Embroidery : A White Shirt 

There are some trends I wouldn’t touch with a Barge Poll (Ath-Lesuire/ Sports Luxe), there are some I admire from afar (Harem Pants) and then I embrace some trends whole heartedly. My favorite in 2017 thus far have been; Bell Sleeves, and Embroidery. Both add such a fun detail, that shouldn’t date new pieces to a wardrobe too heavily.

Especially if you incorporate a trend within a wardrobe essential like a white blouse (or a blue striped blouse with a trendy detail). This embroidered beauty has a Mandarin collar, very flattering 3/4 length sleeves and falls out in a slight gather from just above the bust leaving a very flattering fit. The material feels very high quality, and is such a pure white.

I don’t have anything like it in my wardrobe, and it’s the sort of piece that can easily be used for work, a social event, or a formal event (such as a Hen Do). This top came from Matalan, and was very reasonably priced at £16. I adore this embroidery as its so unique compared to the other pieces I’ve seen, with an almost Hungarian theme.

What do you think, how would you style this shirt?

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– Emily

McDonalds New George Street, Plymouth: A Store Redesign

Wednesday last week, I got invited to a McDonald’s event. It was so exciting to visit somewhere on a blogger level, that had such a big part in my life. The New George Street Store will always mean two things for me:

  • Birthday parties
  • Pre work breakfasts

If you haven’t tried a cream cheese bagel, you are missing out. On a Sunday Morning, when I would get into work nearly 40 minutes before my shift i would sit with a bagel and a magazine, as an affordable way to have a healthy breakfast choice. I have so much love for this brand.

This event was to show Bloggers how stores gave been redesigned to be focused upon on customer experience with digitisation throughout. We were given a tour of the kirchens, with a chance to make our own Big Mac’s, it’s crazy how optimised the entire process is. Everything from 7g of onions per burger, to pickles places purposely to enable a bite with every mouthful.

Kiosks

The Kiosks are a pretty interesting new additions to McDonald’s, they allow a user to place and pay for an entire order without having to queue at the till bank. They’re exciting for a number of reasons (ontop of enabling you when you feel antisocial and you want to avoid other people).

  1. They allow you to see all the nutritional information of an item, and to see all the sides available. In the Plymouth New George Street Store, the number of side salads ordered with a meal have increased drastically since these have been installed.
  2. Ordering food becomes fun for kids, because they can be accessed m a lower height. This also, means they have been optimised for wheel chair users.
  3. They have the option for vouchers, meaning you can save money easily.
  4. Table service

They are a method of digitisating the stores. They also have tablets available for use. These have Pre installed games making them an easy choice for kids, and have the option for email access if you need to catch up on work


Table service

When placing a kiosk order you can either collect a number receipt and weight downstairs, or opt for table service. Table service allows you to chose a numbered stand, enter this number in the kiosk and sit anywhere in the restaurant whilst waiting for your order to arrive. They operate with blue tooth, allowing staff to see where you are sitting. Nicole and I used this option after the event for McFlurrys, and were adding boomerangs of our icecreams to our instagram stories within five minutes

Honestly, this was one of the best events I’ve been invited to as a blogger. Brands like Lush and No7 constantly smash it out of the part, and McDonald’s did too on this occasion. The beauty of the event was in it’s simplicity, we were given a peek behind the screen at what made such a fast paced restaurant work by people who were passionate about thier job and the team around them. I expected being in such a busy kitchen to be daunting and feel constantly in the way, but instead we were surrounded by people who were more than competent at the tasks around them, who worked at a normal stress free pace.

Talking to David about his journey from part timer whilst completing his studies to Franchisee was intriguing. We finished the event by discussing how much McDonald’s did locally for the community, from sponsoring spots kits to arranging clean ups of beauty spots and sitting on community boards.

Thank you McDonald’s; for an invitation into one of your restaurants, a chance to pick the brains of your workforce, and for sponsoring this post. Read more about the changes here.

All dolled up in hair nets, and aprons ahead of kitchen exploring

My current wardrobe go to: The Denim Dungaree Dress

I bought this from Matalan back in November, I wore this once or twice over the winter and then it made its way to the back of my wardrobe. When we got the first signs of spring back in April, I was reaching for the again, here are my favourite ways to style this:

Winter Warmer

This is the perfect cold day outfit. You get a pop of colour from the hat and scarf, and nothing but snuggly comfort from the thin knit top, the knit also helps balance out proportions with this loose fitting dress.

Outfit details here

Leather bomber

This outfit is perfect for the British Springtime, the jacket takes the chill off any breeze whilst the broderie anglais/ laser cut shirt let’s you keep cool. Pair with a vest for warmth, or nude underwear to keep cool. This is probably my favourite look, as it seems so polished.

Jacket – Asda – Top – Matalan – Dress – Matalan – Bag – River Island –Boots – Clarks

The striped top

You can just see the main detail of this outfit, the lovely thick 3/4 length sleeve stripped top. An easy style piece that seems to work with everything.

Top – River Island

A casual tee

The bright yellow tee and floral print scarf make this the most casual of these outfits, especially paired with these converse style shoes from Primark.

Tee – Tesco Scarf – Sea Salt Shoes – Primark

– Emily

 

 

Garnier Oil Infused Cleansing Water – My Favourite Micellar Water


If you like Micellar Waters you need to try the Garnier Oil Infused Cleansing Water.

Now, Cleansing Waters (Or Micellar Waters) to those yet to try them are “Micellar water is made up of micelles (tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules) suspended in soft water.”* They are mild cleansers, which lift dirt and makeup from the skin without drying it out or stripping the skin of its natural oils and leaving you with that tight, dry feeling.

They are the ultimate lazy girl cleanser, a couple swipes of a cotton pad and you can lift the worst of your makeup. Saying that, I tend to double cleanse most days, and follow a Micellar Water with an oil based cleanser (some of my favourites: here and here).

Anyway, this one is a game changer for me. I picked up the makeup wipe version of this ahead of a camping trip and was floored by how clean and moisturised my skin felt afterwards. I picked up the bottled stuff when I got home and I have not looked back.

This smells gorgeous, is fun to shake, and is lovely and mild on my psoriasis/eczema prone skin. 

– Emily

* Huffington Post link

The last book I couldn’t put down…

I have at least two full posts dedicated to my love of Stephen King. One of the most interesting things about challenging myself to read the authors back catalogue is when I discover a book I felt ambivalent towards the first read, and now ADORE.

That was Pet Sematary for me ( and No,that isn’t a typo). The book follows the story of Louis and his family, when they move to a new town for his job. The main themes are heritage, secrets and grief. I read this novel in two parts whilst traveling to and from Birmingham, it’s a fairly quick read at 424 pages and a real page turner. As I reached the hundred or so pages I was internally screaming at LouisIt’s well written, constructed and fairly unpredictable. This is a sad story, but a good story.

The interesting this is I really disliked this book when I read it as a young teen, and I remember being so irritated by the film. Which I am now keeping everything crossed ends up on Netflix soon.

If you try this book let me know what you think, keep track of my reading challenge here.

– Emily

The Vintage Style Tea Dress from Peacocks

Peacocks is a shop I often forget about, when I was younger before I discovered New Look and Primark I was a huge fan of the shop. I remember when got my first full time job at nineteen, using the shop to build my first working wardrobe. Those clothes lasted much longer than the awful commission based job.

Anyway, I picked this little number up before the March Book Club. I had a bit of extra time to kill, and I remembered the stunning embroidered bag my mum had picked up from the shop earlier in the week. I flitted round the store, noticing the sale aisle on my way out and spotting this dream of a dress, I fell in love!

Peacocks add a Modern edge to this vintage style, keeping the skirt a little shorter than a traditional Tea Dress. On the hanger, the brown ditsy print doesn’t look much, but on its amazing. Fitted on the bust, with a very unique bodice panel, with a full skirt which ends just above the knee with a lot of movement. The cut of this dress is incredible for the price (£8 down from £16).

As with the majority of my wardrobe, this works nicely for work or social occasions. It’s especially nice if you have something like a vintage fair you wanted to dress up for.

Beret – Miss Ivy’s Vintage Fair Dress – Peacocks Shoes (just seen) Past Season New Look

– Emily

Matt is a bloody brilliant photographer.

TU Sainsburys and the Trendiest Blouse I Own

This top has a reputation at work. The first day I wore it, I received around three compliments in the first twenty minutes and rang off the same spiel each time:

“It’s from Sainsburys! It’s really cool as it has huge fluted sleeves, and the floral pattern is a nod to the embroidery trend.”

Now imagine this at about nine o clock in the morning, in an incredibly enthusiastic and excitable tone. There was also a comment somewhere about it being in the sale.

I love this top. I love that it hits three trends (also shirting/banker style with those very fine pin stripes), and the sleeves make me so happy. I have to stop myself waving my arms up and down.

This was picked up from store in early February (I’m an inefficient blogger), and I have worn it so many times since. I pair it with either a skirt that hits between knee and thigh length, or a fitted pair of trousers. Its a touch short for leggings.

This is the second time I’ve written about a Tu piece on here, and I already have my eye on this dress, this skirt and this other dress, I might have a problem…

If you don’t already follow Tu on Instagram  you’re missing out, they make gorgeous high quality pieces and curate a gorgeous feed.

– Emily

Shirt – Tu Sainsburys  – Jeans – New Look Link – Boots – Primark

Thank you Matt for more brilliant photos.