In my last outfit post, I talked about how much I’m loving the latest clothing collection from TU at Sainsburys. As well as liking the convenience of being able to pick up a few bits while doing my weekly shop, its nice being able to boost my winter wardrobe without spending a fortune. I recently picked up this casual denim dungaree dress which I can wear lots of different tops underneath.

autumn-denim-dungaree-dressAlthough I have a wardrobe full of original vintage clothes, as a busy mum I also like to stock up on new items that I can wear out and about, without the risk of damaging. I’ve recently built a small staple wardrobe of mix and match pieces that are perfect for the colder weather and my busy life.

sainsburys-denim-dungaree-dress-ootdTodays outfit was worn under a very warm coat for a lovely walk around Morden Hall Park with my best friend Fay. It was lovely to slow down for a bit and enjoy a  nice cup of tea, before taking a walk through the crunchy leaves and taking lots of pictures of our beautiful surroundings.

throwing-autumn-leavesI really like the mixture of this floral 70s style blouse with the dungaree dress and a comfy pair of flats. It all goes really well together, while still being really casual and laid back. Let me know if you like these casual everyday looks and I’ll be sure to share more of them with you.

Outfit Details:

Floral Blouse – £10 – Primark

Denim Dungaree Dress (similar) – £18 – TU at Sainsburys

Shipley Shoes – £75 – Hotter

Thank you to Fay for taking these pictures for me. For a really good read take a look at her blog.

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Back in September Cath Kidston launched their first ever watch collection. The range features some of their most iconic prints and come in a selection of different styles and finishes. From polka dots to florals and my all time favourite cowboy print, there’s something in the range for every Cath Kidston fan.

cath-kidston-watch-collection-2The full range of watches is available at and they kindly offered to send me a couple of watches to try. I chose the Briar Rose and polka dot and the Kingswood Rose Multifunction watches.

cath-kidston-watches-in-boxEach watch arrives in a lovely presentation box with the classic Cath Kidston branding. I really like packaging and think it would work really well as a christmas gift or stocking filler.

cath-kidston-watches-gift-boxThe watches are beautiful quality, I was really pleased with both of mine. They are really bright and cheerful and are a lovely addition to my outfits. The straps were really comfortable and cushioned, so for someone who rarely wears watches it was easy to get used to wearing one.

cath-kidston-watches I liked all the little details on the watches, such as the use of Cath Kidston branding on the watch strap and buckles, as well as the pretty gold details on the face.

cath-kidston-briar-rose-watch-in-boxPrice wise I think they are quite reasonable. The multi function watch costs £85 and the more simple design costs £60. The collection ranges in price from £35 to £85, so there’s something there for most budgets.

cath-kidston-briar-rose-watchI’m really enthusiastic about the range and really impressed by the whole collection. I’d definitely recommend taking a look through the whole selection, to see if your favourite classic Cath Kidston print is there.


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Do you ever find yourself in a bit of a style rut? I often do at this time of year. Sartorially the summer is definitely my favourite time of year. I find it so easy to throw on a gorgeous 50s style summer dress, some cute sandals or ballet flats and I’m good to go. The colder weather always comes as bit of a shock to me and I find myself looking at my wardrobe with a total lack on inspiration.

Then I remember the 60s and seventies, and I feel inspired again. The autumnal colours of the two decades are so easy to wear at this time of year. I hate wearing black as it totally washes me out. Todays outfit is actually a little daring for me. I rarely wear short skirts and this is a lot more leg than I usually have on show. But sometimes you’ve just got have fun and this outfit really cheered me up on a soggy cold rainy day.

sixties-inspired-ootdI picked up both the skirt and top at my local Sainsburys while doing my weekly shop, I am absolutely loving their clothing at the moment and I’ve picked up quite a few things in the last few weeks. I’ll definitely be sharing some more supermarket outfits over the coming weeks. I’ve paired them with some daring mustard tights from Primark, which make me feel a bit like an extra from the Simpsons, but I still love the colour. My shoes are my trusty Orla Kiely Abigail shoes from Clarks.

retro-sainsburys-jumperIt was fun to step out of my comfort zone a bit in this outfit and to try something a bit different. One of the best things about wearing vintage and retro style clothing is being about to jump between the decades and mix and match your look. For me always dressing in the same style all the time can get a bit boring and I enjoy the creativity of taking inspiration from different eras of fashion.

clarks-orla-kiely-abigail-shoesYou’ll probably notice me wearing these shoes with loads of outfits over the next few months. Partly because they are my very favourite shoes and they go really well with so many of my clothes. Also because I don’t own that many shoes any more. I got rid of loads and now try to invest in good quality shoes that will last me years.

Outfit details:

Top – Similar here – Tu at Sainsburys

Skirt – £18.00 – Tu at Sainsburys

Tights – Primark

Shoes – Some available on eBay – Orla Kiely at Clarks

What do you think of this slightly different look from me? Do you enjoy experimenting with influences from different periods in fashion history?

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Music has always been a big part of my life, from my early teens discovering new bands to those awkward years when you find music to suit the way you’re are feeling, to being a grown up and knowing exactly what I like. All that time in one way or another I’ve been creating my own compilations of favourite tracks to listen to.

unknownBack in the 90s it was all about cassette tapes. I’m sure most people my age remember pressing that record button when our favourite songs came on the radio, or carefully transferring songs from another cassette or CD onto your tape. In those days I never went anywhere without my walkman, playing my favourite tracks.

They were also something we used to give away as gifts, I used to carefully choose songs I knew my friends would love. One of my most treasured possessions is a mix tape CD that my best friend Faye made for my 21st birthday, which I still listen to in my car all the time!

Then came MP3 players and the whole process of making a playlist became a whole lot easier, I remember spending weeks transferring all my CDs onto my computer and constructing my perfect mix from there.

mix-tape-cassetteNow of course everything can be done online, without even having to handle a CD or cassette. However, thanks to starring roles in movies a few years back such as High Fidelity, which is centred almost entirely on the creation of the perfect mix-tape, and One Day, where Anne Hathaway’s character lovingly creates one for the object of her affections and much more recently cameos in TV shows such as this year’s Netflix smash hit Stranger Things and the comic book adaption of Guardians of the Galaxy, the mixtape appears to be rising up from the ashes – like a playlist championing phoenix.

I recently watched this video with Matt Mason a music journalist from Q magazine, about constructing the perfect mix tape and it made me feel so nostalgic for the days when I used to carefully plan my track lists. Its something I’ve not done for absolutely ages and I’d definitely like to start doing again.

According to new research from technology brand Bush, I’m not the only one. Many Brits feel nostalgic about mixtapes and the technology they used to make them with – including cassette players and the joy of pressing both play and record at the same time.

The report goes on to reveal what some of those mixtape memories evoke, including recording the weekly chart off of the radio, a gift for a special someone and getting their first car. Others said mixtapes helped them through those angst ridden teenage-break-ups. So while vinyl albums have made a comeback in recent years with true music lovers returning to the original classic format, is it now time for the cassette tape to become our next retro-tech music obsession?

Personally I love a good comeback, be it my favourite bands from the 90s or the good old fashioned cassette tape. Would you like to see a comeback of the good old days of the cassette tape, or will you be sticking to modern technology? What would you put on your mix tape?

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Todays recipe is perfect for when you feel like making something nice, but without taking too much time or effort. I absolutely love bread and butter pudding, its such a classic recipe and really quick and cheap to make.

bread-and-butter-pudding-recipeYou will need:

  • 10 slices of white bread
  • Butter
  • 50g sultanas
  • 25 g caster sugar

For the custard:

  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 40g caster sugar
  • a few drops of vanilla essence
  • 400ml milk

bread-and-butter-puddingHow to Make:

  1. Preheat oven to 180ºc
  2. Whisk the egg yolks, sugar and vanilla together.
  3. Continue to whisk while gradually adding the milk.
  4. Butter a pie dish.
  5. Cut the crusts off the bread and spread both sides with butter.
  6. Arrange your bread in an overlapping pattern in the pie dish.
  7. Sprinkle with Sultanas.
  8. Pour over half the custard mixture and allow to fully soak in.
  9. Add the rest of the mixture and sprinkle with sugar.
  10. Bake in the oven for around 45, until the custard has set and the pudding is golden and crisp.

traditional-bread-and-butter-puddingTo make mine look a little prettier, I cut a heart out of one slice of bread with a cookie cutter and placed it in the middle.

If you try this recipe, please send me pictures as I love to see your bakes too. For more recipes check out my baking section. I’m also writing about food and drink for Vintage Life magazine every month, you can pick up the latest issue here.

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