Thursday, 1 December 2016

Two christmas party outfits from Esprit


Hello everyone, welcome back to my blog. Today I wanted to share with you some gorgeous Christmas party outfits. All from a fabulous site called Esprit So, let me help you get ready for all those parties ahead.

I do love Esprit I think everything just looks so luxurious and chic from them. I would definitley reccomend buying from here - either as a gift or a little treat for yourself. 

I found Esprit last year after hearing a lot about them. I just had to browse their site. Now, I can't stop raving about them. I always reccomend them to people who are looking for that bit of luxury for a resonable price.

So, here are my two party looks I have teamed up just for you! Enjoy.

Look one

I love this outfit. The jumper goes perfectly with this beautiful black lace skirt. This is a huge trend this Autumn winter; to pair jumpers with dressy skirts. The best part is you will stay all cosy and warm but still look party ready.


Look two



Skirt - buy here 

Blouse - buy here

Heels - buy here  

Bangle - buy here 

I love the glittery skirt and the coloured heels. I really think this outfit screams Christmas with the sparkle and shine.


So, which one is your favourite outfit out of the two?
Let me know in the comments.
Until next time,
Lauren
x















Sunday, 27 November 2016

#PictureOfTheWeek



I love this picture of my cat Sooty. I was playing around with the aperture and f stops to create a blurred background. This was the first image I was really happy with practicing with aperture. I really think it draws your attention straight to the subject and makes it very effective.



What do you think to this picture? Let me know in the comments,
Until next time,
Lauren 
xx

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Inspirational stories - James' journey through homelessness


James is a 35-year-old former homeless man. Who is sharing his story to show there is light at the end of the tunnel, no matter what.
“I had been sleeping on the streets and sofa-surfing for seven years. I started to come to the realisation that the reason for my homelessness was through my drug addiction. The hardest part about being on the streets was not feeling equal. Day-to-day I would see people going on with their lives knowing they had a job and a home. This just made me feel like I wasn’t apart of society really.
“For a long time I didn’t stay positive and cope with these situations. It was all about just finding the practical stuff - finding food and somewhere warm to go. For a long time I used drugs to cope with this situation, so yeah it was very hard to stay positive at that time.
“The main thing for me, that started to turn things around was when I moved to Sheffield. I was able to seek help from the Archer project. At first I just used it to get a meal and have somewhere warm to go to for a bit. Then I started to see that there was actually a lot of support here that I could start using. I started using the services provided from the archer project to help me get clean and stay clean.
“My advice for people facing homelessness would be to never ever give up. There’s always a way out. There’s places like the Archer project that can really help you, especially in Sheffield. Before I moved to Sheffield I lived in North Wales. I couldn't believe the amount of services provided here for people in the situation of homelessness. I would also say to anybody who is in this situation, to talk to people and engage in the services. They are there to help, not to judge.
“Im now looking forward to actually having a future. For a long time I didn’t care about anything. Im also looking forward to getting back into a position where I can find employment that I enjoy. I also am very happy about just enjoying life again.”
 Q: I asked James how he would describe his journey with two words.
A: "Traumatic and worth-while."
Very inspiring story. 
Thank you for reading.
Until next time,
Lauren 
x

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Tattoo discrimination in the work place



Tattoos today are a common thing, we as a nation are growing more fond of them and see them as a way to express our individuality. A big problem circling around, is discrimination with tattoos and in particular in the work place. Many employers are very against tattoos and result in making employers cover them up and in some cases they don't even get the job because of them. Tattoos don't effect people's work ethics, so why should a tattoo ruin a person's chance of getting their desired job?

Some employers see a tattoo as harmful to the workplace, which is discrimination, plain and simple. 'If an employer has a dress code it should be enforced sensibly and apply to all employees, the rules should affect the genders equally also'. (A quote, from Thornton's solicitors). We're in a modern era now, tattoos should be accepted more freely! As long as it's not offensive or obscene, how is it really leaving an impact on the customers? The actual reality is, that the customers don't really care if you have a tattoo or not.
I have been in shops and customers have asked staff members where they got their tattoos done and staff members responses are quite shocked, with them being told to constantly cover them up on shift. Not all work places are the same and some are very open about tattoos in the work place, which is the best motive to have in this modern day. Customers visiting will more than likely have tattoos themselves and if that's the case why would they turn their nose up on somebody else's. Also, to stop discrimination I think tattoos should be considered a positive thing in the work place to make people see them as a common thing, rather than looking down on them as they aren't seen in these environments much.
You also don't know the story behind certain tattoos. The tattoo you're pulling a face at could be something sentimental for a loved one, so the moral is don't judge anybody based on a tattoo.

To get an overall response from all ages and genders. I created a Survey Monkey questionnaire online and shared it on social media for all to answer.
84% said:  "It's wrong we should be allowed to express ourselves." In answer to what do you think of staff being made to cover their tattoos up whilst on shift?
15% agreed that this is the right decision.
In answer to what's your opinions on tattoos in the work place, responses were:
"Don't really think it matters."
"I don't think tattoos matter, it's the person who matters. Alsong as a person hasn't got an offensive tattoo what does it matter?"
"I think we should be allowed to express ourselves no matter where we are. There's nothing wrong with tattoos at all!"
"Always depends on the job you have, I wouldn't like my doctor or solicitor to have one on show."
"They should be aloud they don't affect they way you work."
Overall, 14 agreed that it doesn't effect your work. 1 person said you should cover them no matter what. and  4 people says it depends on the job or tattoo.
Do you think it's wrong that employers turn staff down because of their tattoos?
Yes responses are at 12 out of 15.
No responses are at 3 out of 15.
Have you ever been told at work to cover your tattoo up?
Yes responses at - 15%
No responses at - 36%
I don't have any at - 47%
It's clear that the majority, even ones without tattoos agree that it is discrimination and they are against that in the work place environment.
This was a part of my project at college and I thought it would be interesting to share.
What do you think about tattoos in the work place? Let me know in the comments.
Until next time,
Lauren 
x




Sunday, 13 November 2016

New love: Simple BB cream


Hello everyone! welcome back to my blog. Today I am going to be sharing with you my new favourite BB cream. I am a big lover of all BB creams and have tried many, but this is a game changer in the BB cream indsutry. I have seen so many claim to blur imperfection and give you that glowy skin you lust after. No joking this is the one that lives up to these expectations. 


This BB cream really blurrs any imperfections but is lightweight at the same time. With it being Simple, you know it's doing your skin some good - with 3 vitimans and 4 skin loving ingredients it's hard not to be pulled into buying it. This product really makes my skin feel very smooth and like it's doing some good.  Other foundations can be quite heavy and make my skin look flakey, which is certainly not appealing.


Simple's description of their BB cream. 



Simple recommend to apply this with your hands, but I applied with my Real Techniques buffing brush and it goes on just great. 

Would you try this product? let me know in the comments.
Until next time,
Lauren 
x

Friday, 11 November 2016

The story behind this necklace


Hello everyone welcome back ot my blog. Today I wanted to share the little story behind this necklace, which has become my all time favourite. I received this necklace one birthday from my mum and instantly with the quote it just made me smile. The reason behind this necklace is to be constantly reminded to keep going. Yes, we all face obstacles along the way but they make us stronger. 

I have to admit I can be the type of person to sometimes get a little un-hopeful about things, but this necklace always makes me feel optimisitic. I look at this quote and just think hopeful about the future to keep going and that's something I want to share with everybody. Whether its a career aspiration and people are doubting you; don't let them stop you achieving. Always do whatever makes you happy and you can't go wrong.

We all should have goals in life to live up to, something to keep us going and to look forward to. I say we can all do whatever we want to do in life and nothing is unachieveable, if you put your mind to it. 

Keep going with your goals and dreams, and like the necklace says never give up on them.


Thank you for reading,
Until next time,
Lauren
x

Thursday, 3 November 2016

November playlist: what I'm listening to



Hello everyone welcome back to my blog. Today I am going to be sharing with you my top ten favourite songs I am listening to constantly this month. I might do a monthly playlist every month, as I am a huge music fan and it's always great to share music recomendations.  Typically, the type of music I am into is house music, now it may not be to everyones taste but that's what's great about music; there's something for everyone. Let me know if you're listening to any of these songs in the comments, there's a real mix so I hope there's something for you all. 



1 - The weeknd - Starboy ft. Daft Punk






2  - Cheat Codes & Dante Klein - Let me hold you 



3 - Galantis & Hook N Sling - Love on me 



4 - The Chainsmoker - All we know ft. Phoebe Ryan 


5 - Bruno Mars - 24K magic 


6 - Matoma & Becky Hill - False alarm 



7 - Jonas Blue - Perfect strangers ft. JP Cooper 



8 - Kungs vs Cookin' on 3 Burners - This girl 


9 - Maroon 5 - Don't wanna know ft. Kendrick Lamar 


10 - Bob Marley ft. LVNDSCAPE & Boiler - is this love 


What are you listening to let me know in the comments
Until next time,
Lauren 
xx

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