Christmas Now and Then

I put ‘Recreate some old family photos’ onto my 33 Before 33 list in the hope that it would motivate me to actually do something I’d been meaning to do for ages, but I had it in my head that it was something for next year, in the summer. But when Boohoo got in contact and asked me if I wanted to recreate a photo from a bygone family Christmas, I realised this project could start much sooner! My mind immediately starring whirring through the possibilities; so many Christmases past, and so many photos. We’re a big family, and as my dad is a photographer, there was never a shortage of cameras in the house to capture the memories, so it was just a case of narrowing it down to a photo that I could easily recreate.

I sent a few different ones to Boohoo, with one specifically in mind that would be easy to recreate, and coincidentally, that was the one they chose! They sent me a package of some clothes for my brother and me that matched what we were wearing back then, and I roped Michael in when I saw him over Christmas.


I’m really happy with the results! As you can see, I got a lovely tartan shirt to wear, which matches the dress quite well, and Michael got a jumper. I also received some tartan leggings, but in the end I just decided to wear my jeans. The lining up of the photo isn’t 100% perfect, and we realised afterwards that Michael’s hands are the wrong way round, but it obviously doesn’t matter at all. Also, nowadays I have to look up at him rather than down at him, because despite being my baby brother. he’s a darn sight taller than me!

The original photo is from, I think, 1991, when I was nine, and Michael was six. I got a lilac pram that year, which you can just see at the edge of the photo, and the baby that I am holding. It was a baby that shivered when you took its clothes off, and you had to cuddle it to make it stop! I loved that thing, and the pram (I was no tomboy).

This is such a fun idea; everyone has got fun family photographs that they love, and it’s so great to look back and see how much things have changed. I did another photo recreation recently, of my niece and me, and my siblings and I are planning lots more in the future!

* Boohoo sent me some clothes to wear for this photo; as always, all posts on Is That You Darling are written by me, fair and unbiased.

Best in Show ~ Black Dresses

Hello all

It’s been a while since I did a Best in Show, and I have done dresses before, but this one is more specifically about black dresses. I know that with spring (slowly) approaching, it’s probably not the time to be looking at black dresses, but I’ve decided that it’s something I need in my wardrobe. I like wearing splashes of colour, whether it be tights, scarves or shoes, and I want a dress that I can wear and put any other colour with. So I have been on the lookout for a simple black dress, and I’ve found a few.


Black Fit and Flare Dress ~ Dorothy Perkins ~ £16

I like the simplicity of this one, and the price! I’m not entirely sure how well it would suit me, because it might make me look quite hip-py, but I may go in and try it on if they still have it when I have some money.


Simrik Black Cat Print Dress ~ New Look ~ £25

You can’t really see it in this picture, but this one has a cat print on it! I am not a huge fan of cats, but I’m happy to wear them printed on my clothes! I am not keen on the neckline of this, I think it’s a bit fussy for my tastes, and again, the style might not suit me particularly well. But it has cats on it!


ASOS Summer Dress With Sweetheart Neck ~ ASOS ~ £22

I really like this dress; I like the neckline, the straps and the way it flares out slightly at the waist. Definitely a contender once I have some money to spend.


Verity Puffball Sleeve Belted Dress ~ Boohoo ~ £25

I included this one for a bit of variety, and I do really like it, but the more I look at it the more I realise that it just wouldn’t look good on me! I’d look like a sausage in a dress!


Blanche Tailored Pleat Dress ~ Missguided ~ £24.99

Another simple dress, and I like the fact that it is belted.

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ASOS Sundress With Sweetheart Neck ~ ASOS ~ £18

Another favourite, though I am not sure about the cut out on the front. Just not sure that it’s me. But again, I like the neckline (obviously a fan of the sweetheart neck), and I like the price, and I like its simplicity.

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ASOS Mini Dress with Button Front ~ ASOS ~ £22

This one is another contender; I like the buttons and the shape of it, and it’s a reasonable price.

Which one is your favourite?