Thursday, November 20, 2014

Outfit: All Black (With Pops of Blue)

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Georgia Rose Venette blue suede ankle boot


It's not often that I wear an all black outfit, and it's not often that I wear black jeans, but for some reason whenever I do wear black jeans I tend to pair them with a black sweater. I don't know why that is, perhaps it's that I don't wear them often enough so don't know what else to put with them.

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Anyway, the blue boots added e perfect pop of colour to Wednesday's outfit, and I was told at least three times that they really are as bright as they look here.
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I love to receive emails from my readers, so here's a little shout out to Anne, Emma and Louise when they catch up on Shoegal on Friday! Thanks for reading ladies!

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This look can be switched up for a more casual vibe too,  A quick change of boots and the addition of a favourite scarf easily takes it to weekend or evening territory.

Black jeans - Next Tall (eBay)
Black sweater - New Look Tall
Blue suede boots - Georgia Rose (c/o Sarenza)
Blue necklace - New Look (sale)
Silver hoops - gifted
Tan boots - Steve Madden (c/o Sarenza)
Leopard print scarf - H&M

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Outfit: Red and Camel

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LK Bennett Bruton nude toe caps


I may pretend like I’m a heels girl (and much of the time I am) but lately, give me a choice of comfy, cosy boots and shoes that look great but perhaps aren’t quite so comfy, and I will take the slippers every time. Today, however, I decided that heels were the way forward as I feel like I’ve not worn them much recently.

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Red and camel is a great colour combination for late fall/early winter (sorry, but it will be winter in just a few short weeks). I want to pair this sweater with my burgundy pants too, for a slightly different take on the colour match.

Camel sweater – New Look Tall
Red jeans – New Look Tall (eBay)
Leopard print scarf – H&M
Black and beige shoes – LK Bennett (c/o Sarenza)
Silver hoops - gifted


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Sunday, November 16, 2014

This Week…


To the north side of Leeds lies Yeadon Tarn. It is a body of water, like a lake. I just Googled the difference between a tarn and a lake and, according to Wikipedia, a tarn is a lake formed in a cirque excavated by a glacier. I’m not sure that is true of Yeadon, but it’s a nice place to visit anyway. I go there predominantly to walk around it – three laps is almost 2.5 miles which is good exercise. My niece likes it up there because she can feed the resident ducks and play on the play area swings and slides. (She will also have a good go at climbing up the climbing frames etc. that are still far too big for her.) The tarn is right next to the airport so avid aircraft enthusiasts can enjoy the views of aeroplanes taking off and landing. It’s just a nice spot though, particularly right before sunset as I captured it the other afternoon.


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Friday, November 14, 2014

Specsavers Collaboration and New Glasses!

Last week I was invited to go along to the Specsavers store in Leeds to pick out some new glasses and to try out the service they offer. I have worn glasses since I was 8 years old, but Specsavers is not somewhere I have ever gone for an eye test so I was excited to give them a try. Plus, I’ve had my present glasses for almost two years now so it was about time for an update.

I was greeted at the store by several friendly staff members and was treated to a very thorough eye test, which included an eye health check. The optician, Chandra, took photos of my eyeballs and then I was able to view them on her computer screen. Pictures of my eyeballs are not something I have ever seen, and I’m not sure I would be in a hurry to see them again frankly, but Chandra explained that they take the pictures so that next time you have an eye exam they can compare those pictures to the previous set and check for any changes.

Once my prescription had been confirmed it was on to the fun part: picking out some frames! Specsavers have specialist frames stylists on hand to help and advise you and a lovely lady called Annette was assigned to me. I learnt something I didn’t know before: the numbers on the arms of glasses frames are to do with the size of frames and, as my measurements had been taken, Annette was able to ascertain whether a particular frame was the right width for my face. I was keen to try on lots of styles and was hoping to pick out something a little different from what I’ve had in the past. As you can see, there were a lot of options to choose from!



They have a tablet type device on the wall that takes photos of your so you can compare your shortlisted pairs side by side and see which you like the best.


Eventually I selected two pairs I was happy with and, after checking with the on-site lab that they would work with my super complex prescription (being so short sighted is bane I tell you) Annette took down the details and placed the order.

The frames I chose were both from the £99 designer range. First up is these fabulous turquoisey-teal pair by Firetrap. I love the retro inspired cat eye shape and the colour, well, the colour is just amazing and unlike any glasses I’ve ever had before.



For the second pair, I went with a similar shape but slightly larger lenses in a burgundy-pink colour. This pair is by Gok Wan who should know a thing or two about wearing glasses as he wears them himself.



Two days later I got a call to say my new glasses were ready for collection: that is a very impressive turnaround time! I went to the store to pick up my glasses and a staff member in the designated fitting area checked the fit of the frames and provided me with cases. I was a little enthusiastic when asking for adjustments to the arms though, and found that they were digging into my head behind my ears. This isn’t a problem though as Specsavers will provide free aftercare for the life of your spectacles. I was able to pop along to a store near work the following day and have further adjustments made so that the fit is more comfortable.

The Leeds store staff are very friendly and I met the Retail Director Louise Harvey too who chatted to me about my blog.

If you are looking for new glasses Specsavers currently have a range of offers available including 2 for 1 on their £99 designer range and the £69 range. Check out their website for more details.



Disclaimer: I was provided with vouchers by Specsavers to cover the cost of two pairs of glasses. I was not paid to write this post and all opinions are my own.


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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Outfit: Cowboy Boots

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Sancho Elvis Femme cowboy boots


Wednesday’s outfit started with the boots. I’ve not worn these cowboy boots in the longest time and, according to the label that came with the boots they are supposed to wear in to become really comfortable. I don’t think I’ve worn them enough for that yet so I’m going to try to get them properly broken in over the next few weeks.

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I opted for a simple knit dress and a few accessories to go with the boots, and also to complement my new glasses. A full post about these glasses and my other new pair is coming shortly.

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Beige knit dress – Bay Trading (sale)
Brown ribbed tights – Ann Taylor (TK Maxx)
Brown leather cowboy boots – Sancho (c/o Sarenza)
Leopard print belt – charity shop
Teal scarf – Long Tall Sally (sale)
Silver hoops – gifted


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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Outfit: Mixing Black and Brown

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Jana Rahbini black ankle boot


Black and brown is a combination I like to wear every autumn and winter. No longer a taboo mixture, I think the shades play off each other well. However, if you’re nervous about trying it yourself a good way to bring your items together is by adding something in leopard print, which mixes black and brown naturally. I added my scarf to illustrate this, but also because it’s one of my favourite accessories.

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Black sweater – New Look Tall
Brown cords – Long Tall Sally (sale)
Black boots – c/o Sarenza
Silver necklace – New Look (sale)
Leopard print scarf – H& M
Leopard print hoop earrings – gifted


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Sunday, November 09, 2014

This Week…


So that’s it, it’s officially cold and this week the EMU boots came out. I’ve had a pair of ugg-style boots in my wardrobe since 2009 and I just love them. Some people think they are ugly and I grant you, they are not the most attractive items of footwear in the world. But they are warm and some days I just want to be cosy and have warm feet dammit! All the pairs of boots I’ve had in this style are from EMU Australia and they are great quality and are certainly cosy. I made my pair even cosier the past couple of years by adding some faux fur boots toppers that were in my Christmas stocking two years ago (thanks Mom!).

What’s your opinion on this style of boot?


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