Scarf

Spring is officially here, even though it may not look like it right now in London.  The sun is [should be] shining but there is still a slight breeze in the air.  For me, as someone that is always cold, I like to add a light scarf or necktie to my outfits to keep warm during the spring weather.  Here is some inspo I found on Pinterest.

Layered with a shirt, jumper and blazer.  This would be perfect for the office.
With sunnies and an off the shoulder jumper to show a little skin.
A silk scarf can dress up a more relaxed outfit.
Parisian vibes with a hat and sunnies.  I love the bold print against the black jumper.

How would you style a scarf for spring?

Lauren xx

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8 Affordable Skincare Products That Work

I feel like I've really got my skincare down at the moment.  I bought lots of new products a few months ago and after testing them out, my skin having a bit of a freak out at first and then getting a good routine in order I feel like I've found some great products that work for my skin, are cruelty free and affordable!



Mario Badescu Rose Water

I use this as a toner to hydrate my skin every morning.  It's so refreshing and particularly good if you've had a heavy night!

Superdrug Optimum Brightening Cream

This is a black cream that I've spoken about before.  It's not too heavy so a good one for the day before makeup but it has brightening properties in it to keep your skin glowing.




Body Shop Cleansing Oil

This is the camomile one and is so good at removing makeup.  I use it every night to start off with and it even removes studdon mascara.

Nip & Fab Glycolic Scrub

I've started to incorporate glycolic acid into my everyday skincare and I feel like it's improved my skin the most.  This product I use 2-3 times per week.

Pixi Toner

This also has glycolic acid it in and I will use it most days when I am not using the Nib & Fab scrub.




Superdrug Vitamin E eye cream

Such a great little cream and super affordable.  The best eye cream I've tried so far.

Superdrug Vitamin E facial oil

Now that I am getting older I've started to use a facial oil every night which scared me at first as I thought I would really break out but it's so nice for my dry skin.

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Overnight Mask

This is another product with glycolic acid in it so I will only use when not using the others as too much freaks my skin out.  It's a really cooling gel that you leave on and wash off in the AM.


Do you know any affordable skincare products that really work?

Lauren xx

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6 Of The Best Cruelty Free Beauty Products

I've been vegan for over a year now and about 8 months ago I decided I would also go cruelty free on all my beauty and skincare products too.  I had to do a lot of research and found it alarming how many brands still test on animals!  

One store that really works hard on supporting cruelty free products is Superdrug and they do a lot of different ranges within their skincare and makeup.  There are also some higher end brands that don't test on animals which I was really happy about.

Here are some of my favourites:



MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter

I have this in the gold shade and it's beauty.  Not too pidgmented but still enough to get that glow.  I use it everyone including as an eyeshadow.




Sleek Shimmer Blush

I've talked about this loads.  I have the shade rose gold and it's almost identical to Nars' cult orgasm blush for a fraction of the price.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette

I bought this to try when contour palettes became all the rage and I haven't stopped using it since.  You get so many different shades, setting powders and highlighters for such a good price.

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue

This is such a quick and easy product, I even use my fingers to apply it.  I love it for the summer as it's non greasy and has SPF50.




Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

I bought a mini size one of these to try out but it's actually lasted me about 6 months!  I'm definitely going to purchase a full size next time.

Urban Decay Naked Palette

This is one of the OG cult products.  There's not really much else to say about this!  If you don't know.. then you should..


What are your favourite cruelty free products?

Lauren xx

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Vegan Stew

I made one of the best meals this weekend, it was so simple but super tasty.  It was a veggie stew with beans and lentils from Deliciously Ella's Everyday book.  It serves 8 but I halved it and done 4 batches so I could have some for lunch this week too.  It took about an hour altogether but can be easily reheated if you want to make a big batch.




You will need:

Courgettes
Carrots
Garlic
Lentils
Tinned tomatoes
Tomato puree
Cinnamon
Ginger
Cannellini beans
1 lime

Then all you need to do is cut up the vegetables and add everything into a pot for 30 minutes on simmer except the courgettes, lime and beans.  Then add these last ingredients and simmer for another 30 minutes.  That's it!

I hope you enjoy this vegan recipe as much as I do.  Please let me know if you have any to share below :)

Lauren xx

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Outfits Of The Week

1. Top - Missguided, Boots - ASOS
2. Jumper - Gap, Skirt - New Look, Boots - M&S

Top - ASOS, Jeans - New Look, Uggs - Office


Eyewear - Topshop, Shirt - Shein, Jeans - New Look


Top - HM, Skirt - New Look


1. Jumper - Primark
2. Shirt - ASOS, Skirt - HM

Which one is your favourite?

Lauren xx

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Tie Sleeve Jumper

I picked up this tied sleeve jumper from Zara at the beginning of the year and I have seen them everywhere since.  I think they're really different with a slight twist to the bell sleeve trend.  This one from Zara is so comfortable too and such beautiful material.  I really love all the knitwear from Zara at the moment.





This is the link to the Zara one.  I've also found some similar ones here, here and here.

What do you think of the tie sleeve jumper?

Lauren xx

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How To Weatherproof Your Bags And Boots

Sorry if this is a bit of a boring post but I feel like it's necessary to know how to keep your [designer] bags and boots from getting ruined in harsh weather conditions.  I mean, you paid money for them after all and if you're as much as a shoe lover as me you definitely won't want them getting spoilt!

When I purchased my first designer handbag from Mulberry the lady at the till asked me if I also wanted to purchase a can of leather protector.  I've been offered this before in various shoe shops and always decline as I just think it's them trying to get another sale.  However, when you are spending half your pay cheque on one purchase you realise that maybe an extra tenner to protect it is not such a bad deal after all!




So I reluctantly paid the extra £8 for this spray and use it every time before going out in poor weather and you know what, 7 years later that Mulberry bag is [almost] as good as new!

I now use these sprays on all my bags and shoes and wonder whether I never invested in one before! The one I have is Collonil Waterstop spray and retails for £10, however, you can get slightly cheaper ones for around £5.  Get one, you won't regret it!  It also comes in a gel form which I think it better for shoes?  But I just find the sprays easier.



How do you protect your bags and shoes?

Lauren xx

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What I Ate Today

Breakfast

A glass of water with lemon juice
1 weetabix with almond milk and raspberries

Lunch

Sweet potato risotto (recipe by Deliciously Ella)




Dinner

Strawberry, banana and spinach smoothie with almond milk

Snacks

Banana
Peppermint tea
2 litres of water


What did you eat today?

Lauren xx

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Comfy Days

The weather is still so cold here in London, what is going on!  It's March now.. we should be in Spring right?  So what is up with the rain, wind and 5 degrees temps?!  Eugh.  The upside of this weather, however, (yes there is an upside!) is that I can spend cosy days inside doing the things I love.  So here are a few ways to have a cosy day or night inside when the weather is pants!



Redecorate The Home/Bedroom

I've recently decided I wanted to do a little overhaul to my apartment now that I've owned it for 5 years.  I love places like Wilko, Ikea and Primark for affordable but chic furniture.  See my post on my new Shoe Wall here.




Board Games

Remember how much fun we had as kids playing these?  I haven't played a good board game in ages but I got a puzzle as a Secret Santa present for Christmas and it inspired me to want to play more games and puzzles!


Work Out

Just because you can't get to the gym doesn't mean you can't excercise.  I quite often will move the furniture around to create a workout space, put on a good playlist from Spotify and do a workout I found on Pinterest.


Order Takeout

Why not try something new from a place you've not ordered from before?  Or even cook up a recipe you've been wanting to try if you have the ingredients in the kitchen.




Netflix and Chill

Sorry had to put it in there.  Read it how you want!


How do you like to spend comfy days inside?

Lauren xx

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