Monday, January 16, 2017

Outfit: January 9th







It had been a while since I’d worn this little skirt so I pulled it out for the first working Monday of the year. I guess you can’t really complain when it’s the 9th of the month before you work a Monday. Yay for bank holidays! Polo necks with skirts or pants are pretty much my winter staple once Christmas has been and gone, so expect to see more of them in the coming weeks.

Sweater – New Look Tall
Skirt – Topshop Tall (sale)
Tights – Primark
Boots – Clarks (Debenhams sale)
Necklace – gifted

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Outfit: January 6th – Casual Friday







Another cosy, slouchy sweater and jeans for the first casual Friday of the year. I amped up the look a bit with my favourite OTK boots (though I wore my EMUs to walk to and from work as they’re flat and warm.

Following on from what I said in my previous post about oversized knits, I feel like the look translates better in real life than it does in photos. When you can see a sweater moving your body shape is accentuated more than when the knit is static in a photograph. Perhaps I shouldn’t photograph the outfits that feature oversized knits?

Sweater – New Look Tall
Jeans – Primark
Boots – Primark (gifted)
Necklace – George at ASDA
Bangle/cuff - M&S

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Outfit: January 5th – Another Sweater Dress






Another day, another sweater dress. I’ve said this many times before, but they’re just so easy. One big jumper, a pair of tights or leggings and you’re good to go.

The temperature was sub-zero this morning (and there was still ice in the work yard at dinnertime so it didn’t warm up much out of the sun) so I added a cardi. The trouble with baggy layers is that the can make you look bigger than you are. Case in point – this:


vs. this:


I almost put a belt over the cardigan this day, and looking at the photos made me wish I had but you live and learn. And I’m sure I was more comfortable without a belt.

Dress – New Look Tall (eBay)
Cardi – New Look Tall
Tights – Primark
Boots – Primark
Necklace – Scope
Scarf – H&M

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Throwback Thursday

What I wore January 12th 2016.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Outfit: January 4th – Sweater Dress and Cardi






With the chilly weather out came the sweater dress. This dress looks cosy but as it’s made of cotton it is not actually that warm, so is perfect for my office where a ‘real’ sweater dress would be too warm with layers over it. Fleece lined tights are my secret weapon this time of year, making skirts and dresses perfectly do-able in cold weather.

These earrings were my work Secret Santa gift – whoever bought these done good: they’re sterling silver and so pretty! Wearing my hair pinned back like this shows them off too, an unintentional consequence of it needing washing and looking a bit off when it was all down.

Dress – Bay Trading Co (sale)
Cardi – F+F at Tesco
Tights – Primark
Boots – Steve Madden (c/o Sarenza)
Heart necklace – Scope
Whitby Jet necklace – gifted
Earrings – gifted

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Outfit: January 3rd – Back To Reality









The first day back after Christmas dawned and I wasn’t sure how warm the office would be after a two week break so I layered on a cosy scarf, just in case. As it turned out the heating was cranked up and everything was toasty. If anything I was a little too warm (shh! I didn’t say that!) when I was walking to work and on my lunchtime jaunt. I smartened up my comfy legging-jeans-and-sweater look with my beloved OTK boots.

My hair was the previous day’s curls slept on, then I hit a few pieces with the waving wand to get rid of any straight bits.

One consequence of having a Fitbit is that I am now even more obsessed with my step count than I was before. Having managed a whopping 212 days in a row where I did over 10,000 steps (and that streak was only broken on Christmas day which was a) to be expected really, and b) only 400 or so steps short of the mark anyway) I am not about to let my count slide now, and having the exact total on my wrist at all times (as opposed to the series of lights showing the count in thirds that I had with my Mi band tracker) makes it easy to see just how much more I need to move at any given moment. I also have it set to give me hourly reminders from 9am to 10pm if I’ve done fewer than 250 steps in that hour. And then there’s added element of competition with the Fitbit app: with myself to keep my 7 day total over 100,000, and with various friends to do more steps than they do. And there’s nothing wrong with a bit of competition if you ask me – it’s great motivation if nothing else!

Sweater – New Look Tall (sale)
Jeans – Dorothy Perkins Tall
Boots – Primark (gifted)
Necklace – gifted
Scarf – eBay

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Monday, January 09, 2017

Straw Poll


So, corkscrew curls - yes or no?  Are they too juvenile for someone in her late thirties?  Let me know in the comments what you think!

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