your road trip plan. It even calculates the total cost of gas, as well as lists nearby hotels and campgrounds near your destination points. I have found this site very useful and would recommend it to anyone trying to plan a cross-country road trip or just a within state drive. Check it out!

Below is a list of major areas and attractions that my boyfriend and I are hoping to visit on our trip...

  • Niagra Falls, NY
  • Cambridge, WI (where I have family)
  • Badlands National Park
  • Mt. Rushmore
  • Devil's Tower & Crazy Horse Memorial
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Grand Teton Loop
  • Napa Valley
  • Stanford, CA
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Sequoia National Park
  • Las Vegas
  • Northern Rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Bryce, Utah
  • Glenwood Spring & Denver, CO
  • Kansas City or St. Louis
  • Nashville
  • Manchester, TN--for Bonnaroo!!
  • Smokey Mts.
  • Lake Norman, NC
  • Alexandria, VA (where I have family) & Washington DC
Any other suggestions of places that we must see or remove from our list? Any good restaurants that you know of along the way? We enjoy good food and hiking!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Spring Shoes under $60

Hope everyone had a great weekend! What a relief for those of us in Boston... My thoughts go out to the medical team of nurses, doctors, etc. working to save a man (who some people may argue doesn't deserve to live)'s life. As the celebrations died down on Boston Saturday morning, it seemed like things were getting back to normal. Saturday I finished my last speech language pathology clinical practicum and then babysat that night. Sunday was spent getting caught up on last minute school things. 

Graduation is right around the corner!!! I have about 5 major banquets/dinners/events that require dressy attire, which got me thinking about... spring shoes! Below are 6 pairs of shoes that have caught my eye in the last week. Hope they still have my ginormous size (9.5) by the time I decide to purchase one pair... 

Pink Loafers // Tan Sandals // Blue Sandals

Salmon Flats // Gold Flats // Green Sandals

Which pair above is your favorite? Any other spring shoes you're lusting over currently?

Friday, April 19, 2013

Have a Fun Weekend.

What are you up to this weekend? I'm looking forward to getting back into the swing of things here in Boston. It's been a crazy week, between volunteering at the Boston Marathon finish line, the continuing manhunt for the bombers, the Texas explosion, etc. My thoughts are with all those affected by the horrific events that have happened over the past week. On a lighter note, I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and here are a few posts from around the web...

My Northeastern University student group, the Student Alumni Association, volunteering at the finish line

Stars' Style at Coachella

Puppy Love

She gives me the chills (go to 2 min)

Turkey, Kale, & Brown Rice Soup

Mishka's new album

DIY: Homemade Baby Wipes

My most recent shoe purchase

So Inspirational

Angie Miller's I'll Stand by you for Boston

"We will run again." "They picked the wrong city to do it." --Obama

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Everything Emerald

As some of you may know, Pantone's Color of 2013 is emerald. I don't own a single emerald piece of clothing, so my ambition is to incorporate some emerald pieces into my every day wear. I thought that the easiest way to do this would be to start small by adding emerald into accessories. Some looks I'm obsessing over on my Pinterest are...

Do you have a Pinterest? Follow me to see more of my emerald favorites, and I'd love to see what you've been pinning!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I'm Going to Bonnaroo

I have an announcement... I'M GOING TO BONNAROO! 

Bonnaroo is a 4-day music festival in Manchester, TN that features different musicians/bands and comedians. This year the lineup includes Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty, The Lumineers, and Passion Pit (just to name some of my top favorites). I'm traveling to Manchester, TN as part of a month-long road trip that my boyfriend and I are taking after we graduate from college. I'll tell you more about our cross-country adventure in future posts.

He made a playlist on Spotify of some of the musicians/bands that are playing at Bonnaroo, so that we can familiarize ourselves with the music before the big event.If you would like to listen to my Bonnaroo Playlist, click on the link below. 
Listen on Spotify

I'd love to know... have you ever been to Bonnaroo? Any advice for first-timers? I'd love suggestions!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Who Wants Guacamole?

Hi friends!

In the past year or so, I've been on a guacamole kick. I recently made my guacamole recipe for a weekend bbq with friends. It was delicious, if I do say so myself. Avocados have great health benefits, and you DO NOT need to buy them organic. The following is my go-to, easy recipe...

Recipe: Guacamole
Serves 6

1/2 small white onion, peeled and finely diced
2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely diced
4 ripe avocados
1/2 cup of your favorite jarred salsa
3 tablespoons Newman's Own Black Bean & Corn Salsa (Medium) or a similar bean dip
1 tsp kosher salt
pepper to taste
lime juice to taste

What to do

Slice the avocados in half around the pit, remove the pit, and scrape the flesh out. Place in a large bowl, and use a fork to mash the avocados to a chunky texture. I will sometimes use a potato masher to mash the avocados as opposed to a fork. Use whatever works for you!

Squeeze the fresh lime juice into the bowl and mix. Add the onion, garlic, salsa, and bean dip. Mix to blend ingredients. Add the salt and pepper to taste. 

 Taste the guacamole and add more salt if necessary.
Lauren's Guacamole
This recipe is able to be adapted in anyway. If you don't like bean dip or don't have it, don't use it! Like cilantro? Add it! 

I'd love you hear your go-to guacamole recipe! Feel free to leave your recipe below in the comments, and I'll be sure to try it out and let you know how it went! 
Come back tomorrow for a post about what I'm currently listening to! :)

Monday, April 15, 2013


Welcome to C'est La Vie.

My name is Lauren, and I currently live in Boston, MA. I am getting ready to graduate college in less than 3 weeks from Northeastern University. I study speech language pathology and want to work at a skilled nursing facility beginning in the fall; however, I'm still job searching and looking forward to having my summer off from most responsibilities.

This blog will serve to highlight some of my hobbies, including cooking, DIY fun, travel, fashion, interior/exterior decorating, and organization. Today's post will highlight my love of cooking affordable, flavorful, and healthy food. This is a recipe that I've made for a girl's night dinner, for my parents, and for my boyfriend. I exclude the lobster (to save money) and include a warm baguette to dip in the delicious sauce that this recipe makes. Also, the recipe calls for heavy cream but to make it healthier, you could use half & half. Everyone that I've made this dish for has loved it and has gone back for seconds.

Whole Wheat Penne with Lobster and Bacon (and Shrimp)

Bon appetite! If you attempt to make this recipe, let me know how it turns out. :)
Come back tomorrow for another affordable, flavorful, and healthy meal post!

Photo credit: My boyfriend's Droid Bionic camera