Hi, I’m Lauren! This blog has been long in the making (in my mind, anyway), but it was only recently that I decided to actually create a page. I wanted to do this in order to share my ideas with you, and hopefully benefit somebody in some way. I have absolutely loved fashion for what seems like my whole life, and I honestly struggle to remember a time, apart from my brief ‘tomboy’ phase, when I have not been completely fascinated by clothes, their fabrics and decorations, and how they are made. I love to design and make my own clothes; there’s just something about the originality of a homemade garment, that can’t be achieved by something shop-bought, as well as that undeniable feeling of self satisfaction that you get once you finish a piece of clothing, that, is actually wearable. As far as I know, most of my family (the females, anyway) can sew, and some particularly enjoy it, and this is where I think my love of textiles predominantly comes from, as I have always been around people who have been able to make clothes, and I can honestly remember when I was around four, thinking to myself on quite a regular basis, “I bet I could make a dress.” We all can probably guess that despite my determination, I could not have made a dress at four. In fact, I only made my first dress two years ago, which much to my dismay, after six months spent making it (admittedly, very slowly), didn’t fit.
Primarily, I would describe my personal style as ‘changeable’, as I dress for my mood on a particular day, and do not, in my opinion, fit a certain ‘image’, as some people do. My style is nowhere near perfect: a fact of which I am painfully aware. There have been many times, where I have strongly regretted an outfit after I’ve gone out in it, which is a situation which I am
hoping sure some people can empathize with, as the copious amount of mirrors dotted around shops allow me to pick at every small detail of my outfit, and in the end, desperately wishing that I could just go home and change, immediately. To me, despite my personal shortcomings, fashion is a form of art, which you can use on a daily basis in order to express your personality, and this is the exact reason for my love of fashion: it allows me to express my creativity, in a way that I personally find difficult to do through other means such as art, or music.
Another thing which I have a particular love for is food. Food, like fashion, is just so versatile, and changeable, which as I have said, is something that I love. healthy food is my particular favourite, as there are just so many tastes and colours, and ways of cooking it, that just can’t be achieved with processed, unhealthy foods. In all honesty, I feel amazing eating the way I do now, and cannot put enough emphasis on how much I appreciate being in the position where I can access good, nutritious food, and enjoy it the way that I do. I have no specific dietary requirements: I’m not vegan, I’m not gluten-free, I’m not dairy free. All I want to do is make the healthiest choices, and eat what suits me best.
One of my main hobbies is cooking, I love to create my own recipes for good, nutritious food, as well as the occasional slightly unhealthy recipe, because of course, I’m still human. My palate is quite adventurous, and I am willing to try almost anything given to me, be it kimchi or crickets (I love kimchi, but am slightly indifferent when it comes to crickets), and I am always looking for new things to cook, and new ways of cooking them. With cooking, there are endless possibilities; you can take one individual ingredient, and transform it into so many different things, as there is no rulebook when it comes to food, what you make of it is completely up to you.
What I want to achieve by writing on this blog, I couldn’t exactly say- all I want to do is share my ideas, and hopefully, inspire a few people along the way.