Monday, 12 December 2011

Whilst I've Been Away...

First of all, thank you to Joanna for giving me the kick up the backside to finally get my blogpost plans and diagrams into reality. I've been meaning to sit down and write posts for months and just not actually doing it, so here comes the most epically jam-packed update post of epicness! Yes, I am giving myself a lot to live up to, but I have 6 months worth of ideas and photos to cover. This post is a mish-mash of about 10 posts I had in mind but never got round to! Naughty Charlotte!

So in some sort of chronological order, here goes! I've been out for some really nice meals and this one was particularly lovely. It was Loch Fyne's 21st Birthday, there was live music, decorations, wine and yummy seafood! Its one of my family's favourite restaurants and the food never fails to disappoint!

























For Christmas last year my Mom got me and my Dad tickets to go and see the Ghost the Musical in London. I kid you not it was one of the most amazing musicals i've ever seen. I'd never seen the film and I had no idea what the story was, but I couldn't have loved it any more than I did. Absolutely fantastic! 

Whilst we were going to London, we decided to make a day of it by going to see Kate's wedding dress at Buckingham Palace (oh mah gahhhhhhh! Breathtakingly beautiful!!!!!!!) and we had afternoon tea at The Ritz. One did enjoy oneself greatly!


























Continuing with my fangirling over Kate and Pippa, I got the best surprise at work one day in September when my Modalu Pippa arrived two months early!! Hell yeah!! I have been sporting this baby ever since. I've had so many compliments on it, girls you really should put your names down one if you can!


In September my best friend Emma got married, I was the Maid of Honour and so pleased everything went well for her. I don't have digital copies of the professional photos yet, but these are my 4 favourite ones off my facebook that I was tagged in. The middle ones are groovy booth photos, if you are having a wedding or big party, I strongly recommend them!





























Yeah, the wedding was a big highlight of my year! 

So recently I have got myself addicted to 3 new tv shows, Hart of Dixie, The Secret Circle and The Good Wife (I only found this recently and it's currently on its 3rd series, the other two are brand new this year!). I have not missed a single episode they are that good! Go check them out!

Last Thursay my friend Philippa and I went to see a band called Kane at The Asylum in Birmingham. They were really really good, I filmed this video of them whilst I was there, thought I might aswell share it with you guys!


I'm sure you all got sick of me banging on about Texas, especially if you follow me on twitter, but we went on 24th October, we came, we saw, we conquered! Had a blast, really want to go back! I am going to do a separate post about our holiday because I just can't fit enough in this one to do it justice. This picture is just a sneak preview!

Finally I just wanted to get excited with y'all (see what I did there, threw in a Texas drawl!) about Christmas. My favourite time of the year, my inner child breaks out from inside of me and is uncontrollable until January 6th! I am organised right now, I have all my shopping done, my tree & decorations are up, i've written my Christmas cards. I've not wrapped all my presents yet, thats the best bit that i'm saving until this weekend! Just need the big day now!



So thanks to everyone who has stuck with me, readers new and old, I really do love blogging, I just seem to have so much going on all the time that it's hard for me to spare a couple hours writing it, sorting out pictures and stuff. I think I just have to accept that sporadic posts are better than none at all!

Love Charlotte, xoxo


Monday, 15 August 2011

Glamping!


This weekend I went camping with a few friends, it was a really awesome weekend. We had the most picturesque drive through Wales to our campsite, Cae Du just outside of Tywyn. It was right on the coast, the most perfect setting to watch the sun set around a campfire. If you ever need a weekend getaway, this is the perfect location to escape your worries for a cheap weekend, provided you already have some camping equipment. We paid £60 for 2 nights, this was between 5 of us. So £12 each. The best part was watching the sun set round the campfire, my friend Dave bought his guitar and we sang songs, made S'Mores, had a few drinks and just generally chilled and relaxed. Lovely!

XOXO

Monday, 8 August 2011

Busy, My Head Is Spinning...

Well hello there, nice to write to you again. I am coming at you with a mammoth update post. These last couple of months have flown by and blogging just hasn't been a priority. I did promise more effort on the blogging front on twitter, so here I am.

Recently I have found a new hobby, been away to Prague, had a family bereavement, been more Harry Potter obsessed than ever and just generally living the good life!


I have started to knit, my now friend Vickie started a Stitch & Bitch group, which gave me every incentive to learn something i've always wanted to. I started with a scarf and am now knitting a tank top! We are Stitch Solihull on Facebook and Ravelry, if you are in the area we meet every Thursday 6-8pm at Starbucks in Touchwood. You'll find us at the big table upstairs!


 Lately I have been constantly listening to the Harry Potter audiobooks, watching the films and frantically trying to become MAGICAL! I got in on Day 2 and now anxiously await my Pottermore welcome email. For all you magical people like me, I am ScarletRiver## (I read people are trying to hack usernames, so don't reveal your number!)

Weeks like this have been the norm for me the last couple of months, on top of a full time job, i've just had no time to stop and think. Which leads to me making lists like this...

My flat has been so neglected that I spent 5 hours last monday after work completing this list one by one. I literally have never worked so hard, thankfully I had Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone audiobook to get me through it! :-)


 Last weekend I went for afternoon tea with Edd Kimber, The Boy Who Bakes. He is at Hampton Manor for the month of August and I have to say it was fabulous! Five friends chatting over these 3 tiers of yummy goodness and pots of tea = perfect afternoon! I have now pre-ordered his cookbook with amazon, hoping to recreate his amazing pistachio and rasperry cakes!


My friend Emily's family have just got a new kitten, called Percy. I went to visit him at 6 weeks old, he's actually the most adorable thing i've ever seen. So tiny and cute, I now want a Percy of my own. Not sure Elvis would agree!

For my Dad's birthday we went to Tom Kerridge's The Hand & Flowers restaurant in Marlow. Obviously we had to try his Great British Menu winning dish. The pigs head nugget things were to die for and I had the best dessert i've ever had in my life. If you ever go, you must have the 'Strawberries and Cream' dessert. It was all amazing and definitely worth a visit.

In Other News:

♥ My Nan died on 21st June and despite everthing, it showed me how amazing my friends really are. I am very thankful for each and every one of them.

♥ Organising a hen weeked abroad for 8 people is a lot of hard work and stress but worth it all in the end. We had such an awesome time in Prague, pictures to come!

♥ I had my final fitting for my Bridesmaid dress, its lurrvveeelllyyyyy!! So excited for the big day now. Judging by the last few months, the 3rd September will be here before we know it.

♥ My Mom and I are planning a trip to Orlando in January. You know what this means!!! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!! I'm not excited AT ALL about this, YEAH RIGHT!!! I'm sooooo freaking excited I can't shut up about it!!

Finally, i've always known how incredible my Mom is, but this has become an insufficient word to describe her. She's the single most important person in my life and I love her more than anything. @Jilldy26 You're simply the best!

XOXO

Friday, 3 June 2011

I Turned A Quarter of a Century

Yes I hit the big 2-5 a couple of weeks ago and I find myself very happy with that. I'm now very much a grown woman, I've bought my own place, I have a lovely job, great friends and a truly wonderful family. I'm very much looking forward to see what my future holds for the next 5 years. I may join Sofia's 30 before 30 movement, as there are few things I would like ticked off before I reach the grand old age of 30!

I had the best weekend over my birthday and I have to give my friends and family full credit for that. I went to Henry's restaurant with 18 of my friends, then headed for a few drinks in St Paul's Square. It was such an amazing night, the food was delicious and company even better. This just set the scene for the weekend and was a brilliant prequel for my actual birthday on the Sunday. I went over to my parents to open my presents, went for a nice meal out with my Mom, Dad and Uncle, then came home to birthday cake and a game of cards. My family are big card players, we only play for 20p's but it makes for a fun game and atmosphere. I was pretty lucky and came away winning about a fiver!






Unfortunately I never took any pictures on the Saturday night, but hopefully these on my birthday Sunday are good enough. Present wise I got things for my flat, like pegs and a peg bag (having only just found out I have a washing line area -I've only lived here almost 4 years!!), I did get new ones of my Origins face wash and toner I'd run out of and my favourite thing of all, I got an iPad. I had to wait until the 1st of June for it to be delivered buy it was definitely worth the wait! It's been glued to my hands ever since! In fact, I'm typing this post on the BlogPress iPad app!

All in all I had the most amazing weekend, bring on next years festivities!

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Ghosts of Birthdays Past

As I mentioned in my giveaway post, its my birthday on Sunday so I thought I would share a few photos from our family album of my birthdays through the years. My mom has always been one for taking photos and we have an entire bookshelf full of photo albums.

Me on my 9th birthday.

Huge breath needed to blow out the candles!

Having just woken up on my 13th birthday, the joys of being a teenager!

Me and my cousin Gemma were born a day apart, this is us on our joint 13th birthday party!

Me on my Sweet Sixteenth.

Me and my Mom at my 18th birthday party. It was the first time i'd had a big party with all my family and friends. There was about 120 of us on the night.

My 18th birthday cake.

Me with said cake at my Nan & Grandads house.


21st balloons put up in my office.


My 21st birthday cake, a replica of the Marc Jacobs Stam bag I was dying for at the time. My Dad carried it in saying, "Sorry, we couldn't afford the real one, so we got you this insead" It was my favourite present of all, I loved it.

Haha! So cringe at some of my hairstyles and fashion choices. But it's nice to take a trip down memory lane. I'm going out for a meal and drinks with 20 friends on saturday night and out with my family on Sunday, so lots to look forward to this weekend. I would also like to wish all my other May birthday girls a very happy birthday!

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If you haven't entered my give-away yet, why not?!?!


XOXO




 

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