Friday, 9 June 2017

Friday Five : 09 June 2017

Scraping in with a Friday Five. Just made it!

Friday Five (1 of 5) Queen of Returns

I have not had much luck recently with anything I've ordered and believe me I have ordered a lot. And a lot has gone right back. ASOS must have groaned when I just renewed my Premier Service with them. Anyway, the dress above is not from ASOS but from Topshop and it's the one I mentioned in the previous post. It's a lovely dress in itself (100% cotton) but I personally feel all kinds of wrong in it. Like I should have worn it when I was at least in my 30s when Kate Moss did her Pansy dress for Topshop (this is the same design) and not now I'm in late 40s. I ordered two sizes and the 10 was neat on me and the sleeves were snug (curse those bingo wings). Something I should mention, if you are feeling a little bloated, your tummy will push the front out making you look 6 months gone. Or maybe that's just me. The 12 was much comfier but suddenly I felt old and matronly. But if you are slight of arm, got ten years on me, no belly and a classic 10 (I'm a big 10 at the moment), this is true to size and rather lovely. Oh and be quick, it's selling like hot cakes!

Friday Five (2 of 5) Bonus

The one good thing about having a short name when you order a Starbucks is that they usually manage to spell your name right.

Friday Five (3 of 5) Skirts

I'm on a skirt bender at the moment. I currently have that bright orange one up there in my possession which I bought after a little mosey around M&S with Joanna. It's the perfect length for a shorty who wants to do a long midi but not a proper maxi. The skirt has a nice weight to it and my only dilemma is I already have an orange skirt in my wardrobe. Do I need two despite them both being different styles and somewhat different shades of Jaffa? And I liked this white one too from Sainsburys with the pretty broderie at the bottom.

This one was extremely comfortable with the elastic waistband but what a shame it has no pockets. I'm wearing a size 8 in the picture - it's quite generous and I was going to pick it up on my way out of the supermarket and then forgot. Doh. And err last but not least, I bought this one which was a spur of the moment impulse buy. It doesn't go with much in my wardrobe and I dont know why I bought it apart from it was a bit like a moth to a colour block skirt kind of flame moment. Told you I was on a skirt bender.

Friday Five (4 of 5) To Friends

That teapot was actually incredibly heavy.

I've had a very non productive week at home this week but I have had a lovely time catching up with Instagram/bloggy pals. You've got to grab those opportunities when you can. Hi Joanna, Becky, Liz and Donna? Same time next year?

Friday Five (5 of 5) Carabiner

Admit it. It's a good idea. Stops your milk tipping over ;)

Carabiners are those funny little gadgets that climbers take with them up mountains that they use for attaching onto clothing and equipment to help them get up and down walls and rock faces. Well that's what they are in my hub's world. In my world, they are useful for fastening plastic bag handles together so your shopping doesn't fall out.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017


Amour Bag (other styles here)
French Connection Top (very old)
The Jacksons London bag
H&M Silver Shoes (last season but gold version here)

I've had my Jacksons bag for a couple of years now and it's always a little conversation piece. There's something about the the little catchphrases which just gets people talking. They had a bit of a moment in 2015 in blog and IG world and then it went a little quiet last year but they seem to be having a bit of a resurgence this year and I've just found my bag in the opposite colour way of mine in natural and navy.

And doesn't it work beautifully in this little holiday montage I've put together? I'm good to you I am!


Last Note : 

  • That little Topshop ditsy print dress is a replica style of the infamous Kate Moss for Topshop Pansy dress. Just a slightly different print. I may have ordered just to check it out as I missed out on the original! 
  • Loving this coral shade to add a little colour in to the holiday wardrobe.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Friday Five : 02 June 2017

I have to say, hasn't the weather been lovely this week? Not too hot, not too cold - for once I'm happy.

Friday Five (1 of 5)  Alterations & Stuff

Uniqlo Breton (sold out but this is nice too)
H&M Shorts (old)
H&M Scarf (old)
H&M Sunglasses (old)
Basket from a Dublin shop years ago (old)

We were having a quiet Bank Holiday Monday this week and I thought it was the perfect time for me to finally get round to some of the alterations which I've been putting off as it meant dragging out the sewing machine. But I did it and I hacked down one pair of trousers in to culottes and shortened the sleeves on two of my Bretons (one of them above). I feel like I've achieved. I know it doesn't sound much but if you have to fold over your cuffs or spend all your time shrugging up your sleeves every time you wear something, believe me it's an achievement.

Friday Five (2 of 5) When It All Makes Sense

I bought this book How to Wear your Clothes a little while ago as it intrigued me. I was looking for one of those how to curate your wardrobe type books but for some reason this one called out to me instead. It's by a wardrobe mistress and what she's learnt from her years in the trade and I'm weird enough to read something like this just like the hubs is geeky enough to read business strategy books for fun. But that paragraph suddenly made sense to me about why I don't get on with wrap dresses - I've not got enough stack in my rack to make sure things sit in the right place. Lightbulb moment. Oh yes and safety pins are a godsend.

Friday Five (3 of 5) Dupe

Missguided Embroidered Top v Isabel Marant Sachi Top

Sometimes I like to have a nosey through the less obvious sites on my online travels. You know the ones like Forever21, Boohoo and Missguided. The ones where you think you need to be thirty years younger with a toned midriff and legs like Bambi to shop in? They're worth keeping an eye on and sometimes you can happen on little gems and fabulous dupes like the one above from Missguided. Not a bad dupe at all eh?

Friday Five (4 of 5) Nightie or Dress?

Right. Two scenarios here. Scenario 1. Imagine me with this dress and a little straw basket, tan sandals and a little panama hat trotting down a sunny dusty street in Spain. Scenario 2. Imagine me with a pair of slippers on my feet. You can see my dilemma. Which scenario is calling out to you most? 

Friday Five (5 of 5) Stripey ....

.... and ruffley. Well I love the gingham version of this skirt which I got earlier in the year (now sold out) but I've just spotted that they do a stripy version now.  Go go go!

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Quick OOTD : 30/05/17 Black and White

Primark Jeans (old)
Zara Bag (current season but sold out online)
Golden Goose 
(old style but current season here )
(nice alternative here )

Just thought I hadn't done one of these quick #OOTD posts for a while.  

So here's a quick #OOTD 😜

Friday, 26 May 2017

Friday Five : 26 May 2017

I had a little break. Did you miss me? No? Oh. Serves me right for asking.

Friday Five (1 of 5) New Kicks

I bought mine from The Acey 
Also available at La Redoute with 40% off currently here. Use Code BIG40 

Well it's been raining so much up till this week that I haven't been able to wear my new Vejas and now it's too hot to put my feet in them. I can't win! I fancied a pair of canvas style pumps which weren't Converse and I wanted a slightly more European feel to them. I didn't want that sporty vibe which comes with the Adidas Stans and Superstars, I wanted to feel all minimal and APC, Sessun, Margaret Howell. You get the gist.

Friday Five (2 of 5) Vita 'Next' of Kin

Well not technically a Vita Kin top but it looks like a pretty good dupe doesn't it? Sometime's it pays to be a titch and find yourself looking through the kids section of Next to see what you can squeeze yourself in to. I've ordered an age 15 and 16 to compare. Bargain too! 

Friday Five (3 of 5) Vinegar

I did photograph a bottle of vinegar but I couldn't bring myself to post it.

I bought a top recently from Ebay and despite it being sold as NWOT (New Without Tags) it still had a whiff of perfume about it. I threw it in the washing machine with some towels and some distilled vinegar and voila at the end - no scent. I do this with towels every now and then to prevent that musty odour that can occur no matter how religious you are about washing and drying them. I just add the vinegar in to the fabric conditioner compartment so it goes through the final rinse. 

Friday Five (4 of 5) Espadrilles

Kate Moss for Topshop blouse (old but this one is also cute)

I already have a pair of bronze leather Gaimo espadrilles and I got them from TK Maxx a couple of years back. And I couldn't resist the above coral coloured pair when I spotted them online. I may have have done the happy dance when I found that they were the perfect colour to go with my little Kate Moss for Topshop top.

Friday Five (5 of 5) Jelly

Aldi Raspberry Jelly (all mine)

When I was pregnant the first time round, I had cravings for jelly and oranges. Not together though. I currently have a craving for Aldi's raspberry jelly which comes in a little pack of three. I buy them for the boys to have as pudding but keep conveniently forgetting to tell them and then I have to eat them myself. Can I repeat - I am NOT pregnant.


Have a good bank holiday weekend y'all!

Friday, 12 May 2017

Friday Five : 12 May 2017

Friday Five (1 of 5) Mango Dress

Topshop sandals (old but similar bargain pair here)

I mentioned this dress in last week's Friday Five and said I'd give an update after I hooked up with the DHL man. I like it but I'm still wondering how much wear I will get out of something like this. I have a poor track record with dresses unless they're casual shirt dresses. I also know I should stay away from off the shoulder numbers as I know they annoy me but strangely enough, this one seems to stay in place. This is because the elastic across the top is quite loose (not sure if it is just the dress I had). Infact I had to pinch a couple of inches out with a couple of pins to stop it hanging a little too low but the alteration is quite simple. But once pinned in place, it's good. The length isn't bad for a shorty like me and the print is dark and hides dirt well. Yes I did say it hides dirt well. What elevates the dress? That little gingham belt tie which gives it the 2017 lift. Not in to gingham? A little tan woven belt is good too.

Friday Five : (2 of 5) Putting The Phone Down

Put the phone down Sue!

A couple of years ago I was a more conscientious IG poster and I also went through liking the majority of the pics I saw as it felt polite (curry rarely photographs well) and it was zapping all the fun and time out of IG for me. So I took a step back and decided to put the phone down and go off and do things like normal life stuff - cooking, cleaning, ironing and keeping the kids alive. And these days, I sometimes choose not to post so I don't find myself glued to the phone checking for updates and getting caught up in things which I really didn't need to. Admit it, it's very easy to lose yourself on IG. One minute it's 1.30pm, next thing it's school pick up time and you've done nada. Or rather, you've seen three pairs of shoes on someone's IG feed and you're hell bent on tracking them down and won't rest till you've found and maybe ordered them. Whoops. So sorry if I don't always respond straightaway - I try to limit my IG abuse to certain times of the day.

Friday Five (3 of 5) Rice Cakes

Lidl Rice Cakes

I took the wrong exit off the motorway today and found myself going past a Lidl. So I swung in to see what delights they had and I pounced on the rice cakes. Why? Because within a pack, the rice cakes are individually packed in smaller packs which make them less likely to go stale. I sometimes buy the Kallo ones and apart from the very real struggle of trying to get a rice cake out intact, they usually went stale by the time you made it half way down the pack which meant it got binned. So I bought the Lidl rice cakes (nice with almond butter and honey). Aldi used to do them too but now they seem to only do the chocolate covered ones. 

Friday Five (4 of 5) New Look Floral Top

I spotted the above top whilst surfing the other night. A white top with pretty embroidery and broderie details and frill sleeves. What more could you ask for?

Friday Five (5 of 5) Nice Bag

That bag stopped me in my tracks the other day. I had to get on my tip toes to reach it to get it down to have a proper nosey. The colour is described as blush and it's a fab pinky nude. It comes with a separate purse inside and at £24 I did a double take at the tag. I'm currently thinking about it ... a lot.


Last Note :

  • Number 4 on the list this week came as a result of seeing Bean's feed.

Thursday, 11 May 2017


I fell in love with that blouse up there. Infact I fell in love with the whole look and vibe. Oh to be seventeen again and looking so sweet and nonchalant and effortlessly cool. It's a French brand of course. Soeur.Fr

But I was too lazy to order it and deal with the overseas postage and it's not the cheapest little chemise on the block and I know with me, it's all in the thrill of the chase. So I did a bit of looking around and came up with ....

That will do nicely thank you! The other thing I know about me is that the cheaper the item, the more wear I get out of it as I'm not so precious. And I can see this becoming one of those throw it on numbers which does the work for you. You look like you've made an effort even if you haven't. I rather dislike clothes which are hard work, a tug down here, a hoick up there. You know what I mean. Anyway, it is 100% cotton with a cute little frill neck detail. I like that it's a button up which means I can wear the collar open which is how I prefer to wear my shirts and blouses - kind of relaxed. Oh yes and as it wasn't the most expensive shirt on the block, there are a few factors to consider - it's not the finest or thickest cotton and there were a couple of untidy threads around the button holes which I quickly sorted out. The embroidery doesn't also extend round the back but I figured that what I can't see, I won't worry about. If you're happy with that - go for it. It's cute and easy to throw on. And one last thing ... I sized up as the arms were a little snug. Big sigh.

Sandals (old but similar here)
M&S Bag (old but nice alternative here)