Dressing For The Occasion | Little Mistress*

Well guys. Well. I've been soooo excited to share this post with you, but The Rona has thrown so many spanners in the works when it's come to getting it out there 😩😂 First of all I was self-isolating due to having symptoms, then all the events I was planning on showcasing these lil beauts to were cancelled and then, yeno - our eventual lockdown kicked in just as my self-isolating finished... which meant shooting these outfits in pretty blossom-filled locations = impossible.

But I [have seemingly already managed to] digress... I should probably start this post at the beginning, before spiralling off on some COVID-19 ramble. And as you may have guessed from the title, today's post is a fashion-based one; featuring some gorgeous picks from one of my favourite occasionwear brands ever; Little Mistress.

If I ever have an important event coming up - say an awards ceremony, wedding or christening, Little Mistress are my GO TO. I adore their dresses - a mix of mini, midi and beautiful floor-length gowns - all beautifully embellished and top quality. Legit I wore a peach, full length Little Mistress dress to a friend's wedding a few years ago, a pink & lilac halterneck LM maxi to another friend's wedding last year and a LM green floor length maxi to a NYE party in like 2014; and all of them - to this day - are in pristine condition. 

Before The Rona, I had a christening, awards ceremony / ball and at least one wedding I was planning on glamming up with Little Mistress for... but now, we'll have to see. In the meantime, I have these BEAUTIFUL dresses I was very kindly gifted from the brand - which I'm fully intending on shooting on me and featuring lots on my socials - but which today, will be featured using stock images instead. AGAIN ALL THANKS TO YOU, RONA.

Dressing For The Occasion With Little Mistress Lovelaughslipstick Blog

Must Have March Jewellery | Browns*

Wow, what a whirlwind of madness March has been! It's lasted about 84 years, been filled with horrible COVID-19 news and has seen us all now banished to our homes for the foreseeable future - with rumours of police fining people for buying Easter Eggs 😂 Literally, couldn't write this stuff could you - appaz a load of mountain goats have also taken a welsh village as their own too; amidst all this lockdown panic. The caption on the image accompanying this important piece of journalism was entitled 'The goats are in charge now' and I saw another piece on LadBible which quoted a resident saying that 'I, for one, embrace our new goat overlords' and I can't cope 😂😂😂😂

Aside from all this - and the globe's new obsession with toilet rolls - other things that have happened  recently have included me securing this collab with the very lovely Browns Jewellery - which is what I'm here to share more about today.

Did you know March's birthstone is Aquamarine? Cos I didn't until recently! Browns have both educated me about this and provided me with a pair of my all-time earrings this month.... so let's put all The Rona gloom to one side for a minute and take a moment to appreciate this fab family-run jewellery brand & their absolutely stunning pieces. If you're looking for meaningful gift ideas, the top-quality pieces of jewellery which make up the Rosa Mer Collection [the range these earrings are from] make the PERFECT, prettiest choices.

Browns Rosa Mer Collection Aquamarine Stud Earrings Review Lovelaughslipstick Blog
Browns Rosa Mer Collection Aquamarine Stud Earrings Review Lovelaughslipstick Blog

Time To Choose A Car Seat? Check Out These Helpful Tips*

Whether you have a little one on the way, or it's time to upgrade the car seat you currently have, choosing the right seat for your vehicle and your child can be a little daunting. With so much to consider from comfort and style to the travel system, front or rear-facing seats and all the while adhering to strict safety guidelines and laws – click here for laws regarding car seats - finding the car seat that’s right for you and your child is certainly overwhelming!

The safety of your child is paramount and a well-fitted car seat will help keep them safe whilst you're driving and in the event of a crash. As long as your child's seat is fitted correctly, is the right size and they're fully strapped in, the car seat will protect your child from harm as much as possible. Giving them a chance of walking away with little or no injuries.

With this in mind, I’ve gathered some simple tips that will help you find the right car seat for your little one.

Time To Choose A Car Seat? Check Out These Helpful Tips

Perfect Your Summer Style*

Are you looking for ways that you can improve or boost your summer style? If so, then you have certainly come to the right place. In this post, we’re going to talk about some of the possibilities that you can consider to ensure that you are ready to spend a fantastic day on the beach or even in the clubs. Let’s take a look at some of the possibilities. 

Perfect Your Summer Style

Are You Having Trouble Sleeping?*

Sleep is one of the most important factors in the complicated web that makes up your wellbeing. A lack of deep, restful sleep can affect both your mental and physical state, and if you’re dealing with increased pain or heightened anxiety, this can, in turn, make it harder for you to sleep, forming a vicious cycle it’s hard to escape from. With pressure on all of us from employers, family, politics and now world events that are bigger than anyone can control, the high quality sleep you need can be more elusive than ever. 

Today we’re taking a look at the issue to help you get better sleep, and face the increased challenges of each day with more resilience and fortitude.

Are You Having Trouble Sleeping?

Flat Hunting Cheat Sheet: What A Girl Boss Needs Her Home To Be Like*


Your rental contract is up in a couple of months, and you are looking for your next flat. Don’t panic, don’t panic, don’t panic, deep breath! We’ve all been there! Only, if you are a Girl Boss, is not just your clothes and shoes that need relocating but also your home office, standing desk, half-finished projects, and tons of materials. Of course, spending more than half of your life indoors makes the flat choice super important. Better flat, higher productivity, more money, right? That’s great if it wasn’t for… the budget. If having a stable income is something you are still working on, make sure your next (affordable) flat ticks all these boxes. At least!

Flat Hunting Cheat Sheet: What A Girl Boss Needs Her Home To Be Like
Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels

IMAGINE Opening Your Own Store...*

Before I went rogue & embraced self-employed life, I'd always worked in retail and sales. Well, aside from that stint I had with computers & apps and that for a while. Fashion retail was always my thing - I've worked in many different retail stores [including Quiz, Clarks, Hollister, Pilot, Lipsy & Next to name a few] in a variety of positions [employment wise, you derty dawgs xo] and I loved it. 

Yes, the hours were long, the responsibilities were pretty gargantuan and the pay was sh*te... BUT I loved the fashion, the merchandising, the sales, the targets, the customers, meeting new people and the lols this lifestyle brings about with it. And the Christmas parties

Due to this - and sneaky little tasters I've had into retail / customer service through visits and trade shows I've worked in in 2019, I've thought about - many a time - setting up my own sorta store? Like, for a short time I sold bits online [and created a bit of an Etsy store]... and I totally bought a domain, made a logo, planned a site / socials and sourced packaging for an eyelash venture I was gonna totally launch this year... but just imagine having a real life, gorgeous boutique fashion store; with a flower wall, stylish AF mannequins and properly sleek, style shop fittings?! 

The dream is there, the seed of curiosity is firmly placed in my mind and there's been times I've wandered through town [and other cities] looking at office spaces and empty store units just dreaming of what could be. I've become somewhat of a dreamer, multi-tasker, Del Boy and wannabe entrepreneur these days [I repeat: wannabe] and this anything is possible mindset is something I'm enjoying embracing.

IMAGINE Opening Your Own Store

Slick Ways To Add Curb Appeal To Your House!*

When you are looking to sell your home, you’re going to be looking for as many ways as possible to add some value to it. You want to get the best price for your home and you need to be able to be as attractive for buyers as possible. There are so many ways to add extra value to your home and with ensuring you have the right curb appeal, you will be able to sell quickly.

Before you go all guns blazing to the architects and start putting plans in place with permitted development extension options, you need to know what other things that you can be doing to make your home look great. Let’s take a closer look and hopefully, get your home up to scratch.

Slick Ways To Add Curb Appeal To Your House!

Home Interior Trends 2020 • Bathroom Goals*

I dunno why, but for me, the bathroom is my favourite room of the house. I just find it so relaxing and peaceful - this may be down to the ASMR vibes the extractor fan blasts out or how minimalistic & monochrome I have it styled... but regardless. 

If I need to chill out or wind down, the bathroom (in the bath, with a glass of red, candles and a mountain of bubbles) is where you'll find me. Ooft, that or a lovely hot shower to relax me before moisturising / bed. Either of those two... or alternatively, absolutely smashed in Lloyd's bar causing ample levels of destruction. But that's a story for another day

As part of my new found love for home interiors (and spending my hard earned cash on coasters instead of cocktails & club nights) - and due to the fact I'm seemingly on a roll with home inspo posts at the minute (I posted about living room & bedding goals the other day) I've decided to talk bathroom interiors and goals today. Mainly what I'd like to do with mine, if money was no object (and it's more than just an object, but instead a life halting blockade at the moment haahaha.)

Bathroom Home Interior Goals Luxury Steam Showers

Do You Suffer With Cold Sores? Enter: HERPOTherm*

As defective & rancid as my body is, the one thing it doesn't seem to subject me to is cold sores. Silver linings and all that. However, I know a lot of people suffer badly with them - especially during the winter and times of stress.

For this reason I was super keen to educate myself on HERPOTherm®* when I first learnt about it - I love finding out more about the latest devices to hit the market, especially when they're ones that I can recommend to people. One of my gal pals is getting married this year for example & is worried the stress leading up to the event will trigger her cold sores - so I can't wait to show her this. 

What is a HERPOTherm®?

Well huns, to put it simply; HERPOtherm® is a chemical-free medical device that can prevent the development of cold sore blisters, if applied early enough. If applied later [once the blister has formed] the severity of symptoms may be lessened using this device, or they may fade sooner [by up
to 50%.]

Sound good? Keep reading - AND [fyi] if you choose to order a HERPOtherm® electronic cold sore treatment device using this link before the 20th March you'll save an exclusive £5 off the marked price [meaning you'll pick up this lil beauty for £31 rather than the RRP of £36] and enjoy free shipping. Tick the 'Add Voucher' box under the price before the 20th March & enjoy xo

HERPOtherm® electronic cold sore treatment device review
HERPOtherm® electronic cold sore treatment device review

Home Interior Trends 2020 • Living Areas & Bedding*

Although I look about 12, I'm actually pretty old... and as such, my interests have began to sway away from splurging on dresses I'll never wear again, heels that just sit at the back of my wardrobe or blowing all me wages on posh vodka down the club of a weekend. 

I've instead focussed my attention much more into home interiors, design & homeware trends... me and my best pal literally go mental in the home department these days; stroking every fluffy cushion, rug or super soft bedding set we can get our mitts on. 

Wish I was exaggerating there but I've had tears in me eyes over some of the cushions and linen sets I've eyed up recently.

And this is by no means a bad thing - or even something that's totally new to me; I used to love planning out dream homes using the good ol' Argos catalogue, on The Sims and on this otherwise really boring PC CD-Rom game we had back in the days of yore. But I'll admit that keeping abreast of home trends & interior inspo is defo a hobby that's become more prevalent since spending more time in than out of the house [getting old probs] - as after all, if you're gonna be cooped up in your gaff instead out with ya pals dancing to the Arctic Monkeys you at least want it to look nice, right?

With this new enjoyment of interiors, you may have noticed slightly more home content popping up on me blog of late. I'm by no means an expert [Laurence Llwellyn Bowen you're safe hun] but I'm gonna go ahead and write more about this new passion anyway as I do like to think have an eye for style, bargains and keeping it real [like Ian Beale.] Today's focus being top bedroom interior trends experts have predicted for 2020.

Home Trends 2020 Living areas & bedding

Adding Personalised Touches To Your Home | CartridgeSave*

I absolutely love looking back through my camera roll on my phone [or scrolling down my Instagram grid] from time to time; reminiscing over old photos and reliving the memories captured in that moment. Apple memories pings me up suggestions of 'things you were doing this time last year' sometimes; making me little photo montages to pure dramatic soundtracks [as you were, hun] or albums of my photos it's created for me ['Four-legged friends' being a personal fave; being snaps of all the pets & animals I've wept over in the past 12 months.]

But without making an effort to open a folder on the computer, heading to social media or searching back through your phone's camera roll; photos can be difficult to find at a moment's notice - and easily forgotten. 

There's been so many occasions where I've been looking through older photos and found pics I'd forgotten I'd even taken - from events I'd forgotten I'd been to; or of landscapes of holidays past that're so breathtaking but ultimately memories that seemingly fall out of my sieve-like mind.

Adding Personalised Touches To Your Home | CartridgeSave

Discovering Erborian with Indulge Beauty*

Ah, here's a long overdue blog post if there ever was one. Life has hit me like a tonne of bricks these past couple of years - me head's been firmly up my arse and everything that isn't work has kinda fell by the wayside; as I've been pure graftin' away trying to make ends meet. Not that I'm complaining, I love the work I do now & feel blessed every day that I've managed to carve out a little role for myself in this mad modern world. 

Anyway, as per, I'm massively digressing. I've also just been playing this brain training game where it made me do a challenge about incorrect comma use, and now I'm proper paranoid every time I use one in case I'm as bad with them in real life as I was in that terribly stressful challenge.

ANYWAY FOR REAL.

Indulge Beauty kindly gifted me [via the lovely Molly, who's since flown to pastures new and is smashing life with Tatti Lashes] a lil bundle of Erborian K beauty products last year [yeah, literally huns, I've got a backlog of posts that far back] and I actually did / do really love them; hence why I'm playing catch up with this post today.

Discovering Erborian with Indulge Beauty, Lovelaughslipstick Blog

Life Hacks for the Busy Girl Boss*

Nowadays, being a #GirlBoss is a whole other ballgame. Whether you’re an influencer, a blogger, run your own brand/have your own products, manage a business, or have your own creative ventures, being on top and successful is more than a full-time job. There needs to be another word that goes past full and says devotes every possible waking second to cultivating and growing your personal brand, foregoing sleep and subsisting solely on gumption and the occasional latte. Right? 

Photo Credit: Alina Vilchenko

Spreading The LOVE This #Valentine's With Prezzybox*

Love it or hate it, Valentine's Day is rapidly approaching. Whether you're all loved up, furiously single or not really arsed about the whole debacle; now is the season of gift guides & heart balloons floating out of every shop window display. There's no avoiding it.

Am I a fan of the big day? I mean, not massively hun tbh. Maybe if I was in a relationship with someone other than Dairy Milk & YouTube I'd be more fond of it - but I do think it's quite a nice concept. I personally use Feb 14th as an excuse to show my gal pals how much I care for them; and to get all warm & fuzzy looking at all my coupled up friends' IG posts cos be better not bitter.  

I'm very happily single and have literally no desire to be Valentined by anyone but myself - but I definitely love looking at all the cute gifts out there & seeing what people have got for one another. I've totes got my best friend a card which says things like 'Besties before Testes' on it ready to send with a lil pressie in time for #Palentines.

It's mad really - Valentine's Day in school used to be one of the biggest highlights of the social calendar & everyone would be proper wishing the balloon woman would show up with a heart shaped red foil balloon for you during registration [£3.50 each, back in the glory days.] Now I spend my time actively wishing noone sends me anything; as I think if an admirer sent me a gift I'd want to punch them. Ah, the gift of getting older and grumpier each day.

ANYWAY. Back to gifts and fun ideas you can get your bae. Here's some fab ideas from my huns at Prezzybox to give you some inspo. And I don't want to punch them for sending these ones xo

Spreading The LOVE This #Valentine's With Prezzybox
Spreading The LOVE This #Valentine's With Prezzybox

Finding Love Locally*

Are you looking for Mr / Mrs Right? Have you had a few... erm... 'interesting' encounters in your quest to do so? You're defo not alone if so; I hear some mad stories from friends on the dating scene on the reg, ranging from catfishing to some seriously intense IG messages within about 5 minutes of matching.

Using apps or websites that connect you to people all over the UK can be great [due to the number of people you can chat to who you wouldn't ordinarily have contact with] but there's something to be said about dating locally. From saving money to emergency cuddles on tap, meeting someone in the local area definitely comes with extra perks. Let's discuss in this post!

Benefits of Dating Someone Locally
Benefits of Dating Someone Locally

Meaningful Valentine's Gifts | Mococo*

Whether you're single, dating, married or just not really that arsed; Valentine's Day is very much around the corner - and it's the perfect time of year to treat a loved one to something a bit special. Something meaningful, to show them how much they mean to you - that they can treasure for years to come. Or something like that; as a very single pringle [and happily so] I wouldn't know. Can't relate hun 😂

Mococo - a store we're lucky enough to have one of here in Liverpool - is a fantastic shout when it comes to meaningful gifts. They stock some great brands, deliver the most luxurious experience and offer some affordable, reduced prices on some truly gorgeous pieces. And the staff are lovely too - I headed in our local one [in the Met Quarter] before Christmas for a chat and had a ball with the fella at the Thomas Sabo counter.

I've been lucky enough to bag myself a lil collab with them and have picked out two gorgeous pieces to show you guys today. Beautiful picks to gift someone else OR yourself... for any occasion, not just Valentine's. Graduation, Anniversaries, Weddings, Christenings, Birthdays, Christmas... or even just because [again, can't relate, but I hear some blokes are alright at those spontaneous gifts - or at least we're lead to believe they can be sometimes, in those 'boy done good' Instagram posts]

Mococo even sell Vivienne Westwood guys, but like; reduced. AND I CAN'T COPE. So many pieces I need to own asap there. But anyway. This post has been delayed enough. Let's crack on with my post, my picks & my inevitable professions of love.

Meaningful Valentine's Gifts Mococo Jewellery, Lovelaughslipstick Blog

Getting Your JOMO On*

We are more than done with FOMO by now. The Fear of Missing Out has been ruining lives and ruining naps for far too long. So, let’s welcome JOMO with big, welcoming arms. 
What is JOMO?

Whereas FOMO is the Fear, JOMO is the Joy. The joy of missing out on all the unnecessary things that we can be invited or advertised to us... but which we don't need, but don’t want to miss out. So, let’s push the need for inclusion aside [slowly, it’s a process] and enjoy doing much, much less. 

'I’ll read my books, and I’ll drink coffee, and I’ll listen to music, and I’ll bolt the door.'
—J.D. Salinger, A Boy in France

Tips To Combat Loneliness*

In this swipey, Tinder-y, world of digital dating we find ourselves in; it's easy to assume that everyone on the lookout for love is a millennial glued to their phone. But although millennials do make up a large percentage of those on the quest for romance, a huge part of the market is dominated by middle-aged-senior singletons... who also use the internet & these modern day advances to find love - and companionship. 

Shows such as First Dates have captured the hearts of the nation with their inclusion of senior singletons looking for potential bae candidates - I can never cope with the more elderly people on there. And it's a reality - much as we don't think of the older generation seeking romance [let alone using dating apps or websites] the truth is that they defo do... and good on them!! 

If you're older - or approaching retirement age, it can be a lonely and scary time; if you're single, widowed or divorced. Whether you have kids or not - or live alone or not... retiring and leaving your workplace full of colleagues behind [as well as your main reason to leave the house each day] can hit older people like a tonne of bricks. I've compiled a few tips in this post; to hopefully help older people combat & beat loneliness in 2020. Whether this applies to you - or to a family member, friend or neighbour; let's spread a little positivity and sense of community today. 

Tips For Older People To Combat Loneliness
Tips For Older People To Combat Loneliness

Gorgeous Valentine's Gifts from Infini London*

I absolutely love roses & swooning over the luxurious bouquets and arrangements I see over on the 'Gram. They have such a high-end aesthetic & I feel like a pure celeb when I have them in my gaff.  There's just something about them, yeno? They're like, the ultimate symbol of luxury - as well as of romance and love.

What's better, therefore, than gifting or receiving roses for Valentine's Day?

Well, I'll tell you what is. Luxury, exquisite arrangements of REAL Infini London roses, that last for a year - so you can keep that aesthetic & daily rose admiration session vibe going for longer. The perfect way to remind a loved one how you feel about them - on Valentine's and beyond.
I'm literally head-over-heels with their luxury arrangements of long-lasting, real roses - the perfect gift for a loved one, as well as to add that coveted glamorous touch to your home... via eco-friendly solutions too #TheGiftThatKeepsOnGiving

Gorgeous Valentine's Gifts from Infini London

Perfect Indoor Date Night Ideas for Couples*

Life is expensive, and [like me] many of us live on a paycheck to paycheck basis. But basically, no matter how broke you are, you don't have to compromise or give up on spending romantic nights with your partner that you love so much.

During times of poverty, you may find yourself needing to make some cutbacks - meaning those lux outdoor dates at your favourite cocktail bar might have to be culled. This doesn't mean that you need to stop having date night with bae though. There's many creative ideas to be explored when it comes to keeping the romance alive - without the need for expensive meals and cocktails! Let’s check out some perfect indoor date ideas to do instead.

2019 Recap: Loves, Life, Lipsticks & That

HAI AND WELCOME TO MY 2019 RECAP, incredibly late. On brand, as ever. 

2019 was an absolute whirlwind, I've been so busy. That's it, that's the end of the post. 

Hahahahahaa imagine, imagine if my 2020 resolution was to post concise, to-the-point & non-rambly posts. IT'S NOT. In fact, I've gone that rogue that I haven't even set any New Year Rezzys. Buckle up, grab at least 2 coffees [& possibly some strong, alcoholic beverages] and brace yourself for what will inevitably be a massive word vomit; all over your screen & all over 2019.

Lovelaughslipstick Blog 2019 Recap: Loves, Life, Lipsticks & That

5 YEARS Of Lovelaughslipstick | #Giveaway

I quite often state that I'm a terrible human - and this post is testament to that. Exhibit A, if you will. Back in October 2019 [yes, I'm aware we're in 2020 now] my blog turned F I V E. Five whole years old. Which is a definite milestone I very much meant to celebrate at the time, but yeno. Life.

I've been putting together a box of goodies to give away as a prize to say thank you for your support [& tolerance of my rancid face / brash northern tones creeping across your timelines] for this half a decade blogging milestone... and I guess now's the time [2-3 months later] for me to announce it & give the box away. As a celebration / New Year / YOLO... better late than never kinda thing.

I've included some of my fave brands, fave products & just general nice-to-have pampering goodies as part of this prize - and I'll continue to add lil surprise items to it until the giveaway ends on the 10th January 2020. So you'll basically be getting a box packed full of beauty bits that's probs worth a few quid like. And even better than the pics in this post. And I'll pop a card in, so you can judge me on my terrible handwriting too.

5 YEARS Of Lovelaughslipstick Blog #Giveaway