July Favorites

Time for monthly favs today lovelies!! This is going to be short and sweet, as I really have not got my brain connected to my hands, and my heart is not in the right place at the moment. (I have been staring at the screen for a good 24 hours or so, and this is as far as I have gotten)

Anyway, lets get into this…..

In The Kitchen:
Comfort food has been the only thing to come out of our kitchen this month. Things that nourish your heart and your body.
In my mind, comfort food is eaten from a bowl with a spoon.

I have been using these bowls so much this month! They are the perfect size and because they are Le Creuset, they keep everything worm. Added bonus, they coordinate with everything in our kitchen.

In The Bathroom:
I have been doing the very basic upkeep with my skin over the last month. In a bid to keep up with some kind of routine I have pulled out the big dogs.

Mixing one part SPF and one part turnaround has been keeping my skin hydrated, protected and looking like i have had some kind of sleep.

The Bedroom:
I have 1 word: concealer!

No sleep and sensitive under eyes means dark circles and burst blood vessels. Combining these 2 little guys has hidden everything and made me look like a normal human being.

In The House of Lots Spa and Retreat (aka In The Livingroom):
So, I caved in and purchased a foot peel pack. Just a cheap one to see what all the hype was about and to check that the thing actually worked.

So, after soaking my feet for 20 mins and 2 weeks of peeling feet (sorry, this is very gross, but it’s not called a foot peel for no reason), my feet are now a million times better than they ever were.

In The Portable House of Lotz (aka, In The Handbag):
This month, I treated myself to the newest addition to my handbag collection.

Summer is the perfect time to sport a wicker bag…so why the devil not!

Thank you everyone for being so understanding with everything that has been going on.


June Favourites

Happy 1st July Everyone!!
How have you all been? I hope you are well and have been enjoying the sunshine!! 
You may have noticed I have been MIA….well…..wedding stuff and the gym have taken over my life! If I’m not doing my 9-5, I’m in the gym…..and at the weekends, all we seem to be doing is wedding stuff. Anyone would think that this is an important occasion to us and that it takes a tone of planning (can you feel the eye roll??).
Unfortunately, because of all of this, The House of Lotz has taken a back seat. This sucks so much, but over the last few weeks I have discovered that doing a few things well is better than doing 500 things badly! 

I don’t want you to think that our doors are closed. This is not the case at all!! I have a massive list of posts that I want to bring to you all…..I just need an extra week inside a week to get it all done!! 

Please forgive me over the next few months!! The Big Day is not far away now, as soon as that is all done, I will be bombarding you with amazing (I hope) content! xXx
I will be bringing you monthly favourites every month as a minimum….however I hope to bring you extra nuggets as much as I can!! xXx
Anyway, enough with all that, let’s get into what I have been loving this month!
In The Kitchen:

In the UK we have just had summer! It was about 7 days and it was beautiful! In that week of beautiful weather, I was desperate for some ice to cool my very warm rosè wine (I know, middle class problems) but not an ice cube could be found. After reading the notes on the back of the bottle, I decided to add the only frozen fruit we had to the glass and pray for the best! 

This was probably the best idea I have had in weeks! It cooled my wine and gave a beautiful Berry flavour that made for a refreshing treat! 

After this I started adding them to water, juices and even yoghurt. Trust me….it’s amazing!! 
In The Bathroom:

I am pretty sure I have mentioned this before so forgive me if I am repeating myself:

For years I have, to a certain extent, been in a cycle of self harm. I use to pick my arms constantly when I got stressed or depressed…..I am out of the cycle thanks to The Boy. (Please do not think I am being blaise about this, but this is the truth and I have moved past this through a lot of hard work and tears on my part)

Anyway, back to the point…..after years of doing this I get ingrown hairs on my arms all the time! 

To help these little guys on their way (as well as keeping me away from my old ways) I have gone back to using a fine body scrub. This one I picked up TKMaxx is amazing!! It makes our bathroom smell like a spa….but it does leave the bathtub looking very grey….woops!!
In the Bedroom:

After all this exfoliating and scrubbing, it’s time to nourish my skin!

I have fallen back in love with the Nuxe body oil! It’s a dry oil, so you do not end up sliding all over the place, yet it nourishes your skin beautifully! I have been known to pop any excess from my hands into my hair (the joys of bleached hair). Added bonus; it makes my tattoos look that much brighter and clearer.
In The House of Lotz Spa and Retreat (aka In The Livingroom):

So, I am focusing on my office and my stationery addiction…..again!! 

This month I treated myself to these beautiful pastel Papermate pens! They write beautifully, do not bleed through the pages in my planner and just generally make me smile. This brand of pen will always remind me of my Nan (my Dad’s Mum), and in the run up to the wedding I seem to miss her more and more these days.
In The Portable House of Lotz (aka In The Handbag):

As it has been super sunny in the UK and I am super pale, I have been relying on Sunscreen more than usual!

I have been using my faithful summer sidekick to keep my skin from burning! 

It is even perfect to use on your face as it is not too greasy. I even use it to protect my tattoos! 
Well, that was June in The House of Lotz! 
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!! Hugs and love xXx

May Favorites

Hi Everyone!! How are you all? How are things going?
Long time no see hu?
For the second time this year I find myself letting you know that I am still alive and that I am sorry for not being around. 
For the second time this year I have taken a step back from everything so I can get my head back in the game. This time around it has not worked as well as I was hoping, but that is because we have wedding stuff coming out of our ears….and I have spent most of my Sundays in bed…..feeling like rubbish.
Anyway, that’s that out of the way…..let’s get into the things that have kept me going over the last month:
In The Kitchen:

Ok, I appreciate this item does not spend much time in the kitchen, however it does start every day there….so I think it counts.

This month I treated myself to a new lunch bag from TK Maxx (also known as my new favourite shop). This little gem came with a drinks bottle (which is plastic so I try not to use it), 2 Tupperware boxes (again plastic, which I will switch out for glass soon) and an ice pack which is super helpful! It keeps my prepped food cool and fresh all day so I can make nothing my healthy choices all day. 
In The Bathroom:

In the continued effort to get myself in good shape, I have decided to whiten my teeth. 

Instead of going down the chemical route, I have gone down the ever trendy natural path. This mix of charcoal, coconut and clay has been making my teeth that little bit whiter everyday. 

The only downside to this: it makes a horrendous mess! To be truthful, I would rather clean up toothpaste splatter than contemplate putting peroxide in my mouth. 
In The Bedroom:

Another thing in my bid to stay on the health train, I invested in a FitBit. It is a wonderful little thing that keeps track of my steps and my heart rate during my workouts, which is great…..

However, the strap it comes with is rubbish! The rubber snags the hair on your arms and can get very grim if you do not clean it regularly.

I switched it out for a magnetic metal strap that easily cleaned and lightweight. It also makes it a lot less obvious that you are using a FitBit, as it makes the item look like a very chic watch.
In The Living Room (aka The House of Lotz Spa and Retreat):

This month has been very stressful, and I have been trying to relax as much as I can.

At the request of The Boy, I have now incorporated colouring back into my evening schedule. It is something you have to focus on that is not on a small screen. Plus, how can you not feel a small sense of joy from these little happy faces!!
In The Portable House of Lotz (aka In My Handbag):

I am one of those crazy Unicorn Ladies!! They are just the most magical things that really bring a sense of joy and wonder to the world.

To bring a sense of whimsy to the everyday, I have added this little fluffy friend to my handbag. He always brings a smile to my face when I see him dangling from my bag like a happy good luck charm. 
Well, that was May! 
I promise to do better over the next month to keep The House of Lotz doors open for guests!
Sending you love and hugs xXx have a great weekend xXx

April Favourites

Is it just me or did April just go by in a flash? Despite the fact that the days are lighter and should feel longer…this month has felt shorter than February!

To be totally honest, I think it has gone by so fast as it has been incredibly busy….we hosted a “Wrestlemania weekend”, one of my dearest friends tied the knot, a new little family member arrived in The House of Lotz (no this is not a baby….but I love him as much as a child)……..and so much more! It feels like we have not stopped!
Anyway…..after going through my social calendar, it’s time to go through the little things that have been keeping me going through this very busy month:
In The Kitchen:

Ok…I promised myself I would never be one of these people….but……I now make my own almond milk…….I feel like such a hipster!! 

Despite the fact that I feel like it is the most hipster thing to do in the world, I have to say, it is one of the most amazing changes I have made to my diet. 

So many almond milks that are massed produced can have some preservatives in that my body does not like so much, so by making it at home from scratch, I avoid the usual stomach ache!
In the Bathroom:

As you all know…..I love Anthropology….and a trip to the Sunny town of Bath would not be complete without popping in to see what is new!

After a little accident with my current skin care dish (known to others as soap dish), it was time to invest in a new one. As soon as I saw this little guy, I had to pick it up! How can you not love the springy pattern…and the fact that it does sooooo well with our bathroom??
In The Bedroom:

With all the running around and social stuff going on, I have found myself mixing up my earrings a lot! I am usually very boring and just wear my pearls and little stones, or my rose gold hoops…..

However this months I have been using these cuties from Kate Spade as much as possible. 
In The House of Lotz Spa and Retreat (aka The Living Room):

Over the last month, with all the social and other stuff going on, my anxiety has been going crazy….so….when I get home I instantly want to feel warm and cozy!

Lighting this amazing Diptyque Tubereuse candle has been creating a beautiful calming environment that makes me instantly feel better.
In The Portable House of Lotz (aka in My Handbag):

April has brought with it the Sunshine….yaaaay……and this can only mean one thing……..sunscreen is needed!!

After doing some research, I have opted for the La Roche-Posay Ultra Light SPF 50+.

I appreciate this has the longest product name in the world, but hear me out……it is so light you can use it on your face, but so protective you can use it on scares and tattoos!
So what have you all been loving this month? Is there anything i have missed out that i need to try next month?
Sending hugs and love to you all xXx have a great weekend xXx

5 Wedding Packing Tips – How to pack light for a one bag weekend

It’s that time of year again….wedding season is upon us and that can only mean one thing…….sharing a weekend bag with The Boy! Don’t get me wrong, we could take 2 bags or the big suitcase…..but I have recently purchased a new car, and getting anything bigger than my handbag in the back is a bit of a struggle (what can I say……90% of the time it is just me and my bag anyway!).

Now don’t get me wrong, The Boy’s stuff does not take up a lot of room in a bag, but it does remove my option to take 3 extra outfit choices. So with that, I am forced to streamline my choices and make sure I still have everything I need. 
So, let’s get into my top 5 tips on packing for a weekend wedding:
Do Venue Research:

Ok, I appreciate not everyone in the world has the type of anxiety I do, but I promise this is a good tip!

Doing venue research (either via Google or Instagram) can help you work out how far you may need to walk, which can help you pick your shoes. It can even, on some occasions, give you a hint on the sort of vibe your couple are going for, so you can avoid any outfit issues.
For the anxiety sufferers amongst us, the research can setting your mind as you will know where you are going and will ease off anything that may be brewing. 

Make a list:

I can not say this enough: list making is the key to making sure you do not over pack.

As always I start out with an itinerary list, then breakdown the outfits I need for each event. From that you can make a packing list that will cover all you need for the weekend ahead. 
Pack from your list:

From the beautiful list you made earlier, it’s time to pull everything out of your cupboards and drawers to make sure everything is there.

I like to make outfit piles around the room to make sure everything is there.
Roll your clothes:

From the piles, I like to roll the outfits (including underwear) together to make sure they fit into the bag nicely but they also come out the other side of your journey wrinkle free. 

Check your clothes back in:

When packing up after your amazing weekend celebrating your amazing friends and families happiness, it’s time to bring that list back out.

I like to make my tick box list multi functional, and tick clothes into the bag, and cross them out on the way back. This is the best way to avoid awkward calls and emails from hotels letting you know that you left your shoes in the wardrobe or a bra left in the bathroom!
So, that is how I prep to celebrate the joining together of 2 amazing people.
To the beautiful couple we helped celebrate last week: Congratulations to you both! May your life be filled with love, laughter, the smiles of you both and you beautiful son and nothing but positivity!
On that note, have a great weekend everyone xXx hugs and love xXx

Lemon Loaf – Drizzle, Poppy Seed or Both?

Lemon cake is such a springy thing! There is nothing quite like switching out chocolate (not fully but a little bit) for something a bit zingy and fresh!

What comes with my friends and lemon cake is a random discussion of preference……apparently people I know are either poppy seed people, or drizzle people. It’s an odd thing……however in typical Lotz fashion, I am the odd one out and I love both!
To moderately appease everyone, I have found a way to combine the 2 aspects of the best lemon cakes into 1….so here goes!
Today you will need:

130g Stork, 130g Sugar, 150g Self Raising Flour, 2 eggs, the zest and juice of 3 lemons, 2 tablespoons of poppy seeds.
Tip: squeeze 1 lemon first, save the other 2 for later. 1 is for the sponge, 2 are for the drizzle. 
You will also need your usual mixing game bowels, zester, juicer and loaf pan. 
As always, we start with turning the oven up to full heat so it can pre-heat.
Beat your sugar and butter in your mixing bowl until it is light and fluffy…in colour and texture.
At this stage, it is time to zest your lemons and add the zest to the creamed mixture. Now, I like my lemon cake to have a lot of flavour, so I add the zest of all 3 lemons. If you are not into something this strong, go with 1.5 to start off with.

Leave your creamed zesty mixture to rest for about 10 minutes so all the oils from the zest can really infuse the mixture. This is the perfect time to have a cup of tea….and juice your lemons.
Once rested give your creamed mixture a good mix to bring it back to it’s fluffy texture.
Now time to add your eggs, lemon juice and flour.
The best way to combine these ingredients without having your mixture split is:
Egg 1, a third of the four, egg 2, a third of flour, juice of 2 lemon, last third of flour.
Should you feel that the mix is still too wet, add a tablespoon of flour. This usually fixes all problems!
Add in your poppy seeds. This may seem like a small amount, but poppy seeds are incredibly tiny, so you get a lot of bang for your buck!

Pop your mixture in the lined loaf pan ready to pop in the ove. To make sure you get a nice even crust, make a dip in the middle of the mixture. This will make it look a little bit like a brick, but trust me….your sponge will not have and lumps or bumps.

Drop your oven down to 180 degrees and bake for 25-35 minutes.Your cake should look golden on the top and be super bouncy to the touch.
Whilst it is still hot from the oven grab a cocktail stick and stab the life out of the top crust of your cake. 

Where you have made your wholes, poor over your remaining lemon juice. This will make the cake super moist and add an extra lemony kick.

(Traditionally you would make a syrup from sugar and the lemon juice, but I like to keep it extra simple)

This cake is best served with tea and a side of yoghurt with berries. 
I hope you enjoy your cake filled weekend lovelies xXx hugs and love xXx

Spring Nail Polish Picks – perfect for every occasion

Saturdays are for one thing: Manicures! 
Ok, they are also for coffee and loads of other fun things, but I always do my best to change my nail polish because I hate taking my 9-5 manicure into the weekend…..who needs a reminder that Monday is coming all weekend….I don’t think so!
This season I have set myself a challenge: to not use nude nail polish for as long as possible! I have the horrible habit of using nude nail polish all the time…it’s a very strange loop to be in…and it is very boring! 

Anyway, today I wanted to show you my top picks for Spring manicures…that will hopefully break me out of my “nude rut”….


Morgan Taylor Professional Nail Lacquer in “Wish You Were Here”

Takes 2 coats for full coverage, 3 for a strong solid colour.

This beautiful soft shade is perfect for those days where you need a little pick me up. It brings a little pep to my step which I just love!

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in “B Girl”

Takes 3 coats for full coverage. These 3 coats will give a strong colour.

This is a good alternative to the classic Essie shade “Mint Candy Apple”. It is a softer mint that the Essie shade which makes it easier to wear. 

Jessica Phenom Vivid Colour in “Copacabanna Beach”

Takes 2 coats for full colour, 3 coats for even strong coverage.

This beautiful periwinkle is so far out of my comfort zone, but I just love it! It’s so bring and springy it just makes me smile!
These 3 nail polishes will be my new season’s neutrals which I will be sporting until Summer rolls around…….I will do my best not to opt for a nude polish……watch this space!!
Have a great weekend everyone xXx Hugs and Love xXx