What I Bought in America

I'm sure this isn't going to be a particularly interesting post for people that live in the States but for us in the UK we get really excited about shopping in the US.
As you would have seen from my previous post (here) I visited Florida back in November which seems like ages ago now.  I was only there for 4 days before leaving to cruise around the Caribbean.  However, I obviously made time to shop whilst I was there.  We visited one of the outlet malls and also the Mall at Millenia.
In the outlet mall I bought two gorgeous dresses from Armani Exchange one was a black sleeveless bodycon for work and the other was a silk patterned sleeveless dress which I actually ended up wearing on one of the elegant nights on the cruise.  The dresses were on sale and I think they worked out £40 each, bargain!

In the other mall I treated myself to a MacBook Pro as I have wanted one for the longest time and in the States they are so much cheaper (mine worked out £750) so I'm really pleased I have that along with my new SLR camera and can really get my blog on haha.

I also had to pay a visit to Walgreens whilst I was there.  I just love that shop.  I bought lots of make-up including Maybelline FitMe Foundation and Covergirl 3in1 foundation.  I also bought the Maybelline age rewind concealer, a L'Oreal eye shadow in iced latte, a Milani eye shadow in bella cappuccino, an EOS lip balm and some Crest whitening strips which I am yet to try.  Basically lots of stuff you can't get in the UK.  I think in all I spent about $100.  I can really get carried away in that place haha.
What things do you like to buy in the US?

Wear | Life | Eats

Friday we had a big company meeting at work followed by office drinks so this is always a hard one when deciding what to wear because you want to look smart for the meeting but still on trend when having drinks later.
I decided to go for this grey beautiful woollen dress from Hobbs that has a sort of funnel neckline, short sleeves and stops just above the knee.  I wore it with black tights and black wedged knee boots.  this looked both smart and trendy and I even got some compliments from the partners so I'd say it was a successful look.

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Saturday I went to the gym in the morning and then was running around town doing errands so I wanted to wear something comfortable but also warm.  I opted for black waxy leggings from H&M with a cute Minnie Mouse t-shirt with my orange faux leather jacket from Primark and Lacoste pumps.  I also wore this leopard print scarf and clear sunglasses from Primark.

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Sunday I went to The Wolseley for a lovely brunch and this place is rather fancy so I wore brown faux leather leggings from Next with a vest and chunky cardigan from M&S.  I then threw on my faux fur coat for a finishing touch.

Same in black (link)

I'll be honest, I wasn't really looking forward to this meeting on Friday but actually it was really good and informative.  It also made me realise what a wonderful company I work for and how lucky I have to be a part of it.  Exciting times ahead!
As it's January, like a lot of people I am getting back into a gym routine.  I've always been a bit of a gym bunny anyway and love to keep fit but I got out of the habit after my holiday and over the Christmas period so I'm back on the wagon now and feeling really good about it.
As I said I went to The Wolseley in Mayfair on Sunday which is the best place in London to go for brunch.  I had American style pancakes with berries as I was trying to be a bit healthyish but my friend had a full English and that looked amazing too.  I would definitely recommend this place.  they also do really yummy hot drinks and cakes.  100% to try if you're visiting London.

I hope you all had a good weekend.
Lauren xx

Outfits of The Week

Jumper - H&M, Gilet - Sugarhill Boutique, Trousers - Zara, Shoes - Next 
Top - H&M, Kaftan - Select, Jeans - River Island, Boots - Gathering

Shirt - ASOS, Skirt - Next

Sunglasses - Rayban, Top - F&F, Jacket - Primark, Shorts - Topshop

Trainers and pants - H&M

Jumper - H&M, Skirt - Missguided, Extensions - Bellami

Jacket - H&M, Jeans - New Look, Boots - Topshop

The Best of 2014

Happy New Year!! (Even though we're nearly at the end of January).  One of my New Year's resolutions is to write on my blog more but more of that in my next post.
Here is what I've been loving throughout 2014.  What were your faves?
1. Most worn clothing item - really boring but probably my black wooly glitter leggings from Missguided (similar here).  I literally live in these at the weekends and even wear them to yoga sometimes.

2. Most worn shoes - again a bit boring but I'd say my Flossies I bought in Ibiza about 2 years ago for 10 euros (here).  They are so comfortable and practical for running about and again good for wearing to and from pilates classes.

3. Favourite foundation - I went a bit foundation mad this year and I may have to do a blog post reviewing some of them but I'd say my favourite from last year would be the Maybelline FitMe (here).  I have mine in 220 which is a perfect shade.  This foundation makes me look airbrushed and looks so good in photos.  It is a bit on the dewy side so maybe not suitable for oily skin, I have normal/dry skin.

4. Favourite palette - I bought a really good one from MUA actually (here).  I think it was only £4 and it was there neutral palette.  I took this on holiday with me as it had lots of useable shades.

5. Favourite mascara - LancĂ´me Hypnose mascara (here) made my lashes super long and full.

6. Favourite eyeliner - I'm not really into liquid liner as I just don't think it suits me.  I do like kohl liner for my bottom waterline though and the one I wore a lot last year was the nude shade from Rimmel (here) as it made me look more awake, especially good for work!

7. Favourite nail polish - I'm not a massive fan of nail polish.  I think it looks really pretty but it always chips on me and I never have time to re-paint and then it just looks awful so I tend to keep my nails clear.  On my toes however I was having gels for a while over the summer but then I got this really pretty turquoise shade from Essie at London Fashion Week and fell in love.

8. Favourite perfume - now perfume is something I'm a fan of.  I have about 20 bottles but my favourites would include the Paris Hilton to collection (here).  They're a really nice girly, sweet scent if that's your thing.

9. Favourite hair product or tool - for most of last year I was loving my Remmington Pearl curling wand but in December I purchased some Bellami hair extensions and they are amazing (here).  I will do a review soon.

10. Favourite snack - jeez this is hard.  I LOVE to snack!  My favourite snack, however, would have to be the fresh bakery cookies from Sainsburys (here) my ultimate guilty pleasure.

11. Favourite phone app - Hmm Instagram or Pinterest.  I just love checking out different styles and outfit inspirations.  Follow me here: @wonky_lauren

12. Favourite TV show - Hollyoaks or Eastenders.  Both have great storylines at the moment.  Broadchurch was amazing too and I can't wait to get into series two!

13. Favourite movie - The Fault in Our Stars.  Hands down.  Had me crying the whole way back to London when I watched it in flight.

14. Favourite song - anything by The Vamps!  I'm going to see them in May and I can't wait, such a fan girl haha.

15. Most watched YouTube channel - another obsession.  It's so hard to pick but I'd probably say Jaclyn Hill because she's such a babe and absolutely bonkers but I love it!

16. Store most visited - online Store I'd say Missguided.  I probably make an order from there every month when it's payday.  Such good choice and trends at reasonable prices.

17. Favourite item purchased - speaking of Missguided, I really love their cute coordinate sets.  I bought one for my holiday to Ibiza and another for America. 

18. Favourite lip product - I got a lot more into lip products this year and have especially been loving the Kylie Jenner look.  I bought East End Snob lip liner by Rimmel (here) and I think it's a good dupe.

19. Favourite accessory - got to be my fedora hat that I purchased from Spitalfields Market.  It's exactly like the one Millie Mackintosh has and I wear it so much.  It's really good quality too.

20. Best lesson - that the best things come to those who wait.  It's all about having patience and waiting for the right time.

21. Favourite memory - my holiday to Florida and The Caribbean.  It was so much better than I thought it was going to be.  I got asked my a friend last minute to take her ex's place and I was a bit dubious at first as we were going to Orlando (I like horror films, not Disney) and then on a cruise (I thought they were just for the retired) but I had the time of my life and enjoyed every single second.  I took some amazing photos on my new SLR camera which you can check out here.

Orlando and The Caribbean

Wow, it's been a long time!  I'm not going to bore you with excuses as to why I haven't been on here but in brief; I went away for 2 weeks, then there was my birthday, Christmas, New Year and then an exam last week.  So sorry!  I'm back now though and thought I would start with some of the photos from my amazing trip to Florida and The Caribbean.  Enjoy!