The thing about being a fashion blogger is that the real person who makes it all work, is the one behind the camera.
Some of my favourite blogs have the most incredible photography and whilst I love the romantic images, I always think about the boyfriend who has inevitably been roped into the role of ‘photographer’, happily snapping away as his girlfriend shouts directions at him (or was that just me?!).
It’s only when you’re suddenly flying solo that you appreciate how much easier it is to create the perfect post when you have someone on hand.
With a new change of circumstances and a little wait until I can take on the role of blogger and photographer (a more advanced camera and a swish tripod are set to be my new best friends!), I have taken a new direction and it’s all about office based outfits.
Shirt, H&M // Jeans, H&M // Boots, New Look
But it’s not all doom and gloom! No, I can’t offer great photography in fields amongst beautiful scenery with flowing locks, but I can give you (slightly) humorous banter, some terrible jokes and real outfits in real settings.
So for now, I’m pulling down my façade of blogging and all it’s glamorous trimmings, and saying that I’m just like every other twenty-something year old who works, plays and occasionally has to stand on her own two feet.
When did life get so busy?
With work hotting up and my social calendar being surprisingly full, I seem to be spending most of my time either at my desk or in a bar with friends and family. It’s a hard job but someone’s got to do it!
But thanks to the power of Instagram (and the fact that I can’t just enjoy something without documenting it), here’s a catch up of what I’ve been up to this month…
1. Prosecco in the garden at my Aunty and Uncle’s this weekend 2. The pink ran out so I swapped colours. Resourceful! 3. The tastiest Rosebud cocktail from The Alchemist 4. A nice small glass of champagne to celebrate my sister’s engagement. Never let my dad be in charge of the drinks, he has absolutely no portion control.
1. Everyone left the cork popping to the expert (“Twist the bottle, Lauren. THE BOTTLE!”) 2. The most epic game of Jenga known to man. I lost. 3. Jen, Lil and I skipped off to The Everyman to watch The Bling Ring 4. The biggest wine glasses in the world. Luckily we managed to get to the bottom of them. Phew.
1. I found this piranha in the pet shop and pretended to be Kelly Brook in Piranha 3D (I wasn’t in a bikini at the time, however. It’s frowned upon.) 2. Dusk in Manchester 3. Sunrise in Manchester! (It was a bit of a late one…) 4. Al fresco dining in Leeds shortly before I freaked out at a low flying pigeon and realised there’s too much nature outside for my liking.
1. Cute midi ring c/o Topshop 2. Drinks with one of my partners in crime 3. Free food courtesy of The Co-op 4. You even got a free sign to make you look cool. At least that’s what they told me…
1. I’m pretty sure my future husband owns this Vespa 2. Healthy swordfish steak… 3. ..followed by pure sugar and chocolate. Not so healthy! 4. Nicola and I rocking the Casper look on our girls night out. We find shining bright white gets the boys (this is yet to be proven).
What have you been up to this month?
Monday mornings are a struggle and after hitting the ‘Snooze’ button one too many times, I’m normally left layering mascara on with one hand, as the other grabs clothes out of the dirty washing pile that can just about pass for another day.
Oh come on, we all do it.
Top, H&M (similar here) // Jeans, Topshop // Necklace, c/o Dorothy Perkins // Shoes, New Look
After a slightly heavy weekend celebrating my sister’s engagement (Jägerbombs just shouldn’t exist) and a 6am train back to Leeds on Monday morning, it was all about comfort. And Ibuprofen. This H&M top is great for shoving on with a pair of jeans in a hurry and is best bought a few sizes bigger to achieve the right amount of slouch.
With wedding talk the topic of the weekend, I’ve been given the important role of Maid of Honour which Rachel will soon learn was an error on three accounts: I get far too over excited, I’ve been known to get a teeny bit carried away and we like totally different things. But if anyone knows what my sister wants, it’s me. Something low key and totally classy.
Speaking of which, does anyone know where I can find the pink carriage Katie Price had…
In true British style, having finally been given the gift of sunlight we now spend every minute either in it, talking about it or cursing it. It’s all about the weather and moaning about the heat is what we do best, folks.
Whilst it’s obviously great to finally bare a bit of flesh, here’s a wee message to the men of England…
Please, please, keep your tops on in town. You will not overheat, no one needs to see your ‘muscles’ and frankly, it’s just too much. Apart from the hot guy who I saw the other day. You’re exempt.
(Mum – there’s no need to call me about that last bit).
Top, Miss Selfridge // Trousers, Primark // Necklace, Primark // Shoes, New Look
When it’s hot outside, I adopt the age old rule of balance – when your legs are out, keep the top half covered and vice versa. With a breezy crop top taking up my bare skin quota, I pulled on these leopard trousers for a nice bit of clashing animal prints and paired them with my favourite New Look sandals. Man, I wish I’d bought two pairs of these bad boys.
With the sunshine set to last all month, it’s time to dig out the old playsuits and dresses from yesteryear and cook dodgy sausages on the BBQ whilst frolicking in the fields (well, park. But you get the idea).
Long may it last!
Somedays you just want to throw on a t-shirt and jeans and be done with it.
And by ‘somedays’ I mean the ones where you prioritise those extra 10 minutes in bed over accessorising and nailing the latest trends.
Man, those 10 minutes were the best…
T-shirt, Asos // Jeans, Topshop // Sandals, New Look
No jewellery, simple hair and a slick of red lipstick finished off the relaxed look, with the clever cut of the tee keeping it on the right side of scruffy.
The longer arms and loose shape make it an easy style to wear but still keeps you looking chic and dressy. Laid back cool is all down to the right fabrics and cuts; silk camisoles, rich cotton t-shirts and loose denim shirts are the easiest pieces to wear with simple jeans to nail the off-duty model look. Well, within reason. Supermodel legs just can’t be bought. (I’ve checked – so much for Amazon selling everything).
Now you may have noticed that my recent photos are no longer outside with blowy hair and brick walls. This is partly down to a bit of a life shake-up, a little down to the fact that all I seem to do is work and mainly the fact that I just can’t face lugging a tripod down to a beautiful landscape and be all arty. Life is just too short to be laughed at by kids as you pull your best blogger poses and there’s only so many times you can face being asked to go to Nando’s by a 16 year old as his mates take the piss.
Mind you, by the look of these ‘outtakes’, my colleagues don’t make it much easier…
How do you do laid back cool?