Life Lately (in Instagram form)

Once upon a time Instagram posts used to be a monthly thing on this blog. Then life happened, or I suppose didn’t happen and I felt there was nothing to share. I thought I’d kick off 2017 (Happy New Year by the way) by getting back in to the swing of these round-ups. I’m a nosey soul who loves to browse other blogger’s Insta-posts so why not get back in to sharing my own? Here’s a little selection of recent happenings…give me a follow to see the full story.
Just hover over the pictures to read my captioning skills or give them a click to view full size. Do I need to make this a monthly thing again? Let me know if you’ve done an Instagram post recently and I’ll check it out- and give you a follow on there if I don’t already!


Bristol Life- Vintage Kilo Sale with Bristol Textile Recyclers

It’s been a while since I last going involved in anything happening in my home city of Bristol. I could throw out dozens of excuses about being busy with life and such but actually I’ve been struggling a lot with anxiety and doing anything outside of my social comfort zone has just been too much. Still, with a renewed motivation for life when an invite came in to attend a vintage kilo sale run by Bristol Textile Recyclers I was determined to attend, and I did. A couple of weekends ago with Mum at my side I headed in to the city to see what it was all about.
For a bit of background Bristol Textile Recyclers is a massive warehouse that diverts 20 tonnes of unwanted textiles from landfill sites each day (that’s a LOT of clothes!) They pick out the best pieces of vintage and high street garments to put to one side and once a month they open up to the public in one of their vintage kilo sales. What does a vintage kilo sale look like I hear you ask! Well, much like this…
The clothes and accessories are placed in large containers around the factory. Guests are encouraged to roll up their sleeves and get digging through, placing their finds in to a bag ready to be weighed up at the end- with scales dotted around so you can weigh as you go too. There is a £1 entry fee to get in which is nothing really- especially as you could easily spend half a day there going through the goods!

Clothing is priced at £6 per kilo (cash only) which drops down to £5 per kilo if you get 10kg or more. For a rough guide you could pretty much get a skirt, top and a scarf within one kilo so it really is excellent value. Mum and I had such a good time rummaging through and came away with quite a haul at the end of the two hours we spent there. I’ve photographed a couple of my favourite finds to show you but stay tuned for more popping up on the blog soon.

I’ve pretty much lived in the quilted jacket and vintage jumper since I got them home. I did grab some dressier pieces too which I’m hoping to wear over the party season as well as some great denim. It’s worth paying close attention as there are plenty of brands around if you can find your size…lots of Levis for example and I did grab a fabulous pair only to find I’d slightly underestimated just how small they were when I got home!

This was one of the best Saturdays I’ve had in a long while and I’m planning to go to at least one more sale this side of Christmas and plenty in the new year! Bristol people check out the website and facebook to find out more about upcoming events and let me know if you plan to attend, I’m all for broadening my social horizons and actually interacting with people for once- the next sale is on Saturday 5th November.


*Disclosure- Mum and I were guests of BTR and received free entry and a 5kg allowance each. 5kg is a LOT of clothes, we didn’t even manage it between us and came away with so much stuff! Opinions are honest and I will be attending future sales as a paying guest as it was just brilliant and an excellent chance to try something new and add something extra to my wardrobe- I’ve always loved vintage and this is such a bargainous and fun way to build up a collection.*

the cold shoulder

Dress: Cheap clothing shop in town (where everything costs a fiver!)
Shoes c/o Zalando GmbH
A couple of weekends ago I had a long overdue catch-up scheduled with my Spain partner in crime, Ellie. We had a potter about the shops in central Bristol and paid a visit to one we often browse in (but at the same time, equally as often overlook) where the stock is hit or miss but it’s worth a browse because the everything is priced at £5.
This time we struck gold. Ellie found a gorgeous top and I picked up this dress…which I then purchased again last Thursday in another colour (darker green and pink) when I was shopping with Mum. It’s one of those finds that so rarely happens, it’s not often I buy the same item twice but I’m pretty glad I did.
I wore this outfit Wednesday afternoon when the boy (I should probably start calling him by his name) came over to chill out for a bit. I teamed it with these wedge trainers that I had as part of my Zalando GmbH music challenge parcel. I will be wearing these to death I think, so comfy and practical and one of the only “high” shoes my foot will tolerate.
Busy weekend ahead for me. I’m at work all day today (yes, I know most people work all day every day) and then again for three hours tomorrow morning as it’s my turn on the Saturday rota. After that I have a leg wax booked, lunch scheduled with Best Friend alongside a visit to my Grandad and then I’m off up to Ellie’s parents’ farm for a family Birthday BBQ extravaganza.
Sunday I shall head from the farm to see the boy, stay there until Monday and then come home, pack and crash out ready to fly out to Spain Tuesday evening. I’m so ready for this holiday, I’m glad I’m busy in the run-up as it means I’ll appreciate the relaxation all the more.
What’s in store for you this weekend?
Are you someone who buys the same item of clothing in multiple colours? Does your town have one of those nameless, cheap and random clothes shops?
Just had to chuck in my current snack food of choice.

Monki Business

Dress: Monki at ASOS
Flipflops: Havianas via Sarenza
After featuring this dress when I posted my ASOS voucher giveaway I immediately used the voucher I was gifted to make a purchase. So far out of my comfort zone it may as well live on another planet I knew I’d find a way to make body-con work for me.
And it did. I’m still not 100% sold on it but I survived a day in Bristol wearing it, and a heatwave induced afternoon and I didn’t feel like the whole world was stopping to point and laugh. Move over skater dresses, if Monki continue like this there may well be a new obsession, especially as my weight increases and I get more curves to show off. Shopping…just one of the may reasons why recovery rocks.
Happy Friday folks,
what a week it’s been; epic thunderstorms (that I pretty much slept through), hot and sticky weather and the arrival of the Royal Baby just about skims the surface. Add in every day life stuff like work and a trip to the dentist and you can see why I am (along with the rest of the world) ready to welcome the weekend.
What have you got planned? I’ll be with the boy again, what we do entirely depends on how lazy we feel, hopefully we’ll get organised and head on down to Bristol’s Harbour Festival which looks set to be pretty good. 
Have a good one whatever you do!

just one

Dress c/o She Likes
Boots: Miista
Just one photo of this particular outfit, partly because I was feeling self concious in body-con and partly because I was rushing to go out to see The Full Monty.
I remember promising last month that I would properly embrace body-con and get an item in my size rather than the next one up. When I was offered the chance to receive an item from She Likes and was most attracted to this dress I realised it was now or never.
At first I was super aware of how I looked in it, focusing on all the perceived flaws, but as the night went on I realised I cared less and less, and what I saw as flaws other people weren’t even noticing. It actually felt great to properly fill a piece of clothing, I think my main issue with body-con in the past was that there simply wasn’t enough body for it to look right!
It was great to FINALLY give these bargain boots a proper airing too. I took great pleasure in telling my friends how little I paid for them!
The Full Monty was brilliant! I’m pretty sure it’s touring so if you get a chance to see it, do. I love a theatre production that stays true to it’s film roots and although it has been a while since I’ve seen a film I thought this was brilliantly done and very accurate. It made for a great girls night out and we’ve vowed to make more trips to the theatre as there is quite a lot coming to the Bristol Hippodrome that we’d like to see and it’s a brilliant excuse to dress up a bit!
What’s the best thing you’ve seen on stage?