Outfits Of The Week - Florida, Week 3

Eyewear - Rayban
Gilet - F and F
Shorts - Mango
Shoes - Chanel
Bag - Chloe
Eyewear - H&M
Playsuit - Primark
Shoes - F and F

Top - Karen Millen
Skirt - Zara
Boots - ASOS

Eyewear - Rayban
Vest and Jeans - H&M
Shoes - Chanel

Eyewear and Jeans - H&M
Tee - Nike
Trainers - Adidas

Eyewear - Rayban
Dress - Forever21
Boots - Dagenham Market
Bag - Chloe

Hat - Peacocks
Top - Forever21
Leggings - Zara
Trainers - Adidas
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Lauren xx

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Favourite Outerwear

It has gotten so cold in London this past week and my 3 weeks in Florida now seem a distant memory :(  I legit have two radiators and an electric heater on in this room whilst I type this!  Is anyone else just over winter now?  Hurry up spring!

However, if you're not over winter or just need an excuse to go shopping then I have rounded up my favourite outerwear of the moment.

ASOS

Missguided

HM

Zara

How do you stay warm and stylish?

Lauren xx

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My Current Skincare Schedule

Now winter has fully taken hold in the UK (I thought it already had but apparently it gets colder, thanks London!) my skin has completely dried out and is crying for some much needed hydration.  That means I need to swap around my products in order to meet my skin's needs during these bitter winter months.


Face Wipes

Face wipes are probably not the best thing for dry skin as I find they tend to strip the skin of it's natural oils as well as dirt and makeup.  However, they are so quick and easy that I can't help but have them in my cabinet.  The ones I'm currently using are YesTo Grapefruit which are meant to be hydrating.




Cleansing Oil

After the wipes I go in with the oil to hydrate the skin a bit more and remove any stubborn bits of makeup.  I currently using The Body Shop Camomile Oil which is great because it comes with a pump and has lasted ages.

Exfoliation

You might think you don't want to exfoliate during the winter as it seems a bit harsh but 2-3 times per week is good for the skin as it gets rid of all the dry dead bits and leaves it soft and smooth again.  Just remember to use a good moisturiser after.  I still love my St Ives exfoliator.




Moisturise

I'm obsessed with moisturising my skin, especially during winter.  In fact, I'd rather wear no makeup and just moisturiser most days!  The one I'm currently using for winter is First Aid Beauty Intense Hydration.

Facial Oil

I hated facial oils when they first became popular and didn't like how they felt on my skin.  Nowadays they're probably my favourite skincare product.  My current favourite is the Josie Maran 100% argan oil.




Can you recommend any winter saviors to me?

Lauren xx

Time Out

Living in London can sometimes get quite overwhelming.  I love the city and it will always be my home but every now and again I find that I've burnt the candle at both ends again and I need a little down time.  Here are some of the ways I like to escape city life, relax and take time out.






Take a Bath

With candles and a Lush bath bomb.  I take more baths in the winter especially when it's really cold, nothing beats it.  However because I'm so cold I'll make the bath too hot and then can't sit in it for very long.  The best way is when someone else runs it for you!

Do a Yoga Class

As I mentioned in my fitness routine post, I like to do holistic exercises as well as cardio.  Yoga is one of the most relaxing exercises you can do and you feel so good afterwards and the rest of the day.  Even better, you're working out whilst relaxing, double win!




Netflix and Chill

No, not in that sense although you do you.  On a Friday night this is my favourite thing to do after a long week.  I grab some snacks on the way home and fully veg out for the next 4 hours.  At the moment I'm loving Made in Chelsea, Scream Queens and my favourite soaps; Eastenders and Hollyoaks.

Pamper Myself

I like to try and go for the full schbang here; mani, pedi, face mask, hair mask and fake tan.  This one also doubles up well with the bath routine if I have time so will normally be reserved for a Sunday evening.




Cook

I know some people see cooking as a chore but I've really gotten into it.  I'm not particuarly great but practise makes perfect hey!  I follow food blogs (you can see my favourites here) and get ideas from them.

How do you like to take time out?

Lauren xx

Drinking My Greens With The Body Coach

Recently I got an amazing opportunity to try out some of the juice recipes created by Joe Wicks AKA The Body Coach.  They sent me this awesome Philips juicer and all the ingredients I needed to create the juices.  I was most excited about this as I love eating healthy but find I don't always have time to cook and I'm also terrible at getting my 5-a-day so this seemed like the perfect solution.




I was given 7 recipes to try, one for each day of the week so I never get bored.  The recipes are so quick and easy to make using the juicer, I couldn't believe it.  I love making them fresh in the mornings and feel like they really kick start my day.

As well as juice recipes, the Body Coach also has an amazing book called 'Lean in 15' full of healthy meal ideas as well as workouts all only taking 15 minutes!  You can order the book here for less than £10!  I definitely want to get my hands on this book because it's perfect for people like me that don't have much time in the day to cook or workout.




If you're looking for ways to get healthy this year and get in shape at the same time I would highly recommend checking out The Body Coach (@thebodycoach) for quick and easy ways to achieve your goals.

Lauren xx

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* Some of these products may have been sent to me for review, all opinions remain my own. *

Vogue 100 Exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery

Last week I was invited to attend a preview of the new Vogue exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London.  The exhibition is celebrating an amazing 100 years of Vogue! I can't believe it has been going that long, since the 1st World War!  So I was very excited to receive an invitation as I always love attending events at the National Portrait Gallery.




The exhibition displayed all the best covers of the magazine and some of the beautiful photos from shoots that have taken place over the last 100 years.  I was in awe looking at the stunning photography of some of the most famous people in the world.  I was also fascinated to see some people that I hadn't even expected to appear in Vogue; The Queen, Boris Johnson?!




The exhibition is split into separate rooms and each room is designated to a different decade.  It was lovely to see some of the people that have appeared in the magazine in years way before I was born and also to see how the covers have changed over the years. One thing that also stood out for me was how much the magazine has changed in price; in the 1970s it was just 35p!  




Just FYI I get my Vogue on a subscription which works out a lot cheaper and means I don't have to keep running to the shop for it.  I then have all my editions displayed on a bookcase in my flat.




They also had a room with all the best covers from over the years.  My favourites being David Bowie, Princess Diana, Cara Delevinge and of course Kate Moss (she's been on loads!).  They then had a room showing a old fashioned video (which you can see on my Instagram @wonky_lauren) of how a photoshoot becomes a cover.




I would highly recommend this exhibition whether you're into fashion, photography or just like looking at photos of famous people, there is something for everyone!  The exhibition is now open to the public and the tickets are priced at £17 which you can buy in advance here.




Do you like the sound of it?

Lauren xx

Why Do You Workout?

I've decided to write January off and start a fresh in February.  Did anyone else do that? January was just a bit of a rubbish month for me but I'm determined not to let it ruin the rest of my year.  I have so many goals for this year already and now I'm excited!

One of my goals for this year is to stay fit and healthy.  I've always been really good at going to the gym and people often ask me how I keep that habit up so I thought I'd share some of the reasons why I workout and maybe inspire you with some of your fitness goals.


Body Transformation

It's amazing what the human body can do if you help it reach it's potential.  When I workout I can see my body changing inside and out.  I see muscle growth and a more tone and lean self but also my well being improves, I can push myself for longer each time and I feel good.




Sleep

I always find I sleep better after a good exercise class.

Energy

Despite being able to sleep better because it wears me out, in the long run I have more energy each time I exercise and I can push myself that little bit further.




Stress

Exercise is great for stress relief.  As a lawyer my day job can be quite trying and so a good cardio class or even yoga class can wipe all negativities of the day away.

Weight Gain

I've always been underweight since I was a child.  I have a very fast metabolism and find it hard to gain weight through food.  However, by doing certain exercises in the gym combined with lots of protein I can gain weight by gaining muscle.




Why do you workout?

Lauren xx

Outfits Of The Week - Florida, Week 2

Hat - Peacocks
Sunglasses - H&M
T-shirt - eBay
Jeans - Zara
Shoes - Tesco

Sunglasses - Rayban
Dress - Forever21
Boots - Dagenham Market

Sunglasses - HM
Tshirt - eBay
Chinos - Primark
Trainers - Adidas

Necklace - New Look
Dress - Missguided
Shoes - Tesco

Sunglasses - Rayban
Top - Primark
Skirt - ASOS
Bag - Chloe
Boots - ASOS

Denim shirt - H&M
White shirt - Primark
Jeans - Zara

Hat - Peacocks
Dress - Millie Mackintosh
Belt - Pretty Little Thing
Boots - ASOS
Follow along on Instagram for more outfit inspiration! @wonky_lauren

Lauren xx

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What I Ate Today

Welcome back to the second instalment of 'What I Ate Today'.  If you missed the first one you can see it here.  I'm being a bit naughty today actually but forgive me, I am going through a stressful time at the moment and a girl needs her comfort food.  That's okay isn't it?


BREAKFAST

1 slice of wholemeal toast with peanut butter
1 cup of almond milk

LUNCH

Mac and cheese
1 bottle of Evian water




DINNER

1 slice of wholemeal toast with a poached egg
1 glass of orange squash

SNACKS

Half a bag of plantain chips
A mug of hot chocolate




Mmm maybe I haven't been as bad as I thought.  This is why I like writing it all down and putting it into perspective.  Still need more fruit though!

What did you eat today?

Lauren xx

The Winter Capsule Wardrobe

I think I find picking outfits in winter a lot easier than summer?  Chunky jumpers and a pair of skinnies are my go-to.  I also love a nice pair of ankle boots with tights and skater dresses.  So what's in my capsule wardrobe for winter?

Skinny Jeans

I prefer skinny jeans in winter and boyfriend jeans in summer.  I especially like dark skinny jeans and have a gorgeous navy pair from Zara which only cost about £25.




Roll Necks and Chunky Jumpers

Chunky jumpers worn over shirts or tight fitted roll necks tucked into jeans or skirts.  Or a combination of the two which is my ultimate fave; chunky turtle necks and cowl necks.




Ankle Boots

This is one item I truly believe every girl should have in her wardrobe.  They go with skinny jeans, skater dresses and pencil skirts.  I would wear ankle boots every day if I could, so comfy too.




Over The Knee Boots

I didn't know whether to include these or not because I know they're not for everyone but seeing as they're everywhere at the moment I thought I would.  I got a beautiful burgundy pair for Christmas from New Look which I am yet to wear but be assured they will be on my Instagram as soon as I do!

Grey and Camel Coats

These seem to be the go-to colours for coats this season and I'm not complaining.  I love my boyfriend coat I bought last year from Dorothy Perkins in dark grey after seeing it on Millie Mackintosh.




Blanket Scarfs

I could literally buy so many of these, they are my favourite thing with any outfit.  I have lots of bright coloured ones from Target and Primark as they're so cheap but warm and fashionable which is exactly what I need when I want more than one.




Capes

I wasn't sold on this trend at first because it just seemed to be a bit like a tent and shapeless but I gave in and bought one from Peacocks after falling in love with the Burberry ones and they are so comfortable.  Styled the right way they can look rather chic.




What's in your capsule wardrobe?

Lauren xx

American Clothing Haul

As I've mentioned before in this post and this post, the shopping in Orlando is amazing. They have huge shopping malls with American clothing stores that are so much cheaper than what they sell for in the UK but the best place to shop there is the outlet malls which give discounts of up to 90% off!  Insane but the perfect haven for fashionistas like you and I.


Skirt - Armani Exchange (80% off)

Sleeveless roll neck jumper - Banana Republic (70% off)

Scarf - Target

Cardigan - Banana Republic (70% off)

Dress - Forever21

Dress - Forever21

Dress and boots - ASOS

Stay tuned for Outfits of the Week, Florida to see full outfit details.

Lauren xx