Lob Inspiration


5 months ago I had my hair Lobbed and I loved it. I let it grow and got to a length where I either needed to grow it super long again or cut it short again. 

Of course I headed to pinterest and started a board, have a squizzie here 

This is my grown out Lob
No layers, all one length (except for my fringe which I am growing out)



Here is the inspiration I took to show my Stefan stylist







I asked for a angled Long Bob, just passed my shoulders at the back and past my collarbone at the front, no layers. 

Here is my hair after, I lob it

Bye bye hair










The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Jewellery for Your Girlfriend or Wife

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Everyone likes receiving a gift. It doesn't matter if you're a man or woman, young or old, or even if you're cynical and grumpy. Okay, so some of us don't enjoy getting things we don't want, but even then we can recognize the kind the gesture. Besides, buying presents is hard. It's really difficult to pick something out for someone else. And even if you have an idea of what to get, choosing the perfect item can still feel impossible.

One of the most difficult things is when a man has to buy jewellery for his wife or girlfriend.  If that's you, you might be struggling. You might have noticed what she likes, but you don't know much about jewellery. If you need a crash course in choosing something, use some of the tips below.

Take a Hint

Sometimes, there's one very easy way to pick out a piece of jewellery for your wife or girlfriend. All you have to do is listen to hear if she drops any hints. If she does, they're likely to be fairly obvious. Watch out when a special occasion is approaching, whether it's a birthday, Christmas, or something else. Look out for non-verbal cues too. What does she stop to look at in shop windows? What is she lusting after in a magazine or online (note: don't go through her internet history)?

Watch Her

Don't stare at her creepily, no freaky behavious or you will make her suspici, just take notice of what she's wearing. If you're usually good at this, it shouldn't be too hard. You should just pay attention to any jewellery and make a mental (or physical) note of it. You'll be able to see what sort of thing she likes to wear, even if you can't quite put it into words. It's easy to tell if she prefers delicate pieces or something flashy, or if she wants natural and bohemian over fine jewellery.

Save Rings for Special Occasions

One thing to keep in mind is to avoid rings unless it's for a very special occasion. You should save them for engagements, weddings and significant anniversaries. If you're married or in a long-term relationship, you might look at eternity rings. But it's best to stay away from rings if you aren't looking to say something big. Yes, she might wear rings on a daily basis, but they're different if they cost $10 and don't come from you.

Ask Others

If you're still feeling completely clueless, you can ask someone who knows her well. Your options are family members or friends. You might know one or the other better or be able to communicate with them more easily, especially without your wife or girlfriend knowing. Ask her best friend, sister or even her mum to help you pick out something perfect. Although, make sure they have a good sense of her style and aren't as clueless as you are.

When you first start looking for jewellery for your girlfriend or wife, you might feel at a loss. But as you think about it, you'll realise you know her tastes better than you think.

My Everyday Face

My Everyday Face

I love a quick beauty routine, my everyday makeup needs to be easy, quick and simple. I love these products for a fresh and flirty day time look.

My skin looks and feels luminous in Garnier BB cream.

Rimmel Perfect Match and Wake me up concealers are THE BEST, amazing for hiding under eye bags, blemishes and for a little contouring on the run.

NYX blush gives me cheeks a soft flushed look

Maybelline Hypersharp is perfect for a quick cats eyeliner and I finish with their falsies mascara.

A super quick and fresh face that lasts and feels light , enjoy x





My Favourite Tips for Gorgeous Skin




Gorgeous skin is a must for every woman. Smooth, silky, and soft skin is the key to looking beautiful each and every day! Imperfections like blemishes and dry spots can seriously ruin the look of our skin. If you want to know my favourite tips for achieving gorgeous skin, read on!

Keep Up a Consistent Routine

You can’t look after your skin every now and again and expect it to look great. You need a consistent routine that you can keep up. This means doing the same thing every day for at least 3 weeks until you’re in the habit of doing it. The more consistent you are, the better your skin will look in the long run.

Exfoliate

Exfoliate your skin every week to get rid of dead skin cells and reveal new, glowing cells underneath. Depending on how sensitive your skin is, you may need to do it up to 3 times a week. Just make sure you’re not scrubbing your skin raw. A different exfoliant will need to be used on your face, as the face is more sensitive than the rest of your body.

Don’t Bathe for Too Long

Staying in a bath for too long will dry your skin out, especially if the water is particularly hot. Don’t have the water too hot, and limit the amount of time in there for the best results. Try to have showers instead, and you’ll notice and even bigger difference in your skin!

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Moisturise Every Day

Moisturise your skin every day, especially after getting out of the bath or shower. Use an intensive moisturiser if you’re particularly dry.

Protect With an SPF

Protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays with a good SPF, even if it isn’t sunny outside. The sun’s rays can damage your skin whatever the weather, and you won’t always see the damage until it’s too late. Make sure you’re sensible and you protect it every day!

Find the Right Hair Removal Method for You

Removing unwanted hair from the legs, arms, and other areas will help your skin to look beautiful. However, you need to be sure you’re using the right method for you. There are lots to choose from; waxing, shaving, and laser hair removal treatments to name a few.

Know Your Skin Type

When you know your skin type, you can choose products that suit it properly. Using products that aren’t suited to your skin type can hinder it, dry it out or make it extra oily. You don’t want to risk it!

Stop Worrying

Worrying can cause under eye bags through lack of quality sleep, spots, and all kinds of other problems. Try your best to relax and stop worrying, or your skin could suffer the most!

Eat Right

The food we eat plays a big part in how nice our skin looks, so make a real effort to eat natural foods. The less junk you eat, the nicer your skin will look!

I hope you love my tips and they help you achieve the skin you want!

What I wore - Floral Swing Dress

I am very partial to a swing dress, they are so versatile and flattering. A jersey fabric is fabulously flattering and comfortable for all day wear. 

Here are some similar styles





Layer it with a faux fur, denim jacket, beads  and boots and rock a comfy and flattering look. 








Babies And Utility Bills!

With a baby girl around the house, everything has started to change dramatically. I knew it would; it is just amazing how she affects everything, and she is only one. She is already a diva! Recently, I have been thinking about trying to cut back on our outgoings. Money isn’t tight, but having a baby is expensive, and it occurred to me that if we could cut back we should. Plus, I love a bargain! So, where to start, where to start?

Utility Bills

Australia has a lot of plus points, but the main one has to be the weather. Over here on the East coast, it is warm all year around, especially compared to some other countries. I haven’t only just realised this because I have been in Australia for a while. But, I have realised that we don’t exploit the heat in our house. Sometimes, we even use the heating! Utility bills are incredibly expensive, especially electricity. At the minute, I am seriously considering solar panels so we can make our own energy. Very organic!

Switching Suppliers

Still, just because it is hot, it doesn’t mean we don’t need gas or electricity. Unfortunately, because of the cost, we need the energy to power our homes. If your home is anything like ours, there will be electronic appliances scattered everywhere. It is like owning our very own Apple store! One way I have found to combat the basic need for energy is to compare suppliers. Compare suppliers from everything to gas and electric to your broadband subscription. A quick Google search will find you a lot cheaper suppliers and save you a bundle.

Turn Off The Lights

Do you know how inefficient light bulbs are? Let’s put it this way; they make as much heat as they do light. That also got me thinking how inefficient the rest of our household appliances are. After all, the less efficient, the more they are going to cost us in bills. It turns out that everything is pretty costly, from the toaster to the TV. If you are not using appliances, turn them off to stop them from using energy. If the switch is on, and they are plugged in, they are live and it costs you money. No one should have to throw out their appliances because they are too expensive.

Paint The Outside Of Your Home

To look at, this one sounds like it could be made up. That’s what I thought when it first heard it! After extensive research, though, I realised there were a lot of truths there. In hot climates, we tend to rely on our air conditioners to keep us cool. But, air conditioners are expensive, especially if they are running all day. So, why don’t we stop the heat getting into the house in the first place to cool us down? All you need is a few tins of paint that reflects UV rays.

Even if money is not an issue, ‘doing your bit’ it is good for the environment. I am not saying you should go green; I am just saying you might want to think about making your home more efficient.

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Men: Show Your Partner What She Means to You With These Tips!

One thing women all want is to know what she means to her partner. No matter what she says or how she acts, she really does care. Every woman is different though, and some need to be shown in different ways. Some need to be told, others like to be surprised with acts of love. You know your partner best, so it’s up to you to decide how you should best show her what she means to you. Use some of these tips for inspiration!

Tell Her What You’re Thinking/Feeling

Women hate it when they feel like they can’t really get to know their partner because they are emotionally closed off. To show her what she means to you, share what you’re thinking and feeling with her. Share your worries and things that make you happy. Tell her exactly what she means to you. You’re supposed to trust your partner more than anybody, so if you can’t share your thoughts and feelings with her, you can’t share them with anyone!

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Surprise Her

Surprising her is a great way to show her what she means, and you don’t have to spend a fortune either. You could surprise her with a nice gift if you really wanted, but don’t be afraid to surprise her with breakfast in bed. You could even just bring her her favourite chocolate home from work. Little things like this make all the difference in a relationship and show her that you think about her.

Be Thoughtful

Be thoughtful and consider your partner throughout the day. Usually, when women are asked to do something, they always check if it’s OK with their partner first. Men go ahead and do things without considering anybody else (usually). Make her your priority by considering her first and thinking about what she’d say. You can’t stop one another from living your lives, but it’s nice to run things by one another first. You can even be thoughtful by leaving her a nice message on the fridge before you go to work.

Send Her Flowers

Women love flowers. Even women who say they don’t love flowers love flowers. You can easily send flowers using the internet, so you don’t even need to set foot in a florists. Think of her favourite flowers and colours and choose her a nice bunch that way. They don’t even need to be particularly expensive if the thought is there! Just make sure she has a nice vase to put them in too.

Go Out of Your Way for Her

You show your partner what she means to you when you go out of your way for her. Do you pick her up when she needs a ride? Do you run to the shop for her when she needs medicine or isn’t feeling right? There are a number of ways you can go out of your way for her. I’m not saying you should become her personal slave; it’s a two way street. Make sure you do as much for her as she does for you!

Show your partner what she means to you using these tips and you’ll develop an even stronger relationship!

Party Planning 101: Hosting An Event

I love parties, and I love planning them even more. Recently, my partner just proposed, and I couldn’t have been happier. ‘Yes, I get to plan the engagement party’ was one of the first thoughts that run through my head! I know it is not for everyone because I have friends who hate hosting parties, which is strange as they love attending them! For all those people out there who do want to host a successful party, there are one or two things you have to be aware of first. As with everything in life, start out small and take care of the basics.

Here is some party planning 101, the first page of the party planning handbook so to speak. Enjoy.

Make A List

The best parties have the best people, which is why I am always at any party that is bouncing! Only joking! The principle holds true, though. Any party that you have been to and you have enjoyed would have been full of people you love. Obviously, your family members are going to be there, but also your closest friends and friends who you have not seen in a while. Parties need an eclectic mix of people to keep the atmosphere alive. The best way to get those people to attend is to make a list of who those people are to begin with.


Pick The Best Venue

Without a venue, you are not going to be able to host a party in the first place. You need a place that is big enough to hold a lot of people, but that is also not too big so there are spaces that cannot be filled. Also, a party venue should correlate to the type of party you are planning. For example, a birthday venue might have more elements of fun where people can dance or even play games. An engagement party venue, however, will be more elegant and sophisticated. Think about the tone before you pick your venue.

Set A Tone

On the topic of tone, you might want to pick one to make planning your event easier. There are plenty of themes that you can choose from, and they don’t even have to be glamorous or exotic. For example, if you are planning a Halloween party, you can have a scary theme like ghosts or vampires. Or, if it is a Christmas party, make it all about Christmas, from the decorations to the food. Every party should have a theme.

Make A Playlist

Music makes the atmosphere. Without music, there is no atmosphere, and it is that simple. But, you can’t pick albums at random and hope for the best. You have to cater your music to your guests and your theme. If you the guests don’t like the music, they certainly won’t get up and start dancing. And, what is a party without a good boogie?!

The more comfortable you get with parties, the more you can take other details into consideration. For now, these should be enough to make any party a hit.

Mrs Lauren Roney - Sparkly Styling Services

SPARKLY STYLING SERVICES

Its time to add a little sparkle to your everyday style. 

(you don't need to wear sequins and glitter to sparkle, add a dash of confidence, a sprinkle of style and a handful of knowledge and you will sparkle everyday)




It's time to feel wonderful about yourself and your body, it's time to feel confident in yourself and your style, to open your wardrobe and have lots of sparkly options staring back at you.
I am a qualified professional stylist and I am here to help you add a little sparkle to your everyday wardrobe.

(you don't need to wear sequins and glitter to sparkle, add a dash of confidence, a sprinkle of style and a handful of knowledge and you will sparkle everyday)


Whether you have a special occasion coming up, a job interview, you have had a life change, lost or gained weight, whether you are in a style rut or just need a little pampering a personal styling session could be just what you need to pull together a fresh and sparkly style that will have your confidence brimming and your wardrobe overflowing with fabulous options. 

I offer the following sparkly services 


Wardrobe Consultation $150 for a two hour session and $20 for additional hours
Ill come to your home, help you edit your wardrobe, fill the gaps and cull the dull and unflattering. I will help you put together outfits from your existing wardrobe and give you a shopping list of basic items. We can organize your wardrobe and give it functionality . After our session I will send you a email Style guide with your outfit examples and shopping guide.

One on One Shopping Experience $80 per hour, and a coffee and chit chat
A shopping trip with a difference, I will pull items that flatter your body shape, fit your lifestyle and personality and make you sparkle. Ill help you style the outfits with a twist here, a tuck there and a little magic sparkle. There is no obligation to purchase anything I put together. 

After our session I will send you a email Style guide with your outfit examples and shopping guide.

Special Occasion Experience $100 per hour with style guide
Do you have a wonderful event coming up and you need help putting together the outfit? Ill talk you through your needs, budget and time frame and email you through a style guide and take you shopping for the outfit and make sure you have it all together for your event.

Email Style Guide Sessions 
No matter where you are we can work together... If your looking for a style pick me up, a guide to your body shape, some style tips or even just a little treat to yourself Email me your needs and we can have a chat.. x

If your not sure what you need or want I am so happy to have a chat, no obligation. I can work with your budget and lifestyle so please get in touch xxxxx

email ; laurenmroney@gmail.com

Motivation Mondays - Dreams and Careers

Motivation Mondays - Dreams and Careers

Its been a few weeks been motivational Mondays.... This week I am sharing some motivation to follow your dreams, especially when it comes to working and your career...

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