We have a week of Christmas shows here. My kids are in shows every night and I’m ferrying them around / cooking / encouraging / watching and feeling emotional.
The first one was earlier today (my girl shone of course) My daughter insisted on choosing my outfit after I turned up in gym gear to last year’s show. As soon as she asked if she could choose what I wore I knew it would be this top. It’s not really my usual kind of top but I saw it on my IG friend Max and loved it. I understand from my kids that Claudia Winkleman wore it (or maybe a designer version) on Strictly a few weeks ago too – a big reason for its popularity with the young people in casa mia who are Strictly obsessed. Zara ruffled top with neck tie, old Zara coated skinnies, last year’s & Other Stories heeled boots, Mango coat.
I have an XL in the top. It has a pearl button closure and to be able to do it up I had to get the biggest size (and wear a minimiser bra)
Before I had kids I used to love the getting ready for a night of partying almost as much as the actual going out. Now I am always in a rush, generously “helped” with my hair and make up and invariably answering millions of questions while trying to decide what to wear.
Becoming a mum also means that outfits have to be multi tasking. Can you breastfeed in them? Can you bend down to play without flashing? Can the beautiful top withstand snot/Velcro shoes/Sharpies (who the f though to remarket marker pens for kids?!)? My kids are getting beyond some of the little kid stuff (just) but so
bloody much of our going out seems to involve being outdoors then indoors and/or A Walk. So going out has changed and clothing must too.
Personally, I absolutely hate going out feeling that I’ve worn the wrong thing. I also hate being cold. I wish it wasn’t so as it doesn’t fit with how I try and live my life but it’s true. So, I am getting planned, trying a few new outfits every few days in the lead up to party season (I have a couple of nights out and lots of family stuff)Zara black jeans with a gold stripe, & Other Stories shirt, & Other Stories shoes (mine are last year’s but these look the same)
Outfit numero uno sorted.
Sunday we went for a big family meal to celebrate my sister’s birthday. I thought I’d break out a bit of festive bling.
Old Zara jeans, Old Stories frill shirt, old Topshop coat, red boots, red earrings
I love this jumper. It’s red (orange according to my sister – red according to & Other Stories and me), it’s properly warm, it has unnatural fibres in but isn’t at all sweaty, the neck stays up. All very good things. No wonder I look so pleased with myself 😉 Stories jumper, Zara jeans, old Acne Pistols.
We celebrated my sister’s birthday today and then went and got our Christmas tree. We have a big family meal out tomorrow so I might wear one of my new tops from my Zara haul. More on that in the next day or two.
Finally some colour!
Starting with the red, my totally favourite recent purchase.I must admit that the oversized jumper trend isn’t the easiest on a big chest but this jumper makes me so happy, I just don’t care. It’s very oversized, I have a M.
On to this green H&M top. Of course the Black Friday 20% off H&M has just ended but at £17.99 these tops are pretty reasonably. Beware, there isn’t a natural fibre in sight so they aren’t for everyone. I’ve stopped buying quantity in favour of quality but I really couldn’t resist these – my soft spot for star print is well documented, the brightness of the green, and the miraculous slimming effect of the ruching on the tummy.
I’m not demonstrating the slimming effects that well, you’ll have to trust me on this one. I have the green and this divine star print too.
Today I’m back to my comfort zone in black and grey.
Old Zara coated skinnies, old Acne shearling lined Pistols, old Iris & Ink cashmere roll neck, Erdem X H&M jacket.
I’ve never been sure about these boots, I don’t think I like them very much at all. They are super warm and very comfortable too though which suits me today.
Back soon with my new Christmas top.