Two Tone Colour Block ASOS Shirt
Wednesday's Girl Green Floral Dress
ASOS Design Shirred White Floral Dress
Blue Striped Waist ASOS mini dress
M Lounge purple sweater vest with ASOS Design drawstring skirt

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas/Guide 2021
Mother's Day used to be a difficult one for me to brainstorm ideas for but now I have *ahem* aged a bit, I am constantly saving great gift ideas I come across or even adding bits to my own wish list. At the start of this year I moved, which I haven't actually announced yet here but yes, I've moved out of a flat in London and I now actually own a garden..and a house in the countryside. Moving house and no longer living in a flat share means that I love the idea of investing in cute home decor which I feel like mum's would also appreciate. If you guys don't watch Dream Home Makeover, I definitely recommend it. It inspires me with interior design so much, I love the English rustic countryside decor we have here alongside a Studio Mcgee coastal, farmhouse style.

These gifts that I have found over the last few months are affordable ideas for Mother's Day. Some of these I have bought myself and loved and some of them are still sat in my wish list baskets but I only ever select pieces that have great reviews either way.

1. Custom Watercolour Painting with Pets

These custom pieces are a really great investment and personal gift to buy. I love buying presents from Etsy and supporting small businesses.

2. Honey Bee Solar String Lights

I bought these for my mum last year and they are adorable. They are great for lining your patio with or even hanging between trees.

3. The Ritual of Jing - Calming Collecting

If you haven't bought a Ritual's gift set yet, they are great. They are really affordable for the products you get in the bundle, they have a variety of sets for different budgets too.

4. Olive Tree

Since moving and investing in plants for my house, I have found eBay to be a great site to find deals for outdoor and indoor plants. I bought this 1/4 length olive tree and kept it as an indoor plant to give a mediterranean style in my dining room. Olive trees are really low maintenance so they're great for people that feel like they don't look after plants very well too.

5. Wool Dryer Balls 

These adorable natural fabric softener dryer balls are environmentally friendly which mean you don't need to use anymore fabric softener with your laundry.

2021 Mother's Day Affordable Gift Ideas

6. Bamboo Book Stand

I bought one of these for my kitchen to display cookbook recipes on, they look great and are very handy when you are actually cooking too.

7. Round Straw Shopper

I thought this bag looked lovely, it's perfect for spring and summer. It's also currently on sale for £17.

8. Mid Height Printed Wellies

Joules is a brand I find is loved by mothers. They have a lot of countryside clothing but their wellies are great because of all of the fun prints they use.

9. Preserved Eucalyptus

Speaking of Studio Mcgee, they inspired me to start using dried bunches around the house to add in greenery. Etsy have a lot of preserved stems or bouquets to choose from. I recently ordered my pampas grass stems from Etsy which were really good quality.

10. Weighted Eyepatch

This gorgeous eye mask has the option of adding lavender inside or keeping it unscented. It comes with a washable, removable cover.

11. Nura Reef Bangle in 18ct Gold Vermeil

I love the jewellery from Monica Vinader. I started working with them this year and I recommend their pieces to my friends and family. They are really high quality and great as everyday jewellery or special occasions. I'm currently wearing one of their bracelets that I featured over on my instagram everyday. I have a referral code from my instagram promotion that you can use: MVINS20RAF-2A76

2021 UK Mother's Day Gift Ideas

12. Q10 Energy Recharging Night Cream

This night cream is my absolute favourite product at the moment. I have never seen my skin so clear and bright before. I work with Nivea long term so I get to try out their new products and give feedback about how I get on with them, I have mentioned to the team at Nivea how great this night cream is and I will definitely be repurchasing it.

13. The Hairy Bikers' One Pot Wonders

I know a lot of people love The Hairy Bikers' cookbooks. I'm currently using their vegetarian book and it's sat in the kitchen on my book stand that I mentioned before. This One Pot Wonders book is currently on sale for £11.

14. Diffuser Oils & Electronic Diffuser

This diffuser is really popular and sounds great. I bought myself a slightly cheaper one on Amazon but you just can't beat the scents that The White Company has. I love this stylish design of the diffuser, it's so sleek.

15. Bamboo Bed Tray

Ever since I got my bed tray (also from Amazon) I just can't go back. I occasionally work from my bed and elevating my laptop up is so useful and much better than hunching over. If your mum is someone that likes having their cup of tea in bed maybe this would be a great gift or even better having a breakfast hamper and a bed tray for the special day.

16. Spring Wreath Making Kit with Dried Flowers

Before Christmas I won a wreath making kit competition which meant that my mum and I spent the afternoon sat chatting making our winter wreaths. It was so much fun and it left us with wreaths that lasted a long time. A kit like this one with dried flowers would last and if you don't think your mum would want to spend the time making one, you could make it and personalise it for her yourself, otherwise it comes with the option of buying a ready made one too.

17. Hearts Canvas Wash Bag

As I'm typing this, the doorbell went about 5 minutes ago and this wash bag arrived ready for my mum's birthday present. Sophie Allport has the most beautiful designs and they're really high quality. This wash bag also has the option of adding personalisation onto it with their name or initials embroidered on.

I hope you guys enjoyed this gift guide. Let me know if it has inspired you to buy anything!

Hey guys!

It has been so long since I have posted on here. I've missed the world of blogs and really want to get back into it. I feel like since last time I was blogging on here, I have definitely become more confident with taking professional blog pictures and I'm no longer freaked out by having photos taken of me so it's the perfect time to try and combine words and pictures together over here. If you don't follow my instagram definitely go and check it out because that is where I upload all of my outfit pictures along with a variety of lifestyle shots.

I thought I would start off this new chapter of my blogging life with 6 Affordable Spring Dresses. If you're like me you might dread the idea of spring or summer where outfits should be simple but are so much harder to throw on because really they're just one or two garments so they need to be cute staple pieces. I've recently found that dresses are the way to go to get a quick, easy outfit and I have found it essential to have some go-to dresses that you know you're comfortable in and can just throw them on heading out of the house.

ASOS Curve Long Red Floral Dress.

This red dress has become one of my favourites because it is so comfortable and really not something I ever pictured myself in but, I love it?!

It is actually heavier material than it looks so it works perfect in spring if you have a cute cardigan or thin coat to throw on then once inside it's perfect to roam about in. It's so soft and can become quite dressy or casual. For this outfit I just style it with my (also ASOS) white trainers. White trainers are crucial in my mind for transforming dresses into a casual daytime outfit. I also paired it with my Radley London backpack.

ASOS White Long Flowy Floral Dress,

This dress I was really undecided about for a while. It reminds me of a night dress in many ways but actually once I styled it up it made a great casual, flowy dress that similarly you can dress up or make it quite casual. A white dress that isn't see through is always a bonus, this dress is made of quite thick material so it's perfect for those days when its eventually warmer to throw on and not feel self conscious in at all.

ASOS Curve tie waist orange dress

This dress was something out of my usual choice because I thought it might have been a weird length but really I think it worked quite well. The tie-in waist was fab for giving some shape with this kind of dress and it made the look less casual. Vibrant, bright colours are always great in Spring because especially when it's warm enough to throw on only a dress, it's nice to wear a statement piece.

Over to this M&S dress. I'm a fan of shorter dresses but for spring weather in England, you definitely still need some tights or over the knee boots! These boots from Evans were such a good purchases because they actually keep your legs really warm and if any of you need wide fit boots they do really great ones in a variety of calf sizes. This floral dress was really flowy and great for daytime outfits or evening.

Primark long navy button down dress

This Primark dress has to be one of my best finds this season. It originally had a belt which I just wasn't a fan of so I got rid of it and it transformed this dress into a really cute, casual outfit. Personally I always find if you stick to darker colours for cheap dresses they can look really expensive. I would definitely wear this into summer because it was made out of quite light material.

New Look Leopard Print Long Dress.

Finally, we are onto our last dress. This New Look dress is so comfortable and flowy, it would definitely work well with trainers or dressed up in the evening with some heels. I love the colour and the print, it would work quite well to match with accessories.

That concludes my 6 Affordable Spring Dresses, I hope you guys enjoyed it and I will now be catching up on all the blog posts I have been missing out on over the last few months! I'm off to Paris soon so I'm thinking of documenting some good Paris spots to try out, as well as shooting some outfits over there.

I hope you all have a lovely week and I will be back soon,

Laura x

Too soon to pick up a few pre-autumn pieces? I obviously don't think so.

I headed out to TK Maxx this week to go and search for what I had been told, were new autumn pieces. I was slightly let down with how much I found but then again, it has just only turned August so I can get over it. 
I needed some new homeware bits and I always find TK Maxx is a great place to pick up random bits and bobs. Firstly, I found this adorable mug and white pot. I haven't invested in a cute mug before and this one I actually would consider featuring in pictures. My idea for the white pot was that I needed a sugar pot. I don't drink much tea or coffee myself but I really needed one for when guests are round; I mean it's not the most appealing thing getting the sugar out and it's just sat in it's original bag, is it? To go along with this pot, I picked up this pink jar that I thought would work perfectly for teabags. By storing 'guest' essentials in cute jars like this, I feel like it will give a more homely feel (my mum would be so proud). 
Blue Speckled Mug from TK Maxx
Pink and white mug from TK Maxx
I mean obviously if you're buying a mug, you've got to buy coffee too, right?! Like I said, I don't drink much coffee myself but if there is a type to get me in the mood for it, it would be these warm, autumnal vibe flavours. I've always loved the Cinnamon Roll by Dunkin Donuts so thought this time I would try out 'French Caramel' to see how it compares. My ideal situation would be in future to gather assorted flavours of coffee for guests and display them in some sort of cute basket, so by that, I mean coming soon...
Jason Scott French Caramel Coffee
If you stop by TK Maxx and don't buy a candle, how? When I heard they released some autumn bits, I instantly assumed that meant autumnal candles. I spotted this Apple and Pumpkin Spice scented candle and let me tell you now, it smells incredible. I'm burning it whilst writing this, pretending it's September instead of August. Along with my new candle, I also purchased a DKNY white blanket. I was really shocked how cheap this was considering the size. It's a full sized queen blanket that has covered my entire super king bed so if you do have a queen it would hang over the sides. I love it so much and think it works really well with my bedding because I like to stick to white bedding in summer but then by it being fluffy and comforting, it works into my vibe of being excited for autumn soon. It was only £19.99 which I think is so good, do you agree?

That concludes my TK Maxx haul. I hope you guys enjoyed and you will be seeing a lot more content on my blog as we head into my favourite time of the year. If you aren't following my instagram yet go and follow to see more of my hauls over there - @laurajanestanley
Apple and Pumpkin Spice M of W.G candleTK Maxx White DKNY Blanket

So, I have splurged out and had microblading done. Super exciting. It was quite a spontaneous decision brought on by me booking a last minute holiday and not wanting to have to worry about makeup. Personally, I always need brows and lashes done to leave the house, I don't care about foundation or bronzer but if I don't have brows and lashes on, I feel a bit naked. I always notice my brows in pictures and if you read my "brow transformation", you will know I have become way more confident with my brows since knowing what shape suits me to fill in, but the problem with going abroad where it's high humidity, means that I won't want to wear makeup really. I started looking into how much it would cost and tried to find someone who could do them quite naturally.

I found a technician in East Sheen, Richmond, who is an expert at microblading. Here's my tips if you're thinking of getting it done:
  1. Find a technician that has created similar brow shapes to what you want
  2. Save images of the brow shape you want and bonus if you followed number 1, bring/save images of their work that you like
  3. Spend time making sure the drawing is just how you want it, don't feel awkward to adjust it slightly. I asked my technician to square my shape more and not have a very prominent arch because that's just my preference. 
  4. Wear comfy clothes if you can, I was sat getting mine done for 3 hours.
It's not that painful, it just feels like small scratches when they're doing the microblading but they use numbing cream so you won't feel much. I would say on a score of 10 being painful, it was about a 2/10. Really not bad and top ups aren't done often so if you can bare being a bit uncomfortable during it, it's worth it to not having to worry about makeup or creating a better brow shape to make you feel more confident with.

I'm now a week on from having them done. I absolutely love the outcome of my brows. I feel like I have makeup on ready to leave the house from the moment I wake up. I personally don't think the price of them is bad considering if you fill your brows in like me everyday, it takes so much time off your morning routine and it can really help you to feel confident with your brows. I have my follow up appointment in about 6 weeks time to retouch any faded areas. You should only need this touch up and then they last at least a year.

I really recommend getting them done if you're considering it! If I had the money to get it done before now, I wish I would have, but at the same time, it almost came at the perfect time where I had figured what brow shape I like/suit so knew exactly how I want them adjusted using microblading.

Let me know if any of you are considering having it done or have! I love looking at transformations. If you want to see my experience, I also videoed it for my Youtube channel - so go and check that out as well.