What I Wore: Joyeux

I can list on one hand the things that make me happy.  Some of them are those small every day mood-improvers – the little things – and others are much, much bigger, can’t live without things and people.  1. Good (bad) food.  2. Fresh Flowers.  3. Writing.  4. Music.  And, 5. My Family.  Of course each of those things can be broken down even further (I mean, the subcategory of what kinds of food make me happy is absolutely fricking ENORMOUS), and obviously there are other things in life that make me happy, but the above are my five great loves in terms of my day to day happiness.

Here’s another thing that’s a little further down the list; T Shirts.  I don’t know why the hell I’ve gone and bought another one – I’ve got a whole heap of them – but every time I wear them they seem to bring a smile to my face so I’m rolling with it.  I picked up this new addition in H&M recently; I love the bold, bright text and of course the word itself; JOYEUX, which means Happy.  And sometimes that just means wearing jeans and t shirt and dancing around in your kitchen with your dog  🙂

Baklava.  Baklava (as I’ve recently found out) makes me very happy.

Look at that grin.  That grin makes me grin 🙂


Happy Monday!  What little things make you feel joyeux?  🙂

What I Wore: Votes For Women

If you’re wondering what I’m looking at, I’m cringing at the great big dustbin truck headed my way and the bin men inside who’ve just clocked what I’m up to.  They gave me a thumbs up in the end as they passed, so it’s all good.  Anywho, this is a bit different to normal programming, innit?  Up until now I’ve only really dipped my toes into fashion blogging, even though the truth is I’m huge fan.  I’ve fancied doing some outfit posts for a while and one very breezy August afternoon I plucked up the courage to take my camera to secluded spot in Cardiff and take some pictures.  (…Well, Google Maps made me think that it was secluded but it actually ended up being really busy!  White van men, bin men, old ladies, cuddly toy… you name it, it ended up walking past me.)  

Votes for Women T Shirt, Literary Emporium | Spotty Trousers, Marks and Spencers (similar here) | Shoes Office (similar here) | Bag, T K Maxx (similar here)

These wide leg trousers have to be my biggest bargain of the summer sales, if not EVER.  I’d never have picked them out normally, but they were £5 in the Marks and Spencer’s sale.  I tried them on and totally fell in love with them.  They’re so comfy and could be worn up with a camisole and heels, or worn down with a t shirt.  And with polka dots a firm fave for the new season I’ll be wearing them all winter. 🙂

The animal print bag was a cheapo find in T K Maxx (God, I love that shop!) and can be worn as a clutch or with the added strap.  I’m not normally into animal prints but I thought this would be a fun Autumn/Winter bag to brighten up all the black and grey I’ll probably be wearing.





Have a great week everyone! 

Summer Fashion Update

Maxi Skirt – Primark, Votes for Women Charity T Shirt from Literary Emporium

I don’t tend to blog a lot about fashion, but there’s something about warm weather that makes me hightail it to the shops.  I love summer fashion and dressing for good weather; I love the colours and (at risk of sounding like Sheryl from Rhode Island ala Miss Congeniality) there’s no need for layers and light jackets.  I’ve picked up a few bargains recently – all under £20 – that (weather permitting, obvs!) I’ll be wearing all summer long.

Got to be honest, I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to pull off the whole off-the-shoulder thing that everyone seems to be going crazy for this year (don’t get me started on flared sleeves, they look lovely but I’d be forever dragging them through my food), but then I saw this lovely embroidered top in F&F at my local Tesco and fell in love with it.  It goes so well with this little straw bag and scarf I picked up in Marks and Spencer’s.


I parted ways with a lot of old shoes over the last few months (let’s not talk about the boots that became the winter rental of a family of field mice… no joke…) and so I’ve been stocking up on pointed flats when I see them.  As well as the striped flats I picked up in Primark (if you follow me on Instagram you’re probably sick of seeing them by now…!), I saw these blue suede ones in Matalan and couldn’t leave without them 🙂

What’s your favourite summer bargain you’ve picked up this year?

DIY Strappy Flats


I love strappy flats. I’m never 100% confident bashing around in heels every day and I’m annoyingly somewhere between a size 7 and 8 (clown feet alert!) so most shoes are annoyingly either too tight, or they slip off. I picked up these pink suedette flats from H&M for £8.99 (in a size 7 and a half – score!) and decided to jazz ’em up with some ankle strappage. I was originally going to use some pink ribbon but then I stumbled across this Pom Pom strip instead and thought, why not? I used a tough shoe needle to stitch the middle of each strip to the inner heel, and then stitched a tiny bit of ribbon onto either end of the strip to make the straps easy to tie. Easy! 🙂

I definitely noticed a few foot glances when I wore them the other day, including a few from my dog. He already thinks my ankles are a tasty chew toy and these probably aren’t going to help. Oh well!

Smart Closet

I love fashion, but you know what? I’m not particularly good at it. I’ve got a cupboard full to bursting of clothes (and that doesn’t seem to stop me from adding to it when I see something I like!) and yet I always seem to wear the same two or three outfits. I’m lazy and unadventurous when it comes to dressing myself so a capsule wardrobe would probably make a lot of sense, but I get bored easily and I hate to think of all those lovely clothes that are already hanging in my wardrobe and never get to see the light of day.

About a month ago I downloaded an app called Smart Closet on a whim, hoping that it would help me regain a bit of control over my togs, and I have to say, so far I’m loving it! It essentially works as a database – a personal closet catalogue – allowing you to see what you’ve got (and haven’t got!), categorise it, create and plan outfits, and understand which items you get the most use out of. It takes a little bit of time to set everything up, but for me it’s been a game changer 🙂

✦ Create Your Closet. The most time consuming part of creating your own smart closet is inputting all the data, which basically involves chucking all your clothes onto the floor and taking a picture of each and every item you own – clothes, shoes, accessories, the lot. You can choose to categorise them by style, colour, brand (which makes searching for items in the app much easier), and you can even add a price to each item which – once you’ve added everything – will give you a total price tag for your wardrobe. Eek!


✦ Create and Plan Outfits. Once you’ve created your database you can start having some fun with the app. All those photographs you took can now be mixed and matched to create outfits for your Lookbook. Outfits can be categorised by occasions and seasons and added to a calendar which allows you to keep track of what you’re wearing. Another handy feature is that the app will alert you every morning suggesting a possible outfit for the day. Helpful when you’re in a rush, eh? 🙂

Packing Lists. A couple of weeks ago I went on a mini break to the New Forest and used the packing feature to help me streamline my suitcase. You can add outfits to your packing list and the app will list all the items you need to pack.

Statistics. Here’s the interesting bit. The statistics page in the app gives you a run down of your wardrobe in numbers. How many tops, how many dresses? How many outfits? How much does your entire wardrobe cost? And depending on how much information you put into the app, it can also tell you about your favourite brands, favourite colours, most used item and best value item. All handy info for when you’re planning a clear out or feeling spendy 🙂

Have you ever tried a closet app? What did you think of it?