Over the last couple of years I’ve had a bit of a love affair with the Tu clothing range at Sainsburys. As well as having a great selection of lovely clothing, they have also had plenty of vintage inspired pieces, with lots of styles clearly influenced by the 50, 60s and 70s. I love being able to treat myself to a bargain, while picking up my groceries and every time I pop in there seems to be something new.

One person who understands my love of a good old wardrobe supermarket sweep, is my best friend Fay. We’ve been on several Sainsburys shopping sprees together, which involves lots of clothes shopping and way too much cheese! Last week she sent me a pic of this lovely dress, knowing I would love it, so at the first available opportunity I made it mine.The lovely midi length floral denim dress is so pretty and can be worn on its own or with a top underneath. For this outfit I wanted to go for a 70s vibe and popped a sheer blouse underneath, to keep my arms warm in the not so sunny early spring weather. I teamed it up with some thick black tights and of course my favourite Orla Kiely for Clarks shoes.

The sizing in Tu clothing is always spot on for me. I always go for a size 14 and find it very true to size. Most of their styles fit well on my fuller bust without stretching or gaping. I’ve always been hugely impressed with the quality. For a relatively budget friendly range, you get good quality fabrics and well finished garments which really stand the test of time. They also have lots of items which mix and match really well, I’ve already seen a few tops that would work well under this dress as well as some knitwear for colder days.

The dress is really reasonably priced at just £20 and I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of it over the next few months. It’s a really handy garment for throwing on for school runs and days out with the kids. Mostly I just love how cute and pretty it is!

The dress is available on the Tu at Sainsburys website.

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In the winter I get stuck in a bit of a style rut. It’s just so much harder to get dressed and I often find myself reaching for my comfy jeans and not making so much of an effort. I love colourful clothes and although you can make them work in the colder months, it is harder to find tights and shoes that they work with. Now that the warmer weather is just around the corner, I’m all excited for dressing up and feeling the sun on my skin. Here is my first Spring wishlist of the year and it’s a real celebration of all things colourful.

1. Roses and Stripes Sweater – £32 – Voodoo Vixen

2. Sun Jellies Bag – £10 – Collectif

3. Delores Top – £25.50 – Collectif

4. Peggy Sue Skirt – £22 – Lindy Bop

5. Jasmine Plimsoles – £18 – Cath Kidston

6. Vera Skirt – £25 – Lindy Bop

7. Lulu Hun Ann Heels – £42.75 – Collectif

8. Punky Pins Anchor Necklace – £14.75 – Collectif

9. Cocktail Print Audrey Dress – £30 – Lindy Bop

11. Pink Bead Necklace – £10 – Collectif

12. Catarina Pencil Dress – £57.50 – 



As the weather gets warmer it’s time to think about summer shoes. I’m a big fan of comfy flats and ballet pumps. As I’m always running around after two little ones, they are both pretty and practical. They also go with all my vintage dresses. Although I do own real vintage shoes, but generally they are two precious to wear every day and not always the most practical choice! My go-to place for shoes is definitely Primark, they’re cheap enough that I can get loads of pairs and they have so much choice that I can get something to go with every dress in my wardrobe.

Primark Shoe Haul

As I was in central London yesterday for an event, I decided to brave the madness that is Oxford Street Primark. After fighting my way through the hoards of bargain hunters I managed to pick up a few pairs of shoes before getting out of the crowds as quickly as I could! I’m so happy with all the shoes I chose and I’m just hoping for lots of sunny days so I can wear them all.

Last year I bought a pair of white sandals and wore them nearly every day. If you look at last years outfit photos you’ll see them popping up a lot. They were so comfortable and looked really lovely with my 1950s dresses and homemade skirts. Sadly after a couple of months of non-stop wear they fell apart, so I was delighted to see them back in stock this year.

Primary White Sandals

These ones cost just £8, which is such a bargain and they come in a selection of colours. I’d like to eventually pick them all up.

Primary Pink and White Sandals

I also spotted them in a peachy pink colour and couldn’t resist getting both.

Primary Pink Summer Sandals

I also picked up another pair of pretty pink sandals. These are in a lovely shiny patent finish with a big pink bow. I thought these would look perfect to complete a vintage look and I’m hoping to wear these with some of my more special original vintage outfits for special occasions.

Primark Pink Sandals

At only £6 I was tempted to get these ones in other colours too, but I’m going to see how I get on with them first.

Primark Pink Bow Sandles

They had their classic patent ballet pumps in so many colours, it was really hard to choose a pair. In the end I opted for these cute baby blue ones as I don’t have any shoes this colour.

Primark Ballet Pumps

These are only £4. I’ve owned quite a few pairs of these over the years and I think they last really well so such a cheap pair of shoes. The colour options this year are incredible.

Primary Blue Patent Ballet Pumps

The last pair I chose are a simple pair of brown latticed pumps. I thought these would be perfect with some of my darker dresses, as I have a few with brown incorporated in the print. I’ll probably also wear these with jeans.

Brown Primark Sandles

These cost £8 and my only complaint is that they come up a little bigger than the other pairs. Because I always buy the same size in Primark, I don’t usually bother trying the shoes on. I can just about get away with them being a little big, but if you’re getting them I’d suggest trying them on first.

Primark Brown Shoes

Have you stocked up on summer shoes yet? Do you ever get your shoes from Primark?


I’ve been after this gorgeous Primark gingham skirt for absolutely ages. I’ve seen lot’s of other blogger style it to perfection and I knew it just had to be mine. I finally got my hands on it the other day when I spotted just one hiding behind a few other skirts in my local store and thankfully it was my size.

The skirt is made with a generous amount of soft flowing fabric and has a really pretty vibrant print. It could be styled in many ways to make it work with a vintage look but today I just chucked it on with a plain white t-shirt. It was one of those casual mummy days of running errands, playing and relaxing so this outfit was perfect.

I wore it with a comfy pair of flats and my only accessory was my leaf bracelet. The skirt is so pretty that even worn really simply I think it looks absolutely lovely.

 

Outfit Details:

White T-shirt – £3 – Primark

Pink Gingham Skirt – £12 – Primark

Leaf Bracelet – Primark (old)

Flat Shoes – £4 – Primark

(I’m dressed all in Primark don’t tell the vintage police)

Now that Spring is finally here, I’ve got all my cotton vintage dresses down from the loft ready to wear out when the sun comes out. I’ve updated my accessories to match the pretty floral dresses, and now it’s time to take a look at my spring make-up. With sandal season fast approaching and gorgeous frocks to wear I’ve been taking a look at my nail polish collection and choosing my favourite shades.

I like to have a variety of colours, from pretty pastels to subtle nudes to vibrant corals. These are a some of my absolute essentials. I usually stick to one or two brands that I love and pick up all their shades. My personal favourites are Barry M and Models own. I also have loads of Ciate ones having picked up the Mini Mani Month in the January sales. I’ve also recently bought a few Tanya Burr polishes which were launched earlier this year.

My first choice is this beautiful mint shade from Tanya Burr. Little Duck is just one of those colours that I always go to. I have quite a few similar shades but this is my favourite. The packaging is simple and I like that the lid is quite large as I find it easier to apply. The brush is really nice and thick, making this really easy to apply and it looks perfect in just 2 coats. I’ve also found it lasts really well and takes a few days before it shows and chips.

My Second choice is a pale blue from Models Own. Blueberry Muffin is the perfect pastel blue, it’s lovely and pale and looks so pretty on. It also has a slight blueberry scent, although I never really pick up the scent in scented nail polishes but it’s a nice touch. My only complaint with Models Own polishes is the size of the brush, which is quite narrow. I’ve never really got on with narrow brushes. To get a really opaque finish I’d recommend applying 3 coats so allow a little longer for this one to dry.

My third choice is another really pretty pastel shade, this time from Ciate. Sugar Plum is the perfect girlie lilac shade and I love wearing this with my fifties summer dresses as it so feminine. This is really easy to apply although I find it a little transparent so again I use three coats to achieve the colour I like. I’ll definitely be buying a full size version of this when my mini one runs out.

Number four is another Barry M polish. It’s come out a little bit brighter in my photos than the actual shade. Blueberry is such a pretty bright colour, perfect for summer cocktails and vibrant dresses. This only takes two coats for the perfect finish and I absolutely love it.

My fifth choice is another favourite from Ciate. This is a beautiful pale nude shade, which would look amazing with a white dress or on a bride. Amazing Gracie is a really classy elegant colour and would be perfect for wearing to work when you want something a little more subtle. This does takes a few coats for an opaque finish, but the results are worth the wait. This one is going to get a lot of use this spring.

And lastly this beautiful orangey coral from Barry M, is so bright and fun. Papaya would be perfect for the beach and I’d love to wear it with a beautiful vintage swimsuit. It’s come up a little orange in my pictures, whereas it has a slightly more coral finish. I love wearing this one on my toes as an alternative to the usual pink or red. This takes a couple of coats for a perfect finish but does take a little while to fully dry.

I hope you like my choices, what are your favourite nail polish colours and makes?