pretty things and random musings

Next Tea Dresses January 18, 2011

Filed under: Fashion — Alison @ 12:03 pm


Apologies for the tiny photos but these are two of the dresses I’m coveting from Next at the moment. The red tea dress is such a pretty colour and the navy tea dress has a print of little red and white hearts all over it and would be a perfect Valentine’s Day gift (are you reading this, Jim?! Size 22 – hint, hint!). They’d be perfect travel wear for our trip to Thassos in the summer and are already making me think of warmer weather. I don’t know about you but I’m a little tired of the cold now and can’t wait to leave the house without a coat or woolly tights. Winter has its charms (hot chocolate and a roaring fire being two of them) but I’m looking forward to baby lambs and the first of the daffodils. Roll on Spring!


Laura Ashley Fairisle Dress September 28, 2010

Filed under: Fashion — Alison @ 5:06 pm

Apologies for the big “NEW” button on this photo but I had to share this gorgeous dress with you? It’s taken me all my willpower not to buy it for myself this afternoon. It’s from Laura Ashley and is a rather pricey £85, hence my reluctance to buy on a whim. Maybe I should start writing a letter to Father Christmas…


Toast Ines Skirt

Filed under: Fashion — Alison @ 5:01 pm

Isn’t she lovely? Isn’t she wonderful? The Ines skirt from Toast has made me burst into song it’s so pretty. Now if only I was thin enough to fit into one *sigh*. Back to Weight Watchers tomorrow *sob*.


Winter Warmers September 7, 2010

Filed under: Fashion — Alison @ 2:13 pm

Apologies for the tiny pictures but these are the latest two additions to my winter wardrobe – a grey cable knit dress and a berry scarf cardigan both from Next. They’re warm and toasty and are going to be the mainstay of my autumn and winter clothes collection, especially in wet and chilly Northern Ireland. It’s only the beginning of September and it already feels as though winter is just around the corner. I was hoping for an indian summer but I think I might be asking too much as it hasn’t been over about 20 degrees here all year, let alone in September. I’ve definitely got that back-to-school feeling. These can be my new uniform.


heart by November 18, 2009

Filed under: Accessories,Fashion,Shopping — Alison @ 9:14 am
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I’m very excited. I’ve been in love with the beautiful headpieces and hairbands from for a while but have been too broke to buy any. But now they’ve launched heart by where all the items are $50 or less. I don’t know which to choose but here are some of my favourites (especially the red heart above – lush!):



The question is: can I get away with them? I’m not exactly Lily Cole and I might look like a fat girl trying too hard. But, you know what? I don’t think I care! They’re all so pretty that I don’t think I can manage without at least one. Choices, choices…


Hiatus November 13, 2009

Filed under: Accessories,Fashion,Knitting,Shopping — Alison @ 1:44 pm
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Oh dear. Oh very dear. I’ve been a bad blogger and somehow missed six months of posts! But, never fear, I am going to do my damnedest to make up for that over the next however-long. I’ve decided that I like sharing my random finds and silly ideas with the great unknown and am going to have another crack at this.

Firstly, my new coat:

Sorry for the teensy picture but I can’t work out how to put in big ones from the Next website. I haven’t worn it yet as I’m trying to work out how to convince my mother-in-law that I’ve had it forever. Hmm, tricky! I shouldn’t be buying coats as we’re penniless and living with the in-laws for a wee while but Next is on credit so it kind of doesn’t count (except it does!)

I’ve also fallen in love (deep, deep love) with this cowl from DollyKnits on etsy:


That’s the lovely Jo (who is the talent behind the shop) modelling it but I wish it were round my neck not hers. I’m going to request it from Jim aka Father Christmas as it would go perfectly with the coat, dontcha think? Right, must dash. Mother-in-law is requesting a lift to Waitrose. Now what delights can we buy today? Back later. Honest!


Happy May Day! May 1, 2009

Filed under: Accessories,bags,Fashion — Alison @ 5:00 pm
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Happy May Day! I ought to have done this on May morning to go with the image of Magdalen tower (my old college where the choir sings from the top of the tower to, usually drunken, crowds at 6am on 1st May) but I’ve been a bit slack today. Instead of posting lively things for you to look at, I’ve been spending money I don’t have on dresses and bags! The dress is for my birthday from Jim and is on a four-week back order so I should get it in time for 5th June, if I’m lucky. It’s this one from Boden:



It’s principally for my holiday in Greece in August for my sister’s wedding though I’m sure I’ll wear it a few times before we go and lots when we get back maybe with some jewel-coloured cropped cardigans when the weather gets cooler. I’ve also bought a bag from Meringue on etsy. It’s called Tzatziki, to keep with the Greek theme, and it looks like this:



It’s to go with quite a busy dress for the wedding itself but it should go. Shouldn’t it? It was a bargain $15 and is winging its way from Melbourne very soon and I can wear it with lots of other things. Hurrah for shopping (but boo for my bank balance!)