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Friday, 19 September 2014

ADVENTURES: Hello September

Hello lovelies!
When I think of Autumn, I automatically think of this beautiful picturesque area of Cumbria that I used to visit time and time again with my family when I was younger to collect conkers and take in the scenery. Almost a year ago I took some photographs there and due to a busy schedule and it being a warmer time of year, I failed to upload the photographs I took on my trip in time, so since the autumnal season is upon us, I felt it was the right time to upload them. I have so many fond memories of this place and eventually felt that it was time to visit it now that I am older and took my bf to see it as it is a very special place to me. I drove there and it was possibly the longest road trip I have ever done to date too which was a nice achievement. I always like to wrap up really warm for these trips as it usually is rather cold given the time of year it is. We had a wander round taking in the sights and enjoying the sound of the leaves crunching under our feet before having a cheeky hot chocolate with marshmallows before a long drive home. A particular highlight was befriending some ducks and swans and trying to get a photograph throwing leaves everywhere haha! Success ;)
Gloves: Matalan, Coat: River Island, Jeans: Topshop, Wellies: Reynolds, Scarf: Turkish stall

Thursday, 4 September 2014

OUTFIT: The Panda Dress


Dress: H by Henry Holland, Pointed Flats: Matalan, Bag: Fake Mulberry from Turkey

Hello lovelies!
As you know I recently visited Edinburgh Zoo for my 22nd birthday, so I thought today I'd do a little outfit post of what I wore. I had found this pretty panda print dress round about the same time as I did that big haul of mine and I thought it was perfect for my 'zoo attire'. I think the print is adorable and the style of it is not usually what I go for but I thought it looked really flattering. I absolutely love Henry Holland's brand, it is one of my all time favourite brands as it always has really cute and quirky prints which are not usually found elsewhere. I teamed it with these pointed flats which I have been living in for months now, I think they look so smart and can really change up a look that you'd normally put round toe flats with. And of course, the genuine fake Mulberry! After my trip to Turkey back in June/July I had been after a small black bag to replace a very well worn Topshop one and found this one at a Sunday Market, the quality of it is really good and it is the ideal size for the things I carry with me for evenings and nights out.

BEAUTY: August Favourites

Hello lovelies!
At the start of the month I had been thinking of new content for my Blog and as August is my favourite month, (being my birthday month) I thought I'd give this 'Favourites' malarky a try!
Some of these you may recognise from my big haul I did as I was really impressed with some of those that I bought back then. These are definitely products I'll continue to go back to in the future. Let me know in the comments:
1) If you have tried any of these and your thoughts
2) What have you been loving in August
Happy reading!

Sunday, 31 August 2014

LIFE: August Diary

Hello lovelies!
As I stated back in my post from the start of the month, August was going to be very busy and it was! I can't believe how fast this month has flew over! I'm looking forward to a much more relaxed September (hopefully!) Here is a quick round up of what I've been upto:

1. A cheeky selfie before food with Charlotte
2. Meal at Italian Kitchen with Charlotte
3. Having a blue slushie and watching the boys play football at the beach
4. Charity ball with friends from work at Hardwick Hall.
5. Pollo Gorgonzola takeaway from Mamma Italia after work, MmmMmm!
6. The gorgeous bride on her wedding day
7. Cookie Monster cocktail at Liberty Browns for Sarah's leaving meal
8. Been practically living in this Ariel jumper

9. An early birthday present: New camera!
10. Jonny's birthday with Kate & Caitie
11. My fave starter from Zizzi, Delicious!
12. Love this art work from a book I rediscovered

13. Mamma Italia takeout for Sunday Dinner. Delicious!
14. Outfit for a new Blog post
15. Birthday flowers off the bf
16. Day at Edinburgh Zoo for my 22nd birthday

17. My new tee! :D
18. Huskies <3
19. Louise's birthday night out with Sarah & Jess
20. Belated birthday meal at Luciano's 

Hope you enjoyed my August round-up! Let me know what you have been upto :) <3

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

ADVENTURES: Edinburgh Zoo for my 22nd Birthday!


Hello lovelies! :)

I don't know about you, but I'm feeling 22! ;) As the title of this blog post and the stereotypical Taylor Swift lyrics reveals, I have just had my 22nd birthday! On the morning of Friday the 22nd of August, I was greeted with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers and 22 by Taylor Swift and It's My Birthday by Will-I-Am playing in the background as I opened cards and prezzies. I'm usually the type to be really excited for my birthday and I really like to do something different than what I do in normal everyday life to celebrate and this year was no exception. Myself and the bf took the train to Edinburgh for the day which was lovely, I had a delicious birthday meal at Vittoria Restaurant and went on the wheel and had a fab view of the city, but the main point of the trip was to visit the Zoo! I have been dying to go to Edinburgh Zoo for well over 2 years and now I can finally cross it off my Bucket List! I decided to rock my new Panda print dress for the occasion as it seemed to fit in nicely with the theme ;)
I thought I would show you some photographs from my day at the Zoo, my favourites had to be the Lion and the Penguins. So cute :) Enjoy!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

OUTFIT: It's The Final Countdown!


Co-Ord: Missguided, Brogues: Topshop

Hello lovelies! :)
It is now 5 days 'til my birthday which means: IT'S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN!!
What have you been upto this weekend? I've been lucky this weekend work-wise as I have not had to be in, which if any of you work in Retail know, it is a very rare occasion! I took this free time to relax and had a night in yesterday with the bf and pizza = fave combination and then today has been spent taking some photographs as I have just recently bought a brand new camera as an early birthday present and want to get myself used to it before I head to Edinburgh for my birthday on Friday. Hope you're having a great weekend! <3

Saturday, 16 August 2014

LIFE: Going To The Chapel Of Love

Hello lovelies!
An exciting event happened the other day, a friend of mine got married! It was honestly such a lovely day. She looked like a princess in her beautiful wedding dress and they even had a trained owl fly up the aisle to give the rings! It also had a white peacock decoration on the cake, some lovely heartfelt speeches (I may have shed a tear!) and lots of twinkly lights. It was like a fairy tale. Congratulations to both of them <3

Wedding Dresses: Avivadress
Alongside this, I was contacted by Zoe about an online store: Avivadress which specialises in occasion dressses such as wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and prom dresses.
Although I am nowhere near the stages of making it down the aisle, I still couldn't resist having a look at some of the dress options and making a little collage of my favourites for you all to have a browse at, so I hope you like the ones I've chosen. Enjoy! :)

Monday, 11 August 2014

HAUL/BEAUTY: A Cheeky Haul

Hello lovelies!

Last weekend before work I did a solo mish into town and ended up coming home with a big bag of goodies so I thought I would just go through what I've bought for you all. I know some of these products are old news and I'm behind with the hype for a lot of these products so some of these you may already know about but I hope you enjoy reading my thoughts on them. Originally I was going to attempt a haul video for this but it was horrendous! Maybe one day they'll be a haul for you but for now here's to happy reading! Enjoy!

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

OUTFIT/ADVENTURES: Hardwick Hall Charity Event

Dress: Topshop, Cuff: New Look, Earrings: Vivienne Westwood, Heels: Asda (not shown)

 Hello lovelies!
Please excuse the fact the quality of these photographs are not upto scratch. Reason being that I didn't have time to get any outfit photos at the start of the night as I had a couple of the girls from work over before hand to all get ready together which was really cute but that also means I didn't get a chance to take any photos of what I wore, so I had to take these once I got home. Dedicated ;)

Friday, 1 August 2014

OUTFIT: Hello August!

 Playsuit: Warehouse*, Belt: Primark, Heels: Topshop

Hello lovelies!
At last! It is finally that wonderful time of the year! No, not Christmas, It's August! And only 21 days 'til my birthday! Not that I'm counting or anything...
First up I'd like to say thank you all so much for the lovely and supportive comments in my last post, I was really flattered at how kind everyone was about my new ideas for my Blog and how I'd even inspired some of you as well. What a lovely bunch you all are! ;) Speaking of which I have made another change to my blog, if you haven't noticed already I have actually got Violetdaffodils her own domain name! I'm actually really excited about this! It's a good feeling to know she's all mine and it just looks so much better :)
As August is my favourite month, I felt the need to include a post with these Lion statues to pay homage to my Leo star sign ;) So I ventured outside for this post which also fits nicely with the outfit I'm wearing as it fits the floral theme. The material feels so soft and I really like jumpsuits for how versatile and comfy they are. I either go laid back with some gladiator sandals and pointed flats or team them with black heels and big boots. The jumpsuit comes with a thin black belt which is cute however for this outfit I felt a brown belt would coordinate better with the boots. The belt is off an old Primark dress and when I donated the dress to charity I kept the belt incase I wanted to wear it with something else and the boots are actually off a few years ago, I got them with my staff discount before I stopped working there.

I'm kicking off the start of August by going for a meal with my friend Charlotte to celebrate us both passing University which is a belated celebratory meal due to busy schedules so I'm really looking forward to it. We will be heading to Italian Kitchen which I've never been to before so we're going to stuff our faces full of pasta and chicken! :D Can't wait!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

LIFE: Time For A Change


How gorgeous are these flowers I got off the bf's family for graduation?!! Love them! <3

Hello lovelies!
For a long time I had neglected my beloved Blog due to University, Work and Life in general but now that University is out of the way and I am getting used to having more hours at Work (Yay! More money!), I now have more time and energy to come back into the Blogging world and give it more of a go. I had stated a while ago in my Blog's 2nd Birthday that there was a few changes I have been wanting to make to VioletDaffodils and now I can finally begin to put those into play. If you are extremely observant, you may have already started to notice a few of those changes already, although they are small they have made a big difference to my content which I'm loving!

Design:
As I'm naturally a creative person I really want to take this Blog and challenge myself with it by not just relying on someone else to design things for me but to actually go out of my way to learn the skills, learn the techniques, create my own designs and teach myself how to apply them to produce a new (hopefully better) appearance of my Blog. In doing so this is kind of taking small bits of what I've learned at University and applying it to something I enjoy creating and learning some valuable skills along the way. Hopefully this will give the desired effect that I have been longing for for months. I know this will take a long time but I want to take my time with it, I don't want to rush it and make a mess. I find it so much more rewarding being able to step back to observe and be proud to say "I made all this!" and that is what I'm aiming for :)

Content:
This is another big thing I am wanting to work on as well. I got a bit carried away with wanting to show outfits and travel diaries and don't get me wrong I enjoy putting them together but I feel this Blog needs an injection of more of my other interests too. I want to keep content fresh and varied but more often than not I find that my Blog has become another outfit post after another outfit post which has got so tedious and made my Blog seem bland. I've decided to really make more of an effort and embrace more versatility so I hope you enjoy the new content as well as the old. I want it to be "I wonder what she will post next?" keeping it curious, keeping it intriguing. I realise that some of it will not be catered to everyone but that's what I'm looking forward to, embracing new challenges and seeing the outcome :)

I want to thank you for your ongoing support, I've recently hit 200 followers which is AMAZING! Thank you so so much I appreciate every comment and follow I get, big love to you all! <3
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

VOTE: NE Blogger Awards 2014- VioletDaffodils


Hello lovelies!
I know this is a long shot but here it goes: Being a Northerner all my life I didn't even realise until today that the Blogging world even had an Award for us haha! But now that I have stumbled across this I thought I'd just take my chances and give it a go. I know these award nomination things can sometimes be extremely annoying with the constant spamming of "PICK ME! PICK ME!" So I will only post it here once and be done with it. So I would like to please ask if you lovely followers of my Blog (if you would like to of course!) would vote VioletDaffodils for Best NE Lifestyle Blog category.
Thank you for reading and I wish the rest of you entering good luck as well! :D
<3

Monday, 7 July 2014

LIFE: Hey Graduate!

Hello lovelies!
A few of you may already know this but I had a bit of a struggle towards my last few weeks of University due to one of my tutors telling me my work was not good enough to pass my degree and I was very worried that I wasn't going to pass my degree in Illustration & Design, however in my last post when I was on holiday I got my results and I did it! I passed University! Although my results were not what I had wanted, on the day I had felt so proud of myself for not giving up when things were difficult and keeping myself together, also I felt like I had done my family (especially my Mam) proud and they were all so understanding and supportive. It was just such an amazing day! (Sorrynotsorry for gushing so much!) One of the sweetest moments of the day was when my Granddad saw me, he started to tear up! Awww <3
I am so lucky and blessed to have met so many amazing, lovely and funny bunch of people in my 3 years at University. Even though people had their own separate friendship groups, as a class we all got along so well and we all supported each other and had a laugh together which I think is something that is very rare these days. So thank you to those who were in my class, I'm so pleased to have met them all and so proud that we all made it! And no matter where everyone ends up, I wish every single one of them the best success for the future <3
I also want to say a massive thank you to those who sent me congratulations and best wishes,
what a lovely bunch you all are! <3
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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

TRAVEL: TURKEY DIARY






Hello lovelies!
I have recently been away to Turkey with the bf for some well deserved relaxation after such a stressful final year at Uni. I was away for 2 weeks in an area called Fethiye which I had never heard of previously but it was lovely. My favourite thing was the gorgeous sunsets (my camera is literally spammed with so many photos of it haha!).
In between lazing by the pool, I had visited the beach too, normally on holiday I don't like days at the beach as the wind blows sand everywhere and it sticks to your body and feels awful, but I was pleasantly surprised by the beach here and enjoyed that loads. I also watched one of the World Cup matches and did the 12 Island boat trip which takes you on a tour and you can jump off the boat into the sea which was exhilarating! Followed by visiting the Turkish Sunday market to score myself a genuine fake Mulberry ;) The salespeople there are very entertaining with the funny expressions they say, like: "Genuine fake watches! Cheaper than shoplifting!"
Also whilst I was away I got my University results and after many months of stress I did it! I will be graduating! I am honestly so relieved! The day I got my results was just a blur of emotions but at last the wait is finally over and I could not be happier! Thanks again to everyone who showed their support, it really did mean so much to me and I really appreciate it!
Take care <3
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