Lottie Loves: 83

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Instagram of the week: A morning off.

1. This morning started with pilates, green tea and banana pancakes. Why isn't everyday a Sunday, again...?

2. Speaking of pilates, I'm so glad I'm getting back into it. Recently I've been doing only cardio and weight training, but letting my body chill out with a stretch track was just what it needed. And breaaatthee.

3. These DIY dark chocolate and almond bars look just delicious. And get my homemade Christmas brain whirring...

4. Meteor shower pictures. Utterly hypnotic.

5. Food capitals of the food, according to Instagram. Again, strangely hypnotic.

6. Tips to getting better sleep.

7. Caramelized Banana Rice Pudding. I mean COME ON.

8. Paul Rudd the urinal prankster. Did that link lead on smoothly from a rice pudding recipe? I think so.

9. These Curried Chickpea Salad Sliders look like tha bomb. Chickpeas forever!

10. I must make these Smoked Salmon and Avocado Summer Rolls to enjoy the second half of August with. And serve them with a large glass of frosty white wine, too...

Have a happy weekends, friends! x

Lottie Loves: 82

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Instagram of the week: Reminiscing over our little Welsh haven. And coveting that adorable doormat.

1. Vietnamese iced coffee iced cream. For weekends and forever.

2. GBBO is back! It's likely I will mention it every week cause I just can't get enough of Mary Berry. I particularly love it when she makes this face.

3. Small home updates anyone can do. Succulents! Succulents for days.

4. Fancy trying your hand at freelancing? Here are some helpful tips on what editors look for in their freelancers.

5. I love the idea of running. I hate the actualities. But if I'm ever inclined to take it up I think I'll find this useful - how beginner runners can build endurance.

6. The best movies of 2015 (so far), apparently. I need to get my act together - I've hardly seen any!

7. Love foot portrait on instagram? You'll appreciate this article.

8. I'm rubbish at doing my own hair, so will take all the tips I can get. 7 ways to get the ultimate pinterest hair.

9. 30+ recipes to reduce kitchen waste. All about maximising those resources guys. And saving pennies to boot!

10. Laura's Book of Brave is wonderful. Just download it, download it now.

Have a happy weekend, friends! x

Lottie Loves: 81

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Instagram of the week: Flat hunting with Jack in the capital. Change is a coming.

1. This past week has felt more like a month. So much has happened (we've found a new home, cleared out part of our old one, spent time with family + just by ourselves. I've written yet more dissertation, Jack's revised, we've both gone to work and just kept swimming). I'm looking forward to a day-long nap at some point...

2. Onto cheerier climes - don't these Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookie Stuffed Campfire Bananas look just DELICIOUS?! Please come back summer so I can pop these on a BBQ and shove them in my face.

3. Sliced melon straight from the fridge. Even if our summers are chilly, melon will always taste delicious. This weeks variety is cantaloupe. I'm hoping to go for watermelon next week.

4. I love these interactive party ideas. Especially the nachos. Mmm nachos. Now I'm gonna' need some nachos.

5. Beach-lovers are the bomb diggity!

6. Need a little summer dinner inspo? Check out Deliciously Ella's favourite summer dinner recipes.

7. We managed to catch Inside Out last week and it really, really is a great film. No wonder it's tipped for next years animated Oscar.

8. I enjoyed Hilary Kerr's 23 things I wish I'd known at 23 list.

9. How to peel a mango in seconds. I'm embarrassingly inept at mango peeling. The shame.

10. Marshmallow chocolate chip cookies. I REPEAT - MARSHMALLOW CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES (!!!) These are practically compulsory for the weekend, right?

Have a happy weekend, friends! x 

Escape to the Country: Brecon Beacons

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

I'm a country girl at heart. As much as I love the bustle of a city and the buzz of busyness, my heart feels truly happy in open green fields, by the sea or in the mountains. Only when I can fill my lungs with crisp, clean air do I feel truly free and on top of the world. I'm a bumpkin, that's for sure.

So when Jack and I decided to escape to the Brecon Beacons in late July, I was so very excited to be in the middle of nowhere with my love, my camera and a good pair of walking boots.

We found the most adorable apartment set by a river through Airbnb. It was just gorgeous and the perfect place to switch off. We breakfasted on the balcony, drank endless cups of fresh ground coffee and Earl Grey, and gorged ourselves on croissants, fruit, granola, prosciutto and brie! It was certainly a treat yo' self getaway. In the days we hiked, we explored and we even tandem-bicycled (and that was quite the experience!), then came back to soak in a huge, freestanding bubble bath followed by a film in front of the wood-burner. It was all sorts of idyllic, and I would've quite liked to move in. If you're ever looking to stay in the area, I can't recommend this place enough. 

I've included a few of my favourite snaps below and I'll have a little film to follow soon, too. 

The river pictured above was the view from our balcony. I've used the word idyllic already, haven't I?
Below is the apartment owner's gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous dog, Albus. He'd greet us every morning and evening as we came in and out and was so affectionate I rather wish I could've taken him home with us! And on the right is just one of the three nights we treated ourselves to a night in front of the woodburner. I know - it's July. But we just couldn't resist!

A rainy morning called for breakfast (and a second breakfast) in bed and a tinkle on the piano.

Evenings spent studying the ordinance survey map, stargazing and snuggling. All the snuggling. 

Such a darling (the both of them!).

 Just another glorious view across the Welsh countryside.

This boy loves to keep me busy! Planning the steepest of hikes and rowing from one end of Llangorse Lake to the other. He has endless energy and skips straight up any mountain like a mountain goat.

I'm hoping we'll escape to the countryside again very soon for more open-air adventures.
Fingers & toes crossed! 

Lottie Loves: 80

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Instagram of the week: My sister graduated! And looked just gorgeous while doing so. You're gonna shake up the world of teaching something fierce, my friend.

1. Hey there, excuse me, July. Would you mind - just for a moment or two - SLOWING THE HECK DOWN? Jheez...

2. Let's all have these Lavender Blueberry Ricotta Turnovers for breakfast, shall we? ALSO - I just cannot get enough of the photography on this blog. Just beautiful.

3. Legendary movie scenes that were improvised.

4. Heaven must be missing an angel - Pistachio Pesto Pizza with Fresh Mozzarella and Honey.

5. Have you read Ruth Reichl's Tender at the Bone? I'm currently reading and loving it and would recommend to anyone obsessed with food.

6. I'm not really a coffee gal, but I feel like a lazy morning on the terrace wouldn't be complete without this Cold Brew Caramel Frappucino. Now just to get a terrace. And some lazy mornings...

7. I'm catching up with Humans on Channel 4 at the moment and ooh is it getting interesting. Are you watching?

8. Joy's Easy Summer Shrimp Boil looks like the kind of thing I need to be eating right now. RIGHT NOW.

9. Question - should Jack and I start watching Fortitude? Bearing in mind once we get hooked on a TV show we are hook line and sinker. AKA - we don't go out and see people for a solid week...

10. Three words - dog photo booth. I die. 

Have a happy weekend, friends! x

Sunshine Swimming

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Last week was a busy one. Jack and I were both working crazy shift hours and kept missing each other. Our only time spent together was catching up on sleep, and I'm sure as you know, that doesn't lead to the best of conversations or funtimes. So when we saw we both had Friday off together we knew we wanted to go out and do something a little bit different. You know, just to celebrate each others company. 

Enter Summer Bucket List 2015! As it was such a beautiful day we decided to tick off the outdoor swimming pool and I can tell ya, it was a decision we did not regret! Just a hop, skip and a jump over to a neighbouring town with a hamper full of goodies and a vat of factor 50 (my skins a liability I'm afraid...) and we were ready to roll! Or swim, in this case.

We thought it would be fun to put the GoPro to use and had such a giggle trying to perfect our underwater shots. Our angling still needs a little work, but we'll get there! So I put together the following little film, just as a sweet memory of our day. Fingers crossed for more lovely British weather so we can go back and splash again.

Oh - I've included this picture just in case your in need of a laugh.
My bobble head gets me every time. Winning look, I say.

Summer Bucket List 2015

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Summertime. Those few magical months where playtime seems a bit more possible. More options are open for frivolity and the longer days mean more time to play. Each summer I like to make a bucket list to keep my hopes for the warmer months on track. So here's a little collection of 15 things I want to do this summer. Do you fancy any of these, too?

1. Unearth my watercolours and spend some time unwinding, creating and making a huge mess.

2. Visit an outdoor swimming pool with a picnic blanket and a hamper of goodies - perhaps (read: definitely) including a chilled bottle of prosecco.

3. Have a BBQ. Halloumi, salmon and marshmallows must feature. Although not in conjunction, of course.

4. Take Jack rock climbing. And if he loves it as much as I do, take it up as a new hobby together.

5. Work on my tennis serve. *Hums Wimbledon theme music and purchases sweat bands*

6. Go to the beach. Dip my toes in the sea. Slather sunscreen on my face. Get sand EVERYWHERE.

7. Take up daily yoga and stick at it.

8. Find and make a wonderful sorbet. I like the look of this Watermelon Sorbet and this slightly naughtier Raspberry Mojito Sorbet.

9. Attend a food festival and eat ALL of the samples. All of them.

10. Geocache my way around Loughborough before we leave. Have you geocached? I'm hooked.

11. Fly kites! And sing let's go fly a kite... Obviously.

12. Watch some live music. With a pimms cup and boho flower chain.

13. Visit the IMAX and watch a film in 3D. I wouldn't say no to Jurassic Park again to see Chris Pratt in 3D... 

14. Picnic in the park. Again a bottle of prosecco wouldn't go amiss and a flask of Earl Grey for the afternoon accompanied by my favourite banana cake would be just lovely.

15. Get a Loughborough sign picture (it's a right of passage around these parts) with Jack to round off our time at Loughborough. This summer is my last of living here, and boy, am I gonna' make it a good'un.
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