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.

Images - Joanna Brooks

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!

Jewellery Must Haves.

It’s hard to believe that once upon a time I was that girl that never wore any jewellery. I had my ears pierced at age 11 and didn’t actually wear earrings until this year! Thank you to Astrid & Miyu for re-kindling my love for ear candy. You guys always want to know where my rings / earrings / necklaces are from so I thought I would put all of my must haves jewels in one place.

Necklaces.

Sometimes I can wear a basic jeans and a tee outfit and once I have layered on a few necklaces I instantly feel dressed up and ready for anything. I have a few favourite necklaces that I wear often and on repeat, depending on my mood and the outfit of course. My go-to three favourites include the famous ‘L’ that always gets a compliment from Rox Jewellery, I love how the chain is quite short meaning it can be layered with longer ones. My longest necklace that I got quite recently but cannot stop wearing is the shell pendant from Daisy Jewellery, this is such a special piece as I was gifted it and I adore the brand so much. Now the gap between here I usually mix and match between a few different faves. At the moment I have been wearing this Scorpion star sight pendant from Betty and Biddy, but often I will wear a J necklace that I picked up from Primark, a dupe of the mini Celine necklace. As long as all the metals are the same (I would never layer different shades of gold) I don’t think it matters what collection you choose to display!

 

Rings.

Rings are my absolute favourite jewellery piece. When I was about 13 I went to Brighton lanes on a Saturday with a friend from school and bought an old silver band for about £2, funnily enough it actually had ‘Reebok’ stamped on it. I wore this all the way up until I was 20 every single day! I have since left my little Reebok ring behind and migrated to much better things. My current ring situation includes two Rox jewellery rings, the beaded and the moon. A Topshop piece and my favourite leopard signet ring from A la Collection.

Earrings.

Since shooting with the angels at Astrid & Miyu my love for ear candy has developed. I currently have two lobe piercings in each ear and am debating a third. I am indecisive about getting a cartilage piercing so I have been wearing cuffs and looove them. Everyday I wear my Astrid & Miyu single plain gold cuff and the rainbow jewel cuff. I then love wearing my Rox Jewellery moon earrings for everyday wear and the gold star studs in my second piercing. But for a more statement look I will opt for Astrid & Miyu huggie in rainbow jewels and statement gold hoops which are super old Zara.

 

 

A/W 19′ Styling Ideas.

Around this time of year I start getting a little bit excited for layering, knitwear and chunky coats. As I am organising outfits for an Autumnal shoot (which will be coming out soon, cannot wait to share this with you) I thought I would show you some of the styling ideas I have had, if like me, you are already eyeing up pieces to go in your autumn-winter wardrobe.

Feeling Blue.

One outfit that I will never get bored of is a block colour, I adore the shades and tones that the colour blue entails. Here I have put together a look that I wear frequently throughout all seasons. Wide leg tailored trousers with a relaxed, oversized tee and delicate accessories.

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Cat Got The Cream

Who says you can’t wear cream in the autumn. I adore wearing lighter shades in AW. Here is an outfit that looks so chic and stylish with minimal effort and styling.

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A Monochrome Moment.

Sometimes you just want to wear a simple black and white palette. Top tip: Make sure your whites and super crisp and clean, no makeup or avocado stains, to ensure you look clean and smart.

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Pinky.

I have a serious soft spot for some pinky hues and I love styling the pastel and bright shades together. I think the combination of satin and chunky wool is so luxe. But remember you don’t need to buy new pieces every season, utilise your summer wardrobe by layering pieces to keep warm!

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I hope you liked this little Autumn styling edit ~ I think Autumn style is one of my favourites to wear, the contrast between comfy cosy and chic tailored silhouettes. Stay tuned for some more Autumn style edits in the run up to September. Don’t forget to follow my Instagram for more of my outfit inspiration.

Interior Insight: The Bedroom.

You won’t believe it but when I was younger interior design was actually the career path I wanted to go down. Although I don’t work within interiors I still absolutely love them and I am a daily interior pinner! Often finding myself in H&M home purchasing some new goodies for my bedroom (I am yet to move out so just filling my bedroom with bits for now) It is no where near what I would like it to look like there are things on my list such as a new bed and bedside tables etc.. that I would love to have but with the future prospect of moving I am keeping that on hold for now and enjoying what I have.

The Workspace.

Because I work from my home my bedroom doubles as my office, eventually when I have flown the nest I will have a set space / room for this, but for now it works perfectly. I got a basic Ikea corner desk to house my computer, to read more about creating a gorgeous work space I wrote a blog post filled with all my tips and ideas. I just like this space to feel tidy but inspiring and functional. My chair is one of my favourite things I think I have ever bought, again I found it on Ebay it wasn’t a scratch on the usual prices for these chairs and I wanted the specific colour and tulip shape!

I hope you liked this little interior insight. Hopefully one day in the future I will be giving you insights in to more rooms that just my bedroom but for now this is my little space.

Sleep Tight.

The heart of my room is my bed. A super old king-size bed with a £50 pleather cream headboard I bought myself about 5 years ago now! I LOVE my bed and really relish in a good nights sleep so my bedding and the atmosphere of my ‘sleeping area’ is crucial. The brushed cotton, white bedding I purchased from Primark, so snuggly and doesn’t break the bank. My bedside tables are super old basic Ikea, with marble lamp stands I randomly picked up in Tescos * similar one linked.  with a lampshade from H&M home, I adore the velvet and colour. I added this Desenio frame and print to my bedside table to add something else as it felt a little bit bare. In terms of what I have it varies as I do actually use it whether its candles, books, lone water bottles and half drunk cups of tea, hand creams or lip balm.

The Little Things

I am a little bit obsessed with picking up little things like trays, dishes, candles and whatever else I spy in H&M home.. my new favourite shop if you haven’t noticed. My gold frames are from Desenio and I actually just found some prints that I loved on Pinterest and printed them off at home. The gold and pale pink perfume tray is a H&M home piece as well as the shell jewellery dish. My incredible gold palm tree candle holder is from Hoxton Home a little gem I came across in Deal one day. The lampshade is from B&Q my dad brought it home one day a good 5 or 6 years ago and I still love it so much. Something I really love in the home is navy velvet, this stool I bought in Home sense for £60 and you should have seen my face walking out holding it *smug.

Her Hair Is Full Of Secrets.

What is your biggest comfort blanket when it comes to beauty? For me it's my hair. I don't feel complete unless I have perfect beach waves or a middle parted bun. I feel like I have a long term history with my hair, forever being long, brunette and straight allowing me to style it into whatever look I want for that day. But the products I use on my hair are even more important, to achieve the perfect hold for a bouncy curl or a spray for that straight-from-the-beach look. Here is my hair product low down, everything I'm using for my favourite hairstyles.

The Loose Waves

One of my favourite everyday looks is loose waves. I love how this frames my face with my grown out bangs and I feel it looks so chic but with minimal effort. It is perfect for days when I don't have a lot of time, which lately is everyday... I am prepping my hair for this look with the Charles Worthington Shampoo and Conditioner in the shower, this leaves my hair silky and hydrated without getting greasy straight away, such a win for me. I do this in the morning then towel dry my hair and spritz with some Negin approved ~ Gisou Wave Spray through the ends and brush with my trusty Denman hairbrush, before rough blowdrying (always upside down to get maximum lift at the root) and finally dragging my Mark Hill curling wand out of its grave to wave my hair, I really need an upgrade on my curling wand, but you know what it's like I have actually owned it for 10 years I remember getting it on my 11th Birthday and I can't say goodbye. * it also isn't sold anymore.

THE PRODUCTS

The Slick Bun

Second day hair? Left your hair mask in and need to pop to the shop? The fail safe "glam in 10 seconds" hair look. I will always have a low bun in my batch of favourite hairstyles probably until I'm 50 years old, you can just never go wrong. I will usually do this style on second day hair as I don't want to wash my hair but it is not clean enough to have down, so I will prep my hair with OUAI Haircare dry shampoo, spraying at the root and then brushing through with my Denman Smoothing hairbrush. The key to this look looking super polished is the parting, using a metal tailed comb I ensure my parting is as straight as a ruler with no fly aways, smooth down with my hands and bring my hair to the back on my neck. I twist the hair around and curl it round into a bun before securing with a hair band, I wrap this round 3 times. Then to finish the look I spritz Playa New Day Mist spray to secure any fly aways and keep the hair slick.

THE PRODUCTS

Bouncy Blow Dry

I absolutely love the look of a fresh 'bouncy blow dry' but I could never achieve this at home until I dug out my mums old Babyliss Hot Rollers and I have never looked back. Every time I do my hair in this style my inbox comes flooding with questions on how I did it and what did I use. I always do this on fresh hair, just because I prefer how this looks. I wash my hair using the Christophe Robin Shampoo & leave in the Christope Robin Melting Mask for 3 minutes before rinsing out. I then towel dry my hair and spray the Living Proof Restore Perfecting Spray all through the ends before brushing with.. oh you guessed it, my Denman Smoothing Brush. I will then blow dry my hair with a small sized round brush ensuring each section is sleek and completely dry. Meanwhile I will start to heat up my rollers. I put them in differing between the medium and large size depending on the desired look. Leave them in for around 15-20 minutes, when I take them out I very gently brush them through to get that smooth bounce.

THE PRODUCTS

I hope you liked this little insight into my three go-to hair styles and my favourite products to achieve the look. If you have any product recommendations please pop them in the comments below, I love to hear your thoughts. Don't forget to check out my YouTube channel for hair tutorials!

Inspiration for Motivation.

When you’re constantly creating it is important to source inspiration and for a quick inspo fix my first point of call is always Pinterest, I create my mood boards from here and I cannot get enough of pinning for pleasure. Here is a collection of some of my favourite inspiring images to date. I hope they inspire you to, but don’t forget to follow my Pinterest for daily image fuelled inspo.

HOW TO: Pose & Feel Confident In Front Of The Lens.

That dreaded feeling down in your stomach when a camera lens is pointed in your direction. "Oh god, do I smile, is my hair weird, oh no what am I doing. Oh I blinked." But you don't have to have camera fear! I get asked so often about posing and confidence when it comes to being in front of the lens and I have a few tips to share with you.

I remember one specific time I really wanted to get a photo of my outfit, J and I had been out for lunch and I stopped for him to take a photo and all these people walked past and stared, immediately I felt awkward and said "stop taking them, lets go." Writing that right now makes me smile because now I don't even notice anyone around me, I am in my own bubble when I am shooting, too busy worrying about the lighting, if the angle is how I want it, is my face weird, has my hair blown everywhere... you get the point! Earlier this year I was lucky enough to do my first brand shoot with Pretty Lavish, a brand that I absolutely adore owned by the most amazing two girls, I had such a good day and I can't believe how much my confidence soared, that followed with Silk Fred and then Never Fully Dressed, Lavand Stories etc.. It is true what they say, you learn from experience and if I hadn't spent a good few years taking outfit pictures almost everyday and gone out of my comfort zone on these brand shoots I don't think I would feel as comfortable in my own skin as I do now.

Practice The Pose.

How do you know how to pose? How do you learn what is the best pose for you? You make it look so natural?

Posing with your body can be awkward and embarrassing, but when you have it nailed you will automatically feel a lot more confident and ready for the photograph. You wouldn't go into an exam having not revised so why would you start taking photos not prepared. It's as simple as that:

  • Watch youtube videos or BTS videos that bloggers and models post on Instagram. An amazing model to watch for posing is @amynevfashiondiaries.
  • Practice in the mirror (I always do this when I am trying on outfits, I practice how I want it to be posed before shooting it, so I can see how it makes the outfit look.
  • Set up your mobile / camera on self timer and practice a few pictures yourself (I always used to do this and it is so helpful)

 

You're On Location... What Next!

Okay so you've nailed your poses in the mirror, you've styled your outfits you have your amazing photographer with you and you've picked somewhere to shoot. But oh god... you forgot about all the people around you. Panic! What now.

If you are really super nervous about shooting in public then:

  • Go somewhere remote that you know won't be busy.
  • Don't shoot on the weekends
  • Take a few photos in one place and then move on.

But if you are feeling ready then here is my advice:

  • Block out all the people around you
  • Focus on yourself, what you are doing the movements, the clothes, your face etc..
  • Keep checking the photos back to see if you like them, this is also a huge distraction for you.
  • Most of the time people don't even notice you, especially if you're in London, but in a small town I totally get it, your old Chemistry teacher walks past then Sophies mum from Primary school it just gets a bit cringe, because they don't get why you are doing it. I often still get embarrassed shooting things when I am in my hometown, but remember that you are doing it for a reason, whether thats because you love doing it and it's your hobby or its your job, both are equally as meaningful as each other!
  • If anyone looks at you, just smile back, they are probably just looking at your killer outfit.

Who's Behind The Lens?

I think this is a really important factor to feeling confident posing. I know myself there are a few people that I love shooting with and there are people that I feel less confident with, there is nothing wrong with that. I just know that I need someone that can say "your hair is on your face" or "why don't you sit on the steps behind you" - communication is key!

  • Make sure you are shooting with someone you feel 100% comfortable with.
  • Start by just shooting some pictures in your room or by your house before you go out in public this will help you both understand what angles you like, the lighting and get more familiar with it if you have never done it before.

Hopefully by now you feel like you can conquer the location shoots, but if you can't please feel free to message me on Instagram or email me I am always here to help and I love talking about these things with you! Just remember practice makes perfect, the more you do it the more confident you will feel and at the end of the day who cares if people are looking at you, you won't even remember when you get home and edit your amazing images from the day!

Suit is a gift from River Island. Hotel room gifted for the day by Locke Hotels.