Monday, 24 June 2013

Style // Jersey & Gems

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As I don't tend to post daily on here, I'm guilty of only showing pretty new purchases & shoe pieces that I'm excited about at the time. Truth is, my day-to-day attire is much more relaxed. A typical day at work can include anything from sitting at my desk writing copy for the lookbook, researching themes & stories for forthcoming seasons, or running up and down stairs to the stockroom to dig out and retrieve samples. For that reason, I tend to veer towards outfits that are comfortable, practical yet stylish.

My trusty old Topshop skinnies have made their way back into my favourites - they're the earlier design that aren't quite so tight at the ankles, which I'm rather enjoying at the min. I'm not quite ready for full on  90s mom fit jeans yet so I find this is an easy introduction out of my comfort zone! Subtle embellishment is a great way to smarten up a basic tee, I adore this olive green number from Next! Y'all know by now how much I like a good statement necklace & this dinky little pretty that I was very kindly gifted by Eclectic Eccentricity whilst writing for She Dressed in Black is just perfect for slinging round your neck for a day at the office - also, as I never wear a watch, it's pretty darn handy too.

I gave the overall look a lifting pop of colour with the aid of H&M's creeper-style brogues, whilst make up is kept simple with a little slick of red lippy, and voila... simple, work-ready attire!

Ps. Do you like the illustrations I'm adding to these outfit posts at the minute? I haven't used watercolours in years (as you may be able to tell) but I'm enjoying giving myself a little practise whilst I blog! You can find the rest of my doodles, here.

Much love,
Lauren xo
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Sunday, 23 June 2013

Style // Bowie Blues

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Recently, I've been having so much fun with my wardrobe. I spent a bit of time having a good old, completely ruthless clear out. One huge bag of unrepairables went in the bin, another of never-likely-to-wears got dropped off at the charity shop and I left myself with one, much more condensed, wardrobe of favourite pieces that I love. In doing so, I can actually see what's hanging up in there now and I'm finding I'm mixing it up a lot more.

One of those negleted items was this pair of blue velvet dungarees from Topshop! I'd bought them way before Christmas and for whatever reason, I'd completely forgot about! Bizarre. They're gonna get a whole lotta love now. I also hadn't quite realised that I'd amassed quite so much super sparkly glitter things (Magpie Maggie over here), including these utterly amazing platforms! I swear the sight of glitter makes me giddy. By nature, I am not a platform kinda gal - these spindly legs & small feet are not made for higher altitudes but I just couldn't resist. They're from Topshop's premium collection but I found them on ebay; brand spanking new for something silly like £20! They also make me the same height as the boy, which is much to my liking... and his dismay, ha!

Rich coloured velvets, an assemble bathed in a glitter and a pair of ostentatious sunglassed to boot - I believe this is a look that even our good friend, Bowie would be proud of! And, who doesn't want to feel like Bowie on a night out!? For a festie, I'd stick on a pair of black opaques and exchange heels for my, erm glittery chelsea boot wellies - SERIOUSLY, SOMEONE HOLD ME BACK FROM THE SPARKLE! 

Have you discovered any forgotten delights in the depths of your wardrobe recently?

much love,
lauren xo
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Wednesday, 19 June 2013

A trip to the Doc shop!

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Contrary to popular belief, there are a few perks to living in Northamptonshire! The general opinion of our little abode from city folk is quite funny. James and his fellow Temples are continually asked about Kettering by curious music journos, keen to know whether their music is an escapism from their surroundings, ha! I mean, it sure is a helluva lot quieter than the hustle and bustle of London, but I can assure you, we are not living on the moon!

While I do miss living in a city from time to time, there are a few things that I absolutely adore about living here. For starters, we have Rockingham Castle and Boughton house right on our door step - you might have spotted the latter recently in Les Mis! Then there's the million of beautiful villages to explore... and pretty beer gardens to sit in. Lastly, but by no means least, you can not falter Northamptonshire's ability to make a good shoe, and with Dr Martens and Loake both manufactured nearby, you could said that my obsession with the brogue was to be inherent... I apologise in advance for the pics, the visit was fairly spontaneous so I didn't have my good camera on me and I appear to be blinded by shoe love.
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Last weekend James & I took a trip to Wollaston's Doc Shop - the outlet next to the factory! It's full to the brim of doc delights at just a teeny fraction of the price! All the shoes (male & female) are just £25 a pop. As I have be really, really good this month with saving the pennies, I reasoned (yep, still reasoning with myself now) that it wouldn't hurt to treat myself to a few bits whilst we were in the area...
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... So I bought three pairs! After hopping round trying on a trillion shoes I finally settled for these super shiny, metallics dreams, a cut-out floral pair to team with cute dresses in the summer and a pair of suede brogues with colour contrast heel! It's fair to say I'm in love with them. It should be noted that they're all soo comfy too. Previous experience with docs, (I had the boots a few years ago) had taught me all about the meaning of pain for pleasure, but I am pleased to report that no wearing in has been required thus far. James opted for a really nice pair of tapestry print brogues, which I forgot to take a snap of.
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Ok, I'll admit, I was super naughty and bought a few more items too - a waxy, coat that I thought would be great for summer showers and festival downpours and this gorgeous dress from Dr Martens Agyness Deyn collection. The dress was originally quite a bit longer, verging on a maxi length but I took it up a bit with a big of magical wonder web! It ended up being a not-so-cheap spontaneous visit, however, it was definitely worth visiting to bag a few bargains and the quality of the clothes is second to none, so they should last for years!
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Might take the dress for a spin tonight to the Temples gig in Birmingham! If you ever visit the outlet, you'll have to let me know what gems you pick up!

Much love,
Lauren xo
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Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Journal // White lace Daydreams...

There's something truly delightfully about classic bright whites, delicate lace and sundae toned floral hues in the summertime. Teamed with a beautifully cut garment, it offers gentile femininity, even if the wearer's style is generally considered to be masculine. To me, it's nostalgic of late 60s romanticism; post Mary Quant's and PVC dresses, where the Birkins of the world reigned as Queens of understated, dreaminess. With that in mind, here's a few of the images which have been inspiring me, and my Spring Fling summer wardrobe over on pinterest lately...
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All images: Spring Fling on Pinterest.
Much love, 
Lauren x
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Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Sunny Weekend Bike Ride

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Hey! With a day off in our possession and the barometer rising up to a cheeky 16 degrees, last Saturday James & I grabbed some bikes, kindly lent by his brother and ventured off on a mini adventure. We started off in the village of Old, a teeny little nook of Northamptonshire and headed towards Lamport.
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The route was about 10miles but oh my days, someone might have warned me that cycling is HARD work! As a youngster, it would have been a difficult task to prise me off my bike or out of my roller blades so I wrongly (oh so wrongly) assumed that a bike ride would be a breeze. Remind me next time that country biking is not as easy as urban cycling.

Going down the hills at super speed was so much fun; going up the hills at snail’s pace was torturous. To top it off, on the way back we seemed to get ourselves caught up in an actual road cycling race and embarrassingly, even had to cross the finish line. I am speaking purely for myself, James, rather annoyingly was a pro... but also a massive helpful in re-explaining how bicycle gears worked...Still don't get it.
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Despite the thigh burn, we had the absolute best day! So pretty, so nice, so peaceful! We stopped for a lil rest break outside the stunning Lamport hall, and treated ourselves to some much needed refreshments at Lamport’s gorgeous pub, The Swan. Just by absolute chance, I happened to pick up my DianaF+ lomo in the morning and found that it had an unused roll of film that I’d obviously chucked in with the intention of loading and forgotten about it! There’s still some film to use up but can’t wait to see how the pictures turn out. The light was faultless for it!

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At the risk of looking like a twee/child conglomerated ball of cliché, I thought it was an opportune moment to take my leather backpack out for a spin! Last year, we found out 5 days before the event that we had tickets for Latitude, so the backpack it was an impromptu Primark purchase intended for sole use in fields, to lug around cameras... and sneaky hipflasks of Southern Comfort!

FYI: if your festival of choice this summer is a bit stuffy about taking your own alcohol tinged beverage into the arena, a small hipflask is the perfect size for slipping down the side of your wellies... just sayin’ ;).
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Finishing off the day with a veggie BBQ, I’d say it was a day off well spent! Lets hope for more of the same this weekend!

Much Love,
Lauren xo

What I wore: Moroccan Silk Blouse, Zara; Acid Wash Denim Shorts, River Island; Sunglasses, Topshop; Backpack, Primark.
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