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Friday, 31 May 2019

Ne'er Cast A Clout Till May Is Out

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You've heard that saying before haven't you? "Ne'er cast a clout till May is out". Well it basically means don't discard your warm clothing till May is out. Well folks, May is more or less out and I've discarded the warm clothing with my VeryUK picks this month. A rebel I am indeed.

I started off with the most gorgeous boho blouse from Maison Scotch. I liked the French girl vibes of this pretty piece - the perfect shade of green with the dainty paisley print, topped off with the perfect front tie and it even came accessorised with the cutest little necklace. I was in love. See that smug little smirk. That's a smug little smirk that says this blouse is good.


I'm going to be honest and say that Maison Scotch pieces are not always the cheapest on the block but they are certainly made with a little more attention to detail and the fabrics and cut are usually just that little bit different. I've had pieces in the past and was so surprised when one of the first tops I bought many years ago came with a little necklace. I was just as delighted to find that they still continue to do this now and that Maison Scotch is stocked on Very.



I put together a little compilation of items (some similar to items I already own) which would work well with the blouse to show it's versatility. It's certainly a dress up, dress down piece which can take you through a day's shopping wearing through to an easy evening out.




The second item which people may have seen me wearing on Instagram is this rather eye catching Whistles sky blue spotty skirt. 


It's one of those items which you love the look of but you never quite know what the wearing is like. I already have a wrap skirt in a very similar style and the first time I wore it, I ended up buying a pair of leggings to put on underneath the skirt whilst I was walking around as I was so busy clutching on to my skirt desperate not to reveal too much. But this Whistles skirt - it's brilliant!



As you can see from the pics, my modesty is very much preserved due to the way the inner panel goes a good way round. There's no scrimping on fabric on this skirt. And the colour just epitomises summer and is just an easy breezy piece to wear,


And last but not least of my picks - I chose the Poppy sandals by Clarks. 


I may not have liked their school shoes in my school years but they do some good shoes for adults - shoes you can actually last all day in. 



The Poppy sandals have a small platform so good for those who want a sandal not totally flat to the ground and with a little more support. The ankle strap hits the leg at a flattering point as I find the ones which are lower down cut my legs off visually more than the ones that hit at the slimmest point of the ankle. 



3, 4, 5, 6 previously linked.


And as you can see they work equally well with trousers, dresses and skirts - and my other Very picks. :)


Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Quick OOTD : 07/05/2019 Return of The Mac

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Uniqlo Mac (old but this year's version here)
Zara gingham shirt (similar here)
New Look Bag (old but similar here)

The mac is back. I bought this two years ago and wore it a lot the first year, hardly touched it the second year and this is it's third year and it's started coming in to it's own again. Sometimes it's just like that so my top tip is don't get rid of anything too quickly!


Monday, 6 May 2019

Monday Musings : 06 May 2019

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Monday Musings (1 of 5) Ancient Greeks

Trademark Check Bag

Idly browsing through the Matches website which no sane woman should actually do, I came across this year's Ancient Greek sandals. And I'm liking the new styles* they've introduced because have you seen the soles? Bouncy and much more cushty than than the traditional slap slap styles of old. I already have a pair of those type of Ancient Greek Sandals which are too flat for me these days and besides which age, experience and wisdom dictates that my heels deserve better these days. I ordered the Aglaia style in the cream when Matches had a ten percent discount code the other week. At the time, the cream was a no brainer as I love a cute little pair of slides but now I'm wondering if I should have ordered the black version. Tough call. Tough call. Oh see pair number three below - those are part of their Comfort range where the soles are "ergonomically designed to encase and cushion the foot". That is a big win for me. I'm all about the comfort these days.

Friday Five (2 of 5) Back to Basics

COS Jumper (this years version here in grey which I'm considering)

When I started blogging back in 2012, the blogs I searched out were the ones with a more minimal approach to their clothes. I'm not talking just about the fact they had a minimal capsule wardrobe, it was more their style of dress that I liked. Simple classic basics. I still find myself drawn to this aesthetic and I always feel better when I'm pared back and keeping things simple. I have to remember the life I lead, what I like to wear and what's right for me. Even if it's not that exciting for anyone following me in IG and Blog land.  

Friday Five (3 of 5) Confidence

Primark PS Lustre Lipstick in Shotgun (instore)
Primark PS Kohl Eye Pencil in Fawn (instore)

It's a funny old thing. I'm actually not that confident and I tend to shy away from social events because yes I am that thing - shy! I'm also terrified that I don't look as glamorous or made up as other ladies I come across in IG and Blog land. I kind of disappear in to the background behind all the gloss of other people.  So whilst shopping with my mate Joanna the other week. I treated myself to a new 90p lipstick and a £1 brown eyeliner which I'm quite pleased with from Primark. Oh and the Alex Steinman Pump & Glow Serum & Moisturiser which was £5. Got to start somewhere.

Friday Five (4 of 5) White Tops


You can actually have too many white tops and you know this to be the case when you can dedicate a washload purely to your white floaty broderie, peasant tops. But .... it doesn't stop you looking or wanting another. I have my eye on the one above from La Redoute. I like the vintage look and feel of this one - I'm not one for too many frills and flounces and this one seems more simple and delicate. It sold out once already and I spent a few weeks frantically refreshing my screen each evening to see if it would come back in stock and I've noticed that it's just been restocked  and ..... it's never included in the discounts. Bog.

Friday Five (5 of 5) Baggu



If you're going to Wales for a weekend and you have to squeeze in a carload of stuff plus two boys, a rug and four pillows and six cans of paint and a shed load of food, there's not a lot of room for clothes. So I had a set of clothes for decorating and a set of clothes for when I was allowed to surface for public appearances. And the other way I got around the bag situation - I actually took four bags - was I fitted them all inside one another. My favourite was the Baggu tote which is actually a nylon shopper which holds an awful lot, is very strong and packs up small. I was quite surprised how good they are for a grocery shop - I stuffed a lot in and mine isn't even the biggest size. They come in a huge range of colours and sizes and are definitely worth taking a look as they're also a nice style statement. Well in my eyes anyway. 

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Last Note :

  • My Baggu tote is the standard sized one and comes in a little pouch. There's not many stockists in the UK but I was after a check one specifically which I did manage to source via Amazon and much more reasonable than shipping in from abroad. Primark also do a similar tote in a zebra print which is cheaper ... but not as strong. I wouldn't like to put a four pack of tinned tomatoes in the Primark one for sure along with the rest of the shopping!
  • Little known fact. I never wear black eyeliner. Always brown or grey.