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Thursday, 30 July 2015

My Birthday BBQ ♥

So today is my 25th birthday! I feel old.. it's horrible so lets move on... I had a little BBQ in my garden to celebrate! Even though the weather wasn't perfect, I had an urge to use my new BBQ. I bought this portable kettle Landmann Piccolino BBQ from Homebase, and the turquoise colour really caught my eye.

We have never had a BBQ before, so we weren't really experts in getting it set up, but eventually it got going and we successfully used it to cook some sausages and mini burgers. It's only a little one, but it's easy to use and just the right size for a small family. We made a salad, coleslaw, and potato salad to accompany the BBQ, and I set up the table using my new bits from Tiger and Cake Mart.

I had a bit of a strawberry theme going on, so I used my Cath Kidston strawberry plates, strawberry Tiger tray and glasses, and then used a few red and white paper straws. I also used some cute red and white polka dot doilies as place mats in each place setting, which looks lovely against the plates. The red and white gingham napkins also matched with the tea towel.. and funnily enough, my dress!

I wore my beautiful new gingham dress from Dublin based store Carousel. Their designs are all so stunning, and they have some absolutely gorgeous vintage style summer dresses. I love the retro inspired style of this dress; with a long flared skirt and fitted top with a large collar, and cute buttons up the front. The dress is so well made, fits nicely, and feels such good quality. I wore a skinny red bow belt with the dress to enhance my waist, and some little white sandals. This is the red and white checked Ava dress, which I think is lovely to wear in the summer with a splash of red lipstick.

 Dress: Circus by Carousel | Sandals: New Look | Belt: eBay

Plates: Cath Kidston | Polka Dot Doilies: Cake Mart | Strawberry Glasses & Red Glass Bowl: Tiger | Straws: Cake Mart | Tea Towel: Cake Mart | Jug: Laura Ashley | Kilner Mason Glasses: Homebase

BBQ: Homebase



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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Shopping Haul: Cath Kidston, Tiger & Laura Ashley ♥

I recently stopped off at the Cath Kidston factory outlet store in St Neots which is quite local to me. They have some really good discounts on products (much better than Bicester Village!) and they also sell slightly damaged or imperfect good there too at slashed prices. They didn't have too much on my most recent visit but I did pick up a few little beauty things. 

I bought a pack of 3 Flora scented hand creams (one not pictured) which came gift boxed, but the box was slightly damaged, so it was reduced from £10 to only £4. I now keep one in my handbag, one in my bedroom, and one on my desk at work! They come in very useful. I also bought a blue Provence Rose oilcloth make up bag for only £3 (it was part of a set originally), some mini bath products for £1 each, and a set of white cosmetic brushes for £1.50.


I also recently popped into the new Tiger store in Milton Keynes, and picked up a few summer essentials! If you've not heard of Tiger before, they're a little Eurpean brand that have quite a few UK stores now, and they sell lots of little homeware and stationary items, similar to the Ikea accessories at low prices. 

 I adore these little strawberry motif glasses, and can you believe they're only 50p each? So cute! I also bought the matching strawberry plastic tray for £2, and these cute red gingham napkins for £1. They strawberry bits match my Cath Kidston strawberry print crockery too! 


 I still have the gift card that I won a while ago to spend in Laura Ashley, and I tend to save it up for the sales each season. I recently went in store to take a peek at their summer sale range, and I came away with a few goodies. The nude and pink clutch bag was reduced to only £17.50, the cute ice lolly cool bag was £6, the sterling silver ring was only £10, the lacey top £29 and the cardigan £20. I was also given the sea salt room spray as a free gift a I spent over a certain amount, which is a nice little extra!



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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Festival Guide 2015* ♥

It's officially festival season, and it's now only 4 weeks away until me and Terri head off to Leeds fest for our third year in a row! I'm super excited, and am really looking forward to seeing some of my favourite bands Don Broco, Bring Me The Horizon, and Mumford and Sons. In preparation for my festival weekend, I've started thinking about what I will need to pack, and have been checking out the Zalando festival guide for some ideas and festival style inspiration. 

Last year we were really lucky with the weather (check out my outfits here) and it was nice and sunny and warm for the whole weekend. I wore skirts and tops and then layered up with jumpers and a jacket in the evening, and this kept me snug enough. Fingers crossed we will be lucky again this year, and hopefully this horrible rain will stop! 

I find the best things to wear are dresses as they're so easy to just throw on and can then layer up afterwards, and can be really easily accessorised too. I generally wear tights with long socks on top, and sometimes an extra pair of socks so that my wellies are comfy! If you ever contemplate wearing any footwear other than wellies to a festival... don't. You need wellies whatever the weather!  

Here's my list of festival essentials to pack this summer:

  • Wellies  - probably best if you can wear them in a bit too to avoid painful blisters
  • Long/thick socks - to wear under your wellies and in your sleeping bag at night
  • Waterproof coat - even if it's just a cheap poncho.. there's nothing worse than being cold and wet all weekend!
  •  Snacks - we tend to pack things that are individually wrapped like crisps and cereal bars for when we get a bit peckish.
  • Drink - Make sure you drink plenty of water.. you can take your own bottle and refill it. Don't forget you're not allowed to take glass bottles into the festival, so alcohol-wise I recommend cocktails in bags. Don't forget your plastic cups! 
  •  Wet wipes/tissues/plasters - Don't forget these! They will always come in handy.
  • Make up, toiletries and mirror - I try to take minimal make up along with me, and also a little mirror and mini hair spray and dry shampoo to keep myself looking slightly presentable. This year I'm also taking some fun neon hair mascara and nail art! And don't forget your hand sanitizer and sun cream too!
  • Portable battery charger - Smart phones never last long on their battery, and being in a field means it's impossible to charge up your phone (unless you pay crazy prices). But there are loads of portable phone chargers available these days, and this year I'm going to try out a solar powered one to hopefully keep my phone juice topped up. 
  •  Glasses/sunglasses - A festival essential.. don't forget these!
  • Disposable BBQ - I have only very recently had my first BBQ experience at home using a little disposable BBQ from Home Bargains, which was only £3.99, and it was a great success! They're ideal to take to festivals (most do allow them in campsites) and they are really great at cooking sausages! Home Bargains is great for picking up cheap bits for festivals, and they currently have a festival range in at the moment featuring loads of low price goodies!
  • Wellies (obviously)
  • Long/thick socks - to wear under your wellies and at bed time
  • Waterproof coat - I took a little polka dot mac in a bag which I bought years ago from Home Bargains for £3, but luckily we didn't get caught in any rain!
  •  Snacks - Terri and I packed a massive bag of food to keep us going throughout the weekend. The best bits were Pom Bears, cereal bars, Milky Ways, and Ritz crackers. 
  • Drink - As well as a water bottle to keep hydrated, we also took some booze along with us so we didn't have to pay the crazy festival prices! You're not allowed to take glass bottles into the festival, so cocktails in bags worked well. Don't forget your plastic cups! 
  •  Wet wipes/tissues/plasters - These are all needed to ensure a little bit of cleanliness, and the plasters were a lifesaver for me as my wellies rubbed the backs of my feet!
  • Make up, toiletries and mirror - I took minimal make up along with me, and also a travel mirror which is actually quite big and only 99p from Home Bargains! I also took my Balance Me face moisturiser, as well as mini sized hairspray and dry shampoo to help maintain my hair a little.
  • Portable battery charger - Smart phones never last long on their battery, and being in a field means it's impossible to charge up your phone (unless you pay crazy prices). So I took along a  Energizer Portable Power Smartphone Charger which helped to keep my phone juice topped up. 
  •  Glasses/sunglasses - If you're eyesight is pretty poor like mine, no doubt you wouldn't be able to see what was going on on stage at the festival, so glasses are essential. Although I normally refrain from wearing glasses at all times except for driving, I needed to take a pair along with me to Leeds Fest, so I took my normal glasses with me, as well as some prescription Ray Ban sunglasses. I've had my normal glasses for a few months now, and I think I've finally found a pair that I don't mind wearing out in public. My Karl Lagerfeld ones from Glasses Direct have a tortoiseshell frame and I love the shape of them! If you're a bit unsure about what glasses would suit you, Glasses Direct offer a great free trial service so you can try before you buy! 
- See more at: http://www.victorias-vintage.co.uk/2014/09/packing-for-leeds-festival.html#sthash.u2zjpD5z.dpuf
  • Wellies (obviously)
  • Long/thick socks - to wear under your wellies and at bed time
  • Waterproof coat - I took a little polka dot mac in a bag which I bought years ago from Home Bargains for £3, but luckily we didn't get caught in any rain!
  •  Snacks - Terri and I packed a massive bag of food to keep us going throughout the weekend. The best bits were Pom Bears, cereal bars, Milky Ways, and Ritz crackers. 
  • Drink - As well as a water bottle to keep hydrated, we also took some booze along with us so we didn't have to pay the crazy festival prices! You're not allowed to take glass bottles into the festival, so cocktails in bags worked well. Don't forget your plastic cups! 
  •  Wet wipes/tissues/plasters - These are all needed to ensure a little bit of cleanliness, and the plasters were a lifesaver for me as my wellies rubbed the backs of my feet!
  • Make up, toiletries and mirror - I took minimal make up along with me, and also a travel mirror which is actually quite big and only 99p from Home Bargains! I also took my Balance Me face moisturiser, as well as mini sized hairspray and dry shampoo to help maintain my hair a little.
  • Portable battery charger - Smart phones never last long on their battery, and being in a field means it's impossible to charge up your phone (unless you pay crazy prices). So I took along a  Energizer Portable Power Smartphone Charger which helped to keep my phone juice topped up. 
  •  Glasses/sunglasses - If you're eyesight is pretty poor like mine, no doubt you wouldn't be able to see what was going on on stage at the festival, so glasses are essential. Although I normally refrain from wearing glasses at all times except for driving, I needed to take a pair along with me to Leeds Fest, so I took my normal glasses with me, as well as some prescription Ray Ban sunglasses. I've had my normal glasses for a few months now, and I think I've finally found a pair that I don't mind wearing out in public. My Karl Lagerfeld ones from Glasses Direct have a tortoiseshell frame and I love the shape of them! If you're a bit unsure about what glasses would suit you, Glasses Direct offer a great free trial service so you can try before you buy! 
- See more at: http://www.victorias-vintage.co.uk/2014/09/packing-for-leeds-festival.html#sthash.u2zjpD5z.dpuf
 Wellies: Barbour | Socks: Primark | Pac-a-mac: Home Bargains | Dress: Miss Guided | Hairband: Home Bargains 

 All of the above: Home Bargains

 Water Cup: Home Bargains | Solar Powered Phone Charger: Maplin | Torch: Poundland

 BBQ: Home Bargains

Yummy!



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Sunday, 26 July 2015

Ted Baker Treats: Isabow Bag, Franny Purse and Mishely Wash Bag ♥

The Ted Baker sale started a short while ago and I had a couple of items on my birthday wishlist, but as they were going out of stock quickly, I decided to treat myself to a few early pressies! Luckily I had a £50 voucher to put towards it all, and the prices were reduced in the sales which helped to stop my bank account from crying too much.


I had my eye on the Isabow bag for a while, and I although it came in a few different colours, I thought the blue version was the best one for me as I think it will go with both summer and winter outfits. It was originally £149 but reduced to £104 in the summer sale, and I used a student discount code to get an additional 10% off at House of Fraser, so in the end it cost me £94. The bag features a little silver bow on the front, as well as a little matching removable clutch bag. As the bag doesn't have any kind of inside pockets, I keep the clutch inside the bag and use it to store all my little bits in, like lip balms and chewing gum etc. 

It is made from 100% Bovine leather, but I was a little bit disappointed to find that it didn't have a lining. It's just the back of the raw leather on the inside, and it's a little bit pricey considering it doesn't have a single pocket or compartment, nor a zip fastening to the secure top. The bag sits open, although it does have a little clasp to hold the sides together, I probably wouldn't recommend this bag if you're a busy commuter, as anyone could stick their hand in the top! 


Due to the lack of compartments or pockets in the bag, I also decided to buy the Mishely wash bag to use as an inside storage space. I love the floral print on this and the minty colour, and although it doesn't exactly match the bag, I do love it! It was also a bit better value for money, as it has a secure zip, satin lining, and it was only £20 reduced from £29. Although it's described as a wash bag, I'd say it's more of a cosmetic bag size, as it's not very big. I use this to keep my railcard and hairbrush etc in, and it works perfectly as a little inside pocket.


And finally, I bought the Franny crystal bow purse for £47 reduced from £79 from John Lewis. Now that's a lot more than I would usually like to spend on a purse, but I really love this one and it's just what I needed. It's the ideal size for me, and it has all the card slots and compartments that I need, including a coin section (I struggle finding purses with coin sections these days?!). It's made from glossy patent pink real leather with a metallic crystal bow fastening in rose gold. It has the Ted Baker embossing on the metal hardware as well as on the leather on the inside and outside, and a fruity patterned lining.





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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Bedroom Room Tour + Bedding Giveaway ♥

I haven't done a room tour for a while and as I was having a bit of a tidying frenzy at the weekend I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to take some photos! I spent hours cleaning out my wardrobes (even under my bed!) and dusting all the little trinkets on my shelves and window sill. Everything needed a good clean and rearranging and I'm pleased to be able to relax in the evenings in a nice tidy bedroom now.

Not much has changed since my last room tour, but if you're anything like me, then you might enjoy being nosy and taking a peek inside someone elses home. I absolutely love home interior blog posts and room tours, and I generally find them really interesting and inspiring. Since my last room tour I've collected a lot more cushions and pretty bits and pieces, mainly from carboot sales etc.. nothing in my room was expensive! I prefer recycling things and the charm of preloved goodies.

The main change is that I've got rid of my big ugly TV. It's amazing how much more space it has given me and I realised how much I really don't need to watch it. I mainly stick to watching Netflix on my iPad in bed now. I also have a new laptop which I've given a makeover with a custom vinyl sticker!

It's difficult to say where most things are from, but I will try to list the places I can underneath the photos. So here's some pictures of the little corners of my bedroom. And if you scroll down, you'll also be able to enter my giveaway to win this pink vintage rose patchwork bedding set, as featured in my photos.


Bed: Ikea | Cat Bed: NotOnTheHighStreet | Owl & Fox Cusions: Sass & Belle | Other Cushions: Dunelm | Bedding: Homemaker Bedding | Rose Garland: DotComGiftShop  | Desk: Ikea 

My cushion collection has grown vastly over the last year! I was lucky enough to find two of the cushions at a carboot sale separately for £1 each which I was thrilled with, and the rest I have just accumulated over the months! I love my new floral patchwork bedding, it has such beautiful colours in it and I adore the print. 

Desk: Ikea | Chair: Ikea|
Mirror, Nail Polish Dish & Jewellery Box: Vintage | Cat Ring Holder: Aspire Style | Jewellery Sign: Sass & Belle

I use my Ikea white chest of drawers as my little dressing table which is where I keep most of my jewellery and little bits and pieces. The gorgeous mirror I found at a carboot sale for £1 years ago, and it was originally dirty and brass which I polished up and then painted white, and I now use it to display my statement necklaces. I also like to use old teacups to store little bits in, and this pink floral one is ideal for keeping my ring holder in. I also use the little vintage floral dish that I bought for 50p from a carboot to keep my current nail polish in.
Bunting: Handmade from Cath Kidston oilcloth | Clock: Dunelm

I made this bunting years ago using random cut offs and samples of Cath Kidston oilcloth fabric. As it's PVC coated, it can be cut without fraying, so I made it without needing to do any sewing. I simply cut the fabric into triangles, used a hole punch, and then thread through some brown twine! 

Dish & Teacup: Vintage | Make Up Brush Pot: Ikea | Pink Desk Lamp: Dunelm

On my desk next to my bedside I keep most of my make up bits that I use daily but it's a bit untidy generally. I use little dishes like this cute floral one (another carboot find) for storing cute little bits, although it's not usually that neat!

Teacups & Deer: Vintage | Siamese Cats: Flamingo Gifts | Birdcage: Paperchase | Wooden Mini Bunting: Mollie and Fred

My shelves above my bed are full of cute little trinkets that I couldn't resist. I love collecting tea cups and these are the ones I've decided to keep on display rather than tucked away in my chinaware cupboard.

I also have lots of cute little bits and pieces which do end up collecting dust but I adore the cute little deer! The shelves were originally untreated wood which I painted and then used some floral washi tape on the brackets (see post here). The picture frames are also just basic Ikea ones that I painted white and put pretty photos into that I printed off.

. I painted the shelves white and then used some floral washi tape on the brackets (see post here). The picture frames are also just basic Ikea ones that I painted white and put pretty photos into. - See more at: http://www.victorias-vintage.co.uk/2014/03/updated-room-tour.html#sthash.52Zgl8Xy.dpuf
This painting means a lot to me, as it was painted by my Dads Mum who unfortunately I never really got to know, but she was quite creative (a bit like me!) and clearly very talented. This cat picture was painted on a bit of brown paper and put in a reused frame. I've had this on my wall since I was a little girl, but it's only recently occurred to me that it actually looks like my Merl! It's the perfect centre piece over my bed, and just happens to be in the perfect colours for my bedroom. It's only small, but it's lovely to have something meaningful that I can treasure. 

Coin Dish: Vintage | Money Box: Paperchase | Vase & Candles: Ikea | Wooden Box: Vintage 

Table & Dish: Vintage | Cake Stands: Cath Kidston | Post Box: Dunelm

This little table was a little DIY project for me recently, and I absolutely love it! It fits perfectly in the little gap next to my chest of drawers, and I use it to keep my cake stands, one tiered one (which is usually full of rubbish) and one flat one which I use to keep my hot hair tools on.

If you want to check out more of my DIY projects, take a look here.

To enter my giveaway to win a set of the stunning floral bedding as seen above, courtesy of Homemaker Bedding, see below!


 


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