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Thursday, 23 February 2017

Gunns Designs

So first of all let me start by saying that Jack didn't pay me to write this post, nor did he even ask me to write this (probably because he doesn't ask anyone for anything, ever). It's written out of my absolute awe of Jack's talents and my want to spread the word so that his talent can be recognised. Because if anyone deserves to live their dream, it's Jack. 

Gunns Designs, hand drawn prints
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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Raising Awareness of Parkinson's with #ReadEatBlog

Charity has always been really important to me and something I always try and incorporate into the blogger events I organise via LDN meet up. I feel very strongly that as bloggers we have a platform and a voice to raise awareness of causes, events, charities that are important to us. Personally, I also like to get other people involved in my love for charity by raising money at LDN meet up events and volunteering together. 

Whilst I have previously run many charity focused blogger events, I raise awareness on social media but my blog always gets forgotten about which is something I vowed to change in 2017. 


Raising Awareness of Parkinson's


This weekend I finally put on an event that I've had the idea for for over a year but have never got around to actually organising it. The idea behind #ReadEatBlog was for a group of bloggers to meet up in a casual setting, a pub or restaurant and everyone brings along a book (or books) to put in a sack. We then spread all the books out and for however many books you added to the pile, you got to take that many home with you, so the idea is that everyone leaves with new books. Of course the most important part of the event was that everyone who attended donated an amount to charity. 

The charity for this event was chosen by Becky as Parkinson's. I'm so delighted to say that the 9 of us raised £71.50 between us for Parkinson's which is so great. I'm really proud of everyone's generosity for the cause as their work is so vital. Research costs so much money, they really do need every penny to continue their work. 

What is Parkinson's?

Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition caused by the lack of dopamine because some of their nerve cells in their brain have died. The lack of dopamine means movements can become slower and other symptoms can start showing signs. 
Symptoms

Main symptoms of Parkinson's include, tremor (shaking), slowness of movement, rigidity (stiffness) but can also include other symptoms such as, bladder and bowel problems, falls and dizziness, fatigue, speech and communication problems, swallowing problems, hallucinations and delusions and memory problems and many more. 

Scale of Parkinson's

There's currently no cure for Parkinson's and we don't yet know why people get the condition but one person in every 500 has Parkinson's. That's about 127,000 people in the UK. Most people who get Parkinson's are aged 50 or over but younger people can get it too. 

Where does our money go?

Parkinson's are currently supporting over 50 groundbreaking Parkinson's research projects worth over £20million across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to work towards more understanding and eventually a cure.

Here are just a few examples of how our support can make a difference to the work that Parkinson's does:

£5 could pay for a week of nutrients to grow brain cells in the lab for research.
£14 could pay for one of their helpline advisers to give someone newly diagnosed the support and information they need
£20 could fund an hour of care from a specialist Parkinson's nurse
£40 could pay for an education session in a hospital ward
£250 could fund a day of research

For every £1 donated, 80p is sent on making life better for people with Parkinson's and 20p is spent on raising the next £1.

World Parkinson's Day

11 April 2017 marks 200 years since Parkinson's was first recognised as a medical condition. To mark this day, Parkinson's are asking everyone to unite and raise awareness about Parkinson’s by using the hashtag #UniteForParkinsons. Just using the hashtag on social media on the day will help, but for more ideas of ways to get involved visit www.worldparkinsonsday.com.

Help and more information

For help and information on Parkinson's, please see below for their contact details.

Call their confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303
Or email hello@parkinsons.org.uk.
See what help is available in your local area.

Thank you to everyone who came to #ReadBlogEat, There will be more book related events coming to LDN meet up as well, of course, as lots more charity events. 

Please take a moment to read up about Parkinson's and spread the word about #UniteForParkinsons

Love Lauren xx
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Monday, 20 February 2017

Wolf & Whistle SS17 OOTD

Wolf & Whistle is a brand I've known of for a while after finding them on ASOS when looking for swimwear for a fuller bust, but there is so much more to the London based brand than can be found just on ASOS. 

If you go directly to their website, you'll see their full range of absolutely beautiful pieces from dresses, to jackets to skirts. It is blindingly obvious that each design is constructed with the end consumer in mind making clothes that are comfortable, practical, beautiful and wearable. But the clothes are only the start of the things I love about Wolf & Whistle. 

wolf and whistle Floral flutter sleeve playsuit
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Friday, 17 February 2017

Recipe: Chocolate Orange Cupcakes with Chocolate Orange Fudge Icing

If you hadn't already seen plastered all over my social media, it was recently my best friend Charlotte's birthday so what better way to celebrate than with her favourite thing - chocolate orange! I really enjoy baking (although it's not so much fun when 1. I'm doing it on my own and 2. I'm on a diet), and wanted to give something new a go. My Chocolate Orange Shortbread recipe went down really well and a couple of people even tried it themselves which makes me super proud and that squirmy type of happy so hopefully everyone likes this recipe just as much!

Obviously I'm biased about all my baking, or maybe just sweet things in general, but these Chocolate Orange Cupcakes were amazing so I wanted to share the recipe with you all after having quite a few requests on Twitter! They're really easy to make, literally anyone could do it.

Chocolate Orange Cupcakes with Chocolate Orange Fudge Icing
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Sunday, 12 February 2017

Dirty Great Love Story Review

Deep in the heart of Theatreland, beyond the headline shows, there are smaller, less well known theatres, with shows that are so underrated and often overlooked by people like me, who are probably a bit naive of places like that. 

I've been to the West End so many times to watch shows that are famous all over the world, and draw in tourists night after night. But this week, I was introduced to the other side of Theatreland's coin, a show at the Arts Theatre. 

The Arts Theatre is, an independent commercial theatre in the heart of London’s West End, providing a programme of entertainment to suit everyone. Their current headline show is Dirty Great Love Story which Luke and I had the pleasure of watching last week. 

Dirty Great Love Story
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