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Burn So Bright

Um, so this is an overdue outfit post with something I’ve probably worn before on the blog. *shrug*

Top (“dress”): Dorothy Perkins | Leggings: ASOS | Shoes: Primark | Handbag: Mulberry (with a Hobbs scarf)

I don’t have the hugest wardrobe, and this was a panicked wardrobe pick because despite getting up in plenty of time, I ended up with 20 mins to get ready. I’d like to blame the clocks going back, but in reality, I don’t notice it when my clocks all change automatically!

My best friend Helen is in town for a week to look after her cousin…which she mentioned just a few hours before getting the train down to Bristol! It’s been so nice to be able to spend some time with her though – on Saturday, we went to Giraffe in Cabot Circus, and of course, something was done wrong with the order…I’m starting to suspect that they just hate me in there for some reason ;) After dinner, we headed back to mine where the Singstar came out…of course. Before dinner though, I spent most of the day in Cabot Circus, having an eye test (and while not intending to buy any new glasses, ended up buying a new pair, a pair of sunglasses and going back this week for a contact lens check up!. Oops.) and having lunch with a friend at Coal, which had been on my avoid list (which really, you’d think by now that Giraffe would be on) but made up for prior mistakes with an epic plate of ribs (or #riiiiiibbbbbs as lunch was referred to on Twitter) Definitely going back there!

I spent a little money too while I was mooching about…the book was part of my 6 month late birthday present from Helen (which I prefer to think of as a half birthday present), the grey tube is the new Topshop lipstick that’s supposed to react with your natural lip colour or something, the one next to it is a Revlon lip butter (in Raspberry Pie – so pigmented!), the bottle of perfume is from Zara – only £8! – and finally, the bra was bought while I was waiting for an appointment at the Benefit brow bar in Debenhams – never again! (I asked if they could fit me in, and they said to come back in 20 mins, booking me in. I wandered about, bought things, and went back, only to have to wait half an hour with no apology. I was desperate to get my brows waxed – I’ve been growing them out but I cracked! – so waited and waited, only for the actual service to not be so great: missing hairs and putting on concealer when I didn’t ask for it is rubbish)!

This week is already looking pretty awesome – I’m only in work for 4 days, I hopefully will see my bestie again this week before she goes home, I get to see some gorgeous girls at the Aussie party this weekend and (most importantly!) I get to see my boyfriend on Friday for the first time in 3 weeks. SO EXCITED. And not just because I’ve been told about a present. I’d say it was 10% excitement of present, 90% excitement to see Alex and to not be on my own for a while…I’m going crazy! :(

Edit: So after I wrote this post about my awesome host, I thought I would send them a little something – a big box of chocs which they received today. We often talk about who provides awful customer service (in fact, I did just a few paragraphs ago!) but I think its always a good idea to say when things are awesome!

Stand Tall

I’ve blogged before about high street tall ranges. I didn’t realise it was a situation that could get worse, but somehow, it has.

I’m not an especially tall person. Most of my friends are a similar height or taller than me and yet more and more stores are losing their longer length items.

I asked on Twitter which stores do or did a tall range and got the following list:

  • Topshop
  • Dorothy Perkins
  • Next
  • New Look
  • Long Tall Sally
  • Evans

Topshop is great if you fit into their sizes – which unfortunately, I don’t (and haven’t for quite a while) Even when I could squeeze my bum into their Baxter jeans, it was the only thing I would buy from there, since everything else seemed to be high prices and low quality.

Dorothy Perkins is one of my favourite shops to go to, but the Cabot Circus store at least doesn’t seem to have had a tall section for a few months. I asked on Twitter about it, but was told the tall range had just been incorporated into the rest of the store.

Next isn’t a store that I go to very often – I still see it as expensive and for older people: I know that my view of the store is the same as it was 10, 15 years ago, and that they are becoming more fashion forward, but whenever I go into the store, I never see anything that I would actually wear.

New Look used to be my other staple for clothes, but I popped into the Cabot Circus store recently after they had a reshuffle of departments, and the tall section had disappeared. Their quality varies as well, but their prices have been slowly increasing as they become more of a big name. (I still remember how cheap they were over 10 years ago, when I’d go shopping with my Mum and we’d always go to New Look so we could both get something new!)

Long Tall Sally isn’t strictly a high street store, but it is probably the only place that will cater to those super tall girls any more. Topshop always did a 36″ leg in jeans, and started to do a 38″ one last time I looked, but for anything longer, you probably have to go to a specialist store – which isn’t the best way to make a girl feel good about themselves!

Evans apparently had a tall range, which to me makes sense, since most of the “plus sized” women I know are also very tall, but seems to have disappeared as well. This seems like a huge missed opportunity for Evans, but since they are pretty much the only plus sized retailer on the high street, it doesn’t seem to affect them greatly!

I emailed Dorothy Perkins, New Look and Evans to ask where their tall ranges had gone, and received the following responses:

Dorothy Perkins:

Actually, DP never replied to me. Kinda rude actually.

New Look:

Thank you for your recent e-mail regarding our Tall Range.
We are always grateful to receive feedback and appreciate you taking the time to bring you concerns to our attention. I can confirm that your query has been forwarded to the Buying Team for their future consideration.
Unfortunately, if a particular range doesn’t sell well in a particular store it will be removed. I can confirm that all of our ranges are available online and via our new Click & Collect service

Evans:

Unfortunately, we do not stock Tall range currently. However, I have passed to our Buyers for their information.

ASOS:

I’m afraid it isn’t possible for us to advise whether or not a certain size will fit you or whether a certain brand comes up big, small or true to size as everyone’s perception can be different.
Also, brands and styles of clothing do not fit people of different sizes and frames in the same way.
I would suggest that you order the size you think will fit best and if it doesn’t suit you, you can return it and re-order it in a different size or return it to us for a refund.
Just in case you need it, our size guides can show you how to measure yourself to avoid ordering an incorrect size. You can click the links for women or men.

So basically, of all the stores asked, only ASOS said that they sort of catered to those who were as tall as the model shown. The other stores say they have passed the info on to their buyers – but honestly, if they thought that no one was buying the stock before, then why would they bother to bring the ranges back in store.

It almost feels like going back to the dark ages of high school, when I had trousers that would be sold as 7/8th length these days, but were in reality just too short.

Love Like A Star

Happy new year! We watched the fireworks in London at midnight curled up on the sofa, which is a lot more fun I think than standing outside for 12 hours to make sure you get a good spot! I’m really enjoying reading everyones blog posts about what their resolutions are for the next year – I have a few that I’d like to do so will post that later in the week. This week off has gone by so quickly – I don’t want to go back to work on Tuesday. (Well, I do really, but it’s quite nice to be getting up late and doing nothing)

To start the new year, I wore a new dress – a good excuse as any! My sister had noticed that I was filling my wardrobe up with these dresses, so bought me this berry coloured one as part of my Christmas present. I probably wouldn’t have chosen it myself, but I really love the colour. Belt is from ASOS and boots from USC – basically, this is the same outfit as I wore here, but with black tights!

Link me to your resolution posts! I feel like I should have a few more than the 2 I have at the moment!

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