Friday, 19 September 2014

21st Birthday Celebrations



Hello everyone,

This Sunday I celebrate my 21st birthday; I feel so old! I decided to go home for a few days to see family and friends a few days before my birthday as I will be celebrating in Sheffield with my friends from university over the weekend. I hadn't been home in a few months so I was so excited to be going home once I got on the train.
 When I arrived home I was surprised with a lovely box of cute personalized cupcakes by Betty Bluebird Cupcakes from my mum; it was such a nice surprise to start my 21st birthday week off! All the cakes have now gone as they were so delicious (and because I love cake... I think I definitely ate the most). The rest of the evening was spent with family having a little party with lots of food and a big catch up.
The following day was a real treat as my granny took me on a day out. We went to Lytham which is a picturesque town with cute, little shops, a big windmill and a seaside view which I have been to many times before when I was little. First of all, we stopped for a little coffee break to start the day and had a long chat and gossip about what we had been up to over the past few months. After that we had a wander around the shops and my granny bought me a lovely tartan scarf from New Look which I can't wait to wear this Winter.
Searching for a place to eat was rather difficult as all the restaurants looked amazing and after many belly rumbles and looking all the menus, we decided to eat at SpagóSpagó is a luxurious Italian restaurant with traditional, hearty Italian food. I loved the elegant interior and the fact you could see the chefs cooking the food.  I chose the spaghetti bolognase with crispy panchetta which tasted incredible, however, I thought the portion was a bit too big for me. My granny chose the lasagna which looked and smelled delightful; I'd probably choose that next time if I go again. Once we'd eaten, we went for a nice walk along the beach whilst eating ice-cream before heading back home. I had such a lovely day; I love it when my granny takes me on days out!
My mum took me and my sister to the beach on Thursday with Nancy and Rocky (our new puppy) and treated us both to lunch. After lunch we went for a nice long walk along the pier in the September sunshine with the dogs; they were very tired after their long walk and slept the whole journey home!
    On Thursday night, I spent the evening with my two best friends Lucy and Bethany. We all got a little dressed up and went for a meal at a lovely Italian restaurant called The Olive Press. I had the most delicious pepperoni pizza whilst Lucy and Bethany both opted for fancy pasta dishes. This was all washed down with a glass a few glasses of Pinot Grigio Sparkling Rosé, giggles and a gossip till late.


Up to now I've had such a lovely week; I can't wait for the weekend!

Lauren
xxx

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Northern Blogger Meet Up


Hello everyone,

A few weeks ago I went to my first ever blogger meet up and I'm so glad I did. Initially, I was quite nervous as I didn't know any of the other bloggers there (apart from Emily) but there was definitely no need as everyone was so lovely and easy to talk to. The meet up took place at Eten Cafe; a cute little place to eat located in the city centre. With friendly staff and delicious food on offer such as full day breakfasts, burgers and light lunches this would be a nice place to go out for lunch if you're passing through Sheffield. I opted for the classic Eten burger which was amazing (and very messy)! I'll definitely go again sometime but I think I'd choose the all day breakfast which looked and smelt incredible!

After chats on beauty, fashion, and sharing blogging tips whilst tucking into our lunch, Lush came in to give us a talk on their company, ethos and products. I found their talk really informative and interesting and was really intrigued when they mentioned about the Lush Spa. In particular, their 'synaethesia' treatment sounded amazing with an 80 minute massage with bespoke music and fine fragrance - I so want to try that! I also loved hearing about their charity pot and how much their company helps those in need; they help many charities  local and worldwide, focusing on the environment, animal protection and human rights. After the talk we were all lucky enough to receive a goody bag from Lush which contained a bath bomb, shampoo and eye cream. I was so excited when I saw the bath bomb as there's nothing better than coming home after a long day and getting into a warm bath bomb filled relaxing bath!
Two Benebabes from Benefit arrived next armed with Benefit goody bags containing a full sized They're Real Mascara and the much coveted They're Real Push-Up Liner (how generous!). The Benefit girls were lovely and gave us all great insight into the background and origins of their company and products as well as giving demonstrations and helpful beauty tips such as eyebrow mapping. We also got a sneak preview of their upcoming Christmas range which looks amazing - I really want the Benefit advent calender!


I left the day with new friends, blog ideas and a bag bursting full of goodies. A lot of effort clearly went into creating the goody bags as you can see! I'm most excited to try the Manuka Doctor face masks so I'll let you know soon what I think of those. Thank you to Faye (Lace, Louboutins and Leather) for letting me use your camera for the day and thank you to to CatherineKat,Tori and Kirstie for hosting such an amazing event, I'll definitely be going to more blogger meet ups in the future!



Have you ever been to a blogger meet up?


Lauren
xxx

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Student Box Swap


Hello everyone,

Emily and I are now approaching our third and final year at university and have just moved into a new house together with some of our friends from last year (moving house is so hectic, we haven’t had any internet for the past month, which explains our lack of blogging lately!). As a way of making up for our absence from the blogosphere, we decided to create a ‘Student Box Swap’ which we hope will encourage student bloggers to get to know each other, share experiences and discover new blogs as well as gaining a box of surprises in the post before the new term begins. We’ve had the idea for a while and think it will be fun so we hope some of you join in! The Student Box Swap #StudentBoxSwap is for both current and new students starting university or college in September in the UK.

The box is to be filled with all things which you think your fellow student blogger will like. To make the box more fun, one item within the box must be something that you consider as a ‘must have’ to survive through college/university. This could be a product you found vital during fresher’s week, an item you couldn’t survive without during exam season or simply something you think your student blogger partner will love.

Here are just a few ideas of what you could put in the box…
-A cute home accessory
-Make-up
-Candle
-Notepads
-Quirky stationary
-Drinking game
-DVD and sweets

Feel free to email laurenslittleblogs@gmail.com or aletterfromem@gmail.com if you have any questions. Please comment below if you would like to participate in the Student Box Swap and leave your email address so either Emily or I can email you once you’ve been paired with another student blogger.

An email will be sent out to you on the 28th of August with the name and email address of your blogger pairing, so if you want to take part please comment before this date. Once you have been paired with someone you will be able to get to know one another and find out what each other likes (which may be useful when filling your box!), check out each other’s blogs and buy items to fill the box with.

The budget for filling the swap box is between £10-£15, no more; no less (we want it to be fair for everyone! J). Boxes are to be sent out between the the 8th-14th September, just before the first semester begins. We hope some of you would join our Student Box Swap; we’re excited to hear from you! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #StudentBoxSwap on twitter for more information and updates!

Student Bloggers taking part so far...
Emily-Jane www.elature.blogspot.co.uk
Fatiima www.alittlebloglife.blogspot.co.uk
Anna www.annainwonderland.co.uk
Emily www.aletterfromem.blogspot.co.uk
Me www.laurenslittleblogs.blogspot.co.uk
Emma


                                 




Lauren
xxx

Saturday, 19 July 2014

A cute Summer's day out



Hello everyone,

The weather  has been so lovely and sunny recently, so wanting to make the most of it (the sun doesn't stick around long in England) I decided to go on a cute day out last week with my granny, sister and little cousin. We started the day with a little look around the dainty, little craft shops by the canal before heading towards the ice-cream parlour. I opted for two scoops of delicious, summery strawberry ice-cream as that's my favourite, but I kind of wish I had tried something new such as the Oreo flavour which my sister had which looked amazing! Our local canal always has something going on, and whilst we were there a footballer puppet show was taking place in celebration of the final of the World Cup that day. I must admit the puppets did look a bit freaky and my little cousin was not too amused!
After my gran took a million photos of my little sister, cousin and I, we decided to go to the chippy for lunch. With a view of swans swimming by the canal, this was the perfect little lunch on a beautiful sunny day. Before heading back home we went on a little explore by the canal whereby me and my little cousin raced down hills surrounded by the beautiful countryside. I really enjoyed this little spontaneous adventure day out with my family, these are the best kind of days. I'm back in Sheffield now and have finished packing (just about) ready to move into my new house tomorrow. I'm so excited! My next post will be a tour of my new room which might take a few weeks to put up as we have no internet yet but I'm looking forward to sharing it with you!
Have you been making the most of the sunny weather too? What's your favourite thing to do in Summer?

Lauren
xxx 

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Nancy!


Hello everyone,

Fairly recently my family bought a new puppy; six month old Nancy the Chorkie (Chihuahua / Yorkshire Terrier). I just thought I'd do a quick post and share some pictures with you as she's the smallest, cutest puppy ever!

PROFILE

Favourite things: Teddies, cuddles,  visiting my best friend Martha

Dislikes: Schnauzers, the smell of nail varnish, the rain

Hobbies: sleeping, walking, sunbathing

Hiding place: Behind the curtain

Favourite treat: Carrots and apples

Current interest: Bees and butterflies



Lauren
xxx