Thursday, 31 July 2008

Much more me again

After having my huaband home all week and doing house stuff I felt the need to dress a bit more 'me' again.

Shirt - Tesco
Crops - Primark
Belt - Primark
Shoes - Calzino

Wednesday, 30 July 2008


Sorry no picture today, the camera battery is playing up and I can't find the spare.

I have managed to convince Alan that I can get a magazine subscription - quite an achievement given his tight grip on the purse strings. So, what fashion magazine would you recommend?

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Bit Girlier Again

Well, after all the heavy work yesterday I fancied something a bit more girly today:

Top - Primark (£4)
Shorts - Primark (£6)
Shoes - Calzino (£13)

Total Cost of Outfit = £23

Monday, 28 July 2008


We are clearing out the loft today and look a right state! So thought you might like a laugh.

Kate -
Vest - Primark
Shorts - Tesco
Shoes - BHS

Al -
T-shirt (with arms cut off) - Primark
Shorts - Primark
Shoes - No Idea!

Sunday, 27 July 2008

Summer Sling Show

Well, today I had a long day, got the train into London with my youngest and went to the Summer Sling Show. It was really fab but absolutely sweltering. I ended up standing on the tube for 1 1/2 hours with Pips on my back so was very glad I went for comfy flip flops and as few clothes as I could get away with!
Top - French Connection (£7, TK Maxx)
Skirt - RI Clothing (ebay)(25p)
Flip Flops - Bertie (free)
Total cost of outfit - £7.25

And here we are with the coordinating sling!!

Saturday, 26 July 2008

Summery and Ladylike

I feel all ladylike in this outfit which is very unusual for me! It's hot and humid here again and this dress is very light and comfortable. I thought I'd try tan accessories and think it works really well.

Hat - BHS (£5?)
Bag - Tesco (£5)
Belt - TU (£5)
Dress - Primark (£5)
Shoes - Calzino (£13)

Total cost of outfit approx £33

Friday, 25 July 2008

A bit Lara

Got lots of outdoor activites planned for me and the kids and have gone a bit Lara Croft! Apologies for the terrible photo, still struggling to find somewhere to take my shots and had to rely on my 4 year olds photography skills today.

Vest - Decathlon (gift from my parents)
Shorts - Primark (£6)
Flip flops - Bertie (free)

Total cost of outfit - £6

Thursday, 24 July 2008

Goodness it's hot!!

It is so so hot today, I stayed in my pyjamas whilst I built the bunkbeds and moved all the furniture. Now it's just sorting out left to do I decided I could get away with a dress.

Dress - Primark (£10)
Shoes - Calzino (£13)

Total cost of outfit - £23

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Geek chic

I have an exciting day ahead, dismantling furniture ready for the arrival of a new bed thanks to freecycle. So definitely a jeans and T-shirt day. I love this Tshirt though it makes me chuckle.

T-shirt - Primark (this was bought for my husband but was too small so I stole it)
Jeans - Next (£20)
Boots - DeWalt (a Christmas present from my husband (?!!!!!) which he got free from a bloke in a lift at work)

Total cost of outfit - £20

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Struggling with the photography

Since moving all the furniture round I am really struggling to get good pictures. It's really dark in the only place I have to take them at the moment. I think I am going to need to invest in a tripod so I can get some reasonable pics again.

Top - Primark (£2)
Shorts - Primark (£6)
Shoes - Primark (£2)

Total cost of outfit - £10

Monday, 21 July 2008

New Blog

For anyone interested I have a new blog. Hope you enjoy it.

Barefoot but definitely not pregnant!

We have rearranged our living and dining rooms and now I am trying to find a new place to take photos. Been to a breastfeeding picnic to raise awareness for the need for legislation to protect the rights of breastfeeding mothers and children today so running round a field barefoot playing with the younger two. For more information check out Protect My Baby, Protect Me . Then house stuff after so been barefoot most of the day.

It's the first day of the Summer holidays for my middle son, and already I've had enough!!! Son number 1 finishes on Wednesday so hopefully things will improve because we can spend all day out and about doing things. We are going to do a blog of our summer so I will let you know the web address once it's all set up and going incase any of you wonder what goes on chez Kirkham.

Dress - Primark (£10)

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Interview Suit

Went to the Next sale today, didn't expect to find much but managed to find a fab suit half price £45 from £90! Really pleased with it, I was so excited to find the two halves in the sizes I need. I am two sizes smaller on top than on the bottom so finding things that look good is hard work. So here is the suit in all it's different permutations.

Saturday, 19 July 2008

Night Out

Going out on the town with a girlfriend tonight. I love this corset it is steel-boned and holds me in giving me fab curves.

Corset - Turn of the Century
Jeans - New Look
Shoes - New Look

Friday, 18 July 2008

Book Meme

I just found this on Fi's blog. It’s a list of the ‘Greatest Ever Novels’ and you’re meant to:
Look at the list and:
1) Bold those you have read.
2) Italicise those you intend to read.
3) [Bracket] the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list on your own blog.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2.The Lord of The Rings - JRR Tolkein
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 [To Kill a Mockingbird] - Harper Lee
6 The Bible (not all of it but a fair amount)
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 [Little Women] - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 [The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy] - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie-the-Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby-Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - A. S. Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Another cool pair of tights

Feeling a bit sad today because my middle son has just finished preschool ready to start big school in September. It seems like only yesterday he was born.

Top - Primark (£1.50)
Skirt - Primark (£6)
Tights - Primark (£2.50)
Boots - Blox (ebay) (99p)
Total cost of outfit - £10.99
Here we are all together just before his preschool leaving party.

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Last Work Day

Taught my final class today, haven't got anymore booked at the moment due to moving house/work stuff going on. So no more work type outfits from me for a while. I am still living in hope that I will get a full time job sometime soon.

Top - Primark (£2)
Tank Top - Primark (£4)
Trousers - Louis Charles (TK Maxx)(approx. £12)
Shoes - Buffalo London (TK Maxx)(£12)
Total Cost of Outfit £32

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

Cool and comfortable

Bit muggy here today so need something cool.

Dress/Top - Look (ebay) (99p)
Leggings - Tesco (£6)
Flipflops - Bertie (free)

Total cost of outfit - £6.99

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Jewel Colours

Got a fair few colours going on in this outfit today. The zip on the skirt is a bit of a pain though and I had a slight wardrobe malfunction at school when the zip came undone!

Top - Primark (£2)
Skirt - Topshop (ebay) (25p)
Tights - Primark (£1)
Shoes - Dorothy Perkins (ebay) (99p)

Total cost of outfit - £4.24

Monday, 14 July 2008

Work Day Monday

Teaching day again today.

Scarf - M&S (gift)
Top - Primark (£2)
Jeans - New Look (£10)
Shoes - Liberta (£10)
Total Cost of outfit - £22

Sunday, 13 July 2008

Spy Party!

Had my eldest son's 6th birthday party today. It was a spy theme so me and Alan dressed all in black for the event.
The house is now much more peaceful and I managed not to lose or injure any of the party guests.

Jacket - New Look (£10)
Top - Primark (£1.50)
Skirt - R.I. Clothing (ebay) (25p)
Shoes - Primark (£2)
Total cost of outfit - £13.75

Saturday, 12 July 2008

Long Jeans

Feeling very pleased with these jeans - they are New Look Hula style (£10) and are a bit higher in the rise than most of the pairs on the market at the moment which is great for those of us with a curvy bottom half, not only that but they come in a 34" length so I can actually wear them with my heels! I do find it amusing that I am 5'6" and have 34" length yet my husband who is just over 6 foot only has 32".
I am currently on the hunt for a black suit skirt and really struggling. I am hoping to get a job interview one day and need something ready so I know I will look ok without having to go and buy anything in a rush. I have a black next suit but the trousers have seen better days and I thought it would be easy to get a skirt to go with the jacket but I was so wrong. Next had no plain black skirts, neither did any other shops in the local town so it looks like I'm off to M&S in a minute before I admit defeat and accept I need an entire new suit.
Top - Primark
Jeans - New Look
Boots - Attitude (ebay)
Total cost of outfit today £12.99

Friday, 11 July 2008

The Tights/Footwear Problem

After a detailed survey (well, asking on facebook anyway) it has been decided that the appropriate footwear for these tights is a pair of purple DMs. Unfortunately Alan was unconvinced when I told him I NEEDED a new pair to replace the ones that I threw out 8 years ago, however, he seems to be coming round to the idea. Trying to decide whether to go for Black or Purple now.
Just reminiscing about my younger days and the best boots I've ever owned. Here I am wearing them aged about 14 in my much loved Nirvana T-shirt.

Funky Tights

Not got much time today so the picture captures the colour of the skirt as best I could with only two shots. Another of the 4 for 99p skirts and the tights were 50p at Primark yesterday. Really couldn't work out what to wear on my feet though. The tights are so fussy they made the shoes look a bit funny. I think my knee highs would have looked better but knee highs, fishnets and a mini skirt is too much slapper for the school run even for me.

Quite impressed with the frugality of this outfit though - whole thing cost £3.24!!!

Top - Primark (£1.50)
Skirt - Topshop (ebay) (25p)
Tights - Primark (50p)
Boots - Blox (ebay) (99p)

Thursday, 10 July 2008

More Bargains!

Got some lovely ebay bargains again. I got this and 3 other skirts for 99p and the shoes were also 99p.

Skirt - R.I. Clothing (ebay)
Top - Primark
Shoes - Dorothy Perkins (ebay)

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

British Summer

First is the planned outfit followed by the English weather version! Someone has forgotten that July is meant to be hot!! Ah well, I'm all for a bit of splashing in puddles.

Jumper - New Look
Skirt - M&S
Tights - Primark
Black Boots - Tesco
Wellies - Adamastor (and they even have my name in them from when I went on guide camp aged 14!)

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Sports Day

Completely forgot that it was my son's sports day when I was thinking what to wear so quick change of footwear into something flat just incase I participate in a mum's race! The little lady was determined to join me - she's got the kinky boots today!
Dress - Primark
Vest Top - New Look
Shoes - Buffalo London (TKMaxx)

Monday, 7 July 2008

Rain Rain Go Away

So much for the Summer - it's raining here again. Another busy week of studying and jobhunting for me. Desperately trying to get as much done as possible before the school holidays. Trying to achieve anything with three little ones running about the place is a nightmare and I'd much rather be having fun and enjoying the children.

Jumper, Belt and Jeans - Primark
Boots - Tesco

Saturday, 5 July 2008

Taking it Easy

I won't lie, I have put zero effort into thinking about today's outfit. I am feeling a little 'delicate'! Got a trip to a running shop this morning and a preschool friends BBQ/party thing this afternoon so I will probably get the crocs out for comfort later.
Top - Primark
Jeans - George
Shoes - Calzino

Friday, 4 July 2008

Making it up

This is not an original outfit, I have worn it before with different footwear. But I like it! My eldest son has an Inset day today so I had a bit more time and decided to make a little more effort by putting on a bit of make up. It was well worth it, Jamie told me I looked 'cute in those clothes and beautiful with green eyelids'! Bless him! :-)

Waistcoat - Beauty Angel (ebay)
Vest - Primark
Skirt - Primark
Boots - Blox (ebay)

Thursday, 3 July 2008

Work Shirts

I have realised that I tend to always wear this style of shirt/top on Thursdays when I am working. I really like the shape but definitely need to vary things a bit. With my job I don't have to look smart, but I do have to be professional. I never wear skirts or low cut tops for teaching because alot of what I do is very physical.

This picture is very odd but I like it - the sun started streaming through the window just as I took the photo. The one below shows the colours of the clothes better.
Shirt - Tesco
Jeans - Next
Boots - Tesco

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Dressing like a 4 year old

Not so hot here today thankfully. Got a busy day running errands so will be out and about and lots of walking so definitely a flat shoes day. I woke up stressed this morning so I dressed in a fun, childish way today with the hope of it improving my stress levels and returning them to those of a small child!

Bandana - Garden Centre
Dress - Primark
Shorts - Tesco
Top - Primark
Flip flops - Bertie

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

All Black

The photo isn't great because with it being an all black outfit the detail blends in. Anyway, nicked this shirt out of the old man's wardrobe and thought I'd revisit the 90s fashion for tied shirts. Have a feeling if it gets much hotter fashion will go out of the window and me and Pippa will be in the garden in our bikinis later on.

Shirt - Alan's
Skirt - Primark
Shoes - Calzino