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

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!

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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

I see this quote all over social media these days and it got me thinking, who actually lives their best life?

I don’t, I really wish I did and it’s something I am working towards this year.  I blinked and my 30’s were gone. My 40’s are going to be different.  I touched on this on another post but we plod through life & I was one of those people “One day I will do XYZ” why wait for that one day? Why not now?  Whats stopping you? I want to look back with no regrets.

Confidence gives me the fear.

It kills my all my plans, from the way I dress to how I run my business.  I love clothes, I mean really love clothes, I have rails of beautiful dresses, more coats, boots, shoes that you can imagine but I stopped wearing them due to weight gain and being judged.  Just because you like to look after yourself doesn’t mean you think your better than anyone, I’ve had a few snide comments over the years that slowly knocked me but I’m bouncing back!  Now the weight is slowly coming off – thanks to the Joe Wicks Plan, I have rearranged my wardrobe, had a good clear out, sold on ebay, gave to charity and binned a lot.  I take 10 minutes at night to look out my outfit and arrange my bag for the next day,  Not only does this save a melt down in the morning but gives me extra time to snuggles with the dogs & sets my days off in a positive mood!

Now if I’m walking along the street and I find someone staring at my boots (it happens) I smile and say hi instead of going home to change.  (yes my paranoia got that bad)  Business wise, I have my first shoot next weekend featuring moi and Tallulah Belle Fashion, yes my throat expands when I think about it but if you want something in life you need to push through your fears.

I remember going into a local shop to ask for the Vogue September issue, its the only time of year I buy it, its the holy grail of the fashion seasons ahead, the girls in the shop looked at each other and smirked, “No hen, we don’t sell it, the girl thought I had left the shop but I heard her saying to her colleague, “who the **** does she think she is”,  my heart sank and  the tears filling my eyes.   It knocked me for 6.  I had so many plans for you tube, this blog, photo shoots and just those words stopped the lot.  I’m growing a thicker skin as my confidence comes back.   If I went into a garage looking for a car part, or a grocery looking for certain food, would you be treated the same? I very much doubt it – so why does what clothes you wear become so judgmental – answers on a postcard please!  We all can judge, I get that but keep it to yourself because bringing someone down aint pretty.

Anyway, its the Easter weekend, I plan to indulge in a little chocolate, spend time with my family on Sunday and I’m going fishing with Alex and our dogs, well I will be reading my book snuggled in a blanket next to the loch while he does a spot of fishing!  Have a good one, Marlene x

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