Sunday, 31 January 2016

Seven On Sunday 0.15 (And new hair doo!)

Ooo what a busy busy week. I have worked my rather generous behind off and its been good.
I have also been looking for the perfect wear-everywhere dress (more on that soon i'm sure) and doing a wee bit of shopping, as thank god it is finally payday.. January I'm not gunna lie, i am happy to see the back of you.
In other news,I got my hair cut this week and its quite short! I've also got some exciting news to share regarding a course and also took lots of photos for Yosa's new lines..
All in all a very productive week.
the new doo

This week around the web i have been loving...

0.1 I was in Outfit this weekend and Step Daughter was looking around the Topshop consignment, now its not a place i usually peruse, once again deeming it too young/psychedelic/ skimpy. But, they do have some great pieces that are none of the above. These caught my eye and i actually gasped, then quickly reminded myself i do not need another pair of black boots. In all fairness these are very different and would look great with culottes and midi's and all jeans.. Oh dear... want, want, want!!!

0.2.. Looking for great cashmere? I have been, as I've mentioned before.. And I've found some here! Now all i have to do is decide what colour, I'm thinking the grey crew neck for a time less look, what d'you think? The powder blue is gorgeous too though and in to spring could be perfect.

0.3 We've signed up to Amazon Prime as i kinda feel like I've exhausted Netflix. We've watched Mr Robot and currently watching Hand Of God- love Ron Pearlman; He'll always be Hellboy to me!
Any recommendations for good series to get our teeth in to?

0.4 Found the breton top of my dreams, finally. Can't wait for it to arrive.

0.5 Discovered Danish Brand Ganni and fell in love. The blouse I want is sold out everywhere, but I'm biding my time and  stalking checking daily.

0.6 I have bought 3 crappy mascaras this past couple of weeks.. none of them sit right on me. I'm just about to give up hope.. any suggestions? I like thickening volume and length. I've heard good things about this one which i may have to take the plunge and try.

0.7 I do love a good shirt dress..

What have you loved this week? Do share!


Friday, 29 January 2016

Grey Swing Dress (& #Passion4Fashion Link-up!)

 I well and truly have that Friday feeling today, its been a long week of 5am wake up calls (cheers for those, oh darling husband) and a busy week with Yosa (yay!), plus my new exercise regime is really testing me to my limits and when I say limits I actually mean I am on the verge of being broken.
It hurts to even think. The problem with exercise is i want instant gratification, after 5 days of doing some high intensity workouts I want rock hard abs and thighs that could crack nuts.
But alas I'm not even close. But I shall plough on with hope that a super fit bod will be rewarded to me if I persist.
In the mean time I'll just be sat with a hot water bottle on my aching bones ;)

As for today's post, a simple swing dress from last weekend. I love how a swing dress hides a multitude of sins.
I added in my favourite Mango biker jacket, some really old boots and my new rather funky studded bag.

I'm off for a haircut today and I can't wait, going to go a little shorter I think (that's if I don't chicken out ;)

Happy Friday all!

Biker Jacket
Similar (actually nicer) Boots


Thursday, 28 January 2016

Life Lately...

I thought I would do a little catch up post today. A sort of goodbye January.
Even though we still have few days left, to be frank, I am so happy to see the back of it..
This will be looked back on as the month that :
We were burgled, the car broke down, the dog was sick on my leg in the car (thank god for coated jeans.. wipe clean.. genius!) and Neo decided to bring me home a treat.. smooshed up jelly in his lunch box.. Lucky me;)

Apart from dog sick and smooshed up jelly, here's what else has been going on:


2016 seems to have started off a little rocky for us here. But when things go south it can only mean that we rise on up from here.
We started with a spell of terrible luck, cars braking down and a burglary.
But all things fixed you soon realise there's no point crying over broken cars after all.
It was a harsh lesson to learn so early on in the year but I have to say, from being completely and utterly stressed out of my little mind the first week, I have now learnt to let some of those demons go.

I've started!! Woohoo roll out the flags! (lol) No but seriously, I finally gave myself a kick up the bum to exercise. I really haven't been in the right frame of mind for it and would literally shudder at the mere thought of physical activity. But then I realised that's all part of the lethargy that has been consuming me.
Having quite a sedentary job, sat at my desk for multiple hours a day means this backside doesn't get moving too often. At least when I worked in the travel agents I would walk to and from the car park, out for a bit at lunch time and then up and down from my desk whilst in work.
Now the furthest I go is about 20 feet in to the kitchen to make another cuppa!
Exercise is therefore imperative.
I've started on the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred, which I started before but never completed and therefore never got 'shredded' as she likes to put it.
But this time, God damn it, I want to be 'shredded'... I want to be Mrs Shredded in fact.
Right now I'm only a few days in and holy hell, it hurts...I literally just groaned getting the 4 pints of milk out the fridge, and going up  and down stairs is possibly going to make me keel over.
But I shall do it.. And YOU must keep me accountable.. promise?
I've been looking at treating myself to some new gym gear as a way of keeping myself interested.. because we all know shopping is obviously the answer to all my life problems;)

Thoughts on feeling crappy
You may laugh at this, in fact I hope you do, but I *may*have spent one too many an hour on Pintrest these past few weeks.
And I've decided to limit myself (because quitting seems extreme).
You see, in all seriousness I suffer terribly from comparing myself to others and feeling sub-par to their level.
Its completely self-inflicted, I don't even know why I do it. Always have. But I need to chill the eff out.
My life is not 'pinnable' majority of the time. My kitchen is the size of a stamp and filled with dishes (only some dirty;), my kids leave their toys everywhere (lego piece to the foot anyone?) and the dog likes to join in leaving her toys on mass across the carpet (she's probably worse than the kids in fact). I can't solely blame the kids either, my make-up in strewn across the dresser and there's a pile of clothes just staring at me and patiently waiting to be out away.
Its so easy to get caught up in the 'perfect picture' and feel like your life is crumbling around you in comparison, or that quite frankly you're just not good enough.
Even my outfit photos where comparably awful to the lovely delights of the world of Pintrest.
I was cruelly torturing myself by letting this terrible comparison override my true judgement.
Yeh my house is a teeny tiny messy little place, but so what? We are all happy and healthy and its our mess.
No my outfits never turn out like the ones on Pintrest, but then I am not them.. I am me.
I need to be more accepting of myself. I have room for improvement, but its my room, not me trying to be someone else.
Have you ever fallen sucker to the wonderful world of Pintrest or worse, the constant comparison disorder?


I am still in love with being at home and being here for them everyday when they get off the bus. I previously got home from work most nights about 6.30, with Neo going to bed on a school night at 7pm it meant so little time to be with him.

Working from home can be hard sometimes, quite lonely and all the rubbish house chores fall on me mostly (Have I ever mentioned I am rubbish at house chores.. like REALLY naff, domestic goddess I am not!), but being there everyday for my kids, well that is rewarding enough.

But as any mother out there can vouch, I worry. I worry about them all the time.
Neo my son (as opposed to my two step children) is 5, he's a late summer baby and got in to the year he's in by the very cusp (the literal cusp, being the youngest by far with his 31st August birthday) 
I worry he's falling behind, I worry he may feel sad, I worry he can't read yet when others are flying through the books (its that bloody comparison thing again rearing its ugly head), I worry over EVERYTHING. And now I'm home alone I have not many people to confide my worries in. So I'm telling you apparently.
He really is the most wonderful, sweet little boy and I couldn't be more proud, he makes my heart want to burst ten times a day, but still I worry.
Motherhood really is bitter-sweet (mostly sweet).

Well now we're at the tail end of the worst month of the year, we are now able to start making some real plans, which feels nice.
I've mentioned it previously but this month (i mean February) we will be booking our Summer holiday with the kids and also looking at something for ourselves.
We've talked and talked and talked some more about it, and having some time together would mean so much to us. But with a husband who hates flying the ex-travel agent in me suggested maybe a cruising option. I know SO many people who say how marvellous they are.
Could this be the answer to our travel conundrum?
Have you ever cruised? I would love to hear if you have!

Ooo exciting times ahead. I love the turn of the season, when all the new stock comes in and I start prematurely dreaming of Spring. We have had some land this week and it is looking good!! I feel with every season Yosa grows stronger and stronger and the stock gets better and better. This month we have more fabulous new bags and scarves and also some fun statement jewellery of course. But i shall save all that for another post.
I have some fantastic announcements too so that will all be in February. But January for me has seen me launch the Yosa Super Sale and selecting our Spring line. 

Anyway, how has your January been? Did you have a good start to the year?
Do let me know in the comments, a good natter is exactly what this gal needs.

Have you made any plans for this year yet? 

Any holidays or tasks to undergo?


Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Say Hello to the Perfect Black Coat (&Under £60!)

Well, the search for the perfect black coat is finally over!
Would you believe if i told you that i have been searching high and low for the perfect crombie-style black coat for a whole year. I kid you not.
Twelve whole months of looking, quite frankly it felt like it may have been easier to find Venus de Milo's arms!
It started last winter, but to no avail.
With every coat i fell in love with coming in at the £200-300 price mark it seemed finding a classic black coat was out of my reach.
I had a price break of around £100, no more. It had to come to the knee, be lined, pure black of colour and of a nice quality.
I'm not asking too much here am I?
When it comes to the classic black coat, i wanted something that would stand the test of time.

During my Adidas Gazelle hunt recently i found myself back at Zalando. The thing I love about this site is that you find things from brands that you would never have looked at had they not been on this multi-brand/department store type site.
After finding the perfect navy blue Gazelles which i had searched high and low for, I thought I would see if they could deliver on the holy grail of black coats.
And boy did they deliver...

Say hello to the perfect black coat

The perfect length, lined, jet black  crombie-style coat.
And you'll never guess the brand...
Miss Selfridge
I know!!
Somewhere I haven't shopped in about a decade, deeming it in my head to be too skimpy and young;)
Well I shall just eat my own words there as I absolutely adore my coat.
See what i mean about multibrand websites? My eyes have been well and truly opened i tell you.

I decided to wear it in the best way I know; Simple.
Lately i am all about the simple classic clean lines and find myself leaning more and more towards that buzz phrase that's around right now: The Capsule Wardrobe (more on that soon).
I paired it with my favourite distressed girlfriend jeans, a black polo neck knit, a statement studded clutch and finished off with a red lip.
My favourite.
I think i could quite happily live in versions of this very outfit, in-fact lately I've been doing just that.

Oh and before I forget, if you do what I did and sign up to the Zalando newsletter you get £10 off your first order over £50.00 meaning the coat is even more of a complete and utter bargain!

Black roll neck

Lipstick in hot pepper

 Do you own a classic Black Coat?


Friday, 22 January 2016

Instaoutfits 04 & #Passion4Fashion

Yay for everyday outfits, I love doing these posts (as I've probably said the 3 times previously that I've written them). Now I'm working from home with a staffing of one (moi) its nice to keep accountable. Not gunna lie there are days when all I want to do is stay in my joggers and hoodie and you know when its -3 degrees my beloved Uggs are well and truly on for the majority.
But the one thing I've learnt is, if I make an effort in the morning my day is far more productive, work gets done and I'm generally in a happier mood.
After working in a uniform for the past 3 years I'm loving having the freedom to choose my clothes each day. Only problem is I obviously need more clothes now. Blatantly I don't need anything. But still i shop;)

There are a few items i've been loving this month
My new Mango biker jacket, my Adidas Gazelle sneakers, my old but very loved Camel coat (similar and really nice) and then lots and lots of knitwear.
Where i can I've listed the items or very similar below, just in case you would like to join me on the needing more clothes front.

What have you bought this month and loved?

Mango biker jacket
 Great Plains Trousers on sale!
 Adidas Gazelles
Similar Camel Coat
Gap Merino crew neck
Chambray shirt
 Burgundy Biker
Khaki shirt
Adidas Gazelles

 Warehouse Knitted dress
Tan Boots
Blanket Wrap

 Radley Navy Bag

 Navy Peacoat

 Rag and Bone Grey Jeans
Grey bobble hat
Grey Knit Dress

 Rebecca Minkoff Bag

 Black D ring Jumpsuit 

 Camel coat
Coated Jeans
 Steve Madden Boots

Senorita Scarf
Clarks Boots (on sale)

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