Last Friday I got to go to my Friend Abbie's 30 birthday bash. I couldn't go to all of it because they went for a meal starting at 6.30pm and I had to be home to feed Fred before bed.
I did manage to have time to straighten my hair, put on some make up, choose my outfit and paint my nails. It was luxurious!
It was lovely to get out to see people I haven't seen for a while and do something completely unrelated to Fred. But of course everyone just wanted to talk about him. Its funny people often complain that mums only talk about their children and are very boring, but most people bought the conversation around to him!
Oh well it was still enjoyable, and I got to have a REAL cocktail!
My challenge to myself this year is to only buy fairly traded or second hand clothes.
This skirt is from People Tree, it was in the sale before Christmas.
I LOVE IT.
There are so many good things about the skirt.
I love where it sits on my waist, that I can manage to fit a cardigan underneath it, that it is the perfect length for picnics, it has lovely deep pockets, and it doesn't need ironing!
We don't have a huge amount of money to spend on clothes, so both Jamie and I try to buy things that we will keep and wear for years to come.
I don't follow fashion too closely, I just wear clothes that are comfortable and make me feel pretty.
The cardigan pictured I have had for 7 years (I know that is probably taking it a bit too far) I have had to mend hole in it and re-dye it. Finding the perfect black cardigan is so difficult that I gave up and mended the one I had.
It has seen better days.
Fairly traded clothes can be expensive, for the obvious reason - everyone in the supply chain is being paid a fair wage. To make my money stretch further I often take advantage of the end of or mid season sales. I have just ordered some Jeans from Monkee Genes that I found in their sale section, they were a steal at £15!
These photos have made me realise I need some new pumps, they are a state.