Another simple Sunday outfit

It’s another simple Sunday outfit for the park:
- Jacket: H&M khaki cotton jacket
- Blouse: Massimo Dutti white embroidered blouse
- Jeans: New Look black coated skinnies
Boots: Marks & Spencer pewter leather ankle boots

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I thought it looked nice enough, although my photos are so bad you can never really see what the Sam Hill I am wearing. Anyway, it was woefully inadequate for the weather. I stepped outside and immediately returned and changed into my grey wool coat. So now I look a bit more like this:

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I’m posting from the park where it’s getting chilly. The Bolters are oblivious and are bolting around in cotton cardis, which I’ve had to beg them to keep on. I’m getting cold just watching them.

Hope you’ve had a lovely weekend

Tuesday Treats – High St shoes

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My sister has a pair of pointed leopard ballet flats that show just enough toe cleavage and work with jeans and dresses. I’ve always wanted them, she’s always wanted to replicate them. I happened to spot these from Zara last week and now they’re ours.
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Try them, they’re gorgeous!

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These are especially for Annabel – the latest Zara version of the black kitten heels I love (last seen here). I’d like the silver. These from Topshop look pretty useful too.

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Every time I look at Zara on line these shoes call to me. There’s something so sleek about them. The style just doesn’t suit me but wow, they’re beautiful.

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Finally crazy shoes. Belinda shared these and I’ve been trying not to think about them since. Another mad pair from Topshop. Flats with a pom pom. Heaven.

Ps the Outnet have some very pretty French Sole ballerinas in at the moment.

Basics for the park

I saw a great looking outfit on one of my favourite blogs/ Instagram: They All Hate Us, which I copied, in a more basic fashion, for a trip to the park yesterday:

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Outfit:
Coat: Massimo Dutti black wool crepe pea coat (old)
Scarf: cream cashmere (old, but cashmere scarves are the way forward for me. Only alpaca comes close to the warmth and softness, without any irritation. I have wool scarves, but they feel scratchy around my neck)
Blouse: Zara girls embroidered cream blouse (old)
Trousers: Warehouse khaki trousers (old)
Boots: Kurt Geiger Willow ankle boots (old, but these are fantastic quality. I prefer the look of my Dune Nins ankle boots, but they are higher and the leather isn’t as durable, so for park outings it’s the Willows)

A couple of purchases for my girls that I am thrilled with:
- Trespass Vee raincoat: it’s wind resistant, waterproof, fleece lined and long in the body, with a cute shape. I found mine for around £25, and while they are a bit warm for London weather, yet, I think I could send the girls out in a storm in these and they would be fine. They are black, which I like, but the girls, to be fair, aren’t as thrilled about.

- Mango Outlet Miriam cashmere cardigans: cream and camel cardigans for £25? Yes. They are so beautiful and luxurious. I bought both colours in all the sizes. They shape is nicer than the Brora and Ralph Lauren ones we have, which are a bit boxy. They also do a boys round neck knit version, too.

Hope you are having a lovely weekend.

Boots for the girl

Clothes can be inexpensive but I’m a tad fussy when it comes to shoes, especially kids shoes. Winter boots need to be functional; durable rubber soles with a very good tread are an absolute must. This year we rejected all Startrite boots on account of their rubbish soles. Timberland long boots are good but, they look like wellies on my daughters slim calves. We did however buy these last year and they lasted well.

We came home with a gorgeous navy pair from John Lewis for casual wear and a smarter pair from Russell & Bromley for school. I deemed the JL pair fit for purpose as my daughter also has snow boots and walking boots for when things get really bad.JL Boots

R&B boots

Check out the depth of the tread :-) R&B tread

They look really well made – as they should be at an eye-wateringly expensive £80.

And here I am in the same boots. It seems we have an 8 year old Bigfoot in the house.

Kids boots

Back to Basics

I once tried searching back through our old blogs for something from Uniqlo expecting just a couple of posts. I was inundated with search results! I should’ve known, hardly a post goes by from any of us in winter that doesn’t include “Uniqlo Heattech“.

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I don’t know how they work but they do – cool when necessary, warm when necessary. Every year they have a wider range of fits and colours. I’ve started wearing one under my knitwear already and have stocked up on some new ones for me and my girls. I’ve bought a few of the short sleeved ones for the first time and like them a lot.

I was folding my other winter basic as part of my summer/autumn swap over yesterday; the J Crew merino Tippi.
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Belinda WornOut has swayed me with the Uniqlo merino jumpers this year – I like that they’re a little more relaxed in the fit (though I wear an XL in the Uniqlo and mainly a M in J Crew apart from one oversized black one) They may both be 100% merino, in neutral colours and a simple shape but they are actually quite different jumpers. The J Crew Tippis have cropped sleeves and are a smarter, neater fit, perfect with culottes, baggier jeans and tailored skirts. The less structured, super soft Uniqlo merino sweaters are my new go to with skinny jeans and pleather leggings. My mate Joanna in the US helped me, my sister and my partner stock up on J Crew in their sale earlier this year so I’ve added another two black ones, an olive and a different shade of grey to my collection.

I’m feeling rather virtuous stocking up on basics I’ll wear every day rather than being swayed by all the sale emails I’ve been getting this week.

Back again soon.

Ps just in case anyone is considering one – I took delivery of a Uniqlo cashmere roll neck today. I ordered an XL and it’s still reasonably fitted, far more than the XL merino sweater. Great quality though.

Dangly bits

I am bad at obsessing over clothes/shoes/bags. I do enjoy the fruits of my obsessing when I’m lucky enough to get my hands on them so it’s not about the thrill of the chase. I just spend an inordinate amount of time (when I should be asleep) looking for them.

My current obsession is a bag. It’s black, pleather and has lots of bits hanging off it. Everyone but me has it already it would seem.

Yes, the H&M fringed bag. It has been keeping me awake at night. I had one years ago, from H&M too. Everyone hated it, I loved it but finally gave in and got rid of it a decade or so ago. I’ve looked everywhere for the new version, my blogger friends have tried to help, I even tried to back order it all to no avail.

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So for now this Zara Kids bag will have to do.

But please, if you see one anywhere do let me know and let me get a proper night’s sleep. ;-)

Postcard from Paris

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What a wonderful weekend I had in Paris celebrating with my sisters.

We stayed in an apartment we booked via Airbnb in Batignolles, a beautiful area to stroll around full of little boutiques and cool bars. We have all been to Paris many times so didn’t do any formal sightseeing but spent hours meandering.
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I ate at every possible opportunity.

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To travel I wore new blue Zara ripped skinnies, Uniqlo blue, black and grey silk shirt, Toga Pullas, Zara leather jacket, Jigsaw hat, Alexander Wang Diego bag in midnight.

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For a long stroll I wore Zara faux leather culottes, Nikes, J Crew Tippi, Whistles jacket, mini Gracie. After a big night on Friday I was badly hungover.
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Luckily we happened on a champagne festival up at Sacre Coeur and spent the afternoon wandering beautiful streets with sparkles in our hands. My kind of hair of the dog!

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For the evening I changed into Theory leather leggings, Zara kitten heels, Uniqlo black silk shirt, All Saints blazer, Urbancode shearling wrap. I’ve struggled to get a good photo but you get the idea.

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For our last day of strolling and eating I wore Zara ripped black skinnies (my favourite, most comfortable jeans), Nikes, Iris and Ink grey cashmere roll neck (so luxurious), Zara leather jacket, Jigsaw hat.

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Back again soon.

Balthazar

Last Saturday night we had instructions to meet friends at a pub in Covent Garden. That’s all I knew about where we were going. So, I dressed in a “hedging my bets” outfit. Not too dressy, not too casual:
Top: TopShop sequin top
Jeans: Zara TRF Super Skinny. I can’t rave too much about these – “fab” is the word. As is “cheap”. My favourite combo.
Shoes: Banana Republic Carlie flats in silver
Clutch: & Other Stories

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We went to Balthazar, which I really enjoyed: just the kind of decor I like – retro and slightly upmarket but not formal, delicious food, great cocktails.

I’m not looking v merry in these photos, but I’d had a bit to drink so had to focus. No way was I going to do my tipsy wonky eye smile at the camera phone. I’ve learnt my lesson.

PS the outfit was about right for Balthazar, although heels would have been fine, too.

Have a lovely weekend!

Try this at home

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I cannot recommend this face mask highly enough. Mine was a gift from Gina WornOut and I have been saving it for special occasions. I used it for the third time this morning and when I washed it off, my bare skin looked like I had already applied a primer and foundation!

Let us know if you try it and what you think.