Happy New Years Eve!!! :)

Just wanted to jump on here and wish everyone a very Happy New Years Eve! I hope you all have a safe and wonderful night bringing in 2015 and I hope that this next year brings you everything you hope and wish for! :)

Here are just a few of my favourite memories from 2014! :)


Spending our birthday with friends in a Chalet, being very grown up... watching Harry Potter and making Smores by the fire! :p http://lululocket.blogspot.com/2014/02/some-type-of-chalet.html

 
My husband going to England for the first time and meeting my Nanna and Grandad. Although it was a flying visit for him, just 6 days, it was the best thing ever! :) http://lululocket.blogspot.com/2014/03/home-sweet-home.html


Getting to go and see The Overtones with my Mum and sisters! We were dancing all night and it was so lovely to see our Mum enjoy herself and get to experience it too! :) http://lululocket.blogspot.com/2014/03/i-solemnly-swear-im-up-to-no-good.html

 
My husband and I got to see Ray Lamontagne in concert which we had been waiting for, for a long time. I was super excited and it was amazing to share that experience with my Chris! Ray was phenomenal and we would get to see him for the second time a few short months later when my husband surprised me with tickets to Forecastle. :) Twice in one year, I was ecstatic and he was even better at Forecastle!!!! :)  http://lululocket.blogspot.com/2014/06/easy-listening.html
 

Pulling off the biggest surprise for our family back in June is one of the highlights of the year! I want to say it was 5-6 years in the making and their faces were priceless. Their reactions to us turning up on the doorstep gives me goose bumps as I write this and think about it. It brings tears to my eyes to know just how much I am loved and how incredible my family are. <3 http://lululocket.blogspot.com/2014/06/the-surprise.html
 

 
My sisters and I had the trip of a lifetime back in August when we hit the road with our Dad for our Route 66 trip! My Dad is the absolute greatest and this trip will always hold a special place in my heart. A mixture of seeing the world, my Dads love of the old road and cars, celebrating our little sister turning 21 and getting to visit some of the Chuck sets at Warner brothers studios...yep, it was definitely a trip for the books! :) http://lululocket.blogspot.com/2014/09/hanging-out-in-la.html
 
 
Celebrating our 1 year wedding anniversary back at our Pink Castle in October was incredibly wonderful and amazing. I have been blessed with the worlds most awesome husband and for that I am forever grateful. :) http://lululocket.blogspot.com/2014/10/1-year-wedding-anniversary.html
 
 
After a few scares over the past year with my Nanna and Grandad and with my sister and brother in law moving to Florida, I can't express how happy I was to spend two weeks in England celebrating the holiday season with my family. It was two weeks filled with so much love and happiness and lots of family time and that made my heart so very happy and content. I couldn't have wished for anything more... expect maybe having all of our Virginia family there with us too. :p http://lululocket.blogspot.com/2014/12/christmas-adventures-in-jolly-old.html 
 
2014 was definitely an awesome year and that's not forgetting friends weddings, road trips to VA, spending time with my Mom and Dad, being this _ close to Dan Layus while he sang our wedding song, trips to Florida to see my Keg and Chris, my brother in law Chris blowing up the internet and becoming the "Brie Bella guy" tut tut :p my brother Chris kicking ass in his first ever strongman competition and getting to wake up each and every day next to my other half and bestest friend in the world (the other other half, not Kelly :p) I hope 2014 bought along some great memories for you too! :)
 
I will have another little post from my UK trip coming soon but for now I want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read my blog. This year has definitely been a year of stepping out of my comfort zone and chasing new dreams after leaving the squared circle behind for a little bit. I am excited about all these new dreams and projects and look forward to seeing where 2015 takes me. :)
 
Please be safe tonight, look out for those around you! I hope you have a truly amazing New Year and I will keep you all in my thoughts in hoping that 2015 brings you everything you wish for!
 
Thank you again!
Love Lulu xx
 
 























Christmas adventures in jolly old England! :)

I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas and got to spend it in the company of friends, family and loved ones all around!! I am back in Kentucky after two weeks back home in Manchester and I've been eager to sit down and write, so today is just a little catch up on my home visit and all the wonderful Christmas festivities that we got up to! :)

 
After spending last Christmas in Virginia, this was a sight I couldn't wait to see. This Christmas tree has grown up with my brother and sisters and I and it is our absolute favourite. All the ornaments have been with us since we were knee high to a grasshopper and lots of them have a little something special behind them. Every time I look at it I smile and feel happy inside. I love my Mom in laws tree, I love the new tree that my husband and I got this year, I love my candy tree, but I think this little baby tree with all it's colour and sparkle will always be my favourite! :) In saying that though, I'm excited to be going to Virginia in two weeks to have Christmas day with my family there and I'm looking forward to seeing the tree and Christmas decorations, as Mom makes it look like Santa's grotto. I'm very much prepared for three Christmas's every year now! :p
 
 
I was so excited that for the first week back home Kelly (my twin sister) and her husband Chris, (yes we are both married to Chris's and our brother is also a Chris...it only gets slightly confusing when all three are under the same roof :p) were still going to be there. It was the first time that the four of us were in England together and it made our Nanna and Grandad very happy. I miss Kelly and Chris so much now that we live in different places so it was beyond awesome to spend the week together. Kelly and I love Gingerbread men from Greggs, our Mum used to get us them when we were younger, so during a shopping trip to Stockport we had to get one. It's little moments like these that I love sharing with my sisters! Yum! :)


I love this goofy picture of my husband Chris and I. I had to capture the moment he was trying his first Indian takeaway, as you do, I like to scrapbook everything! :p It was a success and he gave it a thumbs up. The tandoori chicken was his favourite. :)


On Kelly and Chris's last day, we piled in the car with Dad and our sister Jenny and went to Chatsworth house. It was a lovely drive through little towns and villages and I really enjoyed showing Chris different parts of England. It's funny here in KY because you can drive for three hours and still be in KY, but at home you can drive an hour and be in Wales. With this outing, although still in England, the Peak District is completely different to Heaton Moor and I just love that. It was beautiful and Chatsworth house itself made for a great day out. The house had been transformed into Alice in Wonderland and every room was a different part of the story, it was incredible. We then had a blast in the gardens when we found a maze. My sisters and I turned into big kids and decided to pretend we were in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, fake wands were drawn and we ran around giggling trying to get to the middle of the maze. Alas, we could see and hear people in the middle but after about 20 minutes running around in fits of laughter we still could not figure out how to join them. Mind you, if it saved us a meeting with 'you know you' I guess we won!! :p Check out some of the cool things Chatsworth house has to offer here: http://www.chatsworth.org/


I was so excited that I finally got to take Chris to the Manchester (German) Christmas markets. I've been telling him all about them for so long, so it was so much fun showing him around. It was even better that my brother was able to come with us, as I love getting to spend time with him. Him and his friend made it a lovely evening out as they were able to show my Chris more cool things around Manchester. We got to go to a fun restaurant too, at the recommendation of my brother and his friend, and my Chris tried his first English BBQ. :p


I was going to try and write about Christmas day in the same post but I think we'd be here for hours! :p I will save that for a post in the coming days. But another place we got to go, before Kelly and Chris left, was The Trafford Center. It was lovely to see it decorated for the holidays and as we got there early in the morning it was nice and quiet and we got to leisurely walk around without bumping into people. Chris likes a lot of the English shops, with Next being his favourite, so it was an enjoyable morning out! :)

I shall leave my home adventures here for now and wish you all a wonderful day. If you got to anywhere nice over the holidays I would love to hear about them in the comments below. Also, if you have any cool places that you think I should take Chris too next time we are home, let me know! :)

Love Lulu. xx

Christmas Blogger Tag part two! :)

I'm currently sat watching 'Walking on Sunshine' with my Mum and sisters, we're having a girlie night while the boys are out on the town in Manchester, as a pajama night and a romantic girlie movie together has been long overdue and I've very much missed nights like these. I have to say 'Walking on Sunshine' is pretty cheesy but we all have a soft spot for Italian boys, so it get's a thumbs up from all of us and we are happily singing along, just think 'Mamma Mia' but the Italian version. :)

A little something sweet! :)

I've been meaning to get on here and post for the past few days but things have been a little busy with getting ready to head home for the holidays, and even though I get to see them all in three days, I have been feeling a bit down and missing my family lots, so it has been hard to focus and think of some fun things to write about. However, I've had a nice warm bowl of pastina, just like my Nanna and Grandad make it, and I am sitting by the tree having had a productive day...a productive day that produced yummy chocolate fudge, and with that turning out rather heavenly, I'm back in the Christmassy spirit. :p (and did I mention I get to see my family in 3 days? :p)

My sister, Kelly, and I have made fudge once or twice before and it was always a big hit with our friends. I couldn't put my finger on that recipe so I searched on Pinterest to see what I could find. I found one that came from realmomkitchen.com and thought I would give that one a whirl. I'm so happy I did, it turned out scrumptious and it was so very easy and quick to make. I'm already thinking of whipping up batches next year for gifts or trying it out when I get home this weekend so my family can try it. :)

What you will need:

1 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk.
1 12oz bag of chocolate chips. (the actually recipe called for semi sweet, I used milk chocolate)
1 cup of white chocolate chips. (here the recipe said milk chocolate :p)
1/4 cup of butter
1tsp vanilla.

Mix the condensed milk, chocolate chips and butter together in a pan over a low heat until combined and smooth. Once everything has melted and come together nicely, add the vanilla and pour into baking pan. Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours to set.

The recipe calls for a 9 x 9 baking pan, though I just used a biscuit tin and lined it with wax paper. I think my tin was smaller but it worked just fine! :)

I used milk chocolate chips and white chocolate chips so my version is probably a touch sweeter than the original, I just happened to have those chocolate chips in, but it turned out delicious and creamy and chocolatey and so so good. I'm very excited to try out different flavours and experiment with the likes of peppermint and dark chocolate chips! :) Furthermore, I think next time I might also try mixing the vanilla in with the mixture while its on the heat, as I'm not always a fan of the vanilla essence when its not cooked.

Enjoy! :)


Do you like how the tree has to be the back ground in every picture now?!! :p I love my Christmas tree!!!! <3

Happy baking!

Love Lulu. xx

Christmas = Hot Cocoa! :)

I have to admit that I'm not usually one for Hot Chocolate. If I was to ever drink it, I would have one of those Dairy Milk Sachets. (Sashaying over to the Sachet's...sorry I can't say that word without turning into Miranda Hart. :p ) No matter if I mixed them with milk or water, I could never finish a mug. Over the years I have tried the different brands, like the Malteaser ones, the white chocolate ones, I'm pretty sure I've even tried Wispa packets, for those of you who don't know what a Wispa is, you poor things you have been missing out :p, it's a British Chocolate bar, rather plain and simple but oh so delicious, but I still didn't really like it or enjoy it all that much. For some reason though, and especially at this time of year, that does not stop me craving Hot Chocolate.

Some one just has to mention Hot Cocoa on a Christmassy Winter night, or Hot Cocoa curled up by the tree and fire place and I'm like..."Yes Please" :p

So, this year I set about searching for some recipes on Pinterest for that rich, gooey, smooth and creamy Hot Chocolate, not the watery packet kind. I found one and was really excited to experiment. My husband is not a Hot Chocolate drinker either but he LOVED it and kept talking about how good it was. It definitely gets a thumbs up from us. :)

 
What you will need:
8 cups of milk
1 cup of heavy cream
1- 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk
1 tbsp. vanilla
2 cups of chocolate chips.
Marshmallows
Cool Whip
 
 
Simply place all ingredients in the crockpot on low for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. You will start to smell the melted chocolate as it starts to combine!! :) I left it on low for a while longer and then turned it to warm as I was waiting for my husband to get home, it didn't burn at all or spoil it, it just made the apartment smell of chocolate. :)
 
Once my husband was home, I poured some in to two mugs, placed Cool Whip on the top, added  mini marshmallows and chocolate shavings and...Yum.
 
 
You can use whipped cream or add any other toppings that you like. I will say that this recipe is delicious, however, it is definitely for those of you who have a sweet tooth. I think I'm going to try experimenting without the condensed milk next time and see how it turns out. I might even melt Wisps into it instead of the chocolate chips! :p I'll keep you posted.
 
Enjoy! :)
 
 
These adorable little mugs came from Michaels craft store! :)
 
Have a wonderful day!
Love Lulu xx
 
P.S. I have to add that I just went to the fridge to heat up a little hot chocolate and if you have it without the added sweetness of the marshmallows and cool whip, it is amazing. Some of the chocolate had gone a little solid again with being in the fridge but once melted down again, it's so good. It seems to be even better than before. You can really taste the chocolate and it's so creamy. It might sound strange but with the different milks in the mix, it kind of reminds me of a chocolate rice pudding and I adore rice pudding. :) Very much looking forward to experimenting with melting other chocolates in to future recipes! :) 
 

 
 


The Christmas Blogger Tag & my Christmas wonderland! :)

It's the 2nd of December and I can now officially dance and sing to Christmas songs! Yay! :) We have had our apartment decorated since before Thanksgiving but now it feels like the festivities can really begin and I can show you the Christmas tree and my Christmas Candy Land! :)

I caved (again) to my husbands plea of getting a new tree. We had only had our 'old' tree for two years but he wanted a bigger one. After looking around Walmart for a few minutes I fell in love with one that had gold glitter tips and pinecones already attached and suddenly I was picking out extra baubles and décor before I could stop myself. I'm rather happy that we picked out a new one as it's so fluffy and cozy and I simply adore it! :)

 
 
We stuck with the gold theme with the odd silver bauble. We also picked up some of the cute rustic looking ornaments like mason jars and sleds and a Santa that all had bits of red in them. Then we added a few candy canes here and there.
 
 
My view when I'm curled up with my coffee and a book! :)
 
Now, I had been wanting to do a little Candy tree for the longest time. I had ideas of actually using real candy and chocolate, like the chocolate ornaments we used to put on the tree when we were younger, but then at work one day I saw a bunch of adorable ornaments and started assembling this candy tree in my head while staring at them! :p All of a sudden I had a plan, I was adding things to my basket and couldn't wait to get home to assemble it all!
 
 
Close up! I bought a few mini candy canes, some cute as a button sweet ornaments and gingerbread ornaments. I had the bigger cupcakes from last year that Meme had bought for me and I purchased the adorable cookie tree topper from Michaels too! :)
 
 
All lit up! :)
 
 
I bought this foam Candy shop kit from Michaels too as I thought it would be perfect next to the tree! :)

 
My Chuck/Zachary Levi corner is now ready for Christmas!! :p
 

As this is a very Christmassy blog today I thought I would also include this Blogger Tag that I came across when I was on Bloglovin the other day. I saw this post from 'A beauty junkie in London.' http://beautyjunkielondon.com/2014/11/christmas-tag.html I don't go on Bloglovin very often but I like it every now and again to see if any new blogs catch my eye. This one did and I look forward to checking out more from 'A beauty junkie in London'. I tag +Angela Angeline , +Jasmine Atkinson and anyone who would like to take part! :)


1. What is your favourite Christmas Movie/s?
 
I would have to go with 'The Santa Clause' with Tim Allen. I adore Tim Allen and think he is the absolute best. To me he is childhood, as me and my family used to watch 'Home Improvement' together growing up. We watched every single episode and all loved it, so Tim Allen holds so many great memories for me. This film is just so magical and Christmassy and everything you would want in a Christmas movie. I do have to mention 'The Holiday' and 'Elf' as close runners up though. 'The Holiday' makes me feel cozy and I would very much like to live in that cottage and visit the Cotswold's. :)
 
2. Do you open your presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning?
 
Christmas morning. :) Always have, always will! Saying that though, last Christmas was the first Christmas that we did things a little differently, as it was the first Christmas I didn't spend at home in England with my family. We spent it in Virginia with my husbands family. Therefore, Chris and I had a mini Christmas day here in Louisville and opened our stockings and a present each around our tree a week before we headed to Virginia. But still ultimately most presents were opened Christmas morning. This year will be different too, as we will be going to England and having a Christmas day early with Kelly and her husband before they leave for Virginia and we will probably open our stockings here again around our tree before we leave for the UK! :)
3. Do you have a favourite Christmas memory?
Honestly, every Christmas for me has been magical. It's been the same since I can remember and I treasure every minute. It's all about family and food. We spend the day cooking and dancing, sitting round the table chatting and eating, pulling crackers and watching in anticipation to see how Grandad is going to wear the hat this time. Then we watch movies and eat dessert, chill and open a few presents. I got to experience new traditions last year and spend it with my huge family in VA and it was cozy and a day filled with lots of love and laughter. I got to shoot an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle, thanks to Chris's best friends Cole (they both got each other gifts from 'A Christmas Story') and have my first Christmas as a wife. I have been very blessed. 
 
4. Favourite festive food?
Mince pies with brandy sauce. Mmm, mmm, mmmmm! :p It's not quite Christmas until you have had a mince pie smothered in Brandy sauce.
5. Favourite Christmas gift?
Last year, from 4000 miles away, my sisters surprised me with bus tickets to New York and tickets to see First Date on Broadway. They got it all sorted and planned in less than two hours when they knew I wouldn't be able to go home for Christmas. The play was incredible and I got to meet Zachary Levi afterwards too. That was very much a dream come true and probably the best Christmas present ever. :p I'm not sure anyone could possibly top Zachary Levi at Christmas time in New York City! :p Read about it here: http://lululocket.blogspot.com/2014/01/i-heart-new-york.html I've had some lovely presents over the years though, from Kitchen Aids to Pajamas, WWE Magazines to teddy bears, to clothes and all things cute. We didn't really grow up writing lists as Mum taught us not to say 'I want', we would just hope we had been good enough and wonder, if we had, what Santa might bring us. As we got older Mum and Dad would ask if there was anything we'd like, but some of my favourite gifts are when Mum just wraps up things in the chocolate cupboard or our favourite Italian treats. :) Ooh I just remembered also, one year when the four of us were very young (I have two sisters and a brother) Mum and Dad experimented being away for Christmas and we went to Florida. I clearly remember the place we stayed and that on Christmas day we each received the same present, a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers annual, the three of us (Jen was a baby) bounced around the apartment with so much joy and happiness I can't even tell you. :)
6. Favourite Christmas scent?
Hmm, I'd have to say I love walking into my Nanna and Grandad's house at Christmas time, there's a mix of the fire blazing and Pandoro in the air, it just smells cozy and warm and Christmassy. Try opening a Panettone or Pandoro, not just at Christmas but anytime of the year, and you will feel like you are in Heaven. :)
7. Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions?
 
We have had the same Christmas day routine for as long as I can remember but I don't think we have any actual traditions. Kelly will have to help me out here if I'm forgetting something. :p
 
8. What tops your tree?
 
The tree in my apartment at the moment has a gold star a top it that lights up and my childhood Christmas tree has a white star a top it that has multi-coloured lights around it. We have had that star forever and practically everything on that tree and that tree forever and we wouldn't have it any other way, we adore it. I'm so very excited that this year I will get to see it and sit by it with a good book and show my husband all the decorations we have at home. :)
 
9. As a kid what was the one (crazy, wild, extravagant) gift you always asked for but never received?
 
Like I mentioned above, I really can't remember asking for anything. I'm sure we still wrote lists, in fact I do remember one year sitting round the table writing little notes to Santa and sending them up the chimney, but I have no idea what I would have asked for.
 
10. What’s the best part about Christmas for you?

The best part of Christmas for me is family. I love that all the decorating, all the Christmas shopping, all the holiday cheer leads up to a day spent with family. Now I know, every day should be like that and in my case and how close my families are, they often are. We have family days and big meals on most occasions Easter, Mother's Day, Father's Day, New Year's day, Birthdays and when I'm home we eat dinner round the table together every night, but there's just something so magical about Christmas. The house feels extra cozy, you don't feel guilty watching TV and movies all afternoon, you get to all share thoughtful gifts and get excited about making somebody smile with a little something that made you think of them or that you know they are going to love. For me also, even though it may seem commercial to some, or that I know some people don't celebrate it, I do love how in some ways it brings the whole world together. How on that day everyone is thinking about joy, cheer, hope, dreams, love and family. (I pray and think of those who work or are away from family or that Christmas isn't quite the joyess occasion and hope that someone is there for them or that light is just around the corner.)

It's a bit of a long one today but I hope you all enjoy this very festive post and that you have a wonderful day! :)

Love Lulu xx
 

Superdrug vs Walgreens! Collab with Angie from Chocolate and Lipstick. :)

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and was able to enjoy time with their friends and loved ones, and that if you had to work, that you got friendly customers and your day was great too! :)

This is a fun little post today. In the lead up to going home for Christmas I had got to thinking about the different things available over here compared to good ole Britain, I have written posts before about some of the things I miss and what I love about home, http://lululocket.blogspot.com/2014/02/britains-best.html but I thought it would be interesting to compare actual products and such. I love reading my friend Angie's blog, Chocolate and lipstick, http://www.chocolateandlipstick.com/2014/11/superdrugs-top-5-products-under-5.html#.VHnuzGAtDIU and it occurred to me that sometimes she posts makeup brands that I've never heard of before. So, I started asking her what brands we get at home now and what American brands she couldn't get. It was a fun little conversation and I realized that while Angie is quite the awesome makeup connoisseur, I am not! :p Who knew Maybelline and NYX were available in England! ;p

We decided that we would do a drugstore VS drugstore post and see what we could each come up with and with a budget of $5 or less for each product. I'm really interested to read Angie's post as with being away from home for so long I tend to lose track of what's going on over there and I get comfortable with American stores and products. In addition, this was cool to do as it made me step out of my comfort zone and try a few new products. After Angie told me that you could get most of my favourite drugstore brands in England, I searched to find and try out some of the brands I hadn't tried before. I liked this as it opened my eyes to things that were available and a lot cheaper than certain products I have been saving for and adding to my wishlist. :)

Walgreens sells: (This is my local Walgreens, so some stores may differ.)
Maybelline
Wet n Wild
Revlon
Almay
Milani (some)
Covergirl
Jordana
L'Oreal
Rimmel

Brands that are not available in Superdrug:
Wet n Wild
Covergirl
Jordana
Milani
Covergirl
Almay

Now as I mentioned above, until I spoke to Angie I wasn't fully aware of what brands were and were not available in the UK, so when first thinking about this post I was all ready to talk about how much I love my Maybelline Instant Rewind concealer and NYX lip-glosses. :p And as those brands have been my go to as far as drugstore is concerned, I wasn't prepared and couldn't just whip out the non UK brands from my drawer, I had to go out and purchase them. This made it even more interesting when Angie and I agreed on a $5 or less budget. :)

I admit that I struggled picking things out at first as I love places like Sephora, even though makeup can be expensive there, I would prefer to save and get fantastic quality than buy stuff that just doesn't even compete. I mentioned in a previous post about the Loreal Tru Match and how it simply doesn't work for me, which lead me to feel skeptical on some of the cheaper products, id rather save up and spend $45 on the Nars Sheer Glow than re purchase the Tru Match. In saying that though, I can also appreciate that some people don't have that luxury of saving up. And this is why I'm so happy I did this post and am excited to show you the treats that I found!! :)

 
Wet N Wild!
This brand I have seen a few times in Walgreens and I knew that it would be my go to when Angie and I agreed on the $5 budget, as there stuff is really cheap. And I have to say, its awesome!! :) I chose the eyeliner pencil as I had been needing an eyeliner pen for a while (I prefer it to gel) and I'm so happy I picked this one up instead of spending lots on a Nars liner or Urban Decay. I got the Black Noir, number 651. When I got home and swatched it I was like 'wow', it's smooth and incredibly pigmented and it went on my eyes like a dream. The best bit... it cost 99c.

 
I had to get a Lipstick as if you read my previous post... you know that I have been slightly obsessed with Lipsticks lately. :p I settled on the colour 'Think Pink' as it's just a nice nude/pink and rather girlie and pretty. When I got home and unwrapped it I was slightly turned off my the smell as it has somewhat of a tangy smell, not the nice vanilla kind of smell that I've become accustomed to with the likes of Mac, however, again when I swatched it, it immediately got a thumbs up. And when I put it on my lips, it became my new favourite. It has great pigmentation and goes on incredibly smooth and the smell is not a problem at all when you put it on. This Lipstick usually costs $1.99 but at the time I purchased it, it was on sale for $1.49.

 
CoverGirl
Next up I had been looking for a new bronzer and thought this would be a good opportunity to try out a new one. The CoverGirl Golden Tan bronzer caught my attention, it has a shimmer to it and just looked warm and not too orange or dark for me, as well as it only costing $3.99. :) I'm excited to experiment with this one, I wouldn't use it to contour but think it looks gorgeous to just add a touch of glow to the face! :) (Bottom right swatch)
 

I've been trying to get better at working with eye shadows lately, I used to do really black smokey eyes when I wrestled and since I stopped I never seem to do my eyes anymore and prefer a more natural look. But I have a long list of tutorials that I want to try out and am determined to get a nice statement everyday look that includes eye shadow. This palette I liked because of the purple colour. I think its a gorgeous colour for Fall/Winter. The shades are quite pigmented, though I did have to go over the swatches a few times so they came up on camera but I think they would look beautiful on the eye if maybe you wet the brush first. :) This little palette cost $4.79.
 
 
Milani.
I really wanted to test out some Milani products, as I know Angie has been wanting to get her hands on this brand, and I thought it would be fun to see what I could recommend. However, I found it tricky to decide on what to get, as the only things that were within budget at my local Walgreens were the individual eye shadows and non of them were jumping out at me. So forgive me for breaking the rules a little bit but I thought I would just stick with a product of there's that I already had and love. The Lipstick in Enchanted Topaz I received as a gift from my friend Kacie and it has been one of my favourites since. It's beautifully pigmented and smooth and just 49c over budget, ($5.49) so not too bad! ;)
 
 
I hope you enjoyed this Collab! :) I want to say a huge thank you to Angie for taking the time to do this with me and for putting up with my gazillion questions! :p She is extremely awesome and kind and incredibly supportive and i'm so grateful that I found her in this blogging world. Please check out her blog here: http://www.chocolateandlipstick.com/2014/11/superdrugs-top-5-products-under-5.html#.VHnuzGAtDIU 
 
If you have any drugstore recommendations, please feel free to share in the comments below! :)
 
Have a wonderful weekend! :)
 
Love Lulu xx
 
 
 
 













What i'm thankful for... :)

Although I always laugh with my friends around this time of year about the fact that us Brits shouldn't be celebrating Thanksgiving, it's become somewhat of a tradition in itself that I join in with the festivities. :) I've spent three thanksgivings in Kentucky now and one with my family in Virginia and I have loved them all.

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas tree...

So I have to admit that yesterday, the 20th November 2014, I put up and decorated a Christmas tree...yes Dad I know, I know, it may seem way too early but I just couldn't resist! :p My Dad will be laughing at me right now and rolling his eyes, in fact I just sent him a voxer of my lovely Christmas décor and I am eagerly waiting his reply! :p He doesn't like to decorate until at least a week into December and for 25 years I was the same. However, if you can remember me telling you last year and also I think I may have mentioned it in my recent Christmas DIY post, I had caved in to my husband wanting to decorate after Thanksgiving and that had been a first for me. Well this year, I have set a new record in my family and Christmas is well and truly underway in my apartment! :) But before I show you my cute Christmas corner (that will be in a post to come) I thought I would share with you some more of my Christmas treats and DIY! :)

I'm excited to announce that I will be at The Flea Off, Holiday Bazaar in Louisville on Sunday 7th December, from 12-6pm, along with my friend Sarah. I have been busy making lots of crafts for the event and am so happy that we got a spot. If you are in the area, you should come by and say hello. It will be my first craft fair and I can't wait to see what is in store and get some ideas from other crafters too! :) Sarah will be reading Cards, so our booth will be lots of fun! :)

But back to some of the crafts that will be available! :)

 
Christmas Canvas!
I adore everything burlap, it just looks so rustic and pretty but has a cozy element to it too. I saw these burlap canvas's at work and just had to pick them up. They came in a pack of 4 squares and were around for the Fall season, sadly I don't think we have any in stock at the moment. But I'm sure with a regular square canvas and some burlap wrap, you could make your own! :) All I did here was hot glue the buttons into the shape of a Christmas tree, added brown felt at the bottom for the tree basket/box and put a silver star button at the top for our shining star. The buttons I picked up from Jo-Anne's fabrics as they have quite the button selection and the star came in a little Christmas baking button pack from Michaels! :)
 
 
'Milk for Santa' Bottles!
These bottles I had purchased from www.shopsweetlulu.com sometime last year and I had been stumped on what to do with them. I think I was saving them for my kids parties one day! :p But upon looking at all the Christmas straws I seemed to have collected and the ribbon that I couldn't resist buying from work, I came up with this little idea. It kind of went with my thinking of kids theme and I thought it would be really cute! :) I punched out the label from red cardstock, using my flowery punch, I then wrote 'Milk for...' in a regular black pen, I then placed a chalk sticker underneath and wrote 'Santa' in chalk. I liked this idea as I thought doing this with a chalk sticker meant that these could be used for kids parties where you can simply wipe off the chalk and write whatever name you like, they can then be used as party favours. For these though, I liked writing Santa and thought it could be used on Christmas Eve when the kids leave out the mince pies and milk. :) To finish it, I used my Christmas ribbon to make a bow and attach the straw!
 
 
Candy Land Center piece! :)
This was so much fun to put together! I had the idea at work one day when I came across these adorable candy cane sticks and colourful decorations. I wanted to make something that was bright and cheery and Christmassy but a little different! :) First into my glass fish bowl went the Styrofoam (you will have to cut this in half to make it fit) and fake snow. Then I simply positioned and repositioned all my decorative pieces into the Styrofoam until I was happy with how it looked! My husband says it looks like something from Dr. Seuss! :)
 
 
 
 

I hope you like all these craft ideas and again I would love to read about your own ideas and Christmas decorations and themes in the comments below! :)
 
You can buy all the things you need for these crafts at www.Michaels.com or in a Michaels Store near you. The odd bits and pieces came from JoAnne's Fabrics and as mentioned above 'Shop Sweet Lulu'  or you can come by The Flea Off, Holiday Bazaar in Louisville on Sunday 7th, from 12-6pm and buy them already made! :)
 
Have a wonderful weekend!
 
Love Lulu xx
 
 



Fun, Girlie, Lipstick Blog!! :p

It seems that lately my lipstick wish list is adding up, it's the one makeup item that I seem to be reaching for the most, as well as seeing new ones and going 'oooh yes please' :p I've been trying to break out of my comfort zone a little bit and try new colours for Fall/Winter and really got into the trends this year. I'm usually one for pink everything, I've experimented with pale pinks to bright pinks to nude pinks, so when I went to pick up a deep red from my collection the other day, I thought to myself 'when did I suddenly accumulate so many lip products!' :p I thought I would be a bit girlie today and share my small collection with you. Maybe you will see some that you like and would want to try and maybe you have some that you think I might like also! :)

I'm sorry that the pictures aren't the best, I'm really trying to work on that at the moment, but I think you can see the colours pretty well, especially once I swatch them! :)

 
From left to right:
1) Color your smile lip-gloss: Rose Hill
2) NYX lip-gloss: Apple strudel
3) NYX lip-gloss: Crème Brulee
4) Maybelline lipstick: Shocking Coral
5) Maybelline whisper lipstick: Pink Possibilities
6) NYX lipstick: Hippie Chick
7) Milani lipstick: Enchanted Topaz
8) Maybelline Matte lipstick: Divine Wine
9) Mac lipstick: Myth
10) Limecrime lipstick: Geradium
11) Bite Beauty lipstick: Musk and Lychee
 
 
The swatches are the same order posted above! :)
 
1) Color your smile lip-gloss: Rose Hill
I was so excited to get this one, as of course I adore Jaclyn Hill, and I have to say I do really love it! The color is so pretty that I usually reach for it on days when I'm not wearing much makeup, just to make me feel girlie, a little brighter and put together. The only thing I don't really like about this is the tackiness. Now I have heard people say that is a good thing because then it lasts longer but I don't know if I care much for that. Not to be negative, as honestly it hasn't stopped me using it, but I think I definitely prefer reapplying to feeling sticky. :) But yay Jaclyn Hill. Her other 3 products from Gerard cosmetics are definitely on the wish list! :)
 
2 )NYX lip-gloss: Apple strudel
3) NYX lip-gloss: Crème Brulee
I'm putting these two together as simply put, I LOVE these glosses. I heard so many great things about them that I couldn't wait to try them and they did not disappoint. They are spot on for the price and are so soft and creamy and moisturizing that you can't go wrong with them. My lips are quite red so I do have to put a little powder or touch of foundation over them if I want to get the full  pigmentation from these glosses but they are gorgeous. :)
 
4) Maybelline lipstick: Shocking Coral
I think I bought this one last summer when I started wanting to experiment a little more and it was my go to when I braved being a bit bolder. It's extremely pigmented and gives you a lovely orangey coral bright lip, with a bit of pink too. It goes on smooth and creamy and is still one of my favourites! :)
 
5) Maybelline whisper lipstick: Pink Possibilities
This one I got around the time I picked up the Shocking Coral one. This one is much more pink, just a sweet, pretty pink, though it is more sheer. It feels more like a balm to me, so I can sometimes just go crazy and keep applying it. It's soft and smooth and the more you put on the brighter it gets! :p
 
6) NYX lipstick: Hippie Chick
I saw this on Pinterest mixed with another color from NYX and I thought it looked so cute and gorgeous, but I have to say that it is my least favourite out of all my lip products. It doesn't have any consistency on my lips and breaks up in every little crease. I even tried putting it over the top of another colour but it didn't work. The only way I can describe it, its like chalk. :( Anyone else have that problem with these lipsticks?
 
7) Milani lipstick: Enchanted Topaz
Eeeek, this one my friend Kacie surprised me with, as a dupe for Jaclyn Hill's 1995. And it's awesome! I love it! It is beautiful and creamy and soft and pigmented and one of my favourites. I don't think it's as dark as 1995 but I think it's just perfect. For me, its just the right amount of nude but warm with taupe/brown. I can wear it with my Mac whirl pencil and just blend them together a little to get a nice Fall look. :) Thank you Kacie!
 
8) Maybelline Matte lipstick: Divine Wine
Now this one I have to admit was my complete obsession after seeing Casey Holmes use it in a tutorial. I just had to get it! :p It just looked stunning. It was out of stock for a good week after she posted her tutorial but I finally found it in my Walgreens. As I mentioned before, I am more of a pink girl, but I liked how this wasn't a bright red and had a deeper look to it, that's why I thought I would try it. I've realized that I have to be in the right mood to wear darker colours as I am simply more of a bright colored person, however, saying that, I do think I can get away with this shade of red and I want to be brave more and wear it because it is just that gorgeous. I honestly adore it! :p And Maybelline really do have a wonderful formula for their lip products as it goes on like a dream! :)
 
9) Mac lipstick: Myth
I went through a phase of loving the look of a really nude lip, in summer it just seemed to fit so I picked up Mac's Myth. I think I have worn it once on it's own and with a light pink blush I kind of like it for a very sweet look. :) I wore it more with Rose Hill over the top and just recently I tried it with Divine Wine. I put Divine Wine on first and then dabbed a little of Myth over the top with my finger and it simply toned it down a little to suit me! :) I think Myth is a great basic to have that you can mix and match with almost anything! :)
 
10) Limecrime lipstick: Geradium
This one Kelly got me for our birthday and it is so cute! I adore this packaging and the whole LimeCrime range, just gorgeous. The formula for this is awesome, it's so bright and pigmented and smooth and creamy and the colour lasts for ever! I have to be in a bold mood for wearing this one as it is a stunningly beautiful bright, bright pink, with a touch of purple in it I think. Id definitely purchase more from LimeCrime! :)
 
11) Bite Beauty lipstick: Musk and Lychee
I bought this one so I could see if the darker colours suited me. I had heard good things about Bite Beauty and I liked that I could try out two colours for only $12. I'm so happy with this purchase, Musk is the darker of the two and works beautifully with my Mac Whirl pencil, it's that nude/taupe/brown shade that is very popular right now. Lychee is slightly more sheer and pinky and is lovely over the top of Musk to brighten it up. They are both creamy and moisturizing! Definitely a thumbs up! :)
 
 
Another look at the colours up close! :)
 
 
Hope you enjoyed seeing my lipstick/lip-gloss collection! What are your favourite lip products? Do you have a 'go to' colour currently? I'd love to read about them in the comments below! :)
 
Have a wonderful week!
 
Love Lulu.xx
 
 

 


 
 
 
 
 
 

Christmas is coming! :)

I feel like it's been ages since I last blogged and I have been eager to sit down and write. This week has been super busy, I have my fingers crossed that I am able to get a table at a craft fair in December so I have already been working hard putting stuff together for that, in addition to working at Michaels and just going about my daily routines! :) I have been getting lots of ideas together for my blog and have been feeling rather festive as of late. With working at Michaels, Christmas was in full force before Halloween was even upon us and although I have let out an "It's too early for Christmas" here and there, I have to be honest and say I'm already wanting to decorate my apartment and I've well and truly began my Christmas shopping and getting in the Christmas spirit. :)

With that being said I wanted to share with you today some of my Christmas DIY's. There will be a few of these posts to come as I am currently having so much fun thinking of homemade gifts and looking up crafts on Pinterest, as well as getting ideas from people at work. And considering we are nearing the middle of November, I thought that it would be nice to get a head start on preparing decorations and the odd gift! :)

First up, I saw this on one of our flyers at work and thought it looked so cute. I love anything to do with chalkboards and the rustic vibe they have, so I really wanted to have a go at making one. You can go in to Michaels this Saturday and join them for a Pinterest afternoon where you can choose from a few things to make, buy the stuff and have teachers in the classrooms instruct you and help you make it. This is one of the things you can choose and I love it! :)

 
It's rather simple and pretty inexpensive to make too. All you need is
Charger plate, I liked the red and gold ones, 2 for $3 at time I bought them.
Chalk paint, I picked up this Craft Smart one for $1:49
Paint brush or foam brush, I had some at home and forget how much they cost but Michaels has a selection.
Paint pens. (not pictured)
Chalk.

Then all you have to do is paint the middle of the charger plate with your chalk paint, I used 2 coats and then using your paint pens, decorate the rim of the plate... and voila:

 
Then of course use your chalk to begin your Christmas countdown! :)
 
 
 
Next up, I just wanted to fix up my wreath from last Christmas. My sister and I had experimented last year when we saw these ornaments wreaths and thought they looked amazing, again it was so easy to put together that we raved about homemade being the way to go! :) However, after a year in my cupboard it was looking a bit worse for wear and I wasn't keen on the wire frame, as it made the ornaments move around a lot and made it look less full. Well with being the proud owner of a glue gun (finally) I decided to buy a foam wreath ($4.99) and attach the ornaments to that to make it look more sturdy and pretty! :)
 
 
Before, the ornaments were getting loose and falling off, so I pulled them away from the wire and their little hooks and pushed the top gently into the foam, then I filled the little whole it made with glue and put a drop of glue around the top of the ornament and placed it back in the hole I had just made. I then repeated this step with all the ornaments until I had my finished look. 


 
I love the dimension and fullness that gluing it to the foam gave it, it looks so cute! :)
 
And lastly for today, an adorable and yummy gift idea. :) For this all you will need is:
 
 
Mason jars with handles. $3.99 each
Christmas lids. 2 for $3.99
Christmas straws. (comes in pack with lids)
Chalk stickers.
Christmas ribbon. $1.99.
Christmas stickers. $1.00 & up.
 
I had seen this idea on Pinterest and it made me smile. I adore stuff like this and thought they would make perfect Christmas gifts. You can design them however you like really, depending on what you wish to fill yours with! I liked the idea of Hot Cocoa, so I simply wrote Hot cocoa with chalk on the chalk stickers, swapped out the plain metal lids with the red ones, added candy cane straws, stuck a Christmas sticker on for good Christmassy measure and tied a gold ribbon round the top. Before you give them out as gifts, you can either fill them with Hot Chocolate powder with a few marshmallows at the top so it's prepared and ready to go, or you could fill it with all kinds of Hot Chocolate sachets. I love both ideas!! Yay Christmas! :)  
 
 
 
I really hope you like these Christmas DIYs and gift ideas. I have lots more to come and can't wait to share them with you! :) If you have started decorating already or have ideas of your own, please share them in the comments below as I would love to see them and read about them! :)
 
Everything you see here can be found at a Michaels Store or at www.Michaels.com
 
Have a wonderful weekend! :)
 
Love Lulu. xx
 
 
 
 
 
 
 





Twin talk, guest post! :)

I have posted a few times about what it's like being a twin http://lululocket.blogspot.com/2014/07/its-twin-thing.html but recently my Twin sister Kelly decided to write a piece on her take on being a Twin. I thought it would be fun to post it and share it with you, so now you get both sides of the story as it were! :p Kelly and I write quite differently and she always suggests that I edit things for her before I put it on here, however, when I read this I was laughing and crying all at the same time and didn't want to change a thing. This is Kelly through and through, her humor, her airy fairyness and my most treasured other half! :)
Have a lovely Sunday. For those across the pond, I will be joining you in remembering on this Remembrance Sunday! British and proud!! :)

Love Lulu. xx

Hi Everyone, 
It's the other one here today, after doing my little book reviews I just had a topic I felt like writing about, so thought I would send it to my "editor" (Lucy) and see if she liked it! :)
As most of you may know, me and Lucy are currently living in different states after 26 years of always being together. This has taught me a few things, but mainly,
1) Being apart sucks and
2) I LOVE being a twin.
The latter is my topic today. You see, all our lives we have been asked lots of questions and also been told various statements related to us being twins, well now I would like to answer them for you, here goes:
 
Ooh first I will add, these are all my opinions and thoughts, I don't wish to cause offence or anything of that nature...its my sister's blog so I don't want to get her in trouble...she is my twin though so same thoughts and what not...I kidd, I kidd!!! 

1) What's it like being a Twin?
Now this is probably the most common question we get asked, besides the obvious are you twins? or who's older?, and here's the thing, it can be answered with a question, what's it like not being a twin? Yes I know I could answer with lots of nice things (and there are plenty) about how it feels being a twin, I will mention those things later, but the simple fact of the matter is, we don't know any other way. We don't know the feeling of being on our own or not having someone else to think about, it just doesn't exist. For example you know when people have been married for years and years and feel lost when their partner is no longer with them? Well I guess you could say being a twin is like a marriage, we are used to having someone there 24/7 and it feels strange when they aren't around, the only difference is, there was never a before being a twin part of our lives, so you see we really don't know the alone feeling. Does this make any sense? :p

2) Don't you think you should do separate things so you can gain independence from each other and make your own friends?
Simple answer no I do not! :p My sister and I have literally done everything together since day one, same classes at school, same clubs, same sports. We had the same likes growing up and even wanted the same careers. But we always had a group of friends and never felt we missed out. I understand the worry that some parents may have about wanting their twins to socialize and be their own people but personally I feel that its like you are then trying to take away something that makes them special, they are twins, by no means does it have to define them but that is what they are. They will make their own choices and even if it takes time, it will happen, they will make their own friends because as they get older they will be drawn to different people. If you worry they will become too dependent on each other, don't, because I guarantee they will be ok. I hate being away from Lucy like you wouldn't believe and I know people have had their concerns in the past that we have formed our own little twosome, which leads us to push people away and rely on each other too much. But here's the thing, I'm writing this from Florida where, I have my own job and where most people there don't know I have a twin, but I am surviving. I have my friends that I connect with different to Lucy and I don't feel like I push people away or have missed out on being my own independent person leading my own independent life. I was born with a built in best friend who I share a special bond with like no one else, why would I want to change that or go against it? I only hope the twins whose parents choose to separate them will always know that they have a special bond, one that should be nurtured and protected. 

3) What would you say or do if we said we only wanted one of you or chose one of you?
This question came to light during our wrestling careers when we were competing on TNA's British Boot camp. We usually sat there and said "oh we would be happy for each other", "we don't get jealous so if she did better, then fair enough" and all that jazz. And although those things are both very true, like Lucy mentioned in her blog.......... you know when you come up with a comeback way too late? Well, I would say to that question now..."if you only wanted one of us then that would make you stupid, because if you only needed one person then you could go and look at a million other girls and choose ONE of them, but you have TWO of us and especially in wrestling that is how we come. We have something different that currently there are only three pairs of in this business so why in the blue hell would you choose to make us like everybody else?" This question seriously does baffle me and I only mentioned it again because it came up again with another set of twins in wrestling recently and only then did it really hit me how stupid it sounds. To me its like being given a Tiger but deciding you want it to be a dog because everyone else has one and you think the tiger is too different or shouldn't be made to feel special. It is a Tiger damn it, it is special and it is different, it shouldn't be made to feel like it was supposed to be a dog or that something is wrong with it.

That may seem like a really bizarre way to answer to that question, I am currently trying to get my head round it myself but do you get what I mean?
Being a Twin is awesome and I wouldn't change it for the world. Yes it may make me slightly (ok, very) self-conscious in public on my own, yes I may get strange looks when I use "we" when clearly talking about myself to random customers or people who don't know I'm a twin, yes I may have grown up wearing matching outfits that some people may see as wrong for some unbeknownst reason, like its cruel to parade twins around and treat them "the same" but honestly WHO CARES??. I still go out in public albeit voxering Lucy to show her every item in Target that I find cute, I get through conversations and find that it gives me a sense of empowerment if I come across as a complete goof (we all do silly things, embrace them) and I look back at pictures and smile at the two little otters looking back at me from the pram, to which I can't even tell which one is me. I don't care that I was dressed "the same" like a little sideshow. Why? Because my Mum and Dad had Tigers and what would be the point in treating them like dogs? ;) 
 
P.s. I'm not stating that everyone who's not a twin is a dog, dogs are awesome, I'm simply saying that everyone has something in them that is unique and that makes them that Tiger, EVERYONE, when you find out what it is, you embrace it with every part of you and should never be made to feel ashamed of it or like you should change. :)

Hope that makes sense and you enjoyed this little insight on being a twin! :)

Have a great day!
Love Kelly xx







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