Thursday, 23 June 2016

Feeling Grateful

After a rough night with my little one (possible stomach bug) I was very grateful to see the sun out today.  I am sure everyone and not just parents agree that when the sun is out life generally seems that little bit easier!

We had an afternoon out and about looking at ducklings and cygnets at our usual haunt.  It was a beautiful afternoon and my time with Stella on these days makes me infinitely grateful that I was able to return to work as a part timer.  It is wonderful being able to spend so much time with her. Today she picked up the word 'duck!' and it was so fun seeing her having so much pleasure using it.  Although saying that everything was a duck including swans and seagulls but you gotta admire her enthusiasm!

Onto more fashion related topics. I found this little denim top in New Look a few weeks ago and realised that I have been reaching for it very regularly since I bought it.  It is thick fabric so ideal for our cool summers and it looks great worn with khaki and white jeans. The frayed and striped edge makes it very up to date too. Such a bargain for only £15.99, I love it paired with my Monica Vinadar rose gold necklace but I think it would look equally pretty worn with pastel costume jewellery that I was eyeing up in Accessorize the other day.

Top - New Look Light Blue Denim Top Link
Jeans - All Saints Biker Jeans on sale here Link
Trainers - Superga Link

Two very happy faces.....and what stomach bug?  Its amazing how they rally sometimes, throwing up the night before then running about quacking at ducks the next day. I wish I had half of that energy.

Home time with a quick stop off to vote.

Thanks for reading and I hope you had a good day.

Claire x

Friday, 17 June 2016

Rose Gold Gorgeousness

A little like the dungarees I appear to be a bit behind with the whole  rose gold trend.  Its been everywhere for a while, but I have just noticed that quite a bit of it has been unknowingly sneaking into my wardrobe.  It only really occurred to me how gorgeous the shade is when someone posted an amazing photo on instagram of some rose gold cutlery which I fell madly in love with.  The cutlery is expensive and from Anthropologie, I really can't justify it especially since I already own a nice set that was bought as a wedding present when I got married but my goodness it is so lovely!

It got me then looking at other rose gold items and rather than all my rose gold perving being for no reason and being a total time wasting exercise (this is something I appear to excel at) I thought I would post them on here.

1. Rosie Huntington Whitely for Marks and Spencer Lipstick - okay this is just really a lipstick in a rose gold casing but it is very pretty.  I already own one of these lipsticks and the formula is lovely. Non drying and semi matte, it gives a great finish. Link

2. How nice is this cushion? It is from Amara and by Ted Baker. So blingy and gorgeous. Link

3. Accessorize ring, a bit of a bargain if you fancy something sparkly.  I saw this in store and it looks good. Link

4. Beautiful Raybans from House of Fraser, I actually went as far as buying these but sadly they didn't suit me and I returned them. Think this shade would possibly look better on blondes? Link

5. Havianas - I own these and I can say the brand does the comfiest flip flops. They go with everything too! Link

6. Monica Vinadar Necklace - I already own one of these but not in this rose quartz colour way. Link

7. Topshop Galaxy Shoes, sorry just realised these are sold out in this colour. I always get compliments on these. Although saying that the leather has worn terribly after I wore them while driving. Here is the black in the sale.....quite tempted. Link

8. These Steve Madden Eleanor shoes are another item that I own, again ridiculously comfortable and I would recommend them Link

9. Clearly I had to add in what started all this!  Although these are actually a cheaper version from House of Fraser. I want! Link

This is what I am wearing today, excuse my crumpled look, my little girl is teething and after a couple of rough nights she was a bit miserable this morning and wanted nothing more than to snuggle in and look at her books.  Poor wee thing has been teething forrreeevveerrrr but only has the 6 teeth! All very unfair.

Shirt - J Brand
Cardigan - Repeat
Jeans - All Saints Biker
Shoes - Steve Madden Eleanor in Rose

Have a good weekend!

Claire x

Sunday, 12 June 2016

The To Do List That Never Gets Done

We moved into our house 2 years ago, I was pregnant at the time and I had no idea what was in store for us!  When moving in we created a To Do List of things we wanted to get done around the house some of these things were big (knocking down walls!) and some were small (changing all light fittings!) but pretty much nothing got done. 2 years we have barely managed to score anything off our list apart from putting in a couple of stoves and only that was done as our house was absolutely arctic, so it was kind of a necessity.

I had no idea that having a baby would stop us from achieving what we wanted to do with our home and its not Stella's fault....its our fault.  Come the evening we are either so tired from work or parenting(!) that we have our tea, collapse in front of the tv and head to bed.  Times are changing though people, our girl is sleeping through the night now (it only took 15 months ;-) so we need to start getting stuff done. No excuses!

I am starting off small and this week I took delivery of a fabulous full length mirror from House of Fraser.  I have been without a full length mirror for 2 years now so I am totally loving this new addition.  It was also a case of go big or go home!  It is a monster! It is the Casa Couture Valencia Leaner Mirror if anyone is interested. Photo from House of Fraser website.
I have also ordered some new bar stools from Atlantic Shopping. The prices on this website are fantastic so I am hoping the quality will be decent enough.  Fingers crossed and I will keep you posted.

It was my husbands birthday last week and if you follow me on Instagram you will know my little girl thoroughly enjoyed her first taste of birthday cake.  I obviously wasn't shovelling the cake into her mouth quick enough so the spoon was snatched from me and she went to town. It got much worse than this!

We went out for dinner on Saturday night for my husband's belated birthday celebrations. I was able to give the photographer/birthday boy the night off and I took a couple of photos in my new mirror to let you see my outfit.

Knitted Top - Zara
Jeans - Topshop Destroyed Leigh Jeans
Shoes - LK Bennett Idina Peep Toe
Clutch Bag - Accessorize

That's it from me.  Hope you had a good weekend!

Claire x

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

New Look Dungarees

For years I have loved jeans, dressed up/dressed down if I wasn't in work you would find me in my favourite skinny denim.  Lately though I have become a little fed up of my off duty uniform and I think its because I am now working part time so whereas I used to only have 2 or 3 days of the week in jeans that has now increased to 5 days. 

Soooooooo, I have been online gazing at dresses, skirts, trousers, name it I have looked at it!  I have ordered a couple of things which should be winging there way to me as we speak.  
Also and I know I am a bit late to the game on this one but what I did pick up in New Look in Forestside just recently was black dungarees. Now I am slightly unsure of these on me, I have seen them on girls looking stylish on the street and seen some lovely ones on instagram but I am just not totally sure?  They are ridiculously comfortable and I feel they might be a great alternative to skinnies (and yes I know they are still denim but they aren't jeans okay?!) but on their own with just a tee underneath I feel like a bit of a knob, I just don't feel like they are me. Then I tried them on with a shirt and scarf........and I think I like it!  They were extremely reasonable at £22.99 so I will be keeping them at that price as I may possibly kick myself if I don't.

Here is a pic, please forgive the ladders in the background.  My husband is meant to be doing something with them but they have been there for an age so goodness knows. Talking about my husband I am pretty sure he is going to hate these ;-)

Dungarees - New Look
Shirt - J Brand - Roco Boutique Holywood
Scarf - Lily and Lionel - Roco Boutique Holywood
Trainers - Stan Smiths
So if your in the market for some dungarees maybe give the New Look ones a try?  For me they are what I wanted fit wise, not too tight but not too loose on the leg, adjustable straps on the top and that price point is just too good. Possibly going to be more of a Autumn/Winter piece for me because of the way I am choosing to wear them but I will maybe play around with them some more to see if I can get anything else to work.

Whats your thoughts on dungarees? Are you a convert?

Claire x

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Castle Espie and Gran Fondo

I am still loaded with this extremely annoying Summer cold but we managed to make the most of the gorgeously sunny weekend that we have just had, all be it very well dosed up on Lemsip!  My poor little girl has also has got the lurgy although her mood has been good during the day, the last few nights have been tough and not much sleep has been had by any of us.

Thursday saw me at Castle Espie with Stella. It was a glorious day and although I felt unbelievably hideous I still felt lucky to be out with my girl walking about in the sun and looking at the cutest fluffy ducklings and the odd rabbit.

Castle Espie with Scrabo in the distance

Wildwood Play
That face is saying 'come play with me Mummy'. Stella is growing up so fast, she is picking up new words every week, starting to feed herself with a spoon and she is able to play for a short time independently.  Its amazing watching her grow. I keep looking at her and wondering where did my little baby go. It makes me feel so proud but emotional all at the same time.

Top - J Brand
Coat - Zara Trench
Jeans - Topshop Hayden Ripped Jeans
Sandals - Topshop Leather Sandals
By the way that Zara coat is still being super useful and its definitely going to be one that doesn't get put away and gets used all year round. 

Today my husband took part in the Gran Fondo. He completed it and enjoyed himself.  The route passed our house so he was able to make a pit stop to see us.  Clearly he wasn't trying to win it! If the pit stop wasn't confirmation of that then the amount of beer he consumed the night before would also have cleared that up for you ;-)  

Here she is cheering on Daddy!  Saying that watching the cyclists with Stella was not a relaxing time, she wanted to be on the road where the action was happening which made for a bit of a stressful morning! We didn't last too long!

Sorry for the lack of outfits in this post but there was very little style going on this week.  I pretty much had the comfiest clothes I could find on repeat these last few days.  I aim to do better this coming week!  Thanks for reading :-)

Claire x

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Enjoying the Sunshine

How much are we all enjoying the sunshine?  It is just so uplifting  Plus a bonus for me with having a toddler is that it makes life so much easier. There is so much more you can do when your not just restricted to indoor activities.

My husband and I were both off on Monday so we enjoyed a walk around Belfast in the sun, then we headed over to Holywood and had some lunch and THEN we went to the Cultra Inn for a drink before heading home!  We fitted in as much as possible.

Culloden in the sun
T shirt - J Brand
Jeans - J Brand Demented Skinny Jeans
Trainers - New Look
Bag - Tory Burch
Sunglasses - Ray Ban
On Tuesday, we had a party at a neighbours house to attend.  It was a lovely evening and we kept our girl out past her bedtime as she was enjoying herself so much playing with the other children.  I kept it low key and casual.

Top - Stills from Roco Boutique (last year)
Chinos - J Brand
Sandals - Topshop
Necklace - Accessorize
I picked up the necklace from Accessorize on Monday.  It is so pretty, the beads have a little sparkle and the pendant is made out of stone.  It looks much more expensive than the £22 price tag.

Here is a better one of it.

Lets hope this sunshine lovely-ness continues at least for the weekend.  Its my husbands birthday and unfortunately for him both Stella and I are loaded with pretty horrible colds! 

Claire x