Mum on the Run – A poor quality dress, some golden boots and a kingfisher blue kitchen…


Why is it, do you think, that when we have the most on our plates we go and throw a spanner in the works by going and doing something totally random?


I’m not quite sure why, having finished work yesterday, that I decided to paint the kitchen – but I did. Why I had to carry on until 11pm and then do another coat at 6.45am today is equally beside me.


Given that I was working yesterday I didn’t partake of my usual Saturday night glass of something fizzy, instead having it last night. Which is how, at one point, I came to have a paintbrush in one hand and a piece of chocolate in another and which is also how I came to be watching “Homes under the hammer” whilst painting. Well, it was the closest thing to “Home and Away” on playback, which I had previously watched. 


As to the colour, if you imagine a baked bean tin, that’s where it’s at. The inital plan was to go down the orange route for accessories but we’re now – or should I say I – am debating deep pink instead. The hunt for the perfect handtowels and tea towels is on!



I was also working on Friday night at a Style Party. They are such good fun, especially when people start trying on. What I have come to realise is that there is always one piece that people really love. I can never predict beforehand quite what it may be but this time it was a navy sweatshirt from French Connection, with sheer sleeves and sparkles on the front in the shape of a circle.

Telling you all that is about as much use as a chocolate tea pot because I can’t actually find it on the French Connection site nor on the John Lewis one.

However I do know that it’s called the spot ditton sweatshirt and is similar to this plain ditton sweatshirt – but as I mentioned, it’s navy with sparkles on it in a circle. I am sure one of you eagle eyed shoppers will be able to find  a link to one somewhere. If so, could you share it with us please?!

Last week, before I took my leave of absence to work, to paint the kitchen and to help my husband to drain the water from the fishtank through our sieve/tea strainer respectively (I suggest that from now on that anyone who is offered pasta or tea at our house should refuse) I mentioned a dress that I had bought from Reiss.

What appealed to me about the dress was the style, the print and the length of it. I find it quite hard to find summer dresses that I like so even though it was more than I would like to pay for a summer dress, I took it home anyway to see how I felt about it. And how did I feel?

Disappointed. The quality, in a word, was pants. So pants that I could see my pants through it and the only way of avoiding doing so would have been to have worn a really long vest underneath, which I do with a white dress from Mango but that’s fine because the Mango dress is really pretty and cost me £40.

I don’t often name and shame because it’s not very constructive but this was dreadful. When I returned it and explained how poor the quality was the guy tried to explain it away and credit to him, he gave it his best shot, but it didn’t work. I actually think that it would be quite difficult to find a dress of such poor quality anywhere else.

Anyway, moving on, I know that summer is meant to be somewhere around the corner but I’m still happy to look at boots, especially given that I nearly froze my toes off in converse the other day. My latest loves are these boots from All Saints.

Given that trousers and jeans seem to be the way forward in this country and given that boots are such a practical option, these gold ones will just add a smile to my face – and quite possibly to other’s too as they laugh at me, but who cares. If the sun won’t shine I am quite happy to bring an artificial glow to my wardrobe.


  1. Sue
    May 13, 2013 / 8:03 pm

    I was going to say that was such a pretty print on the dress as well so it's a shame it's such poor quality. I have to say, with Reiss, there is a certain level of expectation of quality reflected in the prices and if it fails, it falls much lower than something from say H&M and New Look. Did I make sense there??

    • StyleGuile
      May 26, 2013 / 7:16 pm

      Hi Sue! Absolutely you did – couldn't have put it better myself.x

    May 13, 2013 / 8:04 pm

    Love them….all year round I reckon? xx

    • StyleGuile
      May 26, 2013 / 7:18 pm

      Hi – yes all year round, if the leather wasn't so hard. I might try on one more time when I have more time but I fear that ship may have sailed. Well, for now at least! Thanks for dropping by.

  3. Avenue 57
    May 13, 2013 / 8:50 pm

    love the name and shame – for the price I would expect superior quality.Love the boots!

    • StyleGuile
      May 26, 2013 / 7:19 pm

      Hi Fiona, I feel a bit bad having done that but sometimes…. Still love the boots too but the leather seems really hard. Must try again just in case it was a one off…..

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  5. The Find Boutique Bootcamp
    May 14, 2013 / 6:29 am

    Do you take pics of style parties? would love to see them or is it too intrusive for everyone?

    • StyleGuile
      May 26, 2013 / 7:20 pm

      Hi – I must admit that I don't take photos of style parties. I think that people may find it too intrusive as they are often half undressed most of the time! Happy to explain about them in more detail though if that helps. Beth

  6. Treasuresnpleasures
    May 14, 2013 / 12:38 pm

    I love Reiss and everything I have is tip top quality so I too would have been very dissapointed especially as their prices have gone through the roof recently.

    • StyleGuile
      May 26, 2013 / 7:21 pm

      Hi! You're so right – usually everything is great and worth the extra pennies (mostly in the sales) but this time – tragedy! Their leather jackets on the other hand….

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