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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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Friday, 27 March 2015

Vintage Easter Tea Party ♥

Last weekend I held a little tea party for my family at home in our dining room. My Mum and I spent the day before preparing some food and bits for the table, including scones, lemon drizzle cake, jelly, Easter shaped chocolates, chocolate nest cakes, and plenty of sandwiches! I absolutely love making lemon cake in the spring time, I think it's so refreshing in the sunshine and it looked so pretty presented on my pink glass cake stand.

To make the chocolates I used a bunny rabbit and Easter egg silicone mould that I bought from the 99p store, and filled it with a mix of melted milk and white chocolate from Lidl. I also used the melted chocolate to make the chocolate nests, which are so easy to make with just shredded wheat, chocolate, and mini eggs! We also made lots of different sandwiches; salmon and cream cheese, ham and mustard, cheese and pickle, and egg mayonnaise.

I tried to pretty the place up by using my vintage mismatched teacups and crockery, putting up sweet floral bunting, and I also put some spring flowers in a polka dot jug. I got out all of my best tableware including my new vintage style milk jug, Kilner bottle (for my pink lemonade!), Cath Kidston bowls for the cream and jam, and pretty blue wine glasses. I used different plates to present all the food on, and this pretty petite rose plate from DotComGiftShop was used for the chocolates, and I also used a matching paper napkin and doily for each place setting.

The powder blue polka dot table cloth was absolutely perfect to give the whole table a vintage feel. It's made from oilcloth so it's extra durable, waterproof, and can be easily wiped clean. It also matched nicely with the polka dot flower jug, Cath Kidston tea towel, and the pretty blue tableware. I used the blue heart shaped baking dish as a plate for the chocolate Easter cakes, and used some shredded paper to make it look like a big nest! I did the same for the white heart shaped carved plate which I used for the chocolate Creme Eggs and some mini eggs. I then used the matching blue heart shaped ramekin bowls for the strawberry jelly, which I thought looked so sweet!

The cute little rabbit shaped casserole dish is also from Formahouse, and it so cute for hiding little sweets or trinkets in! I thought it fit in with the Easter theme perfectly, as well as the porcelain egg tray, which I used as a decorative feature and filled it with hand painted spotty Easter egg decorations. Although the tea party wasn't too heavy on the Easter theme, I do love all of the colours from the table!

Also, I will soon be running a giveaway in collaboration with Formahouse to win all of their pieces featured in this post!

Happy Easter!  

* Some items in this blog post were received for review purposes

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Family Takeaway with JUST EAT ♥

At the end of last week I decided to treat my parents to a takeaway meal, which is something we don't do very often, so we were really looking forward to it! I think it's always nice to have a 'special' dinner with family where you can all sit around at the table together, share food, and chat away all evening.

I used the JUST EAT Android app to place my takeaway order, which was surprisingly simple and quick to use. I hadn't placed an order on the app before, and as I live quite rurally, I was really surprised by how many takeaways were local to me, and the app enabled me to search through the menus of those nearest to me. We fancied something spicy, so we decided to filter the results down to Indian cuisine and then found a lovely local restaurant which had great reviews and good prices plus an extra 20% off and free delivery!

Once we'd settled on the restaurant, placing the order was so easy and quite fun too. We all gathered around and picked which items from each category that we wanted to order and then just added them to our 'basket'. Once we'd finished picking out our yummy dished we were given an estimated time of arrival and we then 'checked out', just like on any other online shopping website. You can pay cash on arrival or by credit card (which saves finding the change when they come to the door!). I was sent a confirmation email straight through to my inbox and the food arrived just on time! 

It was amazingly delicious and we'll definitely be ordering from them again! I ordered the dupiaza chicken curry with thick sauce and onions, Bombay potatoes, and a garlic naan. My Mum and Dad shared a chilli naan (hot hot!), a prawn side dish, saag aloo potatoes, chicken bhuna, and a garlic and ginger chicken curry. We made our own rice at home, so the total came to only £24.96 for three main dishes, three sides, and two naans! Yum!

 * A voucher was provided to enable me to review this app

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