Thursday, 21 September 2017

Scarf Weather

Scarf (very old from Primark)
Matalan Khaki Jumper (looks grey here but it's not)
MIH Jane Jeans (old)

I don't know about you but I've not really worn scarves that much for the last four years or so. I used to be a bit of scarf/pashmina queen when I was working and I usually had a pashmina (it was the thing at the time) wrapped around my neck at work as I was sat under the air con. I probably had my coat on as well. Anyway, time moves on and I found myself moving away from the scarves. I think I averaged maybe three scarves a year for the last few years and if you go through my feed, you'll probably see the same ones on repeat. They fell out of favour with me big time. 

However, I spotted a lovely scarf online and was about to hit the button on it when I remembered I probably had something not to dissimilar which I could work with. So out came a little old Primark number which I threw and tied around my neck, just so. And then I got asked how I tied the scarf on IG so I did a little IG story as it really is the simplest technique ever and I'm sure a lot of people already know how to do this. 

But basically you need to be working with a square scarf. Mine is approx 100cm square. Fold it diagonally once so it's a triangle. Place the triangle part at the front and bring the two ends round the back and back to the front. Tie a knot. Faff in to place. Like in this diagram I found.

So no reinventing the wheel or anything - but just if you fancy something different from the usual big long scarf things, here are just a few other square offerings to whet your appetite. Nothing overly bold but a little bohemian (but not boho).

The Soeur Flower Scarf is the scarf I was after in the first place. Still hankering. Still hankering.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Quick OOTD : 18/09/2017 Old Stuff

Aubin & Wills Jumper (old)
New Look Leopard bag (old)
MiH Jeans (old)
Adidas Stan Smiths (old)

Everything old and I'm the oldest.


My jumper is circa 2012 and was from one of the last Aubin & Wills Collections before they left our high street. I've created a 2017 version of my look and I've mixed and matched the accessories so they are interchangeable to get a daytime or evening look. I still like to be comfortable and look like me when I go out.

Friday, 15 September 2017

Friday Five : 15 September 2017

Hi! So I've not been around with one of these for a bit - but I'm back! For now.

Friday Five (1 of 5) Nice Smells

Aldi Room Diffusers (instore)


"Have you seen those Aldi room diffusers which look like the Jo Malone ones? my friend asked me. "It was in the Daily Mirror online!"

Err no. I don't read the Daily Mirror. But it was just the alert I needed to get on the case. And somehow I managed to get lucky and score the diffusers in the Lime Basil & Mandarin and the Pomegranate Noir. I found these on the regular household aisles rather than the Special Offer ones but if they've sold out or you just can't get hold of them this time, wait till the 19th when they are launching the Pear & Freesia room diffuser. I'll see you there.

Friday Five (2 of 5) Transition

Done vs Not Done

It's time to do the wardrobe switchover and it's been a bit of a slog doing it as I'm one of those people who also has to do all the de-pilling of past season jumpers so they are pristine again. It's a fact of life that most knitwear will pill to some degree whether they be acrylic or wool or cashmere. Chloegraceb on IG recommended the Philips GC026 Fabric Shaver a while back and so I bought one because I love stuff like that. I tend to use a razor on most knitwear but every now and then, it's not suitable for some types of knits. I tried it on one of my bobbly old cardis from last year and it seems to be doing the job. Some cheap knitwear I can let go but some of them if I like the style enough, I will give them a bit of TLC to bring them back to life.

Friday Five (3 of 5) Silver Boots

Boots on Screen - Other Stories A/W16
Boots on Rug - Primark A/W17 (instore)

On IG, Bean does a #Fridayfeet each Friday and last week she had a lovely pair of silver/pewter coloured pair of boots which I knew she had picked up early in the year in the &Other Stories sale. I wasn't after a pair then so didn't think anything of it till last Friday when I suddenly decided I needed a pair of silver/pewter boots like hers. Oh the power of the Gram! Well ... I found a pair of silver/pewter boots in Primarni almost identical to the ones Bean has. That's put a smile on my face and a spring in my step.

Friday Five (4 of 5) Jumper'round

From L to R - F&F, H&M, Tu, M&S (links below)

Jumper'round, jump up jump up jump down! (nice little earwig for you). So September arrived and along with it the order and purchase of a plethora of jumpers. I am currently shortlisting through these and even as I type this up I know which one of these hasn't made the cut. I'll keep you guessing.

From L to R.

Tesco F&F Embroidered Bishop Sleeve Jumper. I spotted this the other day whilst I was supposed to be doing a food shop. Obviously I couldn't resist a play and it was nicer than I thought and the sleeves were not too long. Quite an important thing if the sleeves are meant to be a feature otherwise it doesn't bother me too much as I shrug all my too long jumper sleeves up anyway. The wool is quite dense and very soft and it hangs really well. I looked better in an 8 than my regular size 10 and I think that's due to my lack of height more than anything. If you're taller, you can probably get away with your usual size.

H&M Green Alpaca Jumper. Yes I will look like the Jolly Green (mini) Giant in this big fluffy jumper but I don't care. I had my eye on it from the first time I saw it and eventually I hit the commit button. If you need me, I'll be the one roasting in the corner in the big green jumper.

Sainsburys Tu Cable Knit Jumper. Not the most exciting jumper on the block but you know what, those are the ones with some longevity. I tried this on and I grabbed a size 14 to get the slouch.

I asked the store to hold it for me and I'd be back for it a bit later and somehow they messed that up and let my jumper go. And it was the only size 14 in store. It's not a traditional Aran as it's actually a cotton blend so a little lighter and easier to look after - stick a heattech or heatgen vest on underneath and you're sorted for a little extra warmth. But for right now ... it's perfect.

Marks & Spencer Pearl Sleeve Jumper. Not my usual thing except it's grey. But for some strange reason I am extraordinarily drawn to the pearls and the balloon sleeves which have shape but not too much volume. All very wearable and the perfect evening going out jumper if that's your kind of thing. This is one to take in your regular size.

Friday Five (5 of 5) Navy Blue Furry Coat of Dreams

Anybody know when Whistles are doing their 20% discount code? I've just found my navy faux fur coat of dreams.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

House Mode

Have you been in Asda Home lately? Me neither till yesterday. But I've been in housey mode these last few weeks and having done a little bit of painting and tarting up the house, I thought I might need some new bits just to oomph things up a bit. I'm one of those people who live with the same things, day in day out and everything has it's place. I'm boring like that but having just painted the walls in the downstairs toilet, I thought it needed a little interest. Yes, the walls were clean but I was looking at the same thing. Yawn, yawn. So after scouring through H&M homewares (nothing quite right but nice cushion selection), I looked on the Asda homewares site because I hadn't been there for a while and I remembered that they had some nice home bits and pieces. This year, their cushions are pants (H&M win on the cushions front), but I was impressed with their other offerings. Enough to have a proper scout round see what else was of interest.

1. Skull in a Bell Jar
Not to everyone's tastes but there are some people out there who decorate on the dark side and like a little animal skull in a bell jar to sit on their side board or bookshelf. I think it looks like it's done very well - me, I should have gone for the white porcelain bunny in a bell jar which they had the other year. Very cute in a wrong kind of way.

2. Monochrome Knitted Throw
I looked through all their throws and this was the one I liked - it's monochrome and it's got tassels. Cool.

3. Marble Print Mini Cushion
It's a bit blingy in a good blingy kind of way. But it's only a 30cm square cushion so not too blingy big in your face.

This is actually larger than you think (have a look at the second pic) - purely decorative or you could throw your keys and gumph on it.

This is a beauty isn't it and I really wouldn't have thought this was from Asda. And it has good reviews too and apparently it isn't too hard to assemble. What more do you want apart from a good night's kip?

Tis autumn. Some people like to change their soft furnishings to mark the change of season (I have a Christmas cushion - that's it) but I thought this amber vase might add a lovely shot of colour in a room. Imagine it filled with a big bunch of eucalyptus. Lush.

This little nest of tables  punches way above the usual boring offerings in terms of design and price. Your bank manager will love you! 

These have been around a little while but this is very affordable if you are looking for something in this vein. Make sure you buy one of those aesthetically pleasing bulbs to go in it as well though. Those standard energy saving bulbs will kill the look faster than the withering look I sometimes shoot my hubs when he tells another dreadful joke.

This I like. This I want. But I have no where to put it. I see all these lovely house accounts on IG and people buying new stuff for their homes. What do you do with the existing stuff???? Anyway, cool design eh?

This vase is bigger than you think. I saw it online and thought it will be nothing too huge especially for the price that it is. It was bigger than I thought. But again, big bunch of leaves or flowers protruding from the top of it's head and you've got a show stopper. 

And another lamp. It's pretty. I wouldn't say it was my style but that doesn't mean I don't like it. I can still like something that doesn't suit my house - it would be boring to pigeon hole yourself too rigidly. I love dark interiors and I love light (I prefer to live in light but don't think I can live in dark as I used to live in a cottage with small windows so craved light). Anyway, pretty lamp.

So what did you think to Asda's home offerings? Worth a gander?


Last Note :

  • A special mention goes to Mr Fox in a Bell Jar. I love him. He's the reason I went in to store as I had to see him for myself. I brought him home with me. The hubs will hate him.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

The Big Easy ....

.... slouchy cream chenille jumper.

After receiving quite a few enquiries about this jumper on Stories, I thought I'd leave you with the details on here.

The jumper is actually chenille - which seems to be making a huge resurgence this season. I took one look at the sizes available and grabbed a size Large as I was aiming for a slightly oversized look.  I'm normally a size Small or UK 10. Having said that, the size Large isn't actually drowning me too much but still has a little shape - it's not dragging if you know what I mean? It's not too heavy in weight if comparing to a wool jumper and not itchy but very soft. It's quite a dense knit - this one is going to keep you really warm as we head in to the colder months. And it gets better - it comes in four colours and is machine washable.

Don't say I'm not good to you, I sweated cobs trying this on today. 

The lighting in the changing room was atrocious.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Buffet Time Again

Oysho Dress (sold out)
Primark Camo Jacket (old but similar here)
Golden Goose Trainers (old but available here)

I bought this dress a few months back and it was selling out then. I wasn't sure about it but then I couldn't find the packaging to send it back so I guess I was meant to keep it. Me and buffet dresses are like strawberries and cream, tea and biscuits, socks and underpants. We just go. Togevver.

So best place that I've seen currently is Hush with their Dahlia and Blossom Dresses.

Love the star one!

Friday, 18 August 2017

Friday Five : 18 August 2017

Hello! Friday Five time. So what's rocking my world this week?

Friday Five (1 of 5) Love A Good Dupe 1

(L) Isabel Marant Nathan Blouse (R) Forever21 Pintuck Ruffle Blouse

That's a blooming good dupe isn't it? Frances looks so lovely in hers, I might just have to get one - the cheaper one of course. The Marant one has sold out now anyway. That's my excuse and I'm sticking with it.

Friday Five (2 of 5) Love a Good Dupe 2

Aldi Blackberry Bay Candle (instore)

A while back, Aldi did a dupe of some Jo Malone candles - specifically Lime, Basil and Mandarin, Blackberry Bay and Pomegranate Noir. They flew off the shelves. A few weeks back I picked up the Blackberry Bay one which was on the household goods aisle of dreams. This week, all three scents were there. I think they have become part of their core range now.

Oh yes, if anyone is interested - the cactus vase is £3 from Primark. A dupe of many more expensive ones.

Friday Five (3 of 5) We Are What We Are

Levis T (Levis Outlet Buy)
Mih Jane Jeans (Past Season)
Manebi Leopard Espadrilles (Past Season)

And I am a pretty casual straightforward kind of dresser. I like a pair of jeans, no let me correct that, I love a good pair of jeans and I spend 90% of my daytime life in them. But I do like a nod to the latest trends but I am not full on - put it this way, I can't afford to be. So that makes me a little boring in Blog and IG land but hey I like what I like and I definitely like to be comfortable. And I'm so pleased that Jodie said the same this week in her blog. Thank you. 

Friday Five (4 of 5) Autumn is Coming

And I'm after this trench. I spotted it a few weeks back and tried it on and then put it back as we were in the middle of a heatwave. If you've got a good memory, you'll realise that this is a dupe (it's all about the dupes this week) of the Alexa Chung Frances trench for M&S from a while back. 

Source : Pinterest

Well I missed out on that one but I get to have another shot this time round. By the way size down. It comes up big.

Friday Five (5 of 5) Fun in the Sun

ASOS Pineapple Pjs (sold out but new version here which I love)

This is my favourite pic of my holidays. I sat in my pj's (love my pineapple pjs) watching my friend bust a gut doing the Jillian Michaels Fitness DVD and I actually fell asleep watching her. I don't think she could quite believe it. But hey ho. That's me! By the way, she really gets results from it - she has a stronger core as a result of it she says. For some reason that makes me think of apples.