Friday, 18 August 2017

Friday Five : 18 August 2017

Hello! Friday Five time. So what's rocking my world this week?

Friday Five (1 of 5) Love A Good Dupe 1

(L) Isabel Marant Nathan Blouse (R) Forever21 Pintuck Ruffle Blouse

That's a blooming good dupe isn't it? Frances looks so lovely in hers, I might just have to get one - the cheaper one of course. The Marant one has sold out now anyway. That's my excuse and I'm sticking with it.

Friday Five (2 of 5) Love a Good Dupe 2

Aldi Blackberry Bay Candle (instore)

A while back, Aldi did a dupe of some Jo Malone candles - specifically Lime, Basil and Mandarin, Blackberry Bay and Pomegranate Noir. They flew off the shelves. A few weeks back I picked up the Blackberry Bay one which was on the household goods aisle of dreams. This week, all three scents were there. I think they have become part of their core range now.

Oh yes, if anyone is interested - the cactus vase is £3 from Primark. A dupe of many more expensive ones.

Friday Five (3 of 5) We Are What We Are

Levis T (Levis Outlet Buy)
Mih Jane Jeans (Past Season)
Manebi Leopard Espadrilles (Past Season)

And I am a pretty casual straightforward kind of dresser. I like a pair of jeans, no let me correct that, I love a good pair of jeans and I spend 90% of my daytime life in them. But I do like a nod to the latest trends but I am not full on - put it this way, I can't afford to be. So that makes me a little boring in Blog and IG land but hey I like what I like and I definitely like to be comfortable. And I'm so pleased that Jodie said the same this week in her blog. Thank you. 

Friday Five (4 of 5) Autumn is Coming

And I'm after this trench. I spotted it a few weeks back and tried it on and then put it back as we were in the middle of a heatwave. If you've got a good memory, you'll realise that this is a dupe (it's all about the dupes this week) of the Alexa Chung Frances trench for M&S from a while back. 

Source : Pinterest

Well I missed out on that one but I get to have another shot this time round. By the way size down. It comes up big.

Friday Five (5 of 5) Fun in the Sun

ASOS Pineapple Pjs (sold out but new version here which I love)

This is my favourite pic of my holidays. I sat in my pj's (love my pineapple pjs) watching my friend bust a gut doing the Jillian Michaels Fitness DVD and I actually fell asleep watching her. I don't think she could quite believe it. But hey ho. That's me! By the way, she really gets results from it - she has a stronger core as a result of it she says. For some reason that makes me think of apples.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Quick OOTD : 16/08/17 Pink Check

Matalan Pink Check Shirt (not online but this is almost identical)
Mih Jane Jeans (old but similar style here)
New Look Suede Mules (last year but similar here)

I'm wearing pink. I'm wearing heels. The hubs said I looked nice. LOL.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Quick OOTD : 31/07/17 Friends

Everlane Silk Shirt (similar style here)
Forever21 Khakis old (similar style here)
H&M Sunglasses
Gaimo Bronze Espadrilles seen below

It's always nice to catch up with friends isn't it? Especially when they're as lovely as Michelle.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Friday Five : 28 July 2017

Hi! (waves).

Friday Five (1 of 5) Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Set

I'm a fan of the iconic Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream and I spotted that little set above whilst browsing the TK Maxx site. It's a brilliant price (£24.99) given that a tube of Eight Hour Cream would cost you £28 alone. I'm due a new tube of Eight Hour Cream, the last one has lasted me (cough cough) a long time (we're talking years - please don't judge). It's the one thing I turn to when my lips are chapped and sore, if my brows need taming, if my hands are a little dry and cracked, the list goes on. It's my little all rounder. It's so good that the husband is a bit of a convert and if I can't find it, it's probably been squirrelled in to his bedside drawer.

"Darling, have you seen my Eight Hour Cream?"
"You have?"
"Hand it over".

Friday Five (2 of 5) Drink More

If you've seen my IG, you'll notice that I've started going everywhere with a water bottle in my hand.  I really am trying to drink more water though it is a bit tough going. Basically the hubs brought back a freebie drinks bottle from work one day which I commandeered for myself, I've used it but it's looking a little tired and scratched now so I bit the bullet and finally ordered myself one of the Hydratem8 bottles. What I like about them is that they have times marked on them so you know how much water you need to drink by a certain time - a kind of a regulator. I did think about drawing on my old bottle with a Sharpie but I know it's just not the same and a new toy is as good a motivator as anything. I first saw one on the lovely Chloe's IG feed and then I spotted one of my mummy friends with one - it's always good to see something in real life. I now have to order another as my eldest has requested one and even offered to pay for it himself! Oh and I like how you sip up the straw rather than tipping the bottle. Little deets which make a difference!

Friday Five (3 of 5) Seeing Stars

I don't normally do stars. And I don't normally do really oversized. I've somehow managed to skip all the star prints and star jumpers out there but this oversized Blue Vanilla one appealed. It's one size and it's actually too big for me but a taller friend who was with me when I took delivery of the top has taken it off my hands now as she loved it at first shake out of the packet. It does drape nicely though and it could be one of those perfect lounging around pieces that we all need. I just thought I'd share as I thought it was really good for the price especially now it's in the sale.

Friday Five (4 of 5) No Laces Required

Primark Trainers (instore)

No matter how many times I say, undo your laces/straps on your shoes/trainers to my boys. They don't. So if you can't beat them, buy them trainers where they don't need to do the laces.

Both boys were over the moon with their trainers - (just £10 each from Primark) and just on the right side of cool for them. They both like sports style rather than retro style trainers so I can't get a pair of Adidas Gazelles or Sambas on either. Ah well. I can still get them to wear what I want ... my way. Hopefully these will get them through the summer till we get to September when we look at the school footwear situation again. And I like that the trainers up there have got a touch of the Adidas Tubular Shadow trainers about them haven't they?

Friday Five (5 of 5) Dress Saga

I'm off soon on my summer jollies and I've gone a bit dress mad. I've ordered plenty, I'm sending back plenty but this white midi dress arrived today and I think I pretty much know it's staying. It's true to size - size 10 fits me just right and the length hits me as per the model. I also ordered this extremely colourful one which I really like but the colour and pattern scares me a little. However the cut and fit is perfect. Decisions, decisions.


Last Note :

  • To all the mums out there getting through the summer holidays. Hang on in there!

Tuesday, 25 July 2017


I got new sneaks. If you follow En Brogue you will already have had an introduction to them here. Aerska? A new brand on the block by Gillian Davison, a lady with a touch of wanderlust who basically set about developing the shoe she wanted - a sneaker that took her from day to night without the gym bunny look. Something she could pound the city streets in and still stay comfortable but stylish. I think she did that with her London Sneaker.

I've got the cool white pair. I'm essentially a white trainer/sneaker girl and if you've looked through my old pics, what you will spot is that I love a pair of white trainers. I find that white footwear goes with just about everything in a way that black footwear doesn't for me. I can't explain it, it's just the lay of the land in my shoe world. Anyway, I've had them a couple of weeks and not said much about them - I wanted to wear them a bit and see if they were good. And what do I think?

I think they look good. They are currently still pristine and I actually intend to keep these looking neat. I have my scruffy trainers and now I have a smarter looking pair - the design reminds me a little of the Repetto lace ups which I've coveted in the past, infact if Repetto made sneakers, they would look like these London sneakers. And that black neoprene contrast - a little urban yes?

They're also very comfy. Yes I know I'm getting on a bit and the sensible light switches on more and more often these days but you know in my world, comfort is key right? The leather is very soft and supple so there's none of that nipping across the top of the toes where they bend like you get with some hard leathers when you're just starting to break them in. And they have a small hidden EVA wedge which is really supportive of your heel. I sound like a nana don't I but hear me out - I've started to get a touch of heel pain since I started doing more walking trying to hit the 10k steps target on my Fitbit daily. So this little wedge heel thing - a godsend!

Oh yes, they're easy. Not like back of the school sheds easy but really good and easy to put on for people like me who don't like undoing their laces on their trainers (for the record, I never undo the laces on any of my trainers) and now I legitimately don't have to with these Aerska ones as that clever neoprene sock detail means you don't actually have to undo and tie the laces at all. You just pop and go and like a tube of Pringles. 

Anyway, I really like them. That's all you need to know ;)

Ganni Sweatshirt (old but got my eye on this one now)
Mih Paris Jeans (current ones here)


Last Note :

  • The sneakers are true to size. I have slightly wide feet but the laces can be used to tighten or loosen as necessary. These were comfortable from the off. 
  • I love this "Giving Back" section as Gillian donates a percentage from the sales of her sneakers to charity. 
  • The code susiesoso will give you 15% off your order.

* Aerska London Sneakers  c/o Aerska 

Thursday, 20 July 2017

To Market To Market ....

Primark Mesh Tote (instore)

.... or anywhere you fancy really with one of these little French style market bags. I know, I know, it's not that practical and everyone can see what you've got in it but as long as your purse and phone isn't on show, I think it might be okay and quite fun. Infact I think it's just perfect for all those food festivals I seem to find myself at, for stashing weird flavoured cheeses and packets of exotic sounding pork sausages which the eldest boy has somehow managed to persuade us to buy. Again.

Not convinced? Well, Catherine below is enough to convince me to carry one. 

Catherine Dupon - one of the most stylish ladies around.


Last Note :

  • Mine was £3 in the sale from Primark. 
  • H&M have been doing this one for a while online in pink.
  • Grey September store here have a lovely selection and the bags have longer handles for wearing on the shoulder. I love this pink one.
  • Amazon and Ebay have some online - search for "net tote/net bag/mesh tote/mesh bag"

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Quick OOTD : 18/07/17 Basic

Everlane T Shirt
La Redoute Suede Bag (30% off currently with code SUMMER)
Topshop Sandals (mine are sold out but snake print version here)

I've been a bit quiet on the old blog front but I'm determined to get going again. Let's kick off with a quick #OOTD. A tee and jeans. And a nice bag. Basic. Like me.

Back soon. Pinky promise.

Friday, 30 June 2017

Friday Five : 30 June 2017

A bit of hot weather and a serious bout of hayfever has left me rather grumpy and not in the mood for blogging these past couple of weeks but hey, I'm here now and I've pulled my finger out. What's been happening in my world?

Friday Five (1 of 5) Pen Pineapple Apple Pen

ASOS Pineapple Pyjamas (limited sizes)
These are also lovely.

A while back, the boys came home from school chanting that horrid earwig. It fell out of favour but now that I've discovered those pj's up there, I can't get it out of my head again. For those wondering if they've seen something like this before, well yes you probably have. Desmond and Dempsey do the official posh pineapple pj's as sported by Alex from The Frugality ....

Source : The Frugality
Desmond & Dempsey Pyjamas available here (when I've saved up).

Anyway, my version are quite a bit cheaper and obviously not so luxe but they will do nicely till that time comes when I can splash out on pj's again .... when the boys have left home and can fend for themselves .... and by which time, I'm probably more likely to be found sporting a fetching winceyette nightie rather than deluxe pineapple pyjamas.

Friday Five (2 of 5) Mexico Vibes

I actually bought this little embroidered top from Topshop when I ordered the little floral tea dress I featured a few weeks back. Then I returned it along with the dress. Then I ordered it again because I'm like that. It's also a good affordable alternative to this lovely Sezane one.

Friday Five (3 of 5) Easy Iron

Dylon Easy Iron (available at Waitrose)

Honestly, I never said this blog was all glamour and stuff but I have to say I whooped a little when I came across a can of this spray Easy Iron stuff. I'd run out of my previous can and hadn't seen it on the shelves of the supermarket of late but then I found it at Johnson's Dry Cleaners in Sainburys. I nabbed it. It's a silicone spray and basically it makes those really difficult and rather tough creased items a doddle to iron. You know, those cotton shirts you leave at the bottom of the pile for weeks because you can't face them and eventually when you get round to them, you spend the time cursing and spitting feathers because it's a mare to iron. Well it's brilliant on stuff like that. Don't confuse it with spray starch, this doesn't make the fabric stiff. Just makes your iron glide. I love it.

Friday Five (4 of 5)

I tried this on in store today and took a size 36 (UK10) in to the changing room. I didn't manage to take a changing room pic as my phone was about to conk out but it's nice. 100% cotton and quite whooshy but not outlandish big. It's actually labelled as a cotton tunic rather than a dress but between friends, I'd call it a dress. Well it's a dress on me.

Friday Five (5 of 5) It's not the end ... it's just the beginning.

I'm not allowed to wash this apparently.

The eldest had his last day in Primary School today (sob) and they all got to sign each other's shirts. It's the end of one part of his life but on Monday, begins the next chapter, High school. He gets a three week transition period in his new school so  that when they start in September, they are familiar with the setup and everything. I think it's good but crikey, doesn't time fly past at the speed of Concorde? On a slightly more humorous note, I have a friend who is a teacher who said that when some of the Yr 6's left at her school, they drew some rather dubious appendages and body parts on some of the school shirts. I think we got off lightly though I think someone pointed out what looked to be a little like a nipple and some boobies on one of the shirts. 🙈

Friday, 9 June 2017

Friday Five : 09 June 2017

Scraping in with a Friday Five. Just made it!

Friday Five (1 of 5) Queen of Returns

I have not had much luck recently with anything I've ordered and believe me I have ordered a lot. And a lot has gone right back. ASOS must have groaned when I just renewed my Premier Service with them. Anyway, the dress above is not from ASOS but from Topshop and it's the one I mentioned in the previous post. It's a lovely dress in itself (100% cotton) but I personally feel all kinds of wrong in it. Like I should have worn it when I was at least in my 30s when Kate Moss did her Pansy dress for Topshop (this is the same design) and not now I'm in late 40s. I ordered two sizes and the 10 was neat on me and the sleeves were snug (curse those bingo wings). Something I should mention, if you are feeling a little bloated, your tummy will push the front out making you look 6 months gone. Or maybe that's just me. The 12 was much comfier but suddenly I felt old and matronly. But if you are slight of arm, got ten years on me, no belly and a classic 10 (I'm a big 10 at the moment), this is true to size and rather lovely. Oh and be quick, it's selling like hot cakes!

Friday Five (2 of 5) Bonus

The one good thing about having a short name when you order a Starbucks is that they usually manage to spell your name right.

Friday Five (3 of 5) Skirts

I'm on a skirt bender at the moment. I currently have that bright orange one up there in my possession which I bought after a little mosey around M&S with Joanna. It's the perfect length for a shorty who wants to do a long midi but not a proper maxi. The skirt has a nice weight to it and my only dilemma is I already have an orange skirt in my wardrobe. Do I need two despite them both being different styles and somewhat different shades of Jaffa? And I liked this white one too from Sainsburys with the pretty broderie at the bottom.

This one was extremely comfortable with the elastic waistband but what a shame it has no pockets. I'm wearing a size 8 in the picture - it's quite generous and I was going to pick it up on my way out of the supermarket and then forgot. Doh. And err last but not least, I bought this one which was a spur of the moment impulse buy. It doesn't go with much in my wardrobe and I dont know why I bought it apart from it was a bit like a moth to a colour block skirt kind of flame moment. Told you I was on a skirt bender.

Friday Five (4 of 5) To Friends

That teapot was actually incredibly heavy.

I've had a very non productive week at home this week but I have had a lovely time catching up with Instagram/bloggy pals. You've got to grab those opportunities when you can. Hi Joanna, Becky, Liz and Donna? Same time next year?

Friday Five (5 of 5) Carabiner

Admit it. It's a good idea. Stops your milk tipping over ;)

Carabiners are those funny little gadgets that climbers take with them up mountains that they use for attaching onto clothing and equipment to help them get up and down walls and rock faces. Well that's what they are in my hub's world. In my world, they are useful for fastening plastic bag handles together so your shopping doesn't fall out.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017


Amour Bag (other styles here)
French Connection Top (very old)
The Jacksons London bag
H&M Silver Shoes (last season but gold version here)

I've had my Jacksons bag for a couple of years now and it's always a little conversation piece. There's something about the the little catchphrases which just gets people talking. They had a bit of a moment in 2015 in blog and IG world and then it went a little quiet last year but they seem to be having a bit of a resurgence this year and I've just found my bag in the opposite colour way of mine in natural and navy.

And doesn't it work beautifully in this little holiday montage I've put together? I'm good to you I am!


Last Note : 

  • That little Topshop ditsy print dress is a replica style of the infamous Kate Moss for Topshop Pansy dress. Just a slightly different print. I may have ordered just to check it out as I missed out on the original! 
  • Loving this coral shade to add a little colour in to the holiday wardrobe.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Friday Five : 02 June 2017

I have to say, hasn't the weather been lovely this week? Not too hot, not too cold - for once I'm happy.

Friday Five (1 of 5)  Alterations & Stuff

Uniqlo Breton (sold out but this is nice too)
H&M Shorts (old)
H&M Scarf (old)
H&M Sunglasses (old)
Basket from a Dublin shop years ago (old)

We were having a quiet Bank Holiday Monday this week and I thought it was the perfect time for me to finally get round to some of the alterations which I've been putting off as it meant dragging out the sewing machine. But I did it and I hacked down one pair of trousers in to culottes and shortened the sleeves on two of my Bretons (one of them above). I feel like I've achieved. I know it doesn't sound much but if you have to fold over your cuffs or spend all your time shrugging up your sleeves every time you wear something, believe me it's an achievement.

Friday Five (2 of 5) When It All Makes Sense

I bought this book How to Wear your Clothes a little while ago as it intrigued me. I was looking for one of those how to curate your wardrobe type books but for some reason this one called out to me instead. It's by a wardrobe mistress and what she's learnt from her years in the trade and I'm weird enough to read something like this just like the hubs is geeky enough to read business strategy books for fun. But that paragraph suddenly made sense to me about why I don't get on with wrap dresses - I've not got enough stack in my rack to make sure things sit in the right place. Lightbulb moment. Oh yes and safety pins are a godsend.

Friday Five (3 of 5) Dupe

Missguided Embroidered Top v Isabel Marant Sachi Top

Sometimes I like to have a nosey through the less obvious sites on my online travels. You know the ones like Forever21, Boohoo and Missguided. The ones where you think you need to be thirty years younger with a toned midriff and legs like Bambi to shop in? They're worth keeping an eye on and sometimes you can happen on little gems and fabulous dupes like the one above from Missguided. Not a bad dupe at all eh?

Friday Five (4 of 5) Nightie or Dress?

Right. Two scenarios here. Scenario 1. Imagine me with this dress and a little straw basket, tan sandals and a little panama hat trotting down a sunny dusty street in Spain. Scenario 2. Imagine me with a pair of slippers on my feet. You can see my dilemma. Which scenario is calling out to you most? 

Friday Five (5 of 5) Stripey ....

.... and ruffley. Well I love the gingham version of this skirt which I got earlier in the year (now sold out) but I've just spotted that they do a stripy version now.  Go go go!