DALGONA COFFEE

Food

//Hello everyone ~ and Happy Midsummer if you are living in the UK!

Today is officially the first day of summer in the UK and the longest day of the year <3. The weather has been absolutely beautiful the past few weeks and I’ve spend so many of my lunch breaks and evenings sat in the garden in the sun, happy that’s it’s so warm and bright.

When the weather gets so nice, one of the things I really enjoy drinking is an iced coffee – a ‘Dolgona Coffee’ to be precise! I find them super refreshing and sweet and I think they are the perfect summer drink, so…I thought I’d share with you how I make mine! (p.s it’s insanely simple!) ~

All you need is sugar (or a sweetener alternative), milk of your choosing, coffee and a very small amount of boiling water.

In this photo I’ve used a type of sweetener as an example that you don’t necessarily need to use sugar! I’m also using soya milk but you could experiment with other milks

Firstly, add three table spoons of instant coffee into a mixing bowl along with 2 table spoons of sugar and a small amount of hot water. Then, whisk together in a fast and continuous motion until the mixture becomes light, airy and fluffy (this can take a while if you are doing it by hand)!

One you have the desired mixture, poor cold milk into a glass with ice but make sure you leave enough room to place the coffee mixture on top. Using a tea spoon, scoop up the coffee mixture and gently place it on top of the milk and it should sit on top without sinking, like in the image below.

Stir thoroughly before drinking and enjoy!

So cuteee!

You can also have this drink hot! For a hot coffee, warm the milk and poor it into a heatproof glass ❤ following all the other steps as before.

This is a really cute and fun drink to create that really makes it feel like summer. It’s really easy to make and due to it’s sweet taste it’s likely even going to be enjoyed by non-coffee lovers! I plan to have them all summer long :)//

~Charlotte x

GOLD NECKLACE

Outfits

It’s official – I’ve found my new favourite jewellery shop.

//When I was a teenager I used to religiously wear silver or white gold jewellery only, but the past few years I’ve really been into the look of gold coloured jewellery. Something I’ve not had in my collection is a short/chocker style gold necklace for layering and I’ve been on the hunt for the right one for a while and… I finally found the one ~

I was one the Daisy London Website when I saw this simple, elegant gold plated necklace for sale. It’s an Estee Lalonde Short Snake Chain Necklace. I’ve been wearing it all week and it sits perfectly with my other gold necklaces to make a really nice laying look. When I buy jewellery I always try to buy items that I know will last a long time and won’t easily tarnish, so I knew Daisy London would serve me well in that sense. I’ve been given jewellery from brands such as Pandora before and I’ve found that within 6 months they’ve tarnished :(. Sooo, I now really try and avoid that…

Did I also mention its recycled gold and silver? How fab is that!

I love this necklace that much I think Daisy London has become my favourite everyday jewellery shop! I’ve seen so many items on their website that I’m now dying to buy (their rings look insane FYI) and I’ve even gotten a few compliments on my new necklace! I’m also trying to wear more jewellery as I have a habit of wearing the same items over and over again, and I think changing up your jewellery (and accessorises in general) is a great way to look more stylish without actually having to do too much ~

I’m off to Venice in a few weeks and this necklace will certainly be coming with me :)//

What I’m wearing:

Estee Lalonde Short Snake Chain Necklace: https://www.daisyjewellery.com/collections/snake-chain-jewellery/products/estee-lalonde-flat-snake-chain-necklace-18ct-gold-plate

Zodiac Medal from Maje (similar – I’m wearing last season’s design): https://uk.maje.com/en/accessories/shop-by/jewelry/necklaces/zodiac-sign-medallion/222astrov2/MFABI00759.html?dwvar_MFABI00759_color=J016

~ Charlotte x

A New Lip!

Beauty

//Hey guys,

How was your weekend? How did you spend it?

I spent mine (my Saturday at least) doing some quite intensive retail therapy! I took a trip up to Manchester to the Trafford Centre mall for a mooch about and quite few nice things caught my eye… 😉

Two of the things I bought were Claris Natural Lip Perfectors from the make-up department in John Lewis.




















Clarins is somewhere I have only started shopping at since October last year as I don’t really branch out with my make-up too much. I was on a flight to Cyprus and a Clarins shop assistant gave me a free test bag of items to try. One of the items that was in the bag was a lip perfector and…long story short I’ve been obsessed ever since.

The one I originally got on my flight was a clear perfector that I have been blending with my lipsticks to make a more subtle lip stick look. On Saturday I branched out and bought two pigmented perfectors and I think they look great!! One is a light red and the other a subtle pink colour – I’m wearing the red one above.

The reason I love these so much is because they have a rough sort of lip brush (poor description I’m so sorry) so that when you apply the product it gets rid of all the dry skin/imperfections on your lips making them look smooth and feel great. I also love how the colours look really natural and not over powering like lipstick often does.

In the pictures above the only make-up I have on my face is the lip perfector! And I think it looks so natural! I can NEVER wear a lipstick without a modest face of make-up, as it think it looks a bit weird? But this I think looks great :).

I also think the packaging is so chic and cute! I’m going to be buying these again in the future for sure. //

You can find the two products here:

Intense Natural Lip Perfector in ‘Maple’: https://www.clarins.co.uk/intense-natural-lip-perfector/80051372.html

Natural Lip Perfector in ‘Toffee Pink Shimmer’: https://www.clarins.co.uk/natural-lip-perfector/80057067.html

~Charlotte x

Manchester

Travel

//Happy 1st of May everyone – I hope you’re all doing great 🙂

This weekend I celebrated my graduation for my Master of Arts degree (technically finished in 2020 but…Covid!) and to celebrate my and my boyfriend went up to Manchester City Centre and stayed in Manchesters most desirable hotel, The Midland.

Superior King Room

I came up on the train and got off at Oxford Road Station, which was only a 7min walk to the hotel. I grabbed a latte in Pret while I waited for my room to be prepared and just chilled out for half and hour enjoying watching the people go past the cafe window.

Loved this robe – kinda wanted to keep it

We stayed in a Superior King Room which came with extra space and complimentary bath robes and slippers! They also bought over a bottle of Prosecco to the room for me and my boyfriend to share and extra bath robes in case we needed them. The staff were lovely and couldn’t do enough for me.

Yes, we did drink it all (plus other drinks)…

I’d also booked me and Harrison into a French Restaurant called ‘The Cote’ at 8:30pm, so once we’d settled into the room we set off to find it and enjoyed a nice walk through the city centre. It was a beautiful warm evening and the sun was setting. I enjoyed watching everyone heading out for the evening (Friday night) and seeing all the cool restaurants – there were endless ones to chose from…

Once we got to the restaurant, we both ordered French onion soup to start with a bottle of rose wine. I then ordered a mozzarella and caramelised onion tart and H ordered the pork belly with truffle chips to share. I couldn’t taste the pork because I’m veggie but H assured me it was insanely good! My favourite thing by far was the soup though – honestly it was out of this world!

Freshly made cocktails ❤

After dinner we decided to get drinks at the bar at our hotel as it was such a stunning bar and lobby it would have been a crime not to haha.

I genuinely think it’s the nicest hotel lobby I’ve ever stayed in anywhere – from the gorgeous pillars to the tree covered in lights growing in the bar, it was just stunning. It even smelled like perfume when you walked in! We ordered a daiquiri and a gin and tonic before heading back to our room for the night ❤

Couldn’t help it 😉

The next day we checked out at 11am and headed into the city for more food and some shopping before heading home. The weather was unusually sunny and warm and we had the best day exploring.

I had such a fantastic weekend I wish I could stay here every time I come to Manchester – I love love LOVE IT!//

Best wishes,

~Charlotte x

Guess Shoulder Bag

Outfits

Hiya everyone,

And Happy Easter if you celebrate it!!

I wanted to pop a quick blog post on here about this shoulder bag I recently bought from Guess.

How stunning is that golden buckle?!

It’s brown and black with the classic logo design covering the whole bag apart from the straps. I LOVE IT.

I’ve never been one to buy designer clothing but I saw this bag in the Guess shop while shopping in Oxford Street, in London, a few months back and could not stop thinking about it for the life of me!

It some how seems to go with everything (as dark coloured bags often do)?? I love the size of the bag as it’s big enough that you can get a lot in there but small enough that you forget that you have it on your shoulder. Which is great as I hate carrying things about…

I have a lot of bags but don’t have many smaller shoulder bags – and adding this to my collection was such a good idea as I’ve been wearing almost everywhere since I bought it ❤ . What do you guys think?

Please ignore the junk on the bed…

If I remember correctly this bag was originally in the £100s but I managed to get in a sale for around £60 (my purse is grateful) ~

Link to similar: https://www.guess.eu/en-gb/guess/bags/shop-by-shape/shoulder-bags/hensely-shoulder-bag-black/HWVB8113210-BLA.html

All for now,

~ Charlotte x