Tuesday, 28 November 2017

visualisation and mood boards

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

visualisation and mood boards

Hello everyone, welcome back to my blog. Today I wanted to share with you my love of brainstorming and creating mood boards for inspiration. I wanted to combine all the things that are inspiring me and things I am visualising this month, hey who knows this could be a regular thing. So, let me tell you what it all means to me...

1.  The main background image was taken at the Peace Gardens in Sheffield, this image to me is a reminder to get my camera out more and get back into photography again.

2. This image of a magazine design is a reminding me of my Humans Of Sheffield series I started a year ago, I went around interviewing interesting people. I am making a pledge to start this up again on my blog and also start getting into magazine design again; I miss using Indesign so much!

3. My blog image - this is an indication to change things up a little, play around with my logo and give it a little redesign for the new year.

4. This image helps me visualise art and creativeness, looking at this just makes me want to sit and write all my new ideas down and start working on them.

5. Random acts of kindness- I tried to start this series on my blog a couple months back but I didn't end up committing to it, but this time I am giving it another shot. This image also represents kindness in general, how we should all do our own little bit even if it's just a simple smile!

So, that's my little mood board of creativeness.

Until next time,



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Friday, 24 November 2017

Best Black Friday deals

Friday, 24 November 2017

Best Black Friday deals

Hello everyone, welcome back to my blog. Today with it being Black Friday I thought I would share with you the best discoveries I have made. Today every site has launched some sort of discount and it can be hard to figure out which is worth it or not. When shopping around always make sure it's something that is useful to you and that you're making a sensible purchase and you're not just buying something because the discount is enticing you. 

There's something for everyone on Black Friday and it can be a perfect time to get those Christmas presents sorted and grab a bargain, oh and of course treat yourself if needed. So, I've rounded up deals from technology, fashion and makeup, here goes...

Starting with technology:

Google home mini 

price £35 savings £15 buy from Currys

Amazon fire tablet £29.95 saving £20 buy from John Lewis

Fit Bit charge 2 £99 save £20 buy from Very.co.uk


Make up Revolution 12 days of Christmas was £60 now £30 buy from Superdrug

Morphe 35T Palette was £23 now £16 buy from Beauty Bay

Real Techniques Filtered Face set was £80 now £40 buy from Boots


When it comes to fashion this Black Friday Boohoo for me is the best, offering 50% off on everything!

Metallic oversized aviator was £75 now £35 buy from Boohoo.com

Embellished Bodycon dress was £30 now £12 buy from Boohoo

Culotte lounge set in grey/ black was £20 now £8 buy from Boohoo.com

So, that's my little round up and of course there's much more to discover.

Let me know what bargains you have found this Black Friday in the comments.

Until next time,

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Friday, 27 October 2017

Photo of the week

Friday, 27 October 2017

Photo of the week

Hello everyone, welcome back to my blog I know it has been a while. I wanted to show you two of my favourite images I have taken this week and explain what they are all about. I also need to explain why there's been a lack of content on here, well if you follow me on Twitter you will know I am now a uni student (that still sounds weird to me). I have been super busy but I am settling down now! I have also moved out and  I have turned into a full grown adult, doing boring things like food shops! 

I am planning soon to write a little blog post about moving out and university soon, so if that is something you would like let me know in the comments!

Picture 1- The morning sky in Sheffield

This picture was taken this morning around 7:30, just before I was setting off to my early moring shorthand lesson. The perks of living on the top floor means I get to take beautiful images like this and believe it or not I captured this with only my Iphone.

Autumn time is the best time of all!

This image was taken so randomly whilst I was waiting for a tram, I needed to pass some time and what better way than to snap an Instagram photo.

Thank you for reading! 
Until next time,



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Thursday, 7 September 2017

Affordable college/uni outfits for Autumn

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Affordable college/uni outfits for Autumn

Hey everyone welcome back to my blog. As we all know a new term is approaching and I myself am due to start University soon. I know I will not be alone with stressing about what to wear for Autumn/Winter, so I made a little collaboration, oh and because we're students it's affordable too! All these outfits are from SheIn, a site I have seen going around the internet on a daily basis. I know why it's in such a popular demand - it's affordable and offers good quality fashionable clothing.

I have combined three looks one for very casual lazy days; perfect for those early starts, one for when you're feeling a little fancy and the last one is the ultimate Autmn/fall look.  Also because we all love a good discount especially as students click here for a student discount

1. Super casual days  - You know those days, when all you want to wear is a hoodie and wear your hair in a big messy bun I have you covered!

Gorgeous varsity stripped hoodie perfect for those casual days at uni/college

Cut out knee joggers

The cut-out knee detail makes the joggers special and something to stand out for.


Ribbon lace trainers so stylish and effortless.

 2. The "when I'm feeling a little fancy" uni outfit

I just adore this jumper the detail looks so fancy and expensive, but the best part is it's so affordable. The plus side is that it will also keep you warm while looking your best.

Ripped denim jeans a classic everyone should have in their wardrobe! 

The statement boots, last season these were everywhere and this season is no exception love them or hate them they're here to stay and these are so dreamy!

3. The classic Autumn/fall outfit 

Classic berry batwing jumper 

Ripped knee jeans

Black statement boots

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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Vintage interior inspiration *

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Vintage interior inspiration *

Hey everyone welcome back to my blog. Today I wanted to share with you a few interior ideas for your home. I have been getting into interiors a lot a lately since I am moving into uni halls soon. I want to show you little bits to transform a room, from decor right up to more complex interiors for homeowners.

Personally, I love vintage/shabby chic and today I will be creating a home look based on this theme. I love the feel of shabby chic, it's effortless and feels so traditional and English.

Room colours

Bedroom - Personally, I love pale colours for a room. You could go for pastel pink, pale blue or even all cream walls and add colour with decor; this is the option I went for with my bedroom. These colours would all go with the vintage theme and it's up to you how you incorporate them into your room. When you're thinking of colours to go with a vintage theme stick with pastels!

Pastel pink

Pastel blue 

Mint green

Living room - Again think pastels but more muted ones, think about going for a cream light colour. Don't go for a loud overpowering colour as the living room is there for us to unwind and relax.

Pale grey

Muted rose 

Blinds for a bedroom

Shop the Roof Windows collection

When I was searching for roof blinds I came across a brand called Solstro. I love the choice you have on offer with them. I have picked two blinds to fit in with the vintage theme I have going on. As we're going for bold pastel colours in the room I have decided to pick neutral muted colours for a blind to avoid colour clashing.
These blinds are fitted specially for roof windows. Roof windows look amazing in a vintage themed bedrooms and really bring the modern elegance in with the theme. All these blinds are also blacked out, which is perfect to get a good nights sleep! They are also easy to fit taking less than ten minutes.

This roof blind is a perfect colour to go alongside any pastel choice it is neutral and muted so it avoids colour clashing. 

Grey is another simple colour you can pair with pastel shades. I think these two colours of roof blinds make a room look modern and clean.

If you're thinking of roof windows and are unsure there's plenty of help available over on Roof Window's website see here   They offer all types of roof windows from manually operated to electrical and solar.  For home owners planning on going for roof windows, I advise you take a look at this article 8 tips on how to choose a roof window It's easy to read and combines enough knoweldge and information you need to make the right decison. 

Little home extras to complete the vintage look

Bunting is a great idea to add a little more colour to a room. I have some bunting in my room and I have also bought some for my uni room. You can buy bunting anywhere online and in craft stores.

Cute shelves! These are my little shelves I have in my room I use them to display cute vintage trinkets. This really adds a little more personality to my room and gives it a theme.

These are just a few of my ideas, of course feel free to share yours in the comments.
What do you think of my picks? let me know in the comments

Until next time,
Lauren x

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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

UncommonGoods gift ideas for men and women

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

UncommonGoods gift ideas for men and women

Hello everyone, welcome back to my blog. Today I wanted to share with you a lovely site called UncommonGoods. This site has everything you can imagine; making it a perfect place to buy gifts for all ages and genders. Scrolling down this site I just loved how unique and special things looked, the design of everything looks well thought out. 

This blog post has been kindly sponsored but I only agree to create sponsorships with brands I genuinely would shop at and love myself. I could not turn down the offer to share this site with you.

I thought I would create a little birthday gift guide or just special gifts for any occasion for both men and women; maybe you just want to spoil yourself go ahead, why not.

First, off before, I start I wanted to share with you the eco-friendly background Uncommon Goods share. The love of the planet makes me love the company more.  

Here is a quote from their website displaying their values: ''At UncommonGoods, we're working to change the way business is done by making sustainability a part of every decision we make. We're steadily working to make UncommonGoods more environmentally friendly, socially responsible and an ever-more rewarding place to work."

Uncommon Goods mission to the planet and fellow humans 

  • A positive impact: in the workplace, in the world - "Uncommon Goods believe sustainability means more than being just 'green' They believe sustainability starts with integrity in everything they do. Uncommon Goods pledge to treat individuals inside and outside their company with dignity and respect, offering health insurance to all full-time workers and most part-time. "
  • Handmade, recycled and organic products -  "We're committed to offering you a creative and exciting merchandise assortment and are working with our suppliers - from artists to small manufacturers - to make their products in a more socially and environmentally responsible manner. Since our founding, we've featured products that contain recycled components and have not sold products containing leather, feathers or fur - we're committed to selling products that do no harm to people or animals."
This point is something that I am very happy to hear, being an animal lover and vegetarian. You can read all the companies missions by clicking here  Reading these points shows how dedicated this company is to the planet, fellow humans, suppliers and their staff members. I am very proud to have partnered up with a company with such high morals.

Birthday gifts for her 

Birthday month mini dish. This gorgeous personal gift is so cute. I love how you can really make it personal by selecting the special colour specifically for your birthday month. These would look so pretty and delicate on your dressing table.

Buy here 

Here are the colours on offer, according to your birth month. I really think this gift is ageless, making it perfect for your Mother, Sister, Auntie, Grandma etc. 

Also, the cute personal touch is that you get to see the maker of the products before you buy. I think this is such a unique personal touch that you get to read up on the maker and get to know them personally.

The growth necklace. This is beautiful, I love the sentimental value it holds with the beautiful quote that gives empowerment. We all can do with encouragement and empowerment, so what better than to share this by buying your loved a necklace as a reminder?

Again, here is the maker of the necklace and you get to read about her before purchasing.

I love how delicate and precious this necklace looks, such a thoughtful gift idea.

Recycled wine bottle platter with spreader

I think this gift would be perfect for Mum's. I love how it has been recycled and how beautiful the detail is. This would be great to put some snacks out followed with a glass of wine. 

Uncommon Good's have a whole array of wine gifts, perfect for anybody 18 above (in the UK). 

Birthday gifts for men 

Game of Phones 

This would make the perfect gift for a technology loving man, or even woman. It's a great way to bring everyone together with their phones and have some fun! 

Beer opening glass 

I think this is a brilliant invention, how many times have you been not had a bottle opener on hand? well with this glass it's all in one! Such a clever idea.

Bluetooth tracking tag 

This Bluetooth tag makes easy to lose items easy to find. Here is the description from UncommonGoods website

We've gotten so used to being able to find our missing phones by calling them—but what about those precious inanimate objects that can't emit a sound when beckoned? Your keys can't even vibrate. Enter the Bluetooth® tracking tag. Simply secure to your items that keep getting lost throughout the house (your iPad, the remote, keys, wallet), then be able to find them at a moment's notice with the Bluetooth® technology and the free downloadable app. Lost your phone, but have your tracking tag? No problem—this handy device works both ways! Just touch the alert button on the tag to locate your phone in minutes. It's a much faster alternative to looking everywhere for the car keys, only to find them hours later in the refrigerator. 

Personal planetarium

This gift is perfect for all ages and genders. I have put it under the men's section but  this can't be stereotyped, like all the other gifts they all can be bought for anybody (a part from alcohol, of course, you must be an adult).

Here is UncommonGoods description of this gift to give you an idea of what to expect.

Amateur astronomers can take a journey through the cosmos with this augmented reality viewer and audio guide. Insert your smartphone and it overlays constellations, galaxies, planets, and cosmic factoids in six modes across the night sky. Like your own personal planetarium, this stellar device brings the digital and real worlds together, taking you from our little blue dot to the far reaches of the universe. 

There is also a video which shows you a bit more of what to expect on the page.

I was very surprised with the array of gifts on offer there is really something for everyone!
As well as Birthday gifts UncommonGoods cater for an array of occasions from Anniversaries, graduation and much more.

What do you think of UncommonGoods would you shop here? let me know in the comments.
Until next time,

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