From the weekend

I definitely smashed it at burning the candle at both ends this weekend. Beyoncé and Jay-Z then a late night bar in Hackney on Friday night, a family party on Saturday that saw us dancing in the garden into the small hours and Father’s Day celebrations yesterday. No surprise I feel less than fresh this morning!

Beyoncé and Jay-Z at the Olympic Park on Friday night was one of the highlights of my year. Me and my gang were right at the front of the standing area and had loads of space to dance. Happy days.

Shorts because it was hot, trainers for dancing (I’d buy these were I in the market for new trainers) and a shimmy jacket for Beyoncé (mine’s old Zara but similar here, a shimmy perfect kimono here and a top that I tried and loved last week but have no occasion to wear)

Saturday we went to a family garden party and party we did.

Me by my daughter. Zara dress, Topshop sandals (sold out sorry), Topshop sunnies.

Sunday I was very hungover but managed to get out of bed for Father’s Day. The plan had been for my daughter and partner to climb the o2 but following a mystery injury on a stag do he has a bad knee. Lucky me vertigo sufferer got to climb the o2 instead! We did it though and I rewarded myself with lots of champagne later in the day. No photos, I was too scared to get my phone out of my pocket!

Today I am off for a mooch around the shops with my sister. It’s sunny then grey in London. I am wearing a dress that I adore as much as my partners loathes it. Other Stories dress (from last year, sorry), Ancient Greek sandals, Topshop sunnies.

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A riot of colour

I like black a lot.  I like khaki a lot too and am usually to be found dressed in one or the other.  Sometimes though, we all need a bit of colour in our lives.

Today I am wearing very colourful Zara culottes.

Zara culottes, old Cos tshirt, ASOS sandals (really comfy and in their sale for just over a tenner)

The culottes have an elasticated waist and pockets, win win. Zara are are smashing it when it comes to floral trousers! Err, can I just say, OMG! Maybe swerve these.

Back to colour.  I love yellow – particularly the bright buttercup shade – but have never worn much of it.Yellow shirt.jpgThis shirt is from & Other Stories.  It has been on my radar for a few months and I hoped it would go in their sale so I waited to buy it.  Alas it hasn’t.

Here with old H&M denim shorts (similar here, I’d say to size up twice) and Topshop sandals. Sadly the shirt is too small (this is a 40) so I need to return and reorder.

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I have just ordered this dress too.  I really like this style of dress, the neck makes it reasonably flattering on a larger chest and the looser fit hides a multitude of crisp related sins.  This Warehouse dress I mentioned yesterday is a similar fit and also on the way to me.  It also comes in yellow which I couldn’t see on the Warehouse site.

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This shirt is from Stories too.

Box fresh and badly modelled but it’s a good shirt. Again with H&M shorts and Topshop sandals.

I am a bit in love with these white strappy sandals.  The heel is tiny but they feel a bit dressier than flat sandals and are very comfortable to wear.  They sold out really quickly but this Nashville pair are reasonably similar albeit with a higher heel. This Zara pair are higher too but have a decent leg wrap and are leather.  These are black but could serve the same purpose as my white ones – a sandal with a bit of oomph and a bit of leg-flattering height.  The black version of my white ones are still available in a  few sizes if you don’t fancy white….

I tried this flat white pair in store the other day and really liked them (similar to this popular Stories pair) Sadly my size is sold out but I am going to give the pink a shot.  When I look for white sandals, I like the bottom to be black.  A few years ago I bought a pair of Birkenstock with a white bottom (like these) and the London streets made them grubby within days.

In other shoe news, I am interested in these.

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I had been browsing clogs after I gave my neutral Swedish Hasbeens (I had these) and tan Lotta clogs away a few years ago (silly me) but these looked good in the shop and might be better for my klutzy feet than clogs (I sustained regular mild damage to my ankle bones before I gave mine away)  I like the heel height and they felt sturdy.  I can’t get these out of my mind either.  Do I need them?  Well, no.  Do they somehow make me think of the heeled slippers the women on Dynasty wore that I used to obsess over and was desperate to have as a child? Well, yes.

I ordered this black and gold headband from Stories too. I might just be wearing it with shorts and this gold fringed cardigan to dance my socks off the Beyoncé and Mr Beyoncé 😉 on Friday.

Right, I have a food shop to do and washing to hang out. All the glamour.  Back soon.

Tuesday treats

Natural headband. You’ll have seen that I have a growing collection of Anthropology headbands. This one is less blingy and a fraction of the price of the Anthropology ones.

I tried this cami top and the dress version below on yesterday and really liked them both.

They hang away from the body which is flattering for me and are a lovely, summery seersucker material. The vest comes in yellow too. I find their sizing on the small size so have a 14 to fit my bust. A note on the colours, they are quite muted so it isn’t a bright red and what they describe as black looks more navy/dark grey.

I finally got around to buying this cleanser yesterday and after two uses, I’m very impressed. The smell is a lot softer than the Emma Hardie balm I know a lot of people love and it feels lighter than both that and the Eve Lom balmy cleanser. You have to use a muslin or flannel but I didn’t even have to use my usual micellar water afterwards to remove my mascara.

I got this Vitamin C exfoliator too. My skin has been feeling a bit clogged recently and one go with this left it shiny and super clean. I like this from the Vitamin C range and often use it over my moisturiser (also Body Shop) as a primer. I hated this though despite all the hype it has had (it got stuck in the fine hairs on my face, ouch!)

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Ps there is 25% off Body Shop non sale items at the moment and even though some of the things I’ve linked to aren’t in stock on line, they seem to be in their stores.

Leopard and a bit of snake

I wore my ASOS leopard print dress yesterday and got stopped twice to ask where it’s from. It’s so easy to wear, a true “thrown on” kind of a dress.

ASOS leopard print dress, Topshop sandals, Mango glasses. I really do love the sandals, they are comfy and sturdy and served me well for a day of heavy shopping on Oxford St (more on that soon)

Today we went bathroom shopping. What excitement! Zara jeans, Zara shirt, Marks and Spencer mules, old ASOS sunglasses. I was quite unhappy with the shoes so changed to my old gold H&M mules and added a Zara blazer as it has not been so sunny in London these past few days. (A note on the shirt, do not size up in it like I did)

And (possibly) my final snake print for a while.

Snakeprint dress. I’ll report back when it arrives. I already have the shoes….

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Spots and dots

I adore this look. As soon as I saw it, I was smitten and I ordered the dress without reading any of the details.

Mango dress, Mango sunglasses, Nars Fire lipstick, ASOS hoops, really old ASOS sandals.

The truth is, I should’ve read the details. I love the print but it’s not a full shirt dress and the buttons stop around the tummy. It makes it a tad more shaped and formal than I’d expected / hoped.

I have a size 14 and need a minimiser/ tshirt bra for it to do up.

Is it too much with matching shoes?

Despite my disappointment at it not being a proper shirt dress, I am keeping it. It feels like it will be good for cooler summer days like today and well, it just makes me smile.

Talking of spotty clothes, I got this off the shoulder top for a tenner in Matalan last week (it’s says £12 here but was definitely £10…?) Matalan top, ancient H&M shorts (I have these too – I sized up to a 16), M&S shoes. (This top is great too, it’s sold out in my size so I couldn’t get it sadly)

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