Friday, 29 January 2016

Hello Bloggers. Where do I begin to start? I haven't blogged since May of last year and since then a lot has changed.

Blogging is one of my biggest passions and not being able to post in almost a year is ridiculous. With working full time at Next which you're all fully aware of and having a busy social life I found it very difficult finding time to create content for my blog.

I have thoroughly missed blogging and with it being a brand new year, 2016, my goal is to get my blog back in full effect by posting weekly (I bloody hope so!). You're all aware that my aim in life is to work in Men's Fashion and use this blogging platform as a creative outlet to help me break the Fashion Industry and gain some sort of interest from readers.

Enough of that, I want to rewind to last year and tell you some of the amazing opportunities I achieved last year.

On my blog I will be creating some #Throwback posts where I write some of the experiences I had last year as I didn't have time to post them in real-time last year.

2015 was an incredible year, my favoruite by far, and I've only lived nineteen of them so far. 

Every year proves to be better, I grow with age, I change in appearance and gain confidence, work harder and do some pretty cool things which fills a nineteen year old's body with much joy.

2015 was the year of growing up and having fun which were two important factors that contributed to the success of such a good year. Each year, everyone turns older and grows up and that definitley applied with me - turning 18 the previous year was one of the best things I could of wished for, your responsibility and social life changes over the course of a few months and you find yourself becoming a young adult with a lot to tackle.

Being 18 was one of the finest moments in my life, not only was I aloud to experience the night life of Weston-super-Mare and Bristol (non it's finest but it will do) but I began to be a lot more mature.

I can truly say last year was pure enjoyment - I found myself going out every Thursday and Saturday with my friends, meeting new friends and struggling to remember the nights before. 

Nights out are either loved or hated and I'm one who bloody loves them, yes you can frown upon them all you want but the idea of spending the early hours of the morning with your best friends, meeting new people and dancing to your favourite music brings me happiness, weird I know, but I still enjoy it. 

Last year was truly spent going out every weekend but it brought me some of the best memories and brought me some bloody brilliant new friends who I treasure the most. 

However 2015 wasn't all about drowning my sorrows in cheap Jager Bombs and Vodka Redbulls, but I also got to travel some of the world last year with my best friend, Britt (who I often refer to as Britney Spears)

Last year me and my best friend left what was a dismal, rainy UK behind and found ourselves jetting to Bulgaria and Lanzarote for our finest get away. We soaked up the sun, sat poolside, drank cocktails and gossiped the weeks away. With both of us finishing College and taking time off work it was fulfilling to hang out with my best friend abroad.

What made these trips sweeter was that these were my first trips abroad without being accompanied by my parents. Not only was it nice to being told what to do under Adult-Supervision but it was rewarding to find myself across the world without the help of my family and do it all myself.

Myself and Britt first hit the renowned Sunny Beach in Bulgaria, call it your upmarket Magaluf.

Party Holidays are often frowned upon by our current older generation, but for me it was always something I wanted to experience and to say I have with my best friend was nice. We spent the week soaking up the sun, drinking cocktails and partying the nights away on party boats and clubs.

Not only was Bulgaria brilliant but so was Lanzarote which I got to experience with Britt and her family. Her family was kind enough to invite me along to their holiday which I was more than happy to commit with. A week of tanning up, eating glorious food and seeing some mindblowing sites was truly amazing and I have the fondest memories.

2015 as I have mentioned was truly a fantastic year, some other highlights included going to Reading Festival with a group of my closest friends. Festivals are one of my favourite British past-times, along with a Chococlate Digestive, but four days camping, drinking and watching some of my favoruite musicians is truly bliss and something I look forward to doing every Summer.

Lastly the year brought me new and old friendships, brilliant memories, some truly cool photographs I'll forever treasure and writing this is getting me all giddy as the sounds of Lily Allen singing Somewhere Only We Know is being played through my ears, it almost feels movie like.

Therefore, I'll leave it here, 2015 was truly great and I hope yours was too.

I apologise for the lack of posts but from today onwards I am back, and better than ever.

Look out for some brilliant Fashion, Lifestyle, Travel and Throwback posts and I'll see you very soon with another post.

Charlie | chxrlietottle.blogspot.co.uk | Instagram - charlietottle | Twitter - chxrlietottle.

Summer Wishlist with Topman's SS15 Collection

Monday, 11 May 2015

After spontaneously booking a holiday to Bulgaria with my main one Britt ("It's Britney Bitch!") last night and Summer ever approaching I have decided to scour through Topman's Spring/Summer collection to find some new pieces to add to my Summer wardrobe and in this post I am going to rundown some of my favourite Topman finds that I ultimately want for the upcoming months.

Topman is one of the biggest high-street stores around and has taken the rightful spot at the top for being one of the best Mens Fashion stores in the UK - in my opinion.

With that said I have always considered Topman one of my favourite stores alongside Urban Outfitters, All Saints, and my favourite hidden/unknown vintage stores in Bristol. Topman is so effortlessly fashionable and is forever on top with trends and creating their very own. 

Simple Summer Look

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Hey guys & welcome back to my blog.

Forget about #ThrowbackThursday it's about #ThrowbackTuesday on my blog today and I am introducing you to one of my simple Summer looks that I wore frequently throughout the Summer of 2014 - simple, but a personal favourite of mine to say the least.

We all know I'm an advocate for a contemporary outfit - I tend to stick to black and white pieces and layer up with different pieces on top and that is no different with today's #throwback look. 

As we can all see I am wearing a simple black and white look (no surprises there). I am wearing an everyday essential white crew neck tee-shirt from Primark. White tee shirts are a necessity in a Male & Female's wardrobe as they're ideal to layer up with a variety of different pieces. Think of the white shirt as a canvas that you can paint on, it's a simple background item that you can vocalise by adding and layering different pieces on top.

The Breton Striped Shirt | River Island

Monday, 20 April 2015

Surprise. I'm back (this is almost as good as Beyonce dropping that iconic surprise album, and when I say almost I really mean this is much better)

You might of been wondering where I have been for almost three weeks (most likely not because you have better things to worry about then an eighteen year old blogger). As you may have gathered from my previous post I have been working full time since October since leaving College and the post explains my current state which includes working almost every day and going out on the town every weekend (and our Weston treasure that is the "Thirsty Thursday"). I go on to explain in the post I haven't been able to blog in a very long time and finding the time to do is almost a rarity but yesterday afternoon I took the time to go out with my best friend Emily (or as I like to call her Cren) for a stroll and take some photos which you will soon feast your eyes on.

In today's post I will be running down one of my favourite Spring/Summer trends that is the "Breton Striped" top (or you can simply call it a striped tee shirt if you wish but being a #blogger I just can't do that). Stripes are such a natural print to have on a shirt and almost everyone has something striped in their ever growing wardrobe.

Balancing a Blog With a Job & Your Social Life

Friday, 3 April 2015

At the tender age of eighteen I'm still living the high life that every teenager should do - this includes days out with friends, nights out on the town and so much more but besides hanging out with friends and having endless nights with my Spotify playlists and Twitter I also work full time at Next whilst writing a blog - sounds fairly simple right? Not.

"Teenagers have it easy" - the elder like to say but if you work as much as me and struggle to find time to do things you love to do it can prove pretty exhausting. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love my job at Next in which I've worked there almost three years. I have the best friends and times there and I work almost non stop which I adore as pay day always proves to be very pretty. 

Quitting College (my dreadful third year may I add, I did do a two year Media Course which I passed with a delightful DDM) and entering a world of full time work I knew was going to be strenuous but very rewarding. I work so much to the point I did sixteen days in a row without a break which was exhausting.

The Indie Cindy Tracklist | Spotify

Friday, 20 March 2015

Hey guys how's everyone doing? Happy first day of Spring may I add - please endure the next few weeks of blossoming flowers and easter eggs.

Every month without fail I like to introduce to you to a new playlist of mine that I have been obsessing over. I intended to upload this post at the beginning of March but with difficulties with the Spotify widget it pushed back the date of this post - until today. Initially this post was featuring some of my favourite slow jam tracks including the likes of Drake, Chris Brown, Kanye and so forth but in the past few weeks I've found myself listening to some of my favourite bands that I featured in my January playlist - my very first.

This month I have created the "Indie Cindy" playlist in which I have compiled a bunch of indie/rock music that I love and listen to on a daily basis. Some of the artists include my absolute favourites which are, Royal Blood, Peace, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Bastille and the Arctic Monkeys. 

Spring Scents | Calvin Klein & Paco Rabanne

Sunday, 15 March 2015

I and a lot of other males are long gone from the days we would spend our pocket change on Lynx Africa thinking we were some sort of irresistible human being that could attract anyone or anything with the sweet smells of a four pound aerosol can, but those days gradually went by when the teenager and adult in ourselves discovered cologne - our saviour.

If you're like me then smelling good is one of the most important things in my daily routine and forgetting to do so is my biggest nightmare. So in this post I am going to recommend you some of my favourite spring scents and colognes that I love to wear on almost a daily basis.

Like I've mentioned smelling good is extremely important and having a scent that smells just perfect is a necessity. Long gone are the days of aerosol cans, yes sometimes they smell nice and feel almost refreshing with the crisp scented air hitting your body but are they long lasting? No. This is why you need to make room on your shelf for the perfect cologne. 

Colognes and Aftershaves come in a variety of different scents by different brands and my two ultimate go to smells are those from Calvin Klein and Pac Rabanne.

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