There's only one word needed to describe Christmas shopping, and that's... nightmare. Other words such as stressful and tiring could of course be used, but I'd say the word 'nightmare' sums up the mad dash in the shops pretty well- would you agree?
Monday, 14 December 2015
Friday, 13 November 2015
I know, I know, I've declared my love for autumn/winter fashion countless times before; but I'll say it again, I LOVE autumn/winter fashion. Shall we say that's the 55th time I've made that statement- whose keeping tally here?
I mean, there's just something about the fashion this time of year that makes you feel that little more stylish.
Actually, having said that, I wouldn't go as far as claiming I'm Sarah Ashcroft stylish, I highly doubt she struts out flinging a coat over her pyjama top. It's comfy, okay...
Anyway, pyjama tops being kept under wraps aside- it's all fun and games until you need to take your coat off, and somebody catches a glimpse of your finest Primark Minnie Mouse top- I thought I'd talk you through my staple autumn/winter wardrobe picks. I pinky promise the pyjama top won't be mentioned today, enjoy...
1.) A pair of killer knee high boots:
First up on my essentials list is a pair of knee high boots, or a pair of thigh highs, if you aren't a short arse like myself- can we just take a moment to high five about the fact that heels exist?! From 4ft tall- or should I say 'small'- to average height in the space of seconds. Count me in.
Petite girl probs aside, these are the type of boots that instantly transform a casual, laid back outfit into a 'oh so glam' sophisticated one. They also go with absolutely anything; jeans, skirts, dresses, you name it, they'll go. You need a pair!
2.) A dress that'll impress:
You really can't go wrong with a dress, can you? If you think of it all you need is a pair of shoes/boots, and your entire outfit is sorted. No faffing about trying to find a top to match; simply fling it on, and you're good to go.
Majority of my autumn wardrobe is made up with Primark clothes this autumn, which I'm certainly not complaining about, an entire outfit for under £50, yes please.
However, my favourite dress this season was kindly gifted from the team at BooHoo, as part of their 'Dress for Autumn' campaign. A gorgeous khaki shirt dress that can be worn either casually, or dressed up when teamed with heels and a clutch.
3.) The statement skirt:
If you follow me on Instagram then you may have noticed that I don't wear jeans all that often? Well, that's because I've got a thing for skirts this autumn!
As somebody that has a fear of looking 'too casual' a skirt is the perfect option. I always pair mine with a roll neck jumper as it really does make for easy peasy autumnal dressing.
That's if you don't manage to ladder your tights just before you're about to step foot out of the door, of course. Girl in a rush last minute, and all that!
4.) Faux fur gilet:
I'm faux fur mad at the moment, and furry gilet's are no exception. Chuck one of these over a jumper and a pair of skinny jeans, and you've got yourself the perfect cosy outfit.
Oh, and just a quick heads up to all of you fellow foodies that love dining out, you'll be super pleased to know that a fur gilet covers up a food baby just nicely. What I'm basically try to tell you; go all out, at the all you can eat buffet, worry about looking three months pregnant at a later date!
5.) The perfect handbag:
Boring outfit that needs livening up? Grab a handbag. An all black number that needs a splash of colour? Grab a handbag. I think you get the gist, a handbag is key to adding that finishing touch to your look.
I always opt for a nude or black bag, that way they go with everything outfit- three cheers for being
boring sensible. I'd say Topshop is fave place to shop for the perfect bag, they aren't too pricy either, which means you can afford to buy two- more handbags, the better, right girls?!
*Having just read those last two paragraphs back to myself, I can only apologise for how many times I say the word 'bag'. I am a girl with a limited vocabulary after all, forgive me.
So there we have it, my staple Autumn/Winter essentials? Which five things would you claim 'essential' this season?
Friday, 6 November 2015
Hey, girls, I need your opinion on something; heart shaped bowls, egg houses, and pretty candle holders are cute, right? Yep, you know where this ones heading, I'm going to be talking all things homeware for the next five minutes. I mean, a house to keep your eggs in should just we aww-ed over... Correct me if I'm wrong?
So, if I haven't bored you all already with my grandma ways- I'll be shocked if you say I haven't- I thought I'd share my all time fave homeware items with you all. Maybe this obsession of mine really means I'm a fifty year old woman in disguise, who knows? I'll let you lot decide on that one.
Cream egg coup | Link
First up is quite possibly my favourite item out of the entire kitchen; or, to be precise, my favourite homeware item of all damn time. You may have already clicked on though? Being as I have mentioned my undying love for this item twice already. Oh, and yes, yes I did 'aww' out loud when I spied it out of the corner of my eye in Next, maybe I need to get out more?
Heart kettle | Link
Following on from the cute kitchen theme; here's an extremely girly kettle for you to go all heart eye emoji over. And, if like me you agree that this is the type of kettle you just can't not have in your life, then you can pick one up from Next. Don't worry, you can thank me later, just promise me that you'll make me a cuppa in return. Maybe throw a couple of Bourbon biscuits in on the deal too, thanks!
Tea, coffee, and sugar jars | Link
Have you noticed the ever so subtle heart theme yet? You maybe have now. These make for the perfect quirky touch as they aren't your everyday kind of tea, coffee, and sugar jars. Again, these are from Next. As far as cute girly homeware items go, Next would definitely win top of the class if it was down to me, and oh, go on then, I'd maybe even throw a gold star in too.
Cake stand | Link
I'm sure you all know by now that I'm a bit of a baking enthusiast- watch out Mary Berry. If you've been slaving away in the kitchen for a couple of hours, whipping up something that deserves the 'star baker' title, then you're going to want a cake stand to show your latest batch of cupcakes off on. Psst... Instagram loves cupcakes, remember that.
'Queen of' kitchen sign | Link
Last, but very not least, my Queen of cocktails & cupcakes sign. A company called 'I Just Love It' very kindly sent me this a few weeks ago now, and I can confirm that I do just love it- see what I did there? The website also has a huge selection of personalised gifts to choose from, so perfect for this time of year, what with Christmas being just around the corner.
*Side note- I may be Queen of cocktails and cupcakes, but when it comes to opening a tin of beans, that takes me at least half an hour because I can't use a tin opener. I honestly amaze myself!
If you've made it to the bottom, and not yawned once, then round of applause for you. On a serious note, are you a fan of all things homeware? I'd love to know your favourite places to shop!
Monday, 12 October 2015
Shop my look;
Gilet: New Look
Boots: Miss Selfridge
Bag: Topshop -old season
A few weeks ago now my grandma and I ate out at this cute country pub- I'm sure you're all extremely shocked that an afternoon out for me involved food, huh?- which just so happened to be the perfect place to snap a few photos for my blog.
So, after copious amounts of chocolate brownie, and mojito cheesecake later, we dashed out to try and get the perfect shot...attempting to dodge the people enjoying a glass of wine, of course. I'm still not about that posing in public life. Oh look, there's a bush, let me hide behind that!
Anyway, posing in public battles aside for the moment- you know I mentioned in my previous outfit post that fur everything is one of my very favourite things about the colder season? Well, would you just take a look at this furry beauty. I mean, c'mon, I know that you're going all heart eye emoji over it!
I've been on the search for a grey furry gilet for what feels like a lifetime now, so when I eyed up this baby, you can bet I dashed over there right away. I can imagine a few shoves would have been given if anybody dared get in my way!
As it is quite a staple piece I decided to keep it simple with the rest of the outfit, so paired it with my good old faithfuls: black skinny jeans, black ankle boots, and a black roll neck jumper. Yay for colour! Oh, and as it happens this is the perfect outfit to go out for lunch in, no breathing in required- the gilet covers up a food baby just nicely.
So what I'd like to know is, what would your perfect ladies who lunch outfit be?
Tuesday, 29 September 2015
Fur gilet: Topshop- old season
Skirt: Topshop- old season
Boots: Miss selfridge
Bag: Topshop - old season
I love autumn fashion, I really do- that's number 1083 on my list of things I adore about all things autumnal- just in case you was wondering. I know I do like to bang on about my love of cosy nights, and how it's now acceptable to wrap yourself up like a cocoon in your duvet, because well...it's cold okay.
But, believe me when I say big chunky scarves, heeled ankle boots and fur everything are my very favourite things about the colder season. So this is how this outfit came about, I chucked all of my fave pieces together, and badda-bing-badda-bang, the perfect autumnal outfit.
A fur gilet and roll neck jumper- that was a bargain at £6, may I add- make for the cosiest of all cosy outfits when paired together; every girl needs this combination of comfort in their lives. The dogtooth skirt is also a winner as it goes with pretty much anything. You know, it's one of those pieces of clothing you just need hanging proudly in your wardrobe! I would mention my ankle boots, but as they made an appearance in my last post, I shan't- they're gorgeous, so they speak for themselves anyway.
So, that's me signed out as Gok Wan for the day, what would your ideal autumnal outfit be?
Thursday, 17 September 2015
Shop my look-
Jacket: New Look -similar
Boots: Miss Selfridge
Bag: Topshop - old season
You know I always said that I love fashion, but blogging about fashion bored me to tears? Well, I've kinda had a change of heart since then. Yep, you guessed right... I've decided that I'm going to give standing in the street, posing like I love myself a shot- all in aid of sharing my all time fave outfits with you lot, of course.
For months now I've been stalking all of the top fashion bloggers thinking 'maybe I could give that a go'. It just feels the right thing to do as I always have loved fashion and dressing up. And that's when I roped my grandma in to be my very own personal David Bailey (photographer). So shoutout to my grandma for being patient with me whilst I posed rather awkwardly in the garden... You've definitely came on leaps and bounds from the days where you used to take about five minutes to take one, out of focus photo!
So, from here on in you can now expect to see a few fashion type posts uploaded every now and then. I promise I will get better at this posing malarkey, but until then I do give you permission to do a little laugh at me- put it this way a few tips from you fellow bloggers would be very much appreciated!
Oh, and nobody warned me that fashion blogging is
harder than it looks <actually, scrap that; a lot bloody harder than it looks. I will stop wanting to run off and hide when an old woman looks at me gone out, right?!
Wednesday, 12 August 2015
If you follow me on Instagram then you'll know that I'm a bit of a baking enthusiast that likes to tease you all with my cupcake creations on a weekly basis, apologies. I'm forever getting people ask me for the recipe each time I post a picture wether it be sticky toffee fudge, raspberry margarita or mint aero flavour! So, today I thought that I'd better share the recipe for my all time personal faves, and that's my Ferrero Rocher cupcakes complete with Nutella buttercream and centre. YUM!
Is your mouth watering, yes? If so you better get your apron at the ready, dig out your mixing bowl, and.... on your MARKS, GET SET, GOOO! Happy baking,
The ingredients you'll need;
•2 large eggs
•115g caster sugar
•115g self-raising flour
•115g margarine or butter
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
•1/2 teaspoon baking powder
•185g icing sugar, sifted
•125g butter or margarine
•4 generous tbs of Nutella
•6 Ferrero Rocher's
•Nutella (to drizzle over the top)
1.) To make cakes, place all of the cupcake ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk them all together until combined. You could use a wooden spoon if you don't have a whisk but this will take longer, and requires more effort!
2.) Place even amounts of mixture into 6 cupcake cases. There might be a bit of mixture left depending on how big your cupcake cases are!
3.) Bake on the second shelf from the top of a preheated oven 190 c/170 c fan/gas 5 for around 20/25 minutes. They may take longer than that though so just bake until they're ready. You can tell when they're fully baked by using a cocktail stick/something similar to poke into the middle of the cupcake, if there's mixture on the cocktail stick then they need longer in the oven and if it comes out clean then they're ready! Cool on a wire tray.
4.) Once your cupcakes are cooled completely you want to carve out the centre, I usually cut around a piping nozzle as that's a good size! Then add a generous amount of Nutella to the middle of your cupcakes for an extra Nutella kick- this step is optional.
1.) Whisk 115g worth of butter with a whisk for 5-10 minutes so it's extra fluffy and then sift 175g worth of icing sugar into the same bowl.
2.) Combine the icing sugar, butter and Nutella and whisk for a further 5 minutes, and then pop it into the fridge to set as it makes for neater piping.
3.) To pipe the buttercream onto the cupcakes you'll need to use a piping bag. You can pipe the buttercream on however you want so just choose the nozzle you like best- I used a Wilton 2D for these particular cupcakes. To finish stick a jar of Nutella in the microwave for around 10 seconds, then drizzle over each cupcake and top with a Ferrero Rocher- as easy as that, Mary Berry would be proud!
Being the huge Nutella lover I am these are my dream cupcakes, what would yours be? Oh, and as always if you decide to give these a whirl then be sure to tag me on Instagram (@itslittlelauren), I'd love to see your creations!
Sunday, 5 July 2015
1.) It's only right that you show off your new necklaces and all time fave lippy on Instagram, right? Oh good because that's exactly what I've just done! Today's outfit details after such a lovely day with my mum.
2.) My glittery Echo Falls wine bottle which I absolutely love! If you'd like to purchase one for yourself, or maybe for a gift for a friend/family member then check out my previous post for the link to the website. I was over the moon with mine, what girl wouldn't be?!
3.) Boredom of course leads to arranging your pandora collection, and then instagram-ing it, just because...
4.) Although they tasted nice I wasn't too pleased with the appearance of these Kinder Bueno cupcakes, complete with Nutella buttercream and centre. Please remind me to never attempt baking in the heat again; melting buttercream = a perfectionists nightmare!
5.) A catch up with one of my friends 'sophisticated ladies who lunch' style. I obviously had to order the chicken katsu curry as it is my all time fave! Oh, and to the girl that came over and said hi; thanks for making my day and being so lovely!
6.) Shameless mirror selfie wearing one of my holiday outfits- who'd have thought the holiday clothes would be making an appearance in this country?! I can't wait to wear my floppy hat on the beach, the countdown has officially begun.
7.) Glorious sunshine, my favourite food and a catch up with a friend all in one day... Who says Mondays have to be mardy Mondays?! It made such a nice change to get out of the house and do something when I don't usually.
8.) Taking full advantage of the fact it was the hottest day of the year this week with a BBQ and drinks in the garden. There really is nothing better than a nice chilled evening, is there?! Also, I now no longer look like Casper's double thanks to the sun deciding to show it's face *salsa dancing emoji*.
9.) Lesson of the week: never fall asleep in the garden, you will wake up being pelted by hail stones... Don't you just love England's temperamental weather. I bet my neighbours had the biggest laugh of the week watching me mad dash inside, shielding myself with my duvet- I'm all about that glam life.
So there we have it, that's what my week in photos looks like. I've honestly had the best week ever despite it being a bit of a struggle at times due to feeling unwell! But, as always I'm so grateful that I've been able to go out and enjoy the sunshine along the way, my inner worshipper has been in it's element!
Have you had a good week, what have you been up to?
Friday, 3 July 2015
Is it just me or is homeware shopping so much more exciting than clothes shopping? I mean, I don't know about you but when I spy a house to keep your eggs in out of the corner of my eye you can bet I'm legging my way over there, ready to elbow whoever dares to buy the last one out of the way. Now, you don't see me getting that passionate about a pair of tights!
Anyway, homeware battles and aww-ing over heart shaped bowls aside- I'm that girl that finds a bowl cute- I thought I'd show you all a few of my favourite homeware bits I've picked up recently, enjoy... Oh, and no barging people out of the way for the last cushion, because I definitely wouldn't do that...
Bee Happy tray | Link
I'd say stumbling across this 'Bee Happy' tray in
Wilkinson's Wilko's is up there with the most excited I've ever been over a homeware item. Sad, but true. I'd been looking for one of these for a while now as I'm one of those people that likes to have breakfast in bed every now and then- who doesn't?- and of course brekkie in bed needs to be done in style if you want to Instagram it. Oh, and it also comes in handy if you want a film night with a load of goodies too... Queen of the food? I think so!
Candy stripe baking cups | Link
Following on from my 'film night' theme now; these stripy cups/holders/whatever you'd like to call them are absolutely brilliant for filling with popcorn or sweets. You could of course also use them for their intended purpose which is to bake cupcakes in, nothing like a multipurpose item is there!
Stripy straws | Link
Everybody seems to be going mad for stripy straws at the moment, myself included. They add a nice touch to any drink, and I've also used them to decorate my Raspberry flavoured margarita cupcakes with- again, multipurpose. If you're inviting friends round for cocktails/drinks these just make it look like you've made more of an effort in my opinion. And on that note I think I'd better shut up now before I embarrass myself, don't want to sound like a straw geek do I.
Sharing platter | Link
You'd never have thought so many people would love a plain old simple 'sharing platter', would you? Well, apparently so as I've lost count of the amount of people that have asked me where it's from every time it's in a photo I upload. All jokes aside I do actually really love this myself as it comes in handy whenever I want to make melted chocolate and strawberries, the posh way. As this was a present a few years ago I'm not too sure where it's from but I've linked one similar for you so you can chocolate fondue away to your hearts content.
Glittery wine bottle | Link
A glittery wine bottle isn't really a 'homeware' item, is it? Well not unless you're me and just have this on the side for show purposes... It's pretty, can you blame me? My mum kindly bought this for my birthday this year and I was over the moon, rightly so because wine and sparkles are a girls best friend aren't they.
Polka dot jam jar glass | Link
You know I said I got excited over the 'Bee Happy' tray? Well, this is another thing I was absolutely ecstatic about, I really need to get a life, don't I! At only 79p- I think- you really can't go wrong and you almost definitely need to buy one in every colour.
Cow egg cups | Link
Being the breakfast lover and egg & soldiers lover I am, these just had to be bought- there was no way I was going to walk past them and not throw them in my basket! I've spied them in a few different places, Wilko's and The Range being just two of the places, so if you're also still a bit of a child like me then they will be easy to get your hands on.
And there we have it, the homeware items I've been aww-ing over lately. Have you picked up anything new for your home lately?
Monday, 15 June 2015
One year on and here I am still struggling to get a blogpost kick started. Sure, all of the ideas are there, I've even been super organised and got my notebook out
definitely not pretending to be a better blogger than I am to jot down the key things I want to include, but has that helped? No, it really flipping hasn't. You'd have thought after a year of blogging my mind would no longer go completely blank every time I attempt to be even the slightest bit productive. Thanks brain, as helpful as always.
Anyway, blogger probs aside; after deliberating over what to write about for what feels like hours I've finally decided that I'd share a few things I've learnt about blogging in the past year. Hopefully they'll be of some help to you, you can bet 'how to beat bloggers block' definitely won't be one of my tips...
Fancy shmanzy equipment isn't a necessity
Okay, so don't get me wrong here; I'd love nothing more than to own a really expensive flash camera, but is that realistic on the budget I'm on? No, unfortunately not. I use my iPhone to take all of my blog snaps and I can honestly say if you practice your technique then photos taken with an iPhone can look just as good.
If you're a newbie in the blogging world then don't think that you need to own the latest DSLR camera. If do however happen to have the budget for one and you're passionate about photography then sure, splash out, but if not then don't waste your money. Same goes for MacBooks and what not! Photography is definitely an important factor to becoming a somewhat 'popular blogger' shall we just say but the content is what keeps people returning, in my opinion. PS- here's some photography tips for iPhone users you may find useful.
From the very start I've stuck to a 'blogging schedule' where I'll post three times a week; Monday's, Wednesday's and Friday's. However, as of late I've realised that although I'd ideally love to stick to that plan at all times, realistically it can't always happen. Life simply just gets in the way, but do you know what? That's okay because blogging for the majority of us is a hobby after all.
Just because other bloggers upload a new post daily don't let that make you feel pressured, do what you can and if that means that one week you think to yourself 'you know what I don't feel like blogging this week' or you simply don't have the time then don't beat yourself up about it. Blog when you can, force it and you'll stop enjoying it!
You don't have to follow the crowd
Everybody's frantically typing away at their laptops ready to upload their view on the latest eyeshadow palette, that means that you also have to do that as well, right? If that's not what you're into then, no. I first started out thinking I wanted to blog about fashion but I soon realised that even though I really do love all things fashion writing about it bored me to absolute tears. It just wasn't me.
If you aren't passionate about something or you don't enjoy writing about a certain subject such as fashion then to put it simply, don't. Never feel you need to blog about 'popular' things in order to be a success in the blogging world. Blogging to me is all about being able to express myself in whichever way I please!
Comparison is the their of joy
Yes, and that saying most definitely applies to blogging. That girl you follow has thousands of followers, perfect photos, content that leaves you wanting to spend the entire night binge reading instead of actually doing something important, and what does that make you feel about your own blog? Absolute rubbish, that's what. How the heck does she do it?! I'll be honest here, I've been guilty of comparing my own blog to somebody else's myself and here's what I've came to realise...
With blogging everybody spends different amounts of time on it, some even blog for a living and can dedicate their entire day to perfecting their latest post. You, however do it for a hobby, alongside daily chores and work, of course you aren't going to be able to achieve that level of perfect. It's impossible. A little helpful tip; always compare yourself, to yourself. Read old blogposts, you might cringe a
little lot but you'll realise just how far you've come!
So, that's what I've learnt about blogging so far, I'm sure I'll learn even more over the next year. I really hope they've helped you in some way, what have you learnt about blogging? I'd love to hear your tips/stories,
Wednesday, 10 June 2015
There's one question every girl wants the answer to, and that's... Why does almost every beauty product seem to run out at exactly the same time? Oh, and we aren't talking a mascara and lipstick here, we're talking our whole damn collection.
You know when you're getting ready and the amount of products you have in your makeup bag just start dropping like flies? Like, 'oh new concealer needed', 'that mascara needs binning' and 'that's definitely the last time I'll be able to use this eyeshadow'. *Makes a mad dash to your local makeup counter half an hour later*.
Well, that very same thing happened to me not so long ago which of course resulted in a rather large MAC splurge. Let's just say my purse wasn't best pleased! Anyway, ramblings aside I thought I'd let you have a little nosy at some of my 'must have' products that I picked up...
Studio Fix foundation | Shade- NW20 | Link
First up on my 'must buy immediately' list was the Studio Fix foundation, I really can't go without it. I'm now onto my third bottle of this stuff so it's safe to say I'm a bit of a fan, and with good reason too! As far as foundations go I've never used another that compares as it gives the most flawless 'airbrushed' finish without looking completely unnatural too. All in all Studio Fix is an all round brilliant matte, medium coverage foundation that I'd recommend to all of you girls with oily/normal skin.
Prep + Prime highlighter | Shade- 'light boost' | Link
I've been going contour crazy as of late so this is an absolute essential of mine! Luckily they had one left in stock- mini meltdown = avoided. I love just how much it brightens up your whole face, it really helps to cover up dark under eye circles too. It's super creamy and blends like a dream which means you aren't left with those rather annoying creases under your eyes, they sure do give the game away every time.
Strobe Cream | Link
Being the dewy finish lover that I am this is yet another 'must have'. I've mentioned this countless times before so I shan't ramble on for too long but I like to use this as a primer to add a nice healthy glow- it also helps foundation to blend perfectly- and then mixed into a pump of Studio Fix foundation to add yet more dewy-ness. I find this really helps if you find a foundation a little too 'cakey' and want a more natural look instead!
'Velvet Teddy' lipstick | Finish- Matte | Link
I've been after this lipstick for absolutely ages, and no, that's not me exaggerating either. Every time I asked if they had it in stock at my local MAC counter or every time I tried to order it online I never had much luck and always left empty handed and disappointed. I was worried that this was going to be one of those products that was over-rated but much to my surprise, it isn't at all. This is just a really lovely everyday lipstick that also looks equally as nice for going out too. If you can get your hands on Velvet Teddy then I'd advise you to buy it immediately, you'll love it!
'Russian Red' lipstick | Finish- Matte | Link
Yet another lipstick, I'm addicted, aren't I?! Flat Out Fabulous has been a firm favourite of mine for some time now but since buying this gorgeous matte finish, dark red shade it's well and truly been beaten, I'm now going all heart eyed emoji over this beauty instead! I cannot wait to wear this on holiday when I've got a tan too, I can imagine it'll really add a pop of colour to an otherwise plain outfit! Oh, and it also makes your teeth look super white, major plus right there.
Do you use any of these MAC products, and if so what do you think? Also, do you have any bright MAC lipsticks with a matte/retro matte finish that you'd recommend?
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