10 Day You Challenge - 10 Secrets

Saturday, 31 August 2013 | No comments


I have seen so many of these posts I thought I would give it a go as well. I'm a bit late doing it as I was going to start it around the same time as the 30 day blog challenge but I couldn't manage both!

Ten Secrets

1. I have a slight phobia of open water and swimming pools. I have swimming lessons to try and get over the fear and also to learn to swim!
2. I was born in Germany

3.I'm allergic to Quorn

4. I have really tiny ears, everyone is amazed by how small they are when they see me!

5. I have the worst eyesight. I'm a -9 in both eyes.

6. I always have to sleep near a window and as far away from the door as possible.

7. I have never been to a funeral
8. I have a weird phobia of buttons
9. I'm scared of thunder and lightning
10. I passed my driving test on my fourth attempt.

Much Love

Designer outlet shopping - joy or nightmare!?

Friday, 30 August 2013 | No comments

So, for some reason I decide that a trip to Bicester Outlet Village would be a good idea.  For me, once the shakes have subsided at the thought of going to a designer outlet centre, I throw on an ensemble which I consider to be with it and rather hip and possibly looking somewhat "posh".

Arriving at the Village is no mean feat, stressed from being parked in the biggest car park ever, the A41, I finally approach and circle the Village car park like a maniac, daring anyone but anyone to take any free parking space that comes up. For some reason I've turned into a possessed driver.

I'm all parked and a brief glance around at the posh cars sends a little shiver down my spine.  I suddenly question, why am I here when George or Primarni (as I like to call and lots of others out there tee hee) are my comfort zone for clothing.  Fear not I hear faintly in my head, they do big sizes - yeah right in Clarkes shoe shop!

My first step into the Village and I'm swamped with a vision of designer clothed individuals laden with bags.  I hold my head high and start my descent into the unknown of the designer world.  So far I've walked past a handful of shops and glanced briefly in the windows, nothing has got my eye as yet.

My first shop is a handbag shop - no fear of being stared at as if to say "really love you think you are going to fit in these clothes".  It's a terrible cliche but one that I assume they are thinking which they probably aren't.  I browse around the handbags pretending that the price tags are of no significance to me but inside I'm screaming "seriously, how much".  The sales assistant stops me and asks me to pick something out of a bag, it's a little draw they have going on.  I pick one with 20% off - most people would jump with joy, all that extra money off.  I just thanked her and thought, 20% off the hundreds does not tempt me to purchase anything in here.  So I forlonly leave the shop swinging my little Debenhams handbag, which I have to admit has got a little threadbare but I love it - it fits everything, even the kitchen sink so why throw it away.  If I had my little designer bag I would have been swinging it with pride, however on this ocassion I tuck my handbag firmly under my arm and pray no-one sees where the leather has started to come off.

I continue down the Village briefly doing that sideways glance as if I'm interested and looking longingly into shops with some really pretty outfits thinking my butt ain't gonna get in those clothes.  As I'm walking along there is an endless stream of people carrying bag after bag, designer name after designer name being thrown into my face.

However, feeling deflated my eyes light up when I see Joules, ah posh t-shirts. It's only a small shop and it doesn't take me long to browse.  Plenty of floral tops, some lovely light colours - nothing black, my interest wanes quickly.  I remind myself that black is not the only colour in the world.  I pick up a t-shirt which says 16, I hold it up and think well it looks like a generous 12!  A 16 come on, I've seen more fabric on a tissue.  My heart sinks and I leave the shop empty handed.

Onwards and upwards I say and in the distance I see Bose, how can I get excited in a clothes shopping outlet for a company which sell electrical items.  I had to really fight with my little legs (and that they are) to carry on walking past and I did it.  I practically skip with joy though as I know I'm nearing Clarkes shoes (yep, told you, I'm at an age where heels don't exist and comfy rubber soles are hip).  I start to panic a little as I near because Clarkes is no longer there, ahhh they've shut the shop down - there is now no physical reason to come to Bicester Village anymore, Clarkes has gone.  I stand confused and staring at some designer shop which has taken over my comfy shoe shop.

I'm just about to turn and walk back to the car when in the distance my eye catches the little Clarkes sign, oh my, how I didn't skip all the way there but considered the funny looks I may have gotten I beat a hasty skip towards it.  Ok so from the front it looks smaller than the old premises and dear lord, small is an understatement.  Let's just say you have to be prepared to get cosy with anyone you meet and that possibly involves meeting their feet as you bend down to retrieve the shoe you want off the bottom shelf.  I prayed that I didn't need to try any shoes on as if I bent over, bam my butt would take someone out and the shop display too.

I don't know whether I had arrived in Clarkes at the wrong time but there was very little on the shelves and my disappointment carried on with shoes that resembled something your granny would wear.  I know I'm not fashionable and I live in my Clarkes boots (summer, spring, winter and autumn, I know!) but even I wasn't prepared to dip my little pasty feet into some of these shoes.

So another shop I leave disappointed.  I decide that Bicester Village really isn't for me.  I know the place is a fantastic means for people to get designer clothing at decent prices but for me Bicester Village is a place to go to people watch and nothing else.  

Swindon to Cirencester

Thursday, 29 August 2013 | No comments


When we went to Swindon we decided to make a day of it and visit somewhere near by.  We ended up in Cirencester, a town about 25 minutes away from Swindon.

Here are a few pictures from our day, I didn't take too many as I was too busy popping in and out of the shops!

Jacket - Asda
T-Shirt - Gap
Jeans - New Look
Shoes - Sainsburys
Bag - TK Maxx
Much Love

OMCZ #14

Wednesday, 28 August 2013 | 7 comments


Time for the next OMCZ Challenge!

This time it was my turn to choose. I was really excited to choose the theme this time, I had thought about it a few weeks ago and kept my fingers crossed that it wouldn't get picked (I did have a plan  just in case!).

Here is what I wrote for the email:

Unleash your wild side
Leopard, cheetah, zebra....... I hope that will join me in unleashing your wild side and show some love for  animal print! Shoes, tops ,bags or be brave and go head to toe!

Here is my outfit!

I got the top/dress from the sale in Tesco a few months ago but I haven't worn it yet. The scarf is an old one from Primark, it's one of my favourites to wear and I think that the belt was free courtesy of my sisters wardrobe! tee hee!

Check out the other lovely ladies taking part!
Much Love
Becky Brown

Style It My Way Challange #3

Tuesday, 27 August 2013 | No comments


Welcome to week 3 of the Style It My Way Challenge.

This week the theme is Denim. I tend to live in jeans at the weekend, these are one of my favourite pairs from New Look, they actually fit on my bum and waist!

T-Shirt - Forever 21
Jeans - New Look
Scarf - Boutique in Menorca
Bracelet - Lola & Grace

Much Love


An afternoon tea

Monday, 26 August 2013 | 1 comment

On Saturday Mr C and I treated ourselves to some more pampering. We saw a deal on Travelzoo for am afternoon tea plus either a massage or facial at a hotel not too far from where we live. It was £19 each and we had a 25 minute treatment each ( I had a facial and Mr C had a hot stone massage). Then we had a lovely afternoon tea and went home feeling thoroughly relaxed.


My skin felt amazing after using these products!


Much Love

Bag Wishlist

Sunday, 25 August 2013 | No comments


Just a few bags that are on my wishlist!

All of the above bags are on the House of Fraser website.

All bags above from New Look Website.
Much Love

Making a statement!!

Friday, 23 August 2013 | No comments

I love jewellery, there you go! Anything that's big, sparkly and will fit me no matter what will always catch my eye! It's so bad that a few years ago my colleagues at the company I worked for bought me a bag full of jewellery for my birthday, it made a fab surprise from the usual chocolate and flowers!
I'm quite partial to statement pieces at the moment. I feel like add a bit of pizazz ( oh errr) to an outfit that could be quite plain.
Here are a few pictures of my favourite necklaces at the moment!


I will be doing a post on my jewellery collection soon but with over 40 necklaces it might take a awhile!
Much Love

Mr C Styles Me!

Thursday, 22 August 2013 | 3 comments


Last week I had a real mental block with what to wear, each morning I would get up and literally chuck on something! I normally have my outfit put together the night before so it was a case of wearing something that matched and was comfortable!

So on Thursday I asked Mr C what he would pick for me to wear to wear to work and this is what he choose!

Top - Tesco
Waterfall Jacket - New Look
Skirt - Asda
Shoes - Debenhams

I think he did a good job! These are all pieces that I have had in my wardrobe for sooo long and haven't worn for ages!
Would you let your partner style you?
Much Love

A Lucky Week!

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 | No comments


A few weeks ago I entered the giveaway on Becky's Blog - The Ramblings of Mrs BeBe and was lucky enough to win a £25 voucher to spend at Sorrento Clothing! I think that I will use this treat myself to something new for Plus North in September!

Here are some of my favourites from their website at the moment:

The following week when we went to Swindon I entered a lucky draw in Boots (in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support) which was a £1 a ticket. I got a call on the Tuesday to let me know I had won forth prize! Here is what was in my bag:

How pretty is the Miss Dior box!

I hope that this set is nice, its always difficult to find eyeshadows that will make my eyes stand out behind my glasses!

I can't wait to try the perfumes as I have never had any Dior scents before and Mr C got quite a few treats as well! The lipstick did look quite scary but when I tried it on it gives a lovely sheer colour and not too bold as I thought (the swatch on my hand is about 4/5 swipes. The consistency is also very smooth and didn't feel drying at all and the packaging is gorgeous, Dior might have a little visit from me for some make up!

Last of all I won £40 on the lotto so I was super happy, I'm going to put it towards something in our new home! Perhaps a new wardrobe for my clothes??

Much Love

Style It My Way Challenge #2

Tuesday, 20 August 2013 | 1 comment


Welcome to the 2nd Style It My Way Challenge

This week it's a wedding outfit. I haven't been to a wedding for a couple of years now so I didn't really have anything that I could wear as a day guest so I have gone for an evening guest outfit.

Here is what I choose:

Top- Primark
Trousers - Adsa
Shoes - Sainsburys
Bag - Radley

See you next week for challenge #3!
Much Love