Archive for May, 2013

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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May 20, 2013

Into the Leather

by laurenlux

If anyone knows me, they know that I LOVE LEATHER. It’s an addiction that I simply can’t resist, but one that’s worthy of bringing up since I’m sporting my favourite h&m leather trousers in the below outfit. This weekend I visited Cucumba spa and was lucky enough to enjoy their facial and manicure quick fix. All in all I would recommend as they do a number of treatments at pretty reasonable rates i.e. Wahanda sells most for 40% off! It’s a pretty sweet deal. I also tried Barry’s Bootcamp on Sunday and I am officially addicted. I was fortunate enough to have had access to a personal trainer for years but living in London just didn’t allow me to do it anymore (TOO EXPEEZ). I heard about Bootcamp through a friend and did a bit of research, tried it and now I can’t stop. It’s about 1/4 the price of a personal trainer and the workout is way better. I think it’s the group dynamic that makes you want to work harder since it stirs up a bit of (healthy) competition.

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1. Zara embroidered knit and jacket

2. H&M leather pants

3. Etsy necklace

4. Toga pulla boots

5. Alexander Wang bag

6. Made Her Think and Stories rings

May 12, 2013

New Cam

by laurenlux

I got a Canon D600 last weekend and had a little play with some recent purchases from Copenhagen, etc. Going from a DSLR to SLR is a big step for me and I think it’s a natural progression in my blogging career. I just think that blogs are all about the visuals and I really wanted mine to look much more professional. PLUS, I love photography as a hobby. I’m heading off to Southeast Asia for a couple weeks in June so it was perfect timing to get used to the new cam before my big trip.

This weekend I discovered the Brandy Melville store in Sloane square which was pretty cool. BM is an Italian brand modelled of L.A. style. Think Coachella meets American Apparel. Although the exchange rate kinda screws people over it’s still very well priced for what it is (similar to H&M prices).

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1. Rag and Bone jeans (got off the outnet 70% off!)

2. Vintage & stories rings

3. Brandy Melville necklace

4.. Zara bra

5. Iro Irwin skirt

6. Brandy Melville dress

7. Acne scale bag

8. Stationary! Unnecessary but necessary to add to my collection. I’m addicted.

May 4, 2013

Soleil

by laurenlux

Here’s to some more sunny days in London! I pitched to WGSN this week which was really exciting. Would be incredible to work for them.The fashion dinner on Thursday was a big success. We had Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Timberland, Roland Mouret, Myla and more attending – it was so much fun! My colleague and I spoke about digital insights in the fashion industry and what brands can do to succeed in 2013. The 3 main trends shaping the fashion industry at the minute are 1) curating and crowd sourcing 2) making fashion week accessible (i.e. Topshop live streaming their catwalk show with options to click to buy the look as it came down the runway plus download the music and share with friends) and 3. Social entertainment (i.e. previewing your new collection over Pinterest before it hits the shops). This weekend I’m going to enjoy the sunshine, shop, blog, and try to find a new camera lens. So happy it’s a long weekend!

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1. Stories dress

2. Rings from Made Her Think, vintage shops, and YSL

3. Alexander Wang mini rocco bag

4. Office shoes

5. Ray Ban round sunnies

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