Would you let your partner dress you?

My boyfriend and I often discuss this because I always pull out men’s clothes that I like which he cringes at. If I had any influence on what he could wear, I’d pick some cute fitted shirts (which admittedly, he already wears) but also some chunky knit cardigans or jumpers and stuff with elbow or shoulder patches! Basically when it comes to men’s fashion, my taste is very influenced by trends.

Rob's blue checked shirtUndercover photography: my favourite shirt of Rob’s

His is not – and that’s fine, I’m not criticising what he wears just as I wouldn’t expect him to criticise what I wear, but he seems happiest when he’s in a pair of baggy jeans and a ripped band t-shirt.

So I know that he would never really let me choose his clothes for him because he hates my taste.

When it comes to my clothing, it seems he’d pretty much pick similar things out for me to wear as the clothes I pick. The only difference being he wouldn’t choose ‘granny clothes’ for me to wear, which he’s been known to call my choices before – in fact I think it was more along the lines of “why have you raided a granny’s closet?”.

Would your partner let you dress them? And would you or do you dress them?

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New bedding

I’ve been slowly but surely sorting out our bedroom and spare room over the last few months. We moved into our house a year ago but up till very recently still had unpacked items in boxes, as we just had no home for them (or more to the point, no furniture to unpack them into). Continue reading

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Surviving the first few weeks of a new job

inside a typical officeImage by philliecasablanca via Flickr

I started a new job last Monday – but it feels like I’m on a memory crash course rather than surviving it. I’m now working at an animal charity, which I used to work at years ago.

I guess going back to work somewhere that you worked previously is much less daunting because to a certain extent you know what to expect, know the organisation and understand the office culture. But I also realised that a lot has changed since I left about three years ago so I still had a lot to learn.

My first day was rather surreal as I am sitting back in my old desk and there are even some of my old things still there! I’m sitting with the same original people and the team is very similar.

But I’ve realised that there’s a lot I’d actually forgotten and so I have a lot to learn again about the charity – as well as my new role and what is expected at me.

Despite returning to familiar faces, there are still the same hurdles to jump in the beginning of any new job.

What to wear?

This is a tricky one because your only experience of the company or organisation so far is probably from your interview – when your interviewers may well be dressed more smartly than on a normal day. Did you say any other employees on the day though? What were they wearing?

Failing that, you could have a look on their website or some companies share staff pictures on their Facebook page. These should give you a good idea of the typical work wear worn by staff and a bit more about the company culture. Continue reading

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Stop wearing clothes that don’t make you feel great

I’m definitely guilty of this. Mostly on a Sunday, if I’m having a veg day and I know I’m not going to leave the house, I inevitably reach for an old pair of jeans, a t-shirt and a hoody. Because I think if I’m not going out, I don’t have to bother too much.

But what I end up doing is making myself feel crappy. I find that something as simple as what I’m wearing has a big affect on my outlook for the day.

On that veg out Sunday, I go for the same two-three t-shirts that I hate. They’re old. They’re unflattering. They’re mis-shaped. But I’m not going out, so it doesn’t matter, right?

Wrong.

I’ve realised that as soon as I put on this stuff, I feel ‘bleugh’ about myself.

I have so much to choose from – why pick the worst clothes I have which should be thrown out or taken to a charity shop?

clothes hanging inside my wardrobe

This isn’t an attack on casual, comfy clothes like joggers, onesies and hoodies. I do love hooded jumpers – and I don’t own jogging bottoms but I think there’s no problem snuggling up in them in the evening. But when I wear clothes like this for the whole day, I hate it because of how it makes me feel.

So I need to get away from this attitude. Because I’m making myself feel crap. I look in the mirror and think ‘eugh’.

In fact, I even did it yesterday and realised it. I immediately changed out of my mis-shaped t-sihrt, jeans which are ripped at the crotch (too bad for outside, but good enough for indoors?!) and big hoody. Instead, I put on some hotpants and tights and a cute vest top. Because they are fun and made me feel better about myself. Even if no-one else sees.

Does anyone else a victim of crappy-clothes-when-you’re-alone syndrome?

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Simple roasted vegetable salad with feta cheese

I’ve been trying to do some quick and easy salads recently – but my one qualm with salads is that they’re not often very filling. So I started investigating recipes that would be reasonably healthy but also deter you from reaching for the biscuits a couple of hours later.

I apologise in advance for the vagueness of my measurements – I never follow recipes exactly as I like to add my own spin. The downside of that is that a dish will never come out the same the second time around!

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