Monday, 29 July 2013

The Liebster Award

The lovely Karen over at Mission;Style nominated me for the Liebster award recently. What is that I hear you ask. Well,  it's an award that's aimed at promoting new bloggers (with under 200 Google followers) or Bloglovin I suppose now that Google reader is kerput.

It's a good way introducing some new blogs that you may not have come across and find out some random information about them. I love random fact blog posts.

The rules are:
  1. Nominees must answer 11 questions asked by the blogger that nominated them.
  2. You need to choose 11 blogs with under 200 followers to pass the award onto and let them know you've nominated them by commenting on their blog.
  3. Come up with 11 new questions for them to answer.

So here are Karen's questions, and my answers:

Q1. What's been your best sale buy this season?
A leopard print Zara dress that can be dressed up or down, it has both long sleeves and pockets - two of my favourite features in a dress.

Q2. Flats or heels?
While I live in flats probably 95% of the time, it's a gorgeous pair of heels that really gets my pulse going , so for that reason it has to be heels!

Q3. Why did you start blogging?
I feel like I've been reading blogs since the the day Tim BL created the Internet, and my day job isn't exactly glamorous, so I wanted to get stuck into my real passion and interact with more people who share my love for fashion. I'm astounded at the amount of new friends I've made in only a few months.

Q4. What's on your wish list for the AW season?
Surprisingly for once I don't actually have a wish list, I've got to the point where I've realised I have more than enough clothes to do me and really want a nice tan leather bag, and if it happens to be a designer one, well that's obviously a bonus! 

Q5. If you could only shop in one store for the rest of your life, which one would it be?
My love for Zara and H&M is obvious, but I'm going to surprise you here and go for ASOS. That place has freaking everything! I will say though it's gotten a bit overwhelming recently, as there is so much on there, but it has every fashion eventually covered. 

Q6. Where do you get your style inspiration?
Being a missive blog fan I have to say blogs, but social media in general is great. Pinterest, Instagram and twitter are all great sources of inspiration, my favourite at the minute is Instagram though. 

Q7. Who would you most like to meet in the fashion world and why?
This is a hard one as I don't really have a favourite designer, so I'm going to go for anyone from the masses of blogs I follow. 

Q8. Sweet or savoury?
Another hard one as I love both. I hadn't got a sweet tooth at all until I became pregnant and have ate chocolate every day since. I tend to do both as the same time, so eat crisps and a bar together. But since your making me pick (damn u Karen and your hard questions!) I'm going to go for savoury. 

Q9. Cocktails and dancing or, quiet meal and a DVD?
This is not such a hard one, while I love my food, I have never been known to pass up on a night out. They are few and far between since bringing a small person into the world a nite out (especially a girly one) is always welcome! 

Q10. If you could choose a fashion era to style and wear, what would it be?
I would go for the 80's as I think it was a fun decade to dress in. Being born in the 80's meant I didn't get a chance to get into 80's style and I feel I've missed out. This may also have something to do with my neon obsession of late! 

Q11. Do you have any weird talents?
This isn't really a talent per sé, but I have really good hearing and can always figure out what every random noise is before everyone else.  So for example if something falls in another room and everyone's like "what was that?!" I'm like "eh the blue vase falling, how can you not know that?!". A talent - no. Weird - yes. 

I'm nominating:

Rosanna of Silverbrogues
Natalie of Glam Rosie
Fiona of Avenue57
Andrea of Cous Cous and Cork Wedges
Jane of My Midlife Fashion
Helen of The Flaky fashionista
Hollie of Mummy Wife and Chaos
Amber of Twentymumthing
Ruth of Willow Lane
Lou of The Marathon shopper
Niamh of Niamh Kelly

My questions are:

Q1. What is your favourite food?
Q2. What do you think your best feature is?
Q3. If you could have any talent in the world, what would it be?
Q4. If you only had one outfit to wear the rest of your life, what would it be?
Q5. Where is your favourite place in the world?
Q6. What is your favourite pair of shoes that you own?
Q7. If you were invisible for a day what would you do?
Q8. What accessory or item of clothing would you want to have, if money was no object?
Q9. What is your favourite colour?
Q10. What is your dream job?
Q11. Who is your favourite person in the world?

You should check out these brilliant blogs if you haven't already, I'm looking forward to checking out their answers.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

The Accentuate the Positive Project

The ever so lovely and super-talented Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb recently asked me to take part in a project of hers called 'Accentuate the Positive'. The idea came from a post she did called 'How to make the most of your best feature' . It really got women talking about how much we put ourselves down and are usually reluctant to accept a compliment.

We all have body hang-ups, and I'm sure even the most gorgeous models do too. It's only natural, and we always seem want what we can't have.

I have my fair share of things I'd like to change -  I have a big hooter, knobbly knees and lanky arms (I could go on but I'll stop there!). I've learned to accept these things over the years and realised in the grand scheme of things they don't matter so much. I have a great job, a roof over my head, nothing too serious wrong with me health wise and best of all a gorgeous Husband and Son. So with that in mind, I can cope with my knees looking like they are 40 years old than the rest of me.

Catherine is attending an event held by Activia in Westfield, London today. She submitted a photo entry to the ActiviaUk Facebook page, as part of their 'Feel Good from Within' project, and was invited as a VIP to chat to and interview Gok Wan who is hosting the event.

This is Catherine's photo entry including little ole moi, which will be exhibited at the event today. Some gorgeous ladies here I think you'll agree.

Catherine has also set up a Facebook page of her own for the project, Accentuate the Positive Project, you can find it by clicking here. She is encouraging all you lovely ladies to upload a photo showing your best feature to her wall, with a little blurb on why you have chosen that particular feature.

I choose my hair for this reason:

If you feel it's something you would like to be a part of head on over to the facebook page and upload your photo. It's a great little project, which is sure to be very popular!


Saturday, 20 July 2013

Matalan Style Project

I was chuffed when Matalan asked me to take part in their July Style Project. Each month four bloggers are armed with £50 to create an entire outfit on a specific theme. This month the theme was Mum on a family beach holiday.

I absolutely love a fashion related challenge and could have created at least five outfits from Matalan's website. I was pleasantly surprised at the range of beach wear available, and the website even has a specific section for just beach wear making it easy to find everything you need in the one place.

Sunglasses - £13.50
Vest - £4
Skirt - £12
Sandals - £5
Bracelets - £4
Necklace - £10

I like to pack multi-tasking items on holidays and thought this outfit would be perfect for the beach, over a bikini or swimsuit and minus the jewellery, then whack on some bracelets and a necklace and you have the perfect day to evening outfit. Because lets face it, going on holidays with kids means the closest you get to a night out is an evening meal in a nice restaurant.

The skirt ticks two trend boxes - neon and maxi. It's so floaty and light which makes it perfect when you want to cover up but also keep cool too. Plus neon is perfect against a tan. It's a bargain at only £12 and comes in black too which I'm eyeing up to get me through this recent heat wave. I toned down the neon with a simple cream long line vest to let the skirt do the talking.

Matalan's shoes selection is seriously amazing, they have loads of leather sandals for an absolute steal, some of which are now down to £10, just perfect for a leather shoes fan like me.

These sandals are great and for only a fiver they are perfect for a budget holiday wardrobe. They're plastic like jelly shoes so great for wearing on the beach and even into the water too. They would also be a great option for a festival as they would be easily wiped. They also come in black too.

Studded jelly sandals £5

I finished off the outfit with some stretchy bracelets and a statement necklace, which is definitely my favourite summer accessory. Of course no summer outfit would be complete without sunglasses, so I picked these gold rimmed ones to compliment the gold jewellery.
If you like my outfit you can vote here.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Mumford and Sun!

Last weekend the OH and I headed to Dublin for our first child free weekend, for a bit of quality time and to go to a mini festival. After falling in with friends Temple Bar, and the afternoon cider consumed in the sun, lets just say the QT didn't exactly work out as planned!
Primark top
eBay necklace
Zara skirt
Next sandals
 On Saturday I finally got to wear the Zara skirt I bought in April, my greeny tinged toilet photo doesn't do it much justice, but it's so bright and vibrant, and almost any top goes with it.
I also caved and bought another pair (or two) of my much loved Next sandals in navy. I knew I'd totally regret it if I didn't as we all know how hard navy shoes are to find. These are now in the sale for only £9 (I may have also snapped them up in white, but we'll just gloss over that part).

New Look top
Zara skort
Zara bag
Dunnes sandals 
On the day of the concert I broke out the much lusted after Zara skort (love that word), and added some neon for a bit of colour. It was great not having to worry about waterproof gear and to just wear what you want.
The concert was amazing, not only did we see Mumford and Sons, but as a bonus Ben Howard, The Vaccines and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, were also playing. If you like Mumford even the tiniest wee bit you need to get yourself to one of their concerts, the atmosphere is electric and the funniest sight of the night was a 60ish year old man dancing with a scantily clad slightly worse for wear teenager! Music that transcends generations.

Zara top
Primark belt
Matalan denim shorts
Next sandals
My going home outfit had to be a bit warmer as it was cloudier on Monday, I made a bit of a packing boob and brought no trousers, so I was glad I threw in a long sleeve top the last minute. Bed head hair also featured thanks to sleeping in for the train - that's what happens when the 2 year old alarm clock isn't about!!

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Fast fashion

I've been AWOL for a few days, life's been kinda hectic to say the least. I'm currently on holidays from work and running around after my wee man in that glorious weather has me completely wiped out - his bedtime has quickly become my bedtime too. Never thought I'd say it but I'll be going back to work for a rest!!

The amazing weather has made it pretty easy to get dressed the last few days. Sandals, vest and a shorts/skirt combo has been as complicated as it gets.

The holiday clothes box that has been in hibernation since last May has been raided quite a few times- resulting in a few little gems that I forgot I had.

ASOS top
ASOS shorts
Next wedges

This top was one of the aforementioned gems, it's a simple navy vest top but with a bit of added quirkiness provided by the ribbons. A perfect dress up or dress down item, which is exactly the type of top I like to bring on holidays

H&M skirt
H&M top
Next sandals
Primark belt

This little H&M skirt was another gem. It's nice and bright and goes perfectly with my favourite colour yellow. Even better, it has pockets, I love clothes with pockets, not even sure why, but if I'm undecided on something and then discover it has pockets I can't get to the till fast enough.
H&M top
ASOS shorts (same as above, just rolled up)
New Look flip flops

This is a perfect topping up the tan outfit. I often wear this style of vest when out and about in the sun as it's easy to tuck the straps in, to minimise those dreaded tan lines.

I wish the weather would be continue like this all summer as getting dressed for the sun takes so little effort. It's perfect for me as I usually get spoilt with a whole five minutes for dressing and make up before it's *tractor/digger/lorry time!!

*delete as appropriate


Monday, 8 July 2013


Anyone remember The Fast Show? Man I loved that programme. There was a sketch in it with Caroline Aherne, who was a weather girl on a foreign News channel and proclaimed every day to be Scorchio!!

I've been frequently declaring it Scorchio!! over that last few days, and I'm hoping and praying it stays good until the weekend because we're off to Dublin for the weekend for a festival. A city break with Mumford and 'sun' is about as good as it gets!!

Exhibit tee
Matalan skirt
Next sandals
So onto OOTD's. On Saturday I didn't realise just how Scorchio!! it would be, hence the heavy-ish jersey midi skirt. Myself and my BFF- Little Miss Chatterbox, took our little boys out for the day to a local play area, and it just so happened there was a vintage tractor show on there - cue two tractor obsessed little boys hyperventilating! But I was totally sweltered, and vowed not to be caught out on Sunday again.
A little top knot may have also happened on Saturday too, so chuffed that I can get my hair up like this now, as this time last year it was little more that and long crop.Need to get a doughnut thingy-ma-ging, to add a bit of fullness to it though.

H&M dress
Next sandals
On Sunday I pulled out an ancient but much loved dress, it was from a H&M Garden Collection from 2010. The other half says it makes my hips look big with the added material and I kind of agree, but I just love the colours on it. It also got the seal of approval from my niece who proclaimed " oh that's a nice dress" in very shocked tone- she obviously doesn't rate my fashion choices very highly!

Once again with the Next sandals, I knew I would live in these when I bought them. Which reminds me they come in Navy (and white and pewter too), and I need to get my hands on them. Navy shoes are a nightmare to come by and I wear so much navy, well it would be simply 'stoopid' of me not to get them.

I also need to reiterate the fact that these are only £18 - yes, £18 people!! I would have happily paid twice that for leather sandals. If you don't fancy these ones there are loads of cheap leather sandals about at the minute, Tesco and Matalan have some stunning ones for about £15.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

As predicted........

....I Finally cracked.

I really need to stop reading blogs. Just when I get over my lust for something, a blogger pops up again wearing it, reminding me of all its loveliness and I get the 'get it or regret it' sweats.

Offending item no 1: The Next grey quilted biker jacket. I’ve got a real thing for biker jackets at the minute (being a little late to the biker jacket party), it’s definitely my go to jacket shape and the soft grey is a perfect any season colour. It looks great in winter with dark colours but really comes into it’s own in summer with brights or neon flashes.

It was sold out in my size the last time I was lusting after it, but Joanna from Poppy’s Style reminded me of it again on a recent shopping trip of hers. Size down in this by the way, the sizing is massive. Next have some great stuff at the minute by the way, it's definitley worth a look. I know a lot of people turn their noses up at Next clothes, but i've always thought they've some great pieces.

£55 Next

Offending item no 2: The Zara skort. This time Karen from Mission;style was to blame. If you haven’t already come across Karen you need to check out this chick! She is seriously styling, and we share a scarily (is that a word?) similar taste in fashion, with quite a few duplicate or very similar items in our wardrobes.

£25.99 Zara

 I had been lusting after the Zara skort for quite a few months now (first seen here) and had tried it on a few times in store, but I always ended up passing on it, as with no Foreign holiday this year I knew it was going to get very little wear (check me being all sensible). But when I seen Karen looking amazing the red version I threw caution to the wind and ordered it. I know its been done to death, and if your big on fashion blogs you'll probably be sick looking at it but I've been caught out too many times and can be found frantically searcing ebay up to a year later.

I got the black, as I will hopefully get a bit of wear out of it in the colder months (so probably August then) with tights. I can justify just about anything in black with the whole ‘it’ll work all year round’ thing – works a treat!!

So thanks for helping me break my spending ban ladies - safe to say my husband is not your biggest fan at the minute! ;)

T x