Sunday, March 29, 2015

My Spring Break

I took this while flying into San Diego! I know I'm biased, but I just love my city and think it's so pretty!

My family and I spent the night in Palm Desert and stayed at the most beautiful resort. They even had a boat in the lobby that takes you to some nice restaurants. It was impressive to say the least!

I took this of our hotel at night. The lights and pool were so pretty and it was the perfect getaway for us. I would highly recommend the JW Marriott in Palm Desert if any of you ever visit!

I bought these sunglasses from the J. Crew Factory store for $12 over spring break and wore them every single day. I absolutely love them! Apparently Sophie needed a pair too - her eyes are closed in this because the sun was so bright!

This is what the rest of my spring break looked like! I am so lucky to live 5 minutes from this gorgeous beach. Being away at college makes coming home to this that much sweeter. I spent the second half of the week here swimming in the waves and soaking up the sun. The weather could not have been more perfect.

My last day at home, my parents and I went down to our favorite breakfast spot - an old train station by the beach that has been turned into a bakery/restaurant. My almond croissant and iced coffee were too pretty to not take a picture. 

This was hands down one of the best weeks. I am so lucky and grateful to live in such a beautiful place with people I love. I hope you all had a wonderful week as well!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Basic Beach Essentials

I had the most wonderful day at the beach yesterday and wanted to share! I have been lucky enough to grow up by the beach and through trial and error, learned what to bring and what not to bring. These are the must-have items that I have found necessary for enjoying the waves and sand!

1. A nice beach bag that is big enough to throw everything in is so important! Mine is from Nordstrom and wasn't too expensive. It's a good idea to bring one that you don't mind getting a little sand in.

2. Flip Flops are a must! They are so easy to slip on and off and protect your feet from the hot sand. An inexpensive pair is the way to go - I'm almost positive these were $10 from Target!

3. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! I love this Neutrogena one with SPF 30 for my face. I can still get tan without getting burned, plus it's waterproof!

4. A hair tie is so important for me since the salt water makes my hair super frizzy. I use this to throw my hair into a bun after taking a dip in the ocean. You can also braid your hair after it's wet and then let it dry to create beautiful beach waves!

5. This is the sunscreen I like to use on my body. It is a low SPF (8), but it prevents sunburns and does allow me to get a tan. Plus this one has argan oil which is super moisturizing!

6. I just bought these sunglasses from the J. Crew factory store and love them! They were only $12 and protect my eyes from the harsh sunlight that reflects off the sand and water. Sunglasses are a must!

Other things that I like to bring are headphones to listen to music and a great book or magazine to pass the time. Let me know if you're heading to the beach soon for spring break or summer and what you like to bring!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring Outfit

Happy first day of spring everyone! I am officially on spring break and heading back home to southern California. I can't wait to spend time outside soaking up the sunshine! This post is part of the linkup hosted by Seersucker Sass and Pick Your Beau. With the temperature warming up, I think this outfit would be so cute for a spring day walking around, shopping, or going out to eat. Let me know what spring pieces you are excited about this season!

Pick Your Beau

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Spring Jewelry

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I was recently browsing J. Crew's website and found so many cute jewelry pieces that made me so excited for spring! I am loving pastels and white for spring - and as always - gold. I think these would all be great for adding some sparkle to your wardrobe this upcoming season. Let me know which is your favorite! 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all had a great week - I was trying to enjoy mine these past few days because now it's time to study for finals. These are some of my favorite things at the moment - enjoy!

1.  I'm not gonna lie - this video got to me! My roommate sent this to me knowing it was something I'd love and she was right. The ending had me in tears - you did good Samsung!

2. The new arrivals from Reddress Boutique! I know I talk about them a lot, but they are one of my favorite online boutiques. This week was filled with new items for St. Patrick's Day. I especially love this dress and this clutch.

3. These dark chocolate peanut butter cups from Trader Joe's have been a staple this week. They aren't exactly the healthiest, but my mom sent them to me in a care package and I cannot stop eating them!

4. The Bachelor finale was this week and oh my goodness I could barely handle it. I'm not going to say the winner in case some of you have yet to watch it, but let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

WCW: Emma Watson

“Beauty is not long hair, skinny legs, tanned skin or perfect teeth. Believe me. Beauty is the face of who cried and now smiles, beauty is the scar on your knee since you fell when you were a kid, beauty is the circles when love doesn’t let you sleep, beauty is the expression on the face when the alarm rings in the morning, it’s the melted makeup when you have a shower, it’s the laughter when you make a joke you’re the only one who can understand, beauty is meeting his gaze and stopping understanding, beauty is your gaze when you see him, it’s when you cry for all you paranoias, beauty is the lines marked by time. Beauty is what we feel in the inside which also shows outside us. Beauty is the marks the life leaves on us, all the kicks and the caresses the memories leave us. Beauty is letting yourself live.” 
          ― Emma Watson

image taken from here

     Happy Wednesday everyone! After seeing this quote from Emma Watson, I wanted to share it with you all! Being a girl in today's society is hard. The standards of physical beauty that women are expected to achieve are often unattainable. It's an everyday practice to complain about flaws and dwell on features we would like to change. Perfection is something that people are striving for and unfortunately, it cannot be reached. We make beauty so much more complicated than it needs to be. 
     Life is much more fulfilling when the focus shifts from beauty being defined as physical attractiveness to an entire array of things. Emma Watson is my woman crush wednesday today because of how she defines beauty (not to mention, her outfit in the photo above is on point). She is highly educated and uses her powerful voice for gender equality. The people in my life that I find the most beautiful are the ones who are chasing big dreams, who get knocked down but then get back up, who find the beauty in every day, and the ones who are using their voice to help others. I am challenging myself, as well as all of you, to be Emma Watson beautiful!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Skin Care Routine

1. Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser: Although I only started using this recently, this is hands down my favorite cleanser! It is gentle enough to use daily and does not leave my face feeling stripped of moisture. I would highly recommend this if you are on the search for a good cleanser!

2. Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer: This is actually the product that inspired me to do this post because I love it so much! I have been using it every morning and night for over 5 years now, and it was actually recommended to me by my dermatologist. If you have dry skin, this is a must! Aveeno also makes this same moisturizer with SPF, which I would also recommend.

3. St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub: This is my favorite exfoliant. I use this about once or twice a week to get all the dead skin cells off. It smells very fresh and leaves my skin feeling super soft; however, you wouldn't want to use this more than twice a week since it is pretty harsh.

4. Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner: This is my favorite toner because it is alcohol-free. I find that it does not strip my skin like most other toners do that contain alcohol. I just apply it with a cotton pad after using my cleanser to remove any remaining dirt or makeup. 

5. Tea Tree Face Mask: I like to use this face mask once a week. I feel like using face masks is one of those little pleasures in life that make me feel pampered. It might not make a huge difference in my skin, but I feel like it does do something.

6. L'Oreal Eye Defense: I am only 19, but I have been using eye cream for about a year to prevent wrinkles in the future, help with puffiness and dark circles, and keep my eye area moisturized in general. This one is extremely moisturizing and I would highly recommend it; however, I don't have wrinkles yet, so I don't know if it helps with that, but I imagine it would!

7. Tea Tree Oil: I like using tea tree oil as a spot treatment for any acne. I find that it does help spots heal faster and it's all natural!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

One Year Blogiversary

I cannot believe that Lauren Rose Prep is a year old as of today! So many things have changed for the better because of this blog. I wanted to celebrate by highlighting some of my favorite posts that I have written and some of my favorite people I have connected with!
Starting this blog took a big leap of courage for me, considering I had no idea what I was doing. But I am beyond happy that I did and have had so many amazing experiences and opportunities because of it. Thank you to everyone who has been on this journey with me - it means the world!

My favorite posts:
1. Sorority Formal/Prom Looks
2. My Workout Routine
3. Style Steal: Taylor Swift & Reese Witherspoon
4. My Dorm Room
5. College Advice

My favorite interviews:
1. Interview with Logan Brill
2. Interview with Chase Bryant
3. Interview with John King

My favorite bloggers:
1. Seersucker Sass
2. The Green Bows
3. The College Life Stylist
4. A Pop of Pink
5. The one who inspired me in the first place The College Prepster

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Spring Swimsuits

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With less than 3 weeks left of school, spring break is the only thing on my mind! I cannot wait to go home and spend hours at the beach and pool. One of my favorite parts about the spring time is stocking up on a few new swimsuits. This year, I am loving the bright colors and florals. These are a few of my favorites out there right now - let me know what you will be wearing this year!