Woke Up an Optimist, Sun shining I’m Positive

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Funny how a little bit of sun can really effect your mood, gotta agree with Kanye on that one. Now we’re into March I find my mood has really brightened as I look towards spring. I know I look a little grumpy in these shots but I promise I’m just squinting with the sun, note to self remember shades. I’ve got my 35 at 35 list off to a good start with my new tattoo and I’m working on a few more. 

Throughout February had a little challenge with a friend as to how many miles we could run, I managed a not too meager 45.6. Gives me a little more confidence in managing that marathon at some point. You may have noticed on Instagram that I’ve been trying out some recipes so maybe I’ll be able to cross No 9 off that list soon too. 

I may have missed out on Fashion Week this season but there’s always September right? On the plus side I did get a few goodies from J D Williams as I mentioned on Friday and this sweater is another of them. There’s always a silver lining right, or in this case a subtle gold one. 

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Sweater – J D Williams

Jeans – Primark

Shirt – Primark

Boots – Privilege 

Clutch – DIY

 

 

FourFive Seconds – Rihanna, Kanye West & Paul McCartney

Go Your Own Way

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Is it just me or does orange poncho scream 70’s style. I am very excited about the return of 70’s trend and looking forward to filling my wardrobe with flares, suede and more faux fur. 

Lucky for me the lovely people at J D Williams sent me a few things from the knitwear collection. Included was this very poncho giving me a head start on the new trend. Orange is not normally a colour I go for but I love this bright oversized piece. It’s good quality too so kept me warm while shooting in freezing Scottish February weather. 

I can’t not mention the faux fur earmuffs. Total bargain in the sale I couldn’t resist. Neither could I resist clashing the pink with the orange. What do you think too much, or is too much not a phrase that exsists when talking 70’s? 

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Poncho – JD Williams*

Jeans – Primark

OTK Boots – Debenhams*

Top – ASOS

Earmuffs – Accessorize 

 

 

 

Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac

Getting a Tattoo, Getting Ink Done

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Latin-motto-shoulder-tattooFinally getting my 35 at 35 list started, with No. 32 ticked off.  I’ve been wanting this tattoo for literally years so my list has spurred me on.

Some of you may be aware that I’m a solicitor in my real life. I am also a Notary Public and have a motto which appears on my notary seal. This is something which will be with me for life so I wanted to pick something meaningful, not your standard Latin legal quote. I’d wanted to be a solicitor since early high school but I didn’t make it easy for myself. Life can be tough and sometimes it’s hard to focus on what you want through all the rubbish that’s going on. I somehow managed to and got my degree and a job doing exactly what I had set out to. In short, I made it.

My motto reflects this translating as ‘Through Difficulty to the Heights’. If there’s a point to this post, its dream big and don’t give up. It may not be easy but if you really want it you can do it. Oh and it’ll be worth it in the end, I promise.

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Pretty Fly for a White Guy – Offspring

Turnaround

It’s Monday, it’s cold, it’s wet and generally pretty rubbish. So how about some 80’s infused synth pop to brighten up your day?

Say hello to Lucy Taylor aka Pawws. This track sounds all sweet and demur but there’s something a little more cutting hiding in the lyrics. Basically it’s fab.

Hope it’s cheered up your monday.

Leather-Studded Kiss

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So turns out the place for nail art accessories in Poundland, who have thought. You all know I’m a sweetie addict so I’m in there fairly often to top up my office sweetie drawer, yes I have a whole drawer. Last week I came across this awesome little accessory wheel. They had loads of different ones, well worth a look.

When I go for embellishment I like to keep the rest of the nail simple. This lilac I picked up in November but it’s a perfect spring colour, spring is coming soon right? The black adds a little extra, but not too much. I painted the line on my middle finger before adding the studs but the little dots after.

What do you think?

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Bad Romance – Lady Gaga

It’s like the Darkness is the Light

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The nights may be getting a little lighter but nature is still conspiring against me, 5.30pm sunset is just not late enough. I never realised before I started this blog how difficult it is to get decent photos inside. There’s a constant fight with the artificial light, as you can see here either too dark or spotlights on you. Roll on spring indeed.

My unintentional recycling theme continues with more pieces found in the back of my wardrobe. A good blazer is something everyone should invest in. This boyfriend fit linen one is very on trend just now, can you believe I bought it at least 7 years ago. These heels too, I bought when I was at uni, which Ioath to say is over 9 years ago! Good quality shoes can last a lifetime.

The one new item is this awesome Naromode tee, if you’ve not heard about them Naromode are an amazing Scottish design duo, see my post here. I picked it up in my goody bag at a recent sample sale, limited edition makes me love the quirky little design even more.

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Blazer – H&M (old)
Tee – Naromode
Jeans – Primark
Heels – Dune (old)
Scarf – Primark
Clutch – DIY
Watch – Armani
Ring – Forever 21

Disturbia – Rihanna

You’ll Be My Valentine, Valentine

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Valentines is always pretty low key for us, my man doesn’t really go in for organised romance. A nice meal at home with a good bottle of wine is the normal plan. Oh and if I’m lucky a beautiful bunch of roses delivered to work, this year it’s a Saturday so I think I’m outa luck on the roses.

I have been trying to convince the man to head out this year given it does fall on a Saturday. A quick look at our favourite restaurants and the price list appears to have a 20% uplift specially for the night, now that’s not fair is it. So it may just be a another nice meal at home, or few drinks in our local. Either way I have a couple of outfits planned, the one for staying at home I’ll keep to myself 😉

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Outfit 1
Dress – Calvin Klein at TK Maxx
Heels – Primark
Faux Fur – Primark
Ring – Glitzy Secrets
Bracelet – Thomas Sabo at Joshua James Jewellery

Outfit 2
Top – Lookbook Store
Trousers – Zara
Heels – Primark
Jacket – Very
Clutch – Gift
Necklace – Birthday Gift
Ring – Primark
Bangle – Brown Thomas

 

Teenage Dream – Katy Perry