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, 6 July 2014

Emptyish Nest...

My little girl moved out this week. She is in her twenties but it still feels like a part of me has been torn out. I feel so very sad looking at her empty room and remembering all the fun things she and her little brother did when they were young. All the games they played. Reading them both bedtime stories (alternating rooms each night). Helping them set up little shops in the garden and then being their customer and giving them pennies for little things they were selling. Long summers spent in the garden. Lazy days at the beach. Christmas eve when I was Father Christmas leaving snowy boot prints all over the hearth and eating carrots and mince pies. Watching her grow into a teenager and then a young woman. Then came something I hadn't planned on....she became my best friend too and I hers. I miss her so much and yet it is right that she moves on. She is happy and has her own little house and loves it. All I can do is watch her blossom. I have no right to let her know how much I am hurting or how bereft I feel. That is not for her to take on......I just never realised how much it would hurt.  Of course her little brother is still at home (early 20s) and he is now getting the full on Mothering from me ha ha.......they may get older but they are always your babies.

Sunday, 4 May 2014


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.


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 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


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

Monday, 31 March 2014

The Best Banofee Pie I have ever tasted!!


My daughter and I went out to a lovely art gallery today as we both paint. She loves her acrylics whilst I love my watercolours. There was this amazing artists work on show and her name was Penelope Timmis. I loved the colours and the freshness in her work and the way she paints. This is some of her work.


And this is where we went

Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog, Gwynedd

Its a beautiful Gallery and old house and has the most amazing cafĂ© in the conservatory that serves delicious huge slabs of homemade cakes, I had a slice of banoffee and my daughter had a slice of lemon cake. Yum!!! all washed down with a panad of course  (cup of tea).
 The weather was lovely and then on the way home there was a lightening storm which we caught on film.
It was the best lightening storm I have seen in years. Guess after the two wonderful hot days we have just had here,  something had to give.
The pictures are the work of artist Penelope Timmis and are being shown at Oriel Plas Glyn Y Weddw at the present time.