29/04/2014

Salisbury 26.04.2014


Hat: TopShop | Jacket: H&M | Polo Neck: American Apparel | Skirt: H&M | Boots: New Look

Last week, I was lucky enough to have a day off work during the weekend. So, my boyfriend and I took it upon ourselves to take a trip somewhere different (bar our usual stop for breakfast at Framptons, of course!) and ended up going to Salisbury.




The town itself is beautiful; the cathedral and riverbank are very picturesque and the sun was shining… typically it started to rain just as we left! We took a trip to the art gallery and visited Foxtrot Vintage and a haberdashery shop fit to bust with as many fabrics/ribbons/buttons that you could lay your eyes on! 



On the way home, we stopped into Hobbycraft where I picked up a few things in a mini crafting haul to get started on some little projects in my (currently limited!) free time between assignments after being inspired by such a lovely place.


I’m dreaming up new dress designs already! 

Love, Lottie.

23/04/2014

Quinoa and Ground Almond Crumble: RECIPE.



If you’re anything like me, finding a healthier alternative to an old time favourite is one of the best things a self-confessed health food junkie can do. Growing up, my Nan used to make the best apple crumble, topped with yoghurt or ice cream for that delectable hot-cold combo that never failed to cheer me up, whatever the occasion.

So, when my boyfriend and I stumbled across this recipe in Gwyneth Paltrow’s It’s All Good recipe book (a go-to for most of our cooking/baking ventures!) we couldn’t resist trying it out on our lazy day off on Easter Monday. We took a quick trip to Sainsbury’s to pick up a few missing ingredients, and got started with these super easy steps.

For the base, you will need:
Mixed fruit of any kind (we went for frozen berries, plus a sliced/stewed pear for added sweetness)
2 tablespoons maple syrup.

For the topping, you will need:
½ cup quinoa.
½ cup ground almonds.
2 tablespoons maple syrup.
2 tablespoons olive oil.

Simply mix the fruit and maple syrup in a shallow dish, combine the crumble ingredients in a separate dish and top the fruit and place in the oven (200 degrees) for 20-25 minutes.




Add ice cream or yogurt if desired, and enjoy!

What’s your favourite healthy alternative to a much loved classic?

Love, Lottie. 

22/04/2014

Arcade Flowers Showcase - Framptons, Ringwood.





Last week, my boyfriend Kieran and I took a trip to our favourite cafĂ©/bar Framptons in Ringwood, Dorset. It’s the perfect mix of rustic and vintage, with wooden floorboards, industrial piping and retro regalia that line the walls, with soft jazz playing in the background. With some lovely staff too (who admittedly know us well now!) and the best pancakes I’ve had, we’ve resigned ourselves to the fact that nowhere comes close!



On Tuesday, the entire interior was decked out with a beautiful floral showcase by Arcade Flowers, a floristry nearby which we stop into on our travels through; it always looks so lovely inside! So naturally, I couldn’t help but take a few photos of the place before we left. 



I’m seriously inspired to start making my own floral creations now!


The delicious vegetarian platter I had that evening (hummus,  pitted olives, stuffed peppers, bocconcini in pesta and bread) Safe to say I'll be having this again!

Love, Lottie.

04/04/2014

Forgotten Treasures.



Spring cleaning. The concept either fills you with dread or with a sense of excitement over making way for more space. Or if you're like me, rediscovering new items I’d neglected over the winter months. With spring just around the corner, I thought now was the perfect time to get rid of some unwanted clutter and give some forgotten treasures a new lease of life.

I couldn't believe I’d had these beautiful brogues in the dark for so long! They’re the perfect companion for a floral dress or, like pictured, with ankle length skinny jeans and a shirt (I paired mine with a button down blue denim number and tan satchel). 

Sifting through an old jewellery box, I also found a choker-length necklace made with black cord and silver squared beads that spelt out my name, no doubt a keeper from my early years in the 90s that I’m determined to find some quirky use for!

What's the best 'find' you've ever rediscovered whilst spring cleaning?


Love,
Lottie.

Healthy Muesli, Soy Yoghurt, Nuts and Berries: RECIPE.

I confess; I’m a breakfast junkie. Breaking the fast is, in my opinion, the best meal of the day. And I love making sure it’s healthy and nutritious to help kick start my day. I like making sure I avoid that mid-morning ‘slump’ that cereals loaded with sugar give and came up with a mix that’s sugar, dairy, gluten and wheat free – with no taste compromised and packed full of benefits.




Nairn’s Gluten/Wheat/Dairy free muesli (pictured) Oats, currants and a dash of vegetable oil makes this the healthiest ‘off the shop floor’ cereal I’ve bought.

Almonds (pictured) Packed with protein and adds crunch. You can replace these with other nuts or seeds for added benefits.

Joya soy plain soy yoghurt. Sugar free soy yoghurt that’s lighter than actual milk yoghurt – or just great if you’re intolerant like myself!

Mixed berries. A naturally sweet addition and packed with antioxidants and minerals. Blueberries/strawberries are my usual favourite.


You can add sweetener, granulated or of the syrup variety to taste if you wish – but I usually have this without. Oh, and with a cup of tea of course! 
Enjoy!


What's your favourite breakfast?

Love,
Lottie.

03/04/2014

Bowler hats, Breton stripes and ballet flats: OOTD.


TopShop Striped Top | TopShop Bowler Hat | Miss Selfridge Black Skinny Jeans | Primark Ballet Flats | H&M Leather Jacket | H&M Bag |

To say I have a penchant for Breton stripes would be a slight understatement; if there’s a stripe in sight, usually I’ll love it! 

It’s a classic look that can be dressed up or, like today, down with a pair of skinnies and ballet flats for a more laid back look (and my trusted bowler hat that rarely leaves my side!) For an evening out, I'd wear this over a leather mini and barely there sandals.

Are you a fan of the Breton stripe? How do you wear it? 

Love,
Lottie.