Finding Petite Clothing in the UK

Petite clothing refers to anyone under the height of 5ft 4in. The trouble is that petite people are a diverse group, and they come in all shapes and sizes. I am a small petite, I am under 5ft and wafer thin. So where can a woman like me shop, and how can clothes inspire me as a writer? I love looking at different clothes styles and thinking about the image they portray, or how practical they are. You don’t want to trek through a forest in a prom dress. So let’s look at some companies and what they have to offer.

Anthropologie – They have a lovely petite fashion range which come in many sizes. The clothes they have are classy and chic. I adore their clothes. They also have amazingly chic home accessories which can make any home look stylish. For me this style of clothes can highlight a character who knows their own mind, and knows what is what.

Banana Republic – This site has a good range of business and stylish petite clothing. Their petite sizing ranges from 2 – 16. They also offer fantastic accessories. These are the clothes of the woman who means business and yet is still feminine.

BHS – Offers a nice petite range at the lower end of the price range. But they have some fantastic looking clothes on offer. These are more everyday clothes, and yet speak of an amazingly strong woman who is focused.

Boden – Another site with a petite range, but there is something quite unique about many of these styles. There is the chic black look and the colourful look to choose from. There is something very relaxed about this style. I see it as the sort of person who never lets things get in their way and is always relaxed about life.

Coast – Whilst they may not have the largest selection they have some gorgeous dresses that I would adore to own.  Sheer jaw dropping beauty. These are the clothes for the woman looking to make a statement and maybe impress.

Debenhams  Wide range of styles, but have that look of someone who is outgoing.

Dorothy Perkins Nice range for the lower priced market. What I love about these styles is that they are versatile and could be worn in so many situations. For me those I imagine cuddling up by a fire with a book.

J-Crew Fantastic range some marvellous everyday clothes and some I would love to go to an afternoon tea in.

Jeetly Dedicated to petite fashion this is like a dream come true for me, and they range is oh so stylish.

New Look They have a wide range of clothing, and a great petite range. There is something quite casual about what they have on offer.

Nordstorm – This website not only has one of the best names out it is packed full of beautiful petite clothes. It also has some great looking accessories and make up. There is also a kids range which is both stylish and reasonably priced. It is definitely worth checking out. Their home section also has some quality items. There is heaps of inspiration here.

Petite Legs – Gosh I love this site as it actually has clothes for smaller  people like me. There are some very colourful clothes here for those women who want to get noticed.

Précis Petite Great site some lovely clothes on offer. Very stylish and modern.

Very Here we have a great selection of casual clothes.

A Wise Old Tree at Polzeath

tree with face polzeath cornwall I went for a walk the other day in Polzeath, Cornwall, and came across this tree.  I love its face. It looks as though it is about to say something.

It  has a thoughtful face, and I love its wild and crazy hair. Its pensive mouth and dark eyes.  For me it looks quite a masculine face.

I found this on a footpath that led to the coast path from Polzeath to Daymer Bay. It was the part that weaved between the houses. It is almost as if he was guarding the ocean and telling people to treat it with respect.  Or he is the guardian between the manmade world of the concrete town and the wildness of the cliffs.

From the other side the tree looks nothing out of the ordinary, so it was a nice surprise to see this on the way back.

I love finding faces like this. It is great for the imagination. I had to take this picture quickly as it is a popular path and I could hear people coming. So I did not get long to chat to his tree, or find out what he was going to tell me.

To me though he looks the sort that would tell me a wise story and send me on a quest.  I love letting my imagination run riot when I see things like this.  What about you?

polzeath cornwall


Living Without Social Media

living without social mediaSocial media has been something I have both loved and hated.  On the one hand it has been a major part of my life. I’ve done the logging in daily, and spending way to much time on there. I have also done the deleting the account and taking a break for it.  Neither has made me particularly happy.

When I have been a part of social media I have made some great connections. On the other hand I have also felt overwhelmed and every so slightly addicted.  When I have not been on social media I have been more productive, but also felt isolated.

I have never been the most social person in real life. Real friends are often in short supply, which may be my own fault. Before social media I lived on internet forums, and before the internet I had over 100 pen friends.

Recently I started really looking at my social media feeds. My Facebook newsfeed was full of pages and pictures that people had shared, or even just liked. I tried hiding all the pages from the newsfeed, but there were so many. Facebook did hide many of the pages, but I hid so many pages I think I confused Facebook and it still kept showing me stuff I didn’t want to see. I also realised how few people were writing their own thoughts.  I then looked at my own newsfeed and realised I was just as guilty. I had share endless, ‘interesting things,’ but few thoughts of my own.

My Twitter newsfeed was a nightmare. I was following 800+ people and it felt like everyone was shouting and nobody was listening.  I looked at the profiles of many of the people I was following and realised most of them never even looked at my profile.  I was a mere number to be yelled at.  I unfollowed many people. I knew the number of people following me would drop, but the people leaving weren’t hearing me anyway.

My Pinterest feed I loved. Yet, I also knew I did not always check where the images linked to, and many things I shared linked to sites I didn’t want to promote. There was also no connection there. It was an endless SEO adventure.

I looked at my social media feeds and realised, it just wasn’t very social. So I decided to take a break from social media. So starting September 1st 2015 I plan a social media break.  This meant I could resign as admin of a Facebook group I was helping with, and give them notice. It also meant I had time to alert friends I was going missing.

I realise my decision to take a year long break is probably stupid. For starters one year may end up being more like one week. I am not sure how good my will-power is. Although I have taken social media breaks before it has never been for that long.

It is also crazy from a career point of view. I want to be a full time writer and author. Read any website or book and they will push the fact that success relies on social media.  Trying to be a writer without social media is a big no-no.

So ignoring the fact that this is all crazy here is what I plan to do. On September 1st I will no longer log in to social media sites.  I will keep the accounts open. I will however start followings blogs via their newsletters, and commenting. I hope this gives me a connection social media doesn’t.  Other than that who knows where this will lead. Is it possible to live without social media? Is it a terrible idea for a writer? I guess there is only one way to find out, and I am looking forward to it.  Two weeks today and I am gone, and I will learn if it is possible to live without social media.

Judging People not Actions

judging people not actionsJudging people is a very easy thing to do. But, today I am going to tell you a story about when I misjudged some people. One summer I was out walking.  It was early morning – around about 4am, possibly earlier.  As I have said before I love to go walking alone when the world is quiet.

On this particular morning a car shot out of a side road at speed and shot up the hill. I continued walking thinking the car was full of young, male idiots, who were probably drunk.  It was a snapped judgment, and I kind of assumed nobody would be out driving at that time unless they had been drinking.

A minute later the same car sped back down the hill and screeched to a halt alongside me.  I looked at the people in the car and I was right. There was five young males inside.  They opened the car window and asked me if I was alright.

I was surprised. For starters none of them appeared to be drunk or even tipsy. What I was really surprised at was just how concerned and caring they were towards me.  They were very reluctant to leave me, and asked me over and over again if everything was alright.

I felt completely overwhelmed by them. They cared so much. It was like a modern day version of knights in shining armour, except I did not need rescuing.

Yes, they made judgements about me. After all what kind of young woman goes out walking alone in the middle of the night. Yet, they were more worried that there was a problem or that something bad had happened to me.  They wanted to help.

I learnt a lesson that day. I had judged every person in that car based on the way the driver was driving.  Yes, the driver could have caused an accident. If I had crossed that road end at the time he flew out, he would not have seen me due to the bends, until it was to late.  Technically he was not breaking the speed limit, but yes he was not driving to the conditions. But, the judgement I should have made is that driver was not driving sensibly.  He, like me, has assumed we would be the only person on that road at that time.

The rest of the things I assumed about him and his friends were completely wrong. It was not fair of me to judge them like that. I admit I was wrong.

It did make me think, and I do now try to make sure I am judging actions not people.  People are often far nicer than we think.

Walking in the Dark Book Review

I have always loved the night. There is something about it that is so special to me.  As a little girl I would wake in the night and sit by the window, simply watching the world go by. There was an owl who lived in a tree nearby who I would talk to. The owl sometimes looked at me as though he heard and understood what I was saying, and at other times he would fly off on a hunt.

He was not the only wild creature out at night. The world seemed so alive, and my sense of hearing seemed heightened. I felt so alive and so safe in the night.

When I got older I started going out walking at night. I rarely met another soul, and there was something so lovely about having the world to myself.

I walked without a flashlight, although I carried a small one just in case I needed one. For most of the walks through the stars and moon gave me enough light even when walking through woods.  Yes, it could get dark but I walked paths I knew well and could always see enough.

Nature seemed to draw closer to me. The leaves rustled louder, and I could hear creatures move around. Yet, nothing seemed to scare me.

The dangers I have faced in life have all come in the light. The darkness of the night gave me safety and comfort. During the night the problems of the day were long forgotten, and I felt simple at one with the world, as though nothing else mattered.

I recently came across this book, Waking Up to the Dark: Ancient Wisdom for a Sleepless Age
Reading was the first time I had ever really thought about why I feel called to the night, or that somewhere else in the world there were other people walking in the dark.

I had put my love of walking in the dark down as some quirky part of my personality. The thing to tell people to make them think I had gone crazy.

But, I feel its more than craziness. It is part of who I am.  The night speaks to me in a way that day can not. It holds a sense of beauty and magic that I cannot find elsewhere.