My First Time

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Are you getting married? Is that your baptismal dress? Both comments I’ve heard today. No, and no.

I’ve never worn a white dress. Apart from white vests and tees, I don’t even have any white clothes*. White is just not a colour that I wear and technically speaking its not even a colour at all, really. It’s a well known fact that I love brights so when people see me in white I understand the propensity to think there must be a logical reason behind it. I bought this in  Monsoon last summer but have never worn it. It was the embroidered spots that caught my eye, the Little House On The Prairie styling that reeled me in, and the sale price that sealed the deal. The look with the natural tan accessories and soft hairstyle is somewhat puritanical, and I feel like I should be skipping barefoot through a meadow, but in a strange way I feel kind of… liberated from colour. Is this a normal reaction to wearing all white? There was a guy at my church who only ever wore white clothing. I used to think he was a little odd. I know his motivation was more spiritual than sartorial, but I’m beginning to see the appeal. Am I losing my mind? Someone please help before I lose it completely and start bleaching all my clothes.

If you want to try out the washing-powder-white look I’ve done some searching for the best white dresses I could find. Just prepare yourself for the questions.

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*Oh, I forgot about this blouse.

1.ASOS dress, £45,

2. Jibri, £107

3. Simply Be, £27.50,

4. Dorothy Perkins £33.75

5. Monif C, $158

6. Ashley Stewart $49.50


Better than pocket money

Having blogged for over five years I’ve had my fair share of freebies from various companies, all of which I have been very grateful for and have had many a happy occasion wearing. However, none of these blogging gifts have meant as much to me as this outfit here…..

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There’s a saying that my mother has repeated at least a thousand times over the course of my life, and that is, “Good friends are better than pocket money.”  I have to agree with her. I’ve had this outfit now for around three months and I’ve been patiently waiting for the combination of good weather, and a church day to wear it. (Don’t you just hate wasting a great outfit on a not-so-great event?) It’s not a gift from a major brand, but a gift from fellow blogger Gaelle of The Curvy and Curly Closet. It’s not my birthday, its not Christmas, and I’ve done nothing to deserve it. Gaelle is just a wonderfully kind person who for some reason thought of me when she could have been thinking of so many other people and things. It’s custom made in Senegal by Belya Design using a traditional but modern bold geometric print on cotton fabric, and is fully lined. If I had chosen the fabric myself I couldn’t have chosen one more suited to my tastes. I’ve only met Gaelle once but she knows me so well- a testament to the power of the internet. I’ve had lots of compliments all day and I’ve felt great wearing it. In fact now that I think about it, this is my first ever “suit” of any description.

Gaelle, a hundred million thank you’s! May God continue to bless you- MWAH!


Blue Deja-Vu

I’ve been a regular thrifter for around twenty years and while I’ve on occasion seen clothes that remind me of something I may have owned as a youngster, I’ve never until now seen something identical. I spotted this dress in a charity shop and I immediately grabbed it from the rail in instant recognition.

blue deja1I wore this!

blue5I was around 13 in this photo and seeing that dress brought back a lot of memories. I’m pictured with my mom and we wore very similar clothes, not because I loved dressing like my mother, but because it was damn near impossible to find age appropriate size 16 clothes for young teenagers. Finding casual clothing wasn’t too bad but when it came to dressing for church or weddings (as in this photo) the dress code was definitely “middle aged”. While most teens were shopping in Chelsea Girl, Miss Selfridge and H&M, all my garb came from C&A- and I don’t mean the younger Clockhouse line. At thirteen I had some of the same clothes as my mom and my aunt, which really was a sorry state of affairs.

Maybe that’s why I love 80′s vintage dresses so much now? They weren’t age appropriate at the time but as I’m pretty much middle aged now they actually suit me. Am I really admitting to everyone that I just have not moved on? Yup, I think I am. I may be stagnant and stuck in a style timewarp, but plus size fashion has thankfully come a very long way and now teens can dress like teens- not their aunts. Shame the dress is only a size 16- I would have given it another spin. Dress available here.


I concede defeat

Chartreuse summerTop- Monsoon, jeggings- Evans, bag- H! by Henry Holland at Debenhams (only black left online), bracelet- M&S, earrings- Topshop.

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Not the most exciting fashion look I’ve ever posted but this H by Henry Holland bag is already making my summer even though its only April. There is one significant thing about this look dear readers, and it’s not the bag.

I’m wearing jeggings.

I submit. The hybrid fashion horror has won as I can fight no more. I’ve been avoiding jeggings like the plague since their inception however many years ago, simply because I hate the name. However, I’m now waving the white flag and have bought two pairs in six days. A bit of a jegging binge if you like, after a strict diet of straight leg jeans, but as my mother always told me, “Too much of one thing is good for nothing.” One pair is an experiment. Two pairs declares that we are going steady. I like them but I miss belt loops. They keep falling down as they don’t cling like standard jersey leggings do, but I love the look. (No, not the look of them while they fall down in case you’re wondering, I mean the general appearance. Just wanted to clarify). Mine are from Evans but can anyone else recommend any others?


That Bucket woman- A Bonmarche Review

I’m not very good at taking my own advice. I get a fair few number of emails from readers asking me where to shop for clothes and I always tell them not to rule out any stores because you never know what you may find, even if you only find one gem in five years- still keep going in.

One shop I never go into is Bonmarche. It’s my mother’s favourite clothing store. My mother is 82. I am not. My mother used to be a C&A fanatic but since they closed down all British stores some years ago, Bonmarche has taken up the gauntlet and she gets all her embroidered tshirts and microfibre jackets from there. They would never have anything suitable for a bright not-so-young- thing like me. Or so I thought.

I was recently contacted by Bonmarche to review an item and my first thought was “Yehright” but before I hit send on the “yehright” email I thought I’d check out the site. Lo and behold, I was pleasantly surprised. Not knocked off my seat by the edgy fashion forward styles, more raised eyebrows that there were items there I would actually wear. Like this dress…

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…from their David Emanuel range. I’m trying to stay away from mock wrap front dresses but they work so well for the big of boob that they’re hard to stay away from. I wore this today and might even have gotten away with not wearing a vest underneath if I wasn’t on my way to church and trying to exercise a little modesty. A comfy dress in a great length and fab print. My only complaint is that a longer peplum would have given the dress a better, more on trend silhouette and maybe balanced out my big boobs a little more, but I’m very pleased with it and will be wearing this frock until its threadbare.

PS- I must remember to remove the bucket from my photo spot. No-one wants to see that. Apologies.


The Fresh Princess

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Jacket- Courtesy of Simply Be

Jeans- Courtesy of Simply Be

Tshirt- Apartment 349

Boots- Old Evans, dyed red

I wasn’t really sure this outfit worked when I first put it on, but by the end of the day I felt it was a shame to take it off. I first saw the jacket at a Simply Be preview event and fell for it immediately so it was only a matter of time before I snapped one up. The jeans are from their Truly Wow slim leg range and fit like a glove. There are seam along the back legs that  I initially didn’t like at all but they really do help these jeans to fit snugly without being too tight. However much I love the bomber and jeans, the jewel in the outfit crown is the tshirt…

VC_store_image_white VC_store_image_greyFrom first click to shopping cart within a couple of minutes. Never has a tee spoken such volumes about my youth as this. Like many people I grew up watching the Cosby Show and as a child with no sisters I would dream of being adopted into the female heavy Huxtable household, with big sister Denise and twin sister Vanessa (we’re approx the same age). Later on I got hooked onto the Fresh Prince and loved Will’s school blazer with the funky lining and did a similar thing with my schoolbag. This tshirt was coming to my house, come what may.

I was a little doubtful the XXL would fit but it fits perfectly. Most of the sizes are sold out but there are still some XL and XXL left- grab them while you can and join me on my retrospective ride.

Vivian and Clair- Apartment 349

 


Festive Spirit

I’m not usually into Christmas and don’t decorate the house at all or go crazy sending cards and gifts to everyone I can think of. I’m pretty much anti hype so would much rather remember someone’s birthday than buy them a Christmas gift just because that’s what I’m expected to do. Still, even an old scrooge like me couldn’t resist when my young cousins threw down the gauntlet and said I should dress as Mrs Claus on Christmas day for the annual family dinner.

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The dress is one I bought from Asos two years ago but for some reason, have only worn once. I stitched on some white fur trim I bought from a local market, donned my new sparkly heels from Evans and Mrs Claus I was.

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Taken halfway through the dinner hence the biscuit crumbs on the floor.

I had a grand time and even got into full festive spirit by singing “We wish you a Merry Christmas” to people down the phone. It was fun acting out of character for one day but I’m sure next year I’ll be back to my usual miserable self.

Enjoy the rest of the holidays, readers!


Autumn Uniform

I think my black opaques, heeled chelsea boots and biker jacket are going to pretty much be my uniform for this autumn winter season. Here they are again with one of my latest vintage purchases. I love finding vintage C&A. This dress is by “Sixth Sense”, I remember them well.

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BrownDress- Braderie Vintage (not much on the site at the moment but may be worth checking back. I bought this dress from a store.

Jacket- New Look

Boots- Evans

Belt- Asos

Bag- Dune

 

 


Total Blackout

Its a rare day when I wear head to toe black- an even rarer day when I tuck my top into my skirt. Not content with just doing my number one personal “don’t”, I then punctuated the tucked in- ness with a belt. I truly am in the “just don’t give a &^%*” stage of my life.

Black3 Black1 black2I have now joined the future and gotten rid of my 2006 P300 Samsung (which I loved), and got myself a smart phone. The problem is, the phone is definitely smarter than its new owner as I have no more than a vague idea how to use it. However, I can just about manage the camera and am having fun twirling while my friends takes 25 photos per second (so it seems). And yes, that is the hanging ribbon sticking out of the neckline. Like I said- don’t give a …. (though I did care enough to tuck it in later).

Top- Evans

Skirt- New Look (2004-ish)

Tights and Boots- Evans

Bag- Dune

Necklace- Topshop (2011-ish)

 


Jammin’

The image inspiration for today’s outfit-

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I love this photo. I have no idea where its from but one of my Facebook friends posted it a while ago. I’ve tried asking him but not had an answer yet so hopefully he can shed some light. I know nothing of the location apart from the fact that it must have been somewhere playing some truly groovesome music some time in the late 70′s, early 80′s. You know I love 80′s fashion so there was no better look to emulate with my brand new second hand pleated skirt. Someone get me a time machine. I think I would have fit right in.

Burg

£1.50 very well spent, methinks 

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Jacket- New Look 

Top- New Look (old) (similar here)

Belt- ASOS (old)

Boots and tights: Evans (similar here)

Skirt- Thrifted

Bag- Thrifted

Necklace- Topshop

 


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