Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Putting it off....

Clothes shopping that is! I'm going to lose weight, I'm going to gain some weight, I'm just going to get that handbag from my wish list then....then I will sort out my wardrobe.

Does anyone else feel the need to put off buying clothes? Are we all becoming so obsessed with designer & cheap throw away accessories, as they are a quick and easy fix to an outfit? Don't get me wrong, I hold my hands up, I LOVE handbags and shoes. Handbags are so easy for me to buy, because I know exactly what I like...and I don't have to remove clothes to try one on. I have grown to love shoes, due to unfortunately being blessed with odd-sized feet. Short fat size 3 on the left, skinny long size 4 on the right - my friends have found it very amusing, however it's a struggle with peep toes, as you can imagine. As I have grown older I've realised the extent of my habit (- my own shoe & handbag wardrobe), is down to the very basic fact, clothes shopping for my shape is just not that easy. I am a petite pear and was still wearing Tammy Girl in my early twenties. For me, 'bottoms' are a sore point particularly so I stick with jeans and leggings - easy option. I get far more satisfaction and a quick fix by shopping for a new handbag or pair of shoes. So whilst my accessory collection grows, I find myself with an ever depleting wardrobe of trend wear. I have lazily become too predictable and safe by living in Primark long-sleeve tee's and Topshop Baxter skinnies for my quick high street fashion fix.

So, I challenge you all to set a late New Years resolution with me - and try to stick to it. On your next clothes shopping trip, when choosing an item consider and try on a wider range of styles. Try to buy a piece that is a little unusual from what has become your norm. Be bold and brave, add to that hanging rail in your wardrobe, not the shoe rack on the floor or shelf of handbags. Stop putting it off and buy for today! Happy shopping!

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

So I finally purchased a leopard print coat! Didn't go for faux fur, went for a wool print from Zara. Am loving it, worn it loads and feels so nice. Husband hates it with a passion, but what the hell, makes me feel good! £70 with 50% wool too, bargain & fashion!

Had my nails done with bio-gel, 5 days in and still look fab. My free Vie at Home mascara turned up and am very impressed with it, so far so good.

Purchased an amazing diamante bib style necklace from Monsoon (their range is great, a little more 'vintage' than Accessorize's). Looked really good over a black dress for a party and sparkled it up!

Sales already started. For last minute panic, Accessorize have discounts on loads of glitzy clutches. Love the above, £10 off, down to £25 and comes in a gold, silver and black. Gap also seem to be having a great sale already, also online.

Finally finished the Christmas shopping. Managed to do a lot online with Amazon and it's turned up thankfully. Slightly gutted that toys have been reduced heavily since I purchased them, very frustrating!

Birthday outfit (my 30th, woohooo!) still a work-in-progess. Found a dress from Monsoon Fusion range, can't find it online to show you. It's a corset on top with a tiered skirt. Nude with black lace, a little 'Dior'. Mixed reivews on it to date, so am going to put it away and re-evaluate next week. Would love some Louboutins in nude but I also want to be able to dance so not sure they will work!

Hoping for some vouchers for Christmas so I can hit the sales straight after!

If I don't get a chance to write before, I wish all my lovely followers on here, Facebook and Twitter a fabulous, glamourous Christmas. May it be filled with love, happiness and some sparkle!

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Time for Change

At about this time every year, I feel like I’ve let myself go in favour of Christmas present shopping and general preparation for the festive season. I ran out the house to do the school run this morning, flies open, hair un-brushed and not a scrap of make-up on, I was still 10 minutes late. So then every year around about now, I feel the need for a complete re-vamp of my style. I feel like I want to be braver with my look, make some fashion mistakes, and invest more instead of ‘throw away fashion’. I always feel the need to get everyone’s opinions on my fashion, why I don’t know. I guess like most of us I don’t want to look like the odd one out. I am a huge advocate of making clothes and accessories work for you, be courageous, go for it. But then sometimes I lose this myself – especially when I’ve purchased what I think is the most amazing leopard print shoes (on sale at D&G – investment!) and the husband absolutely detests them! At the start of 2011 I enter my 30’s, so I think now is as good a time as any to stand on my own 2 stiletto bound feet and take a few more fashion risks. Do I go with the leopard print (animal is obviously ‘my thing’ right now) coat from Topshop, which according to 2 dear friends is very ‘Bet Lynch’, ‘you’ll never wear it again, don’t you dare’. I am wearing the shoes to the ‘Silver themed’ Christmas party no matter what, feel like throwing the coat in there just to rebel! I’ve just gone a little redder with my hair colour too (Nice & Easy is now not covering my white hairs...) so I feel I have made a start. How much further I will take this this time round I don’t know, I hope I will prove myself wrong and just go for it. After writing this this morning, I did what any self respecting, working (trying to still be fashionable) mother would do, donned my North Face gilet, my trusty Ugg’s and headed to Tesco's to feed the family (flies done up this time).

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