Weekly Edit – Upcycling And Sharing The Love


Being half term, I’ve travelled down To Essex to spend some time with the children/grandchildren this week. Perfect week to be off school. How lucky we have been with the weather? I’m enjoying the longer lighter hours already and there’s nothing that gives me more pleasure than to sit and have my cuppa in the morning watching the new day come alive. I hate long dark mornings! Are you with me? I also did a bit of upcycling to a pair of boots I discovered during the decorating. I’m not only upcycling my interior (more on that later) I’m upcycling boots too.


What I’ve been buying



I’m very happy with the new bag that I purchased from River Island. I love the colours and I will be getting a lot of use out of this one right through summer. It’s also available in Black too. You can wear two ways. Crossbody with the strap or handheld via the handles. I have to say, River Island has some lovely bags this season.

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1. River Island Bag
Faux suede fabric Gold tone metal hoop handle
2. Cashmere/Merino Polo Neck
Sink into the silky softness of this exquisite polo neck jumper. The mix of pure cashmere and merino wool,







I’ve had these boots a few years, from next I believe. I never liked the lack of shape at the bottom of the boot. They are just so straight up and down. With my little legs they just didn’t look right. About to toss them in the charity pile, I looked at how the fold of suede would come away and decided to remove the bulky overlay of suede. I’m not your crafty upcycling kind of girl but fingers crossed!


Upcycled and ready to go!



It was all easy peasy! Just some stitching to undo. They look so much better on and I’m glad that I tried it out.



1. The Rina Bag
This timeless elegant classic leather tote bag comes in rigid Italian leather with a satin smooth finish
2. Tan Skirt
Calf-length skirt in a rib-knit viscose blend with a high, elasticated waist. Bell shaped at the bottom.
3. Shirt - Similar
Relaxed, cool, easy. Here's everything you could want from a shirt.


Here’s another Tan look.  I have always loved Tan colours. Hence why I bought the new bag in Tan other than Black. Tans and Creams, all mix and matchable

The skirt I recently purchased from H&M and I think the boots work well here. I wish I had worn one of my full slips from this post underneath. It’s quite clingy and that’s where those full slips come in handy. The skirt is a good fit with a grown on waistband and flares at the bottom.



I’m really pleased with how the boots turned out. It’s like having a new pair! I think I kept them in my wardrobe for 5 years or more!



Sharing The love



I was really happy to be gifted the T-shirt and bag for valentines day in aid of Save The Children. A quirky quote and all proceeds go towards this good cause. Very reasonably priced, You can find the T-shirts, Bags and Hoodies that are for sale at Save The Children or click on the link photos below.




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  1. March 13, 2019 / 8:53 pm

    Love those boots! I’ve never even considered upcycling boots – what a good idea. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for sharing with #pocolo

  2. March 7, 2019 / 9:34 pm

    The upcycling worked so well Laurie, well done! I love seeing you in these neutral tones as they suit your classic style. On me I think I’d just look terribly drab – hence my choice of punchy colours to enliven my look.

  3. March 5, 2019 / 6:45 pm

    Love the boots – how clever to whip the top layer off. They look really slouchy and expensive. Love the neutral colours in this post. Thereโ€™s lots of bright colours for Spring/Summer Iโ€™m plucking up the courage!
    Alison xx

  4. March 5, 2019 / 5:37 pm

    Laurie, your love of neutrals may just be wearing off on me! I love the softness of the neutral looks and the new bag is lovely! I am in te market for Spring too. The skirt is lovely with those “new” boots! Great job!
    jess xx

  5. March 5, 2019 / 12:11 am

    Sounds like you are going to have a fun week! I adore that purse! The ring detail is gorgeous and I imagine it goes with everything!


  6. March 2, 2019 / 9:49 am

    Good job on the boots, I love a bit of upcycling! I hope I can look as greta as you when I have Grandchildren #dreamteam

    • laurie
      March 2, 2019 / 9:58 am

      Aw, thanks so much! I’m sure you will xx

  7. March 1, 2019 / 1:09 pm

    What a cute look! ๐Ÿ™‚

    X Merel

    • laurie
      March 2, 2019 / 10:00 am

      Thanks Merel. Thanks for stopping by xx

  8. February 28, 2019 / 3:37 pm

    Great idea with those boots! They turned out wonderfully!

    Virginia |

    • laurie
      March 2, 2019 / 10:01 am

      Thanks Virginia. Better than throwing them in the bin! xx

  9. February 28, 2019 / 3:00 pm

    Great looks Laurie. I love what you have done with your boots ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you can join us tomorrow

    • laurie
      March 2, 2019 / 10:06 am

      Thanks Claire xx

  10. February 28, 2019 / 10:21 am

    You and me have a similar colour palette preference so I LOVE ๐Ÿ’˜ everything here. And how clever with a the boits. They look gorgeous.
    I dashed over from Insta to see the 2nd bedroom reveal, not finished yet? My carpet and bed arrive next week!
    Hugs, Mary x.

    • laurie
      March 2, 2019 / 10:06 am

      Nearly done Mary. Doesn’t everything just take so long! xx

  11. February 28, 2019 / 3:05 am

    Wow! Those boots look fabulous now. I don’t think I would have ever thought to try that. And I adore that bag. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing at Sweet Inspiration!

    • laurie
      March 2, 2019 / 10:07 am

      Thanks so much Amy xx

  12. February 27, 2019 / 10:48 am

    Love this look and you did a great job with the boots.

    Gemma x

    • laurie
      March 2, 2019 / 10:07 am

      Thanks Gemma. My creativeness even surprised me here! xx

    • laurie
      March 2, 2019 / 10:08 am

      Thanks for stopping by Karen xx

  13. February 27, 2019 / 1:46 am

    Love the looks on this post blog! River island is a big fave of mine for handbags and accessories! #dreamteam

    • laurie
      March 2, 2019 / 10:23 am

      Thanks Fiona. River Island has some real beauties this year xx

  14. February 26, 2019 / 7:25 pm

    Loved the slouch of those boots but I can see why you didnt like them! well done for not kicking them out and upcycling them to rewear!
    Ash xx

    • laurie
      February 26, 2019 / 11:19 pm

      Make a change for me to be a bit creative eh? xx

  15. February 26, 2019 / 3:04 pm

    Love the bag from River Island, will have to go and see if they have it here. You did a super job on the boots. Well worth taking the chance and they are much nicer this way! xxx

    • laurie
      March 2, 2019 / 10:24 am

      Thanks Ann. Good luck with the bag. It’s a good buy xx

  16. February 26, 2019 / 1:56 pm

    I agree with you – the re-do made a huge positive difference in your boots! #keepingitreal

    • laurie
      March 2, 2019 / 10:25 am

      Thanks Carol, glad you like them. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you return xx

  17. February 25, 2019 / 6:08 pm

    Love the “Share the love” T-shirt. You are so crafty, upcycling your boots. They look great!

    • laurie
      March 2, 2019 / 10:26 am

      Thanks Laurie. Glad you like them. It’s good to support the #savethechildren charity xx

    • laurie
      March 2, 2019 / 10:27 am

      Thanks Karen. I’m really pleased with it xx

    • laurie
      March 2, 2019 / 10:34 am

      Thanks Maria. Glad you like them xx

  18. February 25, 2019 / 12:28 am

    From elegance to rock, you look lovely no matter what style you follow, Laurie. Love the boots, I think you did a great job and they do look great under the skirt. Have a great week

    • laurie
      March 2, 2019 / 10:41 am

      Thanks so much Anna. That’s such a lovely compliment xx

  19. February 23, 2019 / 3:38 pm

    Those boots look fab dont they, well done you! I love tans and creams, very much my kind of colours. I think they just suit my colouring. River Island bags are such good value, I love the size of this one you have picked. Gorgeous!

    • laurie
      February 23, 2019 / 4:28 pm

      pretty good value for the money too Kerry. Glad you like it xx

  20. February 23, 2019 / 12:01 am

    The white shirt looks great with the tan, doesnโ€™t it? Itโ€™s so good to be able to get use out of our clothing so love the way youโ€™ve managed those boots! You look so fit and trim in both these looks! Donna ๐Ÿงš๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ™ donnadoesdresses.com

    • laurie
      February 23, 2019 / 4:29 pm

      Thanks so much Donna. I was really pleased with how the boots turned out xx

  21. Pamela
    February 22, 2019 / 11:45 pm

    Hi Laurie ,
    Your hair always looks gorgeous loose and flowing but I love the classy ponytail you look so sophisticated and intelligent especially with the sunglasses. Your hair up or down is truly your crowning glory and I love you in neutrals they seem to complement your hair colouring.
    Have a lovely weekend,
    Love Pamela from Wales U.K. x

    • laurie
      February 23, 2019 / 5:06 pm

      Thanks so much Pamela. Such a lovely compliment! You’ve made my day xx

  22. February 22, 2019 / 7:47 pm

    OMG! That’s great, they look really good and very unique! I love your neutral looks Laurie, you always look so well styled and chic. Thanks for sharing. Jacqui Mummabstylish

    • laurie
      February 23, 2019 / 5:19 pm

      Thanks Jacqui. Glad you like xx

  23. February 22, 2019 / 6:59 pm

    Now that is creative! Good job. I love the longer days too, especially that it is getting light at 07.00.in the morning. I hate to wake up in the dark!

    • laurie
      February 23, 2019 / 5:19 pm

      Oh. Ditto to that Nancy! xx

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