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January 22, 2016
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January is always a very significant time of the year - mainly because of how absolutely skint we all are - but also because it's the start of a new year, and we get to pledge our allegiance to a new set of resolutions that, come February, we will completely forget about until next January, when we make our slightly revised versions of exactly the same list all over again.

So, without further ado, here's mine:

HAVE FAITH IN MYSELF
And my ability to work on these resolutions. Beyond February.

GET FITTER
 If by December this year I can do three burpees without needing to take a 5 minute break between each I will be satisfied.

SAY 'NO' MORE
i.e. stop getting myself into situations I don't want to be in because I was too polite to say 'no, thanks' or 'sorry, I can't.'

GIVE SOMETHING BACK
I'm determined to do as much fundraising/voluntary work I can this year in order to help some good causes and give a little something back.

TRAVEL MORE
This year in particular I'd love to cover Dubrovnik, Stockholm and (pushing ones luck here) New York.

PUT THE PHONE DOWN
Step away from the Instagram feed.

CHOOSE WELL, BUY LESS
Starting with jeans! I cannot keep buying cheap black "jeans" that end up dark grey with faded knee patches after just a few washes.

FOCUS ON ME
My number one procrastination technique is to focus on anything and anyone else besides myself and my life/well-being/happiness etc etc. This year I want to take as much time out as I can to be a little selfish and just work on me, for me.

I'm hoping that this time next year I'll be in a much more positive place, both mentally and physically, and I may even be on a record 5 burpees you never know!

HNY! <3

- Lauren x

Oasis Evie Bag | Céline Trio Dupe

December 31, 2015
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If, like me, you can't quite justify spending over a months wages on a bag when there are other, arguably more important things, your money should be spent on (e.g rent, food, Netflix subscriptions...) then you understand dupe shopping. 

Not looking for a straight up fake but an inspired design from a trustworthy source at a much more reasonable price. 

Which brings me to this Oasis Evie X Body Bag which is now in the sale for a tenner. A tenner. For a Céline Trio inspired bag that has literally answered all my Pinterest and Instagram envy-induced prayers.

£10.

(I actually paid £15 as I got it a few days ago so D'oh! etc.)

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But I have to admit even the original £25 price is an absolute bargain for this bag and I know this'll be literally glued to my shoulder in 2016!

PS I got this on the House of Fraser website so always worth checking other stockists if it goes out of stock on the Oasis site! 


Fashion Illustration: Zuhair Murad Resort 2016

October 27, 2015

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fashion illustration portfolio drawing art zuhair murad resort 2016 sketch book blog inspo

fashion illustration portfolio drawing art zuhair murad resort 2016 sketch book blog inspo

fashion illustration portfolio drawing art zuhair murad resort 2016 sketch book blog inspo

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Fashion Illustration: 'The Fish Gape'

October 10, 2015
 This illustration accompanies the ground-breaking revelation that is taking the showbiz world by storm and affecting selfie game everywhere: the pout is out; the seductive mouth-slightly-open-but-not-quite-catching-flies is in; and the name of this new pose is as deprecating as ever. 

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Behold the Fish Gape.


Yes, Fish Gape. 1,159 Insta hashtags and counting. But, as awful as the name is, the pose is a little more flattering than your standard trout pout so I'm backing this selfie revolution all the way into my illustrations. This particular model I actually drew long before the Gape became the Gape but, in light of recent events, now seemed an apt a time as any to share her.
  
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The model I was drawing actually had bright red hair but after painting the eyes and lips first I decided to finish the rest of her in pencil and am so pleased with how it turned out. I really struggle with drawing faces on full body illustrations due to the space limitations so I absolutely relish drawing head-shots like this.

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So, I hope you like this illustration and hopefully there'll be more (non-Duck???) face-focused illustrations coming soon.