About lauraf8

A Fashion Business graduate, accomplished Design Assistant and currently an Assistant Merchandiser with a fashion imports Co. I enjoy writing about everything and anything and find inspiration in even the most mundane things around me.

2013 #thebestyear!

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When I reminisce over the past year, I can honestly say that I have no regrets what so ever. 2013 has taught me that good things really do come to those who wait.

To my complete surprise, 2013 brought with it great fortune and some great life-changing opportunities – this year has been one of the best years if not the best year of my life….

  • I ticked 5 things off my bucket list for life.
  • I started this blog.
  • I went to 7 concerts/gigs.
  • I attended 2 Festivals.
  • I escaped to London for a weekend break.
  • I won a holiday to Zante, Greece in a magazine competition.
  • I have worked in 4 different jobs!
  • I was asked to be chief bridesmaid for one of my best friends who got engaged.
  • I have had countless nights out, making new friends and memories.

Can’t wait to see what 2014 brings with it.

I hope 2014 brings you everything you wish for and more…

Lots of Love

L x

It pays to be nice!

We have all witnessed rude behaviour at one time or another. Having worked in the retail environment for over 8 years, I have experienced it first-hand on many occasions. Thus, I can completely understand why French café; La Petite Syrah have implemented a clever payment system which encourages pleasant behaviour from their customers by charging rude customers extra.

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Reports show that the system which started out as a joke has been met with a positive response, leading to a more relaxed atmosphere and in turn, more relaxed customers.

I think this is an ingenious idea, which could be applied to other businesses to deter rude and offensive behaviour.

L x

Jog on!

After the copious amounts of food and drink that have been consumed during the Christmas period, January usually brings with it a welcome sigh of relief and a plethora of diets, detoxes and fitness regimes. Normally, I am one of the people who recoil at the thought of exercise – however, looking at some of the active wear currently on the market, I feel compelled to get off the couch and gett on my running shoes. Who would have known that sports clothing could be so motivating?!

It’s just a shame that some of them come with a pretty hefty price tag!!

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Converse have hooked up with Brazilian fashion label – Isolda to create a vibrant, tropical footwear collection heavily inspired by elements of Brazil’s vivacious culture including guavas, lobsters and octopus. I can’t wait to get my hands on a pair of these beauties!

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I love these abstract print H&M grey mix Sports Tights. Easily worn with a plain black/grey hoody or top or add a neon colour pop to make them stand out.

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This Zoe Karssen hoody is not only cosy and comfortable but it’s also really versatile –  thrown on with joggers to go a run or with leather look jeans and hi-tops to go shopping.

LegASee tights


Nike ‘Leg-A-See’ tights – stylish, practical and perfect for an early morning run!

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This H&M bra top instantly brightens up and adds life to any sportswear outfit.



This relaxed fit Unit-Y ‘Ship Shape’ Pullover looks cute layered over a halter neck strap top or worn over one shoulder.

Cowl neck top


Pink Lotus Dip Dye Cowl Neck top – Looks so comfy and chic! Loving the dipped hem too!

Pink Lotus pullover


Pink Lotus Dip Dyed Pullover – I love this top –  the muted neon green dip dye effect is so pretty and it looks great with the snakeskin leggings.

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Victoria’s Secret Racer back Sports Bra

Gilly Hicks shorts


These luminous pink/blue Gilly Hicks shorts are a must have and can be mixed and matched with various strap tops.

Thornton Bregazzi


Preen colour washed hoody by Thornton Bregazzi.

Antigravity sports bra


Michi ‘Antigravity bra’ with mesh panel to complete the sleek sports luxe look.

Gilly Hicks t


This Gilly Hicks oversized tee is perfect for layering over a contrast coloured crop top or over patterned leggings.

Snakeskin leggings


Prismsport ‘Python Capri Leggings’ add edge to your sports getup.

291 slouchy joggers


These ultra cute 291 Allover Star print slouchy joggers are an essential to any sportswear collection.

Lounge pants


Essentials Eternitee’s draped asymmetric black trouser.

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The Forget me not hooded sweatshirt; another showstopper from the Preen Collection by Thornton Bregazzi.

L x

Bridesmaid duties….

Love is in the air!!

One of my best friends who I have known almost all my life has recently just got engaged and asked me to be her chief bridesmaid!!

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So, with this honour comes great responsibility .. The hen night or in this case, definitely hen weekend!!  I am slightly feeling the pressure as I want it to be an extra special, fun-filled weekend that she can look back on for years to come (and hopefully think .. Wow she done good!!)

I am currently in the midst of gathering ideas for possible girly weekends away and would be grateful for any other ideas you may have. Here is what I have so far;

  • Murder mystery weekend
  • Pamper weekend
  • City weekend away i.e. Dublin/Manchester/Berlin/London
  • Weekend abroad i.e. Spain/Benidorm
  • Country retreat
  • Stay in a Scottish Castle
  • Coastal beach house
L x

Cyril Hahn!

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Every remix I hear from Swiss born DJ – Cyril Hahn is just so serene and captivating, I wonder if this guy can ever put a foot wrong? Renowned for his ethereal remixes of well-known R&B songs, including Destiny’s Child – Say my name and Gabrielle Aplin – Please don’t say you love me, he seems to have a real knack for being able to transform already successful tracks into beautiful, almost hypnotising hymns.

Hahn’s music has already been highly acclaimed, with Interview magazine describing it as ‘something entirely new and undeniably sexy’ whilst the DJ’s friends believe that it’s the perfect music to make out to.

Having just been signed to PMR – the same label as Disclosure, Julio Bashmore and Jessie Ware, this guy is serious hot property! Can’t wait to see what tracks he turns to gold next.

Check out his remixes here

L x

Gifts for the ‘hard to buy for friends’

As you will know, no matter how hard you try, there are always one or two friends that are sooo hard to buy for. Mostly because they have everything you could possibly imagine and more. Therefore, I have created this board of unique and quirky gifts which hopefully will satisfy even the most hard to buy for girlfriends in your life!!

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1. Mosaic photo book                                                                                                       2. Selection of notebooks/diaries and journals                                                                 3. Archie Grand notebook                                                                                                 4. Christmas cards                                                                                                            5. Idiom pencils                                                                                                                  6. Starbucks mug                                                                                                              7. Luggage tags                                                                                                                  8. Bird paper clip holder                                                                                                    9. Message in a bottle kit                                                                                                10. Friends iPhone case                                                                                                 11. Disguise magnet set


L x


Dear Santa,

I’ve been really good this year, I think! If you could hook me up with anything(s) from this wish list, I’d be one happy girl!!

My christmas wishlist

1. Lindsey Kelk – I heart Christmas                                                                                    2. Alexa Chung – It                                                                                                            3. Tweezerman – Neon nail file set & case                                                                       4. Topshop – Nude ruffle feather sandals                                                                         5. Bobbi Brown – Sparkle eye shadow                                                                              6. Steam cream – Silent night                                                                                           7. Fossil – Owl coin purse                                                                                                 8. Canon – 600D DSLR Camera                                                                                        9. Viktor & Rolf – Flowerbomb perfume                                                                          10. Holga – Iphone filter lens case                                                                                   11. Warehouse – Leather/feather dress                                                                          12. Elizabeth Arden – 8 hour skin protectant                                                                   13. Klik Klik – Magnetic jewellery kit                                                                                14. Monsters University DVD                                                                                         15. Paul Mitchell – Extra Body hair set

Many Thanks x h o x h o x h o

L x

Oh snap!!


A new camera is at the top of my wish list but with all the various reviews online, my head hurts!

All I want to do with this camera is to be able to take super sharp, great quality pictures and I would like a decent variety of creative filters too!

At the moment, all I have is a compact digital camera but I would really like either a bridge/DSLR camera.

Any ideas/suggestions would be great!!


L x

Another ‘Grannyism’

Why there’s no one in the world like my wee gran…

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A weekend or so ago, I decided to take my gran to Costco to get some bits and bobs she had been needing for a while. After getting everything we needed and a few cheeky extras, we stopped off at a nice café for a spot of lunch and then made our way home! Arriving back in my driveway after a lovely day out, my gran thanked me for taking her (I got to drive her new turbo car!) and asked if I had realised that there was three of us in the car??

After checking in the back seat to see if the dog had somehow sneaked in, I asked what she meant by the three of us? Gran then pointed to a small box under the dashboard and informed me that wee Jean (well, her ashes anyway) had been with us all along!! That was the point when my face turned as white as snow and I decided to hastily exit the car!! Good job I can laugh about it now!! Apparently wee Jean the rum queen (her nickname!) goes everywhere with her and especially likes a wee trip to Costco!! 🙂

L x