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Monday, 8 February 2016

Valentines Day Gift Ideas ♥

Carrying on from my Valentine's Day playlist blog post yesterday, I thought I would do a mini gift guide on Valentine's ideas. I'm single this Valentine's (my first in over 10 years.. weird) which means that I get to keep all of these pretty pressies myself.. yay!

You certainly can't go wrong Valentine's Day Flowers, and this beautiful bunch of a dozen deluxe red roses from Debenhams Flowers is sure to win you some brownie points! Flowers may seem a little bit cliché, but seriously, who doesn't love pretty flowers?! These ones are so perfect and they are the perfect symbol of love.

These beauties will stay looking stunning for at least seven days and even better, you can get 25% off a bouquet using code DFBLOG25 (not valid on Flowers by Post).

I don't know why, but bees are cute right? These sweet little gifts are all from Sass and Belle and I love the pretty bumble bee print! The ceramic coasters come in a set of four and each one has a different design and bee related slogan on it.. so cute! The little storage tin would be perfect for hiding little love notes or sweeties in, and the compact mirror would make a lovely gift for someone this Valentine's.

If you're looking for something a bit more serious, why not treat your loved one to a new set of undies? Everyone knows new pretty underwear makes you feel 100% more sassy and confident, and there are some stunning sets around at the moment. I picked up this floral lacey set in H&M recently and they have loads more beautiful pieces (how cool is this.. ooh lala!).

A simple statement mug makes an adorable little gift for a loved one. This 'I love you to the moon and back' bone china mug comes packaged in a pretty little box. Kitchen accessories and homewares may not be conventional gifts on Valentine's Day, but who's to say that they can't be romantic? 

Make someone's day with this Hello Beautiful pastel print message flag. I absolutely love this and it's sure to bring a smile to anybody's face! Surprise your loved one by hanging it up somewhere so that they see it first thing when they wake up.



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Sunday, 7 February 2016

My Valentine’s Day Playlist with Emma Bridgewater ♥


With Valentine's Day just around the corner, no doubt you will be hearing lots of soppy love songs and romantic hits playing on the radio. Although I'm not a big cheesy music lover I am partial to a little sing-along on my way to work in the mornings! If you're looking for the perfect Valentine's gift for someone who loves music and fashion, what could be more romantic than this pink hearts patterned Emma Bridgewater mini retro radio?




Not only is it DAB enabled, it also acts as a bluetooth speaker so you could even create your own Valentine's playlist and sync it from your phone or tablet. I love the retro 50's style of this radio and the ditsy heart pattern is just so sweet. It has been designed and made by British brand VQ and is available exclusively from John Lewis. 


Despite being single this Valentine's Day, I've created a Spotify playlist of my top 10 favourite love songs; some of which may be a little unusual but all of which I absolutely love. I've tried to include a little bit of everything, although I'm not much into chart and pop music I do love a little bit of emo punk pop!

Check out my playlist here:

You can vote for your favourite blogger Valentine's playlist using hashtag #MyLoveSong on Twitter, with one lucky voter winning their very own pink hearts radio! Competition ends Sunday 14th February at 12pm so be quick!

Happy Valentine's!




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Monday, 1 February 2016

January ♥

So, you may have noticed I have been on a little blogging break since just after Christmas. I wanted to have a fresh start in January after having a pretty rough year in 2015, so I've been keeping myself busy with other things recently. I have been spending a lot of time with friends and family and generally trying to get out a bit more and have fun trying new things.

I had a great start to the year with a night out in Manchester with Terri for New Years Eve, followed by rejoining the gym, attending Zumba class every week, trying out spinning for the first (and last) time, and visiting friends in Birmingham, Stoke and London. Although I feel like I've eaten so much over this last weekend so I need to work a bit harder for the next few weeks and watch what I'm eating!

Aside from this I did spend a whole weekend watching Making A Murderer... not a productive two days. I've also booked a couple of holidays this month; 4 nights in Ibiza for my oldest friends hen do and then a week away in Malaga with my family in June. Bring on the sunshine!

So here's a mini run down of my month... 


So my posing hasn't improved in 2016 however I have tried revamping my wardrobe with some new staples. I know this outfit is nothing ground breaking but it makes a change to the style I usually go for. The skirt was only £10 from Primark!

I also spent a whole evening clearing out my cosmetics cupboard and decided to compile all of my much loved Soap and Glory stuff into just one place. I now have three big boxes full of S&G delights!


I had a little day out in the cute town of St Albans recently and it's such a nice place with some lovely shops. We stopped off for lunch at my favourite Italian restaurant Prezzo and they do the most amazing starters; garlic mushrooms and antipasto.. yummy!


I've also been considering giving my hair a make over. I'm a little bit ashamed to admit... but I've never actually been to a hairdressers. Eek! I trim and colour my hair myself and since cutting back on harsh chemicals and heat over the last 18 months my hair has grown so long, but I don't know what to do with it! I like the idea of getting balayage done, but I'm so scared of going to a hairdressers! Any tips on finding a good one you can trust? Or should I just leave my hair alone altogether?


I recently had my first dining experience at Loch Fyne.. although I was too much of a baby to try anything fishy (I'm such a wimp). The food I had though was amazing, and I literally had the best steak I have ever had! It was cut up but so tender and juicy, it was perfect! I will definitely be going back again!

A few weeks ago Terri and I had a pretty great night out in Stoke which started off with shots of vodka mixed with raspberry cocktail in mini mason jar shot glasses and a bottle of rum. We also learnt how to Snapchat (I think) and didn't get up until 4pm the next day. Winning. 



I think cute little a-line skirts are going to be my favourite thing for the next few months! This outfit is another Primark steal; the collared top was only £7 and the black skirt £10. Although I really need to find some proper over the knee socks that don't keep rolling down below my knee!

The snow day we had the other weekend required a nice hot chocolate with extra cream and marshmallows in my new favourite Cath Kidston kitten mug. Pink, floral, kittens = could there be a more perfect mug for me?

Do you guys remember when I used to do awesome baking and cake decorating? Me neither.. it seems like so long ago! I kind of gave it up as it's so much effort and takes so much time to get right, but I bought this beautiful ceramic muffin tray from Laura Ashley to try and get myself back into it!

Can  you believe this cute fluffy gilet vest was only £5?! Grab yours now from H&M! It's super snug and cosy! Although be aware... it leaves fluff all over the place. Don't say I didn't warn you...

This weekend I went to see my old work pal Hazel in Birmingham and stayed at her halls of residence and I got to relive being a student all over again! We went to Bills for dinner (steak and cinnamon doughnuts.. amazing) and then onto the Mayday Parade gig. I'm so lucky to have her as she is the only person I know that has the same taste in music as me! 

I also met up with Terri and Tereza in Birmingham city centre and gorged on a super delicious double cheeseburger from Five Guys. They will forever be my favourite burgers although £8 is a little bit steep.. but worth it! 

And then on Saturday night I went to my friend Emma's snazzy pad in London for a little gathering at her place. Cue delicious cheesy nachos, creme egg brownies, Cards of Humanity and sparkling rose Martini. On Sunday we went into Central London and decided to have a full English at Garfunkels (bad idea.. don't go) and a little stroll around Soho before stopping at Hummingbird Bakery to pick up a treat for the way home! Mmm red velvet cupcakes...

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Saturday, 26 December 2015

Boxing Day Sales Haul ♥

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas! Mine was poop, but I did decide to get up nice and early this morning to head down to the Boxing Day sales in Milton Keynes to buy myself a few little treats.

Instagram media victoriajane6 - My #boxingday sale haul
 I bought these fleecey winter print pyjama bottoms with cuffed hems from M&S for only £6.25. I don't usually check out M&S but I do quite like their nightwear and underwear range and they have some great bargains at sale time. 

 I picked up most of my sale buys in Boots as all of their gifts are 50% off. This Umberto Gianni curly hair set was only £8 and includes scrunching jelly, defining mousse and nourishing oil as well as a pack of curlers (I never know how to use them!). The oil alone goes for £8 by itself so it's a good deal for the whole set!

 This Seventeen set comes with a instant glow cream bronzer, a shimmer brick and a big pink brush. It was only £6 and the bronzers sell for £5 each separately. 

I probably didn't need this, but this cute little Fifi Lapin canvas tote bag was only £6 and I couldn't resist it! And it came in useful for lugging all my shopping around. 

 I'm so pleased I managed to find this Soap and Glory The Perfect Ten eyeshadow kit. It has some gorgeous neutral colors and was half price at only £8. 

 This mini Soap and Glory box was only £5 and contains 4 little miniatures as well as a pink body buff. 

 And finally from Boots, I picked up this teacup shaped floral print ceramic vase. It was only £5 and although it's probably actually a bit small for flowers, it is very pretty!

 These cute printed socks were only 50p each in Matalan

 These super soft fleecey PJ's were only £6 for the set from Matalan. I am wearing them right now and they are so cosy! 

 Also from Matalan, these over the knee black boots were reduced from £32 to only £12! I absolutely love them and I've managed to squeeze my chunky calves into them.
 These pretty blue lacy knickers were only £1 from Primark. 

 And this chunky cable knit jumper was only £5 from Primark too!

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I've also ordered this cute floral kitten mug from Cath Kidston for £5.50!
I also did a quick Boots hunt online and picked up this St Tropez instant party kit for £6.25, the Soap and Glory Soaper Star set for £10 and Laura Ashley blue floral ceramic muffin tray for £8!

Have you found any good sale bargains?




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