All posts tagged “outfit

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Trying to be Cool

Do you see what happens when I don’t have Lauren to take my photo?! This happens. I forget how to smile. Instead, I adopt a trying-desperately-to-be-cool face, trying to emulate the effortless chic of my fellow other bloggers.

I got some jazzy new specs from a site called SmartBuyGlasses a couple of weeks ago, so I ventured out by myself, armed with a tripod and a timer to take them for a spin around a very gritty looking part of Bedminster. Read More

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Madia & Matilda

Anyone who knows me well will know that I’ve been on a mission of late; a mission which, I was reminded so helpfully by Facebook memories today, has been wasting my time for two long years now. Ever since reading Marie Kondo’s book ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up’, I’ve been seeking to simplify certain aspects of my life, including downsizing the amount which was clogging up my wardrobe. Read More

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CastlePak Backpack Review

castlepak backpack review

I’ve developed something of a *slight* backpack obsession over the last couple of years. From my trio of Fjallraven Kankens (Mini, Classic and Maxi) which have lasted me pretty well, to my Baggu backpack (which hasn’t lasted me quite so well), I am not complete unless there is a pack on my back. Recently, I stumbled upon a company called CastlePak, who sent me one of their backpacks to road test. Read More

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Tokyo Style / Cul-de-Sac Chic

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It’s nearly been two whole months since I came back from Tokyo… sigh. I’ve been far too distracted by the toils of modern life to even think about looking back at the thousands of photos I took over there, let alone assimilating them into some kind of photo diary I can publish on here for your perusal.

One slice of Japan I have been reliving on a daily basis, however, are these exceptionally comfy baggy pants I picked up whilst I was out there, which have been getting a wearing nearly on the daily. I took them for a spin on a grey Sunday down Tom’s parents cul-de-sac. Fashion! Read More

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Black is the New Black

Dark mornings, fog rolling over the hills on my way to work, crispy leaves blanketing Victoria Park and an insatiable appetite for baked potatoes means one thing – AUTUMN IS HERE, YOU GUYS. As if every lifestyle blog hasn’t been screaming about it for the last month; just a reminder – it’s here!! It’s finally here!

One of my favourite things about the most wonderful time of the year is digging out all of those fabulous knitted items lurking at the back of your wardrobe and unleashing them upon the world. My hideous jumper collection is growing; every time I go to a vintage fair or jumble sale of any kind I just cannot resist. They are my Achilles’ heel. They have been waiting patiently in the drawers for summer to pass and now, finally, they can be free!

black outfit fashion blogger bristol
black outfit fashion blogger bristol
black outfit fashion blogger bristol

Dress – Beyond Retro // Hat – H&M (old – similar here) // Watch – Shore Projects // Bag – Radley Millbank (*) // Shoes – Dr Martens

This jumper dress is one of my absolute favourite items of clothing ever. Partly because it’s shaped like a potato sack and swaddles me in cosy black wool from head to toe, partly because it has snazzy pearl detailing on the shoulders which makes me feel like some kind of knitwear pimp, but mainly because Tom hates it, and nothing gives me more pleasure than wearing ugly knitwear to evoke confusion and digust in other people. #sorrynotsorry

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black outfit fashion blogger bristol
black outfit fashion blogger bristol radley milibank handbag

Winter is also a legit excuse for dressing head to toe in black. The newest addition to this ensemble is my stunning new Radley handbag (*), which I’m a little giddy with excitement over – a proper grown up lady handbag! I’m in love. It’s super roomy too, so I can fit my camera and all my other bits and bobs in and still have room leftover. Black is the obvious colour of choice for this kind of bag; you just can’t beat the simplicity and style of a black leather handbag.

radley millbank handbag in black
radley millbank handbag in black

Look at iiiiiit. My sunflowers also approve.

Sometimes you have to just take the plunge and invest in those pieces that are going to last a lifetime. This is the first time I’ve ever owned a handbag that I know is going to last more than a few months. It’s probably going to last more than a few years. Plus if it can make a vintage potato-sack-knitwear-pimp dress look good, what’s not to love?

This bag was gifted for purpose of review but all words & opinions are my own.

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Denim & Pineapples

SUMMER! I once was a shunner of summer, preferring the cooler autumn months to the general disgruntled stickiness and sunburn of the summer season, even though my birthday is in June (and birthdays are the BEST). Part of the reason was down to the fact that I just couldn’t find any summery clothes that I felt comfortable in, something which I’ve made it my mission to redress (re-dress.. ha!).

To take my mind off everyone having such an awesome time at Glastonbury without me, I’ve been dressing in a more summery-than-usual fashion recently, particularly in the boiling hot weather we had yesterday. This 90s denim number is fast becoming my new favourite thing ever – it’s floaty and summery and comfortable, and I happened to pick it up for a mere £5 of the Queens at the vintage fair at Paintworks a couple of months ago. WIN WIN!

Lily Doughball UK Summer Fashion outfit
Lily Doughball UK Summer Fashion outfit
Lily Doughball UK Summer Fashion outfit
Lily Doughball UK Summer Fashion outfit
Lily Doughball UK Summer Fashion outfit

Dress – vintage // Shirt – Truffle Shuffle (now out of stock, soz) // Shoes – Heelberry (old) // Necklace – JewelStreet(*)

My shirt is from the awesome Truffle Shuffle but is made by a company called Hero & Cape, whose website is stuffed full of treasures – I’m IN LOVE with this egg print shirt! These highly impractical but beautiful shoes I bought last year from Heelberry, another treasure trove but this time full of cheap cheap ridiculous footwear. I haven’t got half as much wear out of these shoes as I should, on account of my weak ankles, but they are perhaps the most comfortable OTT statement sandals I have ever worn.

My matchy-matchy pineapple necklace is courtesy of Jewel Street, who got in touch and asked me to choose something from the huge amount of gorgeous jewellery on their website. Narrowing down my choices was made simpler by their easier-than-average-to-navigate navigation system, and I whittled it down to this adorable mini pineapple necklace by Fiorelli. It came in it’s own little bag and everything!

Pineapples are most definitely a summer wardrobe staple, and I reckon this ensemble will be making more than one appearance in the coming weeks!

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A Grand Day Out

Train Day Out

Happy Mother’s Day, blog-land! I trust you’ve all had reet good’uns with your nearest and dearest? I went home to visit me mam this weekend – on Saturday me and my little sis ventured up to Brum to see the X Factor Live Tour (ANDREAAAA! <3) and today we celebrated the day of Mothers by gallivanting on a steam train in the great British countryside. It’s nice to pop home every once in a while; now that I’m an actual adult with a 9-to-5 it’s hard to make time at the weekend in between all the housework and the blogging and that, so when we do get to spend the weekend adventuring it makes it proper special.

Train Day Out
Train Day Out
Train Day Out
Train Day Out
Train Day Out

We decided to go on a little jaunt up to Toddington on the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway, which was right up my alley because a) I’m an old person, and b) I bloody love steam trains because I am a massive nerd. This particular train we were travelling on was build in 1906, but the interior had had a delightful makeover in the 1960s. There was lots of old vintage-looking things to peruse, and we even had time to squeeze in a cheeky cream tea and well-deserved brew.

Train Day Out
Train Day Out
Train Day Out
Train Day Out

Hat – H&M // Top – H&M (old) // Necklace – Moxham // Skirt – The Whitepepper (*) // Shoes – Dr Martens (*) // Coat – Urban Outfitters (old) // Backpack – Fjallraven Kanken Classic

Train Day Out

I decided to dress for the occasion in my beautiful new Dr Martens Mary Janes (*), the best skirt that ever existed, plus I gave my Kanken a trip out as well, as it’s the perfect size to hold all of my adventuring essentials in, and I’m a huge fan of its cheery mustard colour. I’ve got a bit of a thing for this egg print at the moment – as well as this skirt I also may have taken advantage of The Whitepepper’s amazing flash sales and bought the matching crop top and also a shift dress. Oops.

Train Day Out

All in all we had a grand day out, Gromit, despite the grey English weather. I’m fully planning on coming back in the summer for some more train adventure times, that’s for sure. I’d probably pack a bit more of a picnic next time, and also make sure I had a first class ticket (instead of sneaking into a first class cabin like we did, ha!).

Hope you’ve all had equally excellent weekends and Mother’s Days, whatever you were doing.

[A massive thanks to my sister and mam for taking these photos!]

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Say Cheese!

Accessorize Camera Bag

Do I win a prize for the fantastic title I have given this post?!

A few weeks ago I shared with you my pick of the last of the January sales, and well… a couple of things may have fallen into my basket. As well as starting an infatuation with The Whitepepper, I also snapped up this camera shaped bag from Accessorize, which I’ve fallen head over heels in love with. When it arrived I took it on an outing around… erm, my garden, and roped Tom in to take some snaps of me smiling awkwardly.

Accessorize Camera Bag
Accessorize Camera Bag
Accessorize Camera Bag


Dress – Beyond Retro [old] // Bag – Accessorize £14.50 [sold out] // Necklace – New Look (unsure of price, similar here) // Shoes – Monki Bella Eye Flats [old] // Watch – Shore Projects Portland £115

Accessorize Camera Bag
Accessorize Camera Bag

This 90s polyester monstrosity is my current favourite dress, partly due to its eye-wateringly bright colour, its Clueless-esque pattern and weird texture of the material, but also the wonderful warming nature of polyester on a particularly cold day. It even has shoulder pads, for crying out loud! The best part about it, though, is that I snapped it up for a mere £6 in one of Beyond Retro’s amazing sales which they do regularly, and which now have contributed to about half of my current wardrobe!

It has to be said that this bag is just a little impractical, as is documented on their reviews. The clasp is hidden behind the ‘lens’ so the whole top part has to swing open, which can make putting things in there a little tricky. But when you’re rocking a massive fake camera round your neck, I personally don’t think that matters though!

Accessorize Camera Bag
Accessorize Camera Bag
Accessorize Camera Bag
Accessorize Camera Bag

The Monki Bella Eye shoes (aka, ‘David Blaine shoes‘) are also a new wardrobe favourite of mine, as is my beautiful Shore Projects watch, both of which were on my wishlist for a while before I finally committed to buying them. The watch I wear pretty much every single day, and it gets loads of compliments – it’s one of those simple styles which goes with everything.

Starting a wishlist was supposed to be a way of me stopping buying so many things on a whim, but with so many awesome bargains in the sales this year, I don’t mind letting this resolution slip just a little ;).

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Colonel Mustard / Crochet Envy

We’re finally starting to settle in to our new little house now; we’ve met the neighbours, gone for a stroll round the new area, had Tom’s parents down for tea, and now have the internet installed – YAY!

Another plus to add to the seemingly endless long list of awesome things about our new house is that we have a garden, which means… I have a little secret place to take outfit photos! I’ve wanted to do outfit posts for absolutely ages – I’m mega envious of what other lovely blogging people like Lyzi and SJ and She and Hem are up to, but am still finding my feet a bit. Bear with me.

Also, please excuse my washing line.

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[serious blogging face!]

As we all know, the weather is beginning to take a turn of late. All that Twitter seems to be full of is people gearing up for autumn, planning a little weekend getaway in a forest somewhere, and shopping for their A/W fashion staples. August isn’t over yet and we’re already waving goodbye to summer!

This makes me happy. I absolutely adore autumn, October is my favourite month and I cannot wait til it’s cold enough to start putting on my winter coat and mustard hat and go down to the park and just have a kick around in some leaves.

The other day was a bit nippy out, so I tested out my autumn/winter mustard ensemble, comprising of last year’s coat from Urban Outfitters, Primark dress, mustard jumper from H&M and a cheery mustard hat from Zara. To top the whole lot off I pinned this awesome crocheted poppy kindly sent to me by the Museum Selection (*).

Lily Doughball Fashion and Lifestyle Blog
Lily Doughball Fashion and Lifestyle Blog

This crocheted beauty will make a nice change to the November paper poppies which always melt in the rain, and seeing as it’s the 100th anniversary since the start of WWI this year, it would be shameful to not wear a poppy, and I’m pretty sure I’ll have a hard time forgetting to wear this bad boy.

Plus, I have serious crochet envy right now – the whole thing is made from  teeny tiny crochet, which is far more than my measly skills could muster. It has given me some much needed inspiration, and since receiving my poppy parcel I’ve been Googling amigurumi and becoming slightly obsessed!

To combat all the miserable serious blogging face, here is an extra special photo of me when I couldn’t get the remote back in my pocket quickly enough:

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Hopefully this is one of many upcoming outfit posts, if you’ve got any tips I’d love to hear them!