Low-key big living

Author: Ellie

Tue Review: 9 October 2018

Tue Review: 9 October 2018

Honestly, why can’t I just hibernate? Not to be warm or miss winter – I love winter! – but I do wish that I could hide from the world at times. To not hear a voice, to not have to talk. I wish could take […]

Tue Review: 18 September 2018

Tue Review: 18 September 2018

Hmm… I has a few website issues last month, but I didn’t realise that I’d lost a whole bunch of posts in that time! Yikes! I have no idea what I wrote before, so here I go, starting again. Again. I’ve written by 40 before […]

Tue Review: 26 June 2018

Tue Review: 26 June 2018

Today was fun, because I went to a chiropractor. It sounds strange, I know, but I had been looking forward to it for ages. Chiropractors are amazing, especially for someone like me who is prone to migraines – these are the people who can really put you in your place, in a good way.

It’s also reassuring when a health professional says things about your body that you agree with. Hubby’s tension was all muscular and the Chiro recommended massages for him instead (honestly turning down business – how scrupulous!). But for me, I get another appointment in a week. I also got the comment that “You have a very good understanding of your body and where the issues are.” It’s so uncommon to hear that. So many health professionals will just shrug and be non-committal, so much so that you feel that they don’t believe you at all. But this guy was great. It’s funny the things that can give you that little boost.

Brain: I will complete Tale of Two Cities by September.
Action: Whoops, I missed this week.

Body: I will get my waist measurement down to less than half my height.
Action: Not a great week, but not bad either.

Soul: I will make a plan for Camp NaNoWriMo in July.
Action: I’ve been adding a lot to my mind map. But I can’t believe the first of July is so close!

Tue Review: 19 June 2018

Tue Review: 19 June 2018

I’ve finally begun to use a tool that has always seemed like a good idea, but never quite clicked. Mind maps. It started as a way of prepping for Camp NaNoWriMo in July, but I began making maps at work as well. It’s  really ideal […]

Tue Review: 12 June 2018

Tue Review: 12 June 2018

Well. What have actually been up to this year. I’ve been loving my new job (happy 1st anniversary to me!), I’ve been playing around on some other blogs and have neglected my identity a little, a nasty habit I have which drew me to creating […]

Something borrowed – take a little #RoyalWedding with you

Something borrowed – take a little #RoyalWedding with you

Did you watch the royal wedding? It was the type of event that was hard to avoid, but has it happens, it was worth watching! After the initial wait to see the dress, there were the sweet little exchanges, the very popular bishop, and the shots of the audience where saw muted giggles and guests who looked asleep. Always fun!

The fashion was always going to be a hot topic. After all, everyone there must have put a lot of thought into their choices. My god, what would you wear to an event like that?!? Everyone looked stunning and, as it’s been shared on Twitter, it was diverse in terms of styles and influences.

 

So when work is busy, and you need that little extra kick, going for royal wedding inspired outfits seem like a good idea!

So what where the top looks? Three little words, if the hyphen works that way: florals, a-line, and navy.

Floral was the choice of Carey Mulligan, Joss Stone, Sofia Wellesley plus a few others. Most of which were drop-waist, with that 20s elegance. Doria Ragland chose florals and a coat, and Pippa Middleton added on our second top look: a-line.

Here at Pear Flair, we love a good a-line! While Pippa Middleton’s dress was gorgeous, Lady Kitty Spencer’s a-line floral number was more vivid and ready for spring in a bold dark green. I do hope to see more dark greens in the stores!

The green wasn’t the only darker shade in user, there was a lot of navy to be seen as well. At first, it seemed like an unusual choice for a spring wedding, but Victoria Beckham, Sarah Rafferty, and Jessica Mulroney, all made it work. Extra props to Sarah, those sleeves really tuned into classic visions of fairytale weddings!

While, the florals were to be expected, I think we’re in the middle of a revamp of the colour navy. The great thing about navy is that even though it’s a cool colour, warm-toned people (like me), can do very well in navy as it’s  very dark. Extra bonus, it’s easy to match with super bright accessories!

I have a necklace that I came my “gumboil” necklace, which I love to wear with navy as the dark colour really makes the necklace pop. The same goes for white accessories and let’s face it, white and navy is a classic combination.

What suggestions do you have for pairing with navy?

 

Tue Review: 20 March 2018

Tue Review: 20 March 2018

Can this be right? It’s been 5 months since I wrote for Hermitopia? That’s horrendous!!! Actually, it’s been an crazy 5 months. There was a mini-getaway to Nice, Christmas in Portugal, snow flurries across the county, endless social get togethers, and a new car!! Now […]

The dreaded ‘Dress Code’

The dreaded ‘Dress Code’

Confession time: I did another order from Everything5Pounds. I have mixed feelings, and this is why. I has been trying to resist fast fashion. Having said that, some of the items from E5P are excellent quality. The other reason for internal disquiet is that the […]

Is it really a bargain?

Is it really a bargain?

Fast fashion.

Once upon a time, the “skint” reason made sense. If my work shoes broke and there was only enough money for bills and a spare £12, I couldn’t go out and buy patent leather brogues. Buy I could by something for £9 that would get me through until the next payday, or maybe the next three. I had all the different shoe glues, and I could hand-stitch repairs like a pro. I did what had to be done. I also did what I though I deserved. How could I spend big money on something as frivolous as fashion? I felt embarrassed to spend money on myself in that way.

But now that the insanity of my teens and 20s are over and life is much more secure and stable (in every way), why am I buying things that I know won’t last? Many people are still in that position, and having been there I know how wonderful it is that there are budget places to buy clothes. And, to be fair, I still have some £5 items that have lasted for years. It’s a gamble, and sometimes it’s a necessity.

Now I want to think more about everything that I buy. The most recent item in my collection is a pair of boots for work. Three cheaper pairs I bought fell apart in the first week (I won’t name the high street store). So I went looking for something more dependable. I came across the Schuh 365 day returns. Most of my shoes only last a few months. Every time I throw a pair away (or put them in a shoe recycling bin when I can find one), it just feels uncomfortable. And that’s not just because I’m in new shoes.

It’s hard to resist a bargain, but if I can’t rely on it to last, maybe it’s not a bargain after all.

 

Do I dare to try Project333?

Do I dare to try Project333?

As with my quest to only buy recyclable, cruelty-free cosmetics, the new year has made me think of other changes. Nothing swift, just those slow-burn changes that make an impact over time. One such change that has been bouncing around overactive mind is Project333.   […]