Harbour House Art Gallery Exhibition!!

Woooo!!!

Hey everyone,

Just another quick little entry for you all with some exciting news I found out a couple days ago!!

After a very successful first open exhibition at sixcarolineplace a few weeks ago, I decided that I needed to venture out some more and try and get some more of my work out there and seen – I decided that I was going to submit some of my work into another art exhibition or gallery! …and I found one that was both, an art exhibition and a gallery in 1!! – this gallery is in Kingsbridge and it’s called Harbour House – they have many exhibitions and this was an art exhibition with the theme ‘Autumnal Changes’ which I decided I was going to enter into. I created and submitted 2 original paintings which I thought fit the theme ‘Autumnal Changes’ – I created 2 pieces which I thought about when I thought of ‘Autumnal Change’ – I chose to focus on Autumn Colours.

A week went by since my submission…

Amazingly enough BOTH of the pieces I submitted got selected to go into the exhibition! Yay! I am so excited! Tomorrow is the preview evening of the exhibition and Wednesday is the first day it opens. Kingsbridge is a lovely coastal town about an hour out from where I live, as a child I often went a visited Kingsbridge as it was always so beautiful and a lovely day out! I am so excited to be apart of this exhibition and have my work shown in a gallery! Wooooohooo! This art exhibition begins on the 17th October and ends on the 28th and it’s open from 10am til 5pm every day!

Get yourselves down there, there are so many talented artists in this exhibition and such incredible work to see from sculpture to paintings, absolutely amazing!

I’m going to the preview evening tomorrow evening and I am over the moon with what I have achieved in the last 4 weeks! Going from being fairly un-confident about showing others my work to actually now loving getting myself and my work out there – it has been an amazing process!

 

As the exhibition hasn’t opened just yet I cannot share with you the pieces I have submitted into the gallery however I can show you a couple pictures they have shared with me to post!

Enjoy!

 

http://www.harbourhouse.org.uk/g18-ac.shtml?mc_cid=01c84f7598&mc_eid=bf7b84bc22

 

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Laurie x

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sixcarolineplace Open Art Exhibition!!

PLYMOUTH ART WEEKENDER!!

Hey all!

Sorry it’s been a while since I last wrote… again! I’ve been super busy with life and things, you know the drill!

Anyway!

I’ve really been focusing on my artwork lately and have been planning how to go about changing this blog slightly so it’s moreso about art and my other passions. So here’s a quick little post to update you with something a lil’ exciting that happened to me a few weeks ago!

So, with Plymouth’s Art Weekender coming up I decided that I was going to try and get some of my work into the event. I went around to a few different places to see their rules and themes to see if any of my work would fit. I then came across this cool and quirky house called ‘six Caroline place’ which conveniently was just up the road! I went in and had a little chat with the event host’s and decided that I would enter some of my work to be in their open art exhibition! I submitted 2 pieces of my original artwork and waited. After about a week or so, I found out that both of my pieces had got selected to be apart of this cool and quirky exhibition! I was a little nervous as this was the first official time that I had gotten my work out into the world – but I was so excited!

My work got displayed in this wonderful house alongside some other incredible talented local artists work – some being sculptures and some paintings of all mediums – I loved seeing my work up on their walls as well as everybody else! Everybody who took part has so much talent!

What an exciting experience this was! I am so proud of myself for taking this step as for me it’s quite difficult to get my work out there and feel confident enough to show others – I got so much amazing feedback and comments throughout this whole weekend and I am so happy that I took part in it! I would definitely do it again!

The 2 pieces that I chose to be apart of this exhibition were ‘Turquoise Bay’ and ‘Ocean City’ – which both are still currently up for sale! Check out my Instagram page for more information! This pieces will also be up and running on my Etsy page very soon! So keep your eyes pealed!

Here are a few pictures I had taken and others have sent in of my work on display in the art exhibition!!  I hope you like them! (Pictures below)

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Laurie x

Violet Fusion

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Hey guys!!

So… I’ve posted my latest painting up on my social media feel free to check it out on those pages (Instagram/ Facebook)! – Click the links attached.

This little beauty is called ‘Violet Fusion’ and is also up on my Etsy Shop if you’re interested in purchasing – even if you just take a quick second to have a look at my pages that would mean the world to me.

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As an artist it is a bit doomy sometimes and a bit lonely – you feel like you’re not appreciated for your work and your time and effort is wasted (I feel like I’ll write a post about this soon as it’s something I am very passionate about). So any feedback / comments I get I really take onboard and appreciate!

Anyways like I said this little beauty is up on my Etsy shop but do feel free to contact me on here or on any of my other social media’s with any questions you may have. I also may be able to give you discount! ❤

I often ask people what they think of my paintings  make them feel, or what they think it should be called and actually this time I chose a previous customers suggestion as the name title which is ‘Violet Fusion’. I had already said I wanted it to be something Violet.. but after reading through your suggestions that name really stood out to me!

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Anyways, this is just a quick little entry and letting you guys have a sneak peak at this beautiful painting! Hope you like it! Stay tuned!

Spread the love & Treasure Lifes Beauty,

Laurie x

I’m back! And there’s gunna be a few changes around here!

Hello my lovelies,

Guess who’s back… after what feels like a lifetime!

I’m so sorry I’ve been leaving you all in the dark but I’ve been stuck in a little bit of a ruckus where I didn’t know if blogging was for me anymore. I’ve felt like this before but I was always able to lift myself back up and get back on track! We all get like it I know, but this time I let it take over. With life getting too heavy and having to work it all seems so difficult to keep on top of my posts and blogging every week and it was making me feel miserable. I didn’t want to post any half hearted posts and let all of you down so I just took some time for myself and didn’t bother at all. I focused on myself and well being.

HANG ON A MINUTE…

This isn’t goodbye!! I was hmming and ahhing about closing down my page entirely but I’ve decided after a few months that, that isn’t what I want to do. I’ve met so many lovely people and to loose all of you would be such a shame, so I’ve decided to stay.

 

HOWEVER, I will be having a major revamp of my page. Not to worry it won’t be too drastic and I won’t spring it on all of you all of a sudden but I will gradually be changing it over time to fit me better.

CHANGES – There will be some changes around here, I will still be writing the odd beauty post but that won’t be my main area topic anymore – my heart just isn’t in it 24/7 anymore. I will be trying to add in more of my creative side, including my artwork and my acting career as well as general life and lifestyle. I will try and keep my content as interesting as I possibly can and I do hope that you decide to stick around in the long run and follow me on my journey.

I think this revamp will be good for me, it’ll give me a chance for a fresh start and I’ll start to feel like myself again instead of feeling like I’m writing a post because I need to (it’s a chore) –  and actually want to write about it. I have a lot of passion towards the arts, artwork, painting, acting anything creative really, I love it.

 

I do really hope you guys follow me on this blog as it is still me, I’m just trying to find myself again.

In the meantime please feel free to check out my artwork on social media!!

My pages are:

http://www.instagram.com/lauriechristineart

http://www.facebook.com/lauriechristineart

http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/lauriechristineart

Love to hear from you,

It’s been too long.

 

All my love,

 

Laurie x

12 things I missed while living in the States!

Hello my lovelies!!!

This post is going to be a little different to the recent beauty reviews I’ve done but a couple of you have requested writing things about my stay in New York so here’s a little list of a few of the things I missed while I was away studying!!
First up there were plenty and plenty of things I missed throughout my year away but these were my 12 major misses that I struggled with!!

  1. My family – My family mean everything to me. They are my entire world and being away from them was like a part of me was missing, it tore my heart apart if I’m being completely honest with you all. I didn’t think it would effect me as much as it did. Even family members I wouldn’t see very much I missed them all like crazy! I think it was purely the fact I couldn’t just hop in my car and go visit them anymore. I was literally thousands and thousands of miles away and you could only get to them by plane which ticket fare was ridiculous! When I was living in England most of my family were a half an hour drive away and 4 hour drive maximum (my relatives that live in London). It was honestly a very surreal feeling, feeling completely and entirely on my own in a whole different country.
  2. The countryside- Okay now this might sound a little bit ridiculous and dramatic but honestly, I missed things that are green. Like trees and plants and stuff. I missed waking up in the morning and seeing fields beyond fields beyond fields! There’s something so peaceful about seeing so much nature in one place (like where I lived in the UK). New York city may be beautiful in it’s own way but for me it doesn’t compare to the feeling of being around nature and the feeling it gives me. I absolutely love it. I suppose in New York there are more areas like Brooklyn for example, I found that to be more green but still… I’m a girl from the country so you can imagine the devastation I had not being able to go for an afternoon stroll across some national park route!
  3. The sea & beach  – The sea has and always will be a huge part of my life. Over this past year I have struggled to not be by it. I have so many happy memories when being at the beach or near the sea perhaps this is why I love it so much. Not being able to pop in my car and nip to the beach was a nightmare for me. Don’t get me wrong when I could in the summer my friends and I did rush off to the beach at any chance we got but it just wasn’t enough for me, I’m sea obsessed!
  4. My dog – Aww my little Bilbo Baggins (Billy) – that’s just a silly little nickname I have for her. Billy is just so precious to me, she’s my baby! She’s been there through pretty much the whole of my childhood, the good times and the bad she was there to help pick up my spirits. I raised her from a puppy (a little backstory her mother got out of the back garden on her first ever season and came back pregnant… uh oh)!! But out of it came 6 beautiful puppies, 1 of which we kept… 1 of which being Billy! I actually said my final goodbyes to Billy when I left for New York as she is actually 16 years old so the likeliness of her still being around when I got back were slim, it was the worst thing saying goodbye I was balling my eyes out… HOWEVER here I am a year later and she’s still going strong! She’s coming up to her 17th birthday soon and she still acts like a puppy! She’s like a cat with 9 lives that girl, although she’d hate me comparing her to a cat 😛
  5. My mum –  My mum has always been my 1 person to rely on through life. It’s always been just me and her throughout my childhood, we have this incredible bond and we have never been so far away from one another before so this was difficult for us both. But with my mum’s support as usual we were able to get through it. I missed her like crazy, even her annoying nagging and damn I never thought I’d say that!
  6. My friends-  My god, my friends. I missed my friends like crazy, I knew I would. But I was also having such an amazing time which only made me think of them more, and wishing they were there experiencing it with me. I made so many new friends over in America which made it that little bit easier to get through the year but my god I missed my friends back home! Even the friends I don’t see that often I found myself missing them. I’m guessing it was just the fact I was so far away from everyone and everything it all got a little surreal sometimes and I missed everyone. But still, I wouldn’t change my experience for the world.
  7. The food –  Okay. I did not think this was even going to be a thing but it was. I thought that American’s were all about their food and how amazing it was, but yet I found myself missing my home cooked meals. My roast dinners, my fish and chips and mushy peas! My god, nowhere over there compared to or even came close to home cooking!! Don’t get me wrong a lot of the food was tasty but it was nothing like I was used to, and I found a lot of it was fast food, like burgers and also very processed which personally, I don’t like. I found myself hunting in supermarkets for fresh ingredients and asking my step father to send over his recipes so I could cook myself some good old traditional English food! Damn I can’t wait to eat all of the goodies when I get home!
  8. Less people around / peace and quiet –  Obviously before I moved I knew that New York City was going to be a completely different scene and lifestyle to what I was used to, I knew that. But I did really miss the peace and quite. Back home I live quite close to the coast in the countryside only a short drive from the city, out here it’s ever so quiet and I did miss that. New York is very noisy I don’t think I had any quiet time the whole time I was there, but that’s not surprising with the amount of people in the city! The sound of constant traffic and sirens began to grate on me after a while.
  9. Driving – I missed driving big time! I missed having the freedom! Don’t get me wrong you have so much freedom in New York, you can just pop on the train or walk a couple blocks and there would be something new to see or do. But there’s nothing quite like hopping in the car and going for a long drive to clear your head. I do that quite often back home, usually when it’s raining. Something about the rain helps me think, and is very soothing and relaxing. The raging taxi’s are horrendous and I just missed my little car baby!
  10. Shops / Drugstores- Okay now this one is mainly for me because I was lazy at the beginning and I was getting overly stressed because a lot of the products I wanted I couldn’t find over in the US, and back in the UK I know most drugstores like the back of my hand. I know which products I like and I know who’s got the deals! Being over in America I had to relearn EVERYTHING. I missed my English drugstores and all their all mighty glory.
  11.  Painting / art –  Being away studying full time I was unable to paint or do anything creative like I would at home really. Which drove me completely insane!!!! I hate not being able to express myself through creating and painting, I really REALLY hate it!! I love to spend the day painting and creating back home, whacking on my art clothes and just having a wail of a time going crazy and making a mess. It’s my happy place.
  12. My boyfriend- Well this comes as an obvious miss. I missed my boyfriend a HUGE amount. He’s like my little partner in crime. The male equivalent of me – which is scary sometimes haha. However being in the day and age we are today communication is a whole lot better then it used to be, luckily for us! We were able to FaceTime pretty much every other day and keep each other updated with everything that was going on through text messages and phone calls. Obviously it was going to be difficult being so far away from one another but we made it work somehow. I found myself missing the smallest of things, things I didn’t necessarily think I’d miss, but I did. Things like him hitting the snooze button like 9 times before he actually gets out of bed, and nibbling his little snacks and getting crumbs in the bed! haha  The highlight I guess was my boyfriend flying out around Christmas time to come see me. We had the most wonderful white Christmas in New York, it was so special and we’ll both treasure it forever.

Don’t get me wrong I did miss all of these things while I was away but I always had such an amazing time also which I would never change. I met some truly amazing people and I will cherish those moments and memories for the rest of my life. I learnt so much from being away for a year living in New York, things I never would of thought of. I think it has helped me grow as an individual which I am truly grateful for. I cannot thank my friend’s and family enough for all of their support throughout this year, it has been tough, but I made it out the other side on top! I am forever blessed.

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Laurie x

Body butter heaven!!

Hello my loves,

Okay first of all I want to apologise for the lack of posting this month. I have recently moved back to the UK and basically I’m just trying to sort everything out, so as you can imagine I have been extremely busy! Hopefully over the next couple of weeks I will find more and more time where I’m able to continue with my blogging, and on a more regular basis! Saying that… I am actually posting on Instagram pretty much everyday so if you’d care to check out my page I do post little short things on there also – wanna find me? just click this link! @treasurelifesbeauty  Like I said I do post most days so be sure to hit that follow button to keep an eye and keep updated for my posts!

Right now onto the good stuff…

So as of lately I have found my absolute to go to product and I am so in love with it!!! It’s been the best purchase I’ve made in a long long time and I am definitely going to continue buying this item.

The item in question is a bargain I found in Superdrug! The Body Butter – Cherry & Macadamia! Ohhhhh my god this product is absolutely incredible and has literally saved my life lately! Transitioning back to the UK from the US has been an extreme and stressful process but this amazing product has made it that little bit easier! For my skin anyway. This body butter is not only super softening but also smells absolutely amazing also!! It smells so good I wanna eat it but both you and I obviously know you can’t haha. This body butters fragrance is so sweet and strong and ahhhh it’s just heaven!! It leaves you smelling absolutely gorgeous! It’s so sweet and so fruity it’s just incredible!

Another amazing thing about this product is it’s price! I believe when I bought this little beauty it was only £5!! (I’m not sure how much is it now but believe me when I say what a bargain)!!

This body butter is 100% suitable for vegetarian’s and is vegan friendly, AND it’s completely cruelty free! As stated on the products packaging it states that Superdrug (where I bought this particular item) is strongly against animal testing! Yay! What could be better than that?! Please do look into products before purchasing!! There are so many products out there that don’t involve animal testing so why not use them!!

The butter itself is so smooth and creamy and glides onto the skin effortlessly. I like to apply a small drop onto my troubled dry areas and massage into the skin in a circular motion until the product is completely absorbed into the skin, which leaves my skin feeling soft and fresh. This product has lasted me ages, there is so much of it in the container you don’t have to worry about splashing out the cash!! Also at just £5… you’re not anyway. It’s just perfect. Perfect product, perfect price!! I love love love this product so much I can’t even explain how much! But if you’re looking for a scrumptious body butter to help sooth and smooth your skin look no further give this a go!! Defo a 10/10 experience for me!!!

What are you favourite products lately?!

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Laurie x

The packing Disaster that turned into a Heart felt realisation

Okay, so I’ve completely changed the post I was going to upload today because I’m having a mare of a day and then something amazing happened and I just had to share it all with you.

So as you know, I’ve been living over in New York for a year now, and I’ve finally booked my flight home (on Wednesday yay), anyways… I’ve always been one to do things last minute… yes, now I know you’re just thinking well that’s your fault! Right?! But with all the filming I’ve been doing lately and photoshoots I just lost track of the time and now here we are a day or so before my flight and I am still yet to pack.

So as you can imagine like a headless maniac I started packing this morning. It was all going well, I was folding things up neatly, doing the old ‘travel tricks’ of rolling things up in groups and putting socks into my shoes, that was all going well and then… Oh my god. DISASTER!!!! I really underestimated how many clothes I had. Now I didn’t think I bought that many clothes while I was over here but boy was I wrong!! My case is completely full. I’ve just about managed to squeeze my socks and pants rammed down the size but that’s it. It’s full.

So I went through my clothes again, I put into piles the things I NEED, the things I wouldn’t be bothered if I were to get rid of them, and the clothes that had small tares/ or I didn’t want. I dragged out my entire suitcase to do this, but I needed to! So I’ve finally just gone through all of my clothes again but still there is clothes I don’t think I could part with. I just can’t seem to bite the bullet and get rid of some of these items… I’m gunna have to get another suitcase!! Ahhh major panic mode right now.

As if that wasn’t enough, I remembered that my mum wanted me to bring this HUUUUGE DOUBLE BED BEDSPREAD home with me, along with 3 pillows!!! Oh my god!!! So even if I got another suitcase to ram that into I’d barely have any space for my things. Then it dawned on me, do I really need to stress myself out so much about these clothes? Was it really all worth it? I mean they’re just clothes. Now some of you may think ummmm yes! That’s definitely worth the stress, but I had a better idea.

I’ve always been one for helping people out, and volunteering with my mum to help the less fortunate so I couldn’t think of a better think to do than to give them all away.

I decided that the clothes that couldn’t fit into my suitcase I would donate, whether that to some friends I made while I lived over here or donate to a store or even give a homeless person a warm jumper or something.  I gathered up my things and went on my donating spree. Now if you’ve ever been to the city around this time you know it’s absolutely freezing, and the homeless rate is off the roof!

After my day wandering I came across so many grateful people for the clothes, they had nothing but kind words for me.  There was this one lady in particular, who really caught my eye, she was just trying to get by, I decided to go buy her some food for the day, some snacks. I gave her some of my clothes, and she threw them on straight away, she was so grateful. She looked beautiful. It was almost like the sparkle in her eye just bounced back. Like there was hope for her. She told me that she was going to make a change, now some of you may not believe that but I honestly believe her words, if you saw her face light up like it did you’d be amazed. The fact I was able to make another human being who had been through so much, who lost everything, be able to smile and feel something as wonderful as hope for giving her a couple of clothing items which I really didn’t think twice about because it’s so easy for me to get new things, but she was so grateful, it really really warmed my heart. I’m not saying I’m an amazing person or ohhhh look at me I’m doing something good, but I honestly just want people to think twice about things, and whether they really matter. Spreading unconditional love is what life’s all about, and I’m happy I was able to give that woman a little bit of hope today.

I ask you all today, to do something nice for somebody else… it doesn’t matter how big nor small it feels to you, it may mean to world to someone else. From even a simple chat to someone you don’t normally talk to, or even a smile. Trust me, it can go a long way.

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Don’t take anything for granted.

Laurie x