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WIWT – sock boots

I find the What I’m Wearing Today posts easier to keep up with. Well, what I wore yesterday and the day before in this case.

I went out for lunch with my dad on Thursday. I’ve been fasting twice a week for the last few and it makes me appreciate good food even more than usual!

Boden cashmere jumper, black coated Zara jeans (old), last year’s Zara sock boots, Mango coat.

Yesterday I went out for lunch with my partner to reward ourselves after a stressful morning. We remembered our youngest’s dress up as a rainforest animal day half hour before we had to leave for school. Cue frantically looking for her leopard print leggings and me making a jaguar mask at 8am. All while our eldest was making and icing the 30 cupcakes she needed for a school cake sale that we’d also forgotten. Agh.

I’m wore old Hudson jeans, last year’s Zara sock boots, old Jack Wills star shirt, Mango coat (& H&M cashmere scarf on my arm)

I didn’t wear the sock boots much last year but have really been getting into them this autumn. I’ve yet to wear them with a dress or skirt; I have very skinny ankles and am not sure the look will work on me. I’ll give it a try next week and see. I am considering trying these but Next sizing is often on the larger size so they might be too loose – I’ll report back.

I’ve found a few similar pairs here in black, red and navy, here in satin and here for a decent price with a block heel. These are higher than mine but look great for evening / work, these have a different shape and interesting stud detail and I couldn’t not include these beauties and these amazing electric blue ones.

Back soon.

Black & (Navy) Blue

Old Zara jeans, black Boden cashmere jumper, Mango wool coat, old & Other Stories gold hoops, Stan Smiths (here with 40% off using code BIG40)

The coat is new. It’s navy, from Mango and is mainly wool. I have a large. It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for – a mix of winter coat and wool blazer.

My Boden cashmere jumper is from last year but assuming the sizing has stayed the same, I’d suggest going up at least a size or 2. I have a 16 and it’s not that slouchy. It’s beautiful soft cashmere and washes easily.

Back soon and probably wearing this coat as it’s suddenly cold in London.

Softly softly

There is very little I like about winter – Christmas with my family, pubs with a fire to sit by with a mulled wine, and soft snuggly jumpers and scarves. That’s it.

As soon as I had kids and started spending ages (and ages and ages) in cold parks, I realised my mainly H&M non-wool winter jumpers weren’t going to cut it. For the past 9 years I’ve been collecting merino and cashmere jumpers and scarves. Collecting in the sense of asking for them for presents, looking after them extra carefully and storing them sensibly/obsessively.

As soon as the temperatures dip, I wear one every day over a Uniqlo heattech. My favourite merino jumpers are from Uniqlo and J Crew, my favourite cashmere jumpers are from Boden and & Other Stories, my favourite cashmere scarves have all been from Cos. Until now.

Last year I got my winter scarves out only to find they’d been feasted on by moths. I had “collected” six of them and was pretty upset. I managed to salvage two but they were holey and felt a bit unpleasant to wear knowing they’d been an insect’s lunch.

This year I had planned to buy a new black Cos one and ask for a green and grey for Christmas. Then my mate told me that H&M had some that were worth a look. I’m really, really pleased with them!

They’re a different texture – the camel is a simple knit and the black is ribbed (at a push I’d say I prefer the black) They’re £39.99 each but you get 10% off and free delivery with code 6064 until 22.10

Black ribbed H&M scarf, Hush khaki pea coat, & Other Stories green cashmere jumper (my favourite).

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New starts

I didn’t mean to take a blogging break but an epic 5 week holiday with patchy wifi combined with no shopping for 2 months meant it just happened. These last few weeks have seen my first purchases since July!

Let’s start with Hush. I have two jackets from a Hush sale a few years ago and nothing else. Until now. They constantly bombard me with emails and brochures and their persistence has paid off (don’t tell Me+Em who send me 4 copies of every brochure they make and fill my recycling bin every week) Back to Hush.

Hush black ruched skirt.

This skirt is great, it’s really flattering on and works with trainers or heels. I’ve been steering away from jeans a bit recently, mainly because I put over a stone on during the summer and the waistbands on my jeans are too tight. Skirts have been my saviours. I’ve worn this with a tshirt and Stans and am wearing it to a wedding this evening with heels and a silk shirt. One of those quiet wardrobe heroes that I expect will be a “no idea what to wear” saviour.

Hush leopard Joggers.

They’re soft, cosy and a step up from the maternity harems I’ve been wearing with flip flops to do the school run. All the class. They do bag at the knees after an hour or so but the print makes it less of a problem and to be honest the snuggle factor makes up for that. Perfect loungewear but also good rolled up with Stans, a tshirt and leather jacket.

Hush Amour sweatshirt.

I have loads of sweatshirts and they’re my autumn wardrobe staple with jeans. This year my jeans and sweatshirts are just that bit too tight and while I am not buying new jeans, I did treat myself to a new sweatshirt. It’s soft and cosy and looks good with skirts too. I have a L.

Hush Marina skirt.

I love this skirt. It’s black with an elasticated waist and big pockets. It has a sheer layer on top that makes it look good for evening with heels and a shirt as well as with trainers and a merino crew neck for day. Initially I worried that the sheer outer layer would snag but it’s been fine, even scooping up my little one in her velcro shoes.

& Other Stories Poppy Shirt

I adore this shirt. I sized up to a 42. The buttons on the Stories silk shirts are perfectly placed for a larger chest, these ones are not and their non-silk shirts can gape. I’m a bit cack-handed with safety pins so am putting a small press stud in mine (I have the same problem with the Stories Leo shirt too)

I bought a new coat. Or two. Maybe even three.

Last winter I hardly wore my wool coats because they’re long and bulky – great for a day out but not the kind of coats I throw on for a normal day of jobs and kid stuff. This olive coat from Hush is shorter, a true pea coat and I’m hoping it will help me stay away from throwing my Woorich parka on every morning (much as I love it)

I got this coat from River Island too. My nod to the check trend.

River Island coat, Zara trousers, Boden cashmere crew neck, Stan Smiths.

I highly recommend the Zara trousers I am wearing in the photo above. I have them in black and dark grey and have been wearing them on rotation.

You’ll have to wait to see the third coat, I’m waiting for it to arrive.

A few outfits before I go.

Zara pleated skirt (old season), black Cos t-shirt, J Crew leather jacket, Chloe mini Marcie, Nike Air Cortez (similar on sale here).

All old season/sold out – Next blouse, Zara culottes, H&M mules.

All old season – Zara jeans, Jack Wills Star shirt, Zara jeans, Zara jacket, & Other Stories mules. (I’ve just added this star shirt to my collection)

Old Zara coated skinnies, & Other Stories shirt, & Other Stories shoes, All Saints jacket, Chloe mini Marcie bag.

Zara trousers, old & Other Stories ruffle shirt, Zara jacket, gold Nike Cortez.

Back soon, promise.