There you stand in your dungarees

I have a thing for dungarees. I have a pair of short ones, but I’ve been on the lookout for some full-length ones for a while, and when I found a culotte-style pair, I couldn’t resist.

And with new clothes, comes the once-every-couple-of-years urge I get to do some outfit photos. I am under no illusion that I look like a bit of an idiot, and I feel so awkward while I’m doing them (even though my photographer, Hannah, is awesome and great at taking photos and just generally wonderful), but I’m trying hard to do things that I want to do, and overcome awkwardness and nervousness.

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Jumper ~ Primark
Dungarees ~ Tu at Sainsbury’s
Shoes ~ Very
Glasses ~ SpecsPost

As you can see from the photos, I am a bit squinty, and that’s because it was such a sunny Sunday! We haven’t had too much sunshine in recent weeks, so it was nice to have an entire weekend of it, even if it was still very much on the chilly side. Spring has not yet sprung, and as I write this, the skies are very grey and full of the promise of rain, but there’s the promise of better weather in the air.

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One more photo then, with a filter on it, because I think I look uber-cool in a seventies kind of way. I’m never going to be a fashion blogger, but these little forays into outfit posts are fun from time to time!

The Bangles

I’ve had this House of Fraser bangle for a while, but haven’t had the opportunity to take photos of me wearing it. Then I had plans to go to Baby Shower, and I was wearing my current favourite dress, so I thought it was the perfect chance to get my friend Hannah to snap some shots. As ever, I should probably apologise for the slightly awkward look (although I think I am getting better), but I do think that my hair looks pretty amazing. I’ve recently had it cut, and it’s always at its best for the first couple of days after a major cut!

 

Dress ~ Everything 5 pounds
Cardigan ~ Everything 5 pounds
Hat ~ Primark (probably)
Bangle ~ House of Fraser

They aren’t proper outfit photos, because I was wearing a pair of shoes that I didn’t like, so I told Hannah to leave them out! I need a pair of nice black shoes; when I bought this dress and cardigan, I bought a pair of black brogues at the same time that I love, and I lived in them for months, but then I put them in a bag and took them to London when I was working away for a few days, and when I came to look at them, one of them was broken. Properly broken too – the sole was completely snapped in half! So now I am on the lookout for another pair of black brogues, and I am thinking I might want to spend some decent money on them this time!

* PR sample received for review. All opinions on Is That You Darling are fair and unbiased.

Choice Discount ~ Grab Yourself a Bargain!

A little while ago, the lovely people at Choice Discount were kind enough to send me a little package of loveliness, to celebrate the fact that there were launching a brand new website. They have always had popular stores, and now they have a website that is filled with lots of lovely clothes, homeware and beauty products at bargain prices. I’ve picked out a few of my favourites.

Coat ~ Jeans ~ Jumper

I desperately need a new coat, and that one is just lovely. The jeans are boyfriend jeans, the style I prefer over all others. And the jumper is technically a man’s one, but that’s no reason not to wear it. Look how cosy it looks!

And because they are so excited about their website, Choice Discount have given me some discount codes to pass on to you lovely people.

 

The codes are valid for one use, and can be used any time before 30th April 2015. They cannot be used in conjunction with any other voucher or offer.

Let me know if you buy anything!

Choice Discount

A few weeks ago, I had a lovely parcel arrive; a load of Choice Discount goodies! They had been in contact with me to see if I would like to receive some bits to try out and share with my readers – who am I to refuse such a request? I don’t visit Choice Discount stores as much as I would like, as they aren’t terribly local to me, but their website will be launching soon, and that means shopping all those lovely bargains from the comfort of my own home!

Sadly the photos I took didn’t turn out too well – I had planned proper full length outfit photos, but tripod issues stymied me, and then most of the photos I took were out of focus! But there were a couple that were OK, and I picked the best one of them to show you the top that I got sent. Sophie, the lady I was working with, said that she had seen from my blog that I liked prints, so she picked out this top for me. It’s always nice when people actually take the time to read your blog and get to know you a bit! I do really like the top; I especially like how it is a big longer at the back, though I did find I had to wear a vest underneath it, just to make sure there were no embarrassing muffin top issues!

I also received the sunglasses and the bag from Choice Discount – you can never have two many pairs of sunglasses, so I was really pleased to get them! And the bag has become the one I grab every day; it’s the perfect size, because it doesn’t look huge, but it’s massive inside. Seriously, I’m always losing my phone in there. I wasn’t sure about the fringe at first, but now I love it.

Choice Discount also sent me a lovely purple butterfly scarf, and some raspberry and blackberry body butter. The body butter smells utterly divine, and I almost lost the scarf to my seven-year old niece the other day, as she was prancing round the house in it for ages!

I loved my little package from Choice Discount, and like I said, they will be launching their website soon, so even if you don’t live in Essex, you can still partake in their lovely bargains!

* I received these items free of charge from Choice Discount, but as ever, all reviews and posts on Is That You Darling represent my true opinions.

Gryffindor, Where Dwell the Brave at Heart

You may remember, a couple of months ago, that I shared some photographs of me looking awkward in a Hogwarts t-shirt from Primark. Well now it’s time for you to see me looking equally awkward in a Gryffindor t-shirt from Primark!

I think Primark are smashing it with regards to t-shirts at the moment. Every time I go in there, I want another one, and if I can find my size (which usually I can’t, because they only seem to get about three size 16s in and they sell like hot cakes), I will buy one. My best friend Anna has become my t-shirt dealer; she phoned me a few weeks ago to say that she had seen a Gryffindor t-shirt and did I want one, and then at the weekend she presented me with a Jurassic Park tee because I had gone on and on about it the other day when we were together, and she had seen my size. It’s definitely worth having her as a best friend!

Given the opportunity, I’d have all four house t-shirts, and I have seen Slytherin and Hufflepuff, but never in my size. But Pottermore stuck me in Gryffindor, so these are my colours, as it were, and I am fond of red and gold.

Gryffindor t-shirt ~ £6 ~ Primark
Blazer ~ Stolen from my sister ~ Primark
Jeans ~ £13 (sale) ~ New Look
Sandals ~ c/o Clarks
Bag ~ c/o Choice Discount (Blog post coming soon)

My jeans are also new – I needed a pair of new skinny jeans after I discovered that my old ones were starting to get a bit holey. When I found a pair in the sale in New Look, I tried them on, only to discover that they were reversible! I didn’t need too much convincing to buy them – two pairs of jeans for the price of one, reduced to £13, and I had a voucher. You can’t really say fairer than that!

My sister-in-law Kelly took the shots, she is actually a photographer, so I could have asked her to do a proper shoot, but I just shoved my camera in her hand when we were walking through the park and asked her if she would take some photos. Ever the professional, she gave me some tips (‘chin up!”) and then insisted on a jumping shot, which she always makes people do! I love a jumping shot, so I didn’t need asking twice. (Actually I did need asking twice, because I was worried people were going to laugh, but I just tucked in my top and got on with it. And we got it first time!)

Ever the awkward non-fashion blogger, she did the best she could, and I love the top photo, of me with an ice cream! I think it’s the knee bend – it makes me feel like a proper blogger!

Four down, six to go on number seven of 32 Before 32 – do ten outfit posts.