Friday, 22 August 2014

Time to go home....

Now I don't mean this in a nasty way but where I live is a tourist area and for the 6 weeks of Summer that is the school holidays, the place is totally taken over. It takes twice a long to get anywhere. Going for a weekly shop is a nightmare as the shelves are bare, the car park packed and you just cant move for people in the aisles. It really is full on. But....come the end of August and there is a big difference as people pack up and leave and this beautiful area becomes "ours" again. Quiet, calm and driving anywhere becomes so easy. I love the beach, not so much when its crowded though, more like this....



 
 

 



These are my  local beaches and I love walking on them when they are empty,  in late Summer and Winter with an icecream from Cadwalladers ( I have this delicious treat Winter or Summer).  I wrap up in big snuggly jumpers and scarves when its cold...... Lovely!!!

This is my village which is very high up and overlooks the beach.



Speaking of snuggly winter knits, I love these longline cardi's from Next. I have always had these in my wardrobe as I absolutely love them. They are everywhere this season.



 
This is the one I bought because the colour is most versatile for me. I will wear it with jeans and calf boots. It will look great with my pencil skirt, knitted tights and knee high boots and also with my wrap dress, tights and boots. I love a casual smart look.
 
 

 
 
 
Ooooo Im just so excited about Winter dressing. I find it more fun than Summer because you can really play around with outfits and accessories. Which season do you like dressing for?
 
 
 
 
 
Sian x














Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Autumn is coming....

 
 
I know, I know its only mid August but all around me I can see signs of Autumn. The blackberries are already plump and luscious. The damsons are getting riper by the day. The leaves on the trees and shrubs are already turning a burnished copper colour and there is that slight change in the air. Its a bit nippy and the sound quality is, well, just different! And me....Im getting all excited about boots and coats. Each day Im considering getting all my winter clothes out and seeing whats what, but every time I consider it the sun breaks through and it gets rather hot in the late afternoon. People come out in shorts and t shirts again. I pop to the beach and people are eating ice creams and going for a little swim in the sea. Buckets and spades and windbreakers are dotted along the sand as families enjoy the last of the summer holidays here in North Wales.



But me, I have been dreaming of some sheepskin boots to keep my feet warm and toasty when its cold. We don't have central heating in our old stone cottage, just a big fire so wearing snuggly jumpers and several pairs of socks is essential. However I have decided that I am going to get a pair this year and saw these beauties on the Celtic& Co website (formerly Celtic Sheepskin).
They are gorgeous. Here is a picture of them...what do you think?






Should I get them?



Sian x





Sunday, 4 May 2014

Pre-Loved...










I love second hand clothing. I love to have a cup of tea and trawl through the listings looking for the perfect item at a bargain price too.








 You can get really good deals on pre-loved clothing . New, nearly new or good quality second hand. Whats not to like. Some people don't like the idea of wearing something that someone else has worn. But when you think about it, most clothing you try or buy in shops has been tried on my many many people before you actually hand over your money for it.  Of course there is also the fact that you pay over and above for brand new items. The retailers make a huge mark up on items that you will wear for a couple of months and then discard or put to the back of your wardrobe. Its environmentally good too ( if that's your thing).  I do love a good rummage through a second hand shop too but in my rural area there are not that many good ones







You can find high end designer items and medium end items ...whatever style you like and you can guarantee that you will look different. You will have your own look that is unique to you . You can be your authentic self.  I love quirky and love dressing a bit different.


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I find pinterest great for sourcing things I love then putting them together on a board as an outfit and then seeing if I can find the items on ebay or pre-loved. Great way to spend a hour (or three)!!







Do you like buying and wearing pre-loved clothing?




Sian x








(Pictures from Pinterest)


Friday, 2 May 2014

Looking through the White Stuff website to find an outfit for a special event coming up next month. I just love the kitschness (is there such a word) of their things. Slightly quirky and a bit different.






















 
 
 
 
Some bits I love from Sandwich...
 
 
 
 
 
 




Some bits I am coveting from Orla Kiely...







Not sure what I will wear yet but I know time is definitely running out. I will probably choose something at the end of the month then I will have more of an idea what the weather will be like. We are meant to be having the hottest summer on record this year. Bring it on......endless days of sunshine and just chilling on the beach or in the garden. Getting up and just going outside with my cup of tea. Lovely.















Sunday, 27 April 2014

Does Size Matter...

Mannequins




Mannequins are helpful for showing us what clothes look like on the female form. They enable us to imagine what the outfit might look like on us. Trouble is when we take our "dress" (or whatever we are trying on) into the changing room and put it on, we can sometimes feel deflated if we don't look as good in it as the mannequin did. Our whole body image crumbled in minutes. But what if the mannequin had been a bigger size, more like the average woman.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
If we were to see more dummies that looked more like the average 14/16 woman  we wouldn't feel so bad when trying on clothes, would we? Wouldn't this size 16 mannequin increase body confidence.  The average mannequin is 5ft 11 and a size 6 to 8. Hardly normal proportions at all. Woman are more likely to buy an item when they don't feel judged for failing to be the sometimes impossibly sized 6/8.
 
 
 
 
 
Years ago mannequins were bigger to reflect the times in that wealthy people could afford more food and were fatter.
 
 
 
 
 
In recent years mannequins have even had bigger breasts to represent the increased number of women having breast enlargement.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Its funny how body sizes change fashionwise isn't it. From looking like an hourglass to boyshaped and back to hourglass again. I think it would be good to have even more mannequins to represent the different body shapes not just body sizes.
 
 
What do you think?
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sian x
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, 5 April 2014

ELEGANCE....


 
 
 
So true I feel. Elegance transcends fashion doesn't it? It is pretty much timeless but it is for the young and the old. It is stylish but in a subtle personal way. Fashion tends to be loud and at times brash. Elegance is quiet and demure but has impact. It can suit everyone and is understated. I think that it also requires more of a capsule wardrobe that can last years. Each season it can be adapted by adding some colour or well chosen accessories. It makes getting ready each day simple and you know you always look good.
 
 
 
 
Catherine Deneuve is always elegant.
 
 
Katherine Heigl is another elegant lady even when dressed casually. She has got a lot of bad press at times for dressing too old but I think that it is a look that suits her.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elle McPhearson ( love her style) is elegant but in a more unstructured laid back boho way.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I love her quirky touches to an outfit though.
 
 
 
Sharon Stone does Elegant well but she is also one to add her own stamp on it.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Even dressed casual she still manages to look effortlessly stylish.
 
 
 
I strive to look elegant but also in a more boho way and love little quirky accessories that can change an outfit. I love all the pretty cute flowery outfits but only to look at or style other people with. They just don't work on me. Well.....maybe I can have the odd flowery scarf.
 
Do you like to look Elegant and who's Elegant Style do you most admire?
 
 
Sian x