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Monday, 30 May 2016

The dog show..

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Dress: Bernie Dexter 
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Sandals: Moony Mood*
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Cardigan, Necklace: Primark
This dress made me smile this week as it reminded me of last weekend's escapades with my best friend. We went for a quiet stroll into town and as we were walking through the park, accidentally stumbled upon an actual dog show. Random little town. Just about every dog breed was represented (well, it seemed that way) and being paraded around the main arena, set up in the middle of the park. 

As for the dress, I really like it although would perhaps have preferred it a smidgen longer, and the skirt is so full and flippy that I kept being convinced it was riding up at the back (I'm sure it wasn't). I wore it with black tights for this reason - they always seem to make me feel more comfortable in shorter hemlines.


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Tights: George@Asda*

Sunday, 29 May 2016

I'll cry if I want to..

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Dress: Vintage
And cry I did. A fair amount this week, it has to be said. I'm not sure what started it off, but I've been having a bit of a confidence wobble this week. Just a general freak out about a few things in my life that as my birthday rolls around, I'd sort of thought I'd have more sorted. Thankfully I'm surrounded by some amazing people who have reassured me that it's okay if life doesn't turn out quite the way you thought it was going to.

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Brooch: Erstwilder

Anyhow, I've never really been one for a lot of birthday fuss, preferring not to bother celebrating really, but sometimes you just can't escape doing something. So, what better excuse for a pretty vintage dress, sent to me this week by a friend who thought I'd be able to find a space for it in my wardrobe (truth). 

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Coat: Monsoon
The skirt is layered, yellow chiffon over another layer of brighter yellow skirt, over a lovely crinoline layer. I really love 50s fashion - such attention to detail. The dress fastens with a centre back zip and there are several hooks and eyes to fasten it at the top of the crinoline and another at the back of the neck for the lovely shawl shoulder effect. Plus of course, bows on the front - perfect.

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Blushing Bird heels: Irregular Choice
I decided it was high time I faced my fears and wore my flamingo heels. Being super cautious when I go down the stairs or drive etc, but I do love them so they're worth the effort. I do have to remember to walk further apart, if that makes sense, so as the heads don't catch on one another when I take a step. I don't think these are going to be a pair which see heavy wear in the future.

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Rocket Bag: Accessorize
An outing for my lovely rocket clutch bag, and my Erstwilder Cera brooch, which I decided went nicely with the beaded detail on this Monsoon coat. One of those items which I don't wear that often, but is a perfect Spring-weight layer over dresses for the chilly evenings. Plus, anything with sparkles and beads is a winner in my book, and if you can't wear sparkles on your birthday, when can you?! 


Saturday, 28 May 2016

Fox Fierce Weightlifting Gloves

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Womens Weightlifting Gloves : Fox Fierce

I'll start this review by pointing out that I'm not really one for gym-related fads. I don't jump on the many gym-related-stuff bandwagons I see passing by me on a regular basis (fitness trackers, fancypants water bottles, protein powders etc), but one thing which I spent a while tracking down to add to my gym bag was a pair of weightlifting gloves.

I work out in the gym at least once per day and most of those workouts involve weights of some description. After the first few months of bench pressing and deadlifts, and the weights I was lifting got heavier, it became pretty clear that I was going to need to get some gloves to protect my hands. 

When I was a school kid, I'd spend my playground breaks climbing on the monkey bars which formed part of our "adventure playground" (there was nothing particularly adventurous about it, it was just called that). I'd come home most days with blisters on my hands, which soon turned into callouses and since then, everytime I do anything grippy with my hands, they return with a vengeance. And they annoy me, so I decided I needed some gloves, to try and stop kettlebell classes, hanging leg raises and weightlifting affect them.

To be honest, I thought it would be a fairly easy thing to find - a pair of gloves which would protect my hands. I was totally wrong, and two pairs from Sports Direct later (one pathetically thin blue set which made me look a little like a mime artist, and a pair which were padded so as to make it clear they were for punchbag work), my friend presented me with these Fox Fierce gloves.


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The gloves themselves are thick enough to offer protection to my hands, but not so much that I lose any grip or anything. They fasten around the top of my hand with Velcro so are adjustable to a certain extent, although come several size options anyway (and two colour options). 

The main part of the glove is covered in leather sections, which are padded across the palm and around the wrist. The non-padded sections are covered with rubberised dots to assist with grip, and I definitely notice a marked improvement in my grip when it comes to things like hanging from the bars for chin ups or leg raises. 

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I'd absolutely recommend these. I've found that the added grip helps me in kettlebell classes, which has in turn allowed me to move up to using a heavier weight for swings etc. The gloves are super comfortable and a much better fit for me than anything I tried from elsewhere. Although I'm not entirely keen on the idea of something like this being marketed for women by selling them in pink (the other colour option includes flashes of pink), they're certainly the best solution I've found and I've been happily using these Fox Fierce gloves for a few months now and they're showing no signs of wear or tiring. I wash them in the machine every couple of weeks, which they seem to be fine with. 

These are absolutely one of my gym bag essentials and I wouldn't be without them. 

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

Friday, 20 May 2016

Friday Favourites 196..

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This week, everything on my wishlist comes from this year's Fashion Targets Breast Cancer collection. Every year, selected retailers get involved and donate a percentage of the sale of some items to the Breat Cancer Now charity, so really by shopping, you're helping add to their donations.

You can peruse the whole range of items in the collection here, but these three are my favourites. 

001: Laura Ashley is one of my favourite brands for dresses, that's for sure, and this crysanthemum print is lovely and bright for summer. 

002: Ten gym sessions per week takes it's toll on my gym clothing, so I'm always on the lookout for a new tee to add to my constant gym kit rotation. I love this grey marl one from Marks and Spencer and I'm trying to be more fearless, so it would be an apt reminder.

003: This bag from Floozie is just so cute. I love the print, but my favourite part is probably the scalloped edging. And of course, it's adorned with lovely butterflies. 

What's you're favourite piece from the collection this year? 

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Your songs remind me of swimming..

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Carmela Dress: Lindy Bop
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Dolly Mixture heels: Irregular Choice
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Cardigan, tights: H+M // Bag: Aldo*

It's totally acceptable to have a more than one dress with swimmer print, yes? Forget flamingoes, I think my obsession has moved on and is just about anything swimmer print. This dress is one of my newest Lindy Bop additions;. the Carmela. This, I'm told, will be restocked in June.

Although I know a red cardigan would have been the safe, nautical-inspired choice here, I decided on a coral one instead, and to use the colours in the print of the swim caps on the dress, as I kind of feel as though I've been just adding a red cardigan to everything, of late. 

These Dolly Mixture heels are a pair which I've not worn very often since winning them on eBay for a song. A little lower, and with a wider design than a lot of my Irregular Choice collection, they're incredibly comfortable to wear. And polka dot tights, which have become my new staple. 

It's been a challenging week thus far, but I'm pleased that we're almost at the end. My weekend plans are coming together and include a couple of things to look forward to, so that's keeping me smiling, along with the fact that I've managed a new PB with my running this week. 

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Yarn Along {7}

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 This week, I'm pleased to announce that I've finally finished my Miette cardigan. Although I've got lots of other projects lined up which I'd like to tackle, I've spent the past few days knitting up my scraps of wool into various leaves, flowers and critters for the Woollen Woods event at Speke Hall later in the summer. So, I've been making leaves, roses and am having a go at a bluebird, although I'm not sure how well that one's going to turn out because I think the pattern calls for double-pointed needles and I don't have any.

What have you been making this week? I'm also currently between books, which is a strange feeling.

Linking up with Ginny's Yarn Along.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Tuesday Titles 092..

Biddy Weir
The Lonely Life of Biddy Weir : Lesley Allen
Today's book is a definite, absolute recommendation without hesitation. 

Growing up without your mother is tough enough, but Biddy Weir grows up knowing she is a weirdo. If she wasn't sure, the other kids at school make sure she's aware of this fact. How could she forget? 

Biddy is at her happiest when alone with her art; she draws birds and feels an affinity with them. she longs to feel as free as a bird, but can't escape from the bullies who have taunted her for years. 

I can't describe effectively how heart-warming this book is. Although Biddy goes through the majority of her life being extremely lonely, we do get to live through her experiences of getting close to someone, however unnatural and unfamiliar this might be to her. Biddy's awkwardness is clear through the writing style and she's ever so cautious - I spent a lot of the book willing her to find some bravery deep inside. 

I really don't want to spoil this book; it's such a lovely read, so will say no more about the plot and just urge you to download it and read it right away. 

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Monkey Cupcakes..

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The other week I knew I was off to deliver a birthday present to one of my favourite small people who was going to turn seven that weekend. I decided at some point that I'd manage to get chance to bake something to go with her present, and as she's told me countless times that her favourite animals are monkeys, monkey cupcakes seemed as good a choice as any.

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I'd seen a picture online, which is how most of my baking ideas come about, so armed with a tube of chocolate sprinkles and a couple of bags of chocolate buttons, I set about turning some regular chocolate cupcakes (I always use the same base recipe for sponge cake / cupcakes. I start by weighing 3 eggs, use that weight for flour, butter and sugar and add a splash of milk, baking powder and either a tsp of vanilla essence or in this case, a couple of tablespoons of cocoa powder.)

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Once the cakes were cool, I iced them with some chocolate butter icing, adding a chocolate button for the mouth and two halves for the ears to each cake, then dipped each one in sprinkles. The whites of the eyes were made with blobs of regular icing, and I then used one of those icing pens in black to add detail to the eyes and the nostrils / mouths.

Although I wasn't quite convinced that they were obviously monkeys, their recipient seemed to instantly know what they were, which was all that really mattered. 

Saturday, 14 May 2016

She brightens up the neighbourhood..

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Bag: Accessorize // Shoes: Marks and Spencer

The only good thing to come from the collapse of my old clothes rail a couple of weeks back is that it's really kick-started my wardrobe clearout. Kind of. I've been gradually having a ruthless sort out of things which have been resident in my wardrobe for many years without being worn. 

This dress has lived in my wardrobe for years. It was originally from H+M, but I didn't manage to find it there, not knowing of it's existence until it had been featured in Vogue magazine. It promptly sold out and became one of those things I hoped I'd track down one day. I managed to find one on eBay and loved it. It's button-front with a built in layer of yellow tulle petticoat, and when I rediscovered it last week I decided that I couldn't possibly part with it, even though it was a couple of sizes too big for me these days. 

After a little alteration on my sewing machine, I managed to take the side seams of the bodice in and add some darts to the front in order that I could wear it again. I added another layer of petticoat tulle this bright pink one - and dug out this Accesssorize basket handbag with it's sequin flamingos. The flamingo obsession continues. 

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Dress, Necklace: H+M // Shrug: George*

Friday, 13 May 2016

Friday Favourites 195..

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This week, all of the yellows to celebrate the few sunny days we've been experiencing. I feel as though we've probably had all the sun we're getting, particularly now it's the weekend and sunshine would be useful for the allotment, but there you go. Onto the pretty things...

001: Lindy Bop really are coming up trumps lately. Although blue gingham does take me back to summer school dresses, mostly gingham just conjures up images of picnics in sunny parks and I love this yellow number with the pockets and white trim. 

002: I mentioned on Twitter the other day that I've won a voucher for Bryony and CO and I'm currently desperately trying to narrow down my choices and settle on one dress. It's so hard when there are so many pretty ones, though. 

003: This Boden jacket is just amazing. I'm sad that it's sold out in my size but am feeling rather inspired by it. 

004: Tara Starlet seem to have basically captured summer in this dress. I love the bright colour and polka dots are always a winner, although I don't think I'd ever be brave enough for the cut-out section.

005: Bryony also make the prettiest petticoats in a huge range of colours. A wardrobe staple.

006: A lovely yellow colour of these Irregular Choice Rada Tilly heels - summery indeed! 

007: What better way to carry your ice cream money than in this cutesy little lemon coin purse from Accessorize? 

Been embracing the sun this week...?

Thursday, 12 May 2016

A certain ornithological piece..

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Dress: Primark // Brooch: Topshop 
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Cardigan: H+M // Bangle: Primark
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Shoes: Office // Bag: eBay

I've been rediscovering a lot of clothes lately, as I've been having to clear up the clothes rail which fell apart (cause of death: the sheer weight of being overloaded with dresses, I think).

This polka dot sundress was from Primark a number of years ago now (I also have it in stripes and a star print one), and I love how fabulously summery it is, so decided to wear it for the lovely sunshine we got on Monday. 

Sticking with the bright pink theme and the fact that I seem unable to put an outfit together without featuring some flamingos in it somewhere or other, I decided on these Office heels with the super pom pom on the front, this flamingo cardigan and my milk carton bag as I was headed into town for a couple of hours with my Mum, for shops and coffee. 

I'm now wondering how many other dresses I've forgotten about over the years...

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Like synchronised swimmers in an ocean of sounds..

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Sometimes it's really lovely to know that a shop you've supported (mostly from afar, as I don't live very close) wants to share the love. Although I've visited Kiki's Boutique just the once when I was visiting Rosie, I often find myself browsing their website and a lot of my Emily and Fin dresses have been from there. 

So, after waxing lyrical about it in a recent wishlist post, I was absolutely thrilled when this fabulous Jenny dress arrived through my letterbox. Since I was off to the seaside that very weekend, I packed it ready for some cute seaside photos of the synchronised swimmer print and it's nautical colour scheme.....only to find that it rained all Bank Holiday weekend so I didn't get a chance to even wear it. 

That said, I've certainly made up for this since I got back and wanted to share three ways I've styled it up in the past couple of weeks. Seriously, it's become a firm favourite already!

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Jumper: M+S // Bag: Irregular Choice // Shoes: Iron Fist
So, Outfit One is my most casual look, I guess. Inspired by the endless rainy, hailstoney weather. I decided I couldn't let that stop me and layered a red jumper, picked up from a charity shop when I dropped off some books, over the dress. The tights, although they don't photograph so well, have tiny red polka dots on them, which I figured went nicely with the red theme and these Iron Fist shoes are perfect for puddles with their super low, chunky block heels and leather bow detail to the fronts. 

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Cardigan: Bryony + Co // Hat: Per Una // Bag, Shoes: Irregular Choice

Outfit Two: I seem to be in a bit of a polka dot tight rut at the moment, but these ones are lilac dots, which I seem to wear with just about anything (polka dots are a neutral, no?). Inspired by She and Hem's recent post, I couldn't resist pairing this dress with my new Bryony flamingo cardigan. And my shark shoes to add to the nautical vibe. I love this hat and wore this ensemble to venture out for coffee in last weekend's thunderstormy weather.

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Clutch: Kate Spade // Shoes: Topshop // Jacket: River Island
Finally, my third and favourite outfit, to head out for dinner. I've always been a bit of a sucker for sequins and these shoes have been such a firm favourite that I ended up buying them twice. More obvious polka dot tights this time and my Kate Spade train clutch, which I fail to accept doesn't go with just about *any* outfit. 

How would you style up this dress? And any of the other Emily and Fin range from Kiki's? They've been lovely enough to share the love even further by offering a 15% discount to all blog readers, when you use the code in the sidebar, so be sure to take a look.