Tuesday, 31 July 2012

"Look at you with your red shoes!"

Thank you Mr. Drunk Man, I hadn't noticed what I was wearing until you said! This dress is my favourite thing to wear at the moment, I picked it up for £1 (!) off our clothes rail at my work's summer BBQ and I couldn't be happier.   I have always wanted to try a clothes swap and this really worked as loads of people brought in clothes for me and my colleague Matilda, to sell and we managed to raise £20 for  our nominated charity (not bad considering everything was £1!)

Dress: Isabella Oliver (clothes swap), blazer: New Look, belt: vintage, shoes: Accessorize 
I love the length and monochrome stripes will always look good, I can't wait to layer it up this autumn. I was very grateful of the little sleeves on this too, perfect for covering my slightly sunburnt shoulders (courtesy of the aforementioned BBQ) and much more professional too...

This dress is pretty similar, and it's in the sale!
 A slightly better and less strobey look at the stripes, they made me feel very French, I felt like I should be carrying a string of onions around with me! Also wearing my current favourite combination of accessories...

A slight outtake but a better look at my make up and hair, I'm still loving this red lipstain, especially now the weather has gone gloomy again! 

Have you ever tried a clothes swap? What are your favourite accessories?

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Roasted peaches...

Now we finally have some hotter weather again, I felt it was time to share one of my favourite summer puddings: roasted peaches. I love peaches cooked on BBQs but these are a fab alternative which you can cook in the oven, indulgent and yet vaguely healthy because it contains fruit- that's my kind of pud!

Choose your peaches, I used 5 as they had gone slightly overripe- this recipes is a great way of using up slightly overripe fruit and you could use any soft stoned fruit for this, I particularly like plums like this too!

Chop your peaches in half and remove the stone, place in a baking tin with sides...

Pour over your wine of choice (I used rosé) with enough to pool in the pit where the stone was and for the peaches to sit in.

Sprinkle over with sugar (I wish I had some brown sugar because that would be lovely!) 

Cook in a preheated oven at 180°C for 12-15 minutes or until the fruit is caramelised and soft...

Serve with a massive bowl of Greek yoghurt and enjoy!

What puddings do you eat in the summer? Do you eat indulgent puddings?

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

If in doubt, wear a floral dress...

This dress is one of those items in my wardrobe that is routinely moved to the 'to sell' pile and yet I never quite manage it [and not just because I am lazy and can never be bothered to eBay stuff] It's not the most flattering dress I own but it is easy to wear and on those days where I feel like I have nothing to wear, I always end up pulling it out of the eBay box. This dress is like an old friend, comfortable and flattering, even with the minimum of effort...

Dress: Therapy from House of Fraser, cardigan: Matalan, belt: vintage, shoes: Accessorize
 Accessorized with red lips and natural make up...

Not a big fan of how 'crispy' my hair looks here, my Percy & Reed finishing polish has seemed a bit too heavy for the hotter weather, I think I need to go back to my Aussie conditioning milk....
...and my favourite vintage belt, I love the width of it, so many belts are either too fat or too skinny and the gold buckle appeals to my inner magpie...

Finished off with nude fishnets and patent red shoes- I love nude fishnets for adding a bit of texture and when I saw that Accessorize was selling them, it's safe to say that I stockpiled a few (!) pairs! They are perfect for making a comfy outfit a bit more interesting and I would definitely recommend these as comparable to these Jonathan Aston ones

Which clothes can you just not part with? How do you jazz up a 'comfy' outfit? 

Monday, 23 July 2012

Betty Draper inspired...

Can you tell I have been watching Mad Men again?! 2 Mad Men inspired outfits in the space of a week may just give it away! I panic bought this dress with a credit voucher before it expired [learn from my mistakes: DON'T LOSE YOUR RECEIPTS!] but actually I love it! It is similar to this dress from Topshop but much dressier...

Dress: Mela from New Look, belt: New look, shoes: ASDA, jacket: Principles, sunglasses:  Accessorize
 I did take some photos without my sunglasses on but the light was so bright that I was squinting horribly in each one. For a change though, I was glad it was sunny, two of my best friends came to stay and we spent the weekend just chilling out and catching up...perfection!

Sort of an outtake but it shows off the gorgeous pleated skirt...
I wasn't intending to wear much make-up (if any) with this outfit but I was paranoid about my nails not matching with anything else so I  whipped out my trusty lipstain to tie everything together. With the addition of some flicked liquid eyeliner, I was retro-ified and good to go! 

Hilarious pin-up style pose.... with a Ford KA, oh what glamourous lives bloggers lead! ;)

What has been inspiring you recently? Do you panic buy clothes?

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Bright white and neon pink ...

I love jersey dresses and they work equally well for work or play and this one has done both! I wore it when I went to Birmingham along with my Doc Martens and this was how I wore it for work. I love the neon pink trim and the length is perfect, long enough that you don't have to worry about not being able to sit on it (ahem Topshop!) On a side note, I have now been confirmed as a permanent member of the marketing team (YAY!) and I did managed to go twelve weeks without repeating an outfit, quite a feat, I'm sure you'll agree! 

Dress: Mango, blazer: ASOS, shoes:Hobbs, belt: from a H! by Henry Holland jumpsuit
Since I bought this blazer, I have worn it numerous times, it adds the perfect amount of colour, texture and pattern to an outfit and makes me feel like some sort of 80s powerhouse with those shoulders! 

I would like to meet whoever said that wearing white and/or makes you look more tanned because as these pictures show, IT'S JUST NOT TRUE! I think the white has merely highlighted just how ghostly I really am! I love wearing white but I think colour is needed to ensure that you don't look completely washed out so the neon band was perfect. Saying that, the only time I have worn neon was for a neon party at uni, I love bright colours but all out neon, not so much...

As ever, I went to new lengths with being matchy matchy, I was tempted by my pink blazer to wear with it but I felt a bit 'Legally Blonde' so I went for a slightly more understated option instead...

Which clothes do you wear for work and play? Would you wear white or neon?

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Miss Moneypenny...

I always used to feel like a bit of a cop out when I posted about what I wore to work but I figured I spend 5 days out of 7 at work and my blog is supposed to reflect my every day life so I'm afraid you have many more of these posts to come! (Sorry, not sorry) I have been wearing a lot of my sheer blouses for work recently and trying to make them a bit more office appropriate!

Dress: Next, blouse:Zara, necklace: Topshop, loafers: Office
One of my colleagues remarked that they thought I looked "a bit Miss Moneypenny" in this dress and I can see what she means. The wiggle shape definitely reminds of something that someone from Mad Men would have worn to their office in the 1960s...

I have had this blouse from Zara for a few years now but it has only been worn a handful of times due to the shape. It is almost tunic length, but the panel above the hem is gathered in such a way that the fit is downright bizarre and rather unflattering, when I attempt to wear it with slim trousers, so I tend to layer it with skirts and dresses instead. I probably shouldn't have bought it as it is not particularly flattering and yet the colour and print made me throw caution to the wind.

Wearing 'Percolated Pink' by Max Factor and a much loved ring which I found in the bottom of my handbag.

Would you wear 'unflattering' clothes just because you liked them? Can you make sheer blouses office appropriate?

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Floral Doc Martens...

I never thought this day would come, I am now the very proud owner of a pair of Dr. Martens! Admittedly these are floral and look more like a pair of brogues but they are still massively out of my comfort zone. When I wear things that scare me slightly, I pair them with old favourites, things that I know and love and so a colourful skirt and my trusty white top were pulled out of the wardrobe. 

Top: Warehouse via charity shop, skirt: New Look, necklace: New Look, shoes: Dr Martens c/o Spartoo
 Coral is definitely one of those colours that completely lifts your mood, I wear it all year round but it looks best with a bit of sunshine and this Max Factor lipstain is the perfect shade of coral, perfect for disguising a complete lack of sleep too!

Another chunky necklace to add to my collection, the colours are really bright in real life and the rope style chain adds a more interesting detail...


I completely blame Claire and Kate for these glorious shoes, I admired them both in their Docs and they persuaded me to try these out and boy am I glad I did! I was nervous when they arrived as I had heard all kinds of horror stories about how difficult they are to break in but actually, so far, I have had no trouble *fingers crossed* 

I bought them as I was looking for some ankle boots to wear in this less than lovely weather but everything I was looking at seemed so wintry and I'm not ready for that just yet! I love the floral print on these and the rubber sole makes them perfect for splashing through puddles [yes I am actually 5 years old!]

Although they are something completely different, I loved wearing these shoes, I felt much more confident and I felt like a bit of a rebel (well as rebellious as you can be in white floral shoes!) when I was wearing them. Lucky (!) that it is such miserable weather at the moment as I will have plenty of chances to wear them!

Do you own a pair of Docs? What shoes make you feel confident?
P.S. This post was done in collaboration with Spartoo

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Bakewell tart...

I am a big fan of the BBC Food website and when I saw this recipe featured last week, I knew what I was making this weekend! I have to say, I used shop bought pastry (boo hiss!) as I find it impossible to make [blame my warm hands!] but I bet it would taste even better if you made your own...

First things first, roll out the pastry on a cool, floured surface. Whilst you are doing this, preheat the oven to180C/Gas Mark 4 and grease and flour a loose-bottomed tart tin, if you have one. I don't have one of these, so I used a casserole dish. Once the pastry is in the dish, don't forget to prick the base with a fork. Put some baking paper in the base and cover with some baking beans (or some uncooked rice, or anything heavy and oven proof!)

 Leave the pastry in the oven for 15 minutes. Put 400g of ground almonds and 175g of caster sugar in a bowl and mix well. Beat 8 eggs with some almond essence (about half a teaspoon) in another bowl. Slowly add the eggs to the ground almond and sugar. Make sure it is well mixed.

Get the pastry out of the oven, remove the baking paper and let it cool. Turn the oven down to 165C/Gas Mark 2. Spread a generous layer of raspberry jam over the pastry base. 

Next, add the almond mixture on top of the jam.

When the pastry base is filled, sprinkle a load of flaked almonds on top.

 Pop it in the oven for 25-30 minutes, remove, wait patiently for it to cool and then enjoy!

P.S. We had some pastry left over, so we made this little apple and cinnamon turnover. Just chop up an apple, mix some brown sugar and cinnamon and cook in the oven...

Do you like Bakewell tart? Where do you get your recipes from?


Friday, 13 July 2012

Navy polkadots...

 I have had these trousers for quite a long time and they were another thing that I found when I was unpacking the last couple of boxes in our flat. This weird weather has required some strategic layering and these navy linen trousers are perfect for covering up but staying cool. 

Top: Miss Selfridge, cardigan: Mango, trousers: New Look, shoes: Office
As you can tell from my milky white arms, we haven't had much sunshine here although I seem to have developed a million new freckles! This top is a size 12 although it is so loose that it would fit a size 16 so I only ever wear it when I have something to tuck it into as otherwise I would look completely shapeless...

My trusty cardigan which I wear 95% of the summer as it is the only light coloured cardigan I own. I want some more neutral coloured cardigans but I haven't seen any I like, in the shops, any recommendations?

My 'tin foil' ring. This is a chunky textured ring which I love wearing as it is such a statement piece. The only problem, is that  it weighs a ton so I tend to get cross with it and take it off after a few hours....

Where do you buy your cardigans? Does chunky jewellery annoy you?


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