Impulse Buying

Jun 22nd, 2016 Small Talk Bean 9 min read

This is rarely a good idea in my experience. Impulse buying that is. There have been (extremely) rare occasions when I’ve bought something on a whim and its turned out to be a dream buy / best purchase ever/ lasts forever [delete as appropriate]. However, as somebody who considers herself a veteran shopper, or in other words, a careful, considered shopper, every now and then…

Big Unwrap: Topshop

Jun 14th, 2016 Small Talk Bean 15 min read

Welcome to another Big Unwrap, an exciting one for me as it contained potential birthday presents: big YAY! Before I get onto that, I wanted to apologise for being remiss about the irregularity and frequency of my posts. When I started this blog 3 months ago, I had the intention of doing 3 posts a week as my youngest is at preschool 3 days a…

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Birthday Wish List

Jun 2nd, 2016 Small Talk Bean 23 min read

So, I turn 45 in just under a week. I’ll leave that thought hanging there, as although I’m not especially bothered by the actual number, I guess I can’t believe that I’m so into my forties: yes I’m a walking mid-life cliché! Where did all that time go? I’ve never been one to make a fuss about my birthday, and although I’ve compiled this ‘wish list’,…

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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…