Monday, 22 July 2019

Finding Myself Again - Reflecting on July 2019

It's been a while since I sat down and typed about how my month has been and how I've been feeling. The thing I have realised in these Reflecting On My Month' posts is how great they are to look back on and in some ways they are great to develop and learn new things about yourself. Sometimes this posts can be so detailed and I'm ready to spill the contents of my head into this blog space again but other days I prefer too not ramble and just share what it is going on. So here we are nearly into August and how it is frightening how fast Summer is going. I wish Summer could stay forever and I could wear all the pretty dresses in the world and go on as many holidays.. (Can I we talk about this photo of myself on my holiday nearly a year ago in the gorgeous Crete! The weather was beautiful.

My mind has been occupied with work, fitness - eating healthy and exercising before  I jet off to Cape Verde, and let me tell you my friends it truly isn't that long at all now! 8 days left and I'm counting.. a week in Cape Verde (the place where stress doesn't occur) where it feels like Summer and you spent your days by the beach, in the sea and eating so much food everyday. It sounds bliss doesn't it? One of my goals to achieve by the end of the year is getting a camera so I can start making videos, taking different kind of photos rather than the bog standard same old selfie. I really want to experiment more on my photography and perhaps try out a IGTV video or two. I have seen one which I rather do like from John Lewis but yes that is something I won't be getting yet but towards the end of 2017 I would like to start developing into the world of IGTV. 

I have seen a huge drop in my likes/followers on Instagram and because of the algorithm it really has effected my posts. I don't really talk a lot on my blog about this as it never really used to bother me until now. Instagram, is never about the likes or followers but its nice to see that people care and enjoy the posts that you share on your feed. As always, to my readers and to my followers on my Instagram, Twitter and BlogLovin' thank you for always supporting me and following my journey. 

Lottie x


Sunday, 14 July 2019

Glossier: Here Is What I Still Use

If you haven't heard of Glossier seriously where have you been? I was a little late to the party about this hype behind this brand but then I took the bullet and purchased by very first order in January and to be quite honest I never looked back. I am a lover of glowy skin and natural looking makeup and I would love to head to NYC and actually go to their store just to have the full on Glossier experience. Since January I have been loving their skincare and makeup products and I am very happy to say that I use quite a lot of them in my daily routine. 

Glossier are all about skin first. makeup second. So that is just what we are going to do.

I love these three vitamin-packed serums! When I bought them, they had been redeveloped and so much bigger to what they used to be. Super Pure is great to target blemishes and impurities and I love applying it onto my face first before adding in the next two serums. I only add 3/4 drops of each starting with the lightest which is recommended by Glossier. Or sometimes my skin just needs one of the serums. It all depends on how your skin is feeling and whether its feeling dehydrated or your skin needs a bit of brightness. 

All I have to say about this mist is that I find it very gentle and refreshing on my face. It has a hint or rosewater which I love. 

Glossier Stretch Concealer

This is the best concealer I have ever tried and oh my days I love love it. It is my favourite Glossier make up product from then. I have never come across a concealer that is hydrating and glossy under the eye. It does not give you a lot of coverage but it brightens up your eye lids and makes your skin look so fresh. The best way to apply it under your eyes is either with your fingers or use a fluffy brush to blend it in.

Cloud Paint

I don't know about you but when I heard about Glossier the only product I wanted to try out was the Cloud Paint. Why? Because I was so curious as to how you could produce a gel-cream formula to apply onto your cheeks as blush and it works! I love Puff which is a pretty pink colour but also have been loving Dusk which is a brownish nude and I really love them.

Wowder Powder

Here we have the Wowder Powder and I generally love this finishing and setting powder and here is why.

1. It isn't cakey.
2. Looks flawless when you apply it to your skin.
3.It's available in 5 shades so it is perfect for every skint tone out there!
4. It also comes with a Wonder Brush which you can either buy together or not and it works great.

These lipsticks are the best thing since sliced bread! Thank you Glossier for creating the perfect sheer matte lipstick. I love them and I have about 3 different shades, the first being like which is a cool pinky colour

I remember when this was launched, only a few months ago and I remember seeing the eye and lip cream on Glossier's Instagram and thought to myself 'Wow, that product looks amazing'. I need to try it out and I absolutely love it. The skin around your eyes and lips is thinner and more fragile than the rest of your face and that's where Bubblewrap comes in as it ultra-hydrating! I would purchase this all over again when I run out.

Lottie x


Sunday, 30 June 2019

A Chatty Update On What Has Been Going On.

At last my love has come along
My lonely days are over and life is like a song, oh yeah
At last the skies above are blue
My heart was wrapped up clover the night I looked at you
I found a dream that I could speak to
A dream that I can call my own
I found a thrill to press my cheek to
A thrill I've never known, oh yeah
You smiled, you smiled oh and then the spell was cast
And here we are in Heaven
For you are mine at last

It is official everybody this blog series is back and back with a BANG of course! I have missed doing these chatty update kind of post but I was really in the mood just to type and feel like I'm having a good chat with you all.  I just want to say that over this weekend (the heatwave) that came on Saturday I started listening again to Etta James (the picture above, if you didn't know) and I have fallen in love with her again. Gosh her voice is beautiful, truly beautiful and I cannot understand why I would stop listening to her, oh well here is to a reflecting post filled with lots of things that has been going on.

I must say, I don't know where to start, how I can honestly begin to write when I have so much I want to say. So many photo's that aren't on Instagram, just because sometimes I don't like to post lots of different random pictures but everyone is different. Well June you have gone too fast and I don't know how that has happened but thank you for ending with gorgeous sunshine and actually making this month feel like Summer! One of my highlights of this month was watching The Hired Man. My mum got tickets just a week before we were going to watch it, we went to Hull Truck Theatre and it was amazing. Of course I won't spoil it for people but you have to go and see it.

Something else has happened actually this weekend is that I had my nails done and this creation of Alice's (my nail queen) is one of my favourites and a colour we have never done before. It most definitely is called 'The Alice Special'. 

I also have been buying far too much makeup but that is only because I like trying new products and at the moment I am going through a phase of just having glowy skin, you know the no makeup kind of look. Also when I say far too much makeup all I mean is a few new lipsticks, and perhaps buying the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter and honestly feeling like an Old Hollywood Star to be quite honest.  Here is a photo of me wearing it and I truly love it!

I have also started holiday shopping too as it is not that long before I go away and now its all about clothes as I have all the makeup I need and now it is time to concentrate on the important parts. 

I hope you are all doing well and thank you as always for reading my blog.

Lottie x


Wednesday, 26 June 2019

A Few Of My Favourite Things

I love music, I always have but there is something about a record player and vinyls that just make me the happiest person in the world. I cannot imagine my life without either of them, I brought my record player a week before my 23rd birthday and that is why my vinyl collection began. In today's post I chose three of my favourite and newest addictions.

Let's start at the very beginning with one of my all time favourite vinyls.. 
The Beatles - Yellow Submarine

If you have been following my biog or my Instagram that you would know I am a huge Beatles fan since I was 7 years old and this album has some of my favourite songs. I love the song 'Hey Bulldog'. The lyrics are so clever and the music is just great. The album was released in the UK on the 17th January, 1969 (just a few days earlier in the US). Yellow Submarine vinyl was never intended as a high profile Beatles release.

I found a quote from Paul when writing this LP regarding John's songwriting and I love it.

One of things that I like about John's song writing style is its quirkiness, and I think Hey Bulldog is very surreal. And Obviously, I like the moment when we're in there and I'm harmonising with him and I start being a dog, you know, and then he sort of says, 'You got any more?.' and like - Wooooow!'

The Best of REM

I have never mentioned about REM before but I bought these vinyl a couple of weeks ago and actually it is a blue vinyl (amazing) which is an HMV exclusive. When I was younger we always used to listen to the greatest hits of REM in the back of the car whilst in the Dales and it brings me great memories of us singing in the car. May I also add the songs are great. It is an album I had to have in my collection. 

Last but not least is the iconic LP - Dirty Dancing. Now can someone tell me why I didn't get this album sooner, my friends bought this for my birthday but it isn't just filled with the songs from the movie but it also has some others song too. For example it is Love Man which is one of my favourite songs and I could listen to this one all the time. 

Lottie x


Wednesday, 19 June 2019

A Few Facts That You Didn't Know About Lana Del Rey

(All photo's above were sourced from Tumblr and Pinterest)

In today's post, I wanted to head back to 2015 and do a a few facts on one of my favourite icons and here is Lana. I also thought it would be really interesting to find out a little bit about Lana after I had been loving her music for a number of years now!

Lana's real name is Lizzy Grant, she moved to New York at the age of 18.

Whilst studying at Fordham University that is when she became interested in music.

Lana was born in Lake Placid, in upstate New York. She moved back to NYC aged 18 after three years at a boarding school in Connecticut.

Lana was sent to Connecticut  to deal with her alcohol addiction. Before she became Lana Del Ray, 
Elizabeth Grant made an album called 'Sirens' under the name May Jailer.

When Lizzy Grant made the name change for the first time she named herself Lana Del Ray with an 'a' like Man Ray. 'Ray' became 'Rey' fairly quickly following the release of her first album.

'Born To Die' technically Lana's second studio album topped the charts in 11 countries. I must add it is my favourite album!  


Saturday, 8 June 2019

A New Lease Of Life

I don't know what it is, but the past few days I have felt incredibly lost for words. I feel like I have lost all my inspiration, my creative energy to write, my true passion of my love for vintage, fashion and Old Hollywood Stars. I keep thinking to myself  'Lottie, what is going on?' You need to snap out of it and get back into the game'. I guess that is easier said that done but you just have to keep going despite the fact that it can be very hard to stop comparing yourselves to other bloggers. I love reading blogs, I always have. I always will, but sometimes, just sometimes you can question yourself and that little voice instead your head returns to haunt you all day long. The best way I find to be inspired again and to only focus on yourself is to look back at old blog posts, remember the reason why you created your blog and even perhaps scroll through Tumblr/Pinterest for a whole lot of inspiration.

What I have been doing recently is just looking through pictures of Marilyn, Audrey and Lauren. If you have been following me all this time you would know that these three Old Hollywood Stars and my idols, I adore them, I always have and I always will. Even after writing this, I feel 10 times better in myself and my mind is just flowing with ideas that I must write down.. now! 

I took these blog photos last weekend, that is right I wanted to experiment in taking outfit photos so I grabbed my phone and  hey presto I was in luck.This is also one of my favourite kind of outfits at the moment too. Sometimes all you need is A New Lease Of Life and then you become yourself again. 

Lottie x


Thursday, 30 May 2019

A Photo Diary Of My Trip To Scotland

Hello everybody, as you can see from the title of this post here is a photo diary of my time in Scotland at the weekend. 

I hope you enjoy looking at the photos just as much as I loved being there and seeing my Uncle and Auntie.

Lottie x

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