A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to review a bouquet of flowers from Prestige Flowers. The bouquet chosen for me was from the National Gallery collection, a new collection featuring different bouquets, each inspired by a painting from the National Gallery. I love this idea of this collection - I frequent museums and art galleries as often as I can, and think these bouquets are a unique and beautiful way to appreciate art. They would be perfect as a gift for an art lover, too!
Thursday, 27 August 2015
Tuesday, 25 August 2015
On the 16th of August, my little sister Leigh turned 8 and to celebrate the occasion, my mum and I threw her a tea party! I had literally been planning for weeks in advance, and spent so much time rummaging around in charity shops and car boot sales for tea sets. I was also on a really tiny budget as we were renting a church hall which cost a small fortune in itself, but it was all worth it in the end! I took some inspiration from Pinterest and also kind of made things up as I went along depending on what I found in stores. Almost everything that I got for the table was from Poundland, aside from the tea sets, tea pots and plates which I sourced from charity shops.
Sunday, 23 August 2015
I can't believe my last 'The Happy List' post was back in March! SO many things have made me happy since then, and I kind of regret not recording them. I think my problem with 'happy' things is that I don't realise how happy they make me until I look back on them, ya know? So I don't ever feel they're important enough to talk about at the time. BUT I'm going to rectify this wrong today, by talking about a few things that have made me happy recently!
Saturday, 22 August 2015
It wasn't all that long ago that I bought Jumping Juniper, but my mum sorta accidentally DESTROYED it. (She left it in a tub under a leaky shower head. It essentially melted.) So whilst I was in my new-Lush-bath-bombs euphoria a couple of weeks ago, I managed to regain something resembling common sense and picked up a new shampoo bar. I was drawn to Brazilliant, a vibrant orange shampoo bar that strengthens hair. My hair isn't particularly damaged (nor is it curly/thick, which is what this product is meant to be for) but I thought that it's strengthening properties might help my fine, flat hair in some way. Plus, it smells divine.
Tuesday, 18 August 2015
*EDIT: I have removed all of the Soap & Glory products from this list after several people expressed their doubts about their cruelty-free status. I believed my information to be reliable, but after so many people said otherwise I've decided to be on the safe side and to remove them. They are still in the photos, but removed from this list.*
When I first decided to become cruelty-free (January this year), I was horrified to realise how many products I owned that were tested on animals. I immediately proceeded to sort out and rehome all of my non-essentials, such as make-up products I never used and a few shampoos and shower gels. I've been slowly replacing all of my old non-cruelty-free/vegan beauty essentials with cruelty-free & vegan alternatives and today I am SO excited to share with you my current cruelty-free collection. I currently own a mix of skincare, hair care, bath products and make-up which I've slowly obtained since January. From this entire lot of products, I only owned the a few of them before becoming cruelty-free. The rest I have discovered since then and have become staples in my beauty routines.
Friday, 14 August 2015
I mentioned in my Charity Shop & Car Boot Sale Haul that I'd picked up this set but I was super cheeky and didn't show you what they looked like. I thought that they were so beautiful and special that they needed a post of their own and I didn't want to spoil the surprise! But, after many moments which I'm sure were full of anticipation, I present to you my original editions of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy!
Wednesday, 12 August 2015
I think my favourite thing about summer is the fact that it's car boot sale season. There's nothing I love more on a lazy Sunday than waking up early, scouring through the clothing/books at the local car boot sale and then going somewhere for breakfast. My dad is an avid car-booter (is that even a word?) so it's become a kind of yearly tradition for us to go bargain hunting together. Another dearly beloved past-time of mine is charity shopping. I used to volunteer in a charity shop back when I was at college and I gained so much experience, as well as a complete wardrobe overhaul. If I'm being totally honest, 90% of my wardrobe is sourced from charity shops and car boot sales. I don't have the personal budget to shop in places like Topshop and Zara, so it's always nice to pick up something from there that is still in perfect condition yet is 75% cheaper.
I've collected a small grouping of clothes and books over the past two weeks or so across two outings, one of which was a car boot sale, the other was a charity shopping day trip that my mum and I went on. Today I thought I'd show you what I got!
Monday, 10 August 2015
Slightly photo-heavy post coming at ya today, as I'm finally going to share the photos I took of the Withdrawn exhibit at Leigh Woods. I've been wanting to see this exhibit since it was installed back in April this year and a couple of weeks ago Luke & I decided to explore Bristol for the day and ended up at Leigh Woods (thanks Dad!).
Sunday, 9 August 2015
The opening of the Lush Oxford Street store, full to the brim with limited edition products, caused more than a few earthquakes in the blogosphere this year. There are new bath bombs, bubble bars, make-up, shower gels, skincare... you name it, it's there. But all of the products were exclusive to the Oxford Street store, meaning unless you were willing to venture into London or to pay ridiculous prices for someone to buy things on you behalf, you had to go without. I'm not going to lie, and this may seem 100% extreme, I had a bit of a crisis about the fact that I couldn't get these products. If there's anything limited edition at Lush I'm all over it, but I knew that it was impossible for me to go to London to get these without having a mental breakdown. So I saved every spare bit of change I had in order to buy my most desired bath bombs when they eventually leaked into regular Lush stores.
THAT DAY HAS COME.
Saturday, 8 August 2015
Back in April of this year, I posted a Desk Tour. I'd just finished painting my bedroom (after putting it off for 6+ months..) and was excited about the novelty of having a desk so decided to snap some photos pretty quickly after it had all been thrown together. Fast forward to now and my desk area looks pretty different! All of the original basics are there: the same desk, same location, same chair, same photos etc but I've installed several splashes of colour in honour of summer recently, so I thought I'd update you all!
THIS is the colourful beauty that my desk area has become. It's actually quite comical just how much more colour I've injected. Go back and look at my original desk tour - it was pretty and simple, but lacking so much colour! My desk is now a more inspiring and cheerful place to reside.
Thursday, 6 August 2015
I've been wanting to do something like this for ages, but to be honest I was kind of intimidated. I love SO many blogs, I just know it's going to take me at least an hour to write & link this list! I've done a few posts like this (Blogs I Love 1, 2 & 3) but I thought it was about time I threw them all into one mega list, which I've divided in alphabetical order into categories. I hope this makes it easier for you to find a new blog to read! I've chosen to put each blog into it's respective category because those are the posts I love the most from each blog. Please note that there are some blogs on this list that I love, but that post beauty content that isn't cruelty-free. Of course I don't engage with that content on these blogs, I just read the other stuff! Please also note that with certain blogs, I've put them into a category but have also added a little '+' and had written another category that represents other content of theirs I love. If I put your blog into a certain category and you feel like it should be in another, please let me know and I'll move it for ya.
Tuesday, 4 August 2015
I've done pretty well with the whole 'one new book for every two read' deal I made with myself at the beginning of this year. In fact, the books in this post were the first books I've acquired for a couple of months now. They've all been on my to-buy list for a really long time, but now I have them! Now I just have to find somewhere to put them...
Monday, 3 August 2015
As some of you may know, What Lauren Did Today is actually my second blog. My other blog was a beauty blog, where I talked about a whole lot of things I didn't care about, sloppily promoted it and was, to be honest, very unlike my true self. So I packed that in after a year, decided to create What Lauren Did Today and completely fell in love. I love this blog. I love my readers and the wonderful community I've become a part of. I love that I talk about what I want, whether that's books, my cat Luna or some new vegan beauty products. I love that some of you are interested in me and my life.
Sunday, 2 August 2015
Calling all kitty cat lovers! Today's post is all about July's Purrfect Box.
The Purrfect Box* is a monthly subscription service for cats & cat lovers. Each box contains 5 - 6 high quality treats for your kitty, ranging from collars and training aids to toys and treats. Each month there's a different theme, usually related to a recent festive holiday (Christmas/Valentines Day) or just the current season. July's box was named 'Hello, Summer!' Again, like last month, I don't really feel like the title and items relate to each other very well, but I do love what we received!