What not to wear?

Need help choosing clothes for work like me?

I hate clothes shopping and I’m terrible at it but I’m loving Polyvore.  I’m incapable of coordinating outfits which has resulted in an entire wardrobe full of stuff that doesn’t go together.   If the Sales are on with racks and racks of cheap tat, I panic and walk out.  I recently went to an event wearing the following outfit, a friend who lacks frontal screening and was slightly inebriated (totally mullered) exclaimed upon first seeing me ‘you look like a child who put on all their favourite clothes this morning’.  I couldn’t argue with him really.

Denim and camouflage outfit for women Autumn 2013

Where the problem starts

I prefer to walk into a shop to find a fully dressed mannequin wearing exactly what I’m looking for and if I can afford it I will buy it.  I do like flipping through catalogues, folding the pages that catch my attention but hate catalogues that have items individually (e.g a page of jeans) listed on the page without showing how they go with other stuff.   What am I supposed to do with that.  The same goes for websites.   It’s amazing how many sites don’t have ‘Look Books’   for inspiration for those of us who are fashionably challenged.

Alternatively, I’ve been known to corner the young shop assistants for their help saying ‘I have so and so to go to, what should I wear?’ which has worked well in the past, however, on occasions, they have persuaded me to buy something that was totally unsuitable, never got worn and is still hanging in the wardrobe with tags on it.  I’m in my 40s for fat snakes!

This is why I like Polyvore, I came across it awhile back.  Besides being an online clothing store it also has the facility that you can create your own sets, allowing you to put together outfits.  What’s even better is that you don’t have to stick to the clothes on their site.  You can add a button to your tool bar, so in future, when you are surfing the web looking for clothes you can ‘clip to Polyvore’.   So, if you find an outfit online (e.g. Pinterest, Fashion Sites, Tumbler) that you like, you can try to recreate it using this tool.

Creating outfits online

And if you’re still not sure if the outfit works you can always share it on your social networks and ask your friends for advice like I did.

Autumn/ Winter Work Outfits 2013

Luckily for work I don’t have to be suited and booted, however, it would be frowned upon if I wore jeans.  So, I’ve been looking for Autumn/Winter Clothes for 2013.  I still have a long way to go, but here are two that I put together so far.  I was attempting to use some of the items I already had in the wardrobe.

Women's Fashion Autumn/Winter 2013


Women's Fashion August/Winter 2013


How am I doing?  Be honest.  I’d still love to find a way to wear my camouflage jeans to work if anyone has any ideas.  Happy shopping and be prepared to lose a few hours of your life.



I wasn’t allowed to wear white as a child and now I can see why?

What mother in her right mind would let her daughter dress in white on Easter Sunday? Hmmm….let’s think about that; a day where kids can eat chocolate from the time they get up to the time they go to bed, coupled with chocolaty fingers and a very bad habit of using her clothes instead of a serviette.

Kids Online Fashion

To make matters worse we went on to the Annual Cadbury Easter Hunt at Ashridge Forest, we always have a great time, you get a map and clues to solve with an Easter Egg at the end but unfortunately, it was a mud bath this year.  It’s a flipping miracle the clothes weren’t ruined!


Outfit by

The Blue and White striped sweatshirt is Joules from Elfin Clothing (£27.95) and the white leggings (£12.50) are from Polarn O Pyret an all time favourite.


Luckily, they will live to see another day!

Disclosure:  both the top and trousers were complimentary




Happy 2nd Birthday Zalando

I rarely enter competitions, but I’m a mum who has let herself go and could really use £300 worth of new clothes!  Plus, I like Zalando!

It’s dead easy to enter the comp:

Step 1 – Incorporate a picture wishing Zalando a Happy Birthday into any one of your blog posts between the 22nd April-5th May

Step 2 – Link back to this competition page within the post

Step 3 – Tweet your post using the hashtag #zalandoturns2

So here goes!  Wish me luck!

Happy 2nd Birthday Zalando


I’ve got my Birthday Boogie Shoes on!



Win a Girl’s Designer dress from Château de Sable

Designer Kid's ClothesWe received this gorgeous girl’s dress from Château de Sable, who offer a chic collection of French children’s designer clothes,  a couple of months ago.  My 5 year old has been desperate to wear it but as you know the weather hasn’t been very agreeable, which is an understatement, it’s been downright awful.  It came beautifully wrapped and would be a perfect gift.

However, this weekend is looking more promising, with temperatures up to 20 degrees forecast. I’ll believe it when I see it.

But in the meantime, we thought you may like the chance to win a ‘dress of your choice‘ (except for Christening) from the following list of dresses.

Click here to see the choice of dresses

Simply enter by using the rafflecopter form below.  A full list of T’s and C’s can be found at the bottom of the form.  Open to UK residents only aged 18+

This competition is listed on Loquax, Prize Finder and Competition Hunter.

Good luck!

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Disclosure:  Our dress was complimentary.



Win a £50 Online Polarn O. Pyret Voucher (Children’s Fashion)

The Swedes are rather clever when it comes to all things design and this includes children’s fashion.  I was recently sent a Fleece Jacket (£39) and Check Shirt (£11) for my 5 year old and I love, love, love them.

You could feel the quality as soon as I took it out of the bag.  The shirt is so soft you can’t help but stroke it.   My husband thinks she looks like a Lumber Jack, but what does he know!  It looks great with black leggings and winter boots.

The attention to detail on the jacket is also impressive; everything from reflective strips, to little holes to put your thumb through to a Chin cover to protect against the zip from chafing.

Now it’s your chance!  Win a £50 Online Polarn O. Pyret Voucher.  Simply enter using the Rafflecopter Form Below.  UK Entrants only please.  A full list of Terms and Conditions are also available within the form.  Closes 12:01 am on the 7th Oct 2012 (EST).

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