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Guide to Apartment Decor

Friday, April 20, 2018



Happy Friday everyone! Today I wanted to share some apartment decor ideas from some of my favorite stores. I really love timeless pieces and classic looks. I am loving all of the gold accents that are available this season. I also love the idea of decorating with succulents. I have a few in my room and LOVE them. I hope you all enjoy browsing.

Let me know your favorite ways to decorate in the comments ;)

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Sorority Recruitment with Snapfish

Monday, April 16, 2018

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Did you guys know I used to be historian for my sorority? That means that I was in charge of scrapbooking and making photo books for events such as recruitment, tabling, or anything where we wanted to showcase sisterhood photos. This was definitely the perfect position for me since I loved photos and being creative with them.

I was SO excited when Snapfish reached out to me for a collaboration doing just this! It is near the end of the semester, meaning this summer sororities will be planning and getting ready for recruitment. I think photobooks are perfect for recruitment because they allow you to highlight your sorority's favorite photos throughout the year and it's easy for PNM's (potential new members) to look through and see events from the past year.

When I made this photobook with them, their system was very easy to use and it gave me complete control over every page. I could choose from tons of fonts, stickers, number of photos on each page, number of pages, etc. It was user friendly and I would definitely use them again! They also have an amazing set of graduation gifts found here. Right now with the code YAYGRAD you can receive 40% site wide (ya hear that?? think graduation invitations, recruitment photos....) 

Thanks for reading guys! Hope you have a great week ;)

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Spring 2018 Shopping Guide

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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With it being officially Spring, I thought I would share with you all my Spring shopping list! Click any of the links above to shop ;) Read below and I talk about my favorite pieces.

1) I usually buy 1 or 2 new 'nicer' swimsuits every season to kind of build up a collection, and this year this one from Solid and Striped is my favorite! I love that it's two piece, but has a really classic design. I also love this one, for half the price tag.

3) I am TOTALLY in love with this romper from Free People. It is definitely at the top of my shopping list, and I think it would be the perfect piece to lead into Summer.

4) Denim shorts are my favorite to wear during Spring and Summer, unfortunately I wore out my favorite pair last year, so I have been on the look for another to replace them. I think these would be perfect. I love H&M and have found their products are pretty durable.

7) I owned a pair of Illesteva sunglasses until recently, however mine were reflective and I found that if I got any dust or marks on the lenses they were really visible. I loved the quality of the sunglasses themselves though and would love to try another pair that are not reflective.

Reusing Old Pieces

Monday, April 2, 2018


Hey everyone! This post is all about reusing the pieces you already have in your closet. I bought this skirt used last summer (originally from J. Crew) and I love it because it matches so many pieces. I originally wanted to wear it with an older navy blue top that I own, however it was missing. I'd been looking around at stores for a replacement for a few weeks, with no luck. When I was looking for what I wanted to wear for Eatser, I found my old Tory Burch dress in the back of my closet and thought how perfect it would look tucked into this skirt!

I wore this for Easter and spent the whole weekend with my family this year, how did you spend yours?
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A Girl's Guide to Watches

Monday, March 26, 2018

 
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A frequent question I get is what accessories I like. I wanted to share with you all my FAVORITE accessory of all time! I wear my silver watch every single day. It is so classic and I am so used to wearing it that I don't even notice it on my wrist. I love that it matches everything, looks expensive, and is extremely useful.

My personal favorite watch is the masculine silver-toned watches. If that isn't for you, there are so many options out there (including for working out!) Apple watches are most people's preference for an athletic watch, however Fitbit is a great alternative with a much better price tag. I had one a few years ago in black that I loved.

For the watches pictured above, I tried to include all of my favorites in a variety of price ranges for you guys!
xoxo
Lauren

Cute and Comfy Outfit for the Traveler

Friday, March 23, 2018


 
Happy Spring everyone! It's so funny, two weeks ago it felt so warm here like it was already spring (see this post), but this week it has been SO cold. 

This weekend I am traveling out of town for a wedding. Normally when I travel I wear my school sweatshirt and leggings, but this weekend, I am meeting a lot of my boyfriend's family, so I wanted to dress a little nicer. For this outfit I actually ended up digging up a lot of old pieces from the back of my closet (totally proves you don't need to buy new clothes just to look cute). I bought this top at J. Crew a couple years ago (similar here) and have found that it is such a great staple. It is soft and matches so many pieces. My flats were also bought a few years ago (seen first here), but you can find similar ones HERE. The jacket is actually my favorite part of the look. I bought it a while ago and have been wanting to add patches to it for a while. I did a couple last week, but I really want to save the back for unique patches. I travel a lot and was thinking I may add patches from different places I visit to the back. What do you guys think?

An interesting thought for the weekend: I was thinking about how I don't really read magazines anymore. I honestly can't remember the last time I even picked up a magazine to look at clothes. For clothing ideas I mostly read my favorite fashion blogs or look at the new pieces in my favorite stores. Then, for decorating, I usually look at Instagram (or drool over Blair Waldorf's apartment). I wasn't sure if that is everyone or just me, but let me know in the comments what you guys think about this and I'll link below some of my favorite blogs!

Damsel in Dior: I am obsessed with her outfits (especially when she travels) and her house.
Gal Meets Glam: Love seeing her photos when she visits Savannah and currently working on her own dress line. I will totally be buying one when they are released.
Southern Curls and Pearls: One of the first blogs I ever started reading. My favorite are her posts about fitness/workout clothes and her home!
Carly the Prepster: Another blog I have been reading since FOREVER. I love how timeless her outfits are, plus her Instagram videos of Teddy and Hamilton. 

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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!

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: https://www.facebook.com/prettyasapeony/.

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!
xoxo
Lauren

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! Romwe.com 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!

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