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To Culotte or Not?

May 23rd, 2016 Small Talk Bean 12 min read

Are you a culottes-crazy like me? I am *in* love with them. Bit OTT? Well, the original idea behind culottes came about from skirts being split into two legs so that ladies wouldn’t have to ride side saddle or some such. Or in other words: they gave women a bit of equality and freedom if you like. So, what’s not to love? Although I will state now for…

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Jeepers, Peepers…

May 10th, 2016 Small Talk Bean 6 min read

Where’d you get those sneakers?! I’d been adding both of these HM velcro strapped sneakers in and out of my basket for what felt like months.  I wanted a perfect pair of pure white sneakers, to go perfectly with a lightly tailored, minimalist look that I hope to cultivate: In my head, I was already wearing these: I was wearing them with kick-cropped jeans (which I don’t…

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All that glitters…

Apr 25th, 2016 Small Talk Bean 11 min read

… really is gold. And silver. And pewter… …in fact, if you love metallics (which I do) you will be in heaven right now given just how much shiny stuff is out there in the shops right now. For me, my love of all things shiny, gold in particular, has come with age.   If you were to ask my mum about this, she’d tell you…

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Cropped Kick Flare Jeans for Petites?

Apr 19th, 2016 Small Talk Bean 11 min read

Who out there remembers the Clothes Show?  You know, that old BBC chestnut from back in the day: the one presented by the rather flirty & giggly Selina Scott and Jeff Banks and then eventually, by Caryn Frank as well…?  Well if you can’t remember it, its well worth a google, if for nothing else but a bit of a laugh! Honestly, it’s a classic… sort…

ASOS: Big UnWrap (Herringbone Jumpsuit and Silk Shirt)

Mar 23rd, 2016 Small Talk Bean 11 min read

Welcome to another Big Unwrap, this time, a couple of pieces from the ASOS White collection, one of their own labels.  I love this collection with its minimalistic aesthetic & slightly masculine tailoring.  It’s branded as being ASOS’s premium, luxe range and as such is pricier than regular ASOS labeled clothing. If I had to compare it to anywhere else, I guess its not a million…

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Bombed Out

Mar 21st, 2016 Small Talk Bean 5 min read

I guess I should start with an apology for being a bit rubbish with blogging last week: having only started Small Town Threads the week before with such gusto & high hopes of regular blogging, I found it had to take a back seat, mainly due to our new baby, Sylvie, our 8 week old mini schnauzer pup… but also because I hit a bit of…

& Other Stories: Big Unwrap (Stardust Dress & Vans)

Mar 14th, 2016 Small Talk Bean 5 min read

Welcome to the Big Unwrap: I hope you like my video…? After receiving my & Other Stories order last week, I was itching to open it straight away, as you can imagine… however, I held off until my lovely parter was available to help video my first Big Unwrap. Both items were purchased from the & Other Stories Sale, which is, in my opinion a really…

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Pre-puppy pootling in Bournemouth

Mar 11th, 2016 Small Talk Bean 13 min read

So yesterday, I did the mad dash with my sister (- within school hours) to Bournemouth ( – 2 hour round trip) for a quick whizz around some actual, *real* shops.  Once the puppy arrives on Saturday, I don’t think I will be going any where near any shops for a few weeks.  Hallelujah & Amen for the internet & online shopping! But, aside from…

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Staying Cosy

Mar 9th, 2016 Small Talk Bean 4 min read

I’m not designed to do the morning school run. Fact.  Its not that I can’t get up & get going, I can. Even if I’m not a morning person, I can get up & get organised, its really not that big of a deal. What I am not so good at is the stepping outside into the COLD. Today is my idea of weather hell: wind-blowing-rain-in…

People Seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile.

Lee Mildon