Lauren Loves Blog

20 Nov 2017

My Favourite Autumn Look and house hunting!


If you've been keeping up with my ramblings on Instagram, you'll know we're trying to move house at the moment. We're moving from my home town outside of Portsmouth, to Bournemouth. Sam and I both have new jobs there so we're hoping to move ASAP.  This means we've been doing a lot of house hunting. Let me tell you, this is no easy task. 

It involves lots of wandering around, arriving early for viewings and walking up and down the street to check the area out. Not being from Bournemouth, we're having to suss out each area as we arrive. This means I need a warm outfit and lots of layers - keeping warm outside and able to take them off when we get inside or in the car. This has been my standard cold weather, being outdoors outfit



Taking inspiration from my Autumn Pinterest board, I've been wearing a lot of this outfit. I was sent the River Island jacket last week and I don't think I've taken it off since. It's fully lined with faux fur and it's so thick, warm and soft! It's like snuggling down into a soft cloud on my long commutes in the dark, and I love it! Plus it has huge pockets so perfect for throwing my phone and keys into before running to the next viewing.


Jacket: River Island black Faux Leather Aviator Jacket £90
Scarf: New Look Check scarf £9.99
Trousers: Levi 501 CT tapered jeans (£85 from Levis or £67.99 from Zalando)
Shirt: New Look Iris shirt £22.99 on Amazon
Hat: From New Look last year, but similar here
Shoes: Studded flats from LOTD £18
Bag: DKNY Gansevoort medium (£270 but I got it in the Zalando sale in the new year)
 

I don't know about you, but lipstick makes me feel like I'm in control! Sam's been laughing at me because every time we go to view a house I think I'll really like, or before I make that "Location Location Location" offer phone call from the coffee shop, I always top up my lippie. I've been wearing either MAC Ruby Woo (my favourite and what I'm wearing in this one) or MAC Sin on a rainy day. 


So far we've had some luck! We've found a house we really want! We've put an offer in on one we love! The hard part is not falling too in love with the house because I keep being warned that house sales always fall through and we could lose it. However mentally Sam and I have totally moved into our "new family home" and keep talking about what we'll do to it, where we'll put all our furniture, what life will look like living in the house... sigh. Our house has a buyer, but we're waiting with high anxiety for her to find a buyer so we can definitely confirm the offer on the house we want has been accepted. Obviously I'll keep you all posted as we go through the process. Please keep everything crossed for us!
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18 Nov 2017

Boohoo Dress of the Month

Look at my new red dress emojii dress! I was sent Boohoo sent me this dress in their Dress of the Month campaign - where bloggers are sent a mystery dress to style up as they want. It was a nerve-wracking wait to see what I was sent, so I was delighted to get this red dress with jazzy sleeves!



This is the Tina Ruffle Sleeve Shift Dress and is £18 from Boohoo. They have lots of different ruffle sleeve styles at the moment in different lengths.


I decided to wear my dress for a cocktail night with Sam and my BFF Sarah. 

I paired the mini dress with some over the knee boots I got last year from River Island. Sadly they are not available anymore but these ASOS ones are very similar. I was also very excited to find the dress was the same colour as my favourite lippie - MAC Ruby Woo! My bracelet is a Misfit Ray in rose gold and black 


We had great fun on cocktail night! We had Agua De Valencia to start which is a strong mixture of Cava, orange juice, and a shot of both gin and vodka! It was delicious but a little strong for "one drink and done Lauren". We then had some lovely Coffee and Creme Caramel liquor followed by pineapple vodka and orange juice! Sarah brought lots of mini party food from Aldi and it was delicious! We didn't go out in the end, but spent the night chatting and listening to music.


The dress was great fun for my night out! It was a little see-through so I had to wear it with skin coloured underwear (which I only discovered after looking through photos with the flash on!)
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31 Oct 2017

Happy Halloween! My Witch Photoshoot

At the weekend I did a fun new halloween themed photoshoot with Ryan Hewett Photography, a local Southampton wedding photographer. We decided to meet and get some spooky halloween photos together for a bit of fun! The photos are so spooky and amazing! I had to share them all! 


My amazing, spooky witch makeup was done by Alisha May Makeup - she did this amazing red, smoky eye look, made me look really pale with ashy cheekbones and brown lips


I teamed it with a dark grey K'ryssma wig which was around £15 from Amazon


 We walked out to Manor Farm Country Park in Southampton, near Hedge End to find this little copse and take the photos (apologies to all the dog walkers I scared that day)




I wore a full length white tulle skirt from Reathua on Etsy. I put it with a Boohoo Holly sheer top and an ASOS bustier corset top



The floating photos were so fun, and really clever! In the black dress photo I wore the Boohoo Fliss off the shoulder fishtail dress


After the floating photos, we had a play with smoke bombs!



Turns out smoke bombs get really hot, and if you use colourful ones they stain your hands and clothes! I've washed my white outfit since and it's now a very pale pink!




 

Ryan, a pro prop maker also made a swing! He got his lovely wife to do a run around with a white smoke bomb to make this eerie atmosphere.




The photos are amazing! They look so atmospheric and spooky, and definitely sum up his idea of "classy, not cheesy witch".
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29 Oct 2017

LOTD Outfit post - PVC skirts for the daytime

I was contacted by a company called LOTD, who I hadn't heard of before. I peeked at their website and was there for hours! They have a huge range of clothes and they are really cheap. The company offered me an outfit to try out so I picked this! 


First impressions were the packaging was good, it all came nicely packed up and easy to return if I wanted to. Also the quality of the clothes was really good. No itchy bits, bad stitching or thin fabrics. I also got a top and another pair of shoes, and they are all really good quality. 


My eyes were immediately drawn to this blush pink vinyl skirt (£12). I loved how shiny it was and I wanted the opportunity to have a PVC skirt! I feel the blush pink makes it more wearable and thought I'd take on the challenge of wearing it in the daytime. 


I took inspiration from their model on the website, who was wearing it as a daytime look. I also chose to pair the skirt with some chunky knitwear to get a variation in texture. This cream funnel neck cable jumper (£12) has a lovely boxy, cropped shape. It's also really warm. I'm sometimes funny about high necks because they can be a bit claustrophobic, but this one is loose enough to be ok. 


I put the look together with some grey Western ankle boots (£18). The boots were so comfortable! I wore them around the shops this afternoon and that's always a brave move when you have new shoes.  


So the whole look may have been a little too much for running errands and going shopping, but I felt chic sipping my caramel latte! The skirt was so comfortable, stretchy enough but also firm enough to suck in the wobbly bits! It's definitely a fantastic day-to-night look, and would have worked really well last weekend when a daytime pub lunch turned into an evening stay at the pub.

I'm definitely adding LOTD to the list of regular sites to visit, among ASOS, Boohoo and Missguided. The price is definitely in the bargain end, but the quality of the clothes has been great. I'm really pleased!

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1 Oct 2017

4 Pinterest Autumn outfits - recreated



Pinterest is amazing. I've been using it more recently (find me at laurenlovesblog), and started creating an Autumn outfit board. I thought I would go through finding things to recreate the outfits I loved the most.



How to put it together:


grey jumper by Weekday - £45 from ASOS

dark grey skinny jeans - £22 from Missguided

white trainers - £17.24 on sale at New Look

Ok so the bag was really hard to find. This tweedy one is cute from BirdsAreCurious on Etsy for £19.31




How to recreate it:
You can always trust Zara with gorgeous knitwear. This one is £29.99
If you want something a bit different, look at the amazing sleeves on this Boohoo jumper for £18


for a smaller brim, this black felt floppy hat - £5 at Peacocks 
or for a more floppy brimmed hat - £12 from Boohoo

ASOS Raquel ankle boots - £30

This designer inspired bag is £11.99 from eBay


If you go to the website this picture comes from originally, it actually tells you where her outfit comes from, but here's my bargain version

This gorgeous New Look jacket from ASOS - £59.99. It's already in my basket, I'm waiting for Sam to dig out his Unidays log-in because it's 20% at the moment!

My Matalan jeggings (£16) are my favourite ever. I wear them constantly

Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses - £69 from Sunglasses Shop


Ok so the Givency Antigona is hard to copy. But this winged bag is nice and it's from ASOS is £24.99



Her personalised Burberry scarf is gorgeous, but for a similar, cheaper version check out this for £7.99 on eBay 

There are lots of lovely cream, cable knit jumpers out at the moment. My favourite is this Superdry Esmay jumper for £59.99

Boohoo suede skirt - £12

The coat she is holding looks a little like this ASOS one - £85

Topshop cross-body bag - £28
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