Saturday 28 August 2010

Friend Friday: Fall fashion

Ok so it's a little late to be a friend friday post but I've not had time today so I figured I would just do it after work.
So this weeks is Fall Fashion. A nice easy one.

1. What new fashion trend are you looking forward to sporting this fall?
A cape, I am dying for a tartan or checkered cape for this fall. Oh and 50's dresses! I love 50's dresses so much, always have, way before the hit the catwalk this season. The style is so flattering and feminine.

2. Which item in your closet is most likely to be your go-to transition piece?
My 3 50's style dresses. Easy to wear with thick tights, and a cardigan or a jacket. And still really cute.

3. What item from last year are you looking forward to reinventing this fall?
Possibly the playsuit, again with thick tights and maybe a long sleeve top underneath. Very versatile. And my silk trench coat from Primark shall forever be a fall favourite.

4. What is your favorite part about this time of the year?
Being able to wear hats and gloves!! I'm a big hat girl and have some great leather gloves which are great in the winter. I love chilly weather as you can layer on the clothing, and be more inventive and creative with summer piece to make them winter worthy. I also love walking in the rain with Jon under a big umbrella.

5. Will you be attending any fashion events this fall?
I wish!

Thanks to Katy for this weeks questions and you can check out all the others Friend Friday girls here.

Daisymay X

Thursday 26 August 2010

30 for 30 - Day 25

Today I only have 1 outfit instead of 2 as I got home intending to take the last of my 30 for 30 outfit shots, only to find that someone (naming no names!!) had run the camera battery flat and hadn't plugged it into charge!! Hmmm!!
So I can only bring you Day 25
Made up of: 13+19+29
13. Dorothy Perkins
19. F+F Tesco
29. Newlook
Black Tights
Pieces Scarf from swap with Krystal
My hair looks so dark in this photo for some reason but it's really not that dark.
I thought the simple girly skirt worked well with the more edgy leather jacket. And of course my trust B&W shoes! lol!

I just had to show you these fun vase and bottles! You all know I love daisies! All from GreenCycleDesigns on Etsy.

I'm feeling a DIY coming on!
Please follow my Day Zero Progress on my Day Zero blog. I'm currently working on the 5000 question survey, so if you wanna get to know me a bit better, I shall be spilling all over there.

Oh and a bit of XFactor for you all. Im loving this little lady!

Daisymay X

Tuesday 24 August 2010

30 for 30 - Day 23 and 24

We're on a roll now. Here is Day's 23 and 24.
Outfit made up of: 15+20+28
15. Pop
20. Tommy Hilfiger
28. Mustang
Black Tights
Matalan Black Belt
Swap Beads from Bethan
Black+Silver Necklaces (worn as bracelets)
Bit of layering here. I wore my denim skirt high on my waist and over my pop dress.
Day 24 is a slightly more flirty outfit, again with layering!
Outfit made up of: 12+14+29
12. Fashion Union
12. Dorothy Perkins
29. Newlook
Black Tights
Black+Silver bead necklaces (as bracelets)
This time I layered my Fashion Union floral cardigan over my Dorothy Perkins lace and strip dress. I liked how the B&W lace floral pattern worked with the coloured floral top.
I don't really have anything else inspiring to say today. Just feeling a bit blah with my slightly dull everyday life and working in the pub (hopefully I'll get outta here soon!).
Anyway me and Jon went off taking photos of waterfalls yesterday and Jon has put a few up on his blog, go check them out please!

Daisymay X

Monday 23 August 2010

30 for 30 - Day 21 and 22

Ok Day 21 and 22 for you all. First a flirty and girly outfit and then a more sporty (as sporty as I get!) one.
Outfit made up of: 12+19+26
12. Fashion Union
19. F+F Tesco
26. George at ASDA
Black Tights
Primark Hairclip
Internacionale Bangle
3 Vintage Pearl nacklaces
1 Pearl necklace gift from my aunty
If it was a warm summer I would have worn this outfit without the tights but sadly this summer has been a bit crappy and wet, so tights all the way!
Day 22
Outfit made up of: 8+25+30
8. Matalan
25. Primark
30. J by Jasper Conran
Newlook Beads
Swapped Glittery Socks from Bethan
Sunglasses left in Pub! (lucky me!)
Black Tights
These glasses have a great silver pattern etched into the sides! They are really nice and they lay unclaimed in work for a week so I nabbed them! hehe!
So Im almost there now. Its about time I finished this challenge really.

So I have my mew challenge Day Zero. I talked about it a few posts ago but I have finally set up a little blog which I shall use to charter my progress on the challenge. You can see it here. Hopefully this will spur me on to keep going with the challenge and complete all 101 tasks. I've done 4 already and have started working on quite a few others.

Daisymay X

Saturday 21 August 2010

30 for 30 - Day 19 and 20

So I thought it was about time I got round to finishing my 30 for 30 challenge. I finished all the outfits ages ago, just hadn't yet got round to taking photos and posting them. So here are Day 19 and Day 20. I'll be posting double days now until I finish.
Outfit made up of: 7+11+25+30
7. Florence and Fred at Tesco
11. Pink Soda
25. Primark
30. J by Jasper Conran
Tartan Tights
Leopard Print Scarf (as belt)
This is my new favourite hair do! Lots of people in work and customers think I look cute like this.
I've been wearing this look quite a lot but with different tights. Its really easy to throw on and always looks nice.

Outfit made up of: 1+13+20+28
1. Sans Souchi
13. Dorothy Perkins
20. Tommy Hilfiger
28. Mustang
Random Black Tights
Primark Blur Feather Hairclip
This top actually turned out to be a bit of a challenge. Its not so easy to match up with stuff due to its length. Its kinda tunic length. It doesn't look right layered over a skirt and is a bit to long over shorts, but I think I managed to work it tucked in and covered by the jacket in this outfit. As long as I don't wanna take the jacket off! lol!
So thats Day 19 and 20 done just 10 more to go!

Daisymay X

Wednesday 18 August 2010

Easy Peasy DIY skirt tutorial

Here is the very simple tutorial I promised yesterday. How to turn a vintage dress into a cute skirt.

Hope you enjoy and I look forward to seeing your creations.
If you do use this tutorial please link back to me and leave a comment here so I can see all your wonderful creations.

Daisymay X

Tuesday 17 August 2010

Higgledy Piggledy post

As the title says this is going to be a bit of a higgledy piggledy post. Have lots of little things to say so thought I would put them all in one post instead of dragging them out all week. I have 7 things to say (I think!)

1. I turned this rather unshapely vintage dress into...
This cute skirt! I shall post a proper tutorial on how to do it at a later date.
2. My wonderfully hubby, Jon is now a member of the blogging world too! Find his blog here! He is slowly becoming a semi professional photographer so thought it would be a good way to show case his work. At the mo he specialises in Live Music and Me (don't think I'm very profitable though, lol) Please go check out his stuff!
3. I recently did a swap with Krystal from Village. Her parcel turned up yesterday and I loved it all so would like to say thanks to her for everything she sent! Its awesome!!
I got:
Stunning Scarf, Earrings and Necklace from Pieces
A knitted tank from Zebra
Boyfriend Shirt from H&M
Bow Tank from Fishbone
Plus a cute vintage esqu postcard
4. I am part of the Oh, My Darling, Dear Darlings Penpal exchange and a few weeks ago I did a post on daisy inspired stationary from Etsy. One of the shops I featured was Exquisite Inks and the lovely owner offered to send me some of the cards I liked for free!! So I would like to thank the lovely Amanda for her kind gesture and show you all the amazing cards she made me. Look their personalised with my blog name too!!
So that said I have just sent these to my lovely new penpals. I also recieved all 3 of my first penpal letters. Aren't they all fun! So thank you girls!
5. I have finally finished my Day Zero list. It took me a few weeks to compile it all. Day Zero is a life challenge. You set yourself 101 tasks to complete in 1001 days. I have completed 1 challenge already by seeing a shooting star during the meteor shower last week. Ok so the picture doesn't show many shooting stars but if you can just see the little line going off the bottom of the shot on the left, that is infact a shooting star! lol. I saw 5 or 6 in total and I wished on them all, hehe.
The next challenge I am starting to tackle is the 20 new recommended books. So ladies recommend away, what is your favourite book that you think I should read?

6. As we are on the topic of books I have just joined a book exchange! Yeah, I love reading so much so this will be fun. If you want to join just click here and sign up with Bethan.

7. This ones not so much fun. I haven't been feeling like blogging and taking outfit shots the last few days as I had to have my wisdom tooth pulled on Friday! It needed a little filling but the dentist said there wasn't any point as it wasn't a tooth I used, so she just pulled it instead! So I been in kinda a bit of aching pain and feeling sorry for myself quite alot!

Anyway that's all.
Please don't forget to Twitter 'Grow, Poppy! Grow! #CoachPoppy #daisydayz25' to help my poppies grow. And keep checking for special prizes hidden in the flowers.

Daisymay X

Monday 16 August 2010

My new icon.

Ok so she isn't a fashionist as such, she isn't an actress or party girl, she isn't a designer or blogger, she doesn't work for Elle or Vogue but she is a Journalist! She is Hadley Freeman! Ok so being a qualified Journalist should mean I keep up to date with the newspapers and stuff but sadly I don't. So it was only last week that I found the genius Hadley Freeman. She writes an 'Ask me' section in the Guardian which is all about fashion related questions. I loved the piece I read last week (in a discarded paper in the pub!) on Brenton Tops and Playsuits. Oh her words of wisdom were so true to me, my ideas, my life and I suspect many true fashion bloggers.

I had put off doing this post as I had worried I would have to re-type her whole article myself! And that was just far too much effort but luckily I thought to check out the Guardian website and found that all her articles are available online! Yay!

So here is the piece that led me to her.
I apologise if this is a long wordy post, but I think I should share these kinda things!

Breton tops. Everywhere. Why?

John Crisp, by email

It's. Very. Simple. For about the past year or so, the French ingénuelook has become what we in the business call "very big", although with respect to my fashion colleagues and our lingua franca, this term is actually completely inappropriate here because a major part of this look's appeal has been that French ingénues tend to be très petite. But it's Monday morning, let's not get all linguistically clever-clever, OK?

This all started when everyone in the world became obsessed with how the staff at French Vogue dress. Yes, everyone: me, John Crisp, Ann Widdecombe – everyone. Even if you and Ann didn't know it on a conscious level, John, on a subconscious level you were totally gripped by the way French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld gets her hair so straight, and how the fashion editor Emanuelle Alt gets the shoulders of her Balmain jacket that sharp. But while Balmain has now been deemed "a bit 2009" (ew!) and most people have revealed that flat hair looks good on pretty much no one, the French Vogue Furore (as it shall be known in history books) has passed on to be replaced by a perennial obsession with how the staff of American Vogue dress. But I digress.

The point is, the one lasting legacy of the French Vogue Furore has been the popularity of the Breton top. This is surprising on several levels. First, it's kinda weird that the denizens of French Vogue wear Breton tops as that is surely like Anna Wintour wearing an "I Heart NY" T-shirt (which, to my knowledge, she doesn't). But it is not for this humble column to suggest how the French Voguettes should roll.

More surprising has been how much the rest of the world and its mother loves the Breton. Everyone from Céline to Zara (which, I should stress, are brands, not friends of mine) has knocked out a Breton this summer, and the people are buying them.

Now, sure, they're very chic in that Gallic way – I can vibe with that (as they probably don't say at French Vogue). But while I have little patience with fashion rules as a whole, there are some that are stamped indelibly on my soul:

1. Double denim is the uniform of the devil

2. Uggs are the footwear of Satan

3. Horizontal stripes make one look like the Michelin Man crossed with a test pattern.

The first two remain clearly true. The third has been consistently disproven to me by the many young ladies in this country whom I see wearing the Breton top with aplomb. But I – I just cannot. I do try, but whenever I put it on and prepare to leave the flat, I pass a mirror and the words "Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man" echo in my cranium. And then it's back to the plain Gap T-shirt for me. But I always was more Sharon Stone than French Vogue, I guess.

Have playsuits peaked?

Penny, by email

Sadly, yes. This is a tragedy for those of us who have been working the playsuit for years, with it possibly constituting the hardest work we've done in that time period. And now, after years of general neglect, the floral playsuit has become this summer's little floral dress, meaning it is the ubiquitous festival uniform and, thus, ruined for us loyalists by overkill. For example, let me tell you a fascinating story about me.

So I went to a festival a few weeks ago and found myself, as one often does at a festival, standing in a queue. Behind me were two young ladies who were talking extremely loudly about "facking Londoners" (the festival was in London) and "facking festivals" (we were at a festival) and how facking hilarious it was last night when "facking Stuart" got so "facking munted". (I do not know what this means, but it sounded unpleasant.) Drawn to the horror, in the way one cannot help but look at a squashed pigeon in the road, I turned around. They could well have been a decade younger than me but it was hard to tell beneath the three inches of foundation on their faces. I am sure they each had three cigarettes hanging out of their mouths, but that may be poetic memory licence, but they definitely both had massive tattoos on at least one shoulder. Worst of all, they were both wearing playsuits.

Dear reader, I got home that night and threw out my extensive collection of playsuits, and when I say "threw out", I mean put them in the back of the closet until certain images faded from my mind.

Like the maître d' in Ferris Bueller, I weep for the future.

Find all her articles here if you would like to read some more!

Sorry for the lack of outfit posts, I shall do some soon, I promise!
Daisymay X

Friday 13 August 2010

Friend Friday: Size

Ok a few weeks ago I joined Modly Chic's Friend Friday group, but as of yet have not had time to participate. This week is different!
Every week she sets 5 questions on a specific subject and all of the group post their answers and link back here so we can all read each others.
This weeks topic is: Size
So here we go!

1. Should someone's size stop them from fashion blogging or having a voice in the community?
Definitely not. We come in all shapes and sizes in the real world, so why shouldn't there be a true reflection of that in the blogging world. What I will say though is that if you are a fashion blogger you need to at least be a healthy size, this is more to do with the influence you may have on others. If your too skinny or too over weight its not good for your health and it influences others badly, but if you are healthy and feel good in your skin then it shouldn't matter what size you are.

2. In your opinion, can the term "curvy" and "plus-sized" be used interchangeably when it comes to fashion?
The short answer is no. I was referred to as 'curvy' this week, which sadly I have never thought of myself as. When the term 'curvy' is used I think of women with bigger boobs and rounder hips but still slim-ish figures: think Beyonce and Holly Willoughby. And sadly I don't think I have the chest size to class myself as 'curvy', but I suppose the fact that I have a sort of hour-glass figure these days means I can call myself 'curvy' (yay!). 'Plus-sized' on the other hand is very hard to define. If you watch any of the 'Top Model' series 'plus-sized' seems to term anything over a 12UK. This to me is very unrealistic, a size 12 UK is in no way a 'Plus-size'. I am a size 12 and would never think of myself as 'plus-sized'. I am more with the understanding that 'plus-sized' is a size 16+UK. Stores like Evans were 'plus-size' stores and only stocked size 16 upward in most cases. But if a 'plus-size' model is only a size 12 it is an unfair representation of larger women. If these terms are used interchangeably it is very wrong, they have 2 very different definitions as far as I am concerned. Although that isn't too say that a 'plus-sized' lady cannot be a 'curvy' lady at the same time, it just means that a person can be 1 or the other or both.

3. Many people make the argument that catering to plus sized women would promote being overweight as "okay". What do you think? Should more designers be catering to plus size women?
Im kinda on the fence with this one. I worry that catering more to plus-size women may well lead to an idea that being a size 18 is 'okay', which it is but it is healthier to be a little smaller. I suppose the problem is what size to we stop thinking plus size is okay? Is a size 20 still okay or is a size 30? Should we still make maxi dresses for people who are morbidly obese, or will that fact that designers don't cater for them actually help them realise they need to change? I do think however that designers should be encouraged to send 'normal' sized women down the catwalk. A size 6-8 model is not an average size women in any country (at least I don't think so) yet this is usually what is represented on the catwalk and in magazines, when in fact most women are more likely to be between a size 10-14. More designers should try to cater to women of these sizes as they are more common and are a healthy size. 'Average' size models would be a good role-model too, meaning hopefully we could stop childhood/teen eating problems.

4. Should the mainstream fashion industry be showcasing more plus size models?
As I have just said I don't think it is a case of 'plus-size' models because in the fashion world 'plus-size' is a 12UK which is not what 'plus-size' tends to mean in the real world. I think it is a case of the fashion industry showcasing more real sized women, what ever that size may be. It would give a truer representation of the real world and show how different items look good on different sized women. In most catwalk cases only stick-thin models could ever carry off the items being shown and this is very unfair to real women.

5. For you personally, how do you view your size, the struggle with it through the years, your ideal size, etc...
Ahh this is kinda a touchy subject. For all of my childhood and teens I was very tall and very skinny (too skinny most would say). I got the nickname 'Twigs' or 'Twiglet' because of my tiny boney body. But I was health as I ate plenty, but was very active so burned most my food off. At the age of 16 I gave up all my sport to concentrate on my studying and sadly I started piling on the pounds. This was because I did not change my diet to compensate for my lack of exercise. I'm 5ft 9inch and at age 16 was a tiny size 6-8 and barely weighed 9 and a half stone. After a 3 week holiday in Canada I came back a very happy size 10 and everyone said the extra bit of weight suited me. I stayed this size until I was about 18 and I loved being a size 10, I think it just suited my frame alot better. I hit my heaviest weight at 21 when I went up to a size 12-14 and weighed 12 and a half stone. This is when I was most unhappy with my size. It was a shock to me that I was no longer slim and I truthfully hated it. I think settling into a relationship also added to my weight gain, as is often said. I am now 23 and am down to a slimmer size 12 and weight 11 stone 5 (when I last checked). I'm still not entirely happy at this size, although alot happier then when I was a stone heavier. I am hoping to get back down to that size 10 at some point but am not really worried as my health is currently good and a size 12 really isn't that big. I actually fit some clothes better now that I am a nice size 12 and have a more hour-glass figure. I think for me it is just a case of toning my body a little. I have very broad shoulders and a wide chest and I don't think I would ever be able to be a size 8 again (even if I wanted too) so I just need to be happy with the figure I have for now.

So there you have it. My first (hopefully of many) Friend Friday piece. I hope all that made sense.
Whats your opinion of fashion sizes?
I shall post another blog later today with some more of my 30 for 30 challenge too I think.
See you all later
Daisymay X

Wednesday 11 August 2010

30 for 30 - Day 18

Ahh day 18! Im getting there, slowly! This is the final remix of the H&M dress mini-remix. This time I took a tip from Michelle that she mentioned on a previous outfit post. She said I could wear the skirt belted and high on my waist, so I did! What do you think? This is obviously the most drastic change for the dress as it just looks like a top in this remix.
Outfit made up of 16+18+28
16. H&M
18. Next
28. Mustang
Primark Tights
Vintage Bag
Aimi Boutique Pocket Watch Necklace
Internacionale Black Bow Ring

Photos were taken in an unused back stair case at the pub. Using Jons new flash! He is very happy with it so far, and has had lots of fun snapping away to practice.

Onto other things:
You may have noticed the poppy project flowers going on up there in the corner of my blog. Well Coach is giving away $2500 worth of coach items to whoevers poppy's bloom the most.
So I would love it if you guys could help me. All you have to do is tweet my hashtag along with the CoachPoppy one. Just like this "Grow, Poppy! Grow! #CoachPoppy #daisydayz25" You call also add a colour hashtag, like this '#yellow' to make my poppys more interesting!
To make it a little easier you can just click on the flowers to tweet easily!
Plus ladies you too can win. If you happen to see a coach bag amongst my poppies just click it to win a special prize!!
My giveaway ends tomorrow so if you havent entered yet just click here.
Plus my surprise ball swap arrived yesterday and you can see what I got by clicking here

I think thats all for today!

Daisymay X

Tuesday 10 August 2010

Surprise Ball!!!

Enjoy my second video!!

Thanks again to Bethan I love my parcel and presents!! and Melissa this has been the most fun swap yet!!

Daisymay X

Monday 9 August 2010

30 for 30 - Day 17

On to day 17 (I'm getting there slowly!) and its remix number 3 for the H&M dress. This is a slightly more feminine look I think. I wanted to add some colour to the dress as it is very simple and I think this worked best.
Outfit made up of 12+16+28
12. Fashion Union
16. H&M
28. Mustang via TKMaxx
Primark Tights
Internacionale Owl Necklace
Internacionale Bow Ring
Jon had a good play with his new flash here as the sky had clouded up so it was kinda dark and these shutters were great for bouncing light.
My wonder women pose!
Some bright back lighting!!
Excuse the slightly messy hair the wind was really bad while we were doing these shots.
I really like the bright cardigan paired with the simpler blue dress and think this is probably my fav combo with this dress.

I always think of myself as a fairly colourful person but I am quite surprised at how few bright colours I choose for my 30 for 30 items, and it wasn't intentional! This cardigan is possibly the brightest piece I have in my selection.

On another note. Thanks lots to everyone who commented on my first vlog yesterday, I'm not feeling so conscious about my accent now you have all said you like it. lol. If you missed my vlog and wanna see what I'm on about click !
Don't forget to enter my giveaway here only 3 days left!!

That's all for now folks.

Daisymay X

Saturday 7 August 2010

30 for 30 - Day 16

Another day another outfit!
Day 16 is the 2nd remix on the H&M dress.
Outfit made up of 10+16+27
10. H&M
16. H&M
27. Peacocks
Primark tights
Internacionale Bangles and ring
Vintage Pearls

So onto other things:
I got given the Versatile Blogger award this week by Lucky Dame
This means I have to give you 7 facts about me and pass it onto 10 bloggers. I decided to do this a little differently to how I usually would and did it as a vlog post. Now Im not usually a fan of being in front of the camera so this is a first, and depending on how it is received it may well be a last. So here is you first glimpse of the real me. I am Welsh so I apologise for my accent although I don't think it really comes through much on the video.

So the bloggers were:
1. Tia
2. Miki
6. Liz
9. Ali

Plus I forgot to say that this is my hair after being dyed. Its not a huge difference but it is a bit darker than what it was before!
So I hope you liked my first Vlog, if you would like me to do some more, or have something in specific you would like me to vlog on, just say in the comments and I shall try my best!

Bye for another day!
Daisymay X

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