Thursday, February 23, 2017

Throwback Thursday



What I wore February 23rd, 2013.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Outfit: February 13th – Before It Gets Too Warm

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After the cold, wet weekend that preceded this day, the forecast was for temperatures to rise dramatically later in the week (OK, not dramatically, but 11˚C after 1˚C seems positively tropical right now!). Fearing I might not get another chance this winter to wear my warmest-of-all-dresses dress I put it on Monday morning. The scarf was probably overkill, but I love a good scarf and this one in particular has been neglected of late, having once been practically my signature item.

What have you worn recently that you will miss once spring arrives?

Dress – Next Tall
Boots – Steve Madden (c/o Sarenza)
Scarf – H&M

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Outfit: February 10th – Friday and the Weekend (and a Rant About Sports Bras)

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No time for proper pictures Friday morning – I had to get into work early as I had an eye exam in the morning that I would need to take time out for. My eyes are apparently very healthy but I do need some new glasses so I took ages picking a pair out (when you can’t see your whole face clearly in the mirror because you’re so short sighted you have to take photos of each pair of frames you try on, put your own glasses back on, review the pictures: it’s all very time consuming!) (and I know I started the day with my contact lenses in, but that was because I also had a contact lens check booked, but then had to take my lenses out for my actual sight test). By the time this post goes live I might already have received my new glasses, so stay tuned!

Friday evening I headed into the city to look for a new sports bra. I hadn’t worn my sports bras for a long time (no need when you don’t go to the gym!) so having been for a couple of runs in the past two weeks I was remind how uncomfortable the ones I had were. They do their job of holding everything down shall we say(!) but when you’re tall the straps tend to dig into your shoulders as they’re not long enough for a person who has more length between the chest band and shoulders. I also find that the straps drag my shoulders down making them ache. Clearly adjustable straps are the way forward but have you ever tried to find a sports bra with adjustable straps? They’re few and far between my friends!

I started with TK Maxx (purely because there’s one near work that I can walk to on a dinnertime) and found several there, and for a really good price. I purchased a couple of two packs, because at £9.99 you can’t go wrong can you? Erm, yes, yes you can go wrong when the bras offer no support whatsoever! Back they went and my Friday evening jaunt into town came about. Marks and Spencer came good (as I knew they would) with four styles available. I tried them all on and this was the one I purchased. And, surprisingly, Primark also delivered. I purchased one there too, because it was only £7. But really, why is it so hard to find a sports bra with adjustable straps that actually does its job? And why don’t the specialist tall retailers make sports bras with slightly longer than average straps?

The weekend was wet and cold (we were promised snow but all that materialised was a really wet sleet) but by Sunday evening it had dried up so I was able to get out for a short run (all my runs are short right now, I working on building them up…). The rest of the time was spent inside by the fire chilling out, which doesn’t happen very often on a weekend so it was kind of nice for a change.

Sweater – Bench (eBay)
Jeans – Long Tall Sally (eBay)
Scarf – H&M
Boots – Steve Madden (c/o Sarenza)

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Outfit: February 9th - Navy and Burgundy

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It was super cold this day and it snowed a little bit in the afternoon. I layered my cosy cardi over my striped dress, and added fleece lined tights and boots for extra warmth.

Dress - Primark
Cardi - F+F at Tesco
Tights - Primark
Boots - Priceless Shoes
Necklace - Scope


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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Outfit: February 8th - Knit Dress and Over Knee Boots

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I had to go into work early this day so there was only time for a couple of quick snaps in the mirror (so that I had something to put on Instagram, primarily). The weather turned cold again that week and we even had a little snow, so a cosy knitted dress and over the knee boots was the perfect combination for staying warm.

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The previous day I had been out at lunchtime and purchased some new trainers. I have started running. I don't run. I have never run. The closest I ever got to running was when I used to play hockey in high school, but lately I haven't been able to get the idea out of my head. Who even am I? So I thought I should get some proper trainers and took myself off to the sports store to get my gait assessed. The trainers I ended up with are these Asics ones, which are a cool purple colour as well as being super comfy and supportive for running.

Dress - Kew 159
Boots - New Look (gifted)
Necklace - George at ASDA
Belt - Dorothy Perkins

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Outfit: February 7th – Layers

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So remember how I got excited about wearing shoes rather than boots last week? And about not needing my wool coat one of the days? Well the forecast for this week is snow. Yeah. Not so much spring just yet then.

Tuesday wasn’t quite as cold though so I took the opportunity to layer up a couple of thinner tops rather than wearing a big jumper. I like how the stripes just peep out at the neck and cuffs. And if you’re thinking that my hair looks a bit different, I got it cut the previous evening. My friend L did it and she did an awesome job. She cut it dry which is something I don’t think I’ve experienced since I was a child and my grandma used to take my sister and me to her local hairdresser for our hair trimming. It meant the cut didn’t take that long to do – I find when I go to a regular salon almost half of the time is taken up with blow drying and styling my hair. Which is nice, but you pay for the privilege and you have to have the time to spare too.

Top – Long Tall Sally
Polo neck – Long Tall Sally
Trousers – F+F at Tesco
Boots – Primark
Necklace – Primark

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