Is it still January?

January has been such a long month! Not that I’ve done a lot with the endless amounts of time that seem to be between us and the New Year now – it feels like this has just been a month of working, sleeping and waiting to get paid. An early pay day in December seems great at the time, but 6 weeks between pay days seems like a massive stretch now.

Despite the incredible amount of rain we’ve been getting recently, we have still managed to get out most weekends with Alf. I’ve even bought myself some upper sexy outdoorsy walking trousers. Ok so they’re not going to in any style awards, but they are comfortable, warm, water-resistant and mean I don’t have to risk damaging any of my smarter trousers on our outdoor adventures.

I’ve really enjoyed being able to get out-and-about up here, even when the weather isn’t perfect. The scenery is beautiful and most places we go are so quiet we barely see another person. Plus I can really do with the exercise – a desk job isn’t agreeing with my waistline.


When the weather hasn’t been so good I’ve been doing some reading – books and magazines – I seem to read an inordinate number of magazines these days, particularly compared to a few years ago. Current favourites include The Simple Things, Mollie Makes, Women’s Health, Delicious, Good Food and I recently picked up my first copy of Things & Ink. I don’t read all of these on a monthly basis, I only subscribe to The Simple Things and pick the others up as and when I remember and am particularly interested in the edition. I’ve also subscribed to Audible, so I can listen to audiobooks at work when thing are a bit quiet or in the evening if I’m too tired to read. The first audiobook I’ve downloaded is The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, which won The Man Booker Prize or 2013. I’m enjoying it a lot, there’s definitely a lot of mystery and intrigue.



I suppose the most noteworthy event of January is that I have got a new job! I interviewed yesterday afternoon and was offered the position by the evening 🙂 I’m very excited by the new opportunity. My current job has only been on a three month contract which expires at the end of February, plus it hasn’t been the most exciting job in the world – but they have paid me my first decent salary, so I’ve tried not to complain too much. The new job is about the same money but I’ll get a two year contract which gives us much more security and the possibility of being able to buy our own place soon(ish). I start in the beginning of March and I’m very excited. I think this will definitely call for a shopping spree for some new (work appropriate) clothes and shoes J  I’ve done  fair amount of browsing online lately and there’s quite a long list of things I’ like to add to my wardrobe. I’ll probably have to go through and whittle the list down though, we are trying to save for a house a well!

Roll on Friday evening,

Love


Dresses for December #6

Hmmm, so 6 posts in 16 days isn’t quite the level of posting I was hoping for. Unfortunately I have been struck down by a nasty little cold this past week which has left me rather lacklustre and in no fit state for doing very much at all, let alone blogging 😦 I’m not totally recovered but I do feel notably better than any day in the past 7.

Still, my resolve to continue my Dresses for December remains – even if only because I love window shopping for dresses.

Today I have chosen this swallow print dress from Warehouse (although, I really must say, I am not at all a fan of the models haircut :/)

WarehouseSwallow

I’m a complete sucker for almost anything with a swallow print, or even a bird print these days, so this dress instantly caught my eye. It’s another example of my favourite type of dress – the multifunctional good-for-work-or-dressed-up-in-the-evening dress (I may need to work on a catchier tag line for that one…).

My only concern with this one is that it may be a little short for me. It’s not obscenely short, but as soon as a hem line creeps above my knees I get a little self-concious and nervous.

At £38 I don’t consider this to be either a bargain or overly expensive. If I was more sure about the length I would probably snap this one up quite quickly – especially as I’m feeling quite flush today having received my first pay slip from work 🙂

If you’re less self-concious than me then head over to Warehouse and check it out here.

Hope all is well with you.
Thanks for reading,
Love,

Betty

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Dresses for December #5

I thought it was too good to be true. Four consecutive days of blogging wasn’t bad, but by Thursday evening I was just way too tired to even give a second thought to dresses!

I will not give up though, I’m going to continue with my Dresses for December feature, even if it isn’t a daily one.
Getting back on track in super style, today’s dress is this gorgeous black maxi dress from Biba.

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I don’t think a lot needs to be said about this one. Beautiful. Elegant. Classic. This would be a fantastic wardrobe staple that you could break out for so many occasions and change the overall look with a range of accessories.

I would love to own this dress. It’s pretty much my perfect LBD, even though it’s not that little, that’s part of why I like it.

The good news? It’s currently half price at House of Fraser – here.

The bad news? Even then it’s still £99.50.

Another one for my list of beautiful dresses I can’t afford 😦

Hope you all had a good weekend,

Love,

Betty

x

Dresses for December #4

So I’ve made it through three days of work and managed to keep up my good intentions of daily blogging – although I must admit I nearly didn’t make this one. Unsurprisingly, I’m pretty tired but I was expecting it to be worse.

Today’s Dress for December is from a brand I really love – Collectif. I’ve featured them before with this cute pair of leopard print capri pants that I still adore. They have a lot of great dresses (and more besides), mostly in vintage 1940s/1950s inspired styles – however, this one really stood out to me as it’s a bit different from the other dresses on offer.

Frances Knit Dress Navy brown buckle

 I’m not actually a big Downton Abbey fan, I’ve only seen a few episodes, but I’m increasingly attracted to the 1920s era style of dress. I think this dress is a perfect example of understated glamour, not over-the-top or flashy, but simple, sophisticated and elegant. I really like the simple and classic styling here with pearls and awesome vintage hair.
I’m not totally sure how the low rise belt would look on me, I usually go for a much more defined waist in a dress, but I’d like to give this look a try.
This dress comes in at £47.50, which I think is totally worth it. If I had the money I would definitely buy this dress – it’s another one I could easily wear to the office or dress up in the evening.
If you are taken by today’s offering then you can check it out, and Collectif’s other offerings here.
I hope you’re all surviving your weeks too.
Love,
Betty
x

Dresses for December #3

Today’s dress is pretty much the exact opposite of yesterdays – a super casual, grunge style jersey t-shirt dress from Asos. Proof that there is more to dresses than work and parties.

AsosGrungeDress

This dress makes me feel comfy just looking at it – I’d wear this on a lazy weekend, or even Boxing Day, with thick tights, a big chunky cardigan, a slouchy hat and the boots in the picture or even a pair of DMs.
At £25 you could get 6 of these for the price of yesterdays glitzy number, and I can guarantee I’d get more wear out of them too 🙂
If you want to pick one up for yourself, head over to Asos here.
Love,
Betty
x

Dresses for December #2

It’s hard to beat a sequined dress for party season and so today’s Dress for December is a this super glitzy and glamorous, 1920s inspired frock from ASOS.

I like this dress because, aside from being beautiful and sparkly, I think it’s quite different to the rather large number of 1920s inspired dresses around at the moment. I like the longer length, making it a bit more demure than some of the super-short flapper dresses, yet still giving a flash of leg with the mesh and side split. I think I could come over all Downton Abbey in this dress 🙂

Unfortunately, at £150 this is well beyond my budget (even if I was in need of another dress at the moment) so won’t be being added to my wardrobe anytime soon, unless I win the lottery or someone out there is feel generous?). However, if you’re feeling particularly flush you can find the dress here.

Hope you all had a good Monday.

Love,

Dresses for December #1

This year has not been my best year for blogging, which is something I really want to try and rectify before the year is out!

As part of these efforts I have decided to try and start a small but daily feature – Dresses for December. What with getting a job (starting tomorrow) so having the prospect of an income and the need for some new clothes, even if they are only work clothes, I have been doing rather a lot of browsing round shops online and come across rather too many beautiful things I want to own. Plus with the beginning of the festive party season, who doesn’t enjoy dreaming about the perfect party frock 🙂

Today’s offering is a dress I am pleased to say I have actually bought for myself, although it hasn’t arrived yet.

It’s from Wallis, which isn’t somewhere I normally shop, so I actually don’t know how I came across it in the first place. I really like the simple and classic, slightly vintage inspired look and think I has a lot of scope to be worn both during the day for work and dressed up for the evening – possible with pearls or my faux fur stole to play up the vintage look.

It’s made from jersey so I’m hoping it’s going to be quite comfortable and reasonably forgiving, especially as I’ve bought it in a size 10, but we’ll have to wait until it arrives to see about that.

As an added bonus, it’s currently reduced from £40 to £28, which I consider to be a bit of a bargain. Check it out here.

Now, I need to go and find 30 more dresses to share with you this month!
Where have you been shopping for dresses lately? Let me know if you’ve found anything especially beautiful or a great bargain!

Love,