New Favourite Sunless Tanner

I'm always on the look out for a new tanning product.  It's just a product that excites me, as lame as that sounds.  I'm naturally quite pale and don't like to use sunbeds or tan in the sun too much as I personally don't think it is good for the skin so I opt for the next best thing which is a sunless tanner.  There are so many on the market these days and a lot of them are super affordable.

My old favourite was always St Tropez and whilst I still believe it is a good tanner I recently discovered that the brand tests on animals which doesn't sit well with me, especially since going vegan this year.  Anyway, I was browsing the tanners in Superdrug a few months ago and came across one I hadn't seen before; Sunkissed.  




I decided to give Sunkissed a go because it was in a dark formula which I liked, a mousse so super easy to apply and only £3.  I gave it a go later that evening and was so pleasantly surprised!  It's so so good and at such a great price point, I couldn't believe it.  It's definitely my new favourite.  It does wash off slightly after showering but I am happy to apply it every few days as it's so easy.

I do still want to try to Bondi Sands sunless tanners as I don't think they test on animals.  I'm just waiting for them to release the ultra dark formula in the UK which I think should be around February time.  So I will keep you posted once I give that a go and let you know which I prefer.  I would definitely check out the Sunkissed tanner if you can get your hands on it though, super natural looking and no streaks at all!




Which sunless tanners do you use?

Lauren xx

New Year's Eve Outfit Ideas

Merry Christmas!  I hope you had a great day and were thoroughly spoiled.  The next big occasion will be New Year's Eve.  I'm flying to Ireland to celebrate so I've sorted my outfits already which you can check out on my Instagram page @wonky_lauren.  I wanted to share some of my past looks that I think would be perfect for New Year's Eve wear.  Let me know what you think!

New Look

ASOS

Primark

Topshop

Topshop

What will you wear for NYE?

Lauren xx

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A Winter Vegan Recipe

It's not often I share recipes on here but as you probably know I changed my lifestyle to vegan this year and have been obsessed with the Deliciously Ella books which have helped me so much on my journey to veganism.  They have such simple but yummy recipes that are super easy to make.  I make a lot of them in the evenings and take to work for lunch as I prefer a bigger lunch and smaller dinner.




This is the mashed potato veggie bowl that I slightly adapted to fit with what I had in the kitchen.  I hope you like it and let me know if you'd like more vegan recipes!

Ingredients

Instant mash
Water
Baby corn
Olive oil
Frozen bag of greens (I use Tesco brand)
Spinach


Add required amount of water to the mash and stir

Add the veggies to a frying pan with a little olive oil and cook for 5 minutes

Place the mash into a bowl and then add veggies on top

It's really that easy!

Enjoy.

Lauren xx

The Statement Faux Fur Vest

One of the best ways to make a statement around Christmas time is with a bit of faux fur. My favourite way to wear faux fur is in the form of a gilet or vest.  I have a few different ones now of different shades and they just really add something extra to an outfit as well as keeping you warm.  Here are some of my favourite ways to style the faux fur vest.


with a hat

Millie Mackintosh via Pinterest

all black

Olivia Palermo via Pinterest

over a dress 

Lucy Mecklenburgh via Pinterest

with shorts

Millie Mackintosh via Pinterest

Which is your favourite way to style a faux fur gilet?

Lauren xx

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Outfits Of The Week

Eyewear - Rayban
Skirt - Banana Republic
Dress - Topshop

Top - Topshop
Boots - Givenchy

1. Skirt - Zara
2. Dress - Glamorous

Top & skirt - New Look
Boots - Primark

Body - ASOS
Leggings - HM
Boots - Peacocks

Which one if your fave?

Lauren xx

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My Favourite Beaches

I know it's not really beach weather at the moment, well it's not in London anyway!  But I thought it might be nice to dream up a little warmer weather, sort of a "where I'd rather be" post ha.  Living in Europe I've been fortunate enough to travel to some of the nicest beaches around the world and here are some of my top favourites.

Bondi Beach, Sydney

Pula, Croatia


Bora Bora, Ibiza

Nassau, Bahamas

South Beach, Miami

Venice Beach, California

Where are your favourite beaches?  

It's so hard to choose just one!  I love Bondi for the atmosphere but you just can't beat that blue sea and white sand of the Caribbean..

Lauren xx

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My Favourite Ways To Wear A Kimono In Winter

Just because it's winter doesn't mean you can't wear your summer wardrobe.  You just need to know how to mix things up a bit.  To be honest, it's really not that cold in London at the minute for this time of year.  Although I hope I'm not speaking too soon and I'll wake up to 10 inches of snow tomorrow morning!

I love kimonos for all year round and they are such a versatile piece.  From the beach, to dinner, to shopping, to a concert.  They pretty much work for all occasions and here are some of my favourite ways to style them during the colder months.

Over a dress with tights
Over a vest with jeans



How would you style a kimono in winter?

Lauren xx

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Let's Just Remember How Far You've Come

This time of year is generally full of joy and happiness but I think it can also be a time where we reflect on life and the past 12 months which for some can be quite depressing or frustrating if you don't feel like you've achieved what you wanted to or haven't quite reached your goals you set for this year.

With my birthday next week and the prospect of 2017 fast approaching I know I've definitely been looking back at everything that's happened this year, everything I've achieved and not achieved and how far I've come.  I had a pretty rough start to the year (see this post for more details) and I honestly thought the rest of the year would be awful but I've managed to turn it around.



I think it's important at times like this to focus on the positive and look at what you have achieved, no matter how small or meaningless you are still going in the right direction even if you are not there yet.  Having a more positive mindset and outlook on life will help you reach your goals quicker.  If you're negative and down all the time you'll just give up in the end.

But never give up your dreams.  Think of the bad times and how you've got through them, therefore, you can get through bad times again.  Despite the first few months of this year being awful I've actually had one of the best years of my life.  I've had so many amazing opportunities come my way and I think it's because of the positive attitude I've kept.



I don't know about you but I really believe in the Law of Attractive and how powerful it can be used in the correct way.  I won't try and explain it all to you because there's loads of YouTube videos on it that are really good but the concept is that you if you want something you have to act like you already have it and then it will come to you.

So if you're feeling a bit down about the year ending and not being where you want to, just be patient because you will get there eventually.  I promise.  Always count your blessings and remember how fortunate you are compared to a lot of people in this world.  You are awesome and everything will be just great!




How do you feel about the end of the year?

Lauren xx

ASOS Christmas Wishlist

1.£ 32
2. £40
1. £30
2.  £25


1. £35
2. £350
1. £75
2. £75


1. £18
2. £38

What's on your Christmas wishlist?

Lauren xx

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10 Designer Pieces To Invest In This Winter

J Brand flares - £95
Valentino jumpsuit - £634
Alexander McQueen dress - £1,671
DVF skirt - £250
Alice + Olivia skirt - £200
Nina Ricci dress - £560
Sam Edelman shoes - £55
DKNY white shirt - £171
Michael Kors flares - £99
Tory Burch bag - £160


All these items can be found on The Outnet.

What pieces will you be investing in this winter?

Lauren xx

Outfits Of The Week

Body - ASOS
Leggings - HM
Boots - Peacocks

Dress - ASOS
Shoes - Kurt Geiger

1. Vest - New Look, Skirt - Next
2. Blazer - Next, Tee - Primark, Trousers - French Connection

1. Scarf - Target, Jumper - HM, Trousers - Zara
2. Shirt - ASOS, Skirt - M&S, Boots - Next

Jumper - ASOS, Jeans - Tu @ Sainsburys, Converse - Office

Which is your fave?

Lauren xx

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Christmas Gift Guide

I can't believe this year is nearly over!  It's been such a crazy roller coaster of a year but I'm so excited for Christmas and some well deserved time off.  Here is my 2016 gift guide with a few ideas for friends and family alike.  Enjoy!



For Him

Fashion  @ ASOS
Grooming @ Superdrug

For Her

Fasion @ ASOS
Beauty @ Superdrug

For The Little Ones


Toys @ Tesco

Smellies @ Superdrug


Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

Lauren xx