Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Winter Shapes

I was browsing Into Mind's excellent proportions catalogue yesterday and realised that I do think in terms of proportions when planning outfits. The images above summarise my look until it gets warm again: boyfriend jeans, suede ankle boots, top, chunky necklace and knee-length coat is my current go-to.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

My Style Concept

Inspired by into-mind, I've been thinking more about the pillars of my personal style and I thought this wou;d be the place to put my ideas. I'll start off with an extract from my style concept; a board of images that perfectly express how I want to dress.

From my Pinterest.

For me, this was really interesting - I love Pinterest and I pin almost indiscriminately things that I like. This encouraged me to build a separate board only comprised of images that I would wear as-is - that meant no dresses and no heels.

I've moved away from the idea of the carefully-curated wardrobe and I'm trying to go back to the way I shopped as a teenager; only buying things I was really in love with and made me feel a certain way. Having a 'list' made me want to shop more, and those items didn't always become beloved. Shopping with my gut again has made me more careful and I'm really happy with my recent purchases. They're not things that I would always have considered 'practical' - I'm terrified of suede as I'm so hard on my shoes, but I bought a pair of suede cowboy-ish ankle boots in the sales and they haven't left my feet. I'm planning a shopping update soon as I think my recent purchases really do symbolise a step forward for me and my style.

Also, happy New Year! I hope you celebrated in style (unlike me, on the sofa in my cat pyjamas) and are excited for the year ahead.

Friday, 1 November 2013

Long time no see!

I've not blogged for a while now - I just don't have anything to write about. Work takes up a lot of time and we're saving for a house, so there's not much money for clothes. It's hard to decide what to wear, in this weirdly warm November weather. I'm wearing a combination of jeans, shirt and jumper every day.

What are you wearing in November?

Wednesday, 31 July 2013


Well, it's been quiet around here lately. Usually the school holidays bring a return to blogging, but this time I'm being rather lazy. Last week we spent a few days in York at a beautiful cottage a few miles outside the city - it was lovely.

We visited the city and York Museum...

We posed for cheesy tourist photos...

We ate ridiculous burgers...

We drank smoothies in an attempt to counteract all the beer and burgers...

We relaxed at the cottage in our hot tub...

We ate some cake...

And sat outside lots of pubs in the sunshine!

Do you have any holiday plans this summer? Do you like adventures, or are you a bit more into rest and relaxation like me?

Thursday, 4 July 2013

new year, new bag

Tuesday was my 23rd birthday. I woke early and drank green tea while I opened presents in bed, then went to work, where I spent the day doing a drama project about aliens with groups of enthusiastic children. I left school with the children instead of my usual working evening and headed to a local pub for bacon cheeseburgers with a side of macaroni cheese with the boyfriend. A pretty perfect day.

Now, that's a pretty good birthday. But I can't leave without mentioning a present.


This is a Jas M B tote that was featured on Tomboy Style a while back and I've been daydreaming about it ever since. It's not soft leather - it's a stuff, almost plastic-y recycled leather that's reminiscent of Cambridge Satchel Company bags. It's a bit lethal at the moment because it's so unyielding, but in time I'm hoping it'll soften and wrinkle. I'm really enjoying carrying it and it has plenty of room for my rubbish! I love bags that take a bit of time and love to become something really great.
P.S. Speaking of which, how amazing are these bags? Maybe next year...

Friday, 14 June 2013

colour at my fingertips

"Nail polish is the perfect boost for running... It is almost impossible to chip or ruin nail polish while distance running, which makes it the King of Products." Alexander Hemingsley, Running Like a Girl

Maybe it's recently having taken up running or maybe it's letting my hair down a little now that I have a permanent and secure job, but I've been wearing a lot of nail polish lately. I favour dull, nature-inspired colours like grey, sky blue and Barry M's Mushroom. I spotted this intriguing colour whilst schlepping around Tesco - Revlon Colour Show in Moss. It's more of a sea-green than a khaki like I expected, but I rather like it.

Do you paint your nails? Why/why not?

Sunday, 2 June 2013

out on the town

Levi straight leg jeans, Equipment silk shirt, random flats from Accessorize, Skagen watch
Gosh, it's been a while. This is an outfit I threw on yesterday evening to go out for Turkish food (at Ottoman - highly reccommended!) and for a few pints. This is the sort of thing I always put on to go out: simple, clean and classic.

My boyfriend is my stylist - not so stylish himself but always ready with an honest opinion. I was deliberating over necklaces and lipstick and his reply to each was "It's still daylight . You don't need it." Thinking over it, I suppose he's right - I rely on big statement necklaces under my blouses to catch the light in a dimly-lit room, a black blazer to make an outfit a little more formal, red lips to make a statement. But do I need all this once the days are longer and the sun is still up? It's an interesting idea.

Do you dress more casually in summer? When you dress, do you think about the light you'll be in?

Sunday, 5 May 2013

3 good things

During term time I'm so busy with work that regular posting seems to fall by the wayside. To keep myself in the groovy, I want to start a mini-series on my blog called 3 good things, in which I share the things I'm loving and the things keeping me busy. Some style might even creep in!

So without further ado, 5 good things this week:

1. Egg and avocado breakfasts

Recipe: Avocado and Egg Breakfast Pizza
From The kitchn

I adore avocados and eggs together - the perfect, filling way to start the day and completely delicious. In a sandwich, on a flatbread, wrapped up in a tortilla; it's delicious. And fuels me for...

2. Getting a bit sweaty

I have always been a notorious fitness-dodger and the only exercise I ever had was running for the bus. However, in the lfast few months something has clicked and I've started attending weekly kettlebell classes (still sore from yesterday!) and I've been going for runs around the park. To give me something to aim for, I just entered the Great North 5K, which is a brillient bit of motivation for a beginner. I'll be posting more on this soon - maybe even some scary pictures of me in my running gear!

3. Earrings

I was a bit of a punk in my younger days and had stretched ears up until Christmas, when I took them out. The holes quickly shrank and I'm really enjoying wearing a variety of stud earrings. I have a real thing for brushed metallics so I snapped this H&M set up without hesitation.

What are you loving this week? Any other wannabe runners out there?

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Skin, Hair and Beauty: Spring 2013

I've really been enjoying reading a blog called Into Mind lately, and particularly the articles on hair, skin and beauty. Into Mind has encouraged me to finally clear out the Drawer of Doom (c'mon, we've all got one) and think about what I actually need and use. For example, I own twelve nail polishes - what do I actually use? Three. A clear nail hardener, a mushroomy colour and a poppy red for summer. The rest? Totally superfluous.

Inspired by this, I decided to take a serious look at my beauty routines and get rid of the excess. I feel like I've really hit my stride with my hair at least, so why do I own all this extra? In this post I want to write down my essentials, mostly as a reference so I can look back and see what was really working for me.

  • Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco shampoo
  • Naked Bounce Kelp and Avocado Oil Curl-Defining Conditioner
  • Tigi Bed Head Totally Baked Volumising Hair Meringue
  • Tigi Catwalk Session Series Salt Spray
This combination of hair goo is really working for me. These products are light, long-lasting and smell amazing - I only need to wash my hair once per week at the moment, which is brilliant. My Mum gets a lot of free products from the salon she goes to, so I can usually get the Tigi products for nowt!


  • No7 Soft and Soothed Gentle Cleanser
  • Lush Breath of Fresh Air Toner
  • Dr Hauscka Normalising Day Oil
  • Sanctuary Lift and Brighten Eye Complex (I think - the writing wore off the tube almost immediately. It's lovely and oily, so I'll have to figure it out before it runs out!)
Every few days (or when I remember)
  • A mask of greek yogurt mixed with honey and something exfoliating - usually ground oats or almonds but currently Balm Balm Organic Hibiscus Face Mask, which is a powdered exfoliator that you mix with liquid to form a paste. Mixed with greek yogurt, I get the exfoliation plus the plumping and moisturizing of the yogurt and honey (not pictured).
I'm not totally sold on all these products. When things start to run out I'll probably replace a lot with Sanctuary products - they use lots of natural oils and I've never bought a bad product from them. I also don't plan to buy any more face masks - greek yogurt is amazing and very versatile.


I really like Into Mind's concept of having layers of makeup for different occasions. I was inspired to write down my layers, and it really does simplify your routine.

Layer 1 - casual daytime
  • No7 Beautiful Skin BB Cream in Fair
  • Benefit Brow Zings in Medium
  • Either Burt's Bees lip balm or Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle
Layer 2 - work or dressier daytime
  • Any old Mascara, usually Great Lash
  • Eyeliner on the top lid
  • Soap and Glory Marvelips (a fantastic nude crayon) or one of my many red crayons
Layer 3 - dressy daytime or night
  • Maybelline Colour Tattoo Cream Shadow in Permanent Taupe
  • Bit of eyeliner on lower lid
  • Translucent powder
When you think about it, that's about 10 products in all (I have a few lip products). That's so easy! I don't wear loads of makeup so I really don't need any more than this. I love all these products except the BB Cream - I'd like to try Kiehls BB Cream or Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. I'm working on getting rid of any extras and really streamlining my collection. I was a bit of a teenage punk and used to wear very bold eye looks every day (think tiny leopard print painted on using liquid eyeliner and glitter) so I do have a lot of makeup, but most of it gets very little use.

So, that's my Spring beauty roundup! Do you have any trusty items or secret products to share? I'm still looking for my BB cream/tinted moisturizer holy grail...

Friday, 12 April 2013


Forget elaborate wish lists and practical purchases: this dress is all I need this summer, with flat sandals, a light cardigan and a big bag of fruit, books and sun cream.

How would you style this?