Saturday, 6 February 2016

Blue Lace

Anyone got an event to go to? Anyone like the Self Portrait dresses? This could be worth a dabble without the price tag.

This one's from Zara and it's just dropped in to store. I couldn't resist having a try on just for the heck of it - sometimes you just have to indulge yourself in a bit of fantasy trying on - it's good for the soul. 

Now I have to say that I am totally the wrong build for this dress and these waistlines do nothing for me - I am standing at the most flattering angle I could muster) but face on, it's not good. On the right lady who needs a nice dress like this - this could look amazing! And don't forget, it has a side zip before you try to wrestle yourself in and out.

As I was saying, on the right lady, this looks amazing.

I'm just not that lady :(

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Aldi Lacura Caviar Illumination Cream

Aldi Lacura Caviar Illumination Creams

Just before Christmas, I sent a message to my friend Michelle to get herself to an Aldi first thing in the morning to bag a Lacura Caviar face cream pack. Why so important? Well, the cream had been compared to La Prairie's Skin Caviar Protection range which costs a couple of hundred pounds more and the Aldi (£6.99 for 50ml) version hadn't fared too poorly in the reviews (see here). And they were doing a special pack offer of both the night cream and the day cream for £12.99. Well, you've got to try haven't you if you can get your hands on it. 

Unfortunately, Michelle didn't manage to get herself any at the time but sent me a gleeful message just last night to say she had got her hands on a couple of pots in store! So I dashed off this morning and bagged myself two jars and here I am typing this up to tell you - she's right! They're back in store and they look like they are becoming part of the main skincare range so you don't need to all make a mad dash for them ... unless you really want to. Like I did. 

I can't tell you anything about it apart from it smells lovely and I'm going to ditch my old face creams stuff (which I can't abide the smell of anyway) and start using this from this evening. Heaven knows I need all the help I can get at my age.

Thank you Michelle - mwah!


Last Note :

  • If anyone has already tried it - what do you think?
  • Extra information on the Aldi creams here.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Lacing Up

Some things take a little while to filter in to my consciousness. Like the laced up neck jumper and tops which have been hanging around for the last year thanks to Ms Marant yet again working her fashion magic. She created the Charley jumper (seen above) and then various versions came out from the The Kooples doing their rather lovely version here (which I have and actually prefer to the Marant) to even Primark bringing out their version in September which I tried on but didn't buy- it wasn't bad actually and very cosy.

And then I didn't think very much about it till I spotted this in M&S a week or so ago.

Stripes and a lace up neck - quite a nice fresh take on the old Breton I thought! What a perfect top to take you from spring in to the summer! This one is a size 10 and I'm a size 10. My remit these days when shopping is "thou must not hug the spare tyre" and this one skims it nicely. The arms are cut slim and it's a nice medium weight cotton.

With a pair of cropped flare jeans and some Swedish Hasbeens - this would be quite a nice modern take on the seventies looks which seems to show no sign of disappearing. With a pair of cut off denim shorts and a pair of Converse and a cute basket - how very tourist chic is this? And with a pair of navy wide leg trousers - what can I say? You're a lucky thing having giraffe legs and being able to carry this off!

1. Uniqlo Wide Legged Trousers (for the long of limb)
2. White Converse Ox (a true classic)
3. M&S Striped Top (new take on a classic)
4. Mango Denim Shorts (work it baby)
6. Topshop Dree Kick Flare Jeans (it's the new jean shape)
7. Toast Moheda Clogs  (the seventies are still here)
8. ASOS Foxtrot Leather Sandals (love the sharp yellow - it's in this year)
9. Topshop Whitney Sunglasses (I love funky sunglasses)
10. Uniqlo Ines Basket Bag (To put all the above purchases in ;op)

Can't quite picture it? This might help!

Wide Leg Trews (source)

With any denim (source)

With Cropped Flares (Source)

With Denim Shorts (Source)

With a nice smile (Source)

Saturday, 30 January 2016


It's funny how it all comes back to you even though it's been a good thirty years since I last picked up a pair of knitting needles. It's like riding a bike - you don't forget.

And what started me back on this? Well basically I'm going away for a few days with some friends and we're staying somewhere where there's practically no wifi. My friend said she was going to take some knitting with her and I thought I'll take some books to read, but then I thought, knitting sounds like more fun. I want to play!

So I picked myself up a big ball of chunky wool in the brightest cheery pink I could find from a little local shop and pair of knitting needles (after being guided as to the size) and set to with a little help from a couple of video tutorials from Wool and the Gang. 

And it all came flooding back. 

So currently, I'm just playing with my ball of pink wool and maybe it might turn in to something and then again, it might not. But basically it's just the starting point and it should eventually lead to this ...

I've ordered my Wool & The Gang Whistler scarf kit whilst their January sale is on to take on my mini break but hurry hurry if you want to do this ... it ends tomorrow at midnight!


Last Note :
  • It's very therapeutic and it's nice to be doing something other than flicking through Instagram.
  • Refresher videos are here.
  • Get an extra 15% off your order with code CRAZYJANSALE 

Wednesday, 27 January 2016


M&S Cardigan (instore), Zara Jeans, Primark Bag

No fancy titles there. Yes, I'm talking about cardigans and yes that's a pink one I'm wearing up there. I'm not done on the pink thing yet! I have to bust this pink thing right out of the water, even if it's in form of a cardigan. To be honest, I don't mind a cardigan. Infact I quite like a cardigan worn as a jumper. It's how I used to wear them in my twenties. I didn't really wear v-neck jumpers then but I did wear cardigans buttoned up like this with a camisole underneath (it was the nineties). Makes them a little "sexier".

Now I'd love to give you a link to the cardigan I'm wearing but I can't. It's one of those that you find on the clearance rail at M&S now they've reached the tail end of their sale and basically there are no returns on it. It's a 100% merino wool cardigan that I bagged for £10. I think that's what they call a bargain. And it's a size 14 but I think it works. 

But because I feel a bit mean, can I show you a couple of other little cardigan bargains I spotted ... you'd be silly to miss these. This is a Bella Freud ... for £104. That's a bargain in Bella world. A lovely vibrant pink for those who can't do the blue toned pinks that I suit more.

Colour a bit scary? How about a couple of 100% cashmere cardigans in most people's favourite neutral shades of navy and grey. For £40. This will be a proper boyfriend fit because they are from the men's section of Uniqlo. 

And just incase the neckline is a bit low for you, let's hark back to the nineties and add one of these :

Don't say I'm not good to you.


Last Note :

  • This is a classic "shoot the stylist" moment. Apologies for the quality of the pic but it's the only one I can find on the internet which is of my cardigan. I may have to remove it from the blog shortly. It hurts my eyes.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Pretty Shoes

If you can't do the ghillie shoes or the witchypoo shoes, have fat feet and can't walk in heels, these are the shoes for you. They're a little gem from M&S - who would have guessed? They come in this lovely nude mink colour, are a nice suede (not that rough as a doormat type), have Insolia Flex technology and Stainaway protection. 

What more do you want from a shoe?

What you want them in black? Well your wish is my command. Available (here)

Monday, 25 January 2016

Quick OOTD : 25/01/16 Big Cardi Jacket Thing

Office Boots (old) Similar here with good reviews

A big cardi jacket thing found in the Zara sale. That will do nicely today for today - it's 11 degrees.


Last Note :

  • The cardi is still available here
  • I'm wearing a size small and I'm a size 10. And I'm not very tall :(
  • I don't know how it will wear in the long run - it looks like it has the potential to pill a little but hey I like it and sometimes I take a chance.