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If you asked any of my close friends or family to describe me in three words, it would be a pretty safe bet ‘trendy’, ‘glamorous’ and ‘fashion-savvy’ would not be among them.

If you look at my profile picture though, you could be forgiven for imagining that I go about everyday beautifully coiffed, with foot-high hair and an inch of make-up. I do not. I’m afraid to say I do not look like this in real life. In fact, I often have to take off my glasses and tilt my head, pretending to talk into a phone, to even convince people the photo is me at all.

Still, it does mean that I’m often approached by fashion and beauty companies, who mistakenly believe I am super hot and stylish, and want me to try out their stuff.

One such company is Mint Velvet, a rather sophisticated range of elegant, luxurious knitwear, dresses and other outfits in lovely muted tones – all definitely things proper grown up ladies would wear.

Really?? I wanted to say. Are you sure you mean me? You do know I like to wear spots with floral prints, and firmly believe that blue and green really should be seen?

I didn’t though. I kept quiet, and pretended to be the sensible, naturally stylish woman I feel I really could be. Underneath the layers of rainbow coloured cardigans and peacock feather hair accessories. Besides, I thought it would be a good challenge for me, to see if I could incorporate some decent clothes into my dubious, charity shop based wardrobe. The idea behind the range after all is that it is meant to be flexible, and fit in with the ever changing needs of modern women. So this is my diary of how I got on…

Day one

It’s day one of my fashion diary and to be frank I’m scared. I normally rely on my teenage daughter Bee to check my outfits before I leave the house – “Are you really going out in that?” – but she’s on holiday, and instead I just have my nine year old Belle as my chief stylist and photographer.

Belle is reasonably helpful, she can hold a camera at least, but she’s not great for your self-esteem. “You’re not fat Mummy,” she said to me recently, “you’re just really, really chubby.” Charming.

My clothes arrived from Mint Velvet beautifully packaged, and it’s clear that they cost more than I would normally spend. Not hard when my normal clothes spend is about £4.50. The rest of my wardrobe immediately looks shabby and outdated, and I wonder how I’m going to blend them in without it being too obvious that I’m normally a cheapskate.

I decide to ease myself in gently, by testing out the black trousers for a day at work. Everyone has black trousers right? Apart from me actually – I’m normally more of a floral dress and coloured tights girl – so I feel rather grown up in my smart trousers and high heels. I call this look ‘I am genuinely in my mid-thirties and a sensible business woman, honest’.

Despite being a bit worried about squeezing my not unsubstantial bottom into a size twelve, they turn out to be a really good fit, and, according to Belle, are very slimming. What she actually said was ‘your legs don’t look as fat as normal Mummy’, but the principle is the same.

At lunchtime, wandering around House of Fraser, I spot the Mint Velvet concession. It’s a much nicer feeling than when you sneak into Primark and realise you’re wearing a Primark outfit, and I loiter around, hoping one of the assistants will spot me and recognise me as a Woman of Good Taste.

Day two

Today I’m off to MShed in Bristol, to attend Blog Camp. I don’t often get out and about and meet other bloggers, so I feel the occasion warrants dressing up. The particular dress I go for is called ‘Feather Gothic’, so I decide to work the theme and vamp it up with my decidedly gothic knee-high buckled boots and some gold bangles.

I arrive to find most of the other attendees in jeans, but decide that standing out a bit is a Good Thing, and swish over to the tea and coffee. “Ooh I love your dress!” says someone whose name I instantly forget, which I see as a great start. (The compliment, not the name forgetting). Another blogger insists on taking a picture of me for twitter, pulling my very best glam pose, to show off my new-found sense of style…

I am definitely normally a dress person, and I really like this one, as despite looking very smart it’s actually really comfortable and easy to wear, and because it is wrap around, I have the option to adjust it slightly when I eat too many cakes in the break.

Day three

Day three in the Slummy single mummy house, and this morning I’m off to man a stall at the Fresher’s Fair at the University of Bristol, where I work for half the week. In my mind of course, I am still 19, so decide to go for a ‘down with the kids’ look today, to try to blend in with the hopelessly young and optimistic looking teenagers who are swarming the streets.

Unfortunately I don’t have the thighs to pull off the shorts over tights look, so go instead for jeans tucked into boots that look a bit like slippers, teamed with a Mint Velvet silver batwing tunic. I’ve heard it’s what all the kids are wearing these days. The image I’m trying to go for is ‘Look, I’m young like you really, I can just afford nicer jumpers’.

I really love this jumper actually, and even boyfriend comments on how smart it looks, and he’s a man who will spend £80 on one shirt, so he should know. It has a nice button detail across one shoulder, and is very versatile, and would work equally well dressed up with smart trousers and heels.

Despite trying my best to blend in with the student scene, I’m not sure I pull it off. When I arrive at the office one of my colleagues immediately laughs, “I see you’ve got your student gear on ready!” and I feel a tad silly. I am obviously not very good at being subtle. Still, I do my best to flirt inappropriately with all the timid looking young boys and give away 50 frisbees, so it’s not all bad.

Day four

After the bizarre heat wave a couple of weeks ago, that saw me sweating unseasonably into a summer dress just walking around town, the weather has turned chilly. With the wind blowing a gale, I decide the school run is the perfect opportunity to give my Mint Velvet coat an outing.

I’m working at home today, so don’t really have an excuse to dress up, although the school run means I at least make the effort to get out of my pyjamas. My hope is that although the rest of my outfit might be a tad on the ‘I’m clearly not going into an office today’ side, a smart coat will immediately make me look incredibly stylish, in a sort of Kate Moss, casually tousled way. A girl can dream can’t she?

The coat is gorgeous, and far more fashionable than the mac-in-a-pac that I normally get out for bad weather, and walking to school I do notice a spring in my step. I don’t think I have really given enough credit before to the difference clothes can make to how you feel about yourself. I’ve always tried to adopt the ‘beauty is only skin deep, it’s what’s inside that counts’ school of thought, mainly because I’m too lazy to spend any time on hair or make-up, but this week, when I’ve been giving more thought to what I wear, and have some nice pieces to show off, I do feel more confident.

The coat attracts not one but two compliments on the playground, and I go home a happy mummy.

Day five

Today is Friday, and I’m very excited about the prospect of a rare night out. Having moved to a new city only a few months ago, I’m still feeling my way, making new friends, and tonight I’m taking the plunge and meeting up with some strangers I’ve met on the internet.

When I write it down, it does sound a bit odd, but it’s actually a very friendly facebook group, recommended by a friend, so I’ve got my fingers crossed that it’s not an elaborate trap, and that my body won’t turn up in a skip the next morning.

We’re meeting at a pub in a rather edgy part of the city, so tonight I decide is the night to try out my funkiest of outfits, and prove that I don’t spend every evening after 8pm in pyjama bottoms and my boyfriend’s old hoodies.

So, decked out in my ruched leggings, a striking red tunic top, and a dual purpose height and confidence boosting pair of heels, I set out, only slightly nervous about how exactly I am going to recognise people. Standing at the bar, I have that temporarily awkward moment, similar to a blind date, where you look around with a half casual, half desperate look in your eyes. Fortunately I am spotted, and taken under the wing of what turns out to be a very fun and friendly group of people.

So at the end of my five days, I’m feeling pretty good. I’ve got a fresh new take on a jaded wardrobe, a new-found feeling of confidence, plus a new group of potential friends – that’s what I call a good week!

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Save Up to 50% Off on Allbirds’ Black Friday and Cyber Weekend Sale




Allbirds Black Friday Sale

It’s no secret that Allbirds is our favorite sneaker brand. Not only does the brand make stylish activewear shoes, but they’re also eco-friendly and sustainable, which makes us feel even better about buying from the brand—especially when they’re on sale. Right now, Allbirds’ massive Black Friday sale is on, which means you can save up to 50% off sitewide.

This is Allbids’ biggest sale of the entire year, so whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone on your holiday shopping list or just need a new pair of sneakers or sweats, now’s the time to treat yourself. Grab some of the brand’s best-sellers like the Tree Dasher 1s, Wool Runners, and Natural Leggings. Allbirds’ Black Friday sale runs through December 2, but we suggest shopping sooner than later—it’s selling fast!

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QUIZ Clothing Reviews




About QUIZ Clothing

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Just like any other British fashion brand, QUIZ Clothing is also known for its aesthetics, timeless designs, and sophistication. The brand offers a premium range of clothing pieces for all age groups and both sexes at quite competitive prices. One can easily rely on the brand to get the best of both worlds.

Precisely, QUIZ pays a lot of emphasis on offering the latest trends and cakewalk-style-driven looks without causing a dent in buyers’ pockets. It caters to the fashion-forward women and men who are quite particular about clothes, fashion, and styles.

The brand leaves no stone unturned to offer a versatile range of fashionable and trendy clothes, accessories, and shoes for almost every occasion and outing. That’s why the brand has been growing with each passing day.

Currently, it has over 250 stores across 13 countries, including the UK, Armenia, Egypt, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Ireland, Pakistan, etc.

Quiz Clothing Review

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Shopping for trendy and fashionable clothes is one of the most satisfying and rejuvenating activities. Most of us love to shop and wear trendy and stylish clothes. In fact, it’s a constant process to upgrade our wardrobe. But, if it happens without breaking the bank then it’s nothing short of icing on the cake. Today, one can easily find out a plethora of online and offline fashion retailers offering a wide range of clothing pieces in various designs and styles.

When it comes to UK fashion brands then one must expect great craftsmanship, quality, creativity, and innovation. QUIZ Clothing is one such UK brand that offers an essential cocktail of British fashion and contemporary designs without causing a dent in one’s pocket.

Quiz Clothing Dresses

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If you’re looking for the perfect dress for a special occasion or just a dress that you can style casually every day, Quiz has many options. All dresses are designed in-house so they are unique to Quiz. Dress categories include Bardot dresses, sequin dresses, day dresses, evening dresses, prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses, bodycon dresses and maxi dresses. Quiz dresses are available in sizes 4-20 so there is something to suit all sizes. Each dress incorporates the latest trends, for instance, the AW/16 dresses focus on lace and Bardot styles in neutral colours for a glamorous, simple vibe.

Quiz Clothing Stores

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You can use the online store finder to find your nearest Quiz store. There are stores all around the UK. Stores are located as standalone stores in the likes of Chester, Grimsby, Peterborough, Swansea, Falkirk and Stirling. There are also Quiz clothing concessions in Debenhams, House of Fraser and M&Co. With 250 locations around the country, there is sure to be either a store or a concession near to you.

Quiz Clothing Sale

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You can get great discounts on Quiz clothing using the online sale and in-store sales. Sales run seasonally, usually during the summer and at Christmas time. You may be able to get a great dress for the party season or some cosy knitwear to see you into the winter months, or perhaps a new coat to put away ready for the next set of cold weather.

Quiz Clothing Returns

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You can return a product to your nearest Quiz store if you have the receipt/web receipt, but only if the product is faulty. For standard returns, this must be processed via post. Log into your account on the Quiz website to generate a returns number, print the slip you are given and pop it in with the items to be sent to the free post address. Take the items to your nearest Post Office and remember to get a proof of postage. You can also return parcels conveniently by using Collect+, with over 5000 corner shops to choose from, which keep late hours. Your refund will be processed as soon as possible but you should aim to allow 7-10 working days for the refund to arrive back in your account.

Quiz Clothing Jobs

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Thanks to a team of committed employees, Quiz has gone from strength to strength since its inception. The company seeks only the most dedicated and passionate employees to work in the fast fashion industry which is constantly changing. In return for enthusiasm and commitment, employees are offered the chance to enjoy a rewarding career with progression opportunities.

Vacancies available include management, assistant management, supervisors and sales assistants. Benefits include industry competitive rates of pay, staff discount scheme with up to 50% off items, bonuses and incentives, structured induction and training, stakeholder pension scheme and childcare vouchers. There are lots of opportunities for progression if you work hard.

Popular Questions About Quiz Clothing

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Where is Quiz Clothing in Liverpool?

There is a Quiz concession in the Outfit store on Speke Retail Park, Liverpool. There is also a concession in the Debenhams store in the city centre. For full store addresses, see the Quiz website.

How much do Quiz clothing pay?

The rate of pay for a sales assistant working in a Quiz clothing store is £6.25 an hour according to online sources.

Are Quiz clothing sizes small?

According to online forums, items from Quiz clothing can come up small, so it is always advised to try before you buy or take advantage of the free returns policy.

Who delivers Quiz clothing?

Quiz uses a range of couriers to deliver their clothing, depending on which method of delivery you choose you may have a different courier.

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REI Hiking Boots Review




I am so happy to say that rei co-op has come up with a new line of hiking boots! The reason why this makes me so excited is that i love rei co-op products. One of my first hiking backpacks was the rei co-op flash. I still have it to this day because it is of excellent quality and it is pretty durable. Most of rei’s products are pretty affordable, and that includes the rei co-op flash hiking boots. The hiking boots are great for beginner hikers or for people that would love some lightweight hiking boots. Another plus is that they are made from recycled material! I am all about companies that strive to make the planet a better place so check out below to get my full rei co-op flash hiking boots review. I talk about comfort, traction, water resistance, weight, support, value, and much more.

REI Co-op Flash Hiking Boots Review

How I Used The REI Co-Op Flash Hiking Boots

I hiked with the rei co-op flash hiking boots on 4 different trails around washington state. I experienced these shoes on different terrains like crossing streams, steep rocky areas, and muddy trails. Overall my experience was pretty great with the rei flash hiking boots, and i loved how lightweight they felt! Here are the trails i hiked to test them out:

  • Lake stuart: 9 miles round trip, 1665 ft. Elevation gain
  • Emmons moraine: 3 miles round trip, 900 ft. Elevation gain
  • Suntop lookout: 2.1 miles round trip,1100 ft. Elevation gain
  • Colchuck lake: 8 miles round trip,2280 ft. Elevation gain


The one thing that stops me from using hiking boots all the time is weight. Most hiking boots can be a little heavy or bulky when compared to hiking shoes. Luckily, the rei co-op flash hiking boots is on the lighter side compared to many other hiking boots in the market. Many hiking boots are usually over 2 lbs, while the rei co-op flash hiking boots is around 1 lb 13 ounces.

Usually, when hiking long trails, the boot’s weight can start to weigh you down, but luckily, while hiking colchuck lake (9 miles round trip), the weight of the rei co-op flash hiking boots didn’t bother me.


Colchuck Lake trail is known to be one of the rockiest trails in Washington. I was thankful that the REI Co-op Flash Hiking Boots worked well with the nonstop rocks and high elevation gain. This was especially true when going downhill, which is usually my least favorite part of the hike. Most of the time, I have trouble, and I slip or fall on trails, but the REI Co-op Flash Hiking Boots prevented this while hiking Colchuck Lake.

Water Resistance

There are streams and rivers all over Washington, and I was able to test out how waterproof the shoes were. Even though I walked through countless streams, my socks stayed nice and dry. So I submerged them in a shallow river to test them out, and yup, my socks were still dry!

When hiking shoes are waterproof, there can be some problems with breathability. This usually leads to blisters because your feet start to sweat when hiking. I luckily didn’t get any blisters on my feet the whole time I was testing out the shoes, which means that the shoes are waterproof yet breathable. This is a huge plus!


After putting the boots through hell on those 4 hikes (I am not the most graceful hiker), the shoes still looked in pretty good condition. There were no major scratches, no major peeling, and the fabric looks fine.


The rei co-op flash hiking boots will need to be broken into. Like most hiking boots, it is recommended to use them around town, at home, or on leisure walks before going on a difficult hike.

They are stiff at first, but they eventually mold to your feet. I do like that there is room in the toe box. I ordered half a size over my regular shoe size (i am usually a size 7 and got a size 7.5), and it fit just fine. I had no problems with my feet swelling or my toenails feeling uncomfortable.


My ankles usually bend like crazy after hiking many miles, and it definitely happened to me while hiking Colchuck Lake. Luckily, the REI Co-op Flash Hiking Boots was able to help prevent any major damage to my ankle when it bent(I have injured my ankle this past year while hiking while wearing other boots). I was pretty happy with the ankle support the REI Co-op Flash Hiking Boots gave me.

The boots’ insoles felt pretty supportive, but I know that this could be different for others. I have high arch feet, and the insoles felt perfect for me.


I have reviewed and bought many hiking boots throughout the years, and the REI Co-op Flash Hiking Boots is the most inexpensive boots I have had on hand. I always love that REI Co-op makes its products available to everyone while still maintaining good quality. The cost for the boots ($130) is a great price, especially for budget buyers and new hikers.

REI Co-op Flash Hiking Boots Appearance

The REI Co-op Flash Hiking Boots comes in three colors;  Bark/Moss, Granite Black, and Smoke/Lilac. I picked the Smoke Lilac because I usually wear more pink colors on my hikes. I really loved the Lilac color and even got compliments of the color on the trails. I love when outdoor brands make hiking apparel more attractive and fun for women! I hope REI Co-op adds even more fun colors in the future!


What I loved about the REI Co-op Flash Hiking Boots is how little they resemble hiking boots. Some hiking boots can look pretty manly, rugged, and bulky. Luckily, I can pretty much wear the boots in many places, not just the trails. Hey, I am all about versatility!

The style of the shoes and the weight makes it pretty easy for me to head to the grocery store or to the mall. When it comes to hiking, looks are probably one of the least important factors (which is why I put it at the bottom), but it is nice if your shoes are versatile. Plus, I like looking cute on the trails because that is my jam and my brand!

Eco-Friendly Materials

Usually, when you think about hiking boots, you do not think about Eco Friendly. Well, my friend, the new REI Flash hiking boots are made with recycled materials. Here are some of the specs:

  • Membrane uses 75% recycled polyester
  • Upper sole is 99% recycled PET
  • Upper sole is also 30% recycled TPU
  • TerraGrip rubber is 20% recycled

As someone who loves the outdoors, I am always so excited to hear when outdoor brands use eco-friendly materials, which is a huge plus. Read more on the recycled materials they use here


Thanks for reading all about the new REI Co-op Flash Hiking Boots! Let me know if you have any questions and make sure you check out some of my other hiking posts:


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