Thursday, May 30, 2013

Outfit: Teal and Those Jeans Again




Georgia Rose tan boots

Tuesday morning was grey and wet. I decided to take a walk to our local town for a few bits and pieces. It had stopped raining but started again before I walked home. I didn’t mind though as I had put on boots and taken my umbrella.


I made some bread in the afternoon and we sat in the conservatory listening to the rain. I caught up on scheduling some blog posts and the young man played on his iPad.



Yes, the same Long Tall Sally jeans make an appearance again. And even though they are straight legs they are slim enough to work under boots.

Teal faux wrap top – Long Tall Sally
White top – H&M
Jeans – Long Tall Sally
Tan boots – Georgia Rose (c/o Sarenza)
Silver square hoops – Claire’s
Teal beads – Scope
Silver and diamante necklace – gifted

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Bank Holiday Weekend Recap

Sunday we had a friend coming to visit in the afternoon so I spent the morning cleaning the house and the young man did some gardening. I also baked some scones which we ate when our friend came over and they were delicious. It was warm and sunny again so we had a barbeque in the garden at tea time.


Bank Holiday Mondays are usually a good time to stay off the roads, but we decided to head out to Dalby Forest in North Yorkshire. We managed to miss the traffic and stopped off in Thornton le Dale where we bought some lunch in a bakery. We took it into Dalby Forest and enjoyed a picnic at one of the lookout points. Here’s the view across the valley:


We had a walk in the woods and then drove up to Whitby (yes, again, we love that place) on the back roads. We had a walk up the 199 steps to the churchyard and sat on a bench enjoying the view. Everything up there is now a little closer to the cliff edge than it was due to a recent landslip.

We set off home across the moors and stopped at the Lion Inn on Blakey Ridge for tea.

I only had time to snap a quick selfie of my outfit, but I was wearing those LTS jeans again, with my Converse.

Navy sweater – Long Tall Sally (eBay)
Turquoise top – Long Tall Sally
Jeans – Long Tall Sally
Converse – c/o Sarenza
Turquoise necklace – Dorothy Perkins

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Outfit: My Favourite Jeans with Stripes and a Biker Jacket




We have this week off work following the long weekend for the Spring Bank Holiday in the UK. To kick off the holiday mood we went out Friday evening for tea at our local pub. Having got wet through at lunchtime when I went for a walk in the torrential rain (in my defence it wasn’t actually raining when we set off) I changed into straight leg jeans and boots, and put on a warm sweater as it was pretty chilly out.


Saturday dawned beautiful and sunny so we got ourselves ready and took a road trip to the coast. Our first stop was Skipsea to see the coastal erosion that has taken place there. There used to be a through road to the next town up the coast, but that road is now closed and here’s why:


We went back inland to the village and had some lunch in a delightful little tea room where we sat out in the sunshine.


In the afternoon we drove up to Ravenscar which is a town that was never built. It was planned in the 1890s to be a new resort to rival Scarborough (it is north of Scarborough, just below Robin Hoods Bay) and a railway station was built along with a few buildings but the company that owned the land went bust and the project was abandoned. The station platform is still there but I don’t think there’ll be a train along anytime soon:


The line was Beechinged in 1965 like so many others across the country. There’s a rather nice hotel on the cliff top, the Raven Hall Hotel and we had a drink in their garden and enjoyed the view out to sea.


We had a look in the National Trust shop and visitor centre and the young man bought himself a carved stick for walking, then we had a walk down the cliff. The young man was more adventurous than I was and was rewarded by the sight of some seals basking on the shore.

We continued our journey north and stopped in Whitby where we tried out a fish and chip restaurant we’d not been to before, then walked back along the beach and headed back home.


I am a little bit addicted to these jeans at the moment. They are the straight leg style from Long Tall Sally’s Heritage Denim collection. They are a perfect fit and have just the right amount of stretch to them to make them super soft and comfortable. They work just as well tucked into boots as you’ll see in a future post (I may or may not have worn them four days in row so far).

Cream and navy stripe top – Forever 21
Jeans – Long Tall Sally
Blue pumps – Converse (c/o Sarenza)
Sunglasses – Claire’s
Black faux leather jacket – Topshop Tall
Navy heart necklace – Scope

Saturday, May 25, 2013

The Week in Instagrams

Evening sun on Whitby beach
Abandoned rail tunnel at Ravenscar

Ravenscar station: not sure there'll be any trains today
Lunch in the sunshine
Coastal erosion at Skipsea

Clearly Aldi know something about the long range forecast
Blocks to raise my desk
New ceramic travel mug for work

Friday, May 24, 2013

Outfit: Red, Jeans and Snakeskin for Casual Friday




Matalan Snakeskin

It was cold and wet again today, and left me wishing I’d worn a warmer sweater. Especially when there was a really cold draught blowing from somewhere. Fortunately I had a warm sweater over the back of my chair from when the heating broke back in the winter. I drank a LOT of tea today to try to keep warm.




Last night the young man was out so I did the supermarket shopping then headed home and made myself some banana pancakes for dessert. I’d kind of forgotten about them but I had lunch with a friend the other day and she mentioned them and I remembered what a good idea they are. After that I sat down and watch episode one of The Fall, which is on the BBC iPlayer. I wanted to watch it because Gillian Anderson is in it and I’m glad I did as it was really good. Dana Scully (albeit a British, blonde one) and a serial killer. What more do you need for a good drama? I need to catch up on episode two now.

Red sweater – Long Tall Sally
Jeans – Next Tall (eBay) (similar)
Snakeskin shoes – Matalan (similar)
Cream and silver beads – New Look
Cream and black spot scarf - Dorothy Perkins
Silver square hoops – Claire’s

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Outfit: Top of the Crops (Trousers and Sweater)



LK Bennett Shilo

With the forecast high just 9°C today (not to mention the hail/sleet/snow that kept falling with alarming intensity) and the unpredictability of the new office’s air conditioning, I decided a warm sweater was probably a good idea. Yes I know it’s May but I spent so much of last summer being cold I’ve decided to dress for the weather rather than the season this year. And if that means pulling some of my winter items out of storage then so be it.


Last night I went for a swim straight after work. I have a love-hate relationship with my gym’s swimming pool. I love that they have one, it’s one of the reasons I signed up in the first place, but I hate that they let children use it. They have swimming lessons with private instructors but children in general are allowed in from 2-5pm every day. I think there should be at least one afternoon in the week when I can swim child-free, but no. It’s annoying because if I wanted to go to a pool full of children I could just go to the leisure centre, and not pay a monthly fee for the privilege! It wasn’t too bad in there yesterday to be fair, but some days it’s like a crèche.


After tea I did some mending and made a loaf of bread, then we watched a couple of episodes of Only Fools and Horses.

Cream cropped sweater – Topshop Tall
Grey cropped trousers – Gap (charity shop)
Burgundy patent leather shoes – LK Bennett (c/o Sarenza)
Whitby Jet cross – gifted
Silver square hoops – Claire’s
Black and silver stud belt – free with a pair of trousers

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Outfit: Navy, Red and Stripes




Magrit Navy

Day three in the new office and I am already pushing the dress code. I reckon coloured denim is OK though, and I’m not the only one wearing it.



Last night I tried out a new chicken curry recipe for tea. Now I don’t usually like curry as a rule, though I will eat a really mild one, but the girl who published this recipe on her blog said she doesn’t like it either but liked this one. It’s also really easy to make and contains things you will probably already have in the house anyway. You can find the recipe here.



After tea I went to the gym for my usual step class, then spent the evening chilling on the sofa with my iPad and watching Mary Queen of the High Street.

Navy blazer – Long Tall Sally (eBay)
Navy, cream and green stripe sweater – Long Tall Sally
Red jeans – New Look Tall (eBay)
Navy patent shoes – Magrit (outlet mall)
Blue print scarf – charity shop
Silver hoops – Claire’s
Navy heart pendant – Scope

Total Est. Cost £ 84

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Outfit: Double Denim and Leopard Print




LK Bennett Sabira

This outfit is stolen straight from one of the current Marks and Spencer billboard ads. I had planned to wear this dress as a dress but decided that it is a bit short to wear to work with nude tights, so added the skirt on top.



Someone asked me yesterday (by email, ironically) if we had a fax machine in the new office building. I thought we’d just moved offices but apparently we also moved back in time to the 1980s.

Last night I decided to switch up my routine a bit and went to the gym straight from work. It turned out to be a good time to go as it was pretty quiet, and once I was done I could go home and make tea and have the evening to myself. I baked some bread and did the ironing, and we watched some Only Fools and Horses.

Denim shirt dress – Debenhams
Denim skirt – Jasper Conran (Debenhams)
Nude patent leather shoes – LK Bennett (c/o Sarenza)
Leopard print scarf – Ethel Austin
Tan Obi belt – ASOS
Wood bangles – gifted and Scope
Silver square hoops – Claire’s
Silver and diamante necklace – gifted

Total Est. Cost £65

Monday, May 20, 2013

Outfit: Navy and White Polka Dots




LTS navy dot flats

Head to toe polka dots today! And I love it! I was going to wear a stripe skirt with this t shirt but I’ve done stripes and spots before so went for spots on spots today.


Navy cardi – Next Tall
Navy and white spot t – Next
Navy and white polka dot skirt – Next (charity shop)
Navy and white polka dot shoes – Long Tall Sally (gifted)
Navy heart necklace – Scope
Silver hoops – gifted

Total Est. Cost £17