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January sales round up

I don’t know about you, but for me the January sales have lost a lot of the appeal they once held, because it seems like High Street stores always have some kind of offer, discount or sale and so you don’t feel like you have to hold out until after Christmas to pick up a bargain.

In fact even the term January sales is now a misnomer, because most sales start before Christmas, or at least on Boxing Day, which is still firmly December on my calendar.

Not that I’m complaining…!

In years gone by I’d have stocked up on dresses, jackets and funky shoes for my office wear wardrobe, but now I work at a company with a casual dress code there’s no need for that kind of attire in my wardrobe. So now I probably shop less buy fewer things than before.

Here’s what I’ve acquired in this year’s sales.

New Look

Je T’aime t-shirt – £3

Red Je Taime tshirt

Teal velvet t-shirt – £6

New Look teal velvet tshirt

Burgundy floral flare sleeve dress – £7

New Look floral flare sleeve dress

H&M

Orange chiffon dress – £6.99

Orange chiffon dress

Jersey leopard print trousers – £4.89

Leopard print jersey trousers

Khaki lightening strike top – £8.99

Lightening khaki top

Dorothy Perkins

Floral velvet platform boots – £12

Dorothy Perkins floral velvet boots

Black floral boots – £10

Dorothy Perkins floral boots

Of course I have been buying other stuff too, but technically purchases from Everything 5 Pounds barely count, right?

What have you been buying? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks, as always, for reading. x

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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

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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!

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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.

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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!)

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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

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A few cheer up buys from the New Look sale

I’ve had a (very) little spend and picked up a few (really) nice bits in the New Look online sale. Now, in no way am I saying that buying stuff to cheer me up makes up for losing my Dad, obvs. But at times of sadness it’s important to still be able to find happiness in things – even if that thing is a handbag!

Beaded clutch bag. Love this. Check out the pony skin leopard print in the middle section. £19.99 reduced to £9.

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Faux fur collar. This will be great over my leather jacket in colder weather. It fastens with a frog clasp to keep it together at the bottom so it won’t fall off. £9.99 reduced to £3.

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“Camo” skinnies. These are very very subtle camo, which I like. The front zip pockets add an interesting touch. £27.99 reduced to £8.

Sales are funny things aren’t they? Most places have a constant sale section these day especially online. And with those pearls of wisdom (!!) I’ll bid you adieu.

Thanks, as always, for reading! x

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Bedroom inspiration

Whenever I get back from staying in a hotel, I’m always really dissatisfied with my own bedroom. I know hotel rooms aren’t reality but it doesn’t stop me wanting a bedroom makeover!

Probably the easiest and cheapest way to revamp your bedroom is with new bed linen. So when Yorkshire Linens contacted me about their bedding, it was like the stars aligned (or they’d been inside my head!) I’ve been having a look around for some inspiration to jazz up my own bedroom, and picked out some favourites. I’d actually never heard of them prior to their email, but  Yorkshire Linens duvet covers are great, with something for all tastes, and the prices are really good.

This one is really cute, with lots of different colours you could pick out as accents in the room

Yorkshire Linen Love duvet cover

I like the idea of an Eastern style bedroom with lanterns and throws

Yorkshire Linen elephant duvet cover

Same with this one, I think it would work well in a Moroccan theme

Yorkshire Linen ethnic duvet cover

This is really cheery for spring and summer in an all white room

Yorkshire Linen bright stripe duvet cover

And this is very opulent (although a little bit impractical for me I think!)

Yorkshire Linen grey matt satin duvet cover

Now on to Asda’s George at Home range, which I’ve bought from before and always been happy with.

Traditional tattoo print – say no more!

George duvet cover tattoo

And this is just stunning, I love the colours and print

George geisha duvet cover

Finally to Matalan, again a first stop of mine for homewares.

Leopard print, because, leopard print!

Matalan leopard print duvet

More leopard print, because, leopard print!

Matalan bright leopard print duvet

I like the colours in this and the way it’s styled with grey accents.

Matalan grey and yellow blossom

My bedroom actually needs a complete overhaul; walls stripped, floors stripped, THE LOT, so I can’t invest at the mo, but it’s good to know what’s out there so I can start planning an overall look.

And, of course, when I finally get round to it, there’ll be more interior inspo images and photos of the end result!

Thanks, as always, for reading! x

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A girl can never have too many pairs of shoes…

…so what’s a girl to do when H&M puts sale temptation in her way?

Buy, of course!

A girl can never have too many pairs of shoes

Starting with these boots, which aren’t exactly seasonal right now, but are:
a) a veritable bargain (real suede, for just £15!)
b) neutral
c) timeless

H&M tan suede platform boots

And then, their non identical twin, in the black, which are also:
a) a veritable bargain (real suede, for just £15!)
b) neutral
c) timeless

H&M black suede platform boots

And finally, leopard print ankle strap platforms, which need no explanation, but are:
a) a very veritable bargain (only £12!)
b) neutral (you can wear leopard with anything, honest!)
c) my favourite colour (what do you mean leopard print isn’t a colour?)

H&M leopard print ankle strap platform heels

All still available on the H&M website, if anyone fancies new foot furniture.

You are welcome.

Thanks, as always, for reading! x

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Autumn inspiration

Despite my protestations and wishing it wasn’t happening, there’s no point hiding away and denying that it’s now autumn.

I managed to stretch “summer” out for most of October, which is better than normal, but with our holiday and the mild weather I haven’t felt the need to really change up my wardrobe, apart from covering my legs more.

But now I’ve packed my summer wardrobe away, the clocks have gone back, and it’s almost November, even I can’t deny it’s autumn any longer!

The one good thing about autumn is different clothes, so here are some pictures of ways I intend to be dressing this autumn.

Drapy tops and cardigans with skinny bottoms

All black

Blanket cardigan and hat

Blanket cardigan and heeled boots

Grey jumpers 

Camel grey and leather

Black leather grey jumper wine trousers

Grey jumper and denim shirt

Maxi skirts

Grey maxi skirt

Leather and maxi dress

Maxi skirt and leather

Stripes and maxi skirt

Mini skirts, thick tights and boots

Mini skirt and boots

Mini skirt and tights

And, of course, leopard print!

Leopard print and coated denim

Leather and leopard print

Leopard print fur coat

(images all courtesy of Pinterest)

On the plus side I already have a lot of these items (or variations of) in my wardrobe, so hopefully I won’t need to buy a lot (I’m sure that won’t stop me though!)

Here are some shots of today’s clothes – my first truly autumnal outfit this year!

Autumn outfit grey top cardigan

Autumn outfit blanket cardigan

Tan fringed bag

Chunky two tone heeled boots

Two tone boots with skinnies

I’d love to hear what you’re wearing into the new season.

Thanks, as always for reading! x

 

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15 reasons I’d hate to be Queen

Well done to her Maj, QE2, for becoming the longest reigning monarch ever. What an achievement! Do you reckon she put her dancing shoes and some 50s music on last night and had a rollocking good night at the palace? Busted out some moves in the kitchen and maybe drank some Kopparberg cider and a couple of flaming sambucas?

No, me either. And that’s just one of the reasons I’d hate to be Queen!

Queen clipart image

Here are 14 more:

1) You have to be really clean and tidy. Have you ever seen the Queen with dinner down her front after a posh international dinner? No. Have I ever been seen with dinner down my front? Regularly.

Food spillage2) How does she sneeze? Like seriously – when I sneeze it’s like there’s a small earthquake happening inside my nose. I have a dust allergy so I’m quite often really snotty (attractive!) and my sneezes can be massively wet and icky (I’m not flirting with you, don’t get the wrong idea). Has she had the lining of her nose removed? What if she has hayfever or gets pepper up her nose? How does she avoid sneezing?

3) She can’t really experiment with appearance, can she? I mean, I know she’s a bit older now so her Queen uniform probably suits her, but what about when she was younger? What if she saw Twiggy in the M&S adverts looking like a fox in her 60s and thought “one fancies trying a pair of skinny jeans”? Or wanted a tattoo or nose piercing?

4) She probably never gets to veg out on the sofa in a pair of baggy joggers eating cheese on toast. There’s probably only foie gras and truffles in the cupboards. And she couldn’t just nip down to Sainsbury’s to grab a loaf and some cheddar.

Cheese on toast

5) You wouldn’t be able to use social media. Queenie never gets the joy of sharing her thoughts in a blog or on Twitter (although there is a Queen Twitter account which is pretty funny, and worth a look here). She never gets to post drunken photos of her and Philip on Facebook, or check her Timehop to see what she was doing this time 5 years ago.

6) Her eldest son is waiting for her to die and she knows it. Has been for years. How can you give your son love and affection when you know he wants you out of the way?

7) She can’t pick her nose in public. Or scratch her bum. Or rearrange a wedgie which started while she was sitting in the car. Come on, we all do it when we think no-one’s looking. But in the Queen’s case, EVERYONE’s looking!

Keep calm and scratch your bum

8) No sandals. That’s actual Royal protocol – members of the Royal family don’t wear sandals. What a travesty. You wouldn’t get that new season excitement of painting your toenails red and busting out your new ASOS gladiators.

9) Lack of anonymity. Never being able to jump fully clothed into a swimming pool in Greece because you’re drunk (me). Never doing Halloween backing vocals for a friend’s band dressed as a witch (me again). Never getting your face painted, or going to a festival or the Christmas market.

10) Having to be nice to people you might not like. The bloke from the middle East who’s a bit of a dictator? Can’t call him a knob because we need their oil. The leader of China who smells funny? Can’t sit at the opposite end of the table to him when he’s your guest of honour.

11) Boring hair. Seriously, she’s had the same hair for 63 years. What if she fancied doing a Helen Mirren and going pink? Or getting some extensions? Imagine knowing that you couldn’t change your barnet.

Helen Mirren pink hair

12) Not being able to go on a beach holiday. Never lying in the sun with sweat trickling between your boobs, your hair sticking to your head and holding your tummy in so you don’t bulge over your bikini. Not worth thinking about.

13) Having to stay with the silly old duffer Prince Philip. She might have fallen out of love with him yonks ago. She might never have been in love with him. She might have her eye on one of her aides at the palace. But she’s not free to follow her heart.

14) NEVER WEARING LEOPARD PRINT!!! This could be the worst one of all!

Leopard print

In spite of all her wealth and travelling and power I think it would be a pretty rotten job. I won’t be applying.

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Hat-urday (see what I did there?)

I love a good hat. Great for a bad hair day, good hair day, feeling cool day, hiding away from the world day, roots need doing day, haven’t washed my hair hair day and everything in between.

My love affair with hats started when I was young, and would go shopping with my Mom. We’d head to C&A (remember them?) for our summer holiday wardrobes, and we’d look at all the fancy wedding hats – mostly big satellite dish affairs with feathers and net in the 80s – and sometimes Mom would let me try some on when there were no assistants around to glare at us, knowing damn well that a 10 year old girl wasn’t going to be buying the peach taffeta and lace number.

I always said I would have a collection of hats when I got older.

We’re off to a festival later today and tomorrow, and I wanted to wear my new straw cowboy hat, which was a steal from Peacocks at just £8 (the floral band’s a bit naff, I need to take it off and replace it). But it doesn’t look much like festival cowboy hat weather outside, which is a shame.

Peacocks straw cowboy hat

My current favourites are fedora style. I bought this grey felt one from Peacocks a couple of months back; not particularly summery but I did wear it at Download as the weather was pants, and it did me proud (£8).

Grey Peacocks hat

So I then bought the same style in beige (Peacocks, £8)

Peacocks beige fedora

My black one got dropped in the mud at Download, but a dusting down with a make up wipe got it back in service! (£8, Primark last year).

Black fedora 2

This burgundy one is slightly floppier (oo-er!) but I like the contrasting band. I might stick a jaunty feather in it (H&M, last year, can’t remember the price). Pang for longer hair.

Burgundy H&M hat

Bowler hats were my thing a couple of years ago.

Bowler hats

Trilbies are very easy to wear – I have a few! Can’t remember purchase details on these though; it’s been ages since I bought them.

Black spotted band

Black and white spot trilby

A pimped up leopard print number (never worn outside of our home!)

Leopard print hat

Straw striped trilby (H&M, ages old)

H&M stripe trilby

And 2 more acquisitions of the straw variety this summer.

On the left, £10 from Download (for when I got caught in the rain, I know, even the stall holder looked at me like I was demented buying something that would likely disintegrate on my head to protect from the downpour), and on the right, brown straw trilby, £8 from Matalan’s men section.

Straw hats from Download and Matalan

And then there are the 70s floppy hats – black, Birmingham market last Christmas (£8) and beige, Boohoo, £10 (I think)

Floppy 70s hats

I’d love to get to grips with them more but always feel a bit too OTT/look at me.

Me 70s floppy hat animal print coat Christmas

You can tell that by how I teamed the black one with an animal print fur coat!

Are you a headwear person?

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Steven Tyler – hot pensioner, country singer and unlikely style icon

When I consider which celebrity wardrobe I’d most like to have, the first person that springs to mind is Steven Tyler. Which is odd considering a) he’s 30 years older than me, and b) he’s a man.

But he’s Just. So. Cool.

When he was one of the judges on American Idol I fell in love with him a little bit (ok, a lot). His charisma, sense of humour, that voice. I also developed a major hair crush. His locks are divine!

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Aerosmith headlined Sunday night at last year’s Download Festival, and only added to my love for him. It had been a heavy weekend of drinking, standing, walking and more drinking and we were all feeling worse for wear but Steven came onto the stage like a whirling dervish – a vision in white, feathers and scarves flowing – and lifted our energy levels through the roof.

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To perform with such fervour at an age when most men are retiring is no mean feat. The stage show was electric, his vocals were perfect, and it was all very special and emotional and an amazing end to an amazing weekend.

And now he’s diversified musically and is set to release a country album. I’m having a bit of an out of character (for me) love in with country at the moment, and the first single of the album is a bit of a corker, right from the first listen.

Back to his wardrobe, which I covet so much.

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Leopard print, layered necklaces, scarves, chunky rings, hair feathers, hats, frills, skinny flares, tailoring? He’s a rock ‘n’ roll hippie dream!

New mantra when getting ready – WSWI…

…Would Steven Wear It?

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