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A change from ballet flats

Now I do love a good ballerina shoe, but it’s good to have a change, and when I spotted brogues around the shops they brought me right back to my youth when I had several pairs. I know they say that if you wore a trend the first time around then you should avoid it the second time, but seriously, if I did that  would have nothing to wear. As a student I had a pair of black Bertie ones with roses engraved in the leather (I replaced the laces with grosgrain ribbon) and a co-respondant pair in cream and navy which formed the basis of many twenties inspired outfits!

I had to look at  Bertie for old times sake and they have this brogue which I love, Lunda  in a pretty nude shade as well as black and coral.

Bertie brogue


Dune have a good selection. This one, Langbury,  is the nicest I think, it’s a heavier soled masculine shoe. I tried it in RL and the leather is lovely (and navy not black which is the clincher for me).

dune brogue 1

It also comes in a two-toned version, just right for all those “Great Gatsby” inspired outfits that will be everywhere this summer. Which reminds me, there’s a great spread of Carey Mulligan in the new US Vogue in her Gatsby dresses

dune brogue two tone


The Linfords (what’s with all the L names?) are nice too, but the lighter sole makes it look more like a jazz shoe to my eye. I think a slightly chunkier sole is essential for a proper brogue.

dune brogue 2



Anyhow, being a stinge and not wanting to spend 100 Euro I picked up a pair of these Clarks brogues for a song on ebay (they were unworn – I wouldn’t go that far for a bargain!) with the intention of dying them, but actually I think I might leave them as they are. I was planning on wearing them with rolled up olive chinos , but the temperature today had me rushing for my opaques.

clarks brogue

I also nabbed this neon t from Gap which brightens up my winter navy uniform and goes perfectly with my pink J Crew bag. I feel like a bit of a beacon in the gloom outside today.

Unfortunately I can’t show you my outfit photo as I can get it to load and I have pushed my rudimentary IT skills to their limits. I’ll try again later.

Velvet, gold and leather

Today is my birthday (we Worn Out ladies are clustered with our birthdays).  So, this morning my Husband wanted to know what I wanted for my birthday, and I had to admit that I had already bought my present–s–.  That’s how charming and sentimental I am, reader.  Unfortunately they weren’t the bigger diamond earrings I would like oh so much, or the diamond bracelet I was promised for having twins.  It turns out that having 3 children is so expensive, that its all crystals and Zara for me from now on.

So look at the utterly lush black velvet tuxedo blazer I bought yesterday (size S).  I am a fussy fecker, and only like my velvet to be mainly cotton (or even silk, but back to my earlier comment on the cost of children…).  None of that polyester velvet.  And I like my velvet thick and plush – none of that scrappy velour.  This blazer is £90, and its a beautiful, thick, soft cotton velvet.


Once the littlest blossoms wake up, I plan to take one of them to my local Zara to see if I can add these rather fabulous and fierce gold toe capped shoes to my birthday bootie.  My husband burst out laughing when he saw the toe detail. Hmm, OK:



And while I have been sitting here, I just saw this lovely looking leather jacket ping into my inbox from Warehouse.  I am going to have a look, in no least part due to the review saying “It goes with everything and it is so slimming it really is rather flattering” (my eyes widened and I started nodding).   Its £140, but there is a 25% off code with XMASGIFT…:



And since I am on the subject of Warehouse, I should also show you these things, that a friend bought and look fab:

Embellished jumper for £45 (she bought the navy, but here is the black):


Studded black suede boots for £85 (they also do the grey which I really like):

Studded Boot



Christmas list

It’s all about me, this list. I have a children’s list too, but this one is pure indulgence (and fantasy sadly!)

I’m a great believer in everyday luxury, I would rather have a beautiful keyring that I use everyday than an amazing party dress which I rarely wear. So the first two items on my Christmas list are very practical!

Valentino lace effect sunglasses I just love these, the combination of the cats eye shape and the lace print is so glamorous

Prada pink wallet I have had my eye on this for a while, the colour is so beautiful, and really is there an item you use more often than your wallet?

You just can’t have a Christmas list without some sparkle and I certainly don’t need the festive season as an excuse to wear glitter or sequins.

I got a great Lancome gold glitter varnish last Christmas, but it’s empty now, so this Butter London  looks like a good replacement

J Crew Flower lattice necklace  I have been pining for this necklace for a while now, I absolutely love it

These Maison Martin Margiela boots are the ultimate ankle boots and the great thing about metallics is they go with everything.


Like Eve, I have been a fan of By Terry’s lip balm for a while now, but the packaging of this Dior balm has turned my head, it is just so pretty!  Dior  rose lip balm

Kiehl’s Creme de Corps is the ultimate body lotion for me, it smells delicious and has such a lovely sheen

Diptyque Baies is the only scented candle I like, a beautiful fragrance the lasts for ages. I had the tragedy of getting the Baies room spray last year, and promptly smashing it on the ceramic tiles. I still wince when I remember it!


Now, you have to have something snuggly on your Christmas list, don’t you? I dream about lounging around all day in these Liberty print pajamas and sheepskin slippers, watching Grace Kelly movies and reading old magazines. As if that’s going to happen.

J Crew Liberty print pyjamas

Toast sheepskin babouche


And no Christmas list from me is complete without some cashmere

I have been lusting after this jumper for a while now and finally nabbed it yesterday (Yes all my best Christmas presents usually come from myself) Get it now from Whistles or House of Fraser with 20% off  Whistles Audrey cashmere jumper

And this is a gorgeous snuggly treat from Eilis Boyle cashmere hat scarf . And look, with all this snow and ice we are forecast, it is an absolute winter essential, no?

And finally, I need a bag on my list. I have been hankering after a red bag for a while. After coming across this vintage Birkin, nothing else will do now. I think I will need a lottery win for this one somehow




Christmas Lust List

Since having kids I have become an increasingly big fan of Christmas.  One thing I have always enjoyed about it though is the giving (and wrapping!) of gifts. I have put together a little list of things that have caught my eye hoping it provides useful inspiration.  I haven’t included books because I think they are pretty person specific.  The things on my list tend towards the luxury.


There are some very beautiful things on this site-blog nonesuch things.  I have ordered some of the tapes including the vine print and the skyline for adding a London touch to the presents I am sending back to Italy.


Cox and Cox have some beautiful Christmas paper and decorations.  I am going to put a sheet of this Midwinter Streets wrapping paper in a frame on the fireplace and use the rest for wrapping.

I love these window stickers from the same range and will be sticking them on the windows that my eldest hasn’t already decorated with her (equally beautiful!) school made snowflakes.

I always have a large roll of plain brown paper from the Post Office at home that I use for wrapping up. This ribbon selection is great and I use my kid’s letter stamps to personalise them.  We made all our gift tags last year using basic craft tags like these (£1 for 10) and stuck on a whole variety of sparkly tat beautiful things.

Basic craft tags to decorate with your kids £1 for 10


Cardboard People – Woman with a bag from nonesuch things £9.50

I like quirky presents for my friends and have a box of beautiful things I’ve collected over the months that I then chose from.  This cardboard woman is on her way to me from nonesuch things and this London Cityscape and Wooden Solar System mobile from Muji are already in there (I hope none of my friends are reading this!)  I am actually very tempted to keep the Solar System – it is beautiful.

I have mentioned these Cos cashmere scarves many times before but they make a great Christmas gift (and did I say how much I love Cos’ wrapping?)

Were money no object I would be asking for this grey Chloe Parity, possibly the most beautiful bag ever made.  I will not be getting it, but surely Christmas is all about dreaming!

This Marc by Marc Jacobs Spotless Lizzie is on my Christmas list.  I am hoping one of my constant emails with discount codes will pay off and it might be waiting under the tree for me.

I took Gina’s advice and tried L’Occitane’s Divine range.  It works.  This set is high up on my Christmas list.

Another two cult products, this time from By Terry via Space NK.  I ask for a pot of this Baume de Rose every Christmas and it lasts all year.  It has a slight sheen to it and I wear it day to day instead of lipstick.  This mascara is brilliant and really does make lashes thicker and more lustrous with a few weeks wear (I rate the whole By Terry range – this foundation works miracles)

I have mentioned the Cos cashmere scarves further up in the page and their clutch is definitely on my list.  It is made from a raw cut metallic leather and will be great for day and night use.  I find a clutch an easy way of carrying my cards and phone when I am out with La Bambina and can pop it in the bottom of the pram.

Meet Bernard – I am a big fan of this lovely shop which originally just for men but now has a large new women’s wear store too.  These black Adidas Nizza are fur lined and the kind of shoe every dad needs – warm, stylish and easy to chase cheeky monkeys in.

I really rate Nudie jeans and like their take on the Christmas cardi with the Lenny zip cardigan.

Mr Porter, the men’s version of Net-a-Porter, is a great site for ordering luxury menswear and presents.  If you choose their gift wrapping service the present comes wrapped in tissue paper secured with a sticker with the recipient’s name in the Mr Porter font.  I like that.

Knomo do lovely bags, especially in their range for men.  I like their iphone cases for £35 too.

Everything from Smythson feels so luxe.  Their stationery comes wrapped in lovely tissue paper and in one of their famous blue boxes.  These pocket memos slip easily inside a jacket pocket and are a great choice for the person who has everything.

I like this iphone-wallet too and am going to investigate if it comes in any of the other lovely colours their regular phone covers are available in like the gorgeous magenta one below.


Luckily my children are too young to read our WornOut blog so I am spoiling no surprises saying this Scotty Dog Noughts & Crosses will be wrapped and waiting under the tree for one of my little loves.

These bear dungarees are a bit pricey at £41 but wow, how cute!

These lovely Ubang Babblechat ballerina tights from Nordic Kids sit on the side of cool rather than overly cutesy and are in my shopping bag.

This cape from H&M’s “All for Children” range is already in my possesion and ready to be wrapped.  I like their £1.99 masks too – great stocking presents.  For £4.99 this gold bag feels surprisingly good in real life and I love the design.

H&M Fox Mask £1.99

H&M bag £4.99

These Automoblox cars from Toys of Essence are fantastic quality and are actually a kind of jigsaw. My eldest loves hers and they make a great gift.   Keep an eye out for their wooden dress up dolls and pull along duck for younger kids.

We like Russian dolls in this house and our love of all things Apple hasn’t diminished our avid letter writing.  I am pleased that it is a joy I’ve shared with my eldest.  She will be rewarded with this letter writing set this Christmas.

And these lovely baubles for her own um, tasteful, little tree.

La Bambina will be happy to look at these Japanese paper balloons which arrive flat packed and make a great gift for sending abroad.

There are some very lovely hampers out that would suit all tastes and budgets.  I love the whole range from Luigis’s and am going to be ordering one of these for a faraway friend.

Once all my Christmas shopping is done and the pressure is off, I will be heading up town to Selfridges Food Hall to make my favourite Christmas purchase (macaroons!)

My Mamma’s favourites – what a stunning box! £10.25

Luckily for non Londoners you can order most of their treats on line.

For now that is it!  I am going to crack on and tick some presents off my list.

Just a note to say that this post isn’t sponsored.

Get thee to a New Look!

When I love something, I stick to it.  Like a style stalker.  And I am loving the New Look coated skinny jeans (comfortable, flattering and affordable), so expect to see them often.  Today I am wearing them with a denim shirt from H&M, sparkly Zara necklace and Kurt Geiger ankle boots.





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Kurt Geiger Willow Ankle Boots

And I can see New Look do them in different colours, although many are sold out in my size on line (I sized down to size 8), so I may need to do a trip to my nearest New Look, especially as I quite fancy these glitter slippers (a little bit nanna, a little bit disco – love it!), too:

Silver Multicoloured Glitter Slipper Shoes | 260498599 | New Look