Monday, 29 August 2016

Bank Holiday long weekend - time for two family functions and then chill!

Hello there, how's your bank holiday going? Nearly over now but whether you're been shopping, working or just chilling' I hope you made sure you had fun!

I really rather looked forward to Sunday, making a change from the normal routine, went out to not only one family function, but two! 
Firstly popping into my niece's house for a house warming party.  The usual suspects were there congregating in the new little house that my niece and fiance are making into a wonderful little home. where we enjoyed a buffet and a few drinks to help them celebrate.

Then on to my bestie's for a celebratory drink for their wedding anniversary, a special one?  No, but any excuse to have a shindig works for me!  We also checked out the photos from her son's wedding a couple of Saturdays ago.  The weather stayed fine, enabling princess and her cousin to have a dip in the hot tub!  Nannie had a big wet cuddle when she came out, but that didn't matter so long as I got a cuddle.

With the weather still delightfully hot I opted for this look -
my purchase from last week the gorgeous black, red, white and yellow shirt dress. See here about my Matalan sale purchases.






For comfort I wore M and S sling back pumps, with a slight heal and a nice padded insole they were perfect for having a little dance - hey presto! no sore feet. Bliss! Similar here.


I thought about either wearing a skirt or long cami dress but in the end I chose to wear three quarter length white jeans, similar here  and because it was so warm I just had the shirt dress on, it's thick enough to not be able to see through so I didn't have that worry - I'm not a fan of seeing my bra through my top!



Popping into town now maybe for a spot of AW shopping, preferably not 'window shopping' either. Just to finish off the lazy weekend we'll be stopping off for a spot of dinner too, so I'll see you tomorrow, enjoy the remainder of the long weekend, and here's to a short working week. Yay!



I'm very excited to say my god-daughter, who's a keen photographer, has hinted she'd love to take some shots of me for the blog - hurrah someone wants to do a shoot with me!  I'll be letting you know when this comes to fruition and be showing off the piccys with pride.
Off to get ready now, hope you have the best afternoon and evening I'll see you tomorrow.

Before I go could I ask you one big favour?  Please could you click to subscribe, I can keep you updated on what I've been doing, buying and thinking.
Cheerio.  X

                     Jacqui B.


Friday, 26 August 2016

My Pucci Style Dress from TK Maxx.

Hello there.
Wow did any of you experience that thunderstorm?  That was quite a lot of banging and crashing, and a little bit of rain, but we did need that!

Today was still boiling hot after the night's storm so I decided to wear this - my Pucci look-a-like dress.

I had this for a few years now and It's a great default dress, always feels good, always looks great, doesn't crease and It's very comfortable.

I just love the colours, that's what first attracted me to buy it.  With no tight waist band and a good length to cover up, but still catch some rays.

I have also worn this in cooler weather with a black T shirt underneath, but today just the dress was enough.

Wore this with flats from Florence and Fred, however I have also worn my heels with it which looks equally as good.




Have a lovely evening and look forward to a extra long weekend.  Love having a bank holiday, especially if it's great weather.

today Linking up with the fabulous Colorandgrace.

Bye until tomorrow. X
                  Jacqui B.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Throw back Thursday.

Hi there, hope all good with all you bloggers today.

Still in a heatwave here in UK and enjoying it so much, although a little sticky at night and lounging around is the only thing I want to do - it's given me a chance to flick through some magazines to find out what is in, out, suitable, wearable, nice or not!


I'm wearing an recent purchase which is favourite of mine.
My Crew clothing T shirt dress, similar Here.  I bought this back in June, before I went on a wonderful weekend away, I picked this up without even trying it on, I never really do that because I normally always have to take it back for some reason or other!  Costing £18 I really knew I'd bagged a bargain and that I'd get loads of wear - and I sure have!  I've chosen a wide white belt today instead of the blue tie belt that came with the dress, white cross over sandals completed today's style.  Lets hope this keeps me cool or I'll never get anything done ;-)








As you may already know Frills, ruffles, bows, pleats and sleeves are all statement looks and a la mode now and probably all way through till spring, so grab whatever you see and/or like to make sure you are 'on point' in the months to come.  I was thinking how can this gravitate towards the winter seasons, but trust me the looks I'm seeing  I love and I'm sure you will too!


So enough today, off to do some more .... uhmm..... 'research' ..... ok, ok reading magazines in the sun I mean  ha ha.

So long for today fellow bloggers. X

                   Jacqui B.


Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Enjoying the sun - yes or no?


Hello there, how are you?

Hope all in the UK are enjoying our heatwave,
I'm feeling sorry for everyone at work, because I don't actually feel like doing anything in this heat!

Today went for a lovely walk with eldest daughter and princess along the beach front, it was so tempting to take a paddle, but without having towel and appropriate shoes we decided to get an ice cream instead.
We weren't out for long, but we all felt drained when we got home, It's scary to think what the sun can do to you, so making up by drinking plenty!  Yes water as well as wine!


I choose to wear my denim shorts today, along with an ancient frilly, layered cami top.
So comfortable to wear in the heat, and covering a multitude of sins, it was totally the right outfit for today's heat.











The denim shorts are from Peacocks from a few years ago - similar Here.
My top is from New look and I've had it for more years than I care to remember!
Similar Here.

These are the only photos I managed to get today, but you get the jist of the outfit.  Colours are not a perfect match, but I felt it was still acceptable, I hope you agree.

Who's thinking of Autumn fashion yet?  I was already to start looking, trying and buying a couple of weeks ago, but since the gorgeous weather has arrived my summer wardrobe is back in charge and I'm loving the extra wear I'm getting from each item.  I love getting my money's worth!

So new season shopping will just have to go on hold for the time being - Oh unless I see something I HAVE to have in my possession!


Today I am linking up with Tania on Wednesday’s Wardrobe


   
Until tomorrow ...Bye bye X     


               Jacqui B.                         

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Hot like the med!

Hi there.
Whoa! it's gotta be hotter than the med here!

Have you survived the UK today!  It's been amazingly hot and I'm so pleased it has been.  Did have the chance to go away this week but couldn't go in the end,  so I'm happy the UK has had a heatwave, I bet all the children are enjoying their summer hols in this heat.

So today after a stint in the garden, weeding - cooling down with all the fizzy, still and ice cold drinks I could find.  Filled a bin full of weeds and the garden still doesn't really look any different!

This evening was a very special, last minute, off the cuff BBQ.  I'd shopped for the ingredients for an old favourite, Spanish Pork. an all in one pot dinner, however when middle daughter sent a message to suggest a BBQ I jumped at the chance - well so did half the family.
I raided the freezer for sausages and burgers, hubby collected chicken wings, pork steaks and minted lamb kebabs, eldest daughter prepared potato salad and coleslaw and shopped for buns, cheese and BBQ briquettes,  we lit the Barbie  (well son-in-law did) and waited for the pleasing aromas.
Before long we were all tucking into a mouth watering selection of succulent, perfectly cooked meat and sipping on ice cold prosecco or beer - yes, and on a school night!




Sweltering in the 30's I felt like I was in the Mediterranean today, so opted for my black and white sun dress.  Normally worn in the evening, I felt nothing else would be cool enough too run around in to do my chores.  When I was weeding in the garden I wore shorts and a boob tube, but didn't think I needed to share  the super model look and make you all feel awful ;-)




The sun dress with black and white flowers, I seem to pick these colours and patterns quite often, with shoe string straps and a very full gathered skirt this was just what the weather called for and I felt cool and comfortable wearing it.
Flat sandals were all I could wear today, these from Florence and Fred were ideal!


Off to bed now - sorry this post is so late ..... see you tomorrow. X

                           Jacqui B.


Monday, 22 August 2016

Lazy weekend = busy Monday!

Morning...
Yes I've had a lazy weekend relaxing and doing nothing!  Well that's not strictly true preparing a roast dinner for three was about the highlight of my weekend. 
With two daughters still away and both sons at work, it was not a full on roast dinner that was prepared but still as tasty nonetheless.   I have to say though the old saying is true 'the less you do, the less you feel like doing'.
I have to say I did wake up feeling full of vigour and ready to face the on-coming week full on!

Now a busy day did eventually follow, but only in the car! 
Collecting my daughters from the airport was supposed to be a 3 hour journey, but with the traffic it turned into a four and a half  hour journey in a hot stuffy car sitting in endless traffic jams due to road works and holiday congestion!  What fun.
Nice to finally get my precious cargo on board and make for home.

Wearing a dress was the best choice today, I didn't want anything too fitted like jeans or a skirt to travel in. 
This dress from Debenhams years ago similar Here Is a wrap around with a fixed waist and tie belt.
The cream background has a bold print design of black and beige flowers and leaves.  Cap sleeves are very flattering on the arms and a the length is perfect finishing below the knee on the shin.  I've teamed with white shoes, however the dress would look equally charming with black long boots and a black jacket.
Pearls are a must with today's look, very sophisticated and tres chic.










There you have it.  Do I look like I've driven a four and a half hour journey to and from Stanstead Airport?
I wouldn't mind but I didn't even have the enjoyment of the holiday :-(

Relaxing with a glass of vino now - bliss.

Bye for today .. X

                Jacqui B.


Saturday, 20 August 2016

Good morning Saturday.

Yay it's the Saturday, don't you just love the weekend?

It's been rather quiet in my household this past week with middle and youngest daughter away.  That will all change on Monday as they return with loads of stories, brown and sun burnt bodies and plenty of washing!
I'm so very lucky to have five children who are not only my precious offspring, but my friends too!
We are fortunate enough to get on (most of the time) and nearly always have a laugh at some point in the day.  (More often than not at my expense!)

OK, back to my outfit I'm sharing with you all today.

Again, as so often the case this choice is featuring a item from Matalan , the sale to be exact.  Costing a mere £3!!!  I figured this would be a good choice for the transitional period and being navy, one of the colours I've seen recently, it would find a niche in my wardrobe staples for Autumn.  I thinking pairing with red, navy, white, pink, mustard ... the list goes on, you get the gist!

Today, however, I've chosen beige chino ankle grazer trousers, these are from Principles a couple of seasons ago, and are pretty much a staple in my wardrobe.  You can never go wrong with a beige pair of trousers, although I try to  wear with a brighter colour to liven up what could be a dowdy outfit.

So this sleeveless top made of viscose mix, is a longer line jumper with turtle collar, it's very flattering over the my bottom and top of legs area.  I plan to wear it layered over a blouse or plain long sleeve t shirt in the cooler months for a warmer feel.
I'm wearing with a beautiful necklace my bestie bought me a couple of years ago.  With the blue and turquoise tones a brilliant match for navy.   This has a tie effect at the neck and with the current trend for chokers I thought it would be an ideal choice for the neckline - I think you'll agree it is!










I've borrowed middle daughters' mini handbag for the photo, being the only nude bag I could find, a nude colour bag and also a navy blue bag is on my list of items that are needed to complete many outfits, so I'm on the look out for one!  TK Maxx here I come!

Have a great day ladies ....it's been nice 'chatting'. X
                            
                          Jacqui B.