Friday Faves – Checks, Fizz, Bags and Skincare

 

Welcome to the first of my new themed Friday posts. Each week, I’ll share a few of the things I’ve been thinking about, lusting after and generally enjoying each week. Sometimes I’m inspired by bloggers, sometimes my friends. Sometimes I see something whilst I’m out and about, and sometimes something pops into my head for no apparent reason! Anyway, I thought it would be nice to share some nice things to finish off the week. Without further ado, let’s begin!

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New things on my blog & the blogs that inspired the change

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I had all these big plans to get my blog up to date by the end of July and write up a big announcement about some changes I was going to make. What actually happened, was that I planned all these exciting changes and never got round to publishing them. So I’m writing this retrospectively, which doesn’t make a lot of sense. However, I’m a stickler for a plan and too stubborn to give up on one, so here goes. It’s a bit of a wordy one, so please bear with me! Continue reading “New things on my blog & the blogs that inspired the change”

Stormtrooper Tee

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The current F&F advert for Tesco clothing sums up how I came to own this wonderfully grown up Stormtrooper T shirt. I was quite happily doing my weekly shop many moons ago (before I discovered the joys of Ocado) when I stumbled upon this bright red tee in the kid’s section. It’s age 10-11, which always makes me feel a bit good. It’s ok to feel good about fitting into children’s clothes right? Or maybe it’s just the most ridiculous level of vanity sizing. Anyway, I went in to the supermarket to get food and came out with a cool kid’s t shirt, and I’m very happy about it.  Continue reading “Stormtrooper Tee”

Retro Tuesdays – Collectif Pencil Skirt

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It wasn’t until I was listing the items in this outfit for this post that I realised I’m almost decked out head to toe in items from Collectif. I bought this skirt recently on a chilled visit to Spitalfields market. I love the ease of shopping online, but sometimes it’s nice to actually go into a store and try a piece on. My intention was only to browse, but  this skirt was in the sale and I just couldn’t resist! I love the pale green colour, and it has pockets! The stiff cotton is comfy and practical, and it’s a flattering length, sitting just below the knee. Long enough to be smart, short enough to still be summery! Continue reading “Retro Tuesdays – Collectif Pencil Skirt”

Retro Tuesdays – The Lindy Bop Dress

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This gorgeous purple swing dress has featured on the blog once before, but in much more wintery conditions. This time, I wanted to show it as a casual summer piece in the late afternoon sunshine. This jersey dress is from the Lindy Bop’s “Made in Britain” collection which is slightly more expensive than their other lines, but still so affordable! This was in the sale too, at a rather ridiculous £16. It’s stretchy with no fastenings, so really easy to throw on in the hotter months. I’m glad I sized down as it comes up large (like most Lindy Bop dresses).  Continue reading “Retro Tuesdays – The Lindy Bop Dress”

The Wide Leg Crop – Denim Edition

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Last week, I wrote about my newfound love for a wide leg cropped pair of trousers. This week I’m in the same style, but with this indigo denim pair from trusty Marks & Spencer. They’ve appeared on the blog a couple of times before, and I always seem to style them the same way. The waistband sits at the perfect height for tucking in a fitted tee, or a jersey vest like this one below. Continue reading “The Wide Leg Crop – Denim Edition”

The Wide Leg Crop

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Perpetually behind in the world of fashion trends, I have only really just got into the wide leg crop. But boy am I into it now, a couple of years after it was first “a thing”. A wide leg is comfortable and flattering, and easier to find a good fit than its skinny counterpart. The slight crop (very slight on me as I’m on the shorter side) flashes a bit of ankle for a more summery vibe. Most styles around in stores at the moment are high waisted, which totally works for me. For someone my height, a wide leg crop with a regular rise might make me look rather stumpy. Topshop call theirs awkward trousers, which amuses me greatly.

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The shorts that started out long

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Ah, these shorts caused me all manner of amusement, long before I’d actually put them on!. I’d been after a pair of smarter shorts for ages. Our office dress code is very relaxed, but the teeny tiny hotpants in my wardrobe remain reserved for festivals and beaches. I had tried on a few pairs of tailored shorts on the high street and they just didn’t fit right. One day, I was browsing ASOS and when I saw these Vila shorts on sale I was sure they were what I’d been searching for all along. It took rather longer than I’d hoped to discover that this was in fact true! Continue reading “The shorts that started out long”