What I Wore :: 100 Day Spending Ban, Almost There!

What I Wore :: 100 Day Spending Ban, Almost There!

‘Heaven claps, light refracts, make a rainbow out of black, don’t look back’
Thank God I Was Dreaming by Outfit
Today, I uttered those immortal words to my other half, “I’m fed up of everything in my wardrobe! I’ve got nothing to wear!” whilst standing half-dressed in my bright orange Miffy pyjamas, growing red faced and proverbially spitting out my dummy. It must have taken every ounce of restraint for the boy not to laugh in my face. Instead, he calmly uttered the words that were intended to allay my fears, “We’re only going to your mum’s.” Admittedly, only going to my mum’s house to take round bread and milk for her return home from holiday later this evening. Did this help? What do you think? Although, by the time I’d discovered my new favourite lipstick, No 7’s ‘Coral Rose’, I was in a slightly better mood and willing to re-negotiate with the content of my wardrobe. If my calculations are correct, it’s day 83 of the 100 day spending ban and I’m running out of options! I’m currently awaiting Rachel’s parcel of Frock Swap goodies, an amazing handmade dress by Debbie and Erica’s George picks. With most of my George items and previous swaps winging their way to Debbie, I was in no man’s land. 
 
You see, when the sun comes out, I lose all logical thinking and become a raving looney. I’m not exaggerating. Fifty per cent of my wardrobe is out of the question if it involves me getting my pasty white pins out. It’s even a challenge to reveal my arms. With no clothes being purchased since the 6th January, I’m growing increasingly frustrated when I can’t build an outfit because it’s missing a simple ingredient; a pair of coloured tights, a matching handbag or a pair of ballet pumps. With the temperature warming up outside, I reached for this old and forgotten Peter Pan collared top from a Topshop concession. 

The least said about my ghostly arms the better, but can we appreciate these Lotta from Stockholm clogs? You’ve seen them here before (oh, and here too!), I bought them at the tail end of last summer and barely wore them, suede and rain, no no no. With the temperature hitting 20 degrees today, I know, right?, they were perfect for the trip into the countryside to my mum’s house. 

In a way, it’s felt good to dress in some ye olde favourites. It’s been such a treat having new to me items sent my way and has definitely helped me get through this spending ban, but it’s been great to rediscover some of the more quirkier clothes I own and dress as me. This mightn’t be the most sophisticated, elaborate or well put together outfit, but it’s a go to outfit. In the true spirit of blogging, this is the other side of me. 

It was the perfect day for a drive into the countryside and we were very tempted to put the car roof down at one point. Until we realised that, this is England and also March. Instead, we spent a little longer in my parents’ garden just soaking up the sun. As I’ve mentioned, the past few weeks have passed by in a blur of long hours working. Next weekend marks the start of the Easter break, something I’m more than ready for. 

With my mother being on holiday, we’ve decided to celebrate on a different day. I, for one, hope that on our day the weather is just as beautiful. We’ve had a taste of summer and I like it. Although, my wardrobe doesn’t. 17 days to go, hey?

How have you spent Mothering Sunday?
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Frock Swap UK :: Tangled Up in Blue

Frock Swap UK :: Tangled Up in Blue

‘And I was standing on the side of the road, rain falling on my shoes…tangled up in blue.’
Tangled Up in Blue by Bob Dylan
It’s a strange feeling wearing clothes that belong to somebody else. 

Last week, the arrival of Rachel‘s #FrockSwapUK goods, c/o George at Asda, sent me into a spin. It got me thinking: when we build a wardrobe of clothes, we naturally select what we like or what we think will suit us. If you’re like me, we find ourselves buying different variations of the same style. My mother will often roll her eyes whilst shopping and say, ‘Not another polka dot dress.’ We like what we like and there’s a sense of security in that. So, when this dainty, sheer china blue floral blouse arrived through my letterbox, I’ll admit that I was clueless. 

Earlier in the month, we saw Rachel style it here with a trademark Fedora and biker jacket. Chic. Rachel’s blouse, biker jacket with a touch of pastel blue nail polish combination was simply perfect in my eyes. It was the type of go to outfit we all long for for in those times when a quick drink turns into an evening out. Now that it was my turn to style the blouse, I wondered how I’d add my own spin to it. When you buy a piece of clothing, you usually have plans of how to style it or how you’ll wear it, otherwise why would you buy it? This blouse was something out of my comfort zone. I finally decided to wear it casually for a Sunday morning stroll. 

 
On Saturday, I spent the entire day marking assessment papers, leveling extended writing and planning for the weekend. Who says teachers don’t earn their holidays? When Sunday arrived, I was itching to clear away the cobwebs and get a little fresh air. Not to mention, wear my ‘new to me’ blouse before I had to send it onwards. I chose it team it with this H&M claret jumper which I bought from their Autumn/Winter 2012 range. It’s one of the cheapest jumpers I own, yet one of my favourites. 
 
Now that Spring is almost upon us, I’ve dipped into my wardrobe and rediscovered some of my favourite pieces. My handbag and shoes are quality leather pieces that I invested in years ago, before I was a homeowner (read: crippled by a mortgage). Whilst it’s some time until I’ll be getting my pastey white legs out, it’s good to have a change from the winter basics that have almost become a uniform. 
// Blouse :: Rachel’s c/o George // Jumper :: H&M // Jeans :: Topshop // Handbag :: Topshop // Shoes ::Hudson//
 
It’s a strange feeling wearing clothes that belong to somebody else. It can feel as though you’re playing dress up, or playing a different character. However, it can also be a break from the norm. I’ve never worn jeans as much as I have recently. Don’t they say, a change is as good as a rest?
 
Don’t forget to visit Rachel, Erica and Debbie to see how they styled the items I was sent!
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Frock Swap UK :: The George Zebra Jumper

Frock Swap UK :: The George Zebra Jumper

This week, after a short wait, the second of my George at Asda treats dropped through the letter box. One bright pink zebra jumper to brighten my day. For someone who doesn’t wear an awful lot of pink, I love it. It’s snuggly, warm and over-sized. Here in Burnley, there’s hailstone and showers. Summer may be on its way, but its a long way away. 

In a wardrobe filled with monochrome, this splash of colour is a welcome addition. Even though the sun is shining, there’s still a chill in the air.  It’s no secret I’ve been craving a shopping trip all weekend, what better way to overcome the urge than with a new jumper? Whilst I mightn’t have shopped, I’ve shopped my wardrobe. This jumper matches almost everything. Polka dot and heart print skirts, jeans, you name it. However, it’s this gingham dress that the boy bought me for Valentine’s Day that I decided to team it with.

 
This is the second fun piece George have sent me from their G21 range. Their first being this coral satchel. At £16,  the jumper is a great price for a transitional piece. It’s bright enough to throw on during Summer evenings, but warm enough to fight off the chill. It fits seamlessly into a wardrobe of monochrome and brights. 
 
On Monday, it’ll be making its way to Debbie as part of Frock Swap UK. I’m looking forward to seeing how Rachel, Debbie and Erica decide to style this jumper, along with the bag of course! Have you been keeping up with the lovely items they chose? 
// Zebra Jumper :: c/o G21 for George // Dress :: BooHoo // Bag :: Cambridge Satchel Company // Coat :: Topshop // Boots :: c/o ShoeZone // 
 
How would you style the zebra jumper?
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The Brit Pack Presents :: The Pastel Parade

The Brit Pack Presents :: The Pastel Parade

The Brit Pack is back! 
This month, we’re bursting onto your blogosphere packing a pastel punch. Whether your pastel fix be pink slip, bone china blue or lilac dreams, to name a mere few, you’ll find a Brit Pack of inspiration just in time for spring. Spring. The season when we embrace the first glimmers of sunshine, lighter layers and brighter colours. The season when we realise our wardrobes are lacking just that. Especially mine. So, how did this monochrome loving girl embrace pastel and join the pack? With the help of fellow Brit Packer, Erica, and the fate of swapping. That’s how. 

On Saturday, this gingham pastel pink shirt landed on my doorstep. You see, it was my turn to receive Erica’s parcel as part of Frock Swap. With its Peter Pan collar and pearlescent buttons, not to mention the fact that its gingham, I was smitten as soon as I saw it. I love a classic basic with a difference and this blouse certainly has a feminine twist to it. 

Originally, I’d planned to team it with an indigo pinafore dress and Chelsea boots, but something just didn’t feel right. It felt too twee, even for a polka dot and hearts loving girl like me. Rolling up the sleeves, I was desperate to add a pair of braces and Dr Martens a la This Is England, albeit with a girly twist. Finding my wardrobe bore none of these fruits, I rediscovered these Topshop boots. Aptly named Awesome, these leather boots have barely seen the light of day, until now. Popping on a neck tie and a head scarf, I felt more like me. 

// Jeans :: Topshop (Kristen) // Boots :: Topshop (Awesome) // Shirt :: Saville Row Company (c/o Erica) // Biker Jacket :: G21* // Clutch :: Jasper Conran // 


Thanks Erica, you’re turning me into a lover of pink! Whatever next? 

So, what’s your take on pastels? Love ’em or hate ’em?
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Frock Swap UK :: Day Trippin’ with the George bag

Frock Swap UK :: Day Trippin’ with the George bag

‘She was a day tripper, a one way ticket yeah’
Day Tripper, The Beatles
It had been one of those weeks. The kind of week when your feet don’t touch the floor, coming up for air is a luxury and life passes by in a blur! So, when the weekend arrived, I was ready to spend time with my friends and to celebrate my first anniversary with the boy. Just one problem, tonsillitis. Maybe it’s because I was run down, but my sore throat ensured a 4.30am wake up call on Friday morning. I was not a happy bunny. However, I was determined to enjoy the weekend almost as planned. Originally, we’d planned to visit Bowness in the Lake District, the place where it all began. Aching muscles and a throat of razor blades forced us to be more realistic, so we headed into Liverpool. 
 
As it’s been uncharacteristically warm here, hello spring time, it’s been refreshing to lay the winter coats to rest and say hello to lighter layers mixed with colour pops. This time, it’s colourful brights thanks to George at Asda. When they heard about our master plan to swap unloved and overly loved items from the depths of our wardrobe, they decided to help us out by allowing us to choose two items each to swap from their range. Naturally, I chose a satchel. It’s an iconic accessory that I wear daily. I’m interested to see how Erica, Debbie and Rachel will mix it up. 

Did you see what Erica chose? A mustard pinafore dress with my name written all over it. As you can imagine, I’m incredibly excited to receive that package. However, on Saturday, I received Rachel’s George picks. As Erica said, Rachel had chosen the biker jacket with the intention of challenging Erica. However, what she didn’t forsee was just how challenging the dainty floral blouse would be for me. But, that’s the best part of the frock swap. It’s pushing our boundaries and forcing us to be creative in a wardrobe where we can’t buy items to match. Oh no, the spending ban has put a stop to that! Speaking of challenging, Debbie chose a kimono. I’ve never worn a kimono in my life, but my, it’s stunning. 

So, with tonsillitis turning me into the Grinch that stole our anniversary, we strolled through the historic side of Liverpool. John wanted to show me a Banksy piece and I fancied a bit of fresh air. I can’t say I was overly impressed with the Banksy piece, but it was refreshing to see a side of Liverpool that I rarely see anymore. If you haven’t visited the historic side, you should, even if it’s just for an hour. Every corner holds a surprise.

// Dress :: Topshop // Satchel :: c/o George at Asda // Shoes :: Topshop // Biker Jacket :: George at Asda* // Scarf :: H&M // Denim Shirt :: ASOS //
 
With our stomachs grumbling, our stroll led us into the centre of Liverpool and past Matthew Street, where the revellers were already celebrating the makings of St Patrick’s Day. Passing a florist, I was totally taken with these shamrocks! Sweet, right? With the lure of John Lewis, Urban Outfitters and a huge Forever 21, I took the boy to my favourite haunt for a liquid lunch. A liquid lunch of soup that is, what were you thinking? 
So, how have you been? Are you enjoying this first taste of spring?

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