21st piece of advice, for my 21st year.

west witterings walkRemember this time last year? I was freaking out about no longer being a teenager, and passing the 20 milestone in less than a week. This time, as of a few weeks ago, I’m now 21. I’m not freaking out about being fully submersed into adulthood – I’m ready.

After one more year twirling thoughts around in my crazy head, I have one more piece of wisdom for you. It’s an obvious one, but one easily forgotten in the whirlwind of ups and downs.

My advice is: to feel things, to experience things, to risk everything you have for life changing moments.

Over the past year, I’ve learnt a lot. I’ve also changed a lot. A year ago I was living in a little country village with my long term boyfriend, our cats, and honestly our evening partner Netflix. Our happy life was a mixture of love and bills, and not much in-between. Don’t get me wrong, I adored the life we built there, it was safe and comfortable and I genuinely miss it every day. But the comfort was abandoned, the safety pushed aside, and I uprooted to London for my role at Grazia Magazine.

Every upheaval has a downside, however, the things I’ve experienced over the past year have been exciting, fresh and invigorating. Every day comes with fresh adventure now – not without struggle, but with the zest of life.

I see so many young women, settled into every day life, scared to open their hearts, afraid to interrupt their current path. But if the last year has taught me anything, it’s to try.

Try a move, try a job change, try anything life chucks at you – even if it has an attached warning label. If it goes as planned, great! You took a risk, and it paid off, well done you! If it doesn’t, well that’s a lesson learned and you can chalk it up to life experience.

I say this in regards to feelings too. Don’t be afraid to embrace the good and the bad. You can use it for creative inspiration, you can use it to make yourself stronger. Build on it. Really let that feeling in.

I somehow found the strength in this past year, to trust some people that I struggled to originally believe in. I sceptically gave them the benefit of the doubt, and I was painfully very very wrong. With detrimental effects on my life, there was a moment there where I questioned if I could power through. I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t think, I didn’t have a next step. I was, for the zillionth time, stuck, with no lifeboat in sight. It was a terrifying weekend with some dark thoughts – but with the help of some wonderful people, here I am. And let me tell you – I am doing good. 

Those moments will make you. That breathtaking pain is a thing of beauty, a thing to be ever grateful for. Thank the person who cost you those moments of happiness. Thank them whole heartedly.

You’ll inevitably face the pain whether you hurl yourself at life in full force, or sit waiting hesitantly on the side lines. So what are you waiting for?

Get yourself out there.

 

Stay Sassy,

Lauren

xxx

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All Star Lanes, Holborn. (and their Courgette and Avocado burger)

I don’t know about you, but when I think of bowling, I think of cheap and cheerful lane upon lane upon lane of children shouting and beer pitchers being knocked over and so on. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had a lot of fun at those type of places, there’s no knocking them – but All Star Lanes does not fit into that category. ASL is different even from the outside. Classy and elegant, ASL brings bowling into a whole other world. You can see this from the after-work-suits that fill the place, unwinding after a long hard day in the office by hitting the pins.

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We started off with the food aspect of the night, and it gave us time for a longgggg catch up. I haven’t seen Soraya in a couple years so it was lovely to chat!

Obviously, as girls night always entails, cocktails were in order. Soraya chose a less traditional hard shake (who wouldn’t want alcohol in milkshake form) and I went for this sweet little beauty. Refreshing and light, this cucumber and strawberry enthused special is the way forward in life.

The next step was gorgeous full-of-flavour starters. I won’t lie to you, this part was hands down my favourite of the night. Soraya wasn’t too sold on her cheesy dipping pot – however, my BBQ baby back ribs… well I’m still dreaming about them. All day errrrday. Succulent and juicy, they lathered it in BBQ sauce making it messy and beautiful.

Now this new burger – if you’re a veggie fan like me, you’re gonna have to give it a go.

“COURGETTE AND AVOCADO CHILLI BURGER (£10.50) – Delicious pan fried courgette & avocado slices cooked in a chilli spiced panko crumb, homemade tomato relish, jalapenos & chipotle mayo in a brioche bun.”

What do you think? You’ll have to try it and let me know!

Sides to match of course. Mac’n’Cheese (could’ve had an entire feast of this) and Sweet Potato Fries (feast also needed?) Look. At. Them. TELL ME YOU DON’T WANT THEM IN YOUR MOUTH RIGHT NOW. My word.

I was too stuffed for desert, but don’t you worry – since I can hear you all practically forcing me to go back to tell you what I think, it might have to be arranged 😉

Bowling was AMAZE. It’s such a cool edgy vibe, but still not too serious for a sassy little twirl round when you hit a strike! A game is £8.95 per person (peak), or £6.95 (off peak).

I got absolutely thrashed by the way. Beyond lost. Congrats Soraya!

And if that’s not enough confirmation for you – well it’s recently been featured on Made In Chelsea too. #winning

Thinking of heading down? They’ve got one in Holborn, Bayswater, Stratford, Brick Lane – and for those of you a little further out, don’t panic! They’ve got you covered in Manchester.

 

Stay Sassy,

Lauren xxx

KOJAWAN, Edgware Road.

I heard the buzz about the ‘genuinely inauthentic’ KOJAWAN before I even moved to London – Twitter seemed alight with the mention of the name. It’s safe to say I was dying to get in, and the lovely Lauren at Roche Communications made it happen, with her inspired bloggers dinner. What a beauty!

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Naturally I had stalked and stalked and stalked some more, before I’d attended the dinner. What I didn’t realize however, was that this innovative restaurant was at the very top of the Hilton Hotel – which did cause me a little confusion and as much as it pains me to admit it, to be late. A side note here – perhaps it would be easier for potential customers to discover them, if that was advertised more firmly – perhaps on the front of their website?  Or as you enter the hotel?

However, what I was previously aware of, and SO excited for, was the breath taking views. And boy, they did not disappoint. Based on the the 23rd floor, it felt like you could see right across this gorgeous city. We all know how much I love LDN at night time, and if you’re looking for a view, this is the place for it.

On arrival I was warmly greeted with a friendly smile and a handshake by several members of staff as I walked passed, which is always pleasantly noticed. My Cosmo was bought over quickly, and I settled in chatting to the girls.

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It felt like the rounds and rounds of food bought over were never ending, and each time a wave of pleasure rolled over me. As it’s a mixture of Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese cuisine, each dish was delightedly unanticipated in one way or another.

What they weren’t short on, was flavour. Each delectable flavour chosen wasn’t shied away from – it was embraced in full figure and proudly pronounced as dish after dish was bought to this table of heaven.

So. Many. Bursts. Of. Flavour. Head chef Russell Oxtoby, and his partners in crime Bjorn Van Der Horst and Omar Romero all come from very different yet still similar backgrounds. From Bjorn’s experience at the NYC Russian Tea Room and 2 Michelin star Picholine, to Russell’s two AA Rosette restaurant Berners Tavern, and Omar’s grounding at the Four Seasons Hotel and Rhodes Twenty Four. I can only assume they directly came together in logical formations of each person bringing extremely different things to the table – and they were right.

If you’re looking to go somewhere that tantalizes your taste buds, that pushes the 2016 food boundaries, that makes your stop in your tracks and truly decidedly taste the food you’re munching on – this is it. Look no further. Too often we get lulled into a false sense of security, tasting the same steaks and chicken breast from different menus all over our city, thinking that they’re brave for trying ‘a different angle’. Then you dine at KOJAWAN, and it sets a new level of excellence.

If that hasn’t convinced you, set your mind on these deserts. Their PanTako was the most mind blowing sweet I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting. Who knew that simple pancakes could be made so exciting! I’ve been daydreaming ever since…

On average, for lunch expect to spend £30, and for dinner spend around £45. And you know what really solidifies their place in my heart forever more?

They’ve started serving bottomless brunch.

See you again very soon KOJAWAN! Thank you for having me.

Stay Sassy,

Lauren

The truth behind Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’. 

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Okay. I would just like to state this openly, for the record. So when it eventually comes out, we’re going to all hail Queen Lauren and her know-it-all views.

We’ve all seen the headlines, the gossip, the speculations. It’s everywhere. I get it.

Jay Z cheated on Beyoncé, right? And then she wrote an entire album about it, right? She’s pointing us on a witch hunt for this ‘Becky with the good hair’, right?

I mean she literally says “if you try this shit again, you gon’ lose your wife”. How much more obvious could it be? Right?

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Only, hold on…why on earth would one of the most influential power couples of this world, be airing their dirty laundry on a fricking album? Why would Beyoncé have released said album, on her supposedly cheating husband’s new streaming service?

I draw you to exhibit A: the last lyric of the album. ‘You know you that bitch when you cause all this conversation. Always stay gracious, best revenge is your paper.’

LETS TAKE A MOMENT TO CONSIDER WHAT THAT MEANS. Hmmm. ‘Your paper’ – AKA our money? So perhaps, just maybe, this is a PR stunt. No?

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We all know how much Bey struggles with the media influence over her life. If you’re a true fan (if you’re not #byefelicia) then you would’ve seen her personal vlogs pop up at tours or on documentaries. The ones she does on her laptop, the ones she says she does to keep herself sane. How vulnerable she feels when she listens to the press too much. How much she tries to keep her private life private.

So please, explain to me how we have gone from that, to accusing Jay Z of cheating with some chick Becky? 

Something doesn’t add up. Does it?

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Here’s my theory: they’ve wised up. They’re taking the power back. They’re controlling their narrative. They’re refusing to let our fascination with them continue to make up stories left, right and centre. They’re making them up for us. 

So out of this sudden show of solidarity and stregnth, we get tracks like ‘Hold Up’ and ‘Don’t Hurt Yourself’ (personal fav).

The Rihanna claims have been in mix for years – and recently Jonathon Hay apologised for this fabricated rumour. ‘The pr stunt that I did was out of desperation to help break Pon de Replay,’ he said in his statement. ‘It was reckless and I didn’t think it was going to work.’

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Thanks for clearing that up babes. Now, there’s no denying that the elevator drama was real – it was quite obviously very emotional raw leaked footage. But a girl has never fought with her brother in law before?! Which leads me to believe that we made up these rumours SO MUCH that Queen Bey just decided to own them. And I love her for it.

Also, do you really think someone as powerful as Bey would stay with a husband who openly cheated on her? NOPE.

Very conveniently timed with TIDAL’s launch not going too well…don’t ya think? (Even I have it now) She said after the birth of Blue Ivy how much strength she felt now, how much she could connect with her sexuality (thanks for Partition btws).

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One final thing. If I haven’t sold you on this yet – prepare yourself. During the track ‘Freedom’, we hear Bey’s nan say ‘I was served lemons, but I made Lemonade’. What a interesting concept for Beyonce to release an album around. 

She’s owning it. Literally. And we’re paying her for it. Absolutely genius

Take your bow Queen Beyoncé. 

Agree? Disagree? I want to hear from you – you know where the comment box is! 

Stay sassy,

Lauren.

xxx

Hungry Donkey, Aldgate.

We’re sold. So unbelievably sold.

The beaut Amanda Bootes and I had the absolute pleasure of dining at the Hungry Donkey last week. Quaint, bustling and hipster – this little part of greek heaven has stolen my heart after just one meal, and I’ll happily be back for many, many more.

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Surprisingly busy for a weekday night, the service persisted at an impeccable standard from arrival. Greeting us with a smile, we were shown to our window-side table, and I noticed how each and every single member of staff we wandered past smiled and greeted us. As I often mention to you, we all know how crazily picky I am with service. (The food could be mind blowing, but if the service isn’t up to scratch, you’ve ruined my meal) I cannot fault the service we received from start to finish – absolutely flawless. 

They had an interesting cocktail menu – infact our BLUEZO’ was electric blue! Normally a cocktail with such a bright color screams fake additives at me, and tastes almost plastic, but this one was pure and gorgeous. With aniseed streaks and a bitter bite to it, it slid down a treat with all the meaty flavours.We asked for a bottle of tap water, and I loved the logo’d bottles… what a cute touch!

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Now, prepare yourself to be starving, as we venture into the topic of food. Oh-so-fabulous food. Been-dreaming-about-it-ever-since food. Want-to-be-eating-it-right-now food.

The food was ordered with a warning – order with care, as the portions are humungous. Now, by this point we’d been to the launch of the Trading House‘s new cocktail menu (delish), and we were at that tipsy stage of extreme hunger, so we slightly underestimated this cautioning. Ordered a tonne. I would say I regret that – but luckily they boxed up the leftovers and I mixed the meat in with my lunchtime salad the next day. Win – win.

Saganaki at Hungry Donkey

I loved that each dish was flavoursome and rich – you won’t find a dry plain chicken breast in here. Even a simple greek salad was refreshing and tantalising on the taste buds. We kicked off with three of their gorgeous starters – sausages in paprika and chilli, ‘Sagnaki’ (a deep fried cheese), and incredible Zucchini fritters. I have to say I wasn’t a huge fan of the Sagnaki – however, I would like to highlight that the Zucchini fritters were my idea of heaven.

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They were these little crunchy balls – soft and moist on the inside, but just enough crunch on the outside to make you really feel like you’re biting into something. Served up with a delectable sour cream, the zucchini was heightened by a mixture of cheese and lime. A. Maze. 

Next round was the simply exquisite pound of meat – split between juicy lamb and succulent chicken breast. Paired with a gorgeous salad, pitta and little dips – this was the ultimate comfort food. We slowly worked our way through this entire mountain of meat, until I honestly questioned whether I would be able to even walk to the tube. I have never felt so absolutely stuffed in my life.

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Verdict? You should be on your way as you’re reading this. Off you go! 

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A huge thank you to both the teams at both Hungry Donkey and MeMo Interactive for arranging this fabulous meal for both Amanda and I. You can also check out her review post here! 

Stay Sassy,

Lauren xxx

Positive vibes only.

I notice, every single day, how much I’m surrounded by negativity. Whether it’s watching someone give another person a filthy look on the tube, or listening to downright bitchy people go on and on about something that happened ten years ago. (Side note – no one cares.) It’s something that crosses my mind a lot. 
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Now, I’ve got to put a disclaimer here, everyone has one of those days. Everyone has a bitchy moment. They happen. They’re inevitable.
However, I also believe it’s down right cowardly to be that person. You know the one – who can’t say a nice word about anything or anyone. It’s embarrassing. It’s become ‘the norm’ to be impatient, selfish and unsympathetic. It’s too simple to consider only how it affects yourself, rather than placing yourself in their shoes. It’s too easy to pick someone apart until they’re nothing but a pile of flaws and mistakes.
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But, I firmly believe that it takes a strong, courageous person to swim against the waves of bitchy comments, and see the good in someone or a situation. To stand up and say ‘hey – maybe there’s a reason they act like that?’ It saddens me how many people don’t have same view point as me. With all the wars and terrorism in this world, do we really need more negativity? More people judging? More people not stopping to consider someone else’s feelings? More people deciding they know best?
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We need to realise that if we hold a grudge or whine on and on about something someone did – who does that bother? We know they don’t care, we know it’s only bothering ourselves. (And everyone else who has to listen to us). Whenever I think something not-so-nice, I remember a saying. ‘The first thought that comes to your mind is what you are conditioned to think, the second thought is what defines you.’ It’s okay to think that slightly bitchy thing – it really is okay. But that correction you make afterwards, that second thought, that’s the one that counts. That’s the one that society doesn’t get to control. You own that second thought.
So when you’re having that generic bitchy day, take a moment. Remember that every single ounce of negativity that you push out into the world, comes straight back to you. The more you see the dark tint over this world, the darker it will become. Promise me, next time, you’ll take a breather. Look around you, and search for five things that make you smile. Five points of beauty. A kiddy laughing, a sweet elderly couple, a sassy contour line, a fabulously chic notebook, the sunshine on your skin… With your new positive outlook in life, your I-can-achieve-anything strut will be back on top form.
What are your five things today? Let me know!
Stay sassy,
Lauren
xxx
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Soy Wax Melts, Snazzy Candle Co.*

Looking for some new smelly things to put in that wax burner? Look no further – Snazzy Candle Co. has you covered.

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SCC was kind enough to send me some beautifully packaged Soy Wax Melts. You’ll remember how much I’m a fan of those from my previous Scentsy post – I love them.

But you know what I love even more? Small sweet natured companies pushing their way out, fighting the giants and saying ‘hey, I’ve got some pretty damn good stuff here!’

That my friends, is Snazzy Candle Co.

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They pride themselves on hand making every single thing they sell with top quality wax, scents and colours. Based in Solihull, they even offer free collection if you fancy it! They offer everything from soy wax melts to beautiful candles. You can’t go wrong with these guys. Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 4.59.25 PM

Plus: everything you order, collection or delivery, comes in it’s own beautiful little origami box.

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I cannot praise Snazzy Candle Co. enough! Their customer service was perfection too, and we all know how picky I am with that.

Their smells include Freshly Cut Grass, Strawberry, Sea Breeze, Sweet Pea, Lemon, Coffee Bean & Vanilla – and more! I have to say, my particular favorite was the Grass. Burning for houuuuurs, it filled my room with such sweet aromas, I honestly felt like I was in a meadow on a sunny day. Pair that with a relaxing bubble bath and you’ll forget your troubles momentarily!

Check out their website to see what tickles your tastebuds – or in this case, nostrils…

Let me know what you think!

Stay Sassy,

Lauren

xxx

Mister Lasagna, Soho, London

The talk of the town – the place that serves 21 different types of Lasagna.

Mister Lasagna opened two weeks ago and I have been highly anticipating my booked in dinner ever since – oh boy, they did not disappoint.

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The first of five locations opening across London, their Soho branch is perfectly located in the bustling evening district. Walking in, it first gives off a neapolitan homely cafe vibe and your eyes are directly drawn to the beauty of 21 different lasagna dishes laid out in front of you. The staff are welcoming and friendly from the get go, instantly recognizing newbies and taking the time to explain the picking process. Admittedly, I had stalked ML on social media, to the point where I knew exactly what I wanted in my face that very second.

I came prepared.

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Let me tell you now – don’t waste your time with the smaller options, I’ll be disappointed in you. I mean, why have only one portion of only one lasagna, if you could have THREE? ML’s ‘Tris’ is £7.80, and afterwards you’ll be so satisfyingly full, that jean button will be coming undone ASAP. If you’re lustfully overwhelmed looking around in disbelief – don’t panic. The team is always on hand to help you with suggestions of their favorites.

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They serve up with an everlasting smile, and point you in the direction of their modern inviting ‘basement’. Equipped with joint tables (think Wagamamas), and singular traditional ones, we scooted over to one in the corner. The decor is just fabulous – far from the homely cafe feel you get upon entrance. Long growing-on-the-vine tomatoes in flower pots, tea light candles, and mismatched chairs. I adore that they haven’t bought into the standard ‘instagram-ready’ interior. It feels traditionally Italian with a modern twist.

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Between us, we had 6 different types. Carbonara, Pesto, Bolognese, Truffle, Tuna, and Aubergine. I’d love to be able to pin point my favourite for you, but honestly we worshipped the whole meal. If it helps narrow it down, the Carbonara dish was my least favorite – I know it sounds negative but I really don’t mean it that way. I mean the others were just so fabulous, that Carbonara just sat ever-so-slightly below the very high standards. Of course that could be personal preference! Also, I won’t lie – we were too stuffed to even consider desert. But I’ve heard good things!

TOP TIP: If you’re feeling like there’s a lot of heavy pasta/carbs on your plate, then go for that Aubergine one. It’s a traditional Italian ‘lasagna’ that doesn’t contain pasta sheets, and it was to die for. 

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My only tiny questioning moment, was the dual TV screen set up, and particularly the appropriateness of what was playing. One was showing the frisky drug/hooker enthused Wolf Of Wall Street. Personally I’m a huge fan (I mean, it’s Margot Robbie, who wouldn’t be.) However, although it by no means disrupted my dining experience – apart from a drooling boyfriend – I do question how appropriate it was for the younger diners. Considering how insanely picky I am, this is a tiny minuscule issue in the grand scale of things. Maybe even lose the TV’s in the evening? The music playing was all the entertainment we needed!

Next time we return, I fully intend to grab a bottle of wine and use the basement to it’s full relaxing advantage. I’d happily pop in just for a drink too.

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VERDICT: I’ll see you all in there next week, okay?

Enjoy my little Italian lovers.

Stay Sassy,

Lauren.

xxx

 

 

Caorunn Cocktails

Just been sent these absolutely gorgeous cocktail recipe from the Trading House – which I am SO excited to try out on Thursday with the lovely Amanda Bootes. How lush do these sound!

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“Celebrate the season in style with a delicious Caorunn cocktail formulated specially to enjoy this spring. Caorunn’s wildly sophisticated flavour will transport your senses away to the magic of Speyside with its rolling hills, highland glens and lochs.

Every sip of this Scottish gin offers a truly aromatic taste adventure through the rugged highlands yet delivers a clean and versatile taste, which means it is perfect to mix into any traditional or contemporary cocktail. Relax in the garden with a refreshing drink or entertain your friends with these delicious ideas:

Blush Apple Martini – serves one

  • 50ml Caorunn Gin
  • 40ml Pressed apple juice
  • 20ml Lemon juice
  • 10ml Gomme syrup

Method: Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker, shake and serve in a coupette glass. Garnish with three raspberries on a skewer – a fresh and delicious fruity martini

OR THIS ONE. YUM. 

Mackintosh Rose – serves four

  • 150ml Caorunn Gin
  • 75ml Chambord
  • 325ml Cranberry or raspberry juice
  • 350ml tonic
  •   27drops Fee lemon bitters

Method: Shake all ingredients together except the tonic and strain over cubed ice into a highball glass. Top with tonic, twist in the juice of a lemon wedge and use to garnish – a sweet, sour and  sophisticated drink that’s perfect to serve before Easter lunch.

If you’re looking for a unique drink to serve to friends and family at intimate gatherings, garden parties or for relaxing evenings on the terrace, Caorunn gin is the ideal option. It is passionately handcrafted in small batches in a unique Copper Berry chamber by Gin Master, Simon Buley, with his enviable distilling and spirit expertise. The speciality is created by infusing five locally-foraged botanicals including dandelion, heather, Coul blush apple, bog myrtle and rowan berry along with six traditional gin botanicals and natural Scottish water. Fresh and floral on the nose, this gin is clean, sweet, full-bodied and aromatic with a long-lasting dry and crisp finish.

The round Copper Berry chamber contains four large trays on which the botanicals are spread. As the vapour passes through the trays it picks up the flavours of all the botanicals in a long, slow process. When it cools and returns to liquid, now gin, the botanicals are firmly embedded in the spirit.”

If you want to know a little more about Caorunn….

“The name Caorunn originates from the Gaelic name for rowan berry, which grows wild in the impressive Scottish countryside. The rowan berry is handpicked and infused along with four other Scottish botanicals to create the gin. The Scottish ingredients also inspire the modern and elegant bottle, which has five sides to represent the five botanicals. ”

Visit: www.caorunngin.com for further details. Caorunn is available from £26.

 

What do you think folks?

Would you give it a go? Let me know below!

Stay sassy,

Lauren xxx

I’m moving to London – to work for GRAZIA

BAMN. Two huge pieces of news right?! Things are about to change around here! Let me elaborate…

As you all know, I currently live just outside of Chichester, way down on the south coast. Those of you who have stuck with me for a while, will also know that for about 16 months or so I’ve had the fantastic opportunity to work for Vantage News – a Press photo agency (if you’re not sure, think paparazzi). I’ve had the most amazing time; from meeting inspiring people, to honing in my photo editing skills, to getting up close and personal as I photographed a couple of Festivals. I’ve got to say, my favourite moment has to be when I photographed Wildlife Festival in Brighton, and we sat with Disclosure eating grilled pineapple after their headlining set. Beyond surreal. 

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However amazing and educating it has been, I recently decided it was time for the next chapter. I always say we can’t get comfortable and just wait, or we won’t progress – we have to go and hunt for the next adventure. I won’t lie to you, it was a grey area for a while. I was originally planning a ‘career time out’ to go and waitress for Chichester Festival Theatre (if you’re looking for a waitressing job that actually pays good money, apply). My plan was to save good money, and only then would I move to London.

Just at the ideal time, a good friend of mine popped up and told me about the role available at Grazia magazine. (Thank you Emi!) From that point, everything just happened at once. I had an interview a few days later – which I honestly walked out of thinking that I’d ruined. I got an email 20 minutes later offering me the internship! I’m very very excited to say that on the 25th of April I’ll be Grazia UK’s new picture intern. AHHHH.

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So, as you may have guessed, this means I’m moving back to London babaaaay! I moved out about 5 years ago but London has always had a place in my heart, and I cannot wait to be back. I honestly can’t decide what I’m more excited for: London or Graiza. The restaurants, the culture, the tube (seriously, you can miss it). My best friend actually being in the same city as me.

Obviously, the downside is that Russ isn’t able to move too. Due to a fantastic new job he has for Nuffield Health and Gym, we’ve decided it’s best he stays where he is. For now (positive attitudes only), we’re going to see each other at the weekend, and have two beautiful places to explore. I’m so excited to show him what London has to offer – if you’ve got any suggestions I’d love to hear them!

In terms of my blog – things are about to change around here. We’re going to squeeze every single ounce of culture out of that gorgeous city. We’re going to carry our cameras around proud, snapping at every corner. We’re going to take London by storm.

Are you with me?

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Stay Sassy,

Lauren xxx