Boden Clearance Pick – Scallop Sweater

I’m absolutely in love with Boden, but not necessarily with it’s price tag. It’s obvious that a lot of time and effort goes into the design of their seasonal collections, the fabrics are beautiful, the garments are well-made. But I just can’t commit to buying FULL price items…

The clearance of their Summer items has been on now for a few weeks at least, and I had a bit of a raid online. I couldn’t resist this Scallop embroidered sweater that I found, which would be absolutely perfect to wear through Autumn and Winter, reduced from £79.00 to £39.50. Much more affordable, for something a little bit special.

My size (10) wasn’t available, so I ordered a 12 figuring that extra fabric in Winter is never a bad thing!! To be honest, it would have fit me best in a 10, but I still love it! I styled it with my favourite Mango Jeans, and my new shoes from Clarks. Who doesn’t love a pair of brogues? The suede of these shoes is so soft! I can’t wait to be stomping through the autumn leaves in these!

Boden Scallop Sweater

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Jeans – Mango Uptown Jeans / Sweater – Boden Scallop Embroidered Sweater /  Shoes – Clarks Griffin Mabel Navy Suede / Handbag – Past Season at Clarks

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OOTD – Hydrangeas in the church yard!

Good afternoon!

It looked a little cool and breezy outside today so I opted for my long sleeve top from Primark –  when the sun is out its actually quite hot! I bought this huge purple-blue hydrangea bloom from an amazing florist in my local shopping centre for £3! It was so beautiful I demanded to have my husband take photographs!





Where’s it from?
Shoes: Sainsburys
Top & Necklace: both Primark
Handbag: Clarks
Sunglasses: River Island
Lipstick: Raspberry velvet matte rouge edition by Bourjois

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Etsy Spotlight : Rosewood Sunglasses from IXcymru


Hey everyone! Wow has it heated up this week!   When it gets hot like this fashion and beauty sometimes goes to pot.  We Brits aren’t used to this weather! Our wardrobes aren’t equipped for sweltering heat, and our makeup bags become forgotten!

Well, I thought I’d share my summer essentials with you starting with these gorgeous upcycled  and 100% recycled wood sunglasses from IXcymru , a small Welsh Etsy shop! Aren’t they fab?! Daniel was sweet enough to send these to me,  choosing the Cat eye Rosewood frames.

They’re super light,  comfortable and come in a beautiful bamboo box. I also got send a quirky free gift of a bamboo “speaker“! Now free with orders for a limited time.

Aren’t they the coolest?! Priced at £29.99, they’re guilt free! One thing I should point out –  I don’t believe the lenses are UAV/UV protective. So fashionista only!





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My New Joy Louche Dress!

Hi Everyone!

I wanted to share my outfit with you today because I am super in love with my new Joy Louche dress! The sale in there at the moment is amazing! This dress cost me £24.00. I’ve been a fan of Joy for ages, and when the opened in Manchester recently I was really excited!

I chose this dress because it flatters my shape and gives me confidence. I really wanted to wear more dresses with summer being here. What do you think?

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You can shop the sale here – I couldn’t find this particular dress though!

This style of dress (fit and flare) is flattering for all body shapes, and I like the way it’s not too short. I can’t stand too short dresses. Calf length is king!

I paired the dress with my new New Look ballet pumps – an absolute steal at £7.99! I opted for Nude pink for maximum co-ords with my current wardrobe, but they have some other lovely colours – at that price you can afford to get a few!

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To accessorise I wore my Aubergine Fox cloud brooch, and my Oh Kuol Druzy necklace. I’m so happy that brooches are making a real come back as an accessory! Aubergine fox are one of my favourite Etsy shops, and their Instagram feed is an absolute dream.

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Oh Kuol Druzy Necklace and Aubergine Fox brooch. The lipstick in Clinique

My Clarks leather handbag also made an appearance!

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It may be raining outside but I am dressing for the weather I want not the weather I have! Thank fully my bag is big enough to hold my brolly!!

Salt Clothing Company : Cotton Nautical T-shirts

I was super happy to receive some of these kick ass tee’s to show off to you this week. Salt Clothing Company is a hand printed apparel company born in a seaside surf town in Tyne and Wear, UK.

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Who doesn’t love a good nautical logo?!

The brand has been influenced by travels through surf towns, cities, villages, communities and destinations across the world – but it is from the North East of England that Salt takes it’s true essence: From the beaches and rugged coastline; from the rolling hills and harsh borders to the north; from the traditional mining and fishing villages that are dotted throughout the region; from the ‘salt of the earth’ folk that strive to survive; from the salty city slickers drawn to the region’s cultural centres; the famed cities and beautiful world renowned architecture. 
Salt connects all these influences in one way or another: be it the earth; the food; the sweat; the tears; or especially the sea.

Poetic, huh?

They were kind enough to send me two t-shirts to show to you today. They arrived in a beautiful box and folded so prettily in tissue paper. The first thing that struck me was the quality. So soft!! The printing isn’t rigid like it can be on some t-shirts you get cheaply elsewhere.

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I took photos instantly when I got them home, but I wanted to wait til I had a good way of styling them to share on my blog.

I can instantly see these appealing to festival goers, especically the black sleeveless number. So easy to wear, so soft and so versatile.

Here I am styling my Logo Boxy Tee priced at £10.00 (WOW). I am wearing it with my new favourite lipstick from the Clinique Colour pop collection, in Cola and my binky’s trinkets ship necklace. My collection of nautical necklaces from her Etsy shop make several appearances in fact!! I’m also wearing my red Zatchels Satchel. What a dreamy colour!

I also styled this Flèches Sleeveless Vest Tee in black.

I absolutely love their tee’s and highly recommend them to anyone – super soft, high quality and so easy to style.

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Thank you Salt Clothing Company!

OOTD : what I wore to a Summer BBQ

Hi all!

Just a quick post today to show you what I am wearing to a family BBQ. I wanted to be comfortable so I choose this practical black sun dress, but wanted a pop of colour to liven up the outfit! I enjoy combining a couple or a few colours to brighten an ensemble.


See something you like?

Bag: fossil
Sunglasses : French Connection from Boots
Sandals : Henry Holland at Debenhams (past season)
Dress : New Look
Lipstick : Kate for Rimmel in Rossetto


Have a great weekend xxx

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Lucy Loves Vintage : Lindy Bop Dress

A while back I reviewed this gorgeous tea dress from Lucy Loves Vintage, a new online venture launched by Marie who had a dream of running her own vintage clothing store.

tea dress from Lucy Loves Vintage
Josie Royal blue tea dress in size 10

I’ve since gone to visit her in her new digs based in Altrincham. She has taken over a store called Didi’s boutique from a friend of hers who was too poorly to continue running the store. She now has big aspirations to update the place with a 50’s diner feel, and will stock the beautiful dresses available from the Lucy Loves website.

Lucy is in actual fact Marie’s 10  year old daughter (sorry if I got that wrong Lucy), who helps her mum with the shop and has a bit of a passion for Lionel Richie! I spent an hour with them trying on dresses from the Didi’s range, as Marie is having a massive sale to clear out stock and make way for those gorgeous vintage dresses that we all love.

I had a great time trying things on, and Marie is working really hard to make her dream come true.

She generously gifted me this AMAZING ‘Lindy-Bop’ dress, available on her website. How nautical and 50’s can one dress be!?

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I even had a go at doing victory rolls for the occasion!
lindy bop dress 50s victory roll vintage
What’s over there, I wonder?

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block heel peep toe shoes from Marks & Spencers £25.00 – click to browse!

Get on down to the store if you’re local, or just visit her website to check out her stock!

For LindyBop visit – Lucylovesvintage

For a scan of the sale visit – Didi’s Boutique in store.

VE Day Outfit : a Night with ClassicFM

I was extremely lucky to be offered tickets to see VE day at 70 live at the Royal Albert Hall this past Sunday. VE day, Victory in Europe, was the official end to the bloodshed and atrocities of the Second World War; freedom from the tyranny of Hitler’s Nazi regime, and an end to a war that claimed 55 million lives, both military personnel and civilians.

The event was a reminder of the cost of war, the celebration of life, a remembrance of those who has fallen or were interred as POWs, and also a bit of a celebration of our national pride, all though the medium of music.

The night was hosted by the smooth toned John Suchet and the lovely Myleene Klass, with perfomances from Katherine Jenkins, Rebecca Ferguson and Wynne Evans. You can listen to the concert here!

an attempted panoramic shot of the Albert Hall
an attempted panoramic shot of the Albert Hall

I used an entire packet of tissues by the intermission – it’s so easy to go about your daily life without thinking on the sacrifice made by so many to save so few (terrible Churchill paraphrase). There were poetry and diary readings interlaced with wonderful music from the time, or from well known musical scores of films inspired by moments during WWII- A highlight for me was Shindler’s List theme featuring Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s (I seem to recall) Violinist, Helen Wood. Such an emotive piece.

I hope you found a moment to pause and reflect- if you didn’t, put 6th June in your diary. D-Day, the single most devastating yet vital victory for the allies forces landing in France that stole the lives of tens of thousands of British, American and Allied troops.

Now, on a lighter note, I wanted to share my outfit for the night. I decided that my Mulberry Dress was due a debut for such a wonderful occasion.

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Mulberry Dress paired with Dune Heels
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Accessorize leather clutch in gold (£25). Nails were Daylight Curing BarryM polish in Fushia Generation

I loved this clutch, paired perfectly with the golden detailing on my dress.

Gold sequins detailing flowers, bees and dragonflies
Gold sequins detailing flowers, bees and dragonflies
Outside 54 Boutique Hotel,Queensgate, in Kensington London
Outside 54 Boutique Hotel,Queensgate, in Kensington London

My friend and I stayed in 54 Boutique Hotel on Queensgate, a short walk to the Albert Hall (Just as well in those heels!!) It also overlooked the famous Natural History Museum which was free to visit. The room was good value I felt, at £139. There were Neal’s Yard goodies in the bathroom, and a nespresso machine in the room too!!

can't beat a good bath in a hotel!
can’t beat a good bath in a hotel!
Neal's Yard Goodies!
Neal’s Yard Goodies!
relaxing after a busy day going around museums and sobbing my eyes out
relaxing after a busy day going around museums and sobbing my eyes out

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Dry Shampoo and Headbands

I’ve ran out of money this month. I’ve also ran out of dry shampoo, so how, I ask, do I keep my fine silky hair out of my damn face?

For years, I hated my hair. It’s sort of flat and unassuming. Hairspray can only do so much. back combing makes my hair stick up in odd plains and peaks because the top most layer is so soft is flattens to match the odd terrain beneath.

Then I discovered dry shampoo, and my world changed. My hair was made to stand to attention. For the first time in my life I found out what ‘volume’ meant. Batiste and their XXL volume is my top ever beauty product for the discerning 21st century woman woman with fine hair.

So when I run out of the good ol’ DS… I feel naked and incomplete. It’s my go to product to feel human.

I went on an outing with a friend to dutifully window shop due to aforementioned lack of funds, and in desperation with my flat hair, i touched something I had stayed away from since my pre-teens.

A headband. Yes, those things that used to scrape back your hair from your face as a child (a look my grandmother insisted suited me), that used to dig into the bone behind your ear and leave dented impressions.

I was relatively happy with the results, given the circumstances. This band was bought from Claire’s accessories for my flapper hen party back in September last year for a few pounds. Thankfully this one is elastic, and doesn’t dig in, as per it’s 90s counterparts

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You’ll be pleased to know pay day is friday – so dry shampoo is at the top of my list!!!

This photo isn’t clear enough to show that I had had a crack at contouring too. I was terrified to go anywhere near my pasty face with brown powder, and I have to say that I have a lot to learn. Perhaps a creme contouring product would be best?

Take care beauties!