Friday, 27 May 2016

Friday Favourites 197..

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So, it might be a year from now, but I'm planning a holiday. A proper one, not a guides trip masquerading as a getaway. So, naturally, all I can now think about is holiday garb. 

001: Perpetaully shopping for new swimwear, I saw this beeee-youtiful floral suit on Gem's blog recently and I'm smitten with it. Good old Widlfox, never seem to fail to come up with something swoon-worthy. I've never been able to stretch to one of their suits for just plodding up and down the pool at the gym, but maybe for a holiday...? 

002: I know I've mentioned the recent Irregular Choice sandals, but this is another pair I'm totally taken with. Devotion come with an ankle strap, which I find invaluable on sandals like these - particularly for hitting the beach. They just seem to me to be so much sturdier than flip flops. (And don't get me started on those Crocs). 

003: This lido scene Radley bag is absolutely dreamy. My Radley collection is very small; I've only ever been interested in the scene bags, which seem to be limited edition and released once or twice per year. The shortlist of designs I'd love to add to my collection one day is full of pieces which only show up on auction sites once in a blue moon, so I figure if I turn my attention to saving for this one, I'll be able to snap it up before it sells out. Here's hoping, anyway.

What's caught your eye this week?

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Paris in flames..

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Bernice Dress: Lindy Bop
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Glow heels: Topshop // Tights: Pamela Mann
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Cardigan: Collectif

I know I've already mentioned this but Lindy Bop are knocking it out of the park when it comes to their new designs. This is the Bernice dress, which I featured on my Friday Favourites recently and was lucky to as an early birthday present, which meant I could wear it for a pre-birthday night out with my best friend, who came to stay last weekend. 

It's a lovely dress, bright blue clouds and a fabulous Paris skyline with accents of pink which made me think to pair it with the new flamingo cardigan, these shoes and to wear my Pierrot clown necklace for the first time - goodness knows how long that's been sitting in my jewellery box.

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Pierrot necklace: Tatty Devine

I've been thinking a lot about Amy's article on being stuck between body positivity and clean eating, and feeling as though so much of it sounds familiar to my tired brain. My brain which is so tired of thinking all of these self-destructive thoughts, tired of counting calories and getting nowhere. I don't know what I need to change, but I guess it's something I need to figure out if I ever want to hope for finding that holy grail of being at least content with myself. 

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Yarn Along {8}

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Another week, another knitting project to link me up with Ginny's Yarn Along series. I picked up this giant ball of Aran wool from Charlie's the other day, and it's to be the base colour for my moose vest - another Andi Sutterland pattern, found here

As you can see, I only cast this on on Saturday and have only done the first 20 rows so far, but I'm enjoying knitting a couple of rows before bed. I've almost mastered reading and knitting at the same time - until it gets to a complicated part in the pattern, that is. 

Reading-wise, one of the books I have on the go (there are always many), is Martini Henry - review to come next week but it's about finding where you are in life, which seemed apt after my little mini life freak-out yesterday. 

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Tuesday Titles 093..

The Ex Factor
The Ex Factor : Debbie Viggiano


Sam Worthington is married to Annie. He’s also a loving, hands-on dad to daughter Ruby. Then Sam discovers Annie is having an affair. Even worse, she wants a divorce. Devastated, Sam has to cope not just with the dismantling of a marriage, but being parted from the daughter he adores. 

When Annie’s new relationship breaks down, she wants Sam back. But Sam has now met teaching student Josie, and re-discovered love. Annie hatches a plan to seduce Sam and win him back, but her plan fails. Sam hadn’t counted on his rejection of Annie backfiring on him so spectacularly – for Annie vows to use Ruby to destroy her ex-husband. 

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. And for Sam Worthington, his journey to hell is just beginning...


I've certainly been in my share of dreadful, jealousy-driven relationships. Probably other people's share as well. And a lot of ex-wives certainly seem to have a reputation for being a little unhinged, particularly when the dust is still settling as the divorce becomes final. That said, I've never experienced anyone *quite* as evil as Annie. 

Manipulative and malicious, it's almost difficult reading about Annie's latest attempts to get back at her ex-husband. I know that this book is a step away from Viggiano's usual repertoire and a lot of her readers weren't a fan of Annie, but I found her refreshingly honest and raw. No, I don't agree with her futile attempts at control and her shameful use of emotional blackmail, but it happens. As someone who's listened to horror stories of estranged parents using and abusing court orders to exercise a little power over the other parent, this is bang on the money in terms of what SO many people are going through, which could potentially make for difficult reading. 

Naturally, the introduction of another woman into Sam's life throws up it's own complications, added to which Josie has a daughter of her own, the same age as Sam's little girl, Ruby, A match made in heaven, you'd be forgiven for thinking. Sadly this is not the case and all the reader can do is sit in the sidelines and will Josie to be strong enough not to let Annie's attempts at controlling her ex-husband not have the huge effect on her relationship that one might expect. 

Truly, this had me hooked from start to finish. Frothy chick-lit, this is not, but compelling nonetheless. 

Monday, 23 May 2016

Tag, you're it..

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 Oh, it's been such a while since I answered any questions for a tag post like this, so I've jumped at the chance to answer these questions posed by Jane.

Here are the questions she has asked:

1. What is your favourite book? 
Browsing through the childrens' section in Waterstone's yesterday reminded me how much I loved Little Women when I was a kid. I'd read it again and again when I was about 12. Others which I remember loving and reading many times as a kid include The Secret Island by Enid Blyton; many Blyton books, really. As an adult, there aren't as many books I've read more than once but my favourite authors are probably Jill Mansell (best title there is Good at Games) and Jodi Picoult (The Tenth Circle is my favourite Picoult but I think that's more associated with the memories of the circumstances when reading it). 

2. How long is your commute? 
If I went directly to my office ever and not via the gym, about 5mins drive. 

3. Tea or coffee? Why?
Always coffee. Apparently, I used to drink sweet tea when I was a toddler but I can't bear it now. As for coffee, the stronger the better. Black, no sugar.

4. Who is the first person from the internet that you met in real life?
This loon. And I'm very glad that I did! 

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5. How long have you been blogging?
It's a funny old thing, blogging. Sometimes I think about deleting the whole thing but at the moment, I've been blogging away on this platform for six and a half years.

6. What is your favourite thing in the world to do? 
Honestly, I think it's walking along the beach, no matter where that might be or what the weather is doing. I find that being by the sea calms me. 

7. Where is your favourite travel destination?
Again, anywhere by the sea. I love the sun, too, so maybe Spain or something. I never really got bitten by that Gap Yah travel bug and there are a lot of places which people seem to want to flock to, which really don't interest me at all. I am not very good at relaxing, so I'd prefer somewhere I can explore as well as just sunbathing (I couldn't do a week of that). 

8. What is your favourite Disney film?
Although I'm really not that into Disney now (I don't understand the recent trend for grown ups visiting Disney and being obsessed with it, but I did used to watch the movies on VHS when I was a kid and we visited Florida when I was three, which was magical at the time). I loved the Little Mermaid, wanting to be her and also Alice in Wonderland.

9. If you can knit, what are you most proud of finishing? 
Well, it's a recent thing, this knitting lark, and I'm by no means an expert. But I'm very proud to have finished a cardigan successfully - the Miette, which I'll share photos of soon. I have a list as long as my arm of projects I'd like to move on to.

10. When was the last time you changed your email password?
This is the kind of thing I'm hopeless at. Last month, but I can't remember how long it had been before that.

11. Fruit cake or sponge? Why?
To be honest, I make a lot, but I'm not really that fussed about cake. I'd rather have an apple. 

To tag some others who might like to join in, I'll pass this on to Alex, Lucy, Kezzie, Amy and Lou

And my 11 questions for them (and anyone else who chooses to play along):
1. What's your favourite snack?
2: How would your perfect Sunday morning look?
3. If you could spend the day with any character from a movie or TV programme, who would it be ?
4. What motivates you? 
5. What made you start blogging?
6. What's your favourite word?
7. If you could have one super power, what would it be?
8. Who would you say was your biggest inspiration and why? 
9. What's the one thing you are most likely to put off doing?
10. Your worst habit? 
11. Which season do you prefer? Why?


Sunday, 22 May 2016

Sunday Shoes 109..

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Another blast from the past here today. One of my very first pairs of Irregular Choice shoes were these bikini print kitten heel slingbacks. I purchased them with some Paypal funds from my first few eBay sales, which was quite exciting. 

I'd never really bought much online before that, and had only discovered the brand a couple of months previously, when I'd seen a pair of their Yee-Hah! cowgirl boots in Schuh when shopping in Birmingham and hadn't been able to let myself return home without them. I wore those boots to death - day in, day out - and ended up with a backup pair, which are the ones I own now. 

But back to these. I'm not sure of their name (some of the ones from this era didn't seem to have actual names, only product numbers), but was drawn to the kitschy polka dot bikini, and the green ric rac trim. 

I might not be overly fond of kitten heels as a style, but these little peg style heels won me over as they seem so quirky. I don't think I've worn these since Day 115 of my #irregularchoicechallenge so perhaps it's time for them to get another outing. 

I've been wondering for a while if it's time for another challenge. I just need to decide on what.

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Saturday, 21 May 2016

We're off to never-never land..

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Flamingo Cardigan: Collectif


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Sandals: Emma Go // Bag: Nica*
Absolutely gladder than glad that it's the weekend. I'm mostly glad because it's been a rubbish and stressful week and also because I have plans with my best friend. I don't get to see her as often as I'd like to because geography, so I'm excited. 

Also rather excited about this PUG Clothing dress. I spend a large part of my life being called Tinkerbell (it's my guiding name) so I'm frankly amazed it's taken me this long to add a dress to my wardrobe which features the fairy herself. And Captain Hook. And topless mermaids. Totally work appropriate. 

Also appropriate, I decided, was this flamingo cardigan from Collectif. Yes, I now own more than one more than two flamingo cardigans, but I'm not sure I see anything wrong with that. 

Layered up over my trusty Hell Bunny petticoat, (and polka dot tights, which I fear are rather becoming my siganture) this dress has such a swooshy full skirt - I'm totally smitten with it and love the look of it with these shoes and my Nica bag from that time I took part in their style challenge

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Jenny Dress: Pin Up Girl Clothing