10 FACTS ABOUT ME | 2015

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  1. I have been a vegetarian for 7 and a half years!
  2. My ideal night in would be cooking for my closest friends and boyfriend. I love the anticipation of planning and putting together a really good three course meal and the satisfaction of sitting down to enjoy it whilst drinking lots of wine with my guests.
  3. My favourite books include (but is not limited to) : Possession by A S Byatt, The Hours by Michael Cunningham, Enduring Love by Ian McEwan, Hamlet – Shakespeare, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer, Austen anything… and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Wilde
  4. I am massive introvert and find large groups or new situations a terribly painful experience. Networking is my idea of torture and small talk awkwardness makes my insides squeeze with the discomfort of it all. People’s first impression of me (quite sadly) is often that I’m shy/uninteresting or, over compensating with extra loud, gushing babble to fill silences. I love being with friends but really need my solitude and private time to recharge, as this picture illustrates: https://40.media.tumblr.com/2b521b6424b2d320862c7b4c0bf9bdba/tumblr_inline_nmsawcIV9c1qf4j1l_540.jpg
  5. I have an obsession for Breton  jumpers, make that any stripey version of this top in a myriad of different colours… my collection is a little excessive.
  6. My ultimate female girl crush/style icons are: Angelina Jolie, Hayley Williams and Gwyneth Paltrow
  7. For my “Death Row Meal” I would have a smorgasbord of the following: Avocado mash (paprika, lime, olive oil, salt), fresh free range eggs from local chickens — poached, smoked salmon, brie, camembert, super stinky Stilton and thick hunks of fresh French crusty bread with tonnes of Mote butter with crunchy salt veins running through. I would pile up, dip, mix and feast…and die very happy.
  8. I have a Masters degree in Shakespeare yet have never been to Statford Upon Avon — Which I NEED to do ASAP!
  9. My favourite movies are: Ghost World, Vicky Christina Barcelona, The Young Victoria, Skyfall, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Marie Antoinette and Coraline
  10. I really, really, really want to move out and have massive nesting syndrome. All I think about is having my own house and being able to decorate my own little nerd space. Thank goodness for Pinterest for allowing me to virtually scrapbook all interior inspiration…. I also can’t wait to have my own dog. I want a gorgeous, little, fluffy, wolfy, black, shiny eyed Schipperke.

🙂

Charlotte xx

 

*Photo was taken at the rose garden, Hampton Court by boyfriend

 

Birthday Week | July 2015

IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY!

I had a whole week a celebrations planned.

I took an indulgent few days off work, went up North to visit my best friend where many snuggles, drunken silliness, trips to Ikea, dinners out, mischief and catch ups happened… then I had a more relaxing, beautiful evening at Cote with friends closer to home, delicious bubbly, conversation and French food. Perfect.

On the day of my birthday, boyfriend and I headed into London and visited the eccentric oddity that was the Sir John Soane Museum. We ate at Bob Bob Ricard where I had the famous lobster burger and my boyfriend had the pork belly with the BEST truffle mashed potato. If it hadn’t been my birthday he wouldn’t have let me have steal so many spoonfuls!Paul Winch-Furness / PhotographerSource

In the afternoon we went shopping in Harrods and later on I was treated to Oysters and Champagne in the food court. Whilst the bubbly was crisp and delicious, I detested the bitterly salty Oysters! We wondered around,  gazed longingly at many beautiful diamonds (me) and watches (him), bought my yearly birthday cigar and had enough time to purchase some Macarons from Laduree before catching the train home… Tummies full with rich food, sugary treats and arms heavily loaded with glossy dark green Harrods bags.

I was lucky enough to receive many lovely presents but since forever I have wanted a Mulberry handbag. What I didn’t expect was that the kindest individual would treat me to my first one! When my boyfriend presented it to me the night before my birthday, I was too stunned to even speak, except to give a little squeak and stare disbelievingly at the chic, grey carboard shopping bag, with gilt gold writing.  It was the most thoughtful  present I have ever been given. mulberry1 mulberry2 It’s a Blossom tote, and I am head over heels in love with the colour. What do you think? Next was this adorkable macaron bracelet from Laduree at Harrods. It’s in pistachio, my favourite flavour. Yum! macaronbracelet This perfume by Jo Malone. I had wanted to try this range for a while now, the scent is sweet, complex and I adore the crisp, woody notes. joe malone

Boyfriend’s parents gave me this necklace from Mint Velvet, I love the bronzed, golden colour. They also treated me to a cream dress from Mint Velvet, to wear out in London on the day of my birthday.

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I also got so many candles, I’m pretty much obsessed with candles, after I took this photo I received three more! The Gardenia Blossom is particularly gorgeous, a heady mix of coconuts, beaches and white gardenias.

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Oh and it wouldn’t be my birthday without a little geekery… the new pokemon game — I am obsessed with!

I admit, I was feeling very anxious about aging another year, creeping closer to 30 (well, in a few years) but with the company of my good friends to celebrate, plenty of fizz and decadence… It all made it a little less painful 🙂

Hope you’re enjoying the sunshine!

Love,
Charlotte

 

Monthly Reads – April/May

Oh my Gosh. Such reads.

 Marie Antoinette I loved, loved, loved this. All 550 pages. Riveting from beginning to end. An astoundingly extensive and comprehensive work on French history, The French Revolution, Versailles and Courtly life, and  of course…Marie Antoinette. If you love 18th C history or are mildly obsessed with Marie Antoinette, this is an incredible read. A huge volume of information digested easily, beautifully well written, never dry or dull… such an impressive work!

 

Sex, Lies, and the Ballot Box I was trawling the political literature section on Amazon in light of the upcoming/recent British election and this was flagged up: a collection of political essays that scrutinised the electoral process, psychology of voting and our current understanding of parliament. I found it moderately interesting, short pieces that you can dip in and out of, especially if you aren’t very interested in current affairs or politics.  It’s accessible and will hopefully get you more interested, but gives a very accessible insight into British politics.

 

Mini Shopaholic This was pure, guilty, chick lit, feel good, holiday, easy reading. My little sister recommended this because she is a big fan of all of Kinsella’s Shopaholic series. This was a great addition to the series, cute, funny and upbeat… which also helped distracted me from my fear of imminent death whilst flying en route to my holiday to Rome. Ha!

 

Eat Nourish Glow I was really inspired by Freer’s instagram account,  I thought this would be predominantly a recipe book but it’s so much more. Refreshingly honest both in tone and information, it’s a down to earth, full on lifestyle guide which has really helped sculpt my understanding of the value of nutrition and healthy eating. Freer writes in a no-nonsense tone, you can change the fact you feel tired all the time, you can change small aspects of your food habits and resultantly change your life. I love the simple yet revolutionary philosophy of this and would encourage you to buy it 🙂