En vogue, in Brogues……….

Ah, the humble Brogue: A word derived from the Gaelic bróg (Irish), bròg (Scottish) “shoe”, is a style of low-heeled shoe or boot traditionally characterised by multiple-piece, sturdy leather uppers with decorative perforations (Why, thanks, wiki)

Just the other week, I shared with you my fashion dilemma for a pending wedding ceremony. Feeling a certain pressure to conform to the traditional ‘wedding guest uniform’ of obligatory high heels, I raised the question: Could I wear flat shoes to a wedding? & My conclusion: without a shadow of a doubt, YES!

Since the wedding took place in a barn out in the countryside, flats were a no-brainer. & Lets not forget their dancability ‘til the stroke of midnight’ comfort factor!

I decided upon a slightly androgynous look, & the leather detail on these Clarks Cut-out Brogues caught my eye. I’m not really one to follow ‘trends’ instead I select items for their longevity & ‘style’ potential.

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& Here is how I styled them on the day….. Continue reading →

Canterbury Tales: A Barn Wedding……

Nearly 3 years after Bear graced us with his presence, Mr. Bananas & I eventually got around to going on a mini adventure of our very own. With an invitation to a friends ‘Adult only’ wedding, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to call in a cheeky favor from the Grandparents, & allow us a night or two of freedom from our ‘parental responsibilities’, for the very first time. Feeling equally excited & guilty, off we skedaddled to Canterbury.

We had intended to spend the entire day, Friday, mooching around the town & duly taking tourist snaps of the cathedral. Unfortunately, we were delayed in leaving so the best we managed was a spot of dinner……

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I frequently describe myself as an organised mess, & true to form, I left booking accommodation until the last minute. This can often spell disaster: acting in desperation, you opt for anywhere……even if on Trip Advisor there are scathing reviews. Luckily for us, this wasn’t the case, we hit the jackpot with our B&B: Immaculately clean, ideally located for Canterbury & the wedding venue, friendly owners, & the tastiest breakfast……

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My October-Lust……..

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October is looking a-okay!

Historically, October isn’t a month I greet with open arms. For a sun bunny, outdoorsy chica like me, it signifies an end to the warmer, milder months & brings with it shorter days, longer nights, rain & cold weather (I for one, am not looking forward to the weather changing, just so I can get my bloody boots out! *NB. My Instagram timeline is pack full of such messages) Well, I’ve got something to tell ya October….Ha, the joke is on you this year! For I, sunshine worshiping, adventure seeking Banana lady, have some news for you: I’m actually rather looking forward to the month ahead, & here is why…….

Some much needed ‘adult only’ time…….

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Burnt Toast………..

It’s funny, isn’t it? How a smell can spark a thousand memories: A perfume or aftershave can transport you back to your teenage angst & sweetheart crushes? Perhaps a tropical flower may remind you of a foreign land. How about the smell of home? & I mean your ‘family’ home. Well, mine has got to be burnt toast. To say my dad likes his food well cooked, is an understatement: Beef needs to be charcoaled to within an inch of existence. & Toast? Burnt, with a layer of crisp & crunch, only achieved by setting off the smoke alarms & doing the ‘tea towel’ fanning dance (the one where you’re wafting a tea towel in the air, below the alarm to disperse the smoke).

I know this smell probably drives my mum bonkers, but to me, there really is nothing quite like it, guaranteed to always makes me smile.

I’ve written before about how as parents, we’re seen as ‘superhuman’ to our children, & I openly admit, I hold my parents on this pedestal (‘what d’ya mean, you’re not invincible? How dare you not be!’) Continue reading →

The Fashion Dilemma: An Autumnal Wedding…..

The thought of attending any kind of formal event & the dilemma of what to wear is one that we all contend with frequently. A wedding, or being privy to a VIP black tie bash: These are occasions where upon the invite, those dreaded words appear….. ‘Formal dress only’

I guess my main issue with any type of ‘formal’ event, is the need to, well, conform (I know, I’m such a rebel). Granted, I despise being told what to do, or given guidelines to follow- pertaining to my theory ‘Don’t think outside of the box, think like there is no box’.

Truthfully, It’s just that I believe we’re all so truly unique & have our own sense of style, that why should this be repressed, just so that we can all fit in with the ‘majority’ at an event? Does it make for a prettier picture if we are all dressed in matchy-matchy floaty dresses, high heeled court shoes, or identical ‘moss bross’ suits? (Let’s not forget the fella’s here) Surely, individuals should be celebrated- those who take risks, dare to stand out, or simply stick to their own fashion rules? For me, that makes the picture. Continue reading →

Autumn Fashion……with Kaleidoscope

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With days getting shorter, nights becoming longer & the temperatures across the UK starting to plummet (despite a few balmy ‘Indian summer’ days) It’s around now our fashion focus begins to turn towards an Autumnal wardrobe (sob).

So what better timing then, to share with you my latest brand discovery: Kaleidoscope. Well, technically, not my latest discovery, as I recall it from my teenage years: a tired looking clothes brochure, perched on the edge of my mum’s coffee table, collecting dust. Back then, the clothes which lined the pages, were items that didn’t have huge fashion appeal, but catered more to ladies of a ‘certain age’ *cough, cough*. In the name of research, I asked friends for their memories of Kaleidoscope, & it appears I wasn’t alone in my recollection……but Wowza, what a difference a few years makes! Back in May, I attended a press launch for the Kaleidoscope Autumn/ Winter 2014 collection (with a fair bit of hesitation it has to be said). What struck me almost immediately was how fashion forward this brand has now become. & As I flicked through the rails, I couldn’t help but pick out my favorite items, whilst also eyeing up some options I knew my Mum would be impressed with too. It then occurred to me: Kaleidoscope was now a label with the ability to create pieces that can transcend through the generations. With great attention to details, such as the cut, fabrics, mixed mediums, & an impressive range of accessories to compliment the line, I was converted: Enter Kaleidoscopes newest fan!

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At the launch in May: the small details stood out, like the zips & panelling to the dress, the laser cut out top & ‘that’ grey jacket

& What better way to demonstrate the dynamics of this range to ‘bridge the age gap’ on a mother & daughter duo? (Although I was excited, someone took a little more convincing!) So without further ado,  May I introduce to you, the wonderful, inspirational lady that is, My mum: Continue reading →