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.

I'm a dress kind of dresser, and that shows in full force come summer time. I've added a few new to the mix this season,  old and new featured a-lot this month and next, which is a good sign for sun and success with my purchases.
I didn't snap an outfit shot live this time (I've needed to step completely away from blogging/social media/the whole charade periodically) but did on return. Poplin style dress, similair to something that went viral - that I'll be doing a full dupe post on sometime in the future - hopefully without the halo of baby hairs. My well loved taupe in the form of accessories, such as this gorg trench and complimentary sandals - finished off with my trusty crossbody/everyday bag, from an cheshire oaks outlet trip of old.

Dress - Primark, £13 / Trench - Primark via Relate CharityShop, £1 / Sandals - Jones the Bootmaker Sale, £37 / Bag - Next Outlet, £10

Bro Watch

This top is a hand-me-down from my little brother, that we originally found for him in a charityshop; yes the tables have turned and he can no longer be known as little, just younger brother, as now I'm the one handed down to! He offered it to me when I was helping him pre his post A-level escape - cos nothing says I'm ready for a grownup freedom lads holiday like needing/wanting your older sister to help you pack - you may be taller but I'm still wiser. Though don't tell him I said that cos he could easily take me (though more like make me take this down).
I've included a photo from my equivalent trip back in 2012 for your entertainment, though the ft short's would never fit me now; thank goodness for the TOPSHOP Ashley style shorts and for my other brother gifting them too me for my 23rd birthday. I suppose we watch out for each other.

Top - Hollister via The Children's Society Charitsyhop£4 / Shorts - TOPSHOPGifted

Girl in Gingham

Gingham has been around for a while, I saw it enough times, just another trend that wore me down. 
I've restricted the print to the weekend so my baby face doesn't get mistaken for a school girl. More scope now school is out. That being said, this size print, and neckline, meant it didn't look too like summer uniform - and I would know, since my middle school chose black check.

3rd Primark dress of the monthly outfits - can you tell I've been a fan of their summer drop in this area? you too might recognize this one, and I took a chance since it was in the sale.
This one I remember first seeing on Hannah - but it's definitely a mix of she looks fab, and that's the kind of fit I prefer myself. Similair oversized smock, 'White Pepper' vibes, though this is a fail unlike the eplique 5* success^^. Sizes all over the place, with the ill fitting uncomfort that comes from structured dresses - neckline chokes, restricts the arms - Jess can confirm my discomfort.
I will have to do some adjustments to continue using this - but I wanted to try the trend, and I have cheaply - though I won't be going ham on the print in the future.

Dress - Primark sale, £5 / Lipstick - No.7 'Sweet Rose', Gifted

Paddle or Puddle?

The visit of my Mum's God daughter and her Daughter, dusted off all the fun things in the house. Who remember's Hamma beads? & when it's sunny enough for a paddling pool - whether or not it has a hole and is more like a puddle - is a good day.

Happened to choose 3 Items I've worn a lot this summer, with the clothes altogether, amounting to just over £5. My original pair of unnamed, 'Ashley' style shorts that started the obsession. A softly frilly top (with 3/4 sleeves I'm frilled with 3 times over^^) and Haviannas; I'd liken to a summer slipper, which have never given me blister grief. Couldn't recommend either more - punctured pool included.

Top - Tesco via Oxfam CharityShop, £2.99 / Shorts - TOPSHOP via The Children's Trust CharityShop sale, £2.20 / Flip-Flops - Haviannas, Gifted

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