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Thursday, March 29, 2012

spread the love #4 & elissa hudson giveaway

i want to introduce you to an

designer & artist. 
i am honestly so honored to write about her, 
and i feel like whatever i write will not give her justice.
her name is:
elissa hudson
she does the most incredible lettering and illustration.
here is one of her most popular prints from her etsy shop:
I Believe in Pink wall art Print
i've seen this all over pinterest.
and isn't it absolutely fabulous?

& this print is one of my favorites:
love you more wall art print
i LOVE the color choice and the softness of the print.
(the colors are similar to my blog's colors, no wonder i love them!)

and really, i have only given you a tiny, tiny sneak peek of how amazing she is.
so check out her etsy shop & website.
and here's the best news...
elissa has so so graciously offered to do a giveaway on my blog!
the lucky winner will get the print of their choice from her etsy shop (excluding custom orders).

click read more to enter,
and don't forget to link up to the party as well!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

stay beautiful: floral dress

today is day two of the stay beautiful series.
here's day one if you missed it.

today's outfit is similar to this one from the back to december series.
taylor wears a lot of floral dresses, and i love them all.

here's hers:

here's mine:

and a floral necklace to go with it:

hope you are enjoying the series, 
6 outfits left!
the next one will be on monday.
spread the love link up party is going up tomorrow morning
& a giveaway as well that you will all LOVE!!
i promise 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

stay beautiful day one: sun hat

it's finally here!
welcome to the stay beautiful 8 days of taylor swift fashion series!
i have to give a little disclaimer first:
all the outfits are INSPIRED by taylor swift...
as much as i wish i did, i have none of the same clothes she does.
that being said, 
here is today's inspiration:
miss taylor on the cover of vouge.
LOVE it.

and here's my version:

i pulled a yellow sweater i got from target YEARS ago to match her yellow.
i tied in the blue on her sleeves in my shorts (got them from shade).
i do not have a brown sun hat, but pulled in the brown with my shoes.
looks like a summer day for me!

what do you think about day one?
come back tomorrow for day two!
{love} lauryn

Monday, March 26, 2012

eleven things post

i'm not really huge into blogging games.
i don't know why. i know that is so bah-hum-bug.
but i thought this eleven things post is pretty cute, 
and it's a fun way to get to know bloggers behind the blogs!
it took me awhile to actually get to writing it..because the rules confused me.
seriously, look at them they are confusing!
but so fun :)

i was tagged by two people,
but i chose to answer questions from jess at tenpenny splendid because she tagged me first.

here are the rules:
1. post these rules.

2. post a photo of yourself and 11 random things.
3. answer the questions set for you in the original post.
4. create 11 new questions and tag people to answer them.
5. go to their blog/twitter and tell them you’ve tagged them. 

<<my eleven random things:>>

1. i am a dancer.
2. i organize and rearrange things too much.
3. i am a very picky eater.
4. i am pretty sure harry potter is real.
5. i play the piano.
6. i love to play dress up.
7. halloween is my favorite holiday.
8. i love to play spider solitaire before bed.
9. i bite the inside of my cheek when i'm stressed.
10. i can go the whole day without drinking liquids and not even notice.
11. i hate being lied to.

<<here are jess's questions>>

1. What food do you typically crave?
apples. definitely my favorite food.

2. Do you have any superstitions? Things that are lucky or unlucky to you? Explain!
not really. 
i don't like going up the stairs alone sometimes, i always feel like someone is following me. 
but that's not really superstitious.

3. Would you be friends with high school you? Why or why not?
yes, i tried to be friends to others the best i knew how at the time. 
i have to admit, i was a little obnoxious. but hey, you gotta have some FUN!

4. What was your first pet?
jake. a sweet sweet white german shepherd. 

5. What's one TV show you'll never get tired of?
oh i have to pick one? think i gotta say friday night lights. LOVE that show.

6. What has been your favorite age so far?
i do love the age i am now, but i have to say loved 17. i was in my prime, man! haha. 
plus i was dating my sweetheart hubby, had all my great friends, but had little to worry about. 
seems like life has been a big pile of stress lately! school, taxes, work, etc. 
high school was so stress free..ah the days.

7. What's one product you couldn't (or at least wouldn't want to) live without?
mascara. i have zero eyelashes...but they are growing!

8. What is your favorite summer beverage?
love me some slurpees :)

9. Now that summer's on the brain, what is your favorite warm weather activity?
BOATING! definitely. i also LOVE camping. seriously, i just love summer. 

10. Is there a recent trend you just can't/couldn't get on board with? What is it?
i don't really love the cheetah print stuff.

11. What's your idea of the perfect night? (Out or in!)

as long as i'm with my hubby, i'm good. i love this boy!

<<now here are my questions>>

1. what has been your most rebellious moment?
2. what would be your dream job?
3. do you own a favorite clothing item? describe it to us!
4. what is your favorite perfume/lotion scent?
5. if you had to listen to the same song over and over, what would it be?
6. what is your favorite life adventure so far?
7. what is the craziest thing you've ever eaten?
8. if you could pick a character from any movie/story/book/etc., who would it be?
9. where is your favorite place to go shopping?
10. would you rather have cake, ice cream, or both?
11. do you have a life aspiration? what is it?

i am tagging:
stacie from curious damsel
nat from modern buttercup
sarah from oh, lovely things
& tara from deer in a bottle

if you have already done it, no worries!
you never know with these things.

WHEW! done.
t-swift starts tomorrow & a giveaway on friday!
happy day people 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

grandma's watch & a cloche hat.

i'm a new auntie to a sweet little baby girl! 
so so fun.
thank yo for all your sweet comments everyone.
she is a darling baby.
because of all the hype, i didn't get to reach out to as many of you for the link party.
although the link party was smaller, we had a BUNCH of great linkups this time!

i was super excited to see them all!
if you haven't see the inspiration, check it out.
thanks for everyone who linked up!

the stay beautiful series starts on wednesday!
i'm getting pretty excited about it.

so today, i figure i'll warm us up with a fashion post!
you can never get too many, right?

before i get to the post, let me answer some questions that may arise.

my hair has changed! it is now brunette not blonde.

i am not a natural brunette, i'm a natural blonde.
but like it MUCH better dark.
i tried for a second going natural... didn't love it.
brunette is my fake natural. hehe.

this will make the taylor swift series a little more difficult this time around!
(the outfits will still be awesome, so don't run away!)

my pants are wrinkled.

i have never heard of an iron.
(totally kidding. i just hate ironing!)

we will move on to the post now :)
here's what i wore saturday:

shirt//hat//pearl bracelets//pants//necklace//
watch:grandma's//red&braid bracelets:handmade
see cute little trixie girl at the top there?
she can't leave your feet.
by the end of the day, my pants were TRASHED.
why must pups play in the mud before they walk all over you!!

it's a monday (almost)
hip hooray!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

spread the love #3

happy weekend, 
and welcome to the party!
so happy, my baby niece is being born today!
i can't wait to see her!!
and for blog news, get ready for
taylor swift fashion
coming again soon!!

now let's party!
share the love is a weekend wrap up party.
share with us ANYTHING you have been 
working on, crushing on, making, baking etc. this week.
this party has NO RULES.
rules are too hard for me.
if you want to link up a URL, feel free!

i would REALLY REALLY love it if you follow my blog in some manner.
check out ways to follow in the sidebar.
if you like the party, add a button or a link somewhere to your blog!
not required, just nice to do...help spread the love!

love notes by lauryn

the party will last from friday morning to monday morning each week.
now, have fun and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

you can stand under my umbrella printable

at the beginning of this week, 
i posted about some watercolors and lettering.
many of you made a comment that you loved the umbrella art, 
so i decided to make a printable!
this download is free for you! 
just click the icon below the image.

all i ask is that you follow my blog in some way before downloading.
thanks so much! 
and thanks for all the sweet comments

Sunday, March 18, 2012

lettering & watercolors

hello everyone!
welcome to a brand new week 
thank you SOO much for another successful party!
(it's still open for a few more hours if you want to link up!)
i spent some time doing some lettering & watercolors this weekend.
here are a few pictures of what i came up with:

*you can download this print now, 

what do you think?
let's make this week a great one!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

spread the love #2

if you came last week to link up,
there was no party.
and you can likely tell from sparse posts
it has been a busy, crazy time for me.
so, please.
show me what you've been working on and,
spread the love!

spread the love is a weekend wrap up link party.
share with us ANYTHING you have been 
working on, crushing on, making, baking etc. this week.
this party has NO RULES.
rules are too hard for me.
if you want to link up a URL, feel free!

i would REALLY REALLY love it if you follow my blog in some manner.
check out ways to follow in the sidebar.
if you like the party, add a button or a link somewhere to your blog!
not required, just nice to do...help spread the love!

love notes by lauryn

the party will last from friday morning to monday morning each week.
now, have fun and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

a little something to look at

hello, hello!
thought i'd share these family blocks with you today.
i made these for my sis in law for christmas.
i used old earrings as embellishments.
not because i didn't like the earrings, 
but because the other earring was lost!
so here's a good use to the cute earrings i could no longer wear:

hope things are going lovely!

just an announcement...
taylor swift round 2 is coming SOON!!!
so make sure you are stopping by 
{love} lauryn

Sunday, March 11, 2012

playing catch up

i know i am not "supposed" to apologize when blogging.
but i do.
it's not fair to you all to expect a post and not get one!
so i am sorry!

let's catch up.

+i started up a link party last weekend.
it was fabulous!
this weekend i had midterm projects due, so...
the post for this weekend didn't make it up. 
but the party will be here next weekend! promise.
so please come back and link up on friday!
in the mean time, check out the great linkups!

+the giveaway with the green berry shop has ended.
congratulations to
she won the scarf giveaway!
(you will be contacted soon!)

+because of all this school and work business,
i'm having a hard time keeping up with the blog.
so i am looking for guest posters with GREAT content.
click here to fill out a submission form.

have a wonderful day!
thanks so much for reading.
makes me SMILE!!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

20 button diy's

i love buttons.
there are SO many fun things to do with buttons,
i thought i would gather some in a list for easy reference!
so here you go, 

1:button bobby pins
A Homemaker's Journal: button bobby pins

2:button wall art/photo holder

3:button wreath on fabric

4:button magnets
Tutorial Tuesday: Easy Button Magnets
5:button paperclips

6:button frame

7:button shoes

8:button bouquet
tired and wired, we ruin too easy | flying buttresses

9:button belt
Makenzi and Madilyn: : project restyle - buttons galore belt

10:button bracelet
obstinate pursuit
Bead & Button Bracelet - Finished

11:button headband #1
Crafted: How to: Button headband

12:button headband #2
Stitch Craft Create | Shimmering Button Hairpieces

13:button ring
rubies and pearls
Rubies and Pearls: Button Ring

14:button tray
mel stampz
button tray mel stampz

15:button flowers
freckled nest

16:button artwork

17:button monogram
living with punks
Living with Punks: Sew Cool {Specimen Art} Part Tres

18:button coasters #1
thirdcoast digest
TCDIY: Resolve to Redecorate | ThirdCoast Digest

19:button coasters #2
craft stylish
How to Make a Woven Button Coaster - CraftStylish

20:button heart pillow
all about you
Heart patterned cushion

i love so many of these.
the button belt, button art...
i need to get to work!
how about you?
think you'll try any of these?

happy wednesday everyone!

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