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HtCC – Wet Weather Necessities

If your Twitter time line is anything like mine, this week, all you’ll have read is “OMG ITS RAINING AGAIN” or “LOL LOL LOL HOW CAN WE STILL BE IN A DROUGHT LOOK AT THE RAIN” (Don’t understand how we can be in the wettest drought? This article from Channel 4 explains it).

I’ve actually been quite happy about the rain – I bought these short wellies from Primark a month or so ago, but the weather hasn’t been completely horrible to justify wearing them without people giving you a bit of side eye. Whatev, my feet are dry. They remind me of these Mel booties, although I prefer the Primark bow. When the weather was starting to turn horrible a week or so ago, I looked at the broken brolly I was using and quickly placed an order with Amazon for a new one. Thanks to my Prime account, it was delivered the next day – I bought this Susino umbrella* for about £12, and I love it because I like clear umbrellas, its not a dome shape (so I can share with other people!) and it has a button to automatically open. That was exciting when I was 8 and had a little red umbrella, and its not gotten any less exciting as I’ve gotten older.

I’ve blogged before about raincoats, but I thought I’d share some cute wellies and umbrellas, because lets face it, we live in the UK, you need a decent umbrella at the very least.

1. Fulton Lulu Guinness bunting via Amazon, £22.95* – 2. Fulton spotted via Amazon* – 3. Small London via Cath Kidston, £20* – 4. Small black frills via Dorothy Perkins, £8* – 5. Rainbow via Amazon, £6.99* – 6. Red spotted via Cath Kidston, £28* – 7. Claremont poppys via Radley, £30*

1. Tommy Hilfiger via Zalando, £90 * - 2. Joules via Zalando, £64.99 * - 3. Cath Kidston, £38 * - 4. Hunter via Amazon, £55 * (approx – price varies on colour) - 5. Joe Browns, £24.95 * - 6. Wedge Welly via Amazon, £42.94 * - 7. Ted Baker, £75 *

Slipping Away

Dress: ASOS | Belt: ASOS | Shoes: Primark

I stalked this dress down on ASOS for a while – by the time I decided I wanted it, it was out of stock in the size I wanted. Thanks to the ASOS mobile site and the saved items bit, it finally popped up in my size and I couldn’t jab buy quick enough! I’m not sure about it though. I love the style, and I love the colours (um, stripes. Whatever) but midi length…the model is only 2 inches taller than me, but I feel so swamped in the skirt. I can’t decide whether I should keep it at this length, or shorten it so it sits just below my knee. Its pretty odd to be saying something needs to be shorter though, I’m usually complaining things aren’t long enough!

I wore this dress yesterday to go wedding dress shopping with my friend Ally. Very exciting, as I’ve never been shopping for this kind of dress with anyone before. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to try on any of the dresses – I have no interest in getting married any time soon, but c’mon, I like dresses. I used to go and try on all the ball gowns in Monsoon in my uni town too often. If I had events and the money, I’d have a whole room dedicated to ball gowns. I still have all my ball gowns from school and uni. To then spend an afternoon watching someone else trying on some beautiful dresses was just torture.

The shops were located in Clifton though, which meant a good excuse to take Ally to Lahloo Pantry and Cordial and Grace – both of which I discovered through the #cliftoncakecrawl, which is still one of the most fun Sunday afternoons I’ve had in a long time.

This week has been too much about food though – tea and cake yesterday, trying my first bubble tea at HK Diner on Park Street today (verdict: YUM but odd. The little jelly texture balls were an odd thing to get while drinking the creamy strawberry slushie), sushi with Alex on Thursday (Yo! Sushi is having Blue Thursdays as well as the usual Blue Mondays this month, and I can’t turn down eating as much sushi as possible) and yet another epic Fabulous Food Night at Goldbrick House – this month was beef. I went with some of my colleagues, where we were served things like Asian oxtail broth with a crispy wonton, steak tartare (amazing) and little canapes of Yorkshire puddings with roast beef and horseradish cream.

I think this week might be a good time to start a diet…!

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!

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