Spring Wishlist

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Just a few things I am loving and wishing for this season, I love wearing bright colours in spring and summer and I think my wardrobe needs brightening up a bit. I've been a big lover of Lindy Bop for a while and I love their beautiful bright dresses especially this stripey red one, I used to wear a lot of red and have slowly been trying to get back to it. I also love this beautiful green button up dress from Collectif, I love the delicate shape and style, it reminds me of something Grace Kelly might wear. I'm also turning into a little old lady and choosing comfort over style which means I am slowly replacing all my impractical shoes with more sensible ones. I've been thinking for a while that I need a good pair of solid dolly shoes with more of a heel and these ones from Clarks are just perfect, real leather and everything (yes I care now about real leather and oak furniture - I'm old!). But as you can see I'm not too sensible as I still want a bright red pair or heels and a pair of sparkly pink peep toes. What can I say? I can't resist a pretty shoe. I saw these beautiful earrings in one of my favourite shops in Oxford, Aspire, and decided they were definitely going on my wishlist, very affordable at only £7.99 and could be a great accessory for day and night. I just love the art deco feel of them and can definitely see myself buying these next time I am in town.
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Casual Marilyn

Monday, 20 February 2017

Its getting warmer! It may only be a few degrees but I am very excited by the rise in temperature. It means that spring is on its way which means flowers, sunshine, lighter evenings, the odd picnic and Easter! Being a Christian, Easter is quite a big celebration for me and my husband and I love any excuse to decorate the house in flowers and bright coloured eggs so I can't wait. I know we still have pancake day, lent and St Patricks day to go but I am still finding myself getting all my pretty spring dresses out for the Easter season. Having said that I am rather excited for pancake day next week and will be having my usual nutella and banana pancakes before trying to eat less sweet things during lent. 

These trousers, although black, are more of a spring/summer staple for me as they are rather lightweight. I bought these a while ago in a winter sale but haven't had the confidence to wear them after I put weight on, now I've lost the weight I am finding I am a lot braver with my outfit choices. They are definitely the comfiest trousers I own and I love wearing stripes, I feel like they brighten up my day a bit. I love the comfiness of this outfit and whilst looking through these I couldn't help thinking of the photos Marilyn Monroe on her casual days. She often wore comfy tight fitted jumpers with little cropped trousers and I absolutely love that look of sleek but comfy. I'm looking forward to styling these up in a different way when they weather gets warmer.  

What I Wore...
Scarf - Vintage | Top - M&S | Trousers - New Look | Bag - Fairtrade | Shoes - George 
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A Red Beret

Friday, 17 February 2017

Spring where did you go?! For me I felt like spring was well on its way and then suddenly it started snowing all over the country. We only got a tiny little dusting of snow that didn't stick at all but it was still bitterly cold for a few days making me dream of sunshine, ice creams and swimming in the river. Normally January is a very quiet month for people after all the Christmas rush and jollity but for me January was extremely busy with my wedding and so I've found my February to be more sedate. I spend a lot of my evenings wishing for warm weather so me and Russell can enjoy picnics by the Thames and moonlight swims again. I am also itching to start wearing my dresses with sandals and sunnies but for now I'm still pulling out the wooly tights.

These photos were taken in a beautiful part of Oxford called Old Headington, not only full of beautiful houses made of cotswold stone, Old Headington also houses one of our favourite pubs ever The White Hart. Its a really nice place to go for a little wander together and get some serious house envy. Although we know we don't want to settle here and I have dreams of a little white seaside cottage up in Scotland, I can still appreciate how pretty the houses are round here and I definitely see why people would want to stay here even if it is rather pricey.

This dress is one of my old favourites that I bought last year from Fatface but I wanted to find a new way of styling it up. I always worry in winter I am wearing way too much black so I'm trying to inject more colour into my outfits. I have an array of berets in different colours that I bought when I went to Paris for the first time but I haven't made the effort to wear them with outfits. I decided if it was going to be so cold I'd dig out all my winter accessories and try to wear them a bit more before the Spring arrives. Having recently watched La La Land and absolutely loving it, I thought this outfit channeled Mia the main character a little bit and couldn't help but start prancing about the lamp post as soon as I saw it. I'm hoping that is our last bit of snow for this year and that soon I will see daffodils, blossom and green leaves everywhere.

What I Wore...
Dress - Fatface | Cardigan - M&S | Bag - Fairtrade | Shoes - New look | Tights - M&S | Hat - Old
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My Favourite Love Stories

Monday, 13 February 2017

So tomorrow is Valentines day, a day a bit like marmite - some people love it some people hate it. For me its always been a chance to celebrate the people I love. When I was younger and single I would organise a single ladies night where all my girlfriends would come together and have a fun evening and now I am married its more about having some quality time with my husband. This year we can't really afford a dinner out and fancy presents but for us it really isn't about that, instead we prefer something simpler with a home cooked meal, yummy cake and a romantic movie snuggled up on the sofa. I'm really looking forward to spending a bit of time appreciating the man in my life and I can't resist a good love film or book. For me romance novels are the best full of hope, adventure and of course love, they also happen to be the genre I prefer to write in and my own romance novel is hopefully going to get finished this year. I decided for Valentines I'd put together a list of a few of my favourite romance novels for any of you, who like me, like to snuggle down with a good love story.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
This is a true classic and if you are looking for a meatier romance novel this is the one to go for. A gothic romance, Wuthering Heights is the beautiful story of the brooding Heathcliff and Cathy set in the Yorkshire moors this is a great story to read at this time of year snuggled up on the sofa.

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
I've already written a book review about this book last year and it has definitely stayed a firm favourite of mine. This has to be one of the best love stories I have ever read, raw and heart wrenching this isn't a story for the faint hearted but so worth a read. If you are looking for a life changing book this valentines this is the one to go for!

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Recently turned into a blockbuster movie this is a beautiful book follows a rather unconventional love story of a man with quadriplegia and his personal assistant hired to "cheer him up". This book is a real tear jerker but one that will have you questioning what life is all about and have you raring to live life to the full.

The Little Shop of Happily Ever After by Jenny Colgan
Jenny Colgan! The queen of romantic novels, I don't think I have ever read anything by her that I didn't love. She is definitely one of my favourite authors and there isn't a book of hers I've read that I haven't loved, it was hard to narrow down my favourite but so far I think it is this one. I loved this one I think especially as it was set in Scotland and about a book lover. The setting in this is so beautiful and the love story is one of the most romantic I've read.

The Complete Works of Jane Austen
This is cheating slightly but I really couldn't choose which book by Austen I loved most and they are all the most beautiful love stories. There really is nothing like a good Jane Austen at any time of the year but especially on Valentines day reading about the tension between Lizzie and Darcy is the best.
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