Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 Reflection + Goals for 2016

2016 goals, 2016 resolutions, 2015 reflection, New Years Resolutions, Lauren Banawa

I've realized that time seems to pass by faster as you get older. Here we are on the last day of 2015! I have learned so much about myself, about others, and about life in general. I've also had a boat load of new and fun experiences. I am so excited to see what 2016 has in store for me!

So, I started out this year finishing up my senior year of high school. It's crazy to think that I was still in high school at the beginning of the year haha. I honestly feel like I've been in college for awhile now! Anyways, during this time, I learned it is best not to procrastinate... as always. I kinda sorta waited until last minute for college applications, which created an unnecessary amount of stress. Lesson learned. On a brighter note, hard work pays off! I graduated in the top 20 of my class, and came into my first semester of college with 32 credit hours that I earned from taking AP classes in high school. 

Before we get to my first semester of college, I wanted to reflect a little bit on my summer. I had many experiences, and not all of them were expected. I learned patience, empathy and forgiveness. I also learned that you have to be creative in tough situations. There's always a brighter way to look at things, and it's amazing how you can turn something not so fun into something that will make great memories. Also, I went on a cruise to Honduras, Belize, and Mexico! During those seven days, I experienced peaceful sunrises in the open ocean, new perspectives from visiting these different countries, and unfortunately mild seasickness... I still had an amazing time though, and I even made some new friends with the other teens on the ship!

Now onto my first few months of college! I decided that I was going to try to be more outgoing and make sure to talk to people haha. I'm naturally introverted so it doesn't always come easily. Anyways, I pushed myself to sit by new people, and I successfully made friends both in and out of the classroom! I've definitely grown since the beginning of the semester, and now I'm really not nervous at all! I learned good time management FINALLY! And I declared my major as Costume Design, after taking this costume construction/design class for fun. I joined a sorority, Sigma Kappa, and I also took advantage of all the free events with free food and t-shirts, because girl... college sucks your wallet dry. My advice: always look and see what resources are offered to you, and use them. 

More recently, over winter break, I've learned that as much as new adventures are important and fantastic, it is also important that you slow down and spend time with your family. I got to spend time with all of my grandparents this winter, and I'm so thankful for every single conversation and minute that I shared with them. It was also great to spend more time with my parents and little sister, because during the fall semester, I wasn't home as often as I was in high school. Having people in your life that support you and love you unconditionally is a blessing. Take time to thank them and spend as much time as you can with them. Life is short, and the people you spend it with makes all the difference.

Okay, now for my 2016 goals!!!
-Go to VidCon and Playlist Live
-Reach 10,000 subscribers on my channel
-GET MORE SLEEP (I'm starting to look like a zombie..)
-Exercise more, and eat healthier
-Add more items to my Etsy Shop!
-Upload a video + blog post at least once a week

Well, that's it for now! I hope you have had a fabulous 2015, and I hope that you have an even more fabulous New Years and 2016!! 

XO, Lauren

Monday, December 28, 2015

What I Got For Christmas 2015

So money does grow on trees! Just kidding, but I got something close to a money tree this Christmas! You'll have to watch the video to find out the story haha. I'm so thankful for all of my presents, and I loved picking out and hand making presents for all of my friends and family too! What did you guys get for Christmas? What was your favorite gift that you gave? Give me the inside scoop! lol Well, anyways, I hope you have a fabulous day and New Year! 

XO, Lauren

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Winter Outfits for Warm Weather

Unless you want to leave a puddle of sweat everywhere you go, ninety degree weather and winter clothes do not match at all. It is definitely a struggle to find your winter spirit if you live in a place that's warm year round. For those of you wanting a bit of a winter vibe in your warm weather wardrobe, I came up with a few tips and outfit ideas for you to gain a little inspiration from this season! Also, if you're interested in ordering the striped dress that I made, you can click here to go to my Etsy shop! I hope you enjoy, and have a fabulous holiday!

XO, Lauren

For more outfits, click here!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Striped Jersey Shift Dress + Etsy Shop!

jersey shift dress, striped jersey dress, 60s inspired dress, sleeveless t-shirt dress, Lauren Banawa, high neck dress

jersey shift dress, striped jersey dress, 60s inspired dress, sleeveless t-shirt dress, Lauren Banawa, high neck dress

Ever since the end of my senior year of high school, which was late May of this year, I noticed that I wasn't sewing as much. Many factors went into it, preparing for college, not having fabric, and being lazy. I was finally re-inspired when I took a Costume Design/ Construction class this past semester, which was my first semester in college! I learned everything from how to make my own patterns to installing a zipper! It was honestly one of the best decisions I've ever made haha and it led to me declaring my major as Costume Design. So with my new skills and a new inspiration, I began sewing again. Really, I feel bad for my sewing machine because it hasn't had a break since august... But anyways, my garments now look a million times more professional, leading me to my next point:


So I made this dress because I was bored and I've been wanting a dress like this since the summer. I made the pattern based on all my personal measurements, made sure all the details were in place, and I finally finished. Of course, I had to share it with all my friends, which included my dad lol, and I had a lot of feedback from people saying they wanted one! (Even from my dad's friends!) So that's when I decided to open my own Etsy shop, and this dress is what I'm starting with for now. This way I can get used to incorporating orders into my schedule or school, YouTube, and blogging. 

Sooooo if you like this sixties inspired striped jersey dress, definitely check out my shop if you want one! You can style this dress with both dainty and statement jewelry, and it can be dressed up or dressed down. Oh my gosh, imagine it with a black leather jacket!!! If only my black leather jacket wasn't totally falling apart haha. I have a jean jacket though, and that would look equally amazing too!! The styling possibilities really are endless. I don't know if you can tell, but I'm kinda excited! Anyways, as much as I would love to blabber on about all the ways to style this dress, I must bid you adieu. Until next time, have a fabulous day!

XO, Lauren

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

19th Birthday Beach Weekend

I finally have a break from school so I decided to vlog my nineteenth birthday celebration for you guys! I had so much fun with my friends for my birthday weekend. We decided to rent a condo by the beach, and it ended up being extremely nice and a great time overall, so definitely check it out to see our craziness! Also, I really want to start blogging more again, so comment if you have any blog post ideas you want me to put up!! Have a fabulous day!

XO, Lauren