Hello? Is anyone still there? – I wouldn’t blame you for having given up on me, I can hardly believe how long I have gone without blogging. To be perfectly honest I just haven’t had the motivation – I started a new job in March which has been really enjoyable but tiring and taking up a lot of my brain space, plus we’ve started seriously looking at buying a house which has proven to be even more stressful than I anticipated.

I thought I would break myself back into blogging gently with a short post to show off my new purse.

I was still using the cute cherry blossom one I bought all the way back in January 2011! I only just realised how long I’d had it when I went to find the post I included it in. It’s not surprising it had started to give up a bit, the clasp on the front had started falling off and the zip had become rather temperamental and would occasionally refuse to open and/or close.

I found this one in New Look while shopping for new work clothes – this new job is another step up in smart workwear, so I was on the hunt for shirts. As well as a nice white/ream shirt with a black heart print and a black shirt with large white polka dots, I fell in love with this little guy so treated myself.

He was hardly a great extravagance at ¬£9.99, and he’s so cute he always makes me smile ūüôā I do love foxes. I like to think he probably makes a fair few other people smile too, when I’m out shopping.

He is slightly reminiscent of the fox face satchel that I kinda liked but refused to buy on the grounds that it quickly became a massive blogger cliché and also, more importantly, satchels are rarely big enough for me to fit all my junk inside!

I can’t find him on the New Look website, but they do have similar ones with a Bulldog, Pug and Owl face. I don’t think they are quite as awesome as my little fox, but if you’re a particular fan of bulldogs/pugs/owls then they should still make you smile.

Thank you for sticking with me!
Who wants to start taking bets on how long it will take me to post again? ūüėÄ


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 ‚Äď 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‚Äôre not¬†going to in any style awards, but they are comfortable, warm, water-resistant and mean I don‚Äôt 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 ‚Äď 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 ‚Äď 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‚Äôs Health, Delicious, Good Food and I recently picked up my first copy of Things & Ink. I don‚Äôt 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‚Äôs 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 ūüôā¬†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 ‚Äď 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‚Äôll 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‚Äôs quite a long list of things I‚Äô like to add to my wardrobe. I‚Äôll 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,


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 ūüė¶ 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 :/)

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 ūüôā

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,

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.

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 ūüė¶

Hope you all had a good weekend,


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.
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.

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.

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 ūüôā
If you want to pick one up for yourself, head over to Asos here.

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 ūüôā

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.