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THE COMFY YET COOL TWO-PIECE I'VE BEEN LIVING IN

Friday, March 24, 2017



The weather has been a bit diverse recently (to put it lightly) and I'm not one for uncertainty, especially when it comes to dressing - do I risk a thermal or will I combust? Can I keep my scarf at home or will I spend all day trying to wrap myself around my limbs to stay warm? British problemz.

I've found a happy medium with this He Official two-piece however - it's light yet layerable, comfy without looking like I rolled out of bed, and easy to style in various ways; in other words, it's my dream when I need to look cool quick ;) As soon as I saw it online and in the sale, I just felt the need to own it despite it being red of all shades, and I've honestly been non-stop wearing it (especially on Instagram).



I love that it's bold enough in colour and details that you don't have to worry about pairing it with something patterned or too drastic a colour that it'll clash, but is enough to feel classically Parisian and chic everytime you put it on. Granted because of the Premier slogan, my mum think I look like a football fan, but I'm going to stick with wannabe-Paris-fashion-blogger vibes for now, bit more stylish if you ask me.

When it's been more on the cool-side weather wise, I've opted for a black turtleneck and tights underneath which still keeps everything 'fitted' underneath and the floaty fabric the main attration so to speak, however on a more sunny day like recently, I skipped the under-layers (having to shave my legs in the process, something myself nor my legs were ready for just yet) and opted for a tucked in look that emphasised my waist more. As this outfit is all about casual, I like to finish off with minimal yet statement pieces - Converse trainers are always a spring comfort for me and the red trim pairs easily, whilst this Next Chained Shoulder Bag has become a surprising staple in my wardrobe and helps bring everything together whilst still keeping that wannabe-Paris vibe (and also wannabe-Chanel-if-you-please-vibe you feel?)



So if you're a pj-at-heart gal like me, you can still feel as equally as comfy and cool in a lil'beauty like this - now if this diverse weather can settle down and keep on bringing that sunshine, I'll be all set!

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TOO FACED COSMETICS - BEST VEGAN/CRUELTY FREE PRODUCTS

Wednesday, March 22, 2017



My skin has been super clear and smooth recently - I'm ecstatic, thrilled, overjoyed, all the other positive happy emotions and adjectives - and it's finally kickstarted me into easy, natural coverage makeup across the board; I'd already cut my collection down to cruelty free items only (alongside a few token special purchases which still break my heart due to animal testing) but now I'm being very thorough with new purchases and things I agree to try, which I guess is a good thing for both my makeup drawer and purse ;)

Until this month, I'd never tried Too Faced. I know, it's a horror, many people have told me to get on the bandwagon yesterday, and now I finally have, I'm pretty obsessed (especially since all these products are cruelty free and vegan friendly, woohoo!)


The Hangover Primer* has had so many good reviews from friends and the internet alike, and upon application (and sniffing) I have to agree - it's the perfect fluidity to hydrate and apply evenly, prepping the skin and keeping it smooth, and my foundation whether matte or dewy stays put so well. It keeps my skin balanced all day long, and the coconut scent makes me want a virgin Pina Colada and sunshine asap.

Speaking of sunshine, I've been enjoying the faux glow of Chocolate Soleil* - it's quite dark and intimidating at first, but I've found a light full circle sweep and tapping off of excess applies enough product for a more bronze-brown glow; I tend to go tops of cheekbones/apples of cheeks as I don't use blusher, and it adds some much needed life to my skin - plus it smells of chocolate, what could be better?!


The Natural Matte Palette* has swifly become my go-to, I'm again obsessed with Honey Butter and Strapless (centre top and middle above) which is an unusual mix but I think looks fab in Spring with light berry lips. The palette overall is a great varied selection, compact, and perfect for travel and basically having every variation of eye look you need - bless ya Too Faced!

I didn't think I'd need/use the Lip Insurance Lip Primer* much, but I've practically applied it each time I wear my lipstick! Personally, I find it a bit drying so if you're wearing liquid lipstick on top, I'd apply a little balm before or after the primer to keep it feeling comfortable, but whatever formula I wear stays put and lasts all day - no smudging, no bleeding, just apply the primer, blot your lippy and reapply, and then the colour will stick all day, no trouble ;)



So much for the beauty accumilating ban right? What are your Too Faced recommendations? Or better yet, any vegan/cruelty free picks I should try next?

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FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY #AD

Monday, March 20, 2017




I wasn’t planning on doing much food based content this year, despite being a big lover of eating and baking it, but I do really enjoy the styling element of a foodie photoshoot; playing with textures, backgrounds, slicing things open to show off gooey centres, heck I think sometimes it gives me more satisfaction than eating it. Sometimes.

Food photography is quite luxurious, making every inch of the meal or food item look edible there and then, and the supporting elements equally as enticing, but one of my favourite things to photograph is chocolate - oh man, when you get that shot of melted chocolate pouring off a spoon, divine!

I’ve been a huge chocolate lover all my life, even though now I have it in moderation and stick to 80% dark (because I am badass), it’s probably one of the most luxurious experiences you can have - the cocoa melting in your mouth, the mix of bitter and sweet giving you a kick to both refresh your palette and give you those sweet sweet endorphins. It’s one of my earliest memories even, practically inhaling chocolate fudge cake after dinner and washing it down with a hot chocolate - man my stomach was brave!





So it’s a fun one to work on the new Malteser's Luxury Chocolates campaign, which gives a new twist on a lil’childhood fave of mine - bigger balls, extra filling. Am I allowed to say that? The new launch takes you from bags to boxes, with 16 individually red and gold dotted chocolates nestled inside, and the size of them is like two teasers in one; there’s still the same malt filing with chocolate coating, only now there’s an extra gooey chocolate centre and the entire Malteser is encased in a wafer shell (which also contains mini Malteaser Teaser pieces) and again covered in chocolate. It’s basically layer upon layer of chocolate sensation, which you can’t go wrong with ;)

I’ll admit the food styling on this one for me was a challenge as I’m only just branching out into my red side, but I love working on something that gets my creativity flowing and feeds my desire to indulge (a bit like chocolate) in something new, and for me it’s equally a gift to produce photography that pushes the boundaries a bit and allows me to share chocolate with my friends afterwards - a box of chocolates really is the gift that keeps on giving!






A bespoke polka dot post box appears in London today to celebrate the launch of Maltesers Luxury Chocolates, which go on sale nationwide today, London. Photo credit: David Parry/PA Wire


You can find Malteser's Luxury Chocolates in Debenhams for £6 a box (bargain!) and they’re a perfect gift or treat for any occasion - maybe a Mother’s Day extra or a spontaneous movie night with your friends, who knows, sometimes the things you’re not planning on work out to be the most fun you’ve had ;) 

See more of the campaign here - Facebook | Instagram

This post is sponsored by Maltesers. All opinions are my own.

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I'M IN BLOGOSPHERE MAGAZINE ISSUE 12!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017



Here's a story that popped into my head whilst I was on my way to the Blogosphere cover launch - I'm 16, at my ex's house, I've just gone over after dropping off my old GCSE textbooks at school because I was friggin' finally done with exams, and we were chatting about ~life~ as all 16 year olds do when the conversation turned to our A-levels and what we'd do next;

"But what are you actually going to do with photography? Like, how are you going to make a job from it?'

I sat and squirmed, awkward because I loved photography and didn't want anyone bashing it (even though we both took it as a subject) and also because I didn't have a clue - I was dreaming of photographing Vogue without a plan on how to get there fyi.

As I remembered this, I started laughing to myself on the train. Because there I was, reliving this clear as day memory, on my way to see a magazine reveal where I was featured as one of the top 'Photographers Behind The Blogs'. OH 16 YEAR OLD LAUREN THE THINGS YOU'LL DO.

When I was 16, I had huge dreams of starting my own photography business, photographing for the cover of Vogue, going to London College of Fashion to study Fashion Photography, getting an A* across the board etc etc, and some of those dreams died (I didn't make it into LCF but by then my style and ambitions had changed), but some of them came true - I did get A* across the board, and I did last year make the jump into starting my own business.

Weirdly though, it wasn't the big ribbon cutting ceremony I thought it would be - it was just a yes or no decision, a filling in of forms and an actual kick up the butt do start putting my services out there. It was me doing test shoots with friends, taking advice from workshops and picking up new tech tips from insiders on how to take the perfect photo and use equipment efficiently, and it was me making it happen for myself.



I've had the absolute privilege of working with my favourite people over the last year, to work on shoots I thought I'd have to wait years for, to have people actually like my work (it's still always a 'really?' moment), and I'm so so SO bloody chuffed. That's all my feelings summarised into two words - bloody chuffed, oh and THANK YOU.

I've tried to keep this short, but I want to make note of how fantastic Blogosphere as a magazine and team are - Albertine for putting the feature forward and putting the spotlight on our 'behind the scenes' work, Alice for creating a magazine that supports and promotes creators and influencers in the industry, allowing them to talk candidly and truthfully about their experiences on and offline and how it all works, and how the publication focuses on 'all levels' of influencers and let's us shout out about those we think deserve it. Bloody. Fab.

So that's me today, basically still chuffed about a two-page spread with my face all over it - if you haven't picked up a copy yet (or ever) then get down to WHSmith asap and enjoy a magazine diverse on everything from fitness to fashion, and one heck of an interview with Dina (I am now in love with how hilarious she is, and direct) and if you do have a copy I hope you liked my feature too - let me know in the comments if so!


If you are interested in working with me (I travel between London, Surrey, and Brighton) then drop me an email in the link above, otherwise, see you the (magazine) flipside folks ;)

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