Half term

I thought I’d share a few outfits from over our very cold London half term. My kids have gone back to school today but my sister’s kids have this week off and as her childcare fell through last minute and she has to work, I have her kids this week.

My children went to stay with their grandparents for the last day of their half term and I got to do some real life shopping!

Toga Pulla boots (I haven’t taken these off since I rediscovered them apart from to drive, they are not driving shoes!), Topshop bag, Cos coat (similar colour here), Cos scarf, Zara jeans, Kate Moss for Equipment shirt (I now desperately want this one), old Gap belt (excuse the bras – I was in Bravissimo!)Theory navy leather trousers, old Topshop star shirt. I love a star shirt and would buy this one in a flash if I didn’t have three very similar ones already. I am going to get this one – it comes in petite and larger sizes too and this looks great for a tenner if you’re a size 10. I’m also wearing my Zara boots and Mango jacket which I adore but has sold out, sorry. A close up to show you my new lipstick which I really like. It’s Laura Mercier Velour Extreme in Fire, it’s matte but not drying and feels very light on which is unusual for such a matte colour (if you like a lip liner I like this for all my Mac / Nars / LM oranges and reds) Note that the photo on the John Lewis link makes the lipstick colour look more orange than it is, they do have two really orange shades but Fire is definitely redder than it looks.

Zara blouse with neck tie, old Zara coated jeans (similar here), Zara leopard sock boots.Old Zara poncho, Boden cashmere roll neck, Zara jeans, Toga Pullas.

So, what I bought….

I got these striped trousers from H&M. They have an elasticated back so I got a 12 but I am debating whether to swap them for a 14 as I think I want a looser fit. There is a matching jacket I am quite tempted by.

I got this Lilac jumper in H&M too. I decided a few years ago not to buy any more jumpers that weren’t cashmere or merino (and actually keep me warm) but I’ve loved my & Other Stories roll necks which are a similar composition so I allowed myself this one.

I picked up the instafamous H&M Etoile jumper too and have already worn it twice. I like that it’s thick inside, rather like the Hush ones that are much more expensive. It says it is cropped; it’s not long but I wouldn’t say it is much shorter than normal. The sizing is on the large side – I have a medium.

I got these Zara cropped straight leg jeans but can’t show me in them as I’ve had to return them for a larger size. They aren’t as soft as some Zara jeans but are a great colour and as I’m a bit shorter than their tall model, they’re ankle length on me.

These aren’t my usual style but I’ve been hankering after some kick flares. These are a gorgeous colour but are a large fit – I am exchanging the 12 for a 10.

I got these joggers from Zara in a large. I’m trying to wean myself off wearing loose joggers so much but they’re so comfortable I couldn’t bear to return them.

Finally from Zara are these! I quite liked them but my daughter said they looked like someone had vomited custard and blood over my legs which has oddly put me off! Also (on my pair at least) the bum section was almost entirely a kind of pig-pink. Lovely 😉

The Mango order I mentioned in my last post all goes back – I looked so dreadful in the jumpsuits I couldn’t face taking photos.

I did splash some cash in the beauty hall at Selfridges but will save those purchases for another day.

Back soon.

Mama got a brand new bag

I’ve been looking for a black leather sack style bag with no metal work for a while. This Topshop one has ticked all the boxes. Old Topshop leopard coat, & Other Stories rollneck, Zara jeans, Toga Pulla boots, Topshop bag.

I’m going for a mooch around the shops later and am waiting for a few things to arrive tomorrow.

Khaki jumpsuit, Wrap front jumpsuit and these black Trumpet jeans.

I’ll report back!

Friday day, Friday night

I took my dad out for lunch and a stroll yesterday. It’s still really cold in London so I am wearing rollnecks on repeat. I didn’t realise until we got to lunch that me and my dad were both in black rollnecks and grey tailored jackets. Twinning is winning 😉

Zara jeans (old), Toga Pulla boots, & Other Stories jumper, old Gap belt.

It’s the first time I’ve worn these beautiful boots this year. I’ve become more of a gold fan and I get itchy mixing my metals so these have been in their box in my wardrobe. I’m keeping them out because I enjoyed wearing them so much. They’re not great for driving but are really comfortable for a day walking around.

Yesterday evening I went out for a family dinner. I wore a new celestial top from Zara. It’s slightly staticky material but a good shake got rid of that. It has pretty pearl buttons at the neck and cuffs and I love the almost batwing sleeve shape.

Zara top, Zara jeans (sold out but these are similar), Zara black sock boots (last year), River Island belt. Odd poses to try and show the sleeves!

I wore a new eye crayon too. A friend was wearing a bright navy Trish McEvoy one at the black tie do I went to a few weeks ago and it looked amazing. I couldn’t find it to buy on line and being unable to wait until I could get to Selfridges, I bought this Nars one instead (Glenan) It’s a really nice dark blue and looks pretty decent just smudged on the eye lids with a few coats of mascara.

Back tomorrow.

New sunnies

Zara sunglasses, Boden cashmere roll neck, Topshop coat (old, sorry), Nars Red Square lipstick.

You may recall I have a thing with sunglasses. I love them and wear them all year round. According to the fashion press, a smaller cat eye frame is the way to go this S/S. I read as somewhere that Kanye West had decided this which seems rather random. Possibly the same article had a photo these Le Specs and I was smitten as soon as I saw them. I still adore the big visor styles I wore all last summer (and I got this stunning Victoria Beckham pair for Christmas) but these are something different to all the pairs I have. Alas Le Specs has sold out but these Zara beauties came to the rescue for £15.99 (just look at them in red!) H&M have a similar pair here too for £8.99. (Beware with the Le Specs website, I am sitting on my hands not to order the gold framed Echos. I have no will power when it comes to sunglasses)

This coat always gets a lot of love. It was from Topshop maybe five years ago (they pop up on eBay sometimes) This one from H&M looks very similar with the round neck and appears to be available in most sizes and is in the sale. Win win!

Back soon.