Friday, 28 November 2014

8 Ways to Wear Boyfriend Jeans

8 Ways to Wear Boyfriend Jeans
Fancy a post that's not about Black Friday? How about a straightforward Ways to Wear post - I thought I'd give you a rest from sales, sales, sales and talk boyfriend jeans instead!

Unlike skinnies, boyfriend jeans are a perennial favourite that can be worn all year round. With t-shirts and sandals in the summer, blazers in the autumn and winter coats and ankle boots in the winter, they're one of my favourite styles to wear. They have enough room for a little overeating in the colder months (food baby? What food baby?) and don't make me too hot (like skinnies do) in hot weather.

I basically have three pairs of boyfriend jeans: one distressed with a deep hem, one darker denim in a more snug fit, and one in a light wash which are really loose. I like to vary the way I roll the hem - sometimes deep, sometime rolled - as it makes a big difference with the footwear you're wearing. Here's just some of the ways I've worn them in the last year or so... I hope it gives you some inspiration.

Are you a fan of boyfriend jeans? If so, what's your favourite way of wearing them - do share in the comments! (And tell us if you've ventured into mom jeans territory - how have you found them, I'd love to know :)

Winter double denim & cozy knit
1. With double denim, knitwear and ankle boots (original post)
This is such a great throw-on outfit for this time of year - as it gets colder I'd add a couple of pairs of slouchy socks and a scarf. One of my favourite looks from last winter.

Neutrals & boyfriend jeans with chunky sandals
2. With neutrals, a statement belt and chunky sandals (original post)
More of a warmer weather outfit, but this shows how accessories make all the difference to a jeans-n-top look. I love all the textures and subtle pattern in the leopard print belt.

Neon pink and black with distressed denim - Over 40 fashion
3. With a bold neon top and black blazer (original post)
Despite the jeans being both loose fit and distressed, the classic black blazer will always smarten any pair (no matter what their state). Together with high heeled sandals, a deep rolled up hem on this pair somehow elongate your legs when your ankles are exposed, I'm not sure how or why...!

Camouflage jacket, boyfriend jeans
4. With contrasting camo and sheer florals (original post)
I think the distressed jeans would have been too much with this look - the camo jacket and pretty florals add enough interest without having to throw in holey denim as well. A great blend of masculine and feminine.

White sweater, boyfriend jeans, nude pointed heels
5. With layered knitwear and heels (original post)
I loved this snood and sweater combination, and adding my fave (and oldest) boyfriend jeans was the icing on the cake. I'm not always one for 100% comfort so went for ladylike nude pointed heels and continued the theme with nude-coloured accessories - perfect for the lighter wash denim.

Sequinned kimono, purple cowl neck sweater & distressed denim
6. With a glitzy statement coat (original post)
Or in this case, a sequinned kimono. What better way to tone down an over-the-top, huge glitzy piece than with distressed boyfriend jeans? I wore this to LFW and would have felt far too dressed up if I'd added smart trousers instead.

Leopard & black coat with boyfriend jeans
7. With brogues and an oversized two-tone coat (original post)
I went the whole hog with the masculine chic here: patent brogues, the husband's sweater, a button-down shirt - not forgetting the wonderful Zara leopard and black two-tone coat. As I was paid a lovely compliment by a French waiter when wearing this outfit I consider it a winner.

Boyfriend jeans & layers
8. With black ankle boots and layered knitwear (original post)
Another layered knitwear look, but this time with bolder, darker boots and accessories. A little harder and more masculine than the nude colour combinations of outfit no.5.

Here's a great selection of boyfriend jeans I found online - some distressed, some not, some dark wash, some light - something for everyone!


Catherine x
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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Masculine Chic | Head-To-Toe Burgundy and Red

Autumn style: Head to toe red, burgundy and pink
After borrowing the husband's Fred Perry sweater the other day (as seen in my last post) I felt the need to borrow it again... after all, what are husbands for if you can't borrow their clothes? I'm a big fan of masculine chic and there's no better way to do it than with your other half's wardrobe...! This was actually quite an easy outfit to put together - when you're going for head-to-toe burgundy/red you don't have to do too much thinking about colour combinations and whether they're going to work. The best shirt I had to go with this colour palette was a pink gingham one that I hadn't worn in a while (you can see how I wore it last here) and I think it added a nice light touch just to lift my face.

I've been favouring a head-to-toe look in one colour a lot lately (I've done white recently as well) - do you ever go for all one colour (or shades of one colour) like this? Do you find the colour combinations easier or more difficult... I can imagine it can be the latter sometimes. Tell us in the comments!

Autumn style: Head to toe red, burgundy and pink
Autumn style: Head to toe red, burgundy and pink
Autumn style: Head to toe red, burgundy and pink
Autumn style: Head to toe red, burgundy and pink
Catherine x
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Blazer: Dorothy Perkins (old), Sweater: Fred Perry (borrowed from the husband), Shirt: Marks & Spencer, Jeans: Asos, Boots: New Look (similar)

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Monday, 24 November 2014

Oversized Dark Tartan Scarf With a Black Biker and Adidas

Autumn style: Dark tartan scarf and black biker jacket
I mentioned the other day I was obsessing over oversized tartan scarves, and I was right - I only went and bought the dark tartan one from Asos I said I had my eye on, didn't I. It's probably going to be worn to death this winter, and it's first appearance on the blog is with my trusty black biker jacket which I layered with the husband's burgundy Fred Perry sweater. I like men's sweaters in the winter as they cover your bum and give you that little extra warmth that's so often needed if you're wearing a jacket rather than a big coat.

Although I finished the outfit off pretty casually with skinnies and my Adidas Superstar Originals, I still added just a little touch of bling: the Asos pearl and spike earrings. They went straight in my basket as soon as I saw them - good job as they seem to have sold out already which is such a shame. Not to fear: I've picked out a selection of pearl and gold earrings and tartan scarves you may like at the end of the post... all's not lost for all you tartan and earring loving readers just yet!

Are you enjoying layering up at the moment - what are your tips for keeping warm if you don't want to wear a big coat? Do share in the comments!

Autumn style: Dark tartan scarf and black biker jacket
Autumn style: Dark tartan scarf and black biker jacket
Autumn style: Dark tartan scarf and black biker jacket
Catherine x
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Scarf: Asos, Jacket: Debenhams, Jeans: Zalando, Sweater: Fred Perry (borrowed from the husband), Trainers: Adidas, Sunglasses: c/o Lulus (similar), Gloves: Unknown (gift), Earrings: Asos (sold out)





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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Don't Make These 7 Common Blogging Mistakes

Don't Make These 7 Common Blogging Mistakes
I haven't published a blogging tips post in a while, so I thought I'd talk about some of the common mistakes that I see. Many bloggers don't realise they're doing them (I think I was probably doing all of these to start with), and over time I've realised certain things either frustrate me when I'm trying to navigate a blog or I know that bloggers just don't know how to change them.

As always everyone's preferences are different so you may not agree with all of them, but some things are based on basic principles of design and some things just make me want to bang my head against a brick wall due to the frustration it causes me! Unfortunately many blogging mistakes are because of the restrictions of Blogger as a platform (don't get me started), but there are ways round it to make the experience easier for your readers. I'm also not saying my blog is perfect - far from it. It's a constant work in progress but I always sit up and take notice when I read things online that I know I could implement, so I hope these points will help some of you.

Some have been mentioned many times before but I think they're important to say again, and others are not mentioned very often at all. I'm starting with the latter.

Mistake 1. Not having a favicon
Not having a what? A favicon is the icon associated with a website shown in the the little tab of the address bar of a browser. It also shows up next to the site name in a list of bookmarks. If you look at the tab for your blog in your window, does it have the generic orange Blogger logo (Blogspot blogs) or a blank/generic icon that's not your avatar or logo for your site? It's really, really easy to change it - click here for a quick 4-point tutorial. It'll make your blog stand out amongst all the other tabs. (I'm assuming that everyone, like me, always has at least 15 tabs open in a window at any one time.)

Mistake 2. Using captcha
On Blogger blogs, the use of captcha on the comments form seems to get bloggers' backs up more than anything, yet so many blogs still have it. Personally I'm not quite as annoyed by it since Google made it a lot easier (now a three-digit number compared to the indecipherable gobbledegook it used to be), but I tweeted about it recently and the general consensus was no, don't use it under any circumstances. If you're not sure whether you've got it switched on, check right now. Go to Settings > Posts and Comments > Show word verification? and make sure it says "No".

Mistake 3. Centering text
Compare the following two paragraphs:

1. A whole block of centered text is hard to read - your eyes can't return to the same starting place on each line as it's constantly changing.
Like white text on a black background (also difficult to read), it messes with your brain's logics.
Text that's difficult to read will put readers off, even if they're only aware of it subconsciously. It's a big graphic design no-no. Novels are never written with centered text, are they...?

2. A whole block of left-aligned text is easy to read - your eyes can return to the same starting place on each line as it never changes. Like black text on a white background (also easy to read), it works with your brain's logics. Text that's easy to read won't put readers off, even if they're only aware of it subconsciously. It's a major graphic design rule. Novels are always written with left-aligned text, aren't they...?

Mistake 4. Not making images the same width
This works on exactly the same principle as the centered text - your brain has to work harder to go back and forth as you scroll down through images. Depending on how you store and upload your images, you can either resize all your images to the same width before uploading them (use picmonkey.com or similar to do this), or resize them proportionately in the HTML. I explained how to do that in this post.

Mistake 5. Not having social media icons on the blog (or having them but with broken links)
If I've found a blog I love, I usually want to connect with the blogger via their social media channels. I want links to their social media accounts to be easy to find and right there in front of me. Likewise if the links take me to an old account that's no longer in use, or the link is broken, I'd have to be really desperate to follow (stalk) them by Googling their social media account. Don't make your readers have to work for it; give it to them on a plate. Wordpress makes creating them easy with plugins, Blogger doesn't, so you'll need a tutorial on how to create them. There are loads online, but if you want to know how I do it, this tutorial is almost exactly how I create mine (and nicely described in layman's terms).

Mistake 6. A blog archive that lists months only - no post titles
The jury's out on this one as I've read some opinions to the contrary, but I often want to search for a particular post in someone's archives. Some blogs I've read say no one wants to read old posts of yours, but I do, so here's what I look for. If you're going to have a Blog Archive, don't just have the months and years listed (or worse - just months where you have several Octobers and you lose track of the year). That's no use to anyone, so if you're going to do that then you might as well not have an archive at all.

If you do provide one (and I'd urge you - DO have one), then make sure the post titles are included. If I want to find that yellow dress outfit post you published sometime in the summer, it should only take me a couple of clicks to find it... I can work out from the titles which one it probably is. A list of months won't help me at all, so I just won't bother looking any further. To add/change it (on Blogger blogs), go to Add a Gadget > Blog Archive > Options and make sure you tick "Show post titles". You can see what it will look like in the preview.

Mistake 7. Not using your name anywhere
Please put your name somewhere. If you want to remain anonymous that's fine - at the very least use your first name or a pseudonym. Put it on your About page, at the end of your blog posts and on your social media bios/profile. It's very hard to communicate on a personal level when you cannot find a blogger's name easily. I wouldn't write a letter to someone without writing their name, and I wouldn't leave a blog comment without addressing it to them. Not everyone does, I know, but you're putting off those who do want to get to know you without a name.

So that's my 7 for this time - there are loads more I know but these are are my main bugbears. What are your bugbears? (I just wanted to say 'bugbear' again.) Were there any here that you didn't realise you were doing? Do share in the comments!
Catherine x
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