An Early Christmas Present!

Happy Friday Everyone!!

In the spirit of advent, accompanied with my fear of YouTube, I have decided to do ‘The House of Lotz Christmas Story’

Instead of vlogmas I have decided to ‘instamas’. Every day up until Christmas Day, I will be on Instagram’s instastories sharing a little bit of cheer as well as the day to day.

Come on over to @thehouseoflotz or follow #LotzofChristmas

Looking forward to seeing you there!!! xXx

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November Favorites!

This year has been going so quickly! I feel like I have blinked and all of a sudden we are it is nearly Christmas!

I must admit, I feel like i have missed half of this month. Being away has been wonderful, but it has really thrown me off my game!

So, what has been keeping me going this month:

In the Kitchen:

Jet lag has been kicking my butt since we got back! I have been awake when I should be sleeping……and falling asleep at my desk in the middle of the day! Coffee has been my best friend! It has been keeping me going at a very basic functioning level….just!

A few weeks back, The Boy brought home this little jar of Illy coffee. It has been perfect to make my everyday espresso, as it is very finely ground. As if my magic it makes my coffee a little bit quicker than my other coffees, so it has helped me get out the door quickly in the morning.

In the Bathroom:

I would like it noted in all the calendars that I have a tan! Currently I am not completely transparent and I have a little bit of colour!

Unfortunately what comes with that is dry skin. To the rescue has come this amazing Rituals scrub. It is a very strong scrub with an oil base has been scenting my bathroom and buffing my skin back to life!

In the Bedroom:

After the storm which was our amazing wedding and perfect honeymoon, I am now trying to get our bedroom back to normal!

During this period I was looking for a bracelet I needed, and found some beautiful dainty necklaces that I had forgotten about.

In an effort to wear them more often, I picked up this beautifully minimal jewellery holder to encourage me to pick one up on my way to get dressed in the morning.

In The House of Lotz Retreat and Spa (aka In the Livingroom):

The sad thing about Sharpies is that the do not last forever! Every so often you have to restock….so maybe this is just me…..but what can I say, I love pens!

I have recently restocked my Sharpie collection and I could not be a happier stationery geek! Every single colour in one place…..I’m so happy!!!

In the Portable House of Lotz (aka in my handbag):

Over my travels I have loved and lost some beautiful carry-on bags. I love and use them until they fall apart! In an effort to find a new travel buddy, I went through my bags with a fine tooth comb!

This trip I road tested my “Louis training bag” from Zara! This bag is about 8 years old and has lasted so well! It is the perfect carry on size and I really had forgotten how much I love it!

So, that was November!!!

Is there anything that you loved this month that I need to try out before the end of the year?

I hope you all have the most beautiful weekend…..bring on December and the festive spirit!

Hugs and love xXx

Top 5 Tips for getting over Jet Lag/Travel Sickness

On the 30th October, The Boy and I departed the UK for the amazing island of Honolulu for our Honeymoon! This was the most beautiful 10 day trip and we had the most amazing time!

With this amazing holiday and all the fantastic memories we brought home with us, we also brought home with us a tone of Jet Lag.

Before we booked this trip, neither of us had any clue how long it would take to get there. From experience I can tell you that it takes 10 hour to LA, then another 6 hours to Honolulu.

I personally brought home some travel sickness this time as well, so we had the double whammy this trip!

So, how do you get over these lovely things? Here are my top 5 tips for getting over both Jet Lag and Travel Sickness:

Hydrate:

This sounds incredibly obvious, but re-hydrating your body is key to getting over any type of extended trip. This even includes after being in a car, bus, coach or even on a train for longer than 2 hours. The heaters/air conditioners still use recycled air, and will still dry you out like a raisin!

Hydration is not just about drinking a lot of water. Although this is the first thing you need to do, if you have been sick or feel nauseous, you need to get your salts and electrolytes back under control. It’s time to stock up on the mint tea and Dioralyte (this is a “rehydration therapy” that is mainly used during stomach upsets, however this can be used any time where extreme hydration is needed).

Turn your phone off:

Whilst catching up with everyone after your trip is so much fun. Past texting/calling you Mum or Dad to tell them you got home, everything else can wait!

Munching:

Now it’s time to eat!

Food is something that is key to getting back to normal! Even if you are not feeling very well, you need to much on a little something….I promise it will help!!

Personally I go for (yeast free) toast with nothing on it, or dry digestives. This sounds very boring, but when you have them with your mint tea, it makes you feel a little bit more “normal”.

Hydrate again:

Water, tea and rehydration therapy is not the only way to hydrate. You can also hydrate your body from the outside in.

After you take your “take the travel feeling away” shower, use your favourite moisturiser to cover yourself from head to toe, pop you PJ’s on and go to bed! If you have one, pop on an overnight mask or a thick layer of your night cream. This should stop any blemish flare ups.

Time to rest:

I appreciate that traveling usually involves us being sat on our butts for extended periods of time, however traveling is exhausting!

If jet lag is the issue, and you have a bit of time before you are back to your 9-5 I thoroughly recommend listening to your body and sleeping when you want on your first day home. This is the opposite of any advice you will usually hear but will be surprised how long you will sleep for, and how quickly you will get back onto your home time zone.

As soon as you can, take that shower, eat that toast, turn the phone off and rest!

To be honest, part of this jet lag recovery routine is part of my Sunday night…..adding any of this into your week will 100% help in getting back to normal!

Have a great weekend lovelies xXx Hugs and Love xXx

The Perfect Coffee Moment

Coffee is such a funny subject to dedicate a post too, however I have mentioned my coffee addict status before so this should not come as a shock!

Along with this status comes with a host of problems.

1) I moan about coffee A LOT!
2) The Nespresso arguments
3) Your friends are scared of making you coffee in their homes.

The first one is just a given. I send coffee back in places when it is made incorrectly. This is mainly when I have ordered a cappuccino and it comes out like a wet latte or a giant macchiato. So, it’s easier to make it myself, or order an espresso.

Nespresso is great as a fun thing that you get in hotels, however I could never have one in The House of Lotz. My kitchen is way too small to accommodate another fun toy. We would have to get rid of the toaster or the kettle.
It is also the loudest piece of kit I have ever used in my life!! Making your coffee should be a calm experience, and not scare the hell out of you first thing.

Sorry to all my amazing lovelies who make coffee when I pop round! You always make it fantastically so please don't think I’m going to moan about you! I'm just an “out the house” coffee snob!

So, with all of that, I wanted to share how I make, in my mind, the perfect espresso at home…..All you need is the following:

A stove top espresso pot (a Moka);
This is a very traditional way to make coffee in mainland Europe. They are the cornerstone of every Italian kitchen I have been in.
You can pick these up from Amazon and John Lewis at a pretty inexpensive price point, however you can equally spend silly money.
Personally I opted for a traditional shape and style which was around £12.

A stove;
Mokas should not be stove specific. They should work on both Gas and Electric stoves. If you have an Induction Hob, you may need to invest in a conversion plate, or purchase the manufacturer's recommended model.

Ground Coffee (you can use any French press or espresso ground coffee you fancy);
I know this is an odd place to buy coffee, but check out the food isle in T.K.Maxx (T.J.Maxx for all you American guests). They always have amazing flavours and variations that you can’t find in the supermarket.

Water;
Always use cold water to make your coffee. As the machine is metal, you will burn yourself!

Your favourite cup;
I love a good cup! If you are of the same mind, you should check out Anthropology and T2 for some beautiful pieces!

To use your Moka, all you need to do is:
Take it apart so you have the 3 sections in front of you.

Fill the bottom chamber with water up to the bottom of the valve ring.

Pop the funnel looking section in the bottom chamber and will it with ground coffee. Tamp it down slightly so it is packed in, but not too tight.

Screw the top chamber back on and pop your Moka on the stove.

Allow all the coffee goodness to bubble on through (until it starts to spit loudly).

Poor into your favourite cup and enjoy!

At this stage you can add water milk/sugar combination you enjoy the most.

Leftover espresso should not be kept for coffee making use after it has gone cold. This is not a safety thing, it just tastes a bit naff! You can however freeze it in cubes to save for iced coffee, or use it in baking.

Hope you all enjoy your coffee xXx sending hugs and love xXx

Have a great weekend xXx

October Favourites!

Happy Last few days of October everyone!

October has to be one of my favourite months in the calendar. The leaves are changing, it’s getting colder and Center Parcs is usually around the corner for us….but not this year…….

This month has been mental with wedding/honeymoon stuff…..and stress in general…so…..what has kept me sane this month:

In the Kitchen:
Or should I say from the kitchen this month??
I’m about to sound like one of “those people”….but….your gut health is soooooo important!!! After spending a while not eating in the best way that serves my body, my poor little gut bacteria have not been happy campers. It’s really shown in the way my stomach has been feeling. To be truthful it has been affecting the way I feel all over……I’ve been sluggish, moody, bloated…….it has not been pretty!!

After much research I have found this little bottle of goodness has been doing wonders for my health! Kombucha may sound like the oddest thing to drink on a nearly daily basis, but combining this with a healthier eating plan I have been feeling a million times better!!

In the Bathroom:
Charcoal……another hipster thing that I have found the benefits of, but this is something I can get behind! My Dad has been taking it for years to help with digestion. He usually chews it and he noticed a massive difference in the whiteness of his teeth!

As I take a bunch of supplements, it was not something I could add into my routine. Charcoal absorbs anything that you have in your stomach, so if you take something else at the same time, you are not going to get any of its goodness. In a bid to get it into my diet, and whiten my teeth for the wedding, I picked up for charcoal toothpaste!

It’s amazing! I have seen such a difference…….only problem is it makes a massive mess in the sink!!!

In the Bedroom:
I have a lovely new addition to our bedroom, a Himalayan Salt Lamp. I know, I know……you might as well call me a hipster or basic…..whichever is best for you!

Salt lamps have so many benefits, which have proven very helpful in the last month! They reduce stress levels, balance out the effects of the constant use of electronic devices, purifies air and can speed up the healing process. This last one is a big one for me at the moment as I have a new piercing (post will be coming about that soon), so the faster it heals the better.

In the Livingroom (aka The House of Lotz Spa and Retreat)
My Maids of Honour are amazing!! They know me so well!!

At my Hen Weekend, these beautiful ladies brought me this amazing candle!! This is lovingly known as the “Sexy Man Candle”….so if you are near a Yankee shop/concession please go and take a sniff!!

Thank you lovely ladies! It has been making our home smell amazing!!!!

In the Portable House of Lotz (aka in my handbag):
Doing last minute wedding prep has resulted in me needing all sorts of difference pens and stationary bits and bobs.

This simple case from Muji has been super helpful in keeping everything I need together…..and I can keep paperclips without them walking off!!

Have a great weekend lovelies!! Curl up in your favourite chair with a yummy treat and enjoy the Autumn foliage!

Woops! Technical Issues!

Hi All!

I hope you are all well and enjoying the chill in the air!!

I just found out that everything I scheduled for whilst I was our of the country did not come through to you all!

Please be advised that the 3 missing posts will be popping up over the next few days, so by Saturday we will all be up to date!

Hugs and love xXx

Welcome Back to The House of Lotz

To all my Wonderful Guests, 

How are you all? I hope you are all well and that you have enjoyed your Summer!!

 

Long-time no see hu??

 

It feels so strange to be sat writing this after such a long time away, so forgive me for being a bit rusty…..so……let’s get started and see how it goes;

 

What’s been going on?

In a nut shell…..My Mama (step mum) being very ill and passed away. For those of you not in the know, she contracted Hepatitis C after a blood transfusion she needed for her Spherocytosis in the 80’s. This is called Contaminated Blood. You may have seen in the news that there is an ongoing public battle to help everyone who has been affected, and their loved ones. It is hard for me to explain, so I encourage you all to click here and look at the CBC page. This goes into detail of the struggle that has been going on.

 

I do not want to go into much more detail as I am about to burst into tears, but please know that my Mama was the most amazing women in the world. She touched so many lives and made every single one a million times better just by being there.

 

My Mama was the light of my Dadums life. The where truly my OTP…and the best parenting team I could every dream up in my mind!

 

She brought my Dadums and I a million times closer. She helped me through some of the toughest times, and laughed with me through the most amazing times. Please know that we miss her every day and love her more than anyone could ever imagine.

 

I’ve been spending a lot of time with my family just being close to the people who need me and who I need the most.

 

How have I been doing?

That’s easy: Not Well!

 

My Senior School Headmistress has an amazing view about sickness: “Well, if she can get her shoes on, she is well enough to come to school”. This really stuck with me. I have carried this with me all the way through my entire life and it is something that keeps my work ethic strong.

 

Despite all of this: I was signed off from the 9-5 with “Personal Stress”. This basically means that I could not do my 9-5 because of everything that has been happening. This was for 4 weeks…….in the last 10 years I have not had more than 2 days off for sickness….so to have this on my record just kills me…..but to be fair…..I was as much use being away from the 9-5 than I would have been there.

 

Everyone has been amazing, so I can’t complain. The transition back to “normal” has been made so much easier having these wonderfully supportive people around me xXx

 

Let’s get to the main point of the little open letter to you all:

 

I’m back!! I will be churning out posts to you lovelies as regularly….in theory!

 

Please subscribe for some very lovely (if I do say so myself) Wedding content over the next few weeks.

 

Sending you all love and hugs xXx

 

I’ve missed you all!

 

Have a great weekend!