This is a really pretty top. I love the intricate stitch work around the shoulders! I love the perfectly inky navy colour and a v neck line is always a winner on old short neck me. But ...

... it's not quite right.

The sleeves are long and balloony. It's also too long in the body and that v neck line? It's a touch deeper than I would like. See, it's not quite right. But I'm working with it. This is how it looks on the model and I don't doubt she's a good half foot taller than me, so you can imagine it swamps me a little even in the size small.

So my first tweak ... I had the sleeves altered to make them three quarter length. I think they feel far more summery being shorter. And yes I may have lost the cord tie detail on the sleeves but I wasn't keen on those anyway and besides who wants cord ties trailing in their food anyway? Not me! 

Second tweak. A couple of stitches to spare me my modesty and to stop me revealing my non ample bosom.

Third tweak. I've not done this one yet. I'm going to shorten the length by a couple of inches. I'm waiting for my sis to take it to the alterations place she goes to when she visits Hong Kong. The alterations are cheaper over there and besides ... she pays :o) 

But in the meantime, if I didn't tell you all these details, you'd never know there was anything not right about it would you? So for the time being, I'm just going to get on with wearing it like this.

Star Mela Top, Zara Jeans (old), Park Lane Sandals


Last Note :

  • The top is better suited to someone a little taller than myself (I'm only 5ft 1.5)
  • It is quite sheer. Get those black bras out  and not a white one as seen on that model above!

Uniqlo Down Jacket, Aubin & Wills Blouse (not seen), Adidas Stan Smiths, New Look Jeans

I never learn. But then again I'm a bit of a lazy moo sometimes. I never expect to be recognised by anyone other than the people I already know. The cricket mums know me, the school mums know me, the mums group mums all know me. I feel quite safe rocking up as I am - no makeup, hair not brushed and in need of a cut and colour and no one says anything. I'm pretty low maintenance. I'm just Sue.

So meandering in to Margaret Howell yesterday in the York Outlet (George likes it in there because they have a bench and a box of kids books which he quite happily sits with - more shops should do this), I was suddenly aware that someone was talking to me and asking if I was Susie So So. Err yes, blush blush and then I found myself gabbling like a nutter to the ever so cool looking assistant, apologising for messy me and trying to make out I was a relatively normal sane person before eventually taking sanctuary in Hackett across the way. 

The event rather tickled me and everyone's comments on Instagram made me laugh and reminded me of a certain show. You know the one ....  "I'm a celebrity, get me out of here!" :)


Last Note :

  • Hi! To the cool shopping assistant in MH yesterday if you're reading.
  • Anyone else been spotted on their travels who blogs?

Marlene "Kick Ass" Lee

Day 24 of the #mystylephotochallenge on Instagram. "Someone Inspirational".

I chose Marlene from Chocolate Cookies and Candies blog. I didn't go for one of the big history guys or anything like that, I just wanted to choose someone a bit closer to home and was inspirational to me. 

Marlene has one of the most beautiful blogs out there and from day one when I discovered it I was hooked. I pored over the beautiful images (she's a bit good with the old camera) and read her entire back catalogue of posts which were written so eloquently and with a healthy dose of girl power humour.  

She found my blog in the early days and supported me with the comments she left when I had virtually no followers and promoted me in her first "Pass it Forward" series where she chose three blogs which she enjoyed and wanted to share with her readers. I have never forgotten this and am so grateful that someone believed that I had a blog worth taking a look at. Incidentally her blog photos have inspired me no end and made me develop my own picture taking skills - who knew that it could be so much fun behind the camera (you're right Marlene). Sure I still use a point and click camera set on auto mode (I'm a lost and lazy cause and besides which, who reads a manual anyway?) but that's just who I am and I will never be a true shutterbug.

And she wants to make a difference and set out to do so. Her Sisterhood of the Travelling Jacket was a project close to her heart and she travelled all over to speak to ladies who had a personal story to tell and who were willing to share with others to help them through similar experiences. Oh yes, and she wants ladies to recognise their own personal beauty because being behind a camera, she has heard all the hangups and little insecurities about ourselves which no one else can see. Guilty as charged. 

Incidentally, she is also one of the most gracious, humble, funny kick ass ladies out there and I'm not just talking about that picture at the top there and the fact that she can kick butt literally (she does Taekwondo) . She tells it like it is and isn't afraid to say so. And one of the things I totally identify with her on ... be polite and gracious at all times and to treat others as you yourself would wish to be treated.

Besides, I always love meeting up with her. Especially when she treats me to a McDonalds Happy Meal. But she doesn't let me have the toy :(

Thank you Marlene. End of rambly gush. 



Last Note :

  • The Sisterhood of the Travelling Jacket project can be found here

I bet you were wondering if I was going to do this trend didn't you? Well here we are. That's the top. That's my shoulder :)

Now I love the look of these and always have but I have a niggle about being too old to get away with this look. Then I read Beth's comment on them and she said exactly what I must have been feeling about "a 19 year old's top next to the face of a 44 year old face" except mine is even older.  Arrghghg. But it didn't stop me trying. So I bought this one from River Island a few weeks back.

Just testing to see if it pings up on to my shoulder if I put my arms up. Yes it does.

So what do I think? I thought it was great when I tried it on in store but at home, that feeling that I'm trying to look like a nubile young thing is still there. Besides it's got an elasticated waist which wants to ping up and show my food baby.

So it's gone back. And I ordered this one instead from New Look which doesn't have an elasticated waist.

Which isn't too bad but I'm not quite feeling it (look at the body language). I raised my arms and up the shirred neckline popped on to my shoulders! And there I left it as I thought, it looks okay actually and I can wear a normal bra with this too then. And I feel less Lolita in it.

Happier. But at least I have options.

It might feel a bit of a cop out then sort of trying the look but not quite working it but a girl's got to do what a girl's got to do and another thing - be honest, those of you who have these off the shoulder tops. How annoying are they really when they ping up and back on to your shoulders?

Really annoying right?


Last Note :

  • Remember to snip the label out of the back as it might gape a little bit (but not much) as it's actually designed as an off the shoulder top.

I fell in love with a bag I saw on Alex's (The Frugality) Instagram feed. It was a jute bag from The Jacksons. You know me - I love a good tote bag. I'm not particularly in to all the designer bags - I just like what I like. And I liked these jute bags from The Jacksons. When I looked online, I found there was a whole family of them. And then when push came to shove ... I couldn't choose a favourite. Drat!

By chance, I found the one and it just happened to be stocked at Libertys. And lucky me, it went in the sale. Unlucky me, I was told two weeks after I had ordered and numerous phone calls ... that it was sold out and not available. As you can imagine - one very unhappy and cross lady here. And then lucky me spotted an Instagram competition to win one of these lovely bags. Unlucky me, I didn't win it :(

But I kept looking to see who else was stocking the bags and then lucky me spotted them on Monshowroom ... in the sale. Jute Bag Gods - I thank you!

I decided on the navy Amour one as I figured navy was a good bet going in to the summer months. I  also settled on the smaller size which I thought suited me more and so far, I've carried it every day since it's arrived. 

I have to say it's Love. Or should that be Amour!

New Look Top, The Jacksons Bag, H&M Denim Skirt (old), Carvela Krimble Sandals (old)


Last Note :

  • They have a good selection online at The Jacksons but it's worth ringing up to ask what they also have on the shop floor if you've seen one you like and you can't find it online. They can take a photo of their shop floor stock and email it to you - really good customer service (I know, because I rang up).
  • Monshowroom have a small range of the bags with a few which are currently in the sale. Go go go!
  • There's not much in it between the large and the small. From what I can gather the large is just a little taller/deeper (not wider).
  • I also love this one!

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Hi, I'm Sue.

Mum to Ben & George, married to the Grumps, living in suburbia, somewhere in the north of England.


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