Tuesday Shoes-day

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Zara Black Suede Ankle Boots with Studded Toes

Cheating today as I know its Wednesday but I’ve been ill so that’s my excuse.

I’ve dug out my studded ankle boots for a ‘do I have today at The Shard. Feels odd going to work so dressed up. I love that these boots look good with a dress or trousers.

Today I’m wearing:
Lace Rebecca Dress – Whistles
90 Denier tights – Autograph
Black ankle boots – Zara

Sorry its fast, but have to dash!

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

Tuesday Shoes-day

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Limited Collection Patent Courts

A quick one today. I think everyone must have these bargain shoes from M&S. Mine cost £19.50 but they are now £25 for some reason. Comfortable, a good height, admittedly not leather but therefore durable, they are a good work staple. I’ve worn them today with my take on a “bumble bee” outfit to help celebrate Calum’s nursery – Busy Bees – 30th birthday. There’s a party this afternoon and they are trying to break a world record for the number of fancy dress bumble bees.

I’m wearing:

Yellow Mohair jumper – Zara
Black Sequin skirt – Darling Clothes
50 Denier Velvet tights – Wolford
Bee Necklace – Alex Monroe

The things us Mum’s have to do 🙂 Work appropriate whilst in keeping with a theme I think!

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

Text your Heart

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I thought I’d share a couple of the readings we had at our Wedding today, as they still hold meaning for me, and it seems fitting for the “text your heart” theme.

The first was our Gospel reading. We had a Catholic ceremony as I was brought up as such, but our Priest was fantastic, really bringing the ceremony to life with interest for our congregation.

We chose “You are the light of the world” from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 5:13-16. This is it:

Jesus said to his disciples:
“You are the salt of the earth.
But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?
It is no longer good for anything
but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
You are the light of the world.
A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.
Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket;
it is set on a lamp stand,
here it gives light to all in the house.
Just so, your light must shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds
and glorify your heavenly Father.”
The Gospel of the Lord.

Now although it doesn’t make reference to marriage, it does state that belief in the church is like a light that illuminates a world gone dark from sin. What could also be taken from it are the marks of a strong marriage are when others are positively affected and benefit from a couple’s union. This is why we chose it. Father Stephen also have us a bottle of table salt at the alter to remind us that we bring joy to all those around us as a married couple. We still have this 🙂

One of the other readings was from ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ by Louis de Bernieres. Well known I’m sure, this is it:

Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your root was so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is.

Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being in love, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.

Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.

These words resonate with me so powerfully I am emotional every time I read this. I really, truly have married my soul mate and best friend, and I can’t imagine life without him.

Are there pieces of prose that resonate with you?

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

Luscious Locks

Today’s #encouragebeauty prompt has got me thinking about my hair again, and the constant debate I have with myself. Do I cut it? Do I add in a fringe? Should I colour it?

I’m a creature of habit, preferring to wear it long and actually, I’m pretty lazy with it. A shorter style would require more time. Time I don’t have! Plus I like having long hair. I feel like me with long hair. Today’s post isn’t about my hair though.

I’m going to share a few of my hair heroines… All pretty obvious ones.

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Ms Palermo has wonderful hair. Whether long or worn as a “Lob” (long bob), she always looks immaculate. Hair I can only dream of!

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Ms Beckinsale’s hair is Hollywood Glamour at its finest. An English Rose in the US she’s definitely had the LA treatment. I do prefer her as a true brunette though.

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Not much explanation needed here, the Duchess’ hair is always coiffed to perfection. I wish I had a hairdresser on hand 24-7. Its nice to see she has bad hair days too (see her South Pacific trip photos for evidence!)

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If I were blonde, I’d want Ms Deeley’s hair. Another Brit girl that’s been LA’d, her sunny locks shine.

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We must take a minute though to appreciate Mrs Beckham. She’s had more hairstyles than I have shoes which is saying something. 100% for effort. Not all have suited her but going from a signature Bob through extensions, the shortest crop and blonde, she’s now settled on something that suits her Designer status. How long until we see another change though?

Who are your hair heroes?

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

Tuesday Shoes-day

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M&S Almond Toe Slipper flats in Red Suede

I’m having a bit of a red moment. I’m not sure whether its because of the season, a little nod towards Christmas; because its grey and dull outside; or because I recently rediscovered a booklet of colours that suit me that I was given after a group ColourMeBeautiful session. Whichever way, I love it! Last week’s outfit was the start.

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Plus the Red Cups are back!! 🙂

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Red is such a rich colour and as my Mum’s favourite, has always featured highly in my wardrobe. It can brighten up an otherwise somber outfit, or can be head turning worn as a block.

These shoes are a great way to use it as a pick me up, especially as today’s outfit is mainly navy. This style of shoe is also great. Slightly pointed to elongate the feet but not too much so that toes are squashed.

Today I’m wearing:
Navy Merino Crew Neck Jumper – Uniqlo (Men’s)
Printed Trousers – Gap via eBay

I LOVE the extra-fine Merino men’s jumpers from Uniqlo. Size Small is the perfect “boyfriend” fit for me. Plus, they are £19.90!

Are you red wearers?

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

Champion a Gentleman

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There’s no denying it. Mr Barlow looks preeeeety good in a suit. Today’s #encouragebeauty prompt is champion a gentleman. I should perhaps take this opportunity to canvas some sponsorship for my man in his Movember quest, however, I’m sticking with Gary.

As a teen of the ’90s, who DIDN’T love Take That. Whilst their songs have stood the test of time, thank god their style didn’t. There’s a huge difference, for the better.

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And that’s where championing a gentleman comes in. Annoyingly, men just get better with age. I mean come on? Howard and Jason? Yes please!

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But Gary… Gary has come a long way.

Every week on X-Factor he looks better than the previous one (it may be my wine fuelled vision) but his style has evolved greatly. He also strikes me as just like the rest of us, having his own personal challenges to deal with, as we all do.

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From fresh faced, through clean cut, and now just that right amount of stubble, he’s a man of our time. Its nice having you on our screens on a weekly basis Mr Barlow! I for one will definitely be buying his new album (nothing at all to do with this cover)

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Are there any Gents out there that you’d champion over Mr Barlow ladies?

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X

Your Favourite Feature

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I always find it a bit cringy when asked what my favourite feature is, so today’s #encouragebeauty is hard. One because I’m hugely vain and therefore body conscious, always picking out imperfections (could always be better), but two because I find it hard bigging myself up.

I’m pretty happy with my lot but the feature that has always stood out I guess (and that most people comment on) is my smile.

I am fastidious about my teeth. I make sure I visit the dentist every 6 months, I use an electric toothbrush for at least three minutes, twice a day. I SOMETIMES brush during the day, and I also floss. It’s something I’ve always done and as a result (touch wood) I have strong teeth.

However, I’m also a coffee drinker and red wine lover though so my new discovery of Colgate, The Red One, is great to mix in with otherwise Oral B routine, to make sure they stay “clean”.

Not that I have perfect teeth however (far from it, in fact my younger self is shouting loudly about wearing a retainer… I may have got bored after two years with train tracks), but it’s the fact that my smile lights up my face that makes me class it as my favourite feature.

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Smiling and laughing make me feel so much better. I used to inwardly die when I could hear my Mum’s laugh echoing down the school halls (she worked there at the same time) but that’s now me. I’m sure Calum will be just as embarrassed when he’s older.

What’s your favourite feature?

Erin, Love from Cornfield… X