Rock Chick: Get The Look

Hello from Orlando!  It's slighter cooler here than it was in Miami but still lovely and warm compared to London so can't complain.  Be sure to check out my Instagram and Facebook for all updates on my 3 week adventure @wonky_lauren

Today I'm sharing with you my favourite look of all time.  The Rock Chick.  If I had to dress in one style for the rest of my life, this would be it.  There's something just so cool and effortless about the rock chick that I just love.  It suits my criteria for dressing to a T; not much effort required, comfortable, casual and lots of black!


Get the look: winged liner, coat, leggings



Get the look: eyewear, scarf, coat, jeans



Get the look: beanie, shirt


Do you like the rock chick look?

Lauren xx

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11 Reasons Why Girls Are Always Late

Being late is a girl's prerogative.  Fact.  It's in our DNA.  We just can't be on time even if we try really really hard.  I must admit, I am getting a little better as I'm getting older, especially the need to be in the office for 9:30am but it helps that I have my routine down!




Here are the most common reasons I seem to be late.

1.  I have nothing to wear

2.  Winged eyeliner.  Enough said.

3.  Train's delayed, not my fault!

4.  Finally have my outfit sorted but now what shoes??

5.  And bag??

6.  Taking me forever to get these stilettos done up.




7.  And now I can't walk in them which means I'm definitely going to miss my train.

8.  Pre-drinking before I go out.  Shall we just stay here instead?

9.  My hair is just not doing what I want it to do.  Why can't it behave!

10.  Need to take at least 20 selfies before I leave #OOTN

11.  Sorry I'm late, I didn't want to come ;)

Can you relate to any of these?

Lauren xx


P.S  Be sure to follow me on social media to see my 3 week American adventure! @wonky_lauren 

My New Favourite Fitness Class: PiYo

I hope everyone had a good Christmas Day!  How did you celebrate?  Happy Boxing Day for anyone still celebrating today!  I'm still in Miami and they don't have Boxing Day in the States.  You can see everything I'm getting up to on my 3 week America trip on my Instagram and Facebook @wonky_lauren

Today I wanted to tell you all about my new favourite fitness class called PiYo.  I believe it started in America and only came here this year.  My gym has just recently started doing classes and I can't tell you how much I love it!





It's a mixture of pilates and yoga moves at a very fast pace.  My teacher always starts off the class by saying "if you're expecting a yoga class, there's the door" because slow and relaxing it is not!  I was a bit dubious about doing the class at first and actually only ended up doing it by accident because they'd cancelled the class I usually do and replaced it with this one.

It really gives you such a good workout especially strength work.  I feel good afterwards but not liking I'm dying as when I do Insanity classes.  It works all of your muscles and they do different routines to music focusing on different parts of the body.  There's lots of twists and turns involved and what really gets my heart race going is the constant up and down movements at such a fast pace compared to a regular pilates class.





If you enjoy pilates, yoga or tai chi but you sometimes want a bit more of a workout then I think you would love PiYo.  You can visit their website here to find classes near you.

Do you like the sound of PiYo?

Lauren xx

My Favourite Apps

Merry Christmas Eve from Miami!  I hope everyone is enjoying the festivities and getting excited for the big day tomorrow.  It's so different being here than in London where I have spent every Christmas so far!  Follow my Instagram to keep up with my 3 week America trip @wonky_lauren

Today I thought I'd share with you my favourite apps.  So if you're chilling out today or maybe a little bored waiting for tomorrow then try these out!

Pingit from Barclays

I bank with Barclays and this is their online banking app with allows you to check your account balance at any time which is great for when I'm travelling so I don't overspend! You can also send money or transfer it via the app.

Blogger

My website is powered by Blogger so I downloaded the app on my iPhone and iPad which I find great for adding photos straight from my phone.

Three

My phone network is with 3 and this app allows me to keep a track of my data allowance, minutes and texts.  I also love the network 3 because I travel a lot and it doesn't charge me anything extra to use my phone abroad.

Whatsapp

I have a love/hate with Whatsapp but with my boyfriend living in America it's a great way for us to communicate without getting a hefty bill.  I also really love that you can make calls on it, I only discovered that recently!

BlogLovin

I don't use this as much because I prefer the website but it is good for when you're on the go or travelling.

Facebook/Instagram/Twitter

I put these altogether because I think everyone and their dog has accounts so no need to explain.  Feel free to follow me @wonky_lauren or search Wonky Lauren on Facebook :)

National Rail/Tube Map

Living in London I get around a lot on trains and tubes so having this app is essential to helping me get to places.

Around Me

I've had this app for years now and I still love it.  It basically lets you know all the places around you and even works abroad.  I use it for calling cabs when I'm in different parts of the country or for finding places to eat in Europe or America.

Sky+

I don't get a chance to watch much TV during the week so I record everything and watch it at the weekend.  This app allows me to record stuff straight from my phone.





Dream Days

I used to think apps like this were stupid.  Until I was in a long distance relationship and now it's nice knowing exactly how many months/weeks/days I have until we reunite!

BBC News

I rarely go on here but I like getting notifications of big news reports pop up to keep me in the know.

iTorch

Does exactly what it says on the tin.

eBay

I buy and sell on eBay every now and then so this app is good for when things are about to go off but you're on the move.

Minicabster/Uber

Both great apps for booking cabs and comparing prices.

Prezzo

My favourite restaurant.  I know, so cheap and cheerful but I love good Italian food and I could seriously eat here every week.  This app keeps you up to date with all the offers and new menus.

Moldiv

I use this app for putting photo collages together.

Currency XE

This is a great currency converter app and so quick and easy to use.  I use this where I travel a lot or buy things online from the US to send to my boyfriend!

Picfx

I use this app to create cool effects on my photos such as sparkly bits etc.

What are your favourite apps?  I'm always looking for more to download!

Lauren xx

New Year's Eve Party Inspiration

Hello from Florida!  I finally made it.  It's so nice to be in warmer weather (sorry London, love you really!).  Follow my Instagram (@wonky_lauren) to keep up with my 3 week America travels.  

I know we haven't even had Christmas yet but New Year's Eve is only next week and for me, New Year is when I go all out and really get dressed up.  However, if you like dressing up over the holidays in general (as if we need an excuse!) then I've rounded up every last sequin I could find!


Missguided

Pretty Little Thing
ASOS

Boohoo

Do you have your outfit sorted yet?

Lauren xx

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Outfits Of The Week

Hat - Peacocks
Dress - Princess Polly
Jacket - Zara
Jeans - New Look

Sunglasses - Rayban
Jacket - HM
Jeans - Zara

Top - Vintage
Skorts - Zara
Boots - ASOS

Dress - Zara

Jumper - Primark
Dress worn as skirt - Next

Tee - Disney
Leggings - Select

Which is your favourite?

I'll be on a flight from London to Boston when this goes up.  Be sure to follow along on my 3 week American travels on my Insta @wonky_lauren

Lauren xx

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What I Ate Today

Welcome to the first in my series of 'What I Ate Today'!  For a bit of background, I try to eat a plant based diet whilst cooking for myself and the rest of the time I pretty much eat anything except meat.  I believe in having a balanced diet.  So here's what I ate today (or yesterday when I wrote this post!)...

Breakfast

1 small bowl of porridge (I have ready oats by Sainsburys) with almond milk
1 cup of green tea

Lunch

2 wholemeal rolls with soya butter and Quorn slices (the turkey and sage ones)
500ml of water

Dinner

Courgetti with guacamole and Quorn pieces (the chicken style ones)
1 glass of cherries and berries squash




Snacks

Dark chocolate

Looking at this I really need to add in more fruit!  Maybe to my porridge or as a mid-morning snack?  I'm hoping writing a food diary down will help improve my diet.  

What did you have today?

Lauren xx

My Birthday At The Ivy

It was my birthday on Saturday just gone and I decided to celebrate at the Ivy Market Grill in Covent Garden, London.  Now that I'm in my late twenties I much prefer to have dinner or brunch with friends rather than going to a club, but that doesn't mean that alcohol wasn't involved!

We booked a table for lunchtime and when we arrived the restaurant was already buzzing and packed full of people.  The decor is very traditional looking with leather seats and dark wooden tables.  The location is right in the heart of Covent Garden so very easy to find which is good as they only hold your table for 15 minutes!




We decided to order a starter rather than a main as we wanted to save room for dessert! I went for the avocado and spinach benedict and we shared a side of truffle and parmesan chips because they are my absolute fave!  We also ordered bellinis to ensure everything was washed down nicely ;)




For dessert I went for the salted caramel chocolate bomb because I have to order anything with caramel in it.  As soon as the waiter poured the hot caramel over the chocolate it started to melt, I wish I'd gotten a video actually, very cool!





As it was my birthday I wanted to dress up a little more than usual so I wore my peach and nude lace playsuit from Missguided with black tights and my navy suede River Island boots which are literally identical to the Stuart Weitzman ones, just FYI ;)  I also freshly dyed my hair that morning using the Black Cherry hairdye from Superdrug.  You can see my full review here.


Lipstick is 'Reckless' by MUA

After our two hour slot was up we have a little browse around the shops and I picked up a gorgeous velvet top from Zara for my holidays which you will definitely see on my Instagram @wonky_lauren.

I would highly recommend the Ivy Market Grill or any of it's sister restaurants; The Ivy Gardens and The Ivy Cafe if you're in London.

Lauren xx

1 Skirt, 3 Ways

Last month I did a post on 1 jacket, 3 ways and I like doing these posts as I'm someone that believes in investing in a few good pieces that you can adapt to any outfit to create the perfect wardrobe.

This time I've chosen a denim skirt I bought from Topshop a few years ago (similar here and here).  Denim skirts are such an essential for any girl's wardrobe because they can literally be worn with anything and below I'm proving it.

Look 1
Eyewear - Rayban
Jacket - Primark
Bag - Aspinal of London

The first look I added the jacket for a pop of colour.  I think this would be great for day or night, winter or summer!


Look 2
Eyewear - Celine
Jumper - Primark

For this look I went for something cosy with this chunky jumper.  Perfect for fall or winter months; shopping or dinner with friends.


Look 3
Boots - Topshop
Eyewear - Primark
Lace bodysuit - Urban Outfitters
Lastly I went for a more summer look with this lace bodysuit.  I think this would make a great outfit for a festival and you could even add a leather jacket for the evening if it gets cold.

How do you wear your denim skirt?

Lauren xx

Becoming More Independent



Happy Saturday!  And Happy Birthday to me!  I'm not actually writing this on my birthday (just FYI) but am heading to The Ivy in London for a birthday lunch.  Anyway, since I will be turning another year older (and hopefully wiser!) when I post this I thought it rather apt to talk about how I have become more independent over the last few years and how it might help you.

I think the biggest thing for me was moving out of my parents' home and living by myself. I wrote a post about buying your first property here if you wanted to check that out. Even if you don't live by yourself I think moving away from parents whether it be to Uni or a house share can make you grow up a lot.

You find yourself having to deal with your own bills, washing, cooking, cleaning and pretty much everything else we took for granted and relied on our parents for.  This was a big shocker for me.  I was fortunate enough that my mum worked part time and so was always there to cook dinner for us when we came home, we also had a cleaner and my dad refused to take rent money from me.



However, it was a step in the right direction and being more independent has taught me so much.  I feel it has grown my confidence as I was always quite shy and nervous.  Now I have this 'f*ck it' attitude where I won't let fear bother me in order to get what I want.

Even if you can't afford to move out of home yet, another factor I think contributes to becoming more independent is having a job and earning your own money.  It doesn't have to be a full time job or even highly paid but just something that pushes you to think and act for yourself and be in control of your own finances will help heaps.

Being in control of your own finances will also help.  When you get paid don't be silly and blow all your cash in one weekend.  I know it's tempting!  But try to budget and work out how much things are going to cost throughout the whole month and then set a side enough money for each week.



The last factor I think played a big part of my independence was being single and not being able to rely on another person to help me out.  For example, a lot of my friends have boyfriends/fiances/husbands who would drive them places and pick them up when we'd be out late.  Me, however, would happily make my own way home.  I wouldn't let fear stop me from getting around London by myself and it's so easy when you know how! 

A lot of my friends also live with their partners and so share the burden of bills, cleaning, cooking etc which is something I've had to deal with alone and for that I am so much more independent and know that I don't have to rely on anyone.  Ever.

How have you become more independent?

Lauren xx

A/W Wish List

I try to be good with my spending, I really do but every few months something inside me just cracks and things get a little cray.  Here are some of the things I'm currently coveting over.

ASOS

Boohoo

Sephora

Target

ASOS
Phew!  And there's probably loads more I've forgotten.  I'm actually writing this the day before Black Friday so hopefully I can score some good deals!  Did you get any this year?

Lauren xx

Questions Everyone With Tattoos Has Heard

A slightly different post today.  If you follow me on Instagram (@wonky_lauren) you may or may not have noticed some of my tattoos.  In fact, I have 6 so far and want more!  It's true what they say about them being addictive.  I am planning on doing a Q&A style post soon.  I normally hold back from personal details on here but after two years I think maybe it's time you got to know the girl behind the blog and I would love to get to know my readers better too.

Anyway, if any of you have tattoos you will know what it's like when you get the same old questions over and over.

Number 1 being "You'll regret that when you're older".  

"Did it hurt?"



"Have you got any more?"

I always seem to shock people with the amount of tattoos I have as a lot of them are pretty well covered.  When choosing my tattoos I purposely get them in places so I could cover them easily if I wanted, especially for my job.

"What does it mean?"  I have a few symbol tattoos, some of them mean something and others I just like the design.  I may even do a full post on my tattoos if that's something you'd like to see.



"Are you going to get any more?"  Yes definitely, they are pretty addictive but I like to add them during milestones in my life to remind me of them.

"Don't you think you have enough now?" Nope haha.

Oh and I also have 7 piercings but we'll save that for another post!

What questions do you get asked about your tattoos?

Lauren xx

Outfits Of The Week

Tee - Disney
Leggings - Select

Jumper - Primark
Maxi dress worn as skirt - Next

Jacket - H&M
Jeans - Zara

Hat - Peacocks
Dress - Princess Polly

Jacket - Zara
Jeans - New Look

Jacket - Primark
Boots - Hunter

Tee - Missguided
Jeans - DKNY
Which one is your favourite?  Follow me on Instagram for more outfit inspiration! @wonky_lauren

Lauren xx

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Christmas Gift Guide

Holidays are coming!  I had to be super organised this year as I'm going to be away for Christmas.  Actually, it didn't involve much organisation at all but me saying to my family "is it okay if I give you your presents after Christmas?" because I plan to buy them stuff whilst I'm away which I think is much more exciting!  Anyway, if you are having to do your Christmas shopping here and you're stuck for ideas I found these really great items below that I think will make awesome gifts.

Makeup Junkie

Left - Sephora Favourites $75
Right - Sephora Collection $25

Fashion Lover

Left - Newlook Clutch £19
Right - New Look Scarf £19

Book Worm

Left - I Am Malala
Right - The Girl On The Train

Techie

Left - Argos tablet £50
Right - Argos home cinema £90

Party Animals

Left - Boots Kopparberg set £12
Right - Boots Smirnoff set £20

Foodie

Left - Giant Ferrero Rocher £5
Right - Tesco caramel truffles £5

Which gifts do you like the look of?  Personally, I wouldn't mind any of them! (*hint hint*)

Lauren xx