Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Outfit: Back To School



Matalan Snakeskin

We usually take the last week in August off work, and this year was no exception. For some reason that means that going back to work at the start of September always has a real ‘back to school’ feeling for me, even after just a week off. It only happens this time of year too, not after any other holiday. It must just be something that’s ingrained into me in September after 15 years of actually going back to school (despite it being more years than I want to think about that I last went back to school/university).



So for my back to the routine outfit I picked out my denim shirt (got to keep that holiday vibe going with a bit of denim), my striped pants (because, apparently, Mondays are for stripes – according to Instagram anyway) and my orange blazer (because who doesn’t love a bright coloured jacket?).

Orange blazer – c/o TM Lewin
Denim shirt – H&M
Grey and cream stripe trousers – Forever 21
Silver and diamante necklace – gifted
Snakeskin shoes – Matalan (sale)

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

This Week...

My new favourite band are Ward Thomas. They are a British country act (yes, I know, I didn’t know that was a thing either) and they’re fabulous. They are twins Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas (hence the name) and Radio 2 are all over their current single Push For The Stride, which is how I heard of them. Born in 1994 (when I was doing my GCSEs – yes, I’m old) they are just 20 years old and are massive fans of the Dixie Chicks (as am I, which is what made me find out more about them when I heard them say that on Radio 2 last week). Here’s why I am fast becoming a fan of Ward Thomas:

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Outfit: Casual Holiday




Bank Blonde & Blonde Shiloh studded ankle boots

August finally broke me with its crappy weather and on Bank Holiday Monday it was so cold and wet and rainy that I was forced to break out a pair of boots. The following day didn’t look much more promising (although the sun later came out and it wasn’t so bad) that I followed suit with this pair of ankle boots.



I was just running errands in the morning and spent the afternoon baking chocolate chip chunk slab cookies and I think I finally have them perfected (the trick is butter people, not margarine, and actual chocolate bars cut up rather than just itty bitty chocolate chips). We have the whole of this week off work and despite the autumnal weather it’s still better to be off work than there.

Navy and cream stripe jacket – Next Tall
Navy top – Long Tall Sally (sale)
Jeans – Long Tall Sally
Beige suede boots – Blonde + Blonde (c/o Bank)
Silver necklace – New Look (sale)
Silver hoops – gifted
Scarf – New Look (sale)

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The British Tag

I always see some fun-looking tags on You Tube but as I don’t have a You Tube channel I never join in. However, there’s no reason I can’t pinch the tag and answer it on my blog, is there? So here goes then!

Tag questions:
1. How many cups of tea do you have a day and how many sugars?
I could chain-drink tea if I had the opportunity. Honestly. I will never say no to a cup of tea – don’t ask, just make me one. I know it’s probably not good for me, but I drink it black and fairly weak, so there’s no added calories and the caffeine content is probably fairly low. No sugars thank you.

2. Favourite part of your roast?
I do like a Sunday roast and I have been cooking them recently, albeit doing the meat in the slow cooker so I don’t have to think about timings. My favourite part is probably the roast potatoes – I do a healthy roast potato by using FryLite spray oil, and the apple sauce if we’re having gammon.

3. Favourite dunking biscuit?
I’m not a biscuit dunker. I can’t be doing with the crumbs in my tea. My favourite biscuit is a plain digestive. And if I am going to dunk anything in my tea it will be Twirl bar. Try it, it’s awesome.

4. Favourite quintessentially British past time?
It’s not something do regularly, but I do enjoy crown green bowling. Can you get anymore British than that?! We have a trip each summer with the church choir and I’m rubbish at it but it’s such good fun.

5. Favourite word?
Paraphernalia. (The spell check in Word just had to advise me how to spell that.)

6. Cockney rhyming slang?
Being from Yorkshire, Cockney rhyming slang is not really something I use. I would use Yorkshire words more often.

7. Favourite sweet?
White mice. I am obsessed with these at the moment.

8. What would your pub be called?
I guess it would have to be something with a footwear them so the Tan Boot perhaps?  Or the Red Shoe?

9. No.1 British person?
The Queen. For the James Bond stunt at the opening of the 2012 Olympics alone.

10. Favourite shop/restaurant?
My favourite shop is Long Tall Sally which has been catering to the needs of tall British women since 1976. My favourite restaurant is my local pub which does the best food.

11. What British song pops into your head?
I’m Your Man by Wham is in my head at present. I have no idea why!

12. Marmite
Eurgh. Not for me, thank you.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Outfit: Shoeper Challenge 2013/14 Save 85 | Distressed Jeans and Party Shoes!




This is my last shoe save meaning the 2013/14 Shoe Challenge is complete! This last pair of shoes is quite a dressy pair, but I love putting dressy shoes with jeans. I’m sure I must have worn these shoes around Christmastime but I didn’t get any photos and it doesn’t count as a save if you don’t get any photos. These were bought, practically brand new, from a charity shop for £4.99. That was around 6 years ago now. The glitter around the sides used to poke into my feet (probably why they ended up in a charity shop after just one wear) but I took to them with scissors and a nail file and now they’re pretty comfy for 3+ inch heels.




This outfit was inspired by Instagram on Thursday night when Jen from A Little Bird posted a picture of her distressed jeans paired with her sparkly wedding shoes. I loved it! I kept the rest of the outfit simple and put on a scarf (9°C outside at 7am anyone? Where did summer go?). My kind of casual Friday outfit.

Grey sweatshirt – Long Tall Sally (sale)
Jeans – H&M (gifted)
Bronze glitter shoes – New Look (charity shop)
Red beads – eBay
Silver hoops – gifted
Burgundy and black scarf – River Island (sale)

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Review: Boots from tReds

I was contacted last week by a company called tReds to review their footwear, in exchange for a free pair of shoes. Never one to turn down free shoes, I said yes please.

I have an abject fear of being without a pair of tan boots in the autumn/winter/spring/wet or cold summer – basically all year round, so I chose the Kaitlyn boots from tReds own brand to add a(nother) back up pair to my collection.

The boots have leather uppers and are currently in the sale for just £19.99, which I think is a real bargain. There are plenty of other bargains to be had in the sale section too, so go and check it out.

tReds started as a shoe store in Weymouth in 1996 and has gradually expanded along the south coast, moving north with a total of 33 stores today. Their furthest north store is Nottingham though, which would explain why I had never heard of them.

Their website is available all over though, and alongside their own brand shoes they stock big names such as Blowfish, Dr Marten, Hunter and Fitflop, to name just a few. They also stock a small range of clothing.

With prices as low as they are, and free UK delivery on all orders over £29.99, this is definitely a website to keep an eye on.

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

This Week...

I seem to be unable to pass an old fashioned sweet shop without buying a bag of white mice. I am obsessed with them. I mean, they’re not even real chocolate, just fake chocolate flavoured candy, but for some reason they’re really tasty. If I could find somewhere that sells them in bulk (other than Macro etc that you have to have a special card for) I would be really happy in real trouble as I suspect none of my jeans would fit me for very long! You would think my liking for them would be a throw back to my childhood but no, I didn’t even like them when I was younger. Give me a barley sugar any day back then (barley sugars were my grandma’s cure all remedy for anything: sore throat? Have a barley sugar. Can’t get to sleep? Suck on a barley sugar, it’ll help – and she always had a supply of them in her handbag). Not now though, now it’s white mice all the way.

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