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Saturday, 30 April 2016

Flowers in the window..

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I love a good bunch of flowers. I find that they instantly lift a room and my mood. And these ones have been doing just that for the past two weeks. These photos were taken about four days after the flowers arrived with me, but almost ten days later they look the same. No fallen leaves or dying blooms and I'm super impressed. 

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And want to know the most impressive part of this whole thing? They came from Tesco! £4 from the flower section by the door, which is rather hard to say no to, in my opinion. 

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Friday, 29 April 2016

Friday Favourites 193..

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I feel as though I always start my Friday Favourites post with astonishment at how quickly it seems to have rolled around once more. This weekend I'm really looking forward to the Bank Holiday weekend, despite the mental weather we've experienced this week. I'm hoping a trip to the seaside will do me the world of good and restore some calm. I rather wonder if I were a mermaid in a previous life. 

001: My Pretty Dress Company wishlist seems to be growing longer by the day. I featured this striped beauty a couple of weeks ago, but this is the Fatale Dress, in dusky pink floral print. This has such a stunning bardot sweetheart neckline and an epic full skirt. that one can't help but think of 50s pin ups. 

002: This Voodoo Vixen cardigan has been on my radar for a while now. I *love* a cute collar and I *love* faux fur, so it's a natural choice for me. Olive green is one of those colours I just don't seem to have enough of, although it goes with everything and I certainly think it would match this dress really well. 

003: Browsing the lovely Kiki's Boutique site the other day, another quirky little bag (purse) to add to my collection - a little seed packet, which seems topical as I've been feeling super enthused about the allotment lately. 

Anything caught your eye this week?

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Bicycle races are coming your way..

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 I hate to be one of those people who spends all of their time banging on about the weather, but this past ten days or so has had that kind of effect on me. I was all set for a weekend at the seaside, packing cute dresses and sunglasses, but now I'm thinking I'll need to add my waterproof onesie to the mix. 


One of the things the nicer weather has me all enthused about is spending more time on my bike. Don't get me wrong, I love my Pashley, but I have to admit I'm a bit of a fairweather cyclist. I have a lot of local friends who are in the cycle business- both commercially, running one of the best cycle shops around, and professionally, riding for teams across the globe. but whilst some of their enthusiasm has rubbed off on me, I'm never going to be heading out in the middle of winter for a 50mile ride, just for the fun. Unlike one of the locals, you'll never see me riding the Tour de Yorkshire! 

That said, as soon as the sunny weather hits, I'm much more likely to head into town to run some errands or visit friends on my bike. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who pedals about in the summer weather, but what I have to admit I don't tend to give a lot of thought to is cycle safety. I realised after reading this article and the piece Adam links to by Simpson Millar, that I don't really do any of these things. I don't even own a cycle helmet. I always assume that because I live in a rather quiet area, rather than cycling around a busy city centre, it's a lot safer, but to be honest, rural roads have some pretty fast-moving traffic on them, so they're probably worse.



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Never one to pass up an opportunity for some online shopping, I headed on over to the Cycle Chic site and picked out some of my favourite stylish-yet-sensible cycle accessories. I've dreamed about a Sawako Furuno bike helmet for years now, although this Cath Kidston one makes a more pocket-friendly alternative.

I love that this jacket is so much more stylish than one of those horrid yellow high-vis vests that you get when you do your Cycling Proficiency course, and I think the reflectors would look pretty cute on the spokes of my wheels, as well as being useful. I know that basket isn't a safety aspect, but I'd quite like a rack adding to the back of my bike so that I could fit a pannier or some more storage - so useful for running errands. 

Do you cycle? And if so, do you give much thought to keeping safe?

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

She could make anything grow..

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When I first mentioned my plans for the allotment this year, I'd considered posting a monthly update of my antics at the plot. Well, it's clear that hasn't happened, since it's now practically the end of April and this is the first. But, to be honest, although I've spent proportionately more time down at the plot this year than I have in past years, I've not had a lot to show for it until the past couple of weeks. 

Now, I'll start by making it abundantly clear that I'm definitely not an expert when it comes to anything to do with the allotment, or growing things. This isn't too much of a problem, as I am surrounded by knowledgeable fellow plotholders who have always got nuggets of (sometimes opposing) advice. 

I also have a few books - this one in particular I love for it's monthly checklist of things I should be doing have done already but haven't had time to - and also a CAD plan of my plot (yes, I'm a geek) so I know what I'm planting and where.

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As is probably evident, I still have a lot of work to do. I feel pleased to note that I've a lot more planted than I had this time last year, although after the inclement weather this week I'm not sure how well my carrot seeds are going to manage.

I bought some roses in the sale at a local garden centre the other day and have planted those by the fence near to the shed door, which I'm pleased about. I'm hoping that this year will bring more flowers, as well as vegetables. Also planted are potatoes, peas, tomato plants, lettuce and two kinds of broccoli, as realistically I eat a lot of broccoli. I also bought some herb plants (lavender and mint, which I've planted in pots).

Elsewhere and not pictured there's a huge amount of rhubarb, inherited from a cutting from a friend's grandad's allotment. It's going from strength to strength.

Although I'd kind of like one, I don't have a greenhouse at the plot, but the westward facing windows at home make my windowsills the ideal spot for growing seedlings, which I later bring down here to plant out.

I've still got lots to plant (and a big section which is pretty overgrown which I need to do something with, but I've been really enjoying spending time here, which I think is the most important thing. Hobbies shouldn't feel like a chore, or they soon lose their appeal.

Have you got any growing tips for me? All advice welcome (opposing or otherwise!).

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Monday, 25 April 2016

A cat's the only cat who knows how to swing..

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Bear Bag: Pepa Loves // Shoes: Primark

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Aristocat Shirt: Miss Patina 

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Skirt: Warehouse


 Ah, Monday. How is it your turn again? If anyone knows how to slow the world down a little, that would be superb. I feel as though there's never time to get any of the things done that I'd like to, as well as the fact that lots of lovely things have been going on of late and it would be nice to have the chance to kind of...savour the moment, y'know...? 

But anyhow, until I manage to get my hands on my very own Bernard's Watch, I'll just crack on. I don't know why it's taken me so long to get around to wearing this blouse, which I received as a Christmas present, and then secondly why it's taken me so long to post the photos of it, as I actually wore it a couple of weeks ago now. 

Although I'm not so confident with blouses (even though I'm blessed with a far-from-substantial chest, I always find that somewhere along the line, the buttons gape), I love this one - it features not only a cutesy print of musical cats, but also a quirky cat shaped collar. Epic. And very Vivetta style, which is one of the only proper designer brands I'm that fussed about keeping up with..

Anyhow, going back to the outfit and what I was saying about work-appropriate dressing the other day, this was another occasion where I wanted to look a little more polished than usual, even though I'm wearing a collar in the shape of an actual cat. Worked in my head anyway. 

If in doubt, add some killer high heels. 



Sunday, 24 April 2016

Sunday Shoes 106..

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These Blair Elfglow boots have been waiting in the wings for a little while now. I seem to have had something of a glut of new pairs of shoes to talk about, and the #IrregularAlice ones seemed to jump the queue when they arrived.

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But, finally I can focus on the blue and yellow loveliness of these boots. I'd consider the shape of these to be what comes to mind when I think of traditional ankle boots and my favourite feature is the faux button effect on the scalloped side of the boots - very reminiscent of the Victoriana buttoned boots, which was always the kind of feature Mother would go for on our school shoes (although obviously black, not these colours). 

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I love the ribbon ties at the fronts of these boots; they're just for show as the boots fasten with a zip on the inner side. And can we just focus on the wonderful mix of patterns and the kind of magical way that even though they're a total patchworky mixture, it all works so fabulously well together that they *still* manage to look like one of Irregular Choice's more understated designs. How? I can only assume it's witchcraft, but I totally approve. 

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Saturday, 23 April 2016

Delta and Blue..


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Shoes: Matalan // Bag: LDYC // Tights: New Look
 One day this week I had to dress a little more work-y than usual, and this was the result. Most of the time, I love not having a dress code - I was told last week that someone I spend time with always feels massively under-dressed when we go out, but I think that's more that I am *perpetually overdressed*. I'm cool with that, but it does make my "goalposts" a little different to other people's, I think. 

Like, for me, this is quite a toned down, normal outfit. But given the raised eyebrows I got from one of my gym pals, it's apparently not what one would call corporate dressing. Hey ho. 

Despite toning things down a little, I couldn't resist attaching these raptor clips to my cardigan - I've named them Blue and Delta after my favourites from Jurassic World, which I watched again the other day and enjoyed just as much as the first time. 


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Dress: Matalan // Cardigan: F+F

Friday, 22 April 2016

Friday Favourites 192..

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Oh, this week has flashed by. I seem to get to every Friday lately thinking the same thing, but could someone please turn the speed setting down on life for a while? Definitely finding that I'm not getting time to do all of the things I want to anything. 

001: I've managed to find time to dream about pretty new additions to my wardrobe, though. Starting with this pretty lemon print dress from Collectif. I particularly like the low scoop detail to the back, and the bow on the front of the neckline. Plus, of course, the lemon print is a total winner. 

002: I am having something of a brooch moment, of late. I love this pair of bluebirds; they've a kind of Disneyfied look about them, and I'd wear them on the front of a cardigan, or perhaps as a set of collar clips on a brooch. I'm still desperate to get the collarbone piercings I've been talking about for years, but maybe these will quash that feeling for a little while. 

003: I've not added to my Brit-Stitch collection for a while, but they're still a British brand which are very much on my radar. I really like the shape of the bags in their luxe collection and this Stormy Sea colour is one of the ones I've had my eye on since my first introduction to the brand. 

What are you wishing for this week?

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Florals for Spring? Groundbreaking.

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We're well and truly in the throes of Spring now, I can tell by....the way the weather is grey and rainy outside of my window right now. Weather aside, I've been spring cleaning like there's no tomorrow. I'm trying hard to extend that spring cleaning mentality to my wardrobe, and what with the recent addition of shoe shelves to the wardrobe room combined with regular decluttering and insta-sales, I thought it was all going pretty well. Until last week where I was awoken in the night by my clothes rail finally giving up and collapsing. Now there's a kind of mountain of dresses, which is really getting in the way of taking any lovely photos. 

Anyhow, having parted with several sizeable handbags which had come to the end of their functioning life, I practically jumped at the offer of a new one. Although it's true that I'm a sucker for a novelty handbag, I'm quite picky when it comes to day-to-day handbags. I carry a lot around with me, including my diary (which is A5 in size and I'd be thoroughly lost without) so it's got to be something which can fit that in with no bother. 

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Having narrowed my choice down significantly by size, this floral print caught my eye. It's by Aldo, which I'd associate more with shoes than bags, which just underlines why department store websites like House of Fraser can be so damn useful for things like this.  I'm a sucker for a floral print and this one features on quite a few of the Aldo handbag range this season. So, it really just came down to a choice over the size and shape. 

I opted for this, the Aldo Outline Metal Detail Satchel, as I love it's retro shape. To be honest, although it comes with a fairly long strap, which is detachable, I don't think I'd have called this a satchel. It's more the shape of a traditional handheld bag, I'd say. 

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The bag is a lovely sturdy faux leather fabric, which fills me with confidence that it will withstand the day to day experiences of being in my possession. (I've been known to be a bit of a spiller, so wipe-clean is always good). As mentioned. the floral print design was a winner for me when I came to choose and it's just as lovely as I thought in the flesh. The base of the bag, along with the internal lining and top zip are in a lovely contrasting coral colour, which is a shade I always associate with cheerful sunshine. 


The handles, along with the matching shoulder strap are a tan colour; the double handles finished with shiny gold-coloured hardware, which just adds to the appeal for me. I've definitely got a new favourite daily handbag. 

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Yarn Along {6}

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It will come as a surprise to nobody to discover that I am *still* working away on the Miette cardigan. I'm sure that many knitters can knock one of these out in just days, but it's taken me a little while to get into a rhythm with the sleeves, which just seem a little awkward, being so few stitches on such a long wire on the circular needles. The pattern all makes sense at the moment, though, so it's just a case of finding the time to finish off the sleeves, then all I have to do is the buttonhole band and figure out what blocking is all about. Maybe by next week I'll have moved onto something new....

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In book news, I'm between titles at the moment, but about to start this - Story of a Secret Heart, which is currently free on Amazon Kindle.

Linking up with Ginny's Yarn Along.


Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Tuesday Titles 089..

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The Second Love of My Life : Victoria Walters
Things are going pretty swimmingly for Rose, married to her childhood sweetheart and looking forward to their lives together in the seaside town in which they grew up. But all this is about to change when Lucas is killed in an accident, and Rose becomes a widow in her early 20s. Happily ever after shouldn't look like this, should it? 

Two years after the accident, Rose is trying hard to get things back on track, although she hasn't been able to paint without Lucas as her muse. She's finding things a struggle, and I found the first few chapters a bit of a struggle as well. It felt as though I should have known a little more background about the Rose and her friends, but more becomes clear as the book progresses. 

When a new man arrives in town, desperate to purchase the paintings of an artist he's read so much about, Rose feels the stirrings of something more than sadness inside her, and is forced to decide whether or not she can let go of her past enough to contemplate spending time with someone new. Could she? Should she? How could she do that to Lucas' family, who see Rose as the daughter they never had?

I found the book a little too brief to deal with so many huge happenings. SO much happens in each chapter that I was struggling to keep up. There's a bit of a twist, which throws things into super speed and there is just so much going on. I don't know whether this detracted from my enjoyment of the book, but I just felt as though I was struggling to connect with the characters for a lot of their experiences. 












Sunday, 17 April 2016

Sunday Shoes 105..

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This week's Sunday Shoes post features a pair I really didn't expect to add to my collection. Although I'd been really taken with these in the flesh on the day of the launch, in the end Flowers Can't Talk won me over and were by far my favourite. 

Then, everything seemed to be sold out just about anywhere I looked, so I thought my Alice collection was complete. I was okay with this. However, a quick browse on a site I had some gift vouchers for and I managed to find these in stock last week. I wasted no time in trading my vouchers for them! They're available on Office in most sizes at the time of writing this.


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So, this style is called White Rabbit (of course!) and came in a black colourway as well, but I certainly prefer this one. which I'd describe as a mixture of pink and peach. The main sections of the uppers are covered in iridescent sequins, which catch the light wonderfully and the fronts of the shoes are covered in a lovely bronzey coloured glitter, which is nice and thick. 

The backs of the heels and the fringed detail on the front are a pale pink metallic leather, the fronds of which have tiny hearts punched from them. And then of course, the fronts of the shoes also sport three embroidered red hearts each, as a nod towards the playing cards in the movie. 

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Around the top of the shoe, rather than the scalloped edging of which I've become so fond lately, is a ruffled broderie anglaise fabric trim, which I think gives a dainty feel to the shoe boots which could otherwise look quite chunky in shape. It also reminds me of the neck ruffle worn by the rabbit in the movie. And on the back of the shoe, a white pom pom tail. This is the only feature I'm not so keen on. I don't like the one on my Izzy Bear heels either, and have been quite tempted to remove them from both pairs. I'm not sure why I'm so set against them, as I don't usually have any issue with pom poms. 

Finally, the heel itself. A little wider than Alice, I believe (although I've not had chance to measure them against one another), the rabbit feels more heavy. He's moulded holding his pocket watch, meaning there are no arms poking out (unlike the flamingo heads on Blushing Bird), so I have no concerns here about catching the heels on anything. The weight of them makes the shoe feel pretty sturdy, too. 

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As with all of the shoes in the #IrregularAlice collection, the soles are adorned with stills from the movie featuring the White Rabbit himself. (Both the left and right soles are different, again as with all of the shoes). 

I was a little concerned after ordering these that they would be too small - weirdly, although all of the other heels I tried from this collection were larger than usual, White Rabbit seem to be almost a full size too small, according to many people who have purchased. Because all of the shoes I tried on at the launch (I didn't try these ones), were on the large side, I figured that I'd be fine in my regular size, which is what I ordered. 

They're a little more snug than I would probably have liked, but they do fit OK. 




Saturday, 16 April 2016

Circle high, circle low..

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Dress: George // Cardigan: H+M
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Loafers: Irregular Choice // Bag: Pylones

[Bags under eyes: Models' Own.] By the end of the week, I'd decided it was OK to have a casual Friday. These loafers are super comfortable and my legs were hurting from my gym session the previous night. Sometimes, heels, DOMS and an upstairs office don't mix. 

This dress came from George years and years ago, when they used to have a shop solely for their clothing range in the shopping centre in Chester. I picked it up in the sale for less than £5 as I was mostly drawn to the cute pink bow detail on the collar and the bird print. I've not worn it for a long time, but it fell out of the wardrobe at me the other day, which I took to be a sign. 

Pink teapot handbag to match the details on the dress and a pair of black tights which I later realised had holes in and have subsequently met their fate with the bin. 

Ever find something you've not worn for years?

Friday, 15 April 2016

Friday Favourites 191..

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Friday already, this week has really sped by! But fear not, I still managed to put together a little list of the prettiest things I've seen this week. 

001: This dress just screams summer holidays to me. I'm excited because my passport arrived this week so now I want to book ALL OF THE HOLIDAYS. And to add this beautiful candy stripe dress to my suitcase. The Pretty Dress Company have some beautiful pieces in their new collection and I'm incredibly tempted to place my first order. 

002: How perfect would this flamingo necklace be for a holiday wardrobe, too? Part of Sugar and Vice's new SS16 collection, which is full of tropical goodies. 

003: I'm having *such* a knitwear moment of late; forever drawn to a quirky cardigan. I love the flowerpot detail on this Orla Kiely one. It's just perfect, and would go with soooooo much of my wardrobe. (Starting with this dress). 

004: Cath Kidston's SS16 collection is here as well and there are some lovely new styles and shapes int the handbags section. I'm particularly taken  by the polka dots and love the shape of this bowling bag. 

What's on your wishlist at the moment?

Thursday, 14 April 2016

And it's kind of funny the way we're wearing anchors on our shirts..

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Coat: Topshop // Alaska wedges: Irregular Choice // Tights + Bag: Primark
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Cardigan: Topshop // Dress: Handmade (NL6223)
I won these shoes a couple of weeks ago, and since their arrival they've been sitting on the living room table awaiting an outfit post. I figured that they'd sorta, kinda go with this dress and coat combination. 

The shoes are Irregular Choice's Alaska wedges, which I think were released in 2013 if memory serves. I'm always happy to add to my collection where I can. These are a wooden wedge platform, which makes them fairly heavy. They fasten with a velcro strap, which makes them super easy to get the perfect fit around your ankle, and they're also remarkably comfortable.

Speaking of new additions, this Topshop cardigan was one of those superb last-minute 99p bid scenarios as well and I'm smitten with it. The print is super cute and I've already worn it loads. I've also used my little milk carton bag a lot as well. 

I was wondering about whether my style has evolved much the other day, and I don't really know the answer. I'm still no fan of trousers and would always pick a dress over a skirt / top combination. More recently I seem to favour patterned or coloured tights over plain or nudes and I'm more happy to clash patterns (all of the patterns!) I guess. But I don't really think I've changed that much. I read Sarah's blog post about tastes changing as you grow older, but I don't think I've noticed that just yet.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Yarn Along {5}

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 This week sees me still cracking on with the Miette cardigan. Well, in fact I haven't made any more progress since Saturday, when I finished the body of it. The past couple of evenings have seen me get home from the gym so exhausted that I've literally done nothing except lie on the floor of the living room, in the hope it will help my back. Cardigan-wise, I need to pick up the stitches for the sleeves and knit the button bands on the front and I think that is it - I'm quite excited to figure out this blocking business and then be able to wear something I've knitted. 

I already have a list as long as my arm of patterns I want to make next. How to choose?!

As for books, I've been rather spoilt for choice this week as so many exciting titles have popped through my letterbox. I read the majority of this one - The Second Love of Life in one sitting and can't wait to share my thoughts on it next Tuesday.

What are you reading / knitting / both? Linking up with Ginny's Yarn Along


Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Tuesday Titles 088..

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The Trouble with Goats and Sheep : Joanna Cannon
I think The Trouble with Goats and Sheep* is one of those books which you just won't have been able to avoid hearing about. There has been so much chat about it, I knew it would have to feature on my reading list pretty soon. 

Luckily, penpal Amy came to rescue and posted me a copy a few weeks ago and I made a start as soon as I'd finished what I was reading at the time. Although I often read more than one book at a time, I try not to get too carried away as I struggle more with the ones I can't get into right away. 

Anyhow, within a couple of chapters, I was hooked on ten year old Grace's account of her life and her neighbours, one of whom has gone missing. Set in the hottest summer on record (1976), Grace and her best friend, Tilly, set about trying to find out what caused Mrs Creasy's disappearance. The girls pose as Brownies working towards badges as a ruse to get into their neighbour's homes and try to solve the mystery which may or may not be a mystery.

Elsewhere in the street, the neighbours are also trying to figure out what could have caused Mrs Creasy's disappearance. As the chapters roll on, narrative is shared between some of the other neighbours, most of whom seem to have a few secrets of their own. 

Flashbacks to previous years allude to the fact that a group of the neighbours have been involved in something which they wouldn't wish for anyone to find out about, so concerns about just what Mrs C might know are rife up and down the street.

Although I did enjoy this book, finishing it within a couple of hours of opening it, I felt that the number of secrets revealed by the various neighbours affected the impact of them slightly. Rather than being shocked with some of the things which had happened to these characters, I found myself thinking "oh, another secret then?", which I don't think was the effect Cannon was aiming for. 

Nonetheless, I'd recommend it and urge you to have fun uncovering the mysteries contained within.

(*Please note, there aren't any sheep or goats in the book). 

Monday, 11 April 2016

Just a fine and fancy ramble to the zoo..

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I don't have a lot of words today; it's already turning into one of those manic weeks and we're only a fifth of the way through. Ah well. 

The weekend was at least a lovely chance to relax. Despite a rainy Saturday morning, I got a few more seeds planted at the allotment, heading back home when the weather just seemed to be looking worse and worse. I tootled on up to Wales to visit some of my favourite people, and spent a lovely evening catching up on all of the news which you miss when you don't see enough of them. We spent the day at the zoo on Sunday, which was great fun, and managed to make it home without needing to be towed out of the mud (even better!).


Sunday, 10 April 2016

Sunday Shoes 104..

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Say hello to my latest Irregular Choice character heels. These are Blushing Bird and were released in a couple of colour options (the only ones available at this time seem to be the black / grey version). When these were first released, I wasn't sure I'd end up with a pair, but I did in the end, and I like them more than I'd realised I would. 

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The main shape of the shoe is fairly standard IC, modelled presumably on the regular courts. The uppers are a lovely jaquard floral fabric, covered with a smattering of little roses, which I love as they add another dimension. The fronts also have a lace-covered bow, which is the perfect finishing touch.

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Blushing Bird boasts the same polka dot sole (and striped box) as Pretty Poodle, and the heels, although the flamingo makes them seem quite narrow, actually have a fairly wide and sturdy base. Standing in these, they seem totally comfortable, fit well and feel perfectly sturdy. My main concern, and something I haven't yet tried, is things like walking down stairs as the head of the flamingo protrudes beyond the back of the shoe, which strikes me as a little risky. On the website, they even mention to take care when walking down stairs - eep.

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Inside the shoes, the ubiquitous embroidered Irregular Choice logo, with velvet floral lining. I really like the scalloped trim around the shoes, which seems to be becoming a rather common feature. This time in a kind of oily metallic leather, which is also found on the back of the shoes, above the flamingo head. 

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Such a crazy combination of pretty features and yet they somehow all come together to work perfectly. The heel is a rather muted colour palette which I think coordinates really well with the other colours in the shoes, and I really like these - I'm just going to have to be super cautious when wearing them. 

Saturday, 9 April 2016

How many shrimps do you have to eat?

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Dress: F+F // Cardigan: H+M
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Shoes: Irregular Choice // Tights: Pamela Mann via Collectif
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Bag: Gift 

I was desperate to wear these new flamingo tights ever since they arrived last week, but wasn't sure what to team them with. I figured that my flamingo bag was the perfect thing. 

I'm not sure when I picked up this dress but it still had it's F+F sale tags on it when I found it in the wardrobe. And this cardigan, which I don't seem to have worn for ages. 

Friday, 8 April 2016

Friday Favourites 190..

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A little collection of things which have caught my eye over the past week or so. I haven't actually bought anything new for a little while, although I feel as though I have so much stuff at the moment that I'm really not lacking in anything. Still, these are pretty...

001: I'm still wishing for a fairy godmother to grant my wish of some dresses from Bryony - this is the perfect shade of spring green and I love the giraffe. 

002: Because who doesn't need dog shoes? I love these. 

003 + 004: I'm really liking the new Emily and Fin knitwear; this shade of green would look perfect over a retro fifties skirt, but just as good with these cute shorts, and it's no secret that I'm a bit of a fan of patterned shorts. I'm planning to book a weekend in the sun as soon as my passport renewal comes back, so need to think about holiday clothes..

005: This little cutie is my favourite piece from the new Iced Rainbow geek collection. It's made me really want to watch the films again! There are heaps of cute items in the new SS16 collection, and if you use the code *LOVESPRING* you'll get £5 off any order of £35 of more, so pop on over there and take a look..!

006: Marks and Spencer have been getting a bit of a tough time of it this past week or so, but I'm still on board - I like that their Limited Collection never fails to come up with some gems, like this little zipped clutch bag. Cute, no?

007: A few of my cushions are looking a little worse for wear at home, so I've decided that as part of the Spring Cleaning thing, I can treat myself to a couple of new ones. This bear cushion from George is topping my list, despite the fact that none of my rooms are particularly yellow. 

Anything caught your eye this week?