Friday, 23 February 2018

Topshop Khaki's, Jeans & Black Trousers

Hello again!  Yes, two blog posts in a month, I'm clearly on a roll!  So you may remember I featured these lovely khaki's on here last year?  They were from Topshop and looked great however the waist band was so high up on me and no matter what top I tried on, they just didn't feel comfortable.  They ended up going back but part of me always regretted it as I never found anything else.  That was until last month. 

With the Topshop account card you always get a 20% off voucher for your birthday.  After over splurging in the sales straight after Christmas and with my wardrobe still in boxes (grrrr) I literally ordered two pairs of trousers and that was it.  Feels like a waste now, especially as there's lots more in ready for Spring.  Don't have babies in January people, it really is a pants time of year!  Ok, back to the khakis.  So yes, I found some and guess what - they are perfect!  Fit like a dream with no big belted bow to get in the way.  I braved the cold and wore them the other day (thermal vest on don't panic) as I was desperate to ditch the jeans and feel a little more Summery.  

Breton; Boden
Gilet; Topshop (via eBay)
Shoes; Clarks

Both the bow and my ones are in stock (they even used the same image for the bow ones as I featured from them last June!).  

Paperbag Utility Trousers £39
Khaki Utility Trousers £39
While we are on the trouser subject, I've been a long standing lover of their jeans.  Most recently I loved their Leigh style as they were super soft and the perfect skinny for me.  They were however getting thin and old so I tried the Sidney at the end of last year.  They have been great for Winter as a thicker denim and slightly higher up the waist.  I ordered the washed black pair along with the above khakis but for some reason they have come up super tight, unlike the blue pair I have.  I have worn them around the house but they just aren't the same so I am disappointingly having to return them.  Such a shame!

You can see the extra width and my blue ones are only a few months old.
Great colours though.
Looking at how tight they are on the model below, maybe I just got lucky with my pair and they are actually meant to be that tight?!?  Either way, I'm blatantly getting old and need them to be comfortable and not that restrictive! 

Sidney Jeans £40
Whilst we are on the subject of their trousers, I dug these black ones out the other day.  They must be at least 7 years old, probably older (I remember wearing them when I just found out I was pregnant with my second).  They have totally stood the test of time and still wash up brilliantly.  I've found a few pairs that look similar and are currently available at Topshop.

Slim Tapered Trousers £45
High Waisted Cigarette Trousers £22
Pleated Peg Leg Trousers £22

Friday, 9 February 2018

That Day About Love.....

Yes, it's me again, long time no write! But in fairness, the house renovations are coming along nicely now. I hope to resume back to more regular check in's, in the not to distant future. In the short term though, some 'Valentines' inspiration. Whether you have a partner or not, fancy a treat because we should all love ourselves (!) or need to send this blog to someone so they don't buy you tut (this is now my yearly excuse!), nice stuff to follow!

Hush had some great jumpers and I couldn't choose which to share so did all three for you!

Hush £75
Hush £79
Hush £75
As always, Topshop had a great selection so I picked a few. Special shout out to the handbags though. Totally fabulous at great prices, I think I really need the lobster one in my life, like now.

Topshop £25
Topshop £3.50 (out of stock online so try in store however plain black with a cute pink heart also £3.50 here)
Topshop £25
Topshop £8 (also a matching pouch for £6 here)
Heading to TK Maxx as there's always a bargain to be had there.  This is one of my favourite nightwear brands - Cyberjammies.  I only wear 100% cotton in bed and their's is just gorgeous.  This has an RRP of £27 so it's a great buy for £12.99 with the cutest little hearts over it.  

TK Maxx £12.99
Now they won't let me use their image for some reason but the bag is so good, I had to find a way to share it!  So this bag below by Love Moschino they have in a stone suede with no top handle as it's the clutch version.  I will link it under the picture but it has an RRP of £153 down to £89.99.  This large black one (and they did a red also) is sold out via ASOS.  Suede shoes and handbags are my favourite.  

TK Maxx £89.99 (in a stone colour)
I've done a few GlossyBoxes before and really rate them.  This one is a special girls night out one and includes 5 products.  Don't forget to unsubscribe if you only fancy the one though as it's a monthly rolling subscription.

Glossybox £13.25 including postage for a monthly subscription 

A personal favourite of mine, the Diptyque candle.  I was lucky enough to get the 2016 Valentines one but missed last years so this is top of my wish list.  The smaller £28 one seems to have sold out online so you will need to send someone to store pronto to try and find one. Failing that, size up to this one!

John Lewis £50
Nothing says love like a new placemat set right?!?!  There is also matching coasters and tea towels so don't miss out on those either.  Please note, you're furnishing the house so it doesn't really count as a proper gift.  Make sure you add in a bar of chocolate at least.  
Laura Ashley £8.25
If all else fails then there's food!  Marks & Spencer have a brilliant range of hampers but this little one caught my eye for some yummy treats with an affordable price tag. 
PS Damn you Baileys for only releasing the strawberries and cream version in the US!  Life can be so unfair at times.  I am not a big drinker but that is my little tipple and I got all excited over it to be let down.  Booooo.

And finally, this is where I've been at recently.  Grouting.  We are still project managing our house and my husband took on the particularly challenging hexagon tiles in the kitchen.  The black grout was not as straight forward as previous grouting for some reason so it took the two of us.  It was such a messy job and along with the tile shape I'm not sure my husband has forgiven me yet but the result is what we wanted!  Some before, during and after just to show you I'm not swanning around not writing as I'm retiring, I am properly multi tasking!

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Adidas Bargains at John Lewis

I went to the new store in Oxford the other day (ok, I did the High Wycombe one also - but that was for sofa shopping!).  The new shopping area is nice, you need time as it's fairly spread out.  I'm getting old and more often than not like my shops very close together not only for my little legs but mainly due to a lack of time.  The store is nice, I wouldn't say more stock just spread/laid out better really. Anyway, back to what I wanted to say which is I grabbed two bargain pairs of trainers from them. They are both so comfy, not for now, more Spring and were bought with a big family holiday abroad in Easter in mind (lots of walking!).  I've been after a lighter colour and not white for a while. The cloudfoam inner in both makes them supper comfortable.  Not many sizes online so be quick but check stores too.

£64.95 down to £32.  A size 4 and 6 online here

They have a blue in size 5 online here.

£49.95 down to £24.50 but only a 4 left online here.

They did have some on the Adidas website too so worth a browse there.  I went half a size up as the padded innersole does make them a little tighter but then I do tend to in a trainer anyway.  Happy shopping!

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Festive Wishes

Why hello. Long time no speak! Better late than never, this little blog has been so neglected this year whilst house renovations etc take over. I make no promises as to what next year brings for it, it is a hobby and one that takes time for me. Writing about great buys comes naturally to me but the technology/social media/time side of it is real! My study is now carpeted and ready for furniture so who know's, it may well be just what I need to organise me and dedicate some time here next year. But in the mean time, for those that do pop back here and read, huge huge Christmas and New Year wishes to you. I appreciate your patience and staying with me. Keep shopping, be smart with your purchases, we are all just aiding the economy.....!

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