What I Wore – Easter Sunday with Silly Old Sea Dog

Before I get started on my actual post I wanted to offer a quick explanation for my lack of posts lately. I kind of lost my mojo for a bit, after a spate of illness (nobody feels like dressing up and taking pics when you’re coughing and snotting in epic proportions!) and then the last few weeks at work have gleaned every last glimmer of motivation! I love my day job but it can be both physically and mentally draining at times. I also hit a bit of a crisis of confidence (which I might tell you about another time). So I really haven’t felt up to writing anything – hence the unscheduled break!

But today I decided to dress up a little, in my ‘Sunday Best’ for a bit of Easter family time (We’re not religious, so our celebrations of Easter really is about spending time with family and food)!

Just after Valentines day I snapped up my fourth Silly Old Sea Dog dress (the first with sleeves!) in their sale… It was a steal at £50 (less than half the original selling price). I ordered a 24 this time as I have a 22 in a different style and print but it’s a little snug, and a 26 that I took in and altered the straps.

And here it is…(with the first bare legs of the year!!)

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I absolutely love the length and fullness of the skirt. The sleeves fit my arms perfectly and although the neckline is a little loose on me, it’s preferable to being restrictive!

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I teamed the dress with a simple white cardigan and a little bunny necklace (I don’t know where it’s from as it was a gift from my husband).

I can see me wearing this dress loads over the coming season and on colder summer days… As with most of my dresses, it’s often the centrepiece of the outfit which means I can be lazy when it comes to accessories or it can be dressed up if I really want to make a statement! I’ve already got it earmarked for my Latitude Festival wardrobe!

I’m a huge fan of Silly Old Sea Dog and their beautifully made dresses and although I’ve only ever bought their items in the sale I absolutely think they are worth the full price. (Unfortunately that’s more than I can afford right now.) There are some I’ve missed out on because they never made it to the sale and I’ve had to live with the regret!

Take a look at their awesome dresses if you haven’t already – but I’ve warned you, they’re gorgeous! 😍

Wedding Wednesday with Lolly

Morning all! Just wanted to let you know my wedding has been featured on Lolly Likes FATshion’s blog! Pop over and have a read… It was lovely to tell Lolly about our big day. I hope it helps to inspire other Brides to feel happy and confident in their bodies on their wedding day (and every day after that!!). 😊

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This is my favourite wedding photo. It makes me smile every time I see it! 😄

Curly Girl Adventure (part 3) – the journey so far

Just wanted to give you a quick update with the old curly hair thing… I recently posted my long-time-ago “before” picture on Instagram – before I had my long locks cut down to a bob in order to donate my hair to The Little Princess Trust who make wigs for children who have lost their hair. I went from this to this:

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Back then I knew nothing about the Curly Girl method (here’s a comprehensive description) and had no idea that my hair had the potential to be curly! I believed I had slightly wavy, frizzy hair which I either wore up or straightened. I’d almost forgotten how it looked ‘au naturel’… But looking at the photos now I can see the potential (and the damage caused by brushing, straightening and shampooing for years 🙈🙈🙈).

I’ve been following the no-shampoo co-wash “curly girl” method since last summer and this is what my hair is like now:

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I’m still perfecting my routine (hence the regular blog updates!)- I’ve been trying different conditioners for my co-wash and trying different combinations of leave-in products (conditioners, curl creams, gels and jojoba oil). Yesterday I tried a new conditioner and used it as both the co-wash and leave-in – I was pretty impressed with the results:

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There’s definitely an element of trial and error trying to find the right products to use (that are both Curly Girl approved*, give the best curl definition and minimise frizz) it can take a while to find what works. Seeing what others have managed to achieve means I’m always striving for better! But the biggest plus for me is that it makes mornings so easy not having to straighten! I’ve become a bit of a product addict now, though… Which makes a refreshing change to buying dresses, I guess!

(*the list of products I use as a guide was from a by invitation Facebook group so I tried to find a public alternative. I haven’t checked the list is completely accurate, but it looks fine on first glance!)

Have you tried the curly girl method?! Does it seem like too much effort to you?!

Crapshoot

My very talented husband wrote this series of posts for our Facebook friends about the crap we have lying about at home… He decided to put it on his blog, so now I can share it with you! It’s funny AND sentimental… Just like him. Have a read…

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In late 2015 I was hitting some serious, phat likage on Facebook for a series of posts in which I stormed round my house, took photos of the piles of crap I found and wrote some snooty, eye-rolling commentary.  This seemed to be most popular amongst mums; which if you’ve read the rest of my blog in which I swear about video games is obviously the exact audience I’m after.

In order to ensure that this treasure trove of snarkyness doesn’t get lost in the flood of Key Stage 2 maths tests that currently dominate my news feed, I have decided to translate the edited highlights onto this here blog.  This is definitely the only reason. It has nothing to do with the fact that writing something new takes time and I’m hopelessly addicted to frantically refreshing the stats on the WordPress back end to give me some small slither of self-worth.

What’s “interesting” reading…

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