Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Boohoo £50 Fashion Voucher Blogger Challenge

Fashion Vouchers have teamed up with to host a cracker of a competition, introducing... the Boohoo blogger challenge (and yes, it is a challenge). Your mission, should you wish to accept it, is to create an outfit consisting of absolutely anything that takes your fancy from's incredible range but (yes there's a but) it must not exceed £50! Oh, and no sneaky cheating; student discounts or any other voucher/discount codes do not count. There will be four £50 vouchers up for grabs for those plucky bloggers with the best outfits for the budget. Fancy it? Enter Here.

This was a lot harder than I thought, not because the items are overpriced - far from it in fact! There are just far too many things I wanted to include and far too many looks I wanted to put together, it's very easy to loose touch of the budget when you are surrounded by so many pieces. This look I put together was more appropriately timed, shall we say. I've been seeing a lot of maxi and midi skirts and platform block heel boots in street style outside NYFW so here is an inspired look. 

Now all you need to grab is your black satchel strung over the back of your bedroom chair, a long silver necklace, sunnies, a black rolled up bowler or pork pie hat and finally match the shade of your lips to the shoes. 

I wanted my outfit to be more than just a dress and a pair of shoes resulting in a blown budget straight away - I wanted to see how much I could cram in and look at what I managed. Kudos to you if you've managed more! It just goes to show that if you make a saving on one piece in the look you can spend the rest of your budget on so much more. I still can't believe these gorgeous shoes were in the sale, sales have certainly improved it's not just all unwanted crap - who remembers those days?

Looking forward to seeing some of your entries! If i did win, I'd bag this lot in a shot. I'd be so fast you wouldn't recognise me. 

Thursday, 6 September 2012


For the past three days I've been working on the same blog post so that's why you've not heard from me. This is just a filler post just to let you know I'm still here and also a 'I-forgot-to-post-this-a-while-ago-so-here-it-is-now' post. 
Woodland Folk 'Boris' cross stitch - The Range. £1.99 (or was it 99p?)
Card and Envelope - Paperchase. Approx £1
Ribbon and button - Local craft shop. Under £1

I made this card for a friend and lovely lady, Caroline, who owns and runs The Rabbit Residence Rescue where she dedicates her life to unwanted, unloved and dumped bunnies who initially have no future. I took my two up to her to board while we went away for a week on holiday and unfortunately my little girl Tigger developed a horrible disease called coccidiosis. It's one of those things that most or some rabbits carry, but only sometimes will it be triggered. It's incredibly contagious so how Jeeves (a former Rabbit Residence Rescue rabbit) never got it I will never know. In total Tigger and Jeeves stayed away from home for a month as Caroline was determined to get Tigger back on the road to recovery and refused to send her home ill which I found absolutely lovely. She used her stock meds, took them to her vets a couple of times and even had them stay in her bedroom through the worst parts. She was amazed at what a wonderful little fighter Tigger was, we could have lost her but due to Caroline's vigilance and Tigger's fight, she pulled through.
I think this card took me 13 hours, or at least the cross stitch part did - turning it into a card took a matter of minutes. It was worth the time though, me and Phil will be eternally grateful for her help as our little fluffs are so important to us. This card now sits happily in her new office (which we kitted out with hand handbuilt shelves and worktops!)