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.

Reading Challenge: Stephen King Part Two


I am extending my Stephen King reading challenge. If you didn’t read my initial post, I set myself the challenge of reading twelve of the authors books in a year and I didn’t reach my target. I blame IT (1116 pages) and Needful Things (790 pages) which I read one after the other.

I am giving myself until the end of 2017 to complete this challenge, with the below books making it onto my shortlist:

7) Stephen King Goes To The Movies 12/04/17

8) Pet Sematary 24/04/17

9) On Writing

10) Full Dark, No Stars 29/04/16

11) Insomnia

12) The Stand

The Stand is a book I picked up around seven years ago and didn’t finish, the story is incredibly compelling and the only reason for the break is that I can never put my hands on it! I tried to read Pet Sematary as a young teen, but disengaged after Church’s death. I aim to read this from cover to cover this year. The other stand out book on this list for me is On Writing, I found this in a charity shop last year and am looking forward to sampling some of King’s Non-Fiction.

Let’s see how I get on this year! You can find me on Goodreads and I will update my progress there. Technically, I’m on my third King novel of the year already with Full Dark, No Stars.*


Excluded from the original list: Doctor Sleep, The Dark Half, Christine. Though knowing how The Dark Half fits into the Alan Pangborn story line that may find its way into the main list. I also reeeeeeally want to re-read Cujo.

– Emily

* I have read the first sixty pages of Full Dark, No Stars so far…

Styling a Pyjama Top

I haven’t reached into the Pyjama top trend on a big scale, I picked up a slightly garish Hawaiian style version when the trend first hit the high street, and this sleek ASOS number made its way over to my doorstep a couple months ago.

This top is fairly loose fitting and flowy. Like you would imagine with a normal Pyjama top, it’s styled around comfort and movement. One of the things that really drew me to this top is how forgiving it is of the middrift area. With a fastening under the bust, this has almost an empire line finish hitting the slimmest part on me. Presently I wear this with either a black or lacy vest top and I may need to add a hook and eye to this, to keep the finished look demure, it cuts quite low on the bust.

The loose fit of the top means it is best paired with a more fitted bottom half. Be that black jeans, or a pencil skirt. My work wardrobe either comprises of these jeans or a lovely cropped pair of Monsoon trousers (similar) which, as a look, commits to the full trend.

My hair tends to live in a braid of some form, so adding a sleek hair style and a very bright lip lifts this look. I also adore chunky heeled shoe boots, so will wear them whenever I can. Even if I do end up covering them in the floor of the wooded area we were shooting…

– Emily

Boots – Primark – Jeans – New Look Curve here – Top – ASOS Curve Silmilar – Lipstick – MAC Pickled Plum link

 A note to say my waist is definitely smaller in this than it is in reality. Lens Distortion and Photoshop correction for you.

Currently Obsessed With…

I should probably start by saying that if I find something I like I get obsessed with it. I have been known to listen to the same band non stop for 6 months and watch the same film twice in one day. I can’t help it, it must be how I’m wired. So, I go in and out of phases of being obsessed with certain things and I thought I would share what’s currently got my undivided attention.

 

1. The Gilmore Guys podcast.

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As you probably already know Gilmore Girls is one of my many obsessions (I’ve seen every episode at least 7 times). But, recently I found of a way of revisiting the whole series without having to commit to another complete run through of all 7 seasons. I stumbled upon The Gilmore Guys podcast a few months ago and it has become the soundtrack to my 2 hour commute to work and back everyday. Demi and Kevin are hilarious and its really made me think a little deeper about a show I have loved for so long. I am a little late to the party (it started 2 years ago) but I am so loving the journey so far and can’t wait to make it all the way through, I’m on season 3 so only 4 left to go.

 

2. The River by Bruce Springsteen.

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A young Bruce Springsteen may just be my idea of the perfect man, he is bae! But this album in particular has been my soundtrack to the last couple of months, when I haven’t been listening to podcasts. Its perfect blend of upbeat dance alongs like ‘Hungry Heart’ and more thought provoking slow songs like ‘Independence Day’ and songs I must have at my wedding like ‘I Wanna Marry You’ work together to create an album that has everything you could ever need on it. Bruce fan or not, this album is everything.

 

3. Films starring a young Tom Cruise.

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Recently I have watched; A Few Good Men (pictured above), Rain Man, Top Gun, Risky Business, Jerry Maguire and Cocktail. Not only was a young Tom Cruise just the most handsome man in all the land, but this is also when he did some of his best acting work. Cocktail will forever be in my top 10 movies of all time and A Few Good Men is just sublime. Cruise’s early work was phenomenal, he was funny and charming and powerful and sexy and had gravitas. Do yourself a favour, and if you haven’t watched any of the films mentioned watch them, and if you have rediscover them. He’s allowed to jump on couches like a loon with a filmography like that.

 

That is basically it for the time being, but believe me it takes up a lot of my time. Let me know if you get obsessed with things too and what you’re currently in to. Now if you’ll excuse me I feel like I’m about to go deep into a young Robert De Niro phase, if anyone needs me I’ll be watching The Deer Hunter.

 

Thanks for reading. Speak soon – Sally ๐Ÿ™‚