Friday, 22 May 2015

Friday Favourites 145..

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001: Bear Leggings, £14
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002: Dinosaur Clutch, £40


This week's wishlist is all about The Whitepepper. So many lovely things on there at the moment. 

001: How cute are these little bear leggings? I just love them. The bear himself just looks so judgmental, no? I love him. 

002: I've been lusting after this bag since I first saw the promo photos and now it's live, I have to decide between all of the different colours. I think this yellow is pretty awesome, though. 

What are you wishing for this week? 

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Gonna get myself connected..

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Revenge tee: Connected Generation*

A couple of weeks ago, I was made aware of the rather lovely premise behind Connection Generation. They sell t-shirts in a range of designs (more and more are being added to the site by the day) and if you're feeling creative you can even design your own and upload it to be printed on a tee.

Shirts cost £25 and £5 of every sale goes to help fund a project - all of the projects supported by Connected Generation are charities which benefit children, either locally or internationally.

So, you choose a t-shirt design, choose a story to support and then place your order. Even after your shirt arrives, you'll be supplied with updates so that you can see how the project you supported is going.

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Hat: Seeberger // Bag: Irregular Choice
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Athlete wedge trainers: Topshop
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Skirt: Monsoon
My tee arrived a couple of days after placing the order and it's great. Really good quality, my usual fear about white tees being a little see-through were not a problem here and the fit is great. And the design? I absolutely love it. It's a lyric from one of the designer's songs. I love the illustration - a perfect mix of slightly gothic, Tim Burton-y darkness and yet the girl also reminds me of Nadine from Twin Peaks.

As I don't ever wear jeans or trousers, I was a little unsure how to style it, but then the sun was shining and I had about ten minutes notice to get ready for a picnic, so I threw something together which I thought would be suitable.

Armed with wedge trainers (the most practical picnicking heels I could get away with for our local National Trust grounds), a huge handbag to throw just about anything into, and a straw hat ostensibly to protect me from the sun (in reality to hide the fact that my hair was a mess, as usual) I was ready on time. 

How would you style up a tee from Connected Generation? Well, you needen't imagine it; they've offered one reader the chance to win a t-shirt of their choice from the site. You can enter below. The giveaway closes on 29th May and a winner will be picked at random from all eligible entries. The giveaway is only open to followers of t*rexes and tiaras.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Treat her like a critter..

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Bag: Irregular Choice // Cardigan: F+F
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Necklace: New Look
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Dress: Handmade (fabric: Tokyo Train Ride Shibuya)
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Pearly Girly heels: Irregular Choice


So I'm still here - managed to make it through changing my domain, without losing all of my content. I'm such a technophobe that this is rather an achievement for me. 

Anyhow, one of my recent makes as this week has been a little too crazy to have found any time for outfit photos. Or anything else, for that matter. Last night I got home at about 10.30pm from a meeting and then spent a couple of hours baking cookies promised for a party at the end of the week. At least it's one more thing off the perpetual to-do list. 

Anyway, today I got my Fitbit Flex, so have set that up. I'm quite excited to see what all of the fuss is about, and I'm hoping that it will be just what I need to shake up my fitness routine. More on that soon, I'm sure. 

This outfit was a little thrown-together one from last week. I love the little critters printed on this fabric, which I bought from The Village Haberdashery when I was in London in February - that's the third and final fabric I bought from them. (See the octopus and elephants were the others.)

Worn with the dress (which is another Bette) were my trusty Pearly Girly heels and a necklace which I picked up in the New Look sale shortly before Christmas. The dress is such an odd colour but I think it will go with quite a few colours. 

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Tuesday Titles 047: The Post-Birthday World

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The Post-Birthday World by Lionel Shriver

This book was one I'd picked up from a charity shop last year. I've been reading my way through my heap of unread books in no particular order, which seems to have taken the pressure off and in the past few weeks I seem to have read a lot more than usual!

The Post-Birthday World centres on Irina, who at the start of the book is in a steady, long-term relationship with Lawrence. Whilst he's on a business trip, he persuades Irina that she should still keep up their tradition of having dinner with their friend, Ramsey. Irina is in two minds about whether to go, but Lawrence persuades her to and what happens that night changes her life forever. Or does it?

From then on, the book is written in a parallel universe structure, with alternate chapters showing how Irina's life would have gone depending on which decision she had made. I liked this structure, although it did mean that I was aware I was speed-reading some of the chapters as there were some overlap with some of the phrases used or perhaps some of the details were similar if not exactly the same. I didn't find that this hindered my enjoyment of the book. So, things which would happen (i.e. Irina's visit to her mother's) would happen, but the other people involved may be different depending on which universe she were in.

I also enjoyed the various twists to both of the stories. One was fairly obvious from about halfway through, but the other took my entirely by surprise.

A definite positive recommendation here. Read anything worth sharing, lately? Leave it in the comments. 

Monday, 18 May 2015

#bloggerbookswap

A little while ago, I organised another #bloggerbookswap. I love these, as I always have a stack of books I've read and would like to pass on to other people who I think would enjoy them.

I was paired with Gemma for my swap and she sent me the most beautiful parcel, wrapped up in polka dots.

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I'm a big fan of passing books on to people who I think will enjoy them. Unless they're very special ones I'm not exactly precious about books and am happy to part ways with them in the hope that others will enjoy them, too. 

Gemma sent me a couple of books which I couldn't wait to get stuck into. I'm a little ashamed to admit that I've never read Emma, despite the fact that it's a classic. It's definitely next in my pile. 

I'd not heard of Hester Browne before, but have now read The Vintage Girl and thoroughly enjoyed it. 

Did you take part in my book swap? Let me know what you received! 

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Protein Boost..

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Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie* - part of the exclusive Sam Bailey range

Protein. It's a bit of a buzz word lately, isn't it? Everywhere you look, people are getting fired up about protein balls, protein pancakes, controversial protein adverts. It seems that these days, you can't swing a cat without knocking over someone's protein shake.

I guess that I'm comfortably on this bandwagon, I gave up my vegetarian diet about 18months ago because going to the gym more than daily meant that I was just not managing to get enough protein into my diet to compensate for the work I was doing. Since then, I try to make my meals protein-heavy and I do drink protein shakes after the gym, to try and help with the muscle repair.

I have felt for a while that my fitness journey seems to have come to a bit of a standstill. My main problem is not so much the exercise, as I do plenty of that, but with eating enough, I skip meals, I never feel hungry and I don't get anywhere close to eating enough calories per day to compensate for those burnt. So, when I'm despairing because I can't shift the pounds I'm intent on shifting, that's the reason and I only have myself to blame.

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Knowing I needed to get a little more structure into my daily routine, I took Exante up on their offer to let me test out some of their meal replacement products. Rather than using them completely instead of eating, I'd have one shake and one meal replacement sachet during the day, as well as a proper meal and snack.

I've never used any meal replacement systems before for weight-loss or anything else, so I wasn't really sure what to expect. For each and every item, you just add water. Some of the meals are then heated, or cooked in a pan. None of them (in my experience) looked anything like their photo counterparts on the website, but highlights from the products I tried were the cheese and bacon breakfast eggs, Shepherd's pie and Pasta Carbonara. These all tasted like what they were supposed to, much to my surprise.

For me, this trial did serve it's purpose. I spent a couple of weeks eating three meals per day, of which at least one was one of these. I am getting slightly better at doing this with proper food as well. I still do take a protein shake with me for after the gym as I figure it can't do any harm.

Have you ever tried any meal replacement products? Would you recommend them?

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Hungry Squirrel..

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Dress: Handmade (Simplicity 2444)
A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to win a competition on Instagram held by Layla Amber. Layla's a British jewellery designer of whom I'm a great fan; she's stocked in my favourite local shop and I own a few of her pieces already. 

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Hungry Squirrel Necklace: Layla Amber*
The prize was my pick of her new Secret Garden Collection and it was almost impossible to choose. In the end, I went for this squirrel necklace and as soon as he arrived, I was eager to style him up. 

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Trench Coat, brogues: F+F
Running with the blue and orange theme, I picked out this floral textured jacket and my current go-to trench coat for the miserable weather and paired them with my rabbit print dress.

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Jacket, tights: Primark