I’ve taken sometime from blogging to discover who I am on the internet “Av a lil read”

As you’ve probably seen I haven’t really being “creating content” as such this summer. I’ve been enjoying my time in the sunshine. I’ve been on holidays, trodden through muddy fields at festivals, got stuck into my full time job, learning the ropes of it and improving on my photography skills along the way. It’s been a whirl wind. I moved in with the girls just over a month ago now and finally feel at home, settled into our crib. I’m really in a good place. It’s taken a while for me to feel the way I feel to be honest. I’ve had some rookie past times, like we all do, we learn from things and take the best from a bad situation.

I have taken the summer to really think about what I want to give to you guys as my audience. I love you all so much and I really am grateful to everyone of you for clicking the follow button this year and hope to see my little corner of the internet grow into a beautiful little flower 🙊

I have literally thought about everything, likes, dislikes, what’s trending, what’s just utter bullocks on the net right now. Nothing was sticking. I tried the whole bright and colourful blogger thing, the non theme and the I cba layout, fashion, lifestyle you name it I’ve been thinking about it this summer.

But then it struck upon me that actually I want something that appeals to me and to me mostly. That’s what Instagram and these social platforms are about right? Creating a platform to show case YOU. And then I started to really think. I thought about MY likes and dislikes, what appeals to ME and what I think is bullocks on the net right now.

I want you guys to see a bit of me. So here’s a bit about me to give you an idea on how I have come about my new theme and style of, well, me.

Let’s start with the fact I am fucking lazy. If I had it my way, I wouldn’t be working. I’d have a 40%/60% ratio of bed time and just doing what ever the hell I want time. Obviously the higher figure will be spent in bed.

I’m arty. Yeh, I love art. Old art, historical art. Art that tells a story and has emotional attachment to it. Not Mona Lisa type shit. Let’s be honest here, it’s rather small and sat in a museum in France. If you’re lucky enough you might even get into the room next to it to simply watch people’s dull expressions. I’m talking about the art you don’t see plastered all over billboards. Art from da soul. You get it. I like soulful art.

I love me time. Me time comes with great opportunities to write endless lists, I love reading poetry by Rupi Kapour (yes I am basic but please proceed) I hate baths but on the odd occasion it comes in handy for me time.

My friends are my family. I love them to bits and the fact I get to live with two of them has made me feel more at home than I have ever done before.

Coffee dates with old friends and cake in unknown cafes. It’s a thing I think most people like to do. Catching up with an old friend you haven’t seen in a long time like you only saw them yesterday. One of comforts best attributes.

I’m wild and a bit nocturnal.

“Lauren why are you so tired?”

“Oh I was up until 2am.”

“Why?”

“I fancied a plain bagel as a midnight snack”.

I’m rarely asleep but like I have a relationship with my bed. Fact. If you catch me on a blue moon the term Wild is probably loosely used to depict a night out with Sheps. It’s not an often occurrence but I don’t like to take like too seriously. Motto: You only live once and my personal favourite. You can get money back but never your time. Live up your 20’s like it’s your last frolicking day.

I am fucking weird. I have a weird sense of humour. I can’t comment much here. Ask my friends.

I’m a bit moody if I don’t get my own way. HA. Definition of a pre Madonna in the making maybe? Nah I’m not a diva at all but I don’t like when something doesn’t go my way.

Comfort and cuddles win all.

I like wine.

My wardrobe has had a total transformation into a 90’s Victoria Beckham or Jennifer Anniston fashion line. Watch out for neutral tones galore and a dash of editorial.

So I hope that gives you a bit of an insight into the mind of Lauren and I do apologise for the atrocious foul language in this blog post. I just felt it made it a bit more dramatic seeing as my vocabulary isn’t exactly inspiring.

So here it is…. Welcome to me and welcome to my new space on the Internet ⭐️🌙✌🏽

A FASHUN LIST:

Dress is Loavies – Tap here

Bag is Vintage Gucci – Unknown soz

Hair is Daniel Galvin – Tap here

Necklaces are Pretty Little thing – Tap here

All photos are credited to the wonderful @sarahellen_photogrpahy – Sarah Treacher

All Lightroom Presets are credited to @laurenhannahshepherd and will be launching soon…

Find a statement piece that makes you feel like THE statement

RED!

It’s actually my new all time favourite colour. I realised when anything red would catch my eye, I would automatically be drawn to it. The colour of love. It’s bright it’s bold. Ok so if there’s one colour I could wear for the rest of my life. It would be red.

As I south of mentioned in my previous blog post, I think it is so important to feel confident within your body, Now that doesn’t matter what shape, height or size you are, what matters is that deep down? You’re a happy bunny,

I always used to opt for blacks, greys, browns and dark khaki colours (shades…) I’d always feel that I was hidden. I mean, Its absolutely fine to wear whatever bloody colour you want but find YOUR statement piece which makes you feel like the bees knees.

It could be, pink blue, green, RED, aqua or even yellow! For me, it just makes me feel brighter and happier and its certainly a step outside my comfort zone.

PICK YOUR COLOUR SAND FEEL FABULOUS!

Love Sheps x

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Floral is my new game changer

I NEVER write up look books but I thought it was about time since your comments have been so amazing, especially about all my floral prints that have been making an appearance in lately. Seeing as we have just had international woman day theres nothing better to talk about our confidence.

Theres something about finding an item of clothing and LOVING it that makes you feel ultra confident and super sexy (at times). I think its so important that we maximise feeling positive in any situation. For example; if your having a bad day, rock it with some vibrant colour or a new lip stick (animal cruelty free though) Rain or shine, if I’m feeling down, my go-to pick me up will always be making myself feel good again. Confidence is key in some aspects and although I am I not always the most confident of people I like to make the most of it when I do feel like super woman.

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I have absolutely no idea what i’m doing

So this is a bit of a truth post now. About all this blogging malarkey. In a months time I’ll be wishing my little space on the internet a very happy Birthday. Of course I’ll be celebrating as a year in the making of, well, me is a truly big thing for me.

When I started my blog almost a year ago I literally just started it as a “new year new me” resolution and I never thought I would be still typing up my thought process this far down the line. But here I am and my passion and love for it grows stronger and stronger. My writing skills have improved dramatically but no doubt there will still be typos and misspelt words within this very blog post. But who gives a crap!

I have learnt a ten tonnes of stuff along the way and I am still learning a lot on what blogging is all about but the truth is it’s all still very alien to me. It’s been a gift being able to learn on the job. Learning new writing styles, where to put a comma, what to write about, what to post, what to wear, who to write to, who’s my audience, am I doing this right? And so forth. The list is endless but so exhilarating when at the end of each post I know that I have done this. I have created this all from that little pea brain of mine. Trust it’s a small brain.

So that leads me into my next thought. I have had some amazing messages and comments on both my content and writing and it brings me absolute joy that you, yes you, have been reading my hard work. The praise is phenomenal so I couldn’t thank you more. You’ve asked me how I do it? How do I start up a blog? Well leading back to the title of this post, I have no bloody clue! Nada!

However, I wanted to share with you my best advice from what I have learnt and hopefully it’ll help you start your own, I guess, online diary about you!

Be you:

There’s nothing worse then seeing someone’s beautiful personality being shattered because they want to be like someone else. My biggest and most important message is to just be you. Find something personal about yourself, something interesting that someone (or you) would like the read and see. The best bloggers are authentic and each to their own and I love that personal touch.

Don’t say yes to every brand:

There will come a point that brands will want you to promote their stuff by either gifting or paying you which is absolutely amazing. It’s ok to say no sometimes, if you don’t value or trust the brand don’t post? It’s a thing I have picked up along the way. If you yes yes to everything you begin to look like an online shopping portal like eBay or Amazon and you lose your sense of personal touch. Value your loved brands 💗

Find yourself:

LOL! Did I actually just title this section “find yourself”? Well, to be honest it’s true! Blogging has kind of taught me who I am, what my interests are, slowly, I am developing my own theme across my blog and social media which fits me and who I am. It’s a trial and error process but exciting when you finally figure it out!

Put your phone down:

Head space. Keep your head clear at the most part of times as it will help you think more. I tend to put my phone on flight mode when it gets to a certain point in the evening. A good nights sleeps is well needed especially when you’re the type of person who can’t switch off.

Doodle pad and notes:

Here I am again nattering about my notepads but they honestly work. Write down your ideas when your out and about if you have a brain wave for a blog post. You’ll never go short on what to write! It’s also great to doodle in.

Write from the heart:

God these titles are getting a wee bit cringe now aren’t they? There’s nothing more noteworthy when a blogger writes from the heart. You can tell there is care and it’s all the more distinctive to read. Be passionate and don’t do it just because it’s ‘work’.

I guess you could almost say I am writing this as reminders to myself as well as just for you! I’d love to say that I have cracked the whole blogger scene but truthfully I am still in the process of learning the ins and outs and the rights from wrongs.

The most important thing for me is that I have found something which pushes me to the limits and beyond, its something I am proud of and finally I can say I have a passion for something.

ℍ𝕒𝕡𝕡𝕪 𝕊𝕒𝕥𝕦𝕣𝕕𝕒𝕪 𝕞𝕪 𝕞𝕠𝕠𝕟 𝕓𝕖𝕒𝕞

Oh and here’s some photos of me which are totally unrelated but the beret was pretty chic so here this are:

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 💗

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

The last of the summer days and the little things

I’m really excited for Autumn but summer is near to its end and I must admit, I’m getting a little sad it’s almost over.

So I have to tell you about the day I had the other week. We sat in the sizzling sun, had mountains of Costco brought salad and topped it off with a make shift pool side BBQ, making smore’s. Yum.

I was in my element. With family, the sun and ‘food glorious food’.

My post today is about the little things in life and how we should embrace life and appreciate these little things.

I often forget how lucky I am. To have a wonderful family, amazing friends, a secure job, a healthy/ balanced diet and a roof over my head. It’s days when it’s raining and you’ve woken up on the wrong side of the bed that sometimes you forget about these wonderful simplistic things.

So when your next feeling a little down, or your day might not be going to plan. Remember to tell yourself how great you’re doing. You’re not failing. And the life you’re living at the moment is filled with so many amazing things.

Remember, that your family love you. Your job let’s you learn everyday. You have a roof over your head. And tomorrow is another day.

So how did your Sunday go?

Today or tomorrow, when you get out of bed and you’re not feeling 100% positive. Remember that you are great and you are amazing. If today is a bad day don’t worry. Because tomorrow will be better. Give yourself your own confidence boost.

Sometimes I worry about what I look like and stare aimlessly into the mirror. I look down at my bloated stomach thinking, “that’s it, I’m so unhealthy, I must go to the gym EVERYDAY or I’m going to die”. (Sorry.. Who invited the drama queen) Everyday which gets thrown at you just learn to embrace it! We all have bad days but these are over ridden by the good days.

I know this post is super SUPER cheese but I wanted to remind everyone that we are all in the same boat. I hope this post reaches out to you. Some of us might panic and think we haven’t got a life plan, we have no savings, or simply we feel like we have failed.

Ladies and Gents. None of us have! I met a girl the other day who reminded me that we are all still so young and that the world really is your oyster.

So don’t forget. When you have one of those bad days, remember what I said! Get up and keep going.

Lots of love Sheps x