May Favourites….

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Here’s some of my favourites from May….

The ongoing gorgeous Beauty and the Beast merchandise is still tempting me to spend more, this month saw the dinning sets being released in the UK Disney store. The small plate was perfect for adding a bit of Disney to the kitchen. Also this adorable pastel Mickey ice cram top was from Primark, and will be perfect during the summer.

This month I also got to catch up on new material from one of my favourite authors, Cecelia Ahern. This new series was split into two and looks into human behaviour and the effects of government control. It was a little different to her usual work as it is aimed at a younger audience but was still interesting to read and left you questioning aspects of society.

Then there was Guardians of the Galaxy’s release! I absolutely loved the first movie and was worried it couldn’t pull of the same success but am happy to say I was wrong. The film was brilliant, managing to add humour without going over board. The soundtrack was just as good as the first and adds so much to the action!

IMG_1552I found this cute world map in New Look and thought it was a perfect addition to my room. Its not to big and doubles as a magnet board! I was trying to find a new way to display my travels and think it really help brings everything together.

When I visit new places I like to pick up a postcard from there to display at home, and have only just got myself a frame to keep them in. The frame is from Ikea, and I’ll definitely be getting ore to finish my room as it is the perfect size and holds multiple pictures.

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Here’s how my little ‘travel section’ of my desk is looking, still got a way to go but I love having all my memories on display with cute little extras!

I am planning on booking my next adventure so hopefully will be able to add that to my June favourites, until then,

Love, Lottie xx

 

 

April Favourites….

So not a lot happened for me in April, I was busy working most of the month and had nothing planned other than the Beauty and the Beast afternoon tea, (see previous post).

I did manage to fit a little shopping trip to Westfield’s in and picked up a few cute Disney sleepwear items from Primark. I love that they’ve started doing merchandise for more characters other than the princess and so happy to find this Marie top, as the Aristocats is one of my childhood favourites!

I tried a new face mask from L’Oréal this month as well and it has actually made an amazing difference to my skin! It has helped reduce my breakouts and leaves my skin feeling refreshed and super smooth. Highly recommend this Pure clay detox mask to anyone who feels their skin needs a little pick me up.

As a huge bookworm I’m always looking to update and grow my collection and loved finding this new edition of one of my favourite classics. This copy of Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ is gorgeous and perfectly suits the 20’s era the book is set, also the copper colours suit my bedroom aesthetic and it looks brilliant on my bookshelf alongside other classics.

Lastly this month, I went to see the Ghost in the Shell remake. After hearing numerous negative reviews, I went in not expecting much so can’t say I was disappointed, but I wasn’t surprised by it either. In fact after two hours the film didn’t leave me feeling anything. The plot line was ok, if not dragged out with some seemingly pointless filler scenes and the connection with the characters was weak so I didn’t actually find myself caring about what happened or who got hurt in the end. It isn’t surprising that the only reviews were about how Japanese anime is being ‘whitewashed’ or Johansson’s poor acting was, as the film itself leaves little to be discussed.

 

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Love, Lottie xx

 

Be Our Guest Afternoon Tea

IMG_0579So alongside the release of Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast all sorts of merchandise, marketing and events linked to the movie, including a ‘Be our guest’ afternoon tea at The Kensington Hotel in London. This included a traditional afternoon tea, but with slight twists and extras such as the character themed desserts and charactes at the tables as you ate.

So first of all the food was delicious, with the staff being more than happy to amend any servings due to allergies. The best bits were dessert (obviously). From the enchanted rose jelly cups, Cogsworth chocolate ganache to the ‘grey stuff’ filled Chip everything was adorable and tasty!

The only downside of this experience was due to a family on the next table over, who created a bit of scene before paying the bill. This actually turned out to be because a staff member had to tell them to replace the chip cups, which they had tried to take home, claiming they ‘thought’ they were included. After they left one of the waiters old us they’d been having this problem frequently, with many of the cups having been taken.

This was such a cute event and was a nice way to experience my love for Beauty and the Beast, I highly recommend to any Disney fan!

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Love, Lottie xx

March Favourites….

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March has brought new starts and opportunities for me as my job at a pre-school ended and I started my new position at a London tourist attraction! Also March saw the return of Ed Sheeran  with his third album and the live action remake of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast….

Ed Sheeran seems to do no wrong in my eyes, with every song on each of his albums being perfect and ‘Divide’ is no different. I especially love the new twists he added to the style of some songs, as it brings something fresh but doesn’t feel wrong.

Primark released a new Bambi homeware range that was so cute, the soft art style is lovely and I couldn’t resist buying a few pieces. I picked up the throw blanket, which is so soft and the colours are perfect for spring. I also got the small heart shaped chalk board, which is a sweet decorative piece for my room and is a handy place to write little memos to myself.

Yankee Candles have been a long time favourite for me and when I saw they had offers on I had to pick up a new spring scent, these cherry blossom scented tea-lights smell gorgeous but aren’t too overpowering.

IMG_1542By now it may be obvious I have a love for all things rose gold, so when I saw this jacket in New Look, I couldn’t resist! The slight pink shade to it looks amazing and it fits so well. It looks great on, can be paired with most things and the inside is super soft.

Beauty and the Beast has been a long time favourite of mine, with Belle being my favourite Disney princess, so I was both excited and nervous for the new live action. I was unsure of the need for a remake and the casting that was announced, but from the first moment Emma Watson appears on screen I knew it was going to be great. Watson fits Belle so well and the other cast does a great job, especially Josh Gad, whose best lines are so subtle but perfectly timed! Cineworld was running a competition over the opening weekend which I was lucky enough to win! The prize included two free tickets, free snacks and a small treat box from Starbucks, which such a sweet little bundle.

Many places have released a whole range of new Beauty and the Beast merchandise, but Clinton’s has been my favourite so far. The candle holders and cushion are subtle additions around my room that are both decorative and practical. Of course being a huge bookworm myself I had to pick up the bookmark set as well, which are very well made and the design is gorgeous!

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New book releases around the Beauty and the Beast film were an obvious must for me, not only for the stories but the beautiful cover designs….

The book of the film edition has a lovely front cover depicting the Enchanted Rose and although it just retells the story of the movie, it has some additional details that adds even more.

The latest in the Twisted Tales stories happened to be Beauty and the Beast related and even though I haven’t finished it yet, the last two in the series have been gripping. Braswell has taken the original stories and changed one key detail, examining what could have happened, which creates an interesting alternate world for well loved characters.

MinaLima, the designers behind Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts movies have also released the original story in a beautifully illustrated book. The cover makes it feel extra special, added with the interactive sections, this brings the story to life in a whole new way.

To top of the month I also found my new job! I thought I’d be searching for ages but was really lucky to find something just as my last position came to an end. Also its in the tourism industry so is linked to my degree too which is perfect!

I can’t wait to see how the new job pans out these next few months and what April will bring!

Love, Lottie xx

 

 

 

February Favourites….

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In February I had a week off work for half term and managed to head back to Southampton, (where I lived for 4 years while studying), to catch up with a friend and old flat mate. I had loads of fun catching up with her and getting to see the town, especially all the new changes that have been made and hope to get back there more often. I also had a lovely afternoon tea with my mum and some family friends in a beautiful hotel in London, I always love afternoon teas as they make a change from the usually catch ups with friends and also feels a little more special.

We had a nice wonder around Oxford Street and Leicester Square after as we had a rare day of sunshine and was a nice end to my week off work. We popped into the Oxford Street Disney store and it had been transformed into a beautiful display for the new Beauty and the Beast live action movie and all the new merchandise. There was so much detail, with stained glass art, roses, a torn picture from the west wing as well as a window with ‘snow’ falling!

I had a few movie nights at the cinema this month but the best by far was M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Split’. James McAvoy has been a firm favourite of mine and didn’t disappoint in this portal of a man struggling with a personality disorder. The storyline had me hooked throughout the whole film and McAvoy did brilliantly portraying multiple characters, but the best part of the movie is that they brought some humour to an otherwise very dark story.

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I also decided to treat myself to some new make up, as I had to throw most of mine out as it was so old! I didn’t go over board, only picking up a few high-street essentials but was so nice to treat myself and found a lovely new highlighter by Revolution!

When looking for some World Book Day outfit inspiration I headed to Primark and found this lovely Beauty and the Beast make-up bag and adorable Marie slippers!

I had my last day at work last week as my maternity cover came to an end, and received some lovely cards and gifts from the staff and children and I’m going to miss working with them all and hearing the funny tings the children come out with on a daily basis , but hopefully this will led to an even more exciting chapter, as the job searching continues!

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Even though I didn’t get up to much these first few months of the new year I had a great time catching up with family and friends and already have some fantastic things already planned and booked for the next few months coming up!

Love, Lottie xx

January Favourites….

If you’ve read my last post then you’ll know I was lucky enough to get my hands on tickets to the new Harry Potter stage show. It was one of the best shows I’ve seen on stage and even though the plot is a little lacking the show more than makes up for it!

I also planned a baking day with a friend from work and her children who have discovered the magic of Harry Potter, one of the things I loved making was these sorting cupcakes, each filled with different coloured frosting so when you’d bitten into eat you would be ‘sorted’ into the assorted Hogwarts house.

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I managed to catch La La Land at the cinema and even though those I went with didn’t enjoy it, I could see what all the hype was about! It was bittersweet and some what nostalgic, (maybe due to the jazz and hints of old Hollywood), as well as a great take on musicals I found it a great feel good movie and Stone and Gosling were perfect together.

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I didn’t get up to much this month as I was back to work and have been busy looking for a new job, as my current position is coming to an end soon but can’t wait to see what’s in store for February….

Love, Lottie xx

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child….

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Yes it happened! After continuously trying and failing to get tickets seen the first release I finally did it.

These tickets have been so difficult to get, but at the beginning of January I was checking the sight for any last minute ones and actually found some for that month! The seats were brilliant, (in the stalls and roughly 10 rows from the front), and were on the pricey side but was totally worth it.

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So without revealing ‘the secrets’ here’s the best bits to look out for….

  • Special Effects and Choreography- mesmerising to watch and helped make this 4 hour+ story feel fast paced and action packed.
  • Actors Anthony Boyle,(Scorpius Malfoy), and Paul Thornley,(Ron Weasley), played both their parts amazingly, Thornley captured the essence of Ron brilliantly and Boyle stole the show for me as the awkward and geeky son of Draco,
  • Dementors-  These soul sucking creatures make an appearance and cast an awful, eerie feel, more terrifying than in the film.

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  • Scorpius Malfoy- My firm favourite since reading the play and now perfected by Boyle’s performance. He is awkward, vulnerable, nerdy and hilarious. Also he has the best lines, (see below), to turn most serious situations light hearted.

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This is an absolute must for any Potter fan, and I would happily re-watch it as many times as I have the films!

Love, Lottie xx