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!

Friday, 3 March 2017


I don't wear boots that often (apart from rubber boots in the garden) but found these in a charity shop priced at £5.00 and they were my size. I tried them on and they fitted and were comfortable so I just had to buy them. I know the winter is coming to an end but we may still get some cold wet weather so I could easily get some wear out of them before next autumn.

The skirt was unsurprisingly another charity shop purchase and cost me £3.00 a month or so ago and now temperatures are gradually rising, I am starting to wear skirts again more regularly. I like the length of this skirt - just below my knees - making it quite modest.

My black top and white jacket have been in my wardrobe for some time. 

My office is surprisingly talking part in Comic Relief Day in a few weeks. For non-UK readers this is a Charity Fund Raising Day carried out nationally lead by massive media coverage. It will cause an issue for me concerning my outfit for the day and I will seek your advice in my next post!

Friday, 24 February 2017


This is the first outdoor photo of 2017!

I bought this dress on a reduced price rail last week for £2.50. I rather liked the floral pattern on a blue background. It is also a length that I prefer to make it more modest in appearance.

Although it was a rare sunny afternoon, I soon retreated indoors and added a cardigan to this outfit as it was not that warm. The hours of daylight are now increasing and I am getting the feeling that winter is coming to an end with crocus bulbs now in bloom in a sheltered part of my garden.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Sky Blue

A sky blue short sleeved summer top is my latest charity shop find. It cost £2.50 and had a Velux label which I had not heard of before. I like the shade of blue and the decorative stitching. It seems to compliment my black skirt which has been in my wardrobe for several years.

The weather is actually improving here in the UK and is nearing 10 C with temperatures of 15 C possible next week. It is noticeable how some bright sunshine lifts your mood and I have daffodils in bud in my garden which means spring may just be around the corner.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Office Clothes

As I didn't buy too much this week, I have decided to search through some photos Hannah took last year but didn't get posted at the time.

The white sleeveless top was in a bargain bin for £1.00 and you can't go far wrong at that price. I have had the wide belt for a long time and it gives the top a finishing touch.

It is very unusual to find a pair of trousers in a charity shop which actually fit perfectly so I couldn't believe it when I found this pair of black straight leg trousers which are ideal for wearing to the office. I tend to wear black skirts to work in the warmer weather and trousers once it starts to get cold usually by mid-November. These cost me £4.50 and I have worn them quite often recently.

Do you wear trousers to work more than skirts in the winter?

Friday, 3 February 2017

1st 2017 Charity Shop Purchase

A white dress found in a local charity shop this week has become my first purchase for 2017. Bad weather and feeling a little unwell restricted my tour of the shops in early January. The dress has an interesting decorative collar and will be ideal for evening wear or perhaps outside when it is warmer with a cardigan. I have added a belt as a further feature.

What do you think?