Thursday, 21 August 2014

Helloooo everyone!

Well woop-de-woop, the How What Why posts are back and ready to give you some tips and inspiration on life, and also let me ramble on for ages about stuff that I think is important - it's good to have a rant.

Speaking of rants, sometimes the build up of pressure and confusion can cause a massive shpeal of everything that is wrong in your life and how you feel like giving up is the only easy option coming out all at once; but it's not the only option - getting stuck in a rut is common, and it can also really knock your confidence and productivity in whatever task you are attempting. Getting out of a rut might seem hard, but there are a few simple things you can do to reclaim back your enthusiasm and start to banish the blues.

Get inspired
It's pretty easy to gain access to so many pieces of inspiration via the internet these days, so if you're struggling to write a blog post, a piece for work or school or you are in the midst of an artistic masterpiece, you literally do have the world at your fingertips. This may be the most obvious and talked about point in blog posts, but scouring Pinterest and blogs is a sure-fire easy way to gain inspiration (just make sure it's not direct copying though!). Books and magazines are also fabulous for creative and beauty subjects, and I keep my own personal scrapbook of editorials and layouts that inspire me which are used either as backdrops in my photos or they inspire the styling and content of photoshoots I create. Another great tip is to think of any events or changing seasons coming up - it's almost autumn so maybe you can plan some autumn themed content (I myself have a little series coming up in the next few weeks!), or do some prep for LFW which is coming soon!

Talking it out with people you're close to
This is probably the thing I'll do most when I'm feeling down or frustrated about things; I'll go talk to my mum and she'll give me talking down or reality check which does work to be honest - even if I don't agree with what she says. Talking it out or writing it down in a diary does help relieve stress, anger and problems that you over-think and allows you to move on with what you were doing before. Talking your way out of a rut helps you gain perspective and realise how manageable your issues may be, so be calm and go ring a close friend or family member for a reassuring chinwag.

Step away from the surrounding environment
You may have a deadline for school or uni, work you need to complete or something to write and plan ASAP, but working in frustration without motivation is a recipe for disaster. If you can't think of a good way to write something, then allow yourself a break; take yourself out of the place your working for 5 minutes if you're at your job, or maybe an hour if you're at home, and go and do something different. Try some yoga to stretch and allow energy to flow through you, go and watch a film (Disney classics may I suggest?) and have a laugh, or maybe bake some yummy cakes which will cook as you finish your work and you can reward yourself with a treat straight from the oven! Like Zoe said about anxiety, sometimes just taking yourself out of the immediate surroundings and allowing yourself to calm and collect your thoughts gives you the spark you need to get out of a rut.

Sort out other things in your life
Focusing on one issue - be it you getting a job, moving house, starting school or talking to a group of new people - can really make your brain stress and you turn all your passions against you. Like I said before, removing yourself from that situation helps, so why not try to clear your mind by clearing your environment. Working and living in an untidy rut can make your personal rut seem worse, so sort out your make-up collection, clear out your wardrobe - Anna has some fab tips here - reorganise drawers and desk space, anything to make your energy feel cleaner. It's amazing how space can make you feel spacious internally; give it a go, you'll feel fantastic.

There will be so many times we'll get down and frantic about what we're doing with our lives, and although I preach it I need to do it - just reminding yourself of all the good things, your passions and taking time to talk it out will help build a good support system. I regularly freak out about what I should have done in the last 5 years, what I should and could do now, and what I should and could do in the future, but freaking out gets you nowhere. I have a list of things I want to do and I know that thinking it out loud and writing about it will help me get their quicker and plan, but also appreciate the time and moment I am in as I write this.

Your rut may seem like the biggest thing in the world right now, but just having a good ol' laugh and some hugs will reassure you that you don't have to whizz through your life and goals right now, and I promise you you'll be climbing on out of that rut in no time.

Do you often get stuck in a rut? How do you deal with issues and problems?

Lots of Love,
Lauren x

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Helloooo everyone!

Now as much as I love cooking and baking, sometimes waiting an hour for sweet potato chips is just pushing the limits of hangary; I end up eating my weight in almonds and spinach and then sulk about wasting my appetite. One option is to batch make food and simply reheat it, or you can try the super delicious and nutritious (what a pun 'ey) Innocent Veg Pots.

A new line of products from the smoothie genius's, these little pots are packed full of flavour from all corners of the global palette and with lots of green nutritional scores, are a fabulous alternative to your local takeaway.
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Monday, 18 August 2014

Helloooo everyone !

To have nourished, hydrated and swishy hair is probably every girl's dream; goodbye to the damage of bleaching and hello to restoration. I've searched high and low for years for something that will repair the dryness of my over-bleached 'do - as you know I found KeraCare disappointing, and Moroccan Oil is a very good product for dry hair, yet it still felt quite thick for my hair. Thankfully a few weeks ago, a package containing the O'Right Golden Rose Oil* landed on my doorstep and I quickly set about trying it on my hair and seeing what goodness it bought.

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Friday, 15 August 2014

| things I wear daily, my favourite outfits |

Hellooooo everyone!

Another Friday, another fashion post, another week gone by! It's crazy how time flies but is slow at the same time - I really don't want it to be September soon, yet I like wearing my layered jumpers and collars.

Today is probably the last time I can get away with wearing so little without being abroad, so let's say hello to the Little Breton Dress and get ready for those leggings.
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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

| jazz up your dinner with a quick but fancy recipe |

Helloooo everyone!

'What to eat for dinner' is probably one of the most asked or thought about questions out there. If you're at home you can probably spend all day making an amazing bolognese or curry, but coming home from work you may feel more like a 10 minute pizza.

Now, this is an in-between; you can prep this quickly and leave it to cook whilst you shower, check blogs, or maybe do some exercise. It's also super yummy, healthy, very fancy for mid-week dinner and will make you say 'mmmmmmm' until the cows come home (except I have no cows, only baking ingredients and lots of nail polish)
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Monday, 11 August 2014

| the products that just didn't do it for me |

Hellooooo everyone !

This was a long time coming, I mean, I've gone about how I didn't get on with these products for a while now so writing a 'Disappointing Products' post was necessary.

I have five products to talk about - four pictured as I swiftly got rid of one of them ! - from a range of beauty areas and brands, but please note this is personal to me and these products may work for you, we just simply don't get along.

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Friday, 8 August 2014

| things I wear daily, my favourite outfits |

Hellooooo everyone !

Another Friday has come around and it's time for my Daily Wears Outfit post #3. Now I'm a firm believer in eveningwear being appropriate for daywear if dressed properly - why not sparkle during a trip to town ? We spend a lot of money on our evening outfits, so we should be able to wear them whenever.

This week I decided to throw on one of my favourite evening dresses which I haven't worn in ages, a gorgeous navy blue number which works wonders for making me feel like Kelly Brook.
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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

| healthy homemade crackers for a filling midday snack! |

Hellooooo everyone !

One of the things I've found most frustrating about not eat loads of wheat is that there aren't many crackers out there for to nibble on between breakfast and dinner when I'm feeling hungry - and then I just end up eating all the almonds - le sigh.

Finally I found this easy recipe, thanks to Oh She Glows, and it tastes so good that I had to share it with you and encourage you to make this pronto as it is just bellisimo!
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Monday, 4 August 2014

| beauty review : the dark horse of primers ? |

Hellooo everyone !

Have you ever tried a primer and thought 'yes, this is the one' ? I've only had one experience of that with The Body Shop Matte Primer, until now of course with the miraculous new introduction to my make-up routine; Pixi By Petra Flawless and Poreless Primer*.

There are many primers out there for so many needs, and to be honest I rarely prime I just slap on some SPF and start my base. I'd noticed that when using my old faithful MAC Studio Fix Fluid it was starting to cling to dry patches or uneven bits, looking cakey and gross. Since using this my routine however I've noticed a huge difference as to how my foundation stays.
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Friday, 1 August 2014

Helloooo everyone !

I love being able to translate my wardrobe from day to night, and rocking evening outfits during the morning work-shift. I'm also one to buy lifelong pieces from fantastic brands so when I was scouring out the JOY The Store website I was spoilt for choice !

I was particularly drawn to the new Louche range which has some amazing bold prints and cute printed accessories, so naturally I complied a wishlist of pieces and made some outfit posts of how I'd translate each piece from day to night
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