Friday Five : 16th March 2018

Friday 16 March 2018

Hello again. You've not put your jumpers in storage have you? Get them out. It's supposed to snow tomorrow. Oh joy.

Friday Five (1 of 5) Heroes

Who got a big tub of Heroes for Christmas? We got two. Or rather the boys got a tub each from Grandma. I got to the point where I thought no one is going to miss those strawberry creams left languishing at the bottom of the tubs (there were a lot) and decided to throw the lot in the bin. But I kept the tubs. Do you know why? They are the best containers ever for your houseplants which sit in those funny belly baskets or anything similar. They fit in nicely and have high sides so you don't need to take your plants out of the baskets to water them if you don't want to and there's no need to worry about water overflowing shallow plates and messing up your baskets.

Friday Five (2 of 5) Stepped Hems

Veja Wata Sneakers (past season but similar here)

Did you all do the stepped hems on your jeans last year or the year before? Where the front was shorter than the back? They were usually just snipped and the hems left raw. Well MiH did the stepped hem on their Cult jeans but they took it upon themselves to ring the changes and made the back shorter than the front AND to do a proper hem. And I took it upon myself to try and replicate this when I shortened my pair which I nabbed in the sale. What a faff. But I did it. And I think I did alright (pat on my own back there).

Friday Five (3 of 5) Aldi Aisles of Beauty Joy

Aldi Lacura Glycolic Daily Cleansing Pads (in store)
Aldi Lacura Miracle Cream (in store)

I confess that I don't keep on top of what's coming in to Aldi each week with their special buys. I just turn up on a Thursday or Sunday and see what surprise awaits me in the Aldi Aisles of Joy. This week I came across their Miracle Cream and the Glycolic Pads. I popped them straight in to my trolley and off I went. They've got to be worth a try - right? 

A little deeper in colour.
A little thinner in texture.

The Miracle Cream (£3.99) is obviously a dupe for the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream - just look at the packaging - they've even done a little faded out pattern on the tube and everything. In reality, their version is a little thinner and deeper in colour and the familiar scent which some people love or hate, is different on the Aldi one. It's pleasant enough - a little floral but not horrid. I used it on my lips which is what I normally use my Eight Hour Cream for especially in this weather when lips get a little dry and chapped. It works nice enough and a little goes a long way!

They smell nice :)

And the Glycolic pads (£2.49) are a take on the Nip+Fab ones. I've never tried the official ones so I can't say how they compare but I used them last night and this morning and I quite like them - there is definitely something happening on my skin or I could be imagining it. It's too early to say, two pads does not a review make. 

Friday Five (4 of 5) Summer Stash

I've not blogged that much this year so I haven't divulged much of what I've been stockpiling for the summer but if you're interested, I have acquired the below spotty blazer and a floral skirt. The other bits in the montages are just nice bits which I've spotted on my travels which I wouldn't mind a jot if they made it in to my wardrobe.

The black spotty blazer is a nice light throw on - I came across it in store on a Last Chance rail and was quite taken with it. The red mules are from Oysho - not a popular brand over here but they do really nice lingerie and some other bits if you look. That black bag is from them as well and is the best price I've seen for one of these round bags - the design is more refined than the Topshop ones and looks to be less chunky. And the pink tee - well, I just like it.

I bought that black floral Miss Selfridge skirt a couple of weeks back. The day after I bought it, it was featured in Grazia. This week it was featured again. I think Grazia really like it. And you know there's all those fancy baskets out there? Sometimes, the plain and simple work so much better with so much more. The cardigan I just spotted on my internet travels - it has a bit of a seventies vibe about it doesn't it? I like that retro feel. The seventies are always good in the summer. And yellow espadrilles? Why not?

Friday Five (5 of 5) This Years Sandal Dupe

Zara Leather Crossover Sandals

Last year, I felt that everyone was all over the Hermes Oran sandals - the dupes started to appear and the best of them this year is the Dune Loupe ones. However, I was alerted to the above tan slides today on Donna's Instagram stories today - she's got a good eye has that lady. They're a take on the YSL Nu Pieds. I'm in. Are you?


Last Note :

  • The Nip+Fab Glycolic pads are half price currently in Superdrug here. Just incase you're interested. I might get a pack just to compare.

Leopard But Not As We Know It

Thursday 8 March 2018

Gaimo Bronze Espadrilles (old)

Okay, I storied this blouse today and got quite a few enquiries about it so I thought I'd pop it up on here for anyone who is interested.

The blouse is from Topshop and it's already been out once and sold out. I've been doing constant refreshes on the site to see if they restocked and they did and I pounced. I actually love this deep peachy tone - it reminds me a little of  Little Greene colour "Light Peach Blossom" and it has some lovely leopardy spots which are not too obviously leopard which I like very much because believe it or not - leopard is not actually a neutral in my wardrobe. I find it very hard to wear and worry that it wears me. So consequently, I have leopard on a couple of bags and a few pairs of shoes and one coat. That's it. Look through my IG feeds and blog - there's not much leopard.

Back to the blouse. It's a pyjama style blouse, satin but not shiny and true to size. I'm a size 10, I ordered a 10, it fits. The sleeves are an inch too long but I tend to fold my sleeves up anyway, I like my wrists on show. The next bit might be a divider for you guys - it's polyester. I'm not a fabric snob although I prefer my knitwear on the more natural than the acrylic side. And I don't mind polyester too much if you're not wearing on scorching hot days and besides which - the no crease factor is a winner in my eyes. It might be a touch short if you're very tall but I think the majority of people should be able to wear this - or just bob on high waisted jeans and tuck in!

And the jeans are the MiH Cult jeans which I blogged previously. I've just got to get round to taking them up - they have a stepped hem and are shorter at the back than at the front - the reverse of most stepped hem jeans. I'm debating whether to just chop straight across or replicate the hem detail when shortening. Decisions decisions.

Anyway, short and sweet. Hope that helps.

Another Shade of Grey.

Thursday 1 March 2018

HM Cashmere Scarf (old)
New Look Jeans (old)
Links of London Necklace (old)

Well the Beast from the East blew in good and proper and scuppered all my plans for spring fashion. I was thinking pink jumpers and light denim but instead I'm going back to the grey jumper drawer. Actually, I have just added a new grey jumper to the rather excessive grey knitwear collection. The cashmere merino one from Woolovers below.

It might seem the wrong time of the year to be looking at jumpers but we have snow and below zero temperatures currently and that makes it very right. I also am of the belief that if you have a lot of something, this doesn't mean you shouldn't have any more. On the contrary, you have a lot of it because basically you like it and wear it lots. That's where I stand with grey jumpers and pretty white tops in the summer. And they're all different from each other. 

Enough said. 😉


Last Note :

  • I'm in a size small (I normally fit a size 10) and it's a good relaxed fit but not sloppy slouchy.
  • This bridges the pretty but draughty itchy Ganni trend led jumpers with something a little nicer to wear and is more my style (I tried a pretty pink H&M one recently but wasn't feeling it).
  • 80% merino wool, 20% cashmere - feels nice.

* Merino Cashmere Jumper  c/o Woolovers

Susie So So