Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Blogger inspired outfit...

I love reading your blogs. I'm just a glorified stalker really. But, don't let that put you off! Today's outfit was inspired by you guys.

The jeans inspired by Kari. I used to LIVE in jeans, but somewhere along the way I fell out of love with denim. Time to rekindle! Thanks to Kari for making me rethink them.

Ruffle blouse and animal print cardi, belted, partly inspired by Jessica at What I Wore (there are not many days go by when I'm not inspired by this girl!). I loved her ruffle on ruffle look, but had to make do with what I had available...

Another trend I've tried here (as seen on several bloggers) is mixing patterns. Something I would never have dreamed of a few months back, before I discovered fashion blogs!

Dottyness and animal print, who'd have thought?

Have you tried the pattern mixing combo? or been inspired lately by other bloggers?

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Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Ring ring... ring ring...

Like most ladies, I have far more rings than I have fingers... but I just wanted to share with you my favourite of all time.

I love the antique look of this ring, the little jewels and mostly the two lovely ladies in the middle – just where are they going? I always think they are strolling on the beach...

I got this ring a couple of years ago at the launch party of a new company in Bury St Edmunds, Aboulia. A party plan business aimed specifically at young women and teenagers. It was set up by a really cool young lady who also owned one of Bury's trendiest clothes boutique... Leylou, and even more impressively she started all this aged around 18!

I was asked to design the brand for 'Aboulia', some of the items are pictured above.

Unfortunately, Hayley, the owner moved on to others things and as far as I know the shop and the party plan business ceased to trade, which is a real shame, I think she was on to something there!

Do you have an absolute favourite item of jewellery that you can't live without?

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Monday, 18 January 2010

Thrifting in London...

A few weeks ago, I spent the day shopping in London with my mum. I say London, but we actually spent the whole day in just one street in London!

One street in Hammersmith to be precise.

And this one street had 4 good reasons why it took a whole day to complete:
1. It had a pub.
2. It had the second biggest Primark I've ever seen (second to the Oxford Street one).
3. It had some thrift shops...
4. …Oh no sorry, there wasn't a 4th, I just love making extra long lists with the last item being totally irrelevant.

I picked up this fully embroidered skirt in one such thrift shop for a mere £3.

And for your viewing pleasure, a close up of the embroidery...

Since I've got a bit slap happy with my sewing box, I very nearly re-hemmed this to make it a fraction shorter. But, I'm so glad I didn't. It's the sort of skirt that starts to ride a bit as the day goes on. Any shorter and I've have been showing off me bloomers to all and sundry come tea time – oooh Matron!

Wide hot pink belt... was a bargainistic £1 from Tesco.

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Saturday, 16 January 2010

Customising a coat – THE RESULT!

Well, I only blinkin' well went and did it! I updated my old red coat, all by my little self.

I hot-footed it down to our local haberdashery store this morning, Mill House Fabrics. I made my usual stylish entrance into the shop. Totally bedraggled from the rain, holding my son under one arm (I was parked illegally so had no time for messing). As suspected, quite a few elderly's were pottering around but once I'd shoved them out the way, (what? I was parked illegally, no time for being polite) I set about choosing my buttons.

This must have been the point when I started talking to myself. I thought I was just mumbling in my head, but the look on the assistants face told me, no, I was actually talking out loud. My son then chose this opportunity to fall over on his face, resulting in a minor nose bleed. And something told me that all this was fairly unusual behaviour in a shop like this.

Anyhow, the selection of buttons wasn't huge, so stifled my creativity somewhat, I had something much different in my mind, but came out with 6 pearlised glass buttons and some cream tassle trimming, setting me back around £7.

For most people, this is probably THE most simplest thing ever, however, I am not a sewer and haven't really ever tried anything like this before, so for any other virgins... here's how it went:

Customising the coat:
1. Wash coat thoroughly using loads of fabric conditioner, so it smells gorgeous! Good start.
2. Repair the inside seam, not visible to anyone else, but makes it feel old to me.
3. Remove boring
old black buttons and replace with twinkly new ones.
4. Iron on cream tassle trim to underside of both pockets (for simplicity, using iron on hemming/bond tape, which I have to say is amazing stuff!).
5. Ta da! Nearly new coat, that is actually 3 or 4 years old.

Time spent: Total around 45 mins, but actually I was being slow. A competent sewer could probably achieve this in 15 mins.

With some left over cream tassle trim, I then updated this boring cream short sleeve sweater which I never really looked twice at, again, using the iron-on bond tape, giving it a pretty new neckline. Time spent: 5 mins!

I'm quite pleased with my first attempt, and dare I say even a little bit hooked on this new hobby! Looking for my next project as we speak!

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Friday, 15 January 2010

Do it yourself this weekend...

I have 5 'main' Winter coats. All of which also see me through our British Autumn's and Spring's too (and come to think of it, some Summer's as well), so truth be told, they could be classed as 'all year round' coats.

They are all really similar in style, 3/4 length, tailored, it's just my thing.

From left to right I have beige, black, brown with fur collar, purple and red
. By far the most used are the purple and red, they just go with everything.

My coats are like old friends, some I've literally had for years and years! A couple are getting a little tired and are in need of some tlc. So, this weekend, I'm giving them a little mini-makeover. Starting with my favourite, THE RED ONE. I'm getting new buttons and possibly some trim for the pockets. I'll see how that one goes and then maybe move on to the others!!

Have you had much luck customising/updating your clothes? I haven't really tried it before, but I figure – even I can't mess up changing buttons!! Please come back over the weekend to see how I get on.

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Thursday, 14 January 2010

What do you do with yours?

Being a shopaholic isn't all fun and frolics believe me! (well, if I'm honest it is, but for the purposes of this post it isn't - get me?) It can mean you very quickly become the proud owner of a total mish mash of jewellery boxes with excess 'stuff'.

But, my totally fabulous mum found this great storage solution for me from Kleeneze. Good 'ole girl.

It's actually meant for the garden shed! but doubles up as a great over-the-door jewellery tidy.

I can
see everything at a glance which makes life much easier.

When I sorted out my jewellery I was a little concerned to see how quickly it filled up, in fact there wasn't room for my bangles, but then I remembered, I do have a shopping disease, and 'too much stuff' comes with the territory I'm afraid. This system means that I do have to have a 'cull' every so often.

Does anyone have any other ways of storing their jewellery, other than the standard jewellery boxes. I'd love to hear.

For any budding writers or bloggers out there, I'm offering the chance to be published in the February issue of my magazine... click here for more details.

ps. For the Mary Poppins fans... Supercalafragilisticexpialidocious doesn't come up in my spell check, however, if you say it loud enough, it ALWAYS sounds precocious. It just does.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Biker floral this spring...

I love the styling on this outfit, all from New Look. The Biker Jacket is currently reduced to £25, the dress is also £25.

I will definitely be toughening up my floral dresses with a bad ass leather biker jacket this year.

TOP TIP! Such a small detail
, but I think the way they have styled this shot, with the sleeves of the jacket pushed up a bit, is brilliant. Straight out of the Gok Wan book of style (he does this A LOT when he styles outfits). It adds an instant stylish boost and gives a more edgy look to any outfit.

Try it now on your jackets, blazers work best, but long sleeve shirts and jumpers are great too. Honestly, if you don't already do this, go try it now!

For any budding writers or bloggers out there, I'm offering the chance to be published in the February issue of my magazine... click here for more details.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Calling all budding writers and bloggers...

Did I ever mention... that I own a little magazine?

It's just a little free monthly magazine with around 8-10,000 readers a month.

For any budding writers or bloggers out there, I'm offering the chance to be published in the February issue...

Copy deadline for the February issue is January 20th. Articles can be emailed to me for consideration before this date please.

The magazine is family based and to give you an idea the sections break down as follows:

* Community and Family
* What's On
* Shopping and Fashion
* Food and Drink
* Health and Beauty
* Home and Garden
* Property and Finance
* Motoring

I'm looking for fresh content on any of these subjects. A small article... an old blog post... a product review... A fabulous recipe... whatever you think might tickle the readers' fancy!

What's in it for you?

* Exposure of your blog to 8-10,000 NEW people.
* Printed copies of the finished publication sent to you so you can see your work in print!
* The kudos that you have been published.

Whilst I cannot offer a financial gain at this time, please don't get me wrong, I'm not looking for free, cheap content, (it's a free magazine so there is not much money involved in it full stop) - I have plenty of excellent content given to me every month, I'd just love to mix it up a little and as I love reading all your blogs I'm sure others would too. I'm not asking for loads of time to be put into this... maybe revisit your best blog posts... that's exactly the sort of thing I'm looking for!

I don't know if anybody is interested but I'd love to hear from you, just email me your contributions and I will pick my favourite and announce the winner on 21st Jan (or around that time).

And if you know of anybody else who may be interested please blog or tweet or whateverness. x

ps. any questions? pop them in the comment box or email me... x

Monday, 11 January 2010

What I WON'T be wearing this Spring/Summer...

Don't let my post title mislead you. I absolutely j'adore these playsuits from Topshop.

I have a romantic fantasy... imagine if you will, there's me, galloping through the fields in the summer, with my dog (I don't have a dog, but this is a fantasy daydream remember) or moshing it up at a music festival - wearing my 'cutie pie' playsuit.

But alas, I have to let these pass me by. I think I'm just too old and not quite the right shape to carry these off. I imagine my teenage daughter and her crew will be rocking this look this year though...

If you want to snap up one of these little babies, I'd get looking now at the full range at Topshop. Despite the fact they are not the most convenient garment when nature calls, I'm certain they'll be pretty popular this spring/summer.

(Top pic: Pansy Print Playsuit - £50 Topshop, Bottom pic: Ibiza Print Playsuit - £35 Topshop).

Sunday, 10 January 2010

What I wore at the weekend...

We've spent the weekend 'unofficially' snowed in.

We could of course have got out, and did for short spells (ie. to get to the pub for some of the landlords finest lager), but we decided to have a cosy, self-imposed weekend indoors.

During our weekend, I managed to catch up on oodles of laundry. Re-discovering some long lost items of clothing from the bottom of the washing pile. My daugther honed her "I'm soooooo bored" skills, my son perfected his 'throwing a wobbler' terrible 2's skills and the other half spent much time talking about everything he was going to accomplish around the house, none of which has actually happened, but nevermind, he does make the most delicious bacon sandwiches.

I didn't want to scum around the house all weekend, so did make the effort to get ready each day.

Saturday (top pic)
Rose top by pussycat at New Look, £15 in the sale
Leggings (not new)
Tiger belt - £1.75 sale at Matalan
Black shoe boots - £7 sale at Matalan

Sunday (bottom pic)
Dress and top (both old)
Colour Block Tights - £1.50 sale at Matalan, a controversial item within the household, 1 liked, 1 disliked, and 1 couldn't care less.
shoe boots - £18 at Matalan - which were reduced to £4.50 2 days after I bought them :-(

Hope you all had fantabulous weekends!

ps. I should mention, I did manage to tone down my orange face on Saturday. I have a new bronzer from Max Factor. It's pretty darn hardcore, I need a lighter touch me thinks!

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Wellie boot envy...

I had a bit of wellie boot envy going on the other day (I know... is that really possible?).

At an event at my toddlers nursery of all places. I spotted one of the other mums wearing a pair of wellies similar to the ones above. I kept having a sneaky glance at them. Couldn't stop myself, they looked so fab. She probably thought I was a bit crazy, but she can relax, I wasn't stalking her, just her boots.

Ordinarily I would have asked her where she got them from but it wasn't 'that' sort of event and the teacher is a tiny bit scary and I didn't fancy getting sent out for talking.

I've been looking for them ever since, the ones pictured here I found on Amazon, but I don't think they are quite the ones I'm coveting. Has anyone seen these anywhere else, maybe better quality ones?

Love you.

ps. Thank you for all your lovely messages over Christmas and New Year. Happy New Year everybody! I've been a bit rubbish at updating I shall be trying to get back on track now, but so you know, I make time to visit all your lovely bloggywogs every day, even if I don't make a comment, I still read you all. x