Loving lately.


As it's Valentine's Day I thought that instead of declaring my love for my boyfriend (I'm sure by now you all know I think Jonathan is pretty wonderful) and cooing over photos of Lily and Lola, who I also love dearly, I'd tell you what else I'm loving at the moment.

The Sorry Girls on You Tube. Before I found The Sorry Girls I would often watch You Tube videos but would find it hard to find channels with enough of a mixture of the things I like. Well, it seems that amazing DIY videos, home interiors, a cute hedgehog named Harley and two lovely Canadian girls are my cup of tea!

Blogging and blogs. I really love writing a blog and the times I have thought about stopping in the 3 1/2 years I have been writing Lily loves Lola have been few and far between. I'm lucky in that I receive such positive, kind comments and it makes it even more worthwhile knowing that my blog posts can be helpful or even inspirational to others.

In terms of reading blogs I am trying to make more time to comment and find new blogs. I particularly like lifestyle blogs with a mixture of beauty, clothes and day-to-day life stuff but I also like craft blogs and fitness blogs too. A handful of my current favourites are A Rosie Outlook, Love Audrey, junkaholique, The Pampered Sparrow, Trinket Box, the glue gun girl and the tea drinking english rose which was one of the first blogs I ever found and followed many moons ago.

Other things I'm currently loving: my new Primark hoodie / my meerkat / reading / drinking tea out of cute mugs / treating myself to beauty purchases

Making good progress with my resolutions for 2013. One of my goals was to see more of my parents. Since the new year I have seen my parents several times whether it was just popping round for a cup of tea, going out for dinner or sleeping over for a night or two. There's something about staying overnight and having my meals made for me which makes me feel 15 again, and I quite like it.

Another item on my list, and quite a huge task, was getting photos printed. It makes me sad at solely storing photos on the computer or on my phone, and I'd hate to be a Grandma and not have albums of photos to share with my family.

I have spent hours upon hours sifting through photos, deciding which ones to get printed, uploading them to Photo Box, seeking out special offers and discount codes to make it that little bit cheaper, and buying scrapbooks, pens and photo corners ready for some major sticking and note-writing once the photos arrive.

It has been a huge task so far but once it's done it will be worthwhile and something I can continue to do going forward.

Music. I am currently loving the Fun album (especially this), The Lumineers (particularly this song), The Vaccines (all of their stuff but this is my favourite), good old She & Him (this song/video combo will always be the one I adore the most. I don't know how much JGL has to do with that), as well as Doppio Music who I listen to on Sound Cloud.

Reading. My love for reading is still going strong, aided by my Kindle Fire HD but also by the great finds in my local charity shops. I just finished Don't Tell The Groom by Anna Bell as well as a book sent to me for review, which will be published on here shortly.

As it's Valentine's Day and I'm a sucker for anything cute I wanted to share this video and I strongly urge you to watch it. It could melt even the stoniest of hearts!


  1. Happy Valentine's Day!

    I really want to make some photo albums too! Definitely checking out Photo Box. Also thank you for the YouTube recommendation, they sound cool :)


  2. I need to sit down and update all my photo scrapbooks. That may be something for Easter holidays I think :) xx

  3. Cute :')

    http://shinebrightx18.blogspot.co.uk/ - personal blogs.

  4. Thank you so much for the mention! :) I'm going to check out the other blogs you've mentioned - Rosie's is already one of my favourites too. As is yours!
    I may have to check out The Sorry Girls on youtube - sounds like my cup of tea too! And that hedgehog video made me squeal!
    I need to start getting more [digital] photos printed too, I've been awful at it. I always love going through my grandparents' old photos, would love to be able to do the same with my grandchildren.
    I love the Illamasqua speckle polishes..my boyfriend got me the lilac one! :) Love the pink one you got!

  5. I love love love She & Him :)

    Thanks for the blog recommendations. I'm really new to this game so always on the look out for new reads.


  6. Love this post! I know what you mean about visiting parents, i often pop to my mums a few times a week just to have a cuppa and it's lovely.

    My photos are all on my laptop, all those memories so easily destroyed, i never thought about printing them off before, but i will now!

    I know it's bad taste, but i've started a new lifestyle mix matched blog with beauty and stuff thrown in, i would love it if you maybe too a look? Sorry if that's a bit spammy, but i love your blog and would be flattered if you liked mine too :) Bella and Roscoe

    Hannah xxx

  7. I shall have to look at The Sorry Girls, I always love a good YT recommendation!

  8. ahhh I want a hedgehog now lol. Photoscrapbooking is great but very time consuming! Enjoy making - you will love the results! x

  9. Love that mug! :) x

    http://shinebrightx18.blogspot.co.uk/ - personal blogs.

  10. So happy you enjoy reading my blog Victoria and I'm thrilled to be grouped with the other fabulous blogs you like too, proud to say I follow most of them and agree they are a fab bunch!

    I love a blog post with lots of links to explore and I'm looking forward to checking out The Sorry Girls and some of the music you've linked :)

    Great idea to print your precious pictures! Might have to get on board with that idea ;) xx

  11. Thanks for the blog recommendations, will check them out!
    Carissa xx
    Vanilla Crush Blog

  12. Your blog is great and a real inspiration. The layout is beautiful and I hope i can improve my blog day by day to make it more appealing! I've recently started writing a London lifestyle blog and I so enjoy it. I'm off on holiday to Thailand and the Maldives soon and I'm so excited about documenting my travels! I always did want to be a journalist or a photographer (ended up a baker!) so it;s a nice way of using those skills.

    This is my blog if you would like a look, any feedback welcome :)


  13. I wanted to say what i'm loving is my new bracelets that I bought from your etsy site! I absolutely love my elephant one the most! :)