Hebden Bridge
March 26, 2015

52 Lists: Things That Have Inspired Me Lately

52 LIsts

1. The eclipse and space related awesome chats with a taxi driver.
2. Putting the world to rights with blogger extraordinaire, Kat Got The Cream. Such a great afternoon filled with blueberry pancakes and long chats in the shadow of York Minster.
3. My OH who’s always there for cuddles. He’s the dude.
4. Reading Little White Lies magazine for pleasure and for work.
5. Seeing seedlings pop up on our windowsill.
6. Planning adventures.
7. The BBC Poldark series. Ooh it’s really good.
9.  Walks with Julia in the spring sunshine.
10. The kitchen and cooking tasty meals from scratch.

Check out my previous 52 Lists here and don’t forget to join in if you fancy!

March 25, 2015

Outfit: Wallis Style Adviser


This casual outfit was chosen for me by Wallis Style Adviser, a handy on site app that expertly assesses your colour and style preferences, before putting together a selection of targeted items, aimed at your tastes and personality.

The questionnaire asks simple questions you’d expect (colouring and shape etc) but also asks about your lifestyle too, to help put together a more informed and accurate selection of recommended outfits.



simple things

Once I finished the questionnaire (which takes around 5-10 minutes) my style profile was decided;

Womanly with curves galore in all the right places. Your key to dressing is to keep your top and bottom in balance whilst accentuating your waist. Dresses and tops that have an element of fit at the waist are your best friends as well as bottoms that enhance your wiggle and streamline your silhouette. Loose, baggy clothes and bold patterns tend to pile on the pounds and should be avoided. Wear lower necklines to complement your fuller bust.

This was followed by a selection of clothing recommended for me; slim leg trousers, bright colours (blue and red), fit and flare dresses and tops with lower neck lines. I’d say about 60% of the styles were what I would usually wear and the rest I marked as ‘dislike’, which then updates my preferences for future styles that come in.

Style Adviser


Coral Ribbed Jumper | Capri Trousers | Spot Dress | Shopper c/o Wallis

The most useful part of the site is the What Size Do You Usually Wear? section which asks what sizes you usually choose, and the shops you buy from. I chose size 14  (Gap, Zara and New Look) and it then recommended I try a size 16 in Wallis sizes. I’m not bothered about the size, just whether it fits, so I was really happy when the clothes arrived that they were spot on!

Cheating a little, I went back to the main site to see if they’d missed any nice dresses for me. Just in case. This polka dot beauty was there and it automatically recommended I try it in a size 16. I’m meant to avoid busy patterns, but teamed with a short denim jacket it looks just lovely (I’ll share it on the blog soon). Plus, it is a fit and flare style so that ticks one of the boxes. I’m sure the Style Adviser would approve. Ahem.

Overall the app is really useful as a guide of what clothing to avoid etc and I love that it’s something I can use again and again when buying from Wallis in the future. I generally wear clothes that make me happy, that are comfortable and reflect my lifestyle and personality and I think the app picked up on that perfectly. I love the bright coral jumper (closer to red) and the red shopper for adding pops of colour to my daily outfits and the cropped trousers fit perfectly, just in time for bare ankle weather!

Disclosure: Collaborative Post

Lately/ Travel
March 24, 2015

Lately: Doodles, Biscotti and York

Hello there, how are we all? I’m soaking up all the goodness and contentment I’m feeling today, after what was a pretty wobbly time last week. When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I need to remind myself that it will pass and I’ve learnt surrounding myself with good people, with great attitudes, always help too.

In between the wobbly days I’ve been filling my time with doodles (using Eloise Renouf’s 20 Ways To Draw A Tree), garden pottering, walking with Julia, trips to York with Kathryn, reading, York fun with the OH and enjoying the spring sunshine. Or if you want more detail…

safety matches

We use matches every single day so it seemed appropriate to treat our home to this cute box, bought at The Imaginarium in York. I’m a sucker for pretty packaging. Wouldn’t they make a great gift with a candle?


We have a small back yard and we managed to get out into this weekend to plant and tidy up the space. I can’t wait to spend more time in it and watch it grow. I’m no green thumb but I’m learning bit by bit and looking forward to working on the flower beds next; I want my own cutting flowers area!

I’ve only read a couple of pages in the latest Simple Things magazine but boy does it look like a great read for the Easter break (not long now – hello bank holidays!).

House of FraserAvoca Blanket c/0 House of Fraser

After a hard day at work, nothing fills my heart with glee more than seeing my favourite armchair and blanket and hearing the kettle boil. Getting old? Perhaps. Loving every second? Yes!

I’ve always loved the Avoca brand and the this cheery blanket is as functional as it is pretty; great for brightening up the living room, and keeping me cosy.

mathilde heart manech

I’ve been getting into the habit of working in the evenings (I’m rubbish at saying no to extra work) so this week I’ve promised myself to have at least 2 nights reading. I picked up The Miniaturist and a couple of other books with birthday money and I can’t wait to get started! Have you read it?

The miniaturist
Look at the pages!

Hardcastle Crags
Walks with Julia have turned out to be the best New Year activity. We couldn’t manage it last week so we’re off to the hills again tomorrow for a much-needed breath of fresh air. I’m bringing hot chocolate and biscotti.

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Biscotti baking. I’m obsessed with the stuff and it’s so easy to make.

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Meeting commutes. I’ll always love train travel (off-peak) especially when you have a good takeaway coffee by your side.

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If only breakfast could be blueberry buttermilk pancakes every single day! I met the lovely Kathryn from Kat Got The Cream on Friday in York for brunch at Bill’s restaurant. After the eclipse it turned into the most spring like day full of chat, more chat and delicious lemon cake. She’s a good un, that lass.

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Kathryn loves tulips, so naturally I took a snap of her in her blooming element! Afterwards I met the OH and we had a gorgeous night eating good food and drinking cocktails at the Evil Eye Lounge; followed by a late night shop stop for a packet of Monster Munch, of the smelly variety. The OH is so lucky to have me, I know. Ahem.

Blue skies
Finally, back to the simple things. Every morning, when I’m working from home, I stand by the back door and drink my first cuppa of the day; it’s a nice way to start the day looking at the trees, if only for 5 minutes. Hopefully it will be warm enough to sit outside soon.

What have you been up to lately?

March 23, 2015

5 Positive Things To Do This Week #125

positive things to do

1. Plan a star-gazing night

2. Cash in your penny jar and treat yourself to a little something

3. Make someone smile

4. Look through old photographs with a glass of wine and bar of your favourite chocolate

5. Watch a favourite childhood film

Brew up and see more 5 Positive Things To Do This Week posts here.

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