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Wednesday, 10 December 2014



Yes...More Faux Fur!



 




Yes, I'm styling the old faux fur yet again! I cannot get enough. I mean, how boring would this outfit look without it?? This baby is from Missguided.co.uk and I immediately visualised it with every coat I owned! Someone thought it was part of the coat actually, which is always a good thing, then it looks like a totally new outfit when I wear it without the fur.

The coat itself was a birthday present from my mum. It's a wool, boyfriend style, mid-length coat, which can be styled in a million ways! It's classic and timeless and really can be put over everything. I have worn it with trainers and dressed up with a dress and heels. It sticks with my favourite 'masculine' trend, but the cut of it makes it feel so feminine and grown up (I turned 26 last month, so I'd better give it a go!).

I took my big bag with me for practical reasons, but the army green adds another much needed pop of colour. It's ridiculously big, but oh so handy for carrying everything you could ever need!

Had a busy/amazing December so far. The lovely girls at fashionchick.co.uk named me as their blogger of the month for January - what an amazing way to start 2015! I also won £250 of vouchers for boohoo.com for my post about the blogger's Christmas Party. Feeling very lucky right now, and love being a fashion blogger. Thank you to all you guys for following me, it means so much.

Lauren XO

Coat: Mango // Scarf: Missguided // Shoes: M&S // Bag: New Look


Thursday, 27 November 2014




Fashionchick Goodie Bag Haul









Hello again lovlies! As I mentioned on my last blog post, a few weeks ago I was very lucky to be invited to the fashionchick Christmas party! Fashionchick is a great website for you to check out and buy the latest styles and looks from some of the best brands out there. I use it a lot for inspiration, so when I was invited by a lovely member of their team, I couldn't believe it. It still shocks me that people see this and follow me, but to have a website I loved notice, was just an absolute dream!

The party was also hosted by the fabulous boohoo.com and Dorothy Perkins (If you follow this blog you will know how much I love both brands). After a fantastic night at the party, we were all given a goodie bag. Yes, beautiful pieces as well as a great night = perfect! 

In this post I have styled looks with the items gifted to me in the bag.

Firstly, the amazing "Yes/No" clutch from Dorothy Perkins. Ahh where do I start! I've wanted a slogan clutch for months, but never found one that suited my style and wasn't too expensive. So imagine my delight when I saw this baby! I've already used it twice on nights out, but thought I would dress it down for the look above. I just love it. Monochrome is my fave, so to have such a functional fashion statement is right up my street! 

The knee high boots will feature heavily in my upcoming posts as they have CHANGED MY LIFE. Literally. I can now wear bare legs without feeling self concious of my milk bottle skin! 

I've stayed monochrome with the rest of the look (head to toe in Next, can you tell I work there!?), as the bag speaks for itself. True love.

Bag: Dorothy Perkins // Boots: Next // Skirt: Next // Top: Next 

**Dorothy Perkins is currently 30% everything! (27/11/14)**



The next piece is this amazing faux fur scarf from Dorothy Perkins. Again, almost as if the knew, I had been looking for a faux fur scarf! This beautiful maroon one was one of my favourite pieces of the lot. I wore it home, the next day for a meal out over a t-shirt and then to the Manchester Christmas Markets in the look above.

It is so versatile due to it's shape. It's not too bulky or heavy like some I have tried on, so it looks great on it's own over a jumper. It's bigger than a collar, so doesn't look out of place without a coat. It's also the most perfect hue of purple. I have had so many compliments already, and I know many of my fellow bloggers have been wearing theirs out daily! A firm AW staple for me.

I will be posting a more detailed look at the outfit above in an upcoming post (items are tagged on my instagram).



Finally my bobble hat from boohoo.com. If you don't already know, I am a massive hat fan. I would wear a hat every day if I could (generally) I do. I would never have thought a mustard bobble hat would become my favourite so far...I love it! Who knew mustard was my colour! 

It's beyond warm and cosy, but also is such a lovely size, and is so flattering. I can't praise it enough. I've even ordered it in the burnt orange colour too!

Hat: boohoo 

Once again, a massive thank you to fashionchick, boohoo and Dorothy Perkins. It was my first bloggers event, and hopefully it wont be the last! 

Lauren XO

Friday, 14 November 2014



Fashionchick Blogger's Christmas Party





 

 



So last night I attended my FIRST EVER blogger's event! I couldn't believe it when I was emailed by the lovely girls at fashionchick.co.uk inviting me to their Blogger's Christmas Party, hosted by Boohoo.com and Dorothy Perkins! I honestly didn't think it was real! For those of you who follow my blog/IG account, you will know I have only dabbled in blogging for around 6 months, so to be invited was an absolute honour!

It was held at the beautiful Epernay Champagne Bar in Manchester City Centre. I had never been, but I will definitely be going back! It is just off Spinningfileds and is in such a beautiful area of the City. 

I was incredibly nervous about attending a party on my own! It's just something I hadn't done before, but I was so excited to get inside, that the nerves soon dissapeared. 

We were greeted with a glass of champagne and nibbles, and then led through to the party where we could have our nails painted or hair styled at the hair bar. The room oozed fashion, with sequins galore and stunning bloggers huddled around the various clothes stalls.

Luckily, I was not alone for long! I met two lovely girls from the Boohoo.com media team. They introduced me to all of the beautiful AW14 pieces. I have added pictures, but trust me, they do not do them justice! I loved every single piece! The Dorothy Perkins stand was equally as beautiful. The lovely Jodie showed me the new pieces for AW. The silver coloured fur coat was an absolute favourite of mine!

I then met the beautiful Holly from Rock On Ruby, who I follow on IG and the girls she was with. They were all lovely! I felt instantly as ease, and we chatted about all things fashion and blogging. It's so nice to meet the bloggers you follow and admire, and also great to meet new people who have the same interests as you.

I now must apologise for the lack/quality of my pictures! I was so overwhelmed, I honestly forgot to take some! Most of the images above are from the blogger's I met (links on IG). I know, the only time I really should take pictures and I forget! 

We had a ball with the Christmas props (I'm the one with the snowman glasses!) and the atmosphere was lovely all night. When I left, I was given an amazing goodie bag! I still can't believe we were treated to wonderful food, drink, pampering, fashion AND we got a goodie bag! 

I was blown away by everyone's kindness and support for new blogger's. There was no elitism, or snobbery of how many followers you have, people just wanted to talk about fashion. It has definitely renewed my enthusiasm for blogging. I love every single follower, I still can't believe 300 people are interested in me! 

Have a wonderful week, 

Lauren XO

(oh and if you do follow me on IG, why not follow me on Twitter...I've decided to really give tweeting a go!)



Mom Jeans








Hello lovlies! I hope you've all had a great start to November. It's definitely more Autumnal up here in Manchester, which obviously means wrapping up in all sorts of fabulous coats, capes and blankets!

This is my first Wintery post EVER. I started this blog in July, and even though I'm from the UK, it's actually not been really cold until now. This meant pulling out all the stops and bringing out my amazing camel coat! I can't tell you how many comments I've had about this baby, and I actually bought it off ebay for £30 last Spring! It was originally from New Look and had all the labels attached. I can't tell you how easily this adds a fashionable quality to my outfit. Even jeans and a 
t-shirt are jazzed up!

Now onto the jeans. Oh yes, the infamous 'mom' jeans. AKA man-repellent jeans. Both my hubby and my brother had strong opinions on the fit and look of them...however, as Betsey Johnson once said; 


“Girls do not dress for boys. They dress for themselves and, of course, each other. If girls dressed for boys they’d just walk around naked at all times.”


Personally, I LOVE them. They are so comfortable and definitely look more on trend that a basic pair of skinnies! I totally understand the unflattering kind of angle, but that's a trend I'm loving right now...the kind of awkward, extra comfortable look.

Ok so now on to the most popular pair of boots I have ever owned! I bought these beauties from Dorothy Perkins last month, and from the first picture I put on instagram, I've had non stop requests about where I got them! They are unbelievably flattering as they have the pointed toe. This really does elongate your leg, and make you look amazing! I would never of thought of pairing them with mom jeans, but I really love the juxtaposition of totally chilled with a mix of glam! 

To finish off the look I threw on my new amazingly cosy jumper, again from Dorothy Perkins. They come in a range of colours and just look great with everything! I have it in blue too, and really want it in black.

I've been really busy working recently, but finally have 2 consecutive days off, so be prepared for major blog/instagram/twitter updates!

Have a lovely week, see you soon!

Lauren XO

Coat: New Look (similar) // Jeans: ASOS // Jumper: Dorothy Perkins  
Boots: Dorothy Perkins // Bag: Primark (similar)


Wednesday, 29 October 2014



Culottes











I'm back with a super quick post this week, which is actually OK as this is a super simple look!

Culottes - much like Marmite, you either love them or hate them! I must admit, it took me a while to even try a pair on. But once I did, I was hooked! Ok, so there are loads variations out there, but as usual asos has a great selection for you to give a try.

Maroon is a fave colour of mine, plus it's super Autumnal and looks lovely with all the fallen leaves (and up here in Manchester, they grey skies!). I could have easily teamed this maroon pair with black, or other deep, earthy colours e.g dark green, burnt orange and navy. So they are super versatile!

You may spot the Paul and Bear polo neck I wore on last weeks post. Total staple! And, they star yet again...my M&S mules! Such a 'go to' shoe this whole year! As they are black, they go so well from SS to AW.

Hope you're having a lovely week!

See you soon, Lauren XO

Culottes: Asos // Polo Neck: Asos // Mules: M&S (similar here
Bag: M&S (similar here)

Wednesday, 22 October 2014



Vintage Vibes



 






Hey there fashion lovers! I'm back with a new look, although sticking with the vintage theme. So polo necks/roll necks/turtle necks or whatever you like to call them are a big thing this AW. It's also a trend that I'm sure 90% of you already own! I didn't have to buy any this year as I had at least 4 from the past few seasons. 

I feel fashion has become much more wearable this year. Actually the past few years. Flats are back, boyfriend jeans are a staple and now polo necks are 'in' for Winter. How easy could it be! I personally love polo necks. Although I'm also aware that not everyone (especially you lucky girls with big boobs) will think they flatter their shape. Luckily there are so many different variations out there that I'm sure one will be the perfect match. I've noticed Zara and Asos have a wide selection of really wide necked jumpers and tops, so check them out if you're not a massive fan of tight ones.

I combined this particular polo neck with 2 looks (with culottes next week!). It's so versatile, I could wear it with anything! It was so warm and cosy, I didn't want to take it off!

The A line skirt is another winner of the season. It flatters almost every figure, and creates such a feminine silhouette. This is also from Asos, but I've seen lots in Topshop and Zara too.

The furry bag and pointy Chelsea boots finish the look. I know not everyone loves a furry bag...but I just love it! It was just £14 from Primark and even comes with it's own dust bag - check you out Primarni! 

The boots are a must have for AW14. Flat, pointy and flattering. Spot on.

I started my new job last week which is why i've been so rubbish updating instagram, but back on it from today! Ohhh I'm also getting my hair chopped of this week! What dya think!? 

See you next week,

Lauren XO

Polo Neck: Asos // Skirt: Asos // Boots: M&S // Bag: Primark (similar here)



Wednesday, 8 October 2014



Vintage Blouse









Hello! I'm back today with another ebay find. I found this vintage 80s blouse one night whilst watching Downton Abbey...I was distracted and started to think I needed a new shirt. However, since I have limited funds, I thought I would just have a mooch on ebay. Literally 5 minutes after searching for "vintage blouse" I found this babe! It was described as an "excellent condition vintage find" and was only £2.99. It really was as described and fit perfectly! I knew I wanted to pair it with my 70s style floppy hat, and go for a vintage feel kind of look.

Sixtes and seventies influences were all over the AW14 catwalks. Oversized hats, kick flare jeans and wall paper print dresses have now made it onto the high street. I love it all! 

I am a massive vintage fan. I suppose I'm not into all pieces being vintage, I like to bring things up to date. But I love a good rummage through vintage shops and as you can see, a good browse on ebay.

So this look was seventies inspired. I love the silhouettes; flowing fabrics, flattering high waist trousers (think 1970s Charlie's Angels). However, I just can't find a nice pair of kick flare trousers! I have tried asos and Topshop, but so far they are all a bit 'boot leg' rather than actual flares. If you have any recommendations please let me know! So for now, I just used my good old staple, Topshop skinnies.

The hat is from H&M and I have to admit here and now; I have a total hat obsession. Ever since I was little, I couldn't resist trying all sorts of hats on, wherever I could get my hands on them! So thank god it's now Autumn and the hats are out in force! I have already bought 3 or 4, but I have to say this is the most versatile of the lot. It's incredibly comfy and surprisingly warm, so perf for the colder days. Stay tuned for more hats over the coming weeks!

Hope you've all had a nice week guys, see you next Wednesday,

Lauren XO

Blouse: ebay, search "vintage vlouse" (similar here) // Jeans: Topshop // Hat: H&M Bag: H&M // Shoes: New Look

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