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Saturday, 28 May 2016

Race Day Outfit: Polka Dot Vintage Dress ♥

So earlier in the week I posted about the amazing weekend I had at Newbury Races so today I thought I'd do a short post on what I wore!  As it was my first ever race day I wasn't really sure what the fashion etiquette was so I was a bit lost with finding something to wear.  I wanted something a little bit fancy but not boring so it was perfect timing when I was generously offered a dress from Dolly and Dotty!

Dolly and Dotty do a beautiful range of 50's vintage inspired dresses with a modern flattering fit. They make some quirky retro prints including florals, anchors, and of course polka dots! And as a nice little touch, all of their dresses are designed in the UK in Brighton.



It was a very tough call, but I decided to go for a polka dot design and picked the Penny dress in blue with white spots and contrasting red belt and halterneck strap.  The dress is really flattering with a cute sweetheart neckline, a nipped in waist and a full circle swishing skirt.

It's made from soft cotton with a bit of stretch to it and it also has an elasticated back for a flexible and comfortable fit.  I was a bit unsure on which size to go for as I can be a bit in between sizes, but as I'm not very busty I went for the smaller size and it fits perfectly! 




I teamed the dress with a pair of bright red matching heels which I picked up in a charity shop recently for £6, a red clutch bag, and then gave myself a bright red manicure and a swish of red lipstick for the final retro touch. I'm not great with hair styles so I just kept things simple with classic curls and then twisted and pinned back my fringe.

I thought this was a great dress to wear for the races and it kept me looking glam whilst staying comfortable all day! Thanks Dolly and Dotty!




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Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Race Day at Newbury Racecourse ♥

A few months ago I was kindly invited to attend my very first race day; the Al Shaqab Lockinge Day at Newbury Racecourse which was held last weekend.  I'd been looking forward to it for weeks and when the day finally came round and I was really excited for my first races experience! 

We made a little 'blogger girls day out' from it as I went along with Terri, Charl and Lily and we all glammed up in our snazziest dresses (outfit post coming soon). We were super lucky with the weather as rain was predicted on the forecast but we enjoyed a day full of blue skies and sunshine which made the whole event even better!

 
 

I wasn't really sure what to expect from the day, but we were spoilt rotten and invited up to the Fred Winter hospitality suite which was a beautiful room with a large balcony overlooking the racecourse.  We were treated to lunch which included lots of little canapés (the sea bass and mash was divine) as well as free flowing champagne and fresh lemonade (yum!). 

Even after lunch, there were various treats going around including mini crème brulee, chocolate brownies, cupcakes, finger sandwiches and even individual cheese boards! Delicious!


We placed a few little bets and I had beginners luck when my horse came in first place on the first race and I won £5! To be honest I don't really understand odds and betting etc but it was still a very fun experience and we all cheered on the random horses that came racing by. I would definitely go to another race day! The whole atmosphere was really friendly and enjoyable. 


After a bit too much champers we all went back to The Lodge which is currently a B&B type accommodation where the stable lads stay, but it is soon to be opened up to guests and race day visitors. We were lucky enough to be some of the first to stay at the hotel and it was literally on the doorstep of the racecourse entrance making the location perfect! 

 

We were looked after by the hotel Duty Manager Juan who took great care of us and was always cheerful and helpful in every way! After our day at the races we ordered pizza and went up to the rooms to feast and settled down in front of Eurovision. Our room was a double which had the biggest bed EVER and I had one of the best nights sleep of my life.  In the morning we were treated to a lovely traditional English breakfast which was just what I needed when I woke up! Super yummy.


Overall I had such a fun weekend at Newbury Racecourse and I'll certainly be back! You can also check out Lilys blog post, Charls blog and Terris vlog too!     



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Sunday, 8 May 2016

HQhair Birthday Party #HQbday ♥

Last weekend I attended my first bloggy event in a really long time! I was super excited to be invited along to the HQhair birthday party which was held in the Park Plaza Hotel in Westminster last weekend. I went along with Issy who blogs over at Issy Belle Fox; we used to work together a few years ago in a boring office job but now she's blogging we can attend fun stuff together!


We hopped on the train from Bedford into St Pancras station and we were very lucky to have been picked up at the other end by a rather snazzy Mercedes courtesy of Blacklane professional drivers.  Blacklane taxis are a five-star service available in central London which is really simple to book online or via their app.  Our driver was really courteous and lovely and helped us to begin the party in style! We even had copies of Hello magazine and newspapers in the back seats!


Before we set off for the party I had a complete breakdown trying to decide what to wear. I made a mass order online from Boohoo but all 6 dresses looked awful on me.  So in the end I made a last minute decision to wear this old Rare London pineapple print dress which I still think is pretty cute, despite being a few years old! I teamed it with a lemon wedge clutch bag and these lace up heels and despite the stresses of outfit picking I felt pretty happy with my final choice.

 

We arrived at the hotel to be greeted by Sally, Terri and the rest of the lovely HQhair team who organised the whole bash! We arrived a little late so missed out on the welcome drinks but we were treated to some lovely little canapés (salmon and cream cheese and mini burgers.. nom!) and had a great time partying with lots of other bloggers.


I was gutted to have missed my pal Terri's speech, but I hear it was quite amusing! There was a DJ playing and also a photo booth (my favourite party feature ever!) which I think everyone had plenty of laughs in. We spent a lot of the evening messing around in the booth with various props and tipsy posing. To be honest we had a bit too much wine and spent most of the evening dancing like fools and then complaining how much my feet hurt, but we had a fantastic time!   


There was also a table full of candy and sweeties, along with a massive tropical coloured HQhair birthday cake. The cake was so good, although I'm not entirely sure what flavour it was, it seemed to be all of the flavours. After a final dance and once my feet had finally given up on me it was time to go, but we were all really lucky to have been treated to an amazing HQhair goody bag!


The team did a great job of putting the goody bag together, and it included loads of fab products! The main one of course being theBalm Nudetude eyeshadow palette which is so pretty I haven't yet been able to bring myself to use it! I've heard great things about theBalm so I'm really excited to finally try them out and I think the colours in the palette are just beautiful. 

There was plenty of other goodies filling up the bags too, including a mini Xen-Tan set, Mio liquid yoga spray, bliss Drench 'n' Quench Moisturiser, a High Definition foundation blending sponge and lots more. Overall plenty of fab stuff to try out!


Thank you for having us HQhair! 




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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Life in Instagram ♥


Here's my little Instagram run down for the month, but I'm now also on Snapchat! So add me on both :)

Instagram: victoriajane6

Snapchat: victoriajane6x


Next time you pop into Boots check out the clearance shelves and the Soap and Glory section! I found a few S&G bits reduced to clear and they also had Burts Bees reduced too. The mini body wash was reduced to £1 and the big fragrance mist was only £3.50! 

I won this pretty white dress on Facebook from Little Mistress and I love it! I think it's going to be perfect to wear in summer and out for evenings on holiday. It's so lightweight and floaty; it makes me feel like a fairy!

 I've been doing quite a bit of thrift shopping lately and have found some great buys in my local charity shops. This brand new big satchel bag was only £6.50 and is ideal to use as a little overnight bag. 

I've also been adding so much to my vintage china collection (it's getting a bit out of hand now...) but I just cannot resist pretty crockery! These two floral tea cup trio sets were in my local charity shop for only £2.50 for both sets.

 
I also found these two pretty tea cups for £1 each in a charity shop and I decided to use them to grow some little daffodils whilst it was still spring. They looked super cute on the window sill but then the daffs grew so bit! 

I was also lucky enough to find two exact matching saucers for 50p each in another charity shop, so now the tea cups have saucers! And then I found a pretty matching sandwich plate for £2.50 too! Yippee! 

 I also found lots of pretty vintage bits in a charity shop in Ely.  I picked up the little china cat for 20p, a white saucer plate for 25p, a Royal Albert egg cup for £1, a dressing table mirror for £2, a floral tea cup trip for £3 and a little glass pink trinket tray. I love hunting for old crap. 

I went into the Cath Kidston outlet shop in St Neots recently too and although there wasn't much for me, I did pick up a wall calendar for £3, a new bird print iPad case for £15 and a little Blackberry case for 50p! I plan to use this to store business cards etc to keep in my handbag.

 I'm still doing weekly pole fitness class and I really enjoy it! If you're looking to start a new hobby and keep fit whilst having fun then you should really try it out! This is me attempting the 'starfish' trick which is actually pretty tricky! 

Check out this adorable 'I'm a mermaid' PJ set that I picked up in Primark at the weekend! It was only £5 and I love it!

I decided to treat myself to some new Cath Kidston goodies and so I ordered some pieces from the Highgate Rose collection. I bought a whole set including the mug, a glass tumbler, a cereal bowl, a side pate, and the dinner plate! So pretty!

 Sass & Belle have a gorgeous new range of pretty homeware goodies as part of their summer collection. How cute are these tropical themed glasses?! I love the flamingo print one, which one is your favourite? And I also really like this heart shaped LED light wall decoration. I've wanted one of these for a while and it looks super pretty as a little night light.

Primar has some great stuff in at the moment but you have to be quick because some things sell out so quickly! This suede blush pink pinafore dress was only £10 and I love wearing it with a cream ribbed long sleeved top for work. 

How cute is my little blue eyed angel? He's turning 4 years old in a couple of weeks awww!

 
And finally, I've picked up some great beauty bargain buys recently. These make up brushes from Wilko are my favourite and they're only 99p each. I've been buying these for a while as they often introduce new patterns and I can really recommend them.

I also picked up a few bits from Poundland recently including some more L'oreal nail polishes in some great summery colours, a Max Factor creamy blush, L'oreal make up pigment drops, and a Clearasil rapid spot cream (this is so good!).



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