What I Got For Christmas 2014

Hello! How was everyone’s Christmases? I had a lovely day as we invited some friends round for Christmas Dinner and OH IT WAS GLORIOUS. Today I am showing you What I Got For Christmas, and I’m pretty sure I’ve forgotten some things so sorry to whoever bought me those and they weren’t mentioned! All of these presents are a mix of stockings and gifts from friends and family. Now, just the same as every other Youtuber/Blogger that does this post, I AM IN NO WAY BRAGGING OR SHOWING OFF WHAT I GOT. I really am so appreciative of all I have, not just presents but my family, friends, and beliefs too. I hope you guys had a wonderful Christmas, and let’s get on with the show! Lots of Love Lottie Blog Xmas 2014 1

 

 

 

 

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I know, lots of photos and not many words! I wish everyone the best New Year yet.

What did you get for Christmas? Did you give any cool gifts? Let me know!

Lots of Love

Lottie ♥

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

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Hi guys. Just a quick note to wish you a very merry Christmas. I am so thankful that I am able to run a blog, I think of the children in Africa who have nothing and it makes me realise just how blessed I am. I am going to take today to thank God for all he has given me, I am so happy that I can live a life like I can. Please try to remember the real meaning of Christmas, this holiday is so over commercialized that we need to take a moment and just be so so so thankful.

Bless you and your family, Merry Christmas!!!!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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DIY Christmas Cards

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Hello sweet children. All good? I’m freaking out just a tiny bit as Christmas IS ONLY 3 DAYS AWAY ADJSKICLDILX. So if you’re one of those last minute sort of people, this post it for YOU my friend. These cards are so so so simple to make and really inexpensive, you can actually get all the materials from Poundland/Poundworld/99p Store (or somewhere like that). Enjoy!

YOU WILL NEED:

Plain white cards – Poundland or somewhere similar

Christmas felt shapes – mine is a snowflake garland from Poundland

Glue stick or tacky/pva glue

Ribbon – mine came in the garland pack

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Simply play around with your shapes, I even used the ribbon that came in the garland pack. Then using the glue, stick them onto your cards. Let them dry for at least 30 minutes to be safe. Here are some designs I came up with:

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Later I also Sharpied some designs on, but unfortunately some of them have personal messages on them so I can only show you a couple. Sorry! Here are the pens I used.

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Enjoy lovely ones! I know this is not a proper diy, but I thought I’d still give you some inspiration! What are your favourite card diys? Have you left it last minute (yes, you!) ?

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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Lottie’s Life: Gingerbread House and Festival of Light!

Hallo loves. This week has been a busy one, lots of present wrapping and decorating for Christmas! On Saturday my sister, her friend and I made this BEAUTIFUL gingerbread house. We bought it from IKEA, but we were a bit disappointed as we were expecting the icing and jellies to be included in the box…but they weren’t! Luckily, they did put a recipe for icing on the sleeve of the packet, otherwise I would have had no idea how to make it! The recipe was a bit strange though, I don’t think I’ve ever put egg whites and icing sugar in one sentence before, let alone a recipe!

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On Sunday night my family and I went to a festival we had heard about, a festival of light. We didn’t really know what to expect really, but it was pretty good! Basically, we all stood around with hot chocolates to warm our hands in the town square, and then a crowd of people walked through with these paper lanterns that they’d made. There was also this sort of spiritual drums bashing in the background, bit weird but ok. The big Christmas Tree was also lit, soooooo pretty! We only stayed for about an hour, but I still really enjoyed it!

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Thanks for reading you lovely people! What have you been up to? Anything riveting? Boring? Fun? Let me know!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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Healthier Gingerbread Hot Chocolate Recipe

Well hello lovely ones. How are we? Christmassy? Good. I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen with cocoa powder and syrup…aye it’s a hard life for me. I am proud to say this is my own little baby of a recipe, come up in my own little mind! The ingredients to this super easy yet super delicious recipe are very simple, and I’ve given you a few alternatives in case you don’t have the ingredients and can’t be bothered to pop to Tesco in your pyjamas.  Enjoy, my little cocoa truffles (I’m practically Nicole Scherzinger in the Muller adverts)

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YOU WILL NEED:

1 heaped teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon of sweetener (I use Truvia)

1/2-3/4 teaspoon gingerbread syrup

mug of milk

INSTEAD OF…

unsweetened cocoa powder – sweetened but leave out sweetener

gingerbread syrup – pinch of ground ginger and tiny pinch of cinnamon (but you won’t get the same smooth texture as syrup)

*I know syrup isn’t completely healthy, so that’s why it’s called a ‘healthier’ version!*

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METHOD:

1. Add heaped teaspoon of cocoa powder to empty mug

2. Add a dash of cold milk and stir to create a paste

3. Add milk to fill mug up and stir gently

4. Whack in microwave until hot (mine took 2 minutes)

5. Once hot, add in half teaspoon sweetener and  half/ three quarters teaspoon  gingerbread syrup (or spices)

6. STIR STIR STIR

7. Add whipped cream if you like, and enjoy!

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^^sneaky mince pie….. ;)^^

I know what you’re saying: “but Lottie, syrup has sugar in it!”. I know. As I mentioned earlier, this is a healthier hot choc, not no-dairy-vegan-sugar-free version. Uh-huh.

Are you going to try this out? What’s your favourite flavour of hot chocolate? Let me know!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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Lottie’s Life: Christmas Decs and Feeling Poorly

 Hello lovely people. Guess what day it is? THURSDAY. And what does that mean? ANOTHER INSTALLATION OF LOTTIE’S LIFE. Who’s excited? *raises both hands* This week my family put up our Christmas Decs, I mean how much prettier do things look with fairy lights and sparkly bits of plastic?! I also had to take a day off school unfortunately because I was feeling poorly. But that did mean infinite amount of hours watching videos of dogs on Youtube and aspiring to have photography like The Love Cats Inc and  A BEAUTIFUL MESS.  I guess that sort of made up for the amounts of tissues and paracetamol I had!

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Family tree

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Our washing line advent calendar

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MY TREEEE

 

Handmade by yours truly!

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^^Basically my day in one photo!^^

Well there ya go. A snippet of my week. Hope it thoroughly riveting. (probably not but one can try)

What have you been up to this week? Got any plans for the weekend?

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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1 Tee: 3 Winter Outfits

It’s the most wonderful time of the yearrrrrrr…and you know what that means: ANOTHER TOPSHOP TEE POST! If you’re a newbie here (hello to you 🙂 ) you may not have heard about my Tee series. Basically, I have a Topshop Tee that I bought in the summer and the amount of ways you can incorporate it into an outfit is astonishing. ASTONISHING. And, it was a rare steal at £10! BarGAIN. With an extra GAIN. So this ‘edition’ is slightly more Christmassy…enjoy!

1. Nordic Knits

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Top: Topshop – Cardigan: H&M (last year) – Leggins: Forever 21 – Shoes: H&M

2. Check Skirt

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Top: Topshop – Skirt: Primark (last year) – Tights: Marks and Spencer – Shoes: Converse – Bag: Sainsbury’s

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Sister got her hands on the Xmas Decs ♥

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Hope you enjoyed! Sorry for the bad quality photos, I had such a busy week but I really wanted to get this post up for you!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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Lottie’s Life – Black Friday Shopping and Advent Calendars!

Happy Thursday everyone! How are we? Good good. This week’s installment of #LottiesLife is getting festive…even more than my last couple! Oooo also thank you so much for liking last week’s Lottie’s Life so much! That was my best day for likes on one post EVER! Thank you! On with zee show…

On Friday 28th my mum, sister and I went Christmas Shopping after our (my sister and I’s) guitar exam. We went straight into town after the exam and started shopping. ON BLACK FRIDAY. To be fair though, it wasn’t too busy. I think Black Friday has become more of a ‘thing’ this year in the UK, which means more sales! Most of the shops were doing like a 10 or 20% off but we walked past GAP and it was a whooping 50% OFF EVERYTHING! We got excited. Quite a bit excited.

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I got the white jumper for £17.47 (originally £34.95), the navy top for £9.47 (originally £18.95) and the beanie for £7.47 (originally £14.95). So I got all these items for less than the original price of the jumper…HOW COOL IS THAT. *high five* Each item is really good quality and can’t you just imagine the jumper and the beanie together with like a dark khaki coat on a cold Christmas Day walk? FABULOUS, darling, FABULOUS. But you had to pay a (metaphorical and real) price for such good stuff. The queue to the checkout was so long, they had to close the store so the queue didn’t get any longer, it was that bad. Literally a guy working there was at the door sending people away and only opening the door to let people in the queue out once they’d paid. Uh-huh, you heard (or read) me.

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I GOT MY ADVENT CALENDARRRR. How exciting is that? I actually got it a couple weeks ago but I thought I’d still show you guys 🙂 Oh it hasn’t had any doors opened because I took this photo at the weekend. Gotta love me some Pooh Bear.

Well my lovely ones, hope you enjoyed that post. Sorry for the lack of photos, I rarely had my camera with me when I needed it! Did anyone spot my beanie from Monday’s November Favourites? Brownie points to you! Hope you are having a good week, what have you been up to?

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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November Favourites 2014

Heyooo people. Happy 1st December! As the nights get darker (and photography opportunities get shorter) everyone is finally admitting to the fact that YES CHRISTMAS IS LESS THAN A MONTH AWAY. Pull the crackers and wack on the Michael Bublé, it’s time to partayy. Sort of. Not really, I’m sat listening to my sister do spelling tests and my mum deciding what curry she wants. I honestly live a thrilling life. Anyways, onto zee November Favourites!

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I love this beanie! I purchased it from GAP on Black Friday for £7 something. They had an amazing offer on…50% off EVERYTHING in the store! It was seriously busy though. But I guess we have to do what we need to do. I love how Christmassy the colour is. It’s also super comfy and warm, perfect for winter.
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My golly how Christmassy are these bad boys! These gingerbread leggings are so cosy. They’re from Primark and I got them for £10, which is actually pretty expensive for Primark leggings. But they are snuggly. And that’s the best excuse in the world.

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Now you may have seen these in my Winter Wishlist or I tweeted and facebooked (is that a thing?) about them. I bought these from H&M online for £17.49 for each pair, reduced from £24.99. They are lined with a fluffy fleecey sort of material and OH MY GOSH THEY’RE LIKE WALKING ON POLAR BEAR FUR (yes, they’re that soft. Not that I’ve ever stroked a polar bear but ya know). I really needed some wintery boots and I found my dream ones! I think I do prefer the sandy ones but the black ones are still lovely.

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Becky from milkbubbletea is SUCH  lovely blogger. And can we just mention how cute her dog Oscar is?! I want one. NOW. Her photography is freakin’ fantastic, she really inspires me to try and practice my photography. Her posts always make me smile. Check out her blog, Twitter and Instagram.

Songs ♫

The Christmas Song – Mindy Gledhill

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GShORNFtNmg

Blank Space – Taylor Swift

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Spectrum (Say My Name) – Florence and the Machine

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What a lovely selection of stuff. Sorry most of it is fashion, but what can I say when there are so many sales on? Oooo exciting news guys! I now have a public Spotify profile for my blog! Here’s the link. Have a jolly good week guys, see you soon!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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