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A wee while ago I headed off on a very short and sweet trip to Cologne, where I didn’t see much of the city but did see lots of knitwear. I tagged along with the Rowan Yarns folks to the showcase of the new MODE at Rowan collection at HH Cologne, which you can check out on my story highlights and the MODE story highlights if you so wish.  The Rowan brand certainly isn’t new to this blog – been using their yarns and patterns for years, and more recently modelled for one of their books too – so it was great to check out the new range first hand before it launches and spend a weekend squishing yarn, chatting, and taking photos. Send me to any event involving knits and of course I’m going to try them all on – it would be rude not to, don’t you think?  I’m a big fan of many of the items with their simple, classic shapes, but one particular garment was a clear favourite from the beginning.  Part of the launch day included a blogger event, and I wasn’t alone in choosing this bobble sleeved lovely as fave either.  The pink sample […]

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It’s rare that a single item receives a dedicated blog post these days, unless I made it, in which case I can write 900 words about a jumper. Often feels like there’s no real point, right? That said, this particular new wardrobe edition feels deserving of a little blog airtime, so here we are. Blog, meet my new red leather jacket. A couple of weeks ago I was kindly invited to an event with British brand Lakeland Leather at their Bowness store, a town I’ve visited many times. Most blogger events are in cities so was lovely to be invited to one in a prettier location, and the drive through the Lakes on a sunny day isn’t exactly a chore. I have many fond memories of being a little kid in my mum’s MINI, driving through the Lake District with the roof down singing along to Pat Benatar, and I rather enjoyed reliving those times down the country lanes behind the wheel myself this time. Haven’t managed to acquire a MINI convertible (yet), but Pat Benatar I can do. Bloody good job nobody could hear my rendition though. Since the sun was a’shining I pottered around in Bowness for a […]

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I first wrote about sustainability months ago, when it seemed like every blogger under the sun was adding their two penneth in response to the Stacey Dooley documentary about fast fashion and its impact on the environment.  I’d been shocked and disgusted and felt the need to say something.  At the time I did worry that it was just an of-the-moment buzzword that people felt obliged to comment on, and would be swiftly forgotten. Now I can’t speak for everyone who was flabbergasted at the time, but I know that I genuinely have kept to my word.  If my memory serves me well I’ve bought a grand total of 6 items (including 2 pairs of shoes) since writing that blog post in October.  One item per month is still more than I strictly needed but isn’t too bad, I’d say. As a result of that blog post and my many Instas about making my own clothes (you bored of me harping on about knitting yet?), I was recently asked to speak about the topic on BBC Radio Lancashire.  (By recently I mean a couple of weeks ago now – silly me is rather slow with the blog posts these days). […]

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*Says there’s no point writing outfit posts any more* *Writes 1000 words about a particular type of dress* Ahem.  A dress worthy of a few hundred words though, don’t you think?  Given that I bought this exact same frock for both my mum and I (God bless the M&S yellow sticker sales), I would say so.  Midi skirts in general are worthy, anyway.  They’re absolutely bloody everywhere at the moment and I must say, I’ve fallen head over heels.  Head over shin, more accurately.  I cruised through a few high street websites (in the name of research, obviously) and on every single one, selecting ‘all dresses’ brought up more below the knee numbers than anything else.  That definitely wouldn’t have been the case a few years ago, especially on the likes of Topshop or ASOS.  Even the brands that were very much associated with bodycon dresses that you order as an emergency Friday night outfit purchase have shifted to the dark side and embraced the long floaty hemline. Remember a time when an outfit had to be short, tight and at least a bit revealing to be young and cool?  I sure do, and I certainly wasn’t the kind to […]

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A red and gold themed Christmas tree, to be precise.  I’d originally intended for this to be a 2018 roundup post but started writing and realised that’s going to be a short novel, and at my current pace of ‘write a couple of sentences, remember a present I need to wrap, eat a mince pie, make a brew, stroke the cat, write another few sentences’… that may take me a while.  However, I deem it imperative that this skirt graces the blog before Christmas day so here I am.  Shouting from the rooftops that an obnoxiously bright and shiny skirt is the Best Thing Ever. Because really, if you can’t wear a red and gold sparkly skirt the week before Christmas, when can you?  I’m yet to own a Christmas jumper but a Christmassy skirt I can get on board with.  Tbh I would say it’s a potential Christmas day outfit but the waistband isn’t elasticated and I plan to eat lots and lots of potatoes, so maybe not.  Can’t win them all, eh?  And I would say it’s a bargain win – £6 for a Zara skirt in TK Maxx isn’t too shabby. Continuing with the bargainous theme, my […]

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We’ve all been there.  You have a wardrobe full of clothes, 10 minutes before you need to leave the house (that’s being generous… it’s usually more like 3) and you haven’t the foggiest idea what to clothe yourself in.  You’ve already tried on 3 outfits that looked good in your head then been frustrated when they look like fancy dress in reality.  (Note to self: a white poloneck under a black dress will just look like a nun’s habit, do not try to make it work). I’ve found myself in this very situation more times than I care to admit lately.  Not because I’ve been going to exciting places and need to dress to impress, but because I like wearing ‘good’ outfits (in my eyes) and just feel my best self when I like my outfit.  Shallow, yes, but I don’t really care.  We’re very much talking first world problems here anyway, let’s be honest.  Obviously – as you can see – I have plenty of clothes to wear.  Multiple rails full (that really need some matching coat hangers… just ignore that ok).  I’m being really quite ridiculous and am well aware of that fact, which actually makes the whole […]

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Dress up as a weirdo, that’s an easy one, right?  Could just wear jeans and a t-shirt to nail that look tbh.  Pretty sure many people in my life would agree that a t-shirt with ‘weirdo’ emblazoned across the front isn’t necessary but here we are.  Weirdos t-shirt!  Yay! 24th October means I’m right on time with a Halloween post, right?  Pumpkins appear in supermarkets, all over Instagram, and just about everywhere else earlier every year and it’s kinda crazy.  I can’t be the only one who’s sick of pumpkins without even carving one.  Halloween ‘outfit inspo’ and makeup tutorials start cropping up from mid-September, with ever more impressive getups as years go by.  Madness.  That said, I do find Halloween makeup timelapses fascinating to watch because I do not possess those skills whatsoever, and watching someone transform themselves into another being is rather mesmerising.  Check out Beth on Instagram if you’re into that stuff because goodness me her makeup/special effects/wizardry is something else.  I found some ancient blog posts with my attempts from years gone by and they’re fun to look back on but nothing spectacular makeup-wise, so this time round I decided to do something completely different.  Just […]

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So, hands up who saw a flurry of tweets and stories and online buzz about Stacey Dooley’s ‘Fashion’s Dirty Secrets’ documentary, hit up iPlayer, and were open mouthed in shock about just how bad the impact of the fashion industry on the environment really is?  My hand is raised.  Realising that entire seas have dried up, health crises have started, ecosystems have been destroyed (and so much more) as a result of our appetite for fast fashion has been quite scary.  It’s eye opening to see how many high street brands are unwilling to be open about their supply chains and obviously have something to hide.  It’s ridiculous how easily duped we are by imagery and marketing presenting products as ‘clean’ and ‘fresh’ when in actual fact they’re toxic and wasteful.  If you haven’t watched it yet, that’s your next TV hour sorted.  Often these things are merely a flash in the pan, a talking (tweeting) point for a week or so, and quickly forgotten about when some other drama crops up, but when it’s irreparable damage to our planet that we’re talking about… then the problem doesn’t really disappear overnight.  It’d be rather Trump-esque to deny the issue completely, after […]

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Firstly, well aware of the oxymoron in that title.  Effortless Pinterest Girl doesn’t try to be anything, right?  She just well… looks good without even trying.  She has that undone hair, easy clothing, carefree kind of look about her.  I want to be her.  I am definitely not her.  I start doing a few things around this time of year: drinking Ovaltine (hands down best cosy drink), getting a cold (ticked that one off already), and furiously pinning to my Autumn/Winter style boards on Pinterest.  My wardrobe looks much the same as last year and I’m basically looking for ways to reinvent the jeans and jumper wheel – my knitwear collection is pretty strong already, you see.  Gal’s gotta work with what she’s got.  Take a peek at said Pinterest board and you’ll see that many of the wintery outfits feature loose, chilled out clothes worn by a girl lazing nonchalantly on a chair outside a coffee shop (just the first photo I came across tbh).  She’s Effortless Pinterest Girl – effortlessly cool and effortlessly stylish.   She looks like she just casually chose her outfit, popped on some accessories, and wandered out the house at a leisurely pace.  Now I’m […]

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I first wrote about sustainability months ago, when it seemed like every blogger under the sun was adding their two penneth in response to the Stacey Dooley documentary about fast fashion and its impact on the environment.  I’d been shocked and disgusted and felt the need to say something.  At the time I did worry that it was just an of-the-moment buzzword that people felt obliged to comment on, and would be swiftly forgotten. Now I can’t speak for everyone who was flabbergasted at the time, but I know that I genuinely have kept to my word.  If my memory serves me well I’ve bought a grand total of 6 items (including 2 pairs of shoes) since writing that blog post in October.  One item per month is still more than I strictly needed but isn’t too bad, I’d say. As a result of that blog post and my many Instas about making my own clothes (you bored of me harping on about knitting yet?), I was recently asked to speak about the topic on BBC Radio Lancashire.  (By recently I mean a couple of weeks ago now – silly me is rather slow with the blog posts these days). […]

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