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Rock The Week #95 – The Christmas Edition

Christmas time!

Hosting Christmas

Hello! A belated Merry Christmas from Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion. I’ve reached that point in the festivities where I’m struggling to remember what day of the week it is, but needles to say, Christmas has been rocking my week in a big way.

This year, for the first time ever, Mr Ship-Shape and I hosted Christmas Day at our home. I spent two days cleaning the house, chopping vegetables and baking sweet and savoury snacks before cooking the most important lunch of the year. I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t stressful but I’m so proud of the meal we produced and the afternoon of board games and festive films that followed.

Family time

After hosting the in-laws, we spent a couple of days with my family in Bournemouth. I must admit that after two days of playing hostess, I loved being a child again and not having to cook anything!

Spending time with family is what I’ve most been looking forward to this Christmas and I loved being at home, eating mince pies and chatting about everything and nothing at all. I also managed to visit a few friends as well as clearing out some old childhood toys from the attic and digging out the best board game ever.

This week I’ve been…

Blogging about: Absolutely nothing! But before the festive frenzy began, I did share a new vintage dress and my review of a naughty pre-Christmas NARS gift set splurge.

Listening to: White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes and Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours.

Watching: The odd spot of Christmas telly, including Home Alone 2 and The Muppets Christmas Carol (am I the only one that hasn’t seen this before?) plus a trip to the cinema to see the second instalment of The Hobbit.

Reading: The new books that I received this Christmas, including How to Bake by GBBO judge Paul Hollywood, Bossypants by Tina Fey and a new technical photography book.


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

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Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Rock The Week 02/06/13

  • Family. This weekend I visited journeyed to Bournemouth to visit my family and have only just got back, hence the late post. It was quite last-minute but thoroughly enjoyable, complete with cake, fish and chips, makeshift wardrobe consultations, gardening and a few cast-offs from Grandma Ship-Shape, above. As always the weekend flew by far too quickly…
  • Outfit posts. This week I posted a spring outfit that I wore over the Bank Holiday weekend, the perfect mix of vintage and high street. Despite the rubbish weather this week I’m pleased the sun showed it’s face this weekend. To help coax it out I shared some photos of our recent holiday to Cornwall. It was a blissful trip and one I hope to repeat soon.
  • Blogging resources.  On Friday I posted about some of the awesome blogging resources we have in the South West. I’m eager to share the blogging love so head on over, have a read and if there are other UK blogging resources you find invaluable then share them in the comments.

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


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Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Rock The Week 05/02/13

  • It’s May! How is it possibly May already, eh? It feels like only days ago that we were trudging through February wearing more layers than Jon Snow (little bit obsessed with Game of Thrones at the moment) and now here we are in May, replacing winter coats with sunglasses and choosing bare legs over tights. The countdown to summer is officially on…
  • Lomography. This week I shared a few more double exposure lomo shots from the last couple of months, taken using my Diana Dreamer camera. The results are mixed but now that the weather is changing for the better, hopefully the next batch will be even more colourful.
  • Owls. Gift Owl featured on the blog on Tuesday and apparently they’re working bespoke wedding gift packages  so if you’re looking for a present for a friend or loved one, pop along to their website to see how they work. Choosing presents all days sounds like my kind of job 🙂
  • Pussy cats. Today I spent the afternoon at a bake ‘n’ bitch session (far more friendly than the name suggests) where I met this little lady, above. My friend picked up her new kitten this morning, so the last few hours have been spent drinking Pimm’s, eating banana bread and playing with Tilly the kitten – heaven!

What’s been rocking your world this week? How are you spending the Bank Holiday weekend. Let me know by commenting below…


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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day from Ship-Shape & Bristol Fashion! Love it or hate it, single or loved-up, I hope you have a wonderful day and treasure those people who are special to you. xx
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Absence makes the heart grow fonder…

Ship-Shape has taken a bit of a break from blog-land recently but this is only because I was super busy doing the following things…

A raving good hen do

Ship-Shape out on the town...

 Ok so it wasn’t just because I’ve been dancing the night away for eight weeks – this was for a special occasion, promise!

Bristol 10k finish line
Bristol 10k finish line

Congratulations to everyone who ran the Bristol 10k in May, be it for a charity, a personal goal or just for a giggle – it was a fab day and the perfect excuse to buy some new running threads.

Ship-shape gets hitched

This event has kept me busy for months but it was worth it on the day. Photo courtesy of the incredible Shell de Mar Photography.

Island bliss

Island bliss

… and no wedding would be complete without a well deserved break in the middle of nowhere, without a phone, computer or mother-in-law in sight ; )

So that’s what I’ve been up to in a photographic nutshell – I hope you’ve had a cracking few weeks and I promise normal Ship-Shape posts, gossip and info on all things Bristol Fashion will resume shortly.


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Gok’s Bristol Clothes Roadshow

Gok Wan and Brix Bristol catwalk

Gok Wan and Brix Smith-Start on the Bristol catwalk

The night has finally come – the Bristol episode of Gok’s Clothes Roadshow airs tonight on Channel 4. After freezing my toes off at the catwalk show and attending behind the scenes filming sessions back in January, I’m eager to see how the finished episode looks. The three Bristolians treated to Gok-over looked fab and the designer verses high street looks included nautical, ballerina and gold themes. I won’t give away who won so you’ll just have to tune in and see for yourselves.

Thanks to Cabot Circus for this photo – far better quality than my blurry paparazzo style shots taken on the night!

Gok’s Clothes Roadshow, 8pm on Channel 4.

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An accidental Sunday shopping spree

salmon pink jersey top

Today has been a typical Sunday – chilled out and relaxed, with a trip to Fabric Land for bridesmaid dress fabric, a visit to the Bristol Museum for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition (amazing!) and an accidental trip to Primark.

All I wanted was a pair of socks – that’s all – and then I remembered I needed a new black vest top for yoga, then I was drawn to the lightweight layered jersey tops, and by the time I made my way to the till via the accessories department, I knew my resolve not to spend more than a fiver had all but disappeared. And did I get the pair of socks I actually needed? Nope.

But in my defence what I did get were some practical, versatile pieces that could be paired with skinny jeans, tailored jodhpurs or even a nice pair of denim cut-off shorts once the weather bucks its ideas up. The salmon pink colour, above, compliments my hair and skin tone and the cropped navy top, below, is baggy enough to give me cover while still looking great with a fitted pair of trousers or leggings. The red and tan faux leather satchel is small enough for popping out and about and may even be my festival bag for 2011. The rope necklace, above, was a bit frivolous but I love the nautical theme and it is a fail-safe option, along with florals, for this time of year.

At least that’s my rationale and I’m sticking to it : )

Navy Primark jersey and pale pink vest

Navy Primark jersey top layered over a pale pink vest

Red Primark satchel with tan faux leather buckles

Red Primark satchel with tan faux leather buckles

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