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.

Raiding The Wardrobe Of Others

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.

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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.

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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.

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This Phase Eight dress is lovely but miles too long for my short arse frame.

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My boobs are too big for this River Island dress and despite it being quite covered up I felt very naked in it!

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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.

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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.

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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?

L   x

You’ll Never See Me Wear A Suit Of White

I’m a huge Johnny Cash fan so it was only appropriate to have one of his lyrics as today’s post title.

My first day off in over a week and I still ended up wearing a predominately black outfit!

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Hat: Vintage

Tee: Bathroom Wall

Cardigan: New Look

Trousers: H&M 

Boots: Debenhams

Bag: Zara

I’ve had this tee for about 2 years now but they still stock it on the website Bathroom Wall which sells thousands of different music/band clothing. I have a few Johnny Cash tshirts from various retailers but this is probably my favourite.

I’ve barely taken this cardigan off since buying it and whenever I wear it there’s always someone who feels the need to stroke it!

These trousers get worn on such a regular occurrence there’s nowt much I can say about them except how comfortable they are and the print makes me feel a teeny tiny bit more stylish when I wear them as part of a casual outfit.

The boots aren’t actually mine, they belong to the momma, who is on holibags so I am raiding her accessories.

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The ring is from Primark and the bracelet River Island

This morning saw me and Carla getting our eyebrows threaded followed by a spot of shopping and some lunch.

This afternoon my niece, sister and I took our dog Lloyd for a walk. Obviously those red Debenhams boots weren’t made for (dog)walking so I swapped them for some black and white Converse (again belonging to my mum)

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Whaddya think of my outfit? Do you have an item that makes you a casual outfit feel more dressed up?

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

 

 

 

 

Fun In The Ferry

Saturday saw blue skies and sunshine so the bestest and I headed to South Queensferry with her little boy for a picnic under the famous Forth Rail Bridge.

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My photos really don’t do the weather justice but it was warm enough for bare legs and arms although I did eventually have to wear my cardigan.

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Yvonne very kindly provided the picnic which also included pate, oat cakes, crisps and sweeties – the diet was definitely screwed that day! And to thank her for making such a gorgeous spread I treated us to ice cream later on in the day. Luckily for us Yvonne’s little boy L didn’t mind being dragged around the shops, he did end up with an umbrella or rumberella as he was calling it. South Queensferry has some cute little boutiques and the charity shop we visited was unbelievably cheap.

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 1. Antique store window display

2. Scarf display

3. ❤ this quote “I love the way you can take a rainy day and make it glisten with diamonds”

The other reason we went to South Queensferry was for the stunning backgrounds for photo opportunities, unfortunately neither Yvonne nor myself are professional photographers (or very good ones, in my case) so the shots aren’t quite what we aimed for although we did have a giggle taking the pictures.

Staring wistfully into the distance

Staring wistfully into the distance

Indulging her inner hippie

Indulging her inner hippie

How fabby is Yvonne’s floral headband?! Available at Topshop for a very reasonable £14

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We found this cute little alleyway to pose in

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Dress – Cynthia Rowley via TK Maxx

Belt – Peacocks about a gazillion years ago

Shoes – Primark

Bag – Vintage

Sunglasses – New Look

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I’m giving terrible hair in these photos!

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Yvonne is wearing:

Dress – Oasis, bought last year but have similar styles in now

Jacket – River Island, stolen from a family member

Sandals – Matalan,  from a gazillion years ago

Bag – Newly purchased for £2 from a charity shop

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It wouldn’t be a day/night out without a pic of us doing peace pout!

As the clouds began to darken we headed to Craigleith for some retail therapy where I purchased another Cynthia Rowley dress (post coming soon) and the most fantabulous heels

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Just a lil sneak peek but I will photograph them properly soon.

These gorgeous heels cost £12 from TK Maxx and I think they will go nicely with 99% of my wardrobe and accessories including the necklace I picked up from the charity shop for £1 earlier on in the day

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Overall a great day out with the best company and fun to discover new shops 🙂

L    x

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