My life story….in a shoe πŸ‘Ÿ

Sixteen years old, shy, unconfident but happy. Alternative is the style pigeon hole my peers have labelled me or as you may know it…”goth” skinny black or grey jeans black h&m hoody and my black Dr Martens boots. They were my first love but that’s for another day. I needed some more convinient shoes (anyone whose worn Dr martens knows the struggle!) So one day shopping for new shoes I saw them, there they were in an array of colours and styles low top high top knee high…..they were perfect. I went inside the shop and parted with my money walking out of the shop with the thin black box that housed my new love….converse!!

My old pair did well, they walked on Cornish sands,ran through fields,took many seaside trips,danced through performing arts exams,walked the school corridors, they were worn with jeans,dungarees, skirts,dresses,tights,frilly socks,bare sandy feet. They were my trusty gorgeous babes and they served me well for 10 long years…..sadly they have passed on to shoe heaven πŸ˜₯ but don’t be discouraged friends no no, converse.com came to the rescue!! This is not a sponsored post…boy I wish it was! This is my genuine opinion and I’ve parted with my own cash!! I decided to treat myself to a new pair (I’ve got a pay rise and decided to treat myself) I wanted another trusty pair of original black converse, well if you signed up to their email you got sent a 25%off code!! So yay! I got a new pair sent and delivered for Β£33!! Here they are the loves of my life…..now and forever a converse girl (I do love me some vans though!!)

Saturday shopping finds

Hello!! So yesterday I hadn’t planned to do anything but watch Eurovision…however around 2:30 I thought I’m bored why not see if mumma wants to go mooch round a few charity shops so that is exactly what we did!!

I found some amazing pieces we went to 4 chairty shops I only found items in 2 the Β£1 Sue Ryder shop by my house and the 99p barnardos shop near me too πŸ™‚

So let’s start at Sue Ryder

Sue Ryder Β£1 store

First up this gorgeous mint green shirt sleeve jumper with lace and bead detailing. It was the detailing that sold it for me! This is originally from topshop 

Next this nice simple white sleeve vest shirt. I love the embroidered flower design down either side πŸ™‚ this is a next top.

This brown cape style jacket with toggles is too cute for words! It has a green tartan print inside and a gorgeous floppy hood and it’s so warm and comfy. Originally from Zara 

Barnardos 99p shop

Cream bag from next this has so much space and compartments πŸ™‚ 

Black blazer. This is from next it’s a size 10 because I wanted to it to be fitted over the top of shirts and dresses etc. It’s the perfect fit!

Black and white horizontal stripe roll neck top this is from a brand called cooperative it’s super soft and I can’t wait to style it I’m thinking with my dungarees and converse.

Green jumper. This is a h&m basics piece you know I love me some h&m basics (well from charity shops anyway!) This is a gorgeous colour I am excited to style this piece into my wardrobe 

Yes…you read that label correctly! These are never worn topshop Joni jeans….for 99p!! I am in love these fit so perfectly it has to have been fate!!!!!! 

Now this piece….was meant to be for my big birthday next year (I’m the big 30!!!) However my parents couldn’t wait until then so I got it early. I didnt think I’d fall in love with another dress after my wedding dress…for me my wedding dress is the best most gorgeous dress I have ever owned and worn….then I got this and just wow

Its this beautiful tea dress in a cream colour with pleats a belt and….Alice in wonderland printed all over it….vintage Alice in wonderland print to be exact which is MY FAVOURITE of all time!!! So thank you so much to my amazing parents for this beautiful dress!!!!! Xxxx

Recent Reads πŸ“–

Hello loves πŸ™‚ 

So i haven’t updated you guys on what I’ve been reading since January!! I’ll be honest I’ve been bad and haven’t actually read that much since January 😦 but here’s are my non spoiler reviews of the books I’ve read x

The breakdown- i mentioned this in my February Favourites but then never reviewed it!! Last year I read behind closed doors by BA Paris and knew I’d found a new great author so when this book was released i clicked buy so damn fast and boy am I glad! BA Paris has an amazing writing style you can never guess what’s going to happen it just is never obvious i was worried it would be similar to BCD luckily it was completely different deffo reccomend 

Charisma-so i recently read nerve by jeanne Ryan and fell in love!! So again when i saw her newest book released i had to get it and read it!! It was similar to nerve in the writing style and layout of the story but i loved it i would recommend reading nerve first not that they are linked but just to get to know Jeanne’s writing style 

A monster calls- I sobbed like a baby like an actual baby reading this!!! Patrick ness did Siobhan dowd justice!! My friend brought me the illustrated version and honestly the illustrations were breathtaking they really added to the story i cannot reccomend this story enough so beautifully told πŸ™‚

The couple next door- I’ve just read this today i couldn’t put it down!! This is haunting! Such an amazing storyline you have no idea what the hell is going on!! It just takes you on a rollercoaster of twists and turns it’s my kind of book!! Similar to behind closed doors and girl on the train. Read it NOW

How to build a girl- This story….Is hilarious!! I love Caitlin Moran she’s is my woman crush every damn day of the week she’s talented she’s funny she’s not afraid to stand up for her beliefs and damn can she write fiction!! This is the story of a teenage girl growing up in a council estate when Margaret Thatcher was prime minister and it is just so damn relatable even though i grew up in a different era the struggles the character goes through are too damn real! It is such a great easy read i had to stop on more than one occasion from laughing too much!!

Dear Amy- Oh this book!! So this was a reccomendation on Amazon and i needed a 3rd book for the 3 for Β£10 so i thought why not, and I’m so glad i went for it!! Not at all what I expected this story is so heartbreaking and makes you think for a long long LONG time afterwards!! 

So there we go my Recent Reads πŸ™‚ xx

Wreck this journal series Part 1 πŸ“–

Hey loves ❀ so i was watching some videos on YouTube when one came up on suggested videos…..It was a video called completed wreck this journal so i thought to myself hmmmm I’ll check this out. After watching 30seconds i knew i wanted to get myself one of these babies so stopped the video (as i didn’t want to spoil it for myself) went onto Amazon and ordered myself one πŸ™‚ it arrived whilst i was on holiday so I’m starting it today πŸ™‚ i am not setting a time limit on this nor am i scheduling when i will do them I’m just going to do one page at a time when i feel like it πŸ™‚

So the first page i turned to was….Crack the spine. As a book lover cracking the spine was horrendous it goes against everything in me as a book preserver but this is called wreck the journal!! So after cracking the spine i drew a funny little sketch on the page as unless stated the pages should be filled!! So here it is my first wreck the journal page x

 

Bank Holiday Weekend πŸ’šπŸŒ²πŸ’š

Yay so my loves I got to revisit centre parcs this bank holiday weekend which made my heart very happy!! 

This time we opted for an executive lodge which is a bit bigger and more updated than the one we stayed in before it was set right down the bottom in the woods πŸ™‚ it also had a jacuzzi Bath which was Amazing!! 

We hired bikes again to get around on the Sunday we went for a huge bike ride through the Forrest looking at all the different accommodations you can stay in and just soaking up the sunshine!!

Just some of the tasty treats we had this weekend!! YUM

Our little friends that visited our lodge every day we had 2 ducks 2 geese and 3 squirrels that kept us entertained everyday!! 

My happy place X

One shirt 16 looks πŸ‘š

So I could have created so many more looks than i did but this is how many i could do in the time i had! This shirt cost me 99p from barnardos 

It’s from h&m originally​ πŸ™‚ 

So first up the basics add a scarf this one was 25p (in a 4 for Β£1 bundle so essentially 25p) from Sue Ryder the jeans in these 5looks are from new look and were Β£4 i think. Secondly wear the shirt backwards it just creates a whole different look! Third try a new way to tuck it in i buttoned up one button then tucked it in over each other like a wrap around. Fourth sleeves rolled up simple but changes the look and fifth just plain simple buttoned up.

Sixth&Seventh add a Mac this one was Β£1 from Sue Ryder i added some primark pumps to make the look more casual or to dress it up I added wedges again from primark

Eigth&Ninth the denim skirt, again a casual look with primark pumps and then a more dressed up look with these red wedge sandals i got for Β£1 from Sue Ryder last year.

Tenth&Eleventh cover ups. The cardigan adds a simple clash as it’s a blue stripe style pattern and creates a casual look. The blue blazer makes the shirt smart something you could wear for work.

Twelfth. My trusty yellow jumper! This jumper is honestly my life right now i will pair it with everything god dammit! I added my leapord print wedges to create a comfy/casual look.


Thirteenth. The wedges are back this time with a simple brown skirt to create another office/work friendly look.

Fourteenth. Why yes i look like a painter!! I wore the striped shirt under my white pinafore from primark and added my white topshop sandals πŸ™‚

Fifteenth. The printed trousers. I really like this look! I added these printed trousers i brought from a charity shop in Cornwall and then added these loafers i got for Β£2 from cancer research.

Sixteenth. Possibly my favourite of all of these outfits i put this peplum top that i brought for Β£1 from cancer research and added my black ripped jeans πŸ™‚ x

Third haul of the year

Yep….Another haul. Alot of people say to me “Natalie you buy so many clothes where do you put them all? How can you justify buying so much? Don’t you think your buying into the consumerism ideal?” Well, yes i do shop alot however i don’t usually tend to buy at ‘fast fashion’ stores I only buy basics from primark and everything else in my wardrobe bar some shoes are from charity shops! I prefer charity shopping because it’s helping out charities and is a cheaper way to fill your wardrobe for the coming season/event or to just add more pieces to your wardrobe!I also do a fair few clear outs of my wardrobe and any items i haven’t worn or don’t wear any more i either donate to my mum if i think it’s something she would wear or i donate back to chairty shops. So…On with the third haul πŸ™‚

Sue Ryder Β£1 store

They had an offer 4 scarves for Β£1 I’d originally just picked up the tartan scarf but when the man at the till said it was 4 for Β£1 i went back and got the peach&floral print scarf, crlaramel coloured pashmina and the bright blue&paisley print scarf πŸ™‚

Tapestry print boots! These are so my cup of tea and only Β£1 they are a size 6 and I’m a 4 i cannot stress enough that you simply cannot take size labels for granted i tried them on thinking they wouldn’t fit and honestly they fit perfectly πŸ™‚ 

Green roll neck top: Label is h&m basics Β£1

Pale blue jumper: So last time i broht a mustard yellow jumper which is a similar style and honestly I’ve worn that jumper to death so when i saw this one i had to grab it!Β£1

Brown ruffle top Β£1

Magenta shirt: I have a black, cream, teal and green version of this shirt so when i saw this gorgeous magenta shade i had to pick it up! This has a subtle dip hem which I’m super excited about label-new look Β£1

Sue Ryder at eye.

I have a few long weekends away and needed a bag that would suit my luggage needs i have a rucksack for overnight stays and a suitcase for week breaks but nothing for those long weekend stays! My mum actually pointed this holdall out to me i love the size i can fit SO much in it and it’s lightweight it has zip fastenings and it was reduced from Β£5 to Β£3.50

Blue moccroc handbag: I’ve seen so many of these style handbags around so when i saw this on the shelf i knew i had to get it! Β£2.50

Primark

Socks Β£2 these were on sale you got 2 knee high socks for Β£1 so i brought two different colour packs i love knee high socks they just add a different touch to outifts and are great i think for spring and autumn the ‘trabsition months’ 

White trainers Β£3 i wear these to death in spring/summer

Black t-shirt Β£2.50 black vest top Β£1.80 i also brought some pants for Β£5 and some black joggers for Β£4

Cancer research

Black&white shoes Β£2 f&f i love these pointed loafer style flats they have never been worn!!!!

Black shirt Dorothy Perkins Β£1 i love shirts they are my go to! Shirt jeans shoes done!

White bird print primark shirt Β£1 I’m thinking under my dungarees super cute!

Barnardos 99p store

Blue&white stripe shirt HM basics 99p again can’t go wrong with a shirt!

Snake print multicolour shirt 99p ok so it looks….Hideous but when it’s on its so nice! I will show you guys in my Lookbook!!

So that’s it that’s what i brought x

Springtime:The Mac

I love my beige Mac mainly because it is the perfect spring time coat and was exactly what i was looking for and mainly because it cost me Β£1!

Here’s my outfit 

Jeans Β£4 new look sale

Shoes old primark

Jumper old primark

Mac Β£1 sue Ryder 

My Week No1

Hey guys so another little series I’ll be starting is an insight to my week, sometimes itll be in vlog form,some it’ll have snapshots and some like this first one will just be alot of text πŸ™‚ 

So my week 27th March-2nd April

Work. Work has been a little busy, i had training on Thursday, paperwork to complete through my role as SENCO plussss it’s nearly Easter break which i am SO ready for! We’ve also been getting ready for our Easter party which I’ll be on the last day of term so it’s all go!

Reading

My current read this week is How to build a girl by Caitlin Moran! It is super hilarious i have to stop reading because I’m crying through laughter!!

TV&Films

Films I watched this week are

Penelope:Such a way fuzzy feel good film starring an incredibly young James McAvoy πŸ™‚ (available on Netflix)

Split: I promise I haven’t been obsessing over James McAvoy this week…Ok maybe i have! Split was incredible!! McAvoy did an amazing job in this role!

TV

Interview with a serial killer: This had me shook! There is no non bad way to say this but I’m fascinated by serial killers not that i want to replicate them I’m not fascinated as a fan what i mean is I’m fascinated because i simply cannot fathom what goes through their mind like how they can take another person’s life and then do it multiple times and ways like what?!? This was disturbing but good. (Available on Netflix)

Stranger things: As always late to the band wagon but boy am I glad i jumped aboard!!! Countdown to October is officially on!! I just hope series 2 is as good!!

Outings

So it was my friends daughter’s 2nd birthday so we went to her teddy bears picnic themed party it was so adorable!!

Then i went to see my grandparents as it’s their 50th wedding anniversary πŸ™‚

And that folks is my week πŸ™‚ xxx