V. I. BUYS: I do, I do, I do… 14 last-minute modern wedding gift ideas for Mr. & Mrs.

This year is probably the first year we haven’t had a weeding to attend. I guess I’m saving myself the expense of a hen night, new outfit and an overnight hotel stay – but one of my favourite parts is choosing the gift.  Any excuse to go shopping for gifts (my favourite form of shopping, if I’m honest)… So, consider this my gift to you. If you’re looking for a last-minute gift to give the soon-to-be-married (or, even an anniversary…

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V. I. BUYS: My fantasy Miami beach house style & my 10 fave places to eat in South Beach {Staycation Style #7}

I love Miami.  In fact I love America full spot. I can’t help it. I am slightly obsessed by the U. S. of A – the lifestyle, traditions and yes, I admit it some of the glamour too. I first visited Miami when I was about 14 – it was part of a day trip as I was on a family holiday to Orlando. At the time I remember thinking how colourful, fascinating and exciting it all seemed. It was…

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V. I. BUYS: My love affair with Greece and my go-to Greek lunch {Staycation Style #5}

If there is one country I love it’s Greece.  I have been on holiday there many times. I don’t think I with ever tire of the Greek Islands, the historic mainland or the breathtaking views. The weather of course helps, the relaxed lifestyle is a bonus and the food – ooh, the food.  Greek food – can you actually beat it?  In fact I often try to recreate that Grecian feeling at home with some of my favourite Greek recipes.  Over…

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V. I. BUYS: Palm Springs fashion & interiors style inspired by The Parker Hotel {Staycation Style #4}

Palm Springs is a place I’ve always been desperate to go to – and I’ve been lucky enough to have visited twice.  I’m am just drawn to anything old school Palm Springs – the glamour, the style, the colours, the flamingos, the Palm trees, the kaftan’s, the casinos, the mid-century modern architecture…. I could go on. We first visited as part of a Californian road-trip holiday in 2005 and again for a few days whilst on our honeymoon in LA.…

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V. I. BUYS: Housework Magic…How to be a Domestic Goddess with my 5 quick tips

I used to love a bit of cleaning. Really. I am still one of those people who gets very excited about buying new cleaning products. Saturdays were my big clean-up day. After working all week I would de-stress with a bit of house work! I would spend a good part of the morning changing sheets, doing the washing, dusting, hoovering and generally using as much lavender scented cleaning spray as I could. Then the afternoon would involve a leisurely soak…

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