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Thursday, 21 February 2019

Quick OOTD : 21/02/2019 Too Hot.



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H&M Jumper AW18 - similar here
Topshop Bias Cut Skirt AW18 - similar here & petite version here

I've been wanting to wear this combo for a while but it's been too cold to get the legs out. It got to 17 degrees today and I had to take my jumper off. Can't win.



Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Quick OOTD : 12/02/19 Big Sleeves ....

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H&M Jeans
Golden Goose Trainers (skinted version here)
Primark Scarf

... cold Sue.

I've still to find a coat which fits the sleeves of this jumper in. Ho hum. Lesson learnt. 😶

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Last Note :

  • You may have already spotted these on the La Redoute website but if you want some affordable Golden Goose alternatives, these look rather good.



Saturday, 9 February 2019

Friday Five : 8th February 2019


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I made it with one minute to spare last week to get the Friday Five in on a Friday. I didn't make it at all this week so it's now Saturday. But we'll just let that fact skim past eh?

Friday/Saturday Five (1 of 5) Axel Arigato Trainers
My current trainer obsession. I love these. Look at that pink tongue! Look at those red lace tips! Look at that black heel trim! Not too fancy. But fancy enough. That's all.

Friday/Saturday Five (2 of 5) Wok On

Crispy chilli beef for me!

Sometimes I make a chicken fried rice and I find I struggle with frying all the rice in the wok - there's just too much stuff to push around and bits end up flying out. I never said I was a good cook and I've always said I disliked cooking so any shortcuts I can take, I will. What I now tend to do is fry the meat and the egg in the wok. In a big mixing bowl, I put my cooked rice in there and season and flavour. Then I add the chicken and bits from the wok in to the bowl, mix it all up and then return to the wok and you can do it in two batches but at least everything is more well mixed. It's a takeaway hack. It's just easier than trying to mix it ALL in the wok. Or you could just get a takeaway.

Friday/Saturday Five (3 of 5) The Future's Bright, The Future's Orange.


I know everyone is touting yellow and coral but I quite like orange. I was browsing idly on the MiH site as I like to get the general vibe for what they're doing each season and I kind of got hit with the orange stick message they were delivering. So when I walked into H&M and I came face to face with a bright orange jumper, in fact that nice bright orange jumper up there, I had to try it on (by the way, it's true to size). It's a wool, alpaca mix and though I know everyone is tiring of jumpers and the suchlike, this doesn't actually feel too wintery. It's quite light and feels nice and cheery and to be honest, right now, we need nice and cheery.


Friday/Saturday Five (4 of 5) Not La Superbe
Sezane L.A.Superbe Sweatshirt sold out.

I coveted the Sezane/Madewell collaboration a few years back when they did the La Superbe sweatshirts but they were only available in the US at the time so I kind of let that one pass me by painfully. Then I spotted that Sezane were doing them again but this time in pink - a lovely soft pink. I ordered at one minute past ten on the Sunday morning that they were released at 10am. I am nothing if not dedicated. It came and I opened the box and I did all the heart eyes and then I put it on and I thought "Not that La Superbe!" Hmmm. So I went and ordered the other one I'd held off ordering as I knew I needed to get the pink one out of my system first (every year, you can go through all my old posts in January and you will know I get a "pink twitch"). So now I'm French Toast and not La Superbe. 

Friday/Saturday Five (5 of 5) I award the cleanest changing rooms to ....

Look how clean the mirrors are!

Primark. Err, Primark kids changing rooms to be more precise. In the womens changing rooms, I do think the curtains could sometimes do with a wash because how does lipstick and foundation get on them like they do? Do people kiss and make out with the curtains or something. Weirdos. However, if you go in to the kids changing rooms - they're pristine because I basically think kids don't try things on unless forced to kicking and screaming (just mine eh?). I was directed in to them as I was trying on some mens jeans and the kids and the mens changing rooms are placed together. I asked the assistant if I needed to go downstairs to use the ladies changing rooms and after pondering, she directed me in to the kids changing rooms. And when I went in, I was struck by how clean they were so credit where it's due. And I was trying on mens jeans  as I was buying them for my eldest son - we're roughly the same size currently and if they fit me, they fit him. Told you kids don't like trying things on. 

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Last Note :

  • I never normally ask the hubs for an opinion on clothes but I just needed to be sure about the sweatshirts and he actually smiled when I tried on the French Toast one whereas he said the pink one was lost on me and a bit meh. And for once, I agree.
  • Sorry I keep touting the Gap Girlfriend jeans in all my outfit combos at the moment, its just that I have a new found love for them currently. I now have three pairs.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Quick OOTD : 05/02/19 Happy Chinese New Year



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Gap Girlfriend Jeans (outlet purchase but current equivalent)
Primark Plaid Scarf (in store)

I know it's Chinese New Year and I'm supposed to wear red. I have a bit of red in my scarf. Sorted.

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I thought it might or might not be useful to tell you more about the pieces I pick and wear. It's probably quite boring but there's probably some weird people out there like me who like to know these things.

The & Other Stories jumper, I bought myself for Christmas from the hubs. I went in store, tried it on, liked it, paid for it and wrapped it up and labelled it from the hubs. It might not seem a very exciting present but I wanted to choose something I was certain of and had a use for and all importantly wouldn't return! I'm wearing a size small and it's a nice slouchy style and you can't tell on the pic but it's actually a rollneck and it's the perfect jumper to go over those bias cut skirts when you need a bit of bum coverage.

The Gap Girlfriend jeans - this pair are my neater fitting pair. If you're in an Gap outlet buying these jeans, you do have the choice of waist sizes, 27, 28, 29 and so forth. Online, you get sizes 8, 10 and 12 and so on which means you don't get the inbetween sizes. I've got the jeans in a size 27 and 28 so when I say I've gone down a size - I've only gone down half a size. Size 28 is the equivalent to a UK10 I find in Gap.

The Office Armour Boots - I bought these last year and declared these were the ones after trying and returning a gazillion pairs. I really only started wearing them this year and I did think I'd made a mistake buying black boots again despite not really getting on with them but I think it was a matter of finding the right jeans to wear with them The Gap jeans work fine with the boots after I hemmed them to the right length. How did I hem them and keep their original hems? See my post from a few years back here

And I spotted a few nice bits which have appeared online recently which would all work together well with what I already have. Love it when new stuff comes in! I'd have that pink coat in a jiffy if I had any chance of carrying it off. #titch 



Friday, 1 February 2019

Friday Five : 1st February 2019

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Well hello. Here we are again. To be honest, I can't believe I'm here again either. Can I keep up this blogging lark? Who knows?

Friday Five (1of 5) Ooh La La

Primark Sandals (in store currently)

I popped in to Primark this week and bought some gold shoes. I technically have no need for gold shoes as I don't have a social life which requires gold shoes anymore but I wanted them because they are a perfect dupe for these ....

The Real Deal - Rouje Lina Sandals

Those French girls get me every time! And at £12 they are not to be sniffed at seeing as the Rouje ones are 189 euros (I don't know where the euro key is on my keyboard😜). They do only come in a wide fit and I ended up sizing down to a size UK3 instead of my usual 4. Not great for girls with skinny feet but hey, you girls with skinny feet get to wear other types of pretty shoes don't you?

Friday Five (2 of 5) Bargains Galore


I love the end of January because that is when the best bargains are to be had. In the last week or so, I have bought a £1 scarf, a £15 parka, a £5 washed cotton single bedset. and a Zara coat for £20 down from £80. Today I spotted that Uniqlo have just reduced their cashmere to £39. I did order myself a v neck in a size XL which sounds really big for me but I ordered a black crew neck in a medium before Christmas and it wasn't generous. Fingers crossed and we'll see. 

Friday Five (3 of 5) Enough

One of many.

I had a really good sort out the other day of my clothes and shoes and at the end of it, I had a huge pile of clothes that I still liked. And a huge pile of clothes that I no longer needed, fitted in to or was just not in to anymore. But it was good to reacquaint myself with what I've got and what I've realised is I've got a lot of pretty white tops. Please shoot me if you catch me buying another pretty white top.

Friday Five (4 of 5) Cardi


I came across that pic on IG and saved it. I just loved the colours and how simple it all is. And then this week, I came across a really gorgeous cardigan in Marks & Spencers which stopped me in my tracks. It's from the Autograph section so not the cheapest but it really is lovely. Currently mulling it over, currently mulling it over because I want to look like her up there. And the rest of the outfit, we probably all have something similar to make up the outfit but I do hear good things about those M&S Per Una jeans (which are supposed to be mega flattering) if jeans are not your best friend at the moment.  Speaking of which ....

Friday Five (5 of 5) There's Always Tomorrow .....

#ilovejeans

I'm sure I'm not alone in this but I have to say - most of my jeans don't like me at the moment. They don't make me feel good and much as I love a buffet dress - dresses don't do it for me in the winter. I don't want to buy any more jeans - I just want to fit back nicely in to the ones I have and like. It's not too much to ask but something's got to give and it just so happens that it's not my jeans. But February is a new month and therefore a new start. And once Chinese New Year is out of the way and the various birthday celebrations of a few friends is out of the way, I'm good to get on board with my sensible eating. Come to think of it, maybe I should start in March ... 

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Last Note :

  • Stay safe and stay warm this weekend!