purple haze days

Top: H&M
Boots: Miista
I am running out of excuses for the blurred photos so I guess we’ll just have to deal with them until I work out my camera, I feel like such a third rate blogger!
Anyway, I was out shopping with Becca and Ellie on Saturday when I saw this top on a mannequin in H&M and practically squealed. You can’t even see it properly here but it features two cats with gems on their heads; clearly I had to have it! The £12.99 price tag might have swayed me too, plus the fact I am in desperate need of more non-knitted tops in my wardrobe. I was worried when I bought it that it’d be too short and sized up, now I realise it’s a pretty good length and could probably do with being more fitted, but all the better to hide food babies with right?
Continuing with my purple theme today (the skirt is purple, honest) I wanted to show you my new glasses c/o Specsavers. The other week I took part in Pass the Specs and having fallen in love with the glasses I was blown away when Specsavers offered me a voucher to get a pair for myself. My local store didn’t have the exact same model but I was soon smitten with these purple frames and having picked them up yesterday I don’t think I’ll have trouble with not wanting to wear my glasses ever again! Thanks Specsavers.
Sorry my blog content has gone majorly downhill lately, I’m feeling really uninspired and a bit down and out about the photo situation. I guess I’m feeling a bit down and out in general but I’ll get over it, I always do! Spring is on it’s way and that is a reason to smile.
Well, off to work I go, followed by being on the other end of a needle for a change…I’m the worst patient for blood tests since I started taking them myself!

girly girl

Dress: c/o Phase Eight
Shoes: c/o Sarenza
Whatever outfits I decide to wear on any given day I’m still a girly girl at heart and will forever be drawn to all things pink and shiney- even better if it’s both together. The second I saw these shoes by Tamaris (not a brand I’d usually look at, I admit) on Sarenza I knew I needed them to be mine. At £34.99 they aren’t exactly expensive and are the perfect subtle way to embrace this season’s trend for all things metallic. I paired them with my beloved Phase Eight dress for their first airing although I couldn’t wear them all day as they need a little bit of breaking in first.
How are we almost at the end of the second month of this year? It’s scary and it’s worse when I think back to this time last year, so filled with sad and worrying events in the family and how long ago that seems now. As soon as the weather improves I plan to visit Sidmouth where my Nan’s ashes are scattered as I feel a sudden need to be near her. That might sound stupid, but I suppose anyone who has lost someone close to them will relate on some level.
Anyway, to focus on happier things I am pleased to say this year as so far proven to be better, all we need now is the arrival of Spring; I can’t bring myself to start planning my S/S wardrobe fully whilst I’m still shivering in knits and complaining about the weather every two seconds. I’m really loving the new season trends- especially monochrome, metallics and neon and can’t wait to stock up. What will you be wearing when things warm up? I’m also starting to get excited for swimwear in anticipation of my August holiday. Black sequin bikini from Asos, you WILL be mine!

Bath in Fashion

Photo: Bath in Fashion

On Sunday a group of twelve Bristol/Bath bloggers were invited along to a taster of this year’s Bath in Fashion event. We kickstarted the afternoon with tea and scones at the Fashion Museum (a must see for any fashion fan) before dividing in to two groups for a little taste of what’s in store. Our group went along to pop up beauty shop, a fabulous jewellery shop and Jamie Olivers deli where we got to sample some culinary delights, all the while finding out more about the event and what it can offer.

It was so nice to hang out with some of my favourite people- SJ, Hayley, Grace (also our driver for the day) and Tara and explore a side of Bath I had yet to see. The day ended with coffee and a natter with some of the team and the gorgeous Gina (mastermind behind most Bristol events) at Hall & Woodhouse where we were spoilt with generous goodie bags and much welcomed warmth after the freezing cold and sometimes snowy wandering.

The Bath in Fashion event itself starts on 13th April and runs until the 21st. I’d be here all day trying to run through everything that is going to be happening but you can see a full itinerary on the website and I can tell you now it’s going to be awesome! With a mix of free and paid for events- shopping, talks, food and fun I will be trying to pop along for at least one of the days and I can recommend it to anyone- I’m already urging everyone I work with to attend! I’d also like to say that if you live local and are yet to visit the Fashion Museum (I hadn’t before Sunday) it’s well worth it, there are some gorgeous dresses spanning hundreds of years and a fun little dress up station where Hayley and I had fun with hats.

To be quite honest this is a piss poor attempt at trying to explain just how fabulous this is going to be and really it’s a ruse to get you along there for yourselves!

A big shout out to little lab for the talk, demo and goodies (and for being downright gorgeous) and to Magpie and Bear for making me want to spend my wages before I’ve earnt them and for having the cutest dog ever (I’ll be back, several times!)

Have you been to Bath in Fashion before? Are you going this year? The answer really should be yes.


a question of sport

Vest and Trackpants: c/o Pineapple
Shoes: Converse
Exercise and I have always had a rocky relationship, swinging from one extreme to the other. At the moment it has been a long time since I did any form of any exercise bar every day walking and I’ve been thinking for some time that things need to change. When Pineapple kindly offered me an outfit for review purposes it seemed the perfect chance to get myself moving and after care consultation with a physio or two a plan was hatched.
Gone are the days where I can simply pop out for a jog, I have something called osteopenia, the precursor to osteoperosis and a long term legacy of my fight with anorexia. This means my bones aren’t as strong as they should be and high impact exercise is a no-go. This was gutting as it means a lot of my old favourite ways of keeping fit have been ruled out but that’s no excuse. I have a bike. I have an air walker installed in the garage, there’s yoga and pilates and a whole host of other ways to get moving that just mean thinking outside the box. I also have to be careful because of my foot, pace myself and not do too much at once, but I’m up for a challenge.
This year is to be about building physical strength as well as body confidence and I’m really excited to get going again. This outfit from Pineapple is perfect. I’m fussy about sportswear, it has to feel “right” and this does. The trousers especially are perfect, the length is just right and the material is comfortable and fitted without being skin tight. Size wise I went for a medium which is a UK 10/12 and this seems perfect, if anything a little on the small side so bear that in mind if making a purchase. The top doesn’t feel constrictingly clingy but has support in the right places and doesn’t ride up when I move. I think I’ve found my perfect work out brand and I’ll be sticking with it.
Are you a fan of exercise? What low impact activities would you suggest? What sportswear brand do you favour?


two for one

 Top: Mango
Skirt (River Island) and Boots: ASOS sale

Dress: Oliver Bonas
Lace top: C&A in Holland
Boots: Yull
Yep, a double whammy outfit post purely because the first outfit I just couldn’t get more than one photo of…why is all black so hard to capture? I loved this witchy get-up which I wore to meet Becca and Ellie for lunch and shopping on Saturday. I’ve been after a skirt like this for ages so when this River Island one cropped up in the ASOS sale it was a no brainer purchase. The top from Mango has gold studded sleeves that you can’t see. They only had an XL in stock on the website but I was so in love with it and it’s bargain price that I decided to order it and wear it baggy. Mango sizing is generally really small anyway so it’s not like I’m swimming in a massive tent!
The second outfit was what I wore Sunday for a wonderful but freezing trip to Bath for a preview of an amazing event happening soon called Bath in Fashion. There will be a full post dedicated to this so I won’t harp on now. Instead I’ll talk about how much I love this dress and how much wear I’ll be getting out of it. The print reminds me of both brocade and oriental and although it’s probably a bit tooo smart for daytime wearing I don’t care, it deserves to be shown off!
Operation hat this weekend was a total success by the way. Good old H&M never fails me. Behold the £7.99 wonder! I need far more hats in my life.
Well, Monday duties call, I need to get myself in to something warm for a chilly walk down to see my (wonderful) GP about coming off of the pregabalin for my foot. It has worked wonders for the neuropathic pain but I don’t like the side effects so I want to see if I can cope without it. I then have a two hour defib and cpr training to attend before my normal afternoon shift at work. Aye aye aye. I thought I didn’t have any more training to do until next year but now I’m a “clinical” person I have to do it more frequently. These things are always useful though and training is generally a laugh.

Have a good start to the week!