Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Pink Clove - Monochrome dress


Dress: c/o Pink Clove
Shoes: Mel
Belt: Dorothy Perkins


Pinkclove.co.uk is home to a great range of clothing in sizes 16-32. They translate the latest trends from the catwalks and convert them to evening and day wear. Everything is very affordable and the striped dress I'm wearing retails for £24. It's a very heavy textured material instead of a flimsy jersey and is the perfect length for work coming in just above the knee. It came with a black patent belt but I swapped that to tie in with the shoes I wore. I've already worn this a handful of times and I know it's going to be a reliable addition to my wardrobe. 

Georgina looks gorgeous in one of their dresses too which I'm very tempted to buy myself. 


I've been wearing these Mel shoes loads this summer, they are super comfortable and perfect for the beach because you can wear them for paddling in the sea because they are jelly shoes. I do get a few odd looks when I wear them though, a lot of people aren't ready for plastic shoes with shiny hearts on them. 


By the time this is published I will be on my way to West Wales for a short break, I can't wait to relax on the beach and unwind for a few days. Hope you have a lovely week and I'll see you all soon!

Gemma
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Saturday, 19 July 2014

West Wales Holiday

I'm so incredibly happy to have a week off work this week. We're currently having a big refurbishment in work which has meant lots of lifting, moving books and setting up a new issue desk and I'm exhausted.  Me and my boyfriend are heading to West Wales for a few days and I'm really looking forward to relaxing on the beach, having a BBQ, doing plenty of walking along the Pembrokeshire coastal path and just getting away from it all. I spent a lot of time in this area as a child and always had a week break in Tenby at the start of the summer holiday before we headed abroad for our main holiday later in the summer.

I'm going to be camping next to Monkstone Beach which is roughly midway between Saundersfoot and Tenby. You can only access it through our campsite so I'm hoping it's going to be pretty quiet and relaxing. 

Broadhavensouth.jpg
"Broadhavensouth" by JKMMX - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.



I haven't been on a seaside holiday in the summer for years so I really need to stock up on some essentials before I head off.

waterproof jacket beach towel shorts - dressswimsuit  - flip flops - bag

I'm being very optimistic buy taking swimwear but the forecast is good and I'll be taking a waterproof jacket in case there is a little shower when I go walking. 

I won't be back until the end of the week so see you all soon!

Gemma
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Friday, 18 July 2014

Day in the life of Fat Frocks

6.15am - Alarm goes off and I sigh, press snooze a few times and finally drag myself into the shower and get ready to head to work. I catch the train to Cardiff and head to work in one of the libraries at Cardiff University.


8.45am - Arrive at the hideous 70s building I work in and eat my breakfast before going to my desk.


9am-1pm - Provide IT support in the morning, help people access the wi-fi, scan documents, change passwords and anything else that comes up. Tweet from our library account and reply to any questions on there. Work on any marketing campaign we might have or create displays like the new book stand below. 


This is a picture of a sandwich.

1pm-2pm - Head to the park for lunch, read the paper, tweet and walk a little. 

This is a picture of books on a shelf.

2pm-5pm - Work on the issue counter, returning and issuing books and dealing with queries. Send books to other libraries as part of the inter library loans service. Attend meetings of the working groups I'm part of. 


5pm-6pm - Get the train back home, make some food and head to a yoga class for an hour. 

This is a photo of salmon with a bean salsa.

8pm-10pm - Hang out with the dork below, watch some Netflix and faff around in my room to avoid doing chores which Martyn inevitably ends up doing. 


10pm-11pm - Read books, blogs and the days news before going to sleep. 

This is a photo of a book and a pair of reading glasses.


Gemma
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

52 Lists - List your favourite books


1. Submarine - Joe Dunthorne  
2. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13¾ - Sue Townsend
3. Blood and Roses - Helen Castor
4. Bonjour Tristesse - Françoise Sagan
5. Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
7. Junky - William S. Burroughs
8. Harry Potter & Discworld books. 


What are your favourite books?


This is part of the 52 lists series by Emma from Made in Hunters which I'm dipping in and out of.

Gemma
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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Fat Frocks' Recent Adventures

I've been very busy indeed the past month with a big refurbishment where I work, lots of days out and Martyn's birthday. I've not had chance to post everything on there so I've got a very photo heavy round-up post today to let you know what I've been up to recently.

This is a picture of a breaking bad themed cake that I made and a trip to the seaside.

On Martyn's birthday weekend we headed to Tintern Abbey, Ogmore beach and I made him a Breaking Bad cake. I made the cake on a boiling hot day and trying to get the icing to not melt everywhere was such a nightmare. The cake tasted so good though and was bright blue inside, would love a huge slice right now.

This is a picture of devil's pulpit

Martyn and I loved our first trip to Tintern Abbey so much, we decided to head back at night and explore the area more and  walked up to Devil's Pulpit for amazing views. Our walk started at the beautfulTintern Abbey, headed along the western bank of the River Wye before crossing over the river and uphill on wooded paths towards ancient Offa's Dyke. The Devil's Pulpit is a limestone rock jutting out from the cliffs from where (legend has it) the devil preached to the monks below, tempting them to desert their order.

this is a picture of Tintern Abbey at night

this is a picture of summerdown beach in wales

I headed to Southerndown beach (Bad Wolf Bay for Dr Who fans) with the girls to fossil hunt, paddle in the sea and see the location for a handful of Doctor Who episodes. Doomsday was filmed here and The Time Of Angels. I would love to head back here with my dog Sookie one day and swim in the sea with her, it was such a beautiful beach.

This is a picture of Doctor Who filing in Cardiff

I had lots more Doctor Who fun when I went to watch the new series being filmed in Cardiff. I never tire of seeing Cybermen walking around Cardiff and my friend Julien got a photo with The Doctor, Peter Capaldi. The BBC are always using buildings where I work as locations for Doctor Who and Sherlock, exciting stuff. 


I also headed to a wonderful elf makeup event where we were showed how to create floral festival make up looks using a colourful palette and a whole face look with just five products. I enjoyed hanging out with Amy and Laura and learning a few things about make up because I'm certainly not a beauty blogger.


I briefly feature in one of the elf YouTube videos from the event which has taught me that red lipstick doesn't suit me at all. Don't think I've ever been on YouTube before, would love to make my own content to put on there but no idea where I would start. 



I hope I've got equally fun things to report back on this time next month and I hope you have a lovely month too.

Gemma
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