Saturday, 10 September 2016

The Curve Fashion Festival Box Swap

Hello there,

Saturday 10th September was The Curve Fashion Festival in Liverpool. It's the UK's largest plus size event and after going to last years in Manchester, I knew it would be a great day out. I had such great plans to go, but realistically with work commitments, the cost of travel and a hotel not to mention car mot, service and big holiday less than a month away - I soon realised it just wasn't going to happen this year (sad times...being sensible is not much fun sometimes!).

But - can't be sad for long. The lovely Emma from It's Em organised a box swap for all those who couldn't go. The budget was up to £20 and we could say if we wanted a surprise or some of our favourite things. I opted for the surprise - after all, the best thing about swap boxes is getting to try something new which you might not have considered yourself.

I know who my secret buyer was and I'm so pleased - she's a beautiful person and if you're reading this - Thank you!!! My box arrived wrapped in gold - and anything that arrives in gold has got to be good.


Inside was was another beautifully wrapped box (cue the anxiety as my recipient didn't get such a well wrapped box!). And look at what I got.



I swear my sender is a mind reader, only the other day my other half and I were talking about how we had never had a macaron. Spooky....

I hope the person who gets the box I sent out loves it as much as I love mine. And a big thank you to Emma for such a great idea. It certainly helped to cheer up the weekend.

Thanks for reading

Cathy
xx



Friday, 9 September 2016

Day trip to - Solent Sky Museum

Hello there,

At the beginning of the year, I did a '16 in 16' post. One of my goals for the year was to visit more local museums. It's sometimes easier to plan a whole day out and go somewhere a bit further afield, but we forget the gems on our own doorstep.

One such gem was the Solent Sky Museum in Southampton. I last visited this when it was known as the Southampton Hall of Aviation (which the gentleman on the front desk kindly told me was over 30 years ago! Oops). So a visit was well overdue - esp as it was only 15 mins from home. Groupon had a two for one offer so the timing was spot on (Not sponsored by Groupon, I just love hunting on there for good deals!). We picked a rainy day at the end of the school holidays - a great indoor activity for days like this.



Now I know this isn't everyone's idea of the perfect day out, so I won't go into technical details about the exhibits - but if you're in the area with children and anyone young at heart who loves aviation - this is definitely worth a visit - you can even climb into some of the cockpits!













I really love museums like this, enthusiastic staff who are ready to answer questions and plenty of things to look at and even climb on (with supervision!). Guess I'm just a big kid at heart.

Hope you enjoyed reading this and if you're in the Southampton area, give these guys a visit.

Thanks for reading

Cathy
xx



Thursday, 1 September 2016

What I wore in August

Hello there,

I might have mentioned this before, but I am really forgetful when it comes to taking OOTD piccies. I wear something that makes me feel fab, then get to the end of the day and think 'photo!'. By which time I'm looking pretty knackered and my in-house photographer (ie the other half) has gone on strike.

So I'm trying something a bit different this time - a round up of outfits from the last month all in one post. To be honest, as I work from home, a lot of what I wear is pretty much the same (gotta love jeans and a t-shirt) so this is hopefully the best way to get some outfit pics on the blog! I'll add details such as sizes because for me personally, I love seeing that on other blogs. It really helps me get an idea of what's available and what could work for me.

Sleeveless cardigan - George at Asda (18)
Striped top - Primark (20)
Denim skirt - M&S,old (22)
Shoes - Primark, old
Bag & sunglasses - charity shop


Mickey t-shirt - Primark, old (20)
Sleeveless cardigan - George at Asda (18)
Jeans - M&S (22)
Shoes - Primark, old



Vest top - M&S (20)
Jeans - M&S (22)
Kimono - charity shop
Shoes - M&S, old
Necklace - Evans


Top - Evans (22)
Jeans - M&S (22)
Shoes - M&S
Unicorn phone case - Ebay


Top - M&S outlet (20)
Denim skirt - M&S, old (22)
Shoes - Primark, old
Necklace - birthday gift (possibly M&S?)

T-shirt - Primark (20)
Kimono - Dorothy Perkins (XL)
Jeans - M&S (22)
Shoes - Primark, old
Bag - charity shop
Sunglasses - Claire's Accessories
Bucket - Brightlingsea's best!


T-shirt - Primark (20)
Skirt - TU @ Sainsburys, old (22)
Shoes - Primark, old
Sunglasses - a magazine freebie

So there you have it, some of the outfits I wore in August. The plan is to try to keep this going as a monthly round-up - it seems to be less stressful than that 'arghh' moment at the end of the day when you remember you've not taken a single photo....

Thanks for reading

Cathy
xx




Friday, 19 August 2016

A weekend on the Isle of Wight

Hello there,

A couple of weeks ago, I went to the Isle of Wight for the weekend. Living on the south coast, the Isle of Wight is literally on our doorstep and I've spent many a happy holiday and day trip there. It's like an old friend that never seems to age and always welcomes you back.

We sent most of out time in Shanklin, a beautiful little town on the east coast. Here's a few images of the weekend, it was hard to drag ourselves away!


 

 
 

This last picture with the pink cottage really sums up how I remember Shanklin. Such a beautiful place that I hope to be back visiting again very soon.

Thanks for reading

Cathy
xx






Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Summer nights and party tops with Simply Be

Hello there,

I love a good summer party. Now don't get me wrong, all parties are good, but a party on a warm summers night with good friends and good food is very special. And let's face it, there's not many of those here in the UK so we should make the most of them when we can.

Looking at party tops on the Simply Be website - this little shrug caught my eye

It's metallic and floaty and would be perfect for when it gets a little bit cooler in the evening. I also reckon it would look great with this tropical print dress. Now this dress is so not my normal style, I normally avoid strappy tops, but the print grabbed me, and with sparkly shoes as well - how could you go wrong?




I love the layer top detail on this dress. It's normally quite hard to find a dress that fits top and bottom but this wasn't too bad. It helped having adjustable straps and elasticated edging at the top and on the waistband.


Can we take a moment to talk about these shoes?? I know a few people who'll hate them (you know who you are) but I love them! There is so much sparkle and bling and most importantly? They're comfy. I seriously cannot wear heels so to have a choice of something like this in flats is such a lovely change.


The obligatory silly pose...

I had a past season shrug from Simply Be so I teamed it up with the dress to get an idea of how it could work for the evening.


Still loving those shoes...

Yep - excited about it all

I think is the perfect outfit for a summer party, with the gold shrug for the evening, I'd be set to party the night away.

Thanks for reading

Cathy
xx



Saturday, 30 July 2016

Christmas in July with M&Co

Hello there,

Yes, I mentioned the 'C' word - Christmas! It may feel like a lifetime away, but trust me, it will come running up and be all over you before you know it. So when the lovely people at M&Co invited me to come along and celebrate Christmas in July - I jumped at the opportunity.



The day was was held at The Arch Hotel in London (my goodness, this was a lovely hotel, I could quite easily have spent the rest of the day relaxing there, but I think they might have noticed....).





Now, I have to admit, I have a couple of confessions. First up, I really did not realise just how amazing M&Co's evening wear was. For someone who loves glitter, sparkle and lace, the Christmas range was perfect. Their Plus range also goes up to a size 30 (now that makes a nice change doesn't it?).


Pleats! Pleated skirts and even pleated trousers - which I was kind of fascinated by. 


My second confession? I didn't appreciate how much homeware M&Co did. There's some gorgeous bits here which would look right at home in my house.





Add in children's wear and accessories - then you're pretty much covered for Christmas. I can think of someone who'd be perfect for these!






I even managed to take a quick OOTD pic.


I love Christmas - anyone who knows me will agree on that. So to celebrate Christmas in July makes me very happy.

A big thank you to M&Co for the invite - I really did have a lovely day!

Thanks for reading

Cathy
xx