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A Mega Long Post About Social Media (Instagram), Fast Fashion, The Blog & Transparency

I wasn't sure how to start this post after the response to the last one;

Oh lordy?
Totally gobsmacked?
Blown away?
Golly gosh?

So we'll stick with flippin Nora (with the emphasis on FLIPPIN - yep you're going to go back there and read it again aren't you with that emphasis.... FLIPPIN Nora), that sums up how I feel quite nicely.

Just thank you, thank you, thank you so much for all of your comments and emails and direct messages xx

I mean, there was no skulking out of the back door for me was there? If you don't know what I'm talking about, you might want to read this post. Because I choose not to follow the fashion band wagon, I was feeling somewhat irrelevant and wondered who on earth could be interested in reading what I had to say.


I Almost Pulled The Plug On My Blog This Week

It's been creeping up on me for a while but I'm a little bit over blogs. I don't read any so why would someone want to read mine? The blogging world in general seems to be tarnished, bloggers are dropped in to the bucket with traffic wardens, timeshare sales people and the tax man and it's not something I want to be part of anymore. Vilification seems to be the order of the day, you only have to read threads on parenting sites to see this. And I'm merely an amoeba in a gigantic ocean.


Red White & Blue

I'm an absolute sucker for a bit of red, white and blue. There's lots of it around at the moment although I cobbled this outfit together from my wardrobe.

Jacket - FreePeople
Spot shirt - Next (old) similar here and here
Trousers - Marks & Spencer (old) similar here and here
Shoes - Next
Bag - Coach (old) similar here


Wedding Dresses For The Mature Bride & The Best Bridal Book Ever Written

Oh golly gosh, where do I start with this one? Kaleidoscope asked if I'd like to have a look at at their new bridal range, this was a while ago now and I didn't really know what to expect. Okay, I've been meaning to do a bridal post for years, maybe this will force my hand. So yes I said, I'd love to have a look.

Fast forward a few weeks down the line and 6 huge boxes delivered to my front door. They'd only gone and sent the whole range! I didn't know whether to jump up and down in glee (I mean, who doesn't like a bit of a dressing up session) or curl up in a corner and cry (how can I put myself out there on the internet in a wedding dress? I'm 51 for goodness sake). I needn't have worried, as soon as I opened the first box, I realised that these dresses have been designed for the 45+ woman. That's not to say that a younger girl wouldn't want to wear them, in fact my 22 year old daughter was eager to give them a whirl. Gerroff they're mine. Well, until I send them back that is.

Ooooh I was like Bruce Forsyth opening the boxes; you're my favourite, no you're my favourite. What struck me was the quality and exquisite design of each dress. Quite honestly, they're stunning and as I write this, I still haven't decided which is my favourite, I promise to make a decision before the end of this post. I asked for size 12s in each of the dresses, there's nothing worse than an overstuffed sausage of a wedding dress is there?

So, let's have a look at them.

The Zinnia Peplum Bridal Dress £199

The Zinnia Peplum Bridal Dress £199

A Scoot Around Next And My Favourite Spring Pieces

I felt as if I was emerging from a cocoon this morning when I ventured out. I mean let's not get excited or anything, it was still only 2.5 degrees but it felt positively spring-like. I've loved looking at all of the snow pictures over on Instagram but in reality it sucks doesn't it. The wind blew a 3ft snow drift right outside the front door and every time someone opened it, a shovel was needed to throw the darn stuff back outside. Coupled with the fact that the bay trees kept blowing over and now there's wet, slushy soil everywhere. **Tip: don't try to sweep up slushy soil, you'll make a worse mess. 😫 And, I can't tell you how many times I ran outside to retrieve the garden chairs from the hedges, they were literally skating across the patio. Nope not fun at all. Gosh us Brits like to moan about the weather don't we?

Anyways......let's talk about spring. I've had a good old browse in Next to bring you my picks for the season and I CANNOT WAIT TO WEAR THEM.

Apologies for the grainy photo, there was no way I was walking through the dirt at the front door in new shoes!!