R.F Muses

Lauren Murdoch-Smith

Lauren is the Beauty & Lifestyle Editor at British Vogue. A total boss and a babe, Lauren is also a Mamma of 2, a seriously impressive woman. Oh, and have you noticed her locks? #eatyourheartoutrapunzel

NICKNAME?
Loz, Lozza, Lozzy, Lozmetoz, My Lady (my children sometimes refer to me as my lady :)

NATIONALITY?
British.

FAVOURITE COLOUR?
Navy.

WHO / WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
My children.  I love their innocence, strength and happiness.  They ground me and everything I do is ultimately for them.  

ONE THING YOU CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT?
My family.  And my everyday jewellery of course.

BEAUTY MUST HAVE?  
Depends when you ask me but right now, Rapid Lash. My eyelashes are finally the lashes I’ve always dreamed of. Long, curly and abundant. Oh and my at-home Light Salon LED face mask.

MOST WORN PIECE OF JEWELLERY?
My engagement ring and wedding bands.

FIRST DIAMOND MEMORY?
Hmmm I think my mum's trinity solitaire diamond engagement ring.  I always loved it and I thought it was so chic.  Oh and I always wanted a tennis bracelet.  I loved the name and the idea of this fancy bracelet you could wear everyday.

WHAT WAS THE FIRST PIECE OF JEWELLERY YOU OWNED?
Probably my H Samuel gold wedding band I had made to fit my pinkie finger. I had read that Geri from the Spice Girls had bought all the girls from the band one when they got their record contract and I wanted one too! I still wear it today. 

AN ITEM OF CLOTHING YOU WOULD SAVE FROM FIRE WOULD BE....?
Hmmm this is hard as I have too many but maybe my wedding dress!

BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER BEEN GIVEN?
The people that bring you down are actually the weak ones. 

IF YOU COULD HAVE A DINNER PARTY WITH 5 OTHERS (ANYONE IN THE WORLD – PAST OR PRESENT), WHO WOULD THEY BE?  
I actually answered this for British Vogue online for International Women's Day (hence why they are all women) There are so many incredible women who I would want to have at a dinner party so it’s hard to narrow it down, but here goes.

As a girl, I remember the Barcelona Olympics so clearly.  The British team were truly amazing but it was 400m Gold medal winner, Sally Gunnell, who really caught my attention.  She really made me think that if I tried my hardest, I could one day do something as amazing as winning Olympic gold. She is also the only female 400m hurdler in history to win an Olympic, world title and broken a world record.  Pretty amazing.  I would also invite another sportswoman who needs no introductions.  Serena Williams.  She was talented before having a baby and now, she’s in another league.  To win a Grand Slam whilst pregnant…totally inspirational.

I would also love to have met Estee Lauder.  A woman who made make-up history and carved the beauty landscape out for us.  What a businesswoman much like my fourth guest, Victoria Beckham.  I loved her when she was Posh Spice and I still think she’s amazing now.  From everything she’s achieved to her witty humour, she’d make an excellent dinner party guest.

STYLE ICON?  
Diane Kendal (make-up artist)

GIRL CRUSH?
My guilty pleasure-WAGs on Instagram and current crush is Georgina Cleverley :)

MOST USED EMOJI?
🤣

ANY TATTOOS?
None! I think I’m too indecisive. The idea of having a design forever has always put me off. 

BEST SHOW ON NETFLIX RIGHT NOW?
Mind Hunter.

FAVOURITE HOLIDAY DESTINATION?
Any ski resort with a huge dumping of powder!

SIGNATURE DISH?
Sugar free banana bread.

WHAT TRACK WOULD YOU REQUEST FROM A DJ?
Too much pressure! I wouldn't!

SPIRIT ANIMAL?
Dolphin.

FIRST JOB?
Receptionist at Marie Claire magazine.

FAVOURITE MOVIE?  
Too many but I love Bond films, Back to the Future and Blue Crush to name just a few.

FAVOURITE CITY?
Tokyo.

NAME OF FIRST PET?
Chester.

IF YOU COULD HAVE A SUPER POWER WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Not original but being able to fly. It feels amazing when you dream about being able to fly!

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR YOUNGER YOUNGER SELF?
Don't worry about what other poeple think, stay in your lane and don't change yourself to fit in.

WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?  
Embarassed to say I'm not, I don't get much of a chance to read with two young children so I binge on Podcasts.  Current Favourite The Drop Out and To Live and Die in LA.

FIRST THING YOU DO WHEN YOU WAKE UP?
Try and work out if I can stay in bed for another 10 minutes! 

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR?
Being kind and thoughtful.  Which is what I want to instil in my children.  Always be kind.  

INSTAGRAM – @laurenmurdochsmith