We decided to escape last weekend, away from Cumbria and to the North East coast. Northumberland is somewhere I've wanted to visit for such a long time and with us promising each other to see a little more of the UK this year we thought that a short break whilst the sun was still shining would do us some good before I started my new job. We booked an Air BnB the night before, packed a box of food and drove up on Friday evening. There were a number of thing's I wanted to see, Alnwick castle & the garden's were top of the list but it was SO expensive and we just didn't have enough time in the day to make the most of it (and if I'm being honest, I'm f**king skint) so we decided against that and just visited a few local towns/villages. Alnmouth beach is beautiful, it runs right alongside a golf course and is a must-go if you're visiting Northumberland. We enjoyed fish n' chips in Alnwick and explored the cute little shops in the town as well as finally visiting the Treehouse Restaurant for Sunday lunch before heading home. It is a bit overpriced for what you get, I was still hungry after my roast beef dinner but it's a nice place to go and see, perhaps they can work on their portion sizes or maybe I'm just greedy (most likely the latter). I would recommend booking too as it gets busy fairly quick! There's been a few people asking where we stayed so I'll link that here for you guys! It was lovely, the hosts were welcoming and it just felt like we were away from everyone and everything even though the Shepard's hut was at the bottom of the garden, don't get me wrong it's probably the longest garden I've ever seen but still a garden nonetheless! Also, I never got chance to VLOG, god dammit. We were so exhausted so we just took each day as it came and made the most of each others company before getting back to work and I wanna focus a little more on my photography and I do enjoy updating my Instagram stories more often. I feel more connected and in the moment that way! Anyway, now I know I am rambling so I will end this post here. Have a lovely rest of the week and I will be speaking to you again very soon. Love, L.
I've been feeling very inspired with fashion lately when it comes to transitioning into Autumn/Winter. As much as I love Summer, there is nothing quite like Autumn fashion, chunky knits, boots and layering, you know how the story goes! So, I've been trying to be clever with my purchases this year and have questioned myself before spending unnecessary money because quite frankly, it pisses me off when I buy frantically and then find I have a similar item hiding in a long lost suitcase under the bed or I just never know how to style it which is the worst! Ok, so I don't mind the occasional item that may only be with me for a short time - for example that leopard print khaki skirt which is perfectly hung on my new rail waiting to be worn. I do love it and I can't wait to wear it to a 30th birthday we have later next month but let's be honest, it's not one of those pieces that I'll have 5 years down the line. My style has somewhat changed this year, ever so slightly. Probably because I'm trying to save some pennies but more so because I don't want to be one of those people who buys cheap clothes, wears them once and then throws them away, because that ain't good for my bank account or for the environment either. Anyway, I'm not really sure where I'm going with this but I just wanted to share with you a few pieces I have my eye on, I'm also on the hunt for a big black puffa jacket to style with that &otherstories knitted jumper, a pair of black jeans and my Vans... anyone know of any that are ideal for the Winter months, hit me up! Love L.
What I wore:
Sunglasses, Steve Madden from TK Maxx.
Top from Stradivarius.
Shorts are an old pair of Levi's from Ebay.
Sunday evening, the worst time of any weekend when you realise you have to go back to work in the morning.. Sorry, let me try to be positive! I've started jotting a few thing's down before bed on a Sunday to help me have a successful week. My list includes jobs that I'd like to have completed by the end of the week, my fitness goals which are to complete at least two 4km runs in the countryside. I went out on Saturday morning with Meg and I can't believe how well I managed and how much I loved it so I'm going to try and get back in to that again. I've also decided that this week I'm going to try being veggie starting tomorrow so I have a few ideas for meals noted down so that I don't forget or give up! I'm looking forward to it actually, it will be good to have a bit of a meat detox! If you have any ideas to share with me then please do 🙂 Now, time for bed, a bowl of cereal and Power, my idea of a perfect Sunday evening if you ask me! Love, L.
Ever notice that the majority of stuff you actually pack for your holidays goes unused and sits in the bottom of your suitcase until you come back home and hang it back up in your wardrobe? Yeh, me too. For our last trip away I tried to pack smart, I planned my outfits weeks in advanced and tried them on several times to double check I was actually going to wear them (and fit in to them). However, there were a small handful of items that went unnoticed and a lot that I couldn't have survived without, especially in a super hot climate.
Let's begin with the obvious suitcase staple that is my go-to for almost any occasion, a good pair of high wasted, wide leg trousers. Did you guess that one?
It's no secret that I love a pair of palazzo pants, especially in the Spring/Summer months but more so when it comes to a summer holiday! I currently own 4 pairs that I adore and I am on the hunt already for our next vacation because I know I will get the wear out of them. They're the perfect item to dress down during the day with a bikini top as long as the material is lightweight enough to keep you cool and they're also great for dressing up in the evening with a cute little bralet or cami top. High wasted and loose fitting also means you can be bloated and not worry about anyone noticing 😉
I struggled to find a beach cover up I really wanted. I was on the hunt for a black and white polka dot midi wrap dress (very specific I know) but I never found one so I opted for this little playsuit from Missguided. It was super lightweight and perfect for throwing over my bikini instead of putting my denim shorts back on which is a nightmare when your bikini bottoms are still damp. There's nothing worse than damp denim rubbing the inside of your legs!
Denim shorts and a pair of Birkenstocks.
Every holiday I have been on I have always packed my trusty Levi denim shorts and my Birkenstocks (only recently with those but I'd never go on holiday without a pair now). I spent most of our days dossing around in this combination as I didn't mind them getting mucky plus the more I wore my denim shorts, the comfier they got! If you don't own a pair of Birkenstocks then you most definitely need to invest and although they're a little more expensive than the bog standard sandal, they're SO worth it for comfort 🙂
What I wore:
Dress from ASOS last summer
Sunglasses from Zara
Cute little summer dresses for days when you want to feel a little bit girly and more put together than just a pair of shorts and a t-shirt. I got this one last summer from ASOS and I still love it as much as I did when I bought it. It's such a flattering shape, I wish more dresses were this style! And of course a dress you can wear dressed down or dressed up on an evening. We don't often get too tarted up when we are away unless it's something super special so it's always good to have one outfit you can feel a million dollars in, right? I always pack a pair of heels too, always these pink ones because they're the only ones I own and the only ones I can actually walk in haha!
I love myself a good bodysuit, especially one that is thick enough you don't have to wear anything over your nips. I find that two good basic body suits like this black and white one work well with pretty much anything but I'm after a lacey one for my next vacay to go with a dressier pair of palazzo panties 🙂 ps: Josh plaited my hair this day, I never knew he was capable haha!
I tried super hard this holiday to capture my outfits during our week long stay in Santorini because I wanted to share with you all the pieces that I love and give you more of an insight into my style and what I really love to wear which is hard when I'm back here at home as I don't often get to wear much other than my work uniform or gym clothes. I have spent the past 10 days bra free and I can't tell you how good that has felt - bloody amazing! I envied having to put it on this morning for work, I really did. Even having to wear proper shoes, with my feet sweltering in socks instead of being out in the open.. ok too much info. So to cure the holiday blues, we're planning our next trip to Thailand to visit my family and to complete an open water diving course in Koh Tao which I have wanted to do for so long! I want to do and see lots of new things that I haven't before so if you have any suggestions please leave them below or send me a message because I'm interested in all sorts. Hope you enjoyed this post, speak soon, L.
I had told myself last night that I would wake up early and get out for a run in the countryside to kick start my day. Josh spotted a red deer in the woods the other morning which geared me up for it but it never happened. Instead I went to the gym and then made myself a bloody delicious plate of eggs Benedict. Not that you need to know that but my poached eggs are pretty awesome and I consider it quite a shame that I never got a photo for you guys 😉 The rest of the day was spent making chilli con carne and putting together a plant pot for my Dad for father's day (Dad, if you're reading this, you now have a new addition to your garden courtesy of moi, your absolutely fabulous daughter). You're probably wondering where I'm going with this post.. To be honest, I'm not quite sure myself. I wanted to show off a few of my favourite outfits I've been trying on for our holiday next week. You'll probably spot those leaf print trousers which I adore and yes I will be taking them with me again for the millionth time but I do have a new top to go with them. Also treated myself to a couple pairs of palazzo pants and I think my favourite item I have bought this year has to be the white striped ones, even though they're a tad long so I might ask my mum to take them up. I also have a slight obsession with polka dots and had to refrain myself from buying a skirt, t-shirt and bag - not that my bank balance can afford it but they're all saved in my basket for future reference. So I have 14 outfits planned for our trip but I still feel as though it's not enough... I'm going to be Pinning some inspo over on my Pinterest tonight to get me inspired. Love, L.
This weekend my dear friend and colleague, Becky got married to her now husband Ryan. It was so magical, she looked incredible and the dress was beautiful. The venue was stunning and the hog roast towards the end of the evening was perfect, especially with a G&T in hand 😉
So, when you have the wedding of the year to attend to, you got to get a new frock right? Okay, let me rephrase that because it's not very often that you will find me in a frock. In fact, I think it's become quite apparent to myself and possibly you guys that I'm a sucker for a pair of palazzo pants, so when I spotted these with the matching dress I just had to have them! I had actually bought these for our trip to Santorini which I have just started packing for this evening and suddenly realised that my wardrobe is pretty much non existent when it comes to 'summer holidays clothes'. I'm sure Josh will disagree so you're going to see a lot of recycled outfits during my trip away as I am skint - as per. However, I do have a few new pieces I'll be wearing too which I will share here with you guys during our time away. I'm so disappointed I never got a proper picture of my outfit because I loved it but we were in such a hurry and when we got there I didn't think to take any pictures which is why there are only these few. Speak again soon, L.
Hey, hey, hey loves! How're you doing? It's been a very long time since I posted but it's felt good to have some time not worrying myself about updating you with pointless pictures, haha! But I have missed it and I guess I haven't been up to anything too exciting over the past week or two. Do you remember I did some photos a short while ago for Sophie for her final collection at London College of Fashion? Here are some of the pics we got back! Becky was our photographer and you can find her work here, she was absolutely incredible and I surprisingly felt so at ease but I'm only sharing the pictures I think I look okay in as I'm very fussy 😉 but there are some amazing shots in there! We were shooting Sophie's final ever collection and I felt honoured that she had asked me to help out. We both studied Art and Design at Kendal but she was a year ahead of me and went on to go and do some totally wonderful things, woo go Soph! If you're interested in her project then you can see more photos here.
Since our trip to Glasgow a couple of weeks ago (which feels like forever ago), all I've done is work, gym, eat and sleep. I'm quite enjoying getting out the house a little more now that the weather is warmer and the nights are lighter, it's total bliss living here when it's warm! I've also started putting together my outfits ready for Santorini in three weeks time and I have bought a few new pieces for our trip which I will maybe share with you before we go because I absolutely love some of the item's I've got. I went to my friend's wedding last weekend, the first school friend to get married! I can't believe it, since when did we grow up? Anyway, I have to run as I'm helping my Mum cook tonight and I need to wake myself up this hay fever is making me sooooo drowsy. Speak again soon, love L.
What I'm wearing...
Bodysuit from ASOS
Trousers from Zara
Sandals from Zara
Hola! Long time no speak. I decided it was way to full on to blog during my time away in Romania so I took hundred's, if not thousands of photographs and noted down everything I have to tell you so I'll be writing a couple of posts up that I'll publish over the next week or two! We arrived back into Liverpool airport last night, after the most sweaty, uncomfortable flight of my life (remind me never to travel with Blue Air again). Thankfully it was sunny and we had the most gorgeous ride home in the comfort of our own car, which felt like a dream after travelling around in a small rental during most of our time there. Today, we woke up early and went for a run which FYI I was literally nearly dying, I felt like I was back at square one again after a week of eating everything in sight. Later, we took the dogs for a walk by the river, had an ice cream at Hansen's and then we had dinner in my mum and dad's garden. I can't believe how much has changed in a week at home, all the plants are flowering, the trees are lush and bright green, it's truly beautiful and I'm so so thankful I live where I do (probably won't be saying this next week when it's raining but I'll embrace it while the sun is shining, haha!). Now, finish putting clothes, suitcases etc. away and then I think we might do a short walk in the morning but we're not sure as we're both so tired. Speak again soon, L.
So happy to be saying goodbye to England and the dodgy weather for a week. Fingers crossed it’s nice in Bucharest! We ended up being over on our check in baggage which is so typical! We literally have a suitcase full of shoes and trainers and had to have a shuffle around on the airport floor or pay an extra £30! Then I ended up paying £17 for two gin and tonics, man I feel so ripped off! 🙁 Now we are ready for take off, so I will catch you tomorrow in Romania! Love, L.
Some of you may have seen some photos from yesterday's photoshoot over on my Instagram stories. I feel so weird saying 'photoshoot' because in no means am I a model but I was asked, along with 4 other gorgeous girlies to shoot a collection for Sophie's final project at London College of Fashion. Amazing right?! Not only that but we found out she also helped towards designing Michelle Keegan's last collection for Very and has bagged herself a job at Very after Uni is all over and done with. She's seriously incredible and I'm so thankful she asked ME of all people to model her collection! We were able to use the Old Dungeon Gyhll bar area to get ready which was a god send. It's a good job Soph didn't get make up and hair stylists because we got drenched but it totally made the look. We had an amazing photographer, Becky who I've worked with before for a collection Soph did years ago, during her first year at uni and even though I didn't like how I looked she really made me feel confident in front of the camera which is pretty difficult. The gang we had was such a good group and even though it rained and it poured and our tummy's were grumbling, we battled on and everyone was so optimistic. I really feel inspired meeting these girls, it was like a breath of fresh air. I cannot wait to see the final photos and of course I will share them here with you all too.
Tonight, we are getting sorted for our holiday. I know I have said this for the past 3 weeks but I haven't actually managed to start packing yet so I'm going to start tonight (probably) haha! Then I have one day left of work and then I'm on holiday!! I literally cannot wait. So excited to get away for a week and relax, eat good food and visit a new place with amazing friends and of course my love. Speak to you again maybe tomorrow. Love, L.
We spent the afternoon at the Lakes Aquarium at Newby Bridge. It's a little pricey for what there is to see but I feel it's good to support local attractions. My favourite was seeing two otter's, Ollie and Lucy! They're seriously cute. We went out the other evening looking for them in the wild at the iron bridge where we live, as apparently there have been sighting's of them but unfortunately had no luck seeing them. There were also huge Sturgeon and Pike too, which pass over your head in a tunnel and stingrays, although I was a little disappointed you're no longer allowed to touch them, I used to love doing that as a kid! Then we grabbed some lunch at Homeground! We thought we would try again as my last attempt was pretty poor, I was seriously hungover and couldn't even touch my eggs benedict 🙁 I remember running to the toilet and having to pull myself together in order to hold my sick in and not embarrass myself... bad times! This time Josh chose the eggs benny and I went for the Homeground sarnie - which is bloody delicious! I was a little sceptical on the smash avo as I'd never really had it before but I completely understand all the hype around smash avocado now and I'm going to be making my own with my famous poached eggs 😉 The wait was a little long and my stomach was starting to grumble but totally worth the wait, especially for their hash browns! Hashbrown's are just the best aren't they? Anyway, I think I've rambled on enough and I'm ready for a lie down. Speak again soon, L.
What I'm wearing...
Jacket by Missguided from ASOS, here.
Bralet from Marks and Spencer, here.
Belt from ASOS, here.
Mini skirt from Missguided last year, similar here.
Good morning! Happy Monday to you all 🙂 I thought I'd share with you a little outfit I'm thinking of packing for our trip to Bucharest in less than 3 weeks! The weather is supposed to be around 20-25 degrees and I'm very much looking forward to being able to wear shorts and skirts, oh and finger's crossed I build up some kind of tan! I got the bralet from M&S yesterday and think it's going to work so well with a pair of high waisted wide leg trousers but I also think it looks pretty cool worn with double denim, what do you think? I've also been on the hunt for a denim jacket and I took the plunge with this one, which I'm pretty pleased about as there are so many different styles on the market but it had to be oversized and the right shade of denim. I always kick myself for selling my Levi denim jacket because that was just perfect. Finish this look off with a pair of white trainers, a reddy/orange lip to compliment my nail varnish and of course a cool pair of sunnies! I'll probably share with you some more of my outfit ideas before jetting off, have a good day! Love, L.