August 12, 2013

A Reformation Affair

by laurenlux

New brand discovery! I am currently having a love affair with The Reformation. I saw a jumper on the lovely Rumi from fashion toast and the inspiration began. The Reformation is a New York based environmentally sustainable fashion brand that takes vintage/surplus materials to create an incredible collection of minimal, yet edgy clothing. Think midi dresses with unusual cutouts and low backs. It’s completely versatile so you can wear anything from day to night – like the dress I’m in below.  They ship internationally at pretty reasonable prices AND they have a sale right now – so check it out before it all sells! Outfit and some of my favourite pieces from the brand below..

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1. The Reformation Ozone dress

2. Ray Ban oversized Clubmaster

August 8, 2013

Whiteout

by laurenlux

If anyone knows me well, they’ll know that I’ve completely transformed my wardrobe to white this summer. It’s just so clean and impeccable that I can’t get enough of it. Forget monochrome and black, white is the new black. I plan to carry this into AW13 too, despite defying all the laws of labour day. Anyway, below is a white/cream outfit from Portugal. Oh how I love that IRO skirt – I have gotten SO much use out of it. The necklaces are from possibly the CUTEST little shop in Lagos. I don’t know the name of it but I promise you will come across it in the old town – you can’t miss it. A tall, skinny, 30-something-year-old man owns this shop and it looks like a complete mess but has so many hidden gems that can be turned into necklaces/bracelets/centre pieces, etc. Let me know what y’all think!

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1. Topshop cami

2. IRO skirt (from last season unfortunately so no link)

3. Croatia bracelets

4. Necklaces from Portugese store above

July 31, 2013

3 for 3

by laurenlux

Just got back from Lagos. Despite this past visit being my third, the beaches still remain some of the most beautiful in Europe (aside from Croatia, that is). I packed pretty light and stuck to white, black (as you do), denim cutoffs, and a couple neon swimsuits. The yellow one I’m wearing below is only 55 pounds from Cheap Monday – what a bargain! With regards to Lagos recommendations  I would definitely recommend doing the 3 hour kayak trip to see all of the coves. Top restaurants to visit are Nah Nah Bah for burgers/American inspired food and Casina De Petsico for authentic Portugese. My favourite beach is below – Praia Dona Ana. If you do a little walk along the cost above this beach you’ll discover many more with beautiful coves and water with bright blue patches. Outfit details and links below..

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1. Urban Outfitters top (courtesy of UO press team from their Camden store launch)

2. Cheap Monday bathing suit (purchased on weekday.se but Nelly sells it too)

3. Urban Outfitters belt (vintage but re-made, also courtesy of UO press team)

4. Somedays Lovin’ destroyed denim cutoffs

5. Ray Ban round sunnies

6. Uniform Wares watch

7. Necklaces from a store in Lagos where the man picks the actual stones and turns them all into necklaces – will show pics of the store in my next post – some real gems!

July 23, 2013

Soundwavin’ 2013

by laurenlux

Enjoyed some sunshine and music at Soundwave Croatia in Tisno (just outside of Zadar) this weekend! Highlights were definitely Riot Jazz and Craig Charles. The majority of the festival was jazz, funk, soul, and brass bands with some top 40 and classic hits thrown in (even a bit of Fleetwood Mac). I had no idea what to expect for this weekend with regards to the music and I must admit it was by far the best festival I’ve ever been to! Tickets weren’t too expensive and we booked pretty last minute. Our apartment was incredible (pics below) and only 25 pound/night each! HomeAway also has great Croatia apartments though so we may look into that option next time! Everyone at the festival was really chilled and there was no pressure to party all the time (although we did hehe). Some pics below, mostly of the calm before the storm and a bit from the festival but just wanted to give a taste of Soundwave and how beautiful this little town was!

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1. American Apparel shorts

2. Asos top (similar here)

3. See by Chloe bag

July 14, 2013

Carven Craving

by laurenlux

Summer in London is at it’s finest (literally 28 degrees every day) and to celebrate, I purchased these colourful/crazy Carven wedge-forms and they were 70% off from Matches – steal! What more could a girl ask for? My trip to Southeast Asia was incredible and ever since I’ve had the travel bug – so I’m off to Croatia Wednesday for Soundwave music festival. I’ve got lots of beautiful SE Asia pictures to post so stay tuned! I would also highly recommend checking out Matches sale, Net-A-Porter sale, and The Outnet because there are still some amazing deals on. Spotted some denim skirts, Opening Ceremony sandals, and Mary K/Current Elliot pieces for 70% off!

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1. Minkpink dress

2. Carven shoes

3. Freedom by Topshop necklace

4. Rings from Stories and Made Her Think

June 9, 2013

Monsters in the Park

by laurenlux

The weather in London was incredible before I left, which  called for lots of park time. Luckily I live walking distance from both Hyde and Regents park so I often go after work or on the weekend! My ideal day is renting bikes in the park, having a picnic, listening to some good muziiic, and reading a book.  Some say that London has no summer but I think the past week or so has proved quite the contrary, plus they say this summer they’ll actually have one! I agree it’s not typical weather for the summer months, but it’s definitely at least spring. I’ve mentioned House of Holland being one of my favourite brands, and the monsters shirt below is one of the most interesting pieces I own, in my opinion. I do think it’s quite man-repelling though — men just don’t understand why I would ever want monsters on my shirt. Items in the below outfit are.. shoes – ebay, dress – boutique, necklace – freedom by topshop, sunnies – ray ban.

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June 7, 2013

Pre Asie

by laurenlux

In celebration of my big trip to Asia (which I leave for tonight) I thought I would share some of my summer wardrobe ! Of course I indulged in a bit of nelly, asos, etc etc… I just couldn’t help myself – however, found some great deals. H&M is selling bathing suits for 5 pounds! I got a bright pink one – couldn’t find it online but all you need to know is they are selling really cute bikinis for a 10er, which is pretty sick. This summer I wanted a mix of white, silver, denim, cutouts and print. I think the below gives me just the right balance. I also just recently discovered The Reformation – which is where I got the black dress below from – LOVE IT!

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2. Office black leather sandals

3. River Island acid wash skirt

4. Nelly.com jewellery: ring, cuff, and necklace

5. BA&SH low back sundress from ASOS

6. Minkpink distant traveller dress in patchwork

7. The Reformation ozone dress

8. Topshop white crop cami

9. People tree skirt from ASOS

10. White bandeau bikini

May 29, 2013

Objects

by laurenlux

I am increasingly finding how much I love shooting objects with my new cam! Here are some purchasessss from recent times in preparation for my trip to AZI! I am super happy because I was contacted by the press team at Urban Outfitters to come in an choose a few items, so below you’ll see some aztec shorts that I chose for my press appointment. I’m so happy that I was contacted by one of my all-time favourite brands! I think it’s easy with blogging to get caught up in featuring brands you don’t love just because they gift you free product, but I always promised myself I would only talk about ones that truly fit my blog and persona. Also was lucky enough to have access to the Selfridges designer preview on Friday so treated myself to this silly House of Holland smiley tee – perfect for festivals/fun/sleepy time/life. I am also thrilled about finding the black matte chain necklace – so similar to my all-time favourite Natalia Brilli necklace which retails for about 30x the price!

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1. House of Holland smiley tee

2. Commes Des Garcons wallet

3. Freedom black matte necklace

4. Hanky Panky’s

5. White leather converse (sleeker and easier to clean)

6. American apparel high waisted shorts (so flattering!)

7. Urban Outfitters aztec shorts

May 23, 2013

Black+Blue

by laurenlux

Went to the Selfridges x Attitude event tonight showcasing mens swimsuits, underwear, and socks haha.. totally not what I expected. Literally, my friend and I were the only females there. It’s no surprise really, as Attitude is a men’s (if ya know what I mean) magazine. I probably should have googled that pre-event. Great fun nonetheless.

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1. Karen Walker sunnies

2. JW Anderson x Topshop baseball jacket

3. The Kooples blouse

4. Zara skort

5. Acne bag

6. Vintage & YSL rings

May 22, 2013

Brushes with Greatness

by laurenlux

I had the pleasure of meeting the ladies behind Get the Gloss today at Liberty’s Brushes with Greatness event. The event is a week full of makeup tips, workshops, and demonstrations from beauty’s biggest names in the industry such as Susannah Taylor and Sarah Vine from Get the Gloss. The ladies today showed me some amazing products! A favourite was the Inner Strength Aroma Therapy Associates bath oil. The story behind it is just incredible. Geraldine Howard, co-founder and president of Aroma Therapy Associates is suffering from terminal illness and needed a mental kick of sorts, to release the tension and stress she experienced when going through treatments. She had been mixing oils for clients for years, and finally decided to do one with herself. So in her words: “I ended up with ‘Inner Strength’, a blend of Clary Sage and Frankincense to lift my spirits, Rosemary and Cardamom to give physical strength, Geranium to balance, Vetivert and Camomile to calm and finally Rose, which to me, is a like a ‘hug in a bottle’.” It’s an incredible story and Inner Strength is certainly on my list to purchase in the near future. 10% of all proceeds goes towards research, so if not for myself, I’ll purchase to contribute to a good cause.

I left the event today having met two iconic personalities in the beauty industry, goodie bag in hand, and a new beautiful lipstick – Icon by hourglass. The goodie bag includes: Liberty Rose handsoap, Glam cellulite formula (just in time for my trip to Asia hehe), Udo’s choice Omega 3/6 oil (YUM!!!), Eve Lom mask, NARS lip gloss pencil, Hourglass mascara, Trish McEvoy blush stick, Seche Vite polish topcoat, Rose Salve lip balm, Margaret Dobbs cuticle cream, Ren face milk, Rahua conditioner, and Decleor face cream. I feel spoiled, loved, and like I have enough beauty products to last a lifetime. I’m clearly not a beauty blogger/person but have a great appreciation for cosmetics/skincare/makeup and all it’s enthusiasts, which is why I thought it was worth posting this. For more info, check out Brushes with Greatness.

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