Wednesday, 30 July 2014

A summer holiday in Devon pt. 1

 
Hey guys,
 
 
So last week I went to south Devon wit my family for a weeks holiday. I am going to split this post into 3 posts otherwise it will be really long and bore all of you.
 We stayed in a caravan in Paignton and the sight had a lovely outdoor  pool which I went in about twice a day haha sadly no photography was allowed by the pool.

On the first day we arrived in the late afternoon so after checking in we went to explore the site and went for a quick swim, then we went off to the nearest beach which was Goodrington sands for a walk and there is a pizza buffet restaurant on the seafront so we went there for our tea.


 
"Sandy toes, salty kisses, sun kissed noses and sweet reminisces x"



 
How cute are these beach huts???

 
On Saturday it was my mum and dads wedding anniversary so we went into Brixham which is a little harbour village with loads of cute coffee shops, chippys and quirky shops.
 





 
Then we took a drive up to The berry head hotel for afternoon tea as it was my parents wedding anniversary.
 
 
We sat out on the beautiful terrace to soak up the sun and the stunning view.
 

 
The hotel offers weddings and after you walk down the steps and have the photos on this beach...could you imagineee <3

 
My Outfit for the day. The beach behind makes this photo okay! Kimono from TU at Sainsbury's, top TU at Sainsbury's, trousers from New Look, bag from River Island and sunglasses from Primark


 


After we went back to the caravan to change and go for another swim. For our evening meal we were driving around Paignton looking for somewhere to eat when I spotted The palm tree café, bar and bistro. It is a small bar and restaurant, as soon as we walked in a fell in love with the place. They ticked all my boxes. The drinks menu was so brilliant ranging from local ciders, milkshakes, iced tea and wines. They offer a coffee shop feel in the day with cream teas and loads of homemade cakes. In the evening the menu is so current and reasonably priced.

 
 
My dads steak with flat chips, mushroom and a mozzarella stuffed tomato looks so beautiful right?

 
I ordered a half portion (child's size) of the sweet chili king prawn linguine which was so beautiful.
They use all local ingredients and have won so many awards. Oh if being and café, restaurant and bar isn't enough for The palm tree they are also a small deli selling locally produced ciders, wines, lemonades and a very amazing salad dressing along with jams, chutneys and cheese. So if you are ever in Paignton I really recommend this place.
 
So that's it for Friday and Saturday. The next part of my holiday should be up tomorrow. I hope you have enjoyed this post and let me know the comments if you have ever been to this part of Devon.

Love Charlotte
xxx
 
 
P.S. Thanks to everyone of you who entered my giveaway! The prize will be sent of to the lucky winner soon. I may  be doing another giveaway at 250 (I am currently at 162) so keep your eye out for that.  
 
 
 
 
 


Sunday, 27 July 2014

My secret hobby!

 
Hey guys,
 
Today I am going to talk about something a little bit different on my blog. If you saw yesterdays post (read it here) then you will know that I am a massive fangirl for a lot of bands. the likes of All time low, McFly, You me at six, We are the in crowd, Blink-182, 5 second of summer and Chunk! no captain chunk just to name a few. Of course like most people unless you were supper girlie or popular all through school I went through an 'emo' phase.  Although my phase was very mild, I never dyed my hair or got my ears stretched however this may have been different if my mum was a lot more open and lets be honest a little less judgemental about these stereotypes.
 
Anyway about two years ago, I used twitter to fangirl and made friends with so many people in the same fandoms I had over 2,000 followers on twitter and one of my closet internet chummys introduced me to a Website called Wattpad. Wattad is a brilliant space to write your own stories. You create an account then you can follow others, like, comment and share on their stories and you can literally write about anything and update over a long period over time. So I think you can guess where I am going with this that a lot of the stories on Wattpad come under fanfiction. The fanfics on this website can get insanely popular if you are lucky. There is a one direction on called After that has over 2 million views and is apparently being turned into a film. You can even find fanfics about youtubers like Casper Lee, Joe Sugg and Danisnotonfire so there is something for everyone. I fell in love with these stories written about my favourite band members and they were so easy to read and they way you interact with other readers is amazing that I soon began writing my own. I started writing an ATL fanfic that I was really proud of and it was getting a lot of reads. I spent a lot of time writing chapters (the same way I do with this blog) but in last February for some reason I just stopped using it. It wasn't until last week I decided to catch up with a few of my old twitter friends that I remembered how much I loved that world. The love that people share for the same band really brings people together in a way you cant experience anywhere else. Over the last 6 months I had been calling my blog twitter account @afashionoddity my personal and I never went on my actual personal which meant I was completely out of touch with new songs, tour announcements and albums in the process and it feels good to be in the loop again and involved in the amazing community of those fandoms.
When I logged back onto wattpad I found that my ATL fanfic had reached nearly 13K reads and loads of people commenting asking me to update and so I have. I spent many nights up late catching up with my favourite stories and it feels amazing.

So what I am trying to say is fanfics can sometimes get laughed at for being really weird writing stories about band members and just lonely girls sat in the bedroom but honestly some of the writing is amazing and the same way we use blogs to help our career in fashion or beauty some people really have the potential to be writers and I would defiantly read books buy them. Also give fangirls a second chance, sometimes I hate them too (so much arguing in the McFly fandom right now).
If you have a similar taste in music or just would like to follow my personal twitter it is @dropbearcharls and if you are interested you can find my Wattpad here.


Let me know who you fangirl over,  if you have ever read any fanfiction and your opinions on it in the comments. Thanks for reading and I hope enjoyed this post as I am a little bit nervous about posting it.

Love Charlotte
xxx

Saturday, 26 July 2014

LIEBSTER AWARD

Hey Guys,
I am back from my holiday. I was away from my blog for a week but I am back now and I am hoping to post most days now for the summer. I will of course be sharing with you a post about my holiday a bit of a lifestyle post with a few outfits in there and my giveaway end on Monday evening so make sure you enter that here. When I got back from holiday I was chuffed to see that I have been nominated for two Liebster awards which I am so grateful for so here is the first of my two Liebster posts.

I was nominated by the lovely Em from The Design Disciple. I have done one of these before and they are a great way to help promote other bloggers under 200 followers. You have to tell us 11 facts about yourself, then answer the questions I give you and then carry the chain on.

My 11 facts
  • I have a not so secret obsession with James Franco
  • I cant wait for university
  • All Time Low are my favourite band ever!!!
  • Italy is my favourite country in the world ( I used to dream of marrying an Italian)
  • I never seem to get the mainstream book obsessions like The Hunger Games or Harry Potter
  • I enjoy watching the news
  • I was actually born in England and I hate the way the welsh and English hate each other in sport.
  • I get scarred really easily. Seriously even some episodes of Pretty Little Liars keep me up at night.
  • I have never had a pet
  • I actually write fanfcition ( a post coming on this later in the week) You can actually read my stories or just have a look here
  • I would love to get my nose pierced
The Questions I was asked
1. What got you into blogging?
My complete and utter boredom with no real hobbies.
2. Which blogs/bloggers inspire you most?
Hm probably Carrie from Wishwishwish
3. If you could only shop in 1 store for the rest of your life where would it be?
Zara as it has everything from the casual range and to really chic smart pieces and everything is such good quality.
4. What is your most recent purchase?
5 Seconds of Summers album
5. What is your 'holy grail' beauty product?
Collection lasting perfect concealer
6. What is your dream job?
I honestly don't know. I guess working for a stylist for a big company like House of Holland (come on we all know my actual dream is being the next Karl Lagerfeld at Channel)
7. What is your guilty pleasure?
Hm this is tricky, I am not embarrassed of my love for McFly or All Time Low but when ever I mention it outside of those fandoms it is not cool at all.
8. What is the last film you watched?
We're the Millers , it is so funny I really recommend
9. How would other people describe you (one word)?
Loud.
10. What do you find to be the most difficult about blogging?
Keeping to my schedule and being consistent and when I am being consistent to keep my posts to my best ability and not rushed.
Bloggers I Nominate
I nominate any small blogs reading this, just comment or tweet me with your links if you do it.
My 11 questions

1. Your favourite song for this summer?

2. Who was your first crush?

3. Name a disappointing product that you regret purchasing

4. What was the last book you read?

5. How are you hoping to improve your blog over the next few months?

6. Favourite naughty snack that you know you shouldn't be eating this close to your holiday?

 7. Something you are excited for? 

8.Sum up your style? 

9. Your favourite thing about summer? 

10. The number one thing on your dream wishlist that you can only get if your rich haha? 

11. Your favourite nail varnish? 

I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know in the comments if you do this! 

Love Charlotte
xxx

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

A trip to the bay with my baes!

 
Hey Guys,
 
Last Thursday I went with a few friends on a short train journey to Cardiff bay for a walk by the sea, a look in the cute little shops and some lunch then we popped back into town (Cardiff city centre) for a bit of shopping. The weather was so perfect so I  thought I would share with you a few of the pictures I got of the day.
 


 
What a beautiful day!







 
The Norwegian church






 
Group photo


 
We found this amazing chocolate shop, I want the chandeliers and aw look at the Soldiers. They stocked chocolate Chanel bags and Tiffany blue shoes. I was very tempted by the cones of chocolate coated strawberries. Walking round this shop was like something from a film.






 
We popped into the Bay art gallery and there was an exhibition on by Gordon Dalton and these were a few of my favourite pieces.

 


 
Then we got the train back into town and window shopped through the sales and we sat in Bute Park which is near the Millennium Stadium but I surprisingly had never been there before. It was lovely to sit, it was so quiet and such a beautiful area. Look at how amazing the reflection looks in the river.
 
I hope you enjoyed this lifestyle post, I haven't done one like this for awhile although there will be more now, through the summer.
 
Love Charlotte
xxx
 

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