Wednesday, 28 December 2011

One cosy old jumper...

Remember the jumper I was blethering about in this post that I said shouldn't be worn outside?  Well I got it out on Boxing day for hanging in the house with my laptop and cheesy movies (finally saw Seven Brides for Seven Brothers - in one scene the boys KIDNAP the girls to get them to marry them, and SPOILER, it works!  Less said about that the better...)  Also featured were vast amounts of sweets, toast with brown sauce and another Christmas dinner - this week is all about the food and drink people!
M&S jumper - charity shop
Skirt - eBay
Tights - Tesco
Slippers - BHS

And here's the necklace I was blethering about in this post!  It was a tense moment when I spotted it in the shop but there were only two left and there were two women standing in front of it discussing what to buy - fair to say some polite pushing was done!  These are the first outfit pics done with my tripod, can't wait to take it outside and have a proper practise.  They were also taken without makeup, or even without washing my face to be honest, so no closeups!

I'm back at work 3 days this week, then off New Years Eve for a proper night out, old school style with my best friends and some whiskey - always a recipe for fun (not disaster, drunkeness and hangovers, totally not that...)  What's everyone else doing for hogmanay?  If anyone else celebrates that is, I do think it's rather a Scottish thing... 


Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Family at Christmas...

...and pressies of course!  I did rather well for myself this year, one of the highlights being a giant Soap and Glory bag filled with goodies - plus even more toiletries in my stocking!  Is it wrong that I get overexcited about receiving practical gifts?  I'd much rather be gifted something useful or something from my wish list than some useless trinket that does nothing...  Altho now that I'm not so shy about voicing that opinion I've found there were not many surprises this year - fine with me!
 Ooh it has a bow!
 I also got 2 of my fave Body Shop body butters and a No7 gift bag with little miniatures inside - now I can try some new makeup without spending a penny!  
 Here's what actually came in the bag - 10 things!  (Ok I've now posted 3 pictures about this, time to move on... ;))
 My usual stack of books and DVDs - I'm reading Mindy Kaling's book now and can confirm it was totally worth the wait!  Also if you follow me on Twitter you'll already know about the heart attack I had on opening the pack of Wonka sweets - I'm saving these for last if I can!
 New diary and calendar of course, plus a Penguin shirt found in TKMaxx last week...
 Fleece lined!  I'll never be cold again...
 The sweetie table - I discovered a while ago that Amazon had a grocery section so added some sweets to my wish list, which my lovely friends and Mother fully embraced and I was sent bags of my fave things!  The rhubarb and custards may be nearly gone, gah...
 On to the family pics!  Here's Mic waiting for dinner - since I was in charge of setting the table it was minimalist all the way...nothing to do with me testing the cooking instead of actually setting the table...
 Managed to get out of doing the dishes on account of having to make sure my new tripod worked...  I can confirm it did after it let my finger go, apparently my idiocy is still going strong tho.
A family portrait of sorts - Mother hates getting her picture taken whereas me and Mic are the worlds biggest posers, dunno how that happened!  This is the closest I got, unless you count the one of her scowling at me then making me promise not to put it online, which I haven't...yet!  Mwahahaha...

It was a fun day off with actual food, Mother only cooks about twice a year but she makes the best roast potatoes - with the help of Aunt Bessie ;)  This is actually a scheduled post since today is moving day, URGH, so hopefully by the time you read this I'll have packed, moved and unpacked and be at work with my stack of books!


Monday, 26 December 2011

Friends at Christmas...

Christmas is all about family for sure, but Christmas eve is the time most of my favourite people get together to drink and be merry and share the festive cheer with each other.  Which usually involves buying rounds in the pub, eating chips on the way home and covering each other in party popper streamers in the middle - not to be missed!
 Mhairi is home from England!  We only see each other a few times a year now so Christmas is the time to make the most of it :)
 My wee brother and his girlfriend found us too

 Actually have no idea what was going on here, but it may be one if the best pics ever!
 I have so many fun pictures of these three posers - in case you couldn't tell, Gordon (left) is Mhairi's brother...
 Yes, the tie is still around...

 3 beers in and I was rather too merry, not sure what happened...

And my outfit!  I got to Mother's about 9:30pm after getting out of work earlier than expected and um...not seeing much of the road when I drove down... so I just did a quick change and was out the door!  My fave Calvin Klein leopard shoes feature again, along with my Principles skirt and a v v old sheer blouse, plus more eBay tights - these ones are sparkly and came from Hong Kong, I'm done now tho, my tights drawer is struggling to close...

Hope everyone had a fabby Christmas - I took a bunch of pics with the new tripod my brother got me so I'm doing some editing of them at the mo - stay tuned for all the action! (ha don't I sound so exciting, a slight contrast today where all I did was get dressed ;))


Friday, 23 December 2011

Stripes, spots and (early) pressies!

Well it looks like I'm back to the good old red, white and blue combo, oops!  Seriously, if you weren't here this summer, check it out, I think they were the only colours I wore!  I'm still dressing from my overnight bag at Mother's so there's a bit of a mish mash going on, plus I wanted an excuse to wear these new tights from eBay - I don't really do coloured tights but when I do, they might as well be bright!
Topman tshirt - charity shop
Belt - H&M
Skirt - charity shop
Tights - eBay
Shoes - Topshop

 Not sure I've ever shared my watch on's a fab silver Dunder Mifflin man's watch, I got it on eBay for the grand sum of $0.99 - then paid $12 postage and £5 to get it fitted to my wee wrists... there's a bargain in there somewhere!
My hair is still bothering me, so I've started rolling it back at the front for something different!  Only problem is it's rather thick, so it takes about 10 kirby grips to hold it in place, faff...

So remember the other day when Mother went shopping and I skived off to work?  Well I did actually get as far as TK Maxx since I was returning some jeans, and Mother got all annoying and decided to buy me something in place of them, so I came out with a couple of bargains! 
 Hush Puppies brogues, original price £65, my price £15!  I've heard folk raving about this brand but I kinda associate them with um...old lady shoes... until I slipped these on my feet - so comfy!  Can't wait to wear them.
 And I also fell a bit in love with this Clements Ribeiro jumper, original price £130 (!!!), my price £24.99, yeah!  It's a rather lovely, simple style that still manages to indulge my love of stripes - this may be coming out on Christmas day!

In other news, I went to Dorothy Perkins last week and inquired about the whereabouts of their Tall range - and the sales assistant told me it was no longer being sold in stores.  Cue me going into a huff and emailing them last night - can't wait to hear what brilliant excuse they come up with!  New Look actually told me the same story, but I tend to avoid shopping there so I'm still deciding whether to bother them too or let them get on with it...  Am I going overboard, or is it unfair that many stores cater to petite and overweight customers but not tall ones?  Even Topshop has reduced their tall range to a single rail in my closest store, what's going on?!

Well this will likely be my last pre Christmas post, I'm back to work tomorrow - 11 hour shift on Christmas eve, argh!  But I get to finish at 9pm instead of 11pm, woop de bloody do....  If last year is anything to go by I'll be in the absolute worst mood and you won't want me destroying your Christmas spirit anyway, so I'll wish you a festive goodness now and go away for a few days... Merry Christmas everyone!


Thursday, 22 December 2011

Family Flashbacks - Christmas Party Time!

Ok it's time to have some festive fun with this series!  This week's pictures feature some rather fab/questionable looking Christmas outfits - mostly featuring me, yay....  

Every year my Granny would give my brother and I an outfit each for Christmas - usually some fun party dress or velvet item for me, and always with matching accessories, it was a bit of a running joke!
So here I am aged about 3 - I have really vivid memories of this outfit weirdly enough, I think it was something I wore as much as I could!  Also the obligatory white tights - it seemed like every party dress in the 80s/90s wasn't complete without white tights!
I remember this dress well - up close the black fabric was the most horrible quilted looking stuff...  No idea whats on my feet... I actually hate this outfit...
Me in a yellow velvet jumper and my auntie in a partly striped tracksuit... the 90s at its best!  This picture is fun for the pressie snooping thought - clearly it was a year of trolls, Barbies and a random globe...
Now this dress on the other hand - I was rather in love with it, and still am a little bit.  Black coloured velvet with lace trim, prettiness!
My lord, this was the start of a long run of big, horrid glasses for me, and horrid waistcoats judging by the picture...  I'm in love with the velvet polka dot body though, is it wrong to say I'd wear this now? ;)
Had to include one of Michael just for the comedy value - when I was sorting thru the photos I realised he wore a lot of cord trousers and checked shirts, maybe this was the boy fashion of the time!
There are so many Christmas pictures I could date according to what Disney movie was out that year!  My family must have been a toy merchandisers dream, I had so many toys from every movie, plus the yearly boost to my Barbie collection, I was rather obsessed for yeeeaars...  This was my pressie opening outfit - an Aladdin jumper and leggings set most likely from M&S, that at least half the girls in my school also seemed to own... And to make it even better, Aladdin socks that you can just see in the last picture - maybe this is where my underwear matching stemmed from!
The Christmas dinner outfit that year was another chic affair - a knitted skirt and jumper, with matching hat and tights... kinda glad my gran graduated to giving me money eventually!
Yeah, I dunno what's going on here... but the big glasses and themed clothing are still in place - this time a Looney Tunes denim shirt that I remember wearing constantly, plus the velvet and gold braid hairband I was into at the time - for most of my primary school years (age 5-11) I wore a chunky hairband of some description, it was horrific in hindsight.
Here's where it gets slightly better - this was taken before the school Christmas dance, so I must be around  12 and therefore becoming aware of fashion... in actual fact that may not make for any improvements judging by the feather adorned handbag!  
Judging by the tiara, this could be from the same year...  I'm wearing an H&M top from my auntie that I rather loved - this can be noted as the one and only time she bought me an item of clothing I actually liked, and she always gets me something for my birthday and Christmas.  This years birthday she actually went to Next Tall range, which you'd think couldn't go wrong, but I was presented with a turquoise, linen, halterneck playsuit... I hate linen, and playsuits, and halter necks.  So really I got a gift card, win!
Ah now this beauty was taken before our sixth year Christmas dance - our last year, so we got all glammed up!  I'm wearing a Topshop backless dress - that one of my friends also ended up wearing, grr!  It was about then that I started being very careful about what I bought on the high street...  Anyway, it was also around this time that I realised I was taller than almost everyone in the school, so I picked the lowest heels I could find - they totally didnt go and Mother hated them, but at least I wasn't a giant.  Nowadays of course, if I'm not wearing my highest heels out, people wonder what's wrong with me!  Mhairi on the left is still my best gal pal, and still buys ballgowns, mostly no reason whatsoever... ;)
Well I had to save the best/most hideous for last - what is this curtain styled monstrosity doing on my body?!

Merry Christmas!


Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Actual Christmas Movie Saturday

So the Christmas movies did a pretty good job of boosting my Christmas spirit this weekend!  Either that or it was the foreign beer from Aldi, who knows... ;)

Darth Vader Mr Potato Head...
...who Frankie gave a bit of a makeover to - we were in slight hysterics after she unveiled his new look ;)

It was a rather fun day filled with chocolate Santa's, workmen fixing the roof and interrupting Love Actually, trying to drink Bucks Fizz the posh way and Moffat revealing he's never before seen home Alone 2 - wtf?!  It ended with me cycling 2 miles home full of food and beer - I do not recommend doing this, especially if it's windy and cold and you can barely move off the couch...  

In today's news, I was supposed to be meeting my friend for lunch but he's fallen mysteriously ill, although it made me sadly pleased that now the only thing I had to do today was go to the doctors - my being on holiday does nothing to help my natural laziness!  Mother has decided to start decorating the house for Christmas so I'm willing to bet the tall person on the couch will get roped into hanging shiny things though...yay...

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