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Monday, 22 August 2016

WIN Emma Bridgewater VQ Hepburn Mk II DAB Radio ♥

If you follow me on Snapchat then most likely you will have noticed my new favourite gadget! This is the beautiful VQ Hepburn Mk II DAB Radio which has been given an Emma Bridgewater makeover using the adorable Rose & Bee print. Isn't it the prettiest thing you've ever seen?!  I absolutely love the retro styling and the colourful pattern.

I've been trialling the radio for a couple of weeks now and I can't tell you how happy it makes me to be able to listen to Kerrang after a long day at work! But not only does it have all of your favourite radio stations, but it also has bluetooth and USB connectivity so you can also connect your phone and use it as a speaker, which is great for when I want to listen to my Spotify playlists.

The radio is very quick to set-up and easy to use thanks to the brilliantly designed controls, and the sound quality is very clear considering it's such a compact product. Although I do live in quite a poor signal area so the aerial has to be right up to get a good connection to some channels.  One of my favourite things about the radio is that it shows you the song artist and title on the light up display so if I like the sound of a new song, I can check out who it is.

The radio is just so stunning so it takes pride of place on my dressing table in my room beside my bed. And I am really excited to be able to offer one lucky reader the same radio in my new giveaway! As well as the chance to win a radio for yourself, I also have a discount code for the VQ website offering 15% off all products until 30th September; the code is VINTAGE15. To enter the giveaway, please enter via Rafflecopter below.


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Thursday, 18 August 2016

Summer Waves with Rush Salon & ghd Air ♥

It's only been recently that I've started taking better care of my hair by keeping it trimmed and healthy.  My hair is very dry naturally and because I often use heat from my tongs it can become quite damaged, especially at the ends. 

I was recently invited to visit the new Rush Hair salon opening in Central Milton Keynes for a little trim.  It's a brand new modern salon located in the Intu Shopping Centre which makes it an ideal location for shoppers or those working nearby.  Their late night opening hours made it really easy for me to get an appointment after work one weekday. 

I popped in for a little trim as it had been a couple of months since my last hair cut and I was really impressed by the interior and layout of the salon. It was really sleek and modern inside and I loved the stylish decor! 

I'm really happy with the finish the stylist gave me and she followed my request for 'only an inch' just perfectly! I always fear my long hair will be chopped off to bob length even if I ask for just a trim. She also finished the cut with some lovely bouncy waves which I think makes the highlights really stand out and is a great style for summer.

The hairstylist used the ghd Air Hair Dryer after washing my hair which she recommended as it dries hair in half the time and helps to leave hair smooth and sleek.  So I was really excited when Best British Bloggers offered me one of the hair dryers to trial for myself and give it a go to see if I could create the same salon finish! 

 The hair dryer has a powerful 2,100 watt professional-strength motor for super-fast drying as well as ionic technology to reduce frizz.  It has lots of snazzy clever features including variable power and temperature controls, a cool shot button, plus the choice of two nozzles.

After washing my hair with Aussie shampoo and their 3 minute miracle deep conditioner I treated my edamp hair with the ghd heat protect spray which provides a barrier to any heat damage.  I then used the ghd Air hair dryer along with a paddle brush which left me with smooth salon-style hair.  I finished my hair off with my Babyliss Diamond Waving Wand to give loose, natural looking waves and voila! Salon sleek hair at home. 

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Saturday, 13 August 2016

My Birthday ♥

My birthday was a couple of weeks ago now, but I thought I'd do a little run down blog post of all the things I did! As I'm getting old now there was no major party or anything, but I had a really lovely few days with colleagues, family and friends.

My actual birthday was on a Saturday and therefore my 'work birthday' was on the Friday! In true office tradition I brought in some cake for the whole building to feast upon. I brought in home made Victoria Sponge cake and a lemon drizzle cake. Both of which seemed to be very popular and as I was a piggy I tried one of each.. whoops! 

I work in a little office along with 9 other girls and they had decorated my desk, each gave me a birthday card and then I got a Cath Kidston gift card as my pressie! You can imagine how thrilled I was and immediately spent it before the summer sale ended on a few little treats for myself. 

I chose to wear my favourite Emily and Fin cloud print dress on my work birthday.. it's just so sweet! It's always nice to dress up a little in something special on your birthday. 

I hadn't specifically asked for anything for my birthday (except the Funeral for a Friend tee) so I was very grateful to receive some lovely gifts from everyone! I have been in awe of these snazzy four wheeled suitcases that you see at airports for a while, so my parents kindly bought me this gorgeous purple one which is the perfect size for a cabin bag.  

I also received the new Cath Kidston Teatime recipe book (this looks SO good!), some make up, a cupcake handbag, vouchers, and lots of other cute little bits! And so many adorable cards. You can tell who really knows you by checking out what birthday card they give you... 

 On the Friday night I went up to Stoke to visit my dearest Terri Lowe and her crazy pal.  We had a standard night out involving lots of wine, cocktails and Snapchat stories which is always lots of fun! 

In the morning we *cough.. Terri* were pretty hungover but by the time lunchtime came around I was starving so we head out to our favourite burger joint The Exchange in Hanley. They do the most amazinggg burgers which you can customize, so I had a beef burger on a brioche bun with garlic mayo and blue cheese... mmmm! 

My yummy birthday cake.. traditional Victoria Sponge cake (what else?!) with fresh strawberries. 

The day after my birthday I actually held a stall at our local carboot sale. I was trying to get rid of a lot of my old clothes and I made £80+ so I did reasonably well, although not as well as previous years! In between selling though I also went on a little bargain hunt of my own and picked up a few little bits..

The floral vintage style glass bottle was 20p, the brand new Soap and Glory minis were 30p each, the big metal heart tealight holder was 50p, as was the Next floral teacup and saucer. I also bought a whole vintage floral tea set for only £4 including x4 teacups with saucers and cake plates, a sugar bowl, and a large plate!  

 I also received these beautiful birthday flowers courtesy of Beards and Daisies.  This is called the Hey Now bouquet and it is absolutely beautiful! It featured a selection of large headed roses in various shades of pink, scented freesia and green bell sprigs.  

Pink roses are my absolute favourite and I've kept them in my bedroom in this lilac polka dot jug for over a week now. It's amazing how something so small can bring such a smile to your face!   

One of my lovely friends took me for afternoon tea for my birthday in a little local teashop called Cakestand and Crumb in Ampthill.  If you live nearby this is a must to visit! We enjoyed our afternoon tea consisting of homemade sandwiches, fresh fruit scones with clotted cream and jam, and a selection of little cakes. The staff there were really sweet and even put some candles on the desserts for me as they noticed it was my birthday! I love that everything is served on vintage crockery, and they have an amazing glass cake cabinet!

And then the final part of my birthday week (I like to drag my celebrations out a bit...) I went to see Don Broco (again) in our hometown of Bedford. I always love it when they come back to Bedford as its such a little venue and it's so much better than seeing them in a big place. I went on the Friday night to see them perform the whole of their old album Priorities and then on Saturday night they played the newer album Automatic. So good!

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Friday, 5 August 2016

Ray-Ban Face Shape Guide with Sunglasses Shop ♥

I was recently asked to test out the new Ray-Ban face shape guide from Sunglasses Shop to see what style would suit me best. I have a pretty round face (aka chubby cheeks) so the guide suggested that the ideal frames for me would be the iconic Ray-Ban Wayfarers

Victoria Jane ♡ @victoriajane6 on Instagram photo 12/31/1969 18:00

These oversized sunnies help to lengthen my face and I just love the classic style and shape! They're definitely a summer essential and I take mine everywhere with me; festivals, holidays or just for in the car when the sun is glaring!

Victoria Jane ♡ @victoriajane6 on Instagram photo 12/31/1969 18:00

I had laser eye surgery last year so I'm so relieved that now I don't have to pay silly prices to buy ugly prescription glasses and sunnies.  My prescription was forever changing so I'm so glad that now I can have a nice pair of sunglasses that will never go out of style and won't need updating every 12 months! Because of my surgery it's pretty important that I keep my eyes protected from UV rays at all times, especially in summer. These Ray-Ban Wayfarers offer me excellent protection whilst still remaining stylish and they look great with any outfit! 

Victoria Jane ♡ @victoriajane6 on Instagram photo 12/31/1969 18:00

Also in collaboration with Sunglasses Shop, you have the chance to win a £5000 all-inclusive trip to NYC with £1000 spending money! All you need to do is post a selfie in Ray-Ban sunglasses that suit your face shape. Use a friend’s, or the 'colour-me-in' face guide if you don’t currently own a pair.
Use #SGSFaceShape to enter or tag @sunglassesshop (as many times as you want, via any social media channel) or e-mail sgsfaceshape@myoptiquegroup.com. Winner picked randomly. Competition closes midnight August 14th

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Wednesday, 3 August 2016

George: Dresses for Every Occasion ♥

I recently took part in a blogger fashion challenge with George @ Asda to pick a dress using their techy new dress selector tool and then create an outfit.  To use the tool, you simply answer a few short questions on your body type, tastes and requirements.  It will then give you an idea of which dresses would best suit your shape and would be most suitable for your event!  

The result for my pear shape was a-line dresses (how did it know this is my preferred style?!) and for my occasion I selected 'garden party'.  I picked this simple two layer jersey dress which came with a matching pretty boho necklace.  I love the flattering simple style and it looks great dressed down with sandals or dressed up with heels and a clutch bag.

For a relaxed daytime look I would wear the dress along with this gorgeous printed kimono which gives the outfit a casual beachy look.  The dress is really easy to accessorize and I think it looks great teamed with some pretty flat sandals, this adorable aztec print mini duffle bag and a pair of aviator sunnies. 

Alternatively, to add a bit of glamour to the dress, you could swap the flat sandals for some metallic wedges and accessorize with a gorgeous clutch bag like this stunning embellished one. A little black dress is needed in every girls summer wardrobe!

You can cast your vote for your favourite blogger outfit here


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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

The Old Thatched Inn at Adstock ♥

A few weeks ago I was kindly invited for dinner at a local gastro pub; The Old Thatched Inn at Adstock, near Buckingham.  One of the girls I work with raves about this lovely countryside pub, so I was really looking forward to visiting and trying out their seasonal menu.

I went along one weekday evening with my parents after spending the whole day on food rations so that we were really hungry for our meal! Although The Old Thatched Inn is technically a 'pub', it's certainly not your average local pub.  It offers real good quality, fine dining whilst keeping a casual, comfortable and friendly atmosphere.

When we arrived we were welcomed and we had a short wait in their lounge where we ordered our drinks and had a little look at the menu.  We were then seated in their large conservatory room which was light and airy and beautifully furnished.  Their menu is quite small but varied, and includes something for all tastes, ranging from classic home cooked food to slightly more unusual options.  For starters we decided to order a couple of things to share; the Appetiser Plate and the Goats Cheese Mousseline.

The Appetiser Plate is the perfect way to start off a nice relaxing meal, and it included all of my favourite picnicy things! There was marinated olives with sun blushed tomatoes, a delicious caramelised onion hummus alongside a selection of breads, buffalo mozzarella (my favourite!) and a few slices of parma ham. This all went down a treat, and is ideal for sharing.

  We also took a bit of a risk as I really wanted to try the Goats Cheese Mousseline. I am so glad I did! This is not something I would usually try but I was intrigued, and it was so delicious I would visit this pub again just to eat more of this! The goats cheese was so creamy, almost like a cream cheese, and it tasted just beautiful with the roasted beetroots, candied walnuts and garlic croutons. A real winner for me!

For our main courses we tried the braised blade of beef, which was extremely tender delicious meat and a very generous size portion.  It was served with buttery creamed potateos, spring greens, braised carrot and topped off with a very tasty wild mushroom jus.  Both my Mum and Dad ordered this and both said it was delicious.. top marks all round!  

For myself, I tried the 10oz aged rib-eye steak.  Again, the portion size was very large and I wasn't left hungry! The meat was served with a roasted tomato, garlic mushrooms, chunky chips an a peppercorn sauce.  I asked for my steak to be cooked medium-rare and it was cooked to perfection; pink on the inside, which is just how I like it!

After our mains we were pretty full up by this point, but I always have room for dessert! Their dessert menu really impressed me and we were spoilt for choice.  In the end we opted for a strawberry pavlova and a cookie dough dessert. The pavlova was nice and simply and not over-fussy, which I always admire! It was a nice crispy meringue topped with strawberries and plenty of cream.. yummy! It was very light and fresh; perfect to end a warm summers evening dinner with. 

I was also very keen to try the cookie dough dessert which was served with honeycomb ice cream and a splash of chocolate sauce.  I managed to successfully eat this all up, as the cookie was nice and warm and gooey and the crunch from the honeycomb was just perfect! I thoroughly enjoyed this and was reluctant to share.

Overall we had a fantastic evening at The Old Thatched Inn and I will definitely be returning! It would be a lovely venue for a special occasion or a romantic evening out. I really enjoyed myself; the staff were very attentive and the food was freshly made and delicious! My photos don't do it any justice!

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