Sunday, January 25, 2015

Birthday post 1

You've already seen what we did on the Saturday of my birthday weekend, so I thought I'd show photos from the rest of the time. We went to Scarborough on the Sunday. Scarborough is one of my favourite places so I was looking forward to going. We parked right on the seafront in south bay given that it was winter! There were still quite a few people around though.

Scarborough sea front, photo by my stepdad

The red tiled building is Ask, where we ate lunch (it was yummy)

We went into the amusement arcade and played pool a bunch of times, played on lots of the machines, and generally had fun 

This is the strawberry ice cream milkshake I had in the Harbour Bar

And here's Scarborough beach in all its cold glory!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Daxon New Year New Style

I was contacted recently by Daxon and invited to check out their new website and new styles. I have heard of the company before and think I may have even bought from them way back in time, but I hadn't checked them out in a while. The website is clean and easy to navigate. I would say that many of the items aren't aimed at me but at someone older. That isn't to put them down - they're great clothes with elegance and style, and I bet my mum would like a lot of them, especially for special occasions.

That being said, there are still a lot of things that I would wear. Part of the request from Daxon was to pick pieces that would represent how I would like my style to be this year. I'm a dress and leggings kind of person, so I headed for the plus size dresses section.

I love the colour of this and think it looks like a really comfortable dress for the summer. This is the type of thing I'd wear while camping as it's easy but stylish

I love the colour of this dress and would take it on holiday when I go to France in June. I think it's really stylish

I'm not sure this would suit me but I absolutely love it, I think the colour and the pattern are stunning.

I like this skirt especially because up close the background is blue which really makes the red pop I think. I would wear this with a cream top. 

I swim a lot and I'm always on the look out for swimwear. I don't need it to be fancy or frilly or whatever, and this looks like a good basic suit. 

I always wear Mary Jane type shoes and I'm taken by the big button on this pair. They look like they'd be a sturdy shoe for running about in!

Have you checked out Daxon recently? I'd recommend it!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Photo A Day - Saturday 17th January

Louisa and Jane are sharing duties this year for Photo An Hour. It's something I really love to read because it's just the daily stuff of people's lives, so I'm going to try to join in with all of the days this year.

Saturday 17th was the first one, but it wasn't a normal Saturday for me. Monday 19th was my birthday, and on Boxing Day my family decided we should go away for it, so my mum booked it and we - me, Lee, my mum, and stepdad -  headed off to Thornton le Dale for the weekend. We stayed in Squirrel Cottage which is just a short stroll from the village centre. I'm linking to the cottage as it was absolutely beautiful and a bargain, I'd recommend a stay there if you want to see the area!

9am saw me looking at the ceiling in the cottage, barely awake. Lee and I took the twin room and it was very cosy

10am saw me wearing this very bright dress from Asos. It was in the sale at £14 and as my friend Sarah said, I'm dressed like Spring!

11am and my mum and stepdad were making a cooked breakfast for us - bacon, eggs, sausage, mushrooms and fried bread. Delicious!

Noon saw me putting on my boots in the living room ready to go out. We walked into the village. 

1pm and my mum was standing outside this antique shop in Thornton - le - Dale

Just after 2pm and we were in Pickering a short drive away, in a really nice cafe drinking hot chocolate. This Victoria sponge was delicious!

3pm and looking down Pickering high street. It has a lot of nice shops and good charity shops - Lee got two pairs of jeans for £11.50!

4pm and back into the warm where my stepdad built a fire 

5pm and the sun was over the yard arm as my mum and I drank Archers and lemonade

6pm and I was peeling potatoes for Lee to make Pan Haggerty for tea

7pm and I cooked steaks for my mum, stepdad, and I (Lee had chicken)

8pm saw this profiterole cake mousse thing from Sainsburys - highly recommended for the price!

9pm and Lee playing on his new tablet thing

10pm and we were playing a Who's Who game that we bought in the Mind charity shop for £1.95 - very good fun 

11pm, jewellery's off and I was on to the wine!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

What My Mum Wore

Here's another post of What My Mum Wore. She's a size 18/20 and mid 50s. She wore this on Boxing Day.

Her leggings are the ones you saw previously (her first pair!) from Yours Clothing. Her jumper/tunic combo is from a shop in Bawtry near Doncaster, where she likes shopping as there's quite a lot of upmarket independent shops. There is a separate white shirt and blue jumper here, so they can be worn separately, but when worn together they are joined by a button from the shirt to the jumper.

I really like this piece, I think it's different and looks great on my mum.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

What I Wore December 27th

On December 27th my stepdad's sister and her family came over to my mum's house and we had a buffet and played silly games and stuff. I love my step-aunt, she's lovely. Here's what I wore:

This tulle skirt was recently from H&M and it has been all over the place on the plus size blogger circuit! In fact you can see Debz' post featuring five fat babes wearing it here! I loved it and bought it straight away. I'm wearing the 3xl but it is so generous with lots of stretch so I'm sure smaller sizes would fit me.

The top is from Primark and is a size 20 but stretchy jumpers like this often fit me. It is quite shirt which is why I wore a grey t-shirt underneath, but in warmer weather I might think about baring my midriff!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Our Christmas table

I am still blogging lots of Christmas photos, I'm sorry as it's now the New Year and maybe no one but me still cares! But I like to spread out my posts so that I don't bore you all!

This was the table at my mum's on Christmas Day. There were just the four of us for lunch, and we like to spread out the meal throughout the day. We ate our starters of smoked salmon, prawns, tune pate, and homemade bread, at about 1pm. We ate turkey and all the trimmings at around 4pm, and we had dessert around 8pm! It makes it really nice and relaxed.

So colourful! The tablecloth is silver, the plate chargers are turquoise, the glasses are red :) 

These handmade stockings are a new tradition in our family. I made them a few years ago and my mum and I take it in turns to fill them with just a few little presents to open at the table. This year my mum did them and my gifts were nail polish, a flannel, and a clownfish keyring!

Monday, January 12, 2015

What I Wore Christmas Edition

Here's my Christmas Day outfit! I bought this dress from Debz in, like, August, and knew it would make a perfect dress for Christmas Day so I saved it.

It was originally from Marisota, which isn't somewhere that I generally check for clothes, but the few pieces I do have from them I absolutely love. This was no exception - it feels well made, I love the sheer yoke and sleeves, and who can resist a bit of gold bling for Christmas?

The lighting isn't great in this photo, but the dress is green all over. I think it was perfect!