Wednesday, 11 November 2015

November 2015

I seem to jinx myself with this blog, when I posted "hopefully my next post won't be another 8 months coming" I promise I really did mean it! But anyway, that was eight months ago, it's time to move on...

So at present my circumstances look like this: currently living in Birmingham, pretending to be an adult by going to work every day, paying my own bills, and sometimes even cooking my own dinner. My boyfriend Sam sort of lives with me although not officially - a while ago he just stopped going home and I didn't call him out on it, and now he's got a whole shelf in my wardrobe and I don't even know how it happened. I work in a pretty cool building that used to be a warehouse but is now a conference/events centre and I book meetings and help with weddings and it is brilliant.

I don't have anything with any real meaning to write in this post I just wanted to write something. I'm hoping that I'll find something to say; now that my life has settled around me (where I am a snowglobe and life is the snow) and I actually have time to think about things, maybe I'll start doing this again.

...Or maybe not!

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Little Treats

Just a quick post today to show off some little treats I bought myself on my day off on Monday. As well as a lot of boring old basics (pants and t-shirts, woooo) I managed to find some pretty little sparkly things that I am quite pleased about.

This lovely beaded bag is from Primark, I found it dumped on a sale rail but the tag still said £10. To be honest, I probably would have paid that for it, because it is so pretty, I don't think it looks like Primark at all! But anyway, it came up at the till as £5, bargains!

I've started wearing short necklaces recently because, as I mentioned in my last post, longer necklaces always sit funny on me (#bigboobproblems, remember?). These three are from H&M; in total they came to about £11. The one with my name on is my favourite, it came with one of every letter of the alphabet (and it was a fiddly little bastard to put together), which if you think about it is not really ideal if your name has any repeated letters. I don't know if they sell spare letters, you might have to buy two necklaces.

I also want to take this opportunity to show off my fancy nails, which took me well over an hour to paint last night. I was hoping to show them off at work today, but I've been really sick since this morning and have spent the day in bed. I still feel disgusting as I write this, but at least I can say I've been a little bit productive now!

Saturday, 31 January 2015

2015, Hello

Well I believe it's been 2015 for an entire month now, and so far I have to say I am loving it. Lots has changed since I last posted on this blog. I finally feel positive and confident enough to start posting again; I'm not promising daily updates and outfits and I don't believe in putting pressure on oneself to maintain a blog just for the sake of doing so, but hopefully my next post won't be another eight months coming. So anyway, here's a little update about what's changed in my life since I last posted here (hint: it's a lot!) and also today's #ootd.


Top from H&M, I can not resist a nice stripy jersey
Jeans from Tesco, the best dupe for a Topshop Joni I ever met
Boots from H&M
Necklace from New Look, long necklaces never hang right on me #bigboobproblems
I really need a haircut.

So, new fings:

1. I graduated! I am now Rosemary Baldwin BA (Hons). Exciting stuff. Uni itself wasn't really my cup of tea but living (mostly) independently with a large group of people was a massive learning experience for me and I know how much of a better person I am now because of it. Plus it was bloody good fun.

2. I have a new job! When I left Uni I was working at the Co-op at home on a zero-hour contract and I was not happy. In September I got promoted to Supervisor and given a pay rise and full-time hours, which was obviously great, and working in the office was a lot of fun, but the role itself was quite boring at times and I wanted more of a challenge, and somewhere with more opportunity for career progression. And almost by accident (I applied on a whim without expecting anything) I got a job as Supervisor at Warehouse, which I love. I started in January and I've already learnt loads about fashion, visual merchandising and how the company runs, and I can't wait to start working my way up through the business. Plus I get an amazing uniform allowance and staff discount <3 <3 <3

3. I've lost a load of weight! Since the end of July, when I started Weight Watchers, I have lost approximately one stone. I'm still 'overweight', technically (although I still maintain that I have concrete bones) but I feel So. Much. Better. On a slightly related note, I've also got contact lenses which has really increased my confidence too.

So, life is very exciting right now! Today I've been for lunch with my lovely boyfriend (whom I met on Tinder about three months ago which is a ridiculous/lovely story for another day, maybe) and now I am off to have cauliflower cheese pie for my dinner, yum.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Adventuring in the Forest

Today my littlest sister Belle and I went for a long walk up to the woods to have a picnic lunch. There wasn't really much to see, unfortunately the path down to the river was padlocked and the fields were all long grass and bugs, but we did find a creepy clearing that had obviously flooded and become a lagoon, you can see it behind me in these photos. It's extra creepy really because I'm sure when I used to go walking down here when I was younger kids used to make dens in the clearing, and now it's all underwater.

I wore my Topshop jeans, Vans and a Primark jumper which meant I was just a little bit too warm, especially as the sun came out on our way home. I also took my trusty Asos Men's backpack to hold our picnic blanket and my cameras :)

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Vintage Floral Blouse

I do struggle in the summer, I'm just such an avid wearer of black things, it's hard to add the essential lighter colours into my wardrobe when the sun comes out. This blouse is one my Gran gave me yesterday, it actually has a matching skirt but I thought that might be a bit much, I didn't want to look like a garden. I did however find the exact same patterned skirt in a charity shop today, which was amusing if not a bit weird.

Blouse: Vintage via my Gran
Vest: ancient and unknown
Jeans: Topshop Joni jeans
Shoes and sunglasses: H&M

Today I took myself charity shopping and I got a pretty little summer outfit and some awesome new shoes, which I'll post about soon :) I also had my first Starbucks Frappuccino of the year which means it's officially summer!

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

I Wear My Grandma's Clothes / I Look Incredible

Today we had a very fun trip to my Grandparents' house to help my Gran clear out some of her old clothes. A lot of lovely dresses are destined for the dress agency in town, a big bag of stuff is going to the charity shop and an cheeky bag of things has worked its way into my vintage-hungry and bargain-obsessed wardrobe.

It was so much fun to see my Gran pulling out all these carefully-wrapped up dresses and telling us whose wedding or christening or birthday she wore them to. It's a shame that she's getting rid of so much stuff but I guess it would be more of a shame to let her clothes sit in the wardrobe where nobody will see them. The most exciting find was definitely my Mum's wedding dress, I never realised how detailed and...puffy it was! Of course I scampered off to try it on and even though it was way too small I still squished my way into it for comedic value, and to scare my boyfriend with Snapchat photos, obvs.

I found this photo hanging in the hallway at my Gran's house so I snapped it for comparison; as you can see, my Mama looked so much better in it, although to be fair she could actually fasten the buttons at the back haha! Check out the floral crown too, what a trendsetter!

I didn't take many photos of actual clothes because I got too excited, but look at the lovely patterns and details on some of this stuff!

Things for the dress agency. I really love the middle dress but it is too big for me :(

Beautiful details on a jacket and dress my Gran wore for one of my Aunties' weddings (I can't remember which!)

Some co-ordinating blouse/skirt sets I nabbed :)

My Gran also found this lovely pink coat for me; I never ever wear pink but I actually like this one, although it is a bit old-lady-ish and a bit too big. I hope pink coats stay 'fashionable' for a bit longer, it's too hot to wear one at the moment!

I also found this beautiful grey parka in my Grandad's wardrobe which my Gran let me have, and even though it's obviously a men's one and way too big for me, I can't help but love it. It's all lined with fleecy fabric, and it has a drawstring at the waist to make it a bit less sack-like, and it has a hood. What a winner!

Hopefully over the next few weeks, if the weather stays nice, I can post some summer outfit photos with my new floral skirts and blouses. My Mum and Auntie and Granny were laughing at me for grabbing all these old clothes, but I'll make them work, and I'll have saved a fortune on summer clothes and winter coats, and then who'll be laughing?!

Monday, 19 May 2014

Cadbury's World

Yesterday afternoon we went to Birmingham; one of my sisters lives there for Uni and the other is about to start a month of work experience at Cadbury's (!!!), so we went to visit the former and drop off the latter at her new accommodation. We arrived in Birmingham a bit earlier than we planned, so my parents decided we should pop to Cadbury's world for a cup of tea. We didn't actually go into the exhibition, just looked around the shop and the cafe, but oh my it was so amazing! I can't wait to go back and properly look around one day!

Here's me in all my excitement!
(Tu t-shirt, Topshop Mom jeans, H&M shoes, Primark cardi and Zara bag)

This isn't the best-lit photo but the cafe had all these clouds and empty milk bottles hanging from the ceiling, it was so cute! And they had old Cadbury's adverts playing on TVs, it was awesome! The Olympic Creme Egg ones were our faves

Here is the Cadbury's Gorilla (does anyone remember him?!) wearing my Dad's hat

Bertie Bassett, he was wiggling and talking and it was a bit creepy really

My Mum flirting with the Cadbury's cow, again wearing my Dad's hat

And of course, no grand day out would be complete without a gratuitous selfie (with my littlest sister Belle, who starts her first day working at Cadbury's today, good luck!)