Sunday, 16 April 2017

Parallel Lines

H&M Stripe Shirt

For anyone who follows me on IG and had a peek at my Stories the Saturday before last, I featured this H&M stripy shirt and said it was good. It's even better this week as there's an extra £5 off it now. 

I love a shirt in the summer and usually default to my blue ones but I fancied something a little different. Something a little more interesting but something still quite me. Unlike the Next top a couple of posts back, this shirt is not something I had to mull over. I like the certainty of some items where you know it's a keeper from the off. I have arm coverage and I have tummy coverage and it gives good slouch. I did size up to a 12 just to make sure. Now just so you know, it's polyester but I'm okay with that - it gives good drape on a shirt like this and ..... it doesn't crease.

I've got lots that go with shirt in the wardrobe but if you're looking for ideas ......

I didn't get on the with the insta famous Gap version much as I wanted them. These ones are next on my list to try. And they have pockets.

Got to have a bit of wrist candy of some sort if you don't wear much neck candy. I like the masculine lines of this one.

Come on, they're cute aren't they? Wonder how big they are in real life?

It's not a bad little shirt. I picked through all the ones in store to check the stitching of course.

Ring handle bag. I always was a bit behind the times but I like them now. I can't afford the Simon Miller one but the Mango one is a good alternative.

Strangely drawn to these. I like a tassel on my sandals and I like this little hit of red - just elevates it a bit.

Straw bags are all the rage. Just saying. And I know there's a lot of ladies out there who are fond of a pompom or two.

In the basket. In the basket. Love.

A little subtler than the the H&M one but I quite like the boxy shape of this. It's silk too for those who can't stomach the polyester.

They're classic but not too skinny. Not suck you in skinny which you don't want when it's blazing hot out there.

Just spotted this gold one. I have something similar from Other Stories in silver but I'd love a gold one as you know, you have days when you're all over the silver jewellery and other days when you're a bit of a golden girl.

To give you that little bit of je ne sais quoi.


Last Note :
  • Parallel Lines. Fantastic album. By the high priestess Blondie.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Friday Five : 14 Apr 2017

I've been really slack haven't I? I've missed two Friday Fives but I have been a little busy and I haven't had a lot to witter on about. But I'm back!

Friday Five (1 of 5) Bag Lady 1

I jumped on the round straw bag bandwagon with this Zara one. Things like the extra shoulder strap earned it extra bonus points.

Friday Five (2 of 5) Bag Tricks

I went out for lunch with my family the other day and my sister was worried about my tote bag resting on the seat behind me incase anyone came past and took it without me knowing. So I rested it by my feet but she wasn't happy with that either. And then she produced an S hook from her bag (like you do) and hooked it on to the table we were at for me to hang my bag on. It did the trick!

Friday Five (3 of 5) Bag Lady 2

Primark Tote (in store)

Bit of a bag theme running through the Friday Five this week. I kept seeing pics popping up on my IG feed of a black stripy straw shopper from Primark which looked pretty good. However when in store, I went for this Shibori tie dye effect one instead. I even stuffed my purchases in and carried it out of the store. It's perfect for summer hols and shopping returns and it even has some useful compartments inside!

Friday Five (4 of 5) The Flick Factor.

Those ads get on my wick.
They affect the magazine flick.
Oh lordy I'm now a poet
 And I really didn't know it.

I know that advertising is a biggie in the magazine world (I counted 80 pages before I found something to read the other day) but they really do hinder the flick factor of a mag. I have to tear out all the perfume and beauty sample pages so that I can happily flick through my mag to see which bit I want to peruse without coming across one of those thick card bits which suddenly make you skip about twenty pages in a go. Call me a grumpy cow but I've been doing this for years now. It's not going to change now.

Friday Five (5 of 5) Happy Easter

What I did last year.
Worked a treat.

I have two boys. One is older and generally quicker off the mark with most things than the other. That includes grabbing the majority of the Easter eggs which have been carefully planted/plonked around the garden for that wonderful Easter Egg hunt thing that goes on each year. I kind of cottoned on that if we put out twenty eggs in the garden, the eldest would come back with 15 and the smaller would come back with 5. And then there would be a lot of huffing. So now, I put a sticky label on with their initial on before the eggs get hidden. The boys are issued with the instructions that if they come across an egg that does not have their initial on it, they must leave it where it was found. Do remember to tell them how many they each need to find or they could be at it for hours. Actually, that's not a bad thing - forget to tell them how many and just stand and laugh.

Have a good Easter everyone!

Thursday, 13 April 2017

This Is A Good Un

It's really pretty isn't it? I spotted it as I was going up the escalator in the Leeds store. I've always avoided tops like this previously. It's the arms thing. I just don't like mine so I take great pleasure in obscuring them from general public viewing. But this one seems to be offer a little more coverage than some. I've not looked at the back view - that could be a different story but what the eye doesn't see eh?

So I've brought it home. Will I keep it? Who knows, it depends on how I feel about the arms at the end of the day but I thought I'd share as I thought it was a goody. You'd never guess it was from Next would you? Bargain to boot for what it is. 

Monday, 10 April 2017

What a Vision

Basket (old)
H&M Sunglasses (old but similar here)
Primark Camisole (old but similar here)
Zara Jeans (old)
Wacoal Vision Bra (new - hurrah!!!!)

When I was a young whipper snapper with a hot bod .... err, let's start again, to be honest, I never had a hot bod but when I was younger, I made it a case in point to only have lovely underwear. I remember ordering from the Grattan catalogue (in the 80s) my first broderie anglaise cotton camisole and French knickers. They came, I fell in love and that was it. My affair with pretty undergarments was pretty much sealed. This was back in the day where you used to snip out a coupon in the back of a magazine or newspaper to order a tomb of a catalogue which got delivered to your doorstep. You then had to put your order on a form and mail it. Then you had to wait patiently many days for it to arrive and then you paid for your goods (sometimes in instalments) by a cheque in the post or a postal order. Those were the days eh? I don't miss them. All hail online shopping. 

This love of pretty lingerie went on quite a few years and I always smiled when I opened my underwear drawer as it was filled with lovely things. When I moved out and had my first house and did my own laundry, I was most put out that someone had stolen my underwear off my line one day and then I thought "good taste mate" before I reported it to the police that there was a knicker thief on the loose. 

Many years have passed and though I still look at pretty lingerie, I buy it a lot less often and usually plump for function over form. And I feel the cold too and because I don't want everyone else to know it, I usually plump for something padded. I used to have a rather cheeky work comrade who liked to comment about the weather quite loudly "I see it's rather cold today Sue" whilst staring at my chest. I let him off on the grounds that he was gay.

I digress. 

Anyway, what I wanted to say was the weather is getting warmer, I've decided to up my undies game, there's no gay work buddy and no freezing air con and I'm going to give those young French girls a run for their money (they have a thing for flashing their bras on IG).

So do you like my new bra? You do? Me too!


Last Note :

  • The first time I came across Wacoal was in a department store in Hong Kong and it looked pretty bland, serviceable and the term "man repelling" would have been deemed quite apt. The latest range looks as far from that as you can imagine. I cannot believe it is the one and same. Take a peek here
  • I have to admit, I'm pretty impressed with the Wacoal collection given my previous encounter and perception. It's beautifully made and finished. What a surprise. What a treat.
  • If you don't have too much on top, can I ask you to take a look at this? I have this and can vouch that it's stunning in real life and feels a little more supportive than most bralettes I've tried.
  • I don't mind bra straps showing too much as long as they're not dirty. #bignono

* Vision Bra {& matching pants not seen)  c/o Wacoal

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Quick OOTD : 06/04/17 The Humble Jersey Jacket

H&M Bag (similar here)
Golden Goose Trainers

It's a tried and tested fact that a blazer/suit jacket pulls everything together. It makes you feel a little smarter, a little like you tried and more often than not it hides a multitude of sins and creates shoulders and waists where there are none to be had. They also give the illusion that you've got your schizzle together even you haven't. Truth.


Last Note :

  • I've been living in these jersey jackets this week - they're just like a cardigan ... but smarter.
  • The American Vintage ones keep their shape really well and don't seem to bag like some jersey jackets can.
  • They're not the cheapest jersey jacket on the block but they're good.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Baggy Trousers

Baggy trousers. Baggy trousers. Baggy trousers.

And I don't know much more of the Madness song as I wasn't much of a fan. Apologies to all diehard Madness fans out there. But look, I'm not in jeans and I'm in a pair of trousers. Baggy trousers at that! I love them! I took them in to the changing room - they were my wildcard item and they were the only thing I didn't leave behind. Perfect for the summer as they're light and thin but not so thin you feel like you've got your pj bots on. And they're elasticated at the waist with that "paper bag" effect without the usual faffing that goes on with that style of waist. I normally avoid them as they add extra bulk but this one is elasticated and it's all neat and tidy. Very Cos. Very nice.

I tried them on with the white camisole that I was wearing at the time and that gives a lovely crisp clean outfit - quite smart actually and surprisingly the white flared sleeve linen top I tried on above seemed to work well too for a more "happening" look. Grey tees, stripy tops - they're going to be just brill with these, infact they will be brill with everything. See!

1. Maison Labiche Tee. 

Ooh la la! The tee shirt brand of the moment. Other than that, stripes, a catchy slogan, what's not to love? Goes well with the pants.

2. Topshop Embroidered Poplin Top.

Love a pretty top and look at the cute embroidery. Works well with jeans, denim and guess what else? The pants!

3. Next Trousers.

Love them. Got them. Goes with lots.

4. H&M Tan Leather Sandals.

A must for every woman's summer wardrobe. I find tan sandals very neutral and leg lengthening as they blend in to the leg so they don't break your line of vision. Oh yes, they go well with the pants and everything else up there!

5. Whistles Hello Sunshine Tee.

It's yellow, it's summery, I love it. Oh yes, did I mention? It goes with the pants.

6. Mango Jute Basket Bag

Got to love a hardwearing jute bag in the summer months and this goes with everything too that I picked including the pants.

7. La Redoute Mademoiselle R Bag.

Oh I love how quirky and kitsch this is. And La Redoute have their 40% off promotion going on currently - it's in my basket. Works with lots that go with the pants.

8. Clarks Silver Trainers.

I saw these in store and I also saw a lady in the street wearing the skate pump version. Yes, I notice these things. The leather looks very soft and I like the contrasting gum sole. I'm sold. They're also available at La Redoute so get using that 40% discount code (BIG40). Errr, they too go with the pants.

9. Topshop Femme Fatale Tee.

The sellout tee of the moment - it's all over the place or at least the IG accounts I follow but hey, it's good and that's why it's everywhere. Oh yes, for casual laid back coolness - wear with the pants.


Last Note :

  • I'm wearing a size 10. In the petite version. 

Monday, 27 March 2017

Tuna Chilli Pasta

This is another one of our quickie staple meals. You don't need many ingredients and you don't need much time. About the same time as it takes to boil a pot of pasta which is no bad thing. I first came across the recipe probably ten years ago in a little booklet of Italian recipes and it looked easy. It was. I now do it off by heart but it goes roughly like this.


Feeds roughly 4

  • 1 lemon
  • 1 jar of Albacore Tuna Fillets
  • Capers (optional)
  • Pack of green beans
  • 400g Penne Pasta (100g per person approx)
  • Chilli Flakes (optional)

  • Put a pan of water on to boil.
  • Pop penne pasta in to boiling water.
  • Whilst pasta is cooking, top and tail the green beans and cut in half lengths.
  • Pour the contents of the Albacore tuna jar in to a bowl including all the oil.
  • Grate the rind of the lemon in with the tuna. Squeeze in a little juice for extra citrus kick.
  • Add a couple of teaspoons of capers (or exclude if you don't like but they do add a little something).
  • Mix the contents of the bowl together.
  • When pasta is five minutes from being done, pop the green beans in with the pasta to cook.
  • When pasta and beans are cooked, drain and pop back in the pan.
  • Stir the tuna mix in to the pan of pasta and beans.
  • Mix and season as required.
  • Add chilli flakes according to taste or exclude if you prefer.

Serve with garlic bread and a little grated parmesan if you like. Enjoy!


Last Note :

  • Albacore Tuna is nothing like your regular tinned tuna in oil. The texture, colour and taste is totally different - totally worth getting for this meal. (available in Sainsburys and Tescos).
  • I have one boy who doesn't like capers or chilli flakes but these are ingredients which are easy to include or exclude as they can be added individually at the end if preferred.
  • Penne pasta is good for this dish - the green beans find their way in some of the pasta tubes - so they can be either a lovely or horrid surprise for unsuspecting kids.
  • I made the boys have an early dinner just so I could take pics of the dish in natural daylight.