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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Highlights from February

Mexican food at Wahaca - they have a seperate vegan menu
Walking around Snowdonia, North Wales

Cocktails at Roof East

New year's resolutions

Mushroom, tofu and spinach stir fry
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My Hair Care Routine

I recently discovered the haircare brand Moroccan Oil and maybe I'm a little late to the party but they are working wonders for my hair and I'm wondering why it took me so long to jump on the band wagon.

I've always used hair oil.  I'm quite naturally dry so I need all the added moisture I can get.  However, I always used a drugstore one by L'Oreal.  I've always had quite tangly hair and have never really found anything that helps stop the knots completely.



As my mum and sister own a hairdressers they often get invited to salon expos such as Salon International.  They took me along to the one at Excel London last year and I saw the Moroccan Hair oil stand had an offer on their products so I ended up buying a full size oil along with travel sizes of the shampoo and conditioner.

I used the shampoo and conditioner for the first time a few weeks ago and WOW my hair has never felt so soft and in such a good condition.  It was virtually free from knots and just looked so healthy and glossy.  I will definitely be purchasing the full size bottles and I'm not sure I can use anything else now.

The oil of course works great too and I always put some through my hair after blow drying it.

Do you use hair oil?  What do you think?

Lauren xx

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Metallic and Tweed

I love mixing prints and colours, especially those that clash and wouldn't normally go together.  I really don't know how I would describe my style because I have a mixture of classic city chic with girly grunge.  Sometimes I dress quite loud and eccentric and other times I'm more muted with neutral colours.  Sometimes I want to look put together and other times I just want casual comfort.

Last Friday I went to Roof East in London which is such a cool venue.  It's on the 8th floor of a multi storey carpark in Stratford and every few months they change the theme.  Until the end of February it's ski lodges and igloos.  They also have slider games and live music.  Oh and some great cocktails and food!  



I had a Pretty in Pink cocktail which was prosecco, vodka and berry juice and my boyfriend had a Zombie which was 3 types of rum mixed with lemonade!  We then got chips and pizza from the Greedy Pig stall who kindly made mine vegan for me :)

As I was going straight from the office I needed something that was work appropriate (I'm a trainee lawyer) but still with a bit of edge to show my own style so I wore this tweed skirt from Warehouse with a black Primark roll neck jumper and my favourite metallic flatforms from ASOS.




What do you think of this look?

Lauren xx

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A Weekend in Manchester

I went to Manchester for New Year.  My boyfriend has friends there so we thought it would be nice to all get together and do something.  The problem was everyone (especially boys!) was quite unorganised and so nothing really got planned and we ended up staying in.. and playing video games?!  Was more like a boys night in than a celebration but seeing as the girls were outnumbered (2 v 4) we had little choice.



I didn't get to see a whole lot of Manchester because we were only there for one night and spent most of it with friends but what I did see I liked and definitely want to go back.  It's a really chilled out City with a quirky vibe.  It's not what I was expecting.  I thought it might be a bit run down with loud obnoxious people but I was so wrong!

I can see why it attracts young people and there's so much going on and things to do.  For a vegan there were a lot of vegan restaurants that I saw on my Happy Cow app although we stuck with what we know and had Zizzi for dinner and Subway for lunch!  




The train from London only took 2 hours so not bad at all.  I would like to explore more if I went back.  I hear the night life is quite good and they have lots of cool bars and club with live music.  They also have warehouse raves which are kinda my guilty pleasure ;)

Have you been to Manchester?  What else should I do there?

Lauren xx

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Outfits Of The Week

1. Jacket - Tesco, Jeans - John Lewis, Trainers - Vans
2. Top - Misguided, Trousers - ASOS
Skirt - Warehouse
Shoes - ASOS

Dress - Supertrash
Boots - ASOS

Jumper - ASOS
Jeans - Armani
Shoes - HM

Dress - Forever21
Boots - Public Desire

What one is your favourite?

Lauren xx

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Can Lifting Weights Make Me Bulky?

This is something I've always wondered.  I'm naturally slim so I don't workout to lose weight but to tone up and feel good.  So there isn't a strict yes or no answer for this one.  Yes they can make you bulky but only if you're lifting super heavy weights several times per week.

The top half of my body is smaller than the bottom.  Therefore, my legs are stronger than my arms so because I do a lot of squats and lunges as I find them easier it builds muscle in my legs.  With my arms I only lift 1-2kgs and only once a week so they remain toned without being too muscley.  I also started running every other day and found that this made my legs slightly bigger but toned my stomach a lot.  You just can't win!



Anyway, I did a lot research and found that exercises that use heavy weights, squats, lunges, crossfit etc are the ones that are going to really bulk you.  Exercises such as spinning, running and HIIT should be done 1-2 times per week and the best exercises to stop bulkiness being pilates, walking and boxing.  So this is the weekly workout routine I put together:

Monday - HIIT class
Tuesday - dance class
Wednesday - 3k walk/jog
Thursday - kettlebells and HIIT class
Friday - pilates
Saturday - 5k run
Sunday - pilates



I'm going to give this a go for the next 12 weeks and see what the results are like, hopefully I can get my body more in proportion!

How do you feel about lifting weights?

Lauren xx

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The Only Skincare Products You Need This Winter

My skin is generally normal to dry so during winter it gets super dry and I have to swap up the skincare products I use.  I also suffer with eczema on my face so have to use over the counter products as they're the only things that help.

I have a 6 step nightly routine so here is everything I use in the order I use them:

First Cleanse

I like to double skin, the first one is to remove my makeup.  For this I like the brightening hot cloth cleanser from Superdrug's Naturally Radiant range.  It's really soft, removes makeup and makes me skin smooth.

Second Cleanse

Then to really wash my face I use the cleanser called Purity by Philosophy.  This is one of my holy grail products and has been in my routine for over a year now.  You only need the tinest amount and it goes a long way.  It's super gentle on the eye area so can use it to remove mascara.

Toner

This is another holy grail product I've been using for a while and also quite a cult product I believe.  It's the Glow Tonic by Pixi.  I like it because unlike other toners it's not drying.  It gets rid of any last makeup or dirt on my face and gives a nice glow to the skin.

Hydrocortisone from Derma Care by Boots

This is the over the counter product I use on my eyelids and lips as I suffer with extreme dryness and flaky skin.  A little goes a long way and it's the only thing that gets rid of my eczema.

Serum

Then I use the Dragon's blood serum by Nip & Fab.  This is really hydrating and I like to put it on after the toner everywhere except my eyes as I like to use the eye cream there.

Facial Oil

Lastly I use a facial oil.  I've been a fan of these for a long time now as they're so good for dry skin.  This one is the Vitamin E one by Superdrug and again a little goes a long way.  I use it everywere and even rub over my hands after.




What do you use on your skin to get it through the cold winter months?

Lauren xx

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Stripes

I really hope stripes are here to stay because I can't get enough of them lately.

Here are my faves (all from ASOS):




Are you still loving the stripe trend?

Lauren xx

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My Birthday at Vanilla Black Vegan Michelin Star Restaurant

Last week I turned 31 (how did that happen?!) and my boyfriend surprised me with a very fancy meal at Vanilla Black in London which was not only vegetarian and vegan but a michelin star.  I didn't even know they existed?  Anyway, the food was sooo nice and the staff were brilliant.  I didn't want too much of a fuss so I didn't mention my birthday but I did see some others celebrating different occasions.

They have a set 5 course meal but I went for 2 courses as I just can't eat that much.  For main I went for the mushroom and cous cous as mushrooms are my all time favourite thing to eat.  Then for dessert I had a deconstructed peanut butter cheesecake which has got to be the best vegan dessert I've ever tried.




What's your favourite vegan restaurant in London?

Lauren xx

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