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Lots of Love Lottie Blog Cambria Joy

Well hey! Long time no see! You might have noticed I haven’t posted recently. I was a having a bit of a fight with my blog design, it was the simple things like my social media icons weren’t centered and it really annoyed me! So I went ahead, became a HTML genius (ahem…) and just fiddled with my design a bit. I hope you like the new ‘refresh’ I’ve given it!

I’m also going to start doing 2-3 posts a week! I’ve decided that as I was doing 1 post a week I felt that it had to be really high quality. And because I felt this I worked so hard that the posts weren’t even that great quality! So, some snazzy new good quality posts are coming your way soon!

I’ve also got Pinterest now! I know, slightly late to the party, but hey? What can a girl do?

Right, see ya lovely people! Until Monday!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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Lottie’s Life: Why Cambria Joy is The Youtuber You Should Be Watching

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Cambria

Guess what….#LottiesLife is back! It’s the summer, or well it’s supposed to be (darn you British weather!) and yo girl got some time on her hands. So my midweek diary is back! Today I’m talking about a Youtuber I’ve been watching for the past year or so, Cambria Joy, aged 19, previously breelovesbeauty. This girl is just, ah. Let me explain.

First of all, GIRL THE BROWS ARE ON FLEEK. *cough cough* right. Moving on.

No moving back, the brows though. Is there such thing as eye brow donation services? I really hope there is. I would pay a lot to have such lovely brows. #2015probz

Cambria is one of those Youtubers who’s videos are constantly flooded with “You’re an inspiration” “Thank you for helping me find God” (more on that later) and “You are just so sweet!”. All are true. Cambria has that specific aura and spirit that even if you haven’t met her, you know that she is truly a beautiful person, inside and out. She’s so mature for her age (she’s only 19, can you believe it?!)

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She is a firm Christian and speaks about her relationship with God regularly, which I think is so so so important. To have a good relationship with God, personally, I think you shouldn’t be afraid to talk about what you prayed about last night or how often you go to Church. And I think that for some reason, her subscribers almost trust her more because she is a Christian. I may be wrong but that’s just what I’ve gathered from the comments! I’ve also really enjoyed watching her Bible Study videos, they’ve helped me a lot.

Cam is training to become a personal trainer, which is SO COOL. I’ve learnt so much useful information from her health videos, they’ve really inspired me to put down the chocolate and get up and go outside! She talks a lot about motivation as well which I’m sure will make her a brilliant personal trainer, for sure!

And the quality of her videos, oh my. The editing, camera quality and everything else is just perfect. You know those videos where you have to skip roughly two minutes to actually get to the video? Well you almost don’t want to do that in Cam’s videos! Do you know what I mean? You want to watch what she’s saying. Maybe I’m talking a load of rubbish, haha!

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And finally. This. Girl. Is. Beautiful. She’s got that gorgeous beachy waves boho look going on and I LOVE IT. And Cambria thank you so much for joining that LIKEtoKNOW.it website, makes following your Instagram a lot easier.

In conclusion, Cambria should be on your subscription list. If she’s not, do it now. Binge watch her videos. Leave lovely comments. Share her links. This girl deserves so much love. She’s had some rough patches in her life. Just watch day 3 of her Vlogust vlogs. How she even picked up a camera let alone go for a photoshoot after what happened the night before I’m not sure. Actually I am. She has God with her. She’s a beautiful soul, and she’s brave. So yeah, check her out, will you?

Have you watched any of Cam’s videos? Who are your favourite Youtubers? I’d love to talk to you!

Lots of Love, Lottie ♥

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Comins Tea House

Hi! So last week I went on holiday and we went to Comins Tea House in Sturminster, Newton, Dorset. It was such a great place that I had to feature it on my blog! A tea house is basically where you try lots of traditional teas from all over the world (no PG Tips here!). It was quite different to your classic Cath-Kidston-floral-apron-vintage-tea-cups sort of tea place, as you’ll see! Keep on reading to see some photos and a quick review of this brilliant place!

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Comins Tea House is very minimalist, which is a nice change to the classic pink floral houses you see! Don’t get me wrong, I love a little Cath Kidston but this was a lot more unique! The minute we walked in the owner, Michelle, welcomed us and took us to a table in the adorable courtyard. Luckily, it was a really sunny day! My aunt and I shared the ‘Comparison’ tea menu, where we tasted 5 different teas. Don’t even ask what the teas were called, I can barely pronounce them let alone type them!

Michelle gave us a run down of how everything works and how the tea house started, which was actually really interesting! We then chose our teas and a couple cakes, try the chocolate caramel shortbread, YOU WILL DIE OF HAPPINESS (and sugar overload…). Michelle then brought out our teas every 10 minutes or so, telling us where each tea came from and how it is made. She then explained how long to steep it for, and gave us a timer so we could do it ourselves. It was so much fun!

I then told her about how I visited a tea house in Beijing and she took genuine interest in it, which was so lovely! Overall I really enjoyed my time at Comins, I will definitely return!

Have you ever been to a tea house? What was your experience? I’d love to know!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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DIY Polaroid Stationery Labels in PicMonkey

And she’s back! Gosh, have I missed blogging. But I am glad I took a break, I’m feeling a lot better about my little corner of the Internet now! Today is a tutorial for some Polaroid stationery labels! These are so cute and you can customise them to your own taste.

For this DIY all you will need is your computer and a website called PicMonkey. I use this for just about EVERYTHING! It’s so simple to use and one of my favourte free editing websites.

1. Open up picmonkey.com. Hover your mouse over ‘Design’ then click ‘Square’

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2. Click on ‘Frames’ then ‘Polaroid Frame’. Tick the ‘Transparent Background’ box and set the ‘Rotate’ to 0°.

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 3. Insert a pattern for the background. Just use Google Images or a free stock photo website. Or use a photo of your own! Then hold down SHIFT on your keyboard and drag the corners of the picture out so they fit the Polaroid frame. Then right click on the picture and press ‘Send to Back’.

Lots of Love Lottie Instruction 34. Add a white rectangle and fade it out, if you wish. This will be the name label!

Lots of Love Lottie Instruction 45. Add a text box and type in your name or whatever you fancy! The font i used is from 1001fonts.com and is called DJB COFFEE SHOPPE ESPRESSO.

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And that’s it! Super simple stationery labels. You can also read this post I wrote last year on how to make another type of stationery label. Hope you enjoyed!

Are you going to try these out? What’s your favourite shop to buy stationery from? I love WH Smith and Paperchase!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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A Quick Break From Blogging

  
Hello everyone. I have decided to take a couple weeks off blogging. I feel I’m not spending enough time with my family, enjoying this weather and generally having a social life haha. In my almost year of blogging I haven’t missed one Monday post so hopefully you won’t mind if I don’t blog until either the 20th or 27th July. My life is absolutely hectic at the moment, we looked in the diary and my family and I haven’t got a free weekend until OCTOBER. Like, what?! I also had to leave school yesterday unexpectantly with headaches and fainting and I legit couldn’t speak or read a sentence and to be honest it was a little scary! I just want to relax these last few weeks of school. Thank you for being so lovely and supportive on either my blog or chatting to me on Twitter. And don’t worry, lots of very exciting posts coming up!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ❤️

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My New Gizmo: iPhone 6!

My new gizmo. My new gadget. My new baby. Guys, I’d like to present my brand spanking new iPhone 6.

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Ok, it’s like 3/4 weeks old but still, HOW BLOODY GORGEOUS IS IT. My sister, being the grown up little missy she is, got to the age where it was time for her to get a phone. So we pulled the old Motorola out the cupboard and she was good to go! Apart from one fact: it died within 2 weeks. I don’t blame it really, it has been going 7 years and has already passed through my mum and I, so it must have felt a little worn guys this is bad I’m referring to a phone as a human #2015probz  Any who, so I’d been thinking of saving up for a new phone as it was. So that’s how my sister received my Samsung S3 Mini.

The S3 is a brilliant phone, it still works brilliantly and does exactly what you need from a smart phone. So that went to my sister, mum got on the phone, didn’t stop til she got a good deal and that’s how this beautiful creation landed in my hands.

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I have the 16gb Silver version. It’s so sleek and lovely and very slippy, I’d definitely reccommend a case. It arrived beautifully packaged in the sleek white box with headphones and a phone charger and other random things, to be honest I just wanted to get to the phone! But later on I did get round to decorating the charger, I have to say it actually looks pretty cool!

The camera quality is incredible, perfect for someone like me who loves photography and blogging. The range of apps on the App Store is amazing, I now know there’s an app for everything! Comment if you’d like to see a What’s on My iPhone post 🙂

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My case is by Anker and I got it off Amazon for a tenner, I think. It’s very protective as it has a plastic transparent screen that goes on front of the phone then a backing. It’s not the prettiest thing in the world but it does the job well. Let me know if you know where to get cute protective cases!

There were a few bad points though. It’s quite shocking how quickly high-quality photos and apps take up space! I’m having to clear through everything, and I’ve only had it 4 weeks. Also, the battery life isn’t amazing either.

But overall I am LOVING my new iPhone so far! I can’t wait to learn about how to use it. I’d like to say I am so so so grateful to be able to have things like this. I do know how lucky I am! And I’d also like to say a quick mention to Carly’s family and friends, my thoughts are with you. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I’m not going to explain as its personal and too many blogs have done whole posts on it already and have gone about it very wrongly.

On a lighter note, I’d love to know if you’d like to see a What’s on My iPhone post! Also, do you have an iPhone? Any tips for a fellow sister? Hit me up!

Lots of Love, Lottie ♥

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Homemade Lemonade Recipe

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Summer is definitely the time for refreshing homemade drinks. Especially lemonade! Remember I said a lemonade recipe was coming soon in my 10 Things to Do This Summer post? Well here it is! This recipe is one my family have been using for years. It is personally my favourite because you really infuse all of the lemon, not just using the juice, so it’s more vibrant and delicious! Enjoy!

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YOU WILL NEED:

3 Lemons

175g sugar

900ml boiling water (or just round it up to a litre for ease)

1. Peel the rind of the lemon and the sugar into a heatproof jug.

2. Pour on the boiling water, cover with either cling film or a plate. Leave to cool, stirring occasionally.

3. When cool, juice the lemons and add this to the jug. Strain the lemonade then add ice cubes and mint, ya know for the Instagram snaps obviously.

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Other variations: You can add lavender, rose water, more mint or add lime juice as well. Just have fun with it!

This recipe does take longer than the usual recipe but the end results are so worth it! Do you love lemonade? What is your favourite summer drink?

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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Summer Fashion Wishlist

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Hello beautiful people! Gahhh it’s so humid at the moment, I can’t wait til we have real summer days. It is Jue for goodness sake! But to get us in the mood for the (hopefully) sunny months ahead, I’ve put together some gorgeous pieces I found online. I especially love those sandals, may have to treat myself to them… Anywho, all items are listed, linked and priced below, just to make it easy for you guys 🙂

1. New Look Orange Embroidered Tote Bag – £19.99

2. H&M Pompom Shorts – £12.99

3. ASOS FOSTER Leather Flat Sandals – £22.00

4. Accessorize Friendship Bracelets x4 – £8.00

5. Hollister One Shoulder Bell Dress – £25.20

How beautiful are all these pieces? I’m loving the boho-festival feeeeel at the moment. Oooh and just to let you know Hollister is having a 50% off sale atm so check that out as there’s some really cute pieces! I know, shocking, Hollister is not just filled with overly expensive graohic tees. Wowza.

What is your favourite summer style? Where’s the best place to buy summer pieces? Let me know!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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10 Things To Do This Summer!

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I cannot tell you just how much I am LOVING this heatwave! I’m currently sat in a dress with the back door open and I’m not even shivering. Dreams really do come true. Moving on…I got inspired by this gorgeous weather that I thought I would give you lovely peeps some inspiration for things to do if you’re bored this summer or just need some inspiration. Enjoy…

1. Make homemade lemonade! (RECIPE COMING SOON!) There is nothing better than a big ol’ glass of homemade lemonade. I love the freshness of the lemons and I much prefer non-fizzy lemonade as it’s less processed and better for your digestive system. It’s a win win situation, really.

2. Ride a bike Yes, you can actually be like those people on the Centre Parks adverts now – wind through your hair, happy family, a leafy roof above your head…ok so maybe not but it’s fun to pretend, right? Even if you haven’t got a bike, you can hire one from your town centre. Here’s a secret, it’s not just London who have Boris Bikes!

3. DIY a kimono Kimonos are soooo easy to make out of a scarf. I could do a tutorial for you if you want but there are countless videos online telling you how to sew up something Japanese! But I did this find this very useful video for a temporary kimono out of a scarf.

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4. Homemade ice lollies Homemade ice lollies are soo good. They’re cheaper, healthier and more delicious than shop bought. Just pick up a cheap mould from Poundland, and let your imagination run wild! My sister and I love pouring plain fruit juice, smoothies, yoghurt and fruit into ours.

5. Make friendship bracelets I know bracelet making may seem like it’s for 5 year old BFFs but trust me, stacked bracelets for the summer look reeeeeal cute. I bought a HUGE bag of embroidery threads from Dunelm Mill for £7 in the sale a few years ago and they’re still going today! Plus, there’s hundreds of tutorials online to refer to.

6. Picnics! Picnics are just….ahh. No word can describe my love for siting on a old blanket, with a tower of sausage rolls and plastic cups. Knowing our lazy world I’m sure you can buy ready made picnic baskets from a supermarket or do that weird thing nowadays called MAKE YOUR OWN. Riveting, I assure you. Have a picnic in your garden, a random field or a National Trust place with friends or family and let the good times roll!

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7. Create a blog I cannot express just how happy blogging makes me, so I urge you to pick up the courage to make one yourself! This is England for goodness sake, there is surely going to be a rainy day this summer where you can have some much needed bonding time with your laptop and camera.

8. Try a new sport We’re heading to the sea for a few day this summer so my sister and I so want to try paddle boarding, surfing and the likes. Water sports are especially fun in summer as you’re outside in the (hopefully) gorgeous weather, probably falling into a freezing lake off of a sheet of wood. Ok, that don’t sound too good, just try something new, ‘k?

9. Learn to juggle If you can juggle, congrats you’re my new favourite person ALL HAIL THE JUGGLER. If not, join me this summer and let’s see if we can turn into circus monkeys. Woop woop!

10. See friends and family They’re not always going to be there, let’s be honest. So put aside a week to see all those lovely people, give them a hug, bake them a cake. Put zee phone on SILENT and give them all your attention. They deserve it, you deserve, we deserve it, we’re just all too dang special to not make a fuss of, so do it!

Hope you enjoyed this blog post, lovely people. Have a great summer!

Are you going away this summer? Can YOU juggle?!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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May Favourites 2015

Well hello! If you’re still at school I hope you’re feeling refreshed from this rather odd weathered half term. My family and I went away ‘up North’, and had such a good time! Today we have my May Favourites, enjoy!

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My first favourite are these beautiful carnations from Aldi. I know, total granny putting flowers in my favourites! But these are so pretty and were only £2. And they’ve lasted over a week, brilliant!

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My next favourite is my Soul Survivor Youth Bible. I’ve had this for about 6 months now and I love it so much! I was never brought up going to Church apart from Christmas Eve and really only became a Christian 3 years ago, even though I was Christened as a baby. But this Bible really breaks everything down for beginners and teaches you everything you need, in a language you’ll understand!  I’d really recommend this Bible.

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 My Forever Sunlips has been an absolute LIFE SAVER when we went ‘up North’ because it also protects your lips against wind as well as sun, so when you’re hiking through hills this really helps! It’s soothing and leaves this tingly peppermint feel on your lips after you’ve used it, and is oh so moisturising!

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Señorita – Justin Timberlake (here)

Our Own House – Misterwives (here)

Stolen Dance – Milky Chance (here)

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If you were to squash down everything pink, cute and perfect and mould into a blog, you’d get Dizzybrunette3. I haven’t met Corrie but she sounds like a genuinely lovely and funny person to be around, and can we discuss how much I love her stationery obsession? YES. Her photography is very professional and I love her composistion. Here’s the links to her blog, Youtube and Twitter.

And that is my May Favourites! I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know what YOUR favourites are this month! Have a good week!

Lots of Love,

Lottie ♥

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