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May 28, 2015

things I love (a great distraction // 28).


I cannot wait for this.

taking travel documenting to a whole.new.level.

100 years of beauty. lovely!

nothing beats a good burn.

this. hilarious.
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May 22, 2015

things I love (a great distraction // 27).


girlfriends are the coolest.

also, the secret to female friendships. I think this is so true!

yes.

on confidence.

I could definitely downsize for this.
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April 28, 2015

adventures I love (austin).


"bravely quest for all life has to offer, making the journey your only home". 

or so an adorable poet at a tiny typewriter once mused for me.

a few months ago it had been just long enough since my last quest. I was dying to put that next thing on my calendar. as luck would have it, sarah is my adventure spirit animal, and I knew it would take about a minute to convince her to go. so austin. we were coming for you. 

naturally nothing was planned. I did some blog stalking and list reading, jotted down a few recommended corners of the city known for great food, good music, etc. we'd figure it out. and we did. quite successfully, I'd say. 


stay. hotels were out of control expensive in the south congress area where we wanted to stay. a little looking led me to verde camp, an adorable bunch of 1930's bungalows tucked away in a quiet neighborhood just far enough from the main street to be a walkable retreat. we stayed in the yellow rose, a one bedroom, one bath house shaded by big, leafy trees with front and back porches MADE for beers at dusk. it was the perfect place to stay, and I would recommend it over and over again. check it out! 

our only goals were live music, killer food and some quirky stops along the way. here were our favorites! 








eat. look. it was hot when we visited. bright, sticky, hot. naturally our first stop on south congress was casey's new orleans snowballs. later that night after beers at doc's, we stopped by austin institution, home slice pizza. you can grab it to go or wait for a table, and no matter how you indulge, it's awesome. the next morning we started with coffee (and people watching) at jo's. my favorite of the trip was probably lunch at the epic elizabeth st. cafe, where vietnamese dishes are served in maybe the prettiest setting I've ever seen. naturally, we closed out the weekend with a drive out to the salt lick - who doesn't love piles of bbq before heading to the airport? #worthit. 

honorable mentions included tacos from guero's, cupcakes from hey cupcake! and a stop at one of a handful of the country's TOM's stores and Roasting Co. for one of the best iced coffees I've had (and I've had. a. lot.). 













do. most of the weekend was spent on foot, wandering the city. we stopped by the well known continental club gallery for some live music, checked out the farmers market (and were gifted poems about space & adventure!), trekked up to the HOPE outdoor gallery (an instagrammers dream) and napped in the grass at barton springs pool

shop. we didn't venture beyond south congress for shopping, but I picked up some treasures at parts & labour & the gypsy wagon. the whole area is dotted with great places to check out, from vintage to modern, it's all there, and if you're not careful you'll be buying bags to haul it all home in. 

long story short, austin is a texas gem. a gem you should absolutely add to your list! 

love.lauren 
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April 22, 2015

things I love (a great distraction // 26).


happy earth day, friends. 

this is a thing. a delicious, delicious thing.

handy desk job tricks. did you know about all of these?

this has been making the rounds this week. do you have a moral bucket list?

ha! adorable.

travel goals

try to be more like meryl, ladies. 


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April 12, 2015

things I love (a great distraction // 25).

adventure planning and wearing my saint christopher necklace

how did I not know about this? you guys. mind, blown. life, upgraded (also, the guy in the video...c'mon! hilarious).

laura's posts always get me thinking. who do you need approval from? 

one of life's most important lessons

a month without complaining. could you do it? 

the best movies of the decade. do you agree? 

love.lauren


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March 31, 2015

things I love (a great distraction // 24).



I sort of love that these exist in NYC. would you live in one?

safety is so cute.

oh hanx.

agree, agree, agree.

so true. and so sad. let's get it together ladies!

love.lauren
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March 15, 2015

things I love (an hour well spent).

One of my favorite things to do on a Sunday while I'm catching up with life is listen to podcasts. There are lots of great ones. It's the perfect way to spend an hour maybe laughing, maybe learning, maybe getting some killer life advice. Here are three of my favorites (lately). 



Invisibilia. Man, this one's good. But for real, NPR doesn't really turn out BAD podcasts (hello, Serial!). Two cool gals got together and decided to share stories about things you can't see. Latin for "all the invisible things", Invisibilia is about the unseen forces that drive us - beliefs, ideas, assumptions, emotions. The first season is over, so now is the PERFECT time to catch up. Listen here.



Dear Sugar. Okay, by now, you've seen (and hopefully read) Wild. You probably loved it (I hope you loved it). Maybe you've done your Cheryl Strayed due diligence and found out about her time as part of anonymous advice columnist duo, Dear Sugar. Well, friends, the Sugars are back and delivering advice of the podcast variety, and it's good. Real good. Listen here. And once you've fallen in love, go ahead and buy Tiny Beautiful Things. A compilation of some of Strayed's most beautiful words. It's so good you'll loan it to friends and miss it while it's gone. 



The Nerdist. Who doesn't love a little geek talk? The Nerdist, hosted by comedian (and former Singled Out host) Chris Hardwick, is basically an hour of Hardwick and his nerdy friends chatting with someone more famous than them. Sometimes it's Bill Gates, sometimes it's Sleater-Kinney, sometimes it's Nick Kroll or Benedict Cumberbatch. And it's always good. Always. Listen here
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