Tuesday, 10 January 2017

A little bit of Bloglovin

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I have to admit, I don't use Bloglovin as much as I could. So I'm updating my details in the hope of using it fully over the coming year (wish me luck...)

Cathy
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Saturday, 7 January 2017

Favourite 6 in 16

Hello there,

Happy New Year! Already we're a week into 2017 and Christmas seems like a distant memory, save for a lone chocolate orange rattling around and an empty Quality Street tin (does anyone keep them just in case they 'might' be useful??).

Now I'm not one for New Years Resolutions as a recent pic on Instagram showed


But I do like a few goals and something to aim for (see last years post '16 in 16'). This time though, I thought I'd do something a bit different and look back as my 6 favourite outfits and photos from 2016. Some of these have appeared on the blog before, others have been lurking on my list of blog posts to write up.  

So in no particular order, here we go:


Top - Evans
Jeans & shoes - M&S


Kimono top - Dorothy Perkins
T-shirt & shoes - Primark
Jeans - M&S


Dress - Lovedrobe

Jumper - Simply Be
Jeans - M&S
Trainers - Primark


Tops & Jeans - M&S
Bag - Charity Shop find


T-shirt and sunglasses - Primark
Skirt - Joe Browns at Simply Be


So there you have it, my 6 for 16. Hope you enjoyed them, it was certainly harder than I thought to pick my favourites.

Thanks for reading

Cathy
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Sunday, 18 December 2016

A Christmas frock from M&Co

Hello there,

It's party season which means it's time to dress up, celebrate and have a good time. It also means it's time for a new dress. To be honest, I don't own that many dresses so to find one I really really like is a bit of an achievement.

M&Co's party range this year has really impressed me. I got a sneak preview at their Christmas in July event and one dress really stood out for - their black and gold glitter swing dress*.



Now I'm 5'3 and so for me, it falls just below the knee, which is just about as short as I'm happy with for an evening dress. It's also wonderfully soft, not scratchy like other glitter dresses and has the most flattering floaty sleeves. Plus - the best bit of all - it's stretchy! And I mean really stretchy. This is the perfect frock if you know you're heading out for a large Christmas dinner.


To start with, I dressed this up with high heels and the works. But, that's not me. It's not how I would wear it in real life, so those photos were scrapped and this is exactly how I'd wear it. I can't wear heels for love nor money and I hate tights with a passion. So this is me, as dressed up as I get!


The bag is from Dorothy Perkins and is suitable for carrying anything and everything you might need on a night out (which normally includes the other half's glasses - gone are the days of a small handbag).


A close up of the material with a vintage necklace.

I think it's safe to say I've found my perfect party dress. I'll certainly be looking to see what else M&Co have (I already have my eye on a Christmas jumper or two!)

Thanks for reading

Cathy
xx

*gifted item - all opinions and reviews are my own



Sunday, 11 December 2016

Bath Christmas market

Hello there,

It wouldn't be Christmas now without a trip to a Christmas market. When I was a child, I don't remember there ever being such a thing (well, not here in the UK) but now, well they're everywhere.

It does mean though that you can have a little bit too much of a good thing. Some towns I've visited just have a few sheds with the same things in every year. Other places though know how to do it properly - and Bath is one of them. With over 130 stalls dotted around the historic Abbey and Pump Rooms, it's a fantastic day out in beautiful surroundings. We were there for a whole day but I'm sure there's some bits we missed!



The disembodied head of the stall holder in this shot amuses me - I had no idea she was there at the time!


There are so many hidden gems in Bath if you take a few moments to stop and step away from the main high street.


And of course, it wouldn't be a day out without the obligatory Christmas jumper - this little gem is from Primark this year.


I could have spent a small fortune (esp on the macron stand!). These are a few of the bits and pieces I came home with.

How beautiful is this? Who wouldn't want a jammie dodger from Speckled Wood on their Christmas tree? 


Bath Christmas market was beautiful. It was the perfect way to spend a day with friends Christmas shopping and generally having a great time. If you get the chance to visit next year, I would definitely recommend it.

Thanks for reading

Cathy
xx



Friday, 4 November 2016

A Dutch day out - day trip to Sluis

Hello there,

When we were over in Belgium last month, we were based in the north in Poeke, nr Aalter. Which isn't too far from the Netherlands - so it seemed rude not to pop across to Sluis. It was about a 45 min drive (or an hour if you take the scenic route like we did!), so perfect for a relaxing day trip.

We've heard Sluis described as a typical Dutch town, Now I haven't visited enough Dutch towns to know if that's true, but every time we've been we've found it welcoming and friendly and very laid back. We do tend to visit out of season though and I have a feeling it's a pretty busy place in high season!

Windmill “de Brak” - This old Dutch flourmill, built in 1739, was the first in the area to be made of stone.





The only Belfry in the Netherlands apparently! Built in 1375.





A hot chocolate and a beer while sat next to the canal - perfect!



A few pictures of our day in Sluis. It's a beautiful place, very welcoming and I hope we'll be back again soon. Our Dutch is pretty poor, but hopefully we'll improve with practice!

Thanks for reading

Cathy
xx

Sunday, 30 October 2016

A ferry to France and coping with travel sickness

Hello there,

It feels like an awful long time since I last blogged, and looking back, it really is! A combination of a lot of work, a lovely long holiday and of course the obligatory winter cold put paid to any blogging activity. But I'm back now with lots to catch-up on.

I'm going to split our holiday posts up. We seemed to pack an awful lot into two weeks and while some was spent with friends (which I won't embarrass on here) the rest of the time I'd love to share with you all in (hopefully) manageable chunks and maybe with some hints and tips, and the odd outfit post too.

First up, a ferry to France. Now anyone who knows me, knows that I am not a good traveller. I love going away, am quite happy spending endless hours in terminals, but can really suffer with travel sickness. So when we realised the best option for getting to France was via ferry, my heart sank a little (ok, a lot).

We booked with Britanny Ferries to go from Portsmouth to Le Havre outbound and Caen - Portsmouth on the trip home. Going out we booked a night crossing working on the theory I could sleep through it all....


I was trying very hard not to be apprehensive at this stage and we spent a lot of time distracting ourselves while waiting to board watching this boat being unloaded.


Funnily enough, we were the only people silly enough to be on deck on a cold wet night!


The cabin we booked was an outside one (working on the theory that if I could see a horizon of sorts on an 8 hr trip, I'd be ok). And you know, it really wasn't too bad - I have stayed in worse hotels!


So how was the night? Well, lets just say it was pretty rocky. I didn't feel sick so that was a huge result (thanks probably to the seasick tablets I'd taken). but the movement was very odd. It's a weird sensation feeling yourself sliding down the bed, up the bed, across....etc etc. But it was such a comfort knowing that we had our own bathroom etc - just in case of any upset tummies... If you're a nervous traveller on a boat and a cabin option is available, I would highly recommend it. I'm sure that just knowing I was in my own private space with a toilet and sink helped with my travel anxiety.


(Not sponsored by Kwells - other tablets are available!)

Next morning, despite the rocky night, our first thought was breakfast! Probably because we were out of season, the ferry was pretty empty, so breakfast was a relaxed affair. Just what was needed before tackling the end of the rush hour traffic in Le Havre.


We had a pretty relaxed drive straight up the coast to our destination of Poeke in Belgium. More updates on our Belgium and Dutch travels to follow.

Would we travel by ferry again? I can't deny that taking the car on the Eurotunnel is quick and easy but the slog around London to the Euro terminal is a complete pain. Considering that the Portsmouth ferry terminal is 20 mins from home, it seems silly not to. Guess I'll be stocking up on the seasick tablets then!! 

Thanks for reading

Cathy
xx



Thursday, 6 October 2016

Jumping on the tutu train

Hello there,

I did it - I bought a tutu skirt!

I've been looking at them for months and months. Even though I loved them, I wasn't sure they were me. I don't seem to be a floral, pastel loving person lately so didn't think a tutu would work for me. Plus I'm super fussy, I didn't want them too short, too pooffy, too many layers of tulle...you get the idea!

That is until I saw this blog post from the Lovely Leah. Here was a black tutu from La Redoubt. Not a sugar sweet one, but a lovely dark colour perfect for all year. There was even a grey available, but they were pricey so I decided to be good and save my pennies (it's no fun being good!). Then when Leah gave us the heads up that they were in the sale - that was it. The grey one was mine.




I'm trying to show all the layers here- honest! There's a beautiful spotted top layer, an inner mesh layer and a finally the lining.


I know this shot is whited out (the sun made a rare appearance) but I love how my hair looks and how happy I am prancing up and down the garden.


I think there's going to be so many ways to style this. Today I teamed it with a Primark top, but I think this would be so easy to dress up for the evening.

Thanks for reading - and have you jumped on the tutu train yet?

Cathy
xx