What I wore – February 2018

‘Once winter sets in I must have the sun and warmth. I need to be in the sun’ – Narciso Rodriguez

Quick side boob by way of scene setting. Davy suffers really badly from SAD syndrome (seasonal affective disorder) which means as soon as Christmas is over he’s as miserable Jordan in a polo neck. So for the last 2 years we’ve decided to take the post Christmas lull by the horns and book some winter sun. You know, for medical purposes.

So this month #NewmansCloset over on Instagram went global as I spent the first half of the month in Thailand.  If ever there was visual representation of how freakin arctic it can be in the north east of England  compared to other countries in the world in February, it’s this:

It all started off so warm on holiday…

Cocktails at a skybar in Bangkok:

20180203_184115163895532.jpgBlack jumpsuit from Primark

Hanging out at the beach in Phuket:

img_20180205_211855_521342188976.jpgTop from GAP, skirt from La Redoute and my trusty Havaiana flip flops which I’ve had about 15 years and never wear down

Pool wear:


Beach coverups from H&M and Primark

The obligatory last night outfit:

img_20180213_184523_6541775342758.jpgSkirt and top both H&M, sandals from Primark

And then it all changed when we got home:

screenshot_20180227-212208887783422.jpgScarf: Thailand souvenir, jeans from Matalan, coat from Tu @ Sainsbury, trainers from Adidas Originals

On the snowiest day of the year (27th February):

img_20180227_205041_5771657431342.jpgJumper from Primark, jeans from Matalan, boots from George @ Asda

Bring on March and perhaps a little more ying (sunshine) and a little less yang (snow) because i’ll be completely honest, neither my wallet nor my waistline can afford a fortnight on the other side of the world every month!

Finding the perfect jeggings

‘I have jeggings to wear and worlds to conquer’ – Rachel Sklar

Back in the 90s when the Top of the Pops was on a Thursday night, my bedroom wall was covered ceiling to floor in Backstreet Boys and we did our weekly shopping in Safeway I distinctly remember getting my first pair of boot cut trousers for school (or ‘bootleggers’ as we called them). It was a life changing moment. It was like someone had actually considered teenagers who were bigger than a size 8 with bums significantly larger than their boobs. Trouser and jean wise, position was now filled, no further applicants needed, I had found my lobster.

efac9748d9151860fa23dd5e2023b0a8--pear-body-apple-pearFast forward to the 2010 and all of a sudden there’s a new trouser kid on the block and it was not geared towards apple bottomed girls. When I tried on my very first pair of skinny jeans I was told I looked like an overstuffed sausage. The second time I tried on a pair of red skinny jeans I was told my legs looked like a carrot. So I quickly accepted that skinny jeans, leggings or jeggings and I would never be mates and I let it lie.


Then I turned 35 in July which proved somewhat of a mid 30s crisis. I no longer gave as much of a crap what people thought anymore; I jumped both feet first into the pool of jeggings. Late to the party? Yes. Late but worth the wait.

Now I’m obsessed with them and I’ll be the first to admit that I have absolutely no personal style of my own, I just adopt different bits of style from people I know or things I’ve seen in magazines. My new found love for jeggings is definitely something I’ve picked up from my friend Carrie – she rocks a pair like no one else I know.  They go with everything and whilst I started out only wearing them casually at weekends, I wear them most days to work too now.

So thus begin the arduous task of finding the perfect style. I started out with a couple of pairs of the cult classic Edens from Dorothy Perkins which were what all my friends wore and seemed fairly reasonably priced at £20 a pair. Problem was, despite getting a dark navy pair and a black pair at the exact same time, in the exact same size and length but the both fit completely differently. The navy pair are spot on but the black are way too loose around the waist band and I have to roll it over when I wear them. After a handful of washed the black has started to fade – not so bargainous anymore.

I then got a black pair from F&F @ Tesco for a tenner. Much more purse friendly and have a seem running down the front which elongates my little chubby carrot legs, however they’re that stretchy shiny material that cheap school trousers used to be made out of and feel cheap to wear.

My favourite brand so far have been Matalan’s ‘Rosie’ jeggings which are a very reasonable £12 and come in your standard denim and black shades as well as maroon from autumn. They’re the perfect length and waist for me, soft enough to be comfortable but still look liked there’s a reasonable amount of ‘jean’ to them. They’re the most flattering on me too making me wonder whether they’re made from actual spanx material!

I can also be a bit of a fad queen so will be interesting to see how long this one lasts, I may well be writing again in a few months’ time about the ‘unfortunate jeggings season of 17/18’ which will never to be spoken of again or perhaps I’ve found my new leg lobster?

What I Wore – January 2018

‘You don’t need really expensive clothes to look cute’ – Christy Romano

So it’s no word of a lie that since I lost a bit of weight on Weight Watchers (albeit 10 years ago but i’m pretty much manage to keep all 3 stone of it off) it made me become a massive, massive clothes horse. I’ve always loved clothes but when I was bigger, shopping was not a fun experience for me, jeans and trouser shopping was particularly hellish and more often than not I would come home in tears because nothing fit.

Now that I’m slimmer, shopping is a joy again and I can spend hours (and I mean hours – just ask Steph!) trawling through sale rails or charity shops. I’m not the kind of girl who could ever have a capsule wardrobe – I change my mind too much and I like to have choice. I love a bargain and take pride in what I wear so since I was getting asked regularly where my clothes were from on Insta, I created #NewmansCloset and tagged were I get my togs from.

Another seemingly popular series of mine is when I do my seasonal ‘What I Wore’ posts on the blog where I run down what I stepped out in over December/Christmas/New Year seeing as that’s when I tend to go out the most. So I thought, since people seem to like it, I would extend that serious to a monthly run down of what’s been featured on #NewmansCloset for anyone who may have missed it:

So I give you, January:

Conference with work:

IMG_20180111_204850_588Dress & cardigan both George @ Asda

Being honoured to model the gorgeous Missuswolf’s new clothing line:

IMG_20180112_172124_187Jumper by Missuswolf, jeans: Matalan

New jumper from the January sales hanging out in a lift in Eastbourne:

img_20180117_095902_0111316630678.jpgJumper: Next

Out for dinner for my mum’s birthday:

img_20180120_095000_6321295228254.jpgJumper/shirt combo: GAP, necklace: Dorothy Perkins

Meetings in London:

img_20180124_223730_117904558384.jpgJumper: F&F at Tesco, jeans: Matalan

Lauryn Hill at Wylam Brewery (with the gorgeous Anna who puts me to shame style wise):

20180126_215039_0041596092966.jpgT-shirt: Amazon (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), jeans: Matalan, blazer: Rise


Missuswolf launches her awesome debut clothing line

‘Every woman has the right to become herself, and do whatever she needs to do’ – Ani DiFranco

With everything going on at the moment with the ‘Me Too’ movement and the Harvey Weinstein scandal, never has being a woman been so in the spotlight. Airing my personal views on feminism and what it means to me is something I’ve always shied away from on the blog. Much like religion and politics, it’s such a complex and personal issue that without publishing a 100 page essay on the subject all that I would be doing would be opening myself up to criticism and again like religion and politics, it’s not a debate I’m willing to get involved in with strangers on the internet. I learnt that lesson he hard way as after what is now known socially as ‘The Mumsnet Debacle’.

One thing that has never been a secret though is my passion for women supporting each other. Throughout my teens and early twenties I didn’t always surrounded myself with the nicest people and have experienced my fair share of bitchy backstabbing women. As a result has often left me wary of trusting people. However as I’ve grown up and found my voice I’ve learnt to try and be the love and support I want to see in other people. And am absolutely in love with the supportive, empowering women I surround myself today.

So what a revelation when one of your favourite fellow north east blogging gals not only shares the same values as you, but has taken it one step further and created their own movement. Gemma from Misswolf was inspired by her days at pregnancy yoga class where the group of ladies she met there bonded and supported each other through their respective journeys into motherhood and started to refer to each other as ‘Warriors’.

I had a chat with Gemma about what led her to create the line and what feminism and the sisterhood means to her:

Feminism to me means empowerment.

Empowering females to become the best version of themselves. And in order to do that, it’s to build each other up and not knock each other down. Women work better together than pitted against each other. Social Media, especially platforms like Instagram, have become communities of support where groups of women are emerging, more so in business now, and fuelling each other along.

I believe it’s an exciting time for Feminism. Attitudes and working conditions of companies are changing, reverting from the archaic 9-5 and truly embracing work/life balance and agile working. We’re in an age where we now have the technology to work remotely and on the go.

This gives people, particularly women, the opportunity to pursue areas of business that they may not have been able to in the past.

As a little girl, I dreamed of writing books and sharing my content with the world. I used to write stories in journals, on typewriter’s and then, when I turned eleven, on a computer. We didn’t have one at home until then, nor did we have one at school. I’m part of a generation that has seen unbelievable advancements in technology and this has actually given people who once had a dream a chance of making it a reality.

So I started a blog. Then I wrote a children’s book. And now I’ve opened up an online clothing store. I appreciate the opportunity I now have to share my content and ideas with the world.

Therefore, feminism to me is setting this example to my daughter and to any other women out there. That if you have dreams and want to take control of your life, you can. Ideally I would love to work for myself and run my own business and I’ve always though this was a pipedream. But this now seems like an achievable target if I set my mind to it.

I would hate to look back on my life and regret anything I didn’t do because of fear of failure. I’d rather have tried and failed than have not tried at all.

You may as well start calling Gemma ‘Pink’ because she’s articulated my thoughts way better than I ever could! What’s the cherry on top of the sundae is that Gemma is planning on expanding the range. She’s rebranding and launching her Children’s Book, Ruby of Egypt, next month and ultimately there will be merchandise available on the website that relates to the book. She’s started small but perfectly formed at the moment and decided on showcasing 15 products to test the water but Teemill has the potential to house 500 products so the possibilities are quite literally endless.

Obviously being an entrepreneurial badass isn’t without it’s share of hurdles:

The biggest challenge I faced was getting it right. I had all these ideas that came spilling out and I designed them all in a short space of time. Then it was the time spent after that getting it right. Making sure the designs were sorted into collections and how they would appear on the website.

It was a battle of impatience and perfectionism. I wanted to share the project with the world, but I wanted to get it right. I did a lot of research online into marketing. I wanted the time to be right. I designed the collection on New Years Eve and thought early January was a good launch date – New Year, New Start and all that jazz.

But I wanted to pick my moment.

I felt sick at launching it as you never know how people will react and how well it will be received. Only time will tell but my biggest challenge was my battle of impatience and perfectionism. A very hard mental battle!

Hopefully one that will pay off. If not, I’ve had fun designing and launching the collection so it’s all good experience.

I always fall in love a little bit with people who actually go out and do all the stuff most of us just talk about. If i had a pound for every time I’ve drunkenly mused with Dave that i’s love to interview this person, or love to review this place or love to launch my own clothing line, but I never do anything about it. It just goes to show what you can do when you set your mind to something.
 Gemma very kindly sent me a jumper to try on and needless to say I’ve worn it to death since it arrived. It’s really true to size (full disclosure; I got a size 12) which is really comfy and long enough to ‘cover the crotch’ when wearing jeggings or leggings – a rule I live my life by. It’s 100% organic cotton and £1 from the sale or every item gets donated to the Children with Cancer Charity, which means guilt free shopping – hooray!
Of course the kiddies and the blokies haven’t been forgotten about, there’s a range for them too, all based on words and phrases that Gemma affectionately uses to refer to her own family.
To get you hands on anything from this fantastic range head over to https://missuswolf.teemill.com/ to get yourself (and the family) kitted out!

Finally! Bras you can sleep in…

‘For me, it’s hard to wear a bra the whole entire day if it’s got underwire’ Behati Prinslo

Part of me thinks an underwear post is long overdue however the other part of me thinks steer well clear, mainly because my dad is my biggest fan (hi dad!) And the last thing he wants to read about in my underkrackers

However, I have for a very long time wanted to write a post, the sole purpose of which is see how many euphemisms for boobs I can come up with, this is that post (sorry dad!)

I’ve wondered for a long time whether or not you should sleep in your bra. For the record, I never have as I always believed your bristols should be allowed to roam free at night having being caged all day. However I remember reading somewhere back in the 90s that Geri Halliwell always slept in hers as it kept her gazongas perky.

I asked some medical friends of mine their opinion and they reckoned that sleeping in your bra will probably make marginal difference to the perkiness of your jubblies – gravity, posture and age will take care of that for you, and will probably just be uncomfortable and give you a bad nights sleep.

Over recent time though I’ve hated the way my own bee stings look unsupported, the only time I would ever consider going braless would be in a heavily corsetted dress or top and quite frankly I was sick of fishing them out from under my armpits every morning (and I was off eating a marmite sandwich when chebs were given out) so if I struggle then other more blessed ladies must have a nightmare

It was on a hen do earlier in the year where I was introduced to these little beauts which seem to have been the answer to my saggy funbag prayers; bralets.


They’re non wired, soft little miracles that are subtle enough that you don’t really feel them but give you just enough support that you don’t feel your maracas are half way round your back. They also came in very handy on a recent holiday where I was sharing a house with my parents and my in laws – they certainly didn’t need to see me walking around with my charlies fast and loose.


These ones are from Primark but imagine they’re available all over – I know for a fact peacocks also sell them. I got the one above in the sale for £2 each


And this pack of 2 (above) for £7. They also look really cute and you can barely feel them when they’re on.

No longer will I have to hold onto my nee naws when the doorbell goes and I’m still in my pyjamas at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon – hurrah!

What I Wore – Summer 2017

‘People get excited about summer wardrobes and what they will wear on holiday, and people have an opportunity to wear things that they don’t normally wear when they’re in the city’ – Jade Jagger

There’s a lot to be said for entering your mid thirties and suddenly realising that all the petty superficial stuff that used to bother you in your twenties you actually don’t give a shit about any more. I certainly don’t mess with my hair as much as I used to have have even been embracing my natral waves more recently.

When I was 25 I joined weight watchers and lost a bit of weight which, other than half a stone here or there I’ve managed to keep off. One of the side effects of losing so much weight was that it made me borderline obsessed with clothes and shopping – because shopping had become enjoyable again. However I’ve always played it pretty safe in the past and have always been a bootcut jeans and a t-shirt kind of girl.

Problem is that I love a bargain almost as much as I love jeans and t-shirts and i have a wardrobe full of clothes I’ve picked up from charity shops or in sales or on eBay that were brave for me, but I’ve never gotten round to wearing. This summer I decided to throw caution to the wind and wear all of the lovely clothes I’d bought, and be damned what anyone else thought because I liked them.

Here’s a catalogue of my summer of bravery:


I’ve worn more dresses this summer than I think I’ve worn in my entire life!

I’ve also been trying to embrace the playsuit/jumpsuit/dungarees, especially when travelling, its one complete outfit but only one item of clothing. Plus you can be as smart or as casual as you like..


Outfit details:

  1. Floral maxi dress – Kimerley Walsh for Very
  2. Red lace dress – h&m
  3. Denim dress – Levi
  4. Black & white prom dress – Coast
  5. Dungaree dress – F&F @ Tesco
  6. Black & white playsuit – F&F @ Tesco
  7. Black jumpsuit – Primark
  8. Black skinny dungarees – Primark 
  9. Khaki playsuit – Dorothy Perkins
  10. Black asymmetric playsuit – Kookai

Comment or link below and tell me what your favourite outfits of the summer have been!

H&M Cigarette Pants

‘My style is not that big. I wear heels, tight pants, and I wear diamonds’ – Donatella Versace

I’m the type of person who will chuck myself out of a plane on my honeymoon, and try the spiciest thing on a menu just to try and show off however when it comes to fashion I am anything but brave.

I’m apple-bottomed at best; fat-arsed would be a more accurate way to describe it, and as such, have always stuck to bootcut style things in a vein hope to try and balance out my massive hips and thighs. I was working in the centre of town recently and after what felt like a particularly trying meeting, I decided I needed a little pick me up and treat myself to some new clothes. I’m not in town often these days and usually rely on my local Tesco or ebay for my wardrobe which means I have an abundance of tops, but only staple bottoms that I’ve had for years and wear again and again.

My reasons for being drawn to these cigarette pants in H&M were 3 fold. 1. They came is loads of gorgeous colours and patterns 2. They were only £12.99 and 3. They were called ‘slacks’ on the label. Who doesn’t want to own a legitimate pair of slacks?!

Against my better judgement, and mainly because of the price and the fact I could do with some new black trousers I tried them on. I was surprised at how good they looked. As mentioned, a tapered leg isn’t something I would ever consider because I genuinely believe they, mixed with my gargantuan thighs, would make my legs looks like a carrot. However just because I thought they looked good, doesn’t really mean jack (I also once thought red parachute pants and yellow crocs – not together I hasten to add – looked good). So I did what any other girl in this situation would do; I sent it to my besties Whatsapp group for further opinion.


With the thumbs up from my own personal Gok’s and a crisp £20 in my purse I took the plunge. And I have to say I’ve gotten loads of compliments since I’ve worn them. I even threw caution to the wind a bought a patterned pair, which for me, is so trendy it’s practically unheard of for me!

Here’s a hack for you hack fans; if you sign up for H&Ms newsletter, you get free delivery and 25% off one item off your first order under that address; so bearing in mind I only wanted to order one thing, and am never in town or the metro centre these days, I got my second pair, delivered home for £9.74 – sweet!

It just goes to show really that sometimes it pays to go out of your fashion comfort zone once and a while, and I’m planning on getting a red pair and a khaki pair when I get paid at the end of the month; I just hope I’m not writing in 5 years time about that awful time I was obsessed with cigarette pants! #fashionvictim

Is there anything you’ve been cautious of buying but actually ended up loving?