Uk Travel Bucketlist: Liverpool*

I’ll admit I’m not particularly well travelled when it comes to the UK- not when it comes from venturing North of the South West at least. Devon and Cornwall I’ve done a lot thanks to spending most childhood Summers there and it being a relatively short drive away for days out and weekend trips. For some reason the opposite direction has always held less appeal to me and apart from Birmingham, Leicester and Melton Mowbray I’m struggling to think of other places I have visited.

That’s not to say I don’t want to though and I have a long list of places I’d like to pay a visit to when time and money allows (and of course it will be so much easier when I’m driving). These places include a LONG overdue trip up to Leeds to visit my brother as well as places like Manchester and Liverpool for the shopping scene- yep, I’m basing my travel bucket list on the places I most want to shop.

Home to some fantastic Liverpool restaurants and a huge array of some of my favourite shops- think Zara, Victoria’s Secret and All Saints as well as high end retailers like Michael Kors and Reiss as well as the UK’s only Beauty Bazaar in Harvey Nichols, Liverpool One is pretty high up on my list of places to visit. There is also a Disney Store which I admit is a huge pull for me despite being almost 30 as they are few and far between these days and there is almost always something I want from there- namely their mugs because a girl can never have too many mugs right?

Liverpool One is also home to some of my favourite places to eat- although I’ll be honest and say I’m not the most adventurous or experienced at eating out (yet, it’s a work in progress). Jamie’s Italian is one of my favourite dining chains and I’d definitely be making a pit stop there, and given that it’s likely to be at least a one night trip if not more I’m sure visits to Nandos, Pizza Express as well as several coffee stops and a cheeky prosecco at the end of the day will also happen.

Here’s a handy guide to what is on at Liverpool One right now.

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So, aside from Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester where else do I need to be adding to my UK travel list? I’m open to lesser known places too- I’m not solely about the shopping, I’m more than happy to soak up some culture and visit as many tourist attractions as you throw at me. Once I’m driving there will be no stopping me (aside from the seemingly ever climbing cost of petrol that is!)

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Until The Last Petal Falls

I’m not usually one to get excited about an up-coming film release but ever since I first caught wind of the Disney live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast (even the trailer gives me goosebumps) I’ve been counting down the days until it’s release.

Everyone has a favourite Disney film and for me it has always been Beauty and the Beast the story, the characters and the songs- I just love it all. Combine that with my love of jewellery and keen magpie eye I was very excited to hear that Disney Couture were bringing out a range of jewellery to coincide with the film release and immediately added every single item to my wish list.

I’ve been very fortunate during my time blogging to build up a great working relationship with certain brands, one of those being WatchShop.com who very kindly sent me this absolutely stunning necklace from the collection*. The enchanted rose is a key component to the film and capturing it in jewellery form is frankly genius. I’m absolutely smitten with this necklace- the detailing is impeccable and it is as much a keepsake as it is a piece you can wear. A few other pieces from the collection might make it on to my birthday list (Mrs Potts earrings anyone?) but this necklace will forever hold a very special place in both my heart and my jewellery collection.

Are you excited for the live-action remake? What is your all time favourite Disney movie?

I’ll leave you with this ear-worm to end your week on…

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The Hoodie

Before I get properly in to today’s post I wanted to take a minute to say thank you for the incredible support I received on my eating disorders awareness week post. The feedback has been incredible and I truly appreciate everyone who has taken the time to read, comment and share the post on social media. The week isn’t over yet though and there is still plenty of time to get involved. Please do re-visit the post or go straight to the Beat website to find out how you can get involved.
And now on to the main part of my post today- an outfit post featuring one item I never thought I’d wear again, let alone feature on the blog. That item is the humble hoodie, which along with some questionable trouser choices was the uniform of my teenage years (and when I say questionable I mean purple tie-dyed flares…I’ve come a long way!)

Hoodie: Monki | Skirt: Pull&Bear at ASOS (similar) | Converse: Schuh (non holographic version)

See, I knew it wouldn’t be long before another Monki purchased happened- I just can’t help myself. I’ve been eyeing up their hoodies since my first visit in to the Bristol store but held off as I just wasn’t convinced I’d actually wear one. I’m a long way away from the teenage me who felt the need to hide inside a massive hoodie but in the end this mustard yellow won me over and the hoodie came home with me and whilst I haven’t reverted back to living in one, I admit the hoodie certainly has it’s place in the wardrobe.

One way I’ve been wearing it is with this grey pleated skirt. I love the colour combination of grey and mustard and the laid back look this outfit creates. It’s a casual outfit but manages to make me feel a bit more ‘together’ than if I’d just slung on jeans and I’ll always embrace any excuse to wear my converse- their pale pink holographic nature never fails to make me smile (although I wouldn’t say no to this pair).

What do you think of this super casual outfit? Have you re-visited any clothing items from your youth? Between this and my current enjoyment of dresses over jeans I think I might be having a “help I’m almost 30″ kind of crisis!

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The Prettiest Pastels from Coast*

The days are slowly but surely getting longer which means Spring is on it’s way. It also means that impatience to be back in short sleeves and sandals is peaking and my obsession with pastels is ramping up a notch.

Today I’m fuelling that obsession by bringing you a wish list of the prettiest pastel items from Coast whose website is home to some of the most gorgeous dresses and skirts that I have seen in a long while. Never mind the fact that I have no need for occasion pieces any time soon- now I’ve seen them I can’t help but want them, even if the closest I’m likely to get to a wedding this year is walking past the Bristol Register Office.

Fancy florals, cloud-like chiffon and the swishiest skirts I could find make up this wish list and should you have a wedding to attend, a prom to dance at or a super swanky garden party invite on your hands then Coast should definitely be one of the shops you head to on your mission for the perfect outfit. Alas for me these pieces shall firmly remain in my dreams, I don’t even think turning 30 in a couple of months gives me reason to splurge on any of these- not to mention the fact that my budget probably just about covers a packet of pastel mini eggs right now. Ah well, if I can’t wear the colours I’m craving at least I can snack on them…
Have any of these pieces captured your imagination? What’s on your wish list for Spring?

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Under £100 LFW Wish List with Mallzee

Ok, so in true Laura style I am (fashionably) late to the whole London Fashion Week thing, it has indeed been and gone by now and I’m only just hitting publish on this post. I have no excuse other than this season the whole thing seemed to pass me by. There was nowhere near as much buzz about the shows across my most used social media channels and I couldn’t tell you the first thing about upcoming fashion and beauty trends right now despite usually having earmarked a few.

Anyway, I digress- that’s not at all what this post is about. This post is about me finally pulling together a wish list of items that I would have worn to LFW had I been attending that all together costs under £100. This is in association with Mallzee.

Mallzee is THE must have app for anyone who likes to shop. Available free from both the Apple and Android App stores Mallzee is a platform that brings you hundreds of brands from Boohoo and Zara to Allsaints and Missguided all in one place enabling you to create wish lists galore and then shop directly from the app! You can also sign up for handy alerts that will let you know when the price of an item you love drops in price or goes on sale and there is only one checkout process involved no matter how many brands you shop with.

The App is really well set out and easy to use, it’s basically Tinder for fashion! You can search by item, save your size details and get inspiration from specially curated feeds. It’s highly addictive and I spent rather a long time popping together my under £100 wish list- not because it’s complicated but because I just lost track of time browsing…oops!
Outfit wise I went for something somewhat trend led but still practical. I’d wear the H&M leather look dungarees as a base layer with perhaps a short sleeve tee underneath. Over those I’d wear this mesh embroidered detail dress also from H&M and toughen things up a bit more with these AX Paris chunky ankle boots and keep my hands free with the backpack from Zara. The whole outfit comes in at £95.96 leaving enough change to grab a coffee on the go…winner!
If you’re yet to discover Mallzee then I strongly suggest checking it out- as a bonus if you sign up with my referral code we each get £5 free to be used on a purchase of £5 or more, it really is a win-win situation!

My code is “LAURABU” so get signing up and get shopping!

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