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A place called…Whitstable

Whitstable is a beautiful seaside town in south-east Kent. In the week it is  very quiet and quaint. However yesterday unbeknownst me and my friends it was the Whitstable Oyster Festival and a lovely day (even though we were forecast thunder and lightning all day). 

Whitstable Oyster Festival.
The festival is set on the harbour; food, and drink stalls line the streets and a small stage is situated in the middle.
There is a variety of food from beef, kangaroo and ostrich burgers to curry, seafood paella, locally caught fish and locally produced cider. There are also a few fine art and craft stalls, that are in Whitstables’ Harbour Village and are open every weekend and bank holiday.

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Places to eat.

There are some lovely pubs, cafes and restaurants in the town. Situated right on the beach is a pub called The Old Neptune, it’s a perfect location for a day out. Naturally, me and my friend tried Oysters (which I will not be trying again, they are certainly an acquired taste) at Wheelers Oyster Bar, the oldest restaurant in town, and a very pretty building.  In town, What’s Up Cup Cake make cakes to die for! http://www.whatsupcupcake.com/

Boutiques.

There are a few vintage and handmade boutiques in the town. One of my favourites is Mosaic. They sell lots of beautiful jewellery, handmade by the shop owner and also by artists around the world.
They also sell a small amount of clothing, home accessories and ornaments. I love to find small boutiques that sell handmade/ one-off pieces, it’s nice to own something different to everyone else.

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The Seaside.

Just a little bit further out-of-town is Tankerton. My grandparents used to take me here for a walk and an ice cream when I was little, it’s one of my favourite beaches to go for a walk and is very picturesque. There are beach houses down by the sea which are very pretty.

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Lastly here is something I saw on the side of a building that I thought was interesting. There are signs like this hidden all through the town.

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Fashion, Uncategorized

I love…ANKLE BOOTS

I absolutely adore ankle boots right now, they are so versatile and are one of my wardrobe staples.
Great for winter with thick tights and a skirt, great for summer with shorts and a kimono.


Here are some of my favourites at the moment.

My boots! Last season Topshop. I wear them to death!

My boots! Last season Topshop. I wear them to death!

Clarks Moonlit Cool boot £69.99 A nice alternative to black. Source: http://cms.clarksmcr.com/upload/UK/StaticContent/Features/womens-AW13-preview/western-look-long.jpg

Jeremy Campbell-Braken Ankle Boot £158 from Free People.
Source: http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/img-thing?.out=jpg&size=l&tid=83886739

 

Jeremy Campbell-Deep V ankle boot £128 from Free People, great for a night out. Source: http://images1.freepeople.com/is/image/FreePeople/28798676_001_0?$browse-lt$

The celebrities that I think best pull of this look are HAIM, they have amazing style and always seem to be in them.

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Tattoos

Some people have the stereotypical view of tattoos but the way I see it is if it’s designed beautifully and tattooed by a professional with a good portfolio they can be tasteful.

On women, I really like small tattoos, sometimes discreet or on show if they’re small.

My first tattoo was a very small daisy on my wrist. (About the size of a ten pence piece) I chose this because I thought it looked small, pretty and feminine.
I also have the word Wanderlust (A spur of the moment thing, I really want to travel the world. This seemed relevant) written on my ankle and a very small star (which reminds me of my relationship with my mother, she used to read me a book when I was young which involves a star.) on my ribs.

Tattoos at the end of the day are just ink on our skin, yes they are usually there forever, but In the perspective of things we are alive a very short amount of time, and may as well live in the moment, to a certain extent.

Here is some tattoo inspiration.

Source: Free People blog 25 http-//blog.freepeople.com/2012/11/tattoo-inspiration-office/ tattoo

Source: Free People blog 25
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Do you have any? Please comment/link to a picture bellow.

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Top Tips For UK Festivals.

I love festivals, the camping, the campfire, people watching, general lazing around in your tent with friends, the dancing and most of all the acts.
I’m off to Reading Festival this year, I’ve attended the past 3 years. (Last year I went to Leeds instead though!)

The Festivals that are on my bucket list are:
1. Glastonbury, Worthy Farm, UK.
Supposedly the best festival in the world, definitely a more family, fun, hippy, vibe. 

2. The Secret Garden Party, Cambridge, UK.
A festival but on drugs. Fancy dress, the infamous paint fight, mild nudity, creative workshops, and fun and games.

Source: http-:2012.photos.secretgardenparty.com:view:?image_keywords=Highlights+2012&page=1  Photography by Danny North.

Source: http-:2012.photos.secretgardenparty.com:view:?image_keywords=Highlights+2012&page=1
Photography by Danny North.

3. SWSX, Austin, Texas, USA.
Up and coming acts such as HAIM, held across various places in Austin.

4. Coachella, Indio, California, USA.
Fun in the sun

5. Lounge On the Farm, Canterbury, UK.
A festival close to home, and it get’s bigger and bigger every year!

As we are in the middle of the festival season, here are some tips to help you and your friends have the best possible time, whatever festival your going to.

1. Make sure you’re prepared for all weathers.
Let’s face it, it usually rains at festivals in the UK…a lot.
We don’t seem to have a summer here either so make sure you take warm and waterproof clothing as well as your hot pants and dresses that you’d expect to wear at a festival. (Trust me I’ve learnt from my past experiences!)

2. Don’t waste time in the showers.
It sounds disgusting, but queues for the showers can be massive and that time can be spent seeing acts, or hanging out around the camp-fire with friends.
Take baby wipes, dry shampoo, and hair ties instead. You’ll be surprised that your hair doesn’t actually look that bad and besides everyone is in the same situation.

3. Less is more.
Taking the whole of your make up bag is just going to weigh your backpack down. Take mascara and 1 or 2 multi purpose products. Don’t forget sunscreen! 

4. Take a head-piece or do something colourful and fun with your hair.
A scarf is multi-purpose, tie it round your head or use it to warm up in the evenings,
Hair chalk is also a fun way to add colour, it also brushes out so no need for a shower!

5. Keep hydrated, and exercise.
Dancing is exercise…right?

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My day in London

I took a trip up to Central London on Friday.
First I visited Harvey Nichols, whilst looking through some luxurious clothing, I found a french RTW brand called Maje. Some of their clothes are beautiful, very feminine, and classy and are made out of such light soft fabrics. They remind me of the brand Chloe (but are slightly less expensive) and the brand Acne.
Maje was founded in 1998 and is relatively new compared to other luxury brands.

http://www.maje.com

Maje in Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge.

Maje in Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge.

Alfresco

Me and my friend went for lunch in Lincoln’s Inn fields. It was a lovely day and was full of people having picnics.

My friend Becky.

My friend Becky.

Lincoln Fields Inn

Lincoln’s Inn Fields

Free People at Selfridges

I went to Selfridges to visit the Free People pop up shop. I absolutely love Free People, but I have to admit the selection of garments there wasn’t the best, and they had hardly any spare sizes in back stock. Maybe it was just the wrong time to go, and besides they’re only there till the 28th July. I really hope the pop up shop has been successful and they decide to open up a few UK stores, where they will have more selection (fingers crossed!)

Here are a couple of stylish girls I stopped today on my walk down oxford street, and Carnaby street.

Luca wears a top and sunglasses from Urban Outfitters, a skirt she bought in a charity shop, boots from Topshop, and her bag and jewellery are from Morocco markets.

Luca wears a top and sunglasses from Urban Outfitters, a skirt she bought in a charity shop, boots from Topshop, and her bag and jewellery are from Morocco markets. It’s nice that her outfit is from a range of brands/stores. I really love her skirt that she bought from a charity shop, the colours in the skirt really stand out against the top.

Ruby wears a top and jeans from Diesel and boots from Office.

Ruby wears a top and jeans from Diesel and boots from Office. Even though the colours of all her clothes are dark, because she is wearing different textures they go together well. The print and the studs on the boots really make the look.

London is a lovely city, with so much to do. I always enjoy myself when I’m there, my favorite thing to do is to sit in a cafe and people watch. You get such a variety of people with different styles.
Regardless of your budget there is plenty to do.

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Music

The band I can’t stop listening to…

HAIM.

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So if you haven’t heard of them already, Haim (Rhymes with “time”) are 3 sisters from California’s San Fernando valley, and a guy (drummer Dash Hutton.)

Este, Danielle and Alana have been playing music with their parents since a young age. They formed a band with their parents called Rockinhaim before moving on in 2006 to form Haim.

Haim are a mix of classic 70’s rock pop with a hint of folk and R&B beats, quite a genre clash.
Think Fleetwood Mac with a modern twist.

They topped the BBC Sounds of 2013 list, which has seen acts such as Adele, Keane and Ellie Golding all top the list in the past.

They’re busy in the studio at the moment finishing their first album which is out later this year.

If you’re lucky enough to be going to Reading and Leeds this year check them out. They seem very energetic live, and like to dance around a lot. Look out for Este’s famous bass face.

I will be right at the front of the stage dancing around, and singing along when I see them at Reading!

Check these out!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZE_Kgk7w4f8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orN6OvaY9eY

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Travel

A small city called Canterbury.

I love spending the weekends in Canterbury.

Canterbury is a beautiful city in Kent. I’ve spent most of my free time here for the past 3 years, since I met my boyfriend, as he goes to the University of Kent.
Here are a few things to do in this wonderful city.

1. Go to Bramleys and then Ballroom after.
You walk into Bramleys at 7 o’clock on a Friday night, it’s like you’ve gone back to the 20’s, beautiful vintage couches and tables, a ceiling covered with what looks like a massive parachute, singer sewing machines to decorate and even a grand piano and an organ. Gorgeous cocktails, especially Bramble and Raspberry Mojitos which are a concoction of alcohol, and plants. 

Raspberry Mojitos!

Raspberry Mojitos!

Bramleys

Bramleys


Right next door is Ballroom, more quirky, upbeat and cool. Avant guard tables, stools, and arm chairs, a wall covered in mirrors, a statement skull wall paper wall, a bath, and what looks like a church pulpit where the Dj plays. Again be sure to check out their cocktails, especially the Hendricks Prohibition Punch which comes in a teapot with 4 tea cups.  

Hendricks Prohibition Punch!

Hendricks Prohibition Punch!

2. Go for a walk by the Westgate towers, down by the river.
It’s very beautiful down there and is a perfect place for a picnic in the sun.

3.Walk around the cathedral and it’s grounds. A historic and beautiful building with lovely grounds.

Canterbury Cathedral. Photo taken by Lauren Findler

Canterbury Cathedral.
Photo taken by Lauren Findler

4. Go to the seaside and visit Whitstable, six miles down the road.
Whitstable is the most beautiful seaside town in Kent. Go and have afternoon tea, look around the small quirky boutiques, sit and eat welks by the fish market, or go for a walk along the sea front with fish and chips.

5. A good place to eat is The Picturehouse, an old cinema who serve gourmet food, and also english afternoon tea with champers. It turns into a bar at the weekend of an evening.

The Parrot is also a lovely place to eat, with generous portions. It’s a beautiful old building, and has a lovely beer garden. It used to be the home of a parrot, but is no longer there anymore.

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The brand I cannot stop wearing: Free People

Free People is a beautiful brand. They only currently have boutiques in America (We need one here in England!)
However they do ship to the UK via their online shop, and there is a pop up shop in Selfridges till July 28th.

Their designs are so individual, very bohemian, feminine and floaty.

“a 26-year-old girl, smart, creative, confident and comfortable in all aspects of her being, free and adventurous, sweet to tough to tomboy to romantic. A girl who likes to keep busy and push life to its limits, with travelling and hanging out and everything in between. Today we draw, design, sew and buy for her.” Free People.

This is their June E-catalogue – Washed Ashore, one of my favourites.

Source: Free People http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMTUsmgFOm8&feature=c4-overview&list=UUcj2o-OOQ0YAzrdlPnc7s1Q

Source: Free People, Click on the link for the modern dread hair tutorial.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMTUsmgFOm8&feature=c4-overview&list=UUcj2o-OOQ0YAzrdlPnc7s1Q

Their “We are the free circle in the sand tee” is a wardrobe staple for me, it can be paired with jeans, a skirt, or shorts and is very versatile.
I also cannot stop wearing their “Tie dye wrap scrunch skirt” (Pictured in the second photograph) it can be worn on a night out with black studded boots or heels, or on a sunny day at the beach with a vest top and sandles.

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A little about me


My name is Lauren,
My favourite album of all time is Origin of Symmetry by Muse.
The up and coming band/singer I’m listening to is Haim.
If I could go anywhere this summer it would be to California with my boyfriend, and to go and visit my friend in Penn Yan, New York.
My last vacation was to Amsterdam.
If I could go to any festival it would be SXSW, Austin and the Secret Garden Party in Cambridge.
I have a small daisy tattoo on my wrist.
My goals in life are to travel the world and learn about all the different cultures there is to see.

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