Friday, June 29, 2007

Refashioning Finished!

Here’s the red top now it’s just a wrap cardi.

Outfit: Casual Friday

Guess what?! It’s forecast to rain again today. So that means it’s boots again. I picked up this lovely teal wrap dress in a charity shop on Wednesday afternoon for the bargain price of £5.

Teal wrap dress – Primark (charity shop)
White cami – Topshop
Cuffed crop jeans – Dorothy Perkins
Teal boots – Faith
Teal heart pendant - Scope

Thursday, June 28, 2007

My Readers – An International Bunch

Earlier this week, Stylefinder posted details of where in the world her readers are from. I thought this was interesting and decided to share my statistics too. In the last 100 hits on this site there have been:
33 British
38 Americans
9 Canadians
2 Australians
1 New Zealander
1 from Singapore (Singaporean?)
1 Korean
1 Netherlander
1 Japanese
2 Norwegians
2 Icelanders
1 Brazilian
1 Czech Republican
1 Swiss
1 Croatian
1 Italian

Which only totals 96 so I must have counted wrong, but you get the idea. I find it fascinating that people from all over the world are reading this! Please, stop being a statistic and leave me a comment to say hi!

Outfit: Black & White

Black & cream stripe dress – charity shop
Black shirt – Tommy Hilfiger (Designer outlet store)
Red shoes – Next
Red belt – Next
Red heart pendant & red earrings – Claire’s Accessories

Refashioning Project

I picked up this red top in a charity shop for just £3.50 yesterday. It’s a George at ASDA one and it’s brand new as it still had the tag attached. You can just about see that it’s a wrap style with an inset and although it’s a fixed wrap, it had little buttons on where the closure would be were it a real wrap. The problem is that the inset part is far too low to wear it alone. I have been looking for a red cardi so decided I would get this as it was so cheap and just chop the inset out so that it’s just the wrap part, and then wear it over a white vest. I’ve cut it up but have yet to try it on – I’ll take a picture of the finished article this evening.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Outfit: Rainy Wednesday

Black pencil skirt – Long Tall Sally
White shirt – Long Tall Sally
Black cardi – Long Tall Sally
Red ribbon belt – Haberdashery
Red shoes - Next

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Outfit: Sunny (Almost!) Tuesday

Black v neck sweater – New Look (charity shop)
White v neck long sleeve T – Tall Girls
Brown tweed shorts – H&M
Black brogue style shoes – Dolcis
Green sequin scarf – Christmas present
Brown pendant - Scope
Belt - DP

Monday, June 25, 2007

This Week I Will Be Mostly…

…wearing autumn/winter clothes again – it’s cold and wet even though it’s June.
…reading Handbags and Gladrags by Maggie Alderson
…watching chick flicks
…listening to the Wicked soundtrack
…eating chocolate torte
…shopping for cushions to go with the new sofa

Outfit: Bad Monday

So it’s raining, it’s cold and I have a sore shoulder. I would sooo much rather be on the sofa watching a DVD right now!
Beige/blue/green dress – Long Tall Sally
Black leggings – Long Tall Sally
Electric blue cami – Topshop
Black shrug – unknown
Blue suede shoeboots – New Look

Friday, June 22, 2007

Sale Picks at Dorothy Perkins

It’s sale time again and there’s plenty on offer at Dorothy Perkins, especially if you’re tall like me! These picks are all from the Tall range but similar items are available in the regular lengths too.

The sale is a good time to stock up on basics so how about this suit for work? It’s a linen blend so will be perfect should the warm sunshiny weather return.

Jacket £17

Skirt £10

Black trousers are a staple of any wardrobe, this pair is now just £10.

Leggings, £6

Jeans, £12

For something a bit brighter, and especially for the lovely ladies over at the Shiny Fashion Forums who love all things green, how about this skirt? It’s just £10.

Who knows, the sunshine might return! And when it does, you’ll be ready for it with this lovely bright pink tunic top, a bargain at only £15.

I’ve never been sure about boobtubes, but if there’s a better time to try out a trend than when it’s reduced to just £3.50, I don’t know when that is!

Outfit: Overcast Friday

So, I failed on my no jeans challenge. I guess I just love them too much! And since I can’t wear them throughout the week, I like to wear them on a Friday and on evenings and weekends.

Cuffed crop jeans – Dorothy Perkins
Blue and white pattern dress – Interna├žionale (charity shop)
Black shrug – Unknown
Metallic blue shoes – Office
Turquoise necklace and earrings – Accessorise
Turquoise and silver bangles - Oxfam

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Outfit: Denim & Red

Denim dress – Miss Selfridge
Red belt – Market stall
Red wedges – New Look (charity shop)

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Refashioning Finished!

I’ve finally finished replacing the straps and edging my dress and it looks much better now. And I can still get it on even though the top is not stretchy anymore so that’s good news.

Outfit: Brown and Blue

Brown pinstripe jacket – Long Tall Sally
Brown pinstripe trousers – Long Tall Sally
Electric blue cami – Topshop
Metallic blue shoes – Office
Blue & silver bangles – Oxfam

Charity Shop Bargain

I got this Firetrap cardi on Monday afternoon for £4. It’s acrylic and wool and has a hood and the longest sleeves ever! It’s a grey-blue colour and will be great when the cooler weather comes.

Outfit: Denim Skirt

Is this cheating on the no jeans challenge?
Denim skirt – Tall Girls
Electric blue cami – Topshop
Navy flip flops – Primark

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

New Sofas

You may remember way back in February I posted about shopping for sofas. (Isn't it lovely? We have the 3 seater shown, a 2 seater and a matching footstool.) Well yesterday our sofas finally arrived. Almost four months later! We were given a delivery date of 8-9 weeks. The young man has come up with a new slogan for the store advertising its ‘Double Discounts’; more like ‘Double Delivery’ he said. To be fair to them they did give us a further discount on the price, but not a huge one. It would be wrong of me to name the store in question, so I won’t tell you that it was SCS.

Style Icon: Carrie Bradshaw

Yes I know she's not real, but who didn't love all her cute outfits in Sex and the City?

Outfit: Brown & Black

Black dress – George @ ASDA
Brown shrug – Ann Taylor Loft (charity shop)
Brown belt – Dorothy Perkins
Brown shoes – Roberto Vianni (Debenhams)

Outfit: Brown Cords

So, my first casual outfit for the week, eschewing jeans. (please forgive the poor quality of the picture!)

Brown cord trousers - Tall Girls
White v neck long sleeve t - Tall Girls
Brown pendant - Scope
Beige flat shoes - Evans

Monday, June 18, 2007

Style Icon: Kate Middleton

Style Challenge: Banish the Jeans

I have 20 pairs of jeans in my wardrobe. So I thought it might be fun this week to try not to wear any of them. I love my jeans so this could be a real challenge. During the day it’s not a problem as I can only wear jeans to work on Fridays, but I live in them in the evenings. Outfit pictures throughout the week…

This Week I Will Be Mostly…

…wearing anything but jeans
…reading Girl Meets Ape by Chris Manby
…watching the last episode of Mary, Queen of Shops
…listening to Billy Joel, who I firmly believe is a genius
…eating fruit
…shopping in the charity shops again

Refashioning Update

I’ve made a good start on the dress, but ran out of time so will have to finish it during the week. I got thwarted on the cap though. The young man said he wanted it as it was so I’ve got a piece of green felt to put on it should he change his mind and not wear it this coming winter.

Outfit: Thundery Monday?

The forecast today is for heavy rain (again) and thunder storms so I’ve gone for boots again since I got wet feet on Friday.

Brown shrug – Ann Taylor Loft (charity shop)
Brown tweed shorts – H&M
Green tank t – Topshop
Brown belt – Dorothy Perkins
Brown boots – Nine West (Debenhams)

Outfit: Church on Sunday

Green dress – Florence + Fred (charity shop)
Dark red cami – Topshop
Dark skinny jeans – Gap
Black shoes - Dolcis

Outfit: Saturday Shopping

Black v neck sweater – New Look (charity shop)
Silver chain belt – Dorothy Perkins
Dark skinny jeans – Gap
White tank t – George at ASDA
Blue boots – Priceless Shoes

Charity Shopping

I did a quick scour of the local charity shops on Friday afternoon and came up with a couple of gems. This brown cord jacket from the Topshop Tall range was £5 in Oxfam.

And the oversize black sweater (it’s almost a dress!) in the post above was £3.50 in the PDSA shop. It’s from New Look but the sleeves are so long, I can’t help wondering whether it’s from the tall range that is stocked in the York New Look store.