Christmas Gift Guide For Him.

I am back with another gift guide, this time for him! If you have a man in your life you know how hard they are to buy for. They get everything themselves!  So here is a little selection of pieces that I have been eyeing up as gifts this season. As always let me know if you buy anything or if you have any suggestions please put them in the comments, we all need some help!

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1. Soho Home Morning Noon & Night Book 2. Tom Dixon Candle 3. Aesop Post Shave Cream 4. Veja Trainers 5. Saint Laurent Card Holder 6. Drop Wireless Charger 7. Smythson Notepad 8. 849 Ballpoint Pen 9. Diptyque Fragrance 10. Reiss Shirt 11. Gucci Socks. 

Christmas Gift Guide For Her.

 

Introducing the gift guide series, kicking it off with a 'Gift Guide For Her' a selection of three separate gift edits below £50 £100 and £200 meaning there is something to suit every budget. Don't forget to share with your friends and let me know if you purchase anything from the guide, I would love to hear how my taste has inspired you, there are a few things on the list that are on my Christmas list too. Next up is the Christmas Gift Guide for Him.

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4 Party Looks For The Festive Season.

It’s that time of year again, when the party season is in full swing. The invites are popping in to my inbox for Christmas Cocktails and Festive Dinners with my favourite brands. This time of year is one of my favourites there is nothing better than having all your nearest and dearest around the table, the prosecco flowing wearing slippers and a sequin frock (can you tell I like to hibernate in winter) I have put together a look book in collaboration with River Island *gifted pieces to show you some of my favourite ways to style looks for festive parties, whether you are dancing under a disco ball, dining in your dinner suit or just lounging in sequins.

 

Look One.

I call this the older sister to the ‘jeans and a nice top’ opting for a balloon sleeve shirt combo jumper and pvc vinyl trousers for added cool. If I was going out I would usually wear this with a black square toe heeled boot and a long black duster coat.

 

Look Two.

It can’t be the festive season without a sequin number. The muted silver tone of this two piece is super easy to style, I love the versatility of this outfit too, being able to tone it down by wearing the top with jeans / cigarette trousers and equally the midi skirt with a cream knitted jumper. I have styled the much loved two piece (so loved that it is currently out of stock) with cream heeled boots and matching nails.

Look Three. 

This skirt is my new favourite thing in my wardrobe. The satin against the tassels is a dream combo. I paired the skirt with strappy black heels and a slinky basic body to keep the skirt the main focus, but I would also wear this with a statement shoulder padded top / jumper and boots. 

Look Four. 

You just can’t ever go wrong with a white suit. A go-to when I have no idea what to wear and I am lacking inspiration. An instant put together chic look with minimal effort – my favourite.

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Post in collaboration with River Island

gifted items throughout. 

Black Friday Discounts 2019.

Today is the 25th of November which means Black Friday is slowly approaching and the discounts start appearing in stores and online from today, I thought I would do a little roundup post of some of the best discounts available at the moment and a shoppable edit of some of the pieces I have my eye on too. WARNING! I will be updating this post with the final Black Friday discounts and codes on the morning of Friday 28th so don't forget to come back! Share this post with your family and friends and grab yourself a discount, but remember to only use discounts on things you would actually buy anyway, don't waste your money just because you see a 50% off sign! Happy Shopping <3

 

 

Current Discounts 25th - 28th * to be updated.

Charlotte Tilbury - Selected items only

Missguided - different deals daily

Nasty Gal 50% off everything

John Lewis - Different discount each day

Arket - 20 % off certain products

Amazon - Multiple offers

Monica Vinader - 30% off jewellery and up to 50% off daily flash sales

Ssense - 50% off selected lines

LuisaViaRoma - 40% off discounted items with promo code EX40

The Outnet Up to 80% off and extra discounts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday with code FINAL

Look Fantastic - different deals everyday.

My Black Friday Favourites.

Don't forget there are more discounts to come early on Friday 28th November!

My Everyday Ear Candy

Good Evening lovelies, I just wanted to check in with you all this bitterly cold Wednesday night. I am currently wrapped up in a blanket going through some shots from my recent shoots and decided I should share my current ear candy favourites that I have been wearing every single day.

*all items are gifted from Astrid & Miyu

I have so many favourite jewellery brands but Astrid & Miyu is definitely in my top 3. Since I got my second and third lobe piercings done in their studios I have thoroughly enjoyed playing around with different earring looks.

You can shop all the pieces that I am wearing in my ears below *affiliate links.

Sunday Knitting Club.

 

Good Evening everyone, I hope you have had a lovely weekend and are feeling suitably rested and ready for the week ahead. I put together a little edit of some perfect high street knits, I have found some absolute gems recently and had tons of questions for you lovely lot so thought I would include an edit on the blog. Everything is linked below *affiliate links are used.

 

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Life As An Introvert

Good Morning, how are you today? I woke up in the mood to write and sometimes the best thing for me is to surround myself with ‘noise.’ That being said I am reporting from a busy coffee shop in my local town, a small attempt at minimising cabin fever and ‘socialising’ -  though be it with mums, babies and the retired, but then there’s the argument that I can’t really call sipping scolding peppermint tea with headphones in socialising? Which brings me nicely on to the topic of these weeks post, the battle between the introvert and the extrovert. Have you heard these terms before? I am positive the voice inside your head is saying yes and you are currently deciphering which bracket you fall within, if you do at all. I constantly feel I need to put a label on my actions and feelings, a habit I am trying to break, I mean I can just want to go home early because I want to, why do I have to have a reason behind it?

The word introvert came into my life when listening to a podcast one morning on my train journey into London, I remember feeling so intrigued by the concept and subconsciously placing myself within a bracket of introvert / extrovert. After an entire train journey going back and forth in my mind I concluded that I am an introverted extrovert, or otherwise known as an ambivert, meaning I enjoy both spending time alone and with others depending on the situation and my needs at that moment.

The life of an ambivert is a funny one and even harder to explain to others, I find myself wanting to be busy and do things with friends or colleagues but also needing time alone. Often for an introvert too much social interaction can be draining, I often find myself that if I have say three really intense days of events, shoots and meetings I need to schedule a day at home to do admin / errands and just be alone to almost recharge my batteries ready for the next event. I have noticed recently that after a solid block of social activities I feel a heaving low feeling weighing me down, it’s almost like ‘holiday blues’ and it really stumps my motivation and activity levels. Something that has been working for me is making sure I spread social situations out across the week and give myself time in between to re-gather my thoughts and spend sometime in a quite minimalist situation. Often being too stimulated via a social activity can leave me feeling disconnected and unfocused a sense of feeling ‘off track’ when I am not physically online is a distraction to me.

I very much love attending events and going for drinks with friends, going on shoots with many people but after such extreme socialising I always need to give myself down time. When your job is 24/7 in the digital world it can become extremely draining and you feel like you can never switch off, which is why I know I need to create a schedule that isn’t necessarily conforming with the norm, it just suits me and my work style.

Just to clarify this post is in no way me explaining why I am like this, its is purely bringing thought to a subject that I find so fascinating. To me it is so interesting how different each brain is and how we as humans react to certain situations so differently, you may be reading this thinking what? I thrive off of social situations and you work in a busy office everyday live with four friends and go out every night, there is nothing wrong with that at all! But where do you think you fall? When you think about your lifestyle what works best for you? I hope you enjoyed this informative, discussion-esque post and I will see you in the next one.

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Basics That Everyone Needs In Their Wardrobe.

I know, I’m wishing the year away, but it’s nearly a new year and I am kind of ready for a wardrobe detox and a complete refresh. I am loving all the minimal basics that fuel a good winter outfit, sometimes the simple pieces are the most effective in creating a chic and stylist look. So I thought I would put together a little shoppable post with all my favourite pieces and my go to colour palette to build the basics to a good wardrobe.

 

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A Weekend In The Country.

Is there anything better than escaping the city, and allowing your lungs to relish in some clean fresh air from the fields. Although I do live in my family home in Kent in a small village, it still is teetering on the edge between a mini city and a village. My boyfriend lives a lot deeper into the countryside and I absolutely love spending weekends at his home walking in the fresh air, chopping logs for the fire and being totally relaxed and undone in wellies and a big coat. In this post I have put together my style ideas for a weekend in the country, where ever that may be in the world.

 

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Creative Update.

Good Morning! I hope your morning is bright and sunny and the birds are singing... even though its probably a typical English day,  a bit crap. I wanted to just come on this morning and give you all a little update because last night I finally pulled myself out of a two day slump and felt so inspired and creativity was buzzing at my finger tips.

The Slump.

I'm not really entirely sure why I felt in such a slump, perhaps the weather, extreme low feeling after getting back from Paris maybe just hormones I don't really know but I felt like I was questioning myself, my capabilities, my career choice and absolutely everything in between. On Sunday night I had great intentions writing a big to-do list and a time plan for Monday, but when Monday came I just could not be bothered to do anything, I ticked a few things off but still felt exhausted. But after having a little chat with my Mum (the absolute rock of my life) I came up with a new concept and suddenly felt so much better.

The New.

As I mentioned recently on my Instagram I have a new idea going in the style direction that I want to casually put in place to see how it goes. It may be a total flop but you may absolutely love it! Lauren Grace Style will be a separate Instagram account to my daily Lauren Grace Lifestyle, where I will post just mirror selfies of my outfits each day. This will be a direct source for outfit inspiration and allow me to feel like I am really getting my style and ideas out there without having to book a huge shoot or haul a suitcase to London and will totally eradicate all the stress of needing someone to take my photos, which when working alone proves very difficult. I am going to test run this idea, starting from scratch and just see how many of you warm to it.

The Old, But Updated.

So of course Lauren Grace Lifestyle has been my platform for so many years and it allows me to have an outlet for my creativity and my love of pure creation. I decided to re launch my blog a few months ago, which again allows me to pursue my love of writing and get a little bit more out than just an IG post. But the Youtube channel is the newest venture,I had wanted to start one for ages after watching videos all through my teens and finally I took the plunge. Although even in the past few months I feel like my aesthetics have really progressed so you can expect a few visual changes over there too. I feel like Lauren Grace is now across all platforms and I feel so great for it!

And thats that. Just a little update for you and a reveal of my exciting new platform Lauren Grace Style, which will be coming very soon!

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A Guide To Eating In Paris.

Your must have guide for where to eat in Paris.

Three days in Paris just isn’t enough! The list of delicious restaurants and local cafes are enough to tip you over into a months long stay. Parisienne locals love their food and they don’t scrimp on the carbs here are some of my favourite places for all occasions.

Girafe

Nestled in the back of the Architecture Museum adjacent to the infamous Eiffel tower viewing platform is Girafe. It took us a while to find it but when we did we were not disappointed, unfortunately the outside terrace had closed for the winter but the inside was even better. Gorgeous minimal designs with comfortable seating, incredible marble bar area and an extravagant display of seafood to get your tastebuds excited for the seafood menu. We drunk a bottle of Cote de Provence and dined on seared tuna with a chargrilled avocado salad – asian tastes and extremely delicious. £££ Want to come back in Spring. 

Cafe de Flore

If you haven’t heard of this cafe where have you been? The famous Cafe de Flore with a hot chocolate resembling a melted easter egg… delicious. The perfect spot for morning coffee or an afternoon wine. ££ Come here rain or shine. 

Miss Ko

If you like sushi you’re in for a treat. The exclusive party atmosphere and niche interior is a cool spot to dine with chopsticks. We had spicy tuna rolls, dragon rolls, salmon sashimi, tuna sashimi and of course a chilled bottle of Cote de Provence. I would suggest booking as it was packed.. even on a Monday night! £££ Kris Jenners favourite restaurant. 

Cafe Marly

The perfect spot in the afternoon sunshine people watching over the Louvre. Whether you fancy a glass of wine or a pot of mint tea, even a lunch break, the staff are so attentive making you feel totally at ease. ££ Perfect for people watching.

L’Etoile 1993

A little Parisian cafe opposite our hotel Flanelles, around the Arc de Triomphe. I enjoyed a classic Croque Monsieur with salad and french fries and an afternoon of people watching, delicious and super affordable! We had a lovely waitor and the staff were more than happy to take photos for us. £ Big portions for low prices. 

Ruc Paris

There’s nothing better than a white table cloth on the streets of Paris. I ordered a truffle risotto and ate some delicious bread too, the food was amazing but prices were high! I would love to come back for a pre dinner drink in the Spring time. £££ Whispering Angel served here.

I still have a long list of places I want to go but that will have to wait until my next trip, whenever that may be (I don’t want to recommend somewhere I haven’t been) 

Hotel Flanelles Paris.

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Bonjour mon ange, I am now home from a beautiful three days in Paree, feeling productive, inspired but well rested too. We spent two nights at the gorgeous Hotel Flanelles, a chic, boutique hotel nestled in rue Brey a short walk from the infamous Arc de Triomphe.

à l’arrivée

We pulled up in our Uber outside Hotel Flanelles and the first thing I noticed was the chic branding to the window and the all black exterior. The automatic doors slid open and we were greeted by a lovely lady at reception who checked us in and served us a delicious floral green tea within minutes of being there! We began to de-stress in the lounge area of the hotel lobby planning our schedule for the rest of the day. Perfect service after a seriously delayed train, thanks Eurostar!

It was important to us to have a hotel that had a great location, was comfy with the ability to work from the room but also photo opportunities with gorgeous interiors and decor.

 

la chambre

When it comes to hotel rooms I have stayed in a fair few, my must-haves include: A big shower, good lighting  and of course fluffy towels and a robe My demands in the bedroom state the obvious; a huge cloud-like bed and a television with the ability to connect a laptop / phone. It’s no surprise that our room was fully equipped with all the must have amenities on my check list but also housed the coolest wardrobe I have ever seen, USB charging ports (great if you forget the adapter) and of course the beautiful classical Parisian windows. Room no 12 was the perfect little home for the next few days.

 

l’hôtel

The entire vibe is not just a hotel, it’s a home. Staff encourage you to help yourself to the full access kitchen whether it’s for an evening drink in the lounge or a snack throughout the day with the honesty system. With only 25 rooms the intimacy and warmth that radiated from the main ‘communal’ are was so welcoming. A different cake is displayed in the main room allowing guests to help themselves to a complimentary slice each afternoon, a cocktail kit and the ingredients are placed on the bar each evening to create your own cocktail from the recipe with no interruption from any staff.

 

It’s not just these small touches that make the hotel so inviting, Hotel Flanelles offers a library area to be booked for private meetings, a piano for anyone to play, and a heavenly spa on the ground floor. We used the Salt Room, a healing space to relax in the warmth reaping the benefits of salt to your skin. The bookable sauna was an absolute treat after a long day in the city, we could have booked a variety of treatments from massages to facials.

 

It was our final morning in the hotel. We filled out our breakfast checklist the night before and hung it on our door before sleeping, awaiting fresh orange juice and warm croissants when we awoke. Breakfast in bed is a treat I only indulge in when staying in a hotel, so it has got to be done. After checking out around 12pm we left our suitcases and headed out for the day as I train home wasn’t until late evening. When we arrived at our hotel for one final time to collect our suitcases we were delighted to find out we had access to a full changing room allowing us to freshen up with showers, steamers for clothing, a sofa and charging ports. Ending with a glass of wine in the lounge, before we departed.

 

la fin

thank you so much to Hotel Flanelles for inviting me for a wonderful stay. We will be back! 

The A/W Haul.

 

 

I am back from Paris with a few technical issues. I know I said on my Instagram I would be filming a haul video to show you everything I picked up for Paris... well the video didn't export and I lost the footage and it feels a bit weird to post it now! I thought I would still post a break down of links to everything I wore so it is all in one place. I have chosen a mixture of all my favourite colours grey, neutral oatmeals, camels and of course black! You can shop my perfect Parisian Autumnal wardrobe below in the shoppable link.

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Friday’s At Home In Fall.

One of my favourite thing to do in the fall is decorate the house with blankets, candles and the odd pumpkin here and there. I wanted to share my love for autumn decor with you and give you some inspo for your own homes.

Candle Favourites.

Another little Autumn focused post because I am in full swing for cosy evenings in, there is nothing better than getting snuggly on the sofa or at my desk and lighting a few candles. I am always on the hunt for candles whether its for myself or a gift and with Christmas approaching soon.. yes I said the C word I thought I would create a little list of all my favourites and some of the ones on my wish list, in case you too are looking for any!

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The Camel Trousers

My favourite trousers are a smart cigarette tailored style trouser. They go with everything whether it’s an evening outfit with heels or a day time with a big chunky knit, they’re fail safe. My favourite colour this season is camel and I love how it looks with black. This black leather shirt / jacket – belted ‘shacket’ as they say on Instagram. All links to my outfit are below.

I’m In A Magazine!

I literally cannot even believe I am saying these words but, I am in a magazine. When Taylor (editor of Rox Jewellery magazine) emailed me with the offer I was so shocked / excited. I booked a job to actually model in a publication, the fact that I have worked with Rox Jewellery a lot previously and it’s a brand that I love and wear pieces from the collection everyday was just even better! I thought I would share a little series of my favourite images from the shoot and the feature itself. A huge thank you to Rox Jewellery and my angel Taylor for choosing me to be in the AW19 issue.

 

 

Sunday Autumn Cosies.

I am such a home bunny, there is nothing better than being sat on the sofa after a roast dinner, cosy in blankets with candles lit. Here is my Autumn Cosy wish list.

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Parisian Inspo

Paris trip is pending in a couple of weeks so here is a little peek at my inspo board.

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How Do I Edit?

My most asked question the past few days, it seems to be after my Ibiza trip, is how do I edit my photos. It is actually so simple but I thought I would dedicate an entire post to how I do this so you can always refer back.

I just use one app to edit which is VSCO Cam. However I  did upgrade my app paying £18 a year for VSCO X which gives me unlimited access to all of the filters on offer.

The Editing Process:

  1. Load an image into VSCO
  2. First I will add the filter DOG1 as a basis of the edit. I will then bring this down to suit the image (if the image has a lot of green it will be higher)
  3. Then I adjust the exposure, contrast, shadows and the white balance.

My edits are always different depending on each photo, sometimes I will add grain to give a bit of texture, but that is the basics.

 

Touchdown in Ibiza

 

A week in Ibiza just wasn't enough! I already need to go back. We had such an amazing relaxed week filled with a lot of rosé and too much food, we left our big summer holiday until October, when the schools have gone back and we are feeling cold at home it's even better stepping off the plane to the heat! We will definitely be going back perhaps in the Spring this time. Here is a little round up post including a list of our favourite hotspots including beach-clubs, hotels & restaurants, and of course all the snapshots from the trip.

 

The Hotel.

When I picked this hotel it was all because of the bedroom. We chose the Premier room and it had a gorgeous big bath, open plan bathroom, balcony and huge bed... I don't ask for much. The hotel as a whole was absolutely fault-less. From the 4 pools, 2 of which are on the rooftop with the restaurant and bar, the best breakfast I have ever had in a hotel. The interior is a nordic scandi vibe super minimal and chic.

Rosé And Chill.

When we go away we like to just chill, drink rosé and eat delish food, so Ibiza was a no brainer for us. One of our favourite beach clubs for the day was Beachouse, I came across it on Instagram and I am so glad I did, it was definitely the best day of the week for me. We arrived at about 11am, we were one of the first ones there, we could choose between sunbeds, a bed, sofa areas (free) or the restaurant, we chose one of the big beds as we knew we would be here for the whole day. The staff were so attentive when we arrived getting us water and drinks / food menus for the day. We also had lunch and it was so good, definitely recommend the restaurant for lunch, if you didn't want to sunbathe. We ended up staying until about 6pm just chilling on the bed drinking and eating a fruit platter, I cannot wait to go back here!

We also went to Nikki Beach which I will briefly mention as I feel it is so similar where ever you go, but we had such a nice day, a bit different to Beachouse as it's more of a modern, pool vibe. The restaurant is really good and I love the diversity of the menu we had Chicken Satay and a huge selection of sushi. If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen my little rant about El Chiringuito - I won't go into too much depth but we basically didn't have a great time there at all and I don't think I would recommend it, I feel like the restaurant is really nice if you are in a group as theres a good atmosphere and the food does look really nice, but I also think there are so many other nice places!

Dinner.

We are such foodies so we always have a list of restaurants we want to go to, we actually ended up eating at the hotel quite a lot and getting room service (after long days of drinking lol) but the few places we went to were:

Nobu - Nikki Beach - Beachouse  - Gelato Ibiza

Still to vist...

Places that are still on my list that I want to go to next time are below in case you are taking a trip soon:

Izakaya - Cotton Beach Club - Villa Mercedes -  Finca La Plaza - Avocado Queen - Babylon Beach - Bambuddha - POM Thai Restaurant - Passion Cafe - The Skinny Kitchen - Bless Hotel

 

Current Home Wishlist.

I have loved interiors since I was thirteen years old watching 60 minute makeover, do you remember that programme! I used to move my room around all of the time, sometimes twice a week, changing the position of my bed, my wardrobes, drawers. One time I even had my bed in the middle of the room, hahaha, makes me laugh even now. Of course my style has changed over time but recently I really think I have found a style, not just within interiors but a style that is transpiring through from my wardrobe to my bedroom. I still live at home with my parents so until I have an entire house to fully decorate my bedroom is my only blank canvas. I wanted to put together a little post including my interiors wish list.

 

 

Friendships; Making, Loosing and Finding Your Perfect Fit.

Friendships: The emotions or conduct of friends; the state of being friends.

The Beginning.

Making friends is a funny thing, I remember when I was about eleven years old, I was just starting secondary school, and I felt so nervous about meeting new people, sadly this is when my anxiety started. It wasn't until on reflection in a conversation with my mum that I realised anxiety is what I had. I went home early most days within my first few weeks of starting in my first year, because I couldn't breathe and felt sick, I was terrified and embarrassed. Making friends with new people and constantly feeling left out was crippling to me. Of course within a few more weeks I formed lovely friendships, which blossomed and took me on a journey through my school years. Whether it was lunch times crying with laughter sitting on the field eating the best paninis I've ever eaten or planning the weekend parties and gatherings, even crying in the toilets with friends because someone said something about someone, it was an all girls school I think you get the gist. I had some great memories with those friends, but things run their course, people change and go in different directions and there is nothing wrong with that, that is just life.

Secondary school was my first and last experience of a friendship group, I know that for sure.

The Realisation.

I went to college for my two years of sixth form and made some amazing friends that carried me through my lessons and a few nights out, but I had my sights set on University and treated those two years as a period of time to work hard and get sh*t done. It was through this time that I realised a large friendship group isn't well suited to me. On my own I feel confident, have faith and belief in who I am and my own ability, I love myself and I feel proud of who I am as a person and what I create. But in a large group I tend to shrivel and feel intimidated and shy, scared to say anything out of fear of judgment. I notice this coming through often at events I attend now with my job, when there is a large group of people standing around listening to each other chat I tend to just stay quiet and I just keep thinking about when I am going home.

When I went to University I had the same mentality in terms of being there to get my degree and get my head down to achieve a result, which I can safely say I smashed. Going to uni for a stereotypical uni life wasn't really in my interest.

The Boy-friend

While I was at college I met my boyfriend who I have been with for 4 years this November... crazy! He became my best friend and I filled a void of friendships with him, which I wouldn't recommend. It didn't have any effects to us as a relationship because we are so close and we are friends first off. But it is so important to have additional friendships to your partner, you need girl time. I realised that this year and now I have that our relationship is even better than ever.

The Destination

My final journey of friendship so far in my life has been through my job. Being based on social media means I have instant connections with so many amazing and incredible girls. Some of whom I have met through shoots or met up with after speaking for ages on Instagram DM's and I can proudly say I have made some friends for life through this platform. Friends that I can sit and have six hour conversations with deep from the heart, I can laugh, cry, go on trips, and just simply sit in silence, but more importantly the friendships I have now are mature, I can have disagreements and different opinions and thats okay! It's okay not to meet up everyday or text each other every night.

It feels amazing to know that I have figured out what works for me in terms of my friendships. I know that being in a large group just doesn't work for me, having a small group is amazing and one on one friendships are even more meaningful, but for me large friendship groups just aren't right and that is okay! I think what I would like you to take away from this post is that no matter what your situation and your 'relationship' with friendships you always need time to grow and be yourself. I love the quote "How do you expect anyone else to love you when you can't love yourself" I think that is so true positivity radiates and you will attract the right people when you feel amazing! Not everything lasts forever but if it works and brings you happiness it will always be worth the effort.

L x

The H&M Edit – Autumn Must Haves.

We all know H&M is my favourite high street store, the scandi, clean cut designs and reasonable price point, being on trend but keeping with a classical design. With that being said, here is a little edit of some of the Autumn must haves on my wishlist or my wardrobe right now!

We’re Going To Ibiza.

On Sunday night Jack and I are off to Ibiza for our long awaited summer break, a time for no work (basically none for me) a whole lot of chilling and rosé. The only thing that has proved a little bit tricky when preparing for the trip is the fact that the stores are beginning to fill with coats and chunky knits not beachy summer dresses and white linen, so here is how I have comprised an Ibizan wardrobe fit for a boho-chic queen.

The Inspo

First up I gather inspo in terms of colour palettes, textures, outfit ideas and setting. I usually create two mood boards one on Pinterest and one on Instagram, that way I have covered all bases. I do this for all of my trips whether its a beach holiday for two weeks or a city break for 3 days in the winter, it really helps me to get an idea of what I am packing and the vibe I want to express through my content. I know earlier I mentioned not working but for me creating images for my personal Instagram, although is now classed as my job, is just to second nature and easy for me that it doesn’t feel like work, I really love doing it, so that doesn’t count.

 

 

The Suitcase.

When I am happy with the aesthetic I have comprised for the trip I will then start to source clothing and accessories etc for the trip. I have going for seven days so for me I will usually bring around 15 – 20 potential outfits, sounds a little excessive when you write that down, wow. But for me I just like to make sure I have things I can feel comfortable in and switch up if something goes wrong. I am always prepared.

Something which is really amazing is that I get to work with so many amazing brands so a lot of my clothing gets gifted from my favourite high street companies, of course when I post to my Instagram you will be able to shop all of these things.

Not including the staple evening and day time outfits he basics of my Ibizan wardrobe is:

  • Bikinis and swimsuits (lots to choose from in minimal colours or patterns)
  • A white linen shirt
  • White flared suit trousers
  • Linen flared trousers
  • 1 x pair of denim jeans
  • Comfy heels, a few day pairs of sandals, heeled boots 1 x pair of trainers
  • Basic t-shirts
  • It may be chillier in the evening so: Leather jacket, a few blazers.

When we get back I will be posting a blog post of all my outfits from the trip, my favourite places for eating and drinking and of course the hotel we stayed at. So, I hope you enjoyed this little pre-trip post.

L x

Lets Catch Up; Instagram Engagement, Self Employed Life & Autumnal Mood.

Hi angel how are you? I hope you are feeling good today wherever you are and whatever you are doing. I realise that I haven’t sat down to write for such a long time, over a month to be more precise. Imposter Syndrome became a thing and I didn’t think I had anything important to write or post about! Silly me. But I am back with a little chatty post to start off the Autumn months.

Firstly, it’s Autumn! I feel like I have been waiting for the brown leaves on the floor and the fresh morning air for weeks now. The feeling of new coats and knitwear filling up my wardrobe is something I will always cherish. Ahh I just love Autumn, some of my favourite things are

  • Autumnal scents and candles
  • Getting in bed early because it’s so dark
  • Soup for lunch everyday
  • Coats and jackets!!
  • Roast dinners every week when it’s raining outside
  • Movie nights
  • Apple crumble
  • Layering outfits
  • My Acne Studios beanie hat
  • Chunky biker boots
  • Did I mention coats?

I have got lots of ideas for content surrounding Autumn I really want to kick start the new season with an abundance of blog posts and Youtube videos so please let me know if there is anything in particular that you want to read / watch just drop me a DM

I think in terms of content I have just been feeling a little up in the air at the moment with what to post and when. I spoke about this briefly on my Instagram stories the other day, but I just wanted to start a more in depth conversation. The problem I am facing is that my followers are constantly going up and the last few weeks I have seen a significant rise after a stagnant period from reposts and my use of hashtags exposing my images to the explore page, which is great… But my own followers aren’t seeing my images. You might be wondering how do I know this? Well as a creator account on Instagram I have access to a variety of statistics in the ‘insight’ area. I can see the exact reach from each post and where that reach is coming from, sometimes more people are viewing my images from hashtags than they are from their home page! How is this possible! If you are someone that already follows me and have done for a while, Instagram may think you don’t want to see my posts anymore so they hide them from your feed. To remove this block you can unfollow and re follow me and like a few images to re boot Instagrams thought process.

But enough of that, as long as I am posting the images that I love and stay true to myself and my own beliefs I am all good.

You start to put a lot of pressure on yourself with these things when you work for yourself and that is something I have really noticed! I am working late in to the night and feeling unsatisfied unless my entire to do list is ticked off.. something that I definitely could never achieve, unless I was an octopus with 8 arms! Being self employed is just a learning curve, I am teaching myself new things everyday and I am always absorbing tips, information and advice from anywhere I can.

I hope this little rambly-update-chat was interesting… some what. I promise I will be back with some good style and interior content ASAP!