Monday, 30 August 2010

I have a shop!

Well hello there! Can't believe how long it has been! In fact I can't believe August is pretty much over, I have no idea where it went. It got lost in all the excitement which I shall try bring you up to speed on now :)
The biggest news is I'm opening my own shop! It's in Glasgow's West End and is shaping up pretty good if I say so myself. If you want to check out a couple of progress pictures check out the Miss Lottie Lou Facebook page as I shall be updating quite a bit over the next week. It's decorated with beautiful old furniture (more on that in a minute) and is going to be stocked with my own Miss Lottie Lou clothing, Flossy and Dossy knitwear and vintage jewellery from Vintage Inspirations. It's all too exciting!!

The beautiful furniture I mentioned is actually a matching bedroom suite. It is a big double wardrobe, a man's wardrobe with the cute labelled shelves and a big dressing table complete with huge mirror. Now don't hate me, but just like the last matching bedroom suite I got, it was all free off of freecycle! The original ad I replied to just mentioned old wardrobes but when I went to view it I saw the dressing table and nabbed that too. There were also some old green arm chairs in the rubbish 'pile' so I asked what was happening with them and I nabbed them too! So now my shop is kitted out in the finest vintage furniture woohoo! The shop isn't even finished yet but I already want to spend all my time there :)

Another amazing thing that is making this August by far the best month I've ever had, is that I bought some industrial sewing machines for super duper cheap off of a design studio that was moving. It was a first come first served basis and boy oh boy was I pleased I turned up early! They now take pride of place at the back of my shop so I can sew and sell all day long!

And to round off this unbelievable month I got 2 swallows tattooed by the awesome Spaniard David from Forevermore Tattoo Parlour . I love them :D They are my birthday present (which was August 14th) from my parents.
Please excuse the terrible bathroom photo! But there they are and I love them :) And not as painful as I thought they were going to be thank goodness!

Rightio I think that is you all up to date now :) I'll do a proper a shop update when it's ready for opening. Wish you could all come to my opening night!! I know I know that's not possible but it would be awesome!
Hope you're all well. I do still take time out to read all your blogs but I've turned into a bit of a lurker as I don't remember the last time I left a comment anywhere so I'm very sorry about that :(
I'll be back soon!
Lottie x

Friday, 23 July 2010

Love Benefit Cosmetics?

Well do I have a treat for you!!

The fabulous Miss Hana Amelia (you'll have seen her photo popping up in most, if not all, of my photo entries!) is launching a V.I.P Benefit counter in House Of Frasers in Glasgow and to celebrate she's offering free Makeup lessons worth £20! All you need to do is drop her an email quoting 'Miss Lottie Lou' at with your name and telephone number and she'll get back to you with details. You can even take a friend along with you and make a day of it :)

I'm so excited!! I've used Benefit for years and can't get enough of it! I LOVE their Badgal lash mascara, couldn't live without it. In my poor student days I couldn't afford to keep up my Badgal habit so I tried to find a cheaper alternative but to no avail. I quickly learnt my lesson with rubbish cheap mascaras and went back to Benefit and haven't looked back since! I could talk all day long about which Benefit products I use and how fabulous they are but I'll let you all find out for yourselves :)

So email her and come play! Guaranteed it's going to be a fun event and everyone is going to leave looking amazing! I'll be there so hopefully I'll bump into some of you :)
Lottie x

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Rockabilly Rave

Two posts in one day?! Wowee! This one though is just a look at our pretty outfits one :)

Sigh I miss it so much!! Now saving for the Rhythm Riot in November :D
Lottie x


Hello! How are we all? As promised here are some photos :)

This was my stall at Granny Would Be Proud in Hillhead Library. Was a slow day for everyone but had good chats with fellow stall holders :)

Close up of my 'model', buttons and headscarves

My super duper amazingly awesome Trunk!! £15!!


Hangers and drawers

Fold down compartment

Now for some photos of fabric :D Yup I'm still buying absurd amounts of fabric, it's so addictive! I could open a fabric shop! Sometimes I think that would be ace...

To see more of my fabric head on over to my Facebook 'fan' page:
Next blog entry will be Rockabilly Rave photos :D
Till then,
Lottie x

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Tsk Tsk

So it seems I now only update once a month...that's bad :( My promise to put time aside each week never materialised!
Though I've been on three holidays so I'm going to use that as my excuse! My first was to Download festival, not really my thing but I got a free ticket and I just can't say no to free! Then I went to Rockabilly Rave which was amazing!! So much fun and I miss it :( Then I went to visit friends in Folkestone which was lovely. I also found house a few doors down from them that was a 1930's terraced house with original features including a roll top bath and fireplaces, for sale!! It was beautiful but unfortunately I don't have £129,950 and I highly doubt anyone would give me mortgage for that and even then I don't think I'd be able to afford it! One can dream :)
I have been working in-between too! Full time at the college and I've been on a Business Gateway Course to do my business plan. So now I can apply for start up grants and help :)
And the biggest most exciting thing is I have a stockist in Helensburgh :D They have taken all my random bits and bobs left over from my craft fairs and they've asked for a collection which will occupy the whole window!! So very exciting.
In other news I'm doing another craft fair on Saturday, Granny Would Be Proud in Hillhead Library Glasgow, pop along and say hi!
I'll do a little update with some photos soonish :)
Lottie x

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Hello June

Hey folks :)

Yup I'm still rubbish at However just wanted to swing by and tell you all the exciting news!
I've been to see Business Gateway and they're setting me up with grants etc and signed me up for various short courses that teach you all kinds of business things like bookkeeping and government things. I've also signed up to the PSYBT who provide business start up help to under 25s. Aaaaaand the other day I opened up a Business bank account :D
So even though I'm not busy creating (though I'm currently working on another toga!) wonderful garments, I'm still out buying fabrics and doing the boring but essential business things. Government and bank things are ever so scary but at the same time really exciting because it's those things that make Miss Lottie Lou a real life grown up business!
Well for the next few weeks I'll probably still be just lurking, popping up to make the occasional comment on your fabulous up to date blogs as this weekend I'm heading to Download Festival as my boyfriend's carer because of the broken ankle, and then I'm home for 2 days and I'm off again this time to the Rockabilly Rave!!! I know which one I'm more excited about! June is my split personality month :)
I'm applying for various stalls to keep me focused on Miss Lottie Lou though and I have a meeting with my first possible stockist tomorrow so fingers crossed :)
I'll keep you posted...eventually!
Lottie x

Friday, 14 May 2010

Pretty Things

Wanna see the dress I made for London journalist Jas Tang? Well here it is!

She loves it which makes me so happy :) She emailed me these photos the day the dress arrived! Anyone who walked past my office got dragged in to have a look...the boys weren't as impressed as the girls teehee.
That's it for today, have a good weekend,
Lottie x