This morning started out badly.

A text from Southwest alerting me that my flight was cancelled.  Not delayed, but poof, no longer in existence.  A quick flurry of panic, tears, and texts later, a new flight was booked, to a different city, at a different time.  Then, I horribly burned my wrist with my broiling hot curling iron, and ordered a bathing suit from Walmart.  Yes. Walmart.

All before eight am.

So I headed out to Target to get some more magic remedy for the now very angry blister on my wrist.  And candy.  Because Target doesn't sell jalapeño Cheetos anymore, dumb jerks. And some other stuff that I randomly threw in the cart in my weird emotional state.

Currently I am writing on a plane en route to celebrate my current favorite baby girl fetus, with friends I love and live to freaking far away, taking a break from reading Bittersweet, because I just did my make up in the airport bathroom and I don't want to land looking like a jacked up raccoon.  I can't wear mascara and read anything lately, or listen to Hillsong United's Zion.  I can't.  I am a sobbing my face off, emo mess with the both of them.

But yesterday I saw Lauren Conrad, so whatever.  You know just sitting in front of us at the beach with all her friends.  All American and happy, drinking out of an adorable mason jar, so festive in red white and blue.  The very Lauren Conrad who is the only reason I ever even walk into a Kohl's.  The designer of my most worn top, inventor of my pretty much daily braid hairstyle, the girl who's hair and makeup is my most favorite.  So as I sat there, all fan girl, thinking of some way to talk to her without being even more dorky than my normal super dorky self, I notice little miss sunshine, the most social of all butterflies, Janey, standing smack in the middle of Lauren's group of friends.  Little JJ, with her wild, salty curls, talking to a beautiful girl with impossibly long, bright red hair.  Without hearing what she was asking her I immediately knew.
"Are you Ariel?"  was her query.
The precious redhead bent down, touched JJ's hair and told her "no, but I am friends with Ariel."
JJ's face lit up, and she scampered back to report her findings.  
She went back a half dozen more times to ask her things about Flounder, Ursula, and such, and each time not-Ariel indulged my little blondie's interrogation.
I wasn't brave enough to talk to Lauren, but I did thank not-Ariel for being so kind.  I also totally And not-Ariel's swimsuit?  Bought it. From Walmart. (Not-Ariel had the anchor one.  I bought black polka dots.)
 {Shane, stand here and let me pretend to take a picture of you, when actually I am going to text it to Drew because LAUREN CONRAD IS IN THE FEDORA ON THE LEFT!!!}

{What?  No, I'm not stalker.  I am just taking pictures of my baby, see, he's in the frame of one of them.  That totally counts.}

Oh, and took some stealthy paparazzi pics.  With Shane as a ruse, of course.
Thank you Lauren Conrad for having such nice friends.  JJ will always remember this year's 4th of July as the one in which she met Ariel's friend.

I will remember it because of this:
I might have cried a little.
Because, I mean look.
How could I not?

Funny thing, I am actually wearing another Lauren Conrad top as I write and there is this pretty button on the back that keeps getting trapped in my hair, messing up the curls that I destroyed my wrist getting, and giving me crazy tangles.  That is what I could have told her.  Because I am sure that there is nothing one would like better when enjoying a holiday at the beach with their friends, than a random customer complaining about button placement....  But really, the button is awful.  She would totally feel my pain, being her hair is always lovely, and she would not like a button getting in the way.

Next time Lauren.  Next time.


  1. OK, first of all, I am OBSESSED with Lauren Conrad. LOVE. HER. Love her Kohl's line. Love that she was drinking out of a mason jar. Of course she was! ;)

    Secondly, I have that Walmart swimsuit in black polka dot and leopard print- seriously, I am in love with it. It fits SO well and is so flattering, especially running after kids at the beach!!! ;)

    Hope you are enjoying your weekend!!
    xoxox Holly

  2. Dang, those tops are cute! Plus, now I wish I had looked at swim suits at Walmart.

    Have a great flight...I hope nothing else is mysteriously cancelled.

  3. I'm so glad that you are here. And that you are so good to my fetus. And your flight home might be cancelled, too. LC will understand.

  4. Holy link city, Batman!! I loved this post. And I love LC. And I love Kohl's. and I love your blog. And JJ's baby fetus. The End. ❤❤❤❤❤

  5. You are rad. I love your account of your brush with reality royalty! Wishing you safe, uneventful travels!

  6. I love this post.. I love all the links, I love that bathing suit... Which color did you pick? I love both those tops, and Lauren Conrad and pretty much everything she makes for kohls and your hair pics on instagram, I mean come on gorgeous! And pretty much everything about you. Have an awesome time at the shower!

  7. Oh mylanta, you are cracking me up! Thanks for a giggle during my 3am nursing session. Hope your trip is lovely : )

  8. her adorable mason jar is from costco! set of three insulated jars with three extra straws on sale now for 15.99 over here on the east coast!

  9. OH MY GOSH!!!!!! I absolutely adore Lauren Conrad and I'm convinced we could be friends. I love that you took so many pictures of "Shane". I wish that you could have talked to her, although I'm sure I would have also sat completely mute and starstruck. Glad you were able to get another flight and make it to the baby shower. :)

  10. So hilarious! This makes me want to go back and watch Laguna Beach. Again. :)

    haha. I don't think I would have got up the nerve to talk to her either, and I totally would have stealthily shot paparazzi pics.

  11. I have that mason jar cup! I got it from Walmart! Just like your swimsuit!! Which one did you end up getting?
    Sorry about your wrist but I bet your hair looked amazing!

  12. You crack me up. So sorry to hear about all the junk with the flight. I can totally relate. Hubby and I woke up and started traveling home from our teaching trip to the Dominican R. yesterday at 3 am(it was also our 12th anniversary). Though the day was long, everything went well until we got to our final destination, an airport with a 2 hr drive home. JetBlue lost our luggage! Not just any luggage but the biggest suitcase with all of the girls' souveniers, ALL my makeup and jewelry,MY WALMART BATHING SUIT(I'd ordered the B/W striped one before our trip), Eric's pinstripe suit and study books, my hairdryer, the works. Oh yeah...and our car keys. Keep in mind our car was parked at the airport and we still had to drive two hours to get home. So a long day turned into a very long day and we still have heard nothing about the luggage. Some days stink big time.
    On a positive note, your story about not being a LC stalker is the best. Id do the exact same thing:)

  13. I am so glad your fourth wasn't cancelled.

    Sweet scarf, LC.

  14. I so love this post. I'm sorry for the stress and awfulness of getting to the fun parts of your weekend, but I am so happy that you got to help celebrate Jessica's baby girl! And Lauren Conrad! I think she must be so super cool.

  15. I love love Lauren. I would have totally done the same thing. Dying that you saw her on that same stretch of beach, and totally jealous that you can have such sightings where you live! :)

  16. One day you and I will be together and see LC and together we will be brave enough to say hi and thank her for the invention of the side braid. One day.

  17. I'm going to Kohl's now. :) No really.

  18. I have that swimsuit from a couple years ago in leopard and I love it. So cute and stylish. :)

  19. Thanks to you I now have both of those shirts in my Kohl's cart. No, really...thank you! They're adorable!


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