Photo grid with seven sections - each section shows a different outfit

My week of outfits.

It’s been a while since I’ve put up an outfit post. I take #ootd photos almost every day for my Instagram though so thought I would try making a blog post out of them for a change.

After a lot of walking in Manchester last weekend left my feet pretty much destroyed! I was seriously concerned I wouldn’t be able to find any shoes I could walk in for work last week! A pit stop in Livingston to hit the Nike outlet store on the way home allowed me to pick up a pair of trainers that were super comfy. And ones that I also thought I could style up for work appropriate outfits.

Photo of black Nike trainers and the bottom half of a pair of legs in black and white check trousers

Monday

Photo of woman with red hair wearing black and white gingham trousers, light blue shirt and black biker jacket

I really love these black and white gingham trousers, they were definitely a great purchase. The light blue shirt is from Peacocks. A nice pop of colour next to the black and white.

Tuesday

Photo of woman with red hair wearing pink culottes, white t-shirt and black biker jacket

Culottes are the perfect summer workwear. I’m not quite ready to get my milk bottle white pins out just yet. These show just enough leg to be summery without blinding everyone as the sun reflects off them! Teamed with a simple white tee, a statement necklace and my trusty leather jacket.

Wednesday

Photo of woman with red hair wearing pink culottes and long sleeved striped top with ruffles

Wednesdays mean pink right?! I wore my culottes for a second day again with a pretty simple top – ruffles and stripes. Winning combo as far as I’m concerned. And of course, the aforementioned Nike trainers.

Thursday

Photo of woman with red hair wearing black culottes, white shirt with pattern of hearts and denim jacket

Do you ever find a style you love so much you buy it in every colour you can? Yup, me too. I swapped my pink culottes for black ones. The shirt is from Primark last year, it’s lasted surprising well considering it was so cheap. A denim jacket is perfect for summer and thankfully my work isn’t too strict about dress code. You can’t see my feet, but I do have my trainers on!

Friday

Photo of woman with red hair wearing black skinny jeans, blue and white striped top, grey suede biker jacket and Nike trainers

Dress down Friday. I assume. I’ve never actually been told that at work, but also never been told it isn’t. So Friday means jeans. I recently got this biker jacket from New Look, another great addition to my summer wardrobe and it goes with everything. My feet are pretty much healed at this point but these trainers are so comfy… Definitely the sign of getting old!

Saturday

Photo of woman with red hair wearing dark blue jeans, a grey top with Hello Kitty on it, a bright pink cardigan and pink Vans with frilly socks

Dressing my age as always! We headed round to friends on Saturday night so obviously, I decided to wear my most grown-up clothes. I don’t dress my age but I really don’t care. Frilly socks make me smile! Our friends only live a five-minute walk away so I decided to risk it with my Vans and my feet survived!

 

I actually thought I’d find it pretty hard to style a whole week around a pair of shoes. These Nike trainers aren’t too sporty looking so they actually went ok with my work clothes. As a shoe addict, it was a bit hard sticking to only one pair for the whole week though!

 

The name Kayleigh written in pink cursive font.

Photos by M Richardson

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Gin subscription delivered straight to your door?!

There doesn’t sound like much better than this.

Recently, Flavourly got in touch with me about their monthly subscription boxes. When I heard that they offered a gin subscription I was definitely keen. The rise of subscription boxes over the last few years has been big. And, why not? Hardly surprising that people want to receive something nice through the post – rather than a bill. It’s a great way to discover new brands that you might not have otherwise heard of. And when it comes to gin it can be pretty expensive trying all the ones you fancy.

So, how does it work and what do you get? Flavourly pride themselves in working with smaller brands, who focus on quality and experimentation during the distilling. Each month you will be sent a box with three 200ml bottles of gin, a mixer, a snack and a copy of Flavourly magazine. And all for £35 a month! The box that I got introduced me to some new gin, which I always love! I got a bottle of Badachro Scottish gin, Blackwater no.5 Irish gin and Sovereign no.1 elderflower and gooseberry gin liqueur. Along with this, there were two bottles of Lamb & Watt tonic water and a packet of Soffles pitta chips.

I really like elderflower as a flavour with gin and quite often use elderflower water as a mixer, so I was looking forward to trying this out. I mixed the elderflower and gooseberry gin liqueur with the Badachro gin and used the tonic as a mixer. The result? A sweet, refreshing cocktail that was very easy to drink.

I’ve tried many different subscription boxes over the years, and to be honest, once I got over the initial excitement of them they’ve quickly lost their appeal. I’m not sure if it was because I felt like they maybe weren’t the best value or that the items in the box maybe weren’t right for me. But with this, I don’t think I would ever tire of new gin. And for the money, it really is great value. You would never be able to buy small-batch gin for this price and you get to try brands that could potentially have never been on your radar.

Not a gin lover, but know someone who would love you forever if you bought this as a present? Then you’re in luck! Because not only can you subscribe yourself, you can also give as a gift. Pick from a single one-off box, or in multiples of three (three, six, twelve months).

If you want to give Flavourly a try then use code FROCKS10 for 10% off. And if you do try them out I’d love to know what gins you get!

Oh also, today (9 June) is World Gin Day so that definitely gives you the perfect excuse to drink some gin!

 

 

The name Kayleigh written in pink cursive font.

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*I was gifted a subscription box by Flavourly – as always all thoughts are my own.
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Photo of a cake with five candles, streamers and a peg board with 'Frocks and Fairycakes 5 today' on it

Half a decade…

Today marks five years, half a decade, of me writing Frocks and Fairycakes!

It doesn’t feel like it’s been a year since I wrote about my wee blog turning four. And last year writing that milestone felt like a big deal. Getting to five years somehow feels different. Bigger. And mostly because I really don’t normally stick to anything!

I started writing this blog when I was 25. Even that seems like a lifetime ago. Frocks and Fairycakes came about as an outlet for my creativity. A way to escape my boring day job for the big bank and do something that felt more “me”. Maybe I was going through some sort of quarter-life crisis…? When I first started blogging I didn’t tell anyone about it. I didn’t want any of my real life people knowing about it. Someone I knew IRL finding me on Instagram was the worst thing ever! Now? Now I love to tell people I’m a blogger. Hell, it’s on my CV.

Setting up a blog with no tech knowledge at all was not really that easy. Despite getting started on Blogger – a fairly easy platform to use – I still had to figure out how to get widgets on my blog. Mostly because I wanted my Instagram feed down the side! When I was 25 I was living back with my Mum though. This must have been how I had time to figure it all out – I didn’t have any housework or cooking to do!

That being said, I really do cringe when I look back at old photos on my blog. Or remind myself of how it used to look! I never used to edit my photos! Occasionally I would crop them with PicMonkey (back when it was free). I definitely used to do more outfit related posts, mainly because I didn’t know what to write about! I also seemed to have the ‘moody blogger’ look down to a tee. With my new photographer, I find it hard not to smile or laugh when we take photos!

Even in the last year, there have been some changes to the blog. I made the leap (finally) away from Blogger and actually spent some money on it. A new theme has also resulted in me being a lot happier with the look. It feels more grown up. I’ve also been seeing an increase in opportunities. Which I’m super happy about! I’m not sure if that’s a result of the move and the new look or whether it’s almost five years of work paying off. Either way, I’m not complaining!

The move away from Blogger really wouldn’t have happened without the geeky knowledge Mark possesses. He pretty much did everything for me in terms of moving it over and getting it to look just how I wanted. So he now has the added responsibility of helping with the website maintenance as well as being my photographer (and daily Instagram boyfriend).

I’m sure the next year will again fly in. I hope that when I get to six years I’m feeling just as enthusiastic about writing. I’m still amazed that people actually want to read what I write about, and I hope that continues.

Oh, and damn right I bought myself a cake to celebrate turning five! Because I love any excuse for cake…

 

The name Kayleigh written in pink cursive font.

 

Photograph taken by me

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I love being a redhead!

I’ve been dying my hair for almost half my life…so a pretty long time! And red hair is definitely the colour for me.

I actually have a really horrible natural hair colour. Something that upsets me greatly. My Dad is naturally blonde and my Mum has really dark brown hair. And to add insult to injury, my siblings all have good hair colours. I was landed with a gross, dull, mousey brown colour. As soon as I was allowed my hair was getting dyed!

The process of getting my red hair was not an easy one. Apart from a very short time when I was blonde, and then when I had highlights through my hair, I’ve pretty much always used home hair dyes. When I was at the point of deciding it was time to go for red hair I was dying my hair black! I had some failed home attempts. There was one occassion when the colour of my roots changed and the rest stayed black, and then me having to instantly put black dye on it to cover it up.

I finally realised that I was going to have to get professional help. Thankfully, I did have a hairdresser friend who did a nice bleach bath on my hair and then covered up the orange with a lovely deep red shade. That was eight years ago and I’ve never looked back. I think red is the colour I should have been born with. As a super pale human anything dark makes me look even paler and pretty ill at the same time. Red adds a little bit of warmth to my skin tone.

After the initial professional dye, I resumed my home hair colour. I tried loads of different brands before settling on Garnier Nutrisse which I think I’ve been using for about four years now. I use shade 6.60 Fiery Red and I love it! It’s bold and vibrant and I always get loads of compliments on my colour.

At the length my hair is now (a bit past shoulder length) I can still get away with only one bottle of the dye but at times when it’s been longer, I’ve had to use two bottles. Boots or Superdrug often have an offer, so even if you need to go for the two bottles it still costs less than a tenner. Pretty good for hair maintenance! I also manage the whole process by myself but again if you have longer hair you may need help. When my hair was a lot longer I always did the roots myself and then roped my Mum in to help with the rest. Actually reaching all my hair was a struggle! As it stands just now, Mark just checks to make sure I haven’t missed any bits.

The hair dye I use is permanent, so has peroxide in it. I feel like my hair is always in great condition though, despite this. Even after I’ve just dyed it. And it also smells great! The only problem with red hair is that it continues to run for a couple of weeks after you’ve dyed it. It’s always a good idea to use a dark coloured towel to dry your hair and try and avoid white bedsheets. Oh, and be careful not to get caught in the rain! I still love being a redhead despite all this…

Do you use home hair dye?

 

The name Kayleigh written in pink cursive font.

 

Photo by M Richardson

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marble and mint green background with writing saying home improvements my BoConcept wish list

I’m 30 and I’ve never properly decorated a home.

I spent most of my 20s renting and moving often.

Despite living in unfurnished places, lack of funds meant that furniture was purchased based on affordability rather than it actually being my style. When I did eventually get round to being a homeowner and got to furnish a place it still wasn’t completely the choices I would have made if I’d been given free reign. Well, I no longer live in that flat. And I moved in with Mark into what is definitely a boys flat!

I’m desperate to decorate. I have Pinterest boards for almost every room in the house. All I’m waiting for is the green light from Mark so that we can start painting and replacing some of the furniture. I also feel I’ve got to the age where I want some pieces in my home that aren’t budget buys. I love the pieces in BoConcept – simple Scandinavian design that manages to feel modern and contemporary with a hint of mid-century design. Right up my street.

yellow cushion

We’re not at the point of buying any new big pieces of furniture but I’m pretty keen to splash a bit of colour into certain parts of the house. One thing about moving into a boy’s home is that it’s dark. Dark wood, dark walls and we have a dark leather sofa. I love bright colours, and they’re the perfect way of injecting a more homely feel into your place. If you also pick right they can add warmth – something I’m always after. I’ve been on the hunt for some yellow cushions for the sofa for a while. It’s a colour that makes me happy, and if added in small quantities still makes your house feel like a grown-up home. This cushion is perfect. Bright yellow with baroque style embroidery, a few of these would look great scattered on the sofa.

Our bedroom is the room I want to decorate most of all. I wrote about our orange (yes ORANGE!) bedroom wall in another post and my desperation to change it. I’ve already picked out a mauve paint I want. For me, a bedroom should be a calm place. A place where you can relax and clear your mind before you drift off to sleep. Orange doesn’t work for this.

 

Dusty pink armchair with wooden legs

 

I also believe that all bedrooms should have a chair of some sort for the nights when you can’t bear actually putting the days clothes away before crawling into bed. The Adelaide chair would work well for this and the dusty rose would go well with the purple shade I have in mind. Also, apart from being used to chuck my clothes over it looks pretty comfy and the ideal place to sit and work or read a book. Adelaide is fully customisable- you can pick the fabric, colour and even the legs on the chair.

I know I’m not alone in my love of rose gold. It gives a bit of luxury to anything you add it to. I’ve already been collecting little bits and pieces and even bought rose gold spray paint for some DIY photo frames for our bedroom. The colour of the Tone mirror is fab and it would add a bit of warmth (all about the warmth!) to otherwise cool colours in the room. And at a meter in diameter, it’s some size! I also love mirrors in rooms to give the illusion of more space and they make a room seem lighter.

 

Round rose gold mirror

 

I’m hoping we will be using some of our time off work this year to get decorating. Just to clarify, Mark is totally happy (or so he says) with me making our home a bit more homely. And thankfully he doesn’t have any issue with pink. Which is just as well because we already have quite a few pink things in the house! Although he is reluctant to give up that orange wall…

What would be on your BoConcept wish list? Check out their website or visit their furniture stores in Glasgow or Edinburgh to see more.

 

The name Kayleigh written in pink cursive font.

 

Top image made on Canva. Product images from BoConcept.

*Post sponsored by BoConcept
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