Sunday 7 – The Birthday One

May 28th, 2017 Small Talk Bean 19 min read

And so it is, that my 46th birthday looms… in less than 2 weeks. Yup: Forty. Six. How…? I feel like my parents… when they used to talk about their age when I was a kid: ‘you know in your head that you are forty and you look in the mirror and can see you’re forty… but inside of your brain: you don’t feel like you are…


When it doesn’t work out

May 25th, 2017 Small Talk Bean 6 min read

So I’ve kind of given the game away in the title here, haven’t I?! My H&M order (which I talked about at the end of this post,) arrived… and even before I opened the plastic bags containing the dresses, I knew they weren’t right. Just to remind you why I’d ordered the dresses in the first place, it was this image which caught my eye: I…


Sunday 7 – Black Cats are Lucky

May 21st, 2017 Small Talk Bean 18 min read

Hello!  This Sunday I have woken up feeling every one of my 45 years (11 months & 2 weeks). My 8 year old’s busy schedule seems to have taken over: driving him an hour away to a ‘Maths Challenge Day’ on Friday and wasting my day (5 hours) waiting around for him to finish – as in, I then drove a further 2 hours round trip…


A Little Pep Talk

May 18th, 2017 Small Talk Bean 9 min read

So… I blogged about getting down in the dumps (here) when my blog turned 1: those feelings were a direct result of analysing my self-worth against my stats on social media. Namely followers on Instagram. In that blog post, rather than focussing on the negatives, I decided to look at all the positive things which have resulted from a year of being on social media and…


Sunday 7 – The One

May 14th, 2017 Small Talk Bean 18 min read

Sunday? Again?! I don’t know about you, but I’m constantly chasing my tail at the moment: time is running so, so fast and I just can’t keep up. So I’d drafted a shell of this post on Friday, found my Stinker of the Week and Wildcard straight away, but rather unusually I couldn’t settle on  my actual ‘chosen 7’ items (usually I can find the 7 and…


Random Acts of Kindness

May 10th, 2017 Small Talk Bean 12 min read

… bear with, this is fashion related I promise. Isn’t there an official Random Acts of Kindness day in February? or is it November? At the very least, there is a Foundation dedicated to the subject with numerous websites full of ideas as to what Random Act of Kindness you could carry out… you know, putting a little ‘surprise’ love note in a lunchbox for…


Sunday 7 – Cheap as Chips

May 7th, 2017 Small Talk Bean 17 min read

Hola! Hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend? It’s the start of a month, which, in theory means, wages have been paid and a time to feel ‘flush’. However, just to buck the trend… I’m feeling a little skint at the mo and as such, thought I’d do a Sunday 7 full of little cheap-as-chips pick me ups. And I do mean cheap. And by…



May 4th, 2017 Small Talk Bean 9 min read

…or more specifically, going slightly bananas! So this is a bit of an update/review post on the continued saga of “those topshop trousers” which have been mentioned once or twice over my last couple of posts: But more on that later. First, I fancy sharing my views on Bananas. As in the fruit… … the one you eat? Or don’t in my case. It’s a bit…


Sunday 7 – Lines

Apr 30th, 2017 Small Talk Bean 24 min read

… vertical stripes, depending on how you look at it? I see lines. In fact, I’ve been ribbed about this very subject before (as in lines vs stripes) by my friends, as they simply couldn’t understand why I saw, and described vertical stripes as lines: but I can’t help it – it’s just what I see. Stripes are horizontal, aren’t they?  Like a Breton…?  Plus,…


A Little Tweak…

Apr 27th, 2017 Small Talk Bean 8 min read

So… I saw this Bell Sleeve Shirt Dress on the New Look website and without a second thought, I’d ordered it: This is from New Look’s regular range – not Petites. Which meant of course, it would be longer on me – I’d hoped it would be full-on midi-length. In fact… the only thing about the dress which was bothering me was the sleeves… would…