Quick OOTD : 30/05/17 Black and White

Tuesday 30 May 2017

Primark Jeans (old)
Zara Bag (current season but sold out online)
Golden Goose 
(old style but current season here )
(nice alternative here )

Just thought I hadn't done one of these quick #OOTD posts for a while.  

So here's a quick #OOTD 😜

Friday Five : 26 May 2017

Friday 26 May 2017

I had a little break. Did you miss me? No? Oh. Serves me right for asking.

Friday Five (1 of 5) New Kicks

I bought mine from The Acey 
Also available at La Redoute with 40% off currently here. Use Code BIG40 

Well it's been raining so much up till this week that I haven't been able to wear my new Vejas and now it's too hot to put my feet in them. I can't win! I fancied a pair of canvas style pumps which weren't Converse and I wanted a slightly more European feel to them. I didn't want that sporty vibe which comes with the Adidas Stans and Superstars, I wanted to feel all minimal and APC, Sessun, Margaret Howell. You get the gist.

Friday Five (2 of 5) Vita 'Next' of Kin

Well not technically a Vita Kin top but it looks like a pretty good dupe doesn't it? Sometime's it pays to be a titch and find yourself looking through the kids section of Next to see what you can squeeze yourself in to. I've ordered an age 15 and 16 to compare. Bargain too! 

Friday Five (3 of 5) Vinegar

I did photograph a bottle of vinegar but I couldn't bring myself to post it.

I bought a top recently from Ebay and despite it being sold as NWOT (New Without Tags) it still had a whiff of perfume about it. I threw it in the washing machine with some towels and some distilled vinegar and voila at the end - no scent. I do this with towels every now and then to prevent that musty odour that can occur no matter how religious you are about washing and drying them. I just add the vinegar in to the fabric conditioner compartment so it goes through the final rinse. 

Friday Five (4 of 5) Espadrilles

Kate Moss for Topshop blouse (old but this one is also cute)

I already have a pair of bronze leather Gaimo espadrilles and I got them from TK Maxx a couple of years back. And I couldn't resist the above coral coloured pair when I spotted them online. I may have have done the happy dance when I found that they were the perfect colour to go with my little Kate Moss for Topshop top.

Friday Five (5 of 5) Jelly

Aldi Raspberry Jelly (all mine)

When I was pregnant the first time round, I had cravings for jelly and oranges. Not together though. I currently have a craving for Aldi's raspberry jelly which comes in a little pack of three. I buy them for the boys to have as pudding but keep conveniently forgetting to tell them and then I have to eat them myself. Can I repeat - I am NOT pregnant.


Have a good bank holiday weekend y'all!

Friday Five : 12 May 2017

Friday 12 May 2017

Friday Five (1 of 5) Mango Dress

Topshop sandals (old but similar bargain pair here)

I mentioned this dress in last week's Friday Five and said I'd give an update after I hooked up with the DHL man. I like it but I'm still wondering how much wear I will get out of something like this. I have a poor track record with dresses unless they're casual shirt dresses. I also know I should stay away from off the shoulder numbers as I know they annoy me but strangely enough, this one seems to stay in place. This is because the elastic across the top is quite loose (not sure if it is just the dress I had). Infact I had to pinch a couple of inches out with a couple of pins to stop it hanging a little too low but the alteration is quite simple. But once pinned in place, it's good. The length isn't bad for a shorty like me and the print is dark and hides dirt well. Yes I did say it hides dirt well. What elevates the dress? That little gingham belt tie which gives it the 2017 lift. Not in to gingham? A little tan woven belt is good too.

Friday Five : (2 of 5) Putting The Phone Down

Put the phone down Sue!

A couple of years ago I was a more conscientious IG poster and I also went through liking the majority of the pics I saw as it felt polite (curry rarely photographs well) and it was zapping all the fun and time out of IG for me. So I took a step back and decided to put the phone down and go off and do things like normal life stuff - cooking, cleaning, ironing and keeping the kids alive. And these days, I sometimes choose not to post so I don't find myself glued to the phone checking for updates and getting caught up in things which I really didn't need to. Admit it, it's very easy to lose yourself on IG. One minute it's 1.30pm, next thing it's school pick up time and you've done nada. Or rather, you've seen three pairs of shoes on someone's IG feed and you're hell bent on tracking them down and won't rest till you've found and maybe ordered them. Whoops. So sorry if I don't always respond straightaway - I try to limit my IG abuse to certain times of the day.

Friday Five (3 of 5) Rice Cakes

Lidl Rice Cakes

I took the wrong exit off the motorway today and found myself going past a Lidl. So I swung in to see what delights they had and I pounced on the rice cakes. Why? Because within a pack, the rice cakes are individually packed in smaller packs which make them less likely to go stale. I sometimes buy the Kallo ones and apart from the very real struggle of trying to get a rice cake out intact, they usually went stale by the time you made it half way down the pack which meant it got binned. So I bought the Lidl rice cakes (nice with almond butter and honey). Aldi used to do them too but now they seem to only do the chocolate covered ones. 

Friday Five (4 of 5) New Look Floral Top

I spotted the above top whilst surfing the other night. A white top with pretty embroidery and broderie details and frill sleeves. What more could you ask for?

Friday Five (5 of 5) Nice Bag

That bag stopped me in my tracks the other day. I had to get on my tip toes to reach it to get it down to have a proper nosey. The colour is described as blush and it's a fab pinky nude. It comes with a separate purse inside and at £24 I did a double take at the tag. I'm currently thinking about it ... a lot.


Last Note :

  • Number 4 on the list this week came as a result of seeing Bean's feed.


Thursday 11 May 2017

I fell in love with that blouse up there. Infact I fell in love with the whole look and vibe. Oh to be seventeen again and looking so sweet and nonchalant and effortlessly cool. It's a French brand of course. Soeur.Fr

But I was too lazy to order it and deal with the overseas postage and it's not the cheapest little chemise on the block and I know with me, it's all in the thrill of the chase. So I did a bit of looking around and came up with ....

That will do nicely thank you! The other thing I know about me is that the cheaper the item, the more wear I get out of it as I'm not so precious. And I can see this becoming one of those throw it on numbers which does the work for you. You look like you've made an effort even if you haven't. I rather dislike clothes which are hard work, a tug down here, a hoick up there. You know what I mean. Anyway, it is 100% cotton with a cute little frill neck detail. I like that it's a button up which means I can wear the collar open which is how I prefer to wear my shirts and blouses - kind of relaxed. Oh yes and as it wasn't the most expensive shirt on the block, there are a few factors to consider - it's not the finest or thickest cotton and there were a couple of untidy threads around the button holes which I quickly sorted out. The embroidery doesn't also extend round the back but I figured that what I can't see, I won't worry about. If you're happy with that - go for it. It's cute and easy to throw on. And one last thing ... I sized up as the arms were a little snug. Big sigh.

Sandals (old but similar here)
M&S Bag (old but nice alternative here)

Friday Five : 05 May 2017

Friday 5 May 2017

Bet you thought I wasn't going to do one this week. So did I but here we are again.

Friday Five (1 of 5) Wanderlust

I saw this a while back and couldn't find it but it looks like it's online now. I like it.

Friday Five (2 of 5) Tees

Topshop Bonjour Boys Tee (sold out online - still available in store)

I'm currently obsessed with slogan tees or anything with a design on. I have a few in my possession but that doesn't mean I will keep them all. I just like to see which works best and with what. Some fit better than others, some are made nicer and some I'm not sure go with anything in my wardrobe. But that's the joy of returns policies! That one up there is one I'm testing out to see if it goes with anything other than jeans. It does.

Friday Five (3 of 5) Fidget Spinners

Identical one found here.

"Mummy, mummy, can I have a Fidget Spinner please?"
"A Fidget Spinner"
"Err let me look in to this".

That was Tuesday afternoon. So I did look in to them and so did the husband and then he noticed something. That they all seemed to be from Hong Kong. "Isn't that where your sister is currently?" he asked. So I WhatsApped a pic across to my sis and she WhatsApped me back a pic of a batch of Fidget spinners that she had already bought. Even better still, she was back in the UK on Thursday. Love her. Oh yes ... that metal one up there - spins beautifully. Wonderful action!!!

Friday Five (4 of 5) Dress

I had to order this to try. I missed the DHL man today. I'll report back next week.

Friday Five (5 of 5) AWOL Bin

Me wondering where my bin went.
Just joking but I wasn't really going to take a pic of my wheelie bin.

The big wheelie bins get put out on a Tuesday every fortnight. This week when I got back home, only one of the two bins had been returned. One had gone AWOL. So I waited till the evening to see what bins were still left after everyone had taken theirs back in. Mine was still AWOL. Till it turned up the next morning looking a bit newer and cleaner. I was delighted to see it but I was just about to ring the council and chew someone's ear about my bin so it would have been nice if they'd just popped a note through the door to let me know what was happening instead of letting me get all het up about missing bins. Just saying.

Have a good weekend all!

Susie So So