Saturday, 30 March 2013

Velo - Zalando Great Plains Skirt

I really like this look that I wore yesterday, it's quite smart and more thought out than normal. I've been looking for a blouse to layer under jumpers and have the collar poking out for ages and this ASOS one fits the bill perfectly. I had also just come back from the hair dresses so my hair is looking much better than normal. I need to have a hairdresser friend who can do my hair before work for me every morning, and someone to do my make up and someone to make my breakfast....

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Skirt: Great Plains c/o Zalando
Blouse: ASOS
Boots: Blink c/o Spartoo
Necklace: Dorothy Perkins
Jacket; Topshop

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The Skirt was provided by Zalando which has a HUGE selection of items from brands like Oasis, Darling and Vero Moda.Its from a brand called Great Plains which I've not heard of before but a lot of their stuff reminds me of Whistles and French Connection. I really want the dress with the same print now, aren't the bicycles cute? It's such a light and silky material and I like that it comes to my knees which makes it acceptable for work.

If you sign up to the newsletter on Zalando you get £5 discount off your first order and they also have free delivery. I wish they had a paid delivery option so you could get your parcel the next day but I suppose a 3-5 day wait isn't too bad when you don't have to pay. I love the fact that you can buy from so many brands on one site and also avoid the £4 delivery fees that a lot of stores charge.

I'm off to Birmingham for the weekend now which I'm really looking forward to. I hope you all have fun this Easter weekend and eat as much chocolate as you possibly can! Creme eggs are perfectly acceptable for breakfast on Easter Sunday, right?



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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Asos Floral Wrap Dress

This is becoming one of my favourite dresses. I don't have to think about what to pair it with, I just throw it on with some black shoes and a cardigan and I'm ready for work. I picked it up in the ASOS sale for about £18 just after Christmas and it has already had plenty of wear.

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Dress: ASOS
Boots: Blink c/o Spartoo
Necklace: River Island
Vest top: New Look

I've been busy the past week making a display in work to promote the Children's Literature Festival that happened in Cardiff and trying to highlight all the lovely children's books we have here at the library I work in. Even though it's an academic library we have some fun and interesting books which people don't always realise. I asked some of the academic staff and library staff to have a photo with their favourite children's book and tell me why they chose it to put on a display to accompany a selection of books.
I chose Matilda because contains a worthy message to all, children and adults alike, that if you have a book you are never alone in life.

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The rest of my week is very busy, I have cdfblogs tonight, please pop along if you are local. I have a blogger event in Cardiff for Ladies Night at the shopping center tomorrow and I'm heading up to Birmingham to see the lovely Claire for her birthday this weekend. Phew, good job I have Monday off work to recover.


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Sunday, 24 March 2013

The Making of Harry Potter

Yesterday I went to The Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour (sorry for the twitter and instagram spam) and I had the best day out ever, well since last weekend at Norbury Manor anyway. I'm a huge fan of the books which I started to read when I was 11, way back in 1999 now which makes me feel a little old. We're all part of the Harry Potter generation I suppose, most of us made our parents take us to midnight screenings of the movies and locked ourselves away in our bedrooms the day the new book was released to avoid spoilers. I was even pretty obsessed with the Chamber of Secrets forum over on Mugglenet,  I was a seriously uncool teenager.

The tour really was pretty special and I recommend it to anyone even if you're not a huge Harry Potter fan. You really get a sense of how big the franchise was, thousands of people worked on these movies to make them happen. All the wand boxes in Ollivanders were made by hand, the Great Hall set was huge with real stone floor and the costumes were so well made with a real attention to detail. But lets be honest, it was all made here in the UK by a largely British team so it was always going to be the best quality.

I got a little snap happy and over excited so there are loads of photos for you to cast an eye over:

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1.Cupboard under the stairs, 2. Dumbledore/Gambon's costume, 3. Great Hall fire place, 4. Molly's homemade jumpers, 5. Mirror of Erised, 6. Wands!, 7. Harry's dorm, 8. Gryffindor common room, 9. Dumbledore's office and the sorting hat.

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Me on the Knight Bus, make sure you try the butterbeer in the backlot if you visit.

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There were so many amazing props from the films there, I loved all the attention to detail on things like the books and letters and I really would love a Weasley family clock.

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I got a tad emotional when I reached the final stages of the tour and saw the huge model of Hogwarts. The used this for a lot of the exterior shots with a mixture of CGI in all the films and a team of 50 people worked on this every year to maintain it. I spent so much time as a kid (and an adult) wishing I got my letter to go to Hogwarts so it was lovely to see the castle in all of its glory.

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Dress: c/o Yours Clothing
Jacket: New Look
Necklace: eBay

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c/o Spartoo: Boots by Blink
Bag: Vivienne Westwood.
 


It's me outside 4 Privet Drive! I was very under prepared for the blizzard and sub zero temperatures yesterday and could have done with a few more layers and some gloves but most of the tour was inside so it wasn't a huge problem. Felt a bit like Narcissa Malfoy in my all black outfit.
 
I think I can sum up the tour and my love for the Potter world with the following quote from J.K. Rowling:

“The stories we love best do live in us forever; whether you come back by page, or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”


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Saturday, 23 March 2013

Tigers Never Change Their Stripes

As the title state; tigers never change its stripes, the same could essentially be said about us humans. Humankind haven’t turned the Breton stripe trend down since it first was introduced by French navy seaman’s more than 100 years ago. What is it about these stripes that make us keeping going back to them?
It is one of them fabulous basic pieces that if you have it in your wardrobe, it would be used frequently. Maybe it is the perfect colour combo of navy blue and white, that makes us dream of nostalgic sea, sun and French sailors? Or is it that it goes with absolute everything? It is easy to dress both up and down. Either it is after work drinks (match with red lipstick) or a Sunday afternoon stroll in the park – the Breton stripe top makes the perfect fit. 
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Some Breton tops from Jigsaw’s SS13 collection

This spring you could wear your Breton top with some of the latest trends like white heels, boyfriends’ jeans or bomber jacket. Or why not wear a nice white lace skirt or an emerald pair of shorts? Neon, which entered the fashion scene again last season, is certainly hot this year as well. First and foremost neon accessories will be trending, think clutches, shoes and big bold necklaces. If you are daring enough a yellow neon blazer would look great with a white pair of shorts and your Breton top! Inspired by Breton stripes the big talk of fashion SS13 is the monochrome and geometric patterns. It is everywhere, on pants, tops and dresses, a definitely must have this season if you are a self-proclaimed fashionista. All these styles and colours are going to be hot this spring and following summer.

If you like to wear your stripes in its home of origin, you have the opportunity to enter this competition, to win a romantic weekend away for two in the city of love, Paris! It is such an exciting city, The Louvre, its fashion, its people, The Eiffel Tower, the architecture and its wine and food – it is all a fresh air of inspiration.

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Bring on the spring and summer, even if the weather is failing on us – there is no reason to not embrace the fresh new fashion out there - and mix it with the old classics, the stripes - because as far as I am concerned - I don’t change my stripes.

Au reviour!

* content was provided on behalf of Jigsaw


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Thursday, 21 March 2013

Team Norbury

I spent the weekend with some lovely blogger friends at Norbury Manor in Derbyshire. A relaxing weekend away was just what I needed and I had such a wonderful time. I was more than a little sad to leave and had a full on strop when I returned to work after such a perfect trip. I do wish all weekends could be like this, it was such fun pretending to be lady of the manor. I want to say a big thank you to to Alex 
for organising the trip, Chloe (for ordering and preparing all the food) Sarah (for making some amazing cake), Alice, Sophie, Sarah, Char, Bex, Lucy, Rosie and Maria for putting up with me on the train and having to share a room with me. I really don't shut up so well done Maria.

I've already shared a few snaps of my weekend away with you in my previous post but I took over 200 photos that weekend and wanted to show you how beautiful the house was so prepare yourself for a photo heavy post...

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My home for the weekend

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The room that Lucy and Bex shared

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Medieval Hall and knot garden attached to the house

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Alpacas that we found on our walk around the manor and surrounding area

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Rosie's dog Bodhi who is now my new best friend. Loved this little guy!

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4/5 members of Team Where Are My Knees?

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Posing in front of Rosie's camera on self timer, there are some hilarious outtakes from these group photos.

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Gorgeous window seat in the room that Maria and I shared

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Larking about

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It was so nice to spend a weekend relaxing in the country instead of a city break where you're always rushing about. We started off our weekend by meeting for some pub grub in Ashbourne and Jenni joined us for this. We all tucked in to some humungous burgers and then headed off to the manor. When we arrived I ran into every room, opened all the cupboards and jumped on my bed. I was so excited and frolicked about like a mad woman. We spent the rest of our evening relaxing and enjoyed a lovely meal cooked by Chloe and opened out presents which Alex generously bought us. I got a leopard print bag which is VERY me. Thanks Alex!

The rest of the weekend was spent playing board games, eating too much cake, watching Clueless and 10 Things I Hate About You, exploring the gardens and just generally having a girly chit chat and enjoying the beautiful surroundings.

I'm currently experiencing a bit of a post-holiday comedown and I'm feeling thoroughly miserable. Life isn't the same when you're not lady of the manor.

*edit -  Had to add this, Alex made it and I think its AMAZING




P.S. Fat Frocks now has a facebook page


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Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Pepperberry - Lady of the Manor

This weekend I visited Norbury Manor with some of my blogging friends and thought the pretty garden of the house would make a great location to take some snaps of my new favourite dress. I will do a full post about my weekend in a couple of days but for now I have some outfit photos to share with you.

This dress was an impulse buy from Pepperberry which is sold in Bravissimo shops. The brand makes  clothes designed with your boobs in mind. If you have ever had the frustration of having to buy a bigger size than you need  just to avoid gaping buttons across your bust, then Pepperberry is great for you. I would normally have to wear a vest top under this style dress so avoid looking trashy but this brand have three size options depending on how much extra room you need for your bust. You can hoose from Curvy, Really Curvy or Super Curvy. I opted for Really Curvy in a size 14 (normally wear a 16 to accommodate my bust and waist). It wasn't cheap, coming in at just under £60 but I think it's a pretty special dress and worth the money I paid for it.

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Posing in front of the Medieval hall which is attached to the much later 17th C house that we stayed in.

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Pretty Medieval knot garden.
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Dress: Pepperberry
Necklace: Vivienne Westwood
Shoes: flat shoes, TUK c/o Spartoo

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Sunday, 17 March 2013

Breton Stripes

This outfit is very different from what I normally wear, for a start I'm not wearing black tights which I live in. I always love how Liv styles a classic striped top but I don't own any trousers so I paired mine with a black pencil skirt and my favourite shoes. I think this is a fairly chic look for work for me considering I sometimes turn up in converse and a hoody.

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Top: Fred Perry
Skirt: New Look
Shoes: Vivienne Westwood flat shoes by Melissa
Glasses: Osiris, Specsavers

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I've been reading up on the history of the Breton stripe and it's fascinating. It was originally worn by French navy seamen in Brittany and the original design featured 21 stripes, one for each of Napolean's victories. It was then appropriated by Coco Chanel in her nautical collection and has been worn by some of my favourites like Jean Seburg, Edie Sedgwick and more recently Alexa Chung.


I don't think I carry off stripes with quite the same finesse as Jean but I like my very British and Fred Perry taken on the look. I'm currently in Norbury Manor with some of my favourite blogging people eating cake and frolicking around. Hope you're all having a lovely weekend!


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Thursday, 14 March 2013

Introducing Blargle Fargle

I've got something a little different for you on here today. I wanted to introduce you to Rai from Blargle Fargle, one of my favourite bloggers. I think Rai's blog was one of the first ones I ever subscribed to and I always make sure I read her latest posts. I have also been  lucky enough to hang out with Rai on a few occasions now, she's such a lovely lady!


Rai posts about pretty clothes, what's going on in her life, beauty reviews and much more. All her clothes are super fun and bright and her blog really stands out amongst all the others I follow. I wish I had the courage to mix patterns the way Rai does and I'm eternally jealous of her bright hair nail varnish collection.

As well as blogging Rai also like drawing and does some amazing doodles and can also make headers, blog layouts and little illustrations. If you would like Rai to create something for you check out this page for more information.

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It's me and Sookie!

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I do hope you go and check Rai's wonderful blog. What are your favourite online reads at the moment?

P.S. Fat Frocks now has a facebook page :)


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Monday, 11 March 2013

Parklife

Just a brief post today to share some of my party photos with you from the weekend. I've been planning and looking forward to this 90s themed party for ages and I had a blast. Most of my favourite people were there and it got a bit carried away with all the decorations and ordered 100 glowsticks from eBay... The party was inspired by My Mad Fat Diary and its amazing soundtrack, if you haven't seen it yet you should catch up on E4. You will watch all six episodes in one go and end up laughing and crying at the same time.

I only took photos on my instax and a disposable camera so hopefully it will look like the party was actually in 1996 not 2013. I've not has a disposable camera since a school trip to France so I can't wait to see what they look like once they have been developed!

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Me in my Fred Perry dress (£20 eBay bargain) trying to channel Damon Albarn.

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Quiche, 90s collage, crazy streamers, Amy from (Bonjour Cupcake) dressed as Courtney Love and Hole music videos on the wall.

I spent ages making the perfect playlist for the party which you can listen to using the widget below. It starts of a bit r'n'b then moves from Britpop to grunge. Nothing says the 90s to me like Oasis - Supersonic and a bit of Suede.




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Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Things We Lost in the Fire

I've been wearing a variation of this outfit to work for about two months now. I've ditched the super girly and floral dresses and I'm loving a more casual look, it makes getting dressed up on weekends feel a bit more special. The skirt is a new purchase which I've been lusting after it for months, looking at it in store and online and waiting for the sales. It was originally £45 in Oasis which is a crazy price, it dropped to £30 in the ASOS sale but I managed to get it for £15 in the Oasis sale with free delivery. Patience is a virtue!

It looks dark in the photo but it's a lovely purple colour and matches my bracelet perfectly. I had forgotten all about this bracelet so it was nice to dig it out and get some use out if it. I've clearly got too much stuff if I forget what I own...

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T-Shirt: Orphan's Arms
Bracelet: McQ by Alexander McQueen
Skirt: Oasis
Belt: ASOS
Shoes c/o Spartoo: Boots by Blink

YSL lipstick, Alexander McQueen

I treated myself to a new YSL lipstick on the weekend and I have to admit I was partly lured in by the gorgeous packaging. It's a lovely peachy colour with a nice shine and it has an amazing fruity smell. I only popped into Boots to get shampoo and came out with a basket full of make up. Anyone else do this on a regular basis?

Have an awesome Wednesday!


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Sunday, 3 March 2013

Bad Blood

This week has been very busy again, I'm really starting to miss working part time. I feel like there's never enough hours in the day and taking any photos for the blog is becoming impossible because my official photographer (my reluctant brother) also has a full time job now. Time to invest in a tripod? Enough of the moaning though, it's been very busy but also a rather lovely week.

I thought I would share what I've been doing in work all week as I don't talk about my job on here that often. It can be a little dull sometimes, with the same routines everyday but I like to get stuck in with the fun marketing initiatives in work. We wanted to gather feedback about the libraries from the students but also promote our collections and make the students aware of the history of Wales.

Apparently St David's last words were 'Do the little things' so we asked the students what little things can we do to make a big improvement to the libraries? I handed out free mini Welsh cakes to bribe the students to leave feedback on a post-it note and I made a little display about some famous Welsh people and displayed some lovely books from our Welsh collection.

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I can safely say that my paper daffodil making skills highlight the fact that I was never meant to be an artist but might of been a good primary school teacher.

Some of the more serious feedback comments are below. Some did just say 'we love Welsh cakes' or 'ERASMUS 2013 WOOO' but I'm very happy with the amount of feedback we got. Just have to type them all up now, eek.
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After a manic week I didn't commit myself to a night out on the weekend and I've been enjoying early nights, a roast dinner and a day of listening to my favourite records. All my records and CDs have been in thr attic since I moved house last year so I got up there and brought down a selection of my favourites which I've been itching to play for months.
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I also bought copies of some new releases this week like the Bastille album and the Christopher Owens one, I'm loving both. I try to make an effort to buy dircect from the bands so they get more of a share of the profit and you benefit too because they usually sign them or include some free gifts. I've always bought my music online but I popped into Spillers Records to pick up the Christopher Owens album and managed to get loads of free music mags to read on the train home.

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What have you been up to this week and what records should I buy next? Always on the lookout for some new music.

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