Wednesday, 1 April 2015

WhatLauraWore: Ralph Lauren, Juicy & Michael Kors

When I was a little girl, I was never THAT into pink but as soon as I hit my late teens and early twenties, I loved it.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not the kind of girl that has pink everything but I do like to have girly pink accents here and there and of course if that's in an outfit then I do like to go a little matchy matchy.  You all know how much I love to be coordinated.

Todays outfit was inspired by this amazing lipstick.  The Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Fuchsia is simply incredible.  It is bright, vibrant, super long lasting and very comfortable to wear.  I have of course, already raved about this lip colour so if you missed that gem of a post then have a look here for all swatches and rave ramblings.  *Insert Emoji kissy face here* Mwah!

This is an outfit that I wore to go out on a drive with Mr WLL and we ended up playing crazy golf in a place called Sea Houses which is up the North East coastline from where I live.  It is a beautiful place in the world and lovely to walk around and grab some fish and chips if you're peckish.  We always bundle my khaki parka and his Jack Wills gilet into the car when we're going on random trips out so that if we stop off somewhere we can do whatever we like and still be warm.

The jumper that I'm wearing is by Ralph Lauren.  You might be wondering how I was able to find a Ralph Lauren jumper to fit me.  Well, this is actually a mens one.  I haven't tried the ladies RL before but I'm assuming it wouldn't fit me at all and I am not sure whether they have a plus size line in the UK but I always buy my polos and v neck jumpers from the mens section and no one can tell at all.  This one is a pastel pink with a light blue logo on it and I'm wearing a light pink Primark scarf around my neck.

For my bottoms, I'm wearing my trusty jeggings from ASOS.  We all know how much I love these so I'll not go into too much detail, except to say that if you're thinking these are looking a little big, they are! I've just ordered the next size down and they're a much better fit now.

My watch is the beautiful Classic Trinity from Daniel Wellington.  I adore these watches because they're so effortlessly chic and easy to wear.  The quality is superb and they're not badly priced at all.  I bought Mr WLL one for his birthday and he hasn't taken it off since he opened it!

My bag is by Juicy Couture and I bought it many years ago when I was about 16 and went to Manchester for the day to see The Pogues play live.  My dad is a huge fan of them and I've grown up listening to lots of Irish music over the years.

I've been into these cutesy half up half down hair styles for a few months now.  I remember wearing my hair like this as a kid and I'm quite enjoying it now, if only as a way to get my hair out of my face as I grow my fringe out!

Last but not least, I'm wearing these amazingly comfortable Michael Kors flats.  They are well worth the investment, trust me; like walking on clouds!

Ralph Lauren v neck jumper in pink from the RL shop at the York Designer Outlet but RL is also available from House of Fraser
Pink scarf from Primark
Pink jewel earrings from Primark
Pink rose and cream bead bracelet from a little stall in Turkey
Mint bow hair bobble from The Bow Boutique

What are your favourite colours to coordinate together in your outfits?

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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Battle of the Affordable Body Scrubs

Soap and Glory, Garnier, The Body Shop, Palmers Cocoa Butter, Affordable Drugstore Body Scrubs Exfoliators

The summer is fast approaching and I am starting to think about getting my body skin in tip top shape for all of the outfits that I'm going to be wearing.

I always exfoliate twice a week regardless of the season but theres something about the springtime that makes me want to crack out my favourite pampering treats and get super prepared for the summer, especially as I'm going on holiday in a couple of months time and want to have super smooth pins!

I've got four different body scrubs that I have been using lately in a bid to pit them against each other in a battle of the body scrubs post!  I use all of these either in the bath or the shower on damp skin but without being in the direct stream of water so that they are at their most effective.  Otherwise, the water washes away the majority of the product and it becomes too slippy on the skin.

Soap and Glory, Garnier, The Body Shop, Palmers Cocoa Butter, Affordable Drugstore Body Scrubs Exfoliators

I'll start with my favourite and thats the Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub.  This exfoliator has been a firm favourite of mine for the last two years at least and there's nothing that I don't love about it.  It smells delicious, just like key lime pie and out of all of these body scrubs, it is the most effective at sloughing away the dead skin cells as it is very abrasive and leaves my skin feeling super soft and moisturised.  You can read my full review of this sugar scrub here and buy it from Boots.

The Garnier Body Tonic Smoothing Scrub which featured in my affordable skincare haul (buy from Chemist Direct for a great discount) is the one body scrub that I prefer to use in the mornings as it has a really zingy citrus and apple scent that feels so awakening and invigorating, especially when combined with the scrubbing action of the exfoliator.  The sugar exfoliating particles are pretty densely packed into the gel like solution, although not as much as the Soap and Glory Scrub, and it does a fabulous job at smoothing the body.  I thought that the gel texture of the solution would make this too slippy on the skin but it isn't at all.  Plus it has fruit extracts to help the smoothing effect along.  It is really effective but quite gentle at the same time so if you like an intense effect but have more sensitive skin then this is the one for you.

Soap and Glory, Garnier, The Body Shop, Palmers Cocoa Butter, Affordable Drugstore Body Scrubs Exfoliators

Next up is the Coconut Body Scrub from The Body Shop (available here).  I have a full review of this body scrub in this post but essentially, it has lots of gritty particles in a creamy solution that does a pretty good job at exfoliating the skin.  It doesn't do as good a job as the Garnier or Soap and Glory scrubs yet it is the most expensive at £13.  It has a lovely light coconut scent and the creamy solution that it is in leaves the skin feeling soft after use, although not as soft as Sugar Crush which is so moisturising, I needn't follow up with a body butter at all.  I guess in isolation, the Coconut Body Scrub is a fab product but when compared to the other two amazing ones above, it does fall short of being my favourite!

My least favourite of the bunch has to be the Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Cocoa Butter Scrub (buy it from Chemist Direct for less than the RRP).  This is another product that featured in my affordable skincare haul and was the one product of the bunch that I was quite disappointed by because it isn't very abrasive.  If you're someone who has sensitive skin or who is just trying out exfoliating for the first time then this would be a good one for you but if, like me, you prefer a more gritty, abrasive scrub then this one isn't for you I'm afraid.  What really put me off was the scent.  I had super high hopes for this as I adore the scent of the Palmers Cocoa Butter body moisturiser but this scrub smells awful.  It has a slight hint of cocoa butter but a strong smell of wet dog.  It really reminds me of the scent of a veterinary surgery that we used to take our labrador to when I was a child.

Needless to say, I wont be repurchasing the Palmers scrub.  I would happily use The Body Shop scrub again and would repurchase one of their scrubs if it were to be on offer but the ones that I will definitely repurchase would be the Garnier one and most definitely The Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Scrub (or their Breakfast Scrub) as it is my absolute favourite and I always have one of these in my bathroom!

What are your favourite body scrubs? I'd love to hear your recommendations!

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Monday, 30 March 2015

Guide to Newcastle: Theatre Royal Review

Theatre Royal Newcastle Upon Tyne

Ever since I was a little girl, I have loved the theatre and as I've grown older I have realised just how lucky I am to live in the North East.  We have some amazing theatres up here that attract some of the best shows direct from the West End.

The Theatre Royal in Newcastle is one such venue, standing proud on Grey Street amongst some of the city's best restaurants, bars and shops.  Attracting some of the country's best West End musicals along with comedy, ballet, drama and operatic performances as well as a fabulous Pantomime at the end of the year, the Theatre Royal is the best venue for such performances in Newcastle.

Aside from the shows being a true spectacle, the building itself is pretty impressive too and really rivals some of the most famous theatres in London.  The Grade 1 listed landmark was built back in 1837 and reconstructed in 1901 following a serious fire, making the Theatre Royal not only one of the most aesthetically pleasing theatres in the UK but also one of the most historic too.

Theatre Royal Newcastle Upon Tyne Programme

This month, I was lucky enough to attend a matinĂ©e performance of Shrek The Musical with my Dad.  I was so excited to attend as I'd heard so much about the musical from friends who had seen it when it was on stage in London.

I've loved Shrek since I first saw it at the cinema when I was in my teens so to see it brought to light on stage was magical.  I was so tempted to buy some of the merchandise available as there was some Shrek ears on offer but I managed to restrain myself!  I'd really recommend the show if you have the opportunity to see it, especially if you have children as it is suitable for all of the family with plenty of jokes in the script for the adults too.  The music in it is fabulous, with a huge performance of I'm A Believer at the end.

Once again, I was thoroughly impressed with the theatre from the speedy ticket collection and the kind service from the stewards to the grand design and cleanliness of the venue.  It is definitely the place to take someone you're looking to treat or impress.  The design is opulent and really beautiful inside with beautiful murals on the ceiling, dark wood and soft lighting.

There are three bars that are open for drinks before the performances and during the interval, where they can be ordered in advance so that they are waiting for you during the break, saving time and queuing.  There's a great selection available from soft drinks through to fine wines, beers and spirits with snacks available too.  Afternoon tea is also available on selected dates which I think is a lovely touch, especially if you were visiting the venue for a special occasion.

My favourite thing about the Theatre Royal is how comfortable and accessible it is for all of the family.  Unlike some theatres I've been to, it has a lift that can take you right up to the top of the venue which is a godsend for those sitting in the Gallery.  I've been to theatres before where I've had to walk up lots of incredibly steep steps which can get a little uncomfortable, especially if you're claustrophobic or scared of heights.  Not to mention that it makes the cheaper seats in the gallery unavailable to those who may struggle with the stairs.  At the Theatre Royal, there's two options; a grand staircase with plenty of breaks on platforms and wide steps or the lift.

There are plenty of toilets which are spread out across the different floors of the venue which I think is ideal, especially for parents bringing little ones as I noticed quite a few needing to pop out to the restrooms during the performance.

The seats at the Theatre Royal are very comfortable as well; nicely spaced with plenty of leg room and with lots of padding and short arm rests which makes watching a long performance very comfortable and these are touches that are even more welcome if you're a larger person or someone with long legs.  There are even booster seat pads available without the need to leave a deposit for those who need them which is particularly handy for children.  I remember going to another theatre as a child to watch a pantomime and I couldn't see over the persons head in front of me.  I could have really done with one of those booster seats then!

Despite sitting in the gallery, we had a fabulous clear view of the stage and I was really impressed with how comfortable it was to watch the performance from such a height which was something that I wasn't expecting.  These seats are great if you suffer from anxiety or don't like being in large crowds of people as there is lots of space up there and not too many people in one area.  The Theatre Royal staff still serve their special artisan ice cream up there during the interval which is a welcome touch if you're not wanting to leave your seat to head down to the bar area.

Theatre Royal Newcastle Upon Tyne Restaurants Bars

On this particular occasion, we made a bit of a day of it by going for lunch and drinks before and after the show.  That's the great thing about the Theatre Royal- it is ideally located for so many great eateries and bars whether you're looking for a light bite and a coffee in Pret, lunch and a glass of wine in Carluccios or a expertly mixed cocktail alongside a meal at Jamie's Italian or the latest Newcastle hot spot, The Botanist.

Theatre Royal Newcastle Upon Tyne

There's so much more I could tell you about the Theatre Royal but the points I've mentioned here are the things that really make it one of my favourite places to visit in Newcastle Upon Tyne.  I'd highly recommend giving the venue a visit whether you're a local or visiting the area, you'll certainly not regret it.

I love Newcastle because it has everything you're looking for in a city whether thats culture, nightlife, sport, theatre or architecture.  You only have to walk along the streets and look up to see how beautiful the buildings are.  Us Geordies are pretty friendly people too and you'll never fail to see a happy smiling face amongst us, ready to share our Geordie humour!

To discover more about what the city has to offer, then check out this great guide to Newcastle and to find out more about the Theatre Royal, to see which shows they have coming up and to book tickets, head on over to their website.

What is your favourite place to visit in Newcastle?  Which show would you most like to see at the Theatre Royal?

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Sunday, 29 March 2015

WhatLauraWore: Heart Print Coordination

Heart Print Clothing Michael Kors Mandarin Bag

I'm totally guilty of pulling out super old clothes from my wardrobe in todays post but sometimes, the oldies are the goodies.  Like this Evans heart printed cropped cardigan.  I've had it for YEARS, it may have even been a part of the Beth Ditto collection many years ago, but I love it.  So comfortable and easy to wear.  I love pairing it with a plain black vest top which makes it so easy to wear and ensures it doesn't clash with any other prints or styles of tops. 

Heart Print Clothing Michael Kors Mandarin Bag

In keeping with the heart theme, I'm wearing my Vivienne Westwood necklace.  Its a little larger than the ones that are available now, at least that I can find online.  I got this one for my 21st birthday from Cruise in Newcastle.  I didn't realise that they sold so many designer brands online, they have some GORGEOUS pieces and free delivery when you've spent a pretty penny so I'll definitely be looking on there in the future when I'm fancying a new designer piece (preferably later rather than sooner as I'm attempting to save up to buy a house!). 

Heart Print Clothing Michael Kors Mandarin Bag

The trousers I'm wearing are the heart print peg leg trousers from ASOS Curve.  When I first bought these, they were black with white hearts but after washing them, the hearts became stone coloured which, although annoying, is good because it coordinates well with the stone and gold hearts in the cropped cardigan.

I love the peg legs from ASOS as they're a gorgeous light jersey kind of material that feels so soft.  They are so comfortable to wear, one could be forgiven for thinking that they were pyjama pants!

Heart Print Clothing Michael Kors Mandarin Bag

As always, I have been really enjoying my Pandora bracelets.  Here I am wearing my completed charm bracelet along with my purple double woven leather bracelet and my heart bangle.

Heart Print Clothing Michael Kors Mandarin Bag

You might recognise this bag from my Michael Kors haul.  This is the Saffiano Satchel in the colour Mandarin which is an orangey red and looks so pretty, especially for the summer.  It was a past season when I bought it however there is a one that is very similar here.  I've noticed that Michael Kors tend to change the hardware around quite often but the style is very similar between the one that I have and the one I've linked here.

Red Nail Polish

My nail polish is the one in this post and I think that the red really helps to pull the outfit together with the red in my necklace and the red in my bag.

Heart Print Clothing Michael Kors Mandarin Bag

The sunglasses that I'm wearing are from Firmoo.  They were gifted to me at the end of last summer but I must admit, I wouldn't recommend them.  Price wise, they're very affordable so I wasn't expecting miracles but in all honesty, they feel really cheap and I have better quality sunglasses that were a couple of pounds in Primark.

Heart Print Clothing Michael Kors Mandarin Bag

They are quite pretty with a brown lens, plastic tortoiseshell rectangular frames and gold coloured detail on the arms.  They feel light weight and are reasonable comfortable to wear but when opening up the arms of the glasses, they feel very cheap.  Not my cup of tea I'm afraid but I thought I'd let you know about them in case you wanted to try them out for yourself, each to their own :)

Onto something that I do love though and that's these flip flops with a lush big heart on them.  I got these in Garage shoes last year but they have the exact same ones on ASOS this year.  These are incredibly comfortable because the sole feels quite spongy yet still supportive and don't rub my feet at all.  I wore them all last summer and have bought a new pair as well as a white and black pair to wear this summer too.

Heart Print Clothing Michael Kors Mandarin Bag


Heart print cropped cardigan from Evans
Heart print trousers from ASOS Curve
Sunglasses from Firmoo*
Michael Kors Saffiano Bag in Mandarin (very similar here)

Which prints do you like to mix and match?

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Saturday, 28 March 2015

WhatLauraWore: Casual Saturdays with Gucci and LV

I cannot WAIT for summer to come.  All I want is for the weather to make up its mind so that I can finally crack out my maxi dresses and sandals once and for all instead of having to flit between cardigans and scarves and my lighter wardrobe.

Anyway, here's a quick casual Saturday outfit of the day post.  I hope you all have a great weekend!

Animal print cardigan from Fashion World
Scarf from Gucci (also, OMG Gucci BEAUTY!!)
Shoes from Steve Madden
Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 bag in Damier Azure

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