Monday, 17 September 2018

Roger & Gallet Feuille de Figuier Fragrant Wellbeing Water Review

Roger & Gallet Feuille de Figuier Fragrant Wellbeing Water Review

Classic brand Roger & Gallet have launched Feuille de Figuier to their best selling Figuier fragrance line which is inspired by the fresh green leaves of the fig tree.  Packed full of natural ingredients, including an energising blend of mandarin and bergamot, this is an unusual scent that must be smelled to be fully appreciated.

Roger & Gallet Feuille de Figuier Fragrant Wellbeing Water Review

Created alongside leading perfumer, Mathilde Bijaoui, Feuille de Figuier is designed to be the lightest and most vibrant addition to the incredibly popular Figuier line.  I remember when I first came across another from the range, Fleur de Figuier, which I loved instantly as it was so different to any other scent that I owned.  However my captivation with it was short lived as my mam promptly nabbed it for herself and has repurchased ever since.  I do have the hand cream version though which I'm very fond of!

By comparison, the aromatic green fragrance, Feuille de Figuier is noticeably lighter but it does still have that distinctive fig air to it.  This is a luminous, verdant and refreshing fragrance that captures the scent of a fig garden in the summertime.

Roger & Gallet Feuille de Figuier Fragrant Wellbeing Water Review

Feuille de Figuier has top notes of bergamot, mandarin orange and crisp galbanum, a heart of fig sap and sweet neroli essence and a deliciously woody base of cedar and benjoin with a fig accord.

Its light, energising and perfect for summer if you want a scent that's bursting with freshness but what makes it unique is the woody base that gives it more depth than a lot of fresh perfumes out there.

Roger & Gallet Feuille de Figuier Fragrant Wellbeing Water Review

Feuille de Figuier by Roger & Gallet is available now, from summer 2018, in 30ml, 50ml and 100ml sized bottles from Feel Unique and Look Fantastic.

Give it a try and let me know what you think, I'd love to read your thoughts!

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Saturday, 15 September 2018

Live, Love and Party: 5 Ways on How You Can Make Parties More Memorable

Live, Love and Party: 5 Ways on How You Can Make Parties More Memorable with WhatLauraLoves

The big 3-0 is fast approaching for me and I'm really looking forward to celebrating with my friends and family.

A party is an ideal way to spend time with those you love, celebrate special occasions, and create lasting memories. Anyone can throw a party, but not everyone can throw a one that's memorable for all the right reasons! Throwing an interesting party is not an easy task and it requires more planning and hard work than you might think; its not just a case of inviting your favourite amigos around for a drink!

In today's post, I'm sharing five ways that you can make parties more memorable!

1. VENUE
Even if you have the best band on the planet and the coolest decorations, they are vanity if you choose an inaccessible and inhospitable venue.  Choose a venue that is accessible, with great service and one that provides an plenty of space for you and your guests. You can hold your party in your house, like I did for my 29th birthday last year, a friend or family member’s house, a bar or club, or somewhere outdoors. Ensure that the venue goes well with the type of party you are holding and consider any themes or entertainment you might be having to make sure that its fit for purpose.

2. CONSIDER HAVING A THEMED PARTY
Themed parties are fun, memorable, and can make guests feel comfortable and part of the group. Many people struggle to dress up for a party and are uncertain about what to wear. With a theme party, guests have a similar dress code and often do not struggle to choose their attire. Common themes are black and white, jungle, masquerade, and costume party.  However for some people, a themed part is their worst nightmare, so choose wisely.  If all else fails, you can just go with cool and casual or dress to impress on the invites so that your guests know how dressy to go.

3. ATMOSPHERE
Create the right ambiance in your venue from the lighting to the décor and setting to give your guests an epic experience. Invest in comfortable seating, incredible lighting, and amazing decorations.  I'm having balloons from top Sunderland event planning company, Sparkles, for my birthday party and I can't wait to see my balloon vision brought to life!

Ascertain that the food, beverages, and décor are on point. You can give your guests a unique experience by giving them new beers different from the usual supermarket ones. If you want more information about the new beers you can read all about it here. Your guests should leave the party with a great impression of the party and yearning to tell others about it.

4. ENTERTAINMENT
Entertainment is key for any party.  Whether you opt for a singer like I am, or go for a DJ, live band or a juke box, make sure its the music that you and your guests love to listen to.  Consider writing a list of songs that you definitely want played and ones that you certainly do not want play hit on!

5. PARTY ACTIVITIES
Aside from the music, its always a good idea to have extra activities and entertainment to make your party memorable whether it be beer pong, pimp your prosecco, a selfie booth or a magician!  I'm going to have a selfie wall and a donut wall at my party for my guests to enjoy.  I think they'll end up taking so many selfies so not only will it be a great way to make memories but to capture them for the future too!

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Friday, 14 September 2018

Sunderland Lass | The Importance of Staying Humble

UK Plus Size Fashion Blogger WhatLauraLoves- a Sunderland lass writing about the importance of staying humble

No matter where life takes you, its so important to remain humble and to always remember where you have come from.  Experience and observance have led me to learn how people can change with monetary success or the fame game and at times, it can be pretty ugly.

The thing is, life can change at any given moment and those you meet on the way up, you'll need on the way back down.  All too often in life do we look for the next best thing while taking our eyes off what we already have, without realising that we can have both.  It is possible to strive for more while being thankful for what you already have and maintaining relationships with those who were kind and respectful towards you and who valued you from the beginning.


UK Plus Size Fashion Blogger WhatLauraLoves- a Sunderland lass writing about the importance of staying humble

My advice?  Rise with the support of those who love you and don’t look down when you look back. Experiences make us who we are. No one is better than anyone else in this life because of their upbringing, house, money in the bank or education.

Life may sometimes seem as though if you’re wealthy, you’re better than others but it’s not true. You could be driving a Ferrari or a Fiat but the chances are, you’d still go to the same places in it and you could carry a Chanel on your arm or a Primark bag but you’d still put the same things inside.



UK Plus Size Fashion Blogger WhatLauraLoves- a Sunderland lass writing about the importance of staying humble

We all know someone where if you’ve been to Tenerife, they’ve been to “Elevenerife” and it’s just not cool, no one likes a bragger! Be passionate about where you’re from and the life lessons you’ve learned from the people around you.
UK Plus Size Fashion Blogger WhatLauraLoves- a Sunderland lass writing about the importance of staying humble



UK Plus Size Fashion Blogger WhatLauraLoves- a Sunderland lass writing about the importance of staying humble

I’m really proud to be from the North East, specifically Sunderland and I adore calling South Shields my home.  There’s an incredible sense of community spirit here and the people are genuine, down to earth and kind.

When I put together this outfit, it really made me think of home, as red and white are the Sunderland AFC football team’s colours.  They may have gone down a league but the Mackem spirit is still going strong!


UK Plus Size Fashion Blogger WhatLauraLoves- a Sunderland lass writing about the importance of staying humble


UK Plus Size Fashion Blogger WhatLauraLoves- a Sunderland lass writing about the importance of staying humble

I wouldn’t think of myself as particularly fashionable, I’ve literally just paired a red and white top with coordinating pieces but I love how it comes together. You don’t have to have loads of money or wear really out there clothes to be stylish.

Style is whatever you make it and I’ll always be a normal, Sunderland lass!

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Thursday, 13 September 2018

Elizabeth and James Nirvana White Perfume Review

Elizabeth and James Nirvana White Perfume Review

Elizabeth and James fragrances, created by child stars turned fashion designers, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, have been on my most coveted listed since they very first launched under the fashion house of the same name.  The aesthetic of this lifestyle brand really appeals to me as it centres around balance, enabling women to carve out their own style, combining effortless flair with a playful femininity.

The Elizabeth and James fragrance line gives the modern woman options which is perfect if you're someone like me who pays as much attention to the scent you wear each day as you do your clothing.


Elizabeth and James Nirvana White Perfume Review

Elizabeth and James Nirvana White Perfume Review

The first scent that I've been trying out from Elizabeth and James is Nirvana White which I got back in April and have loved wearing throughout the summer, although it is a scent that I know I'll be able to enjoy all year round.

Created with perfumer Honorine Blanc, Nirvana White is a musky floral fragrance housed in the most beautiful white and gold tactile bottle.  Everything about this scent is stylish from the instantly recognisably chic packaging down to the juice inside.

You could be forgiven for thinking that this was going to be a light, daytime specific scent but its actually heavier than I thought it would be and one that could be worn at any time, for any occasion.  Feminine, but not too girly, this is definitely a perfume for a woman who is self assured and comfortable in her own style.


Elizabeth and James Nirvana White Perfume Review

Nirvana White is a confident, sophisticated perfume with notes of musk, peony and muguet.  The more it dries down, the more I love wearing it as the scent becomes softer but the musk is still powerful and makes this scent long lasting.

The sillage is quite middle of the road but always attracts compliments when people stand next to me as its an unusual scent and not something you find everyone wearing like some of the more popular fragrances I own; Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, I'm looking at you!


Elizabeth and James Nirvana White Perfume Review

Elizabeth and James Nirvana White

If you want a fragrance that you can wear all day, every day but that's not like what all your friends are wearing, then I'd recommend checking out Elizabeth and James Nirvana White.

Elizabeth and James Nirvana White is available in 100ml, 50ml and 30ml bottles from Escentual, Feel Unique, Harvey Nichols and Debenhams.


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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Musical Theatre Review: Wicked at The Sunderland Empire

Musical Theatre Review: Wicked at The Sunderland Empire by North East Blogger WhatLauraLoves

Back in 2009, I first saw the much loved musical, Wicked, at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London, which is now in its 12th year.  I was so taken with the costumes and music of the Wizard Of Oz prequel that I'm not surprised that it has won over 100 major international awards, including two Olivier Audience Awards and 10 WhatsOnStage Awards as voted by theatre goers on three occasions, in the UK!

Fast forward to 2018 and Wicked is currently on tour across the UK.  Naturally, I jumped at the chance to attend, if only to hear my favourite song, Defying Gravity being belted out by the fabulous Amy Ross as Elphaba.  However I couldn't have quite anticipated just how amazing Wicked at the Sunderland Empire really would be.


Musical Theatre Review: Wicked at The Sunderland Empire by North East Blogger WhatLauraLoves


Musical Theatre Review: Wicked at The Sunderland Empire by North East Blogger WhatLauraLoves

The reimagined world of Oz tinged with green, is brought to life on stage with the most captivating set and costumes I've seen for a long time.  It's sparkling, mystical and draws you in from the opening scene in a way that theatre goers of all ages will be able to appreciate.

With a cleverly written book and score, Wicked tells the untold story of the witches of Oz, Elphaba and Glinda, played by Helen Woolf, who strike up an unlikely but profound friendship when they meet as sorcery students.  You couldn't find two young women to be so different and the characters play out so well on stage.  Joined by Eastenders Aaron Sidwell as Fiyero, Ross and Woolf have an incredible chemistry that effortlessly highlights their differences but also where they share compassion for one another as they fulfil their witching destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.


Musical Theatre Review: Wicked at The Sunderland Empire by North East Blogger WhatLauraLoves

Musical Theatre Review: Wicked at The Sunderland Empire by North East Blogger WhatLauraLoves

Had I not got on the Metro to the theatre, I wouldn't have known I was anywhere else but the West End.  Seeing the musical, Wicked, at The Sunderland Empire was truly first class and in all honesty, I enjoyed the performance even more than when I first saw it in London.  There's something really amazing about seeing such a stellar show in your home town.  From the witty exchanges between the cast to the phenomenal vocals, I was left spellbound by the performance and you can see it too.


Musical Theatre Review: Wicked at The Sunderland Empire by North East Blogger WhatLauraLoves


Musical Theatre Review: Wicked at The Sunderland Empire by North East Blogger WhatLauraLoves

Until the end of September, you have the chance to see this incredible musical at the most beautiful venue on its final North East theatre dates.  Don't miss out; you'll be spellbound and if you're anything like me, you'll be singing Defying Gravity over and over again... sorry neighbours!

Wicked is recommended for those over 7, so bags of fun for almost all of the family and with a running time of 2hours 45minutes, there's still plenty of time to grab a bit to eat before hand and a drink afterwards in one of the many independent establishments Sunderland has to offer.

You'll be green with envy if you don't go!  Book tickets here.

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Vichy Idéal Soliel Solar Protective Water Review

Vichy Idéal Soliel Solar Protective Water Review


Keeping my skin protected in both Bali and Jamaica this summer has been the Vichy Idéal Soliel Solar Protective Water.

A unique oil in water consistency that feels light and softening on the skin, it gives my skin the SPF 30 protection it needs when I’m sunbathing while still enabling me to achieve a gorgeous golden tan. I always opt for the highest factors I can when it comes to sun protection, regardless of the country I’m going to. There’s a huge misconception that wearing a high factor stops you from tanning which is false, it simply stops you from burning and helps to reduce the risks associated with sun exposure, such as skin cancer and premature skin ageing.  Essentially, by wearing a high factor, you can stay out in the sun for longer before needing to reapply.  In a way, this can mean that you’ll use the product more slowly as you’ll not be using as much and can therefore save yourself money by not needing to buy as many bottles.  Of course, reapplication is always necessary after excessively sweating or swimming and towel drying but this formulation is great because it does have some water resistance to it.  The formulation sort of creates a barrier on the skin that water droplets sit on top of and sort of glide off, so if I just go for a quick dip or swim over to sit at the pool bar, I’m ok!

There are currently two formulations of the UV filter rich Vichy Solar Protective Water; hydrating and tan enhancing, which Vichy claim to have formulated as being safe for both the face and body.  I have the hydrating formula that’s enriched with hyaluronic acid and now that I’ve seen how great it is, the tan enhancing formula is on my radar to buy next as you all know much I love to look bronzed!

I first tried out the Solar Protective Water when I went to Bali back in May.  In the run up to my trip, I was kindly gifted a bottle to try out from Vichy and I loved using it that much while I was away that I bought a bottle for my boyfriend and I to use out here in Jamaica.  We’ve just got to the end of the bottle and I thought it was about time I give you my thoughts on it.

What we love about the Vichy Idéal Soliel Solar Protective Water is the way it makes our skin feel hydrated and silky soft while being, most importantly, highly protective.  It sinks in really quickly which my boyfriend loves because he likes to be up and out in the mornings.

The formulation is unique and unlike either of us have tried before.  The inclusion of hyaluronic acid impresses me as this is a youth inducing ingredient that I look for in my skincare products as it helps to plump the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines.

Something that I really appreciate is that it has never stained my swimwear, towel or beach coverup which many, many other products have.

I wouldn’t hesitate to buy this SPF again and I’d certainly recommend it to you all to try out, especially as it’s dermatologically tested and suitable for even sensitive skin.

The hydrating formula is available from the Vichy websiteEscentualFeel Unique and Look Fantastic you can pick up the tan enhancing versions from Look Fantastic and Beauty Expert.

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Monday, 10 September 2018

The 3 Basic Steps Of Setting Up Your Home Office




When it comes to setting up your home office, there can be a lot to think about. There’s no doubt you want your workstation to be just right, so it’s important that you spend time perfecting this space.

The good news is, you can find high quality home office furniture in a number of different places, including online retailers such as Furniture At Work. To help you get started in putting together your workspace, you might want to pay attention to these three basic steps.

CHOOSE A COMFORTABLE CHAIR
The chair you go for is arguably one of the most important parts of your workstation setup, so it’s vital that you spend time choosing the right model. If not, you could be doing your health more harm than good, and it could seriously hinder your productivity too.

When it comes to selecting the perfect office chair, there are a number of features you should look out for. For instance, it’s crucial that that the design you go for can be adjusted in terms of seat height and tilt. This will ensure that the seat meets your individual requirements, helping you to sit comfortably throughout the day. You should also look for a model with inbuilt lumbar support, as well as a padded seat and back section. You may also want to select a design with armrests for additional support while you work. 



MAXIMISE YOUR DESK SPACE


You can’t expect to be productive if your workstation isn’t big enough. The truth is, a small, cramped desk is a huge no-no, and you could find that you struggle to focus on the task at hand. Ideally, your desk should be large enough to accommodate all of your equipment, including your computer monitor, keyboard, mouse and anything else you might need, such as a paper filing tray and telephone.

SELECT SUITABLE STORAGE
To help keep your home office neat and tidy at all times, you’ll need to select the right type of storage. The good news is, there are a whole host of options for you to choose from.  For example, to keep your paperwork organised and within easy reach, a filing cabinet could be ideal. Filers are available in a plethora of shapes and sizes, from tall, slimline styles to wide, lateral designs, so you shouldn’t struggle to find something that fits your space.  Alternatively, you could go for a cupboard, bookcase or even an under-desk pedestal if you’re keen to make the most of your space.



For more home office inspiration, why not check out the ‘My chair: get the celebrity look in your office’ infographic from Furniture At Work?

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Monday, 3 September 2018

Falling In Love With Lingerie Feat. Simply Be Bargain Daisy Bra

Falling In Love With Lingerie Feat. Simply Be Bargain Daisy Bra on UK Plus Size Blog WhatLauraLoves

It seems absolutely crazy to me now but I never used to take any pride in my underwear. Up until last year, I was wearing completely the wrong sized bra with bra extenders in the back, they were countless years old, washed out and tinged grey, some with missing wires and I didn’t have any matching sets.

I never thought my body would look or feel great in underwear and I used to get myself down about it. I would wear undies because I felt I had to; it was a means of covering up so that I could then put my clothes on. Through the journey I’ve been on this past year, I’ve realised that’s not the case at all; my body is just as worthy as anyone else’s to feel good in lingerie.

Finding a better fit and style was key and had a huge impact on my confidence.

Falling In Love With Lingerie Feat. Simply Be Bargain Daisy Bra on UK Plus Size Blog WhatLauraLoves

Now I love wearing gorgeous lingerie, especially matching sets and bikinis too. There are several gorgeous sets in my drawers and I have plenty of coordinating pieces in black, nude and actual white (...rather than washed out!) to wear as basics.  I've even started dabbling in shape wear and have bought a babydoll recently too!

Falling In Love With Lingerie Feat. Simply Be Bargain Daisy Bra on UK Plus Size Blog WhatLauraLoves

It feels so lush to take so much care over what I’m wearing underneath my clothes; it’s for me and me alone and gives me a little boost inside. It’s like my own secret when I’m out and about as no one else sees them under my clothes but they make a world of difference to how I feel about myself and that’s what truly matters!

The bra that I'm wearing in this post is the Daisy Lace Plunge Wired Bra from Simply Be which is available in sizes 34B to 48DD.  I have it in three of the colourways; Navy/Rose, Blush (nude) and Peach/Pink and they've been really valuable to my underwear collection as I've worked to find my proper bra size.


Falling In Love With Lingerie Feat. Simply Be Bargain Daisy Bra on UK Plus Size Blog WhatLauraLoves

The Daisy Plunge Bra is really comfortable to wear and gives the girls a great shape.  It is lightly padded and underwired with a fabulously plunging front which enhances my cleavage and looks great under a range of tops from round and V necks to wrap tops that are a little more revealing.

The design is so pretty with the colour variation between the bra and the daisy pattern lace.  Theres a cute little bow in the centre of the bra at the front on the breast bone and a picot edge trim which all adds to the girlie aesthetic of the bra.  I just wish that there was a matching thong available as I don't find that the coordinating shorts work for me; these pieces tend to roll down on my shape but nevertheless, the bras are so gorgeous and really really affordable too.  I'd definitely recommend checking them out if you're looking for a low cost, everyday bra!


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Daisy Navy/Rose Bra, Blush (nude) Bra and Peach/Pink Bra

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