Friday, 15 December 2017


Winter is coming, and these are the products from my collection aiming to put the festivities in the shade, this Autumn/Winter

First thing that came to mind (beyond game of thrones references) were my nails inc, nail polishes. I've got shades ranging from match the autumn foliage, match the lipstick; to a spectrum of festive reds, gold, glitter, etcetera. But it's actually more about how I managed to get my hands on so many (considering it's a premium priced brand), being associated with this time of year, rather than my deliberately chosen/edited colour selection.
The glamour mag, nails inc collab - where a selection of full sized polishes are offered as freebies - comes around, around this time of the year, making it a bargain I use and mention (see here, here and here - air hostess), over and over again. Kate Spade's edit is when we first met - of which the gold 'Uptown Glamour' still shines - and it's put other nail polishes in the shade ever since. Whether or not these are of the same quality as the RRP originals, or made for outlet, they are still immense, and full size!
The Red and Aubergine pictured were 2 of last years offerings, so I suggest you take full advantage of the avenue, and get yourself some great polishes, at a great price. Unfortunately this is probably the final year, with glamour mag going online; but hopefully they'll go out with a bang, and hopefully the other mags will step up, for my annual business. I pitch wish.
Year round - Boots Clearance is the place too be; seems the £11 RRP is a bit of a turn off, and I've seen selections of sets/individuals, on a few occasions there. So whenever you pop in for deodorant or makeup, keep a lookout. The holographic glitter, 'Diamond', was one of the £1 polishes I whittled down to, upon discovering the latest treasure trove.

Another product I wanted to reaffirm my love for, were my Kate Moss for Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipsticks, of the 'Matte' formula (within theme berry packaging) in particular. Smooth and opaque, and like with the nails, boast some fabulous festive options: '#107' was the much hyped deep berry (that I too fell for the hype of, and am sporting today) and '#111', a classic Red, and favourite I would repurchase. One of my oldest reviews, but my opinion has stayed true.

An item I predict I'll be mentioning a lot from now on,

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

It's all in the Jeans

Excited to get back to my jeans, but it wasn't going to be all of them - since I have so many, and that shows no signs of slowing down.
Jeans are something I always look at secondhand. I genuinely believe you can find just as good denim - if not better - this way, but like with any shop, it's about finding the right fit for you. I have lots, and have fun trying different styles/brands, but ill-fitting jeans are the bane of that life. I change shape, they change shape, and my stash has got out of hand. So I need to be ruthless, about what I simply no longer like wearing.
Carrying on from my summer clothes clear out; outfits to determine which of my extensive jean-drobe, stays, and which need to go to a new, more loving home.

Weardrobe / Outfits from November 2017

A year on from 'Nothing New November', it's hit me that I’ve kept up my weardrobe posts for a full year! For an unreliable, thriftaholic, that makes me proud. I would say I'm all thrifty today in honour, but that's honestly just regular service resumes. Not high on the grand scale of things, but worthy of a mention - and I intend to carry it on. 

Fine Wine

- My Autumn Winter EP - expected date when the leaves fall.

I'm going to have to be brutal with my rainbow coloured jeans; I got red, not yellow, not pink, mint green, not orange, but Primark purple, and blue. I like them in theory, but the phase has passed, and I simply no longer wear them! All except, the shades of berry red - & as I've mentioned before, I have 3 to pick from. Feels like deja vu that I’m still debating burgundy jeans, but the shade is a longtime (including dressing gown) LOVE, that has yet to fade. Today, I'm siding with these TOPSHOP joni jeans, that are more of a Blackberry/Fine Wine/Mulled Wine/Merlot shade - and since they are a bit deeper, I've found it's made them distinctly more versatile. In some lights - ^like clocks going back and winter has engulfed us - they almost look black, and since they aren't as colourful, they compliment a larger colour palette.
A/W palette includes: my cream cable knit, a classic I'm content with and needn't be tempted by those that advertise new ones (liketoknow cable knit's in, again). & a complementing lipstick, Rimmel 107; seeing a theme? same shit, just 2017.

Top - Zara, via CharityShop, £2.49 / Jeans - TOPSHOP via Oxfam CharityShop, £3.99 / Cardigan - TOPSHOP via ebay, £12

Waist Not

First came corsets, then high waist jeans, then waist trainers, precede corset's being back on the scene - circle of women 'embracing the waist', a rouse to conform to the idea of being damn uncomfortable. It’s all just to make us look skinnier, when really, sit or move and the truth literally comes rolling out - and why the heck should we? 

I won't lie, I genuinely prefer mid rise/higher jeans - but there is a limit - and I think I've found it? From one of favourite charityshops that I actually only visited a few times before it unfortunately closed down. The manager in there was so fab. I felt so comfortable taking photos (I understand why some would rather I don't), reveled in chatting charityshop love, and a nod to blogging; although it didn't hurt everything was under £2, she made me want to find things to buy - or donate if not - on each visit. So this is not a regret. I was sad to hear she unexpectedly died, through a volunteer from her shop that moved to mine after it closed - and I feel like she would say life is too short for uncomfortable jeans. It may be a small interaction in terms of a world hive of activity - but I hope she know's she registered with me, in happy memories. I also hesitated as to whether I wanted a closeup shot of my bum on my blog, even though it's on topic - but my other friend Judith decided it, so any backlash, blame her. #pardonthepun #itsjustabum.
This failed en-devour doesn't mean I'll be ignoring vintage jeans from now on; but I won't be blinded by price, and be more aware of size! Though If the original waist trainers appeal - and you waist not, want not, to be able to sit, bend, BREATHE - then these are the one's for you!  

Top - Tesco sale, £5 / Jeans - Lone Star, 'ladies jeanswear', via Marie Curie Charityshop, £1

Flare 'for fashion'

I've stayed loyal to skinnies as I find them the most flattering (although let's face it, most end up skinny on me!) but these 'fashun', bouji bargain, ralph lauren flares were already hemmed, so I felt the universe was saying - I shortened these, made them cheap, to offer them up for you to try.

I just want to clarify, I tried flares for fashion, not that I have a flare-for-fashion. I wear what I like, and often I stick with it; I do have a flare for finding an excuse to buy more animal print, and drop price denim, so it's often repetitive not innovative. That being said, sometimes trends pull you in, especially when Instagram Influencers do their thing, and when it's another £1 item, why the heck not.
I also want to make it clear that these are not the same jeans from before, distinguished by a strategic crop - it's simply an accurate representation of owning too many options, with a whole host of twins/siblings, not that unlike one another.

Sunday, 5 November 2017


Weardrobe / Outfits from September & October 2017

Dinner on me, Dinner for free

With thanks to Tesco Club Card, Voucher Boost - where £5 worth of vouchers, earn you £20 worth of food at various places - dinner was on me, for free. *at point of purchase, as my brother would say.
Treated Rach (who crowned the hair do the Khalessi) to a slap up dinner at Cafe Rouge, with a bomb dessert - literally - incred, def up to a standard suitable for the original (and wannabe) Queen of Dragons. Also bloomin' love that Emilia Clark messaged Strictly.

I wore a Pyjama style shirt, ironically, to dress up for the occasion - and the equally loungewear like, jean look leggings from UNIQLO. My newish mules have proved a complete success - whilst it was still warm enough to wear them without getting chilly toes. I've also found the bag, surprisingly useful despite it's camera case size - though you may need to fold your vouchers, & make sure you take the right one's with you. mentioning for a friend.

Shirt - BN H&M/COS via The British Red Cross CharityShop 'Encore' Range, sale, £3 / Jeggings - UNIQLO via The British Red Cross CharityShop, sale, £1 / Mules - Clarks Outlet, Gifted / Bag - Accessorize via relate CharityShop, £1.49 / Vouchers

Embroidery People

Free People - that stuff is far from free! & before it was more accessible in the UK (ASOS, not that I could afford it. we're just ordinary people), seeing the tag whilst flicking through a Charity Shop sale rail, got me. Being brand blind aside, it's a pretty top. Reminds me of hand embroidered items sold on remote Greek streets, and changed my opinion on the appeal of embroidery - it doesn't feel too overdone, or simply stuck on. Not that it would grow. no matter how long you left it.. this has become less idyllic. It's irritatingly impractical though, since the back is completely open; so we've passed the infatuation phase, and I don't know which way to go

Cami - Free People via St Catherine's Hospice CharityShop Sale, £1.49

Jeans for Genes Day

The time to Justin n Brittney double up on your denim, and donate for the privilege.

I felt more like the denim donkey of Bukeroo - even my mane getting in the way. But I am willing to look a little silly for a good cause - this cause being JeansforGenes, who are 'changing the world for children with genetic disorders'.

Denim Jacket (LightWash) - via CharityShop, £7 / Denim Jacket (White) - Dororthy Perkins via Carboot, £1 / Denim Jacket (Dark Wash/Waist) - via CharityShop, £4 / Shirt - TOPSHOP via ageuk CharityShop, £3.99 / Jeans - New Look via Carboot, 50p / Trainers - Converse, hand-me-down
Don't sleep on secondhand denim.

American Exchange

The reason I've clubbed 2 months together, is because I spent a period of each, across the pond in America. We've traveled there in the hope of finding effective Lyme Treatment, which I feel both frustrated and incredibly grateful about; that we haven't the options here, but since I'm fortunate enough to have the US as a feasible option.

We make a trip of it - and this second time, I was able to cross an item off my bucket list

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Illamasqua 'Fatale' Palette

Review and Demo

Illamasqua 4 pan palettes spotted in TKMAXX, A 2013/2014 release, though still being sold online, and in participating department stores. A chance to try out their eyeshadow formula -  'Reflection's cream to The 'Fatale's powder; as I hadn't had much luck with the illamasqua cream formula, and since I preferred the colour scheme of the powder (+ it was slightly cheaper), there was only one contender.

Quality street jewel tones, but is it a treat?

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Month of Many Colours

My Colourful Mojo really come's out in summer, and when sorting I was re inspired - so August ended up being all about embracing the rainbow of colours in my wardrobe.

Weardrobe / Outfits from August 2017

Ray of Sunshine

I'll start with this sunshine/rainbow dress as it's case and colourful point. Another swept up on summer holiday purchase, this being Crete 2015. Essentially a sheet, with a hole for the head, and hemmed at the sides leaving space for arms; it's certainly statement, and not the kind of tie dye I can achieve myself. 

Tie dye is a trend that I'll love whether it's fashionable or not - it's in my genes, 'I got it from my mumma', but also my father - childhood (and to this day) memories of a particularly fabulous shirt stand out. I do though usually restrict my wear to holiday's, beaches or over swimwear - for no other reason than it just fits - but why not the backgarden in blighty? On a Sunny Sunday, test driving mum's new sunlounger - tie dye definitely helped the holiday illusion

Dress - Cretian Stall, 13euros


My younger Brother turned 18, and secured uni all within one bloody good week - WOOP! The first was the shock of the 2 (knew he could do it) as although I live with him 24/7, how the heck is he that grown!? Open to conspiracy theories. Another shocker was that he wanted to go to lunch with his sister and mum on the big birthday! hence a dressy OOTD.
An outfit that was actually free to me - Topshop crepe cami dress, with 'that' bomber, that let's face it - is more mine that mum's even though I procured it by the pretense of shared custody. I made the photo black and white despite the colourful theme, as the navys of the 2 didn't quite match, and apparently that bugged me. Paired the clash with mules we all (read - me) claimed they couldn't turn our heads to; turn's out 2 years of social media later, if it's taupe and cheap I'm well and truly turned.

So the younger one's off to Uni, the other's moving country; I've got some new shoes on, and 'suddenly everything is right'.

Bomber - Zara Sale, Borrowed / Dress - TOPSHOP sale, £15 (giftcard) / Mules - Clarks Outlet, Gifted

Thrift Blues

Happy Nationalthriftshopday USA, as although I haven't been able to thrift much this year, I did find this gem of a bag for £1.49 from my local charityshop (pop in when getting the milk job) that was still selling online at accessorize. Another reason to thrift - finding current shop stock, for a fraction of the price.

Friday, 1 September 2017


I have a confession to make. Although I've been consistent with my weardrobe posts (albeit a little slow), there also consistently, hasn't been much 'out' to my outfits. Well outside the house/garden, outfits. Over the past year, I've become more restricted with what my health allows me to do, and although I wouldn't go as far as house bound, the majority of the time it is has felt like house arrest.
That being said, In July, we had a family holiday booked - a week away in Chester - and although health doesn't take a holiday, I was able to make the most of it, and do some exploring. We also had family friends down to stay recently, and although I didn't tag along on their outings; face painting, paddling pooling and privie to home made puddings I was. So although I had originally planned this to be a week in holiday outfits from our time in Chester, I've muddled together some outfits from July where I was truly able to enjoy some holiday spirit. The Jolly July Holiday, or Joliday for short.

Weardrobe / Outfits from July 2017

Gale Changer

It all started so promisingly when I remembered to snap my 1st outfit of the holiday, on the premier inn layover of the trip up. One of my absolute, favourite dress finds for a longtime, a surprise since: it's shop bought new, though before hand I knew nothing about it. I simply fell for it in store, no matter the size. A high neck white shirt style, with subtle ripple sleeves and embroidery I can get behind, of applique, with subtle hues. Which co-ordinates perfectly with denim (see jacket) and my other pops of blue (cue bag and nails).

Practicality wise; comfortable for the drive up, dressy for the meal out after, with no eating restriction - just the tool. & that Hannah Gale says she loves it too, makes me feel next level cool.
Pudding back to the room though - a benefit of staying the night next to the restaurant - that's a game changer.

Dress - Primark, £13 / Denim Jacket - via CharityShop, £4 / Bag - Next Outlet, £10 / Nail Polish - '' nails inc, Boots Clearance Sale, £1

p.s Ironically, I stopped following Hannah on Instagram because she kept tempting me to Primark by advertising their dresses - which you'll see proof of later on in this post - but her photo popped up on my popular page and it seems with this one, I ended up copying unintentionally anyway! Great minds and all that.

Painted Dogs AmBlog

No.2, Zoo. I just had to; like a kid dressing up for Disney, the excitement levels on visiting the Zoo were just as high, and I wanted to embrace it. Embraced in a secondhand Zara basic (but not basic, basically) shift dress from age UK Charityshop, for less than buying my dad and I a drink on the visit. It was really warm that day, so the shape, and material just like the print, worked perfectly. Plus, the people up north are so friendly, with lovely comments, that just reinforced the choice on outfit - and I'm sure the spotted Jaguar gave me an approving look too. It was only a metre or so away! Though not quite like the interaction of the lion and the lil lad in a onesie - it was too hot to try that out.

I won't go too much more into visiting Chester Zoo that day since I intend on doing it's own post, but it was awesome. I've wanted to go ever since I'd started watching the heart warming goodness that is 'The Secret Life of the Zoo', as I loved the ethos, people, and how it and the animals came across. It is like you see on TV, and I would go back in a heart beat. Turns out there are other places where 'all of your dreams can come true'.

Dress - Zara via AgeUK CharityShop, £4.99 / Flip-Flops - Haviannas, Gifted / Tote Bag - Borrowed from Mum / Sunglasses - Carboot, 5p / Rings - Sale Accesorize, £3 3 piece set / Sunflare - Dad-ccident

Designated Gymnast

Also a priority, was family. On one of the days I visited my cousins, I was on designated gymnast duty - since I'd promised to practice with my cousin who is very keen on it, and I wasn't going to let her down - no matter not having bought a suitable outfit for it. Now I used to do a lot of acrobatics, but I've come a long way (the wrong way) with my skills since then. One thing I can still do is a handstand, and it's a pretty fancy looking handstand in these leggings! A secondhand purchase I've worn a surprising amount.

I'd bought a lot of white clothing with me, which might have co-ordinated better, but (rusty)gym, garden and white clothes don't go together, so I also wore a colourful cami - which co-ordinated, but wasn't the best camouflage from the builders next door. Nor the well earned Indian Takeaway after - worth the risk.

Cami - ASDA sale, £2 / Leggings - H&M via The British Heart Foundation CharityShop, £4.50


Completing the Chester Checklist was wondering around Cheshire Oaks Outlet Park. I wore this Primark paring on our trip to the designer outlets - 2 favs of perfect primani - drinking an iced latte from a place called Kawfee that you can't help but say in a chicagoen accent, feeling fabulous, as although my outfit cost less than my lunch, neither was better than the other.
It did remind me of a holiday in the South of France family friends generously took me on, that on our day trip to st Tropez, sitting by the harbour with our ice creams, seeing thousands of pounds of clobber walking by (gem incrusted walking stick anyone?) - chatting between us that actually, the most expensive thing we had on were probably our bras (women wise), and that mostly we were rocking charityshop or primani. Feeling equally fabulous in it.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017


Summer Show Off - my new favourite lip product

I've mentioned that Orange is my favourite colour (well when your name sake is amber..) but pulling it off in outfits and makeup is a different matter. Be it an orange dress, or orange eyeshadow, the shade makes me look either washed out, or too stand out (/have you had a fake tan mishap?)
But there's something about summer making me a bit braver - aswell as Blood Orange's influence being all over the HS this spring summer (mules, bags, tea dresses) - so I've expanded my colour wheel, to fire shades of orange.
Thumbs up to my strappy tomato red heels, with complimentary vivid coral toe nails. Whilst makeup wise, I've had MAC's lady danger (a bright coral red) on my wishlist for a while now, but as someone who cannot justify over £15 on a lip product, the including-(flattering)-orange-into-my-makeup-strategy, starts with Rimmel's Orangeology.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Out with the old and in with the June

Apart from the odd rave outfit, or too holey Tee - I haven't done a proper clear out since I stopped growing upwards. Which I reckon was about 13/14. Cos I'ma 'but I might need it someday' fear of regret, kind of person, who above everything - doesn't like to waste money. The reality is, it's wasted anyway, since I've now grown out of - in either size, or style - the majority of my wardrobe, and in June the balanced tipped from cluttered, to I can't handle it!

It's got to the point where I was keeping rubbish - albeit for an empty's post, but keep in mind I've been stocking pilling since I started my blog (end of 2013), and I've still not done it! I won't be a minimalist, I don't need to be. but getting rid of stuff I don't use (and actual rubbish) is definitely a step in the right direction. I know some say do it in one big go, but that's not realistic for me - so I tried to do something everyday. I started with nails polishes, jewllery, shoes (the easy) and on good days or one's with moral support, draws/wardrobe etc. This may all sound a bit dramatic, but I generally find it hard to get rid of things!
It does help that's there's a worthwhile cause besides keeping my sanity - to donate to charity - and since I've been a volunteer, I have an idea of what is considered 'useful' donations, that will sell well and not waste time/space. So about 20% was recycled. A few items kept, if I thought I could get more selling it; though this was never gunna be a big pile, because I haven't the energy or inclination for a lot, but I did want to give selling a go.

I've prioritised sorting summer clothes for now: since it makes better sense to donate in season, and also make more informed choices on what to keep. This month was about yes, no's - and then trying the maybes in outfits to see whether they made the cut.
Do i like it? does it fit? will I wear it? let's hear it.

Weardrobe / Outfits from June 2017

My Only Sunflower
makes me happy, whether or not skies are grey
Like with the Daisies in last month's post, are sunflower's still cool? Cos they are to me. The house had been full of bouquets because of mum's birthday, but with only the 1 sunflower - I thought the accessory was fitting. This is another hand me down - cami strap, full length jumpsuit - with an equally, corker of a floral print. Not the well known American Apparel print, and it doesn't exactly fit me or mum - but it may be an ideal option to convert and make into joggers; a staple I know she wears, and who wouldn't want a sunflower pair??
For me? I had a whole contextual study on sunflowers back when I was doing my A-Level, so I'm a bit over saturated on the artistic side. But I'm still a fan, and going to hold out in hope to thrift some unwanted AA take on this trend; the non-gardeners (non gogh) way to fulfill my sunflower fix.

Jumpsuit - Dorothy Perkins Sale£7 / Sunnies - via Carboot5p

Copy Cat - closest I'll get to crazy Cat Lady
I remember totally crushing on this top, but then my friend Ellen bought it so I didn't feel I should. *Oh the days of popping into topshop after school and buying nothing. Now there's no school, and still nothing* But then it went on sale! and oh how the copycat worries crumbled. So naturally I caved, but tucked it away - and it was still tucked, with tag, and a receipt from 20** to boot. I still love it - but it is super cropped, like reach up and a boob might pop out short, so I am torn. Dungarees helped, & I like the peep of the animal print - but then you don't get the whole, (big) cat effect.
Maybe I'm biased, since it's high on my wishlist to see the 2 jaguars from the 'Secret life of the Zoo', and if I was an animal I wouldn't mind being their black jaguar, with the leopard print that glistens through in the sunlight. But alas I'm human, and clothes adorned with animals is as close as I can get. That and seeing them in the flesh next month, eeek!

Top - TOPSHOP sale£8 / Pinafore - TOPSHOP, secondhand, ?

Thanks for Oversharing
*thought braless was a little clickbait-y*

My Godmother popped round the other day and before she had even made it through the door I'm proclaiming "sorry I've got no bra on", for anyone nearby to hear. First, I wanna make it clear - I was wearing clothes - it was just so flipping hot, that I committed to as few layers as possible. But why did I choose to say this? Now in my head it was just incase she thought something was amiss with my hug, and it's as if by saying it, I don't feel I'm waiting for someone to notice - but even for someone who know's me pretty well, this was a bit tmi. Like my irresistible urge to tell the world when I have a wedgie. Luckily, I'm not alone in this oversharing of body inconveniences as a little girl just walked past us in the restaurant, proclaimed to a waiter

Monday, 10 July 2017


Summary of the products from my collection, aiming to put the Sunflowers in the shade this Summer

bare minerals 'Neutralising' Primer ( part of 4 piece sampler set from TKMAXX, (gifted) £7.99 ) is a butter-yellow toned, non coverage product - so rather than turn the skin yellow, it slightly dulls/'neutralises' some of the redness. With neutral fair skin, I don't want anything too heavy or yellow to compete with that - but a light tint, and barrier works wonders. Smoothing, without feeling siliconey, it also boasts spf, although I use such a small amount, that I wouldn't rely on it to be my sole sunscreen.
Coupled with their oil control version in problem areas - that came from the same sampler set, and I discussed in my everyday makeup post - they are an unstoppable (to a certain celcius) duo.

I am also lucky enough to sample a selection of nars, thanks to the Cheek and Lip Palette circa 2015, and my overly generous cousins toasting me turning 21; the enclosed highlight in Albatros is what screams summer to me. Well maybe not on paper/in pan - looking stark white - but it's one of those deceiving, completely different from the pan products, as far from look chalky on the skin, it throws back gold. Being fair, this can be a bit too colourful - but lightly, it's gorgeously shiny and brings a new meaning to the phrase golden girls.
The RT Setting Brush (Amazon £2) has become my highlight's partner in shine, since it's more targeted than the one I used before, and the all over taper is a shape I generally like in brushes. With Albatros (and other bolder highlights) it's perfect to help work the shade in, to be more at one with the skin.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

May Day

Weardrobe / Outfits from May 2017

Bingo wings became angel wings

thanks to a phase 8 jumper with a phase 10 bouji material mix, & batwing angel wings of 100% silk. Next level soft, grey fine knit jumper - on the longer side, it satisfies both comfort and confidence levels. Showing off these wings is the closest I'll ever be to a Victoria's Secret Angel, and it's also given me closure regarding the Clematis; 2 dreams come to an end.
But why is it that bingo wings are yummy, but not seen as so on your body!? I aim to embrace both this summer! #spreadmywings . Can I wing it anymore??? Ok I'm done.
Jumper - Phase 8 via Rennie Grove Hospice Outlet CharityShop, £2 / Jeans - Debenhams via Barnados Charityshop (thriftfinds) £3

Totally Thrifted for Charity Tuesday
Jeans Shirt Jacket, originally from TOPSHOP UNIQLO & ZARA consecutively and IN CAPS. cos, branding, and cos they are capital worthy basics that I found for just over a tenner, all together, via charityshops. Secondhand options can swing both ways - unique, different items, and the plain simplest - as it's not just the one *type* of person that donate their unwanted goods in the aim of earning the charity some money. Denim and Jackets are prime examples with plenty of options secondhand, so you needn't spend alot; the 2 pictured here were in 'still stitched up pockets' (Blazer), and BNWT (jeans) condition - so it doesn't even have to mean second.
Blazer - Zara via The Rennie Grove Hopsice CharityShop, £2 / Shirt - UNIQLO via The British Heart Foundation CharityShop, £4.79 / Jeans - BNWT TOPSHOP via Oxfam CharityShop, £3.99

Fruit Pastel Frappe

After a weekend of a broken Mcdonalds Icecream machine leading me to assess our weekly habit - I went for the fruity option when it was up and running the next. You know, to be 'healthy'.
Do you remember Fruit Pastel Ice lollies? It's bang on the money

Monday, 12 June 2017

The A Team

Something you may not know about me is that I was actually called, and christened Joanna - my middle name being Amber - and for the majority of the way through school, I was the annoying one asking to be called something different for the first few registers. Mum and Dad came to their 'I prefer Amber' senses fairly early on, so it's all I've known - and before GCSE/qualifications came around (and the confusion that would cause) I changed it via deedpoll.

Apart from it being used strangely often to name the *harlet* in any given TV show (& the inaugural I.T class mate google coming up with Amber Smith the porn star.. which may explain the former), I'm very happy with my name.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Blooming Marvellous

Weardrobe / Outfits from April 2017
You know the 'floral's for spring, groundbreaking' sarcasm in The Devil wears Prada (or the subsequent meme)?, well it's happening, and whilst some like Streep say Bloomin Heck, I say Bloomin Marvellous! Thanks partly to lovely weather, in April everything bloomed, and I couldn't help but be inspired - and like lighting up the Barbecue as soon as the sun's out or buying a sledge after the slightest smattering of snow - I want to take full advantage of this opportunity.

The 'Amber'
Outfit Formula
If I were to describe myself in an outfit photo, full of favourites, it would be this. Primarily thrifted. Often incl my Treasured taupe coat, with a cost-per-wear ratio I don't think I'll ever beat. Smile (since I can't do nonchalant), and a background in bloom. The later is definitely a side effect of blogging.
Without blogging (and said outfit shots) Flower's would still be a favourite, but Clematis is my true spirit flower, that I could have easily indulged in as the background for the full month's installment. Instead, I made the most of it with another quintessentially Amber area - my everyday makeup - that may have slipped under the radar thanks to a subsequent impromtu post. Also full of favourites, I talk great reliable makeup and techniques that work for me, whilst living the dream as a flower fairy. >

Trench - Primark via Relate CharityShop, £1 / Shirt - REISS via Cancer Research CharityShop, £5.65 / Jeggings - UNIQLO via British Red Cross CharityShop, £1 / Converse - Office, Gifted

Rhododendrons and an illfitting conundrum

I used to have some magenta jeans back when coloured jeans were all the rage, and my matchy matchy affinity would have loved to have a photo featuring them and these beautiful blooms - but alas, it seems I have managed to get rid of a few clothes over the years. I'm left with more conventional denim, with a slight stretch, bought years ago from a peacocks sale. Minimal distressing which borders on wondering whether it was in production or by falling over - I'm itching to cut off the hems. For now folded, flirting with hint of F&F frill, and my fab nude mac that I'm still in denial is too snug. Now let me concentrate so I don't rip it whilst taking the photo.
Coat - Dorothy Perkins (via BHS), £20 (giftcard) / Top - F&F via Oxfam Charity Shop, £2.99 / Jeans - Peacocks, £5 / Loafers - Primark, £6

Pear Tree giving the Cherry a run for it's money

Invasion of the imitators
Blue denim shirt dresses were the wait ages for one and 2 come along at once item for me; it's F&F takes on TOPSHOP, and here's to the underdog. It's thinner, and shaped more like a longline shirt - I must have left it cuffed when it went in the wash, so when they came out semi unraveled all I could think of was (accidental) fashionable, exadurated cuffs. Unexpectedly cool!

Friday, 12 May 2017

Stand beside ME

It's #meawarenessday and Mum has gone off to the #millionsmissing protest in London, whilst Dad has come home from work to have lunch with me. I am so fortunate, to have people around me who love and support me wholeheartedly - and without them, I know I wouldn't be much more than my M.E.
As yet, there's no effective treatment protocol, so it depends heavily on the people around you as to how you're able to manage - be it medical, social, emotional support or financial. There should be options open to everyone, but sadly this is not the case for many illnesses, and although funding, recognition and research all takes time - having an open mind/compassion does not.
It's people fighting the fight (patients and supporters alike), and you don't have to/aren't expected to fully understand it - god know's we don't - but support and compassion, may be the only current (& most important) treatment plan.

- If you're interested in understanding more about M.E, I'd recommend this fellow blogger's brilliant metaphor which has made it millennial

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Fail Safe Face (a few years later)

Longtime readers may remember my 'fail safe face'; aka, 'everyday' makeup routine I feel confident to call upon, for any occasion. Well believe it or not, that was 2 years ago!
To quote that post (& plenty of other people, I don't take full credit), 'while somethings change, some stay the same', & I'd be interested to see what has changed 'beauty' wise for me, now that I've turned 23
*bar living the dream as a flower fairy*

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Marching into Spring

Weardrobe / Outfits from March 2017

Slice of that Loaf

I'll have a slice of that style
I'd been looking for some smart shoes that weren't boots, and they ended up being closer and cheaper than I ever could have hoped for; one floor away infact, and free, thanks to mum's winter shoe sorting.
I went through a phase of wearing loafers to school, but these are definitely a step up from shoe-zone's finest. ^ Vintage Clarks - higher quality than I could afford new, in the size I hoped for, but hadn't yet found thrifted - you can really see how styles come right back around. I personally prefer the plainer of the 2 pairs, but it doesn't hurt that the other's buckle is really on trend, and hand-me-down is a risk free way to try the trend out.
Jeans - Dorothy Perkins, £10 / Loafers - Clarks, hand me down

I call this 'Iced Latte'

When your drink matches your aesthetic
All black, a great backdrop for a great jacket - and yes, I definitely have too many jackets in similar tones, but they are all different, and I'm an 'If it ain't broke, buy another one' kinda girl. This example from Zara, £2 in still stitched pockets condition, maintains that the total cost of my collection is less than £20 - a lot less than I've spent cumulatively on the coffee. It makes sense that I like the drink, since I am obsessed with the colour (although I'm not really that extra). & yes, Nero is the best.
Jacket - Zara via Rennie Grove Hospice Outlet CharityShop, £2 / Jeans - Primark, £10 / Bag - Newlook, Gifted

Size Sack
Why you should search every secondhand every section

I love my denim shirt dresses, but with 2 very similar, it can look repetitive, even when I haven't been outfit repeating. So when I saw a black, T-shirt style denim dress - originally TOPSHOP - it was worth a second look. Size 6 that is beyond oversized (wouldn't be surprised if it was wrongly sized), it's not the most flattering of things - but it leans more exaggerated artist overalls than bin bag. It would also make the perfect canvas (pardon the pun) for a little DIY. Distressing? Patches? Reconstruction? Who am I kidding?

Monday, 17 April 2017

Credit to Olivia Colman

2 of my current favourite TV's shows have a fantastic women in common, and Olivia Coleman deserves said credit.

Broadchurch Series 3 has managed to make everyone seem shifty, unhappy, and ultimately unlikeable - which I get is the whole Cluedo idea - but it doesn't make for inspiring character idolisation. Dad has always maintained that the Alec (Tennant) and Miller (Colman) relationship is what carries the show through from the depths of gloom. It's not a conventional balance each other out double act (eg. one happy, one angry), more of a communal distaste and commitment to the cause, of good hearted people - but she is by far the better half for me.
She manages to be a strong, sassy character without the need for centre stage. Her outbursts are authentic, yet compassion admirable. Her subtle expressions speak more than words ever could - when Alec made the comment about being too nice, her reaction made me laugh so loud. I love that she EATS - a simple thing TV show's seem to forget! I appreciate that she doesn't have to be bulshy to be effective as a Police officer, and she does all this as a single parent on a budget with other daily struggles, that anybody watching could have. As this series has gone on, the general strong woman theme has really come out, and I like that alot - but her character embodies it always.
Now I know this is a character reference, but I believe every actor brings a bit of their character to a roll - so be it Olivia or Ellie - she is a down to earth, Idol.

extra point, I think the Broadchruch team have portrayed grief and loss incredibly powerfully yet honestly - with the character of 'Beth Latimer' coming a very close second on the great acting real here. I'll miss the series, but I think it's the time to finish.

Broadchurch wasn't nearly as bleak when I visited; which *spoiler*, is really called West Bay and has the coolest secondhand inside/outside emporium and sandy beaches - although I'm not sure I'll be able to separate the show and the real life landmarks in my brain. I'm standing on the pier where Ellie gave Lenny Henry's daughter a right bollocking, and that I don't automatically associate Olivia like I do the other big names (like Tennant and Lenny) as themselves before their character, says a lot for her skills. That being said, being a Broadchurch culprit can taint like a tar brush, so series3 please don't conCluedo with the 'Reverend in the field with a sock' - do not ruin *Rory for me!

A much more mellow program, 'The Secret Life of the Zoo' is based on behind the scenes action at Chester Zoo. Animal life can actually seem a bit food sex and violence on paper, but there's nothing like the calm voice of Olivia Coleman to make it endearing again. She not only makes me want to visit the zoo (cousins what do you reckon?), be interested in even the animals that move at 0 miles an hour, but also want her voice on a pod cast to chill too aswell.

She was also in Rev, the most understated comedy known to man and she still managed to make an impression. Although I never really got into Night Manager; massive kudos to her for filming whilst heavily pregnant. If you've any other Colman suggestions, please do let me know, because as of tonight's finale: the closest I'll get to animal is in my outfits, and West Bay returns as the backdrop reality.

*Reverend Paul Coates (broadchurch) aka Rory (Doctor Who) aka Arthur Darvill (Actor)

Monday, 10 April 2017

Spring and Tell

Show and tell of the products from my collection, aiming to put the daffodils in the shade this Spring

Sunday, 26 March 2017

You are an Angel in the shape of my Mum

Like a lot of the population, Ed Sheeran's new album has been ringing in my ears for the past few weeks. New man, Happier, Galway Girl, Nancy Mulligan, What do I know - standout favourites, and not to forget the utter tear jerker supermarket flowers.
There's no supermarket flowers here as I haven't been in over a month and I needed to be inconspicuous with my photos - but one line sang so true, so I made this for you.

You are my best friend, biggest support, and all round incredible human being! Thanks for the card inspiration Ed, and for being my all round inspiration mum.

Friday, 10 February 2017

New Year, New Stuff

January 2017's Sensible Splurge 

I'm off on a trip soon, vague, and in anticipation there were a few items I was keen to buy. All these pieces have wardrobe longevity, for home and away - but it made sense to coincide their purchase with this trip. I didn't have long to find them, so most are Highs Street new NEW stuff, which is fairly new for me.
I still consider it a sensible splurge with my Christmas money - though not completely abandoning my thrifting instincts, so there'd be some left for the trip itself.

Clarks 'Orinocco' Boots, Chelsea Boots, are nothing new to me or my blog, but this is my new pair.

I don't expect a pair of shoes to be indestructible, but annoyingly - my original breaking-beyond-repair, and going away - happened to coincide. A straight replacement, since they work so well for me already - I've got no inclination to look elsewhere.
Having been without for over a month, patience paid off with a 20% off boots promotion; I managed to get the same style, same size, same discount, but slightly higher price than 5/6 years ago (£55 down to £44) at £60 down to £48.  My old pair may look battered and strangely, slightly green in comparison, but they have done me proud. As the style is still available all these years later, I doubt I'm the only one that thinks so.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Weardrobe | Festivities 2016

December 2016 Outfits, with room for festive food, ft. Cracker Hat

Howe-Wright Roast
My godmother and her lot, treated us to an early Roast, whilst all were home for Christmas. We had the most heavenly meal - with parsnips that will stay with me - cos when fruit and veg taste like sweets, diets seem worth doing. 

The food featured in my outfit choice, with loose jumper and leggings which allow for optimum eating. Believe it or not, I have no black leggings (note to self, need to change that), so a blue/denim option it was. longline v neck to save my blushes, courtesy of M&S Sale. Decided against the necktie in the end; as dog, and tug of war, were both brought to my attention.

My older brother and his girlfriend also kindly hosted us - & as my first visit to his flat involved a 3 course meal, I'll be goin back. I didn't want to waste the seasonal opportunity to get my beaded dress back out, that I wore last Christmas (post here), but being a hefty journey away - and winter - it made sense to diversify. First time I've tried the tee under the dress thing out - was a bit young to make fashion choices in the 90's - but I think I prefer both individually, the revival later. 
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