Did I Get Quality ‘Basics’ in the Sales?

Cotton Vest from White Stuff – Generous fit, soft, pretty colour/style. Too expensive at normal price, plus the stitching detail goes a bit wonky above the buttons. I actually bought this to wear as a breathable, loose pyjama top.

Maroon Tee from Newlook – Lovely rich colour and so soft! I bought this to wear under jumpers or zip through hoodies.

Mustard and Pink Jumpers from H&M – Accurate fit but they are shapeless and feel like cheap 1970’s school jumpers but thinner. I love the colours and the length though so I’ll be wearing them with a short-sleeve flannel shirt underneath.

Cotton Rich Joggers from M&S – Generous waste, medium leg length (I forgot to get some from the ‘tall section’ lol). I have thick thighs, and what I call an ‘arse-extension’ as all the fat is on the top and back, rather than the sides of my butt and these are still baggy at the back!? The material has a yoga pant feel not a traditional tracksuit bottom feel but they are quite light and soft. Perfect for chillin but still presentable enough to go out in with ankle boots.

Shaggy Hot Peach Jumper from M&S – Flattering colour and so snuggly soft! Unlike the too-big trousers, M&S think this jumper is XL but it fits like a 14! Shockingly the seam of the arm half unravelled after an hour but I’ve sown it back up as its the last one in stock. So cozy, I’m going to be living in this for the next few months.

Jazzin Jane Trainer from Rocket Dog – Most of Rocket Dogs shoes are naturally wide fitting. These are breathable, soft and light, even though they have protective rubber soles. The chunky buckle is so easy to fasten.

Faux Cowboy Boots from Nasty Gal – Rubber sole is much softer than traditional wooden soled cowboy boots. Easy to walk in and I can wiggle my toes but the fit is slightly snug across the width of them. I could do with a 7 and half these days really. Bought more for posing, than walking in though so I’m not bothered.

Conclusion

Although people leave reviews online about fit and quality, I always thought that it’s mainly items on rails in shops that get put in the sale because they are low quality. I’ve changed my mind, and next time I’ll read more than just a few reviews!

I think sales are a good way to try out basics from brands that you’ve not bought from before.

Overall, I think I did well to get such huge bargains on the items that I’ll get a lot of wear out of. I know that at 5’8 I’m a bit leggy and that a shoe size 7-1/2 or 8 is difficult to find in fashion shoes, so I’m chill with that too.

Make Your Existing Wardrobe Work for You in 12 Easy Steps

It’s so easy to automatically go to your old faithful items that you feel safe with or to keep on buying more of the same type of thing. By doing this, you are hiding the potential of the clothes you already have and possibly your own potential as well!

  1. Put all of the clothes which you always wear out of site, this includes most often worn accessories.
  2. Get out all of the items of clothing, accessories and shoes which are left and put P1000097them around your bed.
  3. Try on all of these items.
  4. For any items which don’t fit properly or have seen better days is there a way you can get them altered or fixed cheaply and quickly?
  5. Have you kept these items for VERY nostalgic reasons and feel you could never part with them?
  6. If the answer is ‘No’ to the above two questions they should go to charity or a friend or be throw away depending on quality. Label the charity/friend bag so you don’t get it mixed up – trust me.
  7. Are there any clothes that are ‘alright’ but you never wear? Maybe they should work in theory but you don’t really like them, or your personal style has completely moved on? Put them aside for now.
  8. Are there any statement items that you love but are very difficult to style? Try mixing these items with your everyday go-to items you put aside at the start or any other items left. Deal with one statement item at a time and build the outfit around that. Wether accessorising will help or hinder is at this point is up to you.
  9. If there is any item still not working but you still love it, is there another item you DI01BqvXUAA5V1o (1)can buy which will make it work? Such as boots (too cover cankles) or a little cardigan/shrug (too cover batwings) or a plain coloured vest/tee you could wear underneath (to cover up a bigger bra) or just a different style of underwear?
  10. Will it go with any of the ‘alright’ clothes? If you are still drawing a blank then the lovely but unrealistic statement items and the ‘alright’ clothes should join the charity/friend bags so one else can enjoy them.
  11. Now look at all of the clothes you have left. Try to shake off the usual rules you apply and look at each item as if it’s the first time you are seeing it. This is a god time to enlist the help of a family memeber or friend who’s style you like but is different to yours. Who knows, they might come up with an outfit you never would have thought which actually really suits you!
  12. When you create realistic outfits that you will actually WANT to wear, take photo’s of them so you can remember your new discovery, even when you are tired or in a hurry.

Remember your clothes are there to fit in with you, not the other way around.

Enjoy your new outfits!

Chrissie

My Year in Style 2019

Here are all of my style related posts from 2019. I hope they serve as inspiration if you are a little stuck for ideas or where to buy something.

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80’s Alternative Urban Hoops – Claire’s; jumper EMP; Skirt EMP; Boots – Clark’s

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Chillin Love Your Bones Tee – EMP.co.uk; Bootcut jeans – charity shop (originally Topshop); Dusky pink trainers (not shown) Nike custom Air Force 1’s

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Pirate Wench Earrings – EMP; Blouse – Hell Bunny; Skirt – EMP; Leggings – Matalan; Boots – Ebay

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Modern Vintage Blouse – Hell Bunny; Shrug – Joe Browns; Skirt – EMP; Boots – Joe BrownsSwing vests can create a more flattering shape than tucking in your tops, if you have narrow hips and/or a podge.

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Urban Casual Vest – Boohoo; Utility pants – ASOS; Trainers – Zara

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Tee Bloody Nora Pam

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Autumn Smart Casual Shawl – Matalan; Leggings – Matalan; Boots – Lands End

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Winter Smart Casual Jumper – Matalan; Jeans – ASOS; Over knee ridding boots (not shown) Shuh.

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Alternative-Casual  Tee – The Mountain; Arm warmers (worn under stripy top) – Forage; Boot cut jeans – Charity shop (previously Topshop); Chunky PVC ankle boots (not shown) Shuh

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Pins Old English Company; Jenni Fairy W on Etsy; Punky Pins

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Penguin Pin Kate Elford on Etsy

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Christmas Tree Earrings Marks and Spencer

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Tote Bag Tikea on Amazon

 

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The Perfect Winter Jumper

You know that common response when people are asked what they are going to wear out somewhere and they respond with “Oh, just jeans and a nice top”, well here’s my Winter edition.

It’s the Sparkle Jumper by Soon at Matalan also described (rather misleadingly) as ‘pearl’, which is also available in teal. I’m wearing it with tight Topshop boot cut/kick flare jeans and black pointy-toed ankle boots with a small heel.

Please tell me I’m not the only one who’s searched EVERYWHERE for a fancy Winter jumper?

Most were either off the shoulder, (brrr!), got cut-outs (they call them cold shoulder tops for a reason), open back madness, really small round necks (choke!) or turtle necks (get it me, get it off me, get it OFF!) , long length (am I the only women out there that actually likes her bum?) or cropped (it’s SNOWING in parts of the UK), so I was really relieved to find this.

I need to tell you that the sparkles are actually IRIDESCENT! It’s a light, medium length jumper; the sleeves are good but I’d love them right to my knuckles like the secret Emo I am. It’s warm but not too thick so you won’t melt when you encounter central heating. It’s also soft and a little stretchy, with gentle shaping so you could go up a size and it wouldn’t look too baggy or a size down for it to be really fitted.

I’ve just realised I don’t have any hoop or sparkly earrings in – my ear lobes are naked!

Chrissie

Trying the Autumn Menu from Pizza Express

Me and the bloke decided some Italian inspired food was well overdue and booked ourselves in with Pizza Express in Piccadilly to try their new Autumn menu.

I did a little fun poll on Twitter and Instagram (which got a whole 8 participants lol) to decide what to wear. Urban/Street 20% , Alternative 40%, Mix it up 40% Fancy-ish 20% so I went with a sailor tattoo inspired rockabilly blouse, a little black shrug, kickflare fitted jeans and feminine but chunky-soled boots. I would never have thought of putting all of them together but it worked!

Pizza Express’ new veggie dishes include a starter of Creamy Baked Garlic Mushroom with vegan mozzarella or goats cheese. Battered Halloumi bites are a new side. A main of Calzone Verdure with roasted peppers, aubergine and courgette with spinach and smoky tomato harissa. The Carbonara Romana Pizza with pancetta, mozzarella and garlic oil on a béchamel base, baked with a free-range egg. Risotto con Funghi creamy white wine risotto with Portobello mushrooms. Two chocolate deserts and an Orange & Cacao Gin Buck cocktail.

For starters I got Tomato, mozzarella and pesto (I asked for the vegan mozzarella as I love it but was told it wasn’t an option, even though it was an option with the blokes starter!?). He got the new Creamy Baked Garlic Mushroom which he thought was well balanced and tasty but not worth over £6.00! We got a huge Superfood Salad to share which is always delicious.

 

I ordered the new risotto which was delicious and very filling but not heavy. I didn’t get why it had so much rocket on it though. I had halloumi in the fridge at home so I  ordered (my fave side) polenta sticks with honey and mustard dressing. The bloke got his usual understated and under rated pizza with olives, capers, sultanas and red onions. Sounds weird but it works!

Staff were helpful and friendly and service was speedy as usual. Our only complaint was that the temperature was way too hot, even though me and the bloke were only wearing thin tops and jeans.

What would you have eaten?

Chrissie

Reducing or Replacing the Clothes I Never Wear

Things I’ve Gotten Rid Of 

I’ve been on this mission for the past 18 months or so as I’m on a limited budget. Here’s half of the clothes and accessories I’ve given to charity, chucked or put into a clothing bank and the (sometimes rather amusing) reasons.

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Cardigan: falling apart from wear. Sunglasses: I sat on them, like a dick…I mean I was the dick for sitting on them! Handbags x4: Not cross body and no zip so too easy to dip/thieve. Denim jacket: Too tight (sob). Belt: Falling apart. Hats x2: Too hot/itchy. Bracelet: Too faffy to be arsed even trying to fasten.

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Knee high boots and ankle boots x2: Heels too big for me balance in these days. Pirate boots: Worn to pieces (sob). Cargo pants: Picked up every bit of fluff and then my neighbours fluff. Dark blue jeans: Kept stretching as waft and weave the wrong way, maybe? Stupid linnen summer pants: They get giant knees in them after one days wear. GIANT B-boy/skater pants: So wide and low slung that I kept tripping over them, getting them caught in doors! Converse and Vans which don’t support my arches and make me fall on my face. Cardigan that was 18 years old. Fitted check shirt that I can’t manage to do the buttons on anymore. Long-line hoodie to go over leggings, 3x leggings and 4x skinny jeans: I now find all of my leggings and skinnies too hot, tight and claustrophobic because of stupid sensory changes.

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Joggers with diamante: (apart from the naffness of diamante) they went all baggy after three washes. Tiny skater skirt: It’s tiny and I am not anymore. Fake Uggs: They have collapsed after constant wear.

The replacements and saves

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Black cuff-ankle jeans: to replace joggers and those fluff prone cargo pants. Camel cargo pants: to replace stupid linen pants and stupid giant pants. Stone wash, boot cut jeans: To replace many others I’ve had over the years. Snake print pants: To replace wearing pyjama bottoms all bloody day. Handbag: Sturdy, zip fastening and cross body – perfect! Shrugs x2: To wear over dresses or a nice top, less frumpy than ancient cardy. Amazing faux leather jacket: To replace really thin, cheap faux leather jacket which fell apart! Structured fake Uggs to replace other fake Uggs. Flat ankle boots I can actually walk in. Custom Nike Air Force 1’s: The comfiest trainers in the world. Knee high boots: Sleek enough to wear with party dresses and tiny heel which I can actually dance in for a bit. I’ve saved the fitted shirt as the perfect summer cover up. Long hoodie, leggings and skinnies: I hope when the weather is freezing, I’ll be happy in them again.

Loss = 25 items

Gain = 12 items

Save = 9 items

Result = 13 items successfully removed or replaced

Doing this has saved me so much time, space, stress and confusion. It’s such a nice feeling to be able to wear and use everything in my wardrobe easily. Now I like getting ready in the morning and look forward to putting together outfits for nights out. It’s amazing how style buoys your personality when you wear things you want to, rather than things you’re stuck with! Charity shops are amazing places to find practical replacements as the items are affordable and you can try them on; just make sure they really are going to earn their place in your wardrobe, otherwise they aren’t a bargain.

Note: Every item that wasn’t working for me went on a ‘Second Chance’ pile and was restyled and worn for a day, before I decided what to do with it or if I should replace it. Apart from the leggings and skinny jeans which are in the bottom of the wardrobe waiting for Winter.

Chrissie

Hallowe’en Inspired Accessories

I know it takes some people a lot of confidence to really go-all-out for Hallowe’en but that doesn’t mean you can’t Vamp It Up a bit. Sorry, I couldn’t help it!

Deaths Head Moth Pin (print also available in dresses and tops) – Em and Sprout

Jezebel Tote Bag – Vivienne Of Holloway

Zombie Girl Pin – Worn To Death Apparel 

Cobweb Tassel Earrings – Boohoo

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Alternative Tees from EMP

How adorable is this tee! ‘Skeleton Lovers’ £24.99 I bought this in a Small but I’d say it’s equivalent to a 12. Nice length and curvy cut to it. The marbled finish is unusual well done too.

I must confess that I’m not a huge fan of the band Volbeat; yes, I do like some of their songs but I really love this rock n’ roll design ‘Denmark Skull’ £14.99

I bought this in a Medium (going off the EMP size guide which is usually bang on) but I should have bought a Small as it’s boyfriend fit and is more like a generous 14 on me – oops! I’ll cut off the bottom of this and wear it as a boxy oversized tee.

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I need to stop buying T-shirts, it’s an obsession. I have an entire large draw stacked full. Right, no more for two years! Gulp.

Chrissie

How The Hell Do You Sit Down In High Waisted Trousers & Jeans!?

It took me ages to find some cargo pants that weren’t skinny fit or cropped and then I came across these by Stradivarius £20.50 at ASOS. I thought I’d give high waisted pants one more try to define my waist and flatter my podge.

Kinda cool right? Well made, neutral colour, decent fit, decent length and very comfy…when standing…that’s the problem.

When sitting they come right up to my boobs like I’m an old lady. If I squish them down a bit I look like a horny old man! Oh. Hell. No.

I’m usually the same height as the online models but then, they rarely have DD’s. I was wearing a decent bra though so it’s the waist band that’s too high or my torso is too short, not that my babs are too low. LOL

So I untucked my top…

Much better. I think I look like I have bigger hips (so more shape) with this swing vest untucked anyway. So these pants are going to keep my legs cool but my back nice and toasty for Autumn/Spring then, which is quite nice actually.

If you’ve managed to sit down comfortably, and without looking ridiculous in high waisted pants/jeans with your top tucked in or a cropped top, I’d really love to know! Anyone want to help me out here?

Chrissie