A day out in Edinburgh

SceneryIn honour of my 23rd birthday, my friend and I decided to get the train up to Edinburgh for a day of wining, dining and of course shopping! We set off from Newcastle donned in our most summery outfits with a Starbucks fruit smoothie in hand. I’d not been to Edinburgh since I was a littlin’, so I was pretty excited to explore the city, especially the shops (Oliver Bonas was literally bellowing my name).

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The sun was shining in the morning and so we spent some time milling around Princess Street Gardens and taking some not-at-all-cheesy pictures before heading for Afternoon tea. We went to an extravagant place called The Dome and indulged in finger sandwiches with their crusts cut off, fruit scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream and a selection of tasty cakes, including a to-die-for pistachio macaron. My friend stuck to traditional breakfast tea, but feeling adventurous, I opted for a pot of Red Berry tea which was sweet and juicy and delicious – I’d definitely recommend it.

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Our experience at The Dome was certainly one to remember, as two Geordie lasses, we were far from prepared for the hushed dining room and delicate china, but once we figured out how to correctly use our tea strainers we basked in the experienced and behaved like the ladies we were born to be (pinkies up and all).

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After high tea, we spent a significant amount of time on a wild goose chase trying to locate Oliver Bonas, which incidentally turned out to be round the corner from the place we started. Once we located the mothership we must have spent over an hour exploring every inch of the store. I wanted everything; the pineapple trinket box; the pastel cushions; the decorative suitcases; and the gorgeous pink accent chair. I restrained myself from blowing an entires month wage and left pleased as punch with an Elderflower Fizz Candle, a Ginger & Lime Handwash and the promise of an online order in my near future.

Another store we paid a visit to was Anthropology, I didn’t buy anything, but I could certainly fancy myself with some of those rose-gold trimmed plates!

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All that shopping was thirsty work and having concluded that is was 5 ‘o’ clock somewhere it only seemed polite to indulge in some cocktails. We came across a quirky bar called the boozy cow located underground on Frederick street. This was polar opposite from our elegant afternoon tea experience, but the cocktails were delicious! My fave was a Vodka, raspberry and elderflower concoction called Pink Angel.

Several beverages later, we emerged from underground to find the heavens had opened which was far from ideal considering our outfit choices, nevertheless, we soldiered on in the miserable weather, browsing some familiar high street stores.  Later on in the evening, we stopped at Chiquitos for fajitas and you guessed it, more cocktails. We caught the train back to Newcastle, but not before investing in some pink souvenir socks to keep our rain-soaked feet cosy on the journey home.

Overall a grand day out! Let me know if you’ve been to Edinburgh, or which city  you would recommend for a day trip?

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Summer wardrobe overhaul

Before - Unbearable chaos!
Before – Unbearable chaos!

I’m lucky enough to have a spare room that I can use as my ‘dressing room’, however over time its turned out to be a space for junk and clutter to accumulate (as you can see by the before picture). With a week off work, I decided a little wardrobe overhaul was way overdue, and so I have transformed the chaos into in a well-organised space for me to get dressed in. This mini project has actually inspired me to totally transform the room – so stay tuned for a home makeover post coming soon!

I had so many clothes that were old, out of season or just uninspiring, so I began by making three piles; Stuff to keep; stuff to get rid of; and stuff to store. I ended up with four bin bags full of items I didn’t want! I donated the majority to a local charity shop, and the tatty stuff was binned.

I stored my out of season items in vacuum pack bags, not only to save on hanging space but to keep them free from dust while not in use. I separated my clothing into separate bags for summer and winter, of course I don’t need my thick jumpers in June, but unfortunately, due to the classic British weather I won’t be needing my shorts and bikinis anytime soon either (‘til I get my holiday booked, anyway!).

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Lastly, I hung the rest of my items. I like to organise things according to what they are (dresses, tops etc.) as well as by colour, as I find this the most efficient way to keep track of everything. I also flipped my hangers the wrong way round, so that I can keep track of what I’m wearing. I’m keen to jump on the capsule wardrobe bandwagon, but I need to be thoughtful about the items I should discard and things I need to add. By keeping track of what I’m wearing, I should be able to assess my closet needs over the next month or two.

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Future Plan

  • Reevaluate closet in one month to determine what I do and do not need in my wardrobe.
  • Consider a feature rail to display full outfits and to prep fashion choices on a weekly basis.
  • Use Pinterest to gather ideas to transform the room from an empty shell to a functioning dressing room.

Let me know in the comment how you like to organise your closet space, your thoughts on dressing rooms and if you have tried a capsule wardrobe?

Lauren xo 

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ASOS Haul | June 2016

As a self proclaimed ASOS-O-HOLIC, it was not surprising that I could’t resist the 20% discount they graced us with last bank holiday Monday. I was pretty selective and managed to whittle my ever-growing wish list down to just four purchases.

DressesI’ve been seeing shirt dresses everywhere recently and so I decided to pick up this River Island design. The grey stripe pattern and midi length are ideal for a British summer. I adore the pretty details that this dress has, like the rose gold buttons and drawstring waist ribbon, which looks really feminine when tied off in a bow. I also love the open shirt collar and little pockets, I think it oozes sophistication!

The second dress I picked up is an all rounder, the lightweight knit material will be ideal for winter with thick tights, as well as being perfect for the warmer months paired with Birkenstocks and a denim jacket. The breton stripe design is timeless, and so I’m certain this will be in my wardrobe for years to come.

Earrings

These earrings are everything I love at the moment, marble and gold! I fell in love with the quirky hoop back, which gives them an extra unique look. You could also swap out the hoop for regular clasps and wear them as simple marble studs – a diverse addition to my jewellery collection.

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I’ve been after a pair of lace up flats for ever! This patent dolly shoe design from Glamorous are exactly what i’ve been looking for. The pointed toe and silver heel are pretty little details that should never be overlooked and the fine lace-up is subtle enough for casual wear.

Wishlist

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As always there are a few pieces that remain saved on my ASOS account, that were definite contenders. Number four was one of the first pieces I saw, but unfortunately was out of stock in my size – I will definitely be keeping a look out for it coming back in stock!

Let me know what you have picked up at ASOS recently, and if you have recently done a haul, please do send a link!

Lauren xo

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May Favourites

It’s hard to believe we’re already half way through 2016! It feels like yesterday I was celebrating the new year, with a list of resolutions I was never going to keep up, and now my 23rd birthday is rapidly approaching (June 17th, if you’re interested). With May drawing to a close I thought I’d share with you some things i’ve been loving this month.

1/ Primark Adhesive Nails

I used to be an acrylic nail junkie, and since having them removed after almost a year of full time falsies my real nails have been left tatty and brittle. I’ve been trying to nourish my natural nails with oils and strengtheners, which has really helped, but I can’t help but feel underdressed without my polished claws. These adhesive nails from Primark have been a God send, I pop them on for special occasions and can easily flick them off at the end of the night whilst maintaining my own nails condition. They come in loads of designs and for £1 you really can’t go wrong!

2/ Sonya Aloe Nourishing Serum

We all have that one person who clogs up our Facebook feeds with aloe related posts, and while i’m not really into the whole Forever Living craze this serum has impressed me. It claims to preserve and replenish the skins moisture and I reckon it does just that. I use this before my foundation and find it results in a smoother application, making my cheeks feel baby bum soft.

3/ Soap & Glory Mist You Madly Body Spray

I’m generally more of a perfume kinda girl, but  I don’t want to waste my favourite fragrance by dousing myself in it before a work out. I find this Soap and Glory mist is an essential for freshening up at the gym – the classic S&G scent is just lovely.

4/ Aveda Smooth Infusion Nourishing Styling Creme

Granted this is a pretty pricey hair product, however a little goes a long way. I’ve been working through this sample size for at least a month and have found it leaves my hair smooth and silky after blow drying. I’m definitely going to be purchasing the full size come pay day.

5/ Mac Cream Colour Base in Hush

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Where do I start with this? I’m sure you can see by the picture its been well loved, I just can’t get enough of it! This highlight has been incorporated into my daily makeup regime and I’m forever getting compliments on it. The rosey hue leaves a subtle shimmer across my cheeks making my generally dull completion appear radiant. This is a great highlighter for adding a natural glow without being OTT.

6/ Revlon Matte Lip Colour in Mauve It Over

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Another product thats worked its way into my day to day routine. This Revlon lipstick is a gorgeous nude with red undertones – a ‘your lips, but better’ kind of shade. I find the matte consistency gives the effect of a plumped pout, but the colour is nice and natural for everyday wear.

7/ Mint Daisy Necklace

This necklace was a gift a couple of years ago and I still love bringing it out for spring and summer. The mint and gold details along with the statement daisy design make for a pretty accessory to compliment wardrobe basics. I love teaming it with a white tee and jeans.

8/ Dexter

I thought i’d throw in one non beauty/ fashion favourite, and this month it has to be Dexter. The storyline is so clever, its rapidly consuming my evenings – I can’t tear myself away! I’m only on season three, so no spoilers please!

Let me know what you’ve been loving this month in the comments.

Lauren xo 

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Whats in my bag?

After humming and haring about weather to start my own blog for the past few years, I finally bought a fabulous handbag, took some photographs I’m fairly proud of, and took the plunge. A cheeky neb into somebodies handbag seems like a great way to get to know each other. I’ve always really enjoyed seeing other peoples ‘what’s in my bag’ posts, and so I thought this would be a lovely, traditional way to launch my blog. So, without further a due, these are the bits and bobs I like to carry around with me on a daily basis.

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1/ The Bag & purse

The star of the show is my Michael Kors Kellen tote in the shade blossom. I picked this up when I went to New York this Feb, at the premium outlet mall. Unfortunately, I think its last season and so isn’t currently available on the Michael Kors site, but I love it anyway! The gorgeous baby pink colour is perfect for spring – I can’t wait to style it up with a feminine white dress on a sunny day. I accessorized it with a Scream Queens inspired white pom pom, which I picked up from Primark for a couple of quid. The purse is another Michael Kors piece, which I also picked up in New York. The colour isn’t the most practical for chucking in my bag, but the inside is super roomy, with tones of space for my cards and change.

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2/ The cosmetics

I’m pretty minimal when it comes to lugging round my cosmetics, I don’t regularly reapply my make up so I tend to stick to lip products. My current favorites are my Nivea pearly shine balm, which keeps my lips super moisturized, and my indulgent YSL lipstick in shade 7. It’s a lovely pale pink hue, which just happens to match my bag.

As a sufferer of eczema, I have to keep a moisturizer on me, especially for my hands. Hand Food is great, as it doesn’t irritate my skin but has that classic soap and glory scent. Speaking of scent, I also like to carry a perfume and my current fragrance of choice is Marc Jacobs, Daisy. It’s a light and fresh scent for the summer months (I‘m sure you will have smelt it before). Last of all I like to keep a hand sanitizer, this is another one I picked up in the States, from Bath and Body works (along with the sensational Water Melon candle in the feature pic!). This is called ‘Berry Swirl’ and as the name suggests, it smells just like sweet berries.

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3/ The Extras

Like everyone else, if my phone is not glued to my hand, it’s in my bag. I have an IPhone 6, and I got my geometric case, which features pale pink, wood, and marble prints, from EBay. With the sun shining in Newcastle (for a change) I get to carry my Ray Bans. These are an aviator design with blue ombre lenses and a gold rim; when I’m not wearing my glasses I like to protect them with the standard tan Ray Ban case. Finally, I also like to carry a little notebook; I picked this one up at TK Max. It is by the brand Tri-Costal, however I think the golden polka dot design is very Kate Spade Esk!

That’s everything! Thanks so much for sticking around to read my first post, I hope you’ll come back to read my next one.

Lauren xo

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