Tuesday, 26 April 2011

WhatLauraWore: Back To School... Preppy Style

Morning All

Hope you're all up bright and early for work like I am.  Although I love my job, I'm genuinely looking forward to the Royal Wedding, mainly because I'm getting a day off work which means I have a three day weekend to look forward to. Hello relaxation!  I was at work ALL Easter so this three day weekend (yes, I'm saying it again!) is LONG awaited!

We often have themed days at work and yesterday the theme was Back To School.  Whilst I love a theme, I really don't like the idea of spending money on a fancy dress outfit ill wear once and never again, before I even get to work... it kind of defeats the object of going to work to earn money in the first place!  That said, I did still want to make an effort.  I had a look around in my wardrobe and was genuinely surprised to see that I don't own a white shirt or a blazer and I don't even have my school tie anymore, not that I could find anyway.  So instead, I went for a preppy non-uniform day kind of look, inspired by how I see some kids dress in American schools.

Polo top by Ralph Lauren
V sweater by Ralph Lauren
Blue denim jeggings from Yours Clothing
Frilly pumps in pink blush from Primark
Odeon MM bag by Louis Vuitton
Scarf by Jack Wills
Pearl 'Love' necklace from Primark
Pearl stud earrings from Primark
Diamond and white gold rings

I've tried to mix designer with high street for this look.  I hope you all like it :)

Saturday, 23 April 2011

NOTD: Eyeko Vintage Polish

Eyeko Vintage Polish for Elegant Nails £5

I'm not too sure if this nail polish makes my nails look elegant but its certainly pretty, particularly for the spring time.  Like all Eyeko nail polishes, I found the consistency to be quite thin and watery so I definitely couldn't leave this at one coat.  That said, the colour applies in thin layers and after the second coat you're left with an even, full colour, application.  I was expecting it to take a long time to dry like Nude Polish by Eyeko but this seemed to dry much faster which is always a good thing for a busy bee like me.  Vintage polish is a gorgeous light jade green colour with quite a glossy finish.  On me, I found that it lasted for two days before it began to chip and thats without a top coat so thats long enough for me really as I usually apply my nail polish with a particular outfit or night out in mind.  I've loved wearing this polish over the last couple of months.  Its such a pretty colour and goes with so many daytime summer outfits in my wardrobe.

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Friday, 15 April 2011

Laura's Top Holiday Picks...as featured on Evans

Happy Friday Everyone!
The weekend is finally here and guess what?  Im working! Great.  Fear not though, I intend to enjoy Saturday evening with a couple of Crabbies and a take away while watching Britains Got Talent.  It is this Saturday that it starts isnt it?! I really hope so or my weekend will be a complete loss.
Today a post I had written was published on the official Evans blog.  Click here to read my ramblings.  This was such a fun post to write as I love putting together outfits and trawling through websites to find my favourite picks.  This post was all about the Evans Holiday Shop and some of the gorgeous pieces they have.
Here's a snippet below:

"Every Spring I look forward to the spring/summer collection being released at Evans and this year has certainly not disappointed me! Their pieces are bang on trend and I love how there is something for everyone. It’s great to see that Evans hasn’t compromised style for size. I thought I would share with you my five favourite pieces from the Holiday Shop which I’ll most certainly be purchasing for my own wardrobe. I live for the summer months, whether I’m at home or abroad, I just love to have the sun on my back, it is when I am at my most happiest, and probably the most stylish too as I adore the bright colours, floral prints, white linen and touch of bling that spring/summer fashion brings. This summer I’m looking forward to long walks in the English countryside with my fiancĂ©, ice cream by the sea and a few music festivals. We’re not going abroad on holiday until December this year as we really thought we’d benefit from a bit of winter sun so I am sure the latter part of my summer will involve me raiding the summer sales to get the last summer pieces to take away on holiday with me!

White linen trousers are a summer staple for me; they’re incredibly versatile as they can be dressed up or down and go with so many pieces in my wardrobe. To me, white linen trousers symbolise the summer and my wardrobe would not be complete without them- I buy at least three pairs from Evans every year! They are always a fantastic fit and wash really well, which is important if you wear them as much as I do. Evans have a couple of variations of linen trousers this year, but I’ve chosen the White Linen Mix Trousers because they’re perfectly balanced between casual and dressy. These linen trousers would go really well with a bright summery top like the Turquoise Shirred Print Top which is one of my favourites out of the collection.

Another one of my favourites pieces is the Black Embellished Crinkle Cotton Maxi Dress which is very flattering, particularly around the bust. It is one of those dresses that can take you from daytime to a night out. This would look great during the day with a cropped denim jacket, some simple accessories, an across the body bag and flip flops and for the evening, skip the jacket and go for some jewelled sandals, statement jewellery, a clutch bag and perhaps a bolero for those who would prefer a little more coverage on their arms.

I also love the Postcard Motif T Shirt which is great for casual days out and because of the curved hem, it is long enough to wear with black leggings. For a chic festival look, I would accessorise with a bag worn across the body, some oversized sunglasses or perhaps a cowboy hat or straw trilby.

No summer would be complete without a gorgeous swimsuit. I have already bought this from my local Evans and can tell you first hand that it is a great fit and does wonders for giving my body some shape. The Floral Twist Swimsuit is available in two bust sizes which is a rare godsend for bigger girls like me that don’t necessarily have a big bust to match. I went for the standard cup which was the perfect size and the fit is just amazing. Perhaps that’s down to the halter neck. I love the floral pattern on the bust and how Evans have kept the main body of the swimsuit plain black- this should divert attention away from my tummy which is my problem area and up to the upper part of my body."

What do you think of my top picks?  Have I chosen on-trend items or am I way off the mark?  What are your favourite pieces from the Holiday Shop?

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

WhatLauraWore: The Night With 4 Bottles Of Wine

Hello Everyone I hope you're all well.

Today I thought Id share with you an outfit I wore on a night out recently with my friend Kristina.  We didn't plan to go out, it was all very last minute, one Friday night.  I called her and asked what she was up to and we decided to have a couple of drinks in town.  I flew through to the Metro Centre an hour before it closed and by the time I got back I had an hour to get ready and put on my new top.  I didn't have anything clean to wear or time to wash anything so I was really grateful to find something in Evans that night.  The top that I picked is this navy sequin longline top, available at Evans for £39.50.
Shop this top here
Although its described on the Evans website as navy, it looks quite purple in real life.  They also had a cream version but it was too see through for me.  I loved the style of this, its different to anything else that I have in my wardrobe and I love the silver detailing and the mix of buttons at the front- it makes it glitzy and glamorous before you've even added accessories.  On the hanger, the top said that it was supposed to have a crinkle effect which I have since ironed out as I prefer it that way.  I wore this top as more of a dress and teamed it with leggings to slim down the outfit after the chiffon frill detailing at the bottom of the top.  I wore flat black pumps and silver accessories.
Navy sequin longline top from Evans
Black ankle length lace trim leggings from Yours Clothing
Black flat shoes with a black bow and stud detailing from Primark
Silver jewelled clutch bag from some random designer at Fenwicks
Rose gold watch by DKNY
Diamante heart necklace from River Island
Silver bangle from Red Herring (i think!) at Debenhams
Silver earrings from a boutique in Tenerife

My Makeup
Double Wear Foundation by Estee Lauder
Double Wear Powder by Estee Lauder
Under Eye Concealer by George at Asda
Second Base primer by Too Faced
Hoola bronzer by Benefit
Bare Minerals Eyebrow Colour in Light Ash Blonde by Bare Escentuals
Eyeshadows- 'In The Buff,' 'Satin Sheets' and 'Stiletto' from the Naked Eye Palette by Too Faced and 'Knight Devine' by MAC
Lava Gloss eyeliner pencil by Too Faced
Black Liquid Eyeliner from Barry M
Volume Million Lashes mascara in Extra Black from L'Oreal
False Eyelashes from B&M Home Bargains
Well Dressed blusher by MAC
Viva Glam Gaga lipstick by MAC

What outfits have you been wearing lately?  I hope you like my outfit!

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Hello Everyone, Happy Tuesday!

Its been a while hasn't it?!  I was going to start by apologising for my lack of blogging during Feburary and March but then I thought, well this is a hobby for me and I'm sure you would all prefer quality over quantity in my posts.  In truth, my heart just hasnt been in it.  I've had a lot going on in my personal life and i've been mega busy causing me to be stressed and quite frankly, feeling a little sad.  The mixture of elation at the happy things in my life coupled with the things that have got me down have really messed with my emotions.  Things are starting to even out now for me, so I thought that as I sit here on a beautiful Tuesday evening drinking my Options Banoffee Hot Chocolate (a must try for banana-toffee-chocolate lovers!), I'd tell you a little bit about whats going on with me.  As ever, I'm not really one for opening up about my personal feelings, in favour of keeping the cap on my bottle of emotions firmly in place, I hope that some of what I tell you gives you an insight into why Ive posted a grand total of sixteen posts in two months; a number which hasnt been seen on my blog since I started last summer!

Do you ever get those months where you just feel like nothing has gone right?  February started on such a high for me with Michaels and Daisys birthday and our anniversary but it ended pretty badly with some upset in my familiy.  I guess that sometimes no matter how much you want someone to love you, sometimes they just cant show it.  I've tried time and time again to get close to someone that really I shouldnt have to try to get close to, it should be natural, only to have my heart broken time and time again.  I've eventually said enough is enough.  I've lived like this for all of my 22 years and quite honestly, I can't let it consume me for another 22 years.  Living my life on the edge and walking on egg shells is just too stressful for me.  For the past couple of months I've just felt like I couldnt be bothered and this has really reflected in my blog and day to day life- if im feeling down, the last thing im bothered about is how I look, so on the whole, I havent had anything new to share, besides a few rare glimpses here and there, on a good day.

I started my Youtube channel recently and I thought it was going really well, until someone close to me made a couple of spoof videos taking the piss out of me which I found incredibly hurtful.  I understand why people make spoof videos about celebrities or about certain stereotypes of people or even just generalising about normal girls in the blogging world but I really find it unnecessarily hurtful to direct something so blatantly at one person.  Im someone who takes things to heart and gets upset easily although I do manage to put on a good act in defence, perhaps thats after years of practice when being bullied at school.  I just found it so upsetting that someone who knew this about me would go and do such a horrible thing, especially after I have always loved them dearly and tried to be there for them in anyway I can, which of course I will always continue to do.  I just feel like a right idiot at the moment and so much of a joke that I was someones Saturday night entertainment.  Please though, if anyone doesnt like my videos or has a problem with anything I put on here then please let me know because I really dont want to be feeling so down about something I enjoy again.  Its really had a knock on effect- i havent wanted to film any videos or write any posts, I have a few videos backed up but im reluctant to put them on, mainly because I feel like a laughing stock.  Its hard enough starting out on YouTube as it is!

All the stress I've had and early days have finally caught up with me though and ive been off work sick for the past couple of days with a nasty virus.  I've been feeling funny for a couple of weeks now, perhaps my immune system has been low, but ive been getting nose bleeds, sickness and dizzyness a lot, as well as an overwhelming feeling of being tired.  Ive been working a lot of 7am-3pm shifts at work, sometimes after late nights so i thought it was just that but some friends suggested doing a pregnancy test and going to the doctors, much to my alarm as I'm barely out of Pampers myself.  After doing one on Friday I can quite categorically say, I am without child!  Ive also had a funny rash on my feet and last week one of my feet was really swollen which was highly attractive as well as very painful.  After being sick at work, in the toilets where a load of managers were having a meeting outside and heard me chucking my guts up, it was time to go to the doctors.  4 blood tests later, i emerged feeling like a pin cushion.  The doctor took my blood pressure and said it was loads higher than it was when I last had it checked and the rash on my feet looks like some sort of fungal infection and she gave me some cream to try- lush.  The doctor said she didnt wanna give me any tablets until she had my test results back but thought I had a virus.  So basically ive been feeling like shit since Friday, which was probably made worse by the fact that I couldnt take anything to stop the feeling of being sick- awesome.  Im off to the doctors tomorrow morning so hopefully they will know what is wrong then and ill be straight back to work.  Hate being off-- i have targets to hit and a wedding to pay for!...

Oh yes, a wedding!!  A few weeks ago Michael and I booked our wedding!  We went and stayed overnight at the venue, had dinner there and spent a day in the spa before we completely decided to book it.  We had a meeting with the wedding planner and paid our deposit so that our date is secured.  Its not until 2014 so please hold off buying your hats just yet! The venue we've booked is very popular and we're wanting to get married on the bank holiday weekend so thought it would be best to book in advance.  It'll also help us to pay for it because we're absolutely useless at saving and if its in our account we'll spend it.  So we thought we would book it and then just phone up every month and pay chunks off.  We've also booked something special for the evening reception too but thats all we're booking until about a year and a half before the wedding.  This special something and the venue are the most expensive things so we're hoping if we can pay it off in two years, we'll have the last year to pay everything else off.  Im sure 3 years will fffffllllllyyyyy by REALLY quickly.  I've had a few people tweet asking me if ill be doing wedding vlogs and posts and to be honest im not too sure.  I absolutely love the idea of doing them but quite a few people who I know in "real life" read my blog and watch my videos so i kind of want to keep somethings as a surprise for them... plus i have a few friends getting married at around the same time Michael and I will be getting married and I just wanna keep our ideas to myself if that makes sense!  Are any of you planning your wedding at the moment?  I'm sure you'll be feeling a little like me-- nervous-excited!  Michael and I cant wait for our wedding, its something we've always dreamed of but the thought of earning and saving all of that money is pretty scary!  I'm sure we'll get there though but in the meantime if any of you have any money saving tips or money making tips then please let me know.

Since booking our wedding ive been pretty much fixed on planning and searching the internet for ideas.  Michael and I are really focused on it and we're just so excited.  Im starting to feel loads better about myself too which is great because my confidence did take a bit of a hit recently.  My hair is feeling great now and I've had my nails done.  I've started healthy eating again with my friend Vicky and we've started exercising together too.  We've been going to belly dancing and aquafit and we're starting Zumba soon too which I cant wait to do.  Being my size, I've never felt comfortable doing what I would call dry exercise, like out of the water, because I just think it would be unpleasant and sweaty but im really enjoying it!  I've been walking Daisy May loads too and shes getting so good and well trained too.  I much prefer to walk her in the evenings though as its just too much of a hassel during the day as everyone stops to pet her and chat about her which is lovely but it turns a half hour walk round the block into an hour long trek!  We're loving walking together, especially with the light nights and I feel like im on such a natural high.

Also I've just got an Iphone4 and I havent a clue how to use it.  I'm rubbish at typing on it too so my Twitter has been really neglected haha!  I was wondering if any of you knew any good Apps to download or even if theres an app for blogger?  I've downloaded this giraffe called Gina.  Its like a modern version of one of those old tamagochi things. Very cute, if a little young for me!

I hope you're all keeping well and that this post didnt bore you too much.  Its a bit lengthy and illiterate but i've got a stotting headache and its time for bed!  Thanks for all of your comments, emails and tweets over the last couple of months, I really appreciate them all- you rock!  I'm back now and better than ever!