Winter Warmers Wishlist

A little while ago I was planning post ideas and I noticed I was missing something. I've got a lot of wish-lists, a lot of clothes I'm just dying to get, but one thing I'm yet to do is a winter wish-list. It's the kind of season that gets me all giddy over fashion. I feel like winter clothing is SO exciting, everything is super easy to dress up or down, It's the kind of season where everything is so cosy and cushy and who doesn't want to feel cosy and cushy? Over the last few days I've picked out just a few of my favourite bits to share with you and I feel like it has definitely inspired my wintertime wardrobe!


Until a few years ago I didn't realise I had such a thing for coats! I just feel you can never have enough, despite what my bulging wardrobe thinks. I am OBSESSED with this leopard faux fur jacket, in Edinburgh last winter I nearly bought an almost identical one and yes I regret my decision. I'm also loving that skater coat I found on ASOS, I think it has a Ted Baker vibe which I am all for!

Winter Warmers Wishlist #Coats


I've already picked up a few jumpers while on my expedition to fuel my winter wardrobe and I'm so glad I did because Aberdeen is frozen! I love the first high neck one it's such a classic staple. I also think these are perfect to throw on over pretty much anything. I'm also obsessed with the cute pretty in pink number, it's a little less snug than the others but I'm in love with it!

Winter Warmers Wishlist #Jumpers


Cute mini dresses are amazing to have in your wardrobe because they make 'dressing up' and 'dressing down' super easy. I have a fair few little dresses in my collection and I think they are my favourite pieces! I'm definitely more of a dresses and skirts kinda girl than I am trousers. I love, love, LOVE this cute Topshop number, not only because it's velvet (forever my winter go-to) but because its the kinda dress you can wear with silver tights and little booties then in the evening chuck on some festive heels and your good to go! I love that kind of mix so much that it will be my Christmas Day outfit. I also love the polka dot velvet dress, I'd style it with a little tight white jumper underneath - I'm crazy about that kind of layering!
Winter Warmers Wishlist #Dresses

Trousers and Skirts 

Lately I've been loving long wide-leg trousers, if I'm honest its a little difficult because I'm so short (but that's what heels are for). I'm all about that tartan-check trend, I like to make sure that I have a few super cool pieces that work for themselves if I'm having an uninspired day. These orange check trousers do just the trick! I also stumbled upon some less showy, navy trousers from Miss Selfridge - I also like to make sure I have a few 'easy to throw on' pieces that totally give me freedom. I can pretty much guarantee Miss Selfridge Petite will fit my little legs! It wouldn't be a wintertime wish-list without a leather skirt and I am OBSESSING over this ASOS one. I have a bit of an obsession with leather skirts, every year I almost always end up with a few more to add to my collection and I NEED to add this adorable burgundy number to it. 
Winter Warmers Wishlist #Bottom Half


A key piece to keep in my wintertime wardrobe is a cute pair of boots. I spotted these AMAZING Vagabond lace up's on the ASOS site (how dreamy would they look with the leopard faux fur coat?). I love wearing something like lace up boots because they do an immense job of giving any outfit a bit of an edge. They are at the top of my Christmas list although, I'm not sure I can wait that long. Also, I came across these epic thigh high velvet boots which are also sitting pretty at the top of my Christmas list. 


I've come to realise I am also obsessed with hats. I pretty much live in furry headbands this time of year but I've been dying to treat my head (and hair) to some cute new styles. The lace up beret is by far my favourite, I just love the way they look! Also, I've been really wanting a baker boy hat for a long time now and I think I've finally found one from ASOS that I just love!

Winter Warmers Wishlist #TheRest
1. Baker Boy Cap 2. Lace Up Beret 3. Cream Beanie 4. Vagabond Utility Boots 5. Gold Sock Boots 6. Over The Knee Velvet Boots 7. Silver Glitter Tights

I hope you enjoyed this style of post, let me know if you like it and what your favourite 'winter-warmers' are! 

22 Before 22

It's official. I've reached my 21st birthday (as of Wednesday 4th October). I've arrived at that stage in my life where I am formally addressed as an "adult", whatever that means. Although Pop Tarts and Unicorn Fruit Loops are my favoured snacks at the mo (because apparently I'm accommodating quite the unicorn collection). Should I be concerned that I've reached this stage at the unripe age of 21? I sure as hell hope not. To be honest, I'm more worried about my age-old rose gold addiction continuously having an impact on my life choices - copper toilet holder anyone? 

I don't know whether it's my growing obsession with unicorns, hitting that all important 21 milestone, finally realising I am on the perfect path (I hope) - or a mix of all three of the above, but I am super eager to jump head first into the only 21st year I will ever have. My new-found age spurred me to write a blog post - 22 things to do before I turn 22 (and you can personally tell me off if I do not stick to my word). I won't bore you with 22 explanations - just 22 goals. 

1. Earn a first in university.

2. Learn how to drive.

3. Finally go to a music festival.

4. Continuously improve my blog (and actually blog).

5. Read more books.

6. Learn how to ski/Go skiing.

7. Conquer one of my biggest fears - swimming in the sea.

8. Get back to a regular fitness routine/running. 

9. Volunteer with Women's Aid.

10. Learn how to make cocktails properly aka stop pouring the whole bottle in.

11. Intern with BBC/Channel 4 etc. in summer.

12. Learn how to waterfall braid my hair.

13. Take more photos.

14. Learn how to play cards.

15. Explore the Isle Of Sky in Scotland.

16. Up my baking game. 

17. Introduce my boyfriend (Benny) to the happiest place on earth; Disneyland Paris.

18. Finally write down all my travel aspirations. 

19. Go on more double-dates.

20. Learn how to make pancakes.

21. Go to a Speakeasy so I can finally hush about my 1920s obsession. 

22. Visit Dublin (uh hello, £15 return flights). 

Lemme know your thoughts on my goals and If you have created a similar list. Speak soon lovelies x



All The Stationary

At the beginning of a brand new academic year, I feel the urge to get a little bit more organised. I get a sudden desire to splurge on pretty notebooks, pastel pens and endless sticky notes that sit delightfully on my desk. My fondness for all things stationary stems from an earlier time and has forever ingrained my workspace - and bank account. Although rose-gold and copper everything may not instill a new found intellectual head space, they create harmonisation in my surroundings which is essential for my happiness. I blame my mum for my desire to decorate although I'm not sure that is such a negative thing. I absolutely adore selecting colours and seeking out themes, there is something so satisfying about having a new stack of perfectly coordinated stationary. As I've grown older my love has expanded and I have found new ways of using stationary in my (young) adult life, In particular, university. Nothing brightens up a textbook like puppy page markers!

My little splurge at Kikki.K spurred me to share my findings with you, by chance that you're beginning a new academic year or if you're just as obsessed as I am with stationary.

Kikki.K Love Life Wall Calendar

Kikki. K Monthly Planner

Kikki. K Life's Little Stickers

Kikki. K Personal Monogrammed Planner Medium

Anthropologie Modern 2018 Planner

WHSmith Puppy Page Markers (Out Of Stock Similar Here)

Busy B Page Markers

Wilkinsons Strawberry Sticky Notes

Stabilo Pastel Highlighters


July | Monthly Round Up

Oh, hello there! Today I thought I'd chit chat about the glorious month of July, I feel like I've neglected my blog lately but fear not, I have rounded up my favourite bits to share with you. Perhaps you can blame Love Island for the overdue monthly chatter. 
Travel: Although I happily moved back home a little while ago - Newcastle is simply not London. It is directly absent of the hustle and bustle, but being the escapist I am, I thought it was totally appropriate to hop on the train and stop off at my favourite metropolitan city. So much so, I dropped by twice! A little bit of retail therapy in Oxford Street, indulging on pizza and spending hours wandering was just what I needed. After calling in central London, myself and Benny were away for the weekend in Windsor, my afflicted body thought to generously award a fourteen day long migraine. Talk about timing! Although initially I was worried I'd end up being in total agony, getting a bit of rest in the countryside was just what the doctor ordered! There's something I love about fleeting to the countryside. The long, scenic roads, Inn's that feel like home and peace and quiet. That and the six hour driving block of empty time to chit chat, giggle and simply enjoy each others company. We filled ours with donuts and babbling utter nonsense (the good kind)! On a side note - ahem, prepare for lovey-doveyness. Being someone who is wanting to please people I stumble upon past moments and the devastating emotions I encountered when taken advantage of, the confusion of unreciprocated behaviour and fear of friendship as a result of unwarranted bitching. Having had lots of thoughts recently about friendship - It definitely made me realise I'm actually pretty lucky to have a boyfriend in which I feel none of the above. Although we bicker almost, pretty much everyday I sincerely think celebrating love is one of the loveliest things! 
Food: Although In my previous Monthly Round Up I acknowledged the lack of sugar consumption - July was the total opposite. Tying in a little to the previous post, Ice cream continued to fill a sugary sweet hole and is almost always at the top of my to-do list. I filled a lot of my month tucking into pizza, with The Herb Garden sitting pretty (literally) at the top - most definitely one of my favourite go-to's in Newcastle. I also visited Coppa Club at Tower Bridge, had an amazingly lovely romantic meal in Windsor, sipped on strawberry lemonade, and indulged on my mum's yummy raspberry ripple birthday cake!
People: Sometimes It's surprising how life's timings work out. In the midst of turmoil - a university offer rolled around. I was soon propelling ahead to perhaps, what might be the most exciting time. Not only that, but having already conflicted feelings in regard to friendships, I was (am) ridiculously excited and sense I am finally on the right path. I suppose what I am trying to say is people move on, friendships move on and I wish happiness to all those in my life but perhaps I've learnt who to keep close.
Yes - that is August in a tightly knit package! Naturally, I'm a little bit nervous about posting this, I don't think I have chatted about feelings and emotions regarding friendships before. Pop a comment if you would maybe like a longer, more specific post on that topic. Anyway, I wish for happiness and plenty of yummy sugary sweet ice cream treats in August! Maybe a little bit of interior shopping too for my move to Aberdeen.

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 Greece 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. 


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. 


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. 


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!


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. 

Exploring Shoreditch

Until yesterday, if you were to ask me where my favourite spots in London are, I'd have probably said Hyde Park, down by the Thames and anywhere where there is a Franco Manca but after exploring Shoreditch I definitely have another favourite on my list. Perhaps it was the quirky people and crayon coloured walls, the cocktail bars on every corner or the fact they sell pizza bigger than my face. This scene is one I am so glad I stumbled upon and I can't wait to go back. For now though, to ease myself back into blogging I thought I'd whip up a colourful introduction to Shoreditch.

Stumbling upon Shoreditch's cobbled lanes seemed a little like a blogger's paradise. Box Park, Shoreditch is the epitome of everything quirky and colourful, it's almost refreshing to see so much freedom on brick walls. With the location being in the complete heart of Hackney (so much so it is a ten minute walk from accommodation) the exterior looking like an Instagram dream and the best breakfast in Spitalfields market, I couldn't be happier to have finally visited this gem.


Living in London for the past five-six months I thought we were spoilt for choice for pretty much everything and we definitely are but the selection surrounding Box Park and Spitalfields market is undeniably a location with some real gems. It's a total bubble of street food and independent fashion and one of the first places where I've ate a single slice of pizza larger than my head. 

Home to the best dressed and margarita on tap, Shoreditch is the heart of street. Fusing original concepts and planting individualistic business', you'd be hard pressed to not leave without wanting to come running back.

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