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Monday, 20 October 2014

OOTD: Animalistic

Monday, 20 October 2014
Jumper: Zara | Skirt: Missguided | Clutch: Asos | Boots: Asos 

I'm writing this right after I've slogged through a few assignments which are due and readings for a lecture today... Phew! Law school is tough but I have a nasty feeling that it's going to get much worse, so I really shouldn't be complaining.

Surprisingly, my weekends are usually study and stay-in days, while my weekdays are totally packed - for instance, I wore this outfit for a quick lunch in between running errands the other day. I couldn't resist my monochromatic tendencies, and even went with a bit of an animal theme - there are adorable dogs printed on my jumper, and I accessorised with a cute panda ring. I'm also really into A-line skirts paired with heels, such a wonderful 60s vibe! Obviously, I threw caution to the wind (no pun intended) and braved the breezy skies with just a single layer - I'm lucky it didn't rain. :s

Here's to another week ahead, have a good one everyone! :)



Friday, 17 October 2014

OOTD: That Coat!

Friday, 17 October 2014
Coat: Missguided | Hat: H&M | Top: H&M | Skirt: Forever 21 | Boots: Asos
I've been needing a new winter coat for this year, and when I saw this Missguided piece, my heart (and money) was lost! It helped that loads of bloggers picked it up as well, so I could see for myself how the long silhouette could be worn in so many different ways.

Although I was a little apprehensive as to how good the quality would be, the coat really is warm all the way down to mid-calf. Speaking of the length, I love how it automatically makes me seem taller than I actually am - paired with some heeled boots and I feel like I'm ready to take on the world!

The work is starting to pile up at uni, so I'm not sure how often I can update this blog, but here's hoping x


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

OOTD: Baroque Mini

Tuesday, 14 October 2014
Sweater: Uniqlo | Skirt: Hidden Fashion* | Necklace: Kollidea* | Ankle socks: Topshop | Boots: Asos

I spent my whole weekend in my bed of tissues, warming myself around mugs of hot tea and Chinese medicine to chase away the cold that's been plaguing me! :( Darn those changes in weather.

Before that, though, I wore this cute number out for a lunch at SoLita Bar and Restaurant here in Manchester. It was pretty windy (maybe that's why I got my cold?), but my Heattech Uniqlo turtleneck was perfect for the temperature and effortlessly stylish, too. I received the printed mini from Hidden Fashion some time ago, although it's spot-on for the A/W trend of baroque floral prints. I finished off the look with some delicate accessories from Kollidea, and a peek of frilly ankle socks!

Speaking of SoLita, I highly recommend the place for their special (available for a limited time only), the Breville Without a Cause! Instead of the regular buns you find on burgers, they use grilled cheese toast (brevilles) and cheekily note that it's "not for girls". Well, I shared it with my friend, so I managed to get away with it!


Saturday, 11 October 2014

OOTD: Check It Out

Saturday, 11 October 2014
Dress: H&M | Coat: Miss Selfridge | Boots: Asos | Hat: H&M | Necklace: Forever 21 | Bag: Primark

I've been venturing out of the city centre lately to make the most of my last year in Manchester. It's been really boring visiting the same places over and over again, especially for a foodie like me - there's only so many times I can eat the same cakes and not get tired of them, no matter how good they taste.

I wore this cute combo on one such adventure to Withington (I'd never been there before, so I'm entitled to call it an adventure!), and funnily enough, my checkered dress matched the tabletop of our table at And The Dish Ran Away With the Spoon! :x They served up some really awesome scones, cake and brownie, and I'm secretly pleased my dress was loose-fitting - I had a food baby after all those treats!

Does anyone have any suggestions on places to visit here in Manchester? I'm thinking Heaton Park next!


Wednesday, 8 October 2014

OOTD: Roll Neck Sweater

Wednesday, 8 October 2014
Hat: H&M | Sweater: Forever 21 | Jeans: Topshop | Shoes: New Look | Bag: Primark

It was a bit of a mistake wearing this outfit to lecture yesterday - it started raining cats and dogs, and my feet definitely got soaked! I feel so sorry for my hat and bag, which got most of the rain, but was so grateful for my roll-neck jumper - it's bang on trend and so cosy! Plus it gives any look a great injection of colour.

I snapped up the Topshop Leigh jeans at the most recent Student Lock-In event at Trafford Centre. Who can resist a hefty 20% discount? I'm a big fan of Topshop's jeans, which are super comfy and wear and tear-resistant. I'm also pretty happy with the way they look, paired with some heels like my new buys from New Look.


Sunday, 5 October 2014

OOTD: Carnaby Girl

Sunday, 5 October 2014
Top: Missguided | Skirt: sheinside | Boots: ASOS | Hair Slides: Wifty UK

Decided to add a pop of colour in today's outfit - I've been really drab and dreary in monochrome lately. I wore this to a bake sale my school's Legal Advice Centre Society held (which I'll be blogging about later), which maybe wasn't such a good idea as it started becoming really cold about halfway through!

When I saw this top on Hannah from hannahlouisef, I had to have it. I took a leaf from her book and matched a skater skirt to the look, although I didn't want to draw too much attention away from the already busy print, and so went with a soft pastel instead.

I'm already thinking of all the ways this top can match with the various bottoms begging to be worn in my closet - I might forego tights if the weather's warm enough and rock some new boots! 

Did you spot my cute hair slides from Wifty UK? Don't forget to use the code 'LAURAN10', valid till 15 October, to get a a discount off your total bill!


Saturday, 4 October 2014

#ngiamybakes: Chocolate Frosting Cupcakes With Biscuit Base

Saturday, 4 October 2014

So not a lot of you may know this, but I'm a pretty avid baker here in Manchester. Just the other day, I baked up a storm with my flatmate for a bake sale to raise funds for legal aid in England. The North West Legal Support Trust aims to provide legal representation to those who can't afford it, following the recent budget cuts to legal aid across the country.

Here are a few photos of the final products - chocolate frosted biscuit cupcakes with chocolate chip cookies as bases! I received generally good feedback, despite the fact that we used a sandwich bag to pipe on the icing. :X Oops.


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