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tribal inspired.

my sister is away at college in jackson, mississippi. and i miss her.

here, for your viewing pleasure, is a charming video of us from the end of july. we were on the road to frisco, texas, to visit my dear friends jordan & jim.

there's no real story behind the birth of this 'tribal dance,' other than, well, the song sounds like we should be standing around an enormous bonfire, doing a tribal dance.



we are a couple of treats, i tell you.

and now, watching this video for the hundreth time, i feel extremely nostalgic for this summer. how can i be nostalgic for a season that is still happening, you ask?

well, for me, the summer ended when kara packed back up & headed east.

miscellany monday #1.

today i'm linking up with lowercase letters for the first time & taking part in miscellany monday!

1. one of my 'night owl nights' last week (you know, the 'school night' that i stayed up til almost 4 a.m.) yielded a list of things i want that are owl city-related. it's no secret (since i tweeted it) that adam young is, by far, my favorite person to follow on twitter. he's funny, he's witty, he's relevant... he likes taylor swift. what's not to love, right? oh, & i really like his songs. here are the things that i want:

i reallllyyyyyy want that hoodie.
2. this weekend was one that i really liked. friday, justin & i headed out on the town with some of our friends for one of their birthdays. it was a lot of fun until luke wilson made me cry (yep, it's going to be a while before i let that one go, guys). anyways, after the fun of friday night, we met back up with everyone for lunch at imperial cathay, one of those places i never think…

starbucks sunday: remember the time luke wilson made me cry?

this is me, enjoying starbucks sunday at barnes & noble, while studying for the GRE updating my blog. thank you, mr. barista man, for spelling my name wrong. one would think 'lauren' is one of the most common of names for a girl, but with my track record (which includes being called 'juan' while ordering takeout over the phone), i have learned that this is most certainly not the case.

this is me, showing off my new book, which was purchased only moments before this photo was taken. i am also sipping on my tall iced nonfat caramel macchiato. this also happens to be a photograph of me being a huge dork in public, and not really caring about it (even though there are people on literally every side of me studying. or taking pictures of themselves. who can really say?).

this is me, laughing because i'm taking photo booth pictures of myself in barnes & noble. i'm also laughing at myself for crying when luke wilson wouldn't take a picture with me when i spot…

friday's fancies #1. wedding style.

Print dress
$98 - topshop.com

Yves Saint Laurent slip on shoes
$1,495 - net-a-porter.com

Quilted handbag
$2,080 - aloharag.com

Dara Ettinger long earrings
$105 - charmandchain.com

MAC Lipstick Growing Trend (A) One Size
$15 - nordstrom.com

Essie Nail Polish Sew Psyched One Size
$8 - nordstrom.com




i have been admiring friday's fancies on {long distance loving} for weeks upon weeks now.
so this week i am thrilled to link up with {av} & take part in the wedding-themed festivities!  i chose this topshop dress because i think it'd be perfect for a late summer gathering - the yellow is reminiscent of warm summer days, but the willowy floral pattern lends itself to impending autumn. i opted for these fabulous ysl slip-on black cutout wedges because they are edgy & modern without being over-the-top gaudy. not to mention, i'm kind of in love with them. the red lipstick & blingy earrings glam the whole thing up, which is (of course) complemented by the timeless & chic quilte…

what the water gave me.

after a drought that had left us with hot, humid air & brown, crunchy grass for seemingly endless summer weeks, i am happy to say that we have had a stormy shreveport day.

and it's true: i love thunderstorms. although they offer up ideas of big fluffy, beds & beloved, well-worn books... which makes being at work extra difficult.

and then there's this little gem that popped up as a new release on my spotify today (& has been on repeat since):


thank you, florence, for providing the perfect soundtrack for my rain-soaked louisiana day.

(video: youtube)

birthday snapshot.

after experiencing my 25th birthday yesterday, i have found that new earrings & perfume are the recipe for a perfect birthday. but being with family, friends, & loved ones doesn't hurt, either.



birthday dinner's restaurant of choice was bistro byronz, a favorite of mine, as well as among practically everyone i know.
we have a ritual in our family: on birthday mornings, the person of honor is woken up to find cards & gifts in front of them, as well as the whole family to wish them happy birthday & watch as they unwrap their pressies. & thanks to my sweet parents, my 25th birthday kept to that tradition. the rest of my day was spent receiving thoughtful messages from friends & family, reminding me how lucky & blessed i am to have such great people in my life. if that weren't enough, justin picked me up & treated me to a birthday lunch at tokyo - another of my favorites! 
and then, on friday of last week i walked into the front office, & this …

projects for the next few months.

after an exciting visit to the dallas museum of art, i walked away with three 'art project ideas.' these ideas were actually decided upon frantically, as i paced the hallways of the freezing dma, excited about the seemingly limitless collection of art lining the walls. i kept telling kara, ok, so i have to create a work of art like that, or ok, i'm going to learn how to make a painting glow.

thus, this little list was mentally jotted down:

1. pointillism painting/drawing.
2. glowing painting.
3. pollock painting.
4. create my own font.

the fourth item on this list came to be after a conversation i had with jessica about creative outlets. we think it would be of utmost creative brilliance & productivity to create our own fonts. i'll keep you updated on this, though, because i've been told it's a tedious - albeit rewarding - process.

it's so exciting to have a list of ready-made artistic endeavors, for raining days or instances when the creative juices are f…

starbucks sunday: tomorrow is my 25th birthday.

in honor of the fact that i am joining the quarter-century club tomorrow, i give you:

25 things i vow to do 
in my 25th year.


1. choose my career path & pursue it.
2. write a children's book & get it published.
3. take the GRE.
4. see taylor swift in concert.
5. clean out my closet & donate my clothes.
6. construct a budget & stick to it.
7. visit kara at millsaps.
8. become a morning person.
9. send a postsecret.
10. go to a movie by myself.
11. knit a scarf.
12. run a 10k.
13. lose the weight & keep it off.
14. read at least 20 books.
15. visit a place i've never been to before.
16. make this bracelet.

(justin: tall caramel frapuccino
lauren: tall nonfat caramel macchiato)

17. sew something all by myself.
18. watch breakfast at tiffany's in its entirety.
19. go out of the country.
20. create a workout routine & stick to it.
21. learn to play a song on the guitar so kara & i can sing a duet.
22. never go to bed without brushing my teeth.
23. pick a…

carolina summer, day six: the drive home.

on tuesday morning, justin was back to the clinic for further interviews. i ever-so-grudingly rolled out of bed at this early hour (i'm not much of a morning person, to say the least) & dropped him off. as i headed back to the hotel, i decided a nice little trip to starbucks was in order, & then i curled up with the book i was currently reading, heart of the matter, for the better part of the morning.

i planned to do a bit of shopping & get to know columbus better, but before i knew it, the phone was ringing, & it was time to pick justin up. before we got on the road home though, we stopped in to cracker barrel where i could get another nice helping of (what else?) chicken strips.

the drive home consisted of alabama backroads, stormy weather, & of course, more junk food. when we finally arrived at the junction for i-20, i'm not gonna lie, i was pretty ecstatic. not only did this mean we were that much closer to home sweet shreveport, but we also could refra…

carolina summer, day five: columbus, georgia.

day five of my carolina summer didn't have much to do with the carolinas at all.

justin & i woke early that monday morning, & after scooping up some coffee & chicken biscuits from dunkin' donuts, we were on our way to columbus, georgia.

i snapped this quick photo while we were on the winding downtown roads of atlanta.

those who know me will tell you - i am a terrible city driver and passenger. my palms get sweaty, i get jumpy, & i am quick to lay on criticism, consisting of any combination of the following:

you're driving too fast.
you're driving too slow.
you're driving too close to the car in front of us.
stop weaving in & out of traffic.

add the crazy curves of the atlanta interstate, & you've got the perfect recipe for a riled-up lauren.

but i do like to think that on this particular drive, i was rather calm & collected. on this particular drive, i was zoned in on capturing a sufficient photo of the skyline, as it morphed &…

carolina summer, day four: lazy time.

here is what happened on day four of my getaway to greenville:
lots of sleep pizza starbucks more sleep logan's roadhouse (for more chicken fingers) dessert at rita's (italian ice & frozen custard) movie night at the apartment with alex & ashley
it was a lovely, lazy kind of day.
('artwork' by yours truly)

carolina summer, day three: downtown greenville.

we woke on saturday morning to brunch at the green room on main street, which had caught my eye the first day i arrived in greenville. after my delicious salad - which coincidentally spawned my chicken-strips-and-honey-mustard binge for the rest of the trip - justin showed me around downtown, stopping first at coffee underground. need i say more? while the baristas whipped up our mint mochas, i dreamt of reading in the cozy nooks, which had that trademark coffeeshop vibe with air cold & caffeinated. we visited the falls at reddy park next, as i dreamt of doing yoga on the crisp, green grass. and how cool is it that greenville has a waterfall right in their downtown? i think it is really cool, myself.

after some shopping at the greenville mall, we decided mexican food & a movie were in order. so we stopped into don pablos for some buffalo & chipotle chicken tacos, which were delicious. the flick of the night was the change up, which had us laughing out loud almost the ent…

carolina summer, day two: places & faces.

the second day of my little carolina adventure was one of endless activity. the day began early, as we were headed to transylvania county to do some hiking & waterfall-visiting. we drove about an hour north, crossing the state line into north carolina. being avid bbq-lovers, we stopped along the road at hawg wild bar-b-que in brevard (a really cute little town). after our feast, we began the ascent of a winding road (our ears were popping the whole time) up to caesar's head, where we found breathtaking views & beautiful greenery, although it was a bit foggy.
then, it was on to looking glass falls. i should mention that, by now, we were cruising around in a cool 76 degrees, a welcome change from the humidity-laden 100+ i had been enduring in scorching louisiana. when we got to the falls, we walked down a pathway & some stone steps to reach  the base of the waterfall, where countless people were swimming and exploring. the sight of huge cliffs above and cool water below w…

carolina summer, day one: the beginning.

as with many trips, this one began on an airplane.
thursday of the first week of august, i jetted out of shreveport, bound for charlotte, north carolina. it was there that i would - after two months - be reunited with justin, my boyfriend of six years. these last two months had been the longest we had ever gone without seeing each other, even counting the time in these last six years that we have been separated.

and after many, many minutes of holding my breath & saying prayers, a look of panic spreading across my worried face every time the planes made an unfamiliar sound, i was finally on solid ground again.

as i made my way toward the baggage claim, i knew that this was the beginning of a new chapter in my life. justin's preceptorship was coming to a close, we were once again - finally - in the same location, & an east coast vacation of mountain climbing, fresh, new restaurants, & exciting adventures, was about to begin.

that first day brought rain storms (which we…

starbucks sunday: weekend snapshot.

it's true: i have been diligently contemplating when to write & post my first entry on this little ole blog. as i thought, i tried to determine which of the features or subjects of my last blog, pickle's progress, were my favorite. and the more i contemplated, the more the answer became clear.

so without further explanation, let the new-blog blogging begin with an old familiar favorite:

starbucks sunday.

tall non-fat caramel macchiato. 

there are many drinks that i like to rotate through when ordering at my very favorite coffee shop, starbucks. i'm aware that proclaiming starbucks as my favorite coffee shop makes me seem like a bit of a sell-out, but i have to tell you the truth. and the truth is, i love it.

lately, even though it's been positively sweltering outside due to the louisiana summer heat & humidity, i've been reaching for the benchmark staple in my starbucks routine. yes, it's hot. yes, it's heavy. yes, it's summer & i should proba…