Thursday, 29 July 2010

The clothes I just don’t wear…

Have you ever bought anything and never worn it?

I have serious bouts of this and I’m not just talking the odd dress that looked better in the shop on the clearance rail. Do I just buy the wrong things, or am I just having a bad case of clothes hoarding?

Believe my I’ve cut down hugely. I used to own a closet several times larger than I do now. But I really wish, I knew how to wear some of the clothes I still own.
Now these 4 pieces are items I instantly snatched from the rails. These are items I WANTED to own. Yet they have been hanging in my wardrobe collecting dust for just too long.

Exhibit No.1

An H&M skirt bought many years ago on clearance for £5.

I bought this instantly because I loved the fabric and the colour, yet I have never known ‘how to wear it’ I never know whether to tuck in or tuck out and all in all I crumble at putting together a girly outfit.
But I still to this day love the design of this skirt, so parting with this is not likely to happen.

Exhibit No.2

Vintage lace dress bought from charity shop for £1

This dress is so timeless and classic. However it has only just survived the cut. I mean I think it was bagged up for charity once, but I salvaged it at the last minute. However I hold my hands up to have never actually have worn this. This is the typical ‘I like it on the coat hanger’ which later translates to ‘I don’t like it on me’ dress.

Exhibit No.3

Harajuku Jacket bought in River Island for £35

To be quite frankly honest I bought this because it has ‘harajuku’ embroidered on it. As stupid and strange as it may sound. I was huge on harajuku and I do love embroidery.
I have worn this probably twice- three times pushing it going a few years back. At the time I bought it, I had real long hair down the bottom of my back, so the whole embroidered design was actually hidden under my hair. Pointless seems to hop into my mind.

I then had an even more unfortunate experience in which I saw a woman wearing it in quite an unflatteringly way. I know I shouldn’t be so quick to judge, but it just totally put me off wearing it. YET it still hangs in my wardrobe.

Exhibit No.4

Lakers vest bought from charity shop for 50p

I wish I had guts. I really do. When I bought this I had this whole mad idea that it was retro and cool. And secretly I always wanted to own a basketball shirt. So to me this is COOL. But I totally bottled out of it. I mean I won’t even wear this in the house without feeling stupid, though I know on anyone else I would think it looked totally cool.

What is a girl to do, when she blatantly loves clothes, but seriously has no confidence/charisma to pull the damn things off.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

My obsession with free gifts

So when someone wants to give you something for free. Yes completely free you have to take advantage of it right?

Well I am a sucker for a free gift, and I couldn’t believe it when I saw these stacked up in a bulging display at the supermarket.
Now I think Bodyform are very wise, a girl needs to buy these products regardless, but to give away a cute tin to store them in is in my book very wise marketing.
And it wasn’t that long ago they ran the promotion with the free
Jemma Kidd lipglosses.

There are 10 different designs, I chose this one instantly. Some of them look to be prints, however this one is an embossed design. I was ever so tempted by a peacock feathers one too.

To be honest we’ve all been there, rooting through our bags, and subsequently the item we don’t want on display to the viewing public makes a much public appearance! Well this tin is crafty and happens to look very pretty.

And best of all, my ahem… Bodyform cost me £1.00!

Thursday, 22 July 2010

An Old Haunt Of Mine

Long before my ventures to Sunday morning boot sales and frolicking on eBay, I was much a charity shop girl. I would go almost every weekend with my Mum round the local ones.
It was when I went to college I discovered the ‘flea market’. It was a complete scrapheap of junk week after week; I would go every Wednesday mostly on my own and bring back a whole host of goodies. The 20p boxes always enticed me.

Well its years since I’ve been to that market and a good 12months since I’ve been to them charity shops. So this was much overdue...

Adorable kitsch tin from the flea market for £1, I love the cute little illustrations and couldn’t resist it.

I found this bangle in a recently re-opened charity shop for 50p; it’s typically what I go for, vintage florals.

Now I swear I’m turning into some mad old bag and book lady, but my Mum bought me this wonderful bag from Primark. It was reduced to £2 and even though I have a (fair) few bags, I don’t have a bag this size/shape etc...

And as for books. Well I keep telling myself once our bookshelf is full it’s full. NO more. But I couldn’t resist these…

This children’s book from 1967. So terribly cute and cost 25p from one of the smaller charity shops. It includes 8 stories, complete with illustrations. My favourite has to be Cinderella of course!

I also stumbled across this, a book my friend has recommended for many years, I was simply browsing and suddenly recognized the title. This was 99p, I seriously recommend charity shops for books, they cost next to nothing.
I do hope I enjoy it as much as she did♥

I also got some Toy Story goodies. I know, I know how bad am I? These have been given away free all week with the Daily Mirror newspaper and my Auntie has been collecting them for me, I do love the film as you all know and I can’t resist a bit of a freebie.


Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Toy Story 3

So 11years coming, I have finally been re-united with Buzz, Woody, Jessie & co.
Yes I’m a mega Toy Story geek, have all the toys etc etc… (Well not quite, I’m still on the hunt for the original Slinky)

Well the Mr took me to see the new film last night. I HATE going to the cinema when new films are just released but surprisingly it wasn’t too bad. We went to a late showing and they were only a few kids in, yes it was full of mainly adults.

So it’s safe to say I am besotted with a certain Mr Lightyear all over again. (Especially in his Spanish mode!)
I just love Disney and the original Toy Story has always been one of my favourite films, just because.

I will keep this short, I’m not up on reviewing films, but if you have ever had a soft spot for a toy, then you have to see this. It lives up to the hype and is actually really grown up. The story is really emotional, and the jibes at Ken are pretty hilarious.

There will always be a place in my heart for these films♥

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Teenage Fiction

Following on from Fridays post sharing some of my childhood favourites. These are the books I associate with my teenage years.

As far as reading was concerned, I feel I didn’t read as much as I would have liked to, but there were a few exceptions which captured my imagination…

Stargirl- by Jerry Spinelli
I think I first read this when I was about fifteen, and the whole story completely captivated me. It really was one of those books that made me want to be the character in it.
The way Stargirl was described, her sunflower bag, just totally stole my heart.
Such a mysterious tale, with a completely open ending. A beautiful book, one which will always have a place in my heart.

The Illustrated Mum- by Jacqueline Wilson
Jacqueline Wilson was still a huge favourite of mine. The Illustrated Mum in particular is one that I really enjoyed. I didn’t really know much about tattoos when I was younger. So to read a book all about a woman who gets tattoos was very different for me.
It was told in such a beautiful way. The appeal of Nick Sharrats illustrations continued to inspire me; particularly this cover design is one of my favourites too.

I spent many years wishing I was called Star or Dolphin after reading this.

Nightmare Hour- by R.L. Stine
This was a book I was introduced to at school, and I managed to pick this copy up in a charity shop for £2 some years later.
It’s a book of short stories by whom else but R.L. Stine, much a fan of the TV series Goosebumps, these stories where so different to what I would have normally read and enjoyed. For one I hate horror, but something about these really are exciting.

Stone Cold- by Robert Swindells
Again another book we read at school, it’s actually quite a disturbing story, about a man killing young homeless people, but having studied all the characters, I know this book inside out.

Sabrina The Teenage Witch
I had a bit of a phase with Sabrina. The whole witch thing, potions etc. Regretfully I have never read the Harry Potter books, believe it or not.

My cousin would often pass down series of books for me to read, I remember her giving me some Babysitters club ones and the café club. Now how retro is that front cover?

Friday, 16 July 2010

Childhood Literature

I love books.

Recently I’ve uncovered some of my childhood treasures. I don’t think I could ever part with these.
The more I look back and rediscover the story’s that once enchanted me through my childhood, I realise how influenced I was by books back then, and even today, I find it much of an obsession of mine.

These are the books that I will always associate with my childhood and hopefully one day will be able to pass on to my children...

Jacqueline Wilson
Jacqueline Wilson is my favourite author and has been for nearly 13 years. I still read her books now. I think children will always enjoy reading her books as they are so heart felt and creative.
One of my closest friends is the exact same. Were both twenty-one and still find a book aimed at children the most fascinating read in the world. I think once you’ve been inspired by an author, you will forever remain loyal to them. And in this case Jacqueline Wilson is mine.

The Lottie Project was my first ever Jacqueline Wilson book, and for this reason it will always remain my favourite.
I was bought it at school for working hard (that might sound a bit cliche). But since that book, I went onto discover a whole collection of stories.

The Dentists Promise- by Margaret Mahy
As I uncovered this one, all the memories came rushing back.
This is possibly my single favourite childhood book. I don’t think it’s as well known title and isn’t the obvious choice. But I love the story. I remember reading it over and over again. It’s all about a dentist not wanting to loose her maiden name.

Plus my love and admiration for illustration clearly started at a young age. I love the illustrations throughout, infact I even started colouring them in, but then changed my mind after the first page. Plus there’s the added charm of it being the hardback edition.

Please Mrs Butler, Heard It In The Playground, & Various others- by Allan Ahlberg

These books totally enthralled me for many years. I first got introduced to Alan Ahlberg in school. I remember enjoying these books so much, coming home and telling my Mum all about them, so my Mum went out and bought me them.
These books especially please Mrs Butler and Heard It In The Playground are amazing. I would really recommend these for any child; they are so witty and enjoyable.

Winnie The Pooh- by A.A.Milne
I think this is a common one, children often discover Pooh and Friends at an early age. I remember always having a bit of a soft spot for Eeyore.

I am so appreciative to still have all these books, and will continue to treasure them.

And finally my Disney Ladybird collection. Ever so whimsical...


Monday, 12 July 2010

Oh Mr Frosty

So yesterday was pretty wonderful. We managed to get up early and off to the car boot we went.

I much to the Mr’s horror fell straight into the path of Mr Frosty. When I say Mr Frosty I literally mean Mr Frosty the ice making machine from the 90s. I saw one of these at a car boot sometime last year but somehow resisted, well today was a different story.

If you don’t already think I’m barking mad, then you may well now. There is just something about this. It was THE thing I always wanted in the Argos catalogue. I remember my cousins having one, but I never had one of my own.
I won’t be using this, a little unhygienic, but I will be having him on display.

I love kitsch things like this, and guess how much he was?

I hopelessly fell for this picnic-esque type basket bag,
Jen from A Little Bird Told Me wonderfully inspired me. I haven’t stopped admiring her her recent thrifted bag, and I really couldn’t resist this version at 50p! It’s ideal for just carrying my essentials around in, purse, phone etc. And yes it reminds me of picnics, I just need some red gingham fabric now :)

I then found this pack of nostalgic postcards in a box for 10p. Self explanatory really.

Finally amongst much vinyl hunting on the Mr’s part. I stumbled across this London Calling single by the Clash. I couldn’t really leave this behind for 50p. I’m thinking of posting it to my brother. The Clash are one of his all time favourites.

So all in all a pleasant Sunday morning. This is becoming one of my favourite things to do on a Sunday :)

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Vintage St Michael

So when I’m on the hunt for some good old fashioned quality made vintage Marks & Spencer where do I head? My local carboot, a charity shop, eBay, not quite... actually my Mother.

So my Mum collects bags like I collect nostalgia. She has at least a good 50…going on 100. Usually not to my taste, but yesterday I found a real blast from the past in this real leather navy blue bag.

I’m unsure how old this bag is, I’m thinking late 80’s/early 90’s, I can’t ever remember my mum using this, but it does show a little use. Inside I found an old M&S green carrier bag. Well it is one of her favourite shops after all!

I love how it’s completely practical as well as stylish. M&S are real ones for style and function in my book. Two straps- my dream bag.

She said I could have it straight away and I just had one of those moments where I wanted to transfer contents of my old handbag immediately into this one.

Monday, 5 July 2010

A Love Affair

So as you may know TKMaxx’s stock is so unpredictable at the best of times.

WELL I have been on the hunt for some crafty storage for a while now and I was browsing the home ware section when I spotted a clearance shelf. Now seriously if the normal TKMaxx stock wasn’t enough of a jumble sale, the clearance lines are seriously something else.

I saw these bright coloured objects. I can only describe them as
‘kitchen kitsch’

Now I’m not the most conventional person and my love for interiors doesn’t seem to go away.
I suddenly could envisage lots of creative ways to use these. I know these are technically meant for the ‘kitchen’ but so be it, I am smitten.

I’m going to be using the one on the left to store all my keepsake cards in. And the one on the right to home all my crafty bits.
The little pot presumably meant for cutlery, I am going to be using to store all my crafty tools in, pliers, scissors, knitting needles etc.

As much as I kind of like the retro hearts in a tacky sort of way, I am planning on repainting these like I did here. I’m hoping for a more simplistic and shabby look.

As I said earlier these were on clearance, but they had quite a few at my store of each. The most expensive one was the one on the left at £5, the one on the right was just £3 and the pot was £2. So all in all this lot cost me a tenner, but hopefully I will soon have a whole new storage system :)

I can’t wait to get on with this little project.

& finally this weekend we went strawberry picking. Yum Yum Yum.
This whole basket was £2.45! Bargain. It was super busy, and I somehow managed to get covered in strawberry juice but it was a very enjoyable experience to say the least. :)

Thursday, 1 July 2010

He Loves Me. He Loves Me Not.

On the little path leading towards our house, I recently noticed it swarming with daisies. This suddenly sparked a little fascination. And so I decided to have a little play around in my scrapbook…I think a certain Mr Jacobs had a lot of influence here.

So today I went and picked a few. It’s not quite a bouquet of flowers for the non borrowers among us, but I decided to give my much adored flower press some use.

I got this quite a few years ago. It was brand new from the Boots children’s department, but honestly it has never had much use, probably because I’m impatient and always think the flowers should be ready sooner.

Daisies assembled. I will be opening them up in one week’s time. I really do hope that is long enough.

And also. If by coincidence I saw these pictures of the lovely Fearne, wearing a daisy chain headband.

The wonders a daisy can bring. I remember sitting on the playing fields in junior school making daisy chains with my friends.
And often a time, picking one and doing the he loves me, loves me not thing. I was thinking it’s actually a 50/50 chance of him loving you.

Not the most ACCURATE relationship advice in hindsight. :)
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