French Manicure

Beauty

//Hello everyone,

Today I did something I’ve never done before… I went to a nail salon and got a manicure! A French Manicure at that 🙂

I’ve been alive 25 years and it’s taken me until today to realise how AMAZING getting a manicure is! I don’t really like other people touching me etc, so going to salons to get treatments has never really appealed to me, but I finally decided to try it because, hey, you have to try everything at least once right?

Before

What inspired me to try it was that I’ve just come back from Italy and after the trip my nails were a complete state… Fake tan, chipped nails and Deet (mosquito repellent) ruining my own nail varnish all left me desperately needing my nails professionally looking at.

A friend of mine also recently had a pedicure for the first time and loved it…sooo, I thought I’d just give it a go!

I wanted something natural/chic looking, hence why I went for a French Manicure 🙂

The salon was really nice and clean and smelt amazing ~ The staff were so so lovely and gave me the exact thing I was hoping for!! (Was worried it wouldn’t look like I wanted but they got it exactly right!!). They were really gentle and reassured me that even though my nails were quite short that they could give me what I wanted.

After

And this was the result!

How gorgeous do they look? I couldn’t stop looking at them in the salon and can’t believe the difference from what they looked like before.

Super natural, super chic, I LOVE IT. Thank you Orchid Nails ❤

I’m going to start going every month from now on and might even get my feet done next time. I’m trying to look after myself a bit more, and getting my nails done is one good way of doing that for me.

I’ve also been tinting my eyebrows, fake tanning a bit, going to the gym and trying new skincare to try and feel as great as possible!//

All for now,

~Charlotte x

Venice

Travel

Good morning everyone ~

If you’re in the UK I hope you are enjoying some cooler weather after the record breaking high temperatures last week. Not great when you don’t have air conditioning…!

On a better note, the week before last I spent 5 days in Venice with my friend Tamsin and we did so much and took a lot of photos. So, I thought I’d share some of my favourites with you here~

Enjoy x

Breakfast at Florian Cafe

On the first day we had breakfast at the worlds first known cafe – Florian Cafe. I had orange juice with a roast vegetable croissant 🥐 . They had a live classical band playing well known tunes while we ate 🙂

Dinner on the balcony

When we arrived from the airport (after a day of cancelled flights 🥲) we were too tired to eat out so made some tomato pasta with Parmesan cheese and sat on our private balcony at our apartment, with a bottle of Merlot, in the warm air (soo good).

Doge’s Palace

We explored Doge’s Palace – once the centre of Venetian power

Had to go on a gondola ride (how can you not when staying in Venice?!)

Where we were staying was very close to Venice’s central hub, St. Marks Square. The streets were jam packed with designer shops, I couldn’t believe how many there were! I’ve never been anywhere where there were so many designer stores in one place (Hermes, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Dior etc). No wonder the rich and famous come to Venice…

Sweet shop – how great do those strawberries look??
Nutella Tiramisu

This was the nicest tiramisu I’ve ever tasted <3. It was a Nutella tiramisu and I got it from the birth place of tiramisu! How cool?!

Lido Island

This was taken at the Peggy Guggenheim Exhibition. It had the biggest collection of world famous art I’d ever seen in real life – including Jackson Pollock.

Evening ❤
Pizza, Gnocchi and Wine

One night we couldn’t finish our wine at dinner so decided to take it back to our apartment…one man thought it was very funny we did this and laughed at us very loudly as we left the restaurant…haha!

I loved Venice, and can’t wait to see even more of Italy in the future. I really want to go to Lake Como, Milan and the Amalfi Coast ❤

~ Charlotte x

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