Wednesday, 22 October 2014

I Don't Vant To Be A Vampire.

That time of year is nearly upon us (Halloween) and yes it is time to start thinking about your costume and I have found the perfect one which is now out of stock on the Matalan website. First world problems at its best!

Just look at it! I could be a stylish Mummy sipping on blood themed cocktails, but no. Not unless they have my size in store or have my size restocked online, then I will have to resort the afore mentioned Vampire or a Zombie, my two 'go to' Halloween costumes.
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 It's only £15!!!

Now, Zombies and Vampires are easy, wear an old/nice outfit and apply blood to said outfit or if you do not intend to ruin your best threads, apply blood over the face, neck and exposed body parts, always a winner... But not everyone wants to attend a party where the majority of guests have had the same idea as you (Yes, I know, the Mummy costume isn't exactly thinking outside the box, but it is something different for me).

I have been scouring the internet to find a costume that is cheap (but not cheap looking), not a Zombie or Vampire and also something that doesn't have the word 'sexy' in front of it. These are just some of the little beauties that I came across...

*The below costumes are going in the 'No' pile.

Examples -

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Sexy Scottish Girl

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Sexy 'Jackie' Sparrow

OR

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Sexy Orange M&M(!)

None of these appeal to me, sadly. Not even the 'sexy' Orange M&M... Which might come as a shocker.

Most of the Halloween costumes that are aimed at women are 'sexy', now if this floats your boat then go for it. I however, would rather be classy or all out bloody and gory and some of these costumes aren't cheap, which astounds me considering there is very little fabric! I think £15 is the most that I would spend on any Halloween costume and I'm just hoping that Matalan will restock the Mummy costume soon.

Thankfully I have a few weeks to get my costume in order, whether I buy one or throw something together at the last minute I'm sure it will be good or at least it will be covered in blood and Halloween party appropriate.

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Facebook.

I caved, I have followed suit and made my blog it's very own Facebook page! It's still in the early stages, but if anyone is interested, take a wee look and even 'Like' the page if you fancy.

https://www.facebook.com/dressesandconverse

And if you don't want to, thanks for taking the time to read this teeny wee post!

Review: Chop Chop.

A couple of weeks ago I was asked if I would like to Review Chop Chop and the obvious answer was yes...

Now, the first time I had heard of Chop Chop was on Gordon Ramseys - The F Word and for YEARS I kept saying I needed to go, but sadly never made the trip.

So, on Wednesday myself and Jaimie made our way to Haymarket for dinner. We were super excited and could not wait to get there, we had already decided what we were going to order days before...!
When we arrived, we were greeted and seated by the lovely waiting staff and were given enough time to peruse the menu, which was a refreshing change from some other establishments.

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Our order was taken and we chose, Northern Chicken, Chilli and Beef Dumplings (boiled), Chicken Dumplings (fried), Lamb and Diced Potato, with two bowls of egg fried rice.
My favourites were the Northern Chicken and the Dumplings as I'm not a huge lamb fan, but we loved every mouthful! All plates were empty and tummies were full.
The food was hot, fresh and arrived quickly.

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It was quite a challenge for my OH to use the chopsticks, but he got the hang of it by the end of the evening and it was hilarious to watch!

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The atmosphere in the restaurant was wonderful, the place was jam packed by the time we left and to see that on a Wednesday evening was impressive!
When a restaurant is busy during the week, you know it's got to be good!

I cannot recommend Chop Chop enough and we are already planning our next trip!

PEOPLE OF EDINBURGH, GO!

Chop Chop is situated on Morrison Street (Haymarket).

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P.S. Some selected Aldi stores are now stocking Chop Chops tasty dumplings!

*Disclaimer - I was given a meal for two to review the restaurant. All views are my own.  

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

4 Weddings & No Funeral.

In 2015 we (Jaimie and myself) have 4 weddings to attend. 4! One of which is a reception, one I will be a bridesmaid and the other two will be 'all day-ers'. Now, apart from the Susans wedding where I will be a bridesmaid, I have the dilemma of deciding what I shall wear to the other 3... I have been looking at one website in particular (Asos) and have found some stunning dresses, clutches and heels, all of which I would like to purchase. I thought, what better way to make sure everything suits, than to make a board on Polyvore (check out the website, if you're into fashion, you'll find this so much fun!). Here are a few of the outfits that I am loving and desperately want to purchase.
Wedding Outfit 1.

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Dress - £115

Heels - £29

Clutch - £18

Wedding Outfit 2.

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Dress - £70

Heels - £48

Clutch -£40

Wedding Outfit 3.

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Dress - £100

Heels - £53

Clutch - £18

Wedding Outfit 4.

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Dress - £59

Heels - £53

Bag - £24

Now, I already have wardrobes full of dresses and mountains of shoes and bags, but I don't really own anything that is wedding appropriate (though I am sure Jaimie would beg to differ!). All of the these outfits are over £100, but by the time I start look to buy my outfits then they should HOPEFULLY be in the sale... (wishful thinking!), because as most people know, weddings are not cheap and for me to spend that amount on an outfit would be crazy...

Friday, 10 October 2014

I Went Shopping Part 25.

I haven't done one of these posts for AGES(!) and felt that it was about time to do another.
Now, most of my money goes towards paying the mortgage and household bills, so, I've not had a great deal of disposable income to splash on clothes, shoes and accessories. WHICH MAKES ME SAD.

As we're stepping into Autumn I have been buying lots of jeans and jumpers (with a few dresses thrown in) to keep nice and toasty when going for my autumnal walks (which are the best walks!).

Everything you see here is from G21 @ ASDA, Primark, Matalan & Asos.

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Beauty Buys.

Recently, I have been spending some of my hard earned cash on haircare and beauty products, all of which I have purchased from my work.
Now, I am all for beauty on a budget and when these products arrived I couldn't resist (I also get 10% off everything which makes it even better!).
My most recent buys have been -

OSIRIS AVISÈ - COLD CREAM, Cleansing Cream
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Argan Oil - Heat Defence Leave in Spray
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Argan Oil - Hair Treatment
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Argan Oil - Shampoo & Conditioner
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OSIRIS AVISÈ - CC Cream in Natural & Tanned
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Cien - Make Up (Foundation in 1 Natural)
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All of these products were under £3, which is an ABSOLUTE STEAL! The great thing is, is that because these are so cheap you don't feel like you have burned a hole in your pocket!
As with most of the things my store sells, these little beauties will not be around for long and once they're gone, they're gone!
I will say that all these products work a treat for me, however everyones skin is different and these may not work for other folks, so do check the ingredients to make sure that they will work for you.
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