Lauren Loves Blog

17 Jan 2018

Stationery addict - my new office

New year, new job! When I'm not blogging or knitting, I have a real job! I'm a Psychologist in a hospital and in my new role I have my own desk! I was recently contacted by a stationery company called Mustard about their range of bright, fun things and they kindly sent me a few bits and bobs to look after me




My particular favourite thing is the tiny pencil case (£8) on an elastic - it's absolutely genius! Now I can keep my diary shut and I always have pens for writing in my diary. It also has a tiny lucky cat zip pull


The range of sticky notes is INSANE! I love a sticky - I have them dotted everywhere. It started out  a helpful habit, but now I have so many with "important" notes dotted around that I have gone note blind! Like my other habit of highlighting everything so nothing ends up standing out! 


I love these marbly ones (£6) - they're all different lengths and my geeky thought is the sticky area is really large so they stick really well. I also got rainbow ones (£6) which have a stand so they look gorgeous on my desk. I don't really want to use them. The marble block (£8) isn't sticky, but so helpful for taking a quick number or phone message down. 

At lunch, I also have some new treats. My HydrateM8 bottle broke really quicky so I luckily got this new fruit infusing water bottle in a watermelon print (£15). It has some little markers on the side with encouragement to drink, my favourite saying "looking good!" I popped some frozen berries into the middle infuser and left it with water in overnight for some yummy juice!


and my favourite thing ever - a t-rex lunchbox in dayglo brights (£8.99)!


So far I'm settling in well. The staff seem really lovely and I'm excited to move. I still haven't - sigh. The sale fell through again but hopefully will be coming together soon. 
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24 Dec 2017

Outfit post: Christmas parties and New Years Eve

Yikes it's Christmas weekend already! Hope you're all having a lovely time. I went to the pub yesterday with my lovely friends for a 30th birthday/Christmas meet up.



I don't know about you, but sometimes I find this time of year very hard to dress for - I'm out and about all day, doing loads of different visits and meetings - family, friends, pubs, homes. I tend to need an outfit for all occasions. This year I've been wearing this outfit



Look at these fab drinks baubles - they are made by Mason. Mum got them from the local off-license but I've definitely seen them elsewhere on Insta! My outfit is

Star print camisole with lace trim - now £7, sent to me by F&F
Tinsley sparkly tweed jacket - now £12, sent to me by F&F
Jeans are Ridley by ASOS in Lily £28
Shoes are LOTD black suede all over studded - now £10. I live in these shoes!


My lippie is my new favourite purchase - It's Gigi Hadid for Maybelline West Coast Lip Kit in Austyn and I bought it the other night. It's a bright coral/pink/orange/red lipstick and lip liner. The colour is fantastic, really bright but flattering on all skin tones. I don't normally suit orange tones but I love this. My Mum went out and bought one for herself today!


I am so in love with the jacket! It's like a tweedy classic Chanel shape and I love the glitz running through it. If you're working between Christmas and New Year, this is perfect for work. Or gorgeous on top of a dress for your New Years night out. It's a real classic and sale bargain
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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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