2 Quick and Easy Ponytail Styles

Hey guys,

I wanted to share with you two cute and easy ponytails styles that are really quick to do.

1. Sleek High Ponytail

This look is super easy and does not give you a headache as some high ponytails do.  You can also add extensions to your hair to this look for a longer ponytail.

First you want to take your hairspray and spray the front of your hair and then round underneath.  Then take a brush and smooth the hair back.  Then brush all the way round and hold it all into a high ponytail or as high as you want it to be on top of your head.  Once you’ve got it really smooth you are then going to tighten it with a hair band.  Then apply more hairspray.

You can then take a section of the hair (about 1inch wide) and wrap that around the hair band, securing with a bobbie pin.

Then you’re all finished and should be left with the perfect ponytail J

A further step to this look could be to braid the ponytail if you have longer hair or extensions in.  You could do a 3 piece plait or a fishtail braid.

2. Soft Romantic Ponytail

I think this look is perfect for school or work and so easy to do.  You don’t need any fancy equipment, just a hair tie.

You need to grab a section at the top of your head first and make a loose ponytail securing with a hair tie, leaving the bottom half down.  Then you split the bit between the hair tie and your head in two, take the ends of your hair (that’s in the ponytail) and pull it into the opening.

Then you keep grabbing a section from each side of the hair that is left down and pull it through the hole.  This should make the ponytail looser and pull the ponytail down.  When it’s loose and low then you can stop.

And that’s it, that’s your finished look!

I hope these looks are easy for you to follow, any questions please ask and I hope you have fun recreating them.

Lauren xx

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London Fashion Weekend

Hey guys,

This weekend I was lucky enough to attend Vodafone's London Fashion Weekend.  I've been a few times before and it's always a really good day out.  I think I would actually say though that this was the best one yet.




We arrived at 1pm as our allocated time slot was 1-4pm.  It took place at Somerset House on the Strand and was very busy when we arrived.  We had to queue to get our tickets and goodie bags but this didn't take too long.  Everyone was fashionably dressed (obviously) and there was so much inspiration and muse around, I was trying to take it all in.




Once inside we took a look around some of the pop-up shops to see what was on offer and everything was really quirky and cool.  Then we queued up to see the 2pm catwalk show which is my favourite part of the day.

The catwalk show we saw was the trends show which basically shows you different trends that are predicted to be big for this season with different designers showing their pieces. We were lucky in that we got front row seats.  I always prefer this to the designer show.

So the first trend predicted to be big this year is called 'Pretty in Pink'.  This obviously featured a variety of shades of pink in different styles of outfits.  One would assume that dressing in pink would have to be girly but that's not the case.  Some of the outfits we saw were just as boyish but with a girly spin if that makes sense.  So if you're not a girly girl this doesn't mean you can't rock this trend.



The next trend we saw was called 'Back to Nature'.  This is all about wearing earthy colours so greens, browns, blacks etc.  I liked this trend because I think it's good for people who like to dress quite classic and smart which I do, especially for work and I find it sometimes hard to look 'trendy' at work so I'm really looking forward to wearing this trend.



The next trend we saw was called 'Shape Up' and was all about wearing different shapes and geometric prints.  Prints can be quite flattering especially for people that are of a slightly larger shape.  I think worn correctly they can be quite slimming.  You could wear something that has a bold pattern on it but then wear it with something plain or you could go for something quite daring and wear two different clashing patterns.  It's really a look of anything goes.



The last trend we saw was called 'Victoriana' and this was probably my favourite from the lot because it consisted of Victorian style clothes and a lot of black and white.  As much as I love my bright colours I do like classic colours as well and I think especially for winter this will be an easy trend to pull off and will look effortless which is a look I love.  I think this look would suit everyone.




The show lasted about half an hour and we then took a further look around the grounds. We went into a really cool studio they had where they were taking 360 degrees photos. You had to do an action shot and they caught you all the way around.  I will try and upload the photo if I can because it's really cool!

Then around half 3 we went and got a coffee to check out our goodie bag which consisted of Toni & Guy haircare products, Maybelline mascara and nail varnish, lemon candies, filter coffee and flavoured tea.  So we did pretty well!

If you've never been to Fashion Week I would definitely recommend checking it out next time round.  It's normally on twice a year (February and September) and generally at Somerset House.

I hope you found this post interesting.

Lauren xx

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Meeting Your Crush: Do's and Don'ts

Hey guys,

I thought I would write a post about the do’s and don’ts of meeting your crush; how to be around them, how to get catch their attention and get them interested in you, what to do if you’re nervous, dating rules etc etc.

I’m by no means an expert on this topic but I just thought I would share a few tips that I have learnt from past experiences.

First off you want to catch their attention.  It may be someone at school, gym or work that you like but they might not necessarily know you..  So this is where looks and charm come in.  You don’t have to be the prettiest girl in school, of course you want to be who you are but in order to catch their eye you are going to have to up the ante in order to get them looking in your direction!  So wear something that you know looks good on you, that flatters you and that you have perhaps had compliments wearing before.  Then do your hair really nice and make-up.  I wouldn’t go overboard on the make-up because I do think most guys prefer the ‘natural look’ plus you want him to like you for you not the ‘made-up’ you.

So once you are all dressed up and looking your best find an excuse to go and talk to them.  It can be about anything but then get chatting and find out a little bit about the person and if you have any common interests.  Lastly, end the conversation by suggesting you should hang out some time, maybe go for coffee or whatever.  If they seem keen then take the opportunity to swap numbers.

If you take their number then give it a few days before you text/call.  You don’t want to seem over keen!  If they take your number then wait and see if they contact you.  If they don’t then you know it was not meant to be and it’s their loss!

So when the call/text comes in keep it casual and wait for them to suggest the meet up.  If they don’t then in a few days make a suggestion and see what they say.  Which hopefully following my advice should be yes!

Then we have The Date :) So for this make sure you are wearing your best clothes, again something that you are comfortable in, flatters you but is not too over the top.  Also, you want to wear something that is appropriate for where you are going.  If you’re going to a bar then you may want to dress up a bit in heels etc but if you’re just going for coffee or a walk in the park then you will want to wear something more casual.  Basically you want to make an effort without making it look like you’ve made too much of an effort if that makes sense?!  This dating thing is complicated but trust me it will get easier as it goes along.

Then whilst on the date you want to keep things light and friendly.  Especially if it’s a first date.  So don’t start talking about anything too heavy.  Subjects to avoid: marriage, babies, death etc.  Just talk about your day, job, things you are interested in, hobbies you have, programmes you like to watch.  Then remember to ask them about the same because you don’t want to talk about yourself the whole time and come across as self indulgent and ignorant!

If all goes well then you should score yourself a second date, in which case you won’t need anymore of my advice. 

I hope you found this post useful.  My main piece of advice which I think is most important is to ALWAYS be yourself.  This is key because you are an amazing person just as you are and you want to find someone that will find you amazing, if they don’t they are not worth it!

So always be yourself because being anyone else is just a waste of the person you are.

Lauren xx

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Croatia and Venice

Hey guys!

Sorry I've been a bit MIA again, actioned by my recent holiday to Croatia and Venice.

I had such an amazing time and wanted to share it with you.

Firstly we flew out to Croatia.  The flight from London was about 2hrs and we flew to a city called Pula.  Once in Pula we had a half hour drive to a town called Porec.


Porec


Porec is such a beautiful place.  Loads of people had told me how beautiful it was but I couldn't quite believe it when I saw it and it was even more beautiful than I even could have imagined.


Porec

The hotel we stayed in provided a free boat service that took us over to a small island called St Nikola where we had access to a beach which was both sand and stones. We spent a few days here just relaxing and enjoying the breath taking scenery and luxury yachts that sailed past.  It was complete bliss.

St Nikola


St Nikola

On the days in between we went on day trips to different islands.  One of the day trips was to a town called Rovinj.  We took a ferry over which took about an hour.  Rovinj has real history to it and we walked up along the cobble stones to the famous church Saint Euphemia's Basilica.  We went to the top of the church and had some wonderful views from the top.  We then went and had a coffee in one of the cafes before departing back on the ferry to Porec.


En route to Rovinj

Another day we decided to hire a car to try and get round a few places at once.  We set out pretty early and drove to a town called Motovun.  This is another medieval town and home to both new and old churches.  We spent about an hour here taking in the scenery and enjoying a coffee before setting out to Fazana.  This was about an hour drive.  Once here we took a ferry over to the island of Brijuni which has a national park on it.  We had a guided tour round the island which I would definitely recommend and went on a safari ride seeing animals such as elephants and zebras!  I'd say this was probably my favourite part of the trip.  We had a quick dip in the Adriatic Sea because the water was so clear here we just couldn't resist!  Then we took the ferry back to Fazana, got back in the car and drove to our last destination of Pula main town.  In Pula was got to see one of the last surviving Roman arenas.  From the outside it looked very similar to the Colosseum in Rome.  However, on closer inspection and once inside I could see that it was actually much more well kept than the one in Rome and we again got to look around inside.


Motovun


Brijuni Safari
Pula Arena


After this we were really tired so went into a nearby bakery for a Burek before heading back to Porec.  Burek is a famous Croatian delicacy and is basically fillo pastry filled with cheese or meat.  It is absolutely delicious and I am craving one so much I think I am going to attempt to make my own at home because unfortunately they don't sell them here in the UK :(


Cheese Burek

The last day trip we embarked on was to Venice.  Croatia is neighbour to Italy and where we were staying in Pula it is only a 2hr ferry ride to Venice so I was definitely interested in doing this.  We managed to get a discount of 50% also as we booked last minute so only paid about £25 for a return boat ride.  However, once in Venice we realised that it was a good job we did get a saving because it was really expensive here.


Venice


Venice

We only had about 5hrs in Venice so we didn't get time to do loads.  We had a look round the famous St Mark's Square piazza and at the famous St Mark's Basilica.  We didn't have time to go in though bcos the queue was just too big and we wanted to see other things. We walked over a lot of the bridges here and canals to get a glimpse of the famous gondolas.  These were so awesome!  I had previously read somewhere that they take this profession very seriously and you have to have been born in Venice to even train to be a gondola driver.  We then met up with some of our Italian friends who had travelled on the train from Milan to meet us.  They took us to a really nice restaurant just off St Mark's Square where we drank the traditional Italian drink of Spritz which is aperol and wine.  Yummy!  I then had a pasta dish which was soooooooo nice.  I do love Italian food so I was in a bit of a food coma after this!  We then finished it off with a traditional Italian dessert of biscotti dipped in wine.  Sadly our time had then run out in Venice and we said our goodbyes and departed on the ferry back to Croatia.


Gondolas in Venice




That just about concludes my trip.  I hope you found it interesting and I would definitely recommend Croatia a visit.


Thanks xx