Dress with Cheshire Cat print.

Life has been a bit busy recently.

I’ve gone from having more time than I knew what to do with to being super busy!

We took these photos last month. I’ve struggled to find the time to edit them and think about content for a post. I thought I would give a wee life update as a bit has changed recently, my time has got a load more precious for one thing! After almost a year of redundancy, I started a new job last month. Towards the end of last year, I was starting to feel really down about my lack of a job. It’s a funny thing. When you have a job there are days when you think “how amazing would be to not have to work?” Well, it’s not really that amazing in reality. The lack of money is the obvious thing, but the lack of human interaction is another one.

I had almost given up all hope of finding a marketing job. In December I had two interviews – one for a PA job and one for a marketing job in Stirling. I thought I had no chance of getting the marketing job and that maybe I would be offered the PA one. Amazingly I got offered the marketing one!

black leather handbag with silver studs magenta coloured tights and black boots

I had the first couple of weeks of January to enjoy my last wee while of unemployment. But in all honesty, I was just desperate to get started. So I’m back into the world of working. Back to commuting. Back to feeling tired. And I feckin’ love it! What I don’t love is being a newbie. I always seem to forget how tiring it is learning new stuff. I’ve been knackered for the last month! I’m travelling to Stirling every day which actually isn’t too bad. Mark and I travel together as I pass his work on the way to mine. So I don’t have to do the whole drive by myself!

My new job partly consists of social media updates, writing press releases and proofreading/editing. I can’t actually believe I’m getting paid to sit on social media every day! Quite often with something you’ve wanted so badly, it’s a disappointment. This isn’t one of those times. As well as social media being part of my job, the people are nice and I get a free gym membership. Win for me!

As well as a new job, plans are well underway for the next blogger event – Instagram. We had a rebrand at the start of the year too and we’ve changed from Edinburgh Blogger Conference to Braw Blogger Events. I haven’t managed to be as involved this time as I was with the other ones. With starting my job my brain capacity hasn’t been quite as much. And me and Taryn have some pretty exciting things planned for this year. Turns out maybe 2018 will be the year I hoped 2017 was going to be. It’s certainly starting better, and bagging my dream job is a massive part of this.

black coat and pink coloured tights

Dress – Lindybop // Coat – Dorthy Perkins // Boots – Carvela // Handbag – Rox and Ann (from TKMaxx) // Tights – Marks & Spencer


The name Kayleigh written in pink cursive font.

Photos by M Richardson



Sometimes you find the best things in the strangest places.

Now, M&S is not always my go to shopping place. I have a few things from there and their Limited Edition collection usually has some pieces that nail the current trends. But their kids shoes are hidden gems, and even better, because you don’t pay VAT on kids clothes they are really well priced!

The kids sizes go up to a size 6, although that 6 is a EU 39.5, so technically not a size 6 and you might find these a bit big if you normally wear a 6/39. I have had a couple of pairs of shoes from them, one pair of chunky brogues that are a bit of a dupe for Dr Martens.

I have picked my favourites from their current collection, and none of them are over £25!

Clockwise from top left: Leather Sandals // Slip-on Star Print Trainers // Metallic Loafers // Heart Sparkle Loafers // Glitter Footbed Sandals // Faux Snakeskin Slip-on Trainers



Photographs from Marks & Spencer website

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Sometimes my favourite outfits are the ones I just throw on in the morning.

I definitely love a cute dress but some days jeans just seem like the better option. Plus, living in Scotland, there are days when it’s so windy that stepping outside wearing a dress or skirt would result in it ending up over your head with your undies on show to everyone. Not generally a look I favour!

Black skinny jeans are a wardrobe staple for me. This pair are high waisted which I love, I find them a bit more flattering as the waistband sits at the smallest part of you. I paired my jeans with a pair of boots that were an absolute steal in the Clarks sale. From a boring practical point of view they are super comfy and have grips on the bottom which is perfect for icy days in Scotland when falling on your bum isn’t desirable.

We went out a few weeks ago to a park near us in Kirkcaldy for a bit of a walk and for Mark to try out his new camera lenses. What better way to try them out than to take photos of his girlfriend?! Haha.Most of the items I’m wearing in this post are old. Wardrobe staples are good because they don’t really go out of style quickly and can be easily updated and worn lots by mixing up your accessories.

Jeans: New Look (similar here) // Shirt: New Look (similar here) // Belt: H&M (one similar here) // Necklace: Primark // Coat: Marks & Spencer // Boots: Clarks // Bag: Zara
Photographs taken by M Richardson

A few weeks ago we had a nice wee morning stroll round Circus Lane in Edinburgh. Apparently this is one of the most Instagrammed streets in Edinburgh, it’s so pretty I can understand why!

I wore my latest Dylon DIY creation, a cardigan dyed using Burlesque Red wash & dye. The colour, is perfect for this time of year. Wintery and festive, I love it. I teamed it with my black denim skirt and Dr Martens Chelsea boots. Docs have been on my wish list for many a year, but I’ve avoided getting a pair for the fear of the pain caused when you’re breaking them in. I got these for my birthday and was fully prepared for some pain, I had my feet taped up the first few times that I wore them but there’s been no pain at all and no breaking in period. They’re super comfy!

Coat – Marks and Spencer (similar here) // Boots – Dr Martens // Skirt – Topshop // Cami top – Primark (similar here) // Hat – Primark (one similar here) // Bag – Dune (from TK Maxx)

Photographs taken by M Richardson

Last week I wrote about my first experience if using Dylon Wash & Dye to turn my Alexa dress from white to black. I must admit, I’ve caught a little bit of a DIY bug and I’m completely sold on the idea of giving clothing a new lease of life just by chucking them in the machine with a wee sachet of dye. Such an easy (and cheap) way to get a new item of clothing!

This week I tried out the Jeans Blue dye to make some of my denim a bit darker. The jeans I’ve had for years and love. But I’m always on the hunt for a pair of darker jeans that you can wear casually but also easily dress up with a nice top and some heeled boots for a night out. I don’t lack lighter coloured casual jeans so I decided this trusty pair would be perfect to dye.

As with the dress the process really couldn’t be easier. Because I was dying two things and denim is a bit heavier I had to pay a bit of attention to the weight. With 600g of fabric you will get the full colour but with a heavier amount the colour will be diluted (this increases the higher the weight gets). The dress and jeans together came to just over 700g so I was confident I would be happy with the results.

This dress started life as a really light denim pinafore, much more of a summer dress. But I like a denim dress you can pair with black tights and boots for the winter. The blue achieved on this is a slightly different shade from the jeans and this will be because it started out lighter. I have gone from having a dress that wouldn’t get much wear from to one having one that I will wear loads! And the joy of a pinafore dress is that you can style it in so many different ways.

Again I’m really happy with the results achieved. The only consideration when using the Dylon Wash & Dye is to make sure you have time to do it, you need to run two full 40 degree cycles back to back on your machine (no quick eco washes) and on my machine this means I need to have around three hours to do it.

I have a few more colours to try out and some other items of clothing I’m looking forward to revamping so keep an eye on the blog and my Instagram page to see more. I’m also running a competition to win a Dylon hand dye in Burlesque Red – the perfect winter (and Christmas shade). Check out my Instagram or Twitter page to find out more.

Photograph taken by M Richardson