Sunday, 23 October 2016

Hollow Harper..

Harper dress: Joanie Clothing 
It's been a bit of a funny week. A change of scene, which I wasn't really pleased about, ended up giving me a bit of time to reflect on some things which were bothering me, so in actual fact was probably very useful. I got a bit emotional and wrote an epic blog post draft which I doubt I'll ever post. And I was more productive than I've been for a while in terms of actually getting some stuff I'd been putting off for ages done. And felt a couple of massive weights lifted from my shoulders, for various reasons. I feel a lot more "me" again. That can only be a good thing. 

Penguin Bag, Tights: F+F 
So, sticking with a focus on the positives, I'm excited about an evening out for dinner and the theatre, giving me an opportunity to wear this lovely new dress from Joanie Clothing. I'm absolutely fangirling over their site, lately - and they keep dropping more and more fabulous stuff on there. The Harper dress arrived last week and I knew I wouldn't be able to wait long until I wore it.

Blazer: H+M // Necklace: Karen Mabon
Teamed with these velvet sandals and a pair of patterned tights, I opted for a plain black blazer to match this cutesy penguin bag. The dress seems such fabulous quality - a lovely, thick satin feel to it, very reminiscent of the recent Kate Spade offerings, and the skirt is nice and full due to it's pleats - no need for a petticoat here. I'm sometimes a little wary of wrap fronts, as I don't have much of a bust, but there's plenty of overlap on the bodice so no fear of baring too much flesh!

Sandals: Topshop

Saturday, 22 October 2016

How to solve the Fear Of Missing Out..


Recently, I've felt a little bit lost, incredibly tired and frankly, I've not been as strong as I should have been. Instead of pushing myself to be the usual busy bee that I am, I've been letting my mood sink further and allowing myself to sink into hibernation mode whilst I did so. If I've had plans, it's not taken me much persuading to abandon them and that's something I'm not proud of. 

Having been someone who thrives on being busy, this change in pace has definitely had an effect on my mood. A friend told me that he was worried that I seemed sad recently, and that I worry too much. And I know he has a point. I have been. I've noticed the triggers and I don't want my illness to rear it's ugly head so I'm squashing it, resolving to grab more opportunities with open arms, and make #GOMO my new thing. Going Out More Often.

We're always hearing about the FOMO concept - the fear of missing out. Social media doesn't help, as we look at the things other people are doing and we wonder why we weren't included. I'm starting to understand that. Why our life doesn't look like that, or we aren't doing the same things. Well? Why aren't we? What's stopping me, you, any of us from grabbing those opportunities and making things happen? I need to restore the natural order and fix this. 

I know I can be the absolute worst at taking my own advice, in so many instances, but I'm forcing myself out of my funk. I need to stop being so scared of what *might* (but probably, in reality, never would) go wrong, and have a little more self-confidence. In myself and in my ability to achieve a little more. 

Sure, I often set myself goals - run 5k, lift 100kg, tackle a new project, whatever it might be. I reach those goals, meet those targets and still feel a little dejected. It's not enough. I'm not clever, talented, strong, thin enough. In short, I'm not enough. 

I'm starting a list of the things I want to do this Autumn. Here's what I have so far.
  • See fireworks. Fireworks are one of my favourite things, so I'm definitely going to a display or a party this year.
  • Go to a gig - it's been so long since I last saw any live music and I miss it. 
  • Keep Parkrunning. I'm enjoying seeing the change of season each week in our local park.
  • Walks through the leaves. 
  • Make some progress at the allotment - I want to build some raised beds in readiness for next year. 
  • Take more photos outdoors.
  • Visit the seaside. I think I have that one covered at the end of November.
  • Finally book a city break. 
What are you planning to do this Autumn? Do you suffer from FOMO? Or do you prefer to stay cooped up and cosy?

Friday, 21 October 2016

Friday Favourites 218..

FF 218 Image
001 // 002 // 003 // 004 // 005

I think it's almost officially Autumn, which is the time when the nights start getting colder and I consider shutting the windows a little at night. I mean, I'm not thinking about putting the heating on or anything *that* crazy (hasn't ever happened in all the time I've lived there), but for me, closing the window, even a little, is a big deal.

So I'm seeing all of the cutesy knitted accessories everywhere and getting excited about the prospect of coats and layers and everything. Here's my pick of the autumn accessories which have caught my eye this week:

001: Joanie Clothing are fast becoming one of my new favourite websites and they've had another bundle of loveliness arrive this week. One of the things I'm loving is this fox scarf. So cute! 

002: The George pub is a classic Vendula design, but the colours are perfect for the leafy tones of autumn - I'd love to add it to my fast-growing collection. 

003: Little Moose have some wonderful new bits in their new collection - I'd love these little girl earrings to finish off just about any autumnal outfit.

004: Lindy Bop have been getting more and more new items (although not the four I'm holding out for, just yet) and this masquerade print skirt is superb - I figure it's rather versatile as it would be a classy solution for a Halloween costume party, but is also understated enough that you could wear it anytime...

005: Oh, autumn always has me thinking about ankle boots, as I *always* feel as though I need to make sure I've got something suitably transitional. I wasn't sure about the returning embroidered boots trend. That is, until I saw this Miss Selfridge pair and now I've decided that I need some in my life. 

What are your Autumn essentials?

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

The owls are not what they seem..

Dress: Lindy Bop 
Tights: H+M // Blazer: George*
Ugh. This week seems to have been a bit of an emotional slog and it's only Wednesday. I'm sure there's some little rule somewhere that life waits until you think everything is pretty cool, and then unravels bit by bit. A reminder not to let my guard down in future, I guess. 

Anyhow, I was excited by the selection of tights in H+M at the weekend, and managed to pick up a few pairs. I've been ruining tights so much lately, so hopefully will have more luck with these. This pair is a kind of rusty coloured lace, which makes me think autumn. 

Beach Trip heels: Irregular Choice // Bag: Aldo*
I'm not sure why it's been so long since I last wore these shoes, but I figured they went quite nicely with this dress - one of the new prints to hit the Lindy Bop site, of late. The Audrey dress is such a classic shape and I love a cute print, so it seemed like a natural addition to my wardrobe! 

And a change of handbag, just because. I seem to flick between my daily handbag, and will use one for a week or so and then switch it over. I get bored easily. Which seems to be the reason behind some of the emotional nuisance at the moment, I guess.


Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Tuesday Titles 110..

The Two O'Clock Boy (DI Ray Drake) - Mark Hill 
I'll admit that quite often I am told about a book before I read it and often these descriptions contain words like "amazing", "powerful", "brilliant debut".  Rarely does a book's description contain the words "This is crime as it should be." - and even more rarely does a claim like that turn out to be so apt.

A new crime-detecting duo comes about, as newly promoted DS Flick Crowley is given a new case, under the expertise of DI Drake. Crowley is eager to learn, whilst Drake, in contrast has a feeling that the murder scene they've just attended is a message; a mere taste of things to come. 

As with so many detectives in recent crime books, Drake has his demons and they come back to haunt him in this book. 
Skipping back to days spent in the Longacre childrens' home under the control of the formidable Gordon Tallis, we gradually learn what has become of the children who grew up there. As we know from the front cover, one became a detective, one became a killer...

With it's graphic descriptions of the murders, layers of subterfuge, darkness and deception, as debut novels go, I think this is an amazing one and I absolutely can't wait for more of the series if the twists are anything like the ones contained in the Two O'Clock Boy. A five star review from me if ever there was one.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Are you a #JoanieGal?


I love to discover a new website, and the blogging community seem to be on the ball when it comes to sending over a heads up on things one might like, so when Donna told me to keep an eye out for the launch of Joanie Clothing, I knew it there were good things to come..

A week ago, Joanie Clothing launched and I couldn't wait to place an order. Having seen teaser photos online of this amazing green floral dress, I knew it wouldn't be long until it fell into my basket and dropped through my letterbox.

This is the Harper Floral Wrap Dress and it's even nicer in the flesh than I'd imagined. The fabric (I'm always a little wary of polyester) is amazing. Lovely and thick, resulting in a lovely structured skirt and a fabulous print. I can't wait until I have an occasion to wear it.

I also ordered these cute sheer rose ankle socks, which I'm planning to wear with some velvet sandals, maybe. 

Feeling rather under the weather today, hence the lack of outfit photos, but hopefully I'll power through it and be back to normal soon.


Have you discovered Joanie yet? If not, hop over there and take a look. 

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Polka dots and piano bars..

Dress: Collectif 
So, a couple of weekends ago I went to the opera. I'd never seen Carmen before, although I'm a fan of some of the songs, so I was really pleased to get tickets - it was only showing for one night and sold out fast!

Despite feeling exhausted, which seems to be the norm for me of late, I managed to have a burst of enthusiasm and was pleased to have an opportunity to wear a dress I'd snapped up from the Collectif sale. It's got an overlay of tulle net which is embroidered with coloured polka dots and it reminds me of party dresses I had as a child. Nostalgia strikes again.

Jacket: River Island 
This coat is one I always dig out when I want something to take me between seasons. I love the neck detail and have been looking for a sewing pattern with similar details, but the half-length sleeves make it a little weird to wear in the depths of the colder winter season. It was perfect to go over this dress for the walk to the theatre a couple of weekends ago, as it was a rather mild evening. 

Another opportunity to use my lovely new piano bar bag - I'm still absolutely besotted with this. It's such a cute and detailed design. I actually removed the cross-body strap before I left the house as I think it works better as a handled bag for an evening event.

Piano Bar Bag: Vendula // Tiny Ted shoes: Irregular Choice