Image: me in my black dress, mint cardigan and glasses overlooking part of the London skyline.

Dress: New Look
Shoes: New Look
Cardigan: ASOS Curve
Necklace: Fancy Lady Industries
Brooch: vintage

Last week for my friend Charlotte’s birthday a few of us took a trip up The Shard to see London in all its glory. Unfortunately, the weather decided to troll us – it was greyist, foggiest day all year. Ah well. In a way it worked, because it looked like doomsday. I took some photos with my fancy pants camera…

New builds in the city, featuring the CAR AND HUMAN MELTING Walkie Talkie, the gherkin and some I dunno the names of.

I recently read High Rise by JG Ballard – a brutal but brilliant book, in my opinion – and the skyscraper on the left is almost identical to how I imagined the block when reading. Spooky. Apparently, after all these years, it’s being made into a film. Interesting.

Helicopter flying towards Canary Wharf. I love how apocalyptic this looks.
The dirty, scuzzy London skyline, complete with poo brown river Thames.
The birthday girl and her bf Chris. Don't they look cute?

In that last picture you can see a hint of my ASOS handbag, which is a lime green fake leather jobby. I love it so much because it’s equal parts ladylike and ridiculous – pretty much how I want to look all the time. The cardigan as well I love to bits, although the day, despite the fog, was actually incredibly warm so kept taking it off. At one point in the pub I had both my cardi and my bag on the table, when this conversation happened:

Chris: Lauren, your cardigan is great, but whenever I look at it I just think of Sully from Monsters Inc…
Lauren: I did think that when I bought it – Sully cuddles!
Ben: *something about Mike Wazowski*
Chris: Ben, why are you talking about Mike? It’s Sully the cardigan looks like.
Ben: Wait – I’m confused. I heard you say “it looks like Monsters Inc”, clocked the bag, and thought of Mike!
Lauren: …Oh jesus.

Yep. I had come dressed as one of my fave Disney duos. Triples, if you count the fact that since I’ve worn plastic glasses I get compared to Roz all the time. How embarrassing! Or cool, depending on your view…

  • BlogToBeAlive79

    LOL Monsters Inc. is the best! Last time I was in Primark I saw they were selling Sully onesies!

    • Lauren

      haha, yes I saw! They look SO tall, I think I’d be tripping up all the time though…

  • debiparna c

    it is the awesomest fuzzy!

  • sara hook

    Love the outfit, especially as it nails Monsters Inc and Ladylike in one fell swoop – my idea of perfection. Also beautiful pictures of London…I find how dystopian it can seem so fasinating, ever since 28 Days Later I’ve been obsessed with a desolated London!

    • Lauren

      Oh hell yeah, I love 28 Days Later. Watched it so many times!

  • Emily_Jayne

    LOVE that cardigan – and personally I think a mix of ladylike and ridiculous is always the way to go!

  • Liz @withwonderandwhimsy

    Ahaha! Oh well, what can you do? I think it was the color combo of the aqua-blue and chartruse-green that put Monsters Inc. in your friends’ heads. But I really do love that cardigan, “monstrous” or not. It looks so soft and cozy and really pops against the black. Great cityscape photos, too – so crisp and clear!


    • Lauren

      Thank you! I took it with my fancy camera, so nice to use :)

  • Pink Haired Princess

    The colour of the cardi is really pretty on you. It’s funny, the one time I went on the London Eye it was grey, rainy and miserable, exactly like that and I could barely see anything, typical!

    • Lauren

      Haha, honestly there are some beautiful days, you were just unlucky I guess!

  • Tovah

    Must. Have. That. Cardigan. Oh my gosh, that color of seafoam ombre is so cute. Plus I love the fact that it’s not a heavy knit, since I’m always hot and not in a good way. lol.

    • Lauren

      Yeah, it is pretty warm, although despite the grey-ness it was actually really humid that day which was annoying!

  • Alex Barritt

    She weighed like me :)

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  • Mama Syder

    I totally love that cardi! Gorgeous colour!

  • Helen

    I’m going to London on the weekend and planning on visiting the shard, looks so cool. Love your outfit by the way!!!

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  • Anita

    oh wow, such cool pictures! i love the lighting in them, you’re right it has a spooky but nostalgic feel to it. and you look adorable as always dear :)


  • Amy

    The cardigan is absolutely gorgeous. So cuddly!

  • Joanna

    I saw this cardigan at Asos and thought that it isn’t a good idea for a plus size lady. But when I look at You I am changing my mind. You look really great in it :)

    Joanna –