A Little Weekend Shopping

I can’t adhere to spending bans. There will always be a book, dress or coffee date which undermines my resolve but ultimately brings me a little joy. Today Sally, Katie and I met up for the first time in the new year and went shopping, there was a vintage fair in the guildhall and that alone is reason for a trip to town.

I managed to keep my spending below the £25 mark, if you exclude lunch and a slice of cake, but I’m happy with the pieces I picked up;

White Pie Crust Collar Blouse (£5 Primark)

This shirt has a collar detail, and huge sleeves; two trends I really bought into in 2017 and I don’t expect to fall out of love with anytime soon. This was picked up in a size 18, and I need to pop into the Habadashery before I wear this to work as the bust needs a couple hook and eyes to help the shirt sit flat.

I will always be drawn to a crisp white shirt, especially when such a simple androdyonous item has such feminine details.

Red and White Vertical Stripe Bow Blouse
(£10 Primark)

I have been eyeing this shirt up for what feels like the last month, but when I tried it on the for the first time today I fell in love. The shirt isn’t overly shaped, with only a couple darts near the bust, but it falls beautifully with the bow adding a very cute detail.

It would probably also benefit from a couple hook and eyes, but this is a trend with any button up blouse I own.

Blue and White Striped T Shirt (£4 Matalan)

I have a thing for striped shirts (generally horizontal stripes), normally I opt for black and white, but this blue and white shirt will probably be worn first thing next week. It’s ideal for work and will fit easily into my casual wardrobe, and the slightly thicker cotton top is ideal for the colder months.

Polka Dot Print Scarf (£4 Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair)

This silky printed scarf was the only thing I picked up from the vintage fair . Smaller than the fairs I’ve been to in the past, where space seemed to be lacking, I picked this out within minutes of getting to the main hall. I sifted through a basket of gorgeous scarves, and found this near the base knowing this would work perfectly as either a neck or head scarf. The neutral colour, and polka dots mean I’ll find it easy to wear.

I didn’t buy anything else from the vintage fair, after around twenty minutes I decamped to the cafe for a piece of cake and to read this months book club pick. I felt really uncomfortable at the fair, it was crowded and cramped and full of bottle necks of people, what I could actually see leant more towards retro eighties style (pins, vintage t shirts, oversized denim jackets) and wasn’t what I was searching for. Hopefully I’ll find a black wool beret at the next fair.

Now I’m off to make a cup of mint tea, and hang these up.

– Emily

What’s In My Handbag First Day At Work 

This is a throwback post.

Twelve months ago today, I walked through the doors of my office after murdering the surname of my supervisor. I remember feeling distinctly overwhelmed after reading through some of the forty SLA’s, and being shown the processes that would fit into our day-to-day lives, watching Dee answer an email faster than seemed physically possible (with hind sight, she was using auto correct shortcuts). One thing I did twelve months ago was start a post, which I didn’t publish, linked to preparing for my first day:

  • Lunchbox
  • Waterbottle
  • Fruit
  • Trail mix
  • Purse
  • Glasses
  • Umbrella
  • Scarf
  • Pencil case
  • Make up
  • Handcream
  • Kindle
  • Spare canvas bag
  • Ipod and headphones
  • A tub of brownies

Some of this is from previous first day experience; I’ve had jobs where there was no stationery on my first day, and another where there was no desk. So bringing a notebook, and a few pens meant I knew I could take the 10000 notes I wanted, the water bottle avoided the potential politics of using someone else’s mug, and the brownies linked into a joke from my final interview.

– Emily

– Emily

The Importance of Looking After Yourself 


Roughly this time last year, I was at a garden party celebrating the engagement of one of my best friends. All the girls had grouped together discussing hen dos in the most vague way possible and whilst describing budgets I discreetly shared with the other bridesmaids “I’m not sure if I’ll still have a job in a few months…” 

I was struggling, trying desperately hard to make a success of my new role which was an incredible opportunity as a recent graduate. Fast forward a year; The hen do has passed, and I’m running through the list in my head of things I need to pack for next week.

In the twelve months since I voiced my worries to relative strangers so many small things have changed in my life. I have joined the gym and started Slimming World, I have a small savings account, passed my driving test and; I have a new job.

Moving to a new job really helped me take control of my life.

Those months of really struggling to do well taught me that you can’t achieve everything just because you doggedly want to. Some goals needed to be retired, so others can be focused on. Dreading getting out of bed, the increasing knot of anxiety when someone comes to your desk, and quiet tears appearing on your journey home as you worry that the work you’ve done isn’t good enough are not acceptable ways to live.

Teasing your colleagues, and being mocked for your inability to capture anyones name first time on a phonecall are. Knowing at the end of the day you have really achieved something, and that you are part of a team that enjoy working with you and care about each other, is.

I am not a mental health blogger. At best I am a beauty and fashion blogger with a perchance for books, but the importance of looming after your own mental health has been so heavily on my mind. My previous work situation was something I had no experience with, and really learnt from. That change spurred me to change other aspects of my life, and those changes have made me so much happier.

Emily

The Pink New Look Dress That Makes Me Feel Like A Screen Siren

You know when a discount code drops into your inbox and you decide all you’re going to do is have a little browse? Last time that happened I ended up with two new dress, a black bell sleeved cutie and this pink dress which makes me feel like I know a thing or two about vintage.


With the long sleeves, and Viscose material it is a touch seasonably inappropriate for the hot weather we’ve been having, but on a mild summer day this button up dress is perfect. The pattern is gorgeous, with almost peony like blooms, leaves and birds. The dusky pink means it would work perfectly for any other pale person, especially if you avoid a tan with the same vehemence that some save for cards.

I adore the length of this dress. Though the skirt hits the very demure mid calf height, the buttons end at the slightly sassier mid thigh length 

I tend to wear this to work so I don’t normally accessoriese this any further than wearing my fitbit. When Sally took these pictures I paired this with some strappy sandals from last summer, a hat I’d bought 10 minutes before in Primark, and a v old picnic style Primark handbag that’s about ten years old.

If you can get your hands on this gem, I would recommend trying your true size and the next size down. This is a good fit on my bust, but a touch lose everywhere else.

Emily 

Ps – forgot to add, this dress can be found here and is selling for £29.99. Currently they only have a size 16 in stock, 

The Vintage Style Tea Dress from Peacocks

Peacocks is a shop I often forget about, when I was younger before I discovered New Look and Primark I was a huge fan of the shop. I remember when got my first full time job at nineteen, using the shop to build my first working wardrobe. Those clothes lasted much longer than the awful commission based job.

Anyway, I picked this little number up before the March Book Club. I had a bit of extra time to kill, and I remembered the stunning embroidered bag my mum had picked up from the shop earlier in the week. I flitted round the store, noticing the sale aisle on my way out and spotting this dream of a dress, I fell in love!

Peacocks add a Modern edge to this vintage style, keeping the skirt a little shorter than a traditional Tea Dress. On the hanger, the brown ditsy print doesn’t look much, but on its amazing. Fitted on the bust, with a very unique bodice panel, with a full skirt which ends just above the knee with a lot of movement. The cut of this dress is incredible for the price (£8 down from £16).

As with the majority of my wardrobe, this works nicely for work or social occasions. It’s especially nice if you have something like a vintage fair you wanted to dress up for.

Beret – Miss Ivy’s Vintage Fair Dress – Peacocks Shoes (just seen) Past Season New Look

– Emily

Matt is a bloody brilliant photographer.

TU Sainsburys and the Trendiest Blouse I Own

This top has a reputation at work. The first day I wore it, I received around three compliments in the first twenty minutes and rang off the same spiel each time:

“It’s from Sainsburys! It’s really cool as it has huge fluted sleeves, and the floral pattern is a nod to the embroidery trend.”

Now imagine this at about nine o clock in the morning, in an incredibly enthusiastic and excitable tone. There was also a comment somewhere about it being in the sale.

I love this top. I love that it hits three trends (also shirting/banker style with those very fine pin stripes), and the sleeves make me so happy. I have to stop myself waving my arms up and down.

This was picked up from store in early February (I’m an inefficient blogger), and I have worn it so many times since. I pair it with either a skirt that hits between knee and thigh length, or a fitted pair of trousers. Its a touch short for leggings.

This is the second time I’ve written about a Tu piece on here, and I already have my eye on this dress, this skirt and this other dress, I might have a problem…

If you don’t already follow Tu on Instagram  you’re missing out, they make gorgeous high quality pieces and curate a gorgeous feed.

– Emily

Shirt – Tu Sainsburys  – Jeans – New Look Link – Boots – Primark

Thank you Matt for more brilliant photos.

Styling a Pyjama Top

I haven’t reached into the Pyjama top trend on a big scale, I picked up a slightly garish Hawaiian style version when the trend first hit the high street, and this sleek ASOS number made its way over to my doorstep a couple months ago.

This top is fairly loose fitting and flowy. Like you would imagine with a normal Pyjama top, it’s styled around comfort and movement. One of the things that really drew me to this top is how forgiving it is of the middrift area. With a fastening under the bust, this has almost an empire line finish hitting the slimmest part on me. Presently I wear this with either a black or lacy vest top and I may need to add a hook and eye to this, to keep the finished look demure, it cuts quite low on the bust.

The loose fit of the top means it is best paired with a more fitted bottom half. Be that black jeans, or a pencil skirt. My work wardrobe either comprises of these jeans or a lovely cropped pair of Monsoon trousers (similar) which, as a look, commits to the full trend.

My hair tends to live in a braid of some form, so adding a sleek hair style and a very bright lip lifts this look. I also adore chunky heeled shoe boots, so will wear them whenever I can. Even if I do end up covering them in the floor of the wooded area we were shooting…

– Emily

Boots – Primark – Jeans – New Look Curve here – Top – ASOS Curve Silmilar – Lipstick – MAC Pickled Plum link

 A note to say my waist is definitely smaller in this than it is in reality. Lens Distortion and Photoshop correction for you.