Summer Dress Sundays

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Today is quite literally a SUN-day, and understandably I couldn’t contain my excitement when I opened my curtains this morning and saw blue skies. Three of our resident seagulls (which we now have 4 of) are enjoying sunning themselves on the roof opposite, whilst one is seemingly having none of it and has been sleeping in the shade all day. Oh to be a seagull. Obviously I needed to take full advantage of this rare weather and sport something summer appropriate, even though it is only 13 degrees outside. Enter this red dress. Recently on instagram, I’ve been seeing a lot of people posting pictures of clothes they’ve bought from Matalan, all which have been lovely. So, with that in mind I nipped into town last week with the aim of having a little snoop around their clothing section. Now, Matalan and I go way back to my school days. I remember when I first started sixth form (in my school we had to wear formal clothes), and my mum took me to Matalan to stock up on workwear attire and we left a trolley full of stuff. So from these fond memories I knew that they have a pretty strong workwear selection, and of course I’ve drooled over their homewear for as long as I can remember. For some reason though, I’d never ventured in for day to day clothes. But boy I will be doing so from now often.

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After narrowing it down to about 8 items to take into the changing room, I finally settled on this red dress. Trust me, I would have bought more, but I’m on a budget so I restricted myself to one item only – that’s discipline for you. I’m pretty sure every girl has owned a dress like this at some point in their lives, most likely when they were about 5 years old. But that’s why I love it so much, it’s so reminiscent of my childhood, but obviously a bit more sophisticated! The dress is perfect for the coming summer months, and I also have a wedding coming up next month and I think it will be ideal for that too. Definitely one of my favourite purchases in a long while, and the price tag of only £25 makes it even more appealing!

I’ve linked my top 10 picks from Matalan at the bottom of this post, but for now I’m going to soak up some vitamin D whilst I still can.

Thanks for reading,

-Daisy, x

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DRESS |MATALAN

BOOTS |PRIMARK

SUNGLASSES | PRIMARK

My top 10 picks from Matalan

STRIPE BARDOT BLOUSE

GINGHAM BARDOT DRESS

EMBROIDERED TUNIC

STAR PRINT SHIRT

CROPPED TROUSERS

PRINTED COLD SHOULDER DRESS

BOYFRIEND JEANS

DRAPEY MAC JACKET

GINGHAM BARDOT BLOUSE

WESTERN SANDALS 

Stepping into Spring

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Today ladies and gentlemen, you are looking at a brand new driver! Yep, after four years of on and off driving lessons, I’ve finally got my license. After failing once, a test being cancelled because of storm Dorris, and turning up to the rescheduled said test a month early (I know), it’s safe to say I am more than happy to see the back of the test centre. It doesn’t really change my life in any way at the moment because unfortunately I don’t have a car or any plans/ funds to get one any time soon. Nevertheless it’s a worthy cause for a glass of prosecco or two (a bottle) come my weekly ‘Fun Friday’ with the bf and the bff. If you read my very first post of 2017 (you can read it here if not) you may remember me saying that a main goal of this year was to get my driving license. Now that I’ve got that one ticked off the list, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on a couple of goals I set myself in January, most notably, fitness.

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Oh fitness. My worst enemy. Who knew it could be so hard? Exercise and well-being is pretty much at the top of my list at the moment, as well as finding a job I love. The gym-going took off to a relatively smooth start, as I’m sure it does for many, at the start of the year. However, come the end of January I somehow stopped going and I continued to not go for a good two months. My boyfriend and I have slowly but surely gotten back into the habit of exercising in an effort to finally get rid of our extra chub that has been expanding since December, and to just get a bit more fit in general. Our extra podge has kicked started our healthy eating and sugar cut backs and let me tell you, it’s SO HARD. The strength it takes to try and avoid the chocolate aisle in Tesco is just exhausting, and I’m currently trying to resist the bag of Terry’s chocolate orange bites that I know is in my fridge. I’ve also had to drastically reduce the number of cups of tea I have because I have to put 2 sugars (*cough* 3 *cough*) in it. I have a sweet tooth what can I say. So my next goal is to cut back on the amount of chocolate and cheese I eat, and reign in it to an amount that a normal person consumes. Sigh.

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Anyhoo, I digress onto the actual outfit. You may remember from this post that I recently rekindled my love for TK Maxx, and mentioned that I’d bought a polka dot top from there. Well folks, here it is. I absolutely love it, especially the wrap detail which I always think is really flattering. I wore this to a Billy Fury show last week and my boyfriend also wore his black and white polka dot shirt so we were matchy-matchy, which I appreciate may be vomit inducing for a lot of people. My jeans were actually a little sale gem from Miss Selfridge, and they’re just what I’ve been after recently. They’re a ‘Mom’ style fit according to the label, but they have quite a close fit which is nice if you’re just stepping out of your skinny jean comfort zone. I’m wearing boots less and less now the sun is making a few more appearances, and I thought this was the perfect opportunity to whip out my ASOS backless loafers which have been gathering dust for the last few months. Right, I must be going as I need to get my pjs on before tonight’s episode of Mutiny!

Thanks for reading!

-Daisy, x

P.S. If you’re not watching Mutiny I highly recommend catching up on 4od!

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JEANS | MISS SELFRIDGE

TOP | TK MAXX (similar here, here and here)

SHOES | ASOS (similar here)