A palm print suit

Not exactly subtle, is it?!IMG_4334I haven’t taken the tags off yet because I can’t decide whether to keep it. The material is unlined – it is meant to be a summer suit – and is possibly just a tad shiny when I look at it on the hanger.  When I put it on though it feels comfortable and there is something about it I just love.  photo-10Here it is on me with a black Topshop cami (similar here) and Marks & Spencer heels. I would wear different shoes, trainers even.

I like the print a lot though I didn’t read the description properly and thought it was black – it’s navy.IMG_4335 I like the trousers and jacket on their own and definitely wear enough plain top/jeans combos to jazz up with a printed jacket / printed trousers with a plain tee and jacket.IMG_4336photo-9Here is the jacket with Zara jeans and a Cos black tshirt – these are brilliant basics for £15.  (The necklace throughout is the Hoochie Mama one my kids got me that I always wear) I have a 12 in the jacket. It doesn’t have any buttons which is fine for me as I never do my jackets up anyway.

photo-4Here are the trousers with an old Topshop cami and Ancient Greek Niki sandals. The trousers have an elasticated waist with a small pleat at the front that makes them look like they do up (can you tell I don’t know how to explain it? See Zara’s photo below) I have a size L.IMG_4333I am going to keep it in my wardrobe for a while and see if I turn to it. I’ll let you know.

Back tomorrow.

Cream tops & jeans and new sunnies

I’ve been busy enjoying the sunshine and frankly burning the candle at both ends. I’m going to be taking it easy for the next week or two and getting back to some serious exercise.

On to outfits. What to wear when it’s suddenly 28oC and you’re going out at 530 on the dirty tube for the evening out that might finish late (& be chilly)? It was a dilemma and I should’ve gone with a dress as I was so hot!Old Zara jeans, last year’s H&M gold mules, last year’s Next cream balloon sleeve top, old Zara leopard studded belt, Topshop bag (sold out)

(On the subject of bags, I’ve just ordered another of these bags as I use mine everyday and it’s brilliant value for money). Another cream top and jeans combo. The top was from Mango last year and the quality is not good. The jeans are from ASOS 3 years ago. I am holding my Marimekko makeup bag and Chloe Mini Marcie. I eventually put my Ancient Greek Niki sandals on.

Here I am in some new sunnies – tributes to the Saint Laurent Loulous.Mine were from Urban Outfitters.

Back tomorrow.

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.

Back soon.


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.