Life as Lauren Elle

Monday, March 5, 2018

A Love Story... Chapter 1

"I didn't plan on falling in love with you, and I doubt if you planned on falling in love with me
But once we met, it was clear that neither of us could control what was happening to us." - The Notebook
When I first met Kyle I was almost 19. It was at my friend Dallin's house for a small party. I still remember the boy who walked in wearing a Patagonia hat with socks and Teva's. Our first conversation consisted of one up-ing each other on travel experience (I won for the record). Later that night he sang an entire rap song from the 90's with his eyes closed for karaoke. I tried not to be impressed. I was lying to myself though because I really was. 
I went home that night and forgot about the boy who'd traveled and wore socks with sandals because I had just started dating someone and I thought it was love (silly me). 
About two months later, on the night before my 19th birthday Dallin invited me to another party. I remember sitting in my car that Sunday night in front of Kyle's house, (although I didn't know it was his house at the time) contemplating just telling Dallin I wasn't feeling well and going home. 
See I've never been particularly comfortable in large social situations. Large parties make me anxious, and this was a rather gigantic party. However, being the strong independent woman that I am I mustered up all my courage, Put a smile on my face and tried to hide that I was in fact crying on the inside. 
I walked in the door and found Dallin. He was talking to another girl however and I had no intention of being a cock blocker so I went over to the food. 
... and thats when I saw him, The guy who'd been wearing socks and sandals was now wearing a cardinals jersey and real shoes! 
I think we recognized each other. He came over and welcomed me to the party and asked if I wanted a Sonoran dog. Apparently this is a hot dog with certain condiments on it that make it "Sonoran". I knew none of this but ever down for JalapeƱos I said sure and let him make me one. 
We chatted a little bit, Probably more flirtatiously than I should've considering I was still dating this other person, But I couldn't help it! This boy was so damn charming and sarcastic that I forgot all about not knowing anyone else at the party. Kyle was the party. 
Eventually we made our way up the stairs to watch the game. Another friend of mine (also invited by Dallin), showed up and Kyle knew her and we came to discover we were all planning on going into the medical field. I, a surgical tech. Caitlin, a nurse. Kyle, a Doctor. 
I was intrigued, and very curious but still convinced that he was just going to be my friend and that I was destined to be with this same guy I was dating. 
Later that evening we went to In n' Out as a big group. Caitlin brought up my birthday and everyone agreed that we should party! A group text was made and now, Kyle had my phone number. Everyone knew however that I was dating someone so nothing was done with it. 
My birthday came and went and no party was had. I didn't hear from Kyle Macdonald again until March Madness...

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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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