Bonfire Night 2017

Remember, remember the 5th of November.

Autumn is my favourite time of the year, all the warm colours and cosy knits. Hot chocolates and warm apple crumble.

The week between halloween and bonfire night is my fave as I find myself busy and enjoying myself a lot more.

We went to a bonfire locally to enjoy some quality time together as the next few weeks for me are busy.

Hope everyone enjoyed their bonfire nights too!

With Love, V x

Date Night – Engagement Celebration

A month after our engagement, we decided to try somewhere new for date night. We chose somewhere slightly more special than our average curry date, even if curries are the best!

We chose to go Cheshire Grill, Lach Dennis.

I thought it was so lovely of the staff to write us an engagement card and put a balloon on our table.

We received two free glasses of champagne with our meal, Jay actually liked it! But it was gorgeous.

I found the decor stunning, done up as a woodland theme with stag heads and pale tartan wallpaper. LOVE.

We both chose burgers for our main, well done with chunky beef dripped chips and a side of onion rings.

Absolutely gorgeous food!

Skipped the dessert entirely, but had a lovely evening with my now fiancé.

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With Love, V x

Our Engagement Party

On saturday we celebrated our engagement with our family and friends.

I’ve spent every day planning and preparing for our party stressing myself out way too much!

I had my nails and makeup done before hand. It cuts out so much time to get ready when everything is done for you. I could spend about 2 hours just doing mascara!

We had a sweet table full with; jars of sweets, donuts and cupcakes. Unfortunately, I was so busy doing the rounds with people that I forgot to take pictures.

I made my engagement cake myself, through all the sweat and blood that went into it I managed to nearly get it how I wanted. (perfectionist)

We bought a personalised filter for snapchat and had a table for “pimp your drink”

We had such a good night and a bit too much prosecco! Here’s a few pictures from our night.

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Engagement Party Planning

My engagement party planning has begun and I’ve never been so stressed in my life! I know it will be worth it in the end.

This is going to be my how-to guide on party planning.

Step 1 : Decide on a theme/colour scheme.

I have chosen an autumn theme for our party, using the colours of autumn and gold features.

Step 2 : Cake Design

As a cake baker it is my duty to carefully pick a cake that suits the theme and something which we can both agree on. We have, thank god!

Although I’m not too sure on the flavour! Hmmm

Step 3 : Venue

Luckily enough we managed to get our date quickly so we wouldn’t have to celebrate our engagement too far in the future.

I was really finicky about this due to not wanting to celebrate too near to christmas and also definitely not wanting it in the new year!

Step 4: Catering

Adding up how many people are estimated to come makes it much more simpler to find out the cost of catering. On average, a buffet is ÂŁ7 per head.

We decided on a hot and cold buffet due to the venue we have picked. I am also doing a sweet table full of goodies!

Step 5 : Invitations

Deciding on who to come and how many is a challenge within itself. It’s ideal to write a list and make sure you’d definitely want them there.

My invitations match my theme, although those one’s are more expensive. I limited the amount I bought to family and very close friends.

I bought some others from whsmith which are simple and still match my a part of my theme, being gold.

Step 6: Decorations & Bits

As I’ve chosen an autumn theme, my decorations will reflect just that. I have artificial leaves for the tables with lanterns and led tealights.

I have led lights for my “cake table” and a wooden crate to put my cake on top of.

I will also be adding other bits an pieces such as photos of myself and Jamie.

We’re adding a few bits for our guests to enjoy on the night and make our celebration slightly more unique and memorable

Step 7: Outfit

As a girl it’s highly important to plan the perfect outfit and I have chosen something simple yet elegant.

I have picked out a beige mid length dress so I look more formal but at the same time the dress is floaty.

I’m pairing this with nude court shoes and jewellery.

Step 8: RELAX

It’s time to chill before the night. I have booked myself in to get my nails done. This is just a little “me” time to make me feel girly again.

I’ve also treated myself to get my makeup done so I’m not stressing about loosing my eyelashes and getting in a big strop.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my party planning guide.

My Engagement Party photos will be shared soon after my party with all the deets (if the hangover doesn’t last too long!)

With Love, V x

WE’RE ENGAGED!

Hey Everyone! I just wanted to share with you the news that Jay and I are engaged!

I’m so overwhelmed with happiness and joy right now, so I’m in a little bubble of positivity.

So we’ve been in Mexico for the past 2 weeks sunning ourselves whilst it was our 5 year anniversary. Then on October 4th at sunset Jay got on one knee and proposed!

It was the most gorgeous setting on the beach with barely anyone around and he wrote in the sand saying “will you marry me?”

We won’t be getting married for about 5 or so years yet, so for now we are just going to plan an engagement party to celebrate with our families.

I’m obviously going to attend wedding fayres for the free prosecco though!

Thank you for reading guys.

With Love, V x

A weekend in Amsterdam..

I’ve being planning to go to Amsterdam for almost 4 years now. So when Jay was 21 I decided to book it for us! 

I’m usually one for luxury week holidays abroad, but Amsterdam has always takes my fancy, especially in spring! I just love the tulips. 

Day One 

We were a little delayed with flying, but managed to check in and unpack before heading out. We arrived early afternoon so we had plenty of time to explore and have something to eat. Not forgetting the drinks. 

Our stay didn’t include breakfast so we went to a shop to get some juice to have when we woke up. 

We wandered around to get our bearings and then got an early night ready for the next day. 

Day Two

Up and our early on our second day to visit the famous Anne Frank House. We were about 15 minutes walk away from practically everything! It’s nice to have attractions apart but also yet so close together. 

We had our early lunch at a small cafĂ©. Jennifer’s cafĂ© if I remember correctly. We had toasties and chips to share. 

I booked our tickets for Anne Frank’s online as there can be queues up to 4 hours long. I really didn’t want to miss this opportunity and it’s one of the main reasons you come to Amsterdam. 

The weather on this day was slightly rainy. I was so glad to get inside and the wind picked up a lot while we waited and queued. Photography is also prohibited inside. 

I’d definitely recommend going to those who haven’t as it’s a very moving experience. It’s amazing the facts you learn inside. 

We ended the experience with a drink in the cafĂ© and talked about what we had seen. Yes, we didn’t talk to each other all the way round it! It ruins the atmosphere. I bought a souvenir from the shop to take back home with me, which was a postcard. 
We walked up the main street, full of coffee shops for a few drinks and a smoke. I cannot resist a cocktail! 

Later on we had some tea, pizza. Strolled back to our hotel and freshened up. We then went on a walk around at night. 

Day Three 

On Day Three we had a lie in and then headed to the Ice Bar. We stopped off at a cafĂ© around the corner from it. 

Again, I bought the tickets online as it’s much easier. You get 3 drinks included in the package and 20 mins inside the ice bar. 

We then went inside the ice bar. They give you gloves and a jacket to wear, incase people don’t bring them. 

I chose the ‘nutella’ shots and Jay obviously had the beers. 

The ice bar definitely was a good experience. We had so much fun! You have to or you freeze to death haha. 

After the ice bar, we explored more and headed towards the Van Gosh museum. There’s a few museum around here all of which are very busy! 

We got to the ‘ I Amsterdam’ sign. Packed don’t of course so we tried to take the best pictures we could. 

Vondelpark is 15 mins walk from here so we headed there on our way back to our hotel. 

We had tea at the hard rock cafĂ©. And headed back to our hotel for an early night. 

Day Four 

Home time. Check out was at 11am so we headed out for that time to grab a bite to eat for breakfast. Chocolate crossaints. 

Our flight was at 5 so we got to the train station at 1pm to give us enough time. 

If you plan to buy tickets to get to the airport, the outside machines only take coins! Slightly annoying! 

Here is a few of my snaps from just wandering around dam! 

I certainly loved Amsterdam! 

Have you ever been? What was your favourite part? 

Hope you all enjoyed reading my post! Let me know what you think below… 

Love, V x 

Date Night Fate Night 

Most girls wait for February 14th, however every year I wait for April 14th. It’s one of the most exciting days every year! 

I booked for us to go and see Fast and Furious 8. I’m always checking the cinema website for when I can book them and I’m usually the first one to book the screening! 

I’m not your typical average girl at all and Fast and Furious is always the best cinema experience. I love cars! Fast cars. Especially a skyline. 

I’ve lost a stone in weight now so it was only right to buy a new dress. This is a shirt dress from the binky range on inthestyle.co.uk. I love it. 

My typical makeup is usually the same as day time wear. I just always use a matte lipstick to add a bit of colour and my highlighter. 

Yet again, the cinema was quiet which is always nice. I hate them people who talk through it and kick seats so we were lucky to get empty seats behind us. 

Overall, I think the film was great, the graphics were amazing. I just think compared to no.7, it couldn’t have been any better. The film was seriously missing Paul Walker but he would be proud of it all. 

If you haven’t already seen it, get yourselves a ticket now! 
Thanks for reading! 

Love, V x

Happy 21st Birthday 

Birthday planning for me can take an awful long time to pull together so I started off 6 months in advance for my other halves 21st birthday. 

I started off with planning what to buy as a special gift. One that he would keep and treasure for a long long time. 

The watch I bought him is Hugo Boss and is the trendiest watch I’ve ever laid eyes on. He’s always wanted a watch and I couldn’t think of a more perfect 21St gift. 

I also bought him a watch stand so he keeps it away from being damaged. I found the stand on a personalised website, you can probably find one easily enough. 

We went out for his birthday meal to a lovely curry restaurant with his family. Jay absolutely hates public arrays and was so embarrassed when they sang happy birthday to him. 

After the meal we went back to his mums so he could cut the cake I made him. He demanded there would be donuts on it! 

The cake had 6 layers with a Chocolate Fudge filling. I added gold ’21’ sparklers when I got to his mums. 

I booked a surprise stay at the hilton in Manchester for us for a night and I also booked a surprise meal while we were in Manchester to make it extra special. I booked the table for us at the rosso restaurant. 

I can’t go anywhere without having a pornstar martini! 

We both had a lasagne for our main and shared a sorbet for dessert. The food here is absolutely gorgeous! All fresh and the waiters are very polite and attentive. 

I would highly recommend the rosso restaurant to anyone who hasn’t been. 

When we came back home I set up some coffee and cake for the afternoon so my auntie and nan could give Jay his presents. 

About a week later jay’s birthday continued as we went out for another meal as a present off my auntie. We went for Mexican food at chiquitos. 

This starter was amazing! Spicy chicken parcels. 

Obviously Jay had garlic bread! I even tried jalapeño poppers which weren’t even spicy/hot like at all! They were cream cheese stuffed jalapeños and coated in bread crumbs. 

TACO’S. Love them, just hate the onion part but I did eat them on it until the last two as they were cold. Yes, I can be fussy with food haha 

So after all the birthday celebrations, we’ve been waiting for his last present for the past month. I’ve booked for us to go Amsterdam!! Only a few days to go. 
Sorry for the very late post on this one guys! I’ve been exhaustingly busy again, I’ll be glad to get this break! 

Love, V x

Date Night 

Hi everyone! Hope you’ve all had a good weekend! This miserable weather is making me want to be on a beach in a hot country so bad!! 

I have finally got round to having a date night with my man. It’s now 3 weeks into 2017 and we’ve finally had some time to ourselves. After all my busy weeks, baking and overtime I was glad to have some quality time with him. 

I dressed casual and slightly autumnal as per. I just always want to be comfy! And I’m totally in love with my scarf. How gorgeous is it?! My scarf is from M & S and is super comfy. I wore black leggings from New Look, Cream top from Primark and Ugg Australia boots. 

For my makeup I’m wearing;

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation SB07 – super light on the skin and great coverage. 

HD Eye & Brow Pallette in 003 Vamp 

MAC False Lashes Extreme Black in A86 

Illamasqua Powder Blusher in shade Lover 

Kylie Lip Kit in shade Maliboo – I adore nude shades 

We went to a local restaurant, Jays never been before and when we go out together it’s always for a curry. I LOVE curry! But I just fancied a change this time. I’ve been to this restaurant a few times before too and I’ve liked it so I thought I’d suggest it. 

 We both decided to have a starter to share which we don’t often do, which was nice. It was a garlic and mozzarella flatbread with a salad garnish. I have no idea what dressing they had on the salad but it was sweet and I like it! 

For the main course I had chosen something different than I usually pick, carbonara. When the bowl came out I was shocked at how big it was! I said to Jay straight away that there was way too much pasta for me! The chicken was nice but there was no flavour at all in the pasta which was a let down. Other than that I enjoyed it and it filled me up! 

Jay couldn’t decide what to have. He usually goes for a burger of we go to a pub but we were both adventurous and chose something different. He picked ribs in the end but was very disappointed as there was barely any meat! 

Unfortunately, there wasn’t much bottled beer on offer which Jay likes so he had a kopperberg. At least he had beers when he got home!! 

Me on the other hand, decided to have some cocktails! I had the Hollywood. I love them! And I also had double midori and lemonade, so refreshing! 

Thanks for reading x 

Anniversary Getaway

So our anniversary was on 24th September. NO, we aren’t married but we do celebrate it every year. It was our 4th Anniversary this year and no, NO engagement ring. Boo 

We went away the weekend of 7th October to a lovely little glamping site. I wish I could go back every weekend! So relaxing! This little place is just in Frodsham called Lady Heyes. 

This was our little pod. 

Tis cute right? 

Absolutely lovethis colour! 

The pod includes a bed (obviously), a TV, sofa, fridge and a barbecue. Most importantly… A hot tub!! 

I didn’t want to get out! 

On the first night we decided to get a takeaway delivery as the staff at reception gave us a take out leaflet. However, there is a cafe on site for everyone to go to eat. Its also a really good place to chill out with a pool table and 50 inch TV. 

We spend most of our time in the hot tub but we did manage to go in the cafe for some ice cream and sat on a picnic bench. The views are lovely. 

I had such a relaxing time, take me back! 

You should check it out! 

Lady Heyes, Frodsham 
On our way back we went to the ice-cream farm in Nantwich. Ive been meaning to go for a while now to see the huge Peter Rabbit they created in the field. 

So cute! 

Anyway, 

Roll on next year, let’s hope an engagement ring!! đź’Ť  
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