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Archive for September, 2013

All Star Lanes Bayswater

All Star Lanes

All Star Lanes

All Star Lanes, Bayswater

All Star Lanes, Bayswater

My last couple of posts have been rather serious, but for a change, I had one of the best nights in such a long-time. I laughed so much it hurt.

Given that I’ve been rather anti-social of late, I sometimes am known to make an effort on occasion. One of my colleagues is leaving to move to be with his girlfriend in Australia, he’s saving money and so I told the office that I thought it would be nice to treat him to a night out together, but I insisted that it didn’t involve spending all night in the pub! Instead, we opted for a competitive game of bowling, then dinner and finally I left the boys to go and get smashed (the language I pick up from the youngsters) in the local pub 🙂

As I tend to opt out of social gatherings, Hugh was happy to see I came; he knows that he must be special! The atmosphere in All Star Lanes is fun, the bowling alley is rather narrow and restrictive, but you soon forget about that.

The food was American, my burger was good but the sweet potato fries were amazing, I’d love to be able to make them that perfectly crisp.

All Star Lanes, Bayswater

All Star Lanes, Bayswater

All Star Lanes, Bayswater

All Star Lanes, Bayswater

All Star Lanes Waitress Uniform

All Star Lanes Waitress Uniform

The fifties retro style outfits worn by the waitresses were cool, I want one 🙂

At eight years, I’ve been working in the office the longest and have seen many people come and go, so it’s always sad to see someone fly the nest. Hugh is definitely a character; hard-working, good fun, and an absolute pleasure. I admire his youthful confidence and his care-free attitude; I’m not sure I could move to another country without knowing I have a job in place even if it was to be with the love of my life, I’m more cautious and crave stability. Despite the fact Hugh’s only in his early-twenties, he can give good advice, if I mention I like someone, he’ll tell me to be careful and take things slowly as he knows I’m quite excitable and soft-natured. He’s very sensitive.

I’ve made him a special card with photos of the office on moonpig.com (really good website for all types of cards), I started off with a sweet message and then the rest of the boys have added filthy humour to it – typical! I will also buy some cake for us to all share on his last day.

It’s always nice when ex-colleagues keep in touch and tell me that they’re getting married, having children and are happy and successful. My office nickname is Aunty A, the boys know if they keep me happy, I’ll look after them 🙂

Going back to All Star Lanes, I’d definitely recommend it for friends, work and even a date; sometimes going for just dinner can be boring, adding an activity like bowling just makes it more fun.

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French Connection Autumn 2013

My favourite pieces for Autumn:

Marie Stretch Embroidered Dress

Marie Stretch Embroidered Dress

Pepper Tweed Skirt

Pepper Tweed Skirt

Daisy Chain Lace Shift Dress

Daisy Chain Lace Shift Dress

 

 

 

Jumper Dresses

It was only a few weeks ago I was still enjoying wearing my chinos and sandals, now it’s back to dressing a bit warmer for the upcoming Autumn/Winter season. I love jumper dresses, a one piece that’s very simple to wear and suits all shapes from the slim to the curvy. Below are my top picks…

Rosa Floral and Lace Intarsia Dress by Monsoon

Rosa Floral and Lace Intarsia Dress by Monsoon

Embarrassingly the above dress is a children’s one – I bought age 11-12 Years and it fits perfectly, as I have long limbs, the arms are more like three-quarter sleeves and my long legs makes it look like a slightly longer version of a mini dress which just skims past my bottom, although it looks fine with black opaque tights. I’m not usually a fan of red but I like the floral pattern, it’s also 100% cotton so no itchy feeling. I’m wearing this on Monday, so will see what the verdict is with my colleagues, they are always honest!

Gap Stripe Raglan Dress

Gap Stripe Raglan Dress

As soon as I walked through the door, the guys at work all stopped and complimented me on my dress when I wore this a few weeks ago. They only sell XXS online and not instore, this is a size 0 US/size 2 UK, although to be honest it fits more like a size 6 to me, it just skims past the body and isn’t too tight like a bodycon fit. I wasn’t sure about the colour combination as I find navy and grey rather dull colours, but everyone seems to like it, and the added bonus, I got 30% off in a GAP promotion.

Broderie Ponte Tunic by Boden

Broderie Ponte Tunic by Boden

This tunic dress is part of Boden’s Winter range, I haven’t bought this yet, but I have a feeling that I will be doing. The colour which is like an olive green is quite striking.

Boden Stripy Tunic

Boden Stripy Tunic

Another stripy combination, I find this one rather chic and has a lovely fitted style, perfect for casual weekend wear.

ASOS Dress With Lace Collar Detail in Knit

ASOS Dress With Lace Collar Detail in Knit

Finally, I love ASOS, the above dress is very simple and works well for work, love the lace collar, and it fits in all the right places.

Daft Punk – Get Lucky

An ex-colleague used to play and dance stupidly to this song for me when it was quiet at work – makes me smile whenever I hear this.