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…

 Mrs Bucket1

Mrs Bucket4

…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

Fresh princess

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.


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.


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.


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)



The image inspiration for today’s outfit-

Unknown Source

Unknown Source

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.


£1.50 very well spent, methinks 

Burg3 Burg2

Jacket- New Look 

Top- New Look (old) (similar here)

Belt- ASOS (old)

Boots and tights: Evans (similar here)

Skirt- Thrifted

Bag- Thrifted

Necklace- Topshop


Same But Different

See anyone you recognise?


On Friday I met up with Buttercup from Buttercup’s Frocks at Westfield Merry Hill, and we had a great time shopping, chatting and then shopping some more. I love meeting bloggers for the first time. Its a little like stepping into my computer in a Twilight Zone kinda way. I look at the photo we took and its kinda strange seeing us in the same pic, it’s like one of us has photobombed the others wardrobe shot. The surrealism of the photo is further amplified by the fact that we’re wearing the same dress. The photo was taken in Yours were we both liked the same frock but it didn’t fit either of us despite our different body shapes. It gaped in between the armhole and bust on both of us and looked pretty dreadful. Dear retailers, fat girl clothes need bust darts. You won’t win customers by cutting corners on the fit *shaking finger*.

We went into H&M but the plus section was so diabolically disasterous even by H&M’s usual poor show, that I won’t even comment any further. All that was missing was some petrol and a match. You would have to have seen it to really believe it.


We had more success in Evans where I bought a super bargainous dress from last years Clements Ribeiro collection for £18 (it was £20 but there was an easily repairable hole in the side seam) and Buttercup bought a jersey dress from the current Evans range.


I couldn’t wait to wear my new purchase and wore it to church the very next day. I was trying to do my very best Zadie Smith impersonation by teaming a very ladylike dress with black framed glasses and headwrap. Isn’t the resemblance uncanny…..

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Um- no.

Okay, so I looked nothing like her. There is in fact someone else a little closer to home who I do definitely resembled…

Mom at her cousins wedding

My mother.

Generally I don’t think we look much alike though some people think we do. However, there’s no denying a physical resemblance in this photo. As soon as I saw the pic it reminded me of this photo of my mom from the 60′s. The stance is the same and our arms even hang in a similar way for goodness sake, The head tilt and the side glance only reinforce the fact that I am slowly turning into my mother, something that I never thought would happen, physically, mentally or in any other possible way.


This metamorphosis isn’t a bad thing. I love my mother to bits, I think I just like to believe that all my traits and mannerisms are my own. I guess I’m wrong. My mom would have been in her thirties too around the time that this photo was taken. She’s 80 now and has no wrinkles to speak of so I certainly wouldn’t mind inheriting her good skin. I spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen though so I’ve probably sealed my fate as far as that’s concerned as I’m sure the constant glare ages you at an alarming rate. I’m just glad that make up for black skin has improved over the past fifty years and I have Bobbi Brown 6.5 to rely on. Whatever brand my mom was using really was not the one,

Blue Day


Dress- Thrifted (Originally Evans)

Bag- YeYe Vintage on Etsy

Vest- Asos

Shoes- Old Primark

Bangle- Old Evans

Belt- Old Asos

More Pink

I’m wearing a lot of pale pink this weekend for someone who used to really dislike the colour.  I saw this photo from the Grown and Curvy blog this morning and suddenly remembered my bright pink jeans that I’ve not worn for ages. It comes to something when it takes for someone thousands of miles away to remind you about what you have in your own wardrobe that’s two metres away from your very seat.


Top- M&S

Jeans- Old New Look

Sandals- Evans

Bag- Vintage

Candy Sweet

Today’s outfit, courtesy of my mentalist camera. I think the blurred pic adds to the vintage quality of the whole look as this is one of my favourite and most underworn 1980′s vintage pieces in my wardrobe.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s one in sharper focus but still not to 2013 standard. Its more 2001.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADress- Cow vintage, Belt- Old Evans, Sandals- Evans (the purple ones are out of stock), Bag- Vintage, bangles- Gambian market, Shades- Lensway.

Man, I LOVE summer.


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