Wednesday, 30 June 2010

30th June - Seeing Spots!

I'm going dotty!

Carried on my personal challenge today - can you tell what I'm up to yet?!

I still love this dress!

New little cardi today, as the old short sleeved black cardi I've been wearing is a size 16, and was somewhat large! I saw this one in Matalan at the weekend for £6 and decided to treat myself to one that fitted! It does have puff sleeves though, which I'm not entirely sure are the best thing for my already slightly broad shoulders - but today I figured the boldness of the frock would detract any eyes from the wide-ness of my shoulders!

Dress: Tesco
Shoes: Dorothy Perkins
Cardi: Matalan
Belt: Gifted (and broken - I have a new leather replacement on it's way from ebay!)

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

29th June -

I've given myself a challenge for the week - I won't reveal it yet - see if you can guess!

I'm rather proudly pointing out my first home-grown strawberry in the first photo!

Dress: Tesco
Shoes: New Look
Belt: Gifted

Monday, 28 June 2010

28th June - Green and Pink?!!

I've got a comparison shot for you - Can you see what I've done?

(apart from different t-shirt and shoes!)

I've had my Mum cut 10 centimetres of the bottom of my skirt! (not actually turn it into cullottes, like it looks in the picture!)

Doesn't it look better?!

I wanted to do something other than the pink t-shirt today - mainly becuase it's 28 degrees here today, and the pink t-shirt has almost elbow length sleeves (gah, not a sleeve length I would choose!), so I decided to try and pick out some of the green in the skirt. None of the greens in the skirt would suit me (trust me on this one!), so I went with a green that does, in the hope that it would work - and to at least match in my shoes in case it didn't!

Can you see how floaty and girly I was feeling this morning!

Skirt: Sainsburys
T-shirt: Dorothy Perkins
Shoes: New Look - gifted

Friday, 25 June 2010

25th June - Dress and Leggings

Today was our dress down day, but I also had a big meeting I was due to attend at lunchtime, which I couldn't go completely casual to, so I decided to stick my leggings on under my dress to "casual-up" the outfit, but in such a way that one I'd sat down at the table nobody would notice!

As it was, the meeting was cancelled!

I thought I'd try a different pose today - I think I look like a barbie style doll who's arms have been twisted round the wrong way! Ooops!

Dress: TK Maxx
Leggings: Next
Shoes: Clarks
Weirdly bent arms, but with a hint of muscle tone: Courtesy of 3 hours a week of Les Mills Body Combat

Thursday, 24 June 2010

24th June - Failed

Friends, I'm sorry! I tried, I really did.

I tucked, I took my photos, I picked up my handbag, I drove to work, I got out of the car in the car park, and I untucked.

I just couldn't do it!

I think this is the wrong top to tuck - it's tie at the back means I've got a wodge of material that doesn't tuck well.

Maybe I'll try again another day, maybe.....

I wasn't happy with today's outfit really - it was pulled together as I was giving blood this afternoon, but I failed at that too, and was turned away as my iron was too low again.


tomorrow I will try not to be such a failure.

Shoes: Tesco
Trousers and necklace: Next
Blouse: Sainsburys
Bracelet: a little surfie type shop in Woolacombe

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

23rd June - Black Linen, White Cotton, and Petunias!

A rather dull outfit today as I was an Assessor on an assessment centre, and I wasn't sure whether it would be air conditioned or not! To detract from the dull outfit, I have included a gratuitous shot of my pots, preparing for "a riot of summer colour" - unless I manage to kill them all off as normal!

Please don't forget to vote on my Mum's wedding outfit, if you've not already done so - the vote is pretty decisive, but she's still waivering!

Shirt, Trousers, Sandals: Next
Necklace: Sainsburys

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Blog Make Over

I've given the blog a bit of a summer update!

What do you think?

22nd June - After Work

It's a beautiful, warm day here today, so I dug out my bargain Bench crops from last summer.

Vest: Tesco
Crops: Bench
Flip-flops: Reef

22nd June - A Dash of Red!

A few people have mentioned wearing this dress with a "pop" of colour, so today I was brave and "popped" on my red belt, and a selection of red bangles, and my red lipstick!

Belt and Shoes: Tesco

Monday, 21 June 2010

21st June - playing with proportions

After Sheila's advice last week, I tried turning up the bottom of my t-shirt today to make it a bit shorter.

Apart from not being particularly happy about the bulk it added around my tummy, I quite liked the length! What do you think?

Shoes and Skirt: Tesco
T-Shirt: Peacocks
Cardi: Next

Sunday, 20 June 2010

20th June - Weekend Wear

I don't often post my weekend outfits, but here you go!

Linen Shirt, Jeans and Shoes: Next
Scarf: Found in Rhian's bedroom!

Friday, 18 June 2010

18th June - Footless Tights for Work

Well, today I finally plucked up the courage and stuck a pair of footless tights on, and wore them (gasp!) to work!

Please remember that my colleagues tend to wear a standard "uniform" of black trousers, comfy shoes and v-neck jumpers - I am pretty much "out there" as far as work-wear goes in my office!

I tried on a couple of skinny belts (a pink one, and the yellow one from yesterday) before settling on the wide black one - the additional colour just added too many dimensions - I think this dress is crazy enough on the eyes without adding more than one extra colour!

Don't forget to scroll down and have quick vote to help my Mum decide what to wear to my cousin's wedding next month - I know what I think - but even then I'm relatively undecided!

And can you tell I'm trying to stand up straight, but do something a bit more interesting with my poses?!

Dress: Tesco
Belt: Dorothy Perkins
Shoes: Next
Cardi: Sainsburys
Footless Tights: H&M

Guest Post! Help My Mum Decide!

My Mother has a predicament!

In the middle of July she is going to her nephew's (my cousin's) Wedding (sadly we are away - I could have done with an excuse to dress up!), and she has 2 potential outfits. She has a hat with a cream brim, black crown and a black and cream flower to wear on her head.

Which would outfit you choose?

What should she wear?
Neither - go shopping! free polls

Thursday, 17 June 2010

17th June - You Speak, I Listen!

Yesterday I got a number of comments on my post.

CarolAnn respectfully asked me "is your back okay? Is there something physical that prevents you from standing up straight?" - Nope CarolAnn, nothing wrong with my back, just slouchy. Today I have made a proper effort to stand up straight - and I feel a bit self-conscious!

Sheila made some very valid and valuable comments, as always - I need to look out some shorter length t-shirts! (sorry, I'm just not ready to tuck!)

Alecia suggested adding a "punch of yellow, for a change". Yellow is not a colour I ever wear. I would not look good in yellow, so initally I decided to disregard this comment. This morning I had this outfit on with a bright pink skinny belt, and Kira, my adorable (ahem!) 10 year old said "I've got a belt just like that, but yellow, it came with my jeans - but it's too big for me" - well, the seed was sown. She brought it down for me, and there you go - I'm wearing yellow! Thank you Alecia!

And Nerines suggested I was brave, looked lovely, and her mother would be so proud of her if she dressed more like me. Erm, thank you, I think ;-)

And finally, while I'm doing "shout-outs", today's outfit was very much inspired by Style Underdog, and her "too sexy skirt" :-)

A slightly random shot with the foot up today. In case you were thinking I'm being more bonkers than normal, there is a reason! My new lipstick (did you notice the difference? no, well, good - I've been searching to find an exact replica of my current shade, and yesterday did just that in Marks and Spencers!) is called "Flamingo" - so I'm posing like a flamingo! (kinda!)

Dress, Shoes and Cardi: Tesco
Belt: "gifted" lol!

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

16th June - Turquoise and Pattern - and another tucked/untucked example

This skirt actually fits me better than my last "tucked/untucked" example!

Would you tuck, or not? (you can see my views on the matter, lol!)

I took the white vest off after taking the photo, as I just felt too bulky, and my midriff smoothed out significantly!

T-shirt: Matalan
Skirt and Sheila Shoes: Tesco

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

15th June - Introducing My "Sheila" Shoes!

It was a bit windy outside this morning - can you tell!

I picked up these shoes in Tesco last week - I only went in for Pizza! Whoops! But, in my defence, they were £18 reduced to £10 - and they are very comfy.

I'm calling them my "Sheila" Shoes, as they struck me as something as lovely Sheila might well wear!

I have had lots of comments about them at work today - somebody commented that I looked very lovely, but ready to go to a party - I simply said that it was always best to be prepared :-)

Dress: Very
Belt and Bangle: Dorothy Perkins
Shoes: Tesco

Monday, 14 June 2010

14th June - Back to Black, with a new dress

After all of last week's bubble-gum brights, I needed an antidote!

This little dress was my TK Maxx find from last week, and I've had lots of lovely compliments about it today :-)

Dress: TK Maxx
Shoes: Dorothy Perkins
Cardi: Next