Summer Hol Edit

Summer Holiday Edit #1

From Left to Right: Printed Jumpsuit | Floppy Hat | Cold-Shoulder Midi Dress | Beach Playsuit | Tie Leg Sandals | Mesh Midi Dress | Odelle Dress | Smock Top

As much as I love my home here in the north, the constant dim cloudy weather can become a smidge annoying (although, winter is my favourite season). As soon as Spring shows up I'm planning getaways to tropical, sunshiny countries. The moment I've booked my temporary escape is the moment I feel so much more energised and motivated. One of my favourite things to around this time is to explore every holiday edit I can find and fill any gaps with new season pieces. For this blog post I thought I'd share with you some of the new summer items that have made their way into my wish-list.

Summer Holiday Edit #2
From Left to Right: Gingham Top | Mini Dress | Lemon Print Bikini | Crochet Bralet | Swing Top | Inflatable Rose Gold Flamingo | Unicorn Inflatable | Grey Cat Eye Sunglasses | Pink Metallic Sunglasses | Crochet Top

From February to May I feel so uninspired to shop due to the fact the weather is way to unpredictable to wear a snug jumper or cute dress. As soon as the sun pops his hat on I can't wait to see what goodies have hit the racks in my favourite store. One of my favourite things about shopping for new pieces to add to my wardrobe is that the coming season forever caters towards my floral needs and the Fashion Union printed floral jumpsuit on ASOS is the perfect example of this. As soon as I saw it I fell in love! What I love about this jumpsuit is how it can transform from a day to a night outfit easily, I am honestly praying ASOS re-stock my size super soon so I can nab it for my escape to Greece. ASOS if your reading, do a girl favour.

Summer Holiday Edit #3
From Left to Right: Tea Dress | Mini Dress | Strap Back Mini Dress | Tie Leg Sandals | Tunic Dress | Floral Dress | Gingham Shorts | India Pyjamas

Miss Selfridge is without a doubt one of my favourite high-street stores right now. I'm a total Zara freak, but lately Miss Selfridge has been making me weak at the knees every time I creep on their website. Whilst stalking the Miss Selfridge site I spotted this beautiful floral dress  and I just adore it! I'm such a dress girl and this beaut definitely got my attention. I can't wait to style this dress with this floppy hat and cute pair of sandals. As well as swooning over Miss Selfridge and ASOS, I also fell for these Boux Avenue pyjamas. I think I might have rekindled my love for Boux Avenue.

The pieces that I have mentioned in this blog post are most definitely on my 'To-Buy' list! Let me know if you enjoyed reading this post in the comments down below and I hope you all have an amazing fun-filled time summer shopping.

April | Monthly Round Up

I wanted to post a little one of these after realising I hadn't and I love looking back on them, I love the idea of looking back on some of my favourite moments of the month and remembering how much fun I had; what I did, who I met, what I ate. I absolutely adore reading these kind of posts and I'm not sure anyone will bother to read this post on a Sunday morning - but at least I can look back!



Travel: When I moved to London, the thought of perhaps moving out of London had never occurred to me, and until last month I had never considered transferring university, so getting the chance to explore a new city was a total treat - and makes me super excited for the future. From a trip to Thorpe Park at the beginning of the month, to exploring the 'Silver City' with my boyfriend - getting to spend some solid time with my favourite has definitely been fun. We recently made a naughty holiday purchase to Kavos in June, oops (but 100% worth it). I also paid a romantic visit to Hilton Newcastle back home with my boyfriend. The month rounded off with a mini-break in Aberdeen - which couldn't have been more relaxing. Here's to a special trip in Kavos in June and maybe another stay-cation too!


Food: Although I certainly consumed less sugar than last month; Ice cream certainly filled a gap in my diet and I'm now officially excited for sunshiny weather. I filled a lot of my month tucking into yummy breakfasts', with The Book Club at the very top - most definitely one of my go-to's for brekkie in London. I also visited Rye and Soda in Aberdeen, had an incredibly lovely afternoon tea at The Great British Cupcakery in Newcastle, sampled cocktails from The Alchemist (totally worth the hype), ate delicious ice cream by the sea and sipped on cocktails at The Botanist back home. I'm vowing that next month will include more ice cream and plenty of martinis (one of which I can definitely guarantee).


People: This month I have realised more than ever how lucky I am to have such a lovely group of friends around me. I'm definitely at an age where we're all moving on but being able to maintain such a special group of friends, family and boyfriend makes me feel super lucky! This month I was able to spend more time with my best friends, catch up with family and watch my sisters fiancé run the London marathon. I've only picked out snaps from Instagram which doesn't include snaps with my incredible people - which I vow to change next month.




Fashion: April was the month of awkward fashion. I mean, the weather is so unpredictable - but things are slightly heating up I suppose! My wardrobe had a pop of colour, my legs were treated to blue jeans and I'm getting there with heels. I've got a post coming up soon on a few of my favourite items - but basically I've been lacking in the fashion game this month. I can't wait for the next few months and all the new sunshiny-ness to perk up my wardrobe.


So yes - that is April in a nutshell! Naturally some things have been skimmed over a bit or not mentioned at all but some things aren't always made for talking about online. I feel so lucky to have special people around me. Anyway, here's to happy, healthy May (with lots of exams and saving up for Greece)!

Daily Makeup Edit



When it comes to makeup, there's no better time than spring to update my beauty routine with plentiful peachiness and a flawless fresh face. Today, I'm going to chit chat about what I'm popping on my current face. 

Base

When it comes to the face, I like something healthy, dewy and trustworthy. Currently I have been using the Too Faced Hangover Primer to even out my skin and prolong makeup wear. It also smells of coconuts and who doesn't want a coconut scented face? 

As far as foundation goes, I have two options: Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation and Bobbi Brown Long Wear Even Foundation both in the shade Alabaster. 

The Skin Foundation is what I reach for when my skin is having a good day. The formula is light and almost watery which may be an issue for those who love full coverage. However, this foundation is my holy grail and I recommend it to anyone who wants natural and dewy skin. 

The Long Wear foundation is a step up regarding coverage from the skin foundation. I often look to this foundation on nights out and/or long days. This has a nice, moisturising texture and can be smoothed onto the skin with a damp beauty sponge to provide a flawless and healthy base for makeup. Additionally, if like myself you have porcelain white skin and struggle to find a matching foundation minus orange tones I couldn't recommend Bobbi Brown foundations enough. They changed my makeup game! 

For concealer, I reach to Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly. You only need a tiny amount to provide substantial coverage for blemishes and underneath the eyes. Despite the thick formula it is the opposite to caky and heavy. 

 
Brows

When it comes to brows I am possibly the most low maintenance person you will ever come across! I'm quite lucky as I like my brows natural shape and they only need a few plucks here and there every month or so. Equally, I enjoy natural brows and rarely fill them in, I'm obsessed with Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara in Medium Brown. A few strokes and I'm good to go! 

If on the rare occasion I fill in my brows, I use Rimmel London Brow This Way Eyebrow Kit in Middle Brown. If I'm going to be partying all night long I use a minimal amount of the wax to set and define my eyebrows before using the powder to cover sparse areas. If like me your a fan of the 'barely there' look perhaps give these two products a whirl. 

Contour

Everyone and their mum is familiar with Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Contour Kit, with six sculpting and highlighting powders it has never been easier to create razor-sharp cheekbones. The shade Light/Medium emphasises your assets with grey toned shadows to make you look chiselled. Equally, what I love about this palette is that is super easy to build colour until you have 3D features or you can barely use the shades to create a natural look. 

In terms of highlighter, Mac Mineralise Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle is so amazing for healthy, glowy and sun-kissed skin. I use the shade Soft & Gentle because the colour gives such a radiant look on my complexion. It's not too orange or brown; It's the perfect peachy bronze. 

When it comes to blusher, I am infatuated with Benefit CORALista Coral Blush. I really like the warm coral-pink powder to instantly cheer up my cheeks. It has such a natural finish and I couldn't hop into spring without it!


Eyes 

On the eyes, I want intense shades that exaggerate my eye colour and I have pretty much been using the Too Faced 'Sweet Peach' Eyeshadow Palette since the day I bought it. The formulas are high in pigmentation and the shades are beautiful and they do smell like peaches! I often pop the shade 'peaches and cream' on my lid to brown bone, then dab 'luscious' onto the lid, inner corner and lower lash line before defining the crease with caramelised. I also really enjoy the two shades 'bellini' and 'georgia'. If you haven't guessed already, I'm a big fan of peachy pink. 

To finish off the eyes I opt for another Too Faced favourite; Better Than Sex Mascara. Better Than Sex is perfect for length and curl minus clumpy black blobs. The wand is easy and mess-free and can be catered towards your eye desires. It can be massively voluminous or fluttery and baby doll like (my personal favourite). 

Before I jump to the finishing touch I must quickly make note of Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden. If you haven't dabbed this moisturising formula onto your eyes, where have you been? It is truly a magic potion mingled with control, trust and zero crease. 



The culmination of any makeup look; lips. I like a pop colour and hint of sheen for a natural look. Satin lipsticks are great because you get hydration, colour and long-wear all in one formula.

Two lipsticks I have been obsessed with for a few years now are Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G in Penelope Pink (and Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk) and Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lip Colour in Flynn. Charlotte Tilbury is hands down my ultimate favourite makeup brand, anything she creates I fall head over heels in love with! Penelope Pink and the combined lip liner has been a staple of mine for a while now. The cashmere soft application is really nourishing and gives the lips a blast of the perfect pinky nude. Equally, Tom Ford Lips & Boys in Flynn has a very lightweight formula, giving a sheen finish with good colour pay off. 

Otherwise I opt for the ever so popular Kylie Cosmetics KoKo K Lip Liner and KoKo K Gloss. The ultra nude pink lip liner is surprisingly long-wearing when combined with KoKo K Gloss. The gloss slides on smoothly and despite the lustrous formula, lacks in stickiness. I am often caught wearing this combination more frequently than the other two.

What are your daily makeup essentials?

Laura xo




Moving to London


It was coming to August and I just knew I couldn't handle another winter in Newcastle, so I packed my bags and decided to move to London. As a kid, the only things I thought of London were the following: 1) Fashion, 2) Studying Fashion and 3) Shopping. Fast forward years later, I'm living in Shoreditch and not studying fashion. London was just around the corner and because I was unsure of the possibility of living and breathing fashion culture for three years in university, I decided to change  lanes. There's no freedom like when you are in a place where everything is new and exciting.

Despite moving to a completely new place for something that was not in my five year plan, I knew this was an opportunity not to be missed. I had never pursued my true interests but I decided to take a leap of faith and follow my gut (and have too many conversations with my family and friends). It just so happened that my instincts were undoubtedly there to be chased.

I needed to remove myself from an environment that wasn't inspiring to me anymore. I wanted a change, I wanted to immerse myself in my true interests, I wanted to work hard and have fun. I wanted to focus on what I wanted to do, not what I was supposed to do. 

I got a place on a one year course in a university that offered the opportunity to learn about human behaviour, culture and aspects within social science and humanities. It creates a perfect surface for specialising in one study. My health also played a huge part on where I was going to go but I don't regret my decision one bit. 

My ideal career in journalism has not changed but what I am going to invest three years of my life in has. My decision to take one year of study in a London university is one I don't regret. I believe everything happens for a reason and my pathway was not to force myself onto a degree I was not 100% satisfied with. 


As of now I am in my second semester and killing it but more importantly I know what I will be studying this coming September but, let's save that for another post. I've burst out of a tiny bubble and hopped into a city brimming with opportunity and I couldn't be more excited. 

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