Puff sleeves, special offer codes and bathroom dramas.

It was nice to go for a walk around one of the local parks after the mini heatwave. I wanted to get a photo of this puff-sleeves shirt and I didn’t go out at all during those hot days. I knew all the parks would be busy.

I bought this a while ago but it sold out very quickly, so I didn’t post it here. But I noticed this week it’s back in stock, and I wanted to share you because it’s such a bargain find and perfect for more hot days to come.

The puff sleeves trend is still going strong. I love this comfortable easy to wear style. Tuck in or leave loose for a relaxed feel

I’m having a bit of a love affair with puff sleeves. Surprising considering how short I am. My favourite most worn is the Broderie Anglais one I featured a while back.

This shirt is full of volume. I’m wearing a size small and when it arrived I thought it looked very tent-like! I’ve crossed the front over rather than doing up the buttons. It’s very long in the body and I have worn it un-tucked with these jeans too. I featured it here on YouTube if you would like to see. Quite a versatile shirt considering the £17 price tag.

The puff sleeves trend is still going strong. I love this comfortable easy to wear style. Tuck in or leave loose for a relaxed feel

I’ve paired the shirt with Mom jeans from FandF and I’m sorry, I can’t leave a link with you for those. I wish FandF would hurry up and get back online! I’m really pleased with them and often buy my jeans from there. FandF’s contour range is very good too.

I have just ordered the Girlfriend jeans from Baukjen because the fit is perfect. I tried them on at the press day and fell in love with them. They have been sold out until now and was lucky to grab a pair. so I have linked them below in the shop the look. I now have a Baukjen discount code for my readers. VM20 gives 20% off all full-priced items.

A basket bag and my bargain Espadrilles that I featured a couple of weeks back finish this easy laid back look.

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Why do hydrangeas go brown?

The puff sleeves trend is still going strong. I love this comfortable easy to wear style. Tuck in or leave loose for a relaxed feel

I hope you can help me here? Why is it that as soon as you get a rain shower on those hydrangeas the petals all turn brown? Is there something I can feed them to stop this happening?

No sooner did we have all that rain after the heatwave I noticed that the hydrangeas were starting to go brown. I decided to cut and bring the best ones indoors. Also, is it better to prune them back?

I’m also giving my new moccasins an airing on the blog. The leather is super soft, perfect throw on and be ready for anything shoes.

The moccasins are from VanDal shoes. I love this brand for supplying extra wide fitting shoes. I have wide feet, and that little bit extra just makes them feel like slippers!

Another casual look here. The loose fitting white shirt and the navy trousers are both from Mango. I have been very impressed with the quality of the trousers. Very comfortable to wear too.

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I’ve enjoyed having the hydrangeas on my desk. And yes I do have my tea builders brewed! I bought the vase recently from Morrisons on a weekly shop.

And while I’m talking about indoors, Oh boy what dilemma’s I’ve been going through! I will try and keep it short. My bathroom has been re-scheduled to be fitted in the next couple of weeks. Hurrah! I had originally decided to go with splash wall panels throughout the bathroom but the design I had found online via pinterest was no-where to be found.

I thought the idea of no grout was good and I had read really good things about splash walls and that this is the new way to go. I eventually found a supplier of the design I wanted and ordered a sample.

Then the lock-down began and no sample arrived. The last couple of weeks have been spent hunting down showers, toilets, radiators etc. One of the bathroom suppliers we visited also had splash walls. I didn’t like any of the samples there but the shop manager offered me brochures and low and behold I found the design I wanted.

It was god-damn pricey stuff! We started thinking about lowering the budget on our shower and all the other items we had chosen so I could get those panels. The following day the sample I originally ordered arrived. I was so disappointed with it.

I think it would have been great in a shower cubicle, but my bathroom is fairly small and I didn’t want to break up walls with different materials. So, the last few days have been spent on the hunt for tiles. Hence why this post is a day late! But I’m glad I never went ahead with ordering those panels.

A lesson learned to make sure the product is right there in front of me before buying. It’s easy to get carried away and be hasty, isn’t it? Have you ever made a wrong move buying something expensive online before seeing it in the flesh?

The shower cubicle that I fell in love with online was hard to find in a showroom and we had to drive a fair few miles to see it, but worth it to do that. I just want to get the house finished and my patience is wearing thin. Anyway, enough waffle from me. I look forward to sharing the finished result with you.

I have a 20% off code for Claudia Bradby!

If you’re a regular reader here, you will already know how much I love my pearls! I have also worked alongside with the Claudia Bradby brand for a few years now.

I’m happy to share a 20% discount for you all. This discount is available for the whole of July. I’ve pictured above the items that I wear most. I’m wearing the Helix necklace in the first outfit and the Cowrie bracelet in the second. I love the single pearl necklace, it goes with everything.

Use laurie20 at checkout to get the discount

*Use code VM20 for 20% off full priced Baukjen*

*Use code laurie20 for 20% off at Claudia Bradby*

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  1. July 28, 2020 / 9:02 pm

    I’m loving this classic casual look Laurie, especially the puffed sleeves. I also love the look of the pearl jewellery

  2. July 12, 2020 / 3:18 am

    Congratulations! Your post was my feature pick at #OverTheMoon this week. Each Hostess displays their own features so be sure to visit me on Sunday evening and to see your feature! I invite you to leave more links to be shared and commented upon. Please don’t forget to add your link numbers or post title so we can be sure to visit!

    • laurie
      July 19, 2020 / 5:26 pm

      Thanks so much Marilyn xx

  3. July 9, 2020 / 11:40 pm

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

    • laurie
      July 19, 2020 / 5:27 pm

      Thanks Karen. It’s loose and so comfortable to wear. Good to hear from you xx

  4. July 5, 2020 / 10:06 pm

    Laurie, I love that white wrap shirt paired with denim. You look so great! What a sassy outfit. And I am so sorry that the bathroom dilemma continues. I hope everything goes smoothly to the end from his point.


    • laurie
      July 19, 2020 / 5:28 pm

      Thanks Shelbee. The bathroom is well underway now thank god! xx

  5. July 5, 2020 / 5:17 am

    Thank you for sharing your post at this week’s #TrafficJamWeekend Linky Party.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    • laurie
      July 19, 2020 / 5:28 pm

      Thank you Antionette xx

  6. July 3, 2020 / 9:29 pm

    You’re looking very glam in your blouse X #pocolo

    • laurie
      July 4, 2020 / 10:56 pm

      Hi Sam! Thank you so much. Thanks for stopping by xx

  7. July 2, 2020 / 9:44 pm

    I love how you make the simplest outfits look so chic and great! Not one but two white blouses. I have a huge hydrangea bush and some of them have turned brown, but I haven’t noticed if it has been because of the rain.

    Good Luck with the bathroom – cannot wait to see the reveal!

    Welcome by and join my linkup today sweet lady. =) Thanks.

    • laurie
      July 11, 2020 / 11:22 pm

      Thanks Ada. All set to start on Wednesday. It’s going to be very messy but worth it. I can’t wait to share with you all xx

  8. July 2, 2020 / 11:21 am

    The shirt is amazing, the big sleeves are so hot right now, great fund. Love how you sort of wrap it around instead of buttoning, it gives a blouse an edge. Can understand your frustration about not be able to choose the staff you want, buying on-line is always a gamble. Hope you will sort it out:)

    • laurie
      July 11, 2020 / 11:23 pm

      Thanks, Anna. I’m so looking forward to getting things done in the house. The lock-down was a major setback xx

  9. July 1, 2020 / 4:49 pm

    I find it frustrating that F&F aren’t online too, I don’t go into Tesco, you can buy some of their items on Next though. I must try the Baukjen jeans sometime as I keep seeing them and wondering. Hope the bathroom gets sorted. Love Michelle

    • laurie
      July 11, 2020 / 11:25 pm

      Hi Michelle. Lovely to see you here. The Baukjen jeans fit a treat and the quality is well worth the extra money. FandF did promise to go back online. It’s just when? xx

  10. July 1, 2020 / 3:42 pm

    Oh I ordered that blouse immediately when I saw it. They only had a size s. Gorgeous. Yes we prune them. But not every year. One year only the flowers the other year all the way. And we have a lot of them in our garden. But they aren’t brown. Perhaps you have to give the sole some food, if you know what I mean.

    • laurie
      July 11, 2020 / 11:26 pm

      I hope you like it Nancy. I can’t wait to see how you style it. I know it’s sold out again and I hope they re-stock xx

  11. July 1, 2020 / 1:56 pm

    Your blouse is so pretty! I just love the puff sleeves! This is such a chic look!

    Jill – Doused in Pink

    • laurie
      July 11, 2020 / 11:27 pm

      Thanks Jill. I’m really glad I took the plunge and bought this one xx

  12. July 1, 2020 / 1:53 pm

    I have a pot with some purple hydrangeas. Those don’t change colors with the rain. I am now on a search for some espadrilles here in the US for a similar bargain price. The straw bag is mighty tempting too!

    • laurie
      July 11, 2020 / 11:28 pm

      I hope you find the Espadrilles Mireille. They are such a comfortable stylish shoe to wear during summer xx

  13. July 1, 2020 / 1:36 pm

    Pretty blouse Laurie, broderie and puff sleeves very big (literally!) this summer. I don’t know why hydrangeas go brown but I have the same problem after rain with a white geranium. I’ll take a cup of yor builder’s tea – that’s how I have it. Thanks for joining #WowOnWednesday x

    • laurie
      July 11, 2020 / 11:30 pm

      Can’t beat a cup of builders Gail. I wish it wouldn’t stain my teeth so bad! xx

  14. July 1, 2020 / 1:16 pm

    I love the jeans and white top look Laurie, I’ve just picked up a little broderie anglaise top up in F & F sale, it’s so pretty and I can see it being a really helpful little piece. Also the jewellery looks lovely, very vintage too. I’ll be having a look there.
    Hope the bathroom is sorted soon, we are helping my daughter and her hubby re-furb and build a new extension, which means my building will be put on hold! (still not started) but it’s so nice to see the interior change – but I won’t want them to leave me when its done! Have a great week. Jacqui

    • laurie
      July 11, 2020 / 11:31 pm

      Sounds super busy Jacqui! And yes, you are lucky to have them with you. xx

  15. July 1, 2020 / 11:04 am

    I love that puff sleeve blouse, Laurie! It looks fab on you, especially with the neat trick of tucking it differently (very Audrey Hepburn!).
    I can’t wait until we get to the stage of ording bathroom tiles and so on…but we still haven’t started building the house! Oh the bureaucracy here in Portugal. Things take SO LONG!! Fingers crossed things will start moving soon.
    Hope you and your other half (sorry, forgot her name!) are doing ok.
    Big hugs
    Suzy xx

    • laurie
      July 11, 2020 / 11:32 pm

      Oh. You will be in the same boat soon then Suzy! My place is small, so nothing too major. But that is enough hard work for me! xx