My £10 and Under Challenge

Regular readers will have heard me bleating on NUMEROUS times about being poor but my wardrobe is desperately in need of a colour injection and with Spring (supposedly) coming I’ve been looking online for cheap and cheerful pieces.

Matalan £10

Matalan £10

A basic maxi but the colour is fab and would look great with some turquoise accessories. My KG striped wedges, bought last year but never worn, will pull the whole look together.

River Island £10

River Island £10

Usually I’d pair this skirt with black but for summer it’d look sweet with a cream cami and gold accessories.

Boohoo £10

Boohoo £10

The sun shines and I’m immediately drawn to coral colours and I do love a maxi.

Forever 21 £9.75

Forever 21 £9.75

If we ever get a summer I plan on wearing this vest with denim shorts ala the model.

Forever 21 £9.75

Forever 21 £9.75

My blue heeled Carvelas would match these perfectly for a summer night out.

H&M £7.99

H&M £7.99

Again not very exciting but would go with loads of my exciting wardrobe.

What do you think of my choices and my challenge? Any other stores I should be checking out (apart from Primark?) for cheap and cheerful clothing?

L  x

How I Wore… A £6 Dress

Due to my finances being dreadful just now I haven’t been buying ANYTHING clothing or beauty wise until I seen this bottle green skater dress in New Look on the sale rail for £6.

Yes it is basic but I don’t have any other dresses this colour and I knew I’d be able to make it more “me” by adding accessories. To make sure my dresses are suitable for work they must be a decent length, so I don’t flash my bum, and don’t show too much cleavage. I’d hate to give any of the old gits in my work a heart attack by flashing them!

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As I said, pretty basic. I then added tights and tan boots as it is unbelievably cold right now and started throwing on accessories.

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The unicorn necklace was a gift from Yvonne

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My River Island cardigan and scarf add a bit more texture to the plain ensemble.

OK so the outfit ain’t the most exciting but I’m rather impressed with how my £6 dress turned out.

I’ve not been impressed with New Look’s stuff lately but I did see this playsuit in store however they didn’t have it in my size. Tempted to break the spending ban to buy it.

dotty playsuit £16.99 new look

Whadda ya think about the dress? Should I break the ban for the playsuit?

L  x

Liking The Look Of…..

Photos of pretty accessories I’ve seen lately and want:

Monki £12

Monki £12

For days when you need a floral pick me up.

Perfect for Spring. These make me ache for sunshine.

Perfect for me! Wonder if they could make me a “Spoilt Bitch” one?!

Pastels and polka dots = ideal

Tis pretty. Nowt much more I can really say about it except I don’t have a grey scarf and I want this one.

LoveLila £34.99

LoveLila £34.99

This would brighten up these gloomy days.

I have 2 necklaces with unicorns on them so it’s only logical I’d want one spelling out unicorn. NEED this.

Urban Outfitters £10

Urban Outfitters £10

Cos everyone needs elephants on their make up bags.

What do you think of my picks?

L   x

Is Your Wardrobe Linked To Your Mindset?

No I’m not talking wearing black ‘cos you are in a bad mood. I’m curious about mental age affecting clothing choices.

Having been told a few times that I dress “too young” for my age I’ve recently been thinking/worrying about this as age is a bit of an issue with me. I mentioned here about the age limit for dungarees and have been left wondering what other items I’m too old to wear. I’m 28 years old but have been told I look younger. I’m lucky in that I work in an old man’s pub where the customers frequently mistake me for a 22-year-old. I usually lie about my age and say I’m 23. The youngest I’ve ever been told I look is 19. Yes the guy was pissed and clearly in need of glasses but I’ll still take that!

I have self diagnosed myself as having a touch of Female Peter Pan Syndrome. My body may be 28 but in my head I still feel 16. A recent study shows that a large number of people don’t feel like a grown up until they reach the grand old age of 28 years old. Here’s what various reports have to say about Peter Pan Syndrome:

Female Peter Pans are also more likely to be financially dependent upon their parents than men – and parents are more likely to give money to a daughter than a son.

Consistently indulges in fruitless pursuits and short meaningless relationships.

Women in adultolescence focus on having a good time and keeping up with the latest trends.

Some invest a lot of time and energy in looking for Prince Charming – or whoever will charm them in the moment. Building a career and working long hours are not as much of a priority or a desire.

Although their lifestyle may seem appealing, many are painfully insecure and put extraordinary effort into looking good to compensate for how they feel inside.

The following celebrities are also 28 years old:

Duffy

Duffy

Miquita Oliver

Miquita Oliver

Freida Pinto and Scarlett Johansson seem older to me, maybe it’s just the Hollywood thing though. Out of all the featured celebs I’d have to say it seems Avril Lavigne has FPPS – her style hasn’t changed much since she first launched onto the music scene in 2002, she’s still sporting coloured hair, skulls, crosses and stars. Indeed a song from her upcoming album is entitled “Here’s To Never Growing Up” – rather apt.

Does my feeling alot younger than I am reflect my clothing choices? Perhaps. I enlisted the help of my closest friends, asking “In the interest of my blog do you think I dress too young for my age?” and begged for genuine answers. Well my friends are nothing if not honest yet I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with their replies:

“Not at all! You’re not collecting your pension Doll! Fashion should be fun and flirty at your age! X”

“You’re fashionable without being the same as everyone else and you don’t wear stuff you shouldn’t xx”

“nope I don’t think so at all xx”

“No but I do worry about that too. You have no fear when it comes to fashion x”

And the answer I was most dreading comes from the bestest, who has said in the past that I dress younger than my age, however I love her answer the most! (This could be narcissism on my part though, tell-tale sign of PPS)

“You’re very fashiony and much more daring than me with colours and prints. Generally people get less fashionable and more plain and classic as they get older. You also have no fear of the cold which is not normal after 20.”

From my friends’ comments I’d say that liking fashion makes me appear younger than what I actually am! Yes I like my dresses short and having fun with accessories but I wouldn’t say I’m as daring as my friends are making me out to be. If I was happily married and settled down would I be more inclined to dress in an understated yet stylish way? If I altered my wardrobe would I alter the way in which I make decisions? Would I eventually leave Neverland and grow up?

It looks then that the issue lies with me, not helped at all by my mother’s admission that she too has female peter pan syndrome. The difference between young at heart and peter pan syndrome is how it affects you making life decisions. I know that if the shit ever hits the fan I make a terrible decision my parents will always be there to pick up the pieces as they have been countless times in the past and I don’t just mean moneywise. (Yes, yes overprotective parents can be a cause of PPS aswell).

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On a more light-hearted note here’s just some of the reasons why I think I’m a female Peter Pan:

  1. I can’t tell you what I did last week but can remember, in great detail, stories from my late teens.
  2. My favourite songs are from when I was 17/18/19.
  3. I think I can still drink like I used to be able to. The 2 day hangovers suggest otherwise.
  4. I take great delight in strangers thinking I’m not the eldest child of the family.
  5. I’ll happily live on cuppasoups and porridge for 2 weeks to fund a drunken night out.
  6. I get offended if I’m referred to as a cougar for kissing boys younger than me.
  7. I still refer to guys/men as boys.
  8. I still avoid my mum if I’ve done something she won’t approve of!
  9. My bedroom resembles that of a 13 year old girl – clothes, cosmetics and accessories EVERYWHERE.

As Peter Pan once said “Girls talk too much” so I shall finish here before I ramble on anymore.

I’d be eternally grateful for thoughts and comments on this matter.

L  x

Ladies Day Dresses

Yes I am aware that it has been snowing but lately I’ve been searching for the perfect dress for Ladies Day at Musselburgh Racing Course. Ladies Day takes place Friday 14th June and it isn’t all about the betting. It’s primarily about women showing off their fab outfits and drinking Champagne. Plus there is also the incentive of being best dressed and winning £3000!

Here’s the dresses I’ve been looking at:

Darling at Zalando £70

Darling at Zalando £70

Issue 1.3 at Zalando £54.95

Issue 1.3 at Nelly £54.95

The polka dot number reminds me of the polo scene dress from Pretty Woman! This is probably my favourite for Ladies Day but at £70 it is a bit steep for me as I’m currently saving for a trip to London.

The red one makes me think of Holly Willoughby and as she is one of my girl crushes I am tempted to buy this.

Best Mountain at Zalando £50

Best Mountain at Zalando £50

InLoveWithFashion £38

InLoveWithFashion £38

 

Red is probably my signature colour so the Best Mountain dress is looking like a prime candidate. The dots and sweetheart neckline are uber cute too.

Monochrome and floral this InLoveWithFashion dress ticks 2 trends in 1.

Closet at House Of Fraser £44.95

Closet at House Of Fraser £44.95

 

Clearly I’m feeling monochrome, polka dots and red right now!

I also have a 1950s style red and white polka dot dress from Dolly Dagger which I bought for a wedding 2 years ago and have never worn so that is a possibility too.

Whadda ya think of my choices? Would you be planning an outfit for June now?

Any other sites I should check out for affordable dresses?

 

 

Harvey Nichols Speed Beauty Event

On Tuesday night Jade, Yvonne, Charis, Claire and I joined many other beauty junkies at Edinburgh’s Harvey Nichols for their Speed Beauty Event. Free Champagne, a super cute pink train and goody bags made for a great evening.

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The train was the main area for the Speed “dating” event. Claire and I visited one of the little compartments to find out more about Molecule perfume. I have heard of the brand before as my mum wears their 01 scent but the lovely consultant June explained how Molecule is different from other fragrances in that it works with your bodys phermones. Wearers often can’t smell the perfume on themselves but others can. It can also be layered over different scents.  Harvey Nichols is the only Scottish seller of the scents made by This Company.

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The staff on all the beauty counters were more than helpful yet it didn’t feel they were trying too hard to push their products onto you. I used to wear Chanel’s Marilyn lipstick but it was discontinued a few years ago, I was offered an alternative but it wasn’t quite right.

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I opted for my usual Mac in Russian Red as it is my signature colour and I was down to my last tube on it. Thanks to the £10 ticket being redeemable against a purchase I only spent £4 on my lipstick. Happy days. I was a VERY good girl on the evening and only purchased the one item however I did blag some perfume samples from Balenciaga  and Roberto Cavalli. We also received goody bags which housed more perfume samples and sachets of various Macadamia Hair treatments which I’m excited to try.

Overall a fantastic night, can’t wait for the next event.

Nod, Smile and Live in the 50s

Beware. This YouTube video I’m showing you has filled me with the intense rage.

I was  doing my usual of watching hair tutorials then found a video of a guy talking about crazy ex girlfriends and then this video popped up. Titled “3 things men can’t resist in a woman” the only reason I watched it was the high number of views – not because I’m some sad single loser who can’t get a date!

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So basically to attract a man you are to act as a vapid airhead, hold back all your feelings and just listen to your man and dress in colourful frilly dresses. Oh and let’s not forget the sparkly earrings.

Yes everyone is entitled to their own opinion but in my opinion this is a load of SHIT! And this coming from me who pretty much lives in dresses yet receives more compliments when wearing trousers. I’m surprised the guy in the video didn’t turn around and say all women should be a size 10 or under. Have we really regressed as a society into thinking that to attract a man we must hide our unique personalities? I’m all for 1950s memorabilia but don’t think the mindset is appropriate in this day and age!

The other thing that enrages me about this video is the responses:

“Yesterday I dressed a lot more feminine and smiled a ton more and three guys hugged me an one asked for my number!”

“I used to be really grumpy and serious all the time. Now I try and smile all the time and not really care about what others think of it. Guess what, all of a sudden guys started approaching me to talk a lot more than before. What do you know”

“It worked my boy friend is not cheating on me any more”

Really?! REALLY?!

The mind boggles.

What are your thoughts on this sexist, outdated video? Do you think the robot like man makes any valid points?

Would love to know thoughts on this one.

L x