A Perfect Preppy Look

Hey there friend! Welcome back to the blog:) I’m so glad you’re here. I’m super excited for today’s post because it involves my very favorite type of fashion – preppy. I don’t know about you, but for me, things can’t get better than white jeans, boat shoes, and button downs! Ever since I was little, I’ve liked preppy clothes, but it wasn’t until I found Mackenzie that I really fell in love with this style. (be sure to check out her blog if you haven’t seen it yet!)

I think this navy shirt is just about perfect – I wish you could feel things through the computer screen, because I know the moment you touch this material you’ll love it as much as I do! The color and print of this shirt just add to its perfection… You need one, you really do;) (I searched all over for this exact shirt – but couldn’t find it anywhere so I linked a similar find…)

Of course nothing can top a pair of Sperry’s! Sadly this particular pair is a tad small for me, so after my beach walk I ended up with a blister which I still have… I really love the fun stripes on these though! Aren’t they sweet? Sadly my rainbow boat shoes are sold out, but these are super similar.

Oh, and of course another necessary item for each preppy look – white jeans. White jeans are such a classic staple and I’ve found these to be a great pair! They run a bit large, so I would suggest ordering a size down… (for more white jean recs, check out Mackenzie’s website – she really is an expert).

Take a moment with me to appreciate this view – Big Red Lighthouse it so gorgeous!

Thanks so much for reading! Be sure to stop by again soon:)

Love from the lakeside,

Lauren

P.S. Did you see my new fitness page? I’m so excited to add workouts and fitness tips to the blog!

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My Summer Uniform & a Morning Berry Picking Trip

If you see me at any time this summer, it’s almost a guarantee that I’ll be wearing this outfit… it’s so comfy and at the same time adorable! I’ve been wearing it enough that I think it’s safe to title it ‘my summer uniform’

I’m so in love with the shade of burgundy this shirt comes in – the material is so unique and soft!

Although I love the shirt, I think my favorite part of the outfit are these linen shorts. I wore them all. the. time. last summer on my tour of Europe – and they still look amazing – such great quality for the price! I also have them in this beautiful blue.

Last time my ‘uniform’ made an appearance, I took a trip to some nearby blueberry fields.

Blueberry picking is for sure a Michigan must-do. One morning last week, I took a trip to some fields not far from our house. To say the least, the fields were magical… In the morning mist, the frosty blue of the blueberries was breathtaking (not to mention delicious!)

Lately, west Michigan weather has been unbearably hot, so it was definitely a good idea to go in the morning! Somehow, my mom and I managed to pick enough blueberries, but I’m sure I ate twice as many as I put in the bucket… they were so sweet and juicy!

If you’re looking for something to do in Michigan, you’re never far from a blueberry field for sure, and I can’t recommend picking berries enough!

Thanks for reading, I’ll see you on my next post!

Love from,

Lauren

Life with My Beloved No. 1 – When You Feel Far Away

Happy Sunday friends! I hope your weekend has been lovely. I’ve been camping with friends and hanging out at the beach – so I have nothing to complain about!

Today I’m starting my first post series of many – this one called “Life with My Beloved” is filled encouragement for your Christian life. As followers of Christ, our Beloved One, we all have struggles with our faith from time to time, so it is my prayer that with this post (and the many to follow) you will be encouraged and strengthened in your faith!

This post is dedicated to a struggle that I have personally, and I hope you will be able to relate to my thoughts:)

Feeling far from God – sometimes even when we pray every day, read our Bibles and go to church, we can still feel distant.

The key thing to notice is the word ‘feel’. So often we can feel things that are not true. But it is essential that we never take these feelings to heart! In Jeremiah we are told that “the heart is deceitful above all things.” What could be more true? God warns us that there will be temptations, there will be struggles, there will be deceptions, and they is why He longs so desperately for us to cling to Him. When you feel far from God, that is when you must cling to Him and believe that He is never far away. One of my favorite verses goes as follows:

“The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8

So my dear friend, if you are ever discouraged and feel far from Our Savior, please remember that He is always right by your side, just waiting to take your hand.

Blessings as you continue on your journey with Jesus!

Love from,

Lauren

Twirls and Lace

Happy Wednesday friends! I’m back after spending a week away without my phone – it was super relaxing and refreshing, but I’m super glad to pop back on the blog and share some more style inspiration!

Today I’m sharing with you a dress that I’ve had for years – and still love…

Who doesn’t love a lace dress? Light, airy, sweet, and simple. I think lace is just about perfection….

I’m afraid this particular dress is sold out now, but you can find a similar one here.

My favorite thing about this Maurice’s dress is the twirly skirt – I have a thing for twirly skirts…. for sure.

This dress is perfect for a beach day, an evening out, or just hanging out at home as it’s so comfy!

Do you have a favorite place to find lace dresses? Let me know in the comments:)

Thanks so much for reading! I’ll see you on my next post.

Love from,

Lauren

My Summer Reading List

Hey there and welcome back to the blog…. for yet another late post! 😉 I’ve been so busy lately but I’m super excited about this post! I personally LOVE reading – and I hope you do to!

I certainly don’t claim to be as much of a bookworm as my older sister (seriously no one reads like her) but I do love to lose myself in stories – isn’t it a wonderful feeling? Well-written books can do so much for a person, impact, encourage, uplift…

I love the quote, “Between the pages of a book is a lovely place to be.” That couldn’t be more true, books can bring you to place you could otherwise only dream about – they’re simply amazing.

Well, enough of my rambling – onto the recommendations!

Some of these books I have already read and thoroughly enjoyed, some I’m reading currently, and some I’m looking forward to reading soon! I’ll start by talking about the:

Books I’ve Read:

Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh

This was such a sweet little romance story – and it was set in my beautiful state! The story follows a successful interior designer, who discovers that life isn’t just about careers – it’s about family as well. I think you’ll love Lane as much as I did when you read this… If you’re looking for a relaxing vacation read, this one is for you!

Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke

Oh my… what can I say except that this was AMAZING! I seriously couldn’t put it down and read all 400 pages in one weekend. This story is a mystery from WWII, and follows a daughter on her journey to Berlin in the 1970s to discover more about her mysterious, claimed-to-be Austrian mother… And I can’t tell you any more than that – read it and I promise you will love it!

Saving Amelie by Cathy Gohlke

This is by the same author as the previous book – I loved her work so much I had to find another! Saving Amelie is a heart-wrenching story that tells the truth about Hilter’s plan to Aryanize Germany in the late 1930s and early 1940s. It’s told from several different perspectives, but mainly from the point of view of Rachel – a girl who discovers that she is certainly not the person she was told all her life she was.

Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery

“Rilla my Rilla,” oh, you’ll just fall in love with this sweet classic story about the beloved Anne of Green Gable’s daughter… Set in WWI, we see Rilla grow from a frivolous girl, into a responsible woman who makes a difference to all those around her. L.M. Montgomery’s beautiful writing tells this story perfectly…

Books I’m Reading:

Do Hard Things by Brett & Alex Harris

This book is written by two incredible 19 year olds – they were interns at the Alabama Supreme Court at the age of 17, and that was just the beginning of their accomplishments. I’m looking forward to hearing their recommendations for others to go out, change the world, and inspire other! This book just radiates the word ‘motivation’.

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Speaking of motivation – I have never read anything like this! Rachel Hollis is such an incredible woman and she’s inspiring me with every chapter. I can’t wait to finish this and read her next one!

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Considering that I’m planning to study business in college, I thought I should read the ultimate business book! So far, it’s very enjoyable and the information is relatable to any part of life.

Books I Can’t Wait to Read:

Own Your Everyday by Jordan Lee Dooley

From the moment I heard the title of this book, I’ve been so excited to read Jordans tips for motivation and ‘overcoming the pressure to prove and show up to what you were made to do’. I can’t wait to devour theses pages….

Who Thought This Was A Good Idea by Alyssa Mastromonaco

I really don’t know much about this book, but I’m looking forward to an inside view of the White House. The government is a specific area of interest to me, so I’m sure this will be interesting!

We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

This novel is about a Jewish family during the Holocaust in Poland – following their struggle as they are separated by persecution, and reunited at last…

Forty Autumns by Nina Willner

I serious CAN’T WAIT to pick up this book – the Berlin Wall is such an interesting topic that I know so little about. This tells the story of a family who was split by the wall and how they changed because of it.

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

Another hit by Rachel Hollis – can’t wait to read her incredible tips in this one! Here she shares her action plan for using the info from Girl, Wash Your Face.

Thanks getting all the way to here! I hope you find these book recommendations helpful!

Happy reading and I’ll see you on my next post!

Love from,

Lauren

That Trench Style

Happy Thursday y’all. This blog post is a day late due to my super busy week🙈 but at least it’s here now!

Hope you all had a wonderful June week.

This post is all about trench coats… who doesn’t love the classic look with those buttons and that belt? It’s just so timeless!

Sadly this Gap striped trench coat (actually my sister’s;) is sold out – but you can find a similar one here.

Also, I’ve lately really been loving my polka-dot trench from Garnet Hill. It’s so sweet (will share more on this later:).

Do you have any favorite places to find trench coats? I’d love to hear about them in the comments:)

Here’s a bit of trench coat inspiration from my favorite bloggers…

Mackenzie Horan so darling as always – isn’t that blue so perfect?!

Kate is just wayyy too adorable in this red coat, don’t you think?

Last but not least, Daphne always nails her trench looks – her classic looks are perfection!

Thanks so much for reading! See you on my next post:)

Love from,

Lauren

A Summer Jam Playlist & My Hot Pink Athletic Look

Happy Wednesday y’all! I had a wonderful week filled with friends, beach time, and camping – it really couldn’t have been better! For this week’s post, I wanted to share my summer playlist with you and my new favorite color for athletic-wear!

Lately, I’ve really been loving hot pink athletic wear! These Old Navy pink shorts are so fun, and of course it can’t get much better than hot pink laces in Nike tennis shoes! And I am so in love with North Face hoodies at the moment (yes, thank you Em for letting me wear yours:)

the Look: Hoodie (similar) Shorts (similar) Tennis Shoes (here, I LOVE these soooo much!)

On to the playlist…music is a HUGE part of my life – I play 3 instruments, and seriously listen to music 24/7! I’m definitely the girl who puts the song on repeat until she can’t stand it;) I love all different genres of music, so I thought I would share twelve of my favorite songs with y’all.

They’re all pretty perfect for summer – relaxing at the beach, hanging in your hammock, or working in the garden. If you give them a listen, let me know what you think! I really do love ALL kinds of music, so I’ll share a bit about each song so you have an idea what’s coming:)

1. Summer City by Chasing Madison

This song is so sweet, energetic, and fun! I love how it includes all of summer’s best elements. It’s definitely my new go-to workout song (don’t be surprised if you find me jamming to this while running on my treadmill…)

2. The Summer Song by Max Brodie

Hands down one of the sweetest songs EVER written… it’s like looking back at all your childhood memories and just feeling… well, listen to it and see how you feel!

3. Be Still by The Fray

Ahh… this song. If you’re stressed, please go listen to this right now.

4. Here Comes the Sun by JJ Heller

I love JJ Heller’s cover for this old song – her sweet voice is perfect for the lyrics. I promise you’ll love it!

5. Simple Things by Brooklyn & Bailey

I think this song has my all time favorite music video. It’s so sweet and simple!

6. Love, Love, Love by Avalanche City

I think you’ll just love, love, love (#sorrynotsorry;) this song! It’s very upbeat and cheery (another great workout song…)

7. What a Wonderful World (It Would Be) by Sam Cooke

I love old music and this is one of my favorites – looking for a 1960s flashback, this is your answer!

8. Life Could Be Dream by The Chords

Another golden oldie – this one always makes me smile. (do you recognize if from the 2011 hit Dolphin Tale 1?)

9. Dear Younger Me by MercyMe

MercyMe is one of my favorite groups, and they really hit home with me on this song – I hope you’re blessed:)

10. To Make You Feel My Love by Mick McAuley & Winifred Horan

Prettiest love song ever… Oh, I wish I was this poetic! a MUST listen for sure.

11. Bloom by The Paper Kites

Another sweet love song – so simple and full of lovely lines such as “When the evening pulls the sun down…” I mean, how great is that?

12. 30,000 Feet by Ben Rector

I love this song’s positive look on life! In need of a pep talk? This song is for you!

Thanks for listening to me ramble on forever and ever! See you on my next post!

Love from,

Lauren

Refreshing Summer Drinks I’m Loving

Hey there! Welcome back to the blog – I’m so glad you’re here. It’s been a SUPER long time since I’ve posted, but school is done now I’m happy to get back into posting.

Today, I wanted to share three refreshing summer drinks that are perfect for cooling off on hot summer days!

I don’t know about you, but for me when it’s hot out there’s nothing better than an ice cold drink.

#1 – La Croix sparkling water

My favorite thing to drink is La Croix sparkling water – specifically grape fruit and cran-raspberry flavor. It’s the perfect combination of carbonation and fruit flavor! If you’ve never had it before, go to your nearest store and buy some, right now! I promise you’ll love it..

#2 – Lemon water (with grape ice cubes)

Another one of my favorite summer drinks is lemon water. Sometimes plain ice water can be a bit boring, but adding lemon essence really make it more exciting – not to mention the slices make it look a whole lot prettier!

One thing I totally love to do in the summer is use frozen grapes as ice cubes, they look so pretty in the glass – and they work almost as well as ice. And if you usually get hungry while drinking water (not sure why you would, but anyway…) you can just eat the grapes;)

#3 – Iced Sun Tea

This iced tea is probably one of my favorite drinks all around. It’s the perfect amount of sweetness, the tea flavor isn’t too strong, and it’s beyond refreshing – I can guarantee you I will be drinking this alllll summer long.

I hope you’ll find some of these options help to keep you cool this summer! Thanks for reading:) I’ll see you on my next post!

Love from,

Lauren