Life as Lauren Elle

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

APRIL 7th 2018 - OUR WEDDING

The Best Day of My Life
As our anniversary is approaching I'm feeling very sentimental for our wedding day. Every detail ended up being sooo perfect and I cannot thank everyone who made this day so special enough. 
Katie Syrek did my makeup - She is one of my childhood best friends and she did such an amazing job! She gave me the most perfect look for my wedding day. 
If you know me, you know I love shoes. As soon as I saw these Valentino's I knew they were exactly what I wanted to wear on my wedding day. 

Our Rings - Kyle's has Olive Wood around the inside and black Tungsten on the outside. My Ring is my dream come true. We had it custom designed by our friends who own Olive Avenue. It's a step cut emerald cut diamond for the center stone and two little triangle cut diamonds for the sides set low on a very thin gold band because I'm clumsy and didn't want it to catch on anything.

My Girls!!! - Sisters/ Friends. I Love them all so much!

We got sealed in the Gilbert Temple

The "Updated" Macdonald Clan - minus Quinton (Sorry Q!!) 

Kyle is the first new addition to my fam, Marcus finally has a brother. needless to say Kyle fits in so well with my family it seems like he's always been there!

Hi handsome, it's been a year and I love you even more than I did on our wedding day.

So Emily Burton did the flowers for our whole wedding and I Loved them!! Emily got exactly what I wanted perfectly. Highly recommend her!

Kyle and I really wanted to have a small ring ceremony for any family and friends that couldn't be inside the temple with us. 

We wrote our own vows to each other and Kyle, true to form had me laughing SO HARD. 
he vowed to make me laugh everyday and you know what, I think he has.

"I can’t promise you that life will be perfect or easy- but I can promise you my everlasting love and devotion. 
  • I promise I will always kiss your cheek when you’re driving, even if the seatbelt makes me wiggle. 
  • I promise I will always do my best to bring happiness and light into our lives. 
  • I can’t promise your procrastination won’t frustrate me to no end sometimes, but I can promise to consistently work on patience and understanding. 
  • I can’t promise the Phoenix Suns will ever win a championship, But I can promise, I’ll cheer them on right by your side, no matter how bad they are… 
  • I promise to always let you win at the pokemon board game- now that I’ve beat you by a landslide. 
  • I promise to always push you to be the best that you can be and reach your true potential. 
  • And I promise to never cut my hair because I know you like it long. 

My moto, My toaster mule, my best friend. My love for you is inadequately expressed in words but I promise to show you with actions for the rest of my life.
Ever since our first date, I knew you were the one. It brings me so much joy to see how far we’ve come. 
I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you. 
Kyle Alexander Macdonald, You’re my match made in heaven and I’m so glad I found the one. 

With this ring I give you my heart to always be yours and my hand to always hold. "

Of course Trixie had to make an appearance. We don't have a puppy yet but it's on the horizon ;)

We chose a sparkler send off and we loved it!

Our first look was so much fun! We did this the Saturday before the wedding which also happened to be the day that I got my hair done by Bradi & My makeup run through with Katie.  

I Love you so much Kyle. Here's to many more years together!
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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Time to Start Again

This past year has been... well busy, life changing, too many adjectives. I haven't posted since last April for a couple of reasons. One, I moved to Seattle and I thought I was going to stay there for school but instead I started dating the love of my life who brought me back to Arizona, again. I swear no matter how hard I try to leave this place I keep getting brought back! 
This year has brought a lot of self reflection. I've learned that I'm a perfectionist and sometimes it bites me in the ass, sometimes however it pushes me to be better and do better. I've learned to let go of things I cant control and to stop waisting time on people who don't add value or light to my life. 
I have learned what it means to be happy and in love and I have had so many trials and adventures along the way. I'm grateful for everyone I have met within the last year and I'm so happy with where I am today. Planning a Wedding, building my career, and starting the next chapter of my life
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

1000 Steps of Joy


you literally cannot see the bottom from the top... thats a lot of stairs.



" Nemi smile "
 


My hair looks like a heart huh?! <3


these gosh dang seagulls ate Nemi's burrito. Hope they enjoyed it at least!


 Nothing is more fun than a beach day with your bestie. 
This last weekend I got to drive down from my usual hub of Huntington Beach, to my favorite spot in Laguna. 1000 steps beach is my happy place! I could sit on this beach and watch the waves roll in for hours. I think it's important to take time to do things that make us truly happy. Sometimes we get caught up in doing so many things for other people that we forget to do things for ourselves. 
What are some things you do that make you happy?

XOXO- Lauren Elle

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Seeing Red on Main St.







Soooo I love this dress! I actually got it to wear to my boyfriends mission farewell, SHHH! don't tell him guys, its a surprise! Its so comfy and I love the color, also I bought it on sale at Dillards with a gift card so thats even better. I love a good deal. 
Also I took another fun trip to California with some girlfriends so stand by for some posts about that!

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Garage Doors on 6th street








When the universe offers you a prime picture spot in the form of someones garage door, you take it ;)
Brooklyn and Kaitlyn are probably some of the most gorgeous and kind hearted girls I've ever met. More girls in this world should be supporting and kind to each other. Often times I feel we criticize and put each other down to make ourselves feel better and it has the opposite effect.
Be Happy
Be You
Be Unique
<3
Lauren Elle




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SOCO and The OC MIX






CALIFORNIA YOU HAVE MY HEART! 
This fun little shopping center has a little bit of everything, From fabulous home decor (seriously I was about to drop my life savings on a chair) to boutique clothing shops, chocolate stores and over priced juice! Yup that little bottle was $9... lesson learned read the price before you order. 
The jacket I'm wearing is actually a DIY! I'd seen some similar ones but obviously I wanted to add some personal flair to it so I said, I can do that! and I did, and I love it.
We spent the morning window shopping and catching up before running on to our next adventure, California will always have a special place in my heart. Is it possible to feel homesick for a place that isn't your home? I would say yes. I know the traffic might suck and yes theres a lot of people and everything is a little expensive... but on the flip side I've never been somewhere where I feel more alive and spontaneous than I do in the California air.

Stay happy
Stay you
Stay unique
<3
Lauren Elle




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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Stairs and Juice




 Saturdays are for sleeping in till noon in my opinion, however some exceptions include perfect weather and good hair days. This Saturday had both and so I crawled out of bed (literally) put on a sports bra and tennis shoes and headed to the park with my best friend. We were reluctant to eat real food before running stairs and working out so we opted for some of the most DELICIOUS pressed juice in the world. Suja is the most amazing juice in the whole world and if I could have it with every meal I would. PLUS it has a probiotic... honestly this stuff is straight out of a miracle. 
MY WORKOUT: 
2 rounds of stair runs (up and down)
quick steps (45 seconds)
30 lunges
Russian twists (1 minute)
3 rounds, stretch for cool down

Sports Bra: Oneill
Leggings:Lululemon



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