December & January Round Up

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.

December

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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!

Outfit deets:

Headband: Tesco

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.

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Another month another (few) trip(s) to Madeleines for some mouth wateringly good desserts.

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December saw me become an aunty again 🙂

My sister gave birth to another beautiful baby girl. As the bestest aunty ever I may have   did spent a small fortune of pink clothing from Gap and Debenhams.

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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?!

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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.

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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!

Dress: H&M

Shoes: Nine West

Necklace: H&M

Ring: Primark

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!

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So much for Dry January – LOTS of cocktails were consumed, favourites were from Tonic and The Roseleaf.

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Should I Bother???

So whilst cardigans are nothing new for Autumn/Winter the surprise object of lust amongst bloggers such as Sarah @ BloodRedMoon, Charnelle and Helen appears to be cardigans of the fluffy variety and I have been wondering whether to follow suit.

I know that Primark are selling these for £12 but I’m leaning more toward the New Look version even though it is more expensive at £24.99

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Because of work I’d have to opt for the black version but it also comes in cream which my darling niece tried on recently!

"It's sooooooooo soft LeeLee, I want one in my size"

“It’s sooooooooo soft LeeLee, I want one in my size”

She’s such a little fashionista and likes to pick out her own clothes and she probably owns more handbags than my sister does!

IF (more like when) I do buy this then I’d pair it with my trusty H! by Henry Holland (p)leather skirt, a basic black tee, black opaque tights and my little suede Primark booties. It’s totes about the different textures when it comes to an all black ensemble dontcha know.

I can see me wearing this cardigan constantly and for non work days it would be so easy to throw on over a dress, just add tights and boots and I’d be all set for the rapidly decreasing temperatures.

The one way I can add a touch of fun into my work outfits is with accessories so I’d wear one of my ever-growing collection of Jiji Kiki necklaces, my newest one is a cartoon unicorn – SO cute.

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The necklace has now sold out but please go check out the website for the huge variety of jewellery at affordable prices.

So have you succumbed to the fluffy cardigan fad?

Should I bother?

Would love to know thoughts

L    x

August Round-Up

It’s been quiet on the blog front lately but that’s because I’ve been a busy little bee this past month with seeing a few shows at the Edinburgh fringe and still trying to get used to working 2 jobs. Enough of the excuses though – on to photos of my life from August:

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Yay! I FINALLY managed to get my hands on the Clinique Super City Block. Had been trying to track it down for months but it was sold out everywhere. Eventually managed to buy it from Debenhams during one of their sale days so only spent £17.30 on it 🙂

As someone who has ridiculously pale skin (i may have mentioned before I have the skin of a ginger but not the hair colour) the SPF 40 means I can wear my sunglasses without running the risk of getting panda eyes which I inevitably do every year.

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LOVE this photo of me and the bestest. A catch up in the pub, she called my outfit – black and white printed H&M trousers, black Johnny Cash t-shirt and vintage black bowler hat – “interesting” which meant she hated it however I don’t care, I like that outfit. Only a true friend can say shit like that to you without causing offense!

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Hotel Chocolat Mojito truffles – possibly the tastiest thing I’ve ever eaten. There is a Hotel Chocolat not far from my work but I have resisted going in very often due to the ever-expanding waistline issue.

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Such an attractive face to make

Such an attractive face to make

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Sick of my hair colour and fancying a change I opted to go blonde however my hair is a pain in the arse to colour and I ended up with bright orange roots – such a good look. My hair dresser then buggered off on holiday (jammy cow) and I had to resort to half a tin of dry shampoo each day just to lighten it. It has since been fixed.

There is mixed opinions on my new colour. One of the most bizarre comments has been that I look like a “chubby version of Helen Flanagan” needless to say I wasn’t overly pleased about the chubby part but was more upset about the Helen Flanagan part! Yes I can be ditzy but I sincerely hope I don’t come across as brain-dead as she did on I’m A Celeb.

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I just don’t see it! What’s more disturbing is that people in the pub I work in are now calling me Helen. Perhaps it is time to go a bit darker again although I think my hairdresser may kill me considering it took about 8 hours in all to get my hair all the one (non orange) shade.

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I had a brilliant and rather drunken night out in a gay club with a couple of friends recently where I danced my socks off and ended up with a bit of a fan club! Rubbish photos but fantastic night out. I went straight from work so wearing a basic black New Look dress, my snake skin Guess heels and zebra print Julien Macdonald clutch bag. During August most pubs and clubs in Edinburgh have a late licence due to the Fringe festival. It seemed like such a good idea to go out until 5a,m however my hangover when working in the pub the next again day reminded me I am an actual idiot sometimes!

Festival wise I was lucky enough to see both Chris Ramsey and Jason Byrne, was in stitches at the Chris Ramsey show. Also went on our annual excursion to see The Ladyboys Of Bangkok with several family members, we never fail to have a great time. I spent most of the show deliberating which body parts I wanted from each of the cast members. Bad times when you are jealous of a man’s body! And slightly disturbing how much I coveted alot of the costumes.

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Insane face with the momma. She’s sick of the sight of me wearing that hat.

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There’s a reason for this. I just can’t remember why. Standard behaviour for our nights out.

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My partner in crime, Ashley, and I decided to drink bottles of Prosecco all night, luckily there was no hangovers in the morning.

I’m sure there’s been much more happened but as I have the attention span of a goldfish…….

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City Dressing

As mentioned here I recently spent a long weekend in London. With the temperatures topping 30 degrees each day a comfortable yet stylish wardrobe was required. Below is a selection of photos of my outfits. For 4 days away I ended up taking 7 dresses, 4 pairs of shoes, 3 pairs of sunglasses and 3 handbags!

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The only time I wore heels the whole weekend :O I jazzed up this New Look dress with my Cambridge Satchel and Alexander McQueen scarf.

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Looking like a chubby tennis player! This was the hat I bought at Greenwich Market and I’ve worn it to death already.

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My Cynthia Rowley dress recieved many compliments, I kept the accessories simple with my Primark necklace and gold ballet pumps.

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All I bought from Harrods was a MAC lipstick, a gorgeous pink called Impassioned that I could have bought from Harvey Nichols in Edinburgh but I wanted a Harrods carrier bag!

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Basic black New Look dress with Peacocks sandals, Zara bag and vintage sunnies.

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I already posted this photo here but it’s the only shot I have of the JiJi KiKi dress

My travelling outfits weren’t worth posting – just basic maxi dresses and converse.

My style in London was very relaxed – flat shoes and hardly any accessories, how unlike me. I blame the scorching sun.

What are your essentials for a weekend break?

L   x

Sail Away With Me

So waaaaaay back here I mentioned how much I love Jiji Kiki‘s website and especially this dress so imagine my delight when those wonderful peoples at JiJi KiKi sent me it!

I was about to embark on a trip to the zoo with me adorable niece recently but couldn’t find anything I wanted to wear. The fashion gods must have smiled upon me as 2 seconds after muttering “I have nothing to wear” my parcel arrived from JiJi KiKi. I immediately changed into the dress and went out to enjoy the sunshine.

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I paired the dress with: denim waistcoat from New Look, bag from Zara, vintage sunnies and Primark necklace.

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Photos aren’t the greatest but then again they were taken by a 5 year old!

The pattern on this pink dress is little sail boats although at first glance I thought they were watermelon segments – I’m blaming too much sun frazzling my brain!

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Not sure why this looks red because the dress is definitely pink.

I then did something I NEVER do – I wore the same dress 3 days later (friend’s of mine will be in shock right about now). I spent a fabulous weekend in that London seeing the swoonsome Michael Buble in concert and wore this dress out to dinner one night.

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It looks like I’m preggo here – I’m totally not. I am sporting the world’s biggest food baby and trying to hide it with my Julien Macdonald clutch bag. A very casual look from me but the weather was freakishly warm even at night and we were walking miles and miles so flat shoes were a requirement.

One of the things I love about this dress is that it can be easily dress up or down and is interesting enough in print and shape to be worn with basic accessories without me worrying about it looking boring. Another great aspect of this dress is the longer hem at the back, meaning when I wear it during crappy weather I won’t have to worry about flashing my granny panties to strangers in the street.

Whaddya think of my dress? Have you shopped with JiJi KiKi before?

L    x

June Round Up

I started my new job and moved house in the same week so haven’t done particularly much but here’s what’s been keeping me busy this past month:

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Charis, Yvonne and I went to see the massively camp Dolly Parton‘s 9-5 and had a blast! In the bar area there was a cut out of Hairspray characters and it’s actually scary how much this suits us!

The show was so bad it was good and Ben Richards as Franklyn Hart added a bit of eye candy.

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I was surprised to see Susan Boyle come into my work one night. This is a terrible photo, she actually looks teeny tiny in person and was lovely enough to pose for loads of photos with customers.

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I attended a 50th birthday party with my lovely Mum.

I’m wearing: Dress from New Look – bargainous tenner in the sale. Shoes from Peacocks about 3 years ago – pretty but they killed my feet. Cardi from River Island – last year’s stock but I wear it constantly.

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The morning after the party I got over my hangover by eating the breakfast of champions and enjoying the sunshine!

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I was lucky enough to win a one of a kind customised Warehouse denim shirt through A DaisyChain Dream‘s blog. I will be posting about the shirt soon so keep your eyes peeled!

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I moved from my flat back to my parent’s house and didn’t have any plain stickers so used Christmas stickers which I thought was pretty inspired! As there is hardly any space for me and ALL my belongings I’ve had to downsize considerably and I’m having to put my clothes and footwear in 3 storage boxes :0

Hopefully get my own place again soon as I’m not sure how much longer I can live with so little clothing!

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I was hungover and threw this outfit on for work one day. Yes it’s a bit mismash but I surprisingly really like it. Not advisable to wear a tee saying “Looking for Mr Perfect” when surrounded by pervy old men though.

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Went to see the ever charming Robbie Williams in concert at Hampden with my cousins, mum and a couple of family friends. I’ve seen Robbie about 5 or 6 times in concert now and each time he gets better and better. I was more excited to see his support act, Olly Murs, as I have the biggest crush on him and let’s just say after seeing the way the guy can dance I’m even more smitten ❤

Regular readers will be used to seeing photos of food and alcohol on previous round ups but I’ve been pretty good this month (I think)

L      x

New Job, New Me!

I start a new job this week, retail management for a  lingerie store, and although there is no uniform to wear I will be required to dress in plain black during my working hours. I own plenty of black clothing but alot of it is black with embellishment or patterned or too casual for business. Here’s what I’m contemplating buying:

River Island £28

River Island £28

In Love With Fashion £32

In Love With Fashion £32

This wrap dress looks like it would be ever so flattering. Also comes in a range of other colours.

Matalan £20

Matalan £20

ASOS £15

ASOS £15

It’s the one thing I don’t own, is a pair of black trousers or jeans. I don’t even have a pair of black leggings! These ASOS twill trousers would make a welcome addition into my wardrobe.

River Island £20

River Island £20

ASOS £22

ASOS £22

The shoulder detailing is lovely and makes this a little unusual.

River Island £28

River Island £28

New Look £16.99

New Look £16.99

This embellished sweater is quite casual for me but I reckon I could make it work.

Pop Couture £18

Pop Couture £18

I also need to look for comfortable black shoes:

ASOS £28

ASOS £28

New Look £17.99

New Look £17.99

New Look £29.99

New Look £29.99

Dorothy Perkins £35

Dorothy Perkins £35

 

Any thoughts on my picks? Any tips of not getting lost in a sea of black?

L      x