Friday, 16 March 2018

Friday Five : 16th March 2018

Hello again. You've not put your jumpers in storage have you? Get them out. It's supposed to snow tomorrow. Oh joy.

Friday Five (1 of 5) Heroes

Who got a big tub of Heroes for Christmas? We got two. Or rather the boys got a tub each from Grandma. I got to the point where I thought no one is going to miss those strawberry creams left languishing at the bottom of the tubs (there were a lot) and decided to throw the lot in the bin. But I kept the tubs. Do you know why? They are the best containers ever for your houseplants which sit in those funny belly baskets or anything similar. They fit in nicely and have high sides so you don't need to take your plants out of the baskets to water them if you don't want to and there's no need to worry about water overflowing shallow plates and messing up your baskets.

Friday Five (2 of 5) Stepped Hems

Veja Wata Sneakers (past season but similar here)

Did you all do the stepped hems on your jeans last year or the year before? Where the front was shorter than the back? They were usually just snipped and the hems left raw. Well MiH did the stepped hem on their Cult jeans but they took it upon themselves to ring the changes and made the back shorter than the front AND to do a proper hem. And I took it upon myself to try and replicate this when I shortened my pair which I nabbed in the sale. What a faff. But I did it. And I think I did alright (pat on my own back there).

Friday Five (3 of 5) Aldi Aisles of Beauty Joy

Aldi Lacura Glycolic Daily Cleansing Pads (in store)
Aldi Lacura Miracle Cream (in store)

I confess that I don't keep on top of what's coming in to Aldi each week with their special buys. I just turn up on a Thursday or Sunday and see what surprise awaits me in the Aldi Aisles of Joy. This week I came across their Miracle Cream and the Glycolic Pads. I popped them straight in to my trolley and off I went. They've got to be worth a try - right? 

A little deeper in colour.
A little thinner in texture.

The Miracle Cream (£3.99) is obviously a dupe for the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream - just look at the packaging - they've even done a little faded out pattern on the tube and everything. In reality, their version is a little thinner and deeper in colour and the familiar scent which some people love or hate, is different on the Aldi one. It's pleasant enough - a little floral but not horrid. I used it on my lips which is what I normally use my Eight Hour Cream for especially in this weather when lips get a little dry and chapped. It works nice enough and a little goes a long way!

They smell nice :)

And the Glycolic pads (£2.49) are a take on the Nip+Fab ones. I've never tried the official ones so I can't say how they compare but I used them last night and this morning and I quite like them - there is definitely something happening on my skin or I could be imagining it. It's too early to say, two pads does not a review make. 

Friday Five (4 of 5) Summer Stash

I've not blogged that much this year so I haven't divulged much of what I've been stockpiling for the summer but if you're interested, I have acquired the below spotty blazer and a floral skirt. The other bits in the montages are just nice bits which I've spotted on my travels which I wouldn't mind a jot if they made it in to my wardrobe.

The black spotty blazer is a nice light throw on - I came across it in store on a Last Chance rail and was quite taken with it. The red mules are from Oysho - not a popular brand over here but they do really nice lingerie and some other bits if you look. That black bag is from them as well and is the best price I've seen for one of these round bags - the design is more refined than the Topshop ones and looks to be less chunky. And the pink tee - well, I just like it.

I bought that black floral Miss Selfridge skirt a couple of weeks back. The day after I bought it, it was featured in Grazia. This week it was featured again. I think Grazia really like it. And you know there's all those fancy baskets out there? Sometimes, the plain and simple work so much better with so much more. The cardigan I just spotted on my internet travels - it has a bit of a seventies vibe about it doesn't it? I like that retro feel. The seventies are always good in the summer. And yellow espadrilles? Why not?

Friday Five (5 of 5) This Years Sandal Dupe

Zara Leather Crossover Sandals

Last year, I felt that everyone was all over the Hermes Oran sandals - the dupes started to appear and the best of them this year is the Dune Loupe ones. However, I was alerted to the above tan slides today on Donna's Instagram stories today - she's got a good eye has that lady. They're a take on the YSL Nu Pieds. I'm in. Are you?


Last Note :

  • The Nip+Fab Glycolic pads are half price currently in Superdrug here. Just incase you're interested. I might get a pack just to compare.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Leopard But Not As We Know It

Gaimo Bronze Espadrilles (old)

Okay, I storied this blouse today and got quite a few enquiries about it so I thought I'd pop it up on here for anyone who is interested.

The blouse is from Topshop and it's already been out once and sold out. I've been doing constant refreshes on the site to see if they restocked and they did and I pounced. I actually love this deep peachy tone - it reminds me a little of  Little Greene colour "Light Peach Blossom" and it has some lovely leopardy spots which are not too obviously leopard which I like very much because believe it or not - leopard is not actually a neutral in my wardrobe. I find it very hard to wear and worry that it wears me. So consequently, I have leopard on a couple of bags and a few pairs of shoes and one coat. That's it. Look through my IG feeds and blog - there's not much leopard.

Back to the blouse. It's a pyjama style blouse, satin but not shiny and true to size. I'm a size 10, I ordered a 10, it fits. The sleeves are an inch too long but I tend to fold my sleeves up anyway, I like my wrists on show. The next bit might be a divider for you guys - it's polyester. I'm not a fabric snob although I prefer my knitwear on the more natural than the acrylic side. And I don't mind polyester too much if you're not wearing on scorching hot days and besides which - the no crease factor is a winner in my eyes. It might be a touch short if you're very tall but I think the majority of people should be able to wear this - or just bob on high waisted jeans and tuck in!

And the jeans are the MiH Cult jeans which I blogged previously. I've just got to get round to taking them up - they have a stepped hem and are shorter at the back than at the front - the reverse of most stepped hem jeans. I'm debating whether to just chop straight across or replicate the hem detail when shortening. Decisions decisions.

Anyway, short and sweet. Hope that helps.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Another Shade of Grey.

HM Cashmere Scarf (old)
New Look Jeans (old)
Links of London Necklace (old)

Well the Beast from the East blew in good and proper and scuppered all my plans for spring fashion. I was thinking pink jumpers and light denim but instead I'm going back to the grey jumper drawer. Actually, I have just added a new grey jumper to the rather excessive grey knitwear collection. The cashmere merino one from Woolovers below.

It might seem the wrong time of the year to be looking at jumpers but we have snow and below zero temperatures currently and that makes it very right. I also am of the belief that if you have a lot of something, this doesn't mean you shouldn't have any more. On the contrary, you have a lot of it because basically you like it and wear it lots. That's where I stand with grey jumpers and pretty white tops in the summer. And they're all different from each other. 

Enough said. 😉


Last Note :

  • I'm in a size small (I normally fit a size 10) and it's a good relaxed fit but not sloppy slouchy.
  • This bridges the pretty but draughty itchy Ganni trend led jumpers with something a little nicer to wear and is more my style (I tried a pretty pink H&M one recently but wasn't feeling it).
  • 80% merino wool, 20% cashmere - feels nice.

* Merino Cashmere Jumper  c/o Woolovers

Friday, 9 February 2018

Friday Five : 9th February 2018

Hi! Are you ready? Shall we see what's floating my boat this week?

Friday Five (1 of 5) Spring Colours

Remember last week, I said I wanted pink jeans? Well I spotted the perfect looking pair from Mango and waited all week for them to arrive. They came today and I bobbed them on straight away and then I took them off and put them back in the bag. This can mean one of two things - I loved them straight away and I didn't need to play with them any more as I was totally sure of them. The alternative is that I looked a bugaloo in them. Guess which category they fell in to? Yup - the second. And that lovely green dress up there is from Faithfull the Brand (they do some lovely stuff) and I coughed up a considerable sum for it as I thought it could be a potential birthday present. Let's just say, I just don't get on with wrap dresses and this one was no exception. Why do I do this to myself? Anyway, what I was trying to say was, they're both going back. 

Friday Five (2 of 5) Alexa

Alexa and a ... bin.

If you have an Amazon Alexa and you also have a sensor bin, you can pretend to your friends (who don't know you have a sensor bin) that Alexa can now control devices around the home. Stand casually next to the bin and say to Alexa, "Alexa, open the bin". Wave your hand over the bin and the lid opens. Your friends will go "Wow, that's amazing - I didn't know you could get Alexa to do that kind of stuff these days!". Chuckle to yourself for a while before you let them in on the joke. Honest, we've done it to our friends and we pranked them.

Friday Five (3 of 5) In the Navy

Look the new stock is just flooding in right now and I'm just all over it. I ordered two tops this week from Zara. Let's cut to the chase, they are both nice but not perfect on me. The peasanty one is quite low and I would be forever adjusting and the tassels on the sleeves would have to be removed. The sleeves on the spotty top is too long and needs shortening to bracelet length. I've tucked them to where I would have have them chopped to. They are both nice though but are they worth the extra work? They would be really easy to wear with jeans in the summer. What am I talking about? I wear everything with jeans full stop.

Friday Five (4 of 5) Shoes!

Primark Bow Slides (in store)

At the beginning of each season, I usually bag myself a little gem from Primark. I haven't seen much this time round but I did find those little bow slides up there. And they were da da dahhhh £6. So cute with a white tee and jeans. There I go again - jeans, jeans, jeans! Oh if you like my little circle bag, I've just spotted a bargainous one at the bottom of this post.

Friday Five (5 of 5) More Shoes

Jeanne Damas (so very cool)

I'm very behind. Last year Michelle pointed out the above Rouge Saskia wedge sandals to me. This year I'm all over them. I spotted a similar styled pair in M&S when I was dashing through and hastily tried them on and parked them in my fashion memory bank besides which I'm rationing myself to one pair of shoes per month. I'm thinking of how my summer look is working out this year and I have a feeling, this is how I want it to look ... and those shoes look good in it.

Cats Eye Sunglasses seem like they're having a moment again but they seem to slot in with this look beautifully without looking too try hard. That little round bag is just in at Topshop and less than half the price of my original round bag. And the Los Angeles t-shirt - the rust colour is spot on. I love it. 

See you some time next week hopefully!

Sunday, 4 February 2018

It's the end of the Sales!

.... did you buy anything? I have to hold my hand up here and say yes. Shall I share? Hopefully these are a few things which will stand me in good stead - there's nothing  fancy here - you've been warned. If there was going to be anything fancy or trendy, I would have just bought it at the beginning of the season ... when it was in. I think what I bought is pretty timeless? Or considered? Or boring? Up to you.

3. Allsaints Bales Leather Jacket (full price unfortunately)
4. Pieces Leather Bag (alternative colours here)
5. Adidas Stan Smith (similar here)

So what did I nab?

The Topshop blouse I've already mentioned in a previous Friday Five. I've tried it on with different jean/shoe/bag combinations that I already have and basically it's a goer when the warmer weather comes. I just love the small ditsy print and the eau de nil shade.

The jeans. These are the MiH Cult jeans which seemed to their jean of the season for autumn/winter and they've continued them it into spring/summer at full price. I however nabbed mine on Collen & Clare for a fraction of the price and they also have Levis on currently at a fab price. Honestly if you're buying Boden and Hush jeans (not that cheap), you could venture into designer denim for a similar sale price. Just a little trawl on the t'internet will reap you rewards. Anyway, I'm a size 10 and I bought their size 28 and I would say they are true to size albeit a little long but I know a hem hack (here) so I can shorten them without losing their little stepped hem. For once, these jeans actually give me a waist. It's rather novel and I quite like it!

Ahh - the leather jacket. I finally have one! There I was browsing through John Lewis when I went past the All Saints concession and there was a rail of leather jackets marked with up to 50% off. So I had a nosey. They were all one style except one jacket. That one jacket turned out to be the Bales jacket and I was drawn in by the collar detail and the butter soft leather. I've tried a lot of leather jackets on in my quest to find the one and some leathers are so hard and unyielding that I know I will never feel comfortable wearing them. This one just felt nice. When I got it home, I told the hubs it was my birthday present from him. He replied "Didn't I do well?".

The Pieces leather bag. That's another item I've mentioned previously. I'm still really rather pleased with it.

Oh and last but not least, a pair of Stan Smiths which I found in the Next sale for half price. I've already been stalking these with the burgundy trim for the last few months and I knew I could wait it out. I'm really glad I did.

So - what did you buy? Anything good? Do tell.


Last Note :

  • This is only stuff I bought in the sales. Not any new season.
  • I also have the Hush ... skirt which I have yet to decide on. I kind of love it but is it versatile enough for me?
  • Apologies, I did try to see if I could find the Bales jacket at the price that I bought it at but they are now sold out in House of Fraser and John Lewis where they were half price.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Friday Five : 2nd February 2018

I meant to do a Friday Five last week but I was very very busy doing #fridayfeet with Bean from Smalltownthreads. But this week, I'm free! (said in a John Inman kind of voice).

Friday Five (1 of 5) Hiut Jeans

You know that Meghan Markle lady who just got engaged to Prince Harry? Of course you do. Well because I live in a bubble and only listen to the news at 7am in the morning and 10 o'clock at night and only catch snippets, I missed out on the fact that she's been sporting a pair of Hiut denim jeans. Never heard of them? Me neither till Wednesday when I asked Jules what jean brands she was in to when we were having a little natter about jeans. So obviously, once home, I googled Hiut Denim and found out about the Meghan bit but the bit I was more interested in is that they are a small Welsh company and they only do four styles of jeans for women and one of those styles is in a raw denim. This is something I investigated in the past (see here) but failed miserably with as raw denim is not an easy ride. I signed myself up for the newsletter so I can mull them over for now as I know I simply can't afford or justify them right now. Ho hum. Oh and by the way just incase you're wondering, Megan has the skinny fit Dina pair here

Friday Five (2 of 5) Saucy.

Panda Brand Oyster Sauce
Lee Kum Kee Seasoned Soy Sauce for Seafood
Flying Goose Sriracha Mayonaise

Right for a woman who doesn't like cooking, I have one secret ingredient in my cupboard which makes my cooking taste better. It's oyster sauce. Don't retch. It doesn't actually taste like oysters or else I wouldn't be using it. It just adds a little oomph to your cooking when you think something lacks a bit of depth or you just need an extra dimension to the flavour. I even add it to my spaghetti bolognese which the hubs found hilarious at first but sometimes he does say "it needs a bit of oyster sauce does that!" when he's tasting. One of the simplest ways to use it is to steam some broccoli and then toss it with a half a tablespoon of the sauce and it's an instant side accompaniment to a meal and stops broccoli being so basic. I serve it like this to my boys with plain rice and pan fried salmon. Oh and the other two bottles in that pic? Get yourself on to Sriracha mayonnaise - it's great on chips! Or use it on some chicken strips in a wrap with some salady bits. Bee-yozz-a. Last but not least, the soy sauce I use is a subtler one than the more mainstream well known ones. It is not as "salty" and has a tiny sweetness to it which makes it nicer on rice and seafood. Just thought you might like to know. I tend to buy all three from the Chinese supermarket but I think I've spotted them in some of the larger Tesco superstores as well now. 

Friday Five (3 of 5) New Look Blouse.

Well a couple of weeks ago, I bought this River Island smock top. I've just tried it on again this week and decided that I wasn't sure about it on me anymore. I suddenly felt it was a touch big on me for some reason so it's been earmarked for a return (I did spot they do a petite version now online so I may have to reorder to see what the difference is). But then I spotted this New Look cutwork style blouse too which I felt was possibly a little more me. What do you think? River Island or New Look? River Island or New Look. Maybe neither?

Friday Five (4 of 5) Upcycling

I bought a little crate of clementines a few weeks ago from Aldi and when it came to recycling the little cardboard crate and taking it apart, it was a bit of a toughie. I literally couldn't take it apart so given that I knew it was rather a robust thing, I took a paintbrush to it instead to make it a little less "clementine crate". If you're feeling particularly crafty, you can paint your own designs on but I wasn't feeling that way inclined this week - another week maybe - you know how it is. For now,  it's a free basket/crate which is good for crafty stuff and odds and sods and whatever you put in baskets normally.

Friday Five (5 of 5) Pink

M&S Pink Cardi (I'm in a size small)

I'm currently obsessed with pink. I want a pair of pink jeans in roughly the shade of that cardi up there. I have ordered a pair of pink jeans incidentally but there is no pic to share. #Sausages. 

Have a good weekend y'all. x

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Sweatshirts 2018

Just before Christmas, ASOS Premier did a 30% off anything across the site. I ordered three things. 

1. Whistles Rue De La Paix Sweatshirt
2. New Look Belle Sweatshirt
3. Selected Femme Jumper

I kept the jumper.

What was wrong with the sweatshirts? Nothing. Nothing whatsoever except I couldn't really justify another black sweatshirt with a bit of a French thing going on. Besides which I already had this one.

Ganni Sweatshirt (old)
Jeans (old)
Golden Goose Trainers (old)
Lidl Coat (AW17 sold out)

This is my Ganni one circa 2013. It still looks like new, wears well and washes well. There's nothing wrong with it - so every year it comes out and gets worn. But I do fancy a new one which is different to anything else I've got. I've been eyeing up a Rouge one since last year but I'm keeping my options open because whilst looking around, I've come up with a few more which I wouldn't mind giving wardrobe space to. 

My favourites are number 1 and 2 by The Great. A brand I'm not familiar with but after a bit of googling, I could really get on board with their sweatshirts (when they go in the sale). The Mango sweatshirts are a bit lighter and fresher for the spring months which is why I've included a bit of colour for a change and not a single grey sweatshirt - I think I have probably six at last count so it's  probably time to step away from the grey. Infact it's absolutely time to step away from the grey!