Wednesday 2 July 2014

Wedding Guest - What to wear from the High Street

I've been invited to 3 weddings this year. I love weddings! Such a great excuse to dress up, celebrate the love between people you care about and obviously all the food, drink and dancing!!

The most difficult thing is deciding what to wear... I dress in slightly more of a rockabilly / 1950s style, such as full skirts, dresses around or below the knee, petticoats and hair accessories. This is often great for ensuring that you don't end up in the same dress as someone else, but high street stores can sometimes be a little limiting.

High Street - All under £50

ASOS has a wide array of different styles and is pretty affordable too. All of the dresses listed are under £50. They also offer Premium Delivery at £10, which gives you next day delivery for a year. A great option for those last minute outfit changes!

This botanical dress was recently added to the site. A really unusual print, with some lovely summer colours. You're sure to fit in with any wedding colour scheme and find accessories to match one of the colours featured. This dress is also only £30, so even buying the premium delivery will give you change from £50!
ASOS midi dress in botanical print, £30
There are a wide selection of 'skater dresses' on the website and this bird and floral print one for only £28

ASOS midi skater dress in bird and floral print, £28
I LOVE polka dot print, so couldn't do an wedding outfit post without posting this gorgeous pencil dress. There is also a lovely waterfall detail, which definitely adds to the vintage feel. I would team this with a bright red lipstick and a red rose hair flower or bag.

ASOS Pencil dress in Spot with waterfall skirt, £45
This kimono wrap dress is really unique, but simple style and the green is such a great colour. I would team this with a big hair flower or fascinator. This also comes in black or orange. If you like the wrap style, but not keen on the kimono sleeves, there is also this lovely wrap dress.

ASOS kimono wrap dress, £40
You can't go wrong with a classic wiggle dress. This print reminds me of some lovely vintage china that my Grandma has.

ASOS Wiggle dress is summer days print, £48

ASOS have a great range of dresses for all shapes and sizes. This Bardot pencil dress is part of their petite range for women under 5"3. It is also available in their main collection

ASOS Petite bardot midi dress, £40
A lovely wiggle dress from their tall range for ladies over 5"9.

ASOS Tall wiggle dress, £48

Then the amazing print on this pencil dress from their curve collection for Size 18 or over. That sweetheart neckline - swoon!

ASOS Curve pencil dress, £45
Then finally this gorgeous maternity dress. The colour of this is beautiful, I really wish that this was in the main collection, although it would give a bit of room after eating too many canapes!!

ASOS Maternity Bodycon Dress, £28
Please Note - All views are my own and I have received no sponsorship from ASOS. I just bloody love their clothes and wanted to share some of my favourites!

Thursday 29 May 2014

A weekend in Paris – Part 2

Today was the day – we were off to Disneyland!!
I was like an excited child and after a breakfast of the pastries bought the previous day, I left the hotel wearing my Minnie ears, as you do!

Obviously coordinated my outfit with the ears...!
Val D’Europe is one stop away from Disney, so after a few minutes on the train, we were there!
Even as an adult, Disney is truly a magical place!

We spent the day riding rollercoasters and enjoying all of the magic Disney has to offer.


The evening light show didn’t start until 10.30pm, so we ate late in the park. Unfortunately I was so hungry that I forgot to take pictures, but we decided to try one of the International buffets – Plaza Gardens on Main Street. This wasn’t cheap at about $30 each, but there was a great selection of hot and cold food and unlimited soft drinks.
There was such a range of food from tortellini, pasta and meatballs to mussels and a full salad bar (complete with snails!). Olli was happy with the desserts on offer too – including lemon meringue, pancakes, sweets, chocolate mousse, chocolate tart – we were pretty full by the end of it!
We rode the Pirates of the Carribean ride 4 times while we waited for our food to go down then it was time for the evening show.
It was incredible! I did my best to take photos, but they didn’t come out quite so well, so afraid you will have to imagine!
We got back to the hotel within 15 minutes of the end of the show and went straight to bed.
Monday was my birthday and what better way to spend it!
We used the spa in the morning – spending time in the steam room, sauna, pool and Jacuzzi, then headed to Disney for another day.

For my birthday lunch, I chose Annette’s Diner. I love American style Diners and the waiters and waitresses serve you on roller skates!
I had the rockabilly burger, onion rings and an Oreo and Nutella milkshake (it was AMAZING!), while Olli went all out and had the Maxi Incredible burger… with 6 whole burgers!!!!
Nutella & Oreo milkshake - winner!
Can you believe he ate it all?!?!
He completely demolished it, while I made a pretty feeble attempt at mine!
We waited with anticipation for the parade and it definitely didn’t disappoint, I was singing along and waving at the Princesses by the end!


Then all too soon, it was time to say goodbye…..

I’m so lucky to have spent my birthday at such a magical place, it has made me even more excited about our trip to Florida (fingers crossed!) next year!

Tuesday 20 May 2014

Kitten Tuesday

This is my first full week at work for a while with all the bank holidays and trips away (thankfully we have another Bank Holiday on Monday!!!), so I definitely need Kitten Tuesday this week!

Hope these little cuties brighten up your day :)

Washing some toes


Looking ready to pounce

Double the cuteness - kitten and bunny
Little grey
Send me pictures of your fur babies, I'd love to feature them on Kitten Tuesday -

Sunday 18 May 2014

A weekend in Paris - Part 1

I’ve finally got round to uploading my pictures from the weekend and what a weekend it was!
On Saturday we flew to Paris arriving just in time for breakfast. We went straight to view the Notre Dame Cathedral, where there was a big food stall full of pastries and baguettes.

Of course you can’t go to Paris without a brie baguette and some pastries and they were delicious.

As the forecast predicted it rained on and off throughout the day and we sheltered at various sights as we meandered around the beautiful city.

In the morning we visited Lovelock Bridge, went to The Musée du Louvre and walked through Tuileries gardens. 


The lovely Rosie at The Londoner is a regular to Paris and I’d remembered her post about Angelina. My lovely man has a real sweet tooth and loves hot chocolate, so we decided to pay a visit.

We were not disappointed, the African hot chocolate is amazing and the décor so beautiful. It was so rich and filling and definitely warmed us up after a morning walk in the rain.

We walked down the Champs Elysees and under the Arc du Triomphe. I was hoping to venture up to see the view of Paris, but at this point the rain was pretty bad, so we reluctantly gave it a miss. Onwards to the Eiffel Tower (we got the metro at this point to avoid the rain!), then the Moulin Rouge and up the cobbled streets to Montmatre, where we went to the Place du Tertre and Sacre Couer Basilica.




Paris is truly an amazing place and I was so glad we could fit in seeing the sights.
We left the centre of Paris and travelled to our hotel in Val D’Europe – Relais Spa.
The boy had done good and the hotel came complete with a spa. We slid straight into the Jacuzzi to sooth our tired legs, then ventured out in search for food. On our way, we found a huge shopping centre and stocked up on fresh baguettes, pastries and cheese.
Me after a spa refresh
After such a long day I was in bed asleep by 8pm (so rock n roll!).

Friday 9 May 2014

Packing Light

I am not generally a ‘pack light’ kind of girl – ‘put it in, just in case’ is definitely more my style. What if it rains, What if it is hot / cold / wet? What if I magically gain 5 stone and none of my clothes fit? What if my feet hurt? What if I am suddenly invited to a film premier / the Oscars etc etc?!?!
You get the idea anyway!

As I may have mentioned once or twice, I am off to Paris at the weekend. On the Saturday, we will fly into Paris around 8am and then have a full day to sightsee before heading to our hotel. In this time, I have to keep my luggage with me.

Normally, we would share a large suitcase and I would also take a small carry on case – but I can’t really picture myself (in reality, probably Olli…) climbing the Eiffel Tower with 2 cases.

So I am challenging myself to pack a capsule wardrobe to fit into a mid-sized holdall.

This is the bag, which I bought from a local stall for under £20!


Unfortunately, the weather forecast shows rain for the weekend, so with that as my guide, I am going to pack the following:-


Jeans. These comfy capri jeggings (not technically jeans I know) were only £20 from Dorothy Perkins don’t crease, so are perfect for cramming into my bag. I will wear some classic black leggings with a long top to travel in - these ones (£20 for a twinpack) from Sainsburys have a high waist for a great fit and are made out of thicker material that doesn't go see through.

Top. A top to wear and a spare in case of spillages (very likely to happen!) This black camisole, £18 from Topshop also works dressed up for night. My red leopard print one was only £8 from Asda (unfortunately not on your website) - I often get distracted when doing my grocery shop!

Lumberjack Shirt. Worn alone or as a cover up. Similar can be found here.

Black Cardigan. Classic item that can be worn with any outfit

2 pairs of underwear.  Need I say more!

PJ top. No sense in taking full PJs in my bag, so will pack a top to sleep in.

Scarf. Multiple use for warmth, to wrap head, as a pashmina or just an accessory. My swallow print one came from a local boutique, but can be found here


Make up essentials . My favourite Seventeen BB Cream doubles up as SPF, some Rimmel Clear Complexion pressed powder to eliminate shine, Barry M blusher, eyebrow pencil (mine comes from this AMAZING set from Seventeen & mascara (my current favourite is also from Seventeen at Boots, but I also love this L'oreal one.) I'm debating taking my Barry M nail varnish in case of chips and always pack a lip balm - I love the Born Lippy range at The Body Shop. Add in some black liquid eyeliner for some glamorous flicks in evening (in an easy to use pen to minimise mistakes!) and a suitably Parisian Rockalily red lipstick in Rockette Red (unfortuntely the talented ReeRee no longer makes these) and I’m good to go! 

I always carry a bandana for hair cover ups (ebay has a great selection) and this gingham scrunchie from Topshop is a super cute way to put hair up. I will be taking my lovely black orchid & cherry hair clip from the lovely Bad Kitty - a hair flower is perfect to add for the evenings.


Dry Shampoo. I wash my hair twice a week anyway, so shouldn’t need to wash it while I am away. I love dry shampoo for adding texture and volume and have bought a mini can from Batiste for the trip.

This XXL plumping powder (also Batiste) is a must have for me to add volume to my hair.

Wash bag. My Lush pots are perfect for travelling – the Angels on Bare Skin cleanser doubles up as an exfoliator, I can double up my Imperialis moisturiser as a hand / body cream and I will decant my witch hazel into a little bottle to use as a toner – a bargain at £1.59 for Sainsburys! A small roll on deodorant, an almost empty tube of toothpaste, my toothbrush and a muslin face cloth finish off my wash bag. The hotel will have shower gel, so I am not going to waste space packing any.

Ballet pumps. I will be wearing my trusty comfy Toms to travel and these will be perfect for walking around Paris. But it would be nice to have a ‘smarter’ pair of shoes to wear in the evening.

Rain mac. An obvious item with the weather forecast for the weekend. I bought a pocket mac in Primark at the weekend for £9. Classic black will go with everything.

Handbag. I need to get a bag that is small enough to tuck into my holdall, but big enough to use on it’s own once I’ve dropped my bag off at the hotel.

Essentials. Passport, Euros, Bank Card, Ear plugs, map.

Finally, the most important item… Minnie Mouse ears! I can’t go to Disneyland and not wear the ears that my sister lent me for the trip!

I’ve decided to stick to red & black for my colour palette for the weekend, as this really helps with sticking to a small capsule wardrobe (I definitely didn’t plan the colours around the ears… honest!)

Now just to hope there is nothing I have forgotten. And if Olivier Martinez calls, I’ll just have to visit a Parisian boutique for a new outfit!

Tuesday 6 May 2014

30 things to do before I am 30

With just over 365 days until I start a new decade, I've been having a philosophical think about some of things I want to accomplish before my birthday next year. Some are pretty small things, whilst others are going to need a bit more work!
  1. Go to Disneyland in Paris
I am cheating slightly with this one thanks to my lovely boy, but it was on my mental list!

  1. Visit a new city in Europe
There are so many beautiful cities in Europe that I have yet to experience and you can get some great deals on flights, so I plan to visit another city.  Any recommendations?
  1. Go to a music festival
I’m ashamed to say, I have never been to a ‘proper’ (sleep in a tent, get covered in mud) music festival. I want to change that!

  1. Visit friends in Carlisle & Yorkshire
Two of my closest friends moved away (was it something I said?!) and I miss them very much. I still speak to them regularly, but would love to visit them. ROAD TRIP!!
  1. Take a trip back to Lincoln with my University girls
I still meet with 4 of my friends from Uni regularly, but I’ve not visited Lincoln for so long. It would be great to take a trip back together to reminisce on an amazing 3 years that brought us all together, especially as we are all turning 30 in the next few years.
  1. Make some curtain tie backs for the flat
I’ve neglected my sewing machine and the sewing related content of the blog, so have set myself a few challenges to complete to make up for it.
  1. Stitch a curtain for my dressing table

  1. Make myself something to wear (and wear it in public!)
I’m still a complete beginner at sewing, so this should be interesting….
  1. Make some cushion covers

  1. Make a gift for someone
I love receiving hand made gifts, so would love to make a special something for someone
  1. Paint / draw a picture for the flat
I’ve never excelled at art, but want to push myself to try and be a bit more creative. I’ve bought so many lovely prints recently; it would be great to add one of my own to the flat J
  1. Write a book

  1. Make my own jam / chutney
I love jam and chutney, but rarely eat it. How about a slightly more unusual spread to have on toast or with cheese and biscuits?
  1. Bake a cake
I love to cook, but am really not patient enough for baking and have never actually baked a cake. Olli also loves cake, so he will appreciate this!
  1. Bake a sweet filling pie
As above
  1. Bake a soufflé
A soufflé looks so impressive, but apparently are relatively easy to do and would be a great dinner party dish

  1. Complete a charity 5k

  1. Learn a new sport /attend a different fitness class

  1. Print out and display photographs

  1. Learn a new language

  1. Take a class

  1. Have a digital switch off for 24 hours
It would be great to go a full 24 hours without my phone, laptop, internet, tv etc – I am so reliant on technology
  1. Go on a spontaneous roadtrip
I am not good with spontaneity and love a good plan / list (hence this post!) I want to push myself to plan less and just enjoy spur of the moment activities

  1. See a top show in London
The only ‘big’ show I have seen in London is Wicked. I would love to see Les Miserables or The Lion King in London – any other recommendations?
  1. Learn to make cocktails

  1. Sell something I have made

  1. Volunteer for a good cause

  1. Take a ‘risk’ – go sky diving, bungee jumping, walk on hot coals etc

  1. Write a letter to myself in 10 years
A great opportunity to think about where I think I may be in 10 years and a chance for future reflection
  1. Create a portfolio of professional photographs
This one makes me look incredibly bigheaded, but I would love to have a selection of photos to look back on as I get older. I've done a bit of pin up style modeling and some bits for skating