Monday, December 19, 2016

RECENTLY FROM MY IPHONE

1. Chilling on a float in Marmaris, Turkey take me baaaack!
2. Hotel Selfie game strong this time rocking purple braids

3. Commissioned artwork by my incredibly talented brother, Nathan Royes

4. Lazy Saturday's be like...The Gentlewoman Magazine x Tea

5. Mirror selfie in Michael Kors, loving white toes again and open toe booties!
6. Freaking Gracie Francesca - I've need a break but it was so sweet for her to even care! I had a fangirl moment ngl.


8. Going out for lunch to Bluebells of Portobello - I had the large salad with chicken...it was huuuuge but 100% delicious!
9. If you went shopping but didn't take a changing room selfie...did you really go shopping?


I thought I would share with you guys some pictures that have been sitting in my photo roll. Have a great week!

Lavinya - x







Saturday, December 10, 2016

THE JUMPER DRESS


Pretty Little Things Jumper Dress via Next.co.uk / Vintage Camel Coat (similar here & here) / H&M Fishnet Tights / Ego Official Patent Nude Boots


Happy Saturday guys! I know one shouldn't live for the weekend but after the week I've had I am sooooo glad to spend the next 3 days not thinking about work! Today I want to share with you my new jumper dress by Pretty Little Thing that I bought off the Next website! Oversized Knits and a little bit of fishnet are so snug! I love that it has a high neckline without being smothering. I decided to give my knee length boots a rest and carry the nude theme head to toe with my Ego Official Boots. I think the fishnet x boots combo is here to stay for a while. What do you think?

I'm really loving these photos, I feel like in years to come I will be showing my children and say "look kids mommy was a hot spice y'kno!" lol. Anyways, I'm off to Oxford Street to finally do some Christmas Gift shopping, last month I did a little bit online thanks to the help of my black friday gift list, did you see it? 

Check it out here!  Have a great weekend!

Lavinya - x

Monday, November 28, 2016

ARE YOU DOWN WITH MY GRAM?

Running a blog while working a 9-5 is soooooooo hard!!! Sometimes I barely have the energy to come home and do any blog work as I've already spent 8hrs of my working day in front of a computer. Tired eyes is real yall! Thats why I love instagram! It allows me to post my #ootd on the go!!! I have been doing this a lot lately and so above are my some of my fashion snaps that haven't quite yet made it to the blog.

SO DONT FORGET TO FOLLOW ME ON INSTAGRAM: THISISLAVINYA HERE 

WHICH LOOK DO YOU PREFER?

Lavinya x

Thursday, November 24, 2016

26 WAYS TO GET THROUGH BLACK FRIDAY

Hello guys!!! There are black friday deals practically everywhere, in fact on Tuesday I witnessed with my own eyes two ladies fighting over the last of a perfume gift set in a well known department store... I dont know about you but its too cold for all that drama, so below I have picked out some of my favourite items online to make black friday a little easier and get a head start on the xmas shopping! 100% #dramafree 
CLICK THE LINKS BELOW TO SHOP!

01. New Look Grey Home Alone Christmas Pyjama Set - Xmas aint Xmas without Home Alone!
02. Zalando Tommy Hilfiger Puffer Jacket
03. Shein 20PCS Makeup Brush Set
04. Public Desire Velvet Over The Knee Boots
05. H&M Powder Pink Cable Knit Hat
06. Rad Gym Tomorrow Sweatshirt - Motto for 2016 lol
07. New Look Pink Pug Print Slider Slippers
08. Footlocker Nike Tuned 1 
09. Bleached Goods Iron Lager Tshirt
10. Rifle Paper Lets Do This Notepad - Get a head start on planning 2017
11. H&M Straight High Jeans
12. Ego Denim Over The Knee Boots
13. The Gentlewoman Magazine -
14. H&M Patent Ankle Boots
15. Topshop Not A Morning Person Pyjama Set - This was made for me for sure!
16. M&S Faux Leather Ring Detail Across Body Bag
17. Zara Mini Vinyl Backpack
18. Monki Cinnamon Puff Coat
19. River Island Frayed Cropped Boyfriend Jeans
20. "You Are A Badass" by Jen Sincero - Definitely worth adding to your reading list!*
21. Marni X Zalando: Reebok Instapump Fury Trainers 
22. "Its Not How Good You Are, Its How Good You Want To Be" by Paul Arden - *this one too!
23. Nike Olive Air Max Thea
24. Pretty Little Thing Faux Fur Chain Shoulder Bag
25. H&M Rust Court Shoes
26. Bruno Mars 24K Magic Album  - OMG this album is siiiiiccckkkkk!

Let me know which one is you favourite!

Lavinya x

Friday, October 21, 2016

IN LOVE WITH THE EPIC JACKET OF ALL TIME

PUFFER JACKET - H&M 
DRESS - H&M ON SALE GO GO GO!
JUMPER - ASOS 
BOOTS - H&M 
HAT - ASOS 
CHOKER - RIVER ISLAND 

Rihanna has been on my Twitter TL for like weeks slaying her streetstyle lewks. I have found myself completely infatuated with incredibly monster size jackets shes been wearing, which are okay for the celebrity lifestyle that she leads but totally impractical to wear on a morning commute on the Jubilee Line. Not everyday Uber Code. So last week while I was in H&M Tottenham Court Road, I tried on several jackets that were just humongous and downright ugly and then came across a oversized black puffer jacket, it was perfect! This same jacket inspired my last post HERE.

I wasn't happy with the ones in the store so I decided to order it online and added a few more pieces into my shopping cart, including a white padded jacket that I hadn't seen in store. Honestly I only added this to my order for bants, I had no intention of keeping the jacket, I was just curious to see what it would look like on, as far as I was concerned the black quilted jacket, above, was a clear winner, until.....
DRESS - H&M ON SALE GO GO GO!
CHOKER - RIVER ISLAND 

I never expected to find everything I was looking for in this jacket, It is super warm and I love that its longline, has a high collar and pockets in the front of the jacket. I ordered both jackets in a size 10 so theres no need to size up! The black one has a detachable hood which would've been great on the white jacket thought but never-mind. I cant believe I'm saying this but I never thought I would be so happy winter is coming!!!!

However not everyone shares the exact love as me for this jacket; before I posted it up on my Instagram I showed my Mum the pic and her exact words were "Thats nice...but you look like the Michelin man." ROTFL!!!! Then she asked me if I intended to keep it (she likes the black one more) yes Mum its here to stay, she doesn't get fasssshun LOL!

SHOP THE LOOK

Sunday, October 16, 2016

THE WEEKEND MUSE #4: THE PUFFA JACKET

Is it a sleeping bag? Is it a duvet? No its Superman, the PUFFA JACKET! (or puffer jacket). Winter is coming and this is about to be this years unlikely "It" jacket. Sure one can look for a standard double breasted item but I have dreams of getting cosy in a padded feather down jacket that may or may not make me look like the michelin man. Here are a few of my favourites:

1. Bershka Cropped Jacket (Available in Black & Cream!) / 2. H&M Padded Jacket / 3. H&M Black Padded Jacket / 4. Uniqlo Hooded Jacket  or similar 

SHOP THE LOOK

Which puffa jacket is your favourite?

Lavinya x 

Thursday, October 06, 2016

THE £7 PRIMARK JUMPSUIT


- SHOP THE LOOK -
Primark Jumpsuit available in store (similar here & here) / Dorothy Perkins Bardot Top / Superga Trainers 

Y'all Primark are having a sale. I will say it again. PRIMARK. ARE. HAVING. A. SALE!
I didn't even think it was possible for a shop famous for its low price points could go on sale but if your available get yourselves down to Primark ASAP!

I scored this jumpsuit for only £7! First off I dont even recall seeing this jumpsuit at full price and honestly if I had I would have still bought it. I dont have enough jumpsuits in my wardrobe and I'm always on the hunt for one but I feel like their always quite slouchy and casual or formal and tailored. I love this one by Primark, its linen, culotte styled and it gives me this vintage vibe because I for one have not seen anything similar in highstreet fashion, it feels like a jumpsuit I would find thrifting.

This shade of green is not something I have alot of in my wardrobe but I decided to layer it over a bardot top because I am loving showing off my shoulders lately, however I really need to invest in a strapless bra because at the moment I just slip the bra straps on my standard bras to the side because I really have no clue where to look for one, so if you have any suggestions let me know in the comments section below!!!

Remember PRIMARK. ARE. HAVING. A. SALE! GO! GO! GO! lol

Lavinya - x

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

GUNS N ROSES

Do you have to be a die-hard fan to justify wearing a band tee? The main reason I bought this T-shirt was for the colours in the design, I actually thought it said "The Goonies" - (y'kno the 80s classic teen film!). In my defence, the opening guitar solo to "Sweet Child O' Mine' happens to be one of my favourites by the Guns N' Roses, but regardless the T-shirts mine now lol!

Band tee's were a massive thing in the 90s and its safe to say 90s fashion revival has not yet finished influencing the fashion market today. The safe way to style up your graphic/band T-shirt would involve ripped jeans, with a checked shirt tied round the waist but thats so yesterday. Honestly, truly. (If your familiar with Joanne The Scammer you will understand that reference...)

SHOP THE LOOK!


Break the monotony with a pencil skirt, denim or leather mini skirt and finesse in a pair of patent boots, Yeezy style, like these gorgeous pair from Ego Official.

Or try tucking your t shirt into a pleated midi skirt like this lovely gold one by Zara and finish with a pair of trainers. Now all of a sudden Lily Allen circa 2005 aesthetic makes sense to me...

Let me know what you think of my look!

Lavinya x


Friday, September 09, 2016

BLONDE HAIR


Hello!!! I have blonde hair and I love it! Im not ready to give up the braid life and tbh I dont ever see myself going back to life before braids lol. I am getting so much quicker at doing them myself, this only took 6hrs! For those who may be interested I used Kanekalon braiding hair in colour 27.

My birthday is in 10 days and I needed a change before starting a new chapter of life. Do you guys like it? Totally serving you guys rock chic with my Lamoda faux nose ring, winged liner and leather jacket, whats not to like?

Lavinya - x


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Monday, August 29, 2016

WEDDING


Last Saturday I went to my friends wedding! I wore a dress from Asos that I absolutely adore and always feel so pretty and shoes from Pretty Little Thing. I am obsessed with these shoes they ooze sexiness and are so comfy I practically danced the whole night without experience swollen feet drama!



I have known the groom, Ibrahim, since uni and it was so cute to watch him get married to his beautiful wife, Hodan, she looked absolutely incredible the whole day and her dress was unbelievably gorgeous, you should have seen the train!


After the ceremony it was finally time to eat! The food did not disappoint and I was happy to go back up for seconds. #dontjudgeme #itwasalongdayofspeechesandphototakenbeforeanyfoodpassedmylips #onecannotsurviveonfingerfoodalone lol. It was also really great to spend the day with my friend Yemi, we not only went to uni together but prior to that worked together for a retail clothing shop called Mexx, we've known each other a long time but dont always get a chance to check in so it was great to catch up 

It really was a beautiful wedding and I feel blessed to have witnessed Ibrahim & Hodan's special day. Congratulations! - 

Lavinya - x

Sunday, August 28, 2016

THE ULTIMATE CO-ORD


- SHOP THE LOOK -
H&M Co-ord Sold Out! / H&M Heeled Sandals Similar / Lamoda Sunglasses

Pyjama style co-ords have been a leading trend this year, if athleisure wasn't comfy enough the fashion world have made it acceptable to wear your PJ's to work. Its only natural I try the trend in the most dramatic print I have ever seen.

My key to rocking this trend?
1. A chic pair of sandals
2. Simple makeup with a dash of red lips
3. Huge hoops and stunning reflective glasses

If this co-ord is too wild for you do not despair the trend can still work for you by wearing one piece at a time - wear the top with your everyday jeans and the trousers with a plain tee or classic white shirt.

This co-ord is fire! I'm seriously impressed with the quality, it looks so much more expensive than it is, both H&M items are £24.99, and in real life the material really feels and looks like silk, its just gorgeous!

Step outside your comfort zone and give this trend a go! Happy Sunday! 

Lavinya - x

Monday, August 22, 2016

HAWES & CURTIS : 1 SHIRT 3 WAYS

Do I need to reintroduce myself or do you guys remember me lol?

Today's post is in collaboration with British clothing company Hawes & Curtis who sent me their cotton satin white shirt from their Pink Label womenswear range. Some trends are not for everyone but the classic white shirt is an essential staple everyone needs; and wether you choose to wear it to the office, night out or on your lazy days, the versatility of a white shirt is endless.

Below, I have put together 3 ways to wear this gorgeous frilled front button down. Three. Different. Looks! Oh I spoil you dont I...

1.

CLASSIC COMBO

There's little that can go wrong by the combo "denim jeans x white shirt" and this simple look is ideal for the weekend/casual days. Take the combo to new level with a sleeveless leather biker jacket and keep it chic in a pair of heels, or a pair of trainers, flat sandals or brogues.


2.

LAYER PLAYER

Step up your slip game by layering your sexy black dress over your button down just enough for the frills to peak out. Complete the look with a pair of lace up espadrilles and hopefully for the rest of the summer we have left it will be blue skies and sunshine so you'll need a pair of sunglasses.


3.

ADD A SKIRT

Tuck a crisp white shirt into a high waist button down skirt. Undo the skirt buttons to add a little movement to the skirt and draw the focus to your head-turning boots. I love this look it deserves a night out!

Look 1, 2 or 3? Which one was your favourite? 

Check out more of Hawes & Curtis womenswear range here and let me know your styling tips for a white shirt below! 

It feels good to be back blogging...I missed you guys (I hope you missed me too...!!!) 
Lavinya x



Monday, July 11, 2016

WIRELESS FESTIVAL 2016

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Lamoda Sunglasses (sold out) but available in Silver, Rose Gold and Gold

Happy Monday! My plans today are: rest, relaxation, rejuvenation. Much needed after a weekend at Wireless Festival if you went then you know what I mean but if you didn't go then you seriously missed out! I made it my mission to see Future and J Cole and they did not disappoint they were absolutely awesome but my only regret was missing Craig David *booo* #garagenationcrew where you at?? I can imagine the vibe being so live but regardless it was so fun to hang out with my friends this weekend, life can become monotonous with the same old work routine so weekends like this are very much needed! I had planned on taking candid pics of the event/day but sometimes enjoy the moment and take selfies with your friends instead. Hope you all had a great weekend!

Lavinya - x

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

DENIM SKIRT

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Trends come and go but denim will always be a staple in everyones wardrobe. I picked up this gorgeous denim number from Mango, Oxford Street in their outlet section (top floor) for only £15! Its about time my denim collection had a skirt in it, my mom jeans can have a little rest lol. I've kept this outfit pretty casual with fishnet socks and fresh white trainers but I've imagined styling this skirt in a thousand different ways including with some barely there heels, to help elongate my legs, and a denim shirt. #doubledenimforlife or when the weather finally gets warmer a pair of gladiator sandals.

What do you guys think?
Lavinya - x

Friday, April 08, 2016

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Rihanna x River Island Crop Jumper / H&M Wide-leg Trousers / H&M Ankle Boots

Sometimes simplicity is key and it doesn't get much simpler in all black everything. At the moment every thing is work, work, work but at least I can do it style. This is week 2 of my crochet braids and can I just say I absolutely love them! I've been getting a lot of compliments and people asking me where I got them done and its an awesome feeling to see their reaction when I tell them I did it myself! I am no expert but I also didn't allow that to limit myself. Remember that next time you want to try something new!!! Hope your all well! 

Lavinya - x 

Monday, April 04, 2016

BLOGOSPHERE MAGAZINE TEA PARTY


Top Right Picture: Zara Jumpsuit / Stripe top (worn underneath) / H&M Navy Jacket / Ego Official Boots

Yesterday I attended the Blogosphere Magazine Tea Party event with my friend Alisha and we had a lovely time! Blogosphere Magazine is a printed publication written by bloggers for bloggers, which shines the light on upcoming influencers and filled with loads of how-to's to help all levels of bloggers! 

I love events like these where you get the opportunity to mingle with other bloggers/content creators and feel inspired by others in the blogging community. The event was held at Aubaine, Marylebone Hight Street who provided the best selection of cakes and treats, so you know in true blogger style everyone was trying to get that shot for the gram! I was so happy to be gifted three different issues of blogosphere magazine including the latest, Issue 8, with the lovely Lily Pebbles on the cover. 

Check out more of the day below...there may or may not be a lil snippet of me from 1:23 



Thank you Blogosphere Magazine for a lovely afternoon!
Lavinya - x



BRACE YOURSELF



Happy April! Well the first 3 months of 2016 have literally flown by right!? Sometimes its so scary to keep track of time but I always see April as a mini new year. Being a Christian I have always reflected on Jesus' crucifixion, His dying on the cross allowed my past to be washed away and so I always feel like this is a new start, new beginning. Maybe you celebrate Easter, maybe you dont but regardless seeing as were in the 4th month of the year this is the perfect time to start planning how you would like to see the next 3 months turn out!

A topic that has become a source of discussion with a lot of people I have been talking to is this reluctancy to plan because their simply scared it will never come to fruition or being scared of what others may think of our ideas; but how will you know that you can if you never try!!! People tend to project their fears onto you but you cant let that be the thing to put you off trying something new or building on what you have; you have to use it as motivation let me tell you how...

1. 

BRACE YOURSELF TO STAY TRUE TO YOUR OWN JOURNEY 


There will always be expectations from family, friends, whoever. But the only voice you should stay true to is yours. This is your life and you only get one you owe it to yourself to live it the way you want to, if people have a problem with what you've got going on thats THEIR problem! And I speak from experience; my recent promotion has seen the very people I considered as "work friends" to do a complete 360 and become strangers purely by their own doing. Its THEIR problem! Do not concern yourself in trying to please everyone, it will drain you and make you unhappy and they won't care. Its your business to know yourself so that whatever comes your way you can't be swayed. Life is too short to be something and someone your not.


2.

BRACE YOURSELF TO BE YOUR OWN CONFIDANT

Not everyone will understand what it is you want from life. Some may rubbish your ideas, or suggest that your better at something else. You deserve to be proud of everything you have achieved and everything you want to do but be selective with who you share your visions with. Not everyone has to know your next move! Sometimes it pays to keep your cards close to your chest. Yes its nice to have support but sometimes you have to encourage yourself and if you become your own cheerleader so when times may get tough you wont need to rely on anyone else to tell you your worth so much more than that negative thought trying to bring you down.


3.

BRACE YOURSELF TO WORK AGAINST ROUTINE

Its so easy to go with the flow but I watch the flow everyday on my morning commute to work; a herd of grey moving down the escalators with solemn faces and the only words exchanged are "can you move down inside the carriage please" and maybe they like the flow, maybe it actually works for them (their faces say otherwise but anywhooo) but the flow is not for me but it has a funny old way of seeping into your psyche and turning a "I will do that when I get home from work" to a "I will do that tomorrow night" and then before you know it tomorrow night turns into the twelfth of never. This a personal concern of mine but this is when you need to call upon your organisational skills, plan your days more effectively and be disciplined enough to stick to it; that way if you do have to have a routine its a routine that allows your to use your time productively in helping you closer and closer to the things you hope to achieve.


4.

BRACE YOURSELF TO OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY

You will probably find that the biggest obstacle to overcome is yourself. Self-doubt stems from fear and fear could rob you from progressing. Sometimes we can get caught up with concerning our thoughts on everything were not. But that is so wrong! Nobody is you and THAT is your power! Our own limitations confine us to a stationary place of what we think were capable of because were scared of failing/rejection. But there is nothing wrong with failure; failure is not a measure of everything you haven't achieved its in face the exact opposite its a testament to everything to gave a try to and thus you can never look back and wonder "what if".
If your plagued with thoughts that your just not good enough then theres two ways to deal with this IMO:

1. Let 'they' decided. 
So your not going to apply for that job because you think your not qualified enough or ready? Your not going to submit that article because you think your not that good a writer? Well before you completely write yourself off, challenge yourself and apply for it anyway! There is no harm in trying and the worst thing that can happen is "no" - dont be the one who says no before you've even tried.

2. Invest your time building that skill. 
"Practice makes perfect" thats the cliche saying right but its true. Its far to easy to quit but instead if you "think" your not a good writer…write more, read more, practice more and if your don't "think" you have the right skills, then this is your time to master them. 

Remember there is light, life and love beyond the words we let break us down and the names we call ourselves. Take one step at a time but make sure its a step FORWARD!

Have a great week!
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What I'm Wearing

Thursday, March 31, 2016

BRAIDGANG!


Guys I spent the last two days doing my hair! #blackgirlproblems lol. After watching ONE youtube video on "Crochet Braids for beginners" I decided to be spontaneous and make a trip down to my local hair shop to pick up supplies to do it myself! After 10 packs of Senegal twists, yes 10 PACKS!  and two seasons of Peaky Blinders (I have the biggest crush on Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy) I finally finished and for my first time I'm pretty proud of myself! What do you guys think? I absolutely love them!

Lavinya x

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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H&M Oversized Sweater / H&M Printed Culottes / Next Brogues

Hi Easter guys! I hope you had a lovely bank holiday and ate loads of chocolate! I have been working really hard at work and haven't had any time to myself so decided to book some extra days off in addition to the 4 day weekend we just had. I plan to have some me time today and do a mani/pedi, catch up with some Youtube vids and  eat the remaining Easter chocolate eggs I have stashed in my bedroom...dont judge me lol

Lavinya x

Friday, March 18, 2016

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H&M Baker Boy Hat / Topshop Jumpsuit / H&M heel shoes / Mango Longline Belted Jacket

A couple of weeks ago I attended Pixi Beauty's pop up shop in Covent Garden. I posted a pic of their amazing products on instagram here and was kindly gifted three products of my choice. There was such a buzz going around the shop about how great the Glow Tonic is so I definitely had to pick that up alongside the H20 Skindrink hydrating gel and the Makeup Fixing Mist. I am so excited to use these products and will definitely let you guys know how I get on with them! Have you guys used any products from Pixi Beauty? Let me know!   

Lavinya x

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

PINK BOMBER POPPIN



BOMBER JACKET - Stradivarius, TOP (Similar) - Zara, JEANS (Similar) - New Look, HAT - Forever21, BOOTS - Ego.co.uk


I have a big pink crush on this bomber jacket! Pink is one of my favourite colours but its quite a tough colour to style without looking like you stepped out of Barbies world but its definitely the right colour for spring. Originally I had my eye on this gorgeous satin bomber from Mango because of the length and the material; I really wanted that oversized feel but I changed my mind and went for a shorter, slimline fit and I much prefer the price point of this one from Stradivarius; admittedly I had never heard of the brand until a couple months ago when I came across their flagship store in Westfield Stratford!

With a little play on layering and lengths I paired it with this spilt top from Zara. I love the cut out detail on the sides, such a subtle understated way of showing a lil side midriff.

Can we pause for these boots please? How impractical and amazing are these beauties? I know, I know everyone has them...their all over the gram...but sometimes you got to ride the hype bandwagon with pride lol. Nude, patent and a yellow clear perspex heel who wants to wear black boots all the time! Yup, these are definitely outside my comfort zone but I guess that is why I love them, its easy to stick to what you know but that also gets repetitive.

Let me know what you think of my look!

Lavinya x