Southern Yacht

My little take on plus size fashion, life, travel and smurfs

Sunday, 30 April 2017

A March & April round-up

Hello there,

As I mentioned in a previous post - March was a bit of a smurfy month. I did manage to do a few other things though!


I had a beautiful sunny day at Gunwharf Quays and watched the cross channel ferries while sat next to the Spinnaker Tower, I met the stone animals at Whiteley Village and travelled on the quietest tube train I've ever seen.

I didn't do many outfit posts though - maybe because they always seem to end up like this....


That was my March and April - how was yours?

Thanks for reading

Cathy
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Friday, 28 April 2017

OOTD - Bell sleeves, stripes and floral

Hello there,

Looking through my wardrobe the other day, I realised just how many striped tops I have - and just how few floral items there are. I really seem to have fallen out of love with floral, which is a shame considering how much there is around at the moment (typical, if something is on trend, I go seem to go off it).

However, this top from Marks and Spencer is a bit of an exception, lots of stripes (yay) and tiny bit of floral detailing on the arms. Plus it has bell sleeves which is something I love the look of on other people, but always wondered just how annoying it would be in real life.



 
I sized up a couple of sizes here. The embroidered band on the arms sat right on the elbow joint on the smaller sizes which felt uncomfortable - but on larger sizes, it sits nearer the wrist. I really don't mind though as I like the loose, casual fit.



Top - Marks and Spencer, size 24
Jeans - Sadie Jeans from Simply Be, size 22
Sunglasses and shoes - Primark (old)
Necklace - Swarovski (old)

The verdict? I really liked the bell sleeves, but I think they're about as large as I'd go. Anything more flouncy I think would drive me mad! Plus the embroidery...let's just say it's growing on me.

Thanks for reading

Cathy
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Friday, 31 March 2017

It's been a smurfy month...

Hello there,

Readers of my blog may have noticed I quite like smurfs. Well, more than a little, almost a bit obsessed really (in a good way I think!).

You can imagine my excitement then when a new movie was announced. It took a while coming, but finally it's here. As of Friday 31st March, Smurfs - The Lost Village will be released in cinemas around the UK.


I couldn't wait that long though! So the weekend before, I headed off to London to see one of the preview screenings (yes - we were probably the only adults in the cinema without kids, but we didn't care).




Very excited at this point! 

Was it worth the wait? Omg - yes! Now I will admit, I'm probably biased, but the artwork blew me away. The colours, the characters and the attention to detail was beautiful.



It really was quite simply, a beautiful film. There were so many new characters and sometimes when that happens it can take a while to warm to them. Not here, I loved them all straight away.

I mentioned it had been a smurfy month - well the weekend before, I travelled to Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent. Why? Well, the smurfs were on tour (yes really). In various shopping centres around the UK, the smurfs were making a guest appearance for a fun day for the kids (plus grown up kids too).






You can't beat a good bunch of smurfy friends - I love them all!




I think you'll agree - it really was a smurfy month!

Thanks for reading

Cathy
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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

A Primark haul - and a few shoes!

Hello there,

Question for you all - how many pairs of shoes is too many? Reason I ask is because I ambled into Primark for a quick look around - and ended up leaving with 3 pairs. And if that wasn't enough - I then popped into New Look and bought another pair.

In my defense - I really did need some new flats (but 4 pairs - seriously?) Anyway - here's a look at some of the goodies I got.





3 espadrille style shoes at £4 a pair. They seriously feel like slippers and have already been well used. They're perfect for wearing with jeans or a summer dress (did I mention they are SO comfortable?)


Primark slouchy tees are the best. At £2 each they're perfect for layering up under jumpers or cardigans during these chilly spring evenings. 


A sleeveless navy blouse for £8. I think this will work well as a blouse or worn open with a vest top during summer. Plus it's that great material that never creases (ideal if you hate ironing as much as me!).


There's a bit of a blue/navy theme with this haul. I've been looking for navy cushions for a while and these were 2 for £6. Lovely soft velour finish and very cuddly and comfy.


And finally for Primark, something I always get, a few packs of their cosmetic cotton pads for 50p a pack. I also picked up a new blending brush - I've seen these around for a while now and I'm interested to see how they feel (so far it feels a little like using a kitten's paw....).

And if that wasn't enough shoes...I'd seen these shoes from New Look online, but often things online never look as good in real life. Well, these were better. And after wearing them for a very long day of walking, I can confirm they are a winner. 


So that's my little (or not so little) shopping haul. You know it's a biggish shop in Primark when they give you two bags.... oops!

Thanks for reading

Cathy
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Thursday, 2 March 2017

A January & February round-up

Hello there,

Well, I don't know what happened to February. I know it's a short month, but blimey, it flew by! I did plan to do a January round-up, but instead it's turned into a Jan/Feb mash-up.

So here's a collection of some of the things the New Year bought me:


I bought my new favourite shoes from Primark - high top trainers that are so so comfy. They're useless in wet weather but that's not a problem here in the UK is it??

My Life jumper from Navabi. I could seriously live in this, true to size and washes well.

First Easter egg of the year - who can resist a chocolate unicorn?

Fog - I hate fog!! Enough said :-(

Great food at Tapas Barcelona, Southampton. I seriously ate my body weight in olives here....

(just in case you didn't believe the amount of olives...)



And finally, I saw La La Land, which I loved (along with a few adverts for the upcoming Smurf Movie). In fact the people behind the Smurfs Movie made a pretty good La La Land / Smurf mix:




That's a bit of a round-up of what I've loved these last two months, let's hope March doesn't go past so quickly!

Thanks for reading

Cathy
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Sunday, 22 January 2017

January sales - Next and Accessorize

Hello there,

The sales are finally coming to a close so I thought it was about time I shared some of the goodies I managed to pick up.

To be honest, I didn't think I was going to get anything much. I had my eye on a rucksack in Accessorize which was reduced (don't you love it when that happens?) but other than that, it was a pretty quiet few weeks. Then I ventured into Next to see what was left, and struck lucky.

Coat - Evans (24) (old)
Jumper - Next (20)
Jeans - Simply Be, Sadie (22)
Shoes - Next



This looks blue in the photos, but sometimes it's purple and sparkly and almost gold. I love it. I wanted something lightweight and squishy that was big enough to carry folders and a jumper and this is perfect. The handy front pocket also stops the normal scrambling for door keys dance that I'm sure we've all done... I've added some pompoms that I got for Christmas (also from Accessorize) however they seem to be a temptation for my mothers dog, so they may not last long!

When I popped into Next, I wasn't expecting to find anything. I love Next, but hate the whole post-Christmas sales frenzy so normally stay clear. This time though, I was lucky.

I picked up an orange striped jumper with an oversize patch pocket and a pair of shoes that made the other half shudder! They have to be in contention for the comfiest pair of shoes ever though, leather and in a rare half size, they're a perfect fit.








As sunny as it looks in these pictures.... we were dodging the frost and trying not to slip up! I don't think this patch of grass ever defrosted.


And finally, while in Superdrug, I saw this set in the sale. It does make you smell a bit like a gingerbread man - so it's just as well I love ginger.


So that's all my sales goodies. I think I was very lucky in some of my finds. The trick is try and buy things that you really need or will actually use and this time, I think I did.

Thanks for reading

Cathy
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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

A new look for 2017

I'm doing well - only halfway through the month and I've already achieved one of my goals to update and give my blog a new look.

(granted, the goal was from 2016, but let's not mention that...)

I'm also trying to bring together all the various tools I use. I've dipped my toe into Pinterest which is a bit like jumping down a rabbit hole, still not entirely sure how to use it, but I'm sure I'll get the hang of it eventually (maybe Jan 2018?)

I also 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...)

Follow my blog with Bloglovin


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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