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STREAMLINE YOUR MIND

Saturday, February 06, 2016



I tend to find that most of my worry and pressure to get things done is from a backlog of junk in my brain - feeling and thinking there's more to be done than reality, tasks to remember and complete, heck even cleaning my brushes slips my mind, but this past week I've felt a desire to clarify and streamline life around me so I can begin to streamline my brain - release the jargon, realise what needs to be done and cleanse my life a little.

Whether it's a box of packaging to throw, nail polishes to cut down on, skincare rotation or listing off all those important tasks - big and small - so your brain feels empty enough to compute it all, I find that generally clearing the world around me helps me clear out the space inside.

So grab a pen and paper, sit back with today's new video below and release the tension in your brain as you finally unravel those thoughts and see what it really is you need to get done and how you're a #girlboss or #boyboss who is going to get things done and be inspired!



How do you like to streamline your mind? Are you a tidy person or have lists everywhere? What helps you to feel relaxed and de-junked?

Lots of Love,
Lauren x

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PHOTOGRAPHY SESSIONS #2 HELLO MISS JORDAN

Friday, February 05, 2016



Back in January, I headed to Brighton to photograph Jordan on her birthday and it was possibly one of my favourite shoots due to the Carrie/Liv vibe - then again, Jordan is very Carrie/Liv in her style and Brighton is just the perfect mix of quirky Georgian architecture with colour and art.

You can read Jordan's full outfit post here, but it was great to get out on the streets of Brighton and experiment with location shooting.





I have recently shot for Jordan again so I can't wait to share those images also, but the more I photograph people the more I love this job, this experimentation and creating beautiful images for myself an others to share on their platforms - each time I fall more in love with the 85mm lens than before, so dreamy, that blur!






If you're interested in photos for your blog, please leave me a comment or drop me an email and I'll send over rates and details for what services are covered, but for now, just marvel and Jordan's beauty and have an awesome Friday!

Lots of Love,
Lauren x

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VEGAN BREAKFAST WITH POM WONDERFUL

Wednesday, February 03, 2016



Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, I could eat my version of porridge three times a day if I wanted but always savour it for those energy boosting mornings to fill my stomach with satisfaction. I’ve found my breakfast needs a balance of sweet and grounding tastes hence the mix of porridge, hemp milk, protein powder, Manuka honey and almonds - it works like a dream - but it makes finding other breakfasts to enjoy hard - no toast for me, too much carbs, so when POM got in touch and asked if I’d like to try out their juice and also have someone come to my house and cook me breakfast, I was more than willing to try something new.


Vegan breakfasts are a bit of a special thing for me so I was excited to see what would be on the menu - to my delight it was pancakes and chocolate mousse with an omelette and true Italian coffee, and I never get to have decent pancakes because of eggs so I was more than pleased. Researching more into the company providing breakfast, La Belle Assiette offer a service where chefs come into your home and cook a spread for a party you’re hosting, teach intense workshops on pastry or specific cuisines, or just as a treat for yourself. Our chef Alec was fantastic - Italian born and bred, going above and beyond on the vegan alternatives and teaching me how to make fluffy pancakes and coffee that will give you an insane buzz.





Whilst Alec started on the pancakes and coffee, we readied the POM juice which was sent along to compliment the breakfast and definitely got my tastebuds ready for a sweet course. The coffee was an Italian classic, CaffĂ© con la Crema made in a Mocha machine (Mocha in Italy is not the same as our Starbucks, more the process of how the coffee is brewed and served), slowly brewed and then sweetened in the most interesting manner - a few teaspoons of sugar in a small glass, whipped with the top layer of brewed coffee which is slowly added to combine the liquid and produces nearly a cream-like texture that is topped up by black rich coffee. Now, I don’t drink coffee because I’m pretty wacky at the best of times but I drank two of these due to the delicate, light flavour which felt substantial and creamy at times, perfectly balanced with sweetness. it was only about 4 hours later when the buzz and crash hit me simultaneously and it was intense but man I could never have regular coffee again. Just be ready to lie down after you knock one of these back if you’re weak like me.








As I said, pancakes were up first and Alec had gone beyond to create the perfect mixture that would produce fluffy pancakes without the regular egg binder, but still taste as good as those American fluffy stacks we dream off from The Breakfast Club. We found that small pancakes worked best for cooking along with the use of basic Olive Oil wiped around the base of the pan, and out came a small but filling stack of Vegan Pancakes, topped with Avocado Chocolate Mousse (I had to go back and eat the remains whilst editing the photos), blueberries and Agave Nectar. Honestly? I’ve never had a better treat breakfast. My past attempts at pancakes without egg have been disheartening and nowhere as good as the real thing but these were sensational - I’ve never been quieter when eating or tried to finish a plate of food slower - I almost forgot to take photos of the omelette due to me being so engrained in eating these. The avocado mousse was delicious, the perfect balance of flavours and more reason to eat avocado which is good for me.







Whilst we were finishing off the pancakes, Alec started on the Tofu Omelette which combined silken tofu, Nutritional Yeast and houmous to create a similar texture and taste to a regular omelette. We went for a more heavy savoury filling with mushrooms and onions to absorb the sugar of the pancakes and caffeine from earlier, a perfectly small size to balance out the sweet and keep us filled up until late afternoon. I’ve never had an omelette before because I don’t like eggs but the texture of this was just as I imagined - crisp on the edge, fluffy and ‘eggy’ or silky in the middle, toppings mixed in and feeling very substantial on your plate and in your stomach; the side of spinach and tomatoes helped lighten the flavour to add a mix of freshness, and after all the cups of coffee, POM juice and sweet pancakes it was a great way to balance out the meal.





Trust me to write 800 words on food, typical, but Alec was a wonderful chef and made the whole experience and food a joy to eat. After competing on Masterchef, he was more than okay with a camera in his cooking space, plus he has a great personal website here if you’re in the London area and need some quality cooking!


So, thanks to POM and La Belle Assiette for arranging a fabulous breakfast, and for Alec to whipped up an amazing spread for us to enjoy and have me thinking about all week long. But now I want to hear from you - what’s your favourite breakfast? Have you tried POM juice? Would you love a personal chef to come cook in your home?

Lots of Love,
Lauren x

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WHEN YOU'RE FEELING TIRED

Tuesday, February 02, 2016



The past week has been one of restless and disturbed sleep thanks to the tailwind of storms from America (thanks Obama) and for me, feeling tired leads to a lack of motivation and pizzazz to get going with daily life.

With that in mind, I wanted to share a few little things that help me relax and get back in the pattern of normal sleep; we all have different levels of tiredness, different ways of switching off and getting into our chill zones, so here's my 10 cents of cliche yet always worth trying acts that get my head in the right space so catch up on some much needed zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...



I tried something a little different with the video to fit the theme with how February's content will flow as of now, a lot more visual but snappy - please do let me know what you think as I'd love to try some more creative quickies this month talking about more personal topics!


Give the video a thumbs up if you enjoyed it, and leave me a comment telling me how you get to sleep; also SUBSCRIBE for new videos every Tuesday and Saturday at 9am!

Lots of Love,
Lauren x


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