Working in retail AND hospitality over the festive period has alot to answer for. I’ve missed blogging but simply didn’t have the time to offer some quality posts so please forgive my absence.
This will be a photo heavy post showing what’s kept me busy since I lasted posted.
At work one day we had a “Christmas Glam” theme. Whilst this outfit isn’t as glam as I would have liked due to the almost freezing temperatures in my shop layering was crucial!
Cardigan: River Island
Jumper: H! By Henry Holland
Skirt, tights and socks: Primark
Boots: New Look
I freakin ❤ this H! By Henry Holland jumper and have worn it loads. The split in the skirt was far too revealing to wear without tights but I quite liked the effect of the printed hosiery with this outfit.
Another month another (few) trip(s) to Madeleines for some mouth wateringly good desserts.
December saw me become an aunty again 🙂
I celebrated my birthday (no I will not disclose my age!). It was a rather sedate affair this year but was lovely to spend time with my nearest and dearest. Also how cute is my Minnie Mouse hat gifted to me by the mother?!
Just some of my Christmas gifts
The Bestest bought me this onesie and it is fast becoming one of my most favourite items ever!
I posted in my wishlist about wanting decent makeup brushes so imagine my delight when the parents gave me these beautiful Dior brushes. they are almost too pretty to use. Second best present was definitely my Cambridge Satchel. Bigger than my red one from the previous Christmas, I have used this almost every day since.
This H&M dress was my outfit of choice for Hogmanay. Rather daring for me to be exposing the midriff but I have decided to step out of my comfort zone with clothing and what better time to start than New Year.
This whole outfit cost me the grand total of £44 thanks to some savvy sale shopping!
Shoes: Nine West
January consisted of many relatives birthdays, some illness and wedding dress shopping! No not for me (alas) but the bestest got engaged on Christmas Day and as Maid of Honour it was my duty to offer critical analysis of dresses. Although the wedding isn’t until next August both the wedding dress and my dress have been purchased!
Christmas is probably my favourite time of year (apart from it being so bloody cold) and visiting the Christmas Market in Princes Street gardens is a tradition. This year Yvonne and I took her little one who had an absolute blast although I think we enjoyed ourselves more than he did!
It’s not all about the alcohol – Yvonne and I ate a ridiculous amount of food in a short space of time! Was rather disappointed by the churros that weren’t actually churros, more like doughy doughnuts.
We didn’t actually go on the big wheel although I usually do. We visited the market on a Thursday afternoon and while the atmosphere was lost somewhat with it still being light outside, the fact that the kids were still in school made the whole trip much calmer than in previous years.
I’ll definitely be going back for another visit, perhaps this time without children so we can go on the bigger rides and drink ALOT more alcohol.
- Jingle all the way as Edinburgh’s Christmas celebrations begin (edinburgh.stv.tv)
- More than 750,000 flock to Edinburgh’s Christmas (edinburghnews.scotsman.com)
- It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… (ashleighnz.wordpress.com)
That’s right I’ve been a crap blogger lately – only 1 post in November. Oops! Wish I could say I have a valid reason but I don’t.
Here’s what’s been keeping me distracted:
Having fun with Yvonne in our onesies! Long gone are the days when we’d be drinking all day and night, now it’s all about cheesy movies, cosy PJs and mulled cider.
Drunken selfie after a night at the Hibs Club for a 40th. As usual I was crap and forgot to take an outfit shot.
Treating myself to a Clinique Chubby Stick – review to come soon.
Getting my nails Shellac’d – really like the grey with glitter on top. I’m rubbish with nails so even my Shellac doesn’t last as long as it should do 😦
Buying this adorable owl necklace from Persun Mall
I’ve also been buying some well needed knitwear including a super cute Henry Holland polka dot number which I’ll post about soon.
Sure there’s plenty more I’ve been occupied with but just can’t remember at the moment
I really do think I am the easiest person in the world to buy for: I like pretty things and handbags and accessories and shoes and handbags and jewellery and beauty products and handbags. Did I mention I like handbags?! So it puzzles me when my nearest and dearest complain about not knowing what to buy me for birthday or Christmas. I’m unfortunate to celebrate my day of birth a mere 6 days before Christmas. With this in mind I thought I’d put together an easy wishlist of prettiful things I’d be ever so grateful for 😉
I didn’t jump on the Urban Decay bandwagon when the Naked palettes were big news but lately I’ve favoured a neutral eye (and I need a change from my standard black liquid eyeliner) and if I’m going to go neutral then I might as well go for the best and the original.
I really am in dire need of some decent make up brushes and everyone raves about the Real Technique ones so I’d like to give them a go. This Sam Chapman Picks set is an ideal starter kit.
Ever so slightly expensive for a birthday or Christmas gift but I would love, love, love to own this Bedford satchel. It’s just a classic shape that will NEVER go out of style.
This may come as a shocker to my friends and family but I REALLY want a pair of cons. I wore a pair of my mum’s Converse during the summer with maxi dresses and liked the look. Plus I have found the ideal pair of jeans so would be able to rock a casual look more often.
Would prefer this tee in black but would be great as I’m a massive Marilyn fan.
I blogged about this tee aaaaaaaaaaaaaages ago and still didn’t get round to buying it so I’m putting it on my wishlist.
I really don’t need another LBD but the netting and dots make this unlike any other black dress I own.
I kind of NEED this necklace in my life!
So there we go, the pretty things I’d like!
I wouldn’t say I have a certain style when it comes to clothes although I’ll always favour a dress over a pair of trousers any day but one thing I do like about having such a diverse taste in clothes is raiding the wardrobes of my nearest and dearest. I just had a week off work and I spent 3 days at Yvonne’s which consisted of watching movies, clearing through hordes of beauty products and carving pumpkins! The bestest was kind enough to let me rummage through her wardrobe although I wasn’t lucky enough to blag any goodies (this time!). Yvonne is a bit of a dress junkie like myself but as we have such different body shapes I tried on some stlyes that I wouldn’t usually wear to some mixed results.
Excuse the bad hair I’m giving.
I ❤ this River Island dress. From the front. From the back is just a mega mess, the pleats don’t sit right and make me look like I have a big arse which I actually don’t have. Tis such a shame as I feel quite Audrey-esque in this dress.
This dress gives the illusion of the figure I wish I really had! Have told Yvonne I’ll be borrowing this at some point in the near future.
This Phase Eight dress is lovely but miles too long for my short arse frame.
My boobs are too big for this River Island dress and despite it being quite covered up I felt very naked in it!
Another Phase Eight dress. Not normally a print I would go for but again I’m liking the dress, can see me buying quite a dew dress this shape.
New shape but this Coast dress is completely the wrong colour for me. I do believe they have it in black and white so may have to check that out.
Another dress that I will be “borrowing” the back is so pretty and the dress flares nicely when you spin which is obviously a very important aspect when picking a dress.
Do you steal pieces from friend’s wardrobes? Any other styles you think I should try?
So a couple of weeks ago I was invited along to a bloggers event at The West Port in Linlithgow along with a bunch of other Scottish bloggers to try out the new menu after an extensive refurbishment. Treated to a glass of Prosecco upon arrival, our mouths quickly started watering as the staff set down the first lot of seafood platters. The only downside to a bloggers event like this is having to wait until everyone has taken photos before actually eating!
The food was fantastic, unfortunately I don’t have a photo of my favourite dish, the slow cooked BBQ pulled pork, my mouth is actually watering just at the thought of it.
We bloggers sure are a lucky bunch sometimes and the unlimited wine at The West Port was a major perk!
After a quick look around the hotel we settled down for pudding and all I can say is the sticky toffee pudding is one of the best I’ve tried and believe me I’ve eaten ALOT of puddings in my time!
Following out visit to The West Port a photo of us all appeared in The Edinburgh Evening News where we were refered to as fashionistas!
Some of the other girls left early and left it to us lushes to indulge in the wine, I think I was the one of the only ones to be hangover free in the morning 😉
As I may have mentioned before I’m a bit crap when it comes to taking outfit photos so didn’t get any snaps of my dress but I wore this In Love With Fashion dress.
The West Port is the ideal place to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon and I for one will be heading back soon for some more of that pulled pork.