Thursday, 18 September 2014

Red and Yellow Polka Dots

Ladies and gentlemen: do not adjust your screens; do not rush off to get your eyes tested; what you're seeing isn't a mirage or a trick of the eye. This really is an outfit post! I might just die of shock!

Today's outfit is a combination of three of my favourite things; polka dots, colour, and novelty handbags. A perfect combination if you ask me! 

This outfit came together organically; and it wasn't until I came to edit these photos that I realised I was channelling a bit of Minnie Mouse with my red polka dot dress and yellow shoes. She's a style icon, so I can live with that.

I'm not sure if I've ever worn red and yellow together in my adult life, but I had a random urge to try yellow with this dress, and I really loved the result. Who knew red and yellow worked so well together? In my opinion, it's one of the best outfits I've worn in a really long time. I love everything about it; the colours, the patterns, the accessories, and of course, the dress!

This gorgeous red polka dot dress is a Lindy Bop "Audrey", which is one of those dresses I just had to have. Well, you know me with polka dots and full skirts! I was so smitten with the dress, that I visited the website every day until I was able to purchase one, just to check it was still available! Sad, I know. I snapped one up last month, but the cotton is so thick and heavy that I've been waiting for the weather to cool down just so I can wear it without passing out. The cotton is as thick as a medium-weight pair of jeans and it's also lined! While the quality of the fabric is fantastic, it's just not suited to weather above, say, 20'c; less if you get easily over-heated like me. It was about 25'c when I took these photos last weekend and I was roasting. It's definitely better suited to chilly Autumn and Winter weather, and I think it will be the perfect dress to keep warm in when it gets bitterly cold.

The deep, dark red of the dress is also more of a wintry colour; it's more crimson than it appears in these photos. I love wearing dark reds from Autumn to Spring, which is the reason I'm so in love with this dress. I think it would look great with mustard and forest green, but I don't own much of either at the moment. I thought I'd add bright yellow to have one last fling with summer brights before I retired them until next Spring.

The dress comes in sizes 8-26, and it's so affordable at just £29.99! I had to size up twice for a comfortable fit since I don't have a narrow waist, but other ladies say it's true to size, so check your measurements against their size guides! My dress is very loose on top because I've sized up, but I think I've disguised that reasonably well with the cardi. 

I accessorised the outfit with a sunny lemon wedge clutch bag by Monki, and a pair of yellow polka dot ballet pumps from New Look. As it's a midi dress that sits a couple of inches below the knee it would be more flattering with heels, but I have to keep my feet on the ground in flats because of my bad back. I hate the way my legs look, but c'est la vie.

I added my toadstool brooch from Cath Kidston, which I've had for about a year.

My red rose bracelet is also from Cath Kidston. It's one of my favourites.

Outfit Details

Dress- Lindy Bop // Cardigan- New Look // Shoes- New Look // Bag- Monki via ASOS // Brooch- Cath Kidston // Bracelet- Cath Kidston

I loved wearing this outfit and I'm pleased with how it all came together. The colours are so uplifting.

You'll be happy to know I'll be back with some more outfit posts really soon, and this dress will be making a reappearance!

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Wednesday Wish List

Hey guys,

I've got some amazing pieces to show you today. I'm sorry there's not a wide variety of brands this week; I had to put the images together over the weekend before I'd had the chance to do much window shopping. 

I sent my laptop away for repair or replacement on Monday, something which is long over-due- the cooling system is buggered and it's been sounding like a VCR on rewind for about a year and a half... I'm using my sister's laptop this week, so I don't have my usual resources. I'm not sure when I'll get my laptop back, but I'll be able to use my sister's until next Monday or Tuesday when she gets back from her holiday. I'm going to do my best to line up some posts, but if I disappear for a while from next week, you'll know why! I will have a few Sunday Favourites posts scheduled for you, just in case. There are so many things wrong with my laptop that I'm just hoping they'll give me a replacement this week and be done with it! Fingers crossed normal service will resume soon!

Anyway, who'd like to take a peek at this week's wish list?

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I adore these cute pin up inspired knitted jumpers from Collectif. I'm not sure if you can really see them here, but these Annie Cherry Tops have openwork cherries all over the bodies! I think they're gorgeous. I'd wear them over dresses, but they'd look amazing with jeans or fitted trousers, too. I can't decide which shade of red I like best.

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I'm in love with Collectif''s selection of pin-up cardigans. The  embroidery and attention to detail on each one really sets them apart from the standard colour-block cardigans every other clothing brand makes. 

I had to buy the Lucy Tropical Toucan Cardigan the moment I saw it; I'm not really a pastel pink person when it comes to fashion, but the toucans applique on each shoulder were too cute to resist. How often do you see toucans on a pretty piece of clothing? It arrived today and the quality of the fabric is fantastic; the cotton is lovely and thick. Going by the size guide and the fit, their knitwear seems to run a size small, so the 18 I ordered is more like a 16. The size is nicely fitted unbuttoned on me, but I wouldn't be able to wear it buttoned. I'd advise sizing up if you can. The cardigan is on sale for under £10, and the largest size left is an 18, which I think might fit up to a size 20-22. Most of Collectif's clothes go up to a size 22, though, so there are lots of other options to choose from if you're a size 18-22 and want a better fit. I'd personally love to get my hands on all of the other designs in this collage, but especially the navy cardi with the flamingo design.

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These Dolores Doll polka dot swing dresses from Collectif are absolutely stunning. A girl can never have too many polka dot dresses! Fact!

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These two swing dresses, also from Collectif, are also real beauties. I'm a sucker for gingham and cherry prints.

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Lindy Bop have had some gorgeous new dresses in this week, in equally gorgeous colours. The two Dottie tea dresses come in black with red spots, and red with black spots, and I love them both. I think the style is a lot easier to wear in every day settings than full-skirted swing dresses, and they'd be ideal for wearing for everything from work to lunch.

I also really want the red polka dot Hetty swing dress, which is now available up to a size 26!

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I love the shape of these two Tara swing dresses from Lindy Bop, which come in black and midnight blue. The colours are perfect for A/W.
Lighthouse print dress

This dress from Modcloth has lighthouses all over it! Come to Mama!

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How cute are these fast-food inspired bags? The Chinese take-away carton bag by Kate Spade is amazing, although a bit out of my price-range. The Eyes on the Fries clutch is from Modcloth, and it looks so bloody cute. I wonder what novelty bags they'll think of next!

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And finally... I love these studded wide-fit ballet pumps from Yours Clothing. I need some new flats in my life and I think these would be perfect for wearing all year round. I really want a pair of the black, but typically my size is the only one sold out online! Waah!

What's on your wish list this week?

Which of these are your favourites?

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Serendipity Sunday

Hey guys,

I'm back with another Sunday favourites post. These posts tend to be super long, so why not grab yourself a cuppa, put your feet up, and relax for a minute or two, while you (hopefully) enjoy this week's selection.

This polar bear tattoo water colour by Sasha Unisex is stunning.


This simple eye make up look is so striking. I'll definitely be giving it a go myself.


Such a pretty pastel kitchen. 

Laura Jane's Spring manicure is absolutely gorgeous.

I want purple hair like this.


All of these marshmallow treats look delicious.


I love the idea of hanging pretty fabrics in embroidery hoops up on the wall.


This is so me!

It really doesn't!


Best biker gang that ever lived? Probably!

These breath-taking, vertigo-inducing photos were all taken by "skywalkers"; young people who illegally scale some of the tallest buildings in the world to capture incredible, one-of-a-kind shots. They sure achieved that! More at the source.


This koala joey is adorable. *Insert Sheldon Cooper's koala-face here.*

This enormous elephant decided to use this car to scratch an itch... while the passengers were still inside! Eep! The possibility of being crushed to death by elephant must've been terrifying.

Stunning eye make up.

This looks so serene.

This photo of a walrus is amazing.

These photorealistic pencil portraits of animals are absolutely stunning. I wish I could draw like this!

Louise's Lovely Links

 Newly-wed Olivia from Wait Until the Sunset shared her advice for shopping as a plus size bride. If you want to know where to find plus size bridal wear, this is the post for you!

 Speaking of weddings, The Magpie Girl recently tied the knot, too, and her wedding looked so beautiful. .

 Sophia, The Tattooed Tealady, wrote an interesting post about every blogger's worst nightmare: Winter photography. Does it really matter if our blog photos aren't perfect? Sophia had her say.

 Vicky from The Curved Opinion wrote a brilliant piece entitled "Don't Be A Dick", in response to articles reporting that "fat shaming doesn't help fat people lose weight." Seriously; they needed a survey to work that one out?? Idiots.

 I'm sure you've all heard about the terrible fire at Manchester Dog's Home on Thursday night which took the lives of over 60 dogs. Around 150 dogs survived and have been relocated to another animal rescue centre. If you want to donate to the charity, a Just Giving page has been set up, which you can find here. 

 These shocking before and after photos of rescued dogs are both heart-breaking and heart-warming.

 40 photos that prove there are still good people out there.

 From mix tapes to Troll dolls; ten things we miss about the nineties. I really do miss mix tapes, and recording the Top 40 on to cassettes ever Sunday. There was an art to hitting 'stop' before the DJ talked to introduce the next song. Ah, memories!

 Here's a great list of 11 essential Stephen King books. I'm pleased to see that my favourite, "The Stand", has earned the number one spot. It's my all time favourite book, (tied with The Time Traveller's Wife), and I urge you to read it as soon as you can! It's an amazing read.

 How to care for introverts.

 These "magical forest paths" are absolutely gorgeous.

♥ 36 things you obviously need in your new home. I'll take a glitter staircase, please!

Thanks for reading!

Friday, 12 September 2014

A Day in the Life: September 2014

I can't remember the last time I did one of these 'day in the life' posts, but it was probably over a year ago, so this post is definitely over due.

Today, I'm going to share some snippets from Wednesday the 10th.

Three of the cheap Christmas DVDS I ordered from to add to the collection came in the post. I may or may not already be thinking ahead to Christmas... 

I pampered myself with a quick manicure. I removed Barry M's Racing Green and replaced it with Real Red. Both polishes are my all time favourites. You can't beat a Barry M nail polish!

I went for a walk around the garden. My new physiotherapist has challenged me to take a short walk every day this week, and I've been pushing myself to try. I've been far too wobbly and in too much pain to go for a walk in public, so instead I did a lap of the garden! It's about 120 feet long, so I can cover a reasonable distance by walking around the perimeter- and bonus, I don't have to feel self-conscious about limping, waddling, walking slowly, or stopping to breathe through the pain.

I found some apples on our little Cox's apple tree, and picked this one. 

I discovered we have blackberries right at the bottom of the garden! I've lived in this house for seventeen years and this is the first time I've noticed we have brambles! They're ten foot high! To be fair, I haven't ventured down the garden in years. My Mum used some to make a blackberry and apple crumble and it was delicious.

After my walk, I sat in the garden with a drink and chatted to my Dad in the sunshine. My Russian doll bag decided to join us.

I was wearing my chevron-patterned, drop-waist dress from Dorothy Perkins for the first time.

While I was sat in the garden, I couldn't resist taking photos of the butterflies fluttering to and fro around the flower bed in front of me. 

I captured an RAF helicopter in the flawless blue sky flying back to base.

My Dad had to pop out for a minute, so I sat and listened to a couple of songs while waiting on the plumber. Don't judge; I love that song right now!

I then went back to bed and flicked through a few magazines. 

I sat back and relaxed with my Christmas cross stitch picture. 

I completed a creative writing task in the '712 More Things To Write About' book.

I picked up my Q&A a Day journal and contemplated the day's prompt.

I sat and watched The Bake Off. And craved cake! I ate a peach instead.

I edited some blog photos and uploaded them in to draft posts.

And last but not least, I curled up with my Kindle until I fell asleep.

Do you enjoy seeing 'a day in the life' or 'photo an hour' posts? Would you like to see more of them? Let me know in the comments below!

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