Thursday, 29 November 2012

Rusty...

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Sometimes it feels like I have been blogging for years, days become weeks and sometimes inspiration is sadly lacking. As a blogger, there are hundreds of photos stored on a hard-drive, just waiting to be made into posts, some don't make the cut, due to a bad angle or less than flattering pose and others probably should  have been consigned to the recycling bin on your desktop. It is interesting how blogs offer a slice of your everyday life up for perusal and yet we insist on everything being 'just so' rather than showing what you actually wear or do on a daily basis. This outfit is one of those that I wore on an ordinary day at work and although it isn't particularly fashion forward, I really like it. It is funny how our wardrobe reflects how we see ourselves and actually sometimes, what you wear doesn't have to be 'an outfit', it can just be a nice dress... 

I guess what I am trying to say is that recently I have been more introverted and my clothes choices are reflecting that ;)

Dress: Gap (via Matilda), blazer: Clothing at Tesco, necklace: Topshop, shoes: c/o Spartoo
This dress came from the wardrobe of my friend Matilda and the length and colours meant that it was love at first sight. I  think I suit Autumnal colours and I love all the different colours in the pattern and the gorgeous scalloped layers of the skirt.


I even managed to match my lipstick! I am wearing the Max Factor lipstain in the corally orange shade which adds a lovely bright colour to lips, topped with my beloved Ballistic lippie!


Rather boringly I went for grey accessories and the length of this blazer was lovely with the knee-length of the dress. This Topshop necklace was also a nice lengthening device, something I am always keen to do with my (rather stumpy) frame!

Owl-bert the door stop is looking pretty sad at the moment!
I love these heels and I am wearing them with yet another Autumnal outfit here! They really are the perfect height to wear all day and the grippy sole meant that I didn't fall flat on my face- perfect for when you are trying to stay incognito!  

How long have you been blogging? What do you do to stay inspired?

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Victoriana...

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Another day, another lace dress- I already have several lace dresses (including one in white and one in cream) but when I saw this beauty from Monki, I fell in love. I love the high neckline and the longer sleeves are perfect for the colder weather too, especially when paired with my trusty leather jacket...

Dress: Monki, leather jacket: New Look, belt: Miss Selfridge, glitter ankle boots: Primark
The collar felt very Victorian but I am sure they would be scandalised by the amount of leg I have on show here! ;) I was going to pair it with black opaques but I think the bare leg is needed to add some contrast to the demure cut, what do you think?


  The lace is a gorgeous off-white colour too, I think it is much less harsh a colour than a dazzling white and much more flattering for pale skin tones... Again the sizing on this is a little strange, there is a lot of material in the body but the neck buttons up very tight at the back and I think it would have been claustrophobic if I went down a size- I suppose it leaves me plenty of room for a big dinner now! ;)


My lovely black glittery ankle boots- definitely one of my best buys from Primark!


Outtake of the day: me doing my best Kate Bush impression. She may look a little deranged in the video for 'Wuthering Heights' but her dress is fab- definitely a worthy début! I remember listening to this song when I was younger and throwing myself around the living room, not much has changed!

IT'S ME, OH CATHY...



Do you 'dance' to Kate Bush? How would you 'de-frump' this dress?

Sunday, 25 November 2012

The perfect cosy Sunday outfit?

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As you may have heard, the weather and flooding has been absolutely terrible the past week and living in Tewkesbury has meant that we are a hub of the bad weather. The thing is, when it is cold and grey outside, all you want to do is cosy up under the duvet in your PJs but this outfit is a suitable, (people friendly) alternative...

Jumper: Monki, bodycon skirt: H&M, tights: Sainsburys, top (not seen):  Dorothy Perkins
 As you know, I am a BIG fan of Monki, I have slowly been adding more and more of their clothes to my wardrobe and I have not been disappointed. I love the range of clothes and I think the prices are very reasonable and I tell everyone  I know, they are definitely a brand that deserves more attention!


This Sarita sweater is possibly my favourite thing that I have bought from them though; it is ridiculously cosy, I love the colour (burgundy is my favourite at the moment!!) and the cute print is just a bonus...  Word of advice though, I got this in a small,when normally I would have to have the large. It is massively oversized as you can see and I would have drowned in a larger size (not something that ever usually happens to me!)


Apologies for the close up of my face but it gives a slightly better look at the heart print and the lovely Ballistic lipstick that has been my go to recently, along with my new foundation: Max Factor Face Finity All Day Flawless 3 in 1 foundation- a ridiculous name but a fantastic foundation. I love nearly all Max Factor foundations and the fact that they are pale enough for my ghostly face too (I wear Light Ivory for reference!)


Mini hearts knitted into the jumper are just the perfect finishing touch- definitely my favourite jumper (sorry fisherman's knit!)

What do you wear on a cosy Sunday? Any brands you rave about?

Friday, 23 November 2012

1 party dress, 3 ways (PICTURE HEAVY)...

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When the lovely folks at Voucher Codes got in touch to ask me to style one dress, three ways (to prove that you don't have to spend a fortune on all of those Christmas party outfits), I leapt at the chance. This year will be the first time I haven't been living at home and as Mark and I will be spending our first Christmas together in addition to one with each of our families, I need a hard-working dress! I chose this red lace beauty from Miss Selfridge, I love a red party dress - much more interesting than an LBD and perfectly festive too. 

Look # 1: A classic Christmas party look - perfect for meeting up with friends and dancing your socks Christmas stockings off...
Dress: Miss Selfridge (c/o Voucher Codes), belt: Miss Selfridge (c/o Voucher Codes), nude fishnets: Accessorize,  shoes: Bertie
 When I saw this gorgeous bejewelled belt from Miss Selfridge, my inner magpie was more than happy; there is nothing I love more than a bit of bling! I do think £28 is a bit extortionate, however, but maybe a craftier blogger than I could do a D.I.Y?! 

I love the delicate lace, definitely the best way to work some sheer pieces into your wardrobe!
 One thing I didn't realise when I ordered it was that the dress had a 'dippy hem'. I really cannot see the point of these but luckily the front of the dress was long enough for me not to get too annoyed about it and before long I was swooshing around in all the extra material. I think the clunkiness of the shoes also helped to balance the floaty hem too. What do you think? 


The sheer back is lovely and I love how pale my skin looks next to the red. Winter is the one time of year where I don't look abnormally pale, as everyone else is a little bit more ghostly ;)


Look # 2: An evening in the pub - understated yet still festive (just add antlers)...

Dress: Miss Selfridge (as above), belt: vintage, shoes: ASOS, clutch bag: Topshop, nude fishnets: Accessorize
 Ever since I started blogging, many moons ago, I have wanted to do an outfit (head to toe) in one colour and although I am missing some red tights, this is pretty darn close! These red satin shoes always make me feel like a ballerina and are jazzy enough to look like you have made an effort, so you can feel nice and smug whilst everyone else is wincing in their heels. 



A vintage belt and the cutest clutch bag known to man add the finishing touches! 


Look # 3: The work Christmas do - from desk to dinner...

Dress: Miss Selfridge (as above),  tights: M&S, shoes: Primark, clutch bag: c/o Accessories Direct
 With a natty little cardigan (yes I am 85 years old!) I think this would be perfect for work, especially if (like me) your party starts in the afternoon rather than the evening. If in doubt just add black tights and some simple court shoes, amirite?!


A giant bow clutch bag always helps me to feel 'party ready' (what a hideous phrase!) Who needs statement jewellery when you have a dress this nice?!


A slightly closer look at the lovely sweetheart neckline and my make-up: a simple smoky eye with a scarlet pout works for any occasion in my opinion!

How would you style this dress? Have you got your Christmas outfits planned?
P.S. Many thanks to Voucher Codes for their generous offer, I hope I have given you some inspiration for your festive frock!

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

How to wear shorts for work...

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For me, shorts are one of life's under-appreciated treasures. They are way more practical than a skirt but much more fun than a pair of trousers and finding a pair that were work appropriate has been on my mental shopping list for a long time now.  This navy pair were from my beloved NW3 by Hobbs and the length is perfect although I wish they sat higher on the waist as they just fall down on me. For work, I paired them with a plain blouse and simple accessories for a professional but relaxed look but I think these will also look awesome with my chunky knit tights and a jumper or two...

Sheer blouse: New Look, shorts: NW3 by Hobbs, camisole: M&S, belt: New Look, shoes: Clarks c/o Spartoo
Apologies for the badly lit photos too, leaving the house at 6 am in the winter definitely has its disadvantages!  I only realised recently, just how many sheer blouses I have and I am trying to wear them as much as possible, the sleeve length makes them more seasonally appropriate and yet they are light enough that I don't boil with the central heating at work. This camisole/slip from M&S is a real lifesaver, it is a half decent length unlike many that come underneath dresses (I'm looking at you Topshop!)


New level of matchy matchy on the lipstick and nails front too. I have far too many lipsticks that have been lying unworn for too long so I am rediscovering old favourites from my make-up bag. This shade is Ballistic (136) from good old Rimmel. I love a classic red lip and this is a really great every day colour. 


My favourite nude fishnet tights (Accessorize are one of the few places on the high street to do decent  nude fishnets) and my lovely leopard print loafers added a much needed injection of print and I love how the leopard print looks against the cream. 


A dainty little initial necklace from the Urban Outfitters sale a while ago which I absolutely love but rarely wear. I find daintier jewellery tends to get overshadowed by the chunkier necklaces I own which is a shame as it too nice to be hidden away! 


How would you style these shorts? Any ideas on how to ease myself back into wearing lipstick again?

Sunday, 18 November 2012

The best peanut butter cookie recipe...

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When I was younger I had a real sweet tooth and liked nothing more than baking (and eating!) sweet cakes and treats although I usually prefer something more savoury these salty peanut butter cookies are the perfect mix of sweet and salty.  This recipe is a slightly adapted version of one from my beloved Cookiepedia- Americans sure know their cookies!


First, measure out 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, 1/2 cup light brown sugar and 1/2 cup of normal white sugar.


Cream the butter and the sugars in a bowl until it looks light and fluffy. Add one egg and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract and keep mixing until it is all combined.


Measure out 1 cup of peanut butter. I used crunchy peanut butter but it will work with the creamy one, too - whatever you prefer!


Add the peanut butter to the mixture until it is combined. I also added chocolate chips, because why not?! 


Measure out 1 and 1/4 cups of plain flour and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. 


Sift half of the flour and baking soda with a bit of salt into the peanut butter mixture. When it has started to combine, add the other half. 


When the mixture is ready, use a tablespoon to divide out the dough onto a baking tray. Make sure the tray is lightly greased or lined with parchment. I only served up about half the mixture and froze the rest for another time - even I don't have that many baking trays! 


Press down with a fork on each of the dough balls to create the cookie shape and add a cross-hatch pattern. Bake in the oven at 190°C for 10 minutes (check on them after 8 minutes). 


Leave them to cool on wire racks for as long as you can and then gobble a few down! These tasted best fresh out of the oven as they were slightly chewy but I managed to make them last a week and they were equally nice later in the week. 


Enjoy!

Thursday, 15 November 2012

A vintage coat and brand new boots....

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Recently as it has got colder, I have found myself reaching for my beloved skinny jeans and I have been trying to find different coats to pair them with so that people don't realise that I am essentially wearing the same outfit ;) This coat was my vintage bargain buy from when Danni and I went to Vintage at Goodwood with Aussie and it has never really had much airtime on here despite me wearing it a lot. I love the fuchsia pink colour and the fact it is 100% wool definitely helps!

Coat:  vintage, top: NW3 at Hobbs, jeans: Kristens from Topshop, shoes: Betty London ankle boots c/o Spartoo, bag: vintage
This little beauty is the latest addition to my (ever growing) owl collection and was a wonderful birthday gift from my friend Matilda as part of an owl themed birthday present- isn't he gorgeous?! I just love his little pearl body and the length of the necklace is perfect...


Once again though, my love is reserved for my shoes. Since I bought these black ankle boots, I have been wearing them with everything. They are like the more wearable version of these and ridiculously comfy, I didn't even have to break them in...

That is a look of true love my friends. Sorry Mark, Bertope and I are now an item...
I think it might be love! They have the perfect size heel to give me a bit of a lift (avoiding the dreaded stumpy leg syndrome) and the black suede is gorgeous. Considering these have barely left my feet for a month and have been subjected to water, mud, grass and slippery leaves, it is also incredibly hard wearing. Definitely considering buying a back up pair of these...


P.S. This post was done in collaboration with Spartoo

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