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!

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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.

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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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Friday, August 22, 2014

Review: Shoes by Kelly Scott London and 6 Foot Fashion


If in doubt, wear red shoes. That’s my motto right? So it stands to reason that I would have several pairs of red shoes in my closet and a couple of weeks ago I added another pair to my collection.

Kelly Scott of 6 Foot Fashion very kindly offered to send me a pair of shoes to review so I picked out this gorgeous red pair of heels. They are made from patent leather and have a very subtle sparkle to them when they catch the light.

Kelly Scott is 6’1” and started her site because she was tired of trying to find clothes and shoes to fit her properly. 6 Foot Fashion carries lines by designers from all over the world, as well as their own Kelly Scott line (from which my shoes come). If the quality of the shoes is anything to by, this line alone is well worth checking out. The shoes are well made from high quality leather and they look incredible.

The site carries all of your wardrobe requirements, from premium denim, to cashmere in tall size (where else can you find that in the UK?!) and some lovely dresses.

Shipping is free on orders over £100 although the standard delivery charge of £8 for smaller orders is quite steep. And Northern Ireland is in the UK so why it costs £15 to ship there I have no idea. They also offer international shipping.

Although the market for us tall ladies in the UK is growing, it is by no means widespread at present so any addition to it is a welcome one, and 6 Foot Fashion’s beautiful range of clothing and shoes is certainly very welcome.


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Outfit: Pure and Simple

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LTS navy dot flats


I managed to fall asleep again after my alarm went off this morning so I was very grateful that I had laid out a dress to wear today. Dress, shoes, necklace, done. Just how you want it when you’re short on time in the morning.

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I’ve worn something by Long Tall Sally every day this week so far. That either tells you that I love the pieces I own (true) or that LTS items form such a high percentage of my wardrobe that chances are when I pick something out it will be from that brand (also true).

Navy dress – Next Tall
Navy and white polka dot shoes – Long Tall Sally (gifted)
Silver necklace – New look (sale)
Silver hoops – gifted
Turquoise leopard print scarf – ASOS


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Outfit: The Return of Scarf Season

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It may only be August, but Scarf Season is here people. For me, scarf season can last anywhere between 8 and 10 months, sometimes even 12 if we have a particularly bad summer, so I guess I can’t really complain as I’ve been scarf-free since about the end of May. You know what else is here? Getting Dark Before 9pm Season. The nights are drawing in (a bit) and summer seems to have departed these fair British Isles at least for the time being. Don’t get me wrong – it’s not cold by any stretch of the imagination, it’s just quite a lot cooler than it has been and it seems to be raining a whole lot more too.

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I love me a good scarf though, and we’ve had an awesome run of summer weather this year so I’m not too sad. Plus there’s always a chance that we might get another burst of summer before September and autumn proper arrive.

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I was in casual clothes yesterday as I’ve been doing my first aid requalification course for a couple of days. This comes around every three years and as the training centre is not far from my house and the course doesn’t start until 9am, it means I get a lie in. So, yay!

Black top – Tall Girls (eBay)
Polka dot jeans – Long Tall Sally (eBay)
Leopard print shoes – George at Asda
Silver studs – Primark
Silver and diamante necklace – gifted
Leopard print scarf – H&M


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