How To Be More Plastic Free

Single use plastic is a huge problem for the environment and not to mention killing our sea life.  So much so that lots of companies are now trying to reduce their use of plastic such as doing away with plastic straws and charging for using plastic carrier bags.  Here are a few ways that you yourself can do your bit to live a plastic free life.

  1. Bring your own reusable water bottle/coffee cup preferably metal.  Can you imagine how much plastic waste comes from people that buy water bottles every single day?!  Just buy yourself a reusable bottle, there are so many places that sell them and either fill it up at home or when buying coffee out ask them to use your cup instead.

  2. Shop savvy.  When I'm at the supermarket I try to pick up fruit and veg with the less amount of plastic packaging.  This can prove quite difficult sometimes but a lot of shops are getting better.

  3. When you have leftovers rather than putting them on a plate with some plastic cling film, use a reusable tupperware box, metal bento box or even use tin foil which is at least recyclable.

  4. Use useable shopping bags when you go shopping.  This is one I am probably best at because it's so easy to just throw a bag in when you go shopping and not have to keep buying new ones.

  5. Stop buying ready meals.  They're not good for you anyway because of the amount of sodium most of them contain but they are the biggest culprits at wasting plastic.

  6. Use bars of soap instead of plastic bottles.  This is obviously harder because we are so used to using plastic bottles of soap, shampoo etc but if we can try to cut down on it then we are taking a step in the right direction.



How will you do your bit to go plastic free?

Lauren

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Get To Know Me! Q&A

I can't believe I've never done one of these before.  I found the 'get to know me tag' on YouTube and answered the questions as best I could.  Enjoy!

1. What is your middle name?  I don't actually have one.

2. Share you favorite subject in high school.  Dance, drama and music!  I loved performing acts and went to a stage school.

3. What is your favorite drink?  Cherry cola.

4. What is your favorite song at the moment?  Three Lions, c'mon England!

5. What would you (or have you) name your children? Anja, Sophia and Courtney for a boy.

6. Have you participated in any sports? Basketball and athletics.

7. What is your favorite book? The Time Traveller's Wife.

8. What is your favorite color? Red glitter.

9. What is your favorite animal? Hamsters.

10. What is your favorite perfume? Chanel No.5.

11. What is your favorite holiday? California or Australia.

12. On a scale from 1 – 10, rate your childhood. 10

13. Have you been out of the country? I'm lucky to live in London so I can easily visit other places in Europe and the World.

14. Do you speak any different languages? Une petit Francais!

15. Do you have any siblings? 1 sister.

16. What is your favorite store? ASOS.

17. What is your favorite restaurant? That's tough because there are so many great ones in London but I love Chinese food.

18. Did you like school? Yes.

19. Who are some of your favorite Bloggers? Emma Hill and Something Navy.

20. What is your favorite movie? Beetlejuice.

21. What are some of your favorite tv shows? Suits.
22. PC or mac?  Hmm, I have both.  They're both great!
23. What phone do you have? iPhone 7.

24. How tall are you? 5'7.5" or 172cm.

25. Do you have any pets? A rabbit called Panda.




What about you?  Tell me something I don't know!


Lauren xx
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Should I Have Lip Fillers?

Lip fillers have been having a moment the last few years and I think a lot of us have posed the question "Should I get my lips done?".

I don't think there's a wrong or right answer here.  If you feel like you want a little extra plumpness or that you would feel more confident having bigger lips or if you really don't like your lips the way they are or even if you don't like the shape of your lips and want a bit of filler to even them out.  You do you.  



I don't have lip fillers myself (you can probably tell!) but that's not to say I have ruled it out completely.  I think like a lot of us we're scared it will go wrong or that the swelling will last for ages and everyone will be able to tell.  If I had them done I would just start with a small bit and work from there until I was happy.

I would want people to be able to notice a little because what's the point in having them done if they look no different but I wouldn't want it to be too obvious.  It's also quite an expensive procedure if you want them done correctly.  Please make sure you do your research if you are thinking of getting them and go to somewhere reputable that is licensed to carry out this procedure.

What do you think about lip fillers?

Lauren xx

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What To Do In London This July

When the sun is shining (as it is right now) there's no better place to be than London.  Seriously.  The City has it all and the warm weather is just an added bonus.

So I've rounded up all the great things that are happening here in the capital this month and things I am hoping to tick off my bucket list:

1. The World Cup Final - this takes place on Sunday 15 July and will be showing in most pubs around the UK, let alone London.  Some pubs even have screens outside so you get to enjoy the warm weather whilst cheering on your country.  C'mon England!

2. Wimbledon - the famous tennis tournament kicked off this week for a whole 2 weeks.  If you weren't able to get tickets or can't afford the hefty fee, you can always pay up to £25 to have a walk around the grounds and enjoy the atmosphere [and sunshine] from there.

3. Pride - I went to this in London 2 years ago and it was so much fun!  Everyone is in such a good mood, the parade was awesome, great music, dancing and drinking.  Head on down to Charing Cross on 07 July!



4. Music Festivals - Lovebox and British Summer Time amongst a bunch of others.  Festival season is in full swing in London this month.

5. Outdoor Cinema - watch a movie on a big screen in Hyde Park or even on the Thames!  I can't believe I still haven't attended one of these.  They show everything from old classics to new releases.  Bring a blanket and a picnic and you're set.

6. National Dim Sum Week - I. LOVE. DIM SUM.  And this week happens to be dim sum week so if you love it as much as I do get yourself down to China Town sharpish!

7. Chiswick House Summer Party - this idea sounds really cute and more for the people that don't like a crazy party but more of a sophistiscated dinner.  With music, food and a few drinks this could be like something straight of a Downton Abbey on 07 July.

8. Peckham Salvage Yard - this weekend Peckham are hosting a vintage market sale.  Nab yourself a bargain and you might even bump into Delboy!



9. Leyton Carnival - if you can't wait until next month for Notting Hill Carnival then Leyton in East London has you sorted.  Bringing a taste of the Caribbean on 08 July.

10. The Making of Harry Potter (Behind The Seams) - for the hardcore HP fans there is an exhibition taking place in Abbots Langley between 07 and 22 July that shows you all about the costume design exclusive from the costume department at Warner Bros Studios.

11. Ride London - between the 28 and 29 July over 100,000 people will be riding 8 miles through London.  Even if you're not an avid rider like myself you can still go along and watch somewhere on route.  I've seen them go past before and it's quite incredible!

What do you think you'll be up to this month?

Lauren xx

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Beach Libraries

I was scrolling through Twitter the other day and saw a picture of a library... on a beach..?  So after further research I discovered this was in fact a thing.  This makes me very excited indeed because if there's anything more that I love than sitting and reading a good book, it's sitting and reading a good book on the beach!

I feel like libraries are so underrated now too.  Going to the library was one of my favourite things to do as a kid and I honestly feel that's where my love of reading, and possibly writing, started.  It's such an affordable way to keep up with the latest novels too and a great thing to get kids into.

Santa Monica, LA

The beach library first started in Bulgaria about 5 years ago.  It was brilliant because there's nothing more annoying than being on holiday and finishing your book and then being like.. now what do I do?!  So that's where the crazy idea of a beach library was born.

Now other resorts around the world have joined in on the trend including Dubai, India and Belgium.  I think this is such an awesome idea and can't wait to seek them out on my future travels.  In fact I am off to Belgium next month!  I would also like to see some popping up along the South Coast in England.  Brighton is one of my favourite places to visit and I think a beach library would fit in perfectly there.

Bondi Beach, Sydney


What are your thoughts on beach libraries?

Lauren xx

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Foreo Luna Mini Review

At Christmas, which seems like aaaaaagesss ago now, I decided to treat myself to the Foreo Luna Mini from my Christmas bonus.  I'd wanted one for ages but just never took the plunge as they are quite pricey.  I think I actually bought it in the Black Friday sale at the end of November with about 20% off.

They have a good selection of fun colours and I went for the turquoise green one.  They also do different types depending on your skin.  I just went for the regular one for normal skin types.



The reason I chose the Foreo Luna over one of the cleansing brushes is because it is made of silicon and so this makes it a lot more hygienic and easier to clean.  It is also rechargeable and lasts up to 300 uses.  I like that it tells you after 30 seconds when you need to move onto a different area of the face and it does this 4 times.  I do each cheek, nose and chin and then forehead.

I love how gentle it is on the skin but yet still goes deep and gives you a smooth, clean finish.  I don't use mine every day but every other day works best for me.  I use it with either my Philosophy cleanser or the First Aid Beauty one.



I would definitely recommend the Foreo Luna.  It's so easy to use, you hardly need to charge it and it's also super easy to travel with.  I got mine in the mini size as I felt that was all I needed and it's still about the size of my cheek so perfect for me and even easier to travel with.

Have you tried the Foreo Luna yet?

Lauren xx

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My Favourite Fake Tans 2018

The weather in London has been absolutely beautiful recently.  However, I don't think a lot of us were quite prepared for these scorching temperatures especially when it came to our pasty limbs.  But fear not, I've got your back!  Here are my favourite fake tans of 2018...

First up is St Tropez Everyday.  This one is great for a gradual, natural looking tan.  It also moisturises at the same time which is a bonus as some self tanners can be quite drying.  It's perfect for beginners that don't want to go straight in with a dark tan.  It comes in light/medium and medium/dark.  Just be sure to wash your hands afterwards as it can really stain.




Next up is Superdrug Solait fake tan.  I've spoken about this one so many times because it really is so so good for the price point.  It's super easy to use because of the colour guide, it doesn't smell too bad and it doesn't streak.  I probably apply this every other day.  Although it says it lasts for ages I wouldn't say it does but that's okay because it's so affordable you can just keep reapplying and repurchasing.

For a bit more of a luxury tan I really like Bondi Sands Ultra Dark.  When I first tried this I really wasn't a fan but if you perservere with it it gets better I promise.  My top tips would be to leave it on longer than it says (preferably overnight) otherwise it will wash straight off and wear dark clothes when waiting to wash it off because it DOES transfer!



And then lastly for my face I like to use a spray tan because I find it more hygienic for your skin than rubbing a tanning mitt over.  So for this I use another from the Superdrug Solait range.  It's so quick and easy to use and quite often Superdrug does 2 for 1 deals so I pick both up at the same time.

Which are your favourite fake tans this year?

Lauren xx

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The Top Ten Reasons I'll Be Watching The World Cup This Summer

I think most of us girls can agree that when it comes to football we're just not that interested.  Watching a ball being kicked around the grass for 90 minutes whilst screaming, swearing and jumping up and down like chimps is just not our idea of fun.  

However, I don't know about you but I get weirdly patriotic around the World Cup.  I always hold out so much hope for England to win even though in the last few we've done so badly!  This year though we seem to be doing pretty well.  6-1 today WHAAAATTT!!

Anyway, here are the main reasons I'll be tuning in this summer:



  1. After today's result, England may well be in with a chance of winning.  Gotta support my home boys.

  2. Christian Ronaldo in those shorts.

  3. I got Germany in my work sweepstake and they're always a good bet.

  4. Harry Kane is pretty easy on the eye.

  5. Watching Panama get all antsy is quite amusing, not to mention the 8 bookings and counting they've gotten so far.

  6. If England get through to the next stages and the game is during the day we get time off work!

  7. It's an excuse to get your boyfriend to take you for a pub lunch.

  8. It brings countries together because football is the language of the world and we need more of this.

  9. If England win your boyfriend/brother/boss/dad will be in a good mood so good time to ask them for that favour.

  10. It's a relatively cheap activity.  If you don't want to go out and spend money you can simply stay in and watch it on the BBC.
Will you be watching this year and who will you be supporting?

Lauren xx

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Lost and Found in Malta

Last month I visited the tiny island of Malta for the first time.  We were headed to the Lost and Found Festival by Annie Mac (one of my favourite DJs) for my boyfriend's birthday.

Day 1

Obviously I had to seek out the best ice cream on the island and in fact this place was voted best restaurant on the whole of the island.  It's called Sottozero Gelato and it was amazing.  Not only did it have a huge selection of flavours but half of them were vegan.  I tried the dark chocolate and the cookies and cream.






Day 2

The weather was a bit overcast this day and it looked like it might rain so we took solace at the local cinema and checked out the latest Avengers movie!  Oh and I found the coolest van so had to take advantage and have a quick little photo shoot ;)






Day 3

This is when the festival really kicked off and we took a coach out to a remote beach for a beach party that Annie Mac herself was playing at.  This was probably my favourite day, so much fun!  Later that evening we went to the main festival venue.  As Annie Mac is vegan she had a whole vegan menu which obviously I had to try out.  Although I have to say the burger was a little dry.












Day 4

This day was my boyfriend's actual birthday so we went for some yummy brunch at this cool place called Pash that had a great vegan selection.  Then we hit the pool for a bit and went to the main festival in the evening to see Diplo.














Day 5

We were all pretty hungover on our last day so we decided to just chill at the beach.  We went to this lovely beach called Golden Bay which is supposed to be one of the best beaches on the island.  It was so nice to relax after days of partying!






Do you have any festivals planned this year?

Lauren xx

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Best Outfits from Sex and The City

It has been 20 years since Sex and the City first aired.  To be fair I would have only been around 11 so I probably wasn't watching back then but as I went into my teens and early 20s SATC became my guilty pleasure and style bible.  I learnt so much from these sassy city girls living the American dream in New York and can relate to each one of them in different ways.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their first episode I thought I would put together some of my favourite outfits from the show although I must say there are so many fab ensembles it is very hard to narrow it down to just 5!

Carrie
Charlotte

Samantha

Miranda




Which one is your favourite?

Lauren xx

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The Best Avocado Toast in London

At the risk of sounding like a total basic bitch or typical blogger, I bloody love avocado toast.  I love making it at home with a splash of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt but even more I love ordering it out on sourdough bread and a side of fries.

Generally I find the pubs in London are the best places to find avocado toast but the little hidden gem cafes are coming up trumps too.  It's also a very nutritious meal so all round it gets a big thumbs up from me.  Here are my faves...

The Railway in Streatham

This is served on sourdough bread and I love the chunky chips here too.  They also have a cute bakery selection including vegan oreo cupcakes.




F.Mondays in Brixton

I ordered mine with tomatoes but it also comes with halloumi which my friend really liked.  This place is one of my favourite cafes in London.  They have a great selection of vegan food including a vegan toastie and vegan brownies.




Cut The Mustard in Tooting

This is served on sourdough bread with a very generous helping of avocado.  I can also recommend the hot chocolate and salted caramel brownie.




Aubaine in South Kensington

This is served on rye bread with watercress and cherry tomatoes from the vine.  The chips were great too.




The Ivy in Covent Garden

This is served on an English muffin with spinach.  I can also recommend the cocktails here.




Where are your favourite places to have avocado toast?

Lauren xx

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Beige

Beige isn't just a boring colour reserved for the over 50s.  Beige is making a big come back for 2018, it mixes well with patterns and is also the colour of choice for all the girl bosses out there.

Here are some of my favourite beige looks I've been wearing recently:

Dress - Pretty Little Thing
Bag - Stella McCartney
Shoes - Pull & Bear
Sunnies - Raybay
Bag - Zara
Pants - Primark
Sandals - Peacocks

Jumper - New Look
Skirt - Topshop

Which look is your fave?

Lauren xx

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Street Style Spring Looks

"Florals for Spring.. groundbreaking!"

Here are some of my favourite spring looks:

Top - Zara
Denim Pinafore - ASOS
Boots - Shopaholic
Bag - Aspinal of London

Jacket - Pull & Bear
Skirt - New Look
Bag - Mulberry
Trainers - HM

Jacket - New Look
Dress - Pretty Little Thing
Shoes - ASOS

Which is your favourite look?

Lauren xx

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1 Pot Recipe: Vegan Thai Green Curry

Tonight I decided to make a thai green curry because it's my boyfriend's favourite and I was hoping if I made it he wouldn't go out tonight haha but it didn't work and he still went out!  Oh well.  It was really good and I'm going to share the recipe which I adapted from this one by Deliciously Ella.

Ingrediants

Coconut oil
2 garlic gloves
1 onion
Thai green curry sauce
750g Baby corn
1 Courgette
1 tablespoon of tamari
1 teaspoon of maple syrup
Jasmine thai rice
1 red chilli (optional)

First you add the coconut oil to a pan and put in the garlic and onion.  After about 5 minutes you can add the sauce and the veggies along with the tamari and maple syrup.  Then you want to leave it to simmer for about 15-20 minutes.

Whilst that is cooking you can cook the rice.  I bought microwave rice so it only took 2 minutes to heat up.  Once everything is cooked and plated you can add the chilli.  I didn't add it to mine as I'm a wimp but my boyfriend loves the heat!



Let me know if you try this :)

Lauren xx

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Navy and Camel

The weather in London has been crazy lately.  For example, today it is mid March so it should be spring right? Except currently it is -1 degrees celsius and snowing.  WTF.  So that said, I'm running out of outfit options.  I'm so bored of wearing jumpers now but at the same time it's too cold to bring out the logo tees and floral blouses just yet so I do what I always do when the weather is in between stages.  I mix and match.

Jumpers with skirts or roll necks layered with vests.  My favourite colours to wear with looks like this are navy and camel because they are good neutral colours that are just wearable for any season.  Here are some of my favourites:







How are you dressing for the weather?

Lauren xx

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Bergen, Norway

Last week we decided to escape the snow in London for, well, even more snow in Norway!  At the beginning of the year, as most people do, we wanted to book a holiday to look forward to and we wanted to go somewhere different we hadn't been to and Norway was definitely different.  I've never been to Scandinavia but I am OBSESSED with their interior and decor.







We kind of toyed between Iceland and Norway but I was really keen for Norway.  I probably would have gone for Oslo as that seemed the most popular place and obviously the capital city but my boyfriend did his research and said that Bergen seemed a lot cooler because it was on the coast and we could see the Fjords and it was really beautiful etc.







And boy was it beautiful.  It was sooo pretty.  We climbed a lot of the mountains.  Okay that's a lie, we got cable cars up the mountains and the view was just incredible.  We also did a 3hour tour around the Fjords and that literally took my breath away.  So cold but so worth it.







In terms of the food it wasn't the best place for vegans because Bergen is very well known for it's fish markets and seafood which neither of us eat.. haha.  But using my trusty Happy Cow app I found some really nice vegan restaurants including Naomi which is a Ethiopian place and Dwell which is pretty much all vegan.







Have you ever been to Norway or Scandinavia?  Where should I visit next??

Lauren xx

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