Vienna tourist board event

Have you ever done something totally out of your comfort zone? I did this week!

The Vienna tourist board showcased Viennese Modernism at the Somerset House on the 11th October 2017. The event marked the 100th year anniversary of the deaths of historical modernist artists;  Klimpt, Scheile, Wagner and Moser whom broke out in modernism for a brave change to Viennese art.

Toms Kitchen: If you’ve been wading my blog from the start then you’ll know that I’m a lover of anything edible. Culinary delights were served throughout the evening. Starters consisted of warm feta cheese and beetroot hugged by filo pastry, chipolata sausages marinated in sticky maple and honey sauce, floral bowls of pomegranate and pine nut salad garnished with rocket and edible flower petals.

More you say?

Two mains. Haddock and clams with infused saffron risotto rice. The other dish – shredded lamb, creamy mash and hot lamb gravy…. mmm.

Desert anyone? Fine and delicate triangle chocolate brownie with miniature scoops of sorbet topped with pistachio shavings. God I always make myself hungry writing these things.

The event:

Being oh so new to this I had no idea what to expect! So turning up and entering a room full of intellectual people was very overwhelming. Sip… that was me hiding my nerves with some of the Viennese wine they had handed around. Thank you very much! After a glass or two I felt my nerves settle and started to explore what the event had in store for us.

The installation was magnificent. Covering three countries already and seven more to go, it was an honour to be part of the board meeting discussing such great historical artistry.

One artist I had previously crossed prior to the event was Gustav Klimt, famously renowned for his painting of Adele Bloch- Bauer, The Lady in Gold. I had heard the story and later watched the film which clearly modernises the emotional story of the infamous paintings theft, and the law suit filed by Maria Altmann that followed it. A truly emotional story, just one of thousands like it.

After the speech we found ourselves immersed in conversations with some extraordinary people. I got into a deep conversation with a lady who was very informative and gave me some great advice on writing style. At this stage I’d never felt so lucky to be at a place like this. Only a few hours ago I was at my day job, then, at an art event speaking with a lifestyle writer who happened to write for Forbes. I felt honoured to get such great advice.

Being so nervous about what to expect, I never thought I would be in a situation like this. I now always live by, “feel the fear and do it anyway” because I feel that I’ve got something to gain. Imagine if I’d said no to going to such an inspiring event.

I’d love to know what you’ve done recently to step out of your comfort zone, please comment below your thoughts! Or maybe you’d like to subscribe for my next little adventure?

What did Lauren do next…

Gratification:

With thanks to my supportive best friend Zoe who came with me to my first event.

Thank you to Luxuria Lifestyle, who I was honoured to represent at the Vienna tourist board event.

Thank you to Charlotte Fox who made our time at the Vienna Tourist board event all the more special.

Please do head over to their page Luxuria Lifestyle for even more interesting reads. X

Luxuria Lifestyle

When it all just goes wrong…

Do you ever feel like everything is just going horribly wrong? Yep! I did this week. A nightmare. I mean, who cries at work over a bit of a cold? Me obviously.

I’ve been sat here for about an hour now procrastinating over my day at work today. It consisted of taking rather tedious phone calls and filing LOTS of paperwork. Long day.

I then came to the decision that I’d share with you how emotional my week at work has been because it’s actually quite funny coming to think about it.

Apart from the lovely evening with my dad last night who actually put everything into perspective, my weeks been a total disaster. Woke up late Monday full of cold, Tuesday I managed to get myself into a sulk with my flat mate (we’ve made up now, thank goodness, I love her dearly). Wednesday I spent my day deteriorating and moaning all day, Thursday I’d just about had enough then Friday it all got a bit much and I burst into tears over having a blocked nose. My manager brought me lemsip then gave up and sent me home to rest. FEW!

But it’s Saturday now and next week is a new week packed with exciting things! It’s also going to be my Birthday! I’m attending an Art Launch next Wednesday and then following this this my boyfriend is whisking me away somewhere. He’s feeling rather smug not telling me the location bar giving me outfits details. “Please pack a swimsuit, nice outfit, day clothes and an over night bag…” Ok. Now your as excited as me to find out where he’s taking me too! I’ll reveal all to you next week. I’ll also be modelling for a new clothes company next Sunday morning, my Birthday. That should be an experience and a half!

And SIGH. I actually let out a huge sign whilst in mid-type here. One hell of a week to put behind me and one exciting week to look forward to!

Yep! We all have good and bad days, there’s no point hiding behind a glossy photo pretending my life’s picture perfect because it’s far from it. But I’m a working progress and what I have right now I am so so grateful for! Including the meal I had last night which is so totally irrelevant but look… It was yummy.

Anyway, signing off now because I actually need to try and have a life this evening. Everyman cinema and pizza it is! Oh and by the way, if you’ve never visited the Everyman cinema I highly recommend. It’ll change your cinema experience for ever!

Love Sheps x

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DRUNCH

I’m going to say now, I spent 5 hours at this place. Each course lured me into staying for the next. First came the cocktails, then the mains and then out came that heavenly cheesecake.

I didn’t even know I liked cheesecake until I devoured the whole thing in one. Well… with a little help from my friend who sat enduringly hungover in the corner next to me.

So let me set the scene for you. Soft jazz music, velvet buttoned sofas and on tables perched crystal glasses. It felt like Gatsby took a step into the millennium. I positioned myself in the far corner. This way I could observe my surroundings. Art hung on the wall and outside fellow Londoners were enjoying shish which filled the air with fruity aromas. A very idyllic Instagram setting.

Okay. Hope fully I’ve grabbed your attention. Listen to this whilst you finish reading to immerse yourself a little more: 🎵 Iris Mohammed Loren’s dance.Listening? Great I have your attention.

The food you ask? Oh well be patient! Let’s talk cocktails first. Now if you enjoy your picturesque photos and need a good Instagram snap, DRUNCH has it sorted for you. Take a look below:

I mean who doesn’t want a lil painting of Mona Lisa floating in a pretty pink drink. Cute right? And yes, that is Candy floss with a tiny origami swan on the next! I think that bartender deserves a round of applause for his skills in mixology.>

Wearing a little PLT number: Skirt and dress knitted Co-ord- Darling. £25<<<<<<<<<

DRUNCH: Please can we just appreciate the name of this restaurant for a second. Us millenniums are super lazy but this abbreviation has us covered. DRUNCH– Drinks/ Lunch/ brunch Lets have it altogether.

Phenomenal eggs royal. Perfectly cooked and exquisitely scrumptious.

There’s first for everyone, I tried an Acai bowl for the first time. Delightfully light and full of flavour. 10/10 for both dishes. I’m easily pleased but it’s certainly a restaurant I’d feel comfortable bringing my mother too. She’s a woman of fine taste.

Ideal of Sweden phone cases making a little appearance 🇸🇪

Don’t go yet! You’ll miss the best part! Did someone say Cheese cake earlier???

So I will admit. The only cheesecake I’ve EVER liked has been my dad homemade blueberry cheesecake. It wasn’t until today I found my new love. Salted Caramel Popcorn Cheesecake. Oh my… I mean. Sorry to sound clique but this cheesecake was a match made in heaven. I highly recommend this as a desert when you finally decide that DRUNCH is also your new favourite lunch spot.

“Isn’t he gorgeous ?”

Well, if I haven’t made you want to visit DRUNCH after showing you how mouth-watering celestial their food is then give me your address because I’m taking you there now.

Book now to reserve: http://www.drunch.co.uk

DRUNCH is the new way to Brunch x

Let’s be confident!

It’s so hard to be confident within yourself in this day and age. We spend minutes, hours, days just looking in the mirror, scrolling through Instagram and other forms of social media trolling ourselves until we feel rotten inside.

Everyone is guilty of it. I’m guilty of it. Why? Because I am a normal person. We see photos of stick thin models, bronzed goddesses and Botox filled faces and think to ourselves, “I don’t look that nice compared to them”. I have recently been reading a fabulous book which I was inspired by @healthchefsteph to read after seeing it on her Instagram story. I thought that I would give this book a go and I can honestly say it has made me see the better half of me.

Feel the fear and do it anyway

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Feel-Fear-Anyway-Indecision-Confidence/dp/0091907071

The clue is in the book’s title. I have now been reading this for just over a week and have almost finished its glorious pages. Susan Jeffers, the author of this book, has rebuilt the confidence within me.

“Feel the fear and do it anyway”

She speaks about fear as if it’s not even a word. Like it’s just a fragment of our imagination. A mindset that’s stops us from doing something out of the ordinary.

From reading this book I have excelled in my blogging. Because I’ve thought, “fuck it“. Oh my goodness I swore! I shouldn’t do that. Naughty me.

Over the last few weeks I’ve felt more confident than ever. I’ve stopped comparing myself to others and focused on ME. Yes, its selfish right? No.

I’m in my early 20’s and these are your selfish years.

I have been in some dark places growing up but I finely feel like I have a purpose in life. I feel confident. Not all the time, sometimes I feel super rubbish about myself but its okay to feel that way.

So I urge you to do the same thing! Stop comparing yourself, read a book, do something out of the ordinary! Feel the fear and do it anyway.

Peace out ✌🏽 Love of love Shep’s x

Hungover much?

So I’m sat here on my Sunday evening thinking, “Wouldn’t it be quite comical to post something about how hung over all of our little souls probably are today?”

We all know that gut feeling. Nothing makes it worse than knowing you slut dropped your way to Vom Town. Those pungent self-loathing blurry memories from the night before. Right now you have the inability to talk any sense at all. You try to move out of bed or even get your head out of the bin your best mate put by the side of you the night before. It’s a strange and confusing time: Do I eat? , What do I drink? Water…. I need water… GASP. Everything is a challenge. I have assembled together a list of things to make you feel better the next time your head is pounding from slamming too many tequila shots. All you need is feel-better food, lots of fluid, a movie and a long steamy bubble bath.

So here’s your I feel like death day guide to surviving a hangover.

1. No Alarm!

 Darlings, wake up naturally. There is nothing worse than forgetting to switch your weekly work alarm off and it startles you from your deep dehydrated sleep at 7:00am. Switch it off before the weekend and let the light outside wake you up naturally. Although you’ll be feeling dearly dreadful, a lil bit of natural light isn’t a bad thing to wake you up.

2. Paracetamol and Berroca at the ready!

Ladies and gents. Yes gents too. Before you set out on your night of partying put a little gift box by the side of your bed. Paracetamol, water bottle, berroca, make-up wipes, face oil and a fruit smoothie. Put it right next to where you rest your little head before bedtime. You’ll feel thankful the next day when you wake up feeling like a piece of shrivelled fruit.

3. Fresh bed sheets.

Ok so this might be a bit of a challenge. If you can change those alcohol scented sheets and swap them for Lenor scented ones along with a fresh pair of jammies. Nothing is better than clean sheets.

4. “BACON IS GOOD FOR ME”

Your best friend when you wake up will be food. From a full English to Avocado on toast have as much carb loaded food as you possibly can. Today your allowed to bloat like a balloon.Today is your day. Feel fabulous.

5. Ye old Classic movie.

Ahh it’s Sunday after all. Put on your fave movie, dim the lights and get comfy.

6. Fresh air is good for you.

Now if you’ve managed to put in fresh bed sheets, you’ve got enough energy to get out. Fresh air will only make you feel better. Take a walk or if your feeling sorry for yourself stick your head out the window at the very least.

7. Shower or bath.

Depending on what you’re doing on your day of dread; Either a shower or a bath will sort your life out. If your off out for the day – Have a refreshing cold shower. It will wake you up! If you’ve been a slob and just want to wind down. Run the bath, pour the bubbles in, light some candles. Revert back to tip number 5 and set up your Disney film. (Please don’t be silly and in your hungover state electrocute yourself. K thanks)

Monday is near approaching and I’m getting quite hangry so I’m going to leave you with my seven top tips and I’m going to wake my boyfriend up so he can make me something yummy.

Lots of love and I hope your hangovers aren’t too atrocious today x

Berry Blast Breakfast Smoothie 🍓🍇🍒

Let me tell you about my little scrummy secret…. The hint is in the name.

BERRY BLAST BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE

Oh mother this is good!

I absolutely used to HATE breakfast. Let’s face it, no one really can be bothered to make a nutritious breakfast in the morning unless it’s cooked and put in front of you. I’m lazy okay?

So I’m about to let you into a little secret of mine. My go-to breakfast smoothie which keeps me going until lunch time. For me, this smoothie has made such a change in, not only my diet, but it helps give me the right nutritional balance I need to help set my day up correctly.

So your now wondering what’s in it right? Ok. Let me tell you….

Ingredients

  • Handful of Strawberries (Cut their little green hair off)
  • Handful of frozen Blueberries/ Blackberries and raspberries – They don’t have to be frozen but I tend to put them in the freezer once brought to keep them fresh.
  • Half a banana – if you like it sweet this is a must!
  • 5 Seconds worth of coconut milk. You heard, literally carefully pour 5 second worth in.
  • Two scoops of your favourite protein powder (Mine being Cookies and cream by Cute nutrition.)

https://cutenutrition.com/collections/weight-loss?constraint=cookies-cream

Make sure it is all nicely fitting into a blender and SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE senora!

Blend the smoothie until completely blended (Ya don’t want any unwanted chunky bits of fruit!) Pour into a smoothie glass or on the go? Protein shaker (Usually £5 from any health store or supermarket).

Bobs your uncle! No he’s not…

Honestly, I wouldn’t be up writing at 7am before making it myself if I didn’t think it was worth it! So if your reading this post this morning and have some time after… Give it a try you will thank me later. Have a super amazing day and enjoy your week wherever you are or whatever you’re doing.

Love Sheps x

You could also try making an Acai bowl (not my image) by chopping up fruit, adding a scoop of peanut butter and some oats) YUM

ICONIC London

Can I just say that I am NOT  a makeup artist or, in any way, have a hand like Charlotte Tilbury. I am a complete amateur when it comes to applying makeup, but like anyone, I do my best! If you haven’t already invested in the Iconic range, I hope what I’m about to say changes your mind… Or not but either way I love their products.

I’ve always been curious about their highlighters and especially their foundation sticks. But it wasn’t until last week, when I received the BEST parcel at work, my make up game was changed forever.

So here’s me. “Hey me“, no make up, I’d just got out the shower ready for full pre-going out prep. Excuse the slightly crossed eyes. That sun was bloody blinding.

I don’t really use a lot of make up and I try to not 🎂🍰 myself too thickly in foundation but I have quickly made friends with ICONICs foundation sticks. They’re so light but the coverage t gives you is so natural looking it makes me want to cry. Ladies if you haven’t already purchased you need to now.

The highlighter is just a little bit of a girls dream come true. I’m a sucker for a pretty highlighter and I have come across sooooo many OTT ones which, to be quite frank, make me look like a unicorn on popping candy. 🦄🍭 It’s never a great look when you have too much on. But this one! The cute little packaging it comes in makes it all the more fun to put on.

So, drum roll please!!!! Rather impressed with my makeup skills here! But ladies, don’t forget, although make up can transform your face and can give us a little bit of self-confidence. Don’t forget how beautiful you are naturally 💗

What’s in my wash bag

NOTICE this is not a promotional post just love and sharing!

In the recent weeks a lot of you have been asking me questions about my skin care routine over messages and saying that my skin looks like it glows. I mean it doesn’t literally glow… Glowing makes me sound like my face is the bottom of a fire-fly. But thank you it really means a lot for everyone’s comments.

I have been wanting to post this for a while. I’m super excited to tell you all about my skin care routine and what products I use in order to maintain healthy looking skin.

I have been extremely privileged over my teenage years that I have had very few spots. And now being in my early twenties I think it’s so important for us girls and ladies to be confident with our appearance. That’s why I really want to share with you some of the products I have been using over the years to help maintain clearer skin.

These products won’t work for everyone as we all have different skin types. Luckily enough – my skin type tends to chop and change, depending on how my diet is at that point.

Please do share with your friends and family the products I use! They’re all super affordable and from the bottom of my heart- they work!

Boots Time delay face oil:

 

 

Oh Em Gee! Too spell it out literally. This serum I cannot live without. It can easily be added into your regime for just £5 a bottle.

It’s so simple to use. I’d recommend this for anyone who’s skin needs that healthy glow or is a little bit dry. This is my favorite product. It smells of chocolate orange 🍫🍊 and makes my skin look and feel like a Victoria Secret model. (Or how I’d imagine their skin would feel anyway!

 

WOW

So moving onto my hair quickly… I’ve tried out of a few of WOW’s hair products and I must say, I’m a huge fan of some of their range.

“I can’t believe how good these products are. I only used them for the first time two nights ago but I am already starting to notice the different – even after one wash!”The Kale Cocktail: Has been my favorite emergency hair product when it comes to soft/ nourished hair. My hair went from frizz-bomb too Herbal- Essences advert in only one use. You only have to use a coin size amount of this stuff on towel dried hair to see and feel the difference. It smells INCREDIBLE but it does say on the bottle, “not the drinking kind of cocktail”. Out of all their products – Kale Cocktail is the goddess of hair products. Now that says something.

Speed dry: Adding this bad boy into my life has been a total game changer. Working 11 hour days isn’t fun, so making sure you save your time is vital. Speed dry not only works as a heat protector but it also helps shorten dry time!

WOW is certainly my new go-to hair guru.

 

Urban Veda – My little travel buddies So I haven’t really had a chance to write about these until now. Their products are so fresh and light for your skin. Perfect travel essentials. They’re small to pack and their scents remind me of being in a spa in the country side!

My favourite is there Radiance face cream. I use this after I have cleansed in the morning before using my face serum. They’re well priced and easy to chuck in your hand bag or travel bag for an unexpected getaway.

The perfect day

I woke up Monday morning with positivity flooding out of me. The sun was shining, I felt refreshed, I had so much planned to make it the perfect bank holiday Monday.

Brunch at The Chiltern firehouse:

If you’re looking for class The Chiltern Firehouse is your new favourite hangout.

My grandparents and I made reservation here Monday morning for Brunch. My granddad, being a local, knew the doorman so we were greeted and looked after superbly.

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The Chiltern is Alfresco dining at its best. Little tables and sofas with crystal drinking glasses placed on top, covered by flowered foliage. The sunshine gave it the perfect setting for a spot of brunch.

Half an hour later we were seated inside.

The Chiltern Fire house is famously known for being an old fire station and was established in 1889 and converted in 2013 into one of London iconic hot spots.

The food was exquisite. As we went for brunch, I couldn’t resist the Eggs Benedict. Fresh ham, gluten-free bread – just for me, the BEST hollandaise sauce which was super rich in flavor and super creamy. This was topped off by a freshly squeezed OJ.

 

Off for some shopping!

I planned on browsing Zara’s latest collections however found myself in Bershka! A first time for me visiting this shop. I picked up some mega cute outfits. Of course, I kept it all within my monthly spending. Come on now, let’s all admit, we need to treat ourselves once in a while but not all of us are made of money. Right?

Items purchased below:

Jumpsuit: £22.99 // Blazer: £29.99 Matching shorts: £15.99

Poolside fun:

Lastly, a dip in the pool along with some family time. Well needed. It’s so lovely seeing my younger siblings. Watching them grow up and become the most amazing of women.

Pamper time:

Annnnnddd wind down. Skin routine, green tea, television and an early night. It’s the little things that count remember?

Talking of skin routines, a lot of you have asked what skin products I use to have such clear skin.I’m thinking that in my next blog post I need to show you! Watch his space because I’m so excited to share with you my skin care routine! So yes, another personal post. I love to share with everyone what makes me happy in the hope that it brings a smile to your face as well!

Love you all

Shep’s xxx

After a new phone case?

Ideal of Sweden

I found this company near enough about 1 month ago and hands down they are my favorite company for phone cases.

Not only are they utterly aesthetically pleasing, they have saved my phone from smashing about four times now!

Definitely go check them out!

Use my code lauren20 for 20% all purchases!

Their patterns are super cute and make a great accessory.

Love Sheps xx