Sunday, September 21, 2014

This Week..

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This week I’ve been listening to the Little Shop of Horrors soundtrack. Today is what I always deem Little Shop of Horrors day. It’s 21st September and if you know the play (not the film, the film says 23rd) you know it starts ‘On the 21st day in the month of September...’. If you don’t know the play (or the film), watch the film. Steve Martin as a psychopathic dentist, a singing plant and awesome music - what’s not to love?

Little Shop was the school play when I was in the third form and my friends and I were obsessed with it for the rest of our high school careers. We would quote it at every opportunity and the chorus group that was formed for the show became a spin off choir in its own right, called The Horrors.  We rehearsed on a Friday dinner time and sang all kinds of music from West End show tunes to Christmas carols. Even now when I hear the words 'feed me' my instinct is to reply 'does it have to be human? Does it have to be mine? Where am I s'posed to get it?'. And I'm sure all of my high school friends and would say the same.

Happy Little Shop Day!

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Outfit: Waistcoat

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Matalan Snakeskin


I haven’t worn a waistcoat in ages. We’re talking years, here. I can’t remember the last time I wore one. At one point, several years ago, they were an absolute staple of my wardrobe. Now though, not so much. Fortunately I had the good sense to hang on to two during previous wardrobe culls, and last night I looked at them and decided it was high time to pull one out again.

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As much as I love jackets and blazers for smartening up an outfit, I sometimes feel like the sleeves are restricting my arm movements. With a waistcoat you get all the smart and none of the restricted movement. Win-win.

Red jeans – New Look Tall (eBay)
Red and white stripe top – H&M
Snakeskin shoes – Matalan
Waistcoat – Long Tall Sally (sale)
Red beads – eBay
Silver hoops – gifted


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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Outfit: Winter of Wedges

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Priceless yellow


How’s your week going? Mine seems to be going fairly quickly and I can’t believe it’s almost the weekend again already!

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This was Wednesday’s outfit and thanks to the ridiculousness that is the car park surface at the new office, I predict that this year is going to be a winter of wedges. Observe:



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Yes. Quite. That surface is not conducive to walking in heels and staying upright, as someone from another department found to her cost last year when she fell and injured her face quite badly. It’s not so bad whilst it’s daylight in the mornings, but in the dark it will be lethal. I start work at 7.30am each morning (to miss the worst of the traffic on my commute) and I’m travelling in daylight at the moment but I can feel the mornings getting darker even though it’s only mid-September.

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The other thing I need to talk about today is my hair. You see the right hand side of it on the close-up picture above? That’s the length (or perhaps a fraction longer) I’m thinking of going next. What do you think, should I do it?

Tan sweater – New Look Tall
Grey and cream stripe pants – Forever 21
Yellow wedges – Priceless Shoes
Turquoise bandeau – New Look (sale)
Turquoise necklace – Dorothy Perkins (sale)
Silver hoops – gifted
Green spotted scarf – TK Maxx
Turquoise bangles – Oxfam


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Outfit: The First Tights

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Grey ankle


Monday the forecast was for rain all day so it seemed like a good time to pull out some thicker tights and to wear boots. In the event I managed to dodge the rain but I think I would have been chilly with bare legs or thin tights.

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This outfit was a really easy one to put on – dress, tights, boots, statement necklace: done.

Navy dress – Next Tall
Navy tights – New Look (?)
Grey boots – Ethel Austin (sale)
Blue necklace – Primark
Silver hoops – gifted


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Monday, September 15, 2014

Outfit: Leopard and Stripes

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Atelier Mercadal leopard courts


Another casual Friday outfit folks. These jeans. What can I say? I love them. The denim is so soft and they have just about the perfect amount of distressing. Put them with heels and they can be glammed up a little. Put them with flats and they’re just comfy. And they were a birthday present back in April so I didn’t even pay for them.

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Stripes and leopard print are always good on their own, but mixing them together makes them even better if you ask me. Did you all have a great weekend?

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Black and white stripe top – c/o TM Lewin
Jeans – H&M (gifted)
Belt – River Island
Leopard print shoes – Atelier Mercadal (c/o Sarenza)
Whitby Jet cross – gifted
Silver hoops – gifted
Black and white bangles – Scope


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Sunday, September 14, 2014

This Week...



Watching the Great British Bake off has its downside in that it inspires you to bake. Biscuit Week in particular caught my attention when one of the bakers made custard biscuits. These weren’t something I’d come across before, but they sounded good – adding custard to anything makes it better, right?

I searched for a recipe and found this one for custard cookies. The first time I made them I added white chocolate chips (pictured above) because some of the other recipes I saw had them in. They’re fewer WW points without the chocolate though, so subsequent batches have omitted them. I found they were better baked for 15 minutes rather than 20 too. Give them a try, they’re delicious!




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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Outfit: Mint Whilst I Can

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LK Bennett Zella navy wedge


I decided to get another wear out of my mint green jeans this week, whilst the weather is still nice (read: dry) enough for such pale coloured trousers. I put these away for the winter last year, but perhaps they could stay out this year. Would they work with grey boots I wonder? I do have a mint green sweater that goes with them. Are pastels going to be a thing again this A/W?

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The basics of this outfit are shamelessly stolen from Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb. She put red shoes with her outfit but red and any shade of green just says Christmas to me and it’s way too early for that.



Navy and cream stripe top – Forever 21
Mint jeans – Primark (eBay)
Navy patent wedges – LK Bennett (c/o Sarenza)
Blue chunky bangle – Diamonds and Pearls
Silver hoops – gifted
Cream beaded necklace – New Look (sale)


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