A creative lifestyle blog by Helen Hobden

How to style a simple grey t-shirt

Style blog

You don’t need me to tell you how to style a grey t-shirt – it goes with everything: jeans or any style trousers; any length, colour or design of skirt; or under dungarees or pinafore dresses. However, I do want to suggest that’s it’s a much more flexible than the plain white t-shirt. White doesn’t really suit me anyway – I have fair skin with a cool tone, so white tends to wash me out, whereas grey basically somehow makes me look a bit better! Here’s a couple of outfits with the same t-shirt. They were taken a couple of months apart from each other, and when I picked out the purple skirt, I had totally forgotten the previous outfit also had purple bottoms. Never mind, second to dusky blush pink, purple is my next favourite colour to wear with grey…..

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My strange relationship with fashion

Back in Somerset

You may have noticed that my blog has been gradually overhauled and updated in the last few months (and still is – new logo coming soon!), and yet I haven’t gone with the same fashionable layout as most top bloggers at the moment – you know the kind – the picture that doesn’t scroll with your mouse, and the blocks of pictures. There is no doubt that this style looks beautiful, but I personally find it confusing. I like a blog that has clear categories that are easy to find, as well as a way of reading everything in order with the most recent post first. I hope I’m doing the right thing (I have already been complimented on the clear layout), but I’ve decided to keep my blog unfashionable, but in a way that suits me. My fashion sense with clothes works in a similar way……

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Weekly Wardrobe – What to wear to an afternoon teaparty

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This Saturday it was my daughter’s eighteenth birthday afternoon tea-party for her and her friends. Although the sun wasn’t exactly shining brightly – it was warm enough, and most importantly it was dry! I’ll be doing a full blog post and a You Tube video all about it soon, but for now, here’s my Weekly Wardrobe with the outfit I wore….

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3 days in Oxford – Day 1. The story of the photographs

Visiting Oxford

I was so excited about this little mini-break to Oxford. I love my family to bits, but sometimes it’s nice to be alone and have a little headspace all to yourself! I also find it difficult to relax at home because there’s always so much to do there. I don’t think it helps that I work from home either, so no matter if it’s the evening or weekend, I still always feel I should either be working or doing something towards fixing the house. I was also a little bit nervous because I’m not great at driving and get flustered easily, but the journey was good; I didn’t get lost once and made it to the park and ride with no problems following the sat nav!….

Art and craft, Eating out, Food, Lifestyle, Out and About, Photography, Places to visit,
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Jeremy Loops concert at Perranporth, Cornwall

Jeremy Loops concert review

The campervan couldn’t get into the main car park at Perranporth by about three inches, so we parked on the cliff-top, which gave us a beautiful view of the bay and sun beginning to set into the ocean. It isn’t often bands we like venture into the South-West and we were gutted when Jeremy Loops tickets for Bristol sold out before we had chance to buy some; however it was the perfect excuse to go to Cornwall when we saw he was playing there too. We’d never been to The Watering Hole before – it’s a cafe/restaurant/gig venue literally in the middle of the beach. It must’ve been a right pain in the bum to get all the band gear over there! The tickets said the doors opened at nine, so we got there about ten minutes early, sorted out our wrist-bands and bought a drink to sit outside with and watch the sun sink into the water….

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Weekly Wardrobe – purple & teal

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This month is pretty much all about my daughter’s eighteenth birthday. At the weekend, we travelled back to our home town of Tonbridge in Kent to stay with my parents and see all the family to celebrate. I dithered for ages about what to wear, but in the end, decided on this purple and teal outfit. Now I’ve put these colours together, I’m deliberately going to seek them out again as I think they look fabulous together, and quite nice for this transitioning time of year too….

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Why I’ve decided to turn down work

Clash of Clans costume

This post is about my Oshun clothing business that you might have heard me mention one or two times, or have spotted the links on the right hand side there! I thought it might give food for thought or be useful for anyone else running a handmade craft business. I have recently turned down the opportunity to make a whole family different Clash of Clans costumes, and have since had two more requests for the Witch character’s costume for Halloween. This is why I said no….

Art and craft, Craft business & WickedFaerie Gifts, Fashion, Lifestyle, Oshun - my handmade clothing label,
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Weekly Wardrobe – Polkadots

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When I found out the theme for #IwillwearwhatIlike was polkadots, I thought, yes! I can really go for it this week! I’d already worn my red polkadot dress for the red, white and blue theme recently, so this black and white one is my best option. I do think of the 1950s with a spotty pattern, so I had a go with winged cat eyes for my make-up this time. I’m not sure how successful I was – I need to invest in a good liquid eyeliner I think, but I don’t think I did too badly with my chunky Benefit Bad Gal pencil….

Fashion, Lifestyle, Style Inspiration,
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