Thursday, 25 February 2010

from despair to hair - the big reveal

Once again ignore my face, I look rather strange and fearsome but I'm not I promise!
The pink won, where it had been off-black it stayed dark. I managed to achieve a shaded effect by having three different colours in my hair so it goes from bright pink at the roots through mid pink to dark pink at the ends. I love it I think.

I went out last night, Mr Fuzzyfelt was being dj in the wine bar, here's my outfit, I seem to be wearing a top but no bottoms, she dress think might be a shirt, it's very short despite being from New Look's tall range. I'm wearing 140 denier teal tights with enormous-holed fishnets on top. I think it worked despite the derogatory comments from my daughter.

Edit - note to self - proof read before publishing, a big whoops to the typos!

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

A step into the unknown

Well that's actually a bit dramatic but today I decided I was dying my hair...TODAY.
I have already bought the forest green dye but wasn't sure the darker hair would bleach up enough for it to actually go green so I took a completely last minute decision to drive to Chester to buy some pink, I ended up buying pink and purple to mix.

The bleach is now on. If it goes light enough it will be green, if not it will be pink. I'm not-so-secretly hoping for the green.

I shall update later, watch this space...

Thursday, 18 February 2010

The one where I show off my food shopping

I'm not sure if this whole outfit blogging is for me. I'm a lot better about having my photo taken these days but I don't like to have to look at pictures of myself. I have just spent 30 minutes trying to get a decent pic (admittedly a good amount of that was spent wrestling with the new tripod!) and when I eventually got one that looked ok I decided I hate how my dress looks on me, it is just too short like most things on my out-of-proportion legs. So I think I'm much better off imagining my clothes look fine rather than having the reality hit me in the face. Don't get me wrong, I don't spend all day screwing myself up over how I look, I'd just rather not think about it and get on with life. I will still be blogging my clothes however, I'll just enlist the help of Muriel the model.

You may or may not be familiar with the online clearance food retailer Approved Food. You may or may not have ordered from them. I do, on a very regular basis, my garage is full of their boxes. You never know what they will have in stock so when they have something you like, or think you might like you have to order loads.

Anyway...I was so impressed with the order that arrived today I had to blog it.

My haul included -

3 buckets of popcorn

12 strawberry Yazoo milkshakes

5 packets of Jammie Dodgers

20 packets chilli and lemon crisps (not in the pic, a full box cost 1p!)

4 huge bags paprika crisps

18 Wagon Wheels

3 big bags liquorice

5 Ainsley Harriott Keema Masala dinner kits

12 vegetarian Burgamix (each pack makes 2lbs of burgers)

12 Granose nut roasts

2 x 1 litre bottles of mayonnaise

12 packs Ainsley Harriott savoury basmati rice

This lot cost just under £17 and that's including the £5.25 delivery cost!

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

What's in a name...

These are my shoes. They used to be plain black and I did like them and they were comfy as anything, despite being £7 from New Look but they were boring and I never wore them. Then I got invited to an 'over the top' party and had no suitable footwear.

Some outdoor Mod Podge and some Ebayed glitter (which claimed to be black but is quite patently green and black and incidentally way more beautiful than any glitter has a right to be in real life) later and I had the perfect Disco Goth shoes. They don't photograph well especially since I decided my phone camera would be good enough but the colour is beautiful I promise!

My dilemma now is what do I wear them with? I'd love to wear them more but they haven't been on my feet since the party.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

PLEASE don't look at my face in this pic! Today was another attempt at making the coloured tights work. I'm wearing a magenta polo neck bought in the sale at New Look, I seem to be addicted to polo necks at the moment, they go with everything and also dress down a party dress or top. Over that I'm wearing a black and white spotty dress from a charity shop, originally Dorothy Perkins I think. The waterfall waistcoat thingy is a new purchase from Primark, I think it will go with lots of things in my wardrobe and is very useful for disguising the tummy of doom. The tights are from Tesco, 140 denier and a total bargain at £4. On my feet I'm wearing my trusty leather biker boots, this is their second winter and I think they will last many more. At £23 I think they were a good investment.

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Sew, a needle pulling thread

This is my little creative corner. I know it looks ridiculously tidy but I have only just set it up, I was without a table for a while, I bought this one the other day from the Salvation Army for £8 and it is the perfect size. Had it been any bigger I wouldn't have room to scrabble about on the floor cutting things out. My sewing machine is only a few years old, it isn't brilliant but it does what I need it to do. The overlocker is probably the best thing I ever bought, I reckon it has paid for itself many times over. I bought it from my landlady (whose pictures and furniture you will see in my photos, I can't wait for the day I can 'do' my own house again), it is a proper metal one and will hopefully last for years. Muriel the model is my dummy, she helps me to fit things properly and is currently waiting for me to make a slip cover as I don't like the sticky fabric she's made from.
The cardi coat is one I made for a friend, she gave me a pile of jumpers she no longer wore. I left them in a pile for weeks as I was really worried it would look awful as the colours just didn't go. Once it was finished though it really worked, the colours don't photograph well but in real life it really works. I have one in black which I made out of wool jumpers, I think it is my favourite garment ever.

Also pictured is my current crochet project, a rainbow star blanket. It's brilliant to work on as the colours make me feel happy, I think I love rainbow things even more than I love black. It is going to be much bigger with 4 repeats of each colour.
I love being creative and there's nothing better than knowing you've made something yourself.
PS Sorry the photos are in such an appallingly random order!

Friday, 5 February 2010

These are my two favourite necklaces in the world ever. They are both by therealiolithie on Etsy who is a genius with beads. The one on the left is made with tiny black beads, little red teardrop beads and vintage silver stars. The one on the right is made with tiny multicoloured beads and a random assortment of beads made predominantly from glass but also wood, fabric, metal and semi-precious stones.

This is the outfit I wore today. My old favourite Long Tall Sally skinnies which I overdyed black. I don't often wear jeans, they are uncomfortable and never fit right but these are perfect.
The shirt is a recent New Look sale purchase. I've never done checks before but I love the colours in this which are so much better in real life. I'm not entirely sure about it, it is comfy and fits well and I feel good in it but I'm just not sure how 'me' it is, it is a bit samey and ubiquitous. Opinions?
It was fantastic to be able to wear proper shoes again after all the snow and general horrible weather and it was the first outing for the purple ballet pumps.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

The Big Bangor Theory

There isn't really a theory but I did go to Bangor today, predominantly to buy the excellent new Y Niwl 7" single. I ended up buying lots more stuff of course, the least embarrassing of which was a Levellers LP. As you can see, Mr Fuzzyfelt was desperately searching for something but didn't find it and left empty-handed apart from the aforementioned 7".

The picture above was taken on the way, it's a beautiful road, the sea is just on the right but you can't actually see it.

Just how happy do I look to be there?