Check fishtail skirt and tweed jacket

This outfit was meant to be for Sunday’s post, but my site was down (again) for most of the evening. Technology frustrates me to the nth degree when it doesn’t bend to my will, but I had to admit defeat. Sometimes you just have to walk away and do something else for the sake of your sanity. (I’m now in the process of moving to another web host). Trying to function while in a fog of antihistamine lethargy wasn’t helping either.

About two weeks ago I broke out in a rash on my torso, which started to spread down my arms and legs. My doctor thinks it’s an allergy, but to what I do not know. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been asked if I’ve changed my washing powder! Both over-the-counter and prescription antihistamines were making me feel like a zombie, so I’ve stopped taking them. I’ll just have to tolerate the prickly itching until it goes of its own accord. Otherwise I’ll get absolutely nothing done!

Mango and Zara sizing can be haphazard, especially with jackets, and this one definitely comes up small.

Still, fashion is always a welcome distraction from any troubles and I’ve been looking through my wardrobe and rediscovering forgotten items. Take this jacket for example; I bought it from Mango months ago but I hung it underneath another jacket and totally forgot I had it! I’m so bad for that! I purchased the blue turtleneck I’m wearing with it at the same time, but I keep my sweaters on display in a shelving unit so I can always see them.

The jacket is a little on the snug side, so it will only accomodate a blouse or thin sweater under it. Mango and Zara sizing can be haphazard, especially with jackets, and this one definitely comes up small. The fabric is stretchy so it feels like a cross between a cardigan and a jacket. It would be great to slip over a camisole with a pair of peg leg or cigarette trousers and some heels.

Marks & Spencer check fishtail skirt and Mango tweed jacket

Teaming the check fishtail skirt and tweed jacket with the chain handle cat bag makes for a feminine and fun look.

The skirt was actually the starting point for the outfit. I bought it on eBay for about £8 after narrowly missing out on the red/black/white version. It’s no longer available in store but you can still find them on eBay. I have a black one with gold thread running through it in the same style that I found in a charity shop. It’s not the most practical style because without a significant amount of stretch in the fabric you can’t run for a bus. Indulging in a big meal is also out of the question 😉

Teaming the check fishtail skirt and tweed jacket with the chain handle cat bag makes for a feminine and fun look. It even got the thumbs up from Pete, which doesn’t happen too often! I chose the patent boots for a modern twist, which had the added benefit of keeping my feet dry on a very waterlogged lawn!

I’m hoping there won’t be too much disruption during the move to a new web host…they’re on the case right now so fingers crossed!

Marks & Spencer check fishtail skirt and Mango tweed jacket

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Mango black tweed jacket

Marks & Spencer check fishtail skirt and Mango tweed jacketMarks & Spencer check fishtail skirt and Mango tweed jacket Asos velvet cat bag

Marks & Spencer check fishtail skirt and Mango tweed jacket Asos velvet cat bag

Marks & Spencer check fishtail skirt and Mango tweed jacket Asos velvet cat bag

Marks & Spencer skirt (from eBay, similar) | Mango jacket (similar) | Mango jumper (similar) | Zara boots (similar) | Asos cat bag (similar)

 

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Last week’s favourites were…

Laura of I Do deClaireKathrine Eldridge and Gail of Is This Mutton?

 

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Cattitude Subscription Box Review: the Purrfect Treat For You and Your Kitty

Subscription boxes are always fun to receive; opening them feels a bit like unwrapping presents on Christmas morning. However, it’s rare that I love every single item in them, especially the beauty boxes (green mascara I’m looking at you!). The Cattitude box on the other hand, is right up my street. When I was asked if I’d like to try one I thought it would be just treats for Henry, so imagine my delight when I saw all these goodies! I was not expecting three items of jewellery!

Cattitude Subscription Box

You all know how much I love animals, and being very much a cat person I was over the moon to receive this box. I’m sometimes gifted items that I can share with Pete or Isobel, so being able to share a subscription box with Henry is awesome…or should that be pawsome? 😉 In addition to the earrings (check out those cute little cat ears), adjustable ring and fabulous necklace, there’s the “CatStronauts” gym bag too.

Cattitude Subscription Box

Cattitude Subscription Box

Cattitude Subscription Box

Cattitude Subscription Box

How it works

You can subscribe to a box per month, or every other month. You can even buy a one-off Cattitude box or purchase one as a gift. The team at Cattitude build a profile of you and your kitty so they can tailor each box towards all your favourite things. You tell them how many cats you have, their likes and dislikes, and whether they have any special dietary requirements. If they do, the food items can be substituted with stimulating toys instead!

The unique cat gift boxes are stuffed with unfurgettable goodies from independent shops and artists. Cattitude select the best cat-themed products from cat jewellery to cat home décor, as well as tasty treats for your kitty. A single box costs £27.95 (postage is free). Alternatively you can buy three for £75 or six for £140. Subscriptions do not automatically renew so you don’t have to worry about forgetting to cancel and being charged.

Cattitude Subscription Box

Cattitude Subscription Box

Henry devoured the treats and came back for more…several times. I reckon he thought Christmas had arrived early when I gave him the Lily’s Kitchen organic fish dinner! He loves wet food but we limit it to once a day. He has now lost all four canine teeth and although he can still eat biscuits he’d happily scoff soft food all day long.

The Cattitude box is a fantastic treat for you and your cat, as well as a great gift idea for any cat lovers. I’d say it’s good value for money, especially considering postage is free. So would I buy one? Absolutely! In fact I’ve already registered my details and will be buying another one next month 🙂

You can get £10 off your first box with the code PAWSOME10. Plus, if you share a photo of it on Instagram, tag @cattitudebox and use the hashtag #cattitudebox you could win a box!

Cattitude Subscription Box

 

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Brown and navy: a classic workwear outfit, Oasis brown coat, Finery navy trousers, Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag

A classic workwear outfit for me is a simple trousers and fitted jumper combination. I’m so happy that I bagged these Finery trousers at less than half price 🙂 They’re still available at Asos for only £32 and they are worth every penny! Adding a pair of good quality navy or black trousers to your wardrobe will serve you well; they pair with just about any colour for a no fuss smart work outfit. I first wore these trousers on the blog a few weeks ago with a red coat and boots, but I opted for a more muted palette on this occasion. I particularly like the mix of navy and the warm brown coat, which looks vibrant in the bright sunshine.

Turtlenecks are my favourite style of sweater because they’re both practical and versatile.

Eager to add more brown tones to my outfits, I picked up this lovely jumper in River Island a couple of weeks ago. Turtlenecks are my favourite style of sweater because they’re both practical and versatile. Choosing one in a soft, fine knit ensures maximum comfort. The sleeves on this one really caught my eye; the gathering on the shoulders and ribbed cuffs with the frills create an interesting shape. It’s also available in cream, blue and black (the blue and black are now reduced from £26 to £12, although sizes are limited).

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My trusty Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag holds my laptop and other essentials. Although I also have it in orange and teal, I tend to use this aubergine bag the most. I kept my jewellery simple with one of my favourite rings from Pia and a bracelet that my Dad bought for me on a recent trip to Madeira.

The sun may have been shining but there was a very cold wind yesterday when we shot these photos. Winter isn’t quite done with us yet!

Oasis coat (similar) | River Island jumper | Finery trousers | Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag (alternative) | M&S boots (similar) |New Look earrings (similar) | Asos sunglasses (old, similar)

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Tatiana of My Fabulous Forties, Jacqui of Mummabstylish and Jennifer of Effortlessly Sophisticated!

 

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February Beauty Favourites

I haven’t done a beauty post for a while now, but I’ve been busy testing out lots of fabulous products which I can give you the low down on now. It was my intention to publish this post last Sunday, but it would have meant three link up posts in a row. Also I was having some major laptop problems, which I mentioned in my last post. Thanks to Pete spending an afternoon sorting it out things are running a lot more smoothly and quickly 🙂

Naturaline Swiss Cosmetics Alpine Rose Day Cream Peppermint Bamboo Body Lotion

Naturaline Swiss Cosmetics Alpine Rose Day Cream and Peppermint Bamboo Body Lotion

There was no doubt about the Naturaline Swiss Cosmetics Alpine Rose Day Cream and Peppermint Bamboo body lotion making my February beauty favourites list. Everything in their extensive range (including products for children and babies) are vegan and free from synthetic perfumes, colorants, mineral-oil based ingredients and silicones. All of the products carry the Ecocert®Natural Cosmetics Quality Label; one of the most vital criterias of the certification are sustainable ingredients that are produced in a environmentally friendly process. At least 95% of all ingredients must have natural origin.

In addition to this the company has pledged to:

  • use ingredients from renewable resources
  • wherever possible, use ingredients of natural origin (at least 98.5%)
  • ensure at least 50 % of vegetable ingredients are from certified organic cultivation
  • use environmentally friendly process technology in manufacturing

The Alpine Rose Day Cream was an absolute delight to use – I say was because I’ve just finished it. Costing £13.49 I think this day cream is fantastic value for money. It made my skin feel really smooth, soft and hydrated. The subtle fragrance is lovely, I adore the delicate scent of rose. It lasted well too – I think I first started using it just after Christmas.

The Peppermint Bamboo body lotion is a simple, natural moisturiser that is ideal for sensitive skin. It sinks in easily with no hint of greasiness. Great for when you need to shower, moisturise and dress in a hurry…which in my case is most of the time! It costs £8.99 for 180ml. The Naturaline Swiss Cosmetics range is available at All Cures in the UK.

Newshome organic vegan candle

Each candle is made from simple and natural ingredients – 100% soy wax and a blend of pure essential oils.

Now, strictly speaking, you might not consider a candle to be a beauty product, but Newshome organic vegan candles are no ordinary candles. These hand-poured, organic vegan candles are lovingly created in their West Yorkshire studio. Each candle is made from simple and natural ingredients – 100% soy wax and a blend of pure essential oils. Soy wax lasts for around 30% – 50% longer than the traditional paraffin candle, making them safer and better value for money. (The synthetic ingredients used in many commercial candles can be harmful to both human health and the environment.) Newshome have a huge range of fragrances, categorised by fresh, fruit, floral and spice. I chose lemongrass, lime and ginger because I was craving something fresh and energising for Spring.

The natural ingredients in these lovely hand-poured candles put them in a completely different league to the mass produced options…

Now, I have to admit that I’m not really a candle person – if there is such a thing. I’m not one to have a candle lit bath worthy of an Instagram post. Usually when I have a bath I have to share it with Isobel (yes, even though she’s now nine!) along with various pieces of plastic tat. Also, growing up in a thatched cottage, candles were considered fire hazards, so we only used them during power cuts (which I found very exciting!). Consequently, candles have to be rather special for me to get excited about them.

The natural ingredients in these lovely hand-poured candles put them in a completely different league to the mass produced options, which often cost the same, if not more. Newshome offer a range of sizes, costing from £12.99-£22.99, so very reasonably priced. Perfect for either treating yourself or to buy as a gift 🙂

Newshome organic vegan candle

Hair Podz Diamond Brush

I’ve certainly had my hair woes lately (me and my straighteners are definitely not on speaking terms) but this fab little brush is a joy to use. But it’s not just a brush…it also features a mirror and a secret compartment! Needless to say, a certain little lady was all heart eye emojis when she saw it! We’re now enjoying “shared ownership” of the Hair Podz Diamond Brush 😉

Hair Podz Diamond Brush

Hair Podz Diamond Brush

Hair Podz Diamond Brush

The Hair Podz Diamond brush is so handy to pop in your handbag for styling on the go. It has been ergonomically designed to fit into the palm of your hand, making it really easy to grip. Featuring triple flexology bristles, the three different lengths glide through hair to de-tangled it effortlessly. The really great design feature is the swivel action on the brush meaning it can be lifted up and pivoted around to reveal a diamond-shaped compact mirror…with storage inside for clips and ties. Isn’t that clever? Oh, and it has a Swarovski crystal for a little bit of bling. The Diamond Brush is available from Hair Secretz in several colour options for £9.99. Perfect for little girls and grown ups 🙂

Have you made any fab beauty discoveries lately? I’d love to hear your recommendations!

Hair Podz Diamond Brush

 

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How to wear neon for a smart casual look, black and white The Kooples jacket, New Look meon pink rollneck jumper

Well this post has been a labour of love (she says through gritted teeth). My laptop is grinding to a halt under the constant usage so that now even simple things take ages. And as for Photoshop…forget it! It now takes so long to make basic changes to a photo such as cropping and adjusting lighting that I can go and do something else while I wait. Time for some serious maintenance work I think. On top of that the dishwasher has broken. But at least I can occupy myself by washing up while I’m waiting for the laptop to do its thing 😉

A bright rollneck sweater is a great option for early Spring because it gives you a colour hit while keeping you warm.

When I chose the neon theme for the latest Match Made in Seven post I bought the same jumper in yellow and pink. I couldn’t make up my mind which colour I preferred, and as they were on sale I decided to keep both. When we took these photos the light was really tricky to shoot in because it kept changing, but I think you can see the true colour of this pink jumper. A bright rollneck sweater is a great option for early Spring because it gives you a colour hit while keeping you warm.

How to wear neon for a smart casual look, black and white The Kooples jacket, New Look meon pink rollneck jumper

…for a smart casual look that’s office-appropriate, you can’t go far wrong with a good quality jacket over a rollneck jumper.

Of all the neon hues, pink is probably the easiest to wear. I think this shade could easily pass as hot pink, but New Look have decided it’s neon, and I’m not going to argue! I’ve teamed it with a black and white The Kooples jacket that I bought on eBay a few months ago. I think it cost around £20, but would have been far more than that new. If you’ve been wondering how to wear neon for a smart casual look that’s office-appropriate, you can’t go far wrong with a good quality jacket over a rollneck jumper.

You could easily swap the black jeans for tailored trousers, and the glitter boots for black court shoes. I see nothing wrong with a smattering of glitter for daytime, whether it’s for work or play, but I appreciate that sparkly boots might not be suitable for all occupations! Ditto the coated skinny jeans. But making those substitutions is easy, and good to bare in mind for a quick day to night switch. The pink tote bag adds another fun element, but a black one would work just as well. You know me…I can’t resist adding those little touches of “extra” to an outfit 🙂

How to wear neon for a smart casual look, black and white The Kooples jacket, New Look meon pink rollneck jumper

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Truffle pink glitter boots

How to wear neon for a smart casual look, black and white The Kooples jacket, New Look meon pink rollneck jumper

How to wear neon for a smart casual look, black and white The Kooples jacket, New Look meon pink rollneck jumper

The Kooples jacket (from eBay, similar) | New Look neon pink jumper | Frontrow skinny jeans (from Silkfred, similar) | Truffle glitter boots (from Asos) | J by Jasper Conran bag (old, similar) | Moschino sunglasses (old, similar)

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Shauna of Lipgloss and Lace Tiina of Elegance Revisited and Claire Justine!

 

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