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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Life in Instagram ♥

Sooo.. I'm getting back into the bloggy swing of things, or trying to at least! I've got lots of catching up to do as I've fallen a little bit behind. I thought as I've not been posting much lately I'd do a little run down of things I've been up to through a short Instagram post. So here's my life over the last few weeks...

Weight loss & outfit shopping for my upcoming holiday! The 'break up diet' has led to me rebuying my whole wardrobe and being excited for a little family holiday in June! Yippee! | I went to Slam Dunk Festival in Hatfield at the weekend with a friend from work which was amazing. Taking Back Sunday are an absolute dream! 

 I still have an obsession with china wear and I bought these vintage pretties from charity shops. The pair of pink floral teacups were £3 and the Royal Albert plate £2! So so pretty!

Family day out in Ely; we stopped off for cake and pink lemonade! | I love this pretty gingham dress I bought off eBay, it was only £2!

I bought this mini haul of beauty bargains from Wilko - a grand total of £6! | Partying with T-Lowe on a Friday night

Holiday shopping - love these lemon print shorts! | A sunny day out in Cambridge over the River Cam

 I made fairy cakes for my nieces 11th birthday.. pink sprinkles! | My lovely friend surprised me with these flowers to cheer me up

Love my new floral high waist bikini! It is off eBay from a Chinese seller but it's quite good quality | Sleepy kitty in his new bed

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Monday, 25 May 2015

Jamie's Italian Restaurant: Milton Keynes ♥

Apologies for the delay in getting this post up; I've been pretty absent from the online world lately. But last month I was invited for a lovely family meal at my local Jamie's Italian restaurant in Milton Keynes. I went along with my parents and we enjoyed a 3 course dinner on a sunny Monday evening after work.

The staff there were really welcoming and friendly and were extremely helpful. We were seated in a cosy little booth and given our menus. For starters, we shared three small side plates; Italian Nachos, Crispy Squid, and Sweet Mini Chilli Peppers. The Nachos are little crispy fried ravioli bites stuffed with three cheeses and were very tasty. I also thoroughly enjoyed the calamari squid which came with crushed garlic and lemon mayo. 

I was a bit undecided on what to order for my main, but in the end I settled for the Jamie's Italian Burger, which is a British beef patty with mortadella, balsamic onions, tomato, melted smoked mozzarella, pickles and chillies, and I also had fries on the side. I did enjoy my burger, although I can't say it was particularly special, but I do like their chips!

My Dad chose the Italian Steak Frites; chargrilled steak, spiced skinny fries, pickles and kale slaw. There wasn't a weight on the menu so we weren't sure how big the steak was going to be, and it was literally the biggest steak I have ever seen! It more than filled the plate, and it was perfectly cooked and I admit I was a little bit jealous that I didn't pick this for myself! My Mum chose to order the Italian Style Calves Liver; which is served with mashed potato, smashed squash, pine nuts, raisins and onion gravy. Although it looked and smelt amazing, liver isn't really my thing, although my Mum loved it!

We were pretty stuffed when it came to have a peek at the dessert menu, but we couldn't really turn it down once we'd seen what was available. They have some great options, and we decided to share the Amalfi Lemon Meringue Cheesecake as well as the Epic Brownie. The mascarpone and lemon cheesecake comes topped with Italian meringue and is served with lemon curd and blackcurrants. The chocolate fudge brownie is served warm with vanilla ice cream as well as a sprinkling of caramelised popcorn.

Overall we had a really nice family meal together at Jamie's Italian, and I can thoroughly recommend the steak!

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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Life Lately ♥

I've not written a proper blog post for over a month now, which is surreal to me because previously I was constantly fretful if I didn't update with a new post every few days. But things change, and unfortunately my little internet space has taken a back seat lately. 

Things have been difficult for me. A struggle. Nothing has been normal and I've just kind of been floating around aimlessly; waiting for the days to end just so I can go to sleep and turn my brain off for a few hours. It's hard to focus on things when my mind is constantly wandering on what 'could have been' or thinking about what I could have done differently. 

Love is a peculiar thing and everyone goes through heartbreak sooner or later. Even though I feel like I'm the only person that has ever been through this and no one understands, it's pathetic of me to look at things that way. There are much worse things going on in the world than me having a sulk over a boy.

But I try to tell myself things will be okay and that life will go on. I know I will be fine and I am better than this. I should forget about it and move on. But it's easier said than done, and six years with someone you had planned your future with and suddenly you are nothing to him is hard. Crying day and night doesn't make things better. Opening up all of your feelings to someone that isn't in the slightest bit interested in you doesn't help the situation. You can't force love, and a complicated relationship will inevitably equal a very complicated break up.

Despite being the dullest person ever to be around lately, I have realised that I have the most amazing friends and family to support me. Colleagues, people I used to work with, college friends, internet pals. Even old school friends I've not spoken to in years, and complete strangers have been sending me little messages to help me through, and inviting me out and about to try and get my mind off  things. I have all these people that do love and care about me so why should I focus on someone who doesn't.  If he is able to move on so quickly then I should be able to as well.

I know that in time I will be okay. It's just taking longer than I had anticipated. 

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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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