Thursday, 30 April 2009

Advice from Kate!

Please excuse the terrible lighting - but please notice the excellent cropping!
(I didn't "crop" the top of my head, I was just a bit close to the camera!)

I've been wondering how to crop photos for ages, and lovely Kate of Esme-Grace and School Gate Chic fame has helped me out!

So Kate, apart from the rotten original picture, what do you think of the cropping!

Dress: George at Asda, via Ebay!
Belt: Dorothy Perkins
Shirt: Tesco
Shoes: Dorothy Perkins

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

The Beads are Back!

Is anybody interested in where I buy my clothes? I've popped the details in here today, on a whim, because I didn't have an awful lot else to write about my boring black and white outfits!

Let me know!

And I know I've got a lot of visitors (I'm counting you now!), so come on and write me some comments! The whole purpose of this blog is to get feedback on my outfits, so ANY comments are very gratefully received - even if you just want to say "what are you wearing!?" or "you look frumpy today" - I need to know, ladies (I'm assuming!) of the internet! help me out :-)

Work outfit Monday! (Kira was most insistent on being in the photo, and after about 15 shots with me almost wrestling her out of the way, I decided to just let her get on with it!)

skirt Tesco
Tank Top, Sainsburys
Blouse - Tesco
Shoes - Dorothy Perkins (I LOVE these shoes!)
Beads - Next

After work Monday!

trousers, jacket and Boots - Next

Work Today! (yesterday was a very, very uninspired outfit - I was freezing all day Monday, so just wore a blue jumper and black skirt - most dull! and didn't bother with a photo!)

Blouse - Gap (I've never had anything from Gap before! - obviously I got it in the Sale, and only because the one I was wearing on Monday is coming apart at the seams!)
Trousers - Tesco
Beads - Next (obviously!)
Shoes - Dotty P's - did I mention I LOVE these shoes?!

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Colour me Confident!

A year or so ago I picked up a copy of the colour me beautiful book, Colour me Confident.

I had my "colours done" many moons ago by a colour me beautiful consultant, and I was deemed (quite rightly, I believe) to be a "winter", and I have lived by this ever since!

I have lost track though, of exactly what colours I should be wearing, so bought this book to try and get me back on track, and a bit more colourful! Currently my wardrobe is chock-a-block with Black and White, with the rare sprinkling of red, purple and grey! Hardly a rainbow of colours!

Colour me Beautiful have changed their definitions in the probably 15 years (at least lol!) since I was "done", and the seasons have disappeared, being replaced by Light, Deep, Cool, Clear and Soft. Each has 2 sub-divisions.

I *think*, from reading the book extensively, that I fall into the "Deep" and "Clear" categories, and I've photographed the relevant pages here for you interest! (apologies if I'm breaking any copywright!).

Although, with my hair lightening (and that's just me being polite to myself, and trying to avoid the word "grey"!), I may be straying into the "Cool" and "Clear" category. (so perhaps my best bet would be to just wear the colours in the "clear" section here, which are identical regardless where I "am" Cool" or Deep" lol!)

So Friday I popped into Outfit to buy Rhian's friend a birthday present, and thought while I was there, and had the book with me (a work friend had returned it), I would look out for some colourful t-shirt basics for the summer.

And what did I come out with? You've guessed it, 1 white t-shirt, 1 black t-shirt!

I'll get there eventually! In the meantime, monochrome rules the wardrobe!

New Beads!

Here I am today - a lazy Sunday after a day's extremely hard-graft in the garden yesterday, dealing with some extremely stubborn tree roots!

I bought this linen blouse in the "holiday" item - but it's proving very useful pre-holiday too!

My lovely friend Mel very generously gave me a Next voucher for facepainting at her son's birthday party - so I treated myself to some pretty beds!

I'm not used to wearing such long/statementy necklaces, so I'm still getting used to them!

What do you think?

50th Birthday Party

Here I was ready to go out to a friend's husband's surprise 50th Birthday Party!

Rhian said I didn't look very excited about the party, so I pulled an "excited" pose lol!

The tops I was wearing are Bay Trading from about 10 years old - but I keep them in the wardrobe for those events where you're not quite sure what the dress code is!

I feel they're smart enough to pass for "dressy", but casual enough to pass for "casual" - depending on what everyone else is wearing!

I even wore them to a wedding with a smart black skirt, once, many years ago!

And here's a close up, so that you can see it's knitted!


This is what I wore to work on Thursday!

A couple of people did a double take!

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Same, but different!

Are you eyes deceiving you? Didn't this dress used to be red?

(nope, you're OK, I popped into Tesco and saw they did the red dress in black too, so purchased another one! whoops!)

Inspired by shoegal, I'm trying out the dress and leggings look for an "after work" option, but I'm not entirely convinced!

What do you think? (I know I'm wearing odd shoes, I just couldn't decide which way to go - pumps or flip flops!)

Yesterday the weather was so lovely and warm, that I decided to dig some summery clothes out for the walk to school.

Sadly these shoes (Athens Crocs) were really comfortable, but both Rhian and Steve said they were ugly, and when I got them last year Kira told me they were "old lady gardening shoes" :-(


And finally..... my outfit from the girls night out at the pub last week - and the cowboy boots inside bootleg jeans, as previously promised!

Grey Cardi's were the order of the night, with 3 out of 4 of us wearing them!

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Dress - strange proportions?

I'm feeling the love for dresses at the moment, so when I just popped into Tesco for some printer ink, and I saw this for just £10, I thought it was worth a punt!

I'm not sure about whether my propotions are right for it though?

First pic I'm wearing the belt right under my bust, where the dress has it's slimmest part. Second pic I've pulled the belt down a bit further, and the final pic I've (obviously!) taken the belt off altogether!

Looking at the photos, I think it needs a belt, but where should I wear it to make the most of the dress? Or should I give up on the frock altogether and take it back?

Any advice gratefully received - I will be offering compensation for anyone blinded by my lily white legs!

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Another go at the stripes! (and new shoes - shhh!)

Had another outing with the stripey jumper today - still not entirely convinced!

I took the girls to see "17 Again" at the cinema - which was surprisingly enjoyable - like "Big" but backwards, and the chemistry between Mike and Scarlett was amazing! Is it wrong to be just a little bit in love with Zac Efron at my age?!

After the cinema we headed out to New Look, as I'd noticed Kira's jeans had become unflattering ankle flappers, seemingly overnight! She's annoyingly skinny assed, and long legged, and getting jeans to fit her properly is a nightmare! (I recently bought her some denim shorts, and we bought her an age 5-6 in order to fit her teeny bottom! sadly can't buy smaller in long-legged trousers!)

We found some jeans which kind-of-fit (we're really going to struggle when she grows out of these, they are the biggest size with an adjustable waist!), and then we had to walk through the shoe section. My downfall - just call me Imelda!

Last summer I bought these, and wore them to absolute death!

Towards the end of the summer I decided that they were a bit "heavy" looking, and decreed that this summer I would buy something equally comfy and high, but less "clompy"!

and I am now the excited owner of these! They are actually as big a platform as last year's pair, but because the platform bit is black, I feel they look more elegant? What do you think? (I've not worn they outside yet, so they're returnable!)

In case I've not yet got you signed up to Inside Out Style, Imogen has just done a couple of fantastic posts about dealing with long or short-waistedness. Being possibly the world's shortest-waisted women (can anyone else only just fit a finger between the bottom of their ribs and their hip bone? can you, can you? ;-) ) this is invaluable advice! I've not tucked a top in for many years, but didn't realise why I didn't until relatively recently!

Monday, 13 April 2009


From dots in the last post, to stripes today! (well, this is actually yesterday's outfit!)

Imogen (Inside Out Style) in her latest post tells you how to empty out the junk out of your wardrobe. This jumper was only purchased on Saturday, in the Gap sale, but I'm not sure it's a classic according to Imogen's rules! The camera has done strange things to it in the picture, so I've just dashed upstairs and dragged it out of the wardrobe and taken a shot of it! (edited to add, I've just discovered if you click on the photo it comes up bigger in a new window, and you can see it in all it's glory! - if you so wish!)

Imogen says:
"Look at each piece of clothing - ask yourself:
  1. Do I love it?
  2. Is it flattering?
  3. Does it fulfill a need that makes other items I love in my wardrobe work?
If you can't answer yes to two of these 3 questions, let it go, it's not earning it's place in your wardrobe."

Now, I love it on the hanger (obviously, otherwise I wouldn't have bought it! and I liked it when I tried it on!), but it doesn't fulfil a need for any other items, and I'm not convinced it's flattering! (Although my Mum did say "that's a nice jumper" when she saw it!)

So, should it stay or should it go? (I would donate it to my Mum!)

and finally, I've been trying out outside places to take my photo - almost there! So hopefully soon you should have some nice sunny shots to look at!

Friday, 3 April 2009

Fabulous Friday!

Firstly, I need to apologise to Kate for stealing her post title today! Thing is, I was feeling so fabulous in my outfit today I felt it fitted!

I picked up this little dress in Tesco a couple of weeks back for £12! The cardi was a next sale £5 bargain last summer, and the belt was another Tesco special at £3!

I felt I was making quite a statement, but virtually nobody at work commented!

Looking at the pictures now thoughI think I look a little bit lumpy around the boobage area, but it didn't look like this in the mirror - I'm guessing it's the light? (hopefully!)

I really need to find somewhere brighter to take photos!

Here is a slightly different angle, but this photo shows the trouble I was having all day.... I really need to purchase a petticoat!

So, thoughts please... Am I dotty to be wearing such a loud dress?

Thursday, 2 April 2009

What "style" is this?

Not sure how to describe this outfit! I was wandering past QS (as you do!) and saw this cotton blouse in there - I thought to myself it was something that a couple of the school mum's who's style I admire would wear, and as it was a snip at £8 I decided to invest!

A close up of the pattern!

One of the aforementioned Mum's admired it when I got to school, and said that I was likely to get a lot of wear out of it, as I could also pop a long sleeved tee underneath - I hadn't even thought of that!

On a seperate note, I really must learn how to crop photos! Those of you who do it (I'm thinking Kate) - do you crop and then upload, or can you crop in blogger?