Friday, 18 August 2017

Friday Five : 18 August 2017

Hello! Friday Five time. So what's rocking my world this week?

Friday Five (1 of 5) Love A Good Dupe 1

(L) Isabel Marant Nathan Blouse (R) Forever21 Pintuck Ruffle Blouse

That's a blooming good dupe isn't it? Frances looks so lovely in hers, I might just have to get one - the cheaper one of course. The Marant one has sold out now anyway. That's my excuse and I'm sticking with it.

Friday Five (2 of 5) Love a Good Dupe 2

Aldi Blackberry Bay Candle (instore)

A while back, Aldi did a dupe of some Jo Malone candles - specifically Lime, Basil and Mandarin, Blackberry Bay and Pomegranate Noir. They flew off the shelves. A few weeks back I picked up the Blackberry Bay one which was on the household goods aisle of dreams. This week, all three scents were there. I think they have become part of their core range now.

Oh yes, if anyone is interested - the cactus vase is £3 from Primark. A dupe of many more expensive ones.

Friday Five (3 of 5) We Are What We Are

Levis T (Levis Outlet Buy)
Mih Jane Jeans (Past Season)
Manebi Leopard Espadrilles (Past Season)

And I am a pretty casual straightforward kind of dresser. I like a pair of jeans, no let me correct that, I love a good pair of jeans and I spend 90% of my daytime life in them. But I do like a nod to the latest trends but I am not full on - put it this way, I can't afford to be. So that makes me a little boring in Blog and IG land but hey I like what I like and I definitely like to be comfortable. And I'm so pleased that Jodie said the same this week in her blog. Thank you. 

Friday Five (4 of 5) Autumn is Coming

And I'm after this trench. I spotted it a few weeks back and tried it on and then put it back as we were in the middle of a heatwave. If you've got a good memory, you'll realise that this is a dupe (it's all about the dupes this week) of the Alexa Chung Frances trench for M&S from a while back. 

Source : Pinterest

Well I missed out on that one but I get to have another shot this time round. By the way size down. It comes up big.

Friday Five (5 of 5) Fun in the Sun

ASOS Pineapple Pjs (sold out but new version here which I love)

This is my favourite pic of my holidays. I sat in my pj's (love my pineapple pjs) watching my friend bust a gut doing the Jillian Michaels Fitness DVD and I actually fell asleep watching her. I don't think she could quite believe it. But hey ho. That's me! By the way, she really gets results from it - she has a stronger core as a result of it she says. For some reason that makes me think of apples.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Quick OOTD : 16/08/17 Pink Check

Matalan Pink Check Shirt (not online but this is almost identical)
Mih Jane Jeans (old but similar style here)
New Look Suede Mules (last year but similar here)

I'm wearing pink. I'm wearing heels. The hubs said I looked nice. LOL.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Quick OOTD : 31/07/17 Friends

Everlane Silk Shirt (similar style here)
Forever21 Khakis old (similar style here)
H&M Sunglasses
Gaimo Bronze Espadrilles seen below

It's always nice to catch up with friends isn't it? Especially when they're as lovely as Michelle.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Friday Five : 28 July 2017

Hi! (waves).

Friday Five (1 of 5) Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Set

I'm a fan of the iconic Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream and I spotted that little set above whilst browsing the TK Maxx site. It's a brilliant price (£24.99) given that a tube of Eight Hour Cream would cost you £28 alone. I'm due a new tube of Eight Hour Cream, the last one has lasted me (cough cough) a long time (we're talking years - please don't judge). It's the one thing I turn to when my lips are chapped and sore, if my brows need taming, if my hands are a little dry and cracked, the list goes on. It's my little all rounder. It's so good that the husband is a bit of a convert and if I can't find it, it's probably been squirrelled in to his bedside drawer.

"Darling, have you seen my Eight Hour Cream?"
"You have?"
"Hand it over".

Friday Five (2 of 5) Drink More

If you've seen my IG, you'll notice that I've started going everywhere with a water bottle in my hand.  I really am trying to drink more water though it is a bit tough going. Basically the hubs brought back a freebie drinks bottle from work one day which I commandeered for myself, I've used it but it's looking a little tired and scratched now so I bit the bullet and finally ordered myself one of the Hydratem8 bottles. What I like about them is that they have times marked on them so you know how much water you need to drink by a certain time - a kind of a regulator. I did think about drawing on my old bottle with a Sharpie but I know it's just not the same and a new toy is as good a motivator as anything. I first saw one on the lovely Chloe's IG feed and then I spotted one of my mummy friends with one - it's always good to see something in real life. I now have to order another as my eldest has requested one and even offered to pay for it himself! Oh and I like how you sip up the straw rather than tipping the bottle. Little deets which make a difference!

Friday Five (3 of 5) Seeing Stars

I don't normally do stars. And I don't normally do really oversized. I've somehow managed to skip all the star prints and star jumpers out there but this oversized Blue Vanilla one appealed. It's one size and it's actually too big for me but a taller friend who was with me when I took delivery of the top has taken it off my hands now as she loved it at first shake out of the packet. It does drape nicely though and it could be one of those perfect lounging around pieces that we all need. I just thought I'd share as I thought it was really good for the price especially now it's in the sale.

Friday Five (4 of 5) No Laces Required

Primark Trainers (instore)

No matter how many times I say, undo your laces/straps on your shoes/trainers to my boys. They don't. So if you can't beat them, buy them trainers where they don't need to do the laces.

Both boys were over the moon with their trainers - (just £10 each from Primark) and just on the right side of cool for them. They both like sports style rather than retro style trainers so I can't get a pair of Adidas Gazelles or Sambas on either. Ah well. I can still get them to wear what I want ... my way. Hopefully these will get them through the summer till we get to September when we look at the school footwear situation again. And I like that the trainers up there have got a touch of the Adidas Tubular Shadow trainers about them haven't they?

Friday Five (5 of 5) Dress Saga

I'm off soon on my summer jollies and I've gone a bit dress mad. I've ordered plenty, I'm sending back plenty but this white midi dress arrived today and I think I pretty much know it's staying. It's true to size - size 10 fits me just right and the length hits me as per the model. I also ordered this extremely colourful one which I really like but the colour and pattern scares me a little. However the cut and fit is perfect. Decisions, decisions.


Last Note :

  • To all the mums out there getting through the summer holidays. Hang on in there!

Tuesday, 25 July 2017


I got new sneaks. If you follow En Brogue you will already have had an introduction to them here. Aerska? A new brand on the block by Gillian Davison, a lady with a touch of wanderlust who basically set about developing the shoe she wanted - a sneaker that took her from day to night without the gym bunny look. Something she could pound the city streets in and still stay comfortable but stylish. I think she did that with her London Sneaker.

I've got the cool white pair. I'm essentially a white trainer/sneaker girl and if you've looked through my old pics, what you will spot is that I love a pair of white trainers. I find that white footwear goes with just about everything in a way that black footwear doesn't for me. I can't explain it, it's just the lay of the land in my shoe world. Anyway, I've had them a couple of weeks and not said much about them - I wanted to wear them a bit and see if they were good. And what do I think?

I think they look good. They are currently still pristine and I actually intend to keep these looking neat. I have my scruffy trainers and now I have a smarter looking pair - the design reminds me a little of the Repetto lace ups which I've coveted in the past, infact if Repetto made sneakers, they would look like these London sneakers. And that black neoprene contrast - a little urban yes?

They're also very comfy. Yes I know I'm getting on a bit and the sensible light switches on more and more often these days but you know in my world, comfort is key right? The leather is very soft and supple so there's none of that nipping across the top of the toes where they bend like you get with some hard leathers when you're just starting to break them in. And they have a small hidden EVA wedge which is really supportive of your heel. I sound like a nana don't I but hear me out - I've started to get a touch of heel pain since I started doing more walking trying to hit the 10k steps target on my Fitbit daily. So this little wedge heel thing - a godsend!

Oh yes, they're easy. Not like back of the school sheds easy but really good and easy to put on for people like me who don't like undoing their laces on their trainers (for the record, I never undo the laces on any of my trainers) and now I legitimately don't have to with these Aerska ones as that clever neoprene sock detail means you don't actually have to undo and tie the laces at all. You just pop and go and like a tube of Pringles. 

Anyway, I really like them. That's all you need to know ;)

Ganni Sweatshirt (old but got my eye on this one now)
Mih Paris Jeans (current ones here)


Last Note :

  • The sneakers are true to size. I have slightly wide feet but the laces can be used to tighten or loosen as necessary. These were comfortable from the off. 
  • I love this "Giving Back" section as Gillian donates a percentage from the sales of her sneakers to charity. 
  • The code susiesoso will give you 15% off your order.

* Aerska London Sneakers  c/o Aerska 

Thursday, 20 July 2017

To Market To Market ....

Primark Mesh Tote (instore)

.... or anywhere you fancy really with one of these little French style market bags. I know, I know, it's not that practical and everyone can see what you've got in it but as long as your purse and phone isn't on show, I think it might be okay and quite fun. Infact I think it's just perfect for all those food festivals I seem to find myself at, for stashing weird flavoured cheeses and packets of exotic sounding pork sausages which the eldest boy has somehow managed to persuade us to buy. Again.

Not convinced? Well, Catherine below is enough to convince me to carry one. 

Catherine Dupon - one of the most stylish ladies around.


Last Note :

  • Mine was £3 in the sale from Primark. 
  • H&M have been doing this one for a while online in pink.
  • Grey September store here have a lovely selection and the bags have longer handles for wearing on the shoulder. I love this pink one.
  • Amazon and Ebay have some online - search for "net tote/net bag/mesh tote/mesh bag"

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Quick OOTD : 18/07/17 Basic

Everlane T Shirt
La Redoute Suede Bag (30% off currently with code SUMMER)
Topshop Sandals (mine are sold out but snake print version here)

I've been a bit quiet on the old blog front but I'm determined to get going again. Let's kick off with a quick #OOTD. A tee and jeans. And a nice bag. Basic. Like me.

Back soon. Pinky promise.