When I started out at blogging, I pretty much had no idea what I was doing nor where it would go. I had no preconceptions. Roll on 3.5 years and although it's not as frequent as I would like, I seem to have made my blogging a part of my life. More than that really, it's lead to meeting some really lovely friends. Last year I met up with a group of ladies who also blogged and had welcomed me to their Facebook group, the same happened again this year along with some welcome new additions. The venue remained the same, The Mayfair Pizza Company, right in the heart of the West End. Not only are they all a bunch of totally stylish ladies in their own right, but I love how diverse the group is and the knowledge that's bought and shared to the table. Last week was pretty much just about a damn good chit chat but on a daily basis we all try to help each other out with blogging (ok and sometimes random!) problems. How lovely is that?
Apologies to Frances who I didn't manage to capture in my only two shots of the day! All the ladies blogs are linked to their names, my favourites reads so go and have a look. As always I was rushing around and had a brief outline of my boots and coat but not the rest of the outfit planned! I wore my comfy black wet look Gap jeans and a orange Boden top which for some reason I didn't feel comfortable in that day. Maybe I just needed a bit of a tan! The following two pictures were taken by the uber talented Marlene with her fabulous camera (featured above!). She very kindly snapped away at us for the day. I'm not a natural in front of the camera and like most women, spend time picking out my flaws when I see the photos. Marlene has written an amazing, inspiring post about just that. Have a read here, thank you Marlene for the wake up call. You rock, simples.
|From L to R around the table; Helen, Donna, Kat, Avril, Fiona, Joanna, Sue|
|From L to R; Marlene, Michelle, Helen, Donna|
Boots; Sam Edelman
Whilst I was meeting up with her I asked Sue if she would bringing with her one of her fabulous bracelets that she hand makes over at Susie Ho. She makes them to order, so the size can be made for you and she even gave me the option to pick gold or silver fastenings. They make fabulous gifts, especially if you want to send something in the post as they are perfect for the letter box in their little gift bags. Mine comes in a few other colour ways and was £4.
I couldn't go into London without a tiny little browse around the shops. I have read so much about Uniqlo's 'HeatTech' under garments and what with permanently feeling the cold, I decided it was time I tried one out. I am not ashamed to admit I wear a vest pretty much every day now, I am always cold. However they are just thin cotton ones, nothing thermal. This cream tee-shirt was £9.90 and I can report it really does make a difference. They are long in the body and fit true to size. There were long sleeved versions too. So if you need that extra layer, I fully recommend. I am yet to try Primarks version which I hear is also very good but I wanted to try Uniqlo's first as they were the one's that I've heard so much about.
|The blurb, sounds pretty impressive doesn't it?|
To finish with, a debate I am constantly having with myself and also with my husband. Investment virsus cheap thrill. I found this jumper in Uniqlo for £5, yes £5 and its 60% wool. I grabbed it without hesitation. Wore it the next day (and the day after that...) but there is already some bobbling going on. I got the 'I told you so' look from him but then came a bit of a challenge which I am not sure I am ready to take up. "Instead of spending £10-£15 here there, why don't you not. Save up for one really good quality piece once a month." Mmmm. Well quite frankly he has a point. However like most, I want it all. I want a cheap, quick thrill of a bargain and some key investment pieces in my wardrobe. I also want to believe that one of these cheap thrills will actually stand the test of time quality and style wise. I can't help but think about it though and that if I turned down everything I was going to buy for a month and put the money away then bought one really decent thing, would my wardrobe be better for it? Quite possibly. But where's the fun in that?!? And who else is with me that when you have the pennies to spend, you can't actually find anything?
|The bargain jumper over my Topshop shirt|
|Then layered with my Zara gilet for more warmth (HeatTech underneath so I was proper warm!)|