Friday, 1 September 2017


I have a confession to make. Although I've been consistent with my weardrobe posts (albeit a little slow), there also consistently, hasn't been much 'out' to my outfits. Well outside the house/garden, outfits. Over the past year, I've become more restricted with what my health allows me to do, and although I wouldn't go as far as house bound, the majority of the time it is has felt like house arrest.
That being said, In July, we had a family holiday booked - a week away in Chester - and although health doesn't take a holiday, I was able to make the most of it, and do some exploring. We also had family friends down to stay recently, and although I didn't tag along on their outings; face painting, paddling pooling and privie to home made puddings I was. So although I had originally planned this to be a week in holiday outfits from our time in Chester, I've muddled together some outfits from July where I was truly able to enjoy some holiday spirit. The Jolly July Holiday, or Joliday for short.

Weardrobe / Outfits from July 2017

Gale Changer

It all started so promisingly when I remembered to snap my 1st outfit of the holiday, on the premier inn layover of the trip up. One of my absolute, favourite dress finds for a longtime, a surprise since: it's shop bought new, though before hand I knew nothing about it. I simply fell for it in store, no matter the size. A high neck white shirt style, with subtle ripple sleeves and embroidery I can get behind, of applique, with subtle hues. Which co-ordinates perfectly with denim (see jacket) and my other pops of blue (cue bag and nails).

Practicality wise; comfortable for the drive up, dressy for the meal out after, with no eating restriction - just the tool. & that Hannah Gale says she loves it too, makes me feel next level cool.
Pudding back to the room though - a benefit of staying the night next to the restaurant - that's a game changer.

Dress - Primark, £13 / Denim Jacket - via CharityShop, £4 / Bag - Next Outlet, £10 / Nail Polish - '' nails inc, Boots Clearance Sale, £1

p.s Ironically, I stopped following Hannah on Instagram because she kept tempting me to Primark by advertising their dresses - which you'll see proof of later on in this post - but her photo popped up on my popular page and it seems with this one, I ended up copying unintentionally anyway! Great minds and all that.

Painted Dogs AmBlog

No.2, Zoo. I just had to; like a kid dressing up for Disney, the excitement levels on visiting the Zoo were just as high, and I wanted to embrace it. Embraced in a secondhand Zara basic (but not basic, basically) shift dress from age UK Charityshop, for less than buying my dad and I a drink on the visit. It was really warm that day, so the shape, and material just like the print, worked perfectly. Plus, the people up north are so friendly, with lovely comments, that just reinforced the choice on outfit - and I'm sure the spotted Jaguar gave me an approving look too. It was only a metre or so away! Though not quite like the interaction of the lion and the lil lad in a onesie - it was too hot to try that out.

I won't go too much more into visiting Chester Zoo that day since I intend on doing it's own post, but it was awesome. I've wanted to go ever since I'd started watching the heart warming goodness that is 'The Secret Life of the Zoo', as I loved the ethos, people, and how it and the animals came across. It is like you see on TV, and I would go back in a heart beat. Turns out there are other places where 'all of your dreams can come true'.

Dress - Zara via AgeUK CharityShop, £4.99 / Flip-Flops - Haviannas, Gifted / Tote Bag - Borrowed from Mum / Sunglasses - Carboot, 5p / Rings - Sale Accesorize, £3 3 piece set / Sunflare - Dad-ccident

Designated Gymnast

Also a priority, was family. On one of the days I visited my cousins, I was on designated gymnast duty - since I'd promised to practice with my cousin who is very keen on it, and I wasn't going to let her down - no matter not having bought a suitable outfit for it. Now I used to do a lot of acrobatics, but I've come a long way (the wrong way) with my skills since then. One thing I can still do is a handstand, and it's a pretty fancy looking handstand in these leggings! A secondhand purchase I've worn a surprising amount.

I'd bought a lot of white clothing with me, which might have co-ordinated better, but (rusty)gym, garden and white clothes don't go together, so I also wore a colourful cami - which co-ordinated, but wasn't the best camouflage from the builders next door. Nor the well earned Indian Takeaway after - worth the risk.

Cami - ASDA sale, £2 / Leggings - H&M via The British Heart Foundation CharityShop, £4.50


Completing the Chester Checklist was wondering around Cheshire Oaks Outlet Park. I wore this Primark paring on our trip to the designer outlets - 2 favs of perfect primani - drinking an iced latte from a place called Kawfee that you can't help but say in a chicagoen accent, feeling fabulous, as although my outfit cost less than my lunch, neither was better than the other.
It did remind me of a holiday in the South of France family friends generously took me on, that on our day trip to st Tropez, sitting by the harbour with our ice creams, seeing thousands of pounds of clobber walking by (gem incrusted walking stick anyone?) - chatting between us that actually, the most expensive thing we had on were probably our bras (women wise), and that mostly we were rocking charityshop or primani. Feeling equally fabulous in it.