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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

BHS Homeware + £100 Voucher Giveaway ♥

Sorry it's been two weeks since my last blog post and I've been a little bit quiet; life has taken quite a turn lately and I've been struggling to get motivated if I'm honest. However, I am now trying to end my invite only pity party so I'm pushing through with my latest blog post!

BHS may not be the first place you think of to buy stylish homewares, but they do have a very impressive range of house goodies and they've recently collaborated with (my fav) Holly Willoughby on a vintage chic range. They have some really pretty pieces and I was kindly sent a few bits to try out, which have now all settled nicely in my dressing room. 

I love this wooden jewellery cabinet as I haven't got a jewellery box currently, so this is ideal for storing my favourite pieces. It's styled like a miniature white wooden wardrobe with a pretty bird print background which matches the table it sits on perfectly! The doors open out and on the inside is a shelf, and it also has the handy addition of a little pull out drawer too. It is quite large so takes up a bit of space, but I think I can probably keep all sorts in it! And it's ever so pretty.


I thought this glass floral print photo frame fitted in with the theme perfectly too, and I love the cute bird and butterfly pattern in the background. It's only £6 which is great value, and I think it would make a lovely little gift! 

The glass jar candle is from the Holly Willoughby range and it is fragranced with sandalwood, patchouli and jasmine. I love the soothing scent and the glass jar holder is so sweet; I love the style of the lid. 



And finally, I couldn't resist picking this adorable teacup pattern cushion! I definitely already have enough  mismatched cushions but this one is my new favourite. It has pretty embroidery detail and I love the bold colours, and the fact it has a bird and a teacup on the front! It now proudly lives on my dressing room chair where I think it looks perfect!

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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Win a Formahouse Homeware Gift Set ♥

As I got so many lovely comments on the homeware featured in my Easter tea party blog post, Formahouse have been kind enough to offer a duplicate set as a prize! I absolutely love the goodies, and I'm sure you will too.

The giveaway will be running for two weeks and one lucky winner will win the whole set, worth over £90, including:
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Monday, 6 April 2015

Day Trip to Leamington Spa & Vinteas Afternoon Tea ♥

For Mothers Day a couple of weekends ago I went on a little day trip with my parents to Leamington Spa in Warwickshire. I had visited the town briefly earlier this year, but as it was pouring down with rain I didn't get to have a good look around, so I was looking forward to another trip. It's an adorable little spa town that has plenty to see and do, and we found lots of cute little shops, restaurants and cafes to browse.

As it was Mothers Day I had planned to treat my parents to an afternoon tea at a little tea room called Vinteas which I had found online. It's in the centre of the town, down a street with lots of little independent shops and behind the main shopping mall. As it was a busy Saturday afternoon and we hadn't pre-booked, I was hesitant that we may not be able to get a table. The tea room is quite small with only a few tables, and it seemed like a big table at the back was already reserved by an adorable group of little girls having a pink birthday tea party! 

 

However we very were lucky as there was a little table that could seat three people by the front of the tea room, and we sat by the window where we could watch everyone go by. We decided to get two of the full Vinteas afternoon teas between the three of us, and each one included a pot of tea, a selection of finger sandwiches, mini quiches, a fruit scone with clotted cream and strawberry preserve, and a slice of cake. What appealed to me to visit this tea room is that all food is served on vintage crockery, drinks come in old teacups, and the whole place was beautifully decorated with pretty shabby chic decor. 

The sandwich selection included ham, salmon and cream cheese (my favourite!), roast beef, and cheese and chutney. There were also delicious little cheese and onion mini quiches which were very yummy, and this was all brought out to us very quickly and on a vintage two tier cake stand. The delicious scones were homemade and warm, served with plenty of cream and jam. Finally, we were given the menu so we could chose our own slice of cake, and we picked a slice of carrot cake and a lemon drizzle cake, both of which were perfectly tasty, although not so pretty.


 

The only down side to the meal was that I requested an additional hot chocolate, but when it arrived (in a very pretty teapot) it was extremely cold. However they did rectify this by bring me a new piping hot one right away, so I'm not sure what went wrong there! The staff were extremely busy, but they did keep coming over to check everything was okay and to tidy excess plates away. Overall we did have a very enjoyable afternoon tea at Vinteas and it was very reasonably priced, and a lovely treat for a special occasion. 

After our lunch we wandered around the shops on the high street, and then walked out a little bit further afield. We came across a lovely little pastel coloured traditional sweet shop called Sweet Tayloula on Lantern Corner which was filled with all the good old sweets! The store was full of very excited kids spending their pocket money, and they also do some great looking milkshakes! The whole town was lovely, and we also found a little street full of charity shops which we spent a while browsing in. 

 Vinteas & Sweet Tayloula

On our drive home, we saw signs posting towards Kenilworth, and I had heard of this little town before and the castle, so we took a little detour before home time. Again we had a little walk down the high street and had a look at the castle ruins, and we also stopped off for hot dogs and milkshakes at Lickety Lick ice cream parlour. It's a really nicely themed retro American diner, and we sat in a red leather booth and enjoyed our treats before finally heading home. It was a lovely little place, although the milkshakes were mostly milk rather than thick ice cream, but they were cheap enough. They also have parlours in Leamington town, Coventry and Birmingham too!

We had a lovely day visiting Leamington and Kenilworth, and we hope to visit again in the summer when it's a bit warmer to investigate more!

 

 
Lickety Lick

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Sunday, 5 April 2015

Life in Instagram ♥

So it's the Bank Holiday weekend, and as today is Easter Sunday there's no official work to be done so for me it's a day of eating chocolate and spending the day with my family! As I'm in lazy mode today (still in bed in my PJ's) I thought I'd just do a quick blog post of my latest Instagram snaps.

Happy Easter!


You can follow me on Instagram here @victoriajane6 

Homemade Easter treats: Shredded Wheat cakes  |  Tidying my beauty & perfume cupboard

 Polka dot dress OOTD selfie  |  #Caturday snuggles in bed with Merlin

New jewellery from NotOnTheHighStreet  |  Hoppy Bunny Cadburys chocolate (cute!)

My new hair curler: BaByliss Diamond Waves | Vintage teacup gift for my Mum for Mothers Day

 Kitty got mail from Wrap.Me | Heart shaped crumpets with Marmite and cream cheese (yum!)

This daisy dress is only £12.99 at H&M | I went to see Enter Shikari on tour in London.. amazing!
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Friday, 3 April 2015

How to Make a DIY Cat Bed ♥

Okay so Merlin looks a bit startled in this photo and not particularly happy, as he struggled with parting from his manky old bed! But I've wanted to get Merlin a new cat bed for a while but I just couldn't find one pretty enough or at the right price. 


I then stumbled upon a photo on Pinterest where someone made a pet bed at home using an old knitted jumper. I thought this was the perfect solution to my kitty dilemma, and so I immediately went to find an oversized jumper I could use for my DIY project. I had hoped that it would end up looking similar to this cable knit pet bed that I featured in a recent wishlist.

I found this grey cable knit jumper dress which was always way too huge for me, and so I decided it would be ideal. I stuffed a pillow inside the jumper, although looking back this pillow is too thick and I should have used something thinner. I then wrapped the sleeves of the jumper around the front, and tucked away any excess fabric. I used some fabric glue to secure the jumper and then shaped it a little, and voila! It was that easy! 

I just hope Merlin will migrate to his new bed once I get rid of his old one! 

 


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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Beach Life - Yumi Dress + Vendula Purse ♥

Last week bloggy pal Terri kindly invited me along to Bluestone in Wales with her and her boyfriend.  Liam came too and we all had a jolly little holiday together and stayed at one of the two bedroomed lodges in the cosy Bluestone resort. It takes a good 4+ hours to drive down there, but it was worth it as I had a lovely little midweek break for two nights. 

For the first night I made spaghetti bolognese at the lodge as it has a fully equipped self catering kitchen, and although my cooking skills aren't up to much I think it was a success! The next day we travelled together to the gorgeous little seaside town of Tenby. We were lucky that it was a beautiful sunny day and the sky was blue (although a bit cloudy). 




The beaches in Tenby are so stunning it's hard to believe they are even in the UK! There are miles of golden sandy beaches and the sea water is lots of pretty shades of turquoise. We had a nice walk around the town and had some ice cream as we wandered about. There isn't a huge amount to do in Tenby (not that we found anyway) but it was a very pleasant place and I loved the pastel washed houses all in a row on the sea front.

After our day trip to Tenby we drove back to Bluestone via Narbeth which is another sweet little town, and we had a look in the pretty shops and a big antique store. We also discovered some old castle ruins at the bottom of the streets, and then we stopped off at a grill restaurant called Peppercorn. I had a delicious burger with caramelised red onion and Camembert cheese, it was amazing! 

We didn't do too much on site at the Bluestone resort, although we did go for a walk along the nature trail, and one evening we had dinner in the on-site pub The Knights Tafarn. On the last day me and Liam spent the morning at the Blue Lagoon waterpark at the top of the resort (quite a walk from the accommodation when you're cold and wet!) which is loads of fun! They have a few slides, including ones which go outdoors (brr!) and a wave pool. I do love a good waterpark! We had a great trip, and it would be such a lovely place to visit in the summer months when it's a bit warmer! 

 
 

To fit in with the sea side theme I wore my lighthouse dress from Yumi at House of Fraser to Tenby (sorry about the photos, Liam is the worst photographer ever). It has a very sweet compass and lighthouse print, with contrasting red binding at the waist and cross back detail. It has a full pleated skirt which sits just above the knee on me, which makes a change for me! I wore it with a cropped navy cardigan and blue peep toe Boden wedges. I really like this outfit and I think it will be ideal to take on holiday this summer. The cute lighthouse design wallet from Vendula matches perfectly with the pattern on the dress, and it has hand sewn fabric details and a sweet world map lining.

 


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