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Friday, 13 January 2017

Friday Five 13/01/17



Hello. Long time no blog. And Happy New Year (a bit belated, sorry). You know how it is, you descend in to the Christmas fug and normally resurface the other side of New Year all refreshed and raring to blog. Errr not me this year. The weather is a bit Les Mis and I'm wandering around in fifty shades of grey jumpers and Ugg boots. I look lovely. NOT. But it's time to revisit this space and ramble on again. What's on my mind and going on in my world?


Friday Five (1 of 5) Hyacinths


Last year, I spent a small fortune on hyacinths from Lidl. 
Shhh! Don't tell the hubs.


They make me happy and my house smell nice. Simple pleasures. The blue ones are the most highly scented in my experience. Last year, I bought them for about two months from Aldi - I could not get enough of them, that is until peony season started. But hyacinth season has begun again in ernest and I thought I'd kick off gently with my little pot of loveliness below from Tesco. Yes, you have to make the supermarket shop more fun with frivolous goodies. #thatwasntontheshoppinglistSue


These are going to be white ones.
They'd better be white ones!


Friday Five (2 of 5). No more Parka life.


My ever faithful Zara Parka


My Zara parka which I wholeheartedly love and have worn to death for the last three years is giving up on me. Or rather, the zip is playing up big time. I can do it up but I can't undo it again at the bottom so I have to hop out of it and wrestle with it for half an hour afterwards to unfasten it. It's also looking a little washed out and tired and I think it may be time for a new one. Unfortunately, I now have a bee in my bonnet about Woolrich parkas. If it wasn't for the fact that my niece has one of these  holy grail parkas and she endorsed it saying it's the best thing ever and she has not regretted a single penny spent on it, I might have been happy with any other parka out there that the shops have to offer. But no. Now I want a Woolrich one and they cost the earth (lots of Ebaying about to ensue). And the one I want? The Woolrich DF arctic parka. Not too dissimilar to the one I already have and I've worked out that I have another five years of standing outside on a football pitch which means it works out pennies per wear. Err actually it will probably still be more like pounds per wear but fewer pounds per wear. #suemaths


Friday Five (3 of 5). Booty Call


Ugg Kristin Boots available here and here


I have two pairs of new boots unworn partly because of the bad weather. One pair is the Honey boots from Seven Boot Lane which I ordered when I won a voucher in an IG competition. The lovely thing about these is not only are they gorgeous boots but I like the little rubber spongey thing they include to help you clean up your suede boots. Little touches but little touches which make a difference. Oh and the Ugg boots which were on my Christmas list - I haven't worn those as I still haven't pulled my finger out and ordered myself some UGG protectant spray. All I have to do is pop a pack in the Amazon basket and hit buy. But it's such a boring purchase and there is always something else more interesting to pop in a basket isn't there than suede protectant? #getonwithitSue


Friday Five (4 of 5). TK Maxx


MiH Cell Top (this one in the sale is also very nice)


It has been duly noted by people that I love a pretty peasant top in the summer. And do you know what? They are right. I do and I especially love it if you bag one at a good price. Like an MiH one which was pretty spendy unless you find it online at TK Maxx. For the price of an M&S or Boden top, I get an MiH one. And for the record, they have been selling The Kooples and Levis 501 CTs along with MiH stuff just recently. The annoying thing is you can't just type in "kooples" and it will bring all their Kooples stock up - it only brings up a fraction of stuff so you still need to do a bit of searching. Just like in store! :) But you also have to be quick - I bought my top last thing at night and they were all sold out by the morning before I even had time to blog it. So apologies, I just wasn't as fast at blogging as the people out there buying. #SeekandSueshallfind


Friday Five (5 of 5). No MoJo


I seem to have lost my fashion mojo along with my waistline. Actually the waistline went last year sometime and still hasn't been spotted. Anyway, when I find my waistline and it stops blowing a hoolie out there, I may find my mojo and I may start taking OOTD photos again. #whoateallthepiesSuedid

In the meantime, I leave you with a picture of my cat Basil with a Christmas bow I stuck on his head because he hates me and I like to torment him.


Looks a bit like how I feel currently.



Thursday, 8 December 2016

Getting My Hygge On ....



Basil getting his hygge on my :


.... well sort of. And you certainly wouldn't expect to be getting your hygge on in M&Co would you now? I only found out recently that I had a store near the swimming pool where my boys have their lessons and this came about as a result of Ben forgetting to tell me that he needed to bring a pair of pyjamas for his swim lesson. You know that lesson where you have to throw yourself in "fully clothed" in your pyjamas and swim a few lengths? Yep that one. So given that we had twenty minutes in which to locate a pair of pjs, we found ourselves in M&Co and thankfully, it came up trumps.

Anyway, I digress and I've found a few bits from M&Co to get that hygge vibe going. You've all heard about hygge? In a nutshell, it's about creating a nice warm fuzzy atmosphere and enjoying the simple good things in life. And it's a concept created by the Danes who are deemed the happiest people around. Sounds good to me!

So what do we have.







1. Pixel Cushion. 

I love the pixelated pattern. Infact my boys have declared this super cool as it actually looks like Minecraft Coal Ore and are now fighting over it to have in their room. Anyway cushions make sofas comfy. Cushions are what boys like to jump on. Everyone's happy so that's very hygge! 

2. Slate Picture Frame.

I like the wood frame against the slate. So I'm thinking a picture of your loved ones in there would  give you that nice warm fuzzy feeling and make you happy.  Hygge!

3. Wolf Onesie.

I think the small boy is due a new onesie as his last one was giving him a wedgie. I actually think he would be comfy and warm (and look kind of cute) in this so that would make him (and me) happy. Hygge!

4. Faux Fur Throw.

This is going over my little leather sofa in my family room. The sofa which the boys are slowly destroying by climbing and jumping all over despite my passionate protests. It's cosy, it's furry, it's protective and I'm happy(er). And look how much Basil loves it. Hygge!


5. Christmas Tree Decoration.

I just like this Christmas decoration. It's kind of simple and rustic and pared back. It works well with my existing decorations which makes me happy. Hygge!


So are you guys getting your hygge on out there? To be honest, I have no idea really what hygge is about and I skim read an article in the Guardian about it and how the Danish are so happy about their way of life so I guess it's whatever makes you happy. So go forth and hygge!


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Last Note :

  • I spotted on Instagram that M&Co are giving people the chance to win their wish list up to the value of £100. Instructions are below or you can find them also on here.










* Wishlist c/o M&Co

Monday, 5 December 2016

The Lazy Girls Guide To Wreath Making



Getting my wreath making groove on.


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I bought a wreath from Aldi. It was £7.99 and made with fresh spruce branches. It was basically too good to pass up as I knew I could do something with this.


Aldi Wreath (instore £7.99)


However, I didn't want the red plastic berries, the fir cones, the glitter gold bits and the bright red ribbon. I also didn't want the cinnamon sticks on them.  So I stripped them all off


Stripped


I just wanted to do something a little bit different. So based on what I had planned for my wreath, this is what you need :


1. Cutting pliers for cutting the florist wire.
2. Burlap wired ribbon
3. Faux (or real if you can get it) Eucalyptus Branch
4. Faux Green Viburnam  (or real if you can get it) Flower Spray
5. Florist Wire


After stripping off the extra decorations. I was basically left with a still excellent well fleshed out fir spruce wreath.

I cut the eucalyptus branch down into more manageable sizes so I could arrange them how I wanted. I chose to group the eucalyptus together on the right side (positioning about 4pm).


4pm positioning.


I cut the florist wire in to about 4 inch lengths. Each piece I bent in half so it resembled a hair pin. I used these to pin the eucalyptus to the wreath. Arrange and pin (press firmly to secure) till you are happy. 




I need to moisturise - I know.


I did the same with faux viburnam on the other side so they were diagonally opposite the eucalyptus. I stuck a bit of left over eucalyptus in with the virburnam to add a little foliage.


See the pin?

Not any more!


I then created a big bow with some burlap ribbon that I'd bought on a roll. 


I went for grey ribbon as I wanted quite muted tones on the wreath.


This is wired. If you are hanging a wreath outside, I would recommend a wired ribbon as this will hold it's shape better. A regular ribbon will droop somewhat when it gets wet but a wired one will still be fine. I chose to pin my bow just beneath the virburnam as I said, I didn't want it too too uniform.

Don't forget to tie a loop on the back of your wreath to hang it!


Simple



Have fun!

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Last Note :

  • For £7.99, the Aldi wreath is not to be sniffed at. It's quite a good size and a well made lovely looking wreath anyway. You know what they say - you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
  • This is a really really lazy way of "making" a wreath. You don't need to start totally from scratch with doing your oasis, soaking it, wrapping it, popping in your foliage etc etc
  • But it's a really really good simple way if you're a novice and you don't want to over face yourself and just do the fun bits.
  • I went for less is more. Or you could call it minimalist chic. Or you could say I'm plain lazy :)
  • Some very dark berries (almost black) would have looked good on this - if I had any :(
  • I could do with a few more sprigs of eucalyptus but I ran out and I just wanted to get this post done so you can crack on if you fancy a go at this.
  • My hubs will hate it - he didn't like the other one I made here. "Needs a bit of red on it" he said.


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Socks



Primark Socks. Instore.
Tiger - Ben's but now George's.


Don't know about you but my feet are freezing at the moment. In previous years, I took it on the chin and womanned up and just nipped out of the door with my sockless feet and some fleecy liners installed in my trainers but this year - I'm feeling it. Maybe it's because I actually have to walk outside for more than five minutes. Last year, if I felt like it, I nipped out in the car, dropped the boys off on the school run but this year, we have a dog that needs walking. It's a right proper pain in the .....

So apart from investing in some Ugg Glen boots to take the chill off seeing as how they are fleece lined, I bought myself socks. I bought some glitter socks last year but this year, I bought some slightly more robust ones - ones which might actually keep your feet warm a little. You know, do that job, they are meant to do. So where did I go in my time of need? To Primark of course. And I came out with those socks up there. A pack of five for about £2.50. That will do me.

My favourite pair out of the lot? The zebra ones. Love the gold bits!


By the way, Grazia mentioned that Zebra is the in print. Yay!


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And just because I'm nice, I spotted some funky ones for you guys whilst having a browse!








Thursday, 24 November 2016

Seriously



... I've asked for a pair of UGGs for Christmas. Not the old classic style! No! I've asked for these!





These are the Ugg Kristin. Do you want a better look?






They're a little different from the Uggs of old. This is the new slimmer style - look how much slimmer they are around the toes. And because they are slimmer, I actually had to size up to a UK 5 instead of my usual 4. They look better on than the chunkier old style as well! Believe me because I've already ordered them for Christmas from the Grumps to me. We live in modern times.   :o)


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Last Note :


  • There's lots of Black Friday offers going around and most places are offering 20% off currently which is the discount I got on them. Office are doing 20% off here with the code WONDER 






Wednesday, 23 November 2016

No Christmas Tree but Got a Nice Jumper



New Balance Heritage 620s (old but I love these)
Zara Jeans (old)
Toast Bag (old but this St Leonards one is lush)
Aldi British Apple (comes in a pack of 4) :o)


That's a catchy heading isn't it? But sometimes you have days where there are no witty headings to hand so you pop up anything that comes in to your head.

Anyway, can I show you my latest bargain? This lovely mohair funnel neck jumper from Matalan!


Next Teddy Coat (old)


I was in Matalan looking for a hanging branch Christmas tree but alas, there was none on the shop floor. I should have ordered online when I had the chance but no, I thought I'd go and check them out instore so I could find the best made one. I'm picky like that. Because if you order online, you might  just get a really lopsided one but in store I can pick through the batch. Anyway they sold out.  #yousnoozeyoulose

So no tree, but one lovely funnel neck mohair jumper. Happy days.

And I know this has been pinned a gazillion times on Pinterest by a gazillion people but don't you just love it when you find that high street dupe for the grand sum of £18?

I do :)




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Last Note :


  • The jumper has a nice weight to it so it hangs well. This is a thickish (but not chunky) knit and holds it shape quite well. Stick a heattech underneath and you'll be real toasty.
  • I bought a size small and I'm a UK 10. I did take a medium in as well but that proved unnecessary.
  • The funnel neck is fab as I don't do roll necks well. Somehow roll necks serve to emphasise my hamster cheeks and bestow extra chins upon me. 
  • So no hanging Christmas tree in Matalan and they seem to be sold out online but I found this one in John Lewis which I have just ordered. And a bargain to boot! I'm not getting caught out a second time!

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

My New Grey



Pull & Bear Embellished Pumps (old but these are fab)
Zara Bag (old but silver version here and blue version here)
Topshop Baxter Jeans (old)
Matalan Fur Coat (old)


I love me a bit of cashmere especially at this time of year. Actually I like cashmere all year round if I'm honest. I've said it before on the blog, I'm not picky, I don't mind if it's high end or supermarket cashmere - it all works for me as it's just not as prickly or itchy as other stuff - mainly lambswool. I thought I'd try something different from my usual grey and opted for a camel colour way. So I broke out of the grey zone but not too far. Now lemon yellow. That would be out of my comfort zone.

Baby steps, baby steps.



I did change in to my Uggs later!



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Last Note :

  • I sized up in the jumper from my usual size small to a medium as I wanted to wear this casually and a little slouchy. It also gives me some room for layering underneath.
  • It's quite a robust cashmere (3 ply) and although not quite as soft as some, you do feel like you can just throw it on and not worry too much about it. This is an absolute must since the dog arrived. He likes to paw me and he's a clumsy mutt.
  • I've actually not had it off my back since I received it. It's my kind of easy throw it on kind of thing.
  • It's machine washable! Well I have to confess here, I stick all my cashmere in the washing machine regardless of the wash labels but it's nice to know that for once I'm actually allowed to!


* Cashmere Jumper  c/o Woolovers