Monday, 14 May 2018

Monday Musings : 14 May 2018

Do you know? Friday comes round really fast for me and before I know it, most of the day has gone and I've not even started my Friday Five. Can I make it up to you with some Monday Musings?

Monday Musing 1 : Sunglasses.

Instore in Primark

You know those crazy love heart sunglasses doing the rounds at the moment? You can get a pair for £2 at Primark. Did I get them? No. I already have thirteen pairs of sunglasses and at some point, you really can have enough sunglasses.

Monday Musing 2 : Spotty

A couple of months ago, I was having a try on in Urban Outfitters of this rather cute dress which I put on Instagram Stories. I didn't tag it at the time and received a lot of messages about the dress which I replied to when I got home. Fast forward time and the trying and returning of a gazillion dresses in the meantime and guess what? I went back to the first one I tried on. The black spotty one. It's the perfect day dress for me. Girly enough for those who want to wear it that way, and tomboyish enough for me to don a pair of trainers on with. It's a winner. And I don't have to fiddle with it. Sorry, it literally sold out this week but the odd one comes back online and there may be the odd one in store.

Monday Musings 3 : Shoe Dupes

So we finally get to free the toes and what better way to show them off than in a lovely pair of sandals. And what's even nicer is if you don't have the budget for the big guns, the high street's got your back. All the odd numbers are the pricier ones. And the evens are the sweet on the purse strings. I can't take the credit for number 6 - Lynne had these on her IG and I was thinking "well hello there!". I tried them on today and they are lovely - I prefer them to the Zara version doing the rounds as they are lightly cushioned.

Monday Musings 4 : About Time

Bought the skirt in March. Could have worn it before now but it never seemed right. But we're there now and the tags are off. Woohoo. Oh yes - the cotton linen Uniqlo blouse - love it. Especially the colour.

Monday Musings 5 : Hayfever

It's the pits.

Monday, 7 May 2018

New and Old

I've been a bit slack on the old Friday Fives and sometimes I bob a couple of lines about anything new that I've bought on there. In lieu of the lack of Friday Fives, I'd just thought I'd let you know about three new little buys which made it in to my wardrobe.

Last time I spoke about the Hush skirt, I said I was favouring this Picante colour over the Jolly Green version which has sold out every where. I actually managed to get my hands on both colours but no matter what I wore the green one with, it just didn't feel like me. I guess I'm more a Spice girl.

F&F Basket Bag (old)
H&M Scarf (old)

I finally cut the tags off on Sunday as I was out for the day and to be honest, I wasn't sure if it was going to crease and crumple after an hour of sitting in the car but it stayed beautifully neat and crease free all day. The elasticated waistband came in to it's own - I had a Sunday lunch and a Korean barbecue - so it was tested to the max. And it has pockets. Pockets are always the icing on the cake on any dress or skirt aren't they? They can be deal breakers for some but in this case there was no deal breaking scenario to have to consider. Basically, the skirt has pockets.

Another pleasant surprise - the wooden earrings. I have the pink resin version which are similar but I  didn't get on with them for some reason. It might be that they're just pink and didn't go with much but I much prefer how light and neutral these wooden ones are. I wore them all day and didn't feel the urge to fiddle with them or take them off till nearly bedtime. That's good for me. Really good. Fantastic actually.

And the Posse sandals. These have been getting a lot of love on IG. I remember seeing them around last year but chose to leave them as I didn't want to deal with ordering from overseas. Then a lovely lady put a pic of them up on her IG and we had a dialogue about them. After a couple of weeks deliberation and many many try ons of other woven slides, the Posse ones arrived at my house. The heart wants what the heart wants. A word of warning - there will be a customs charge to pay of around £20 - you need to factor this in if you're interested. Besides which, that's the last pair of sandals I will buy this summer. If you see me in a pair of black Birkalikes - I've already got them but not worn them yet.

Everything else is old - the scarf is a couple of years old, the basket is about fourteen years old and the Everlane shirt was a buy from last year. All firm favourites which won't be seeing the likes of Ebay any time soon.

Toodle pip.

Friday, 4 May 2018

Quick OOTD : 04/05/18 Simples

Forgive me. Sorry there's no Friday Five this week (or last for that matter). I'll be back on it soon, I'm just busy doing stuff. But here's a quick #OOTD. It's my first one this year!

Nobodys Child Blouse (similar here)
MiH Jane Jeans
Primark Raffia Bag 

I've waited months to bust out those sandals.

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!