Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sick Day

You all know that feeling. Suddenly your throat is scratchy, your head starts to hurt, and you think of the million things you have to do and how you cannot afford to be sick. I used to panic when I knew I was getting sick because let's face it, who has time for that?! I would try and work through it only to realize that not allowing time for myself to get better actually made me worse. Now when I feel a cold coming on, I use it as an excuse to put on some comfy clothes, snuggle up on the couch, and give my body the rest that it needs.
One of my favorite things to do when I am around the house is to dress comfortably. I am usually in shorts or leggings and a big t-shirt. If any of you are with me on that, I highly suggest you check out the Southern Shirt Company. No this is not sponsored, but just look at their website and tell me those clothes do not look so soft and comfortable! I put together some of their shirts along with necessities for getting better. If any of you are feeling under the weather, I hope you feel better soon!


Monday, July 28, 2014

Get To Know Me!

It still blows my mind that people read my blog! Even though I do put a lot of my life on here and I feel like you all have a good idea about who I am, I thought 15 random facts would be fun. I would love for you to leave me at least one random fact about yourself in the comments below because I want to get to know you as well!

1. I have never broken a bone or gotten a cavity.
2. I have one younger brother who is 17 (he is the best)! If you would like to see him featured in a post let me know!
3. I have been to over 20 states in the United States including Alaska and Hawaii.
4. I love to bake and my family has me make the 'best chocolate chip cookies' often.
5. I met Taylor Swift at a concert when I was invited to the T-Party and she was the sweetest person ever. I will always be a fan.
6. I consider myself to be a combination of both an extrovert and an introvert.
7. I have read the entire series of Nancy Drew books - they were my favorite growing up.
8. I got to ride in a helicopter when I visited Hawaii.
9. I played field hockey and ran the mile on my high school track team.
10. My favorite food is chips with salsa and guacamole.
11. I can play the guitar and piano.
12. I played the piano at Disneyland as well as my cousins' wedding when I was six years old.
13. It is my dream to visit Italy, France, Greece, New York City, and Nashville.
14. My favorite way to pamper myself is to get a pedicure.
15. I love going on airplanes - being above the clouds is one of my favorite views!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Get More ZZZZZZs


One of the most frustrating things in my opinion is not being able to fall asleep at night. When this happens to me, I get stressed because I know I need to fall asleep, which makes it even harder! Through the years, I have found some natural ways to help myself fall asleep and stay asleep. If any of you have advice, leave it in the comments!

1. No technology 30 minutes before bed. This is a common tip that I'm sure many of you have heard, but it is so much easier said than done. I am guilty of using my computer to watch YouTube videos or Netflix before bed. However that harsh light in your eyes wakes you up instead of making you sleepy. Plus, I know that watching my favorite shows gets me excited and I get really into them. This does not help me fall asleep when they are over. Instead, try reading a book. This will quiet your mind and help you relax.

2. Sleepytime tea and a snack. I am not sure if this tea actually makes me sleepy or if it's more of a placebo effect, but either way it honestly helps me fall asleep. Although it's not good to eat right before bed, I will have this tea and some kind of a bar (I like Kind or Lara bars). This way, I am not consuming a lot of food, but I'm not hungry either. Trying to fall asleep while I'm hungry is nearly impossible for me because it's all I can focus on.

3. Take a warm shower or bath. This is one of my favorite ways to relax and unwind after a long day. Use a nice smelling shower gel and moisturizing lotion for a spa-like feeling.

4. Journal. If you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night, it can often be due to stress or anxiety, even if you aren't consciously aware of it. Something that can help is writing down your thoughts and emotions. Just getting it on paper and out of your mind will stop your brain from racing thoughts.

5. Deep Breathing. Sleep is actually just a very relaxed state. One way to enter a state of relaxation (the first step to falling asleep) is to control your breath by breathing deeply and slowly. Doing this for a few minutes can calm you down and you'll find yourself falling asleep in no time. 

I am not a professional and if you have serious problems sleeping or insomnia, you should see a doctor. These are just some tips to try if you're having a rough night. Picture from Pottery Barn

Saturday, July 26, 2014

My Trip to Colorado

So here I am again a little behind on posts - I'm trying I promise! I just got back today from visiting my roommate/best friend from school at her house in Denver. I had the best time and Colorado has easily become one of my favorite places. I will be back to posting regularly now that I am back starting tomorrow. In the meantime, I thought I'd share some of my pictures and experiences from the trip!

I hiked a Rocky Mountain at 14,150 feet! Talk about a personal accomplishment!



I also went to see the sunrise at Red Rocks. It was hands down one of the most amazing things I've ever seen!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Recruitment Guest Post featuring Seersucker Sass!

Happy Wednesday everyone - I'm so excited about this post! About a week ago I emailed Seersucker Sass asking if she would do a guest post about the recruitment process for greek life. I am a huge fan of hers so when she said yes, I was so excited! When you're done reading this, make sure to go check out her blog as well! Also, I will be doing my own post about my sorority experience soon, so be on the lookout for that. If you have any questions about recruitment or sororities, leave them in the comments below!

I am so excited to be writing on Lauren Rose Prep today!  If you've never stopped by my blog before, A Little Seersucker Sass is a fashion and lifestyle blog where I share my thoughts on fashion and beauty, some helpful hints, and my experiences as a Christian.  There is a little bit of everything, and something new almost every day!  

Choosing to go through sorority recruitment is a big decision, but I will honestly tell you that it has been one of the best decisions of my life.  When I look back on my college years, the first memories that come to mind are those that occurred with my sisters.  I experienced sorority recruitment in three different ways - as a potential new member (PNM), an active sister, and as a Recruitment Counselor.  It's a lot to take in, so I've prepared a list of somethings to expect in order to make the transition a breeze!

NEW TERMINOLOGY
Your vocabulary is about to grow!  Like I stated earlier, you are now a PNM aka a "potential new member."  You will meet legacies - women whom have a family tie to certain chapters.  (Different sororities will have a different "definition" of what makes a lady a legacy.  Some chapters include aunts or stepmothers as legacies, and others simply count a mother, grandmother, or sister.)  You will hear a lot about philanthropies - organizations that sororities help by donating time and money.  

RECRUITMENT COUNSELORS
Your recruitment counselor will be your fairy godmother throughout the week.  She has disassociated from her chapter in order to help make recruitment a positive experience for ladies like yourself! She will make sure that you get a list of your parties, know where you're going, etc.  If you have any questions or are confused about anything, she's your gal!  (Note:  Some schools use greek letters like "Pi Rho Chi" or "Pi Chi" instead of the term "recruitment counselor.")

PARTIES
The parties you go to in recruitment probably aren't like the parties that you're used to.  There's not music and dancing, but instead there is conversation with some videos and a skit sprinkled in.  Some conversations will be one-on-one or you may be in a group with multiple girls.  It varies based on night and university.  The rooms are generally pretty loud since they're jam-packed with other girls.  The point of the recruitment parties is for conversations to occur between PNMs and active sisters.  This is their chance to get to know you and see if you would be a good fit for their chapter.

CHAOS
Recruitment is chaotic.  The entire week that it occurs will be a whirlwind.  If you go into it prepared for a little bit of chaos, you'll be just fine!

WEIRD RULES
When I went through, I didn't understand why I couldn't talk to any of my friends who were in sororities.  Or why sorority girls couldn't talk to me after class.  Quite frankly, I think that some of the Panhellenic and university rules are silly and make Greek women look so snobbish.  However, rules are rules, and a lot of schools don't allow PNMs and active sisters or alumni to fraternize in order to avoid active sisters pressuring girls to join their chapter.  

GENUINE FRIENDSHIPS
Be prepared to meet some of your best friends through your recruitment group.  Even if you don't go to the same chapter, you will bond over the somewhat stressful yet very exciting experience that is sorority recruitment!  And if you do go to the same chapter, you'll have an automatic friend at bid day!

GETTING "RELEASED" FROM A HOUSE
It is not uncommon for women not to receive a call-back from a house that they had their hearts set on.  My advice is not to take it personally, and continue along with the recruitment process.  Remember - sorority recruitment is about finding the chapter that is best fit for you! And while you may think that XYZ was the only chapter you would enjoy, don't be so quick to discount all of the other chapters that did call you back!  They see you as a potential fit for their chapter, and that's a great thing!  And don't be too hard on yourself.  Chapters drop girls for a multitude of reasons.  Your GPA may have been below their cutoff, or you may not have talked to girls that you meshed with.  Being released from a house does not reflect on your self-worth.

WAITING
There will be lots of waiting.  Bring homework, a book, or a game to play with your group mates!

OTHER HELPFUL HINTS
  • Bring snacks.  I stay hungry, and at my university, there aren't many food opportunities available after a certain time.  Plus, you don't want your tummy to be growling over the conversation you're having!
  • Ask questions.  I was always impressed by women who asked questions.  It made the conversation flow easier, and I loved hearing someone show an interest in my sorority.  
  • Go to pre-rush events.  It gives you a chance to talk with sorority sisters in an informal setting.
  • Keep an open mind.  I went into recruitment with my heart set on a certain chapter.  The absolute last chapter that I wanted anything to do with was Kappa Delta because of what I had been told by girls in other chapters.  But on the second night of recruitment, I dropped the chapter that I was dead set on in hopes of another night at Kappa Delta.  Now, I can't imagine my life without Kappa Delta!

I hope that you will find these tips helpful!  Anything you'd like to add to the list?  And if you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email at seersuckersass(at)gmail(com).  Thanks for reading my post & a huge thank you to Lauren for this opportunity!  

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Summer Date Ideas & Outfit


1. Get ice cream and go for a walk in the park 
This is a great first date because it provides a lot of time for talking and allows the both of you to get to know each other. Being in a place such as a park also gives you conversation topics if you run out of things to talk about. Plus who doesn't want ice cream?!

2. Go to a movie
There are some great movies that come out during the summertime. Starting a date with a movie is great, but it can make it hard to get to know someone. I would recommend doing this if you've been dating for at least a few weeks. However, you could do this as a first date, then get dinner after. It would give you something to talk about too!

3. Go for a swim
It helps if you live by a beach or lake, but you don't have to! A pool works as well. This is a great way to spend time in the summer, and the both of you can work on your tan! It's always relaxing to be  by the water, at least for me, so it's a great way to spend time with someone!

4. Visit a theme park
It's always fun to be at a theme park, boardwalk, zoo, or any place that brings out the inner child in you! Again, actually doing an activity with someone provides easy conversation topics and can prevent things from getting awkward! 

I hope you all enjoyed this post! These are some fun date ideas that you can do with your boyfriend, or if you're single like me, with your friends! You can still have fun this summer regardless of your relationship status!

xoxo,
Lauren

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

By the Seaside

Being by the sea is one of my favorite places to be. There's something calming about a salty breeze and the sound of waves crashing in the background. The colors are also soothing and one of my favorite combinations with the contrasting shades of blue and beige. This outfit is inspired by summer and the sense of ease that the ocean brings. Happy summer to all!


Monday, July 7, 2014

Reddress Boutique

Disclaimer: This is not sponsored at all! Reddress Boutique is probably my favorite online boutique. Their stuff is so cute and not terribly expensive. They also update their site almost everyday with new stuff and I want it all! They have everything from clothing to shoes to accessories. I highly recommend you check it out! Below I have found some of my favorite pieces and outfits for summer from their site, but go see for yourself! Let me know what some of your favorite online boutiques are below!


Friday, July 4, 2014

Don't Forget the SPF!

Summer is in full swing here in San Diego! I've been spending so much time outside between the pool, beach, and my job (at a theme park). I'm proud to say that I have only gotten one sunburn so far! Using SPF is so important for the protection of your skin against sun damage as well as cancer. These are some of my favorite products to use to fight those harmful UV rays! It's okay to enjoy the sun this summer, but be safe and smart about it!


1. Hats are a must for me! Not only do they protect your hair and face from harmful UV rays, but they also make any outfit look that much more fabulous! This one from Target is affordable and I love the white and blue stripes for summer!

2. BB creams are a somewhat new product, but have been on the market for a few years now. I love them year round, but especially in the summer. They are not as heavy as foundation, but still provide coverage. And you guessed it - this one from Maybelline has SPF as well!

3. L'Oreal EverPure UV Protect Spray is a product that I found online and haven't tried but really want to! It's a spray that essentially acts like sunscreen for your hair! I have highlights, or color treated hair, and the sun can change the color if I'm not careful. It's around $8 on Amazon - sounds good to me!

4. Sunglasses are a must! Not only is it painful to be squinting all day, but too much sun exposure to the eyes can cause cataracts in the future. To all my fellow blue eyed people out there, wear sunglasses!

5. This Hawaiian Tropic sheer touch sunscreen is my favorite hands down (and I've tried a lot)! To me, it doesn't smell like sunscreen or leave that gross oily feeling that other ones do. This one also has just the right amount of shimmer to make give you that extra glow at the beach or pool!

6. Trust me on this one, lips can get sunburned too and it's very painful! I always make sure to use SPF on my lips when I'm going to be out in the sun for long periods of time. However, you don't have to slather on gross sunscreen because many companies make lip gloss and balms that have SPF in them, such as this one from Neutrogena.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Update

Hi everyone I just wanted to give you guys a quick update! Unfortunately, my summer hasn't been the dream summer that I had hoped for. I have been working a lot, way more than I expected to. Also, if you follow me on twitter, you know that yesterday my little dog Sophie was diagnosed with cancer. And before you say it, I know it's just a dog, but she is more than that to my family, and all of our hearts are breaking. I'm sorry if this is somewhat depressing, but that's life sometimes. June was not my best month of blogging, but I'm determined to be better this month! I hope all of you are having a great summer and enjoying the nice weather! Also, let me know what posts you want to see - I have a few ideas but could always use more!

xoxo,
Lauren Rose