Showing posts with label shoes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label shoes. Show all posts

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

wear summer stripes

Day 16 of my '90 days of summer' posts; wear summer stripes. Stripes are a staple part of my wardrobe during the summer months. They remind me of holidays in France, lazy summer days and punting along the river.

I am mixing my stripes between culottes, jeans and capri pants this summer.

How do you wear your stripes?

Monday, 27 January 2014

a valentine's day date outfit

Look no further for that sexy outfit you are looking to wear on Valentine's Day! This outfit is perfect for a romantic date night.

I absolutely love Valentine's Day. I adore the colour it brings after the dreary days we have in January. Red; my favourite!

Monday, 20 January 2014

blue and black

Getting a good photo in this light was not easy. One minute it was intense sunlight, the next black clouds. Roll on summer and longer days! So I apologize for not having the best quality shots.

I used to hear lots of talk about whether you should wear blue and black together and for a long time I didn't brave it. But one day I thought 'hey, why not just give it a go' so here I am in my latest addition to the blues in my wardrobe.

How do you feel about wearing blue and black together?

Joining up with Elena at Monday Bloom and Molly at Still Being Molly.

Monday, 16 December 2013

a chunky knit in chilly cheltenham

We finally managed to get away for our weekend break after a few hiccups! As you can see, the weather was very grey and drab! Just a typical December day in this part of the world! We chose to visit a spa town called Cheltenham mainly known for its horse racing.

There are a lot of lovely Regency type buildings, a lot of which are listed. I felt like I was on the set of Mary Poppins as the architecture was very similar to the Banks residence!

I knew it was going to be chilly so out came my big, chunky knit. I find it warmer than a coat and it is easy to layer up. I just throw a scarf on and I'm usually good to go! I bought this skirt earlier in the year and last wore it here. I'm hoping to get lots of wear out of it during the winter. 

We had a wonderful lunch in a place called The Montpellier Brasserie which was delicious. I had goats cheese and beetroot risotto and Steve had chicken. It was such a lovely, relaxing environment; just what we wanted. 

The rest of the day was spent browsing around some very cute shops and in the evening we enjoyed another lovely meal at a restaurant called Flynns. Delicious food, a warm and friendly atmosphere and gorgeous wine. What more can a girl ask for!

I would love to go again when its warmer to take advantage of all the lovely open spaces to sit and watch the day go by. I would definitely recommend a visit to this lovely town.
Joining up with Patti for Visible Monday.

Have a lovely Monday.

Ark chunky knit sweater - wardrobe
Topshop skirt - last seen here
Topshop booties - last seen here
Primark scarf - last seen here
Topshop bag - wardrobe
Primark sunnies
Primark tights

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

festive red

I always bring red out of my wardrobe at this time of year. A bright, festive colour perfect for this season. Red is definitely a favourite colour of mine and it has a way of giving me a boost if I'm having a down day. 

I wore this dress for a trip to Leeds for the German Christmas market. I decided to go for a red and black theme. Although, when we got to the market, a lot of people were dressed in Christmas jumpers; it must be a tradition! 

I can't tell you how comfortable these booties are. I could walk miles in them without getting aching feet. I love my funky booties. I'm thinking of getting myself another pair in a different colour.

We had a lovely time here and I would definitely recommend a trip to this market; so many goodies to be had. My favourite stall had to be the tools made out of chocolate. I stood drooling over the chocolate for a long time before moving on!

The only drawback it had was that it was so busy. The market attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year and is one of the most established Christmas markets in the country. I didn't get many pictures of the wooden chalet stalls themselves because of the sheer amount of people. There were lots of handcrafted toys, jewellery and decorations. I hope these photos give you an idea of what it was like.

It has a lovely continental festive feel about it especially with all the colours and twinkling lights. They had my favourite fairground ride on offer too; the carousel.

I am going back soon to try all the different food that was on offer. I had my first pretzel filled with Camembert and cranberry which was delicious. So many food stalls and not enough time!

Topshop skater dress - wardrobe
Topshop black jacket - last seen here
Hush Puppies Viviana boots  - last seen here
Ted Baker handbag - last seen here
H&M necklace - wardrobe
H&M tights - wardrobe
Primark black gloves - wardrobe
Primark sunnies - wardrobe

Linking up with Monday ModeI Feel PrettyWatch What I'm Wearing and Wardrobe Wednesday.

Monday, 11 November 2013

an outfit for an autumn walk

Isn't Autumn a lovely time of year? The colours everywhere are so beautiful here at the moment. As it was such a lovely morning we decided to take a stroll through the botanical gardens; a pleasant place for a walk and a picnic (when it's not raining of course).

I am in love with Peter Pan collar dresses. I spotted this one and knew straightaway I had to have it. Do you ever get that feeling when you see something you like, you just know it will look fine! Well, that's how I felt about this dress! I have another dress very similar to this which you can see here.

I have been waiting all summer to wear this chunky cardigan. I bought it in the sale earlier in the year to wear on days like this, cold but bright. 

I also have an obsession with brogues, I love them. When I see them in a shop I stop a while and have a little drool! I am trying to collect a pair in every colour! 

The beautiful restored Victorian glasshouses you can see in the background houses plant collections from different regions around the world and is so worth a visit. We were lucky enough to see a wedding taking place here a few weeks ago. It was beautiful. 

A view looking down towards the fountain from outside the glasshouse. We had a lovely chat with an older couple while we were stood here as he was asking us what we were photographing. He showed us a lovely picture he had painted and obviously took real joy from it. That's the kind of place it is here, friendly, pleasant and easygoing.

We finished the day off with a Starbucks festive gingerbread latte and a cranberry and orange muffin. Buy one, get one free too! It won't be long before I'm back!

River Island dress
Ark cardigan - wardrobe
Urban Outfitters Brogues - wardrobe
Urban Outfitters Bag - wardrobe
Topshop Burgundy Tights - wardrobe
Topshop Necklace
Topshop Rings
Sunnies - wardrobe

Have a lovely Monday! Linking up with Elena from DC In Style for Monday Bloom and Alison from Get Your Pretty On.

Friday, 5 July 2013

how i wore a cropped denim jacket

This is the outfit I chose to wear for our day as tourists in our town. This was a day out we planned to do as part of my June bucketlist. It was difficult to choose what to wear as the sun kept coming in and out. The denim jacket was just the right touch for the weather. I paired it up with the softness of a jersey pleated skirt, which was so comfy and light, and a lace top. I chose these sandals to wear as they have the colour of my skirt in them.

I had been looking at this skirt in the shop for a while but I never got round to buying it. So I was so happy when I saw it in the sale. The only size they had left of mine was on a mannequin, but they kindly got it off for me!

We took these outfit photographs in Queens Park which was first opened in 1893. It was created to mark Queen Victoria's golden jubilee. It is home to a county cricket ground which is known to be one of the most attractive in the world.

The park is home to a boating lake which has a train that runs around it. I have been on it many times with my two girls, they used to love it. Do you think they would let me on without small children? It is a lovely place to have a picnic or just lie on the grass and look for pictures in the clouds.

Of course, I had to have an ice-cream! The day wouldn't have been complete without one! We are lucky to have two bandstands in it too, one of which you can see in an earlier post here.

How lovely is this picture! This is a painting based on a statue of a little girl called Lalla that stands in the conservatory. The little girl and her family lived in Chesterfield. The story of how it came to be in the park is really interesting, you can read about it here.

Join me for part two of our day as tourists on Monday and see the history of our little town which goes back to Roman times.

Have a great Friday and and a lovely weekend.

River Island denim cropped jacket
Topshop pleated skirt - wardrobe
H & M lace top - wardrobe
Sandals - wardrobe
Miss Selfridge bag - wardrobe
Topshop bracelet - wardrobe
Primark ring - wardrobe
Sunglasses - wardrobe

Monday, 15 April 2013

what I wore for a date night

These photos were taken on our first night away on our little spring break. We got dressed up and went for a lovely meal just a short walk away from the hotel we were staying in. As I said in my last post I tried to pack items of similar colours to mix and match. You can probably tell from my earlier posts that I am in love with the colour burgundy at the moment. (Four items of burgundy on here!)

My skinny jeans go everywhere with me, I just find them so versatile and comfortable, especially if the weather isn't great (we usually have a downpour while we are away.) So I am always prepared with my skinnies and an umbrella. I fell in love with the pretty detail on this blouse when I first saw it. I can wear it under a blazer like this or just with jeans or a skirt in the summer as it has short sleeves.

How do you pack for a short break away?

We decided to try a place called the Yoyo bar and restaurant to eat. We have had gorgeous cocktails there when we have visited before so we thought we would try the food. Of course, it goes without saying that we had a bottle of Merlot (my favourite!)

The food was great, for starters we shared chicken spring rolls and steamed minced pork encased in wanton pastry. For our main courses I had stir fry prawns and water chestnuts and S had a chicken massaman curry. Everything about the meal was perfect; unfortunately I was too full for a dessert!

Hope you will join me for the next installment of our trip.

Topshop skinny jeans - wardrobe (last seen here)
Topshop burgundy blazer - wardrobe
Topshop cream blouse - wardrobe
New Look boots - wardrobe
New Look clutch bag - wardrobe
Topshop & H&M bracelets - wardrobe
Primark ring - wardrobe
River Island watch - wardrobe (last seen here)
Gifted name necklace - wardrobe
Topshop long necklace - wardrobe

Friday, 12 April 2013

what i wore on a short spring break

Our spring break arrived very quickly this year! One minute we had booked it and the next I was thinking about what to pack. I always find this a little tricky as the weather is so unpredictable, but I had a feeling it was going to be cold. 

Trying to piece together items that are warm and cosy and that look blog worthy takes me a few days to get right. Sometimes I wish I could just transport my whole wardrobe where ever I go because I get palpitations at the thought of leaving something behind! Is that just me?

We had decided what we were going to do each day so I put each outfit together in advance to fit what we were doing. I picked colours that I could mix and match with, mainly burgundy, cream and green. I always put my accessories out with my outfits so I don't forget anything. By doing this, I have found I take less but have everything I need.

We spent part of our first day in a quaint little town called Hebden Bridge. It's such a lovely place to be with all kinds of quirky and funky shops including a fantastic soap shop. There are so many places to eat we were spoilt for choice. We had a lovely morning walking round the town, along the canal and when we were ready to eat we found a great Turkish restaurant called The Olive Branch.

Our meal was so tasty, I had a Mediterranean vegetable and halloumi wrap and S had a meatball wrap. If you ever go to Hebden Bridge, definitely try it out as you won't be disappointed.

After lunch we drove to Haworth, famous for being the home of the Bronte sisters. Again, this little village is quaint and definitely still has an old-fashioned feel. I always find when I come here that it is always freezing with a cold wind. I'm determined that next time I go it's going to be the height of summer and my hands aren't going to turn blue!

We have been inside the Bronte house with my girls before and we loved it. It really is like stepping back in time. I could quite happily have moved in!

At the top of the hill is the famous Rose and Co Apothecary shop. Again, step inside and you go back one hundred years. Big vintage glass cases and cabinets hold pretty soaps and toiletries, all with a vintage look. It has to be one of my favourite shops to visit and of course, I always have to treat myself and my girls to a little something!

I have a few more posts about our trip, hope you will come back and see what I wore and what we got up to.

Burgundy lace dress - H&M
Green shirt - Topshop (wardrobe)
Green parka - Topshop (last seen here)
Boots - New Look (last seen here)
Tights - H&M
Satchel bag - Topshop (last seen here)
Name necklace - birthday present from S
Long necklace - Topshop (wardrobe)
Rings - Primark (wardrobe)
Sunglasses - Primark (wardrobe)