Friday, 25 July 2014

Friday Favourites 105..

ASOS Botanical Trench
001: ASOS Salon Botanical Print Coat, £75(with current promo)

CK Autumn Bloom Dress
002: Cath Kidston Autumn Bloom Dress, £70
Quiz Floral Chunky Heels
003: Quiz Floral Chunky Heel Sandals, £19.99
ASOS Embellished Clutch
004, ASOS Flower Embellished Clutch, £35
I seem to be all about the florals this week. All of the fabric I've been browsing has been floral print, which is unlike me. But these things have most definitely been bookmarked in my "buy these on payday!" folder.

001: I love coats. I love floral prints. So when I found this floral print trench coat, I fell head over heels for it. I so need a floral trench coat. Well, another floral trench coat. (Let's ignore this one and this one and this one). OK, OK, I probably don't need another floral trench coat at all. But isn't it pretty?!

002: I don't really want to think about Autumn just yet. I'm a bit of a Summer fangirl, truth be told. I'm very tempted by this new print from Cath Kidston, though and plan to add it to my CK collection just as soon as I next visit one of their stores. I also can't wait for the Townhouse print to come out, which I'm told is going to be the second drop of their AW14 collection.

003: These floral sandals caught my eye on Twitter this week. I love the fact that even though they have a lovely floral print on the platform, they're still quite understated (well, they are for me anyway). I'd wear these to work during the summer weather, for sure. I have to admit, I'd not visited the Quiz Clothing site before, but they seem to have some nice items.

004: I'm sure I don't need another floral clutch bag either, but this ASOS bag has a fairly large chance of becoming mine in the not-too-distant future. I really like the 3D embellishments about at the moment, and think this would work perfectly to spruce up just about any outfit. I hardly ever find time to go home and change before heading out in the evenings, so I love to take something like this bag and a different pair of heels to make me feel a little more dressed up at least.

What's caught your eye this week?

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Jump for my love..

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I couldn't resist this jumpsuit when I was in Primark last week. The combination of the floral print and the asymmetric zip detail had me tempted, although once I actually put it on, I'm not sure how flattering it is on me. I used to love jumpsuits, but now I'm not sure if I'm the right shape for them. Am I getting even more self-conscious as time goes on?

When the weather was a bit iffy on Saturday and I had to head into town to run some errands, I decided it would work with this pair of Irregular Choice boots, though. They were definitely puddle-proof, which was a good thing as we had plenty of heavy rain showers to contend with, although you wouldn't think it now.

What do you wear when you need something casual and functional?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Sale bargains..

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What have you been buying lately? Aside from fabric, and a new mixer for the kitchen, I've picked up a few bargains in the past week or so.

Obviously a trip to London would be incomplete without a trip to Oxford Street. I only had one thing in my sights, which was this Sophia Sequin Jacket from Monsoon. Luckily, the Monsoon sale began last Thursday and the Oxford Street store had the jacket in stock, as the website was sold out. I'm looking forward to finishing off just about all party outfits with this, as I think it's beautiful.

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From Harrod's I picked up a new shopper bag, which I'm going to try hard to remember to take with me when I go grocery shopping in an attempt to use less plastic carrier bags. I have a couple of shopper bags now, so should be able to leave at least one in the car and one with my bike, which should cover just about any eventuality.

From New Look, this orange clutch bag to add to my growing collection of cutesy fruit bags. I already have an apple handbag and a watermelon clutch, but it's so cute.

We did pop into Primark, which was ludicrously busy. I found this gingham dress, which I've been keeping an eye out for since about March, reduced in the sale to £7. We also bought matching minion t-shirts, as we're just that cool.

I love this floral belt, as well. I'm planning to dress up some of my handmade dresses with this at the waistline, to add a bit of detail.


Then, on Saturday I went to drop off a couple of things at the charity shop in town, and came out with this vintage Laura Ashley dress - a steal at £9, in my opinion. I do find charity shop pricing can be so hit and miss. It's not easy to tell from the photo but the bodice has a lovely scalloped edge.

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I picked up even more books to add to my to-read pile. The Casual Vacancy by Rowling. J.K. ( 2013 ) Paperback has been on my radar for a while now, but I've not read it yet and I've vaguely heard of The Vintage Teacup Club .

New underwear from M+S because I've recently had a clear-out to get rid of all the things which are now the wrong size, and when I was at the cafe on Saturday morning, they were giving out £5 vouchers for the lingerie section.

Have you found any good sale bargains lately?

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Tuesday Titles 020: Nantucket Sisters by Nancy Thayer..

Nantucket Sisters
Nantucket Sisters by Nancy Thayer

A much more enjoyable book this week. Nantucket Sisters follows the friendship of Maggie and Emily through the years. An unlikely pair; Emily is a typical rich-girl New-Yorker whose family spend their holidays in their palacial Nantucket beach house, and disapprove of her time spent with Maggie, whose family live on the island full-time and struggle to make ends meet.

The girls' friendship flourishes regardless and they grow up together during the summertimes they spend exploring, reading and beginning work on a novel. Whatever changes may occur during the rest of the year, they seem to come back and be able to pick things up wherever they left off, which I think is the sign of a true friendship.

As the girls get older and make that transition into young women, romance flourishes and inevitably causes some less happy moments. One man in particular puts a huge strain on Maggie and Emily's friendship, but the book follows both of their lives and I found myself willing them to come back to each other.

I don't want to say too much, other than I really enjoyed reading this, particularly in the recent sunshine, which probably enhanced my enjoyment. Nothing like reading a book set on an island, on the beach. Give it a try and escape into the Nantucket sunshine!


Monday, 21 July 2014

It's you and me on the Monopoly board..

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Bus Print Dress: Cath Kidston

Last Wednesday I met some of my Rangers at the train station and we headed to London for a little overnight trip. The girls have spent most of the last term planning this, and I prepared them a Monopoly board with places to visit in central London, with points for visiting, taking photos and answering various questions. What else to wear for sight-seeing than my bus print dress from Cath Kidston?!

Armed with these boards, their maps and tube maps, each team spent the train journey planning their route. They had four hours in which to score as many points as they could, with strict instructions to keep me posted about their whereabouts via text and to be back at Covent Garden to meet at 3.30pm.

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I spent my day with one of the groups and we started out by getting the tube from Euston to Green Park, where we caught the Changing of the Guard, which was a nice bonus. It was also lovely to see so much pretty green space around, which is obviously not something I associate with the capital. Next, we headed towards Westminster Abbey, Downing Street and walked up to Trafalgar Square, where we couldn't resist some touristy lion poses.

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Necklace: Topshop
After a little panic about how high it was when we wanted to get back down, we continued with our challenge, through Piccadilly, Regent Street, to St Paul's and across the river to the Tate and the Globe and towards Southwark. We tried to fit in a trip to Platform 9+3/4 but the queue was huuuuuge so we snapped a photo from afar and hot-footed it back to Covent Garden to meet the others. Everyone turned up on time, which was great - they're a good bunch.

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After a little wander around the shops, we had dinner at a nearby Italian restaurant which I'd found using the Tastecard website, and my free trial card gave us 50% off our bill, although the cheeky restaurant then added a 20% service charge, which they apparently only do when people use this card!

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Robot Shopper Bag + Strawberry Fields wedges: Irregular Choice
Next, we headed on over to the Cambridge Theatre, to see Matilda. I'd been quite looking forward to this because I've heard nothing but how great it is from everyone I'd spoken to. It certainly didn't disappoint. The set was amazing, the show was great and the songs were still in my head a few days later. The only downside was that we were in the upper circle and the theatre was so hot up there that I thought I was going to faint.
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After the show, we got the tube up to Belsize Park to stay at Pax Lodge, which is one of Girlguiding's World Centres. We had a nice breakfast the next morning, before heading out to South Kensington for the mueseums. Most of the girls wanted the V+A but I couldn't resist a quick tour of the dinosaurs - of course!

After a trip to Harrod's, a stop for lunch and the afternoon in Oxford Street so that they (and I) could do some shopping, we headed back to Euston for our train home. Funny how tiring a little trip like this can be, but I guess we did manage to fit a lot in.

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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Sunday Shoes 054: Irregular Choice ICED Secret Garden..

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A first for me. I've never had a pair of the Irregular Choice ICED range before, but when I saw that this pair of Secret Garden were being sold off cheaply due to the fact they'd been on display, I decided to give them a go and snapped them up.

The fit of these is true to size, as now seems to be the norm with Irregular Choice, who have been making a special effort to sort out their sizing issues. I know that this is something which has been revisited three times this year, but going by recent purchases, I do think that their irregular sizing issues may be a thing of the past!

Secret Garden is basically a high top trainer. I got the black pair which features a sort of grey pattern which has an almost jacquard look to it. The sides are covered in an assortment of faux flowers, which are nice and bright and I think add a bit of interest.

The "display" scuffs were absolutely minimal, but I wasn't overly impressed with the grey marks on the backs and side of the soles, where the rubber seems to have been sealed. They don't look as though they should be there, so maybe that's why this pair was being sold as "ex-display". I'm sure that once I wear them in a few times these will not be so noticeable, as no doubt I'll cause other scuffs and marks on the white sections of the soles.

What do you think of the ICED range from Irregular Choice? Super street, or should they stick to party shoes?

Saturday, 19 July 2014

#Irregularchoicechallenge Days 109-117..

ICC Days 109-117

Time for another round up of my recent wears in my #irregularchoicechallenge. I keep thinking that I must be running out, but I had a speedy count up lately and there are still quite a few more to go. I have certain pairs earmarked for particular outfits, as since I'm getting closer to the end I feel as though I am thinking more about what to wear the pairs with.

So, in this batch we have one of my very first bought pairs of Irregular Choice - the bikini kitten heels which I wore on Day 115. I have hardly worn them, but have fond memories of their first wear on a first date with my college boyfriend. (About 10 years ago).

Days 116 (Pixie Dust) and 117 (Little Tipple) are relatively new additions to the collection, although I have been quite lucky on eBay in the recent week or so and have a couple more pairs en route.

Day 113 was Burmese, the cat heels, which I bought more than a year ago, but hadn't got around to wearing. I've discovered a few more pairs in storage under the bed, which I'd forgotten about as well!

An aside, but I also like that looking back on these outfits, 5 days out of 9 were wearing handmade dresses, so I think I've definitely managed to incorporate me-made into my wardrobe.

If you want to see previous round-ups, the links are below: