Sunday, 23 April 2017

Charity Shops in Scotland

As you can imagine, we visited a few charity shops on our trip to Scotland and I bought a few items! It is great exploring completely new charity shops not knowing what to expect. There is always a wide variety in quality of goods and prices which is part of the whole experience. It is always very wise to carefully examine each item before you buy it as some shops do not check as thoroughly as others and I have found clothes on sale with missing buttons, stains and tears etc.

My first purchase was this turquoise skirt. Regular readers of my blog will know that turquoise is one of my favourite colours. This skirt is shorter that I would have liked but it only cost £2.50. May be it would be better worn over leggings and I will give that look a go at some point.
My second purchase was this lavender top. It is nice and snug and as I do not have many tops in this colour it is something different for me. It cost £3.50 and was new. It has a George label still attached.
It seems to tone well with my black trousers.

My daughter, Hannah, was experimenting with some new photography equipment when she took these photos and we decided to take some shots from an unusual angle - just to be different. A few years ago I would never have posted a photo of my bottom in trousers on my blog but I have become less self conscious in trousers now and do not necessarily wear tunics or long tops each time I wear them in public.

Have a good week!

Saturday, 15 April 2017

At the Zoo

We have just returned from a lovely short break in Scotland. We stayed in a small family run hotel in a fairly remote spot to the west of Stirling. It was so quiet and peaceful. The weather was kind to us and was warm and sunny on most days. 

I wore this striped skirt on one of the warmer days. The photo was taken in the hotel garden and I added a cardigan before we left for the day. I bought the skirt a few days before our holiday. I love the longer length and it only cost me £2.50. It has a Next label.

It was good to wear some different skirts and dresses now that we are well into spring and I think I only resorted to trousers once when we went for a walk.

We had some lovely drives out into the countryside of mid-Scotland where there is some magnificent scenery but probably the highlight was our trip to Edinburgh and the Zoo. It occupies a vast site and is wonderfully landscaped but hilly. It took us longer than expected to see everything but it was an amazing day and Hannah and Henry loved every minute.
We were lucky to get a glimpse of the male panda. He spent a long time munching bamboo on his platform but eventually came down for a wander.

If you are ever in Edinburgh a trip to the Zoo is a must!

Saturday, 8 April 2017

White Shirt

Just a quick post this week as by the time you read it, we will be on our way to Scotland for a long weekend. We always try to have a mini break at this time of the year, once the weather starts to warm up and we have decided upon this weekend as next weekend will be busy with the Easter

I always like to be home and go to Church on Good Friday and Easter Day.

This shirt is quite plain but very suitable for work with my black skirt. It cost £2.50 in a charity shop and was in virtually new condition. I will get a lot of wear out of it during the coming months.

Next week, I will post some pictures from our break.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Navy Floral Dress

Last week I bought this navy dress with a pink floral pattern. It was on a £1 rail in a charity shop but I am not too sure if I will keep it. The belt is a little tight and becomes slightly uncomfortable if I wear it for a long time. 

We are having a mini break to Scotland next week end and I may take it with me to wear during one of the evenings as I rather like the colour and pattern. I will make my mind up as to whether to keep it afterwards.

We love visiting Scotland and it will be great to have a break at the start of the school holidays now that the weather is improving and the daylight hours are getting longer.

I will post some photos in due course!

Saturday, 25 March 2017

A Crazy Day

Thank you for all your suggestions for my Comic Relief dress down day outfit. I decided eventually to wear my colourful shirt and blue trousers. It was a completely different outfit to my normal work clothes - we have a black/white corporate dress code - and it was interesting to see some of my normally ultra serious colleagues in casual outfits. We raised over £100 from donations and sale of cakes at lunchtime which made the event worthwhile.
My latest charity shop purchase is this knee length grey skirt. It is quite plain but will go with a number of different tops and will no doubt get a lot of wear during the spring/summer. It only cost £1.25 on a bargain rail so I couldn't go far wrong!

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Dress Down Day

In my last post, I wrote about our dress down day at work on Friday to raise money for Comic Relief (which for my non-UK readers is a nationwide charity event). We need to wear a casual top and jeans which caused me a headache as I am probably one of the few women around who does not like jeans - I have actually never owned a pair!
Anyway, I thought I would step outside my comfort zone during my lunchtime on Thursday and see if I could find an inexpensive pair of jeans I could buy just for the day. I had tried on some jeans a few years ago when my best friend tried to persuade me to buy some and I remember how uncomfortable they felt. I thought it would give it another go and ventured into one of the stores that sold budget clothes and tried on some jeans.

I managed to take a photo in the changing room. The one pair that fitted properly I felt were far too tight around my thighs and bottom. I am always self conscious of my bottom when wearing trousers and you will see that these jeans emphasises the shape of my bottom far too much and would be against my standards of modest dress. I just would not feel comfortable wearing them.
I have two alternative outfits - the first is this fun shirt which I could wear with my blue trousers. The shirt is quite long and hides my bottom!
The second is leggings with a tunic. I bought these leggings two years ago and wore them on holiday. I am not a huge leggings fan but they are far more comfortable than jeans and give a casual appearance.

What do you think - your comments will influence my decision!

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Comic Relief Day

For my non-UK blogger friends, I must explain that we have two major charity events each year - Comic Relief in March and Children in Need in November. Millions of pounds are raised at each event and there is massive TV coverage and fund raising events in nearly every city, town and village.

This year, Comic Relief is on Friday, March 24th and, much to my surprise, my office is taking part. My organisation is usually strict on corporate image and we have to wear smart white blouses and black jackets, skirts or trousers every day. However on this one day we are all taking part in a "dress down day" and putting a donation into the charity bucket for the privilege. We are also selling Red Nose Day cakes from our foyer. These are simple sponge cakes with white icing and a single cheery on top.

The "dress down day" will involve us wearing casual shirts or tunics (no problem) and jeans. The jeans will cause me a headache as regular readers of my blog will realise that I must be one of the few women of my age group who does not own a pair of jeans. 

I have never owned a pair of jeans. The nearest I have got was trying on a pair in a shop in 2015 when my best friend Lisa was attempting to persuade me to buy a pair. The post is here Jeans shop I found them very clingy and uncomfortable around my legs and bottom and they drew attention far too much to the shape of my body. I am also not that keen on the image of denim.

Since 2015, I have relented in the case of my daughter, Hannah, and she now has several pairs of jeans which she wears at weekends. I didn't want her to be different from her friends who all wear jeans but Hannah's are straight jeans rather than skinnies and do not cling around her bottom and they certainly aren't the distressed variety!

I have not decided what to do yet for Comic Relief Day. Chickening out and taking the day off is not an option as I have no leave yet in this leave year which ends on 31st March and we are having a busy period in the office anyway.

I would welcome your thoughts. Am I the only non-jean wearing woman that exists? Should I grit my teeth and buy a cheap pair just for the day?

Comments please!