Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Capsule packing aka stuffing it all in!

Last weekend I headed off to Cardiff on a hen do, considering the fact that I was only away one night, I thought hand luggage would do me.

Now I hate packing at the best of times, as sometimes I just don't feel like wearing the outfits I've packed, so end up getting stressed and bringing everything. But this wasn't going to work this time, as there wouldn't be any room to stick in a substitute outfit or two. 

So after thinking long and hard about it I knew I needed to: 
  • Pack things I love, and won't change my mind on
  • Pack interchangeable pieces/shoes
  • Pick a colour base that goes with a lot such as tan/black 
  • Pack Light items, as baby bumps and SPD aren't really compatible with lugging large bags about

My old French connection bandage dress was the first definite item, as dress code for the night out was black dress, and bandage dresses are perfect bump wear at the minute!!

My H&M maternity jeans were the next definite item, they're so damn comfy but still look funky at the same time, so I knew I was definitely wearing them for the flight over. 

Next thing I thought about was a jacket/coat. I knew I'd have no room to pack two different options, so it needed to work for daytime and for the night out- as I wouldn't have my beer coat to keep me warm for once! As it was particularly mild last weekend, my leather waterfall jacket done the trick. 

Onto day shoes. As I had to pack a separate pair for the night out, I wouldn't have room for a different pair to wear for flying home. My new-ish Mango boots stepped up here. Casual enough to work with jeans, but dressy enough to work with a skirt or dress which I usually wear on a Sunday. They are now down to £49.99 btw.

So Saturdays outfit was jeans, boots and the leather jacket. I then decided on my favourite Boden top and I was good to go.

Saturday:
Oasis leather jacket
Boden top
H&M maternity jeans
Mango boots
H&M scarf and hat

Sundays outfit had to work with said boots and leather jacket and also be light, so I went for my favourite H&M tube skirt and H&M patterned top for a bit more colour. 

The wooly items were easy after that, as grey goes with most things, and I just swapped the grey scarf for a mustard one on Sunday to pick up the colour of my skirt.
Sunday:
Oasis leather jacket
H&M top
H&M skirt
Mango boots
H&M scarf and hat

Saturday Night:
French Connection dress
River Island shoes
My Boden bag was a total no-brainer, as it can be used as a cross body bag for day and you can remove the straps to make it into a clutch for night. I don't buy a lot of bags, so when I do I like them to be multifunctional like this one.

So there you have it, a little bit of thought goes a long way when packing. Picking a few multifunctional items definitely helps to keep the amount of gumph crammed in to a minimum. I'll definitely be thinking a bit more when packing in future, and lets face it, the less washing you have to do when you get back the better!!

Tx 

Friday, 13 December 2013

The old faithful Converse!

I would be totally lost without my trainers, it's great to wear heels when the occasion is right, but I'm definitely a real trainer or 'guttie' (as they are known around these parts) girl. It probably has a bit to do with my Tomboyishness, that has stuck with me since my teens, and a lot to do with my arthritis and orthotics.

Most people have a pair of converse in their wardrobe these days, and if you don't, how the hell do you live without them?! They work with skinny jeans, boyfriend jeans, shorts, skirts and even maxi dresses. 

My old faithful navy ones were looking like they had seen better days, and I just thought I'd replace them with another pair the same, but while looking on the Surfdome website's extensive converse selection, these studded ones instantly jumped out at me!

The high top version is perfect for winter, as it stops the cold ankle dilemma, and the studs make them a bit more quirky and edgy than your average pair of trainers.

These are stated as black on the website but they are definitely more of a charcoal grey to me. Which makes them even more wearable as they will go with navy too. They are 30% off at the minute which brings them down to a reasonable £41.99.

H&M top, cardi and jeans
Converse trainers



These will be a permanent feature on my feet over the winter I can imagine. Perfect for pounding the pavements in comfort doing the Christmas shopping, or even lying on the sofa with a cuppa in hand and doing it online which is more my style! 

If you like the look of these particular ones get them here, or check out Surfdome's entire converse range here. I guarantee there's a pair for everyone's taste - because everyone needs at least one pair of Converse in their wardrobe!

While your there be sure to check out the whole Surfdome website, it's not all surfer stuff as I originally thought. They have a massive range of brands such as Ted Baker, Joules, Superdry and Hunter, and have some great sales and discounts.

Right I'm off to finish my Christmas shopping, I'm just getting over a nasty bout of food poisoning so it's online shopping all the way, which suits me perfectly!

Tx

 

Saturday, 30 November 2013

If it doubt layer it out

Now that temperatures have officially dropped and there has been a slight smattering of the white stuff, it definitely time to layer up. As I work outside, I think I'm well qualified to point out the benefits of layering up. I could have easily passed for the Michelin mans wife in my last few weeks of working night shifts outside. I wore no less than 5 layers up top, and 3 down below!!

There is definitely no denying that layers work, especially thin multiple layers. There are plenty of warm and stylish layers available that don't make you look like your going mountain climbing. Uniqlo's heat tech range always gets rave reviews. I don't have any pieces of this myself, but I definitely want to check them out. 

All Uniqlo Heattech pieces
                                
But if you don't want to buy dedicated thermal layers, a skin tight vest, a shirt and a jumper is aways a good combo for some guaranteed heat, without looking too bulky. This has been my go to look recently and my denim shirt in particular has been getting some serious wear. 

H&M cashmere scarf
F&F cable knit jumper
H&M denim shirt
Next Maternity trousers
Zara boots
                              
Next jumper
H&M shirt
Zara jeans
Mango ankle boots (currently 30%off too)
A denim shirt can be hard to style sometimes as some of them can be quite stiff, if your wearing a thin or tight fitting jumper it can look all sorts of weird. So a chambray shirt is always a good alternative, as it's denim colour ensures it goes with everything, but they are usually a lot softer than a traditional denim shirt. 

F&F jumper
H&M chambray shirt
Zara jeans
Zara boots
Now I'm off to stuff myself with some Ben & Jerry's, and I may even allow myself a wee glass of Shloer if I'm feeling a little crazy - the joys of pregnancy eh?!
 
Tx
 

Monday, 25 November 2013

Sorted for the 'season'!

I placed a mahoosive ASOS order a while back. I was after two dresses - one for a wedding/NYE and a Christmas party/Christmas day dress. Glad to report ASOS came up trumps, they rarely let me down these days. With free postage and returns it's definitely cheaper than heading off shopping (not that I would ever get a chance to do that anyway!).

Dress Number one was an absolute steal at only £23, although its back up to £28 now, and comes in four different colours. I have never been big into stretchy body con style dresses, but this dress may have just changed my mind. It's tight enough to pull you in like the spanx effect, but stretchy enough to accommodate a growing bump, and a days gorging at a wedding. 

Said wedding was on Saturday past, an amazing day organised in only 7 weeks might I add! The River Island shoes also deserve a gold star too. It was their first outing and I never once wanted to take them off. I can see these being a permanent fixture on my feet over the festive season, and believe me I'm not a massive lover of heels. 

ASOS dress
River Island Shoes
Now dress number two hasn't has an official outing as yet, because a) I haven't had my work Christmas party yet, and b) I've sent it back to get a smaller size. But I wanted to share in case it catches your eye too.  

It's 100% silk, has long sleeves, pockets, more than a hint of yellow, you can wear it with tights or not, it's currently half price at £80, and most important at the the minute, it has plenty of room for a bump - in a nutshell my perfect dress!! 
 
As I've said, I've sent this back for an exchange to my normal size, I sized up thinking I'd need the room for the bump but I think my normal size will be fine, so I would say this dress is big fitting. So here's hoping the smaller size fits or I'm back to square one.


      
Whistles dress
Asos shoes
                                                       

      
Whistles dress
Asos shoes
Included in my order were these beautiful shoes, in both navy and yellow. I couldn't resist both, as navy and yellow shoes are notoriously hard to find. Unfortunately, thanks to my boney narrow feet they hurt me so much at the vamp, I just couldn't hold onto them. They were £45, but are now down to £33.50 and £31.50. I'm so tempted to order them again, but I know they would absolutely kill me!
 
ASOS £33.50

ASOS £31.50
 
In other news I'm still waiting my Isabel Marant pour H&M items. I've seen a lot of bloggers wearing theirs, and I'm getting so impatient now. But I suppose I should be used to the waiting game by now, living in Northern Ireland!
 
Tx

Saturday, 16 November 2013

So I caved.......

Sorry for the hiatus at the mo, been working crazy hours and as usual blogging comes a paltry second place to sleep. But....... I have had time for a bit of shopping recently. After firmly deciding I wasn't going to be sucked into the Isabel Marant pour H&M collaboration once I seen the ridiculous prices of some of the pieces, I caved.

To be fair I didn't even look online until the day after the collaboration was launched. I had my 20 week scan on Thursday (all looking good btw, we even got a wee cheeky wave!), and a bitter sweet leaving party to attend, and suddenly having the latest Marant piece didn't seem as important. But after waking at silly o'clock thanks to my recent night shifts, I found myself having a sneak peak just in case something was available. 

First I decided to be sensible and just got the feather print grey linen t-shirt, then I decided to go in for the kill again. After my recently abysmal record with coats I thought I'd give the grey wool coat a whirl. I have been on a grey coat hunt for months now, so it would have been silly not to have had a look at this one. So here's hoping the coat hunt can end now, because to be honest I'm boring myself and probably you too with it! 

     

One of the aforementioned coat disasters was this River Island leather biker jacket, I got it for £75 with a discount code, and it was price that nearly sucked me in at the end. But the leather quality was awful compared to my oasis leather jacket and it looked fake to me, so back it went!        
                               
                                 

River Island biker jacket
H&M denim shirt
H&M skinny combats
Nike hi-tops


Todays look: I've been a bit obsessed with black and white lately, and I am so in love with this  jumper. It's really heavy and I actually went out today like this, and didn't even need a coat. For mid November that's almost unheard of - it goes to show that layering does actually work. My new mango boots also made their debut today, and I have to say I'm chuffed to bits with them. 

                                  

H&M denim shirt 
Next jumper
Zara jeans

    Would love to hear if you were as weak as me, and picked up any Marant pieces yourself.

Tx 

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Once you HAC you never go back!

I'm not a massive make-up and beauty fan. To me make up is just one of life's essentials to ensure small children are not left bawling their eyes out in my wake! From time to time I add a few beauty bloggers to my Bloglovin account, but after a few weeks I usually end up deleting them, due to the amount of unread posts I have.

Try as I might, I just cannot muster up the same excitement for make-up as I can for fashion, but there has been one beauty blog that I have remained loyal to over the years. The name of that wonder blog is Maskcara. It's written by a wife and mum of a little boy (so I can definitely relate), who is a complete genius on everything beauty, and sometimes even hair related. 

Cara is a make-up artist and photographer, which is a match made in heaven for a beauty blogger of course. Her witty and self depreciating writing style means the whole beauty thing never gets too heavy for me, and there are always a few laughs along the way. She has recently won Allure Beauty blogger of the year and is set to launch her own makeup range this month. 

A lot of Cara's posts and videos have stuck with me over the years, but her knowledge on eyebrows and HAC (that's highlighting and contouring for all you beauty novices like me) is amazing.

But it's the HAC-ing posts that I really wanted to share. I decided to give this a go a few months back and safe to say I'm hooked. I'm not going to get too deep into it, as Cara describes it waaaayy better than I ever could. But the defining principles are that you shade and highlight different areas of your face to make the best of your features. She has very recently done individual posts on HAC-ing for different face shapes, check it out here. Or check out her step by step video here.
 
Cara demonstrating the HAC effect.
Here's my HAC kit, it's nothing too fancy but I think it does the job for me.

 
 
  • Boujoirs Healthy Mix Serum
  • Soap and Glory Hocus Focus
  • Benefit Girl Meets Pearl hightlighter
  • Benefit Hoola Bronzer (you definitely need a matt bronzer for HAC)
  • Rimmel Blusher (really need a new blusher)
  • Models Own angled brush
  • Lily Lolo Brush
Before I go I wanted to share my new darker hair with you. It's not too drastic but definitely feels more me. It's just a home dye kit I applied straight over my ombre. The ends are still slightly lighter, so it has an ever so subtle ombre effect in direct sunlight.


Hope you enjoy having a read through Cara's blog, as I've picked up loads of little tips over the years. Oh and be sure to check out her makeovers, they are simply jaw dropping!!

Tx

Sunday, 3 November 2013

My bump, some black and a discount code

I cannot get enough of black at the minute. I've never had a big thing for black before, or found the attraction with animal print, yet I find myself drawn to them so much recently. I can't put my finger on why, so I'll just put it down to hormones - my get out clause for everything at the mo!!

Today's effort: 
Next blouse
H&M scarf
Dorothy Perkins skirt
ASOS boots
 
I got this window pane check top from the Next sale recently (no longer available), I also got a jumper in this pattern but couldn't resist this blouse as well. The skirt is an uber stretchy one from Dorothy Perkins. I'm looking forward to wearing this and the navy and grey ones I bought recently, as they're so comfy for a growing bump, yet you still feel dressed up in them.

Oh and for all the bump doubters (I'm looking at you Avenue 57 ladies!), here it is in all its glory. It can be hard to see in front on photos, but as you can see from a side profile it's definitely there. I'm hitting the half way mark this week, and apart from the tiredness and the bean having what feels like late night raves in there, I've had a pretty easy ride since 12 weeks when my sickness thankfully left - long may it continue!

I've made quite a few black purchases this weekend. I've been after a pair of black suede pointy pumps for ages now, and nearly bought a few different pairs, but ended up with a complete bargain.


Mango £79.99



Zara £59.99


Whistles £135

River Island £45

I couldn't pass up these River Island ones, as they are far cheaper than the rest and are still 100% suede. Then my blogger buddy Avril from School Gate Style shared a 25% discount code. That made these £33.75 -more than £100 cheaper than the Whistles ones I nearly bought last month *smug bargain grin*. The code is GRAZIAOCT13 valid until tomorrow evening (04/11/13).

 

I had been eyeing up this leather biker jacket on the River Island website yesterday too. I have a waterfall one but don't wear it as much as I thought I would, it's quite dressy, and I really regret not getting a biker one at the time. At full price it was £100, which to be honest isn't bad for a real leather jacket, but at £75 with the discount, I really didn't have to think twice.

Some more damage was also done on the Mango website. I had no luck at all with the Ash Spiral or Jalouse sizing, but at least I scratched the itch. I thought these were a great option at less than half the price, essentially making my leather jacket free - because that's how it works in my head!!

So how do you like my purchases, and am I the only morbid person drawn to black all of a sudden?

Tx

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Some exhausted ramblings.........

Some rather exhausted posting here at the minute, so apologies for rambling and spelling mistakes. I've just done a day shift and a night shift inside 24 hours, and thanks to the clocks going back the wee man is up an hour earlier, so running on 3 hours sleep here people!! So this will be short and probably not so sweet.

Outfit first, this was Saturdays effort for collecting Granny fresh from her 'haldays'. Apologies for a rather crap full length, I really need to snap before I head out the door, as evening snaps in my bathroom have a weird hazy look to them.

I did have New Look maternity wet look leggings on before I left the house, but they didn't last too long. I looked like Nora Batty after about ten minutes, so they got swapped out for a Next pair, so if you buy them definitely size down. 

H&M denim shirt
Zara scarf
Next leggings
ASOS wedge trainers
                           
I'm spending all my spare time at the minute planning the interior of the house, much to the Hubs dismay might I add, as the outside isn't even finished!! But it's taking a bit of shape and I just can't help it. Houzz is an incredible site for all things house related, it's similar to pinterest but it only has house photos. I spend hours on it getting inspiration and ideas.

Can you tell the house will have a slight grey theme?! 

   

Speaking of all things grey, I wanted to share these awesome little H&M baseball boots with you too.If you have kids they're a great little bargain at £5.99. I got the wee man a grey pair (I may have ordered the next size up too), they're a great wee Sunday shoe, as I try to have him in proper supportive shoes most of the time. They come in even more colours so plenty of options for a match to any outfit for both boys and girls, and for under £6 who cares if they grow out of them in a few months. 




£5.99 

That's all my ramblings for now, I'm off to try and persuade the wee man to take a nap, so I can catch some much needed zzzzz's too!

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Parka yer bum up here a while

I've been on the hunt a while now for two new winter coats. Every winter I like to get a nice warm coat, which usually ends up being a wool one. This winter there are two on my mind. Number one is a pale grey cocoon or boyfriend coat. The Topshop one I blogged about here which ticks all my boxes (no easy feat I may add) is sold out in my size. So while I keep religiously checking the website for it to come back in my size,  I decided to concentrate on the other coat I'm after. I thought this would would be easy to find, but it turns out I was wrong.

The other coat I was after was a khaki Parka. Sounds simple enough doesn't it? Not when I add in my many requirements. It has to be:
  • Warm- fur or fleece lined ideally
  • Waterproof - if recent pants weather is anything to go by we're in for a wet winter
  • Long- somewhere between thigh and knee
  • In my size- this is becoming a nightmare for me, everything I love seems to be out of stock in my size
  • A reasonable price- I ain't paying £300 for a coat no matter how many boxes it ticks!
After trawling the Internet for hours on end, it seems my needs couldn't be met - so something had to give. I ended up getting an Only Parka, now it's not classed as waterproof, but I was caught in a particularly bad shower on Sunday at the Hubs football match, and I didn't end up like a drowned rat - re-sult!!!!
 
Next jumper
H&M cashmere scarf
Only Parka
H&M Maternity jeans
eBay Chelsea boots
 
Below are a few other ones that caught my eye on my many hours searching online. 




1. My actual coat by Only, available in New Look and ASOS. It's fur lined (therefore cosy) and dare I say it, shower proof. Also available in Navy - £79.99

2. Matalan's parka is a great budget option. Its borg lined and has some amazing reviews on the website. There are very limited sizes left online, but they usually do a far better range instore - £34.99

3. This H&M one has a detachable lining which makes it a great spring/summer option too. This one is available in navy too - £49.99

4. Zara padded and fur lined hood option is lovely, it looks nice and heavy in the photos, so it should be a warm one. Also available in black - £89.99

5. This Regatta one was top of my wish list, it ticked all of my boxes and then some. It's fully waterproof and has thermo-guard insulation  (I've no idea what that is, but it sounds bloody warm!). I thought it was a great compromise between a proper outdoorsy coat and the ever trendy parka. I searched everywhere for my size in this, but it could not be found. So I bit the bullet and ordered the Only one. I've now found it in my size though and really considering ordering it, as a proper all weather coat that still looks good is unbelievably hard to find. It's perfect for standing on the sidelines cheering the kids, or in my case the Hubs on. It's a pretty reasonable £49.99 too.

6. Topshop's borg lined Parka, caught my eye because of the slightly brighter Khaki colour, the black fur hood is a little different to the usual beige colour too. It also comes in a lovely burgundy colour for something a little different to the normal khaki - £100

So I'm really torn now, I feel like I should nab the Regatta one while it's available in my size, but that would probably mean eBaying my Only one at a loss. What to do, what to do?!

P.S. If your eyeing up anything on the H&M website, the codes 0506 for £10 off, and 1304 for £5 off still work and can be used together. Don't say I never do my bit for the economy!

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Patch it up!

So far I've bought one maternity item, and I simply couldn't resist them while having a bit of a spree in H&M recently. These maternity jeans are quite simply amazing, lovely comfy stretchy denim but what really sold them to me was the quirky patches on the knees.

F&F jumper
H&M jeans £29.99
Zara heels 
Patches are the new rips it seems, which works out well, as the extra ventilation the rips provide isn't always welcome over the winter months.

Vero Moda oversize blazer
H&M jumper
Only jeans
Jones Bootmaker boots    
ASOS £25
These Only ones landed with me this morning and they were straight on me, I couldn't resist. These have a great fit, perfect amount of skinniness and perfect pocket placement.

H&M £24.99
H&M's offering is a great option too, but the shade of blue on the Only ones swung it for me. I have another pair of Only jeans this colour and have been looking for this exact shade for years now, plus I do love a bit of distressing.

Noisy May £50
For those of you who prefer a higher waisted option, these Noisy May ones are a great option. The patches are a little bit more subtle too.

River Island £45
These River Island ones are a boyfriend style, I love these, but don't think I can justify another pair of boyfriend jeans, at least for a few months anyway.

Zara £29.99
Not to be outdone, Zara have also combined the Tartan and patch trends in one. I love the cut of these ones - not quite boyfriend not quite skinny, skinny boyfriend perhaps.

Zara £29.99
Another great option from Zara, these are a bit more subtle than the rest but sometimes a gentle nod towards a trend is enough for some people.


Tripp NYC £75
If subtle isn't your thing, these Tripp NYC tartan patch ones are perfect, a little OTT for my liking, but I think they'd look great styled right.

So will you be joining me in the patch trend, or do you think its more a fleeting season trend?

Tx

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Shopping with bump in mind

The only store I've managed to get into recently is H&M, they do a maternity range but I think I'll leave that until as long as possible i.e. when getting dressed in the morning is a two man job!
Jersey dress £9.99                       Black dress £7 in sale
 I have definitely been more drawn to dresses recently, particularly ones with a bit of stretch in them for obvious reasons. I bought the burgundy one in charcoal too, and sized up to ensure they will work for most of my pregnancy. The black one looked a bit Marant-ish to me, and it can be drawn in at the middle to give a bit of definition to the bump. 
Jersey skirts £7.99
You may have read about my love for H&M stretchy skirts before. I have some of these skirts in the shorter length and they're amazing quality for the money. So I decided to get myself a navy and grey longer length version, after recently buying a black version from Dorothy Perkins. The long stretchy skirt box is well and truly ticked now!
Coated jeans £29.99                     Skinny joggers £9.99
On the trouser front, the joggers I bought recently were a no brainer, they will expand with me and great with trainers for puffy tired feet down the line. These black coated jeans are amazing too and definitely well overdue in my wardrobe. This was the high waisted version, I have ordered the low cut pair online that will hopefully work under the bump. 

So my H&M haul was very much executed with bump in mind. It takes a bit of imagination to see how things will work in the coming months (and the use of a rolled up jumper or two!). But for now I'm surviving in my current wardrobe (how long that will last is anyone's guess), and trying to keep unnecessary purchases to a minimum. 

Dedicated Maternity wear can be expensive, I bought two pairs of maternity work trousers last time and survived in dresses, my bigger jeans and used bump bands. So like me if you want to buy things that will fit during the early few months and you will still be able to wear after the bambino has made an appearance, my top tips for maternity shopping are;

  • Go for stretchy fabrics such as jersey and Lycra 

  • If you want to buy non maternity jeans make sure they have a low rise, so as not to interfere with bump. 

  • When buying dresses, go for a relaxed less structured shape or something with a bit of definition in the middle that will look good with a bump or not. 

  • Look for really nice accessories such as scarves or statement necklaces, then you can rotate a few plain tops and jazz them up a bit so they don't always look the same. They obviously have the added bonus of fitting at all stages. 

Finishing off with Sundays outfit. I'm trying to get a bit of wear out of my Zara skort/skorts (never know whether it should be plural or not) while I can. I had been dying to wear it/them with tights and this Next jumper was the perfect combo for a bit of cosiness. The jumper was £14 in the sale, it's still showing at £30 on the main site though, but I've included the sale link. It's lovely and thick and a bit oversized so it should see me through the winter months.

Next jumper
Zara skorts
Jones bootmaker boots
Feel free to share your maternity clothes tips - I really enjoy having a bump, but I definitely want to look stylish with it!

Tx 

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Treasures n Pleasures is expanding!

I haven't posted in a while, and I have definitely been a bad blogger in general the last few months. But hopefully you will forgive me as I have an excuse - our wee family is set to multiply in 2014!!

We're chuffed to bits and feel very lucky, and are so excited at what the future holds. But it has added a bit of pressure on us to get moved into our self build in time for the new arrival, so safe to say blogging has come last quite a few times recently. Oh and the horrible morning (noon and night) sickness has hardly helped either! 

But it seems I'm over the worst of it, and I will soon be half way so things are definitely looking up. I'm trying not to go too mad shopping wise and will be utilising my own wardrobe for long as possible. Right now I'm still fitting into all my clothes and how long that'll last is anyone's guess, so I'm trying to wear my favourite things while I still can. I have done a bit of shopping (course I have!), but I have to keep the next few months in my head, as I don't want to buy things I can't fit into for months. More on that to come on the next post though.

So back to outfits; I'm loving the opportunity to wear this pleather skirt again with tights, I tend to avoid it in the summer months as with bare legs it can be a bit Pretty Woman. I've definitely been drawn to monochrome and animal prints a lot as the summer season ended, and this Zara shirt is probably my favourite top at the minute. It just seems to go with everything.

Zara shirt
New Look necklace
Topshop pleather mini
New Look suede boots
Not sure why my hair looks such a horrible colour in this photo, but I've been thinking of getting rid of the ombre, and going back all dark for the winter. But be warned, I went from seriously long hair to a 'Frankie Saturday's' cut in my last pregnancy, so who knows what I'll do this time!

Right now I'm off to watch xfactor and put my feet up and enjoy a lovely cold Magners cup of tea!

Tx




 
 

Monday, 30 September 2013

Edgy tartan

Fully embracing the tartan trend I have been raving about, I picked up this Zara shirt on eBay. It has just the perfect amount of tartan for me, if tartan was measured on a scale of 1-10, I'd say this shirt would be a 6.

I'm definitely more taken with the green/navy tartan combo as opposed to the black/red combo, but I haven't ruled it out. 

Even though we had a glorious weekend weather wise, it was just a little bit too nippy for bare legs, so out came the tights for their season debut. I found these tan boots that I had forgotten I had, initially I thought they wouldn't work but on tying them on I was pleasantly surprised. I think they give the outfit that 'country heritage' look. The studs and spikes give it a little edge, to ensure I don't look like an Emmerdale extra. I have tan riding boots that I think would also work great with this outfit for a more casual look. I love how a simple shoe change can give an outfit a whole new angle. 

Zara shirt
Primark necklace
Next skirt
Moda in Pelle boots
There are two tartan trends that you'd have to have been living under a rock to have missed, firstly statement necklaces over a tartan shirt, and secondly tartan shirts tied  around the waist. The latter is definitely on my 'to try' list, it's got that edgy casual thing that I love going on. 
       


So is anyone else obsessed with tartan or is it just me? 

Tx