Workwear Lookbook

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Sometimes I get an idea for a blogpost that sounds cool in my head but then the execution is nothing like I pictured.  This is one of those occasions.  I had these grand plans for a Workwear Lookbook where I'd spend a Saturday afternoon taking outfit photos and then do a snazzy bit of editing and have the shopping details for each item overlaid on the image, sounds fairly easy eh….well, no.  

I've been so bogged down with wedding planning recently that the rare Saturday afternoon I am free the last thing I want to do is spend hours taking outfit pictures in my bedroom (this last OOTD post took me about 45 minutes and that was ONE outfit!).  So what we have instead is a week of outfit photos taken on my iPhone in the mirror 5 minutes before I left the house in the morning.  Not quite what I imagined, but at least it's authentic, ha!

jumper* - jd williams
skirt - new look
boots - dorothy perkins (old)
necklace - new look (old)

You can tell it's a Monday morning as these are by far the worst photos of the week.  I mean, what even is the angle of that second photo?!  I'm also not sure that the necklace really goes with the outfit, but never mind, you can't win them all.

dress - primark
necklace - new look (old)
boots - new look

Fun fact - I wear this dress every. single. Tuesday.  The reason being it's Slimming World weigh in day and I like to wear the same thing so I can be sure any weight loss/gain is accurate.  I love this dress though so I'm quite happy to wear it every week.  It's funny, a few years ago I despised tartan and you'd never catch me in a tartan dress but now I love it - in fact I wore it to a meeting in Paris last month (with my tartan scarf too), totally repping the Scottish look.

jumper* - jd williams
necklace - primark
boots - new look

This top has become a surprise favourite in my wardrobe - I think I've worn it about 6 times in the last month.  I don't even know why I love it so much, it's just a basic shirt/jumper combo but it's that perfect balance between smart and casual.  I teamed it with my new favourite brooch, this Parks & Rec beauty that B got me for Christmas.  Ron Swanson I love you.

dress - primark
cardigan* - jd williams
necklace - dorothy perkins (old)
boots - dorothy perkins (old)

My best Wednesday Addams look.  This is my go-to meeting dress, pretty much every client meeting I attend I wear it as it's nice and smart.  In fact when I was in Paris last month I wore it to a meeting and it turned out my client has the exact same dress - who even knew Paris had a Primark?

I've thrown over my new favourite cardigan which I was kindly sent from JD Williams.  They asked me to pick a couple of knitwear items and since I was in desperate need of a new basic cardigan I made a beeline for this one - it's a lovely slouchy fit that is ideal for throwing over an outfit.  I was really impressed with their range actually, it took me ages to narrow down by choices as I had my eye on a couple of other jumpers (like this one!), so I might go back and buy them soon.

top - h&m (old)
necklace - topshop (old)
boots - new look

This top featured in my last shopping post as it caught my eye whilst browsing H&M during the Christmas holidays.  The peplum shape is surprisingly flattering for a curvy figure, I thought it would just make my middle look bigger but it actually cinches me in at the waist quite nicely.  I went out for dinner with friends after work on Friday, so I wore my black cardigan whilst in the office and then took it off and added a bright lipstick to dress me up and head out.

So there's my week! I think Wednesday was my favourite outfit, there's something about that top that I'm just obsessed with for some reason.  What about you, which is your fave?  Also, are the mirror shots really annoying or does it still do the job?  Be honest!

You Go Glen Coco #4

Sunday, 22 February 2015
Long time readers of my blog might recognise this series from waaaay back in 2012/13.  It was basically a place for me to share blog posts that I'd recently enjoyed and to spread a bit of the blogger love. 

I'll be honest and say that in the last 6 months or so the only blogs I've read are those of my close friends, or interesting sounding posts that I've found on Twitter.  I'm trying to get back to the good old days though where I used to spend my Sunday mornings reading and commenting on blogs and feeling properly part of the blogging community.  I feel like I get so much more enjoyment from writing my own blog if I'm also engaging with other bloggers, so I definitely want to keep it up.

In a bid to do just that I've decided to revive my You Go Glen Coco series so I can share with you great posts and blogs that I've been enjoying recently.  I encourage you to share the love too - if you've read something recently that made me smile or laugh or cry then share it!  Blogging can be a bit of an egotistical pastime and sometimes when I nose in on the various hashtag blogger chats on Twitter it feels a bit like everyone is just desperately trying to advertise their own blog rather than engage with each other.  One of the best things about blogging for me is getting to meet people with similar interests.  I've made some amazing friends in the blogging community, people who I'd have never met if we hadn't decided one day to set up a blog.  

Funnily enough actually, in the last YGGC post I wrote (back in Feb 2013) one of the blogs I highlighted was Indigo Buttons - after that Kirsty and I started chatting on Twitter,  a few months later we met at a blogger event, and then one thing lead to another (not that) and now she's one of my best friends.  A prime example of what you can get out of the blogging community if you share a bit of the love. 

As I'm in the midst of wedding planning I've been reading quite a few wedding blogs recently, Rock My Wedding being one of my faves for real life wedding inspiration.  How adorable is Caroline & Rob's rustic pastel themed wedding?!

I adore Donna's outfit here - the dress, the bag, the fresh flowers - ahh just so cute!

I'm off to Disneyland Paris for my mini hen do/30th birthday celebrations in just a few weeks time and Lily's post and vlog have got me proper excited for my own Disney adventure!

I love Hannah's funny, open and honest writing style and this post is a perfect example.  

I'm loving Katherine's Copenhagen posts, they bring back lovely memories of my own trip last year (where I got engaged) and make me want to go back!

….and none for you Gretchen Weiners!

Treat Yo Self: Valentines Edition

Wednesday, 18 February 2015
I hope you all had a lovely Valentines Day at the weekend, whether you spent it with your partner, friends, family, or just your best pal Netflix.  Blair and I never do anything special as neither of us really see it as a big deal, so for the most part it was just a regular weekend.  I did use the fact it was Valentines Day as a bit of an excuse to treat myself though - calories and pampering galore!

First of all, I treated myself to a visit to the hair salon.  Nothing too dramatic, just a refresh of my highlights and a wee trim.  I still felt pretty swish though - my hair is so bouncy!

I'm the chef in our house so to give me a day off we got an M&S 2 Dine in for £20 deal.  It was total indulgence with fried cheese to start followed by pie and chips and then profiteroles.  Oh and chocolate for afters.  Forgive me Slimming World, for I have SYNed.

A lovely gift from B…..

…..and a lovely gift from me!  This was one of the best comedy shows to come out of the BBC in the last 5 years.  Soooo good.  Here's a taster of the weirdness.

Being big fans of Parks & Recreation (as if you couldn't tell from the title of this post), B also treated me (hehe) to this mug. 

I love a Sunday afternoon pamper sesh, spending an hour in the bathroom using hair treatments, exfoliating, and slathering myself in body butter. With the Taylor Swift album playing in the background of course.  #LoveYaTay-Tay

Speaking of my pal Swifty, I also spent an abnormal amount of time watching and rewatching her new video for Style.  Just look at that bloody beautiful face.  She's got that red lip classic thing that I like.  

Thanks so much to Mira Showers for sending me a pamper box to help me treat myself this weekend, including a 360 shower head (how did you know my shower head has been leaking for months and needed replaced…..have you got my bathroom bugged?).  I am obsessed with the novelty of the 360 feature - the first time I used it I actually shouted "BLAIR, COME LOOK AT THIS, IT TURNS INSIDE OUT!".  The only downside is I want to have really long showers now, especially since I'm no longer being sprayed in the face by an out of control leaking shower head.  Sorry B, that bathroom is mine.