Sunday, 20 July 2014

The coping mechanism and being totally awesome after a break-up

Hat - Reiss (here)
Top - Missguided (here)
Shoes - c/o Ikrush (here)

I don't usually go into depths with my personal life, but sometimes something you're going through that's supposed to be bad is actually one of the greatest things that could have happened. I'm a 'shit happens' kind of person, some may say i'm cold and made of stone, but really i've just overcome so much that i'm a tough cookie to crack now and I know there's always a light at the end of the tunnel.
In everything in life, I like to see the good - be it a terrible situation or something that needs a bit of beauty injected into it - I guess you could call it the 'glass-half-full' take. 
Anyway, you guessed it - single, back on the scene, me myself and I - but you don't need to pity me one bit, because there are a ton of reasons why this is the greatest thing for me, and even anybody like me at all that's still glazed with a lifetimes worth of dreams. So, here's why being single in your 20's might just be the best thing ever: 

1) Free-dreaming. 
I was in a relationship for a very significant amount of time and it was for such a long period in my life that I didn't know any different. I was never a solo person or just 'Laura', it was always 'Laura and -' - so as you can imagine, my entire life's plans were based around this and taking other people into consideration, meaning I 'settled' for things that were convenient for two people, rather than the outrageous things that I wanted to do with my future - like move abroad and climb the ranks of the Fashion world. 

2) Focus - 'getting shit done'.
We all hate to even think it, never mind say it, but from my experience, you don't work as hard as you can when you have a 'other half' to think about. In my line of work, there are no days off, no nights off, and no social life - so a relationship has always been a case of balance and prioritising and most of the time it meant taking a step back from my work and settling for less-than-best. Who gets to the top with less-than-best? Nobody.

3) Adventure.
Unless you're super lucky and you've found your soulmate, chances are you have a fair few personality differences. I'm a dreamer, a go-getter, the spontaneous kind - not the kind that likes to stay in one place for long. Since becoming single i've planned trips to Thailand, Bali and South America - all on my own, because why the hell not?

4) The Carrie Bradshaw experience.
Growing up, as much as I felt sorry for Carrie being in her 30s and still hooking up and chasing that loser Big, I still craved her city life. The dating, the clothes, the social circle, being totally and utterly fabulous - it's all just too much fun to pass up!

4) 'Find yourself'.
Because i'm only 21 and i've never really been alone, i'm finally realising who I am, and I like that person.

5) No more shared finances.
... Or at least having to explain why theres a large sum of money missing because 'we could have had a nice weekend with that'.... FREEWILL TO BUY SHOES.

6) Actually having friends.
We all do it. We all abandon our friends once 'Prince Charming' comes along and we put on 3 pounds and stop shaving our legs. Don't deny it, you know you've been there.
Here's to now actually having a social life (and a few more hangovers....)

7) Learning how to make yourself happy.
Sometimes we're so used to depending on others and being with others, or being depended on by others, we forget the little things that make us happy or we don't get to learn what they are. Lately, i've started reading great novels again, going to the gym, going for really long walks and being crazy inspired with my design work and pushing 'The Fashion Wonderland'. It's the little things!

8) Surround yourself with like-minded people who inspire you.
This is definitely something i've been doing lately. I've been meeting new people who have made their own little impacts on my life and sparked my spontaneaty just that little bit more and it's all been part of a perfect recipe in figuring out who I am and becoming happy in myself.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

The Zara Palazzo

Bag - c/o LYDC (here)
Top - Primark
Trousers - Zara (here)
Shoes - Missguided

Right now, I don't think there is another trend i'm really into or at least obsessed with right now like I am with palazzo trousers. Anything wide leg and casual-chic has a place in my heart, so much so that on a recent Friday afternoon at work, I left early and trotted off to Oxford Circus on an impulsive pilgrimage specifically for palazzo trousers, and along with these incredible Zara ones, I came back with a standard sheer black pair from Primark and this *dare I say it, amaaaazing* vest - I know I don't usually go in there, it reeks of slave labour and the work of Satan and I always make such a massive deal over it, but i'm on a budget until September :(
*all Harvey Nichols stores around the UK are playing the worlds smallest violin just for me*

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

From business, to casual

Co-ord - Missguided (here and here)
Sunnies - c/o Yesfor
Top - c/o Whistles (here)
Shoes - c/o Ikrush (here)

My life is a constant battle of outfit versatility... I have to go to work, I have a meeting, a friend wants to go for drinks, there's a press event... All of which is far too much to think about at 6am on a Monday morning. Sometimes I get a natural brainwave, especially when I get new additions in my wardrobe and pull out the perfect outfit for all of those occasions, and this is one of them. Work, a meeting, a casual stroll and an evening with a friend - all in one outfits work! 

Sunday, 13 July 2014

The PVC skirts summer return

Top - c/o Oasap (here)
Skirt - Missguided (here)
Bag - And Other Stories (borrowed from Annabel)
Pumps - Whistles (here)

As soon as I got this top, I knew right away what I wanted to wear it with. Everytime something pastel comes through my postbox I immediately find it as an excuse to crack out the PVC skirt. It's literally the most flattering thing I own in my wardrobe because the PVC gives the illusion of a flat tummy - which is always a winner in the eyes of a female!
My new Limited Loni pumps that I got in work's last sample sale are my current obsession - they are just too perfect (and in the sale!). I have around 6 weeks off now which gives me tons of time to finally focus on posting more. It was so sad to say goodbye to the office, but I did leave with some cheeky pre-fall treats that I can't waaaait to share with you all! The Whistles team are just the greatest!

Friday, 11 July 2014

So, you're going on holiday?

Bikini - c/o Motel Rocks (here + here)
Kimono - borrowed from a friend (the wonderful Annabel whose blog you can read here)
Sunnies - Whistles
Sandals - Whistles (here)

Since the #MOTELFESTIVAL event, i've been swooning over Motel Rocks' swimwear range this year, particularly this sun, moon and stars print which is a popular fave among any Motel Rocks fan - and being a pretty dedicated swimmer, I was dead chuffed to get my hands on it finally, thanks to the team - and for all you lucky ladies going away this year, I really wanted to do a swimwear feature - it is summer after all! 
I don't think i'm fat one bit (sure I don't have washboard abs and i'm not Adriana Lima), but being a girl of course sometimes there's the whole 'body confidence' issue just like anyone else, so I chose this particular bikini to kind of battle that in a way. I think the layered top helps to balance out the body (especially if you're major pear shaped like myself!) and even gives you a slight feeling of being that little more covered - and maybe even a little bustier if you're a bit of an ironing board like myself! 

Wednesday, 9 July 2014


Dress - c/o Yesfor (here)
Sunnies  - c/o Yesfor (here)
Ring - River Island (similar here)
Necklace - c/o Oasap (here)
Shoes - c/o Quiz (here)

I am fully in the swing of Summer dressing right now, even with the brief periods of rain we're getting at the moment and I definitely feel like white is one of 'my' colours. The team at Yesfor sent me this dress, and although it doesn't look like the picture, I still kind of like it. It'll definitely make for a nice throw-over a bikini. 
You might also notice soon that i've become slightly, dangerously obsessed with slip-on trainers (like who needs the exact same style shoe in different colours and textures? Me quite clearly!) and at the moment this pair that Quiz sent me are 100% my faves!
And for your little life update in the world of Laura - i'm leaving my job for a month or so and Friday, so I have tons of time on my hands to keep on posting before all the LFW stuff needs finalising, yay!

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Sunshine on a rainy day

Fedora - Boohoo
Tshirt - Topshop
Scarf - Alexander McQueen
Trousers - Dorothy Perkins
Jacket - Sheinside (here)
Sandals - Whistles (here)

It's been an interesting week for me, hence the slight hiatus that's been going on here! First of all I was in hospital, and then other than that the general work and life changing decisions, you know - the usual! I got a job today and i'm gonna save up and cure my wanderlust once and for all in Thailand. No one else is going to make your dreams and needs happen so that's what i'm gonna start doing, making them happen for myself! 
Also if you missed it, I won in the 'Ones to Watch' category of the ASOS Fashion Finder awards which was prettttty cool!