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Post Lockdown Looks: Shacket Season

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 Is it a shirt? Is it a jacket? It's kind of both!  A shacket is an absolute must-have for the British summer. It's light enough to carry with you, but warm enough to throw over your shoulders when the cool evening air comes in.  I got my shacket from Hollister in a size L , and I absolutely love the boxy, oversized fit. The plaid is made just perfect for spring with the feminine pastel colour palette, which makes it fit right into my wardrobe. It comes in a couple of different colour ways, which are all almost to perfect to choose from. It was a very close race between the pink and the yellow, but in the end yellow won out. So far, I've found it a very versatile item that can be thrown over almost any neutral outfit. It's definitely earning its place in my closet! If you aren't sold on my shacket, here are a few other summer ready options: Monki Hazel shacket in light green £60.00 A mint green moment like this is almost too much for me to handle. The colour? The te

Surgery Diary: 1 Month Post-Op

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 I've finally passed one month post-op, which seems like a lifetime and no time at all! I don't realise just how much progress I've made in the fast few weeks, until I take the time to reflect on it.  Warning: There are photos of stitches at the bottom of this post! If you don't already know, last month I had a complex hip arthroscopy after a sports injury. Since then, I've been documenting my recovery on my Instagram and also here, on my blog! If you want to read about my first two weeks post surgery you can do that here. I started week 3 walking full time on two crutches, but up to 75% weight. Quickly, I was able to walk around the house with one (or no) crutches, although only for short distances.  One of the good things about surgery is you have a great excuse to be lazy. So, a significant amount of week 2 was spent ordering pizza in my oodie and watching way too much greys anatomy. I did quite quickly realise I was capable of hobbling around the house crutchles

Tiktok Trends: George Kids

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 If you've been spending your lockdown on tiktok like I have, you would have seen some trends for supermarket clothes and kids clothes over the past couple of months. When George at ASDA launched its summer range, it really took off on tiktok and I just knew I had to try it! Those of us who hit 5'3 on a good day are no strangers to shopping in kids sections. I'd say 90% of my shoes and most of my basics come from the children section. But, it's not somewhere I would ever look for a fashionable outfit. After seeing all the great reviews on tiktok, I just knew I had to try the George looks for myself. Unfortunately, the gingham co-ord everyone has been raving about was sold out, but I found a couple of other cute looks Outfit 1 - 7/10 Dress - George at ASDA If you've read my other posts you'll already know that yellow and puff sleves are both big ticks in my book. I really REALLY wanted to love this dress, but I just couldn't. It's not awful. It's jus

Surgery Diary: What to pack for Day Surgery

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 Before I went in for surgery, I was super stressed about what to take with me. Obviously the hospital give you a list, but beyond dressing gown and slippers there was zero guidance. After a little bit of googling, I came up with my own list which I thought I'd share here and hopefully it'll help you if you're going in for day surgery soon! I split my list into 4 main sections - Toiletries, Comfort, Entertainment, and Hospital Essentials. I know it might seem a bit excessive, but if, like me, you end up being kept overnight, you'll be glad you packed everything! If you want a printable hospital packing list, I've attached one at the bottom of this post. Hospital Essentials These are the things I was told by the hospital I had to bring with me. I was told I needed a dressing gown and slippers , which I got on ASOS, but I also packed an old pair of fluffy slipper socks to keep my feet warm. I also put all of my medications together in a little tin and slipped that in

Post-Lockdown Looks: Statement Flares

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Yellow has always been one of my absolute favourite colours - there is just something about it that makes me happy! But, it's not a colour I would ever really wear. So when I saw these trousers, I just knew I had to have them! While statement flares are a wardrobe essential for coming seasons, they can be a bit daunting to style if you've been living in black skinny jeans since 2012 like most of us. In this post I wanted to show you three really simple ways to style a statement pair of flares for spring and summer. My flares are from Hollister and are a really light weight stretch fabric, perfect for summer, but all of these looks would work with a heavier, denim pair. Flares: Hollister      Crop: Cotton On      Bag: Oliver Bonas    Shoes: Nike For my first look I paired the flares with a loose fitting white polo crop for a stylish but casual look. I added a bright mini handbag to add to the sunny look, as well as a bright white pair of trainers. I wore this look for a relaxed

Surgery Diary: First Two Weeks

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If you didn't already know, in January 2019 I injured my hip training. Thanks to Covid-19, it's been a long wait for surgery, but on the 14th of April, it finally happened! I know when I was waiting for surgery, I read a million blog posts on peoples surgery experiences, so I thought I'd make my own. I had surgery on my left hip for CAM impingement and a liberal tear on my left hip after two years of chronic pain. It's a relatively straightforward (but reasonably major) arthroscopic surgery, involving dislocating my leg to get a camera into my hip to get a good look at the damage and remove the CAM lesion. It is meant to be a day surgery, but I wasn't cleared to go home so ended up spending a night on the ward which I was actually very glad about! Week One! After my exciting night in hospital I was cleared to go home after being assessed by a physio on some stairs. Honestly, I was absolutely exhausted as I'd hardly slept that night and was in a reasonable amount

Post-Lockdown Looks: Buffet Dress

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  Buffet Dresses were featured on this year's Sewing Bee as the perfect fashionable way to avoid accentuating those post lockdown lumps and bumps (and in my case surgical dressings) so I thought I would take one for a spin! I was honestly surprised by just how comfortable and flattering this dress was despite being way out of my comfort zone. Being quite petite I usually avoid midi lengths and looser fits but this dress may well have converted me! I felt pretty and stylish for the first time since leaving hospital without feeling uncomfortable or restricted. While the sun was shining, I was more than warm enough but as the night went on it began to get a bit chilly - luckily the pub garden had fur blankets for us to cuddle under. I would definitely recommend this style of dress to anyone looking to try something new, you might surprise yourself!           Dress: Lola May at ASOS Boots: Karl Lagerfeld Earrings: Olivia Burton Crutches: NHS -------------