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Outfit Post: Accessorising an LBD

18 Sep 2014

At the weekend I had a family birthday which I had to dress up a little for! I decided to go for the classic LBD (Little Black Dress)

I am wearing a midi-skater dress from ASOS - £25 and black New Look pumps - £12.99. To make it more interesting I've accessorised with jade green statement jewellery from House of Fraser. These earrings are Mikey Oval Stone earrings and cost £12 and this Ziba ring which is really wow!

I finished it off with a coral lip stain - This is Collection's Pout Lipstain in Flirt which is a dupe for Benefit's ChaCha Tint. I also had coral nails thanks to Jessica's Geleration in Strawberry Daiquiri. Plus I finally had my roots done! Hooray!

We had a lovely lunch out and I "recreated" these pictures of my godfather's from the war with the help of my brother. I had them framed for him

Outfit Post: Sweater Weather!

16 Sep 2014

I hate to be that guy, and I am loving the sunny weather we've had over the last couple of days but I'm really looking forwards to snuggling down in a yummy jumper. (Do remind me of this in February when I hate being constantly cold) I was very excited to get into this gorgeous Barbour jumper over the weekend for a dog walk (Excuse the windswept facial expressions!)

This is the Barbour Evenwood Sweater and is down to £45 right now! It's a super-snuggly 100% cotton jumper and it's so thick it was perfect for a windy dog walk. I love the interesting cable knit pattern and it comes in 4 colours. I am also wearing Topshop Leigh jeans which I ripped myself and Primark brogues

Barbour wasn't really a company I had thought of for "fashion" clothes previously, having only known them for jackets. However, a quick browse of the website was dangerous and I want some other things now! For example, this Hawkeye quilted hoodie would be awesome for weekends exploring, teamed with ripped jeans

I was also very excited to see they make Barbour quilted dog coats to match their person coats!

Halfway through the walk, we had to treat ourselves to icecreams. Obviously Teddy got a little bit too!

Giveaway: VIP Ticket to The Saturdays in Bournemouth!

14 Sep 2014

Do you love The Saturdays? Would you like to come with me to the Greatest Hits Live Tour in Bournemouth on Monday 22nd September as a VIP? Well enter this giveaway! 

I'm lucky enough to have a spare VIP ticket for The Saturdays Greatest Hits Live in Bournemouth to giveaway. The ticket will allow you backstage access (VIP lanyards and passes), entrance into the Garnier Ultimate Blends room where there will be refreshments. In the room, you will also be styled by the backstage team before being given a VIP goodie bag and taken to your seat to watch the girls perform! 

The terms and conditions are:

  • You must be over 16 years old
  • You must be able to attend the show at The Bournemouth BIC on 22nd September 2014 by 6.20pm latest to collect your ticket from me and get going
  • You must be a Facebook follower, all the rest of the entries are optional. 
  • The competition ends at 11.59pm on Thursday 18th September to give the winner a chance to get their travel organised
  • Travel and hotels etc are not covered in this ticket. Only what is stated above. 

Fill in this Rafflecopter app below to enter! All I need to know is your email address and Facebook (so I can see what you look like when we meet!)

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How to: Rope Halo Braid Hair Tutorial

13 Sep 2014

A perfect weekend or evening out look! 

Hi everyone! I thought I would film a YouTube video showing you all how I style my hair in a rope style halo braid. It is much easier to do than a halo french braid (see my very old tutorial here). It has the same wow factor though and looks awesome. Check out the video: 

If you guys try it out, I'd love to see photos. Tag me on Instagram or Twitter @laurenlovesblog

Sure Compressed – Festival Fresh with @SureUK

11 Sep 2014

As I said in my previous post, this year was my first festival and I was very, very nervous about it!

It is probably obvious, but I’m not really the camping type. A place without a duvet, proper shower or hairdryer is not usually my idea of a great time but armed with my can of Sure Compressed I gave it a go. I was sharing the experience with my best friend Sarah so we both decided to discuss it here.

So lets not skim over the nitty gritty – festivals are smelly! People smell, toilet blocks smells (especially the organic one), tents smell. We got there and straight away put the Sure Compressed into action, spraying ourselves and getting us feeling fresh to get into the crowd without feeling smelly. It’s a super tiny size so I didn’t mind carrying it around in my bag all day each day

The spray face. Don’t deny you don’t also do this face when spraying things.

 I got the giggles…

We went out and I discovered it also had other uses. That smelly toilet? Spray it quick before you get in and it masks the smell for a quick wee! Also, your feet get really sweaty if you’re wearing wellies or trainers, so a quick spray with this means you won’t get kicked out by your tent-mate at bedtime. Plus a quick spray in your tent before you go off to brush your teeth really helps get rid of that hot tent smell.

After a hard day of partying, I found I was still really fresh, and there were no marks on my white clothes each day or embarrassing stains, even after jumping and dancing constantly. It definitely would have been sorely missed if I didn’t have it!

Overall, I survived my first festival and am really keen to go to another now! Thank you again to Sure Compressed for sending me to Bestival!
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