Tuesday, 19 August 2014

White out...

I'm not sure why I look quite so cheery in these pictures but it makes a refreshing change- usually I tend to  look bleary-eyed rather than chirpy! This outfit is a more casual version of this one and I have been wearing it a lot recently. The top was a recent impulse purchase in the Matalan sale and it looks equally good with high-waisted skirts as it does with skinny jeans- always a winner in my book! I love the jazzy print at the top too, it makes even the most simple outfit look more pulled together. The one problem is that it creases ridiculously quickly, I had ironed it not more than 10 minutes before these photos were taken but you wouldn't know it from all the creases. It's a good job I'm looking pretty relaxed about it huh?! Matalan have really impressed me recently, I could spend a fortune in my local store and I'm sure I certainly will come payday...

Top: Matalan, jeans:Gap, shoes: Matalan, cheesy grin: model's own
The best part about a simple outfit like this is that you can go completely overboard on the accessories! This bright yellow bag is the perfect way to add some sunshine and paired with my new favourite lipstick (Mac Lady Bug) I was hot to trot... 

I know I have been raving about these skinny jeans but they are just so darned good! The cuffed hems were slightly annoying but they do mean that I can show off my snazzy shoes nicely ;) These sandals are the best thing I have bought in a long time and seem to match everything in my (ever-growing) wardrobe, I will definitely be buying a spare pair for when these wear out...

Which brands have impressed you recently?

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Sausage casserole slow cooker recipe...

I have to admit, although I always hear rave reviews about slow cookers (Mrs Thrifty is always sharing the slow cooker love), I don't use ours as often as I would like but I am always on the lookout for new recipes. In theory I should be all over the 'throw it all in and let it bubble away' method of cooking but I have always been a bit paranoid of leaving it all day (despite it being perfectly safe) so I only tend to use ours when one of us is around. This sausage casserole recipe came about (no jokes please!) due to a long day working from home and it was absolutely delicious! The best bit is, this would taste equally delicious with vegetarian sausages or even without any meat whatsoever... This takes between 6 and 8 hours to cook so make sure it is on by 10.00 if you want to eat at 6.00 pm! 

Sunday, 10 August 2014

What I wore for hen-do hijinks...

Last weekend it was my best friends's hen do and I was very excited! I had never been to one before and needed a pretty dress to see me through the day time activities. I was really having trouble tracking one down but the lovely Life Wardrobe directed me to ASDA where I found the most perfect dress, which also had an extra 20% off- winner! Apologies for the slightly grey photos too, they were hastily taken in the rain but luckily the weather did cheer up in the end. I love the floral print and the fact that it is sleeveless makes it ideal for any kind of spring or summer activities. I didn't realise that this entire outfit was from ASDA until I started writing this post- clearly I have a bit of a thing for supermarket bargains! The hen itself was a lot of fun and I was keen to get stuck into the party games (luckily my team won the treasure hunt- YES!) My friends and I found this website very useful for the more inappropriate gifts, well worth a look if you are heading to a stag or hen do any time soon!

Dress: George at ASDA, shoes: George at ASDA
 I think this photo shows off just how excited I was, look at that cheesy grin! I treated myself to a couple of Mac lipsticks from Debenhams on World Lipstick Day when they had £5 off and I am loving them so far. This is Lady Bug and is a really nice day time red  for pale skin which I have been wearing a lot recently- you will definitely be seeing more of this one on the blog! I wasn't sure what to do with my hair here as it desperately needed cutting but I found this fake plait from Primark when I was packing which jazzed it up nicely. You would never know it was fake, the colour matches perfectly!

Essie 'Aperitif' is the perfect red nail varnish and has further cemented my love for the brand. I was tempted by Fishnet Stockings but actually the lighter red is a bit more wearable! I don't tend to wear any bracelets other than my MedicAlert but this delicate heart bangle from ASOS caught my eye when I was looking for presents for the hen (ahem) and it is so pretty! I am looking weirdly tanned in these photos which is most unlike me, I am normally pasty pale and interesting so this is a nice change, long may it last... 

Have you been to many hen- dos? What did you wear?

Thursday, 7 August 2014

How I styled a white shirt...

It's funny looking back over nearly 5 years of outfit posts, my style has changed so much since I first started blogging- I'm still undecided about whether its for the better but I have definitely been favouring a more pared back look of late, maybe I'm finally growing up? When T M Lewin challenged me to style up one of their white shirts, I jumped at the chance. I loved this shirt and although I had a few ideas for how to wear it, I figured it would work best with my favourite jeans and my jazziest pair of shoes. You may have noticed the slightly different backdrop in these pictures too! As you know we moved at the beginning of the month (I can't believe we have been here that long!) and I have been trying a few different places and so far this is my favourite- what do you think? 

Shirt:c/o T M Lewin, jeans: Gap, shoes: Clarks via Spartoo
Although T M Lewin shirts are designed to be work shirts, I decided to wear this for brunch and coffee at the weekend with Mark so I undid the pussybow and rolled up the sleeves for a more casual look which I actually prefer. Although I like the sleek look, I always end up looking slightly dishevelled so I decided to embrace it, rather than fight my natural tendencies! ;) Amazingly I managed not to spill anything down my top and it is still a pristine white- maybe I am a responsible adult after all?! This shirt has a lovely pattern on it but it is so subtle that it didn't show up in any of the photos- you will have to look at the website to see how pretty it is!

I have heard lots of people rave about Gap's jeans and I picked this pair up last time they were having a sale. I really love the fit and they are super comfy, unfortunately they are just far too long on my legs. Luckily a turn up manages to solve this problem and show off my shoes too, win-win situation!

How would you style a white shirt?
P.S. T M Lewin sent me this shirt but if I didn't love it, I wouldn't blog about it!

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Green and gold...

I have raved about French Connection several times over on this corner of the internet and this dress was from my recent splurge in their sale (P.S. it is still on sale here!). I really love the geometric print and the retro shape is oh so flattering! Until I was seduced by skater dresses, I was a massive fan of tea dresses and this may have rekindled my love affair with them. I was going to go more retro with the styling but I thought a sharp bob would look better than my usual curls and it made it feel a bit more work-y too. I may have a relaxed dress code but I do like to dress up every now and again! I thought I had managed to share all of my outfit posts from the old flat but this one managed to slip through the net and even though I have worn it since I didn't manage to take any more pictures!

Dress: French Connection, belt: Miss Selfridge, shoes: New Look
Just look how jazzy that print is! This gorgeous green 'Aqua Marine' Max Factor nail varnish is my absolute favourite at the moment and is way more interesting than my usual pink and coral shades. I am counting down the days to Autumn so this is giving me a fix until the weather cools down...

I must admit, I didn't realise just how short this skirt was until I wore it all day, luckily I had my little lacy shorts on underneath as otherwise I would be very self conscious otherwise! I love these gold wedges, I planned to throw them out in the great wardrobe clear-out when we moved but they survived another day! The pale gold colour is super flattering and the wedge is comfy enough to wear all day, they may just be the perfect summer shoes!

Any ideas where I can get my hands on some tea dresses?

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Coral stripes and summer sandals...

You know that you have bought a good dress when you can't stop thinking about it and are getting excited to wear it when you get back off holiday! I found this dress in the Gap sale the day before I went away and although I was seriously tempted to take it with me, I resisted as I knew it would be perfect for work. The best part though was the price! I ended up paying about £14 for it as the sale price had an extra 10% off. A super cute dress AND with extra money off? I was sold! You can see from these pictures just how swooshy it is. I love a full skirted dress and felt like a million dollars in this one!

Dress: Gap, shoes: Dorothy Perkins
I didn't take my glasses on holiday with me so the last few weeks have been pretty weird as I have to get used to seeing life through a lens again. I am getting a little bit bored with my current frames so might get some new ones, any recommendations?

I have complained before about dressing for work in summer but this dress may have solved all of my workwear problems! The length makes it comfortable to wear and the higher neckline means that you don't feel too exposed. There's nothing worse than wearing something that you thought was long enough and then having to pull it down all day! I have raved about these sandals before but I think they are the perfect summer sandals for both work and play - I just need to find a pair in every other colour now!

Where should I go for my new frames? Any tips on how to dress for work in the summer?

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Hot pink maxi dress...

Believe it or not, when I was on holiday a few weeks ago, I managed to fit my clothes for an entire week into hand luggage. For someone who is  physically incapable of planning ahead, this was quite an achievement! The main thing I packed was maxi dresses, they are perfect for wafting around in and can be easily dressed up or down- perfect for lightweight packing! A quick look at my Instagram feed shows off my love for them (I have been living in them this summer!) and so when the lovely people at House of Fraser offered to send me this Grecian beauty to review, I was thrilled. I absolutely love the hot pink colour and it is super slinky, making it perfect for evenings out or for long lazy summer barbecues. My family and I had a party for my uncle's birthday last weekend and this dress was the perfect outfit for scoffing my face with burgers and the most delicious cake in, you can't beat a bit of eating room! I like the fact that it has a cheeky leg slit too, being covered up has never looked better! The dress does come with a metallic belt but I wanted to match my sandals so I swapped it for my trusty leopard print one instead...

Dress: Oasis c/o House of Fraser, belt: New Look, sandals: Betty London via Spartoo
I love it when I have a lipstick that perfectly matches my outfit! Thank you Tesco 'Seduction'! ;) I really love the little cut outs on the neckline of this dress too, it is jazzy enough that you wouldn't even need to pack a necklace if you took it on holiday with you!

I have raved time and time again about these sandals, they are perfect for wearing to work and they make me feel like I could be one of those immaculate minimalist women on the pages of the fashion magazines even if I am more sloppy than sleek! I felt super confident in this outfit and will definitely be recreating it some time soon, maybe even for my friend's hen do this weekend!

Can you pack light? What are your summer essentials? 

P.S. House of Fraser sent me this dress to review but if I didn't love it, I wouldn't blog about it! 

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Bohemian inspired...

I never thought that there would come a time when you would find me happily prancing around in a smock dress but apparently that day has come! I found this beauty in the French Connection sale a while ago and I loved it. Realistically it's the opposite of everything that would be flattering on me but that tinge of rebellion makes the smock shape and panniers even more appealing!  The first time I wore this dress, I was craving some sunshine but the novelty has well and truly worn off now and I am craving some cooler weather (don't hate me sun lovers!) Inevitably when I am faced with a looser shape, I try and belt it but I resisted and I actually love this look. Slightly out of my comfort zone but very bohemian feeling. I really like how my hair looked here too, every day when I wake up, I thank my lucky stars that I chopped my hair off!

Dress: French Connection, shoes: Dorothy Perkins, necklace: gift from Accessorize 
It is so annoying when you notice something in a photo that you can't go back and fix it; my wonky sleeve is now immortalised on the internet forever! You can see the gorgeous embroidery and mesh panels (less scary than it sounds!) here too. It's this kind of detail that elevates it beyond a lot of my cheaper clothes. French Connection always have the prettiest dresses!

These tan Dorothy Perkins sandals are possibly the comfiest heels of all time, I have had them since uni and they always get pulled out when I am looking for a little boost in my step. The heels are low enough for day time but high enough to balance out all of the volume in my skirt from those panniers - milkmaid chic here I come!

What unlikely looks have you rocked recently?

Saturday, 26 July 2014

A visit to Durrell Wildlife Park, Jersey... (PICTURE HEAVY)

I have never really been a fan of zoos, the animals inevitably live in cramped conditions and look miserable but Durrell Wildlife Conservation Park is another breed entirely. The whole thing is a conservation centre and the animals have so much room to roam around in and they get it as close to their natural habitat as possible. Some of the monkeys didn't even have enclosures, they were just up in a certain patch of trees! I had visited the park before but it was the year the fifth Harry Potter book came out so it had been a while! Mark, my brother and I went and happily spent the morning wandering around and looking at the animals. All of them are endangered species and the Trust are working hard to ensure that they don't become extinct, like the dodo. I loved how you could wander around the park and go from seeing bears one minute, to gorillas (my favourites!) the next.

The Andean bears were the first things that we saw and they were surprisingly small. Their faces reminded me of a monkey's but no one else could see it, am I going mad?!

There were quite a few aviaries and you would enter through a door and then the birds were flying around inside. It took a bit of getting used to as I don't really like things that fly but they were truly beautiful and so brightly coloured!

It was quite difficult to take a picture but apparently this shiny looking bird (imagine a pigeon, but with peacock colours!) is the closest living relative to the dodo which is very cool.

The reptile house was absolutely boiling so we didn't spend too long in there but I found them fascinating. They had tiny (very poisonous) blue frogs...


Brightly coloured snakes...

There were also Komodo dragons, lizards and iguanas, all of which were incredible cool.

These giant Galapagos tortoises were so funny, they had real personalities and I was absolutely transfixed. They were kept inside their enclosure by these picket fences and the one kept trying to get out as he had spotted a delicious looking snack outside, juuust further than he could reach and he was trying everything to get hold of it, including turning himself on one side to try and get out! 

The meerkats were really cool and I loved being able to go into their enclosure via this little bubble!


Sitting on the statue of Jambo....

I really loved the gorillas, they were definitely my favourite things to see, they are just so human. Isn't the little one cute?! We even managed to bring one back with us! ;)

Our camera unfortunately died as we got to the orangutans so we didn't get many pictures but I loved these three; mother, baby and grumpy teenager! It turns out that the 'grumpy teenager' is Gina, who is actually 51 years old!

Dress:Monki, hat: Accessorize, shoes: Nanette Lepore x Keds, bag: Fiorelli c/o Spartoo

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Return to Jersey... (PICTURE HEAVY!)

Jersey is a place that holds a lot of memories for me as it's the place we went for our summer holidays from when I was 2 right up until I was 18. We all went back this year for one final family holiday- there was really nowhere else that we could go! and I had the most lovely week relaxing and getting away from it all. I was having too much fun to take proper photos but here's a selection of my favourites from our trip... 

We stayed at Les Ormes over in St Peter's and there was plenty of room for the 9 of us to stay without spending too much time crowded into one room. I really loved the colour scheme too, I want those turquoise lamps for our new flat! ;)

Behind our villa was a golf course and we walked down one evening, isn't that a lovely view?

I started the holiday as I meant to go on with a hefty portion of Jersey ice-cream but I can never decide whether I prefer black cherry or mint choc chip but here I got the best of both worlds!

Although I have visited Jersey too many times to count, we have only ever stayed ion the other side of the island so it was nice to explore some new places. Grève de Lecq is probably the nicest beach on the north coast and we briefly visited after our trip to the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Park (more to come on that soon!) I love the Martello towers in Jersey and this one is particularly cool thanks to its paint job!

We went to the Moulin de Lecq for lunch and it was absolutely divine. Mark had freshly caught moules and I had a stuffed field mushroom with sauteed spinach, white wine and cheese sauce....

Dress: H&M, camisole: Tesco, cardigan: Tesco, hat: Accessorize, shoes: Nanette Lepore for Keds

You can see how ridiculously sunny it was from this picture but isn't that view just glorious?!

On Thursday we decided to head to Gorey to make the most of the weather as it was a balmy 28 degrees. Mont Orgueil is well worth a visit  if you are visiting but as we have visited before we just stayed on the beach to swim, sunbathe and read instead...

Thank you all for your lovely comments on my bikini photo last week, I never thought I would be sharing a picture of me in my swimwear online (oooer) but I felt really confident that day and thought why the hell not! 

You can't take a trip to Gorey without visiting Enwhistles, they make the best fish & chips in the world. My mouth is watering at the thought of this, that's how good they are! 

It was my brother's birthday on Friday so we went to Pizza Express at St Brelade's Bay which is right on the beach. I cannot recommend a better view for chowing down your doughballs and pizza! 

Top: Miss Selfridge via charity shop, camisole: Primark, shorts: Boutique by Jaeger, shoes: Marks & Spencers
Despite wearing Factor 30 sun cream, I managed to get sunburnt on Thursday so my outfit called for loose shorts and a floaty blouse. Mark snapped this posey pic after we had eaten our dinner, hence why I look so pleased with myself! 

Saturday marked the end of the holiday and although I was sad to leave, there's nothing better than coming home at the end of a holiday- especially when it's to a nice new flat! 

Where did you spend your family holidays growing up? 


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