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

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Days out - Uppark House and Garden

Hello there,

Back in the dim and distant past, I made a list of list of goals and aims for 2016 (I know - madness). One such goal was to visit more of the amazing places that are on our doorstep. It's so easy to plan visits to beautiful places while you're away on holiday while forgetting about the little gems right here at home.

One such gem is Uppark House and Gardens. This is a National Trust 17th century country house and garden near Petersfield.  Despite only being about 40 minutes away, it's somewhere I've never visited. You could say it falls into the 'we must go there one day' category as you drive past on the way to somewhere else. Well not this time. Armed with multiple cameras, good weather and a Mother with a birthday that needed celebrating we set off to explore.




As with any good day out,  we started the day with a cake and a cuppa. We arrived before the main part of the house opened so had plenty of time to sit and admire this view over the South Downs.




From here you could see the channel, it was quite surreal sat drinking tea while watching the cross channel ferries and other shipping pass on by!

The servants quarters and tunnels opened before the house, so we set about exploring them - carefully - those stairs were slippery!



One of the reasons Uppark House is so well known is because of the devastating fire of 1989 which damaged so much of the main building. The amount of work to repair the house is incredible, looking at the before and after photos around the house, it's hard to believe it's the same house. 



Then time for another cuppa (it had to be done, how lovely is this tearoom?)



The grounds were beautiful, with guided tours available if you like that sort of thing. Personally, we just preferred to amble around, discover hidden corners and generally be silly.



We had such a lovely day here. Although National Trust properties can be expensive, you're pretty much guaranteed well kept gardens to roam around and beautiful properties to explore. 

It's kick started my aim to visit more of the local gems here in the south so keep a watch for more days out and silly poses!

Thanks for reading

Cathy
xx





Friday, 15 July 2016

Plus40Fabulous - holidays


Hello everyone


It's that time of month again! As you might have seen on Facebook, myself and the lovely Sarah from Plus Size and Proud are helping out with the running of this group for a while to give the creators Leah and Mookie a bit of break. You can keep up to date with what's happening by checking out the Facebook Group Plus 40 Fabulous

The theme for this month is holidays (rather optimistically thought up by me whilst sheltering from the British weather). Now not everyone has a holiday booked and some may have even had their holiday already (you lucky things) so this post is looking more at memorable holidays, either recent or from your childhood. Maybe a holiday where you were brave enough to wear shorts and a swim suit for the first time!

For me, I've picked a holiday from a couple of years ago when we went to Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands.



Now we're not really beach holiday people, we prefer to be out and about and doing stuff. So quite why we booked a last minute beach holiday was anyone's guess! But we did - and we loved it. And, I wore shorts, sleeveless tops and short skirts and didn't think twice of it. I'd been blogging for about 18 months at this point and the extra confidence it gives you is amazing.

(and yes, there was a pineapple theme with my tops)




I even went swimming (I use the word loosely - I can't actually swim so it was just a lot of splashing).



I remember someone saying that the world won't stop if you go bare armed or wear shorts and I love that phrase. It really is true. No-one gave me a second glance and if they did, I was too busy having a good time to notice. Esp here in our favourite restaurant (take me back there now someone please......)



As I'm writing this, I'm thinking of either a) getting a jumper or b) putting the heating on. So this is a lovely look back on a fabulous holiday and a reminder that last minute plans can work and that good weather does exist!

Don't forget to check out #Plus40Fabulous, our Facebook and Instagram pages and of course the other lovely ladies taking part.

Christy: http://www.sprintingwithscissors.blogspot.co.uk/
Daisy: http://daisysays.co.uk/

Thanks for reading

Cathy
xx