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5 March 2014

A very eventful few days!

Phew.....what a week it's been! To kick off the proceedings I went into work on Thursday to discover that my application to take voluntary redundancy had been accepted!! Whoop whoop! I have worked in business support at City of Bristol college for 10 years! Whilst I have enjoyed my time there, since writing this blog I have felt a little niggle that maybe it was time to take on new challenge while I have the chance. I don't know what I want to do just yet, but I have a few ideas. My last job before I headed off into an admin role was as a visual merchandiser so that is an route I am quite keen explore again. I shall keep you posted on my new job journey!

Next up was a lovely blogger meet in London Town on Saturday! I had a truly fantastic day amongst some awesome company. It was lovely to meet everyone one in person after admiring so many of them from afar for so long! Lots of Prosecco was quaffed, food consumed and there was laughter in abdunance! Perfection! One thing you can be sure of was that I had a great time with the following ladies! Thanks to you all for being so welcoming to us newbies!

Fiona        Avenue 57
Joanna     Poppy's Style
Helen       The Flaky Fashionista
Natalie     GlamRosie
Donna       I Won't Wear Sludge Brown
Avril           School Gate Style
Kat            Does My Bum Look 40 In This
Sue           Susie So So
Marlene    Chocolate Cookies and Candies
Frances    School Run Style

I am utterly rubbish at taking photographs but I now have the most amazing momento as the lovely Marlene took this fantastic photo which I shall treasure as it's the happiest I've ever been with a picture of myself! Thank you Marlene, you are an incredible photographer and a really superb person too! Please check out Marlene's truly excellent blog post here about women and their self image.....it really does make for very interesting reading!



Mango blazer
Gap v-neck sweater
Gap skinny's
Office brogues

I went with a simple outfit, kept it pretty practical with flats as I trained and tubed it there and back. It was a sunny day, a bit on the chilly side so I wore my parka over the top. The parka was a godsend as I bundled myself up on the train on the way home, I got so snug though that I promptly fell asleep and almost missed my stop.....lol that could have been something to do with the amount of alcohol consumed too!

In other exciting news! Some lovely person/persons have nominated me for the MAD Best New Blog award, so a huge thank you to the readers who may have put me forward, even just to be nominated is a great honour as I have only been doing this for 6 months. I can't tell you how chuffed I am! Bless you!

And so lastly in my very eventful week, today I met with the lovely Sian aka @Trinkets a super stylish fellow regular on Avenue 57.  We spent a couple of hours having a good old natter over a coffee and then had a little potter around Bath....where Sian showed me a few hidden treasures in the way of shops I had not come across before. Of course we had a quick flit through the normal places we shop too! Thank you Sian, I had a wonderful morning, enjoyed your company and I look forward to doing it again soon! We got the waitress to take a little picture to share with you!



My blog post wouldn't be complete without sharing with you what I've been wearing this past week!


Gap sweater
Uniqlo shirt
Gap Jeans
New balance trainers



Primark baseball jacket
Zara top
Gap jeans
Kurt Geiger skater shoes
Marc Jacobs bag
New Look hat


French Connection top
Gap original fit jeans
Converse trainers


M&S sweater
Uniqlo shirt
Gap navy skinny's
Converse trainers


Topshop coat
Levi vintage denim jacket
M&S sweater
Gap black skinny's
New Balance trainers


Topshop coat
Zara sweatshirt
Gap skinny's
Kurt Geiger skater shoes
Marc Jacobs bag

On a final note, I just wanted to share some beautiful bracelets that I purchased from my fabulous friend Susie So So's shop. They would make the most perfect Mother's day gift! Thank you Sue!



As always, I love hearing your thoughts and responding to them!

Hope everyone is having a great week :0)

Michelle x


45 comments:

  1. Hi my dear!! Wow what a coincidence, I've been nominated for the MADs award too for best thrifty blog- I've just voted for you in your category so best of luck!! What a fabulous week you've had too meeting all these lovely stylish ladies- that's such a nice picture Marlene took, very flattering and great outfit choice too! Love your different outfit choices as usual too, you are such a master ( or I should mistress?) of layering! Enjoy the rest of your week! Xxx

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    1. Whoop whoop Sharon to being nominated too! It's honour isn't it?! I shall be voting for you too!
      Thank you so much for the lovely compliments, so thrilled with the pictures and was very happy with my choice of outfit....am really loving my wardrobe right now! You have a fab week too! xx

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  2. What a week, Michelle! So pleased about your nomination - you truly deserve it. I love Marlene's photo of you - you look beautiful. And yay to meeting up with Sian too. Loving all of your outfits as usual. You are the queen of casual chic. Lynne xx

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    1. Ahh Lynne, you are such a lovely lady! Thank you so much, you always leave such lovely comments and are so supportive! It means so much to me! :0) xx

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  3. Wow, gorgeous photo of you at the top on the day in London, and congrats on your blog nomination, how exciting.
    Abbi x

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    1. Thank you Abbi, what a whirlwind week I've had! On such a high at the moment....life is a right old rollercoaster isn't it?!! xx

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  4. Wow Michelle, very eventful. So excited for you on every level. Love love love your photo xx

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    1. My feet have not touched the ground Donna!! I'm pooped but it's all good.....life couldn't be any better right now! Thanks for the lovely comment x

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  5. That's a super photograph of you & I love what you are wearing. The tan brogues and black outfit look really cool
    :0)
    Paul

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    1. Glad you like Paul :0) You can imagine how long I agonised over what to wear but was very happy with my final choice!! Great photo isn't it?! So very lucky to have Marlene on hand to take such gorgeous photos!! xx

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  6. Exciting times ahead for you Michelle - exciting times. Can't wait to see where your new career path will take you but I guess it will be a fashionable one? And what a week it has been for you meeting up with so many people - your head must be all of a whirl. I know mine was.

    Marlene's picture of you is stunning - so natural and unaffected - aren't those always the best kind? It's one you need to have printed and framed. And a fabulous momento.

    And thank you for the lovely mention on the bracelets - it's much appreciated.

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    1. So exciting Sue! Got some great ideas today and feel so enthused about finding a job which I truly enjoy! Bring it on!!

      Marlene is so talented isn't she....I knew if anyone could take a good picture of me it would be Marlene!! Having said that I see you are a very accomplished photographer too!!

      You make such gorgeous jewellery Sue, had to give my lovely bracelets by you a mention!! I swear they are lucky......check out what's happened to me lately :0) xx

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  7. What a week you've had Michelle, excited to see what route you take now. Love that photo of you, it's great to have a professional one you like. Loving all the outfits as usual, like me your a sucker for a shirt and jumper combo- but they are perfect to get an extra layer in while it's still a bit nippy. Love the Topshop camel coat too- it's gorgeous!

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    1. Hi Trea! Looking forward to really getting my teeth into my new job search now after getting loads of great advice yesterday....bring it on!
      The Shirt and sweater still seems to be my go-to look whenever the mornings are a bit chillier and we are needing those layers!! The Topshop coat turned out to be a fab buy, I've had so much where out of it as it goes with so much xx

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  8. Wow! It has been a busy week. First of all huge congratulations on your nomination. That's fab news. Second, exciting news about your career and third. Beautiful. You look beautiful in Marlene's pic and in every outfit too. Love Liz xxx

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    1. Phew! It has been a busy week Liz but you've had a pretty eventful week too! You are looking pretty incredible in in your photo shoot for Fever!!
      Thanks for the nomination congrats!! I was pretty astounded to find out via Twitter....but how lovely!! xx

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  9. Wow Michelle what a week!! HUGE congrats on your blog nomination that's just amazing :-) & I absolutely love the photo of you taken by Marlene & also the one of you & Sian. I can't wait to hear what path you decide to take next with your career, no doubt it will be something effortlessly stylish just like yourself. Here's to the exciting times ahead!
    Jane xx
    www.mymidlifefashion.com

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    1. More bubbles required tonight Jane me-thinks to celebrate this fantastic week I've had!! Thank you for the truly lovely comments :0) xx

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  10. Ooh lovely post! Please may I come and meet Trinketts next time?!
    I wish you all the best on your work journey ahead - me thinks something in fashion for you!

    It was great to meet with you again - loved it

    Fiona

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    1. It was fab to see you again Fiona....if it wasn't for Avenue 57 I wouldn't be here doing this!! Thanks for all your support, it's greatly appreciated!! p.s I know Sian would love to meet you too!! xx

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  11. I love this post, it's so positive and personal too! Love Marlene's photo of you - so natural and pretty. And a great pic of you and Sian, so pleased you both met up, bit jel tho ; ( The outfit you wore for the meet up was so chic and cool. Mahoosive congrats on the nomination - so well deserved and I hope everyone votes for you!!! Love Vikki xxx

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    1. Love you Vikki! I can't not thank you enough for all your incredible support....you have been a truly wonderful friend!! One of the first things Sian said was she wished you'd been able to come along too!! Amen to that!! One day Mrs!! xx

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  12. Ahh, thanks Michelle! I had such a fab morning, looking forward to doing it again! You are in such an exciting place in your life at the moment, with lots of possibilities, I know you'll be great whatever you decide to do! Congrats on the nomination too!! x

    Fiona, you're not that far away are you? You must come along next time!

    Vikki, if I had a helicopter I would have flown you down (need to win lottery first 'tho!!) x

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    1. Sian, you are a star!! It was great to meet you....I knew we'd hit it off straightway!! So much to talk about!! Look forward to seeing you again soon!!
      Thanks you so much for the lovely comments, it means a lot!! xx

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  13. It is such a lovely photo of you, perfect outfit you choose for the blogger day, your Mango jacket is gorgeous looks like a top designer! Exciting times ahead..........

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    1. Ahh thank you, as you can imagine I umm-ed and ahh-ed a fair bit over what to wear! A blazer felt right as I don't get too many opportunities to dress up....felt a few layers were needed though as although the day was sunny the temps were not so good!! Still pinching myself over the amazing pic Marlene took xx

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  14. Some gorgeous outfits there Michelle, loving your blogger meet outfit - just so chic.x

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    1. Hi Emma!! Thank you so much xx

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  15. Great outfits - you're inspiring me to take the plunge and get some New Balances. In my experience redundancies always turn out to be serendipitous. Good luck.

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    1. You must get some New Balance....they are on trend and even better than that....comfortable!!
      Having been made redundant twice before...I couldn't agree more with it being serendipitous!! Bring it on :0) xx

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  16. Just love that photo of you that Marlene took - it's so natural. Actually since meeting you, I've become slightly obsessed with your outfit, especially the brogues. Which given that I never thought I'd wear brogues, is some achievement, let me tell you! I may just have to purchase some now ... I'll be laying all the blame at your door x

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    1. Completely happy for you to the blame at my door Helen over the brogues and outfit!! It was great to meet you!! Lol....you already know you exceeded my expectations with your fabulous not so quiet personality and very dirty laugh ;0) x

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  17. Anonymous6/3/14 23:26

    So glad that I have found your great blog. thank you for the daily photos...so up to the minute and practical for a busy life.
    Linda C.

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    1. Hey Linda!! Welcome aboard!! So happy to hear that you enjoy seeing the daily outfits!! xx

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  18. Gorgeous picture of you Michelle and wow what a weekend you've had! Sounds like so much fun, isn't it nice when things like this put a massive smile on your face. Well done on your nomination and your future, you are going to be ace at whatever you choose to do xx

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    1. Sharron!! You were truly missed at the meet and each and every person around the table said so!! Really hope to get to meet you in person....by hook or crook, I shall have to book a beauty appointment with you!! I think I could learn so much from you! Love your blog....you come across as being a wonderful lady xx

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  19. Wasn't it amazing?! And can I just say you rock the shoulder length hair - you look like you're in your 20s! xx

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    1. How amazing Joanna??! You are brilliant...such fantastic company!! Can't wait to do it all again!!
      I love you over the hair comment!! Ohh to be in my 20's again....but then I wouldn't have the confidence we spoke of ;0) xx

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  20. What a fab week you had Michelle....definitely more bubbles required tonight! Gorgeous photo also,so natural:) Enjoy the weekend!
    ~Anne xx

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    1. Hic Anne....absolutely a week worth celebrating!! Hope you have a superb weekend too! Xx

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  21. Wow Michelle what an amazing & eventful week you've had! I'm so pleased for you about your redundancy & I'm certain you will move onwards & upwards doing something you are passionate about! I was so sad I didn't get to meet you all & hope to make the next one for sure! It sounded like an amazing day! Your outfits are lovely as usual! <3 Ax

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  22. Congrats on your nomination Michelle, it's so deserved. You look gorgeous in your photo from London, it looks like you all ad a great time and plenty of alcohol...
    Also wishing you well on which every career path you now take, it's all exciting times and I'm sure so many opportunities.
    Much love hunny xx

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  23. What an exciting time for you Michelle, do keep us posted. Was lovely to meet you. I think you & Sue may have the same Uniqlo shirt - I love it! x

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