04 August 2018

The prettiest place in London: Peggy Porschen Cakes

Hey everyone, welcome back to my blog! It feels like a while since I was writing my last post (mostly because it has been- my apologies), I've been pretty busy with finishing my first year of Sixth Form to than flying off for a weeks holiday in the Algarve, Portugal. However, upon arriving back to the UK I decided to organise a trip to London for a shopping spree in one of the swankiest, most picturesque areas (which also happens to be a favourite of mine)- none other than the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. 

After spending the morning mooching around Peter Jones and walking up and down Sloane Square, my Sister and I became peckish and decided to search for a bite to eat. After strolling across South Kensington we finally came to Elizabeth Street where the scrumptious cake haven that is Peggy Porschen Cakes stands. 

Peggy Porschen Cakes is not only recognised for its pastel pink exterior, adorned with blooming rosebuds and lilac waterfalls of wisteria vine- Peggy Porschen Cakes is also home to the most mouth-watering tray bakes, cupcakes and Victoria sponge across the whole of London. These tasty treats are not only delicious but every cakes delicate piping and rainbow fruit garnishes make them equally as instagramable as the cafe's outside. 

Above is a snap of my younger sister enjoying a refreshing glass of pink lemonade and a slice of strawberry champagne sponge. I also opted for some pink lemonade and slice of raspberry sponge- my mouth is watering just thinking about it! I will definitely be planning another visit some time soon. 

(me posing outside the prettiest place in London! Who couldn't resist a quick photo shoot?) 

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Lulu Xx

01 July 2018

Why embellished heels are an essential for every wardrobe + having the summer legs to pull them off!


Hi and welcome back to my blog! I'm going to kick off this post by saying I can't remember the last time my wardrobe was completely absent of 'embellished' clothing. From season to season this trend has grown: A-line denim skirts with rhinestones stitched across the hem, basic winter jumpers complimented with pearls along the cuffs, every clothing item 'embellished' for that added bit of charm. One high street store that has run with this trend, in particular, is Zara. Since Zara is also a favourite of mine, it is no wonder my wardrobe has become so swamped with embellished tops, jumpers, skirts etc. However, as much as I love a few pearls and beads to jazz up your bog standard bits of clothing, I can't deny that the novelty is beginning to wear off. Similar to the embroidery trend, there is no longer anything 'groundbreaking' about embellished tops or jeans as they are pretty much everywhere. Since the pacey world of fashion centres itself on re-invention, evolvement and finding the next big thing, it is easy for a trend to get very tired very quickly. With all that being said, there has been one item in the mist of this 'embellishment' trend that I believe can remain just as groundbreaking: Embellished shoes or more preferably heels. 


In my opinion, a pair of embellished heels can provide the perfect statement for an otherwise simplistic outfit. For instance, I would pair the shoes I've pictured above with a plain summery shift dress or white co-ord set/cullotes for a pop of texture and colour. The pair of sandal heels I've pictured above are from a super affordable shoe shop called Linzi and I have fallen head over heels for them (excuse the slight pun). The gold heel looks gorgeous against sunkissed legs whilst the embellished jewell flowers along the strap look incredibly classy, giving an iridescent sparkle if the light catches them. 


For me, the only problem that comes with owning a stunning pair of statemented heels such as these is a body confidence issue that some of you may be able to relate to. Whilst I'm dying to show these shoes off over the summer, I've also been dying for ever so many years for that pair of long, slender, naturally, sunkissed legs that strut Victoria Secret catwalks and grace summer T.V. commercials. Unfortunately, I was never blessed with these kind of legs but was given a very pasty prone to goosebump complexion pair of legs instead. As a result, when summer comes around its not long before I'm in Boots searching for the best self-tanning products. Although I do aim and advise others to stay positive and proud in relation to body image- when it comes to my legs I don't see anything wrong with a little bit of product for a confidence boost. This year I'm glad to say that I've never been more happy to get my legs out since frequently using the Sally Hansen Airbrush Leg makeup.



If you are in search of a water-resistant fake tan with a realistic glow, even application and instant results I could not recommend this range more. I'm not at all exaggerating when I say this leg makeup leaves my legs looking completely flawless: no freckles, no veins or any other imperfections that you may feel self-conscious of. The glow and even application of this fake tan form to the natural contours of your legs which creates a far more structured look, making you feel one step closer to those Victoria Secret Angel legs that we all dream of but can't be bothered to do the insane work out for! 


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Lulu Xx 

24 June 2018

Review Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lipgloss: Midnight Cowgirl



Hi there and welcome back to my blog! I recently took a trip down to the lovely Covent Garden, one of my favourite areas in London, for a cheeky shopping spree. After wandering round and collecting plenty of shopping bags along the way, I found myself passing the Urban Decay store and couldn’t resist a look around. Needless to say within five minutes of taking a ‘look around’ I’d already headed straight to the till with a new product in hand: The Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lipgloss in the shade Midnight Cowgirl. 

For me, a trusty lipgloss is always a must, I’m constantly looking for a high shine and long lasting bit of lippy to pop in my bag for the day. After buying this product a few weeks ago, I’m happy to say that I’ve been using it everyday since.

Aside from the gorgeous shade of this lipgloss, a cross between a coral pink and brown nude with a golden shimmer running through, one of my favourite things about this product is how it glides onto the lips so comfortabley. Although this lipgloss could do with a little more staying power, it definitely isn’t too tacky, sticky or smeary as some lipglosses tend to be. The overall colour pay off is amazing and it is perfect for everyday use. For now I feel I’d really have difficulty finding another product to beat it! 

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Love Lulu Xx 

17 June 2018

OOTD: Weekend at The Savoy

  
  
Hey everyone, welcome back to my blog. 
Where do I begin? I guess I'll start this post by saying that last weekend was truly fabulous. I took a visit to London with the rest of my family in celebration of my Grandparents 60th wedding anniversary at the oh so fancy Savoy Hotel. Not only did a venue so incredible as the Savoy make this event one to be remembered, but being surrounded with all my family and such amazing grandparents (who have been married for 60 YEARS...an insane milestone) meant every moment was one to be treasured. Needless to say, since arriving back at school this week I haven't stopped wishing I could do it all over again! However, with particularly special occasions always comes the pressure of wanting to look our absolute best. So when an invitation to the Savoy came through the post at the beginning of this year I have to be honest that one of my first thoughts was indeed: 'what the hell am I going to wear?' 
After months of scrolling through ASOS, tearing through numerous clothes racks and visiting almost every high street store imaginable, finally a trusty visit to the haven that is ZARA saved my outfit once and for all. 
  
    
As you can see in the pictures above, I wore a pair of three-quarter length wide leg trousers from ZARA. I'd also like to add how comfy and non-restrictive these were, which is a must when your spending the entire day in an outfit and eating a very large (but very delicious) three-course meal. The main aspect of my outfit was a subtly embroidered jacket, with ruffled sleeves and colourful stitching patterned horizontally across the jacket. The jacket was once again from ZARA, which I wore with a plain white vest body underneath. I accessorised this outfit with a slim lilac clutch designed by Lulu Guinness, this was super handy for keeping essentials such as my phone, lipgloss etc and also had a contemporary gold zip using the statemented Lulu Guinness lips logo. 
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Lulu Xx

08 June 2018

Birthday Celebrations


Hi and welcome back to my blog. For those of you who didn't know, on the 7th June I celebrated my 17th birthday- Wooohooo! I want to open this post by saying how grateful I was and still am to have celebrated this day with my nearest and dearest- family, friends etc. I can't believe all the thoughtful and very generous gifts I received. I hate to sound cliche with these often sappy disclaimers but I genuinely wasn't expecting this much and definitely don't deserve it so thank you. 

Now, where do I begin? I guess I'll properly kick off this post by mentioning that my 17th was a pretty chill event, there was no HUGE party or anything which was exactly how I wanted it to be. Nothing better than a relaxing day with family and lots of birthday cake. I was also lucky enough to receive some special gifts and surprises which, of course, I'll be discussing throughout the post. Earlier this year myself and a bunch of friends booked a festival for the summer. My parents said they would pay for me and that this would be given as my main birthday gift. This gift is probably the most exciting as I usually find the best presents don't always come gift wrapped with a bow on top, but sometimes in the form of an experience. The festival takes place at the end of August (so keep your eyes peeled for a few festival themed posts) and I'm attending on a weekend ticket- literally can't wait! Another generous gift I received from my parents was to get some new and much-needed highlights in my hair. As you can imagine my frizzy, dull and mousy brown mop was absolutely dying for a blonde boost and some specialist treatment so I was especially grateful for this present.

On the morning of my birthday, I woke up and honestly didn't expect too much considering the generous presents I'd already been given. However, to my complete surprise, my Mum had got me a new Kindle Fire (7th generation) which I'd recently been saving up for as a keen reader and English Literature student. I was so happy with this gift and spent most of the day setting it up. One of the biggest bonuses has to be that it is perfect for watching netflix in bed, as I found my laptop screen too big and annoying but my iphone screen too small. Perhaps I'll do a post of how I'm getting on with my kindle in a few weeks time in case any of you are interested- if so leave a comment below. 


Next thing I wanted to mention links to the photo above. I received this adorable card from one of my bestest friends along with a gorgeous MAC lipstick in the shade Hot Gossip. My friend had recently visited Austria and picked me up this cute little card that translates to 'All love and good'. I'm honestly in love with this card and its message. I've prioritised a little space for it on my desk, it genuinely brings a smile to my face every time I look up from my laptop. 
                                      

Some other gorgeous bits I received included books and clothes from my sisters and other members of the family. My amazing Granny gave me a pair of pretty silver Pandora heart studs as well a super cute makeup bag from Lulu Guinness filled with Estee Lauder makeup that I can't wait to try out. I also received a beautiful pair of rose gold-plated hoops that I haven't stopped wearing since I got them and probably won't for a long while yet!


The final part of my birthday celebrations that I've been wanting to mention is my meal out to the Ivy Brasserie. The day before my 17th, Mum and I headed out for a fancy lunch out where I enjoyed the most insane burger and these amazing Zucchini fries (my mouth is literally watering thinking about them right now- if anyone reading this ever goes to The Ivy I would definitely recommend). We also  ordered the most refreshing (and photogenic) drinks called 'English Spritz', a mix of prosecco watered down with grapefruit juice which needless to say also tasted delicious. After our wonderful meal, I spent the rest of the day shopping before driving back home to snuggle up for another episode of Love Island. Perfect. 


(English Spritz...so good, wish I had one with me right now) 

Thank you so much for reading this post, I hope you enjoyed and if you did feel free to leave a comment or follow my bloglovin. 

Love Lulu Xx 

04 June 2018

Fun and simple summer picnic! (with super super cute stuff from Tiger)

Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog. If you live pretty much anywhere in the UK you'll be more than aware that once the sun comes out you've gotta make the most of it because it probably won't be here to stay. Fortunately, the weather hasn't appeared as grizzly and gross as usual, so what better way is there to spend your time than out in the sun with family, friends and a bunch of your favourite summer snacks? Alas, picnic season has arrived! Ew, I know that sounds kind of cringey but its basic custom for most Brits that once there is like a single ray of sun pretty much every family belts to the nearest park or green and keeps their fingers crossed that it doesn't rain. Though I've got to admit- who doesn't enjoy a good picnic That's why I decided to head out this half term with my lil' sister to enjoy a small, simple but equally fun picnic (also including some SUPER cute bits from Tiger as I'm far too extra to be satisfied with an old rug and call it a 'picnic'). 

So obviously no picnic can go ahead without food (duh...I'm so sorry for putting all these random brackets in, I haven't been writing enough recently and I'm literally dying when I read back anything I've written, anyway, this is getting too long now so I'll just shut up- byeeee) so my sister and I felt fancy and thought we'd go for Marks and Spencers, or M&S I dunno (lol, once again, its a bit more extra than your average shop at Tesco or Aldi). At M&S pretty much all the food is kind of fancy, very tasty and a lil' bit overpriced. Fortunately, my sister and I are quite good at spending on a budget and basically picked up your average picnic food e.g. crisps, strawberries, raspberries other finger food like sausage rolls, scotch eggs etc. Seeing as we were opting for a 'simple' picnic we didn't bother with any homemade dishes in one of those big (but cute) wicker baskets, as we were catering just for two and were having to walk around all day anyway so we only packed lightly. However, if you find yourself planning a picnic with a bunch of friends or want to save money I think it's just as tasty to pack some of your favourite homemade snacks, sandwiches, drinks, or whatever you feel like- go all out! 

However, before settling down to enjoy our food we decided we couldn't resist a visit to Tiger which had recently released a range of adorable picnic crockery. We decided to pick up two plastic plates with smiling sunshine faces which you can see in the picture above. We also purchased two glass cups with a bright yellow lemon printed on the front to drink our blood orange lemonade from, also from Tiger and very delicious. 

Finally, here is a selfie of myself and my little sister which we took to mark the occasion (excuse my ugly squinting). I'm honestly so glad we decided to make the best of the good weather, I felt so blessed to spend some quality time with my gorgeous sister and can't wait to do it again! 

Love Lulu Xx  

03 June 2018

My favourite MAC lipsticks for School!



Hey guys, welcome back to my blog! Before I go out, I always make sure to throw some kind of lip product into my bag so I can add a pop of colour or some moisture to my lips throughout the day. But when it comes to school you sometimes have to reign in on the more vibrant or eye-catching shades, as they may be deemed 'inappropriate' for school or uniform regulations. As this is the case in my school, I avoid getting pulled aside for my makeup by opting for my favourite neutral shades in my MAC lipstick collection. 


#1 Brave- Brave is a pink nude with a deep beige running through, it's definitely the darkest shade out of my top three picks but it looks absolutely gorgeous during those autumnal months, gliding perfectly onto the lips with a satin finish. 

#2 Cosmo- Cosmo is a red-beige nude, also supplying the lips with a pinky lustre and creamy finish. Cosmo is an amplified lipstick with a bold colour pay off whilst still looking respectfully neutral.

#3 Shanghai Spice- Shanghai Spice is a frosted nude pink, with a slight coral undertone. It has a comforting feel, with a smooth glide. Shanghai Spice is a cremesheen lipstick with a balmy formula and semi gloss finish.

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Love Lulu Xx