Once Upon A Time

I once had an idea about having a blog but never having the confidence to actually start one, but now I am doing it and have been for a while. After blogging for a little while now you start to question your journey and how you made it real. My blog is my hobby as quite a lot of you will most likely know already but just like any blogger I like to make changes to it now again and keep it looking fresh. For the past couple of months my mind has honestly not been in the blogger mood as usually how I would want it to be but I have still been producing some posts and have been pleased with how they have turned out. Instagram for me has been such a great app that I have been come obsessed about and always like to try and post twice a day. Somethings I can get carried away with myself and like to post a few more, it just depends on what images I have backed up on my phone and how I look to see what images I can post so the content never gets boring and its always different. I believe it is so important to keep changing your photos around and have different ones going. 

My feed from the other week shows a lot of style inspiration but also has that retro feel to it. I had to feature my And Other Stories fragrance which actually after starting to use it I find it is very sweet and I am not keen on sweet sweet fragnances. New perfume's are hard to come back.. I suppose you could say thats why I ALWAYS wear Chanel. Chanel why are you so expensive but smell so beautifully.. its funny because just before my Grandma became really poorly I went to see her and I gave her a hug and kiss and do you what said 'You smell devine' I will forever remember those words. Thats when you know you have the fragrance for you when your Grandma says that to you. I was looking back through some old blog posts and remembering how I started my blog and much it has developed over 2 and half years. I occassionally look at other people's and say 'oh I wish mine looked like that' but everyone is different and I am happy with Lottie's Lott.

If you have a blog or just started one then I would defintely say keep doing it and keep working on it. You get better and better over time and don't compare your blog to others.

Lottie x

L'Oreal True Match Foundation Review

Today I wanted to share with you my first proper beauty blog post, it was something that I been thinking about doing for a while and then all of a sudden it happened.. to be honest I do not know what came over me. I just got into the blogger mood and decided taking pictures of a flatlay - the images above I am very pleased off as they are my first ever flatlay (they actually came out better than I though.) About a couple of months ago back in Summer I decided I wanted to try out using a drugstore foundation and wanted something very similar to Mac Cosemetics which was what I had been using before. I don't like thick foundations at all they don't do anything for my skin so what I loved about Mac Cosemtics was how did a mineralised foundation was perfect for my skin. It was light and creamy on face and lasted all day but it was expensive. So after looking on the internet to see what best drugstore foundations they were I thought lets try Loreal True Match, I had heard some great things about it. So I went into Boots and had a look at Loreal True Match foundation and came home with the lightest shade and I was so happy with it as it was the perfect shade for my skin tone. I ended up going for the 1.R/1.C  in Rose Ivory. 

The thing I love about True Match is it comes in so many different shades so you are bound to find one that matches your skin tone. I was very lucky in the fact that it did not take me long enough to find one and even though the testers were awful and not appealing I ended up going away with a lovely new foundation. I do find once you have used it a little while the pump and lid get lots of foundation on them which becomes messy and I spend ages trying to clean it and make it look pretty again. But for the price of £9.99 which is great if you don't want to spend so much on foundation but still want it to look just as good as a highend foundation then this is defintely the one for you. The product itsself says how super blendable the foundation is and how it perfectly matches your skin colour and I have to agree with it as it is. It is so easy to blend and I use a foundation brush to apply and just buff it all around my face. The consistancy is so creamy but always leaves my skin feeling light, its never felt thick and lasts all day. I would defintely repurchase it again.

Lottie x

September Favourites I Photo Diary

Keeping up with the monthly favourites has been really difficult to do and if you have just read my brand new post about my month then you will know I just recently lost my Grandma. So things have been tough and we have her funeral coming up shortly which will be sad and happy because we get to remember how great her life was with her favourite people and now she is reunited with my Grandad who's one year anniversary is coming up in the end of October. So with this post I chose some of my favourite tumblr sourced pictures above and as you can see from them I went for a sophiscated, classy vibe but by the end I went for a coffee inspiration post with the loveliest of glasses ever! Tumblr has the best photos if you are feeling like you need some inspiration they are great. I would reccommend it.. I find it great and I love posting them on my Instagram too. 

Who loves the red blouse and white spots with the black ankle boots?!


The cutest outit ever and I love it so much! 

Sorry about this post being rather short but at this sad time that me and my family are going through I thought I would do a photo diary of my favourites.

Lottie x

Reflecting on September

September, September, September.. how fast have you come and go? The weather has defintely changed and Auturm is pretty much hear now. Waking up to those dark rainy mornings, feeling chilly and the thought of having another pair of shoes with you incase you get drenched? Well that has what has happened to me recently that is for sure. The trees are starting to change colour and the leaves are falling, the scarfs, hats, gloves and jumpers are coming out and to be honest it does feel nice to be wearing cosy warm clothes again. Halloween is coming and so is Christmas! This month has been a funny old month filled with ups and downs but you have to keep going. I do not have a lot to say in this post apart from due to personal reasons my blog has been forgotten about this month and I have only published one blog post so far, I am planning to do a few more as soon as I but I have been so busy doing other things and being there for the family. It is very hard to fit it in but I hope soon things will get back to normal, you will just have to bear with me.

September is the birthday month for my Grandma, Grandad and sister. Sadly we lost my Grandma who died on Thursday 21st September which actually was her birthday.. can you believe that!? It was something that happened and we had no control over it. It happened so fast and something that should not of happened because she did not deserve to die like that. I hate you cancer for coming back 7 years later and nastier than before. At least now Grandma is not in any pain and reunited with my Grandad in heaven. We both miss you so much, you were both incredible and life will not be the same without you. Thank you for being the best you could be, forever grateful and will always have the memories and videos and the love till I die. You will never be forgotten, how could you possibly be? And as you both used to say.. now we pass the batton on..

Betty Hall

Grandma Betty this is for you.. so I hope you are listening
Thank you for everything, thank you for being the most amazing Grandma, mum and mother in law and friend. I lost not just a Grandma but a best friend and a second mum. One day I will tell my children all about you and how lucky I was to have a Grandma like you. You are one in a million. Now go and tell Grandad the exact same. 

Your granddaughter Charlottie 

Disclaimer: All the black and white photos were sourced from Tumblr

You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello

Auturmn is fast approaching and it is pretty scary to think that Summer is pretty much over its hard to believe. Summer comes by so fast and before you know it your entire wardrobe changes and you start bringing out jumpers, trench coats and boots. I love this time of the year so much as the leaves start changing and falling off the trees and its an exciting time of the year as Halloween, Bonfire Night and Christmas all seem to happen straight after the other - you really do not have time to breathe. One thing that I dislike about this time of the year is the transitioning of your makeup. So maybe its just your lipstick or eyeshadow that plays a massive part in that and it annoys me so much when this happens as because I am blonde I really do not suit dark lipsticks... they are not me and just do not suit my hair colour, skin tone.. it just is not for me. I prefer pinks and peach colours. However I do love 'Velvet Teddy' by Mac Cosmetics which is a defintely a lipstick which I love.

A few weeks agoI just decided to have a play around with some old lipsticks of mine and I came across a Chanel lipstick (see above pictures) which gave me the Auturmn/Winter vibes and when I applied it to my lips I was not sure what to think to be honest but I was very surprised when I had a look at the photos I took and it didn't look too dark. I would wear this lipstick on an evening personally, it is not a lipstick I would wear during the day. I love Chanel lipsticks so much, they are rather expensive but just look amazing and are great. The one I am wearing was actually a Christmas present from my parents a couple of years ago but after writing this post I feel like I love it even more than I did when I first got it. I think it goes well with my David Bowie t shirt but now that Auturmn clothes are slowly making their way into the shops I am rather excited to find the perfect jumpers to wear with this lipstick. It would be such a great combination and just an excuse to wear it again.

I also wanted to aplogise for the lack of posts so far, I know its only the 9th of September but I have been pretty busy this week and so the blog has taken a bit of a back seat but don't worry things will be back as normal very soon.

Lottie x

Finding Inspiration

I sometimes feel uninspired and occassionaly have those days where I have to think about 'what I am going to wear today' and it can be hard because you just look through your wardrobe and think what can I wear today that would good in a blog post so I can talk about it my own way and just put a little twist on it. I have been feeling like that recently and to be honest that does not happen a lot and usually I can go to my wardrobe and just know what I am going to wear today. I am sure we all have those days were we feel uninspired with ourselves and sometimes it just takes a new little piece of clothing to completely change your overview on your clothes. At the moment I have seen some gorgeous clothes in the shops which I am dying to get my hands which will make my Auturm/Winter attire great again. I love buying new jumpers to wear and to start looking at the boots again.. Topshop and Zara have some amazing things in at the moment! I am one of those unfortunate people who would find it hard to shop online because I am tall and I need to try clothes on first to see how they fit, especially jeans/dresses and skirts. If you are tall yourself you will understand exactly what I mean.. you just cannot get away with shopping online unless you know they will defintely fit right. For me, I just find it 10 times easier to walk into a shop try on what I want too and go away feeling like a happy girl. 

Social media can be so intense at times and as much as I love Instagram and Twitter it is really nice to take a step back and sit back and relax. It can be so over powering and sometimes I feel like I am comparing myself to other people and then I think to myself 'why am I doing this Charlotte' I do not do this.. I need some time to refresh, take my mind of blogging and Instagram and realise that there is so much more than social media and my phone going off all the time. I believe every person needs to do this, even if its just a couple of days as it can be too much and it is nice to go back to the days when social media did not control your life. The best thing about having these breaks is that you come back not comparing yourself to other people and other bloggers and you can just focus on you and your own blog and it does not matter if they have more followers than you or if their blog is more successful than you. At the end of the day everyone is different and unique and I am proud to be and proud of my blog and Instagram.

Lottie x

August Favourites - Love Me Do

Look at the stars,
Look how they shine for you,
And everything you do,
Yeah, they were all yellow

I love listening to song lyrics as I write my blog posts, I find it so much more inspiring than I would if I was not listening to my music. It helps me think and I feel in my own little world when I have my headphones on. As I write this post I have the song 'Yellow' by Coldplay'. Don't you just love them? I certainly do thats for sure. So today I wanted to talk about my monthly favourites and I have brought some recent products that I really want to try out but I want to give them a few weeks at least before I mention them in a blog post so I thought I would let you know what they are like in September's montly favourites. Sorry guys you will just have to wait for that.. anyway I have been loving the lipstick 'Snob' by Mac Cosmetics it is a light pink that has a satin finish. I have been wearing a lot recently (probably because the sun has been out again) and I truly have missed it. It is a lipstick that I have had for 2 years now but only seem to wear it in Spring and Summer time as it s a very light pink shade. I actually am wearing it in the pictures above but it was something I found whilst hunting around in my makeup bag wondering what lipstick to wear and came across this lipstick and thought 'ooh this will be nice to wear, I have not worn it in a while' and I totally forgot about it. It really is such a pretty shade and because I am fair it really goes well. It has a velvet sheen satin finish to it and that is why I love it. I love matte liptsicks but sometimes its nice to wear a lipstick that has a lovely sheen to it and this one certainly does.

This little outfit inspiration of mine is something that I love doing in my blog posts and love having a few of these in my montly favourites. I recently posted the middle photo on Instagram the other day and said how much I loved wearing my beatles tshirt and somehow the whole outfit just came together when I added my Mango sunglasses and sandals from Topshop.. I love them, don't you?
I love taking pictures of myself when I am wearing a nice outfit and I feel good in what I am wearing but somtimes I feel like not wanting to take outfit pictures and should really appreciate the fact that I have nice clothes and should not feel the end to post a picture of myself. People constantly take outfit pictures of themselves these days and to be honest I have felt like doing that and I like to look back at that them and of course I love to add them to a post but why does your life have to be taken over on social media and why do you feel the need to tell everyone that you look good? That is what I feel on occasions and this is why on some days I do not get my phone out and take a little selfie.

I love the photo of the Olsen sisters don't you and I came across this wonderful photo on Instagram about David Bowie and had too mention it in my blog. It speaks for itself I think.

I hope you enjoyed this montly favourites post, as I finish this its currently 10:45pm on a Saturday night. I am feeling tired now and my bed is calling which I feel is a good time to stop don't you?

Lottie x
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