Thursday, September 18, 2014

What My Mum Wore

Welcome to another instalment of What My Mum Wore. To remind you, my mum is in her mid 50s and a size 18/20.

It was my stepcousin's birthday so my mum and stepdad went over to see him and the rest of my stepaunt's family. My mum is in their garden in this photo.

The top is from Wallis, the trousers are BHS, and the shoes are from Yours. You can't see them clearly but they're floral sequin flats - I might steal them!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Lee's first camping trip

I grew up in a caravanning family; we had three different touring ones as I was growing up and my mum still keeps the last one on a site in York. I've been all over Europe in a caravan and although Lee has been with my family, he didn't enjoy it.

Last year though I got bitten by the camping bug when I went to Wales. I'd been twice this year already, once to York and once to the Lake District. I really wanted Lee to like it so we decided to go to Monyash near Bakewell in Derbyshire.

We went Sunday and Monday nights so the site was practically deserted. Each pitch had a picnic table which was really useful. Lee and I put the tent up at got everything sorted.

My mum and stepdad bought Lee a small grill/barbecue for his birthday so we took that, some turkey to grill, and some salad. I also made a nice salad with a yummy avocado.

The site had a washing up area, two nice showers, and several well stocked loos. They also seem to be working on a new shower/toilet area so I think the facilities will only improve. However, the road nearby was quite noisy so I was glad I'd taken earplugs.

Our camping area. My tent has a sleeping area at either side.

The grill - I swear it wasn't that close to the tent!

On Monday we wanted to go into Bakewell but they were doing roadworks and the queues were stupid. We went to Buxton instead, which is a nice little town. We had lunch in Costa and then perused all the charity shops. Lee likes to buy jigsaws and I like to look at the books. 

In the evening we went to the Bulls Head in Monyash which was really nice if a little expensive.

Lee enjoyed his first camping trip and did well at setting everything up with me, so I think we'll definitely go next year too! 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Wedding of the Year

Haha the title is not me being sarcastic! This past weekend Lee and I went to our friends Leanne and Adi's wedding. I have been friends with Leanne for almost ten years and I adore her, and Adi is such a great person too. We've been out as a foursome for food lots of times, and I'm so glad we're all friends. I was thrilled when they got engaged a couple of years ago.

The wedding was held in York at the Merchant Adventurers Hall which is the most beautiful medieval hall right in the heart of York. The ceremony was beautiful, the meal was lovely, and I saw an old friend and made some new ones.

I thought I'd post some photos of the day.

This is Leanne and Adi just after signing the register.

And their first dance in the undercroft.

And there's me, slightly drunk after lots of wine! I wore this dress that I wore for Style XL

Leanne and Adi are currently on their honeymoon in Morocco which I'm very jealous of as I've always wanted to go. I'm looking forward to seeing then to hear all about it!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What My Mum Wore

This is the second part of my mum's anniversary post. She went away to quite a nice hotel so had to dress up for dinner. As a reminder, she's mid 50s and a size 18/20.

This dress was from Debenhams Collection, as was the cardigan. For reference, my mum is about 5'5", she's slightly shorter than me

I think you'll agree my mum looks great here!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Degustabox Review

First off - I was not gifted this box for review - it was purchased with my own money.

Debz mentioned on Facebook that Living Social had a deal on to get a Degustabox for £4. I love deals like that, so I skipped across and bought the deal, and redeemed it in time to receive the August box. I was impressed! I filled out some preferences on the website and feel that these have been adhered to.

This is a really substantial box and it's well packaged inside. My croissants and pains au lait did get slightly squashed but it won't affect the taste I'm sure.

Left to right - pains au lait, fajita spice mix, Berry White juice, Lindt chocolate hearts, Spanish chicken spice mix, apple and pear juice, edible cupcake cases, croissants, tortilla chips, Caribbean Twist alcoholic drink

I'm looking forward to trying the spice mizes. They are little pots of oil with the spices already in so I imagine you just heat them up and add your chicken or whatever. I also love apple and pear juice so I'm sure this will last no time. And who doesn't like Lindt chocolate?!

The Caribbean Twist looks interesting - it's strawberry daquiri flavoured. I might take it away camping actually! 

The box regularly sells at £12.99 which I feel is worth it, so for now I'm going to keep the subscription and see how we get on with it! 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Blog Every Day in August - Round Up

I had so much fun trying to blog every day in August. Although I missed a couple of days, I still managed to blog much more than I would in a normal month. I also posted about a lot more things than I normally would, not just fashion. I like that, and I think I'll keep doing that. This is my blog and I want to share things from my life as well as what I'm wearing.

It was a busy month but really fun. I really enjoyed Style XL, going away for Lee's birthday, and the meal we had one Saturday lunchtime just with each other. I enjoyed having friends to stay and seeing a few more at other events. I read a couple of good books this month and watched some great films. It's been a nice, happy making month.

This photo is of the dessert I had when Lee and I went to the Toss O' Coin pub in Holmfirth. It was really yummy, as was the fish and chips I had before it. I recommend the pub if you're close by!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Blog Every Day in August - Day 30

Today I'd like to show you my zine. A zine is like a little self-published magazine and can be about anything in the world. Mine are "perzines" which means "personal zine". That means that I actually blather on about loads of different issues and subjects that are relevant to me.

I've been reading zines for over 15 years but it was only about 2.5 years ago that I actually wrote my own. It's called Opinionated Nobody and I've just finished the 7th issue

I've done it landscape instead of portrait this time, which I liked a lot. It covers subjects like the death of a family friend, punk, writing, Rik Mayall, and birthday parties. 

You can buy it from me by contacting me on It costs £1.70 inc postage within the UK, but more for postage abroad. I am also up for trades if you also write a zine. 

If you'd like to buy other zines, my favourite distro is Marching Stars