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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

The Old Thatched Inn at Adstock ♥

A few weeks ago I was kindly invited for dinner at a local gastro pub; The Old Thatched Inn at Adstock, near Buckingham.  One of the girls I work with raves about this lovely countryside pub, so I was really looking forward to visiting and trying out their seasonal menu.

I went along one weekday evening with my parents after spending the whole day on food rations so that we were really hungry for our meal! Although The Old Thatched Inn is technically a 'pub', it's certainly not your average local pub.  It offers real good quality, fine dining whilst keeping a casual, comfortable and friendly atmosphere.

When we arrived we were welcomed and we had a short wait in their lounge where we ordered our drinks and had a little look at the menu.  We were then seated in their large conservatory room which was light and airy and beautifully furnished.  Their menu is quite small but varied, and includes something for all tastes, ranging from classic home cooked food to slightly more unusual options.  For starters we decided to order a couple of things to share; the Appetiser Plate and the Goats Cheese Mousseline.

The Appetiser Plate is the perfect way to start off a nice relaxing meal, and it included all of my favourite picnicy things! There was marinated olives with sun blushed tomatoes, a delicious caramelised onion hummus alongside a selection of breads, buffalo mozzarella (my favourite!) and a few slices of parma ham. This all went down a treat, and is ideal for sharing.

  We also took a bit of a risk as I really wanted to try the Goats Cheese Mousseline. I am so glad I did! This is not something I would usually try but I was intrigued, and it was so delicious I would visit this pub again just to eat more of this! The goats cheese was so creamy, almost like a cream cheese, and it tasted just beautiful with the roasted beetroots, candied walnuts and garlic croutons. A real winner for me!

For our main courses we tried the braised blade of beef, which was extremely tender delicious meat and a very generous size portion.  It was served with buttery creamed potateos, spring greens, braised carrot and topped off with a very tasty wild mushroom jus.  Both my Mum and Dad ordered this and both said it was delicious.. top marks all round!  

For myself, I tried the 10oz aged rib-eye steak.  Again, the portion size was very large and I wasn't left hungry! The meat was served with a roasted tomato, garlic mushrooms, chunky chips an a peppercorn sauce.  I asked for my steak to be cooked medium-rare and it was cooked to perfection; pink on the inside, which is just how I like it!

After our mains we were pretty full up by this point, but I always have room for dessert! Their dessert menu really impressed me and we were spoilt for choice.  In the end we opted for a strawberry pavlova and a cookie dough dessert. The pavlova was nice and simply and not over-fussy, which I always admire! It was a nice crispy meringue topped with strawberries and plenty of cream.. yummy! It was very light and fresh; perfect to end a warm summers evening dinner with. 

I was also very keen to try the cookie dough dessert which was served with honeycomb ice cream and a splash of chocolate sauce.  I managed to successfully eat this all up, as the cookie was nice and warm and gooey and the crunch from the honeycomb was just perfect! I thoroughly enjoyed this and was reluctant to share.

Overall we had a fantastic evening at The Old Thatched Inn and I will definitely be returning! It would be a lovely venue for a special occasion or a romantic evening out. I really enjoyed myself; the staff were very attentive and the food was freshly made and delicious! My photos don't do it any justice!

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Thursday, 21 July 2016

Life in Instagram ♥

Lately I am a happy bunny.. check out the latest from my Instagram!

Instagram: victoriajane6

Snapchat: victoriajane6x

Instagram media victoriajane6 - All the sparkles
Lately I just love pretty embellished dresses like this one from Uttam Boutique which is currently in the sale for only £33. It would be perfect to wear to a summer wedding! This embellished clutch bag would go with it really nicely... can you believe it's from Asda?! Bargain!

 Instagram media victoriajane6 - Me x2
Who doesn't love the Snapchat floral crown filter? Follow me! Username: victoriajane6x

How sweet is this vintage floral tea dress? I bought it from a carboot sale about 4 years ago for £1 but I'd never worn it before because I thought it looked too frumpy. But I found it in my wardrobe this morning and decided to wear it to work.. granny chic! 

Instagram media victoriajane6 - Thank you @officialcricut 😘😘Instagram media victoriajane6 - You are the cats whiskers 😘
This adorable little V initial frame was sent to me by the lovely team at Cricut.  I love the floral background and pink letting, they clearly know my style well! I love browsing their website; it has so much DIY and craft inspiration! 

I found this cute little cat plaque in Primark in Spain on my recent holiday and it was only 1 euro so I popped it in my basket.. isn't it sweet!

Instagram media victoriajane6 - 😄Instagram media victoriajane6 - Learnt something new today 😁😁
I've still been going to my weekly pole fitness class which although I'm slow at learning, I have picked up a few new tricks lately!  I've been practising headstands as well as upside down inverts on the pole which I'm getting better at. Even though it can be frustrating when you can't get something right, when you eventually manage to get a trick right it feels like such an achievement!

Instagram media victoriajane6 - Had such a good day out at London Zoo today! Bit sun burnt tho... 🌞Instagram media victoriajane6 - Lil drink in Camden this afternoon 🌞🍹
 On Tuesday this week (aka the hottest day of the year!) I went to London for a little pre-birthday treat.  We went to London Zoo as I'd always wanted to visit but had never been before, and it was so good! I was expecting it to be a bit small but it was actually really interesting and I had such a lovely time. The sun was beating down so we did get a little bit sunburnt, but afterwards we had a nice drink down by the lock in Camden and chilled out in the sun. Such a lovely relaxing day!

Instagram media victoriajane6 - Love the Cath Kidston outlet 😍😍 #cathkidston #floralInstagram media victoriajane6 - #cathkidston sale buys
  Instagram media victoriajane6 - Finally completed my set 😍 #cathkidston
And finally.. I just wanted to show you my Cath Kidston sale bargains! I bought a few goodies from their online sale and also from the Outlet Store in St Neots. I picked up most of the Cranham china ware for almost 50% off, some canvas floral trainers, a little coin purse, and a ceramic pen pot.  

If you're ever in the area, the St Neots outlet store really is worth a visit! It's much much better than the Bicester Village store in my opinion.

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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

My First Hairdresser Experience: Balayage with Lifestyle Salons ♥

So, after almost 26 years I was kind of ashamed to say that I had never been to a hairdressers. Some people are amazed by this because surely everyone has had their hair cut! And yes, I have had my hair cut. When I was little my Mum's hairdresser friend would cut it for me in our kitchen, and then when I was at uni I had it done at a local college a couple of times, but I'd never been to a real hairdressers! 

I am not very experimental with my hair, so I tended to always just trim it a little bit myself, maybe attempt to cut in a fringe and use box home hair dyes to change it from brown to ginger to blonde every so often. I like my hair long and I've never had any need to think about getting the style changed, so this style has just stuck! 

But after all these years I thought it's about time I had a little bit of a change. Perhaps I am having a little mid-life crisis (hence the tattoos!) but mostly I just felt like trying something new and reinventing myself a tiny bit. I didn't want a major makeover, just something subtle for summer, so I decided I fancied a bit of balayage/ombre and a little trim.. this time by a professional!

I decided to go with Lifestyle Salons in Newport Pagnell, Milton Keynes, who also have a salon in Aylesbury. I thought this would be ideal for me because it's close to where I work and it's open evenings and Saturdays so getting a convenient appointment was easy! Upon arrival I was greeted by really friendly staff and was offered a drink and made to feel really comfortable, which was good because I was pretty nervous! The salon was bigger than I had imagined and was designed really well with contemporary decor. 

First off I had a brief consultation with a lovely lady called Carla, a Creative Director at the salon. I showed her some photos of the kind of thing I wanted and the colour that I liked and we also agreed on chopping a couple of inches too and adding some layers. I was a bit scared of this as my long hair is my comfort blanket but I thought it's probably for the best! As I have quite a lot of hair and it needed a lot doing to it, I had two appointments booked; one for the cut and then one for the colour.   

I was most nervous about the cut, and really excited about having the colour put in! But during my hair cut I was really put at ease and eventually my worries disappeared. It was actually a really nice experience, I mean who doesn't like having their hair played with?! So my hair was washed and then I had a little trim and some slight layers put in to give it a bit of shape, and then it was blow dried and finished off with some lose curls. I was really happy with the cut, my hair looked much healthier already!

Just over a week later I went back again to see Carla for my second appointment to get the balayage done.  Now I don't know too much about all these trendy new hair treatments but all I know is I showed her some photos on Pinterest as inspirational ideas and she worked her magic for me! I came away with healthy, long hair with lightened ends which was basically just what I had asked for.  

I didn't want anything 'too blonde' so I decided to go with some warmer tones which I think suit me better, and I am really happy with the shade it ended up. I think balayage or ombre is a great option for an instant style update without having to worry about maintainence in the long term; my roots can grow out and it won't look awful and need constant topping up!

Colour before | Colour after

So if you're local to Milton Keynes/Aylesbury and you're looking for a new salon then I thoroughly recommend checking out Lifestyle Salons! They are also currently offering up to 50% off your first cut and finish and the team are always happy to have a little chat beforehand to help you decide what style would be most suitable for you. 

A massive thank you to Carla and the team at Lifestyle Salon, Newport Pagnell. I love my new hair! 

Instagram media victoriajane6 - Blog post now up featuring my new hair by @lifestylesalons ❤
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Sunday, 10 July 2016

My Birthday Wishlist ♥

So in just over two weeks it will be my birthday! I'm not even going to tell you how old I'm going to be because it makes me a bit sad, but lets just say I'm now closer to 30 than 20! Eek! 

To cheer me up a bit I thought I'd do a little birthday wishlist post which I make pretty much every year and then I end up buying everything myself because I have no patience and just cannot wait a few weeks! 

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Saturday, 9 July 2016

Emily & Fin Cloud Dress ♥

Happy July everyone! I am so sorry for my absence over the last 4 weeks. Since I got back from Ibiza I've been a busy little bee; I went on a little family holiday and it was also my oldest friends wedding last weekend and I was on bridesmaid duties! I've had so many things to blog about and I just hadn't got round to sitting down on my laptop, but I will try to catch up again from now on!

So I have been meaning to show you this gorgeous Lucy dress from one of my favourite brands Emily and Fin.  I was kindly sent this from the lovely girls over at Kiki's Boutique which I have been a big fan of ever since I started blogging! They have so many gorgeous dresses and although I believe this one is now sold out, they have so many more Emily and Fin dresses to ogle!

I love the cute and fun cloud and sun rays print on this flattering sleeveless a-line dress. The skirt is gathered at the waistband and even has concealed side pockets which is always practical! I also really like the colour because although originally I thought it was a navy blue, it's more of a teal shade which I think makes it a bit more interesting and different!   

I think the dress is ideal to wear in this weird hot and humid but grey and cloudy weather we seem to be having in the UK this summer! I will be wearing the dress along with some tan leather accessories such as this cute little satchel bag, a skinny waist belt and some sandals. Although don't buy these £10 Primark sandals because they just break.. you have been warned...

Also, you can use discount code BLOGGER15 for 15% off at Kiki's Boutique! 

I do hope you enjoy these overly posey pictures taken on a little pretend photoshoot in my back garden... *cringe*

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Thursday, 16 June 2016

My First Tattoos ♥

So a couple of months back I got my first ever tattoos! I kept the whole thing a bit quiet and didn't actually tell anyone I was going to get them as I wasn't sure if I was going to go through with it. It's something I'd thought about for a little while but always thought tattoos aren't really my style and they wouldn't suit me.

Instagram media victoriajane6 - Saturday afternoon. New #tattoos #anchor #heart #padlock ❤⚓🔒Instagram media victoriajane6 - #tattoo time
 Just after getting the tattoos done  |  During inking

Once I got myself booked in at a local tattoo studio I was sure it was something I wanted and I felt it was a bit of a turning point for me after having a rough past 12 months. I decided to go with a couple of medium sized tattoos placed on the fronts of my thighs. I was a bit worried about this as admittedly, I'm not the slimmest of girls and so I didn't want to draw attention to my thunder thighs!

Instagram media victoriajane6 - Absolutely adore my new anchor print swimsuit from @forluna_swim ❤👙⚓ #Retro #vintage #swimwear
Swimsuit is from For Luna

But I decided to go for it as it was something I wanted and I didn't really need to worry about how I looked or what anyone thought etc and so I just went for it. It's not like my mid-thigh is on show at work or anything!

I knew I wanted to get a heart on one leg and an anchor on the other, although I did struggle for a bit deciding on a design I liked. Eventually I settled on a heart shaped padlock with a filigree design and then an anchor wrapped in roses with a little heart at the top.

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The two tattoos only took about 30 minutes each and luckily the pain wasn't as bad as I was expecting! Although I did cheat a bit and have some numbing cream applied beforehand to help ease the pain. One of my tattoo expert friends came along with me and I was really grateful I didn't have to go alone because I would have been so anxious! 

 Instagram media victoriajane6 - Goodies to keep my tattoos looking fresh 😍 @mankindcouk   

To help the tattoos heal I used these amazing products from Derm Ink which are available from Mankind. I found the Tattoo Balm to be most useful for a new tatt as it helps to soothe, protect and moisturise the skin using a blend of shea butter, beeswax and seaweed extract. The Protection Cream has also been a lifesaver whilst the weather has been good as the silky smooth formula has SPF 15 to help shield from the sun. Using these products has helped the tattoos to heal beautifully! 

In my Mayday Parade T! 

And for those that are wondering why an anchor and a heart; I got them based on one of my favourite songs which has meant a lot to me over the years; "You Be the Anchor That Keeps My Feet On the Ground, I'll Be the Wings That Keep Your Heart In the Clouds" by Mayday Parade

In future I plan to get the design expanded and built up a bit more; I was thinking a ribbon with a key around the padlock and roses behind the anchor. But for now I am more than happy with my tattoos and hopefully there won't be any regrets!

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