HtCC: Dresses for Cycling

1. Almari – £75
* 2. Therapy – £30 * 3. Phase Eight – £89 * 4. Hobbs – £169.99 * 5. Sodamix – £22 * 6. Phase Eight – £99 * 7. Oasis – £65 *

As I look at finding a new job (as my contract comes to an end soon), the thing I am most excited about is that no longer will I have to spend most of my life on a bus. (First) Buses are horrible. They smell, the drivers are rude, they don’t know where they’re going, the buses leak scuzzy water on you (that happened today, annoyingly) and they’re about as comfortable as a skateboard made by stapling wheels to a plank of wood going down a rocky cliff.

Unfortunately, I live a few miles out of Bristol centre, so buses are the main form of transport for me. I can’t help daydreaming about getting a beautiful bicycle though and being all cool and that cycling about. (If it weren’t for those huge hills Bristol is famous for, I’d want to cycle into the centre!)

Previously, I’ve blogged about beautiful Beg Bicycles and pretty Pashley’s, so when I was contacted about the Sky Ride that’s happening this weekend, it made me think about bicycles, and by extension, what to wear. I know that these aren’t the most practical of dresses, but since when were dresses about practicality?

I really love the idea of Sky Ride – closing off some roads in a city to allow people to just cycle freely, without worrying about crazy drivers (another thing that puts me off quite a bit!) I’m going to be taking part in the Bath ride this weekend, which I’m quite excited about – let me know if you’re going too!

It’s been a few years since I rode a bike – it can’t be that difficult, can it? There must be a good reason theres the old saying…

Busting Five Knots

In my house, Easter is a time for new clothes. When we were little, my sister and I would be taken into town or passed a catalogue, and we were allowed to choose a whole new outfit. Shoes and all. We’d also get a huge bar of chocolate, our parents being of the sensible opinion that Easter eggs are just over packaged nonsense. (Can’t you tell I’m getting old?)

I thought I’d see if I could persuade a new dress out of Daddy dearest (Its funny how he becomes Daddy when I want something), but, well, this was his reaction:

(Nearly 20 years of owning a mobile phone, and this is as much of a text as I get out of him.)

However, though the magic of blogging, I did still end up with a lovely new dress! If you’ve seen Sarah’s post, you might know this already, but Idealo got in contact with me asking if I’d like to take part in their Spring Dress Challenge. Of course, I said yes (well, obviously, otherwise this post wouldn’t be here) and also said “Do you know my friend Sarah, she is slightly obsessed with dresses as well”, hence why she was asked to join in.

Anyway. Dress! Spring is when I tend to gravitate towards nautical stylings – I have no idea why, but anything thats navy and white striped in my wardrobe always seems to have been bought around this time of year. Weird.

Dress: Phase Eight | Shoes: Primark | Sunglasses: Specsavers (similar – mine are black, not brown)

(Please forgive me for wearing my sunglasses inside – I was trying to take a photo of my new glasses to send to my friend, and this was the only photo out of all the ones I took that I actually liked!)

I was on the House of Fraser website looking for a dress, and I spotted this one first. Phase Eight is one of those brands that I associate with an older age group and wouldn’t have been the first place I looked at, but I thought it was worth trying somewhere new for a change – I assumed that by choosing from Phase Eight that the hemline would be a little longer than the usual high street offerings, but this hits me just above the knee. Its made me look at the other offerings – I’m now stalking this dress to go into the sale!

If you noticed, apologies for the silence around here this week. No excuse really, besides that I finally got the bloggers map up to date (hooray!), I have been on a major procrastination session and I’ve been playing far too much with my new iPad (a surprise present from the boyfriend while he was away…aah!).

Now…to nap, or to (online window) shop? Such hard decisions for a Bank Holiday Monday!

(Post title OBVIOUSLY related to this.)

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