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Friday, 12 May 2017

Friday Five : 12 May 2017



Friday Five (1 of 5) Mango Dress


Topshop sandals (old but similar bargain pair here)


I mentioned this dress in last week's Friday Five and said I'd give an update after I hooked up with the DHL man. I like it but I'm still wondering how much wear I will get out of something like this. I have a poor track record with dresses unless they're casual shirt dresses. I also know I should stay away from off the shoulder numbers as I know they annoy me but strangely enough, this one seems to stay in place. This is because the elastic across the top is quite loose (not sure if it is just the dress I had). Infact I had to pinch a couple of inches out with a couple of pins to stop it hanging a little too low but the alteration is quite simple. But once pinned in place, it's good. The length isn't bad for a shorty like me and the print is dark and hides dirt well. Yes I did say it hides dirt well. What elevates the dress? That little gingham belt tie which gives it the 2017 lift. Not in to gingham? A little tan woven belt is good too.


Friday Five : (2 of 5) Putting The Phone Down


Put the phone down Sue!


A couple of years ago I was a more conscientious IG poster and I also went through liking the majority of the pics I saw as it felt polite (curry rarely photographs well) and it was zapping all the fun and time out of IG for me. So I took a step back and decided to put the phone down and go off and do things like normal life stuff - cooking, cleaning, ironing and keeping the kids alive. And these days, I sometimes choose not to post so I don't find myself glued to the phone checking for updates and getting caught up in things which I really didn't need to. Admit it, it's very easy to lose yourself on IG. One minute it's 1.30pm, next thing it's school pick up time and you've done nada. Or rather, you've seen three pairs of shoes on someone's IG feed and you're hell bent on tracking them down and won't rest till you've found and maybe ordered them. Whoops. So sorry if I don't always respond straightaway - I try to limit my IG abuse to certain times of the day.


Friday Five (3 of 5) Rice Cakes


Lidl Rice Cakes


I took the wrong exit off the motorway today and found myself going past a Lidl. So I swung in to see what delights they had and I pounced on the rice cakes. Why? Because within a pack, the rice cakes are individually packed in smaller packs which make them less likely to go stale. I sometimes buy the Kallo ones and apart from the very real struggle of trying to get a rice cake out intact, they usually went stale by the time you made it half way down the pack which meant it got binned. So I bought the Lidl rice cakes (nice with almond butter and honey). Aldi used to do them too but now they seem to only do the chocolate covered ones. 


Friday Five (4 of 5) New Look Floral Top




I spotted the above top whilst surfing the other night. A white top with pretty embroidery and broderie details and frill sleeves. What more could you ask for?


Friday Five (5 of 5) Nice Bag



That bag stopped me in my tracks the other day. I had to get on my tip toes to reach it to get it down to have a proper nosey. The colour is described as blush and it's a fab pinky nude. It comes with a separate purse inside and at £24 I did a double take at the tag. I'm currently thinking about it ... a lot.

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Last Note :

  • Number 4 on the list this week came as a result of seeing Bean's feed.





Thursday, 11 May 2017

Floral





I fell in love with that blouse up there. Infact I fell in love with the whole look and vibe. Oh to be seventeen again and looking so sweet and nonchalant and effortlessly cool. It's a French brand of course. Soeur.Fr

But I was too lazy to order it and deal with the overseas postage and it's not the cheapest little chemise on the block and I know with me, it's all in the thrill of the chase. So I did a bit of looking around and came up with ....




That will do nicely thank you! The other thing I know about me is that the cheaper the item, the more wear I get out of it as I'm not so precious. And I can see this becoming one of those throw it on numbers which does the work for you. You look like you've made an effort even if you haven't. I rather dislike clothes which are hard work, a tug down here, a hoick up there. You know what I mean. Anyway, it is 100% cotton with a cute little frill neck detail. I like that it's a button up which means I can wear the collar open which is how I prefer to wear my shirts and blouses - kind of relaxed. Oh yes and as it wasn't the most expensive shirt on the block, there are a few factors to consider - it's not the finest or thickest cotton and there were a couple of untidy threads around the button holes which I quickly sorted out. The embroidery doesn't also extend round the back but I figured that what I can't see, I won't worry about. If you're happy with that - go for it. It's cute and easy to throw on. And one last thing ... I sized up as the arms were a little snug. Big sigh.



Sandals (old but similar here)
M&S Bag (old but nice alternative here)





Friday, 5 May 2017

Friday Five : 05 May 2017



Bet you thought I wasn't going to do one this week. So did I but here we are again.



Friday Five (1 of 5) Wanderlust



I saw this a while back and couldn't find it but it looks like it's online now. I like it.


Friday Five (2 of 5) Tees


Topshop Bonjour Boys Tee (sold out online - still available in store)


I'm currently obsessed with slogan tees or anything with a design on. I have a few in my possession but that doesn't mean I will keep them all. I just like to see which works best and with what. Some fit better than others, some are made nicer and some I'm not sure go with anything in my wardrobe. But that's the joy of returns policies! That one up there is one I'm testing out to see if it goes with anything other than jeans. It does.


Friday Five (3 of 5) Fidget Spinners


Identical one found here.


"Mummy, mummy, can I have a Fidget Spinner please?"
"What?"
"A Fidget Spinner"
"Err let me look in to this".

That was Tuesday afternoon. So I did look in to them and so did the husband and then he noticed something. That they all seemed to be from Hong Kong. "Isn't that where your sister is currently?" he asked. So I WhatsApped a pic across to my sis and she WhatsApped me back a pic of a batch of Fidget spinners that she had already bought. Even better still, she was back in the UK on Thursday. Love her. Oh yes ... that metal one up there - spins beautifully. Wonderful action!!!


Friday Five (4 of 5) Dress



I had to order this to try. I missed the DHL man today. I'll report back next week.


Friday Five (5 of 5) AWOL Bin


Me wondering where my bin went.
Just joking but I wasn't really going to take a pic of my wheelie bin.


The big wheelie bins get put out on a Tuesday every fortnight. This week when I got back home, only one of the two bins had been returned. One had gone AWOL. So I waited till the evening to see what bins were still left after everyone had taken theirs back in. Mine was still AWOL. Till it turned up the next morning looking a bit newer and cleaner. I was delighted to see it but I was just about to ring the council and chew someone's ear about my bin so it would have been nice if they'd just popped a note through the door to let me know what was happening instead of letting me get all het up about missing bins. Just saying.


Have a good weekend all!



Friday, 28 April 2017

Friday Five : 28 Apr 2017



Friday, Friday, Friday. Comes round so fast doesn't it? Or not fast enough for many.


Friday Five (1 of 5) Shoessss



Zara Blouse (old)
Gaimo Espadrilles (old but similar here)


I dragged out my old Gaimo bronze espadrilles after seeing Jess Soothill wearing her pair. They are infact quite a good in-between shoe when you want to look a little bit more summer without going the whole hog (the toe reveal). And I had two school mums asking me today if I'd been anywhere nice today. I think it was the shoes. They never ask me when I wear my trainers. True dat.


Friday Five (2 of 5) Khaki Wide Leg Pants




Well it started with the Gap Khaki wide leg crops which came and went as fast as it took for them to  be delivered and for me to try them on. Hilarious. Then I tried the Next wide leg crops (above picture) which were okay'ish but I'm not convinced about them on me and they have the most annoying tie belt thing ever which is impossible to tie well. Then I went to COS and fell in love with these which were not wide legged at all but I loved the mensy slouchy feel about them but they were too slack round the waist and the crotch kept falling down and the size down was too tight. Then I went for the Next wide leg khaki jean crop things as a last resort. Which were as hilarious as the first Gap ones. So .... the current situation is no khaki wide leg pants situation unless anyone out there is aware of any I've not tried yet and wish to add another pair for me to stress over. Or I could just move on.


Friday Five (3 of 5) Shoessss Again



You know those yellow shoes in the last post? Well I did say I'd tried them on and I even managed to walk in them which quite surprised me. And then I also spotted the off white colour version too. Which colour say you?


Friday Five (4 of 5) Uniqlo Love In (1)


Uniqlo Jumpsuit (straight out of the packet)


Along with my little trench, I ordered two jumpsuits from Uniqlo. One a more traditional style and the other, a culotte style one. I love the culotte one. However, I've got my sensible head on .... will I get the wear out of it and besides which it's sleeveless and I don't like showing my arms off. Oh yes, I'm wearing a size small here and the length on the leg is a lot longer on me than on the website model but I think I can get away with this. It has good reviews and I have a feeling it works on tall girls and small. I feel all sort of minimalist and Zen'ish in this like I should be drinking green tea in tiny little cups. Still don't like showing my arms though.


Friday Five (5 of 5) Garment Steamer


Left side - after using the steamer.


I did an IG story using my little handheld garment steamer to get the creases out of my new mac.  I had quite a few enquiries about it so I thought I'd tell you a little more. Mine was from Hong Kong and is about 7-8 years old. I also had one of those rather industrial looking ones  (from Argos) which have a separate tank for the water and take up far too much room but I never used it as it was too faffy to set up and clean out. I much prefer my little handheld one and all I know is you fill the tank, let it warm up and press that button to get the steam going. And I remember from somewhere saying that you should steam upwards rather than down. I can't remember why but that's what I do. I tend to use them for jackets and coats which are awkward to iron and stops the shiny marks you sometimes get when using a iron going over bumpy bits like linings. Well seeing as how you can't get one like mine exactly, I did spot that there was this one on Amazon for around a tenner which has got good reviews for anyone who is interested in trying one.


Happy Bank Holiday Weekend everyone!



Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Trench



H&M Shirt (old but similar here)
Swedish Hasbeens (old but current version here)


I gave my old cotton Gap trench to a friend. It was an XS and in my heart of hearts, I knew that I should have picked up the size S when I had a chance. There were two left in the shop and I thought I'd have a think and I went to get my hair done, came back and there was only the XS left. I nabbed it pronto and left the shop. And I have worn it but really, just an extra inch breathing and jumper room would have been nice. So I was ruthless and passed it on. 

Which left a trench gap in the wardrobe. Until I spotted a rather plain little number on Uniqlo at a very modest price. I added it to an order I was making and hoped it was okay. And in all honesty, it was fine but not exactly setting my heart a pitter patter and it was a bit long and I was feeling a bit lazy about altering it so I packed it up neatly and put it back in the bag. A day or so later, I saw one of my favourite Instagram ladies wearing a Uniqlo mac and being nosey I asked about it and was told, it had been shortened. I unwrapped my mac, pinned it up and thought, I can work with this and I can shorten it. So I did. Result. Thank you Mandajrt.

Anyway, I know trench coats are having a little bit of a moment right now, so I've put a little compilation of how I'd like to wear one.






1. Topshop Bonjour Boys Tee
It's cute. And it's in a lovely soft cotton. And I've got this. As Baby Bear would say, "It's not too big, it's not too small, it's just right!"

2. M&S Straight Leg Jeans
I bought these a little while back and they sold out in the colour that I'm wearing. I got them in a size 10 originally but found them pretty loose and went back for an 8 and they are a bit of a squeeze but I'm in them just about! They are also 100% cotton so there's no lycra but if you want something to hold you in a bit - these are the jeans for you. I've since been back in store and tried another pair of size 10's and they are not quite as roomy as the first pair I tried on, so errm I've picked those up as I love them that much and now I have a pair for thin days and a pair for fat days. They are like a Levi jean for girls who don't get on with a Levi fit (me).

3. Uniqlo Trench
Simple clean lines in this trench. I like looking at the APC and Margaret Howell websites to reaffirm why I buy plain simple things and they often have similar styled trench coats. It's quite a light number so perfect as a little throw on for these late spring days and cool summer ones.

4. Next Bronze Clog Sandal
I like a cloggy sandal. And these look like a good cloggy sandal and in a bronze colour way for a bit of extra oomph. But if you like them in a more traditional finish, they do them in a tan leather too. The great thing about these kind of sandals is the little platform at the front but which aren't too chunky so you get the height and extra cushioning without the pain. And the price is so much kinder on the purse than traditional Hasbeens.

5. Hobbs Trench
I love everything about this khaki olive coloured trench. It probably won't fit me but if it did, I would seriously consider it as I'd love a khaki trench and this one looks beautifully made. Infact come to think of it, I want a navy trench as well as a black one and a khaki one.

6. M&S Leather Angular Heel Sandal
These are happy shoes. I tried them on in store and I had a couple of ladies cooing over them whilst I was messing around trying to take a picture. They are surprisingly walkable in as they are a block heel albeit an "angular" one  and they go well with the Mango tee coming up. They also come in off white, I loved them both!

7. Mango Femme Tee
If you can go to the effort of ordering and waiting oodles of weeks for a Sezane tee, do. If you didn't fit the Topshop version which I hear is well huge, then maybe this Mango one might fill the gap. It's more of a traditional stiffer cotton rather than the soft worn in styles. But the yellow and black detailing is spot on and oh so current.

8. H&M Slim Regular Jeans
I still wear dark grey/black jeans in the summer. And they still go with a lot of what I already have - even the summer stuff. Black is always in.



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Last Note :

  • Can I bend your ear? I love it when online shopping sites have a place for reviews and Uniqlo does that. So I was reading their reviews on some of their trench coats and came across one where someone had returned a trench because the sleeves was one inch too long. One inch too long!!!! Get over it! Get them altered!!!! You could have the most amazing item there but for that one inch which you (or your seamstress) can actually do something about. Get the necessary alteration done. There is no amazing all singing all dancing item which fits all, it's not just possible. We are all different heights, shapes and sizes and there are even variations within these sizes. Just do yourself a favour and get the garment altered. It will make all the difference. I promise.
  • And items which get returned just because they are a bit crumpled. Iron them or steam them. Maybe I've studied too many fabrics but some items I know that as soon as they've encountered a bit of steam, I know they  will come out okay and even more interestingly, they don't crease half as badly upon wearing as you would imagine. I usually press or steam out the creases and then do a crumple test back on the garment. You'll get an idea of how well it will wear.
  • I'm a titch - I don't expect everything to fit me. If you're a giant, you'll have the same problems. If you're in between - jammy bovine.
  • I'll shut up now.


Sunday, 16 April 2017

Parallel Lines




H&M Stripe Shirt


For anyone who follows me on IG and had a peek at my Stories the Saturday before last, I featured this H&M stripy shirt and said it was good. It's even better this week as there's an extra £5 off it now. 

I love a shirt in the summer and usually default to my blue ones but I fancied something a little different. Something a little more interesting but something still quite me. Unlike the Next top a couple of posts back, this shirt is not something I had to mull over. I like the certainty of some items where you know it's a keeper from the off. I have arm coverage and I have tummy coverage and it gives good slouch. I did size up to a 12 just to make sure. Now just so you know, it's polyester but I'm okay with that - it gives good drape on a shirt like this and ..... it doesn't crease.

I've got lots that go with shirt in the wardrobe but if you're looking for ideas ......



I didn't get on the with the insta famous Gap version much as I wanted them. These ones are next on my list to try. And they have pockets.

Got to have a bit of wrist candy of some sort if you don't wear much neck candy. I like the masculine lines of this one.

Come on, they're cute aren't they? Wonder how big they are in real life?

It's not a bad little shirt. I picked through all the ones in store to check the stitching of course.

Ring handle bag. I always was a bit behind the times but I like them now. I can't afford the Simon Miller one but the Mango one is a good alternative.

Strangely drawn to these. I like a tassel on my sandals and I like this little hit of red - just elevates it a bit.

Straw bags are all the rage. Just saying. And I know there's a lot of ladies out there who are fond of a pompom or two.

In the basket. In the basket. Love.

A little subtler than the the H&M one but I quite like the boxy shape of this. It's silk too for those who can't stomach the polyester.

They're classic but not too skinny. Not suck you in skinny which you don't want when it's blazing hot out there.

Just spotted this gold one. I have something similar from Other Stories in silver but I'd love a gold one as you know, you have days when you're all over the silver jewellery and other days when you're a bit of a golden girl.

To give you that little bit of je ne sais quoi.



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Last Note :
  • Parallel Lines. Fantastic album. By the high priestess Blondie.



Friday, 14 April 2017

Friday Five : 14 Apr 2017



I've been really slack haven't I? I've missed two Friday Fives but I have been a little busy and I haven't had a lot to witter on about. But I'm back!


Friday Five (1 of 5) Bag Lady 1





I jumped on the round straw bag bandwagon with this Zara one. Things like the extra shoulder strap earned it extra bonus points.


Friday Five (2 of 5) Bag Tricks





I went out for lunch with my family the other day and my sister was worried about my tote bag resting on the seat behind me incase anyone came past and took it without me knowing. So I rested it by my feet but she wasn't happy with that either. And then she produced an S hook from her bag (like you do) and hooked it on to the table we were at for me to hang my bag on. It did the trick!


Friday Five (3 of 5) Bag Lady 2




Primark Tote (in store)


Bit of a bag theme running through the Friday Five this week. I kept seeing pics popping up on my IG feed of a black stripy straw shopper from Primark which looked pretty good. However when in store, I went for this Shibori tie dye effect one instead. I even stuffed my purchases in and carried it out of the store. It's perfect for summer hols and shopping returns and it even has some useful compartments inside!


Friday Five (4 of 5) The Flick Factor.


Those ads get on my wick.
They affect the magazine flick.
Oh lordy I'm now a poet
 And I really didn't know it.


I know that advertising is a biggie in the magazine world (I counted 80 pages before I found something to read the other day) but they really do hinder the flick factor of a mag. I have to tear out all the perfume and beauty sample pages so that I can happily flick through my mag to see which bit I want to peruse without coming across one of those thick card bits which suddenly make you skip about twenty pages in a go. Call me a grumpy cow but I've been doing this for years now. It's not going to change now.


Friday Five (5 of 5) Happy Easter


What I did last year.
Worked a treat.


I have two boys. One is older and generally quicker off the mark with most things than the other. That includes grabbing the majority of the Easter eggs which have been carefully planted/plonked around the garden for that wonderful Easter Egg hunt thing that goes on each year. I kind of cottoned on that if we put out twenty eggs in the garden, the eldest would come back with 15 and the smaller would come back with 5. And then there would be a lot of huffing. So now, I put a sticky label on with their initial on before the eggs get hidden. The boys are issued with the instructions that if they come across an egg that does not have their initial on it, they must leave it where it was found. Do remember to tell them how many they each need to find or they could be at it for hours. Actually, that's not a bad thing - forget to tell them how many and just stand and laugh.




Have a good Easter everyone!