Saturday, 30 April 2011

Charity Shop Trip

Me and Andy went for a trip out to Otley today, which if you don't know it's the place to go for charity shops and tea rooms! Normally when we go to Otley is for a walk up the Chevin but that seemed far too healthy for us today and instead went bargain hunting. The street market was also on but we didn't really get chance to look at that. I was trying to be strict and only buy things that I really needed but here is what I came home with:

Long hanky-hem racerback top with cute cupid and flower motif. This was in Oxfam for £2.99 which was the last place we went in and I know it will come in handy as it goes great with my skinny combats, it will also be great in summer with shorts. It was also brand new!

I bought this top from British Heart Foundation to go with my new mocassins, it also has a gorgeous blue pattern in and I found this amazing cobalt blue leather belt to match it as I was waiting for the fitting room, looks great with or without. The top was £1.75 and the belt was only £1!

These khaki summer crops from Dorothy Perkins were only £2.75 in RSPCA and are a perfect fit, I bet I will be seeing a lot of these this summer. Also got on the cupid vest but I've tucked it  into them here so I'm already getting wear out it!

Finally, I picked up these three books mainly for my holiday. I'm a huge Marian Keyes fan and wanted to get this latest one as I already have all her others. I saw it in the window for £2.75 and in perfect condition, it will be the perfect trashy holiday read. I love all the other Thomas Harris books (Hannibal Rising, Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon) but funnily enough I havn't read Hannibal and it was only 50p for this hardback copy. The last one Hop Scotch and Handbags was in the 'Self Help' section probably becuase they didn't know where to put it, the title underneath is The Essential Guide to Being a Girl and from the little snippets I've read I think it's going to be really funny. Its not a novel but little bits of everything, letters, articles, reviews, quizzes and allsorts. I might start on this one tonight. Another hardback bargain of £2.75!

What do think to my bargains of the day? Have you found any recently?

Alyssa xx

Thursday, 28 April 2011

OOTD...well week to be exact!

Its been a short week this week with the all the bank holidays but I thought I would show you what outfits I have been wearing to work. I work in a tiny office for a graphics company and you can wear pretty much what you like, most people choose jeans but I can't sit in jeans all day, I like to be comfy! Its also really chilly in our office usually so layers are generally a good thing or at least a cardi!


Rose Chiffon Tshirt- Topshop Free (swap)
Waterfall Cardigan Miss Selfridge Via Ebay 99p
Linen Trousers George Petite £10
Handbag Suzy Smith vis Ebay £5ish


Floral T-shirt w/ lace sleeves H! by Henry Holland Free (swap)
Charcoal Pleated Chinos Select £12
Skinny Rose Belt Asda £3


Long T-shirt H! by Henry Holland Free (swap)
Leggings Asda £6
Faux Leather Jacket New Look £30ish
Sandals Matalan £8

And a bonus outfit from date night this week! I finally wore this top I bought from River Island with some vouchers. I love the shape of it especially the floaty sleeves, the material reminds me of sofa upholstery with see-though patches- odd I know!

Gold Top River Island £24.99
Black Skinny Jeans Internacionale £15ish
Leather Wedges M&S £9
Gold Snakeskin Clutch Peacocks £5

So there you have it, sorry for not being very orginal but I promise my next post will be really exciting as I have some news! 

Alyssa xx

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Prints and more prints....

I am usually quite conservative with the clothes I wear, I went through a phase of all black but I am enjoying some of the quirky patterns around at the moment in particular animal prints which never seem to go out of fashion, I have been a fan since I was 8 and had a slight obessesion with Shania Twain (!) I will try and track down a picture (think leopard print mini dress, boots, sunglasses, long gloves plus a feather boa!)
Anyway, here are my some of my favourite 'Safari' inspired items at the moment.

I then looked at fruity prints which is quite a bold, colourful statement. I really like the Primark lemon dress but I know it will already be sold out and going for a fortune on ebay!

Leave me a comment to let me know your favourite?

Alyssa xx

Monday, 25 April 2011

BBQ OOTD & Wii Fit Challenge

I hope you have all had a great bank holiday weekend. I can't even really remember what I've done but its been very chilled out. Obviously it was Andy's birthday on Saturday so we went out and then last night we had a BBQ at his house to celebrate with his family, I thought it was appropriate to wear something baggy if copious amounts of bbq food were to be consumed so I tried out my new Bench dress over indigo leggings (great colour combo- shame they look black in the picture!)

Dress £10 (reduced from £30)
Blue Vest (just seen) £2 Peacocks 
Indigo Leggings £5 Ebay
Wedges £9 (reduced from £39!) M&S

I also started a wii fit challenge last Thursday. My wii has been gathering dust in the corner for the last 6 months so thought I should actually start using it again. My challenge is to use it for a minimum of 20 mins each day, focusing mainly on core strength (yoga) with a little bit of muscle toning. So far its going really well, I had aching abs for the first 3 days, now my upper arms and thighs ache too as I have been increasing the muscle work outs plus an extra bit of rhythm boxing which is my favourite! Here is how it is going so far as I am tracking everything to see if it makes a difference although I'm not really looking to loose weight just tone up.

                    BMI           Weight          Fitness Age           Time Spent
Day 1            18.92           8. 2                35 (!)                      33 mins
Day 2            18.55           7.13               20                           20 mins
Day 3            18.77           8.1                 22                           22 mins
Day 4            18.88           8.1                 20                           22 mins
Day 5            18.92           8.1                 20                           30 mins

So, as you can see my weight has stayed pretty much consistant and I am classed at the very lower end of the 'ideal' category for BMI. I don't expect to see any real dramatic changes here but I thought it would be interesting to monitor. I will keep you updated with how its going anyway!

Alyssa xx

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Shopping Trip inc. Vivienne Westwood bargain!

Lent ended yesterday so I arranged t go shopping with the boyfriend as he needed some new stuff too! It also happened to be his birthday yesterday so I got him a few extra pressies whilst we were out and even bought him lunch and a thorntons ice-cream! He is very spoilt :) We then went out for tapas in the evening with some friends followed by some slightly drunken bowling which was a great laugh.

Anyway, I was rather disappointed with J32 as everything in the shops seemed to be all winter stuff and there just wasn't much that I was looking for, I did pick up a few bits in the most unlikely shops that I never go in though.

First was these tshirts from Select, rather boring but were 2 for £10 And I needed some new plain tshirts anyway. I got one in light grey and one in a gorgeous cobalt blue, they had loads of colours to choose from. They are a slub cotton so soft and comfy and also quite long too.
I then found these grey pleated chinos in Select, there was one pair left in my size and they look much better in real life, they arn't all baggy like in this pic they are more fitted. The woven belt really doesn't go though, no idea why they put that on but they were only about £12 so you can't go wrong!

Then I spotted this in the Bench dress, its such a gorgeous colour. It will be great to wear with leggings but it can be worn just to throw over a bikini on holiday as its lighweight cotton. It was reduced from £30 to £10, a bargain I couldn't resist.

Finally, I got these beauties, Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Melissa 3 strap glitter platforms. There was only one pair left (in my size!) They change colour between purple and blue, when the woman in the shop told me I didn't believe her til I saw it happen when I wore them last night. They also smell weirdly like bubblegum. Complete strangers were stopping me and commenting on how they loved my shoes last night which is always a great feeling. They were on special offer reduced from £115 to £69.99 as they were the last pair. They had my name written all over them.

So that's all for now, let me know what you think!

Alyssa xx