Outfit Of The Day – Smart, Dark, Country

I feel like this is my girl version of Johnny Cash’s style. A bit of an alternative style for Spring, I guess.

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Earrings – Next (this season here and here)

Sunglasses – Jaeger 

Shirt – Peacocks

Bag – New Look (this season here)

Thumb ring – EMP

Jeans – MOTO ‘Sydney’ Topshop

Shoes – Office (this season here)

Chrissie

Old English Company – Quirky Stationary, Homeware and Gifts

I’m one of those people that loves to be surrounded by nice things. No item is just a note pad or a coaster or a cup, everything I own has been chosen for it’s function but also it’s form. Old English Company is a brand that excels in the design of these types of items, quirky, yet relatable, pretty but practical. Here are my top picks.

This coaster captures my early morning thoughts exactly and sits on my blokes bed side table as a not so subtle hint! I really like that the daily planner has a to-do list on one side and a dairy/journal page on the other. I wish all diaries and planners had space for you to fill in your own dates like this one does as I think it looks awful when you miss a day or two in the pre-planned ones.

As I don’t drink much tea and didn’t grow up in a household where the kettle was always on, I often forget to ask people if they want a brew. So now this coaster can do it for me.

I was surprised to see that Old English Company also do enamel pin badges and greetings cards as well stationary and homeware. I treated myself to three badges; A cute pumpkin one for halloween as I love pretty seasonal accessories, ‘First coffee, then the world’ and a ‘Coffee first’ pin as I clearly have more coat lapels available than I do cups of coffee. I chose an Xmas card for my Dad (I like to plan ahead) and a birthday card for the Bloke.

A wise person once said ‘Why have plain stuff about the place, when you can have pretty stuff instead.’ Okay, that person was me ^_^

Chrissie

 

Products mentioned we’re gifted to me.

Monthly Roundup – Feb & March

FEB

I’m going to start off with ‘Our Day’ as we call it because it’s around Valentine’s Day but it doesn’t HAVE to be on that exact date. We went to our favourite Asian vegetarian restaurant for traditional dishes, contemporary dishes and as many of the amazing mock meats we could fit!

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For Autumn and Winer and lets face it, most of spring in the UK I’ve taken to wearing JJH – Jumper, jeans and heels. For warmer days I pick a light knit with a wide neck, looser boot cut jeans and strappy heels. For colder days a chunky oversize knit, skinny jeans and high heeled ankle boots.

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After a busy afternoon or a night out at a gig, I’d be pretty useless the next day. I was being defeated by simple things like opening bottles, getting dressed and combing my hair, and also saying sentences which went around in circles without any point because I was really brain fogged as well as fatigued and utterly uncoordinated. So I sat down and kind of forced myself to think of 10 Reasons Why I Love My Wonky Body. The post got so many positive responses, from gentle encouragement to people saying they totally empathised and I’d made them feel better.

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I have to confess, in the 80’s I loved bumbags or fannypacks (for peeps in the US). Now the trend has been recycled into the more fashion friendly ‘belt bags’. So here are 12 Belt Bags for Spring.

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I also blogged 10 No Nonsense Life Lessons as it’s taken me a while to figure some of them out and I wished I’d have know all of them in teens and twenties.

Me and the Bloke celebrated Shrove…Pancake Day this year and made some rather substantial pancakes by adding too much flower – oops! We have them in the traditional neutral/savoury way, with lots of sugar and lemon.

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I always get flabby over winter from over eating and hibernating but I figured while the weather is cool I should get my butt moving now, before the weather gets too hot in Spring/Summer. I’m pretty pleased with the result, although those shiny nylon type of leggings act like cellophane (saran wrap) and do a lot of the work aesthetically!

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MARCH

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What a top night! The supporting band was Afro Cluster (reminds me of a retro hair product) who’s sound I’d describe as funky jazz hip-hop with a fantastic MC. Charles obviously knows his Northern Soul, trad soul and funk as he’s been doing this for over a decade now but I loved that he threw in three of Stevie Wonders funkiest tunes. Band On The Wall were lovely when it came to reserving me a banquette (as part of their disability accommodations) so I didn’t have any anxiety over standing in pain or passing out with heat fatigue.

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It snowed!!! Yes, as you can tell, I love snow. This is my view from the living room window. Rather Narnia-esque isn’t it? ^_^

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I’ve finally found a dairy-free chocolate and nut spread which tastes like Nutella, better actually! Here’s my review of Meridian Cocoa & Hazelnut Butter.

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Now the weather is getting milder (utterly indecisive) for Spring, I’m moving toward my trusty 90’s grunge look as the layering is so practical, plus, it’s more socially acceptable than going out in PJ’s.

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Eeeh, pie! For too long it has been a case of No woman, No pie, so for British Pie Week we accepted an invite to Pieminister on Church Street – which is quickly becoming my fave city centre street. I chose Wild Shroom pie; mushroom and asparagus in a creamy white wine sauce and the Bloke chose Saag Pie-neer; pea, paneer cheese, potato, chilli and mango, both with mash spud and gravy, of course (£7 for one).

The pies were amazing, pastry not too flakey, not too stodgy, with perfectly balanced flavours. I loved the mash but the Bloke thought it a little over-worked. He liked the gravy and I thought it would go perfectly with any pie on the menu but, for me, it didn’t taste savoury enough. Pieminister also offer three gluten free options but it depends were you go for your pie (pub, cafe, restaurant) as they aren’t available everywhere.

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It would seem that I’m going grey early, or rather, gold. My nearly black hair has been getting lighter and lighter, as have my pale green eyes, which are now a golden-amber shade. So does that mean I’m going to be a golden oldie? Haha! Sorry.

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I was sent this Hempz body moisturiser which has the scent of banana, which is just heavenly! It contains pure hemp seed oil, an absolute saviour for dehydrated, under nourished skin. It also contain Shea butter and ginseng to sooth skin (I used it after shaving my legs and it didn’t irritate them) and vitamins A, E and C to protect against environmental damage.

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We are growing a chilli plant, well it was three chilli plants but we killed the other two somehow. I was going to give it a name but the Bloke advised me not to get too attached, going off the overall survival rate.

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These Violife dairy free (and vegan) cheese slices taste like Kraft Cheese Slices but better. I’ve been melting them onto nachos in the microwave for 40 seconds for very melted on with salt and pepper or 20 seconds which is like that sweet, gooey, cinema cheese.

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I decided to check out Peacocks, a brand I used to love in my 20’s. They’ve gotten even better. I bought, beautiful lingerie, an initial cup, an initial makeup bag, a rose gold (and very sturdy) charging lead, and the most blinging hand-warmers and beanie I’ve ever seen. Everything I bought is well made, well fitting, reasonable priced, not to mention, very pretty!

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For anyone who is too old or just too damn cool for an easter egg, I did a little post of Dairy-free Chocoalte Treats for Easter.

Chrissie

Monthly Round Up – January

I’ve not posted that much this month, mainly because January is a bit bloody meh. I’ve only been averaging three hours of daylight with me being a night person, so not exactly motivating…Well, motivating me to turn on the TV and order takeaway!

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At the start of Jan I compiled a post of quirky motivational quotes – one for each day of the month. Some of my own making and other unclaimed one’s that I’d seen pop up on social media several times.

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I lost one of my snowflake earrings my Ma bought me (totally gutted) but found these beautiful one’s on Etsy by Pretty By Susan Jewellery. They were wrapped with such care, like a little gift.

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My only beauty review this month was Human + Kind Dry Hair Conditioner. What a wonderful start to the new year for my hair!

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I cannot justify spending money on tiny plastic unicorns, especially when I can’t tell which one I’m going to get as they are in blind boxes. Toki Doki notebooks on the other hand… ^_^

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I’ve slowly gotten into the habit of just accepting myself in piccies, rather than asking “Do my eyes look expressive/big/kind enough? Is my smile even?” Yes, I do have exquisite ‘resting bitch face’ and the photo often looks like it should be a meme captioned with a sarcastic ‘Yeah, right.’ or ‘As if.’ but it’s my face and I like me, so I guess I should like my face too – unintentionally disdainful expressions and all.

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I’ve been searching for some glam black heals with a bit (ok a lot) of sparkle for months. They were all either too high, too narrow, too slip on or too open toed. Then I found these in a wide fit and in the sale at New Look. I incorporated them into a sports-luxe outfit, with black straight-leg pants with a sporty beige side stripe, a velvet look rose-gold strappy top, black cotton cardigan, a metalic cross-body handbag and big hoop earrings. See bellow…

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To celebrate being together for just under a decade – but not sharing one tiny abode, which would drive us both nuts – me and the bloke went out for a meal. With lots of fun things planned in the next five months and having no money tree or generous genie tucked away, we decided to use up some vouchers to do what we’ve always both loved doing together; indulging in delicious dough, cheese and chocolate cake at Pizza Express.

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I decided to vicariously collect some urban apparel by putting together 12 Street Style Hoodies, all of which I’d wear myself and all of which are fairly affordable from the high street.

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More ‘Funny’ but Very Earnest Things I Said and Did as an A-typical Kid. If you have a sec and want a giggle and/or think you might identify with this.

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I made a fantastic peppercorn sauce by mistake! I combined 4 tspn dairy-free cheese sauce powder with 300ml almond milk, a teaspoon of nutritional yeast, salt and a lot of pepper.

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At this point in my life I’ve decided, unless my accessories are literally attached to me, then I can’t be responsible for not loosing them. I keep my handbag under my coat when walking through the city at night and love how versatile, cute and practical cross-body handbags bags are, so I selected 16 of the best.

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To help my conscience and the condition of my skin, I decided to try Zads vegan takeaway in Chorlton. I really want to say it was fantastic. It was not. For every positive, I found there was a negative (in my opinion) so fair-to-middlin I s’pose. If you live in the South Manchester area, please check out my review of Zads, then order something from them yourself and see what you think.

 

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Chrissie

Polly Pocket Bag from Truffle Shuffle

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Oddly enough I was never very interested in Polly Pocket as a kid, instead I had Lego, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghost Busters and a few My Little Pony’s. However, when I saw this Polly Pocket cross-body bag from Truffle Shuffle (£37.99) I thought it was ace! As a handbag bag it’s surprisingly spacial, adorable but not too infantile, a pretty mint green/blue colour that will go with a lot of things and glam enough to style up an outfit.

I took pictures in different lights as the vinyl has a slight opaque pearlised look and the spearmint blue/green colour changes slightly.

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It’s pretty chunky for a handbag and I could fit my retro Nokia, my purse which is thick with cards and change, a compact mirror, keys and still had room for some makeup.

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I do have two complaints though and they are important one’s:

The silky lining has a print of Polly Pocket and her bloke in a posh house, which is very cute but the colours are surprisingly dark. Even in full sunlight (granted it was low Winter sun) it still looked underwhelming.

The second thing is the cheap metal zip. At first I thought it was due to me being Dyspraxic but then a few other people tried it and found it awkward as well. It helps when the bag is bulked out so the zip is nice and flat and the side ‘hinges’ are tucked in neatly but it still catches in certain places as if the edges of the zip haven’t been engineered smoothly.

Believe me, there is nothing more embarrassing than struggling to get your purse out of your big novelty bag, in front of a queue of people eye-rolling at you and muttering things like ‘Patience is a virtue.’ and ‘Bloody hipsters.’

Humph.

If you are mad into your nostalgia and care more about your Insta feed and #OOTD blog posts, than something constantly performing up to standard, then go for it! Or you could just use it as a rather expensive makeup case.

***Update***

After ten minutes of repeated (and very determined) zip wrangling by a responsible adult, it’s now 95% smoothed out – hurrah!

Rating 4/5

Chrissie

 

Style Edit – It’s The Vinyl Countdown

It's The Vinyl Countdown

 

Whether it’s a skirt, shoes, a mac or just a shiny accessory, life in plastic is fantastic!

Cross-body Handbags

Cross-body Handbags

 

Stylish and safe – perfect for in the city

Why I’ll Always Blog About Personal-Style Rather Than Fashion

I read in the news a few days ago that people were queuing over night in Manchester because a shop had a certain pair of Adidas trainers on sale. The sale price was £85!

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Apart from being on a budget, I always dress for comfort over style, otherwise my sensory problems would mean I’d be dragging the item off after an hour for being too hot/cold/tight/loose/high necked/wide necked. Plus, if I wanted to be a serious fashion blogger I’d have to get my wonky facial expressions under control, which would take far – far to much concentration from me, and patience from the person with the camera, haha!

There is also the whole thing of being an individual and not being a sheep in designer clothing but I’ll not patronise you with that rant. I know that affordable designer clothing being available in vintage shops – international street style driving trends – designers collaborating with bloggers and hip-hop artists etc. has pretty much blurred the lines between personal-style and fashion but I still think it’s really important to care more about who you are, rather than who the designer of your shoes are.

Here are some of my favourite Outfits of the Day (oldest to newest) from the five years I’ve been blogging.

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dd6n6rkxcaahd8k-large1So in my personal style, over five years I reckon I’ve covered: Rock, punk, grunge, 90’s, casual ‘boyfriend’ look, urban, country, boho, pastel grunge and combinations of the above. Honestly, anything that suited my mood on the day.

 

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What’s your favourite personal-style?

Chrissie