And so it is Christmas

School is out so it’s party time.
Party bags!
Pin the nose on Rudolph and musical Snowpeople (ever a feminist)
It’s not a party without party rings!
A little something for the grown ups.

I’d have been happy in jeans and a sweatshirt (my uniform at the moment, hence not blogging much) but my girls insisted on something special.

They were quite pleased with sequin Zara harems & Mango tshirt (both v old) but then my dear friend arrived with a present for me. (The necessary background is that La Bambina adores Bing; “you look like Coco” is the highest compliment she knows. She calls skirts “ballets” and asks me to wear one everyday. Now I have my own Coco skirt – am not sure how I feel about this!)
Handmade tulle skirt, Falke tights, Office shoes. Laugh away, you will (probably) never see me dressed like this again!

I have to share La Bambina’s outfit from one of my best mates in Australia.
Just like Coco! ;-)
Cheers & here’s to a merry Christmas.

OTK boots @ work

Our friend Mon Wornout has exquisite taste, especially when it comes to shoes. I’ve been trying various Stuart Weitzman 50-50s on for the last 6 months or so and was poised to buy the Reserve OTK boots, when she went and bought these beauties. I’d dismissed the heeled version, too OTT sexy for me…….and, yes, here I am wearing them to work. They felt sleek, demure, understated and exceedingly comfortable. Not at all sexy (because that’s a BIG no-no for me). Thank you Mon x

Stuart Weitzman


Out and about

I had a few hours on the river away from the hustle and bustle with my dad and sister today. How beautiful our city is!

I’m having a real “nothing to wear” time at the moment. Of course I have lots of things to wear but nothing feels right. I have a feeling a decent pair of unripped comfortable jeans would help but I don’t have the time or inclination for jeans shopping in the midst of the festive madness.

So today, after ten outfit changes I wore Zara ripped jeans, Uniqlo black and white striped Heattech (old and they don’t seem to be doing it this year) under a black Uniqlo merino jumper, Toga Pullas, Anya Hindmarch mini Gracie bag with a Jigsaw pom pom and an old Per Una Speziale (!) faux fur coat. (Nothing exciting in the bag – my gloves, the Guardian and a present for my dad to pass on)

Hope you’re enjoying the festive build up. Back soon!


Looking a tad Michelin Man here, but it felt good to wear a different kind of water repellent attire today (my usual being a longer down coat and jeans).

Top shop skirt

Uniqlo down jacket


Crumpet jumper

Jimmy Choo boots

JacketUniqlo Ultra Light Down Jacket (I’m wearing an XS, sizing is on the small side – I love the chevron lines), skirtTop shop pleather, jumper – Crumpet (via TKMaxx – recent purchase), boots – Jimmy Choo (sale, last year). Layers not seen – Uniqlo heattech vest and long sleeved top under the jumper.


School play

All ready to watch my biggest super star in her school play!

I’m in a Cos dress, old Mint Velvet pleather leggings, (rather dirty!) Acne Pistols, Cos grey coat, Urbancode shearling scarf. La Bambina is in a Boden dress and H&M hair clip (and yes, that’s her rolling on the floor rolling behind me in the main photo. Oops!)