Spring Came Early

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Oh my goodness I can't believe it's already March! As you can see from these photos, Spring has come early in Savannah. I have been wearing shorts all week! I spent yesterday walking around downtown and enjoying the weather. The flowers are absolutely gorgeous out right now!

I have wanted denim overalls for a while and fell in love with these. I went back and forth between wearing them with a white tee, or this striped tee, but in the end I loved how different it looked with the stripes. Unfortunately, mine is old from J. Crew, but I linked a similar one here!

Let me know in the comments what the weather has been like where you guys are!

Denim Mini Dress

Monday, February 12, 2018

Hey guys! I hope everyone had a great weekend (I was sick haha). I wanted to share with you guys this great Spring dress that I got in the mail last week! I love denim and it is definitely a huge trend this season. I was so excited to get this dress (only $13!!) 

As a college student on a college budget, I try to keep things really affordable for you guys. I love designer things as much as the next girl, however (especially for seasonal and trendy pieces) I don't believe you need to spend a lot of money to dress fashionably. 

In addition to denim this season, white sneakers are in! I wear my Keds everywhere. They are so comfy and match almost everything. The next pair of white sneakers I will be getting are these (link)

I hope you all enjoyed and you can shop the post below!

How I Edit my Instagram Photos: Plus Aesthetic and VSCO tips!

Monday, February 5, 2018

One of the most popular questions I get is how I edit my Instagram photos, what filters I use, etc. I wanted to use a whole blog post to address this with you all since I get asked by a lot of you! To start, I recommend you choose a color scheme/look that you want for your Instagram. I have a list of requirements I try to make sure my photos meet before posting a photo. Another blogger recommended that you create an aesthetic pin board on Pinterest. Then, go through everything that you have pinned there and see what they all have in common that you like. This will help you decide what you want your Instagram aesthetic to look like.

With the apps and editing programs I use, I totally believe in doing things for free! There are so many editing apps out there that there's no reason to spend money on them if you don't want to. My very favorite app is VSCO. My favorite filters to use are HB1, HB2, and A6. To get some of these filters (they are all free!!), but you have to go to the 'shop' section and get 'We the Creators' package. I think that the best way to have a good Instagram aesthetic is to stick to one or two filters and keep your photos to a similar color scheme.

When sometimes I will either make the photo warmer or cooler depending on the colors in it. Lastly, I up the sharpening up to maybe 30%. I also like using Pinterest to find different 'recipes' with the VSCO presets. There are some great recommendations to help keep a cohesive aesthetic. Side note: I also like to have some sort of selfie editor for touch-ups. I use their blur feature if I am having a breakout and want to hide my acne.

This is one of my favorite 'recipes' for VSCO:
  • HB1 or HB2
  • Exposure: +1
  • Shadows Tint (orange): +1.5
  • Saturation: +3

The next app I love to use it UNUM. This lets you plan out your Instagram feed. You are able to rearrange photos, hide photos, and schedule posts. I love this because I can see how a photo will look  on my feed before I post it.

As a side note I also use Lightroom's mobile app to sometimes adjust lighting. I already pay to use Lightroom's desktop version, so I try to utilize the app as well. I don't recommend buying Lightroom just for Instagram photos, however if you are already paying for it, I highly recommend downloading their app!

Sales of the Week - Best Student Discounts

Monday, January 15, 2018

Good morning and happy Monday! This is another new series I will be introducing to Pretty as a Peony. However, the catch is that it will be exclusively for my Facebook page found here:

I wanted to share the first of the series here with you guys, but for more news on sales, check out my Facebook. I will be sharing different sales of the week (and discounts) on Mondays! This week, I am sharing my favorite student discounts found here:

I hope you all have a great week!

Gingham Shift Dress

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Photos By: Sean Touton

Happy Thursday guys! I am so excited to share with you guys today my first outfit post of the year! reached out to me a little while ago to collaborate for my instagram and sent me this dress. I actually ended up loving it so much, I wanted to turn it into a blog post.  I love the silhouette and the bow ties in the back! The dress is only $15, and I have had a lot of people ask me about the quality. I have ordered from them before and have always been satisfied with the quality of their clothes and this dress is no exception. For size reference, I am wearing an XS.

On another note, I hope everyone has had a great start to their year! I really enjoyed mine and was able to relax and spend time with family. I am now back to my studies, and will be sharing more about my week tomorrow!


Cute and Comfy Workout Clothes

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Good morning everyone! I hope you have all had a good week so far. I have been working out a ton more in the past few weeks and wanted to share with you all my favorite workout pieces!

I added this yoga mat as my first pick because I have used yoga mats for so many different types of workouts. They are also awesome for at home workouts. Also, I cannot say enough good things about this pullover! I bought mine last year for a trip to Moab and loved it. For sizing, mine is the men's and I ordered a small and it fits oversized. I bought this tee on black Friday and love it (I wore it while I was writing this post actually). I love wearing it with a bralette and leggings. Lastly, I love wearing hats for workouts outside.  This hat is my current favorite, however for those of you who don't want to order a hat online, Walmart has almost the exact same hat for SUPER cheap.

Let me know what your favorite workouts are!

xoxo Lauren

P.S. Almost all of the things I chose are either cheap or having a great sale!

Happy 2018!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy New Year everyone! I took a brief break from blogging for Christmas and New Years so that I could spend time with my family and friends and plan out some goals for Pretty as a Peony for 2018. I am not going to open with the phrase "new year, new me", but I wanted to share with you all some of my personal goals for 2018 as well as some blog goals!

I don't typically do New Years resolutions, however I do set goals for myself that I try to keep throughout the year. Sometimes I am really great at accomplishing them and other times, like most people I forget.


- Workout Better
I actually workout a lot, however I would like to 'workout better'. So what does this mean? Instead of my typical run or 30/hr on the elliptical, I would like to set fitness goals. To me this would be increasing my stamina and really pushing myself. I also want to gain more muscle and push myself with weights.

 -Be More Positive
One of my best friends made a comment that I absolutely loved. She said 'holding onto anger is just too much work.' I loved this because I think about all the times I was frustrated about a grade or a silly disagreement and how much work it was. Why put all that energy into negativity when it could be spent constructively or helping someone.

-Make More Time
 A lot of times, especially during the semester, I forget to make time for the things I love. I want to make time to read more books and to paint more.

-More Outfit Posts
My big blog goals are more outfit posts and more posts on Instagram! I have so much fun taking them and want to set aside more time to share with you all!

I hope you all enjoyed this and I would love to hear some of your 2018 goals! Let me know in the comments or email me with any questions!

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