Things are certainly hotting up and with temperatures reaching the high 20’s it’s not something we’re used to in the West Coast of Scotland.  A day here and there but we’ve been really lucky this year & it’s stretching out to last weeks.  It really is fabulous, I’m doing a lot more, I couldn’t tell you the last time we sat and watched TV.  Nights are spent in the garden or at my parents farm for barbecues with my brother & sisters & there kids.

I have a few Summer day dresses hanging in my wardrobe and the rest are usually packed away in my holiday case but with this barmey weather I’ve been reaching for my macbook to see whats available online.

I’ve found a new love for Mango and for the first in a long time, I find myself heading there before Zara. There’s a few from H & M, Topshop & Warehouse too.

  1. Topshop Linen Dress £32
  2. Topshop Maxi Dress £150.00
  3. Topshop Horn Button Mini Dress £34

4. H & M Embroider Dress £69.99

5. H & M Spotted maxi Dress £39.99

6. Mango Contrast Seem Dress £17.99

7. Mango Bow Wrap Dress £29.99

8. Mango Cold Shoulder Linen Dress £22.99

Mango are also adding an extra 15% off if you buy 2 sale items or an extra 20% off if you buy 3 items with code EXTRA

I couldn’t end the post without adding a few of my favs from my own business, could I !!

1 Tallulah Belle Fashion Safari Print Dress £38

2 Tallulah Belle Fashion Match Maker £28

3 Tallulah Belle Fashion White High Neck Sleeveless £14 SALE!

I hope you’ve seen a few you like, enjoy this wonderful sunshine and we’ll chat soon.


Marlene x



You will need –

A loaf tin

140g wholemeal flour, I used Spelt flour

100g Self-raising flour

1 tspn bicarbonate soda

1 tspn baking powder

2 large or 3 small ripe mashed banana,  the riper the better

4 tspn honey

3 large beaten eggs

150ml natural yoghurt



How to –

Heat the oven to 160c or gas 3, grease and line your loaf tin.

Mix the flour, bicarbonate soda, baking power and a pinch of salt. In a separate bowl mix the banana, eggs, syrup yoghurt then add to the dry mix.

Pour mix in to your baking tin and bake for 1 hour and 10 mins or until skewer comes out clean.

Cool on a wire rack or eat warm with butter or some fruit – Delicious!


Marlene x


Easier said than done right……Who cares right?? I do.   I have big issues with this.  As someone who loves fashion, I dreamed of starting my blog for so long but how could I write a fashion blog when I couldn’t post a photo of myself.  Looking back though my personal Instagram the grid was photo’s of my dogs (naturally) my husband and places we’ve visited.  No photo’s of me. I do have a few outfit post now !!

So I threw myself completely out of my comfort zone and booked at shoot with Rachel from Rachel Ross Photography who I can’t recommend enough.  She put me at ease straight away, she was confident and new how to direct the shoot with an amateur like me. I’m usually working in the back ground if we are having shoots with TBF.  And the location – Glasgow City centre, there I was standing in the street, passers by, some giving a strange look, others a wee bit of encouragement with a friendly smile but you know what…….. after the first half hour they became invisible and the only person I saw was Rachel.


Jacket and Shirt Dorothy Perkins.  Bag Guess.  Jeans Next. Sunglasses Victoria Beckham. Boots Sosander.

My wee neighbour passed away recently in her sleep on 99th birthday, her advise for a long happy life was – give it everything,  just give it your best.  If you want it enough – you will work hard enough for it.  She used to tell me that in my visits.

I’m going to do exactly that!  You only get one shot at this………….make it a good un and don’t be put off by others.

Marlene x

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Do I want them yes, do I need them no!


The struggle of an online shopaholic ………. It’s usually early in the morning, I’m browsing my phone having a cup of tea with Gunners big head usually resting on my lap.

I check my emails & then instagram and boom ~ there they are, Marlene check out this dress, wow look at these shoes, you need another coat to add to your never ending collection – most of which are a size to small but I can’t part with – I’ll get into them one day 😉 the worse one, a £20 cup that my fav blogger uses, it is beautiful mind you but you see the pattern developing.

The moral of this story is I’m a sucker, adverts sook me right in and before you know it I’ve signed into my trusty PayPal & Bobs you Uncle,  a wee gift, “to me, lots of love me” Every week I start off – no purchases this week Marlene, you can do it, have some will power my girl, you managed to stop smoking for goodness sake so stop buying! It can’t be that hard you think but believe me it is. It’s up there with trying to loose that 2 stone I gained when I stopped smoking!

I want to get my teeth fixed & I don’t think it’s going to be cheap so I need to stop the impulse buying. I just need to think of this before beautiful items pop in to my add to cart!

If you follow me on Instagram or meet me in the street and I’m rocking a pair of beautiful pink brogues with a splash of leopard print, you will probably notice my trademark wonky tooth!


Love Marlene x