Basket shoes

I’m just back from an epic 9 days in Mauritius. I was way too relaxed to take many outfit photos but will have a look and see if I have anything to share over the next few days.

In the meantime I have cheered myself up with some new shoes.I have my normal size 7. I didn’t realise that they aren’t leather until I bought them but they feel like they could be. They’re comfortable (they have insolia) and are a reasonable heel height. My partner hates them but I love them and that’s all that matters.

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I went real life shopping yesterday , quite a rare event. Even rarer was a grown-up only lunch with one of my great mates – she has 4 kids and I have 2 and we couldn’t remember the last time we’d seen each other without our broods (and got to finish a sentence!)

I picked up a huge Zara order, most of it is going back because their sizing is so random at the moment. I am keeping a second pair of the black culottes and these printed ones.

I had more success in & Other Stories though (surprise!) and wanted to share quickly as one of the things I bought is in the sale which ends soon.

This beautiful blouse has been in their sale for weeks and currently has 75% off.

I love stars as we know but I didn’t try this when it came out as I find collarless blouses quite unflattering. I am so pleased I finally tried it though. I’m going on holiday soon and I’m going to wear it with denim shorts and with cropped jeans when I’m back. I have a size 40.

I bought this blousy top too. I actually wanted to buy the silk shirt which reverses this colourway and is predominantly pink with a blue pattern but they didn’t have my size so I tried and loved this.It’s the kind of top you can throw on over jeans and feel good in. I’d even say it would be ok for less formal workplaces in summer.

I have to concentrate on my to do list (& exercise!) for the next few days before the kids break up for Easter but am going out for my sister’s birthday tonight and might share my outfit tomorrow if it’s a nice one. Otherwise I’ll be back in a few days.

A maternity jacket

I’ve not worn camouflage since I bid farewell to my camo trousers in the late 90s. I’ve been lured back in recently. I ordered the Topshop camo shacket. It was one of the most unflattering things I’ve tried on this year and went straight back. Even the 10 was way too boxy and the dropped shoulders made it even worse.

Then I happened to pop into my local Topshop and spotted this. They only had an 8 which I could get on but couldn’t move my arms in. It wasn’t even coming up on line despite obsessive checking back. Then I saw the maternity version.

I have it in a size 10 and it’s perfect (I’m normally a 12-14 in jackets) If you are actually pregnant, you might want to size up. It’s much neater on the shoulders than the raw hem shacket and much more flattering on my frame. I love it.

Ending with my outfit from yesterday.

Zara stepped hem jeans, Zara sock boots, old & Other Stories frilled shirt, H&M jacket.

Back tomorrow.

A few outfits

I am very happy that the temperature is going up and I have been celebrating by having my ankles out a lot this week. Finally no more struggling to keep my ankles warm in my plethora of cropped jeans. Hallelujah!

Last night we went out for a Malaysian meal as a belated birthday celebration for my partner. H&M khaki trousers, & Other Stories heels (I really recommend these, they’re really comfortable), Zara blouse (this is a pretty summery version and this looks good too), ASOS hoops.

Tuesday I went to see one of my favourite bands. It was still a bit chilly so I braved bare ankles with a big roll neck. Old Zara stepped hem jeans (yay, they fit again!), & Other Stories roll neck, Nike Cortez, ASOS hoops. Underneath I wore one of my favourite tshirts.

Choose Love tshirt (I have a medium)

I’ve been struggling a bit with what jacket/coat to wear. It’s not warm enough for a blazer but I’m done with my winter coats. I dug out this River Island coat which I’ve hardly worn as it’s not really warm enough for proper winter. River Island check coat, old Zara jeans, Stan Smiths, old H&M tshirt, Cos cashmere scarf.

Ending with a photos of the culottes I mentioned the other day. These are the ones with a button detail, I didn’t like the others. Zara culottes, old Topshop cami, Ancient Greek Niki sandals, Zara polka dot scarf.

I’m going for afternoon tea later then up town to see one of my sisters in a play and possibly out for a drink after. What to wear?

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