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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!





10 comments:

  1. I bought the H and M beach dress too, the way I look at it you could get twice as much use out of it! 😂😂 So glad you pointed out the topshop skirt, I've regretted not getting the gingham one!

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    1. I take it you've gone for the skirt then? It's been my go to skirt so far this year - the one wildcard item I really love. And the dress - I think it's lovely but I would only wear it abroad and I don't go very often. Le sigh.

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  2. spotted the skirt here too - it maybe on my Sunday post - if I have time to publish it: it's in draft and is a full skirt issue... but I'm in half term lazy mode :eek:

    Well done in altering jersey sleeves! Thicker jersey or no, it's still tricky. I haven't come across the book but will keep my eye out for it. Fab five! Xx

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    1. Thanks Bean. And I thought I might be being a bit foolhardy but I went for it. And emboldened by the success of the first, I went for the second. Just be careful you don't use contrast stitching and no one will ever know. I was also careful that the sewing thread on the reverse side was in the same colour so no one can spot if your sewing is a little skewiff! And off to read your Sunday Seven! x

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  3. I like the dress, it just needs to be a REALLY hot day to look dress-like, I think.

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    1. It does doesn't it? It's not a UK dress is it?

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  4. I love BOTH the Missguided white embroidered blouse AND the Isabel Marant Sachi Top. I also LOVE the crinkled chiffon nightie/dress - it looks like it would be sooooo comfortable when the hot summer weather arrives but still very very pretty.

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    1. It looks like a really good dupe doesn't it of the Marant one? I can't vouch for fit or what it's like in real life though. I couldn't wear it as it's high necked and I've learnt that I really don't get on with them. And the dress, it's lovely but it's just a little too nightie for me this time. I can't shake that thought of and I don't think I could take the flack from the hubs. x

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  5. I love your posts Sue.. your wit and your style, you have such a great eye and I love that nearly all of your finds are achievable purse-wise. Keep up the great work, you're a pleasure to read :) (and i'm still making that salmon & lentil daal almost weekly, its now a staple). I am gonna track me down that Misguided top!!! FAB. Have a great weekend, Audrey

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    1. Thank you! What a lovely comment to leave. It really makes me think that blogging is still worth keeping going when I get a comment like that. Thank you for making my day. And I'm glad that the salmon dahl curry is such a hit. It really is so simple isn't it?

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