Thursday, 28 February 2013

Black doesn't mean boring...

I don't profess to know much about fashion, but I do know that one of the key trends this season is Monochrome {I know this because the clothes in shops and glossy mags tell me so, clever, right?!}. I also know that I wear a lot of black, and seem to be naturally drawn to monochrome colour schemes {if we can call black and white a scheme?!}. I even prefer black and white photography. To me, black is far from boring.

As a busy working single Mum, I need clothes that are smart and flattering, yet effortless to wear and easy to coordinate. With this in mind, and inspired by some new work trousers I  recently purchased, I burnt a hole in my virtual credit card and did some online wish-list shopping...


I tend to use my nail polish and make up to inject a bit more colour vibrancy into my day to day appearance - I probably have more nail polish than I do clothes! I'm trying to make more informed choices about the clothes I buy, opting for classic, simple pieces that will last, and hoping I have the pennies to supplement them every once in a while if I feel uninspired.

And just to prove I don't always wear black... I totally fell in love with these grey studded ballet shoes! Grey is a colour...honestly, it is!


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All items and photos chosen from the New Look website. Some links may be affiliated.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

25 facts about me...

1) I'm a July baby and was always the youngest in my year at school. Having a birthday just after the start of the summer holidays meant I never had to endure sitting through lessons though!

2) I am absolutely terrified of spiders. I simply can not deal with them. Tiny ones are just about bearable, but any bigger than my thumbnail and I'll run out of the room screaming. I am trying my hardest to hide my fear from Jamie - I think perhaps I shall train him to search and destroy?!

3) I'm newly single for the first time in 9 years. 2013 has served up some major life changes, but I'm looking upon them as a chance for a fresh start and a new beginning.

4) I take hundreds of photos. I Instagram constantly, and fill up my iPhone memory on a monthly basis, seeing the photographic opportunity in almost every moment. I simply point and click, but I love the feeling of capturing a moment and preserving it for posterity.

5) I paint my nails on an almost daily basis.


6) I haven't ever been to Paris, and I am absolutely desperate to go. I want to be a horribly stereotypical tourist and take hundreds of photos of the Eiffel Tower whilst munching on a baguette.

7) I'm actually pretty shy, although no one who meets me ever believes that. I've grown in confidence as I've grown up, and going to University was certainly the catalyst that boosted my self esteem and gradual self belief. Being confident is not something that comes naturally to me. 

8) I laugh a lot, and have a pretty immature and sarcastic sense of humour. Fart jokes are almost guaranteed to make me laugh. Reading Damn You Auto Correct makes me giggle until my sides hurt.

9) I was quite the tomboy when I was little. I used to play with two boys that lived on my street, making mud pies, building dens in the bushes outside my childhood home, and generally getting rather grubby. I also used to make them play 'Mums & Dad's'...I was always the Dad!

10) I have this little sister Lucy. She is small and very funny. Sometimes we take silly photos of ourselves.*


11) I'm a bookworm, and when I have the time I love nothing more than to immerse myself into a fictional world.

12) I have never broken a bone in my body {hope I'm not tempting fate}, despite being ludicrously clumsy.

13) I have lived in Surrey my whole life, although I am often surprised when strangers comment on my 'posh' accent.

14) I got my first tattoo in 2012, and am already eager to get another. Sorry Mum!

15) Being a Mother is the hardest thing I've ever done, whilst simultaneously also being the very best. Nothing can truly prepare you for what you will endure for your little person. Jamie will always be my No.1 man.


16) I really love music, and how instantly it can transform my mood. My heart most definitely lies with drum & bass.

17) Speaking of music, I went through a 'goth'/'emo' stage in my teens, and drove my parents crazy with the sounds of heavy metal blaring out of my stereo. Even now if I hear a System of a Down, Slipknot or Korn track it is an instant hit of nostalgia.

18) I would dislike living in a city. I need to be somewhere with fresh air, near green fields, woodland, winding country lanes and small, cosy pubs.

19) Having said that, I was never much of an outdoorsy person {although I am more so now, especially since having had Jamie, who loves to be outside}. My Mum used to call me a troglodyte because I would be hidden away inside all through the summer!

20) I am utterly obsessed with Christmas. It is such a magical time of year.


21) I didn't realise I had a 'type', but over Christmas a close {male} friend identified whist watching MTV that I appear to - 'rough and ready', tattooed/pierced, stubble, a skinhead or messy hair and a toned body. Well, what can I say?! 

22) I am embarrassingly awful at maths. Numbers are my nemesis, words are my friends.

23) I have a fair amount of phobias, but by far the most irrational are my {genuine} fears of cheesecake and dinosaurs.

24) I'm pretty obsessed with Pinterest, and 'pin' almost daily.

25) I really like the 'Keep Calm' trend, however annoying or outdated it may be now. It is just a motto that appeals to me, I find it inspiring {my dedicated Pinterest board probably attests to that}.


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*Kudos to anyone who spotted the ode to Charlie & Lola here! Jamie and I are huge fans of the books.