Wednesday, 26 November 2014

I sing like a good canary..

Coat: Dorothy Perkins (via eBay)
Venice Tote Bag: Nica*
Dress: Handmade (Sew Over It "Betty" bodice w/gathered skirt)
STAR Sandals: Topshop
Cardigan: H+M
One of my #nicastylechallenge outfits, which includes probably my most favourite eBay bargain for a long while. I paid a total of £10.50 for this coat, which was the result of a long and ongoing search for a lemon yellow coat. I'm not sure where I'd first seen one and decided to add it to my (lengthy) and permanent list of items which I need to add to my wardrobe.

This one fits the bill perfectly. It has rather cute pockets and cute cuff details to the sleeves, as well as being the perfect shade of lemon. I decided to team it with one of the dresses I made last weekend. I'd picked up this bead trim for a few pence in my local haberdashers' sale and figured it would be the perfect thing to trim the neckline of this dress. Which meant that this fabric was bumped up my list somewhat. I made it up on Saturday after finishing a few of the dress orders I'd agreed to make up before Xmas.

This mini goldfinch fabric was one of the ones I ordered a little while ago from Fabric Rehab, who I'd not bought from before but would definitely recommend and will certainly return to in the future. They were really helpful and called up to resolve a slight issue with my order - great customer service!

And these shoes, which haven't been out of their box in a shamefully long time, finally got to see the light of day. I last wore them just over a year ago, I think. I wonder if this is a sign that I have too many shoes? Um. Let's forget I said that.

Anyway, I'm running on little sleep so haven't much else to say. Yesterday it kind of dawned on me that I fly to Vegas in less than a week and have done zero preparation for it. And yet, I spent all evening in the "clubhouse" with some of my new favourite people. Because why not? It's not like I'll be saying on my death bed "if only I'd prepared for that conference", is it?

How's your week?

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Tuesday Titles 029..

Fear Nothing by Lisa Gardner
I remember the first time I picked up a Lisa Gardner book was when I was stood in my local library with no idea what to read next. I sent a "help me!" text to Alex and she replied with a list of authors. Since then, she's definitely been up there in my list of top thriller writers.

They say family means everything. 
But Dr Adeline Glen cannot accept that. When you're bound by blood to a father who slaughtered prostitutes and a sister who followed in his sociopathic footsteps, how can you? 

But now Boston Detective D.D. Warren needs Adeline's professional help to recover from a brutal attack by a psychopath. A murderer who knows too much about Adeline's dead father, and is someone her imprisoned sister claims she can help catch.

With the Rose Killer focused on D.D., will Adeline be able to put aside her personal nightmares to help her? All she knows is that if she is going to survive what's to come, Adeline will have to...

Fear Nothing.

It sounds good, right? I was pretty excited to start this one, and it didn't disappoint. I was instantly intrigued by the concept of pain and what it means. Adeline Glen has a rare genetic condition where she can't feel any physical pain and yet has made pain her business as a professional pain therapist.

She is also the daughter of a serial killer, who died when she was a baby. Her sister Shana is spending her life in a high security prison after killing her first victim when she was just 14 years old. Adeline seems fairly normal in comparison to her birth family, but Shana reminds her during their monthly visits that she can't escape the fact that blood is love.

D.D. on the other hand is suffering with a lot of pain after an incident at a murder scene she was investigating. The only problem is, she can't remember what happened. All she knows is that she is having to learn to deal with the pain and the aftermath, one day at a time. A colleague suggests that she visit Adeline in order to try and learn to manage her pain and reluctantly she does so, until she connects the dots and figures out who Adeline's family are and how she might be able to help with something else.

Several murders have been committed by the Rose Killer who leaves champagne and a rose with each and every victim, as well as a small detail which makes the killings look exactly like the ones which Adeline's father, Harry Day committed all those years ago. How can the Rose Killer know so much about those killings?

I found this book totally compelling; I read most of it on the cross trainer at the gym the other day. Best book I've read for a while!

Monday, 24 November 2014

Carry me away..

Nica Venice Tote*
I've only owned one Nica handbag in the past, but I love their designs. In reality that one is pretty much on it's last legs. So when Nica contacted me to ask if I'd like to take part in a style challenge using one of their new bags, obviously I jumped at the chance. 


I chose this bright cobalt blue Venice tote as I love the colour; I think it will brighten up any outfit. I'll be centering my outfits around it this week and posting a daily outfit for the #nicastylechallenge over on my Instagram page if you want to keep up with it.


I really like all the cute zip details. These ones at the sides are purely for show but I like that they add a little something extra to the look of the bag. I also love the new origami cat hardware which seems to feature on the new styles.  

I must admit, I usually tend to use a smaller bag for nights out or weekends, but for work I favour tote bags because I can carry just about everything I need to in them. I seem to lug an inordinate amount of stuff around with me to and from the office - I can't be the only one?

Have you seen the new styles? 


Sunday, 23 November 2014

Sunday Shoes 064..

Metallic T-Bar Ballerina Pumps, £14*
Monochrome Slipper Shoes, £14*

I know. If I were you I'd be checking my temperature, too. Having spent years building up a reputation as the queen of high heels, this week I've been inexplicably drawn to flats.

With some of a voucher left to spend from my #AutumnSOS win on twitter, I've been to Tesco twice this week and each time come away with a new pair of shoes.

The sparkly ones caught my eye because I'm a bit of a magpie and like sparkles. They also remind me of my Shelly's Beau flats, which I think look quite cute with tights and dresses for the colder months.

As for the monochrome ones? They caught my eye mostly because they look a bit like the saddle shoes Audrey wears in Twin Peaks. Obsessed much?

Ever find you're inexplicably drawn to something out of the ordinary?

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Today the world was just an address..

Clutch Bag: New Look
Dress; Primark
Crocodile Bracelet: Topshop
Heels: Irregular Choice
Coat: Marks and Spencer

These photos aren't great but I'd not worn this dress before and rather like it. In fact, I'd recently considered parting with it as I've had it about a year without wearing it, but then having a few minutes to get ready to meet some friends, I rediscovered it and figured it would do. And I was told I looked nice, so maybe it stays..

I grabbed my current favourite coat and a couple of simple accessories as I headed out the door and spent a lovely evening full of laughter with a group of new friends, who are all pretty rad and have worked wonders to make me feel better the past couple of weeks. I figure that it's all very well not doing emotional attachment but that surrounding yourself with people who make you smile is pretty good as well. <3

Friday, 21 November 2014

Friday Favourites 122..

Dalmatian Necklace
001: Dalmatian Necklace: Karen Mabon, £28
Isobel Floral
002: Isobel Dress, Emily + Fin, £76
I've got a party to go to in a couple of weeks and in true Char fashion, will obviously need a new outfit for it. I'm thinking this one.

001: Karen Mabon is a new one on me; I only recently discovered the site but love the designs of their scarves (I would so love the Vages print one for my upcoming trip but I just can't justify it!) and their quirky jewellery is fantastic. I love the dalmatians, but am also tempted by these ostriches and the swimmer. Sort of want them all.

002: It's been a while since I last welcomed an Emily + Fin dress to my wardrobe. I'm not sure why, as they're still coming out with some absolute gems. More excitingly, they also now sell them directly from their website, which greatly excites me. The Isobel is my favourite E+F style and I love this purple floral print, so it's definitely the next dress I'll be ordering!

What's on your wishlist this week?

Thursday, 20 November 2014

I can't tell you all my secrets..

Dress: ASOS
Glasses: London Retro*
Heels: Kurt Geiger
Sequin Collar: H+M
I needed something a little more work-y than my regular day to day outfits, to deliver a training course. OK, so not exactly corporate wear, but it's a step in that direction. I'm never quite sure that I'm the right shape for pencil dresses and don't often feel confident in them, so this is a definite step outside of the box in more ways than one.

I'd wanted to wear red shoes with the navy, but could only find these pink ones when I looked - must get more organised! - so I went with that and dug out this cute sequin collar necklace.

In other news, my Twin Peaks obsession rages on. It's possible I bought a pair of shoes the other day which Audrey would approve of. I'm not sure what I'll do when I finish the season!


Cooper: Audrey, you're a high school girl. I'm an agent of the FBI. 
Audrey Horne: So, do you want me to leave or what? 
Special Agent Dale Cooper: What I want and what I need are two different things, Audrey. 

Annoyingly, he talks such sense!