Tuesday, July 21, 2009

London Calling!

Hello my lovely followers,

I hope you've had a fab day!

I'm planning an exciting little adventur to London with my fiance and wondered if anyone could recommend....well anything really! I'm a firm beliver in "word of mouth" to find cool places. I've been lucky enough to visit London quite a few times so have done the standard touristy things. It would be cool to find some interesting places to visit/eat/stay and above all shop!

I'm looking for somewhere a little unique/interestingand non generic to stay, preferably near the Canary Wharf area but anywhere central. Apartment or hotel room is fine. Obviously the less we have to spend on accomodation, the more money we have to spend on other things! Above all it must be clean and preferably modern.

Shopping - obviously an extremely important but I'm looking for unique and different places. Vintage and/or charity shops or markets would be great. Also are there any particulalry good places to find beads etc for jewellery making?

Also any other tips for a romantic break are much appreciated.

Please help!

Love Lottie x x x

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Sunday, July 19, 2009


Hey everyone!

Hope you've all had a great week!

As I've nearly recovered from a nasty virus (and no, it wasn't swine flu!), today was the day when I finally felt like wearing some nice clothes and wearing some make up. Hurray!

We went for a family lunch at The Garrison followed by an impronto visit to Castle Rushen, a national heritage site on the Isle of Man.

Make up wise I went for green around my eyes using MAC Juxt satin eyeshadow with Body Shop 44 in the crease to match the green in the skirt. I used MAC Phloof! frost eyeshadow in the inner corners and Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner in black ink to line and do the 'flicks' with a MAC 208 brush.

Base in Revlon Beyond Natural Skin Matching Makeup (recently repurchased) in 210 Light Pale. No7 Instant radiance Concealer was used to attempt to cover my bags.

I also used (suprise suprise) Prestige Skin Loving Minerals mineral bronzing powder in 03 Pure Shimmer to highlight and a little bit of MAC Well dressed satin powder blush.

The outfit is:

T Shirt - Topshop
Cardigan - M&S
Skirt - recent purchase from the Laura Ashley sale - down to £45 from £65
Shoes - Topshop

Hope you all had a lovely day!

Lottie x x x

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Organic Surge goodies!

I was also lucky enough this week to also be sent some goodies to try out from a company called Organic Surge. I hadn't heard of this range until we exchanged tweets a couple of months ago!

The range contains no Parabens, SLS, sulphates, synthetic perfumes, chemical antioxidants mineral oils, petroleum, propylene glycol or aggressive foaming agents.

The range is totally cruelty free with no animal derived ingredients in development or manufacturing.

Ethical ambitions are of primary importance to the Organic Surge brand. Its ultimate aim is to develop a highly successful brand which will help its efforts to release children from poverty and enable them to live enriched, meaningful lives. Donataions from Organic Surge products go towards creating educational scholarships in schools, helping the Kenya Children’s Home Orphanage in Kenya and supporting the Watoto children’s charity in Uganda.

Organic Surge also has an awesome blog on healthy living and beauty which you can check out here.

The products are readily available and are very reasonable in price. You can find a list of stockists here.

If there was ever beauty with a conscious, Organic Surge has it. I am extremely impressed with the ethos of the brand and I hope it will be very popular.

To try out I have: fresh ocean shower gel, tropical bergamot body scrub and a lavendar & geranium handcream. I've already had a smell of these products and they're great! I will update you on how I get on with the products in due course.

Have any of you guys tried Organic Surge products? What did you think?

Lottie x x x

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UPDATE - Garnier Goodies!

Hey everyone,

Hope you are having a fun weekend! I was NOT impressed to wake up with a sore throat on Saturday morning which has now turned into a cold :(

Unfortunately I couldn't join the Garnier blogger's event which was held last month. However; its PR company has kindly sent me some products from the Garnier Pure Active range.

From the range I have: spot on roll on for blemishes, blackhead clearing scrub and a spot fighting 24 hr moisturiser.

You can find out more about the Garnier Pure Active range here.

After doing some Internet research, I am unable to confirm if Garnier products are cruelty free; does anyone know?

UPDATE - I have been informed by Garnier's representative's that the products ARE cruelty free. It is my view that products which are cruelty free should be labelled this way and I've recommended they do so in the future.

I'm looking forward to trying all of these products in due course. Have you already tried them? What did you think?

Lottie x x x

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Monday, July 6, 2009

Recent Polyvore looks


A beautiful dress complimented with matching accessories.


Autumnal colours with a summer vibe.

"Often Times"

Working in an office doesn't mean your style has to be boring!

"You Can't Pretend To Have Fun"

Floral style with an edge.


Relax and enjoy your holiday!

"You Brighten Up My Day"

Feminine pastel style.

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Two looks for Tsunimee

Lovely YouTuber and fellow Twitterer Tsunimee requested a couple of Polyvore looks and here they are:

"Golden goddess"

"Tropical purple and yellow"

What do you think?

Lottie x x x

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The Lady, The Switch and The Wardrobe

I wanted to say a huge thank you for all the GEMS ladies at Living Hope Community Church for organising such an amazing event last Friday.

The aim of GEMS is to give a relational focus to ministry, being Christ-centred in our approach to each other and those around us.

We all took part in our first ever "Swish" or "Switch". The concept was to bring along three garments/jewellery pieces/shoes which you no longer loved in exchange for tokens. You could them use your tokens to exchange for any of the items on offer.

Also on the night was fantastic entertainment from singer/songwriter Becky Wright and dance performances too. The food was lovely too, especially the chocolate fondue!

We aslo found out more about what GEMS will be doing throughout 2009 and beyond, including the up and coming Mosaic Conference in November this year. In addition, I really enojoyed hearing evertone's reports from Cherish, a Christian conference for women held at Abundant Life Church in Bradford. I have this in my diary :)

I went along to the event with my Mum. There were so many things which I liked and she kindly gave me some of her tokens too!

Here are the goodies I picked up:

A gorgeous coin neckelace with beaded detailing. I love the peach/pink colour.

A stunning turquoise vest top from Warehouse (still with the label on it, priced £35). I can see myself wearing this with a white skirt, chunky banges and some nice shoes on holiday.

A really nice pair of brown loafers from Per Una. I can tell from the soles that these have only been worn a couple of times). These will look great with jeans in the day and are a really comfortable height.

A lovely teal coloured pencil skirt from Dorothy Perkins (again with labels still on, priced £20).

All this was taken home in this pretty pink bag with matching tissue!

Thank you again GEMS ladies, it was a great night! More photos by fantastic photographer Kate Teare can be found here.

Have you ever been to a swishing party?

Lottie x x x

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

June comment love

Thank you very much everyone for all your lovely comments throughout June! I've enjoyed reading all of your blogs too and being part of the community! Let me know if you have any blog post requests for July.

Thanks again for reading my blog :)

Lottie x x x

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