Striped Again

*Blowing the dust off the blog*

I’ve missed you guys. How have you been?

I’m back after an invigorating mini shopping spree in Marks & Spencer. I was shattered after work last week but was suddenly revitalised after seeing that the Marks and Spencer sale had started. M&S like many retailers is struggling on the high street and in addition to that they get a fair amount of stick about their ranges not being that great. I disagree. I actually like old Sparkys especially the Autograph range. Many of my summer tshirts over the past few years have come from there too. The only range I really don’t have much love for is Per Una though I can see the appeal for other people. Marks and Spencer will always have a special place in my heart. So will stripes. Stripes might have a slightly loftier position within my soul as I have rarely met a stripe I didn’t like. Breton stripes, candy stripes, chevron stripes- they all turn my head, even more so than polkadots but not as much as jumpsuits. Jumpsuits are my first fashion love but don’t even get me started again.



Please ignore the mess, this is my sewing room!


Dress and Cardi: Marks & Spencer

Necklace: Cos (old)

Bag: H by Henry Holland at Debenhams (old)

Shoes: Primark (old)



Around the world in a day

The headless fattie strikes again.

I’m slowly but surely working through the pile of fabric that’s threatening to evict me from my own home. I’ve made another skirt, this time using the Vintage Marco Polo/ Dora the Explorer inspired nautical cotton print that I recently added to the stockpile because I’m weak.


nautical1 nautical2

The skirt is a UK30 with a 50″/ 127cm waist. For more details please see the Etsy Listing.

Also, I’m sporting a new tshirt from M&S which is here.

Different Year, Same Story

I fall for it every time. As soon as we get to the end of January I seem to think that spring has started and I go all stupid over nautical inspired fashion. I’m not a sailor. I’ve never even been on a boat in my adult life so why is it that at the same time each year I come over all Popeye and want to buy every red white and blue garment I can see? I think its just optimism. After spending months all bundled up in winter garb I want to break out and wear something lighter and brighter, and the crisp clean lines of this trend really appeal to me. I’ve tried doing the nautical thing in winter but it just doesn’t work for me so I’m happy that spring is on its way in and my boat print top will arrive in the post this week!

1. Linen dress- $189 Ralph Lauren, 2. Fabric earrings- $12 Vividot, 3. Striped blazer £50 Monsoon, 4. Striped shoes £25 New Look, 5. Grey/ red top- £25 Evans, 6. Mac- £65 Monsoon, 7. Skirt- £28 Evans, 8.Bag by Loungefly£34.99 Jukushop, 9. Colour block shoes £25 New Look, 10. Pirate ship necklace- $10 Theresa Hawk Designs (Etsy)  , 11. Linen blend skirt $34.90 Avenue, 12. White denim trousers $38 Torrid.

Ship Ahoy!

Now this is the ultimate in catwalk to sidewalk chic. I have loved this top since I first saw it in New Look 3 weeks ago but I have only recently realised that its a copy of inspired by a Stella McCartney dress (thanks Hollie- Anne!)


I love it, I love it, I LOVE IT. Its made from georgette and lined with a very lightweight jersey fabric and is my favourite garment so far from the new season but I just wish it fit. DAMMIT. In the photo I’m wearing the size 24 top and even though it looks OK in the pic, IRL its too tight across the bust and squooshes by boobs together into a big unattractive lump. I can’t find a size 26 anywhere 😦 So while its too tight for me I know it will fit many of you perfectly.

Please excuse the grimace.

Top, £25- New Look