Sunday, April 19, 2015

What is Fashion School Like?

Gingham Blouse, Red Denim Shorts, Straw Boater: Thrifted.
Red Keds: Macy's.

Hello everyone!
By the fashion building on campus some of the trees are finally blooming, and I was so thrilled to be able to take some outfit photos by them yesterday! Spring in Kent is my absolute favorite. Just the renewal that goes on around campus and in people is amazing to see. And I can certainly feel it in myself, too. Winters are hard in Ohio, and I always welcome spring as a time of new beginnings and hopefulness. Can't believe I'll only have one more spring after this one here left in Kent--makes me sad to see that in just a year I'll be graduating from this amazing school!

With that being said, I get a lot of questions on various media outlets and on here about what fashion school is like. I know when I was thinking about coming to Kent for fashion, I had no idea what the major entailed, jobs you could pursue, and what the course load was like. That being said, I'd love to put together either a little Q&A video or post about any questions you have regarding studying fashion/the Kent State fashion program! I think it would be helpful to have a compiled list of commonly asked questions that you may just be curious about or want advice on. Questions reguarding my studying abroad experience + internship are welcome too because they relate to my schooling! 

If you'd like, you can post a comment below with one, two, or any amount of questions you may have. Or, you can email me at if you want to be more discreet, or even tweet at me or write a coment on insta (both @passingwhimsies). Whatever you would prefer! 

I hope to offer a little bit of guidance and advice to inspire others to pursue fashion. It is a very misunderstood major/career path and sometimes just asking questions can help clear things up! Excited to do this. x

With much love, Lauren.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Colorful Workout Outfit.

Mesh Back Sports Bra: Aeropostale.
Digi Cropped Leggings: Aeropostale.
Nike Flex Run Shoes: Footlocker.

Hello everyone! ♥

First off, I wanna give you all a GIANT VIRTUAL HUG! Thank you for the support on my last post about my break up + moving to NYC. You guys constantly amaze me of the kindness you endlessly pour out to me. I appreciate every comment, email, message, tweet, and prayer you sent my way. Thank you times a million. 

I've been kind of nervous to post these, but it's been something I've been wanting to do for a while (so why not just do it?). A work out outfit of the day! I got some new work out clothes a few weeks back from Aeropostale when I was home, and nothing makes me feel happier or more motivated than new, colorful, cute clothes to work out in. You can show your style off and be fashion forward even when going to the gym; without having to sacrifice your mobility or a budget. 

For me, I HATE being sticky hot when I work out, so usually I will wear a sportsbra. That way, I don't have that icky feeling of my t-shirt sticking to my back and neck after I'm all done. It does make me a little subconscious to wear just a bra to work out, so I will usually pair it with longer work out pants that cover all of my legs and rise above to cover my stomach. These digital floral print leggings give me life. So fun and colorful and I sometimes even like to wear them while running errands around town on lazy days, too. Plus, if you're not as confident with your upper leg region like me, these are a great alternative to short shorts. 

I hadn't gotten tennis shoes in seven years since I ran track in the 7th grade, so it was definitely time for an upgrade! I just went with these super light weight nike flex runs in a neutral color with a little pop of mint. I've really enjoyed running in these and find them super comfortable. 

This is just a standard of what I usually wear to work out. I've been having fun diving into the world of fitness wear, and it's fun for me to experiment. I was nervous about posting these photos because they're more revealing than what I usually wear and fairly body conscious. I'm not meaning to show off my body in any way-- just when I work out I like to wear less clothing and tighter fitting things so that I can focus more on my workout versus what my clothing is doing.

Hope you all enjoyed this post! What are some places you like to shop for workout clothes at/what you like to wear? x

With much love, Lauren.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Some Life Updates.

Hello everyone ♥

Some of you could perhaps sense from my various social media outlets that I've had a lot going on in my personal life as of late. I used to be very candid about every aspects of my life in the first few years of my blog, but I've learned through time to not speak prematurely right away when things are happening. It's best to let it ride out, gather my thoughts, and write more emotionally sensible posts rather than ones filled with words that can hurt, harm, and cause problems.

But, I do love to let you all know the things that are going on in my personal life because that's what this blog has always been and it's one of my favorite aspects. To be honest in my struggles and hardships with you all. You've been there through so much in the last five years, and I always want to continually share these life moments with you.

That being said, although I did not talk about him much on here my boyfriend and I broke up last week. It was something that confused and angered me at the time, and unfortunately circumstances have gotten worse for me to find out he cheated, and much of the relationship was filled with lies and deceit. It hurts. I would be lying if I said it didn't. You all read through my heart breaking posts of my last break up on here three years ago and it changed my life forever when that happened. This, too, changes the course of my life and everything surrounding it. For me, although what he did seems unfathomable to me I still have happiness. I have depended on God and just found such peace in Him. My previous break up was  very hard because I didn't have that rock; I didn't have that confidence in something greater, and I struggled for years on end with that. This time around, I do not feel anger or vengeance or deep depression. I feel hope. I feel love. I am confident for my future and the things it holds. The path Christ has for me. He never fails me; He never gives me things I cannot handle. I've been in a dry period of my faith every since going away to Europe and I just couldn't break it. Now I know why I was in it. The relationship was holding me back so much. I compromised my faith for a boy. I placed all the love I should have had for Christ, into something that unfortunately failed. 

I am thankful for these experiences because they build strength and determination and help me to become a better version of myself. I know I will have hard days ahead. I know that this situation will affect all my relationships to come, my confidence, my trust, and just so much...but I am not broken. I'm anything but. I feel strong and like I have pieces of myself back that I lost a long time ago.

Secondly, on a much greater, happier scale I have very, very exciting news. After some technical issues, my plans for my internship this summer have changed. Instead of staying in Ohio for the summer... I am moving to the huge, wonderful, exciting New York City. Someone Like You has a new adventure! I am so pleased and honored to say I accepted an internship as a Ready to Wear Intern with Seventeen and Cosmopolitain Magazines. I'm speechless. I'm in awe. I honestly can't believe it. It's been a whirl wind the past months with all my internship processes, and to decided to accept this position in New York put me through a lot. I've never been to New York, and the thought of moving to this huge city with no one, working a very demanding internship all summer away from home...I panicked. I didn't know whether to accept it or not because it was such a scary, daunting opportunity in front of me. For the first time in my schooling, I wasn't sure what I wanted. I was confused and upset because I had to decide the path I wanted me career to go in. And at 21, I just wasn't ready. But in the end, I wanted to do this. I want this challenge and I want this once in a life time opportunity. I am ready to work hard and have the summer of my life doing what I love.

I am so lucky to have the support and love of all of you around me. This blog has been like a story book the last five years. Navigating high school, mental illnesses, a hard break up, going to college, studying abroad, another equally hard break up, and now to New York City....Sometimes my life feels like a strange novel with all of its twists and turns. The events surprise me that I write about just as much as they might surprise you. But I am in awe of this blog and the people who read it. My journey never ends; the story never stops. And I am thankful I started this blog as a 16 year old in high school because having it has changed my life in a way I never thought possible.

I love you all so much. Thank you for sticking with me in every season of my life. x

With much love, Lauren.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A Light to Follow.

Polka Dot Blouse: Thrifted.
Stone Necklace: Forever21.
Ripped Boyfriend Jeans: Aeropostale.
Tan Fedora Hat: Brandy Melville. 
Lipstick: Tarte Lip Insurance Pencil in 'Serene'

Hello there! ♥

A comfy, casual outfit for today's blog. I love these boyfriend jeans I bought at Aero when I worked there, but the pre distressed holes have only gotten bigger as time wears on...I completely blew out the knee on one a few months ago working a floor set and haven't really worn them since. But today I just wanted to wear something comfy and roomy so I thought, "what the heck, I'll bring them back out again!" Paired them with a trusty silk blouse I thrifted back a few years ago-- I know, I all are probably sick of seeing me in polka dots! I think this makes four times in the last two weeks at least? I concentrated on smaller details of the outfit to make it a tad more special and "me", so I paired a delicate stone necklace with the blouse and my trust tan hat I got while in Italy. Finally, I wore my perfect flats from Loly in the Sky. I seriously wear these nearly every day because they're just so comfy and they go with everything!

I was just thinking yesterday how crazy it is how long I've been blogging and doing this. I was looking at all of my stats, and saw I was over 1,500 total posts and nearly at 2 million total page views. Out of those 1,500 posts, over a thousand of them are outfits! THAT IS CRAZY. To think I have a thousand-ish outfit photo sets floating out there and that I've taken that many.... mind = blown. Five years later I'm still going strong, loving blogging. Can't imagine my life without it!

With much love, Lauren.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Floral Halter: Aeropostale.
Flats, Shorts, Cardigan: Thrifted.
Hat: c/o OASAP.
Lipsick: NYX Matte Lip Cream in Prague. 

A little tidbit I wrote on my instagram tonight I liked, so I thought I'd share it here, too: 

I derive much of my strength from Christ. I wan and wax in the consistency of my faith because I am only human. But I always believe; I always come back; always am consumed with peace whenever I am rich in The Word. I hope someday to always see my faith as a #1 priority and not let it slip to the side lines. It can be hard: we think that we can "do it ourselves" and say "hey God, I'm doing really good right now so you can take a step back." I've been trying to put up note cards with verses in my apartment to remind myself constantly of what I should hold onto in times of distress. I've found it really keeps what's important fresh and in the front of my mind

With much love, Lauren.

Monday, April 13, 2015

April Showers Bring...

Two Piece Knit Set: Liz Clairborne at JCP.
Black Heels, Earrings: Thrifted.
Lipstick in NYX Matte Lipcream 'Antwerp'.

...some may flowers I hope! 

These photos were taken a few weeks past on Easter Sunday. I went shopping quite awhile back to JCP to get some clothes for interning this summer, and was so excited about this two piece knit set! I'm very late on the peplum trend, but I've still always wanted to try it. So I thought this really subtle one on the hem of this top was the perfect way to be fashion forward, but not too overdone. Both the skirt and top are made of comfy knitted cotton with a slight slub for texture, and has the prettiest, shimmery silver thread running through for a bit of sparkle. I think it's a very conservative, yet fashion forward look that is comfy and versatile at the same time. I can wear the pieces as a set, or separate with different pieces for completely different looks!

Hope this Monday is treating you all well...Remember to smile, and keep putting one foot in front of the other. You can get through anything! Love you all to the moon and back ♥

With much love, Lauren.

Kent State Fashion Academy.

Hi everyone!

As you all know, I go to Kent State University in North East Ohio and study fashion merchandising. It's actually the second best fashion school in the United States behind FIT in NYC, and three years into my education here I couldn't be more pleased with the knowledge I've gained and experiences I've had.

I get a lot of questions from you all about the program and what I think, and sometimes words only go so far for how much I love this place...but I was super excited to find out from one of my professors that Kent's fashion school is actually offering a summer camp-- now you can see why I love this place for yourself!

It's a six day camp here at Kent specifically for high school students who are interested in maybe studying fashion someday, or just want to know more about the fashion school here. It's an amazing opportunity I would have jumped at when I was in high school to learn more about the things that awaited me here at Kent. It's pretty cool because you get to stay on the campus for the week and create a fashion show, hear lectures from professors, explore the Tech Style Lab where we have laser/3D printers, make an accessory, and explore more into this diverse industry to see all the amazing paths you can go with this degree. 

If you want more information on the program, you can check out the camp's website, or their facebook page. I'm a proud Kent State student, especially of my fashion program, and want to spread the word so others can cultivate their passion to study what they love at a great school!

With much love, Lauren.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Cream Polka Dots.

Polka Dot Dress: Forever21.
Floppy Hat, Vintage D&B Purse: Thrifted.
Flats: c/o Pink and Pepper.

Hello there!
Hope you all had a lovely Easter. It was a well spent holiday for me. I got to attend a service at my home church which was so nice since I hardly ever get to with being away at college. I sometimes feel at a constant push and pull with my faith. I'll get in heated passion about it for awhile and constantly pull Christ towards me...and then it seems like something just happens and I push, push away and want to do things my own way. I guess that's just part of still being a relatively new Christian of about three years. Faith is never something constant. It's always changing and always growing...the important thing is to just never give up that faith, no matter what confusing or dry period you may be in.

It was also great just to spend lots of time with my family this weekend and bond with them. Close and extended family! They all spoilt me too much with chocolates of all kinds, restocks on coffee, and my grandmother gave me the prettiest stationary cards (you can see them on my insta @passingwhimsies). My little sister and I played monopoly like fiends every night because that's her new favorite thing to do with me. We go in phases where we obsessively only do one activity whenever we're together; it's been Wii, Monster High Dolls, drawing...I'm happy that it's monopoly right now because it was always my favorite game as a kid and I still really enjoy playing it! Our games get pretty heated, but not without lots of mother heard us in the other room one night laughing our heads off and asked us what could have been so funny based on our laughs. Couldn't tell her-- it's a sister thing ;)

I'm back at Kent now with not much longer until this semester comes to a close. My classes are going really well, and I always enjoy going to them! I've become quite cozy in my apartment and tend to spend a little too much time here in my comfort zone. But just having my own place has been amazing and a nice break from all the roommate situations I've had over the years. I'm super glad I'll have this place for next year, as well! 

Hope all is well with you you lots! x

With much love, Lauren.