Category: Clothes Maketh the (Wo)man

Some Everything 5 Pounds buys

My regular-ish round up of what I’ve been buying from the cheapest clothes website on the internet!

Blue and green fringed kimono

E5P blue & green kimono

I’ve always loved blue and green together. I wore this over a black vest and turned up indigo skinny jeans this week (I also managed to “lose” two of the fringes as I ran over myself with my office chair at work!). Looking at the label, it’s originally from Matalan. It will also work well as a beach cover up when I’m in Greece next month.

Multi maxi skirt

E5P print maxi skirt

I loved the colours and pattern on this, although I do find that drawstring/elasticated waists make me look a bit thick around the middle. OK, so it’s actually my love of food and wine that makes me look thick around the middle.

Floral midi skirt

E5P floral full skirt

This is so pretty! Love the colours and the shape, and the thick scuba-ish fabric mean that it’s pleasingly full and also doesn’t crease (possibly the most important consideration of all in any clothes purchase). Unfortunately it doesn’t have the same effect on my midriff as it does on the model which, for £5, I would have sincerely expected, but hey ho.

Denim tunic dress

E5P zip denim dress

This is looser than I would have usually worn in a dress this style (it’s hard to gauge sizes in a lot of cases on the E5P website because you don’t know the manufacturer – and we ALL know that different manufacturers have different sizing – plus sometimes it’s just an S/M or M/L choice) but I like it. It has a tabard feel, and the husband said it reminds him of Game of Thrones armour (?!) which is apparently a good thing! It will also look good layered over a black polo neck jumper in winter.

Black cold shoulder midi dress

E5P black sundress

This is a Primark one I think, and I need to shorten the length a little I think as it’s too in between on me, but I really like the style and think it will be lovely with some wedge sandals.

Annoyingly, I haven’t really been wearing any of my new purchases recently, because we’re so upside down at home that I can’t get into some of my wardrobes, lots of things are still packed up from the move and we’ve had to empty the bedrooms for the workmen. So at this rate I’ll have a whole heap of new stuff ready for next year!

Thanks, as always, for reading! x

New Look sale buys

I may have just bought a new house and committed to all the extra outgoings associated therein, but I still cant resist a sale email. Damn you New Look. Damn you!

Or, if you look at the cuteness I’ve bagged for not much money, bless you New Look. Bless you!

Mustard floral flared sleeve blouse – £6New Look yellow floral top

Pink velvet t-shirt – £6

New Look pink crushed velvet tshirt

Black & white suede touch zebra courts – £8

New Look zebra print shoes

NASA t-shirt – £6

New Look NASA tshirt

Multi hoop earrings – £1.25

New Look silver hoop earrings

Black coated/leather look midi pencil skirt – £10

New Look black coated pencil skirt

Black tulle hanky hem skirt – £10

New Look black tulle skirtI’ll be found wearing all my fancy new clothes in my garden drinking tap water to save money, ha ha!!

Thanks, as always, for reading! x

Everything 5 Pounds mega round up

It’s been a while since I’ve shared my Everything 5 Pounds buys, and there have been quite a few since the beginning of the year, so I thought I’d share them with you.

I know I bang on quite a bit about this website and you’re probably bored of reading about it, but I’ve had such good stuff from there that it seems selfish of me not to post some pictures, no?

Starting with sandals. I love sandals. I love bargain sandals even more. I bought some from the E5P website last year before I went to Fuerteventura (read about my trip here) and I was so pleased with them that I’ve bought 5 pairs so far this year, even though it’s not quite yet sandal weather!

Two cold shoulder tops to wear with battered denim shorts or over bikinis on holiday

Two velvet kimonos, in different colours

A pair of “flatform” trainers – I love the simplicity of these (you may have seen them on my Instagram account)

Everything 5 pounds white flatform trainers

Various dresses – the top left mint butterfly print is originally from Apricot, and the third top left dusky pink velvet is DP or River Island I think (I can’t tell from the cutout label)

All that for £85! (plus postage). Pretty damn good I think!

Anyone else a fan of this website?

Thanks, as always, for reading! x

Is Harry Styles the next David Bowie?

So asked The Guardian a few days ago, referencing an article from the NME.

(for the uninitiated, Harry Styles is a member of boy band One Direction, who were put together by Simon Cowell on TV talent show X Factor)

The very short answer is, quite obviously, no.

We don’t need another David Bowie. He was one of a kind, a visionary, with an eclectic history, back catalogue and chameleon like appearance. He started out at a time when making it in the music industry meant slogging your guts out, writing your own songs and being original.

Harry Styles was thrust into the public eye along with 4 other good looking boys in a manufactured, made for TV group, singing songs written by other people, not playing an instrument and with his career shoehorned into the public eye by the very powerful Simon Cowell. That isn’t music legend calibre.

Not to take anything away from Harry Styles. In fact I think his new song is absolutely amazing, and was truly shocked when the husband played it to me and told me who it was. I think it has the makings of becoming an epic song for a long time to come. But it isn’t 100% his song. He’s co-written it. I’m sure it’s been very carefully put together and orchestrated by Harry’s management company with a view to distancing people from his boy band past and turning him into a credible and respected artist. And maybe it will work. Maybe he’ll become a hugely respected solo star. Who knows?

But the media need to stop trying to recreate and replace music legends who have been and gone. Let singers be an artist in their own right.

David Bowie was an immense artist, with a career spanning decades. He’s an artist that I’m proud to wear across my chest (and did so today!)

David Bowie tshirt flared jeans and clogs

Will I ever wear a Harry Styles tshirt? Doubtful!

Read the for and against arguments of the Bowie likeness from two different columnists for the Guardian.

What do you think?

Thanks, as always, for reading! x

Oh Topshop, what were you thinking?

Have you ever put on a pair of jeans and wished there was a window to your knees?

No? Then you’re not the target market for Topshop’s latest denim design.

I can’t think who they think the target market is, but somebody somewhere thought there was a gap in the market for a pair of jeans with see through plastic knee patches.

So many questions. The main one being “why?” Followed by “why, why, WHY?” Followed by “wouldn’t they make your knees sweat?”, “wouldn’t they steam up?” and “WHY?” quite a few more times.

I could write at length about how fecking ridiculous these things are, but what would be the point? I think everyone reading this knows how ridiculous they are, without me helping you along in the thought process!

(Do take a moment to read the product reviews though, if you fancy even more of a giggle)

Not quite as bad, but still downright ridiculous are these party skirt jeans, which are also available on their website.

Topshop skirt overlay jeans

Topshop – Twit of the Day!

Thanks, as always, for reading. x

Sales shopping for Spring

Because January sales are no longer confined to January, there’s still the opportunity to pick up some sales bargains well into February and even March. Of course, buying jumpers and woolly hats is a bit daft at this point of the year, but the beauty with online sales is that they tend to contain something for all seasons because retailers just list everything they still have in stock.

I had an email from Forever 21 a couple of weeks back declaring that the more you buy, the more you save (shopaholic logic right there!) so I popped over for a look-see.

The premise was that if you buy 2 things you get 20% off the already reduced sale price, 3 things 30% off, 4 things, 40% off, and 5 things gets 50% off. So half price on items that were already, in many cases, half price.

With that in mind I ordered 22 items!

Unfortunately the discount was capped at 50% off, otherwise F21 would have been paying me to buy their clothes (the dream, right there!) and anyway, they weren’t 22 different items; many of them were duplicates but in different sizes (because we all know how crap high street sizes are, right?)

Much of what came was too short or too low cut (the perils of shopping in a store aimed at people almost half your age!) but I ended up with a few nice things that I’m rather chuffed with.

Faux suede hat – £3.99

faux-suede-hat

Burgundy and blue floral dress – £5.49

forever-21-burgundy-dress

Rust frill sleeve maxi – £7.99 (this does actually need a little bit of “refining” around the bust to make it suitable for wearing a bra with, and I fully expect the husband to ask why I’m wearing a nightie)

forever-21-rust-maxi-dress

Black and cream flares – £2.99 (love these)

forever-21-striped-flares

Bargainous!

In a separate order I had already procured these rather fabulous paisley velvet flares, which you my have seen if you follow me on instagram. Not reduced, not for spring but definitely not worth NOT having!

Forever 21 red paisley velvet flares

I’m definitely erring towards more boho / hippy / 70s purchases right now.

What have you been buying or lusting after? Let me know!

Thanks, as always, for reading! x

GIG REVIEW: The Counterfeit Stones

I have mixed feelings about tribute bands. On the one hand I think it’s pretty good that you can go and see a band who look and sound like a real band that you like, but in a cheaper and more accessible way (generally smaller venues and playing more regularly than the originals). On the other hand I’m like “but it’s not the real band and they’re just pretending”. Although that’s what actors do and obviously I’m ok with that.

A dichotomy, no?

What I don’t have mixed feelings about, is how great the Counterfeit Stones were when I saw them on Saturday night!

I’d never heard of them before, but the husband told me they’re classed as one of the best Rolling Stones bands out there and, according to their website, Mick Jagger classes them as “The Most famous Stones band in England” (apart from the originals, obvs!)

“The Counterfeit Stones have successfully toured the globe for nearly twenty years, and during that time have played shows with audience capacities of up to 60,000. Their many fans include Bill Clinton, Prince Edward, Lemmy, Mick Jagger, the Gallagher brothers, Jerry Hall and many many more.”

None too shabby!

Playing all the hits, the ticket was real value for money with two sets of around 45 minutes each. Front man Nick Dagger has the voice, the look and the mannerisms of Mick – he struts, he swaggers and he sounds ridiculously like Jagger himself. Close your eyes and you could be at a Stones gig. Each band member is very tight and plays immensely, which was obviously helped by the really great sound at the venue.

counterfeit-stones-at-the-robin-bilston

There’s a comedic element to their performance, with a bit of audience banter and not taking themselves too seriously, certainly enhanced by the terrible wigs worn by “Keith” and “Ronnie” but for a singalong, rousing fun night out, you can’t go wrong! If you like the Rolling Stones and you see these guys advertised at a venue near you, my advice would be to go and have a great time.

I wore my new red velvet paisley flares from Forever 21. Aren’t they great? They got a lot of love!

forever-21-paisley-velvet-flares

Read about the time I went to the Rolling Stones exhibition at the Saatchi gallery here.

What are your thoughts on tribute bands? Yay or nay?

Thanks, as always, for reading! x

Mind the Gap

Gap is one of those places I just never think to go in or look at online, much less buy anything. But I recently decided, in a Pinterest style marathon, that I needed some crop flare jeans – to wear now with ankle / calf boots and in summer with wedges and clogs. Here are my inspo pics.

I especially love the ones on the bottom left…swoon

Simultaneously the husband declared that he needed some new jeans for work, and with Gap 1969 being his preferred style and me being his personal shopper (!!) I headed on over to the website.

“Ooh,” thinks I, “I may as well have a look at the women’s sale while I’m here.” (always dangerous). “I wonder if they have any cropped flares?”

Which is how I came across these beauties.

I love the two tone denim. They’re pleasingly high waisted (I can tuck my post dinner tummy right in!!) and pleasingly similar to my faves above. I might let down the hems for that raw edge finish too but I won’t be wearing them with black courts (sack the Gap stylist!)

The husband told me they look like clown trousers, which made me love them even more!

I also spied these two pairs of distressed jeans, which I’m currently deciding between, to replace my beloved ASOS Saxon battered jeans, which are now more battered than jean and only fit for slobbing around the house (something I do well).

I’m erring towards the ones on the right as they’re a slightly looser fit, and in my head I will look as cool and cute as this when I wear them (in a less young, less slim kind of way).

distressed-jeans-leather-jacket

What are your favourite denim styles? Let me know!

Thanks, as always, for reading! x

 

 

She wore bluuuuuuuue velvet…

I’m currently mad on velvet, hence the title of this blog post (it’s a reference to the 1960s Bobby Vinton song of the same name, in case you were wondering. Extra blog points if you “got it” without me explaining).

Velvet is so sumptuous and soft and wintery. It’s comforting and cosy, classy but hippy and it seems to be everywhere this year.

It started with these Jeffrey Campbell rip off inspired boots which I bought from ebay. Check out the colour!

plum-crushed-velvet-lace-up-boots

Then, I decided I couldn’t live without a pair of velvet flares. So 70s! So rock n roll! So cool! Luckily Forever 21 came up trumps, and I bagged these black beauties.

Not content with a triangular silhouette, I went in the opposite direction and started looking at velvet skinny trousers. I didn’t want anything too structured, but also didn’t want leggings. These ones from Boohoo are a perfect compromise – pull on style with no zips or buttons, but not too skin tight.

 

Then I turned my attention back to boots. Primark satisfied my hunger on a budget, with these plush grey ankle boots for just £15.

grey-primark-velvet-boots

Finally, for Christmas, my sister bought me these from River Island – velvet and leopard print. What could be better? They’re so incredibly comfortable and anyone who comments on how great they are has to stroke them (I insist!)

river-island-leaopard-print-velvet-ankle-boots

I ordered a load of velvet tops in the sale (not to wear with the trousers and boots, I hasten to add!) but unfortunately they were all pretty naff and belonged in the sale (or the trash).

Just in case you’re disappointed at the lack of actual blue velvet, here is the aforementioned Bobby Darin song to please your ears!

Thanks, as always, for reading! x

Just call me Carrie!

When I was younger I was a bit of a party girl, and had a wardrobe full of clothes to match – dresses, skimpy tops, shoes, handbags, the lot.

Later, as my lifestyle changed (and I got older, sob!) I stopped buying those kind of clothes because I didn’t have any need for them anymore.

In my previous job, which was quite corporate, I would dress to suit the environment in shift dresses, jackets and funky shoes, with big oversized bags so I could fit my computer in without having to carry an ugly laptop bag.

Then, when I left and started my current job in a casual office, I got rid of that part of my wardrobe as I had no need for it.

These days I’m all about buying things I’ll wear and that fit my lifestyle.

Apart from sometimes.

Sometimes being this skirt.

new-look-pink-tulle-skirt-carrie-fisher

It’s so SATC and Carrie Bradshaw that I couldn’t not have it. It’s so pretty! I don’t care if I never wear it, and it just hangs on my wardrobe door forever. At a measly £10 in the New Look sale it would be stupid to return it, no? (shopaholic logic right there!)

Have you had any too good to miss sale bargains? Let me know!

Thanks, as always, for reading. x