Thursday, 23 October 2014

What I wore to an Autumn wedding...

Last weekend, Mark and I hopped into the car to head up to Chester to see one of my closest friends get married. I first met Ian on my internship four years ago and we have been friends ever since. I had never been to Chester before, despite my Grandad being a huge fan (it is where he went to college) and although we didn't get to see much time in the city itself, we will definitely be making a return visit. We stayed at a Travelodge the night before so we had plenty of time to get ready and these photos were taken in the car park- just be glad we managed to keep the Little Chef out of shot! The wedding itself was lovely and the reception was at Highfield Hall, a beautiful manor house in North Wales. Weddings can be tricky things to dress for and I wanted something a little different to the dresses that I wore to my cousin's and my best friend's wedding so I dug out my trusty 'prom dress' instead. I felt really comfortable in this dress and I think that shows in the pictures. There's nothing better than an outfit that make you feel like you can take on the world and this is certainly mine!

Dress: Tesco, bag: ASOS, shoes:Clarks, fascinator: Umberto Giannini via Boots
I finally managed to get my haircut the evening before the wedding and the blow dry lasted overnight. This is my top tip for good hair at a wedding, I certainly couldn't make it look this good myself, especially as you know that there will be plenty of photos being taken throughout the day. Vain, moi?! As we are now definitely in Autumn, I paired some liquid eyeliner with this awesome orange lipstick (a mixture of the orange Max Factor lipstain and the Revlon Just Bitten lipstain in Rendezvous). I always cry at weddings so I tend not to wear any eyeliner or mascara on my lower lashes so I can blub away without ruining my make-up- there's nothing worse than smeary panda eyes! I picked up this jazzy barette in my local Boots store where it was reduced to 50p rather than £8 and it was perfect as it didn't overwhelm my short hair but was still fun.

I bought this clutch bag in a moment of minor panic last week but I couldn't have been more thrilled when it arrived. The colour is ace, it matches my shoes perfectly and best of all, it is absolutely massive! It also makes me feel pretty cool so it definitely gets bonus points for that! Orange is one of my favourite colours and it made this dress seem more Autumn appropriate...

I couldn't write this post without giving a shoutout to these wonderful shoes. They are so comfy and the colour makes them super fun to wear. I just wish Clarks did them in ever colour!


Sunday, 19 October 2014

Stripey Seasalt...

It should come as no surprise that I am obsessed with this Seasalt dress, it is super cosy, comfy and fun too, what more could you ask for in a dress?! I bought it back in their summer sale but it is a cotton knit so it was far too warm. I have been willing the weather to get cooler ever since then so I could wear it so I was jumping for joy when we finally hit Autumn. We have been so busy recently and have barely had any free time at the weekends so my outfits have been completely lazy more pared back recently and I have a new-found appreciation for cosy knits and leggings. It is my birthday in just over a week and I cannot wait, I have a full four days of fun planned but I have the feeling that I will be needing something cosy to curl up in next week!

Dress: Seasalt, leggings: Tesco, shoes: Clarks
These photos were taken just before I had my haircut and I couldn't believe how long it had got. My hairdresser is convinced that I am completely abnormal as she has never known anyone to have hair like it! I have been loving fresh, barely-there make-up recently and Benefit's Thrrrob blush and Max Factor's Xperience Sheer Gloss Balm in Pink Opal are my go to products for that fresh-faced glow.

I love the neon accents on this dress, they are so fun and make it much more unusual. I just wish these shoes were in stock in my size, wouldn't they be the perfect match?

What are your fresh-faced essentials?

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Copper and burgundy...

I know it's a total blogger cliché but I love this time of year. The horrible heat of summer is gone (can you tell I'm not a fan?!) and I love that I can wear cute jumpers and Autumnal tones again. I spotted this jumper when I was doing my shopping in Sainsbury's a couple weeks ago and promptly placed into into my basket; there was no way I was leaving without this baby! Unfortunately I am having to take my photos early in the morning before I leave so the light is a bit weird in them all :( any tips for evening the light out? It's such a shame as I loved this outfit, especially the dark lipstick. It is another supermarket bargain- who knew Tesco had so many gorgeous lip shades?

Jumper: Sainsbury's, skirt: Miss Selfridge, shoes: George at ASDA
Aren't these little guys just the cutest?! I love their little faces and the burgundy makes the whole look much sleeker. Not bad considering I am basically wearing a cartoon jumper! I got lots of compliments on this outfit and no-one could believe that it was from Sainsbury's. I am a massive fan of supermarket clothing and all of them have come on leaps and bounds in recent years. It's not often that I can leave them empty-handed, put it that way! ;)

If you are a long-time reader, you may remember this coppery midi skirt which I bought back in 2011 (!) as it has popped up a few times on the blog over the years. I just can't believe how different I look here and here, it's amazing what a difference a few years can make to your style!

Any tips for taking blog photos in the winter?

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Cajun barbeque pulled beef brisket recipe...


Pulled meat has been having a bit of a moment recently but it has taken till now for me to jump onto the bandwagon. I have been trying to use our slow cooker more recently and when I saw this beef brisket joint reduced in Tesco, I was super keen to try Sarah's slow cooker pulled pork recipe and it was absolutely delicious! Apologies to any vegetarians, this is a meat filled post!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Pretty in pink...

It's inevitable when you have been blogging for as long as I have, that certain pieces pop up time and time again and I have loved this bright pink blazer and zebra printed scarf combination ever since I first picked it up in 2012. Bright colours are definitely my favourite thing to wear and despite pink being a bit of a divisive colour, I can't resist it! I decided to wear my new favourite jeans and the faded grey was the perfect colour to tone down the Barbie connotations, good job past Maria! These photos were taken a few weeks ago when we still had light in the mornings and I am already missing the early sunrises. Autumn is my favourite time of year (I don't even mind when it rains!) but I definitely don't enjoy the dark mornings... Won't someone think of the fashion bloggers?! ;) Mark reminded me that I had missed my 5 year blogging anniversary last week and although I am (clearly) rubbish at remembering dates, I just wanted to thank everyone who reads this little blog- you're all awesome! 

Jacket: H&M, top: Matalan, scarf: New Look, jeans:  Warehouse, shoes: Clarks, smug face: model's own
I'm not sure why I look quite so smug in these pictures but never mind! I have the tendency to look a little grey without sunlight so bright blusher (I am currently loving Natural Collection in 'Sweet Cheeks') and even brighter lipstick to cheer up my pallid looking skin. I love Revlon's Just Bitten Cherish stick and Mac's Impassioned but am keen to expand my bright pink lipstick collection- any suggestions are welcome! I have to pay special tribute to this scarf too, it is just such an unusual print and is perfect for snuggling into at work, especially if you rather be at home in bed!

Without the scarf though, I swear this looks like a completely different outfit! This Matalan top has been on constant rotation recently and despite turning pink in the great washing disaster of 2014 ™ , Mark's mum fixed it for me and it is now hanging back in my wardrobe. I almost cried with relief when she showed me the clothes that she had fixed, the woman is a genius!

What would you like to see on Frills 'n' Spills? Any recommendations for pink lipstick?

Friday, 3 October 2014

Broderie and blue...

It's been a while since I have worn this Whistles broderie anglaise dress on the blog but I actually wear it fairly often 'offline'. It's funny which outfits actually make it into photos and online. I guess if you are having fun, taking a picture of yourself is the last thing on your mind! This dress is easy to jazz up (just add heels and a snazzy blazer) but I actually prefer the dressed down look - I can't be dealing with dresses where I have to wear heels all the time! I actually think this outfit would be perfect for a summer wedding, if it wasn't white... maybe a summer party instead?! I have been utterly in love with Whistles recently, keep an eye out for some more of my sale bargains appearing soon (including a very special birthday dress...)

Dress: Whistles, shoes: Betty London c/o Spartoo, watch: c/o Joshua James Jewellery
I have been loving peachy make-up recently (nothing new there!) and the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer I got in my Glamour Beauty Box is my new favourite. It makes my skin feel velvety smooth and my make-up stays looking flawless - it's true love! ♥ I have also managed to master a hair routine that takes no time at all too, which is ace. Anything that gives me more sleep is a winner in my book! I recently renewed my Glamour subscription and my free gift was this Alterna Caviar CC Cream. I must admit that I was dubious when it arrived but I have been using a 20p sized blob on my hair before I towel dry it and have been pleasantly surprised by the results: frizz free waves with minimal effort. Hopefully I won't have to repurchase either of these products any time soon though, they are not cheap! 

I usually wear this dress with some fun coloured shoes (my pink flats and yellow sandals look particularly ace) so these blue flats were ideal. I just need to get some similar pairs in every other colour under the rainbow, they are just so darned comfy!


Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Fuss free dressing...

Now I know that a embroidered smock dress with panniers is hardly what most people would classify as 'fuss free dressing' but for me, this French Connection smock dress is super easy to wear, especially when paired with my beloved leather jacket! I would definitely count all of these pieces as building blocks for my 'capsule wardrobe', even if they would be completely out of place in someone elses! Unfortunately, after these pictures were taken, we had an incident with the washing machine. This dress (and many other favourites) is currently with Mark's mum who is trying to turn it back to cream, rather than the pink shade it came out of the wash as *sob* Apparently the washing machine may be plumbed in wrong so I am now paranoid about washing anything delicate in the machine :(

Jacket: New Look, dress: French Connection, shoes: Orla Kiely x Clarks
I'm not sure why, but I look really unsure in these pictures. I love this bright lipstick, it was another Tesco bargain and can brighten up even the dullest Autumn morning. This may be an unpopular opinion but I can't wait for the colder days, hopefully then my radiator-like temperatures won't be quite so ridiculous. Summer is pretty hellish when you are as warm as I am (I even overheated in my leather jacket when I wore this outfit!)

I told you I loved these shoes! They are just deliciously chunky and add the perfect amount of 'stomp' to any outfit. It's no mean feat to toughen up such a saccharine dress! My legs look super tanned in these pictures, which I love. My pasty pale legs make even natural looking tights look super brown on me which is no bad thing!

How do you do fuss-free dressing? Any tips on how to avoid washing disasters?

Saturday, 27 September 2014

How I wore my Orla Kiely x Clarks Dorothy shoes

It should come as no surprise that the Orla Kiely x Clarks range is a massive hit with bloggers, I mean who could resist the cute patent heels and dreamy leather boots? My love for Orla Kiely is well documented on this blog and although the shoes are still expensive, the shoes are much more affordable than the catwalk collection and I know I will get a lot of wear out of them. I ummed and aahed over which pair to get but practicality won out and this patent black Dorothy pair were soon winging their way towards me.  I had to size up half a size, as did Sarah so just something to bear in mind if you are investing in a pair. As soon as they arrived, I knew exactly what I wanted to wear with them- this H! by Henry Holland dress is one of my favourites and the polkadots are suitably fun. I didn't realise just how short it was though, I think I will be sticking to black tights with it in the future! We decided to take these photos by the river again as I wanted somewhere prettier than my usual spot and I think they really worked- thank goodness Mark is such a patient photographer!

Dress: H! by Henry Holland via eBay, belt: Primark, shoes: Orla Kiely x Clarks, watch: Radley c/o Joshua James Jewellery
This is the face of unmistakable glee- there's nothing better than when your outfit, hair and make-up conspire to work with you, rather than against you! I recently bought Max Factor's new Skin Luminizer foundation and I absolutely love it, it makes my face all bright and glowy, perfect for when I have had less sleep than normal!

No I haven't got strange marks on my legs, I just found a pair of polka dot tights when I was sorting through my clothes (you wouldn't believe how much I have managed to get rid of!) and thought they would go perfectly with this outfit, especially as they pick up the polkadots on the shoes!

And just look how pretty the soles are! I have worn the shoes a couple of times and the pattern is already starting to wear off so I can't imagine it will be long before it all goes :( I can attest to how comfy the heel height is too, I am awful at wearing heels all day but these are as comfy as flats so I couldn't be happier. Pretty and practical, what's not to like?!

Are you a fan of the Orla Kiely x Clarks shoes?

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Patterned trousers

Printed trousers can be tricky to pull off but luckily this black top can make even the loudest print more wearable. This is one of my favourite work outfits, it is fun but still pulled together. I am so glad that my office doesn't have a dress code because I dread to think how I would cope with having to wear a 'corporate uniform' of dark colours and no prints. I look pleased as punch in these photos, this was definitely a strutting kinda outfit! It took us so long to get some photos without rows of traffic in the back of them too, isn't the fading light causing me enough problems?! ;) #fashionbloggerwoes 

Cardigan: Gap c/o Matilda, top: Primark, trousers: Warehouse, shoes: Marks & Spencer
Originally I was going to wear this lime green jumper but the weather has been too warm to pull out my proper wintry knits so far :( This cardigan is perfect for this time of year, it is super thin and the colour is perfect for jazzing up any outfit. The fact it matches this gorgeous bright lipstick (Max Factor in Bewitching Coral FYI) is just a bonus! I recently bought the Glamour beauty box and the Laura Mercier foundation primer I got in it is beautiful- it makes my skin look and feel amazing! I just hope that I can eke out this tube for a while - it is pretty pricy...

These trousers were another Warehouse bargain (I  seriously love their stuff at the moment!) and they fit both my hips and waist - hurrah! Peg leg trousers seem to suit everyone and the print on these force the eye to skim over your lumps and bumps. What more could you ask for?! This Primark top was such a bargain buy and I love the slight peplum effect the double layer gives. Now to find a replacement before this one gives up the ghost...

Which outfits put a strut in your step?

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Daytrippin'.... (PICTURE HEAVY)...

It's been a while since our last visit but Mark and I paid another visit to Weston-Super-Mare this weekend with his parents to celebrate his mum's birthday. We used to go fairly regularly with Darby and Joan as it is the closest seaside to where we live but it has been 4 years (!) since our last day-trip there. Although the weather was grey and mizzly, it was nice just to get out of the house and breathe in some fresh air, things have been a bit manic recently! 

A drizzly view of the old town...

I love seeing all of the bird footprints on the sand before the tide washed them away- yes we even saw the sea (a very unusual occurrence at Weston!)

You can't go to the seaside without having fish and chips! These were from The Waterfront Fish Bar and are definitely the best chips in town :)

You know you're at the seaside when you see a mini train!

Mark seemed pretty keen to go on the rollercoaster and/or the wheel but I couldn't think of anything worse! I am not a fan of heights!

I loved the little signs dotted around the pier, I knew donkeys were cool but this is a whole new level!

I love this picture as it looks like I am riding on the donkey! They all looked quite sad, I wish I could afford to free them all... 

The most terrifying hot dog on the pier...

They also have a super cool sand sculpture festival on at the moment and Paddington Bear was standing guard outside!

Jumper: Seasalt, shorts:Boutique by Jaeger, shoes: Betty London c/o Spartoo
 You can't really wear anything but a stripy jumper and shorts at the beach. This jumper is pretty light but keeps the chill off when the weather is less than pleasant (a.k.a throughout the British summer!) My legs look ridiculously brown here but unfortunately that is just my tights rather than any semblance of a tan :(

My newest Brit Stitch satchel couldn't have been more fitting - there were certainly some stormy seas around yesterday! 

We also paid a quick visit to Burnham-on-Sea (about 20 minutes away from Weston) as my grandparents had recommended an ice-cream parlour to us as apparently it was somewhere that my great-grandma loved. Fortes have the best ice-cream around and it was the perfect ending to a lovely day. Apparently my grandad's cousin also married one of the Fortes family so I had to drop in! ;)

My knickerbocker glory was ace but utterly humongous, I ended up having to give half of it to Mark!

Where are your favourite day-trip spots?


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