Monday, 9 September 2013

Marc Jacobs Autumn 2013

Some more Autumnal looks - love the hair! I'm sure Rosalind of Clothes, cameras and coffee could pull these looks off!

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Workwear inspiration


Orla Kiely's Autumn 2013 presentation

I love the Margot Tenebaum styling and the little things that would be easy to recreate on my limited budget like a little lace tied into a bow at the collar of a crisp white shirt. Mixed patterns and socks and heels! Or a ruffled collar to spice up an old jacket? H&M have some nice mustard yellow cardigans for a bit of Orla style on a budget.

Other things to take from this are embracing old style offices - I work in a really old building - it was once a school and still has the girls and boys separate entrances, wood panelled walls, blackboards.

Little things I like here are the pale blue cups, forest green enamel bins, pastel coloured angle poise lamps and little bunches of flowers on the desk to brighten the day. The colour palette is something I could work from my wardrobe - navy blue, pale blue, burgundy, red, gold, mustard yellow, forest green and browns.

As I spend half my time in the office and the other half on site gardening I'm not sure these looks would be too practical but I'll give it a go!

Jo xx

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Zara Autumn 2013

My favourite pieces from Zara this Autumn

Really love the colour palette of navy blue, burgundy, mustard yellow, stone, forest green, baby blue
What are your favourite colours for Autumn?
Jo xx

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

The secret beach

Bank holiday fun in Pembrokeshire, Wales

Between Broad Haven beach at Bosherston and Raming Hole is a secret beach accessible only by a tunnel!

I walked along the coastal path and followed what looked like a large sink hole to reach the deserted beach :)

Had to crawl through a very small gap under the cliff - bit scared!

The tunnel widened out
Finally I popped out onto the shore through a sea cave

Just stunning and very different to the crowded Broad haven next door :) had a lovely swim

I had never been to Pembrokeshire before and it totally blew me away! Great pubs, cafes, climbing, sea kayaking - I'll definitely be going back. No pic's of kayaking - we didn't take the camera and we capsized in a freak wave so that was lucky!
Walking on the coastal path
Tea and cake at Ye Olde World Café - probably the best café in the world - FACT! The owner has an MBE. A pot of tea and two slices of jam sponge after a spot of cliff climbing :)
It's pretty far to drive from Manchester but we stopped near Builth Wells on the river wye for a wild swim on the way there and back -  beats services!

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Back to school

Or not ... since I'm nearly 30! Still, get that lovely nostalgic feeling for end of summer/autumn. Here are some looks I would love to be wearing when the leaves turn and the air gets cooler :) what are your favourite Autumn/winter collections?


1. Jacket now on sale!
2. Sophie Dahl for Aubin and Wills
3. Lauren Moffatt via
4. Erin Hagstrom of calivintage wearing nadinoo
5. Francesca

Jo xx

Saturday, 1 June 2013


In San Francisco
 We stayed with Tom's family in the Castro
 Dressed for touristy adventures - pale denim dress, khaki jacket, black pumps, purse from antiform
 Caught the trolley downtown - wish our trams in Manchester were this pretty!
 Played games on old arcade machines along the piers
 Despite years of piano lessons this automatic player is the closest I've been to ivories!
 Yup went for chowder at fisherman's wharf
 Admiring fox gloves in the gardens outside
 Bit of boardwalk action - watching all the seals that live in the bay :)
Love California xxx

Saturday, 2 February 2013

A wintery adventure

Last weekend Tom and I decided to get out to Chew valley and I had my first go at winter mountaineering. Got the crampons on and ice axes out :) We did a Moderate route (pretty easy) but there were still moments of heart flutteryness and it was soo windy! To celebrate my first winter route we had a couple of beers in the Railway pub in Greenfield. An awesome day out - can't wait to go again!