Capsule Wardrobe | Spring 2016 Update

Capsule wardrobe spring update

I’ve been having so much fun with my winter capsule wardrobe, that I was a little sad when I turned the page in my planner to see that it was time for a spring refresh.

Wearing 30-something items of clothing for three months sounded a little limiting, but for me it’s been quite the opposite and has given me chance to try out and find ‘my style’. As it turns out, it’s fairly monochrome and simple. 

Being able to go to the wardrobe and know I won’t have to look too hard to find an outfit for the day has made my mornings much easier. And to top to off, my wardrobe is definitely tidier – which makes fishing the cat out of there slightly easier. 

Over the last three months, I have identified some gaps in my wardrobe and filled them for my spring update. I’ve got 37 items of clothing in my capsule, though a few of those are ones I’m not too sure about and I’m going to give it a month and if I’ve not worn them much, they’ll be going.

When I posted about my winter capsule wardrobe, you wonderful people said you wouldn’t mind seeing the contents of my wardrobe. Your wish is my command.  I’ve included links to exact items where I can, but a lot of things aren’t for sale anymore, so I’ve included similar items instead.


Capsule Wardrobe Spring Update Additions 1


It was love at first sight when I saw this coat. It was exactly what I was looking for after my old coat got a bit tatty, bobbly and furry. The pattern is beautiful, it’s perfect for the changeable temperatures of spring, and it has pockets.


The 90s trend is making me feel pretty old at the moment, though I do love reminiscing and the pinafore dress is my favourite piece of clothing from that trend. 


These are the biggest surprise addition to my wardrobe. I’ve always liked the look of boyfriend jeans on other people, but wasn’t convinced that I could pull them off at all, but I’ve been getting some serious usage out of these.


Additions 3 - shirts and dresses


This thing is so soft it’s unreal. I really like it but I had to put it in storage during my winter capsule as it’s just too thin to get any real use out of over the colder months, so I’m really looking forward to wearing this again.

BLACK LACE SHIRT – PRIMARK (Can’t really find anything super similar)

I’d completely forgotten I had this shirt, so it was a pleasant surprise when I rummaged through my storage drawer and found it.


This is so comfy and simple, but to my annoyance I’ve spotted it’s got a stain on it – thinking about it, I think it was an accident with tomato sauce. I’m hoping I can get it out – if not, I shall weep.


Capsule Wardrobe Spring Update - Additions 2


If there’s one thing that was really lacking from my winter wardrobe, it’s a black skirt. I’m so particular when it comes to skirts in terms of the waistline and how long it is, that it took me ages to settle on a skirt I liked; once again, H&M did me proud.


After my Keds fell apart, there was a pump-shaped hole in my wardrobe, and you can’t go wrong with Converse.


We all need a comfy pair of cute black shoes – especially when you’re on your feet for 10 hours at work. 


Additions shirts and shoes

CAT PRINT SHIRT – H&M (Can’t find anything super similar)

Because sometimes you need to show off your inner cat lady.


I don’t really wear this as much as I used to anymore but I can’t bare to throw it out, so I’m giving myself the run of this capsule wardrobe to see if I get any more use out if it. If not, it’s going – though that’s easy for me to say now.


It’s time to begin adding a splash of leopard print to my outfits again.


I don’t even need to say a thing about these.


The things I loved so much from my winter wardrobe that I will be carrying over into the spring wardrobe.

Spring capsule wardrobe update - jackets and coats 1


As I said, my Superdry coat is non-negotiable. It’s warm, waterproof, has a hood, pockets, and it goes with everything. (Though, it does look a bit odd with dresses…)


I rediscovered this bad boy when I started my capsule wardrobe. My mum bought it for me at least six years ago and it earned the nickname “the Elmo coat” when I went to New York and had a photo taken with Elmo in Time Square and I blended into him. With such a monochrome wardrobe, this is a fun way to brighten things up.

GREY HOODIE – SUPERDRY (Not exact – close enough)

There’s not much to say about this, apart from I can’t imagine a time where my wardrobe won’t contain a Superdry hoodie. 


Capsule wardrobe spring update - coats and jackets 2

MINNIE MOUSE JACKET – DISNEYLAND PARIS (Can’t find one all that similar)

This was my present to myself when we went to Disneyland Paris, and I need to wear it more – just look at the ears!


Everyone needs a nice, cosy black cardigan in their wardrobe.


This is so comfy and cosy, and goes with so much.


Spring capsule wardrobe update


This formed part of my favourite outfit – paired with burgundy jeans, it just made such a lovely autumny / winter outfit.


I spotted this when I was in Stockholm last year, and it was the purrfect (see what I did there?) replacement for a cat jumper I’d thrown away a couple of months earlier due to overuse.


This is one of my most worn items of clothing and I’m pretty sure it will stay in my wardrobe until it falls to pieces.


Spring capsule wardrobe tshirts 1


I can’t get enough of stripes, and this is one of my most worn items.


Because one stripy top isn’t enough. 


I’m impressed with myself that I only have two Hard Rock Cafe t-shirts in my wardrobe because I buy one from every HRC I go to.


Capsule wardrobe spring update tshirts 2


As well as being one of my favourite bands, this is one of my favourite t-shirts. 


Sometimes, you just need to tell the world about your love for books via your clothing.


I just love this classic design. 


Capsule wardrobe spring update shirt and dress


Admittedly, I’ve not worn this white shirt a huge amount but while taking the photos for this blog post I wondered why on earth not because it’s so versatile.


As this was the only dress in my winter capsule, it got a lot of usage and I’m definitely not ready to put it into storage. I think it’s one of those staple pieces that will only leave my wardrobe when it falls apart.


Capsule wardrobe spring update trousers


I really like adding a splash of colour with these.


These are pretty adventurous for me, and I’ve worn them much more than I thought I would. I love the cut and feel of them, and to be honest it took a lot of self control for me to not buy a pair in every pattern they do because they’re such pretty statement items.


I never really understood the word “buttery” being used to describe jeans until I met these. They’ve had some serious usage during the 2 years I’ve had these; they’re just perfect. I know that £42 for a pair of jeans isn’t cheap, and I only bought them because I had a giftcard, BUT – I’ve worn them at least once a week for almost two years and they haven’t developed a hole (aside from the two Topshop put in) anywhere. I’m used to my jeans getting holes in the crotch well before now, so they’re well worth the money. In short, when they do wear out I will happily spent £42 on a new pair


Vegan black doc martens


When you’ve got a 20 minute walk in the rain, you need a pair of comfy, waterproof boots. 


To be confirmed

These are the items of clothing that I really like but haven’t worn as much as I’d like to. I’m going to give myself a month to wear these more, and if I don’t get more use out of them, I’ll remove them.


Spring capsule wardrobe update to be confirmed items


I made this last summer, but I’ve probably only worn it a handful of times, and I know I could get some more use out of this. I think part of the reason is that this is just too light for winter. 


I think I can count the amount of times I’ve worn this shirt during the past three months on one hand. I’m hoping to get some more use out of it this spring, though.


This is so comfy and cosy, but I think it’s been a little neglected because it’s too thick to wear comfortably under a coat, but the weather isn’t quite warm enough yet to wear this.


Monki Hi 5 Shoes


I love these shoes, but the last few times I’ve worn them they’ve hurt my feet. I’m going to give them another few wears and if they’re still torturing my feet – it’s out with them.


Phew, that is it; my spring capsule wardrobe. I hope you enjoyed having a nose at my wardrobe. It was a lot of fun to make this post, even if my family think I’m a little weird for it.

What are you adding to your wardrobe this spring?




Crush – Eve Ainsworth* | How contemporary YA should be done

Crush Eve Ainsworth

This, ladies and gentlemen, is how contemporary young adult should be done. It is everything I wanted in a contemporary YA novel and more.

Crush Eve Ainsworth blog tour I’m not normally one for comparing authors and novels, but Crush felt like Jacqueline Wilson had decided to write a young adult novel. I’m not sure how much that name will mean to non-UK readers, so here’s a little explanation: Wilson is a really popular British author who writes about big issues such as bullying, divorce, adoption, and mental illness for kids / middle grade readers.

Before we go any further, you should know that Crush details an abusive relationship, bullying and revenge porn. It’s pretty realistic and raw, so it was a tough read at points.

Our main character, Anna, has been having a hard time since her Mum left home and she’s ended up assuming the role of mum. Her Dad is taking it out on her, while her younger brother can do no wrong. When Will shows an interest in Anna, she is overjoyed to have an escape and someone who seems to understand.

From the get go, I couldn’t help but wish Anna the best and hoped she’d get the love, attention, and happiness that she deserves. I felt her anger that her Mum had left, I felt her happiness when she first got with Will, and I felt how overwhelming everything was as things went downhill.

There was a point in Crush, where Anna is about to snap; she’s had enough of everything and I felt like I could have snapped myself because I was so sucked into what she was feeling.

What I also liked is that we get to understand where Will is coming from. There’s a reason why he’s so controlling and abusive. While it doesn’t make it right, it was interesting to see his point of view and understand why someone might act that way.

As I mentioned earlier on, Crush also deals with revenge porn. It’s nothing new in schools, but with it being in the news quite a lot the past year or two, it was good to see it brought up and dealt with in a book. I love a good fluffy book, but books that deal with real problems that consume young people’s lives are so important to me.

If a book like Crush can help someone understand that the relationship they’re in is wrong, that they’re being treated wrong, that they need help, that they’re being bullied, or that what someone is doing to them is wrong – that can only be a good thing.

At 288 pages long and being as gripping as it is, it didn’t take me long to get through it at all.

I cannot recommend Crush enough; if you want a consuming, hard-hitting young adult contemporary, look no further than Crush.

Crush - Eve Ainsworth book rating: new favourite

*I received a free copy of Crush in exchange for an honest review. As awesome as free books are (seriously awesome), it does not sway my opinion. I CANNOT BE BOUGHT!

Do you like books that deal with difficult topics?

Crush Book Cover Crush
Eve Ainsworth
Young adult, contemporary,
3rd March, 2016

Love hurts ... but should it hurt this much? Reeling from her mum's sudden departure, Anna finds the comfort she needs in her blossoming relationship with Will. He's handsome and loving, everything Anna has always dreamt of. He's also moody and unpredictable, pushing her away from her friends, her music. He wants her to be his and his alone. He wants her to be perfect. Anna's world is closing in. But threatening everything is a dark secret that not even Will can control... Eve Ainsworth's gripping second novel is a pitch-perfect exploration of love at its most powerful, addictive and destructive.


Kindred Spirits – Rainbow Rowell + World Book Day Memories

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell paperback

How does Rainbow Rowell do it? How does she pack so much awesome and detail into so few pages? I’m convinced she’s a wizard / witch.

Kindred Spirits is a 62-page release from Rainbow Rowell especially for World Book Day 2016. It seems that it’s currently exclusive to the UK, though I’m sure I saw her say somewhere (I can’t remember if it was Twitter, or an interview) that it will be released elsewhere next year.

I apologise if you do not live in the UK because I’m going to do a whole load of fangirling and you’re probably going to hate me. Sorry, but fangirling about Rainbow Rowell’s books about fangirls is what I do.

Elena is a Star Wars fangirl, and Kindred Spirits is set in the line outside a cinema in Omaha as she queues for four days to see the latest Star Wars movie.

I’m pretty late to the Star Wars party. I saw the latest film last December, but I haven’t seen the rest of them in their entirety (shhh, don’t tell anyone) but it doesn’t matter. Whether you’ve seen them all or none of them, you can still enjoy Kindred Spirits to it’s fullest. The spirit of the book is really about being passionate about something and sharing that passion – which I’m sure we can all relate to.

On top of that, there’s a lot of fangirling and bonding with strangers over a mutual love of something – which I’m sure many of us can relate to.

We’re quickly sucked into Elena’s world; she’s well developed and has a good back story, as do the other characters. HOW does Rainbow Rowell manage to create such a detailed character in the space of 62 pages?

The only bad thing I can think to say about Kindred Spirits is that it’s not a full story. I honestly feel like this could be turned into a full-length novel where we find out what happens next – because I would love to know what happens next, and I’m sure I’m not the only one.

Perhaps if we all ask Rainbow really nicely, it will happen. Isn’t that how Carry On came about?

In short, I adored Kindred Spirits and I’d definitely recommend it. If you like any of Rainbow’s other books, you’re sure to enjoy this just as much as the rest.

I should note that there’s a snippet of Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard at the back, after Kindred Spirits so while you might see it listed as being 96 pages long, only 62 pages is actually Kindred Spirits.

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell - book rating new favourite


World Book Day Memories

Since Kindred Spirits was released for World Book Day 2016, I wanted to talk about fond memories of WBD. Who doesn’t remember the excitement of deciding what you’d be?

My favourite WBD memory was when I was about 5 or 6 years old, and I went as Tigger. My Mum painted a bright orange onesie with tiger stripes and made me a tail with a big spring in it. I loved it – I feel like there is a photo of it somewhere, but I couldn’t find it.

Please, tell me about your World Book Day memories.

Kindred Spirits Book Cover Kindred Spirits
Rainbow Rowell
Young adult, contemporary, novella,

Everybody likes everything these days. The whole world is a nerd.'
'Are you mad because other people like Star Wars? Are you mad because people like me like Star Wars?'

If you broke Elena's heart, Star Wars would spill out. So when she decides to queue outside her local cinema to see the new movie, she's expecting a celebration with crowds of people who love Han, Luke and Leia just as much as she does. What she's not expecting is to be last in a line of only three people; to have to pee into a collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels. Kindred Spirits is an engaging short story by Rainbow Rowell, author of the bestselling Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry On, and is part of a handful of selected short reads specially produced for World Book Day.


February Roundup & March TBR

February round up and March to be read

Time for a bookish roundup! I finished five books in February, and most of them were absolutely glorious.


February roundup

Tell The Wolves I’m Home – Carol Rifka Brunt

This was January’s pick for The Olive Fox Book Club, and I wasn’t overly-thrilled with it, so it took me until the start of February to finish it off. I felt that I couldn’t connect to the characters very well, which meant the whole thing fell quite flat and I didn’t particularly care what happened.


Did I Mention I Need You – Estelle Maskame*

Oh, yes, this was good. Did I Mention I Need You helped me get my bookish mojo back.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the first book in the series, Did I Mention I Love You, but all my niggles about that book were not present in this book. I flat out loved it, I’m hooked on the characters and I cannot wait to see what happens in the third book because I neeeeeeed to know what happens with Eden and Tyler.


The Perks of Being A Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky (Review on The Olive Fox)

This is one of those books I’ve heard about for years but I’ve always put off reading due to all the hype. When it was chosen as February’s read for The Olive Fox Book Club I was given no choice and had to pick it up. And I’m so glad I did.

It’s been a long time since I started and finished a book in a day – I think Anna and the French Kiss was the last time it happened. I cracked it open first thing in the morning, took it to lunch to read while waiting for my friends, came home and refused to move until I’d reached the end.

I loved the way it was written purely through letters, though I kinda want to know who Charlie was writing too.


Crush – Eve Ainsworth*

Much like Perks, Crush was a really gripping read. The characters were well-developed, interesting, and there was quite an important message about domestic abuse. It felt very realistic, and reminded me of a more grown up version of the Jacqueline Wilson novels I used to love as a kid.


The Manifesto on How to be Interesting – Holly Bourne

Whoa, this took me a long time to finish. I started The Manifesto on How to be Interesting in November, and it took me until last week to finish it. It’s not really the fault of the book.

It was pretty interesting, and I liked the idea behind it of the main character trying to infiltrate the popular group at school and discovering that guess what they’re actually people too! I liked the premise, there were a lot of good messages in it, but there was something that didn’t quite keep me gripped enough to finish it off faster.


March to be read

I set a goal of reading 70 books in 2016, and I’m falling a little behind on that goal so I really need to up my game.

Allegiant Collector’s Edition – Veronica Roth

This is another book that’s taken me a while to finish but I know exactly why; I don’t want to have to re-read the end again. I’ve bribed myself though, and told myself that I cannot read all the extra bits in this until I’ve finished the story – ONWARDS!


Glass Sword – Victoria Aveyard

Recently, I was naughty and I bought Glass Sword even though I don’t need it. I probably don’t even need to buy any more books this year, and I’d have enough on my TBR shelf to keep me going, that’s without even thinking about the ARCs. I bought Glass Sword because I keep seeing it on Instagram, and it looks so pretty.

So, I’m making myself read it in March because then I won’t feel so bad about buying it.


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J. K. Rowling

With The Cursed Child coming out in the summer, I want to re-read the series again. For me, the Chamber of Secrets has always been the book I’ve thought of as my least favourite but every time I read it I always think “HOW COULD I THINK THIS IS MY LEAST FAVOURITE? I LOVE ITTTTT!


What have you read recently, and what’s on your TBR list?


An afternoon at The Roaches

The Roaches

The Roaches

A couple of weeks ago, after my morning lecture finished, I realised that I had nothing planned and could do anything I wanted, and spent the afternoon at The Roaches.

Sometimes I get this need that just builds up and up and up, until it boils over, to spend some time on my own outside. If you’ve ever got the ‘urge’ to get a piercing or a tattoo – it’s that exact same feeling, but to be outside. I’m not the kind of person who likes to always been on their own, but I find being on my own outside really energising. It’s difficult to put into words, but I think Cat from Oddly Lovely did a great job of describing it in a recent post called “I Am a Loner”.

With the realisation that “anywhere” would have to be about an hour’s drive away, I quickly settled upon The Roaches on the edge of the Staffordshire Moorlands and the Peak District. I always forget how beautiful it is up there – the sun was shining and I wished I’d got a dash cam so I could have captured some footage of how breathtaking it was.

The RoachesThe Roaches

Since it was the middle of the day on a Thursday, it was silent up there. It was like I had the whole place to myself; I saw a couple of rock climbers and a small group of walkers, and that was it. It was me, my camera, and some music.

Abandoned house, The RoachesInside an abandoned house, The RoachesView from an abandoned house, The Roaches

Could you imagine what it must have been like to live in this house? How wonderful the view out the front door must have been every morning.

View over Tittesworth Reservoir from The RoachesView from The RoachesThe Roaches

I climbed up two parts of the Roaches, and enjoyed my lunch perched on the edge with my sandwiches, a flask, and a good book. The cold wind up there was certainly refreshing.

When it got back, I decided to do some research into The Roaches and discovered that they’re are a couple of strange stories about goings on up there.

The Roaches

The first is that their was (and may still be) a small colony of wallabies roaming around after they were released from a private collection in the 30s.

The second is that a mermaid allegedly lives in Doxey Pool (which I want to go and find because it looks beautiful). She supposedly fell in one day while out walking, and spends her afterlife trying to drag other people in to join her. I suspect she’s not trying to drag them in for a tea party either.

It was so nice to get away from everything and I returned home with my boots covered in mud and my mind clear and energised.

Do you like spending time on your own?


Share The Love | February 2016 Edition

Share The Love March 2016

Hello, March! My brain has finally got used to writing 2016. Yesterday, I realised that in three months time I will have completed my second year of university – how has it gone that fast?

February definitely seemed to go faster to me after I decided to move to another hotel owned by the chain I work for. The traffic and road works are so ridiculous that it takes me an hour to drive 7 miles, which is daft. I’m really going to miss everyone, and it’s kind of strange to me that this weekend I’ll be working with new people.

Blog – Lazy Cat Kitchen

Since going vegan, I’ve been looking at so many different food blogs and this one has so many delicious recipes that I want to try. Plus, it’s called ‘Lazy Cat Kitchen’, what’s not to love about that?

One of the things I’ve missed since becoming vegan is lemon meringue, and Ania has an amazing looking vegan lemon meringue pie.


Blog posts I enjoyed



In February, my playlist was all over the place. There was some All Time Low and Good Charlotte, some Avril Lavigne, Bring Me The Horizon and lots of Pvris.



I started watching Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments and the script is very cheesy, and it’s quite different to the book but I cannot stop watching it. I think I’m just hoping the script is suddenly going to get better, and I am definitely shipping the Malec.

Tom started watching The League last week and I’ve watched most of them with him. They’re definitely not safe for watching while my Nan’s about, but they’re pretty funny.



I read two stand out books in February:


Most popular posts on Eat Read Glam in February

What did you enjoy in February? Feel free to share links tomorrow.


Pere Lachaise

Pere Lachaise

Pere Lachaise

Maybe it’s pretty morbid to visit a cemetery on your holiday, but when I heard that Paris is home to the world’s most visited cemetery, I needed to see Pere Lachaise for myself.

Home to over 1 million interments, Pere Lachaise is the final resting place of the likes of Jim Morrison, Oscar Wilde, Chopin, Victor Noir, to name a few.

What actually made me really want to go was a book; you should have guessed, right? In Anna and the French Kiss, the ‘gang’ visit Pere Lachaise and Etienne tells Anna a story about the grave of French journalist, Victor Noir. 

Victor Noir's statue at Pere LachaiseVictor Noir's statue Pere Lachaise

When Noir died, a life-size bronze statue of him lying on the floor was created in memoriam. The crotch area of the statue ended up becoming a fertility and / or romance symbol. Myths say that rubbing Noir’s lips or crotch would enhance fertility, bring someone a husband within a year, or improve people’s sex life. All of that rubbing resulted in the statues lips and crotch becoming shiny and worn.

Upon reading that story, I couldn’t believe it and ended up Googling it. Once I’d confirmed it was true, I just had to see it myself.

Pere Lachaise

la memoire necropolitaine Pere Lachaise

This tombstone caught my eye, firstly because of the giant camera, and second the QR code. Though I didn’t want to drain my interwebs finding out where the QR code went, I needed to know what kind of tombstone has a QR code. From what I can gather, it’s the future tombstone of Andre Chabot, a ‘specialist in cemeteries and funerary art’.

It is kinda weird to visit a cemetery, but I found it really interesting to walk around and look at all the different tombs and wonder what those people or families were like. I’m a chronic overthinker like that.

We probably spend about two hours there and probably didn’t even see half of it – that’s how big the place is. It’s also quite a nice place to walk around (I wonder what that says about a person…), and parts of it boast lovely views over Paris too.

Have you ever been to Pere Lachaise?