Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Outfit: January 8th – Black and Army Green







It seems like ages since I wore anything in this shade of green. (I actually wore this top over the Christmas period but it might have gone undocumented. I know I haven’t worn the cardi in ages though.) It was another cold day, the kind that makes you glad you don’t have to scrape your car windscreen because you walk to work. Everywhere was white with frost. I employed my secret weapon: a thermal top layered under my regular top. (And also: EMU boots. Because I am not daft enough to go outside in sub-zero temperatures with bare feet and ballet flats. Just FYI.)

Cardi – Primark
Top – Long Tall Sally
Trousers – Dorothy Perkins Tall (sale)
Shoes – F+F at Tesco
Necklace – Scope
Earrings – Nickel + Suede

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Outfit: January 7th - Denim Mini and (Yes, More) Stripes!





It was so cold the Sunday just I wore this. There was frost in the back garden that didn't lift all day as the sun never got to it. There was sunshine though, it was a lovely afternoon and I took full advantage of it by getting out for a walk. These leggings from Primark are amazing for that kind of weather. They are the velvet lined leggings which I have always disregarded in the past as being too short for my ridiculously long legs. But someone in the tall people's Facebook group that I'm in recommended them to us tallies and so I thought I'd try them out. And, as I said above: amazing! They reach my ankle bones so they're just long enough if you are tall like I am (I'm 5'11" and wear a 34" inside leg in skinny jeans, for reference). They look like regular, thick tights from the outside but the secret is on the inside which is lined with a sort of soft, furry lining (not really velvet as the name would suggest). They are SO COSY! Had I been wearing jeans on my walk the fronts of my thighs would have been pretty much numb by the time I got home. In these leggings? Not so much. I wouldn't say I was toasty warm, but I wasn't cold and when it's literally freezing out, that's good enough for me!

In other news, I seem to be 'give me all the cashmere' at the moment. I love that a cashmere sweater is warm but lightweight and not bulky, meaning a jacket will fit over the top without you losing the ability to move your arms. Yes cashmere is expensive but now is the perfect time to look for it in the sales, or check out eBay (which is where I got this particular sweater) and you can definitely find it for the price of an acrylic sweater, if not cheaper.

Sweater - Gap men's (via eBay)
Skirt - Dorothy Perkins Tall
Leggings - Primark
Boots - Geox (c/o Sarenza)
Necklace - gifted
Earrings - Nickel and Suede

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Outfit: January 6th - Navy Sweater



Just a casual look for a Saturday. The sweater is 100% wool so it's nice and warm, which is just as well as it was pretty chilly outside that day. To be expected in January though I guess. I wore my Chelsea boots with it, and jeans but the fronts of my legs were freezing when I took a walk so I could have done with some tights underneath I think!

Sweater - Jack Wills outlet (sale)
Jeans - Long Tall Sally
Boots - Primark
Necklace - gifted
Earrings - Claire's

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Outfit: January 5th – Flares and Red Boots








Flared jeans are a good way to change up the silhouette of an outfit. You will never part me from my beloved skinnies, but flares have been slowly creeping back in over the last few months and well, a change is as good as a rest so I thought I’d bust out the flares for a change. This pair is just the right length for wearing with the flat footwear I have been favouring of late. And talking of flat footwear, yeah I might have picked up the red version of these boots in the sale the other day. The one thing I would change about them is the studs/buckles – they are gold and I would prefer silver, but for £6 I can live with it!

The thing to remember about flares is that there will be a draught up your trouser legs that you don’t get with skinnies. So the secret to wearing flares in the winter? Knee high socks. (And the secret to getting knee high socks when you are ridiculously tall? Over the knee socks, which will actually be knee high on your long legs.) I also like to pick a dry day to wear my flares. There’s nothing worse than getting the bottoms of your trouser legs wet and the cold damp slowing creeping upwards. That’s the best thing about skinny jeans if you ask me, the fact that you can wear your boots over them so they don’t get wet.

Sweater – Bench (via eBay)
Jeans – Michael Kors (via Harrods, sale)
Boots – Primark (sale)
Necklace – gifted
Earrings – Ziggy of Clevedon

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Monday, January 08, 2018

Outfit: January 4th – More Burgundy and Stripes!







It’s a good combination, what can I say? I had a bit of a rummage through the sale racks at TK Maxx on my lunchbreak the previous day, and I found this cashmere sweater marked down to £21. That’s a bargain for cashmere, especially as the original TK Maxx price was £89.99 – goodness knows what the RRP was! I fancied a little pattern mixing (and I felt like I hadn’t worn this jacket for a while) so I added in some Prince of Wales check as an extra layer.

Jacket – Primark
Sweater – Cynthia Rowley (via TK Maxx, sale)
Jeggings – Dorothy Perkins Tall
Boots – Primark
Earrings – Primark

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Friday, January 05, 2018

Outfit: January 3rd – Burgundy and Stripes





2018! How did we get here?! How fast did 2017 go?! I was back to it on 3rd January having enjoyed a full two week break from work (and also from blogging, hence the lack of outfit posts from over the festive season) and it was wonderful. (The break that is, not being back to it, although there is something kind of nice about getting back into a routine I find.)

After a Christmas of eating whatever I fancied I need to get back on the Weight Watchers bandwagon so this day was the first day of doing that. If I can manage to swerve the leftover Christmas choccies in the office I will be doing well. I was given Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredients book for Christmas by my lovely little sister and most of the recipes in there seem fairly healthy so should translate easily to ProPoints friendly meals. Plus, they’re really easy as they only contain five ingredients! So far I’ve made sausage carbonara and messy melting meatballs and they were both successful. I am winging it with a slow-cooked beef dish in the crockpot later in the week – who has 4 hours to let something slow cook in the oven please Jamie?!

My back-to-work outfit was put together yet comfy – black pants, a polo neck and a jersey blazer, plus some boots that I picked up in Primark the previous day for just £8. And that was full price! I also go a pair in the sale for £6, plus a couple of knit dresses that were reduced.

Blazer – New Look (via eBay)
Top – Long Tall Sally
Pants – F+F at Tesco
Boots – Primark
Earrings – Primark

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Thursday, January 04, 2018

Outfit: December 19th – Christmas Jumper Take Two!







The Tuesday before Christmas was my last day of work for the year, and everyone in my office agreed to don Christmas jumpers in honour of the occasion. What goes better with a Christmas jumper than jeans and red boots, right? So that’s exactly what I wore. These boots have been helping me to branch out into my flared and bootcut trousers and jeans again this winter. I like that the heel is higher than a flat, but not so high I can’t walk comfortably in them.

The cute little stocking brooch pinned on my sweater was a gift from one of the old ladies at church. She was giving sparkly Christmas brooches out to all the ladies in the choir the other week which was very kind of her.

Sweater – Matalan men’s (via charity shop)
Jeans – Next Tall (via eBay)
Boots – Georgia Rose (c/o Sarenza)
Brooch – gifted

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