Monday, February 29, 2016

February Instagram Roundup

Not all my outfits make it to the blog, but most of them make it to Instagram.  So here's a roundup of those you might have missed in February!

Follow me on:

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Outfit: February 22nd – Sweater Dress and Over Knee Boots






Monday was crisp, cold and sunny: just the way winter should be if you ask me. When it’s cold out the temptation is to bundle up, but it is possible to be bundled up yet still look put together. This sweater dress is the warmest item I own, yet because it’s a dress it looks like you made an effort (and I still felt like I was wearing a big, cosy jumper which really, I was). Paired with over the knee boots it REALLY looks like you made an effort but the truth is that I like OTK boots because they keep my knees warm! Old lady alert over here!

Fortunately it is March on Tuesday and I for one cannot wait, I am so ready to be done with winter.

Dress – Next Tall
Boots – Primark (gifted)
Necklace – Scope

Follow me on:

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Outfit: February 19th – Sweatshirt and Jeans







F+F boots

I don’t often wear jeans and a sweatshirt to leave the house, but sometimes it’s just what I feel like putting on. Friday was lovely and sunny (well, it was to start with anyway) even though it was cold.

Sweatshirt – Long Tall Sally (sale)
Jeans – Primark (gifted)
Boots – F+F at Tesco (sale)
Necklace – gifted
Scarf – River Island (sale)
Jacket – Long Tall Sally

Follow me on:

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Outfit: February 13th – Jeans, Stripes, Boots






Geox Mendi tan boots

Saturday morning was sunny but cold so I layered up with a polo neck under my stripes. It was the perfect kind of day for making homemade soup and taking a walk, which is what I did.

Top – H&M
Polo neck – Long Tall Sally
Jeans – Long Tall Sally
Boots – Geox (c/o Sarenza)
Heart necklace – Scope

Follow me on:

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Outfit: February 7th – Denim Skirt and Stripes





Steve Madden Candence cognac

Wow, I’m really behind with outfit posts now aren’t I? Actually, due to a change in schedule I don’t get chance to take pictures as often now so scheduling posts ahead when I do have pictures is working really well for me at the moment.

These pictures were taken last Sunday on what was, for once, a fine and sunny day. (Until the afternoon, when it wasn’t fine and sunny anymore and it rained.) I went to church in the morning and sometimes I like to make an effort for church and sometimes that means wearing a skirt. I was excited to wear this skirt because the day before I’d gone through my wardrobe and weeded out all the things that are now too big for me. My sewing abilities are limited but I do have a sewing machine and I’m not afraid to use it, so there were a few items that I figured I could take in myself and this skirt was one of them. It’s been months since I’ve worn it as it was practically falling off me, and now it fits!

Sweater – c/o TM Lewin
Skirt – Jasper Conran (Debenhams)
Tights – H&M
Boots – Steve Madden (c/o Sarenza)
Scarf – River Island

Follow me on:

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Outfit: February 2nd - Snowflake Sweater and Bootcut Jeans







February started cold but if it means that January is over and we are one step closer to spring then I will take that. The sweater may look festive but it wasn’t entirely out of place as it did actually snow (a really little bit) that evening. And besides, it’s 80% wool and therefore WARM. And that is what you need on a cold, February day.

I don’t wear these jeans often as they are so long that they require my highest heels with them. But my highest heels just happen to be these boots which are also one of my most comfortable pairs, despite the height. They will be 13 years old this fall and are still going strong.

Sweater – Primark (gifted)
Jeans – Next Tall (eBay)
Boots – Arturo Chiang (Century 21)
Necklace – gifted
Hoops – Claire’s

Follow me on:

Monday, February 08, 2016

Beauty products I Will Always Repurchase

I am not always brand-loyal when it comes to beauty products. I am a sucker for trying out the latest thing I’ve read about online, or whatever is on special offer in Boots or the Supermarket. However, there are a few items that I will return to time and time again because they work and the price tags don’t break the bank. So in no particular order, here are my most repurchased beauty items.

My Most Repurchased Beauty Products

Vaseline Lip Therapy


The humble little blue tin costs a little over £1 but it is the best thing I have found for keeping my lips soft and smooth.

Vaseline Essential Moisture lotion

Another inexpensive product that I can use all over. I love that it comes in many different sizes so I have the small tube in my handbag, the smaller size bottle on my desk at work and a large bottle in the bathroom cabinet. I use it as a hand cream, face cream (not sure you’re actually supposed to do that, but I’ve been doing it for years and it’s not doing any harm!) and a body lotion (though I do like the spray can version for that too) so it’s a truly multitasking product. I pick it up in the pound shop when I can too, to keep the costs down even further.

Max Factor compact foundation

I have always been a compact foundation girl – I don’t have time for faffing with messy loose powders or cream/lotion formulations. Compact is where it’s at! I have a long history of finding a great one and then it gets discontinued, and I am fully expecting that to happen to this product at some point, but until then I will continue to repurchase (especially when Boots have 3 for 2 or buy one get one offers on their make up ranges).

L’Oreal Hair Expertise Colour Shampoo and Conditioner

Since I started colouring my hair myself I have been more aware of the colour fading. A bit of Googling led me to this shampoo and conditioner combo which is sulphate-free and seems to look after my hair colour well.

got2b Guardian Angel Heat Protection Spray

I bought this heat protector the first time purely because it was about £3 in Asda, and I ended up loving it. It does the job, it seems to help smooth out frizz too, and it isn’t expensive.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Daily Miracle Treatment (leave in conditioner)

And speaking of smoothing frizz, this leave in conditioner truly can perform miracles. Spray it on your just washed, freshly tangled hair, leave it for about 30 seconds or so, then comb through gently and feel the knots just disappear. Magic.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils

I have so many of these but the black (Zero) and the brown (Bourbon) ones get used up the fastest. They do exactly as the name suggests - they glide on - and they are the best eyeliners ever.

What are your most repurchased beauty products?

Follow me on:

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Outfit: January 26th – A Bright Red Jacket






On Tuesday I decided to continue the bright jacket theme and wore my red one, which was a charity shop find last year for all of about £3. I paired it with denim and stripes because they work with everything.

Jacket – Episode (charity shop)
Jeans – Next Tall
Top – Long Tall Sally (sale)
Boots – Arturo Chiang (Century 21)
Necklace – gifted

Follow me on:

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Outfit: January 28th – A Long Cardigan or Coatigan







F+F boots

On Thursday last week we had a day out from the office for a business briefing. As I knew I’d be inside all day I decided to layer up with my cosy cardigan rather than take a coat. I’m glad I did layer up: the air conditioning was set to Arctic and it was freezing for much of the morning session!

Cardigan – Firetrap (charity shop)
Top – Long Tall Sally
Jeans – Primark (gifted)
Boots – F+F at Tesco
Necklace – gifted
Belt – local boutique

Follow me on: