A Diary of a Curvy Girl

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Sunday, 16 September 2018

Jouellerie Review

Marilyn Monroe said diamonds are a girls best friend, well Marilyn sadly some of us don't have the luxury of being able to afford diamonds. Thankfully that is where Jouellerie step in, who say's lovely sparkles have to cost a fortune?

Jouellerie have price's to help everyone and I mean it, the cheapest item on their website is a £1.99 earrings and necklace set, which is so cute. So even if you only have a very small budget you can still find a good bargain. I was sent a lovely parcel from them which contained 6 items, 2 pairs of earrings, a necklace and 3 bracelet. They are all so cute and I wanted to give you a little bit of a review on them.

The first item was this lovely Artemis necklace. It has a large heart pendent covered in Swarovski Elements, the chain is a thick and hollow and it is a really pretty rose colour. My favourite thing about it is it has a magnetic clasp, so even if you are alone you can easily take this on and off.

My down side to this was that it was too small for me, I could only just get this around my neck, so I would say it is about a 16'' maybe even 14'' chain, so keep that in mind before you order it, but for £4.99 it would make a good gift for someone smaller them me.





Next up is a really cute little set for £6.99. It is called Ice and it is a wide 6 row bracelet again with Swarovski Elements, it has a stretch to it, which makes it easy to put on, I will be honest I was worried about this one as normally when I get stretchy bracelets, they will pinch my skin, but this hasn't and I have worn it a couple of times. It also has these little matching earrings. They are a single stone and have those really nice easy backs on. I know some people do prefer to have a metal back rather then a butterfly so maybe these would be good a idea for a little (dare I say it) christmas gift.





I have had a look online and the picture for this set is showing different earrings to the ones I got so I don't know if mine are different or if the ones in the picture online are wrong. I'm not sure.

Another of the bracelet's I got was this very sparkly Pave bracelet, it has 5 rows of Swarovski Elements in and the sparkle that comes off it is amazing. Sadly mine may have had a bit of a fault in it as it doesn't fasten properly, but it is so pretty.




SO these last two I am IN LOVE with!! I cant lie, I love them so much and I have warn these everywhere. The first is this Onyx bracelet, I cant take it off it is just so pretty, the clasp is brill and so easy to do myself so no more running down the stairs to Paul asking him to put it on for me. It goes with all outfits as it doesn't have any colour to it and it is just so cute and easy to wear also for the brill price of £2.99 who can argue.




Lastly is these Crown earring, I wasn't too sure about them at first because they are lot bigger then I would normally have, but I loved them in the end. Normally I only wear small earrings, but these are rather big, for me anyway. They are in a crown setting (well I am a queen I need my crown) and they just look so cute.



If you fancy any of these lovely pieces, don't forget to check out Jouellerie's website, they also sell hats and handbags too.

See you soon
Lots of Love
Lottie
Xxx

Disclaimer - I was gifted these items, but all opinions are my own.





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Sunday, 9 September 2018

Wedding Tips for ....

Saving Money


Welcome back to the new series on my blog all about weddings. If you follow me on social media you will know that I got marring in July, so I wanted to pass anything I learnt on to you guys!

I will say this may be a long blog so grab a cuppa and some biccies and let's go!

The Ceremony -

 The first thing I did was look at cheaper options for a location. The registry office for us was such good value and also thanks to me over budgeting, we also had a little extra money left over to add to other things on our list.

 Another way we saved money was by having our wedding on a week day, most people will have a wedding on a Friday or Saturday, so Monday's -Thursday's are so much cheaper. The downside to it is that you may find some guests wont be able to get the time off work, but if you are looking to have a smaller wedding then that may not be a big problem.



Guests -

 That leads onto my next way of saving money, this is a big one, have a smaller guest list. Guests are always going to be so expensive especially for meals as you pay per person. Also most registry offices will only have about 40 people in the room, so if you have more then that it bumps up your costs even more.

 Guests are always hard to cut down on especially if you have a large family and you are close to them, but if you really want to save money you will be like Carrie Bradshaw and be a cut throat bride/groom. So do a list of everyone you want there and work backwards, who really needs to be there, who are you close to. Then ask yourself, should they come to the ceremony or just the evening.



Travelling -

If you are having a car or bus or anything to take you to your venue's then again having a week day wedding will help again with money, the company you use will probably give you a bit of a discount for a weekday as they wont be using the cars anyway. Another way of saving money is to try something unique, if you live in places like Manchester, Birmingham or Sheffield why not try being different and trying out the tram as a way to get there. I recently saw a post about a women who took the tube to her wedding in London.

We went with a company called Horgans, they are based in Manchester and I would 100% recomend them if you are close by. They really did help to put us all at ease. Especially when me and my dad were in the car on the way to the ceremony, I was so nervous and they just talked and helped me and we just had a laugh.







DIY's -

I went nuts on DIY's for my wedding, I did everything from the centre pieces, gift and cards box, family picture frames, a fairy light curtain backdrop, place cards and so many more. They made the whole thing a lot more personal and they weren't hard to do either, it was really easy. Trust me if I can do it and I have no creativity so can you.

There are so many youtube tutorials that I watched to do with wedding DIY's my favourite came from The Sorry Girl's, they are amazing and they really got my creative juices flowing for me. Not to mention Pinterest helped A LOT!!








Reception Location -

We were so lucky with out reception, we had it at our favourite pub, the staff are lovely and it is such a pretty place and the food is amazing. We lucked out because we only had to pay for our food and drink so it was such an amazing way to save money.

We had our reception at a gorgeous place called The Walton Arms, which is part of The Village Inns company, the manager was lovely and helped every step of the way. They even cordered off a part of their car park so we could have our group photographs. It gave us that space to just relax with our photographer and not have to rush to move on.




I am going to be doing a full blog soon about my dress but trust me I got it as a bargain but I wanted to wait and do a full post on it.

I hope this has helped a little with any wedding planning budgeting, but if you need anymore help just comment below and I will help you out anyway I can.

See you soon
Lots of Love
Lottie
Xxx









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Sunday, 19 August 2018

Wedding Tips for ...

Budgeting

You will hear this a million times but weddings are ridiculously expensive and trust me when you feel like you have paid it all off and everything is under control, something will jump up and bite you. There will always be something that you didn't think of and didn't plan for and it will stress you the hell out, but at the end of the day it is the best day of your life and you want it to be perfect.

I know for a fact my biggest stress while planning the wedding was money, I had my diary and my schedule, 4 (yes 4) to do lists and it still seemed like there were things that I didn't think of. SO now that my wedding is over with here are the things that I had to pay for. There will obviously be different things that I had that you may not want, or things that you want and I didn't have so just add them in or take them away and just think of how much you will want to spend.

SO my list (hold tight)

Registry office - Booking fee
                         - Notice of Marriage (Not needed if you get married in a church)
                         - Ceremony
                         - Wedding Certificate (You get 1 official copy and you pay for others, I got 4 copies just so I had them to send off to places, doctors, bank, work, phone, driving licence, passport ect)

Reception - Booking fee,
                 - Food (Both wedding breakfast and night time buffet)
                 - Drinks (if you having drinks or arrival, toasts etc)
                 - DJ
                 - Rooms (getting ready in the morning or if you are staying there the night)
                 - Decorations ( I did a LOT of DIY's, so saved so much money)
                 - Cake

The Bride - Hair and Make up (if you do a trial, you will also have to pay for this)
                 - THE DRESS
                 - Dress alterations (this can be A LOT of money so make sure you budget a lot)
                 - Shoes (maybe even a 2nd pair for if you heels hurt)
                 - Underwear
                 - Wedding perfume
                 - Emergency kit (things like safety pins, plasters, ear buds - tip if you cry, ear buds are a quick clean up and they don't wreak your winged liner)
                 - Bag (keep a powder in to reapply, lippy, perfume, maybe spare bobby pins, phone)
                 - Jewellery
                 - Hair accessorise
             
The Groom - Suit
                    - Shoes
                    - Underwear
                 
Transport - Cars/ Buses/ Taxi
                 - Booking fee
               
Bridesmaids - Dresses
                     - Shoes
                     - Hair and Make up
                     - Gifts (to say thank you for being apart of your special day)

Groomsmen - Suits
                     - Shoes
                     - Gifts (Same as the bridesmaids)

Flowers - Brides
              - Bridesmaids
              - Button holes
              - Reception flowers for decoration
              - Gifts for mothers

Miscellaneous - Wedding Rings (Get them the earlier the better, it may take time to get them in)
                        -  Photographer
                        - Pictures for decoration
                        - Guest book
                     

These are just some thing there is so much more you can have, but these are a few things we did and didn't have.

I am going to be writing a post about saving money soon, since mine and Paul's budget was £2000 all together, so you don't need to spends loads on a wedding to make it special. If you like this series then please keep an eye out and I will give you a few more wedding tips.

See you Soon
Lots of love
Lottie
Xxx


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Lippy Love

There used to be a time in my life where I didn't wear lipstick. I didn't like the way it felt and I thought it just didn't look right one me.

Fast forward a few years and I have a huge collection! Lipsticks, lip glossed, liquids, lattes, shines. You name it I have it. I love different colours too, my favourites are pinks, nudes and reds. I am always on the search for the best lipstick, the one that will stay on no matter what, if I drink, eat or kiss I want it to stay on. My problem is I am a lip licker, I can't not do it, so it tends to take lipsticks off, but one day I will find that one that doesn't come off.

Anyway back to my love! I want to show you my current faves lipsticks, these are ones I use all the time and ones I cant do without.


Revolution Soph Nude Lipstick - Cake 

Mmmmm cake (flash backs of Sarah Millican's cake pigeon). Yes there is actually a lipstick called Cake!!! Soph from Soph does Nails, has done 3 collabs now with Revolution Make Up, her third was a set of 3 lipsticks, with the most delicious names, Cake, Syrup and Fudge. When she introduced these lipsticks on her Youtube channel I saw how nice and pinky toned Cake was and I needed it in my life.

I got mine from Revolutions website but they can also be purchased from Superdrug too. The formula is so creamy, it stays really nicely on your lips and for me the colour is like my lips but better. Dare I say it, it is my perfect nude. Yes I actually said it (gasp).

Not only is the lipstick it self so pretty but the packaging is so cute, it is a light nude colour on the bottom with the lid in  rose gold, when you open it the tube is all rose gold.





Revolution Pro Supreme Matte Lip Pigment - Inconspicuous 

I can't really talk about my favourite lipsticks without including the one I wore on my wedding day. Wedding lipstick it something I wanted to make sure was perfect for a two reasons, 1 - pictures, 2 - our kiss. Paul doesn't like the lipsticks that come off on his lips when we kiss, so I needed something that really was god and wouldn't come off easy.

My dress was 50's style and to me the first thing that comes to my head with I think of the 1950's is a red lip, so that is what I wanted. I searched high and low to find that perfect cute red that I had in my head. I tried Sleek, Mac, Urban Decay and I couldn't find that right colour. Until one day out at Superdrug on my break from work I saw it right there, this bright cute red and I know ''that's the one''. At the bargain price of £4!

I love the colour it is an orange red, with I think is just perfect for me. It applies quiet think so little is more, you need to give it a little time to dry, but when it does you have a lippy that is kiss proof. It did come off when I had a drink but Paul was safe for the first kiss as Mr and Mrs.





Sleek Lip V.I.P Lipstick - Dream Decade

What is life without a bright pink lipstick?? Well for me I have quite a few but I love them so much, bright pink is such my colour and most of summer is spent in one. So picking my fave is quite hard, but when you have a lippy like Dream Decade then picking becomes a little bit easier.

I got this from boots and I just love it. I have spoke about this a while ago in another blog, but I can't help but list it again, it is just so pretty. This pink honestly reminds me of Kelly from Jelly with the Belly, just because it looks like her hair, which I also love!!!

This one is again creamy but the down side is I do find it does that weird thing in the corner of my lips where it sort of bunches together and goes all weird, it looks like my lips are dry and flaky,  I don't know if this happens to just me or others too, but I find it is a down side for me, but my love of the colour overcomes that.




Urban Decay Comfort Matte Vice Lipstick - Bad Blood 

No Bad Blood is not just a Taylor Swift song, it is a lovely deep red lipstick that was my first purchase from Urban Decay. I had never made a high end purchase before so when I was mooching around the stand I didn't really think I would buy anything. I wanted something that was red because I love red, and I spoke to the girl on the counter about which finish I wanted, I had never had a matte before but she said that this was a nice creamy matte instead of a dry matte.

I had always had problems with my lips when ever I tried a matte lipstick so I wasn't sure if I wanted to go with one or not, but with it being more of a comfort matte it has moisture in it so it isn't as drying as others.

This is more of my winter colours, I love having my pale skin (no fake tan for me), my dark hair and a darker lip in winter, it just makes me happy.




New Look Pure Colour Lipstick - Mink 

I was not sure if I should put this one in my blog as technically you cant get this one anymore but it really is one of my favourite nude lipsticks. I have had it for a while and now it is getting to the end I am getting so sad that I wont be able to get it again.

I got this from New Look about 2 years ago and I just love it. It's a high shine lipstick in nude, it is super creamy and super cute to wear especially if you have a nice bold eye look, this is probably another one of my my lips but better lipsticks. It also has a nice smell, which I don't really think is a normal thing for lipstick but it really does. It smells quite floral. So from now on when I go shopping I will make sure this is in my bag so I can compare the colour to other lipsticks.




So these are my favourites .... for now, but my collection will grow and my favourites will change. Which colours of lippy do you love? Are any of these yours??

See you soon
Lots of love
Lottie
Xxx

















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Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Book Review - Dangerous Waters By Anne Allen

Nothing makes me more happier then snuggling up with a good book and getting lost in the stories, my head dancing with the images the words create.

I recently found a brilliant book by Anne Allen called Dangerous Waters. Anne is originally from Rugby and now lives in Devon, she is very lucky I wish I lived that close to the beach. She has written this book as part of the Guernsey Novel Series. 





There are 6 books in the whole series and this is the first. Each book is based on a different character, but they are connected by something, but I can't tell you what!! You need to go read them, trust me they are good. 

As you may have guessed the book is set in Guernsey and is based around Jeanne, she used to live on the island, but moved away after a family had a horrible boating accident, which left Jeanne with some memory loss. Sadly her grandmother dies and she has to go back to pack up her house and sell her things, which she isn't very happy about because there are too many bad memories for her . 

This is a book of mysteries, which I am not going to give you the answers to. The biggest question I had was what had Jeanne forgotten. 

While at her grandmothers house Jeanne finds things that make her go on a bit of a hunt, and it leads her all the way back to World War II, what did she find, well I can't tell you that, it is all part of the fun, but I loved this book so much. 

Jeanne as a character is amazing, you can really feel her emotion. From the start of the book when she is on the ferry going over to the island you can understand how she is feeling. She isn't able to say her goodbyes to her grandmother, and as someone who was there when my nan passed away I can understand how hard it would be to not say goodbye. 

 I also love the way Anne describes Guernsey. One part talk's about Jeanne driving towards her grandmother house and the way she depicts the views made me close my eyes and see it as if I were there. I have never been to Guernsey but from Anne's words I can tell it is a beautiful place.

I think it is very well written and I really can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series. I am so thank full I have a copy of this on my kindle because it makes it so much easier to take around. 

Now you know what the book is about how would you like a lovely treat?? Do you fancy a holiday??

You could win a 2 night stay in the Hotel Ziggurat in Guernsey.





You will be treated to return flights to Guernsey, bike hire for you both, the stay at that beautiful hotel, as well as signed copies from Anne Allen of The Guernsey Series and more. 

All you have to do is pop onto this website

https://anneallen.co.uk/win

 and answer a very simple question, What is the capital of Guernsey? So if you fancy diving into the lovely world of Jeanne then give the link and quick click and have a go. Trust me it is worth it. The competition ends on the 30th June so get your skates on. 

If you fancy a read of Anne's books before then head over to her site and have a read. 

https://anneallen.co.uk/the-guernsey-novels

What books are you reading lately? Anything I should add to my reading list? 

See you Soon 
Lots of Love 
Lottie
Xxx
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Saturday, 23 June 2018

Wedding Tips For ...

So I want to do a new series on my blog all about tips for while your planning your wedding! From the engagement to the big day!

So if your on the verge of getting engaged or you just have or your just fancy some tips for the future then grab a cuppa and carry on reading.

The one true ring!!!

So there is so much expectation to give that special person the perfect ring in the perfect way! The "tradition" says to spend at least 1 months wage on a ring. Well as a girl who has had 3 engagement rings during my engagement I am here to yell bo***ks!

If you want to propose the be all and end all is NOT the ring, it's the fact you are telling that person you want to spend the rest of your life together.

Paul proposed to me while on holiday in Wales, he did it in our hotel room and he didn't have a ring. Why?? Probably because he didn't realise he was going to do it. He said it felt right to ask, which I love, it made it feel more natural and I am just glad he hadn't spent time thinking over it for weeks.

Everyone is aware of the song "Diamonds are a girl's best friend" and yes they are gorgeous, they are timeless and they are expensive, trust me I work in a jewellers so I see people coming in all the time to get their rings.

Does it have to be expensive??? Or a diamond??? NO!!!!! If your special person doesn't like diamonds then don't get them a rock! My GORGEOUS ring (yes I chose it so I am bias but I think it's beautiful) is silver and isn't a diamond. Does anyone notice?? Nope, people just say how pretty it is, so don't get in a panic if your budget doesn't stretch to a £1,800 18ct white gold diamond ring.


My gorgeous ring. 

Go with your gut!

If you do go to pick a ring out, trust your own gut, it is your best friend. You know that person, you love that person, you see them all the time, look at what they wear, is it yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, silver, big or small. Are they the kind of person who likes big stones or small.

Size!!!!!

Ok let me just put this out there for anyone who walk's into a jeweller store to buy their partner an engagement ring, I say this with love

     ''THEIR RING FINGER IS NOT GOING TO BE THE SAME SIZE AS YOUR PINKY!!!''

Planning to buy the ring is fab, your organised, well done but try and rob a ring off them, bring it with you to the jewellers and they will help you to figure out the right size. This helps you in two ways, first it helps you so you don't need to worry about bringing the ring back to get it resized and second it makes you look so on it with your partner.

The Proposal 

Whether it is planned or just popped out of no where, stay calm. Yes I understand I am currently behind a computer screen and not in your position so it is easy for me to say, but if you just take a deep breath and then do it, it will help you to just focus a little and get out everything you want to say.

Enjoy it 

Lastly no matter how, where or when you do it, whether you have a ring or not, enjoy your proposal. Enjoy being engaged and enjoy your time together, because trust me from there on it can be hard. 

See you all soon
Lots of Love 
Lottie 
Xxx 





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Saturday, 16 June 2018

Confessions of a nail biter

Confession is the name nail biting is the game!!!

I have always been a nail biter, call it anxiety, boredom whatever, but I have done it forever. When Paul proposed I did what any bride to be would do and scrolled through Instagram for inspiration. One picture kept coming up, where the bride and groom have a hands picture showing their wedding rings. I looked at my nails and thought oh dear god mine are horrible!!


 Mine and Paul's engagement picture with my nails looking horrible!! (Clearly had to include our fur baby too lol)

I looked into acrylic nails and gel nails and decided to go with gels. They seemed to be a good to help my nails grow and because they went on top of my own nails like a nail varnish, I wouldn't need to worry about my nails being too long if I got acrylics.

Where I live (like anywhere else) there is a lot of nail salons but the one I decided to go to  Little Luxury Salon. There was a lovely girl there who helped me called Eloise, I sat down with her and decided on colours. I was talking about how I wanted to grow my nails and she suggested putting on a gel that would make my nails stronger and then it would help them to grow. All the girls at the salon were lovely, they were very friendly and nice and just so talkative.


My first nails done at Little Luxury Salon, by Eloise. 

I have been back a few times, an loved me nails every time, thanks to the lovely Eloise. Sadly due to money with the wedding I haven't been in a while but honestly getting gel on my nails has helped me to get out of the habit of biting my nails. I have my wedding nails booked the week of the wedding which I am excited about getting done, and I honestly can't wait to go back.

Eloise telling me about the gel to make my nails stronger is probably the best part of my nails, they really made my nails grow so quickly and even when the gel was off they weren't breaking. So hopefully this will be the end of my nail biting... ok maybe not cause I no I still do but not as much as I used to.  


The last time I went to Little Luxury.

100% I would say if you are having trouble biting your nails go to your nearest salon and talk about gel nails, and if you are in Warrington or anywhere close give Little Luxury a call, they really are a great group of girls. 

See you soon 
Lots of Love
Lottie
Xxx

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