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💜💜 Purple Hearts 💜💜

It’s been a while but guess what… I’m doing an outfit post! 😱

After spending pretty much most of the last week in bed after a rather nasty flare up of my illness. My husband and best friend took me out for a Toby Carvery today which was rather delicious

Just look at that 😍

As it was the first time I had got dressed since Tuesday. I thought I’d make an effort and wear one of my favourite dresses from the summer. My SCARLETT & JO Purple & White Lollidot Heart Print Midi Dress

Just look at the prettiness!!!!!!


As a girl who has MAJOR issues with her stomach I can not fault this dress, it floats over my stomach, gives me a shape and as a 6 foot 2 girl I am a big fan of any dress that covers my bum! And it just makes me feel so pretty and girly and just wonderful.

Any dress that can make feel that way is ok by me 💞

I am also impressed by Scarlett & Jo’s customer service. This is a replacement dress as the first one I bought was faulty. After a couple of emails and sending the original dress back, free of charge. They sent me this replacement so quickly!

In other news! You may have noticed I now have a full length mirror! After it being in the spare room for almost a year I have taken it out of its packaging and put it on the door! So get ready for a lot more outfit posts and my face! 😂

As ever thank you for reading and I hope you are all having a lovely relaxing Sunday.
xVx

 

 

Disclaimer: I bought this dress and it was my choice to write this post.

If you would like to purchase the dress – here is the link.

Lollidot Heart Print Dress

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Weekend in London 

One of my goals for this year was to go and see a play or a musical in the west end and have a weekend away in London.

Both my husband and I adore London, so when I was coming up with my 16 in 16 list, A trip to London was top of my list!

When it was announced that Lily James and Richard Madden were performing Romeo and Juliet at The Garrick Theatre, I jumped at the chance to see my favourite play in one of my favourite cities.

My husband and I planned on doing the trip, however when my friend found out I had tickets, she was desperate to go. Since I started working part time, we have had quite a lot of money concerns. So it made sense to turn it into a small budget girly weekend.

We got the coach down to London for £12 each, The hotel room was£57 each and we had a brilliant time.

First day we travelled to London. We got to the hotel which was lovely. Basic but definitely a bargain!

We stayed at St Georges Hotel in Pimlico. We were in a ground floor room with a Kingsize and 2 single beds. I very kindly bagsed the king size bed- I’m such a good friend.

 


We were close to the tube, buses and in the centre of London. The hotel was such a brilliant find.
We saw Big Ben, had some dinner and got ready to see the Play.

The Journey to the Garrick Theatre was HORRENDOUS! Traffic delays, bad directions and blindly trusting my Google Maps app meant we arrived at the theatre 5 minutes late. I still have no idea how, but they very kindly let us in and we didn’t miss the start of the play.

Due to injury, Richard Madden was not performing and we saw the first performance of Freddie Fox playing Romeo. He was superb. The play was beautiful, heartbreaking and I am so happy we got to see it.

Lily James seemed to struggle through the first act but came alive in the second act and Sir Derek Jacobi and Meera Syal stole every scene they were in.

Unfortunately the theatre was so hot my friend almost passed out at the interval, however after fresh air and plenty of water she felt better and managed to get through the second act.

Once the play was over, we explored Leicester Square and we ended up going to TGI Fridays for some cocktails and I did something I’ve never done before.

I got drunk in the middle of London! 😂

What can I say- those Woo Woos were strong 😂😂

We headed back to the hotel and ended up getting the most gorgeous pizza delivered to the hotel at 2am!

Was such a fun night.

The next day, we slept and had a lie in. My friend googled cheap things to do in London and it suggested the Victoria and Albert Musuem. And I am so glad it did!

Based in South Kensington, the Musuem was amazing and had so much to see. We were only there for a couple of hours but both of us said we would like to go back and explore some more.

Here are some pictures of the exhibits we saw

I had the opportunity to see the World Cup and Football from the 1966 World Cup on the 50th Anniversary of England’s win

Clothes throughout time, such a beautiful collection

Curtain’s Up

Morecombe and Wise

 

Was so sad to leave as I really did have a lovely weekend.

Until next time London 💞
xVx

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April/May Favourites 


It’s been a hard month and I haven’t been in the right head space to blog. I’ve given myself some time and the creative juices started to flow again.

I do enjoy completing my monthly favourites. It really does help put things into perspective. Even though my husband and I are going through a lot at the moment. It does us good to stop, breathe and think of the good things in our lives also.

So that being said I have decided to complete my monthly favourites for April and May.

Monthly Favourites 

Margaret

If you follow me on Social Media or read my previous post, you will be aware that my mother in law lost her battle with cancer at the end of April. The last month has been so sad and we miss her terribly. She is in my favourites because I wanted to celebrate her life and knowing her. From the first day I met her she welcomed me into her family. She was strong, fierce and protective but also caring and gracious. She loved cooking, ballroom dancing and spending time with her family. She will be so missed and I am so grateful that I joined her crazy family.

Race for Life 


In Margaret’s memory I am completing the race for life in July. Due to my poor health, I was considering dropping out however Margaret was the first person to sponsor me and was so touched that I was raising money and doing the race in her name, I refuse to give up!

For the last 4 weeks I have been slowly building up my strength, walking, swimming and strength training. My body is coping well but I get tired really quickly and at the beginning I was in agony the next day, which luckily is easing off. Training with a chronic illness has been difficult but I refuse to be beaten and in less than 6 weeks I will cross the finish line for Margaret.

If you would like to sponsor me (pretty please) here is the link to my just giving page

IWOWN 
With training for the race for life and generally wanting to improve my fitness. I bought a fitness tracker. After doing some research and having a strict budget, ( no fitbits for me!) I found this beauty on Amazon


The IWOWN smart bracelet, it’s been fab! I’ve been able to monitor the amount of steps I do a day. I was getting annoyed that I struggled to get passed 5000 a day so I changed the step goal to 6000 a day which is equivalent to 3 miles. It’s been pushing me to keep moving and on many occasions after walking a lot and wanting to stop, I’ve been saying “think of the steps”

Cons, Cons and Cons 

I love going to a convention, and in the past 8 weeks I’ve been to two!

End of April I went to Storybrooke Uk in London. Which is a convention for the TV show Once Upon A Time.

Was such a lovely weekend, got to meet my Twitter friend Alice who I have been speaking to for years. Got to see my con friend Sheena and spend the weekend geeking out 🙂

If you are a fan of the show you might recognise some of these people

Hook!!! Also known as the lovely (and very cute) Colin O’donoghue

Lee Arnberg- plays Grumpy on the show, but was also one of the Pirates in Pirates of the Caribbean

Meghan Orhy -plays Ruby in the show and is one of my favourite characters. She also said she loved my shirt ( there was a picture of her character on it)

Lana Parrilla- Regina / Evil Queen.

Rebecca Mader – Zelena/ Wicked Witch


Sean Maguire – Robin Hood

In May, I went to City of Heroes 2 with my husband. This convention is for fans of Arrow, The Flash and Gotham.

I enjoyed our weekend but it was insane!!! So busy and so crowded but the guests were fabulous.

I was able to get a photo with the stars of Arrow


Stephen Amell and David Ramsey

I also got to meet the brilliant, fabulous and VERY rude John Barrowman. He was one of the highlights of the con.

So you can understand how insane this con was – here is a picture of all the guests

For the party in the evening, I went as Agent Carter and wore this gorgeous Lindy Bop dress with a petticoat. Felt gorgeous and got so many compliments 💞

 

Day at the Races 


Last week I went to Leicester Races with my mum and dad and had such a brilliant day watching the horse racing.

We had a 3 course meal with this brilliant view and over the day I won £40!

Not something I do every week but I would definitely go again!

 

Make up Organiser 


I was lucky enough to win this make up organiser after entering a blog giveaway and it’s bloody brilliant!

1. It’s is actually making me wear make up! I don’t usually wear make up everyday however with having it on show everyday it’s making me want to have a play and make more effort with my appearance.

2. I can find my makeup! I seem to spend my life trying to find products that I have lost. Having it all together has made my life a lot easier.

X-Men Apocalypse 

Such a good film, I came out of the showing buzzing. I am a huge X-Men fan and I have loved the McAvoy/Fassbender films. Definitely one to go and see.

 


So those were my favourite things  – what have been yours??

x V x

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Scarlett and Jo Dress Review

I have been a fan of Scarlett and Jo for a while and when I saw this dress in my local Evans I knew I had to have it 🙂

I am really impressed with the changes to Evans clothing range recently, the tents are gone and now we have stylish, curvaceous clothing that flatter our figures and make us look amazing. And a big part of that is due to the clothing from Scarlett and Jo! I’ve already got my eye on a couple of other dresses that I love!

The Dress

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Scarlett and Jo Cobalt Blue Dress- Currently on sale for £25!

So this dress- I have got into this awful habit of only wearing black, so in the past couple of weeks while I have been updating my wardrobe and building my confidence, I have started to buy more colourful items and I thought this dress would fit nicely in.

It is really flattering on my figure and nicely covers the parts of my body which I do not feel comfortable to have on show. As I do not like showing my arms I love the the 3/4 size sleeves makes me feel comfortable and stylish.

Dressing Room Selfie!!!

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The minute I tried on this dress, I knew I loved it and wanted it and I can’t wait to wear it again.

In this picture I am wearing this dress with leggings, the dress also goes well with dark jeans or trousers.

Payday Wishlist

These are the dresses I have currently got my eye on 🙂 What outfits do you like from Scarlett and Jo?

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Scarlett & Jo Red Crochet Collar Fit And Flare Dress- currently on sale for £30                    

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Black embellished prom dress- £55

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Red Lace Yoke Swing Dress- Currently on sale for £25

To see more of Scarlett & Jo collection, please use the following link – http://www.evans.co.uk/en/evuk/category/scarlett-jo-about-250444/home

Disclaimer- This is my opinion of the brand, I have not been asked to write this review and I bought the dress in question.

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