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Friday, 24 November 2017

Friday Five : 24 October 2017


Hi, back with a Friday Five after a couple of weeks off. I'm a lazy moo aren't I?

Friday Five (1 of 5) Bambi

Topshop Baxter Jeans (old but this season's available here)
Vans in Glazed Ginger (size 6 upwards here)

What do you think? I think this could be my Christmas sweatshirt 2017! I sometimes think let's stop being such a style bore and get a garish acrylic number but hey I can't quite bring myself to do it. But a grey cotton sweatshirt with Bambi and some snow - yeah, now we're talking.  I ordered this the other day at full price and now I have to re-order it as there's 20% off and that's not to be sniffed at.

Friday Five (2 of 5) Not Your Average Girl


Pretty things at Wacoal Press Day (covers Fantasie and Freya lingerie too)

Well I thought I was pretty average bar the whole being a little bit vertically challenged but I've always been able to buy stuff off the high street and online with relatively little problem (or I'd got my head around what I needn't bother with) and I was just Mrs Average with average sized boobs - 34B. Well my brain just got blown when I went to the Wacoal Press Day with my buddy Michelle and I got myself measured. By measured, I mean the bra fitting lady looked me up and down (no tape measures involved) and at my badly fitting bra and said "What size do you think you are? And I said "34B" She replied "That's the most popular size people ARE NOT".  Me told.

Turns out I have a really small rack. Or should that be a really small back. She put me in a 30D which is actually life changing in my eyes because 30 sounds tiny and D sounds huge and the two together? Well I'm finding it quite hard to comprehend this new size and am now thinking that pickings out there are slim and I totally need to restart my lingerie drawer again. Gah! But yep, if you have time, go get your boobs measured - even out of curiosity if nothing else. It's a whole new boob game and quite interesting.

30D seriously???

Friday Five (3 of 5) Hygge
Bombarded by all the Black Friday discount emails? I was - I mean I should be delighted by the 20% off here and there but I think I was more overwhelmed than anything and shut down instead. And then I got my sensible head on and thought about what I wanted. And what I wanted was a cardi. I have one grey Uniqlo cashmere cardigan which has stood the test of time and that's a lighter piece but I have no really nice chunky cardigans which are fit to see the light of day. So I've ordered myself a Christmas present from the hubs. It came today and it's lovely. The size small is perfect and doesn't overwhelm but still is roomy and slouchy. I'll be delighted to open that on Christmas morning.

Friday (4 of 5) The Style Inheritance

Rosie and Sophie

I love this little IG account called The Style Inheritance which belongs to a mother (Rosie in London) and daughter (Sophie in Sydney) who converse with each other over IG about their outfits. It's like a little film just waiting to happen. It's such a lovely account and I love how both ladies can wear the same things and do it so stylishly but age appropriately.  Go have a look.

Friday Five (5 of 5) Should Have Gone to Specsavers

Aldi Spiced Caramel Pies (in store)

Wandering around the Aldi Aisles of Joy as usual, I happened amongst some more mince pie offerings. The last ones I bought turned out to be cognac steeped which I hadn't really spotted after I fed a load to the youngest who pronounced them really good. This time I spotted some little dinky sized ones which said spiced caramel on them. Turns out they're not really mince pies at all but have a little caramel middle with a little bit of cinnamon and are infact really yummy (eaten six so far). I really should get my eyes tested.

By the way, I don't actually like mince pies that much. I buy them for the little one. Honest.

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Happy Black Friday weekend everyone!


Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Check Mate





H&M Cashmere Jumper (old)
Tiffany Necklace (old)
M&S Jeans (old)
Adidas Stan Smiths (old)


Well aren't I late to the party? How late? Very late. Almost over to be honest. But I turned up at least to the Check Coat party. I saw all the checks filtering in from August onwards but none were quite right for me. You know how the story goes, wrong style, wrong check, wrong proportions, wrong price, wrong something or other so I bided my time and eventually it turned up in ..... Matalan. 

Doesn't look too shoddy does it? And the check alignment isn't bad either, better than most High St offerings and it's got a little weight to it too. 

I would say I'm normally a size 10 in most things but I went with an 8 here as it looks better on a petite but it still fits ok and I can still pop a hoody or sweatshirt underneath (just). If you're taller, you could probably go with your normal sizing - there isn't much in it (I ordered the 10 as well just to check) but I looked better in the neater proportions of the 8. The sleeves are an inch or so too long and are currently tucked under - I just need to get the sewing box out and get on it. I don't like tucking sleeves under but I hate wearing overlong sleeves on certain types of coats more. It's just the way I am.

Anyway, that's my little high street find. Hope you like it.



The above is based on similar items I already have in the wardrobe and some things I'm investigating.

A black crew neck is just such a good basic - mine is a cashmere one from H&M from a couple of years back. Still going strong. I just give it a quick shave each autumn before I start putting it through it's paces again. Expensive or cheap - all cashmere pills to some degree.

I've been looking at some more Stans. I have two pairs. A really old knackered pair which is great for gardening and odd job stuff outside and some cork soled ones which I love which I'm becoming more and more dependent on and I don't want to over wear. I've just spotted the ones with a burgundy trim now and I can't decide between the regular lace up ones shown above or the velcro strap ones which are what my heart truly desires but only one place does them here and has ramped up the price. Grrrr. 

Socks - for mornings when it's getting colder and you need something to take the edge off. Yes I succumbed to the H&M Erdem hype and bagged myself the socks. I do rather like them though and they do add a little something to your ankles.

The Arket burnt orange jumper? I saw this online and finally got to check it out yesterday in store. Yup - still love it. But I didn't buy then. Why? Because I like the safety net of an online return. Got to cover yourself. Got to cover yourself.






* gifted item