My January Wishlist

Friday, 31 January 2014

Hey Guys!!
Every month I have decided I'm going to do a wishlist of things I may have seen online, while I'm out shopping or wherever I see something that takes my fancy :)
This month I have actually been to 1 or 2 parties and spent a lot of time looking for clothes/dresses and what I love at the moment other than Aztec print, is the tartan prints, whether it be dress or skirt :) This was when I came across this little beauty on, I love skater dresses and skirts, so know this would fit right in with my 'collection' of dresses :) You can go over and see this little beauty here, this is a little more expensive at £24.99 than I normally would spend so I may in the future find one similar somewhere slightly cheaper.

Also this month I've really been needing to organise myself a bit more than I am, especially with editing vlogs, weekly videos and doing blogs. I actually been looking at getting some sort of weekly planner so that I can write it down and have it on my wall by desk so that its right in front of me and I know where I am in the week and the month :) So I was investigating the web, as you do, and came across and found the cutest planner, I thought anyway :P for just £10 and you can go over and see here I am very tempted to order it so I may do, once all the bills are paid of course :)
Also this month I started Christmas shopping, yes I know I am way ahead of myself, but at the end of the year once I've got all the presents, my sisters, mum and dad will have nice goodie bags for Christmas. Anyway, I was also thinking while I'm looking because I can't help looking for myself, need self control!! its been very cold lately in the mornings going to work and it would be nice if I could take a hot drink with me, but sadly, I don't have anything but a mug, and I can't really carry a mug around with me. I happened to be looking on Cath Kidstons website and I love the stuff on there anyway, its just so cute, and came across this really cute Travel Mug for £8, which you can see here I love the flower print on it as this is the sort of thing I would like in my bedroom :)
That comes to the end of my wishlist :) I hope you enjoyed this sort of post as I truly enjoyed writing it as I can go back to this if anyone ever wants to know what to get for Birthdays, etc.
See You Soon!!

New Video!!

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Hey Guys!!
I thought I would let you know that I did my first 'Get Ready With Me' video which you can either watch here or over on my YouTube channel Fashion and Lifestyle :)
Let me know what you think and Part 2 will be how I had my hair on that night and will be live on Sunday :)
See You Soon!!

Outfit Of The Day 25th Jan

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Hey Guys!!
As you know I went to a party with Llewellyn as it was his staff party, of course I had no clue what I wanted to wear, and in a previous post I showed you what I had ordered from, which is what I wore to the party.
I took the pictures on my new phone as the camera ran out of battery and my camera on my phone is really decent quality. £12
As you can see I paired it with simple, black heels, which are my go to heels, and curled my hair and pinned it to the side to give it a more party feel.
I must say this dress was so comfortable, as it isn't a thick, heavy material, but is light, and moves with your body to make it even more comfortable. I loved the length of it as it wasn't to short and it wasn't to long. I would recommend anyone that likes this sort of style to go ahead and get it as it is just overall amazing, plus I am slightly obsessed with this pattern :) I definitely want more dresses like this. Also to add on I didn't get to hot in it either, which was good because being at a party it can get hot and stuffy, and I was lovely and cool.
I hope you enjoyed this post!!
See You Soon!!
P.S Here are some more pictures of the dress


The Village Hotel, Cardiff

Monday, 27 January 2014

Hey Guys!!
As you can tell by the title we stayed at The Village Hotel in Cardiff on Saturday as that was where Llewellyns' staff party was, so I thought I would tell you about our experience there.
This is the 2nd time we have stayed there and it was lovely just like last time. Though I said to Llewellyn I am pretty sure that the room was bigger this time as we had a couch and we never in the other room we stayed in before.
Its a lovely relaxing atmosphere in the hotel as there is a spa facility that a lot of people use but we didn't use this facility and there's also a swimming pool and gym.
The room itself was a nice orangey colour that when the lights are on it looks like the room is glowing and it makes it look so cosy :) The bed was so comfortable, I had an amazing nights sleep and I normally don't sleep very well at all. The bathroom was a nice decent size as well, perfect for just two of us.
I will now leave you with pictures of the room :)
Hope You Enjoy This Post!!
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My Week #2

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Hey Guys!!
It is Week #2 of this series for the year and this week has been full of healthy eating, drinking more water, new dress and staff party :)
And here it is in pictures :)

1. Sunday - Today was a day full of chilling and playing 3DS which I am in love with :)
2. Monday - Its very rare that the cats just cuddle together so had to capture the moment before they start chasing each other around the flat :)
3. Tuesday - I spent the afternoon at my Mums and used my new mug that she bought me *I am in no way actually messy* :)
4. Wednesday - As you know I am doing a 30 Day Healthy Challenge and it has been going well and this one of my healthy meals of the week, lamb kebabs and rice :)
5. Thursday - I have also been doing really well in the drinking more water side of things to :)
6. Friday - My dress came from BooHoo and I had to try it on :) I fell in love with it :)
7. Saturday - This is me and Llewellyn in the hotel room before we went down to the party, it was a brilliant night and there was even a photobooth :)
That was my fun packed week, its been a really good week and hopefully this week will be just the same :)
Hope You Enjoyed This Post!!
See You Soon!!

My Order

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Hey Guys!!
For the past few weeks I had been looking for a dress for Llewellyns' staff party as I wanted something 'suitable' shall we say and something I felt comfortable in. I think it was Boxing Day I first seen this dress and thought it was really pretty and been looking for this type of dress for a while, but at the time it didn't have my size :(
A week or 2 later I decided to have another look across the world, wide, web and see if I could find something, when this dress caught my eye again, only this time it was in my size, yay!! So of course I ordered it straight away and I came home to it posted through my door :)
You can get this dress here if you want to see how much it is :)

I don't know what it is but I am in love with Aztec print on clothing, and this was exactly what I was looking for. Its not to over the top and the material is stretchy so I know its going to be really comfortable :) I'm not sure yet whether I am going to wear black or skin tone tights with it so need to see what either look like with it.

I also like that it has long sleeves as I don't have to wear a jacket/blazer with it so I won't be to warm through the night, plus we are staying at the hotel its in so don't really need it a jacket/blazer at all :)
I will be doing a proper Outfit post where I will be wearing it for you guys so keep your eyes peeled for that!!
What fashion prints are you obsessed with at the moment?
See You Soon!!

30 Day Healthy Challenge

Monday, 20 January 2014

Hey Guys!!
I have been struggling lately with getting healthy and getting fit, basically it just hasn't happened, the chocolates are to tempting. I needed some motivation then I came across The Beautiful Clouds' (who you can follow on bloglovin') post 30 Day Healthy Challenge which you can read here if you'd like to. As I was reading her list of things she was going to do to get fit and healthy, I found a few of them were quite similar to what I wanted to do to get fit and healthy :)
I am going to start this from tomorrow and it will be for 30 days as you can see in the title and I am hoping I am going to feel a lot better and a lot fitter, hopefully :)
So these are the things I am going to do to get fit and healthy, mentally and physically :)
1. Wake Up At 7am Every Morning
2. No Snacking On Junk Food - especially biscuits they're my downfall
3. Eat 3 Meals A Day
4. No Eating After 8pm - I did this last year and was doing really well and then gave up, ooppss
5. Drink More Water, At Least 5 Glasses But Try To Do 8
6. Cleanse, Tone & Moisturise Every Morning And Night
7. Bed at 10pm, Half 10 At The Latest
8. Do A 7 Minute Workout Everyday, Try & Do It Twice A Day
9. Write Down Something Positive or Something I am Grateful For Everyday
I will be tweeting about it on Twitter every day to keep you updated which you can follow me on @VikkiWannell and also I will do updates on Instagram to if you also want to follow me there on @vikki_hale The tag on Twitter will be #TBC30dayhealthychallenge
I am hoping this will be the motivation I need as I just want to be fit and healthy, especially for my holiday in August. Also there may be the possibility I may be joining a gym with my work colleague so that should help with some motivation and will be a serious kick up the butt :)
I hope this will motivate and inspire you to get fit and healthy to as it did me!!
See You Soon!!

My Week #1

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Hey Guys!!
This the first post that will be a weekly 'series' shall we say of what I got up to in the week in pictures :) They will be pictures off my iPod, phone and maybe some off my camera :) The week will go Sunday to Saturday for me to then post the following Sunday, if that makes any sense haha
This week has been a bit of an up and down week to be honest, also it has been my first full week in my new job which I am absolutely loving :) I am so happy that I am in a job that I completely enjoy as I have had jobs in the past where I really don't enjoy them.
It has also been full of some relaxing time and lots of cuddles while watching films and I love the quality time we spend together whether its the cats or my husband :)
I have also discovered things this week that were fun and also not so fun. I have come to the realisation that I am only keeping people in my life that bring positivity to my life rather than negativity, as I will end up just running myself down and I don't need that :)
Anyway lets get on with the pictures :)
1 - Sunday - I took this picture as I had straightened my hair the day before, I'm pretty lucky my hair stays straight for a while, and just loved how nice it looked and how nice the length is at the moment, though I will probably get it tidied up soon :)
2 - Monday - This was while I was waiting for my bus to go to work, I really need to learn to drive, but this was the only really nice day we had this week. I loved how the sun rose over the house and thought it was a perfect photo opportunity, though it took me ages to take it as there were so many cars going past :)
3 - Tuesday - I decided today I just needed to relax and just completely chill out, so I run myself a nice hot bath, lit some lovely smelling candles and just chilled in the bubbles, I definitely felt better after that :)
4 - Wednesday - This was quality cuddle time with Jacob our older cat, he very much loves a cuddle especially with Llewellyn, he can't sit for 5 minutes without Jacob jumping on his lap :)
5 - Thursday - This was my fun discovery. I was a little bored this evening and when I'm bored I like to go on Google Street View and look at houses I can only dream of living in, only I then came across me walking to my Mums' I had a little giggle for a while about this :)
6 - Friday - I think I'm a little obsessed with candles, the two little ones in the middle are my Yankee Candles and are cinnamon scented, my lord they a gorgeous :) I just felt like lighting some candles this evening and just chilled and read my book for a bit by candle light :)
7 - Saturday - My healthy eating is going slightly well hiding box of chocs as we speak I have been having regular meals this week, I'm normally rubbish at making sure I eat at regular times but I have been doing well :)
That's my week :) Its definitely been a candle obsessed one haha but nice and relaxing, hopefully this week will be a little better though, we shall soon find out :)
I hope that you enjoyed this post as it is the first of many :)
What do you like to do to relax through the week?
See You Soon!!

New Video!!

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Hey Guys!!
There is a new video available on my vlogging channel to watch :)
Also there will be a new video tomorrow and I will say that it involves my handbag :)
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My 2014 Reading Challenge

Friday, 17 January 2014

Hey Guys!!
I LOVE reading!! A lot and this year I want to read more than I did last year, because I look back to last year and didn't have a lot of time to read at all. There's not a particular genre I like/love as personally if the blurb interests me and draws me in I will read it, though I do like reading classics like Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, etc. I have a thing about classics and also I have a thing about having to read the book before the film.

This year is going to be different I am making myself a goal for the year!! I have seen a lot of this going round at the moment, seeing people want to read more and setting themselves goals of how many books they want to read, and am going to give it a go myself :)
My personal goal is to read 20 books this year. I have started off small as I don't always have a lot of time so will be happy if I get to 20 and even happier if I exceed it. I will share with you my list :)
1. Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins
2. MockingJay - Suzanne Collins
3. Casual Vacancy - J.K.Rowling
4. Go Swift and Fall - Douglas Westcott
5. Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll
6. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
9. Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe
10. Emma - Jane Austen
11. The Dark Half - Stephen King
12. Monday to Friday Man - Alice Peterson
13. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
14. Run, Mummy, Run - Cathy Glass
15. Northern Lights - Philip Pullman
16. The Subtle Knife - Philip Pullman
17. The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman
18. The Fault In Our Stars - John Green
19. Paper Towns - John Green
20. War and Peace - Leo Tolstov
So that is my list of 20 books I want to read this year :) as you can see it is a wide range of genres and authors as I don't like to read the same sort of book all the time. Also out of these 20 only 3 I have yet to buy which is not bad at all :)
Have any of you made a reading goal?
What would you recommend?
See You Soon!!

A New Coming Series!!

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Hey Guys!!
I have been thinking a lot lately about my blog and have been thinking of maybe doing some little series type things, like maybe Q&As, maybe a fitness/healthy eating type stuff.
What things would you guys like to see?
I want this blog to be a place where people can come and meet new people and discuss things in the comments and just have a general chit chat, as I want this blog to be appealing to everyone.
I have definitely decided I'm going to do posts every week on a Sunday called My Week In iPod/Phone Pics as I take them on both my iPod and phone.
I do want to do more beauty reviews and reviews on other things if there is anything particular you would ever like me to review just pop a comment down below :)
I've also been thinking of doing Guest Posts on my blog to help people that would like to get their blog out into the blogosphere as I think blogging should be one big community where everyone helps each other :)
I know this may be a bit of a boring post but I wanted to write this as it is a record for me as to what I would like to do and also to see what you guys like to see in blog posts.
See You Soon!!

Office Space

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Hey Guys!!
For a while now I have been wanting a desk to put in my bedroom, so that I have a little space where I can sit and do blog posts and edit my videos. As I found I was sitting in front of the television or on my bed and it wasn't really a space I could work from, so it was time to get a desk.
I obviously needed to find a desk that would fit as we do only have a small bedroom and also needed to make sure it had a drawer for me to store notebooks and other important things. It didn't take me to long to find a gorgeous, white desk, that had one long drawer on that was black, glossed wood :) I found this particular one on Argos which you can get HERE It is a little more money than I planned on spending but I couldn't leave it.
I got it yesterday as Llewellyn picked it up on his way home from work and I put it together straight away as I couldn't wait, I was that excited. It was very easy to put together, I had no problems with it and all the parts and screws, etc. were there.
So I now have a lovely little space in my bedroom where I can put my creativity to good use and I can really sit and concentrate :) Its my little pride and joy, so it will be kept clean and tidy, though the cats will need to learn not to jump on it :)

And there you have my awesome, little office space :) I love it so much :)
Do you find it easier working at a desk?
See You Soon!!

Bedroom Update

Monday, 13 January 2014

Hey Guys!!
So a while back I did a post on how I wanted to redecorate our bedroom, as I wasn't 'in love' with the red anymore, and wanted to do something a bit different.
The plan was:
1. New Bedroom Furniture
2. Re-paper The Red Walls White
3. Re-paper The Feature Wall
4. New Bed
We have got as far as getting the new bedroom furniture which we had been putting together all weekend. We were going to get white furniture but decided to stick with pine and just got a new bed in white.
We discussed what furniture to get for a while and decided on a double wardrobe for us to share and an over bed unit to give us some decent space in the bedroom, which thankfully it has :)
I have also moved all of my books from the living room into the bedroom, and as I now have a little sort of office space now which you will see in a post tomorrow :)
So here are the pictures of the bedroom so far :)

All that is left to do now is to wallpaper the red white because we have decided we are not repapering the feature wall, because as you can tell from the above picture, the over bed unit covers most of the feature wall.
I hope you have enjoyed this post and I hope that you keep your eyes peeled tomorrow for my post on my little office space. I am so excited for you to see it as I am loving it so far and my desk has only been together about 2/3 hours :)
See You Soon!!

Video Alert!!

Monday, 13 January 2014

Hey Guys!!
I thought I would share with you that I have a new video available on my weekly channel and also I have new videos on my vlogging channel :)
You can either watch them here or you can go over to YouTube and watch them :)
This is from Fashion & Life
This is the latest video on my vlogging channel
Also I thought I would let you know that next week I am trying a bit of a different video, so keep your eyes peeled for that :)
See You Soon!!

Outfit Of The Day 11th Jan

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Hey Guys!!
Yesterday night was the first party of the year for me, which I attended with my sister :) It was my friends Mums 40th so knew that her family would be there so wanted to wear something smart yet was for a night out :) This is what I came up with :)
Blouse: George @ Asda; Vest: Primark; Leggings: TopShop

 Shoes: Primark
Face Of The Day
Foundation: MUA Shade Honeycomb
Primer: MUA
Concealer: MUA Shade Almond
Bronzer: MUA Shade 2
Blush: MUA Shade Bon Bon
Highlighter: Undress Your Skin MUA
Eyeliner: Colortrend Avon Cosmetics Black
Eyeshadow: Avon Jillian Dempsey Pencil Gold, MUA Shade 1 Pearl
Mascara: Avon Extralasting Black
There we have it :) It was a very lightweight outfit as the material on all the items isn't very heavy at all which made it very comfortable to wear. What you can't see in the picture is I am also wearing 'pop' socks which makes it so comfortable with my shoes :)
I hope you liked the post :)
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My New Channel

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Hey Guys!!
So if you seen my post yesterday you will know that I have a weekly channel :) Well after I did the post I put it under construction as I want it to link in with my blog, so I needed a new channel name and URL :)
So after doing it for hours yesterday and today I can finally say its done :)
And here it is
This is the latest video I have done :)
I have given it the same name as my blog so it definitely all links in and there will be videos every Sunday :)
Like my blog it will have a variety of videos ranging from beauty to baking, hauls to DIY and if there is anything you would like to see, just let me know :)
I hope that you will pop over and have a look and want to see more :)
See You Soon :)

YouTube Survey

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Hey Guys!!!
As you all know I have two YouTube Channels
TheVikkiHaleWeekly (under a revamp)
I am in the process of possibly changing the names of my Channels as I'm not sure about them now, as I think I want something a bit more catchy and memorable!!
Anywho I wanted to find out from you lovely followers or whoever reads this post, what you guys like when it comes to content.
My first channel TheVikkiHale is my vlogging channel so this is the channel where I film, edit and upload everyday. Sometimes its interesting, but because I also have a job sometimes its not so interesting, but I still make sure I upload some footage even if it is just me rambling on!! I must also say I do love vlogging and I do also love watching vlogging channels such as The Shaytards, BFvsGF and CTFxC!!
So what I want to know is
Do you guys enjoy watching vlogging channels?
If you do, do you mind if its not always interesting or do you like something interesting more often?
My second channel TheVikkiHaleWeekly is as you can tell by the name my weekly channel, where I upload videos such as baking, DIY, hauls, during certain months they're themed, i.e. Christmas, Easter, etc. I also film these in better quality as I use a DSLR camera not my vlogging camera.
What I would like to know is
What sort of things do you like to see with these sorts of Channels?
Is there anything you would like to see, i.e. beauty hauls, reviews, etc.?
I am asking these questions as I want to be making decent, quality content that you guys are going to watch, as I want to make the most of my channels this year, as it is also coming up a year that I have been vlogging and want to keep doing it whether its to 10 viewers or 100 viewers, I love every second of it. I would just like to know what you guys think :)
You can let me know by either emailing me, tweeting me, instagramming me or just leave comments below and then I can start work on making my channels entertaining and interesting to watch :)
See You Soon!!

Personal Goals For 2014

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Hey Guys!!
I have been sat here for the past couple of days thinking what do I want to achieve with my life this year and what personal goals I want to complete :) I know there are a lot of goals posts but I do enjoy reading them as it gives me inspiration to achieve my own goals :)
I know I already done a post on my goals for the year, which you can read HERE but I ended up thinking of some more :)
So here it goes more goals to add to my list :)
1. Be Happier & Enjoy Myself I want to be able to be happy within myself as sometimes I have days where I don't want to get out of bed which completely sucks, so I'm going to have positive quotes around the flat and tell myself something positive as I wake up, even if it's as simple as 'Today's Going To Be A Good Day'
2. Get Back Into A Sleeping Pattern My plan for this is to be in bed by 10:30pm at the latest and then to be up at 6:30am and that works out to 8 hours sleep, hopefully then I will start feeling more refreshed in the mornings
3. Make More Time For Friends This year I have lost friends, but I still have 2 amazing friends that I hardly see as we are either working or we are busy, so I want to make time to just pop to their houses or go out for meals and just generally hang out with each other 
4. Have More Date Nights With Llewellyn This is because Llewellyn has 2 jobs so when he gets nights off we tend to want to spend time with each other, so I'd like for us to go for meals, have days out and one thing I want us to do is go for picnics I the summer
I'm very determined this year to achieve these goals as I want to make the most of these times as you do only have one life and you have to make the most of it :) cheesy I know :) I also hope this post gives you some inspiration as many of these type posts have given me :)
What are your personal goals for this year? 
See You Soon!!

A Simple Vanilla Sponge & Cupcakes

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Hey Guys!!
Happy New Year to you all!! I know its a bit late but I haven't said it to all you lovely followers yet :)
The 1st Jan in our household means its my darling Husbands birthday so I decided to make him a cake instead of going to a store and buying him one. I also think by baking him one more thought goes into it and he can appreciate it more. I used the usual Vanilla cupcake recipe that I always use lately as it tastes so nice and smells gorgeous which you can go to HERE and have a go at baking it/them yourselves :)
So here it goes

This is the recipe I followed

These are the ingredients

First off I weighed the butter out and the caster sugar into a silver mixing bowl and creamed it together. I then added one egg and mixed that in, then added the 2nd egg and mixed that together. I then added the Vanilla Essence.

After I mixed all of it together I then weighed in half of the flour and folded that into the mix, then put in 1tbs of milk and mixed that together. I then put the 2nd half of flour in and the 2nd tbs of milk and mixed it altogether until it was nice and thick & 'creamy'.

I then poured it into a silicone mould and baked it for 15 minutes.
Once it had baked I baked 2 rectangles but have only shown one also in between them baking I made cupcakes and cooled down it was then time to decorate it. I used Chocolate Fudge icing, Silver Edible spray, chocolate stars, strawberry jam and an icing 'pen'. All pictured below.
The first thing I did was put a layer of strawberry jam on the one sponge, you can do it however thick you like and then put the top sponge on. Once that was done it was a matter of putting the Chocolate Fudge icing on, which I ended up getting in a mess with haha

Once it was completely iced it was then time to spray it silver, I'd never used this spray before but seen other people use it so wanted to try it. It came out lush, you could really see it shining and the whole cake looked metallic :) I then wrote Happy Birthday on it in blue icing and put candles all around it :)

As I said above I also made some cupcakes :)
I hope that you enjoyed this post, I thoroughly enjoyed baking and writing up this post for you :)
If you would like more baking posts let me know in the comments and I will try, as long as I can get the ingredients, to bake something different every week :)
Hope You're Having A Good Week!!
See You Soon!! 

Goals For 2014

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Hey Guys!!!
So it is now 2014 and that means people will be thinking of things they want to do and also what goals they want to achieve :)
I will admit my New Year goal for 2013 was to get fit and eat healthily, but that lasted for about 3 weeks :( I am going to do that this year but its not my 2014 goal as I find that it puts more pressure on me achieving it :(
So my goals are as follows:
1. Make sure I Vlog everyday, even if I'm not doing a lot
2. Make sure I blog regularly and plan in advance
3. Get on top of my health as that is very important to me
And that is it 3 easy goals that are not to difficult to achieve and can be reached by the end of the year :)
I will check in regularly on here to let you know how I get on as it will also help me keep on top of my goals :)
Do you have any goals you would like to achieve for 2014?
Let Me Know :)
Hope You All Have A Great Start To The New Year :)
See You Soon!!!