Wednesday, 22 December 2010

To look forward to...

I'm so impatient for things to happen at the moment, although from tomorrow my wait will be over! Nice things will keep hitting me in the face like snowballs!!

Things I'm looking forward to:

1. Receiving my goodies from winning a giveaway at A Little Bird Told Me - I'll show you what I got when they turn up!

2. Receiving a set of nail varnish from Missguided after entering a competition on their Facebook page - I can't believe I've won 2 competitions lately! I am usually very unlucky.

3. Reading LOADS of books in my time off - I somehow have escaped the postage mess and received 5 books to take away with me.

They're all by the same author, Emily Barr. I hope that they'll all be good and that it won't be too much reading so many of the same authors books at once. I did a review here of one of her others that I read recently.

4. Having a Murder Mystery party for New Years! Unfortunately the game we ordered IS stuck somewhere, and we might have to get another one, so that the show can go on! It's going to be 40's themed, and I'm thinking of wearing my latest ebay buy (below), cinched in with a white belt and some white shoes, with a (fake) pearl necklace and earring set. I've been watching Youtube tutorials of how to do 'Victory Rolls' in my hair - I'll show you a picture afterwards and you can see if I manage it!

5. And lastly...what was it? I'm sure there was something else...Oh yes - Christmas! I cannot bloody wait to get all the gifts I've asked for. I don't know if everyone else does this, but in my family we don't do suprises, we just tell each other the things we want - so no bad present choices, just lovely things that you've been coveting but now don't have to spend your money on! Sewing machine, it's only 3 sleeps until we can make beautiful things together...

Merry Christmas Everybody!

Danni x

Monday, 20 December 2010

What is it?

What a lovely weekend! Well, Friday was a bit of a washout, the boy was stuck in traffic for four hours (usually an hour and a half journey), poor thing, so we just got a chinese and read our books.

And then a party we were meant to go to in London on Saturday was cancelled because of the weather, which was annoying, but gave me a chance to do some charity shopping! And it was SO worth it!

I've already shown you my lovely vintage fake fur coat, in a light creamy "fur", and I thought nothing could surpass its amazingness. I was wrong. I got a chocolate coloured one! I sprinted over to it as soon as I walked into the shop, and panicked a bit when I couldn't find the tag but was told it was only £14.99, phew! Here she is:

I wish I'd taken a picture of me wearing it all glammed up with my red lippy when I went to the pub on Saturday (which was a snowy, drunken, bag-losing, very fun night!). I just need to find another button for it as it's missing one, and the elastic to hook the other one is snapped so I can't actually do it up!

The other thing I bought was this:

Doesn't it look cute? Now, before anyone asks, I will tell you that I have absolutely no idea what it is. The front opens as one, they aren't individual drawers, and it has a slide-out tray inside. It's too small to be a drinks cabinet, and I'm at a loss as to what else it could be! It's been sitting in one of my local charity shops for about 3 weeks and I decided that morning that if it was still there when I went back I would buy it. Obviously it was there, and down to £5!

Here's another picture of it while it's open. I'm thinking of keeping all of my make up and hair stuff inside it.

 What I really want to do is give it a makeover, something like what Alice at An Alien World did to her bookshelf - but I'm worried that I'll ruin it. Well I won't be doing it until the new year anyway so I'll think about it then.

Yesterday I had a lovely day playing with our friends baby Bella and being cooked lunch, and then home to be cooked dinner by the boy - Jamie's 30 minute recipe for chicken pie only taking an hour! Yummy.

Danni x

Monday, 13 December 2010

My Swish!

I had an unusual Sunday yesterday, in that I left the house to do something other than go to Tesco's...

I went to a clothes swapping event called My Swish (not quite sure why it has such a weird name!) that was held in nearby Lewes. 10% of the proceeds go to 10:10 - carbon cutting 10% at a time, and they're promoting recycling clothes as opposed to buying new things - which I'm all for! You had to pay £5 to get in, which got you a free goodie bag 'with Dermalogica goodies'. Hmm - two very small sachets like the kind you get stuck in a magazine, and a bunch of flyers! Anyway.

I took along 13 items - you could take between two and fifteen, of 'cheap' 'middle' and 'designer' quality. Needless to say most of mine were in the cheap section! I redeemed my clothes for 160 points. Then we all had a browse for half an hour, stalking around each other like rival tigers, standing near the best items...before we were told that we had to go back behind the door before the Swish began. And blimey, when it began, it was like something out of a film; women pushing each other out of the way, running with arms outstretched to the item they wanted (that was me and another woman - she managed to snatch the shoes I wanted a millisecond before I got there!), although to be honest once everyone had one item it was a lot more sedate, and you could browse a bit more. And then you had your clothes totted up to check they matched your points, and that was it! I was very pleased with the stuff I got, and I feel very good for having purged the stuff I was never going to wear again but hadn't taken to the charity shop from my wardrobe.

So here's what I ended up with:

A cute little top - no label - fits lovely like!

A jacket and skirt set - so cute - doesn't look much in the picture but it's a green tweedy type set from Oasis. The jacket has one sparkly button. The skirt is a size too small but hopefully after another bootcamp I can get in it! I'd wear them seperately anyway - it might be a bit much together in my casual workplace!

Oh how I love this. It was one of the last things on the rack - a size 24 dogstooth skirt. Too big for me, so I pulled it up, belted it with the matching belt and now I've got a cute new work dress! I wasn't sure if that would work when I grabbed it so I was very glad to get it home and find that it did.

A real leather bag, and a new knitted white hat with a flower on, that I was particularly pleased with, having lost my knitted white hat with a flower on last week! I have good hat karma.

 I also got a sequin hooded Miss Selfridge top, and a red and white print halter dress.

Oh and lastly...

Aren't they beautiful?! I walked in the door of the event and there were some local sellers there, with a lady selling these handmade shoes at £10 - down from £60! They're not quite as yellow as they look in the picture. They seem comfy, and I can't wait for my spring weddings (I've got 3 in March/April!) to come around so I can wear these. I'll put the website up later when I find the card she gave me - apparently she does personalised shoes with your name on - I'm intrigued!

Danni x

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Sorry about the gap between posts. I always sulk a bit when blogs aren't updated loads (not seriously, just cos I love reading them!) and there I go and not post for a week. I have bought lots of lovely newold things lately, but just haven't had the time to take good pictures of them.

But I will share with you the two goodies that turned up today from ebay (FINALLY I might add - I'm not sure whether to contact the seller about the item that's the most overdue, because it could just be down to the weather. Maybe I'll email just to ask if she definitely sent it.)

Item number 1: A red apple brooch

It's even more beautiful than it looks in the picture. I wanted a brooch because I've got a hole in a knitted cardigan that can't be fixed (read: I don't know how to fix it) so I thought I'd cover it up!

Item number 2: FUZZY FELT!!!!

Do you like my picture? I'm so excited about this, I've wanted Fuzzy Felt for years - so I thought I'd give a nostalgic gift to myself!

I will hopefully take lovely pictures of my other new things tonight. Still a bit tricksy with only having a mobile phone camera, so I can't take decent photos of myself wearing things.

A little catch up as well - Bootcamp is going well, I'm halfway through my third week - the end is in sight! We had to miss a session on Friday last week due to snow, so she worked us extra hard on Monday. I still hate jogging. Hate hate hate. But it is all working. I've lost 5lbs so far! Yay!

Danni x