Monday, 23 April 2018

Buffet Dress 2018

Right, a little short and sweet post from me as I just wanted to tell you that I've bagged my 2018 buffet dress. I popped in to M&S in search of a skirt. I found the skirt and found this dress next to it. The skirt was awful but the dress was good. 

Good Points :

  • It's a buffet dress - eat all you like in this one and no one can tell when you have a third trimester food baby in there.
  • It's a bargain price and if you were to pick up similar in Anthropologie (it wouldn't look out of place in Anthropologie for what it's worth), it would be three times the price.
  • I got to size down one size in this (it gets a gold star from me for this).
  • It's such a good throw on dress - it has a little weight to it so it swishes delightfully too. 
  • It spent 4 hours stuffed in the bottom of my big shopping tote and came out pristine and not at all crumpled. Yusss.

Bad Points :

  • It's from the M&S Collection section. Which is usually the preserve of the much older  shopping demographic. I'm ignoring this fact. 
  • It's not for everyone. I'm only 5ft nearly 2" at a push. This just comes below my knee but hits me at a good point on the legs. You need to factor your own height with this to see if it works for you. 
  • It is roomy so remember to size down - it has mixed reviews based on the fact that people who have bought their regular size have found it too big. I took one look at it on the hanger and thought "size down". You can't tell that from a picture online.

That's it. Have a nice day.

Friday, 13 April 2018

Friday Five : 13th April 2018

Nearly the end of the Easter hols and I may be inwardly whooping with joy.

Friday Five (1 of 5) Big Buckles

I like big buckles and I cannot lie. Well I like the big buckles on the new Birkenstock Madrids. I've just spotted them and think they look a little cool. I like. I like a lot.

Friday Five (2 of 5) Feather Cushion Inners and Oil Cloths

Dunelm PVC Cloth (check instore but other designs here)

All the glamour. All the glamour for you guys. Cushion pads and table cloths. I haven't been in to an actual Dunelm for a few years but in the last month or so, I've been a few times - they do the exact size of feather cushion inner that I like. You should always get them a fraction bigger than the actual size of the cushion cover. So for a 40x40cm cushion, you need a 42x42cm cushion inner so you get extra plumpage. And I like feather as you can bouff them back in to shape a lot better than the foam filled ones which go really uneven and bumpy ... and flat. And the oilcloths from Dunelm? Well, they're a little Emma Bridgewater and Orla Kiely inspired don't you think? 

Friday Five (3 of 5) Hush Skirt

Well the Hush skirts came that I blogged about last week. The jolly green was a little jolly for me but I rather liked the paprika which felt very much like one of my colours. Infact the more I swished in it, the more I liked it and the pockets helped no end along with one of my favourite Pinterest pics. So I'm holding on to it for the time being.

Friday Five (4 of 5) Tassel Garlands.

So simple but so effective.

Whilst in Poundland, I spotted some packs of gold and silver tassel garlands and pompoms which I thought looked okay for any events or parties you might have coming up. I thought you could buy few packs of the garlands to group/weave together for quite a full on fancy effect or you could add your own colour ribbons and tags and tie those on to the main garland. Or if you just fancy being an early bird, I'd get along pronto and bag a few packs for your hallways and fireplaces and put them to one side as Christmas is only eight and a half months away. 

Available in store in Poundland

Friday Five (5 of 5) Chicken Dinner

My roast chicken pic was a bit rubbish so I "borrowed" a pic.

I sometimes do a roast chicken dinner on a Friday evening so I have left overs to go in a soup or anything else I want for the weekend. The only thing I hate ... working out the cooking times. If you get a chicken from one of the big supermarkets, they usually calculate the times for you and have it on the label. If you pop in to the butchers like I occasionally do, there's no helpful label but I have found a useful online cooking time calculator which helps enormously!  :)

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Lavender, Rosemary and Vionic Espadrilles

So we've hit April. And the sun doth shineth .... for about two days so far but what there has been has been just lovely. Enough to get me out in to the garden wasteland at least and to do a little tidy up. And who'd have thought there would be so many people interested in what to do with half dead lavender. I basically put out a distress call on Instagram Stories saying "help" and so many people replied. Thank you all. And for those who wanted to know what to do with their own half dead lavender - basically prune back hard. Cut off the dead stalks and trim down as far as you dare and pray for a miracle. I've done this. BUT .... if it dies, I'm off to Aldi when they get their new ones in! You've got to know when to cut your losses .... and your lavender which is basically in autumn after flowering. 🤗

Lavender aside - what do I do with rosemary? This is what I did with rosemary.

Pretty eh? I had some old rosemary that I transplanted in to a different part of the garden. It hadn't given up the ghost but it was looking a little pale and feeble. Well one year later it's about two feet high and waving it's branches at me in that "wave your branches in the air like you just don't care" kind of way. So I lopped it and arranged it around my new Vionic espadrilles because I thought "why not?" and they deserve something pretty to show off how lovely they are. Soft pewter leather and little ribbon ties with finished ends - you know how I'm a sucker for little deets. I could give you lots of spiel too about how good they are for your feet especially as they are designed for people with foot problems as you wouldn't know that just to look at them would you but you can read about that here if you like. The only giveaway with these is they have a little raised arch on the inside just to support you that little bit more. #discoverthesecret

See that little curved arch support! 👀

Those are about as far away from nanna shoes as you can get which is what people expect when faced with having to wear "sensible" shoes. You know me, comfort first - style shouldn't hurt or else you'll have a miserable face and it will show #truedat! 

* Espadrilles  c/o Vionic Shoes UK

Last Note :

  • If you're lucky enough to have big rosemary plants which have strong stems - I was thinking it might be possible to use them as skewers for meat and veg for a barbecue? I got this idea from this  Jamie Oliver recipe (one of my favourites from yesteryear). 

  • I developed Plantar Facilitis last year when I did a lot of walking and it was extremely painful when I wore anything too flat - I spent a lot of time in shoe shops looking for sandals I could walk in comfortably but which still felt like me and were stylish. I know it's not easy when it hurts but I'm still vain enough to want to look good. I don't give in easy and if what you wear feels like you - you will feel much happier. 

  • I was kindly sent the espadrilles by Vionic Shoes but do take a look as they do a good range across the board to cover different styles and trends. I know that last year if someone had written a blog post on comfy shoes - I'd have been all over it. They have some fab backless loafers and some of the trainers on there - I'd be more than happy to march around. Especially these ones - they look minimal and designer to me. 

  • And me ... the Plantar Facilitis subsided. I coincided this with the fact that I stopped the extra walking I was doing. Who said exercise was good for you? Not in my case anyway! 

Friday, 6 April 2018

Friday Five : 6th April 2018

Hi, I seem to have gone blogging AWOL again. It happens sometimes - life and lack of inspiration has a lot to answer for. So a short little Friday Five from me to see if this stirs up the blogging loins.

Friday Five (1 of 5) Sunglasses.

Pink Glasses, Red Glasses, Navy Glasses (not black) from Primark
Brown Polaroid Glasses from Aldi

I've gone a bit mad on the old sunglasses front just recently. I bought four pairs in the last month or so but fear not, I've only spent a grand total of £10. I've bought three pairs from Primark, all the same shape but different colours and only £2 a pop each. If I lose any, I won't cry. Well I might if I lose the pink pair as they are my favourite. And whilst ambling down the Aldi Aisles of Joy, I spotted they had some Polaroid sunglasses. I never really knew what was so special about Polaroid lenses but last summer when playing in the duty free and messing about with the designer glasses, I saw the difference for myself when I bought my hubs some polaroid Rayban ones after trying them on. They really are so much clearer in bright light. So I had to buy the Aldi ones didn't I? At £3.99.

Friday Five (2 of 5) Peachy.

Primark Funnel Neck Sweatshirt Thing (in store)

Spring seems to have finally arrived and we reached a whopping 14 degrees today or so the car thermometer told me. It was nice and to mark the joyous occasion, I broke out my peachy funnel neck sweatshirt top which I bought a while back. Another one of my cheap and cheerful buys which I've never wanted to wear it till now as the weather has been so miserable (grey weather makes me wear grey for the record). And it goes with my trainers which I've had since Christmas. Like I've always said, it takes me a while to wear things.

Primark Funnel Neck Sweatshirt Thing
M&S Straight Leg Jeans (AW17)
Golden Goose (AW17)

Friday Five (3 of 5) Bandwagon.

Saw a bandwagon and jumped on it. Jumped on two actually. The Curated Closet book I should have bought some time ago but I think I'm finally in the mood to embrace it. And the other one 'Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine' - I've seen it so many times on my IG feed that I felt this should be the next book I should get in to. So if I disappear from blog land again, you'll find me with my nose in this book. For the record, anybody read any of these and are they any good?

Friday Five (4 of 5) Skirts

L to R

I can't buy a dress for toffee. I'm just the wrong size and shape for the styles I like and so I find myself more drawn to skirts. So far, I have tried on the Jigsaw one which I love but it's somewhat ouch despite my recent Ebay sesh (mental note - must do that again) but I've also ordered the two Hush skirts to compare to see if I like and which colour I prefer. All three would look fab against navy. The one thing in common which all these skirts have is pockets and pockets go far in my skirt world.

Friday Five (5 of 5) White Jeans

How hard can it be? I've wanted off white/ecru denim culottes since last year and I can't find a pair which fits me how I want them to on me and I have tried many. So so many. And on the off chance, I ordered these fitted over dyed ecru jeans from Arket. They are the ones. And no they are not culottes but sometimes you have to move the goal posts. I ordered a 28 waist which equates with a size UK 10. A touch long but that's nothing new and I have scissors and I'm not afraid to use them.


Hope you've all had a nice Easter!

Friday, 16 March 2018

Friday Five : 16th March 2018

Hello again. You've not put your jumpers in storage have you? Get them out. It's supposed to snow tomorrow. Oh joy.

Friday Five (1 of 5) Heroes

Who got a big tub of Heroes for Christmas? We got two. Or rather the boys got a tub each from Grandma. I got to the point where I thought no one is going to miss those strawberry creams left languishing at the bottom of the tubs (there were a lot) and decided to throw the lot in the bin. But I kept the tubs. Do you know why? They are the best containers ever for your houseplants which sit in those funny belly baskets or anything similar. They fit in nicely and have high sides so you don't need to take your plants out of the baskets to water them if you don't want to and there's no need to worry about water overflowing shallow plates and messing up your baskets.

Friday Five (2 of 5) Stepped Hems

Veja Wata Sneakers (past season but similar here)

Did you all do the stepped hems on your jeans last year or the year before? Where the front was shorter than the back? They were usually just snipped and the hems left raw. Well MiH did the stepped hem on their Cult jeans but they took it upon themselves to ring the changes and made the back shorter than the front AND to do a proper hem. And I took it upon myself to try and replicate this when I shortened my pair which I nabbed in the sale. What a faff. But I did it. And I think I did alright (pat on my own back there).

Friday Five (3 of 5) Aldi Aisles of Beauty Joy

Aldi Lacura Glycolic Daily Cleansing Pads (in store)
Aldi Lacura Miracle Cream (in store)

I confess that I don't keep on top of what's coming in to Aldi each week with their special buys. I just turn up on a Thursday or Sunday and see what surprise awaits me in the Aldi Aisles of Joy. This week I came across their Miracle Cream and the Glycolic Pads. I popped them straight in to my trolley and off I went. They've got to be worth a try - right? 

A little deeper in colour.
A little thinner in texture.

The Miracle Cream (£3.99) is obviously a dupe for the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream - just look at the packaging - they've even done a little faded out pattern on the tube and everything. In reality, their version is a little thinner and deeper in colour and the familiar scent which some people love or hate, is different on the Aldi one. It's pleasant enough - a little floral but not horrid. I used it on my lips which is what I normally use my Eight Hour Cream for especially in this weather when lips get a little dry and chapped. It works nice enough and a little goes a long way!

They smell nice :)

And the Glycolic pads (£2.49) are a take on the Nip+Fab ones. I've never tried the official ones so I can't say how they compare but I used them last night and this morning and I quite like them - there is definitely something happening on my skin or I could be imagining it. It's too early to say, two pads does not a review make. 

Friday Five (4 of 5) Summer Stash

I've not blogged that much this year so I haven't divulged much of what I've been stockpiling for the summer but if you're interested, I have acquired the below spotty blazer and a floral skirt. The other bits in the montages are just nice bits which I've spotted on my travels which I wouldn't mind a jot if they made it in to my wardrobe.

The black spotty blazer is a nice light throw on - I came across it in store on a Last Chance rail and was quite taken with it. The red mules are from Oysho - not a popular brand over here but they do really nice lingerie and some other bits if you look. That black bag is from them as well and is the best price I've seen for one of these round bags - the design is more refined than the Topshop ones and looks to be less chunky. And the pink tee - well, I just like it.

I bought that black floral Miss Selfridge skirt a couple of weeks back. The day after I bought it, it was featured in Grazia. This week it was featured again. I think Grazia really like it. And you know there's all those fancy baskets out there? Sometimes, the plain and simple work so much better with so much more. The cardigan I just spotted on my internet travels - it has a bit of a seventies vibe about it doesn't it? I like that retro feel. The seventies are always good in the summer. And yellow espadrilles? Why not?

Friday Five (5 of 5) This Years Sandal Dupe

Zara Leather Crossover Sandals

Last year, I felt that everyone was all over the Hermes Oran sandals - the dupes started to appear and the best of them this year is the Dune Loupe ones. However, I was alerted to the above tan slides today on Donna's Instagram stories today - she's got a good eye has that lady. They're a take on the YSL Nu Pieds. I'm in. Are you?


Last Note :

  • The Nip+Fab Glycolic pads are half price currently in Superdrug here. Just incase you're interested. I might get a pack just to compare.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Leopard But Not As We Know It

Gaimo Bronze Espadrilles (old)

Okay, I storied this blouse today and got quite a few enquiries about it so I thought I'd pop it up on here for anyone who is interested.

The blouse is from Topshop and it's already been out once and sold out. I've been doing constant refreshes on the site to see if they restocked and they did and I pounced. I actually love this deep peachy tone - it reminds me a little of  Little Greene colour "Light Peach Blossom" and it has some lovely leopardy spots which are not too obviously leopard which I like very much because believe it or not - leopard is not actually a neutral in my wardrobe. I find it very hard to wear and worry that it wears me. So consequently, I have leopard on a couple of bags and a few pairs of shoes and one coat. That's it. Look through my IG feeds and blog - there's not much leopard.

Back to the blouse. It's a pyjama style blouse, satin but not shiny and true to size. I'm a size 10, I ordered a 10, it fits. The sleeves are an inch too long but I tend to fold my sleeves up anyway, I like my wrists on show. The next bit might be a divider for you guys - it's polyester. I'm not a fabric snob although I prefer my knitwear on the more natural than the acrylic side. And I don't mind polyester too much if you're not wearing on scorching hot days and besides which - the no crease factor is a winner in my eyes. It might be a touch short if you're very tall but I think the majority of people should be able to wear this - or just bob on high waisted jeans and tuck in!

And the jeans are the MiH Cult jeans which I blogged previously. I've just got to get round to taking them up - they have a stepped hem and are shorter at the back than at the front - the reverse of most stepped hem jeans. I'm debating whether to just chop straight across or replicate the hem detail when shortening. Decisions decisions.

Anyway, short and sweet. Hope that helps.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Another Shade of Grey.

HM Cashmere Scarf (old)
New Look Jeans (old)
Links of London Necklace (old)

Well the Beast from the East blew in good and proper and scuppered all my plans for spring fashion. I was thinking pink jumpers and light denim but instead I'm going back to the grey jumper drawer. Actually, I have just added a new grey jumper to the rather excessive grey knitwear collection. The cashmere merino one from Woolovers below.

It might seem the wrong time of the year to be looking at jumpers but we have snow and below zero temperatures currently and that makes it very right. I also am of the belief that if you have a lot of something, this doesn't mean you shouldn't have any more. On the contrary, you have a lot of it because basically you like it and wear it lots. That's where I stand with grey jumpers and pretty white tops in the summer. And they're all different from each other. 

Enough said. 😉


Last Note :

  • I'm in a size small (I normally fit a size 10) and it's a good relaxed fit but not sloppy slouchy.
  • This bridges the pretty but draughty itchy Ganni trend led jumpers with something a little nicer to wear and is more my style (I tried a pretty pink H&M one recently but wasn't feeling it).
  • 80% merino wool, 20% cashmere - feels nice.

* Merino Cashmere Jumper  c/o Woolovers