Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Outfit: The Return of Scarf Season

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It may only be August, but Scarf Season is here people. For me, scarf season can last anywhere between 8 and 10 months, sometimes even 12 if we have a particularly bad summer, so I guess I can’t really complain as I’ve been scarf-free since about the end of May. You know what else is here? Getting Dark Before 9pm Season. The nights are drawing in (a bit) and summer seems to have departed these fair British Isles at least for the time being. Don’t get me wrong – it’s not cold by any stretch of the imagination, it’s just quite a lot cooler than it has been and it seems to be raining a whole lot more too.

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I love me a good scarf though, and we’ve had an awesome run of summer weather this year so I’m not too sad. Plus there’s always a chance that we might get another burst of summer before September and autumn proper arrive.

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I was in casual clothes yesterday as I’ve been doing my first aid requalification course for a couple of days. This comes around every three years and as the training centre is not far from my house and the course doesn’t start until 9am, it means I get a lie in. So, yay!

Black top – Tall Girls (eBay)
Polka dot jeans – Long Tall Sally (eBay)
Leopard print shoes – George at Asda
Silver studs – Primark
Silver and diamante necklace – gifted
Leopard print scarf – H&M


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Sunday, August 17, 2014

This Week...

It’s Sunday and it’s time for another Weight Watcher’s-friendly recipe: Porridge Bread. I am shamelessly stealing this from the forums on the WW website and I’ve got all the girls at work into making it as it’s so easy. This is an oat based bread that is 0pp on the Filling &Healthy plan. It makes quite a heavy bread, a bit like a soda bread but it tastes good! It’s probably a good option to eat with soup on a cold day. I’ll try that when it gets cold outside.

You will need:

400g porridge oats
500g low fat plain yoghurt
2tsp bicarbonate soda
1tsp salt (though I use a little under a tsp as I find it’s a bit too salty for me otherwise)

Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix together (just with a spoon, not an electric whisk).

Once it’s all mixed up, put into a 2lb loaf tin and bake for about 45 minutes at 180°C. You may find you need to cover it with a tinfoil ‘tent’ if the top is getting brown too quickly.

And that’s it – possibly the easiest bread recipe in the world. If you slice it into 16 it works out at 3pp per slice if you’re counting points.


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Friday, August 15, 2014

Outfit: Shoeper Challenge 2013/14 Save 84 | A Favourite Jacket

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Priceless Purple Flats


I bet you thought I’d forgotten about the Shoe Challenge didn’t you? Didn’t you? Well I kind of had. And them Amber posted and said she had only a few weeks left and I thought I’d better check my list as I knew I wasn’t done and there were only about three weeks to go. Fortunately there were only two pairs remaining on my ‘to be saved’ list and these purple flats were one of them. These are from Priceless Shoes and were bought one Christmas (about 2008 I think) as I needed some dressy looking flats and I didn’t have any. The satin, pointed toe and bow on these makes them quite dressy I think, and at only about £10 they were ideal. I have the same pair in a bright blue fabric too and they don’t get a lot of wear, but they are always useful to have on standby, especially around the festive season.

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Anyway, moving on to my outfit. I haven’t worn this jacket in SO LONG, but since the outside temperatures in the morning have started dropping I decided it was the perfect time to pull it out. I love the nipped in waist and the huge collar.

Grey check jacket – Topshop Tall (eBay)
Black and white stripe sweater – c/o TM Lewin
Jeans – New Look
Purple flats – Priceless Shoes
Purple flower necklace – Dorothy Perkins (sale)
Silver hoops – gifted
Black leather belt – Pieces (c/o Sarenza)


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Outfit: Vintage Dress, Red Shoes

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I am back at work in the new office this week and things are settling down now. What is not yet settling down is the air conditioning which seems to be stuck on super hot in the morning and then icy cold in the afternoon. Layers are a necessity and I took a black cardi and leopard print scarf to layer over what you see here.

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Red and white dress – vintage
Black leggings – New Look Tall
Red shoes – c/o NOW Discount Shoes
Silver hoops – gifted
Black and white bangles – Scope


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Monday, August 11, 2014

Outfit: To The Rescue!

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Georgia Rose silver camo flats


Saturday afternoon I was going out for tea and I picked out this blue top to wear. It’s only got spaghetti straps and it wasn’t quite as warm out as it has been of late so I put my baby blue shrug over it. I’ve had this shrug since 1999 so does that make it vintage? Almost?

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The top was a little low cut for a family get together though but I was reluctant to take it off as I wanted to wear a summery top whilst it was warm enough to do so. Let’s face it, you never know how long the good weather is going to last in this country. (Case in point: Sunday was torrential rain all day.) So it was a white bandeau to the rescue! These bandeaus (bandeaux?) are such a useful addition to my closet and well worth the £2 I paid for each one. It covered up what it needed to and allowed me to wear the top I wanted to wear. Can’t say fairer than that for £2.

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These shoes are a favourite pair at the moment. I’ve always loved me some silver flats and these are pointy – something else I love in a flat shoe. The subtle camouflage print makes them just a little bit different though not any harder to wear than a plain metallic.

Blue shrug – Dorothy Perkins
Blue and white top – New Look Tall
White bandeau – New Look (sale)
Jeans – Long Tall Sally
Silver camo flats – Georgia Rose (c/o Sarenza)
Whitby Jet cross – gifted
Silver hoops – gifted
Black and silver bracelets – gifted
Sunglasses – Amazon


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Sunday, August 10, 2014

This Week...


I have mentioned the Strava app before, but as I’m still loving it I’ll tell you about it again.

The free version (there’s a premium version you can upgrade to but I don’t like paying for apps as I’m cheap) can be set to running (but I use it for walking) or to cycling. It tracks your route via GPS and at the end gives you a whole bunch of stats as well as showing you a map of where you’ve been. I particularly like that it tells you how long you were actually moving as you earn Weight Watchers activity points for how long you’ve been doing an activity. It will also tell you your average speed, the highest elevation to which you’ve climbed and whether you have achieved your fastest time per mile.

If you enter your age and weight will give you a guide to how many calories you’ve burned. And if anyone else has done part of your route and logged it on Strava it will tell you whether you completed that section faster or slower than them.

Strava is available on iPhone and Android.


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Friday, August 08, 2014

Lather, Rinse, Repeat

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Skechers navy trainers


Being on holiday from work is great. I have just been chilling out all week, taking it easy. And taking it easy means wearing jeans and t shirts all the time. Wearing the same jeans and t shirts two days in a row.

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This was Thursday’s outfit, and Wednesday’s outfit was the same other than the jeans (oh and the shoes – I wore flip flops on Wednesday). I went for a cycle ride on Thursday and this pair of jeans is my new pair of cycling jeans. (They’re not new jeans, just newly promoted to being worn for cycling.) They are super stretchy and the super skinny leg makes them perfect for not getting covered in oil around the ankles. The hole in the knee provides added ventilation too!

Navy and cream stripe top – Zara (sale)
Jeans – Long Tall Sally (sale)
Navy trainers – Skechers (c/o Sarenza)
Navy heart necklace – Scope
Silver studs – Primark


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