Wednesday, 26 October 2016

The Washington | London Eats

The Washington: 50 Englands Lane, London, NW3 4UE 

The Washington | London Eats // English Pub Food Restaurant Review // Lauren Rose Bell // Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger London, UK
Located in Hampstead, just a short walk away from Belsize Park tube station, The Washington is your classic, traditional English Gastro Pub. The perfect place to relax with a drink and enjoy some delicious food.
The Washington | London Eats // English Pub Food Restaurant Review // Lauren Rose Bell // Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger London, UK
I took my parents here last month and we absolutely loved it. I mean who doesn't love traditional pub food? The place has a very relaxed atmosphere, the staff are super friendly and the building itself is beautiful with lots of added character (this Victorian pub has actually been open since 1865). The front of the building has flowers baskets hanging all around it, which makes it look really pretty too. I had booked a table online before as we were going on a Friday night and when we arrived our table had my name presented on a label around the cutest vase of little flowers. I thought that this was such a lovely and personal touch that really made us feel special from the start.
The Washington | London Eats // English Pub Food Restaurant Review // Lauren Rose Bell // Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger London, UK
The Washington | London Eats // English Pub Food Restaurant Review // Lauren Rose Bell // Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger London, UK
The menu was full of classic yummy pub food and it is very reasonably priced. They also have lots of speciality beers to offer, as well as serving pimms on tap - naturally my mum and I enjoyed that! I ended up ordering the fish and chips and my parents both ordered burgers. The fish and chips were amazing, so delicious and my parents said the same about their meal too. The portion's were huge and I left feeling with an extremely full and happy tummy.
The Washington | London Eats // English Pub Food Restaurant Review // Lauren Rose Bell // Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger London, UK
The Washington | London Eats // English Pub Food Restaurant Review // Lauren Rose Bell // Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger London, UK

The Washington was such a great find and I can't wait to go back again, maybe even for a Sunday Roast next time! You can visit there website here if you are interested - they also have lots of offers available on there too.

I hope this post hasn't left you feeling too hungry!!

Until Next Time, LRB x
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Sunday, 23 October 2016

Autumn Lipstick & Nail Varnish Picks

Autumn Lipstick & Nail Varnish Picks // Fall Make-up Beauty Flaylay // Lauren Rose Bell // Fashion Beauty Lifestyle blogger London // Bbloggers
It is finally time to bring out the autumnal make-up colours! Anyone else as excited as me? I absolutely love a deep berry shade. It is my favourite colour and I always look forward to wearing it again at this time of year. So after having a rummage through my beauty collection, I have gathered all my favourite Autumnal lipsticks and nail varnishes together to share with you on my blog today.
Autumn Lipstick & Nail Varnish Picks // Fall Make-up Beauty Flaylay // Lauren Rose Bell // Fashion Beauty Lifestyle blogger London // Bbloggers
Autumn Lipstick & Nail Varnish Picks // Fall Make-up Beauty Flaylay // Lauren Rose Bell // Fashion Beauty Lifestyle blogger London // BbloggersAutumn Lipstick & Nail Varnish Picks // Fall Make-up Beauty Flaylay // Lauren Rose Bell // Fashion Beauty Lifestyle blogger London // Bbloggers
Let's start with lipsticks. All these gorgeous purple, burgundy and berry lip colours are perfect for creating a strong statement lip. The Mac matte lipsticks tend to be my go-to, as the quality is amazing and they are extremely long lasting. The Clinique chubby stick is definitely one to go for if you need added moisture when wearing lipstick. I would say the NYX lip creme creates the most dramatic look (very similar colour to Mac Rebel) and is perfect for a statement lip. However the NYX products do tend to be more drying and will need to be continuously applied throughout the day. But at under £5, you can't really complain! The most expensive product is the Charlotte Tilbury lipstick, this is a more taupe matte nude colour but I really love wearing it at this time of year and you really see the difference in quality and lasting power since it is a high end product. Lastly the Kiko lipstick is a very similar shade to the Clinique chubby stick and does apply a lot lighter on the lips than the others, so you need a good few coats to build up the colour and will also need applied again a few times throughout the day.
Autumn Lipstick & Nail Varnish Picks // Fall Make-up Beauty Flaylay // Lauren Rose Bell // Fashion Beauty Lifestyle blogger London // Bbloggers
From left to right:                         Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in 'Grandest Grape' 
Autumn Lipstick & Nail Varnish Picks // Fall Make-up Beauty Flaylay // Lauren Rose Bell // Fashion Beauty Lifestyle blogger London // Bbloggers
Now onto nails. The Barry M nail varnish's have to be my all time favourites. They are always super long lasting and the matte varnish's create such a lovely finish. I tend to reach for these two colours the most, as the matte finishes create a more muted nail look, with 'Crush' being the most beautiful autumnal berry shade. The Rimmel nail varnish is perfect for creating more of a dark statement nail colour with a striking, deep purple shade and it dries extremely quickly after application.
Autumn Lipstick & Nail Varnish Picks // Fall Make-up Beauty Flaylay // Lauren Rose Bell // Fashion Beauty Lifestyle blogger London // Bbloggers
From left to right:                                  Barry M Matte Nail Varnish in 'Mocha'
Autumn Lipstick & Nail Varnish Picks // Fall Make-up Beauty Flaylay // Lauren Rose Bell // Fashion Beauty Lifestyle blogger London // Bbloggers
Lastly my favourite Autumn lipliner pick is from Mac of course. This deep berry shade is the perfect match for the Mac lipstick in Rebel (shown above left). This product is extremely long lasting, so much so it may continue to stain your lips the next day!
Autumn Lipstick & Nail Varnish Picks // Fall Make-up Beauty Flaylay // Lauren Rose Bell // Fashion Beauty Lifestyle blogger London // Bbloggers
Mac Lip Pencil in 'Currant'
Autumn Lipstick & Nail Varnish Picks // Fall Make-up Beauty Flaylay // Lauren Rose Bell // Fashion Beauty Lifestyle blogger London // Bbloggers

What are your favourite lip and nail products for Autumn? Are there any amazing shades I am missing that I need to try or add to my collection - I would love to know!!

Until Next Time, LRB x
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Saturday, 22 October 2016

Pumpkin Pickin'

Pumpkin Picking at Craigies Farm, Edinburgh, Scotland // Autumn // Lauren Rose Fashion Lifestyle Blogger
I have wanted to go pumpkin picking for so long now that I was honestly so excited when I found one I could go to. I thought you could only do this in America but after a few google searches I found a little fruit farm that is also a deli and cafe, just outside of Edinburgh in Scotland called 'Craigies Farm'.
Pumpkin Picking at Craigies Farm, Edinburgh, Scotland // Autumn // Lauren Rose Fashion Lifestyle Blogger
Pumpkin Picking at Craigies Farm, Edinburgh, Scotland // Autumn // Lauren Rose Fashion Lifestyle Blogger
So, when I was back home visiting friends and family, my boyfriend and I decided to drive out into the countryside to Craigies Farm in search of the perfect pumpkin..
Pumpkin Picking at Craigies Farm, Edinburgh, Scotland // Autumn // Lauren Rose Fashion Lifestyle BloggerPumpkin Picking at Craigies Farm, Edinburgh, Scotland // Autumn // Lauren Rose Fashion Lifestyle BloggerPumpkin Picking at Craigies Farm, Edinburgh, Scotland // Autumn // Lauren Rose Fashion Lifestyle Blogger
Pumpkin Picking at Craigies Farm, Edinburgh, Scotland // Autumn // Lauren Rose Fashion Lifestyle Blogger
Pumpkin Picking at Craigies Farm, Edinburgh, Scotland // Autumn // Lauren Rose Fashion Lifestyle Blogger
I was amazed at how different some of the pumpkins looked. I just thought they were always orange, but we found green ones, yellow ones, huge ones and small baby ones. Some were still growing attached to the vines in the ground, whereas the ones that were ready to take home had been cut from their vines ready to pick up.Pumpkin Picking at Craigies Farm, Edinburgh, Scotland // Autumn // Lauren Rose Fashion Lifestyle BloggerPumpkin Picking at Craigies Farm, Edinburgh, Scotland // Autumn // Lauren Rose Fashion Lifestyle Blogger
Pumpkin Picking at Craigies Farm, Edinburgh, Scotland // Autumn // Lauren Rose Fashion Lifestyle Blogger
I eventually found the perfect pumpkin and you can tell how happy I was about it!
Pumpkin Picking at Craigies Farm, Edinburgh, Scotland // Autumn // Lauren Rose Fashion Lifestyle Blogger
It was so much fun and I absolutely loved being able to pick your own one from the field rather than getting one from the local supermarket. It was so nice to get outdoors and do something a bit different for the morning. I definitely felt like a proper country bumpkin and I can't wait to go back again next year!
Pumpkin Picking at Craigies Farm, Edinburgh, Scotland // Autumn // Lauren Rose Fashion Lifestyle BloggerPumpkin Picking at Craigies Farm, Edinburgh, Scotland // Autumn // Lauren Rose Fashion Lifestyle Blogger
We paid just £2 entry each to get into the patch and then an extra £6 for the two pumpkins we chose. They also gave us free pumpkin carving kits with each pumpkin, which were actually amazing and so much easier to use than your usual knife.
Pumpkin Picking at Craigies Farm, Edinburgh, Scotland // Autumn // Lauren Rose Fashion Lifestyle Blogger
We brought the pumpkins away to centre parcs for the week with us so we could carve them with my cousins and they were equally as thrilled when we arrive with them. We had a pumpkin carving competition and I think they both turned out wonderful in there own way - so we called it a tie!
Pumpkin Picking at Craigies Farm, Edinburgh, Scotland // Autumn // Lauren Rose Fashion Lifestyle Blogger
Craigies also do all types of fruit picking over the year, from blackberries to redcurrents to plums and even pea's, so it is definitely worth a trip. They also had a lovely deli shop full of organic and fresh produce, as well as a cute little cafe. Not only can you pick pumpkins at this time of year, but you can also pick your own apples there at the moment. Pumpkin Picking at Craigies Farm, Edinburgh, Scotland // Autumn // Lauren Rose Fashion Lifestyle Blogger
You can have a look at everything they have on offer on their website here. I will definitely be taking a trip back in summer to do some strawberry picking. I also really want to try the cafe as everything looked delicious and full of amazing homemade organic food.

I am sure there are loads of other pumpkin patches around the UK, so if you are interested in finding one just give it a google like I did  - hope you find one nearby that you can visit before October is over :)

Until next time, LRB xx
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Sunday, 16 October 2016

One year on...

It has been a whole year since I moved to London and I honestly can't believe how fast it has gone. How is it possible that it was over a year ago since I graduated and started my first graduate job down here? It genuinely doesn't feel that long at all...

Time seems to go so much faster as an adult and I think of people from uni or home that I haven't seen in over a year and I can't quite get my head around it.

So... how am I feeling one year on? Overall, pretty damn great. I am so happy in my job, flat and with everyone I have around me here in London. I am also still as much in love with London as I have ever been. It is such an amazing place, so much to do and see and experience and that is really what life is all about, experiencing everything you can.

Do I ever feel homesick? For the first three months after I moved, living in London to me was the most exciting thing ever, I was so busy all the time that I never had much time to feel too homesick. However at the beginning of this year the novelty wore off slightly and I felt super homesick after Christmas. For the first three months after moving here I never went home at all. I think that was really important for me to get used to living so far away. At University, it was only a 2 hour journey to get home, so I still felt super close to all my family. Being in London, logistically I am very far from all my family, boyfriend and best friends and that is probably the hardest thing about living here. But I have to say I have fully settled here now. Of course I still miss my family, boyfriend and best friends who are all still back in Scotland but I don't tend to get homesick anymore like I used to. I don't miss the place, but I miss the people and I do try and get back and see everyone as much as I possibly can. My boyfriend also comes down to visit quite a lot, so there is never a month that goes by without seeing each other.

How is the new flat? After recently moving flats, I am so much happier in my home and the area I live in. It is crazy how a change of location in a city can impact you. I feel so much more at home and settled in my new flat and feel like it has made my bond with my flatmates even stronger and I feel closer than ever to them.

What do I love the most? I am incredibly lucky to work with the most amazing bunch of girls that I am so grateful to have met. One thing about living in London I love is meeting people from all over the world who work and live here in London. I now have friends who are from Hong Kong, Lithuania, Italy, Poland, Ireland and other parts of England. It is really amazing.

Now time for all the feels....
After realising it has been a whole year that I have moved here for the other day, I think I have been feeling slightly emotional. I had the weirdest nostalgic moment whilst waiting to pick up my prescription from the pharmacy. It took me right back to being a little girl and waiting on my prescription back at home in Scotland, whilst my mum would nip to get us a chippy from the chip shop. Who knew as a little girl I would grow up and live and work a million miles away from the little town I called home. It made me miss being young and also half hoped my mum would be waiting outside for me with fish and chips. I think it also made me emotional because organising my prescription/medicine was something my mum always did for me, even when I was old enough to sort it out for myself. I liked that she looked after me and pushed the responsibility away. Now I feel like a proper adult, who has to organise her own medicine and not rely on her mum to do everything for her anymore. Not to be over dramatic here, but I have to take medicine daily, so it is kiiiind of essential to my life to always make sure I have enough medicine and take it. There is nobody else making sure it's always there for me, I have to do it myself. Let me just give me a little pat on the back for keeping myself alive - haha

It is just so weird to think that I will never have those moments again. (Unless I am at home for the weekend in Scotland, in that case I fully expect my mum to take care of me and treat me like her little girl again, book me a hair appointment and sort my travel insurance out - thaaaanks haha)

I hope this post wasn't too rambly and that some of it made some sense. I just kind of wrote all the thoughts that I have in my head right now.

To summarise, I feel so proud, happy and grateful of where I am and with everything I have achieved so far and I feel as though I can successfully stand on my own two feet, which is an amazing feeling.

So here is to the next year of London life...who knows what it will bring?!?!

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Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The Chunky Knit

The Chunky Knit // Autumn Fall Fashion Style Outfit OOTD WIWT trend // Lauren Rose
Autumn is my favourite time of year. I love the fresh, brisk mornings, the crunch of fallen leaves on the ground and also because it mean's that it is finally time to get those big cosy knits out, layer up and keep cosy....
The Chunky Knit // Autumn Fall Fashion Style Outfit OOTD WIWT trend // Lauren Rose
I found this knitted jumper in H&M recently and I have barely taken it off since. It is the perfect addition to my winter wardrobe. Not only is it the ideal jumper for keeping warm in the flat at night but I have also been loving wearing it casually with jeans at the weekend or in this case dressing it up a bit with a leather skirt and some snazzy boots. I love the slouchy fit of it and just how comfy it is to wear. It was such a bargain too for just £15 - WOOP - you can shop it online here!
I have also been obsessed with backpack's recently. I just find it so much easier to wizz around London with everything on my back rather than lugging around a proper handbag and conveniently fits my gym gear into it too, so I don't have to take an extra bag to work when I plan to go to the gym. I picked this one up in Primark a couple of months ago and I have to say I am pleasantly surprised with how well it has lasted. I have been using it almost every day and it still looks as good as new.
Knitted Jumper - H&M
Burgundy Leather Skirt - Zara
Boots - Mango
Backpack - Primark

It has been pretty cold in London this week so not everyone is probably brave enough to brace the weather in no tights, but I think this outfit would look equally as good with a pair of cosy tights too. I am excited to share some more Autumn fashion post's soon, I feel super inspired by fashion at the moment and really fallen in love with all Autumn/Winter trends. Please say I am not the only one that want's to buy the whole of Zara's AW16 collection? I am in love. I think New Look also have some amazing Autumn/Winter pieces in at the moment!

Let me know if you liked this outfit and if you would like to see more Autumnal outfit posts on my blog soon?

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Have a fabulous week and speak soon! LRB x


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