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Rock The Week #104

New lens polaroidNifty Fifty

On Sunday my parents came down to visit me while the Mr was on a work trip. We had the best day, which included a roast dinner at The White Bear on St Michael’s Hill and teaching Mama Ship-Shape to hula-hoop (she now wants a circus hoop for her birthday, which I think is pretty rock ‘n’ roll for a 60-something mum!). They also brought with them an early birthday present – a new lens for my DSLR. I’m now the proud owner of a ‘nifty fifty’ 50mm fixed lens and I can’t wait to try it out.

The Graduate

I’ve now finished the hula-hooping course I was on and even went as far as buying my own hoop! I’ve rediscovered a love of exercise of late, and a lot of that has been down to taking fun classes like hooping and aerial silks. If you have any classes or activities you’re loving right now, let me know, as I’m itching to try something new…

This week I’ve been…

Blogging about: Bristol Fashion Week – a pair of tickets to the catwalk show of your choice are up for grabs in this post. I’ve also talking ‘pops of colour’ with a review of the Sleek Blush By 3 palette in Lace.

Listening to: My hula-hooping instructor has been playing several mixes by Itchy Feet, DJs who mix together electro swing, reggae, mashups – you name it – to produce toe tapping (or in my case hoop whirling) tunes.

Watching: My guilty pleasure, America’s Next Top Model. The latest series is a university/college edition with a social media aspect, which Tyra and co are hamming up big time, but it still has me tuning in each week.

Reading: I’ve just finished The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes, so now I’m wading through lots of old Sunday supplements that Mama Ship-Shape brought me – they get recycled through at least four members of our family before they reach me!

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Rock The Week #103

Peach charity shop dress and vintage handbag.jpg-polaWardrobe refresh

I don’t know if it’s because it’s March, or that the sun has come out for more than 20 minutes, but this weekend I’ve been inspired to give my wardrobe a spring clean, packing away chunky jumpers and making room for plimsoles and sleeveless tops. Sometimes I find myself falling out of love of some of my clothes between seasons, only to rediscover them six months later. Sorting out my wardrobe has already resulted in me finding some gems I’d forgotten about – hurrah!


On Friday night Mr Ship-Shape and treated ourselves to a night out on Clifton Triangle, starting with cocktails at Hyde & Co, followed by dinner at Bills. I’ve wanted to try Bills ever since it opened, but Friday’s experience was mixed, as there was something wrong with each course we ordered. However, and this is a big however, it’s the brilliant customer service that saved the experience from being a negative one.

The staff at Bills were quick to solve each problem, offering us a free drink on the house (I picked the chocolate brownie milkshake, which is pretty much a dessert in a glass) and even giving us a huge bottle of extra virgin olive oil from their deli. Oh, and customer service aside, their sweet potato fries are SO GOOD.

This week I’ve been…

Blogging about: The peach, floral print dress I picked up from a charity shop on Gloucester Road, and how to spot a vintage dress deal-breaker for Oxfam Fashion.

Listening to: Comic book film soundtracks – Avengers Assemble and Iron Man, especially.

Watching: The Great British Sewing Bee – yes, it’s a carbon copy of GBBO, with sewing machines instead of Victoria sponges, but I do quite like it. Despite having a background in fashion and textiles, sewing machines and pattern cutting are my nemesis, so this show is always really inspiring to watch.

Reading: Elle, Company and Marie Claire magazines, along with The Mystery of Mercy Close my Marian Keyes – not an author I normally go for, but a copy of it turned up at the clothes swap so I thought I’d give it a whirl.

What’s been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below… RTW103.jpg

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Rock The Week #102

Dresses at Bristol Vintage Fair

How is it March already!? I can’t believe how quickly the last two months have gone, but I’m so excited that it’s finally spring. This week has been all about the letter ‘B’, from blog meets to bristol vintage fairs and blog clubs…

Blog Club

On Wednesday the second Bonjour Blogger Blog Club took place and the topic of the evening was writers block. It’s something I suffer from if I spend too much time sat at my computer, so it was great to hear everyone’s thoughts on how to cure it. My tip is taking a blogging break and getting away from technology for a day or two.

Bristol Vintage Fair

Yesterday my friend S and I popped along to the Bristol Vintage Fair at The Passenger Shed, near Temple Meads, and somehow managed to stay for a whopping four hours. I’m not quite sure how we did it, as the fair felt quieter than previous ones, but I have several new items to show for it, including a beautiful 1950s summer dress and a questionable mustard coloured cropped blouse.


Today I spent the afternoon at Emily’s Briz Blog Meet at the recently revamped Vodka Revolution. After going out for a run and having breakfast at The Bristolian, I meet up with Hayley and Lyzi for lunch before we headed to the meet, where Emily had laid on treats from Lush, cocktails and some rather epic goodie bags. It was lovely to catch up with Lily and meet some new faces, too.

This week I’ve been…

Blogging about: Clothes swap gems (I’ve worn a clothes swap item almost every day this week), my review of the sonic cleansing system, Magnitone Pulsar, and my new favourite vintage shop – Time After Time.

Listening to: First Aid Kit, KT Tunstall and Fat Boy Slim.

Watching: Girls, season one. Yes, I know, I’m incredibly behind the times, but this week the first season of Girls finally arrived, after sitting on our LoveFilm list for months. Whoever was lazy enough to compare the show to Sex and The City was seriously misguided – it’s far more realistic and cringy!

Reading: Take A Look at Me Now by Miranda Dickinson. The romantic element to this story is a little dull but this reason I decided to read this was because it’s all about a Brit who goes on a life-changing trip to San Francisco – a hot topic since I’m going on holiday there this month.

What’s been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below…


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Rock The Week #101

Clothes swap polaroidClothes Swapin’

On Friday a couple of friends and I hosted a small clothes swap at my place, and it was such good fun! I contributed over 40 items of clothing and accessories and am proud to say that I only walked away with eight items, so I’m pretty pleased with myself. A girly evening was just what I needed after a couple of weeks of being ill, making the tiredness and two trips to Gloucester Road’s charity shops well worth it.

Getting Organised

It’s fair to say that I’m quite a disorganised person, but this week I’ve cleaned and tidied the house, purged my wardrobe of lots of unloved clothes, started planning our holiday and I’m finally beginning to put the editorial calendar that I use to organise blog posts to good use. I always feel better after a little reorganisation and I hope this streak continues!

This week I’ve been…

Blogging about: My love of Sundays, complete with some gratuitous clashing-print outfit snaps, a review of Revlon’s Lip Butter in Candy Apple and planning our holiday to San Francisco – all suggestions and recommendations welcome!

Listening to: A smattering of Beyoncé, Cerys Matthews on 6 Music and a spot of Alt-J for good measure.

Watching: The US version of The Face reached its climax this week and had me hooked right down until the winner was revealed. Have you been watching this series? Like Erin O’Connor on the British version, ‘quirky’ mentor/judge Coco Rocha was definitely my favourite.

Reading: Jane, aka British Beauty Blogger’s rant about ‘love-it’ bloggers really got me thinking about how I review products on this blog, and it’s interesting to see the comments of readers and other bloggers who also feel that the blogosphere could be a little more discerning. I also enjoyed reading Emma from A Beautiful Mess (most Pin-able site ever!?) talking about her career aspirations, pre-blog. It’s not often that you get such an honest, personal post on ABM and I think it’s one that could resonate with a lot of 20-somethings like me. Aside from the million-dollar turnover part…

RTW101What’s been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below…

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Rock The Week #100

Rock The Week hits 100100

Rock The Week has hit a milestone – this is my hundredth post, which marks roughly a second year of celebrating the little things that make life great, from an interesting article I’ve read or a delicious new recipe I’ve tried. It’s a catalogue of happy, for me to look back on hopefully for you to enjoy reading. However it’s also the one that it seems you read the least, so I’m wondering if you enjoy these weekly snippets of life? I’ve been thinking for a while about doing a monthly round-up post instead of a weekly one, so I’m opening the floor to you guys – do you like reading Rock The Week posts or do you prefer reading about the other bits and bobs I waffle on about? All suggestions/comments/criticisms welcome!

Silver lining

For the last seven days I’ve been battling tonsillitis and had to take three days off work at the start of the week because I was so wiped out. I missed a trip to London, have been unable to exercise and don’t even have a sexy, husky voice to show for it, à la Phoebe in Friends. This hasn’t rocked, far from it, but I’m all about looking for the silver lining, which in this case is watching more Buffy The Vampire Slayer, revisiting the piece of embroidery I’ve been working on, and consuming my body weight in ice cream, which is a totally ligit and purely for medicinal purposes…

This week I’ve been…

Blogging about: My Man Repeller inspired outfit, a masculine ensemble which features a thrifted shirt that Mr Ship-Shape bought back from America for me.

Listening to: Lorde, Lorde and more Lorde. This playlist is one of my favourites.

Watching: Aside from far too much Buffy, I also watched a Google Hangout with WGSN that Disneyrollergirl featured in, focusing on the place of bloggers on the international Fashion Week circuit. Navaz is one of a number of consultants on the BFC’s Blogger Strategy so it was really interesting to see her and other new media fashion ‘insiders’ talking about where bloggers fit in to the fashion week landscape.

Reading: Lucy Foster’s piece for Stylist magazine, Feminism. Must Try Harder, really resonated with me when I read it this week. Feminism seems to be in the spotlight at the moment but this article shows how far it has to go before equality between the sexes is truly balanced.

Rock The Week 100What’s been rocking your world this week? I hope you’ve been keeping safe and dry with all the awful weather going on. Let me know by commenting below…

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