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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Autumn Country Style with Barbour, Joules and Rocket Dog ♥

With the colder weather drawing in it's time for me to bring out the tights, boots and coats all over again. As much as I love summer, I always kind of look forward to wrapping up all nice and cosy for winter! 

One of my favourite autumn/winter fashion pieces is this tweed mini skirt that I bought in the Joules sale last year. I love the wool mix fabric and simple shape, it can be worn smartened up for work with a blouse or dressed down for a casual weekend look. 

In this outfit I decided to wear the skirt along with a plain black ribbed body top, black tights and my waxed Barbour jacket to complete the country style look.  To be honest I rarely get to wear the jacket as it's quite heavy, but I do really love it! Especially the checked tartan lining and cosy hand pockets. 

To finish off the look I wore my new ankle boots from Rocket Dog.  The classic Camilla Chelsea boots have a waxed look to them, an elastic panel and zip detail along the sides.  They're ideal for country walks and I think they go with my Barbour perfectly!  


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Monday, 10 October 2016

Creating a Cosy Living Room for Autumn/Winter ♥

As soon as autumn hits I'm all about fairy lights, spicy scented candles and cosy cushions! There's nothing I love more then snuggling up on the sofa on a dark chilly evening after work with a hot chocolate. It's almost time for me to bring out my autumn/winter decorations and bedding which get more and more festive towards Christmas! 

Each season I can't help but do a little bit of window shopping for new homewares and there are some really gorgeous cute around at the moment.  George at Asda especially has some really cute bits and pieces on their website and so cheap.. I want everything! 

I thought I'd do a little blog post on how to create a cosy living room centered around a comfy family sofa.  Every sofa needs some seasonal themed scatter cushions like these sweet ones from Asda on and a nice thick cosy throw. Each year I always have a bit of a thing for stags and reindeer and I absolutely love the checked stag rug and framed print. There are so many stunning accessories around at this time of year! 

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Sunday, 9 October 2016

My Favourite Autumn Fashion Pieces ♥

Autumn is probably my favourite time of year for fashion! I can finally say goodbye to my razor and hello to a cosy pair of tights, and I love nothing more than a good pair of ankle boots instead of flat sandals and bare feet.  Ocean credit cards have asked me to select some of my favourite new seasonal fashion picks for autumn and I've found a few great buys on the high street.

This is basically my autumn style everyday outfit recently.  I love A-line button up skirts and this corduroy one from Primark is perfect for the chillier weather. I also picked up the pair of black suede chelsea ankle boots for only £15 in Primark and I wore them almost every day in September! They're very versatile and were great investment; hopefully they will last me until next year. 

I loved the cord skirt so much in black I also bought one in this gorgeous burgundy colour. Select also have lots of A-line skirts in in loads of different colours, and I bought this zip up black suede one (similar available for only £5.99 here).  

These style of skirts are so easy to wear and I find that teaming one with a basic top makes an easy stylish outfit for autumn. I found this thick grey ribbed T-shirt in H&M for only £7.99 and the striped bardot top was a limited time offer for only £3.99 (now available for £7.99 here) so I bought the striped one, a black ribbed one, and a grey marl one!

I'm so glad that bodysuits are back this season because I absolutely love them! I used to hate wearing them when I was a kid, but now I find them so practical and cosy (although always fearful of the dreaded un-popping gusset...).  

I've probably bought about 6 different ones over the past few weeks because they're just so perfect for wearing with skirts to stop that annoying rolling up when you wear tops tucked in.  New Look are currently offering 2 for only £12 of their ribbed bodysuits which are available in a few different colours. 

Ankle boots are definitely an autumn staple for me, and I always end up buying too many pairs that all look quite similar. But I really like these Rocket Dog Camilla boots because they're a bit different to the style I usually wear. I think with the low heel these will be great for wearing for country walks and would look perfect with my waxed Barbour jacket.

 I tend to buy myself a new 'big coat' every winter and this year I bought mine early as I spotted this skater coat in the ASOS sale for only £36.  I really like the pale ice blue colour and I think it looks nice with my grey fur collar (only £3.99!).  It's probably not quite cold enough to wear it yet but winter is quickly upon us!

 I got this Nica handbag for Christmas last year and I've used it every single day since. Unfortunately after 9 months of use the handles wore out but the store I bought it from accepted it as a return and I received a brand new one.. yay! Hopefully this one will last a little bit longer because it's perfect!  

I bought these block heeled ankle boots from Primark recently for only £18.  The tan colour caught my eye because I thought it would go nicely with the handbag and it makes a nice change to my normal plain black boots. 

 I thought I'd also post a couple of photos of my recent outfits. The tartan dress I bought from Primark a couple of years ago but it's my absolute favourite dress to wear in autumn! It's got a cute black collar and flared skirt with zip detail on the waist and it looks great with tights and ankle boots. 

This classic mac I actually found in a charity shop for £6. It's only a Primark one anyway so nothing too fancy, but it is quite smart and it's great for wearing at this time of year as it's lightweight. You can't beat a classic mac in autumn!

 And finally... a new season means new make up! These Giorgio Armani Lip Magnets offer a sleek look that is applied like a liquid lipgloss but dries completely matte.  What I love most about them is that they are really long lasting; I wore one on a night out at the weekend an it stayed on perfectly all night! Although my lips did dry out ever so slightly. I absolutely love the bold pink sand red shades and they're perfect for the autumn/winter months. 

I also thought I'd try out some new highlighting products so bought this MUA Luxe Strobe & Glow Kit and Make Up Revolution Vivid Baked Bronzer. I'm still no expert in contouring but these two are pretty good for the price. I didn't realise when I bought it, but the highlight kit is actually two layers; the bottom layer is a creamy highlighter and then you apply the top layer which is a powder over the top to set it. 

What are your favourite autumn trends?

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Saturday, 1 October 2016

Money Saving Ways & Budget Buys ♥

Some of my most popular Instagram posts feature bargains that I've bought from places like charity shops, carboot sales, or pound shops.  I know these aren't 'cool' places to shop generally and sometimes people might look down on this, but I honestly prefer the fun shopping experience of bargain hunting for more unique items.

So I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite bargain buys which I've picked up recently to try and ease the stigma of buying second hand or in 'cheap shops'.  You can find everything from clothes, shoes, homeware and beauty products at super low prices if you know where to look! 

I've also been ranked as one of the 'Best Money Saving Blogs' in the Lifestyle category by SurveyBee. Check out their post to find lots of other similar money saving blogs, and you might also like to read my old blog post on saving tips.


Victoria Jane ♡ @victoriajane6       This heart print Oasis dress I picked up in a charity shop for £4.99 recently and I absolutely love it! It's the perfect style, colour and print for me and it looks great with tights and a skinny belt to wear for work. 

This gorgeous brightly coloured geometric and floral print skirt is from the M&S Limited Collection and I picked it up from a carboot sale for only 50p. 
This Topshop daisy print dress has been one of my most worn outfits this year; it looks great with tights and boots in winter or tan sandals and a belt in summer.  I picked it up for only £6 from a local charity shop and I've definitely got my moneys worth! 

I found this polka dot blue dress in an 'everything 50p' box at a carboot sale over the summer. It is a size too big for me, but with a belt to cinch it in at the waist I think it looks cute!


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 I picked up these two suedette platform beauties second hand; the blue pair I bought on eBay for only £6 and the red ones I found in a charity shop for only £5! They're both in perfect condition and look great dressed up with flared dresses or retro skirts. 


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 Homeware bits and pieces are probably my favourite thing to buy when thrift shopping! You can always find loads of gorgeous vintage pieces in charity shops for pennies. I found this set of two genuine Cath Kidston saucer plates in a charity shop for only 99p at the weekend! And the cute vintage floral teacup trio was only £3. I have a big collection of tea cups but I can never resist adding more!

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I also found this cute little white ceramic bunny egg cup for only 99p which I thought was a reasonable price and it fits in nicely with my other rabbit ornaments! I was also thrilled to find this Paperchase cupcake two tier cake stand new in box labelled as half price, so it was only £2.50! 

As well as pretty floral china I also like to collect nice glasswear.  I actually bought a set of 6 little glasses this this floral pattern for £1 in one charity shop and then a few months later found the matching little bowl for 50p in another shop! So cute. 

Antique shops are another good place to look or vintage items, although often a bit pricier. But I've found a few good things in the part including this gorgeous vintage gold dressing table mirror and pretty crockery.

I bought this cute teacup print biscuit tin which was originally from M&S from a charity shop for 99p a few weeks ago.. it's perfect for storing fairy cakes and treats! I also found this set of tea cups for only £3.50 for the pair.
 Moving on from charity shops, pound shops also sell a really good range of goodies these days. On a recent trip to Poundland I found this adorable glass hanging plaque and also this cat door mat! For only £1 each... bargains!


Poundland is my go-to place for finding beauty bargains! It's very hit and miss though, so sometimes you can come up with a handful of things and other times there's nothing worth buying. But recently I've picked up all of the above branded goodies for only £1 each including Nails Inc polish, Burt's Bees tinted lipbalm, L'oreal nail polish, and Max Factor lip crayon. 

Some of their bits and pieces become my make up bag favourites and others are just handy to have in my handbag for when I'm on the go. Their stock changes often though so you've got to be quick! 

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Sunday, 18 September 2016

Tapas and Dinner at Revolucion De Cuba & OOTN ♥

A few weeks ago after work I went for a little evening out and girlie catch up with Hazel.  We went for an amazing Cuban meal at cocktail bar and restaurant Revolucion De Cuba in Milton Keynes.  We'd been once before and we can always count on it for a fun evening with a great atmosphere. We went on a Wednesday which is their Salsa night and there was an amazing group of dancers in the middle of the restaurant dancing the night away! 

I always like the atmosphere at Revolucion De Cuba because it's a lively bar as well as a sit-down restaurant, there's always music playing and there's always helpful friendly staff on hand.  We sat down at our table and was shown the menu along with the wide range of drinks and cocktails available. We decided to try the mocktails as we were driving, and I enjoyed the Apple and Raspberry Mojito which was a refreshing mix of fresh fruit and mint served on crushed ice.

My favourite thing about eating at Revolucion De Cuba is the starters! They have a tapas menu featuring some of my most favourite things and I always love trying out new thing as well as old favourites. We opted to have three starters between us and we chose the chicken quesadilla, patatas bravas and Cajun cream mushrooms. 

The quesadillas were crispy torillas filled with chicken, cheese, onions, peppers and salsa, and we had two of these each. The patatas bravas are a Spanish favourite; fried potatos topped with spicy tomato and garlic sauce.. yum! But my absolute favourite has to be the mushrooms, which are sautéed garlic mushrooms in a rich Cajun cream sauce topped with kale and are so SO morish! Three of the little tapas dishes between the two of us worked out well as a starter but I was also really looking forward to our main course.

 I can never resist a good steak so I picked the 8oz Aberdeen Angus sirloin which was served with sweet potato fries and a creamy peppercorn sauce. I thoroughly enjoyed this, the steak was bigger than I had imagined and the fries were cooked perfectly! Hazel decided to go with the big plate of paella which was rice topped with chicken, prawns and chorizo. It looked delicious!

Finally, we decided to share a dessert as we were very full up towards the end of the evening! I don't think we could have managed a pudding each. We chose to share a churro cheesecake which was not actually a cheesecake at all. Instead it was layers of Spanish doughnut sticks along with fresh strawberries, cream and a rum and caramel sauce. This was perhaps a bit too sickly for me after all the food I had already consumed, but it was deliciously sweet!

 As the weather was still lovely and sunny in the evening when we went for dinner, I decided to wear my new dress from Rock My Vintage.  This cute little navy blue daisy dress is designed by fashion brand Little White Lies. 

The little flowers are embellished using tiny white and yellow sequins which reminds me of Marc Jacobs 'Daisy'.  I like the cute casual style with a skirt flared from the waist and soft t-shirt sleeves.  The dress also has a slash cut out back too which makes it ideal to wear on summer evenings out.  I wore the dress along with a tan Nica grab bag, some tan coloured summer strappy wedges and Ted Baker sunglasses.

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