On the Run – A tale of two (or three) fishes with some Hobbs for good measure

A few weeks ago I told you how my husband had been out and bought some fish for the children. The three goldfish, Fudge, Cola Cube and Chubbie, cost less than £5 in total.  Last night we worked out that said fish, however, have cost us over £50 – not what Sir Alan would consider a good return on his investment. In fact, it’s not a return at all.  

Not one to do things by halves (which is lovely trait of my husband’s) he has ensured that these fish are living in 5 star accommodation.  They have already had three different filters, two new buckets for the water changing procedure, coloured gravel, some bizarre plant, things for them to swim through and get this, this weekend he is planning on going to buy them a lighthouse. Our evenings are spent fighting over the iPad – with us both wanting to look at various “nets” my choice being net-a-porter, his choice being fish-net.com. With all the pumps and bizarre looking equipment everywhere, the kitchen looks as though Heston Blumenthal is about to come and conduct some weird experiment.

What any of this has to do with clothes I have no idea – other than the fact that I am sure that I could find an equally meaningful way of spending £50!

I wore this outfit yesterday as I was styling a lady at home with the result that I didn’t have to walk too far, so could wear heels.

I like the shape of this look – (not just here but in general, if it suits the body shape). It’s quite long and lean and also forgiving, with the wider jeans balancing out hips and the swing cardi disguising a less than lean upper body.

The combination on top isn’t that clear but I am wearing a cream sequinned top from Topshop with a Hobbs swing cardi over the top.

As part of my steadfast refusal to wear boots or socks, I am wearing the closed in Hobbs slingbacks which I bought from Bicester a few months ago, which are great for when the weather isn’t too warm (such as when I bought them in APRIL!) 

I also decided to use my pink Mulberry, which too was from Bicester. I quite like a bit of a pink and purple mix as long as there isn’t too much and there are enough neutrals to break it up.

And now on to the winner of the scarf envy Union Jack scarf – the winner, Pat, caught my eye with this entry:

deserve to win the scarf as I’m

Just   Utterly   British,    Incredibly  Loyal,   Extraordinarily 

PS I love your blog, which I discovered through W & H.  In my 60s, I’m
hopeless with fashion & style, it’s a real help!

Apparently the acronym came to Pat after attending a Jubilee concert at the Albert Hall – so it was all very apt.

I loved Pat’s breezy, fun and carefree attitude. Whilst the compliment was lovely, I chose Pat as the winner because I can imagine that she will really enjoy wearing the scarf and that it will make her smile.


  1. Sue
    June 12, 2012 / 4:28 pm

    Oh I just had to comment on this one when you started talking about the goldfish. Goldfish are so not the cheap and cheerful option most people think. My friend's 6 year old daughter wanted a pet – a goldfish seemed like the sensible cheap option. It cost my friend over £100 to buy the tank, filters and all the gumph and that's without the fish. 3 lots of fish later – some buried, some flushed, some simply spirited away – I think she is starting to think this was a very bad idea. I can think of better things to spend £100 on too rather than fish! Lovely shoes!

    • StyleGuile
      June 14, 2012 / 6:36 pm

      Oh yes – me too! I can certainly think of a better way to spend £100 – many better ways in fact!

  2. Lottie Schmidt
    June 13, 2012 / 8:19 am

    We bought friends 3 fish as a housewarming pressie as they had inherited a fish tank from previous owners. We carefully deposited the 3 new fish into the tank, with the children watching on, excitedly, whereupon the existing residents gobbled them up within seconds of them hitting the water! I tried to save one of them…but alas…I was not quick enough. Even I couldn't get through £30 that quickly!

    • StyleGuile
      June 14, 2012 / 6:39 pm

      Who was the most traumatised? You or the children?!

  3. sylvia
    June 13, 2012 / 9:11 am

    Love the shoes too! It seems to me my cat is cheaper, and lower maintainence.

  4. StyleGuile
    June 14, 2012 / 6:41 pm

    Hi Sylvia – yes, your cat is definitely sounding the most cost effective option at the moment. I think that my husband's spending on fish gives me a little room for manoeuvre when it comes to the sales though don't you?!

  5. Hayley
    June 15, 2012 / 6:49 pm

    Really loving this look – it really adds lenghth. I am always a teeny bit jealous when you post with these shoes – I absolutely love them.

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