Article for REglam Magazine

Occasionally, I get emails/tweets from people out of nowhere, asking me to write something for them from a mental health angle. I’m almost always happy to contribute to what ever they have to offer because I love having the chance to write about something slightly out of my comfort zone, and it’s incredibly flattering that someone’s read my blog and appreciates my writing.

Anyway this time, it was the lovely Sem approaching me – founder of REglam magazine; asking me to contribute an article to the publication.

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The only brief I got given was to base it around how the fashion industry affects people’s mental health, so I got busy right away researching as much information as I could find on the topic.

However, if I’ve ever done a guest blog for you before, you’ll know that I’m not very good at following instructions and I tend to go off on my own tangent no matter how much I try not to. And so with no hesitation, I held down the backspace on my laptop scrapping all the research I’d found, deciding not to use one bit of theory or one statistic in my article (typical Lauren!). Sure, Sem hadn’t specifically asked for research, but it’s the direction in which most other articles in her magazine go.

But instead, I wanted to make the article more personal. That’s my writing style. Occasionally I like to present you all with the facts, but on the whole I like to offer my opinion and let you all judge for yourselves whether you agree with me or not – and so that’s what I did for this.

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Anyway the article is completed now, and I will post a link as soon as it’s been published! I hope you look forward to reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

I got a job! – Update

As you will all know if you read my post, I got a job! – Well, it’s pretty self explanatory – I got a job.

20150131_134918It’s a clothing boutique, We Love Pixie, where they pick out gorgeous and affordable clothing and all put it all into one place. (Very dangerous as I have my eye on a few things already!)

Check out their website if you’re interested (you can purchase online too!) – http://www.welovepixie.com/ – or come check out the shop if you’re in the Leeds area and say hi! I’ll be in every Saturday.

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Anyway, I just wanted to post to tell you all that it went really well.

I was actually more calm and ‘normal’ than I usually am, and Hannah that I was working with was lovely – and I’m really happy.

So all is good!

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Day 16: Does your style (clothing, hair, etc.) change a lot?

31 Days of BPD

This is really simple for me – yes.

All the time. Without a douclothes1bt. I don’t even really go through phases; every day is a new style.

Sometimes I’m girly. Sometimes I’m really tailored – grungey, masculine or casual.

Sometimes I wear the latest trends – sometimes I wear things that never trended, or did years ago.

I wake up in the morning, and I decide on my style for that day. It’s a chance to be a new person, to reinvent myself. It’s a chance to give myself a new identity and have another shot at life as someone else.

I like British sclothes3tyle, and then some days I want to be from Nashville. I love native American style, I love a mix from all three.

I’m guilty of doing this with my hair as well. If I’m going through a rough patch, I want to change. Be someone else. Which has resulted in lots of different styles and colours over the years as rough patches are frequent.

Why wouldn’t I? If you are going through a bad time, why wouldn’t you like to wake up as someone else tomorrow?

Reinvent yourself. If you’re someone else, you’ll have someone else’s problems too – and they can’t be anywhere near as bad as your own. Right?

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