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Simply Green

One of my favourite colours, especially worn with black or navy blue.

Dress – Whistles Elena Cashmere dress (current season), roll neck top – Great Plains, necklace – H&M, leggings – Americal Apparel, boots – Maison Martin Margiela for H&M

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Jazzy pants

Thanks to my Asian heritage, I’m neither print nor colour shy. I mean, this is nothing compared with my Asian threads. Yet, I felt as though I stood out a bit today. The fact that I didn’t give in to my desire to wear them with a bright pink top was probably a good thing. I’ll save that look for spring.

I spotted the jeans a while back in the H&M catalogue and was giving up on ever finding them online, when I spotted them instore. They’re a very flaterring fit and hold everything in, spanx style but without the discomfort. I love the graphic print and they’re a bargain at £14.99.

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Jacket – Whistles, Snood – Brora, Sweatshirt – COS, Black tee – Isabella Oliver, Jeans – H&M, Boots – Deena & Ozzy

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Statement knitwear

So, it’s time to talk knitwear. All my big jumpers are still in my winter wear box but I have a few autumn beauties I’m getting good wear from.
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Blue houndstooth from Zara, grey & neon leopard print from Chinti & Parker, neon pink cashmere from J Crew, grey cashmere from N.Peal

I love this cobalt houndstooth Zara jumper. It makes me look far too busty though. I did try it with my Zara cobalt blazer on top but it looked Sloaney and I didn’t feel comfortable at all. I am trying to think of a different way to wear it that will be more flattering. Here I am wearing it with very old ripped jeans.
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Grey cashmere jumpers are more of a soft whisper than loud statement, I know. I love the softness of the two grey N.Peal cashmere jumpers I got in spring though and even more so with the addition of a rather blingy necklace which I think takes them into statement territory.
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Grey, neon, animal print. My three loves. This Chinti & Parker jumper is every bit as lovely as I’d hoped. (And my smallest love has photo bombed me again!)
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I am wearing it with Zara distressed boyfriend jeans and Topshop yellow suede heels.
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I love these J.Crew Cashmere Tippi jumpers. I have black, forest green and this neon pink. I did have another one but I threw it away by mistake. I want to cry just writing that.
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Here with Zara zebra print jeans, a Topshop black blazer and black Ash Jalouse (I am not entirely sure about this look)

I shall be adding another knit. I’m undecided between these beauties. Which would you go for?

Whistles’ Joy Textured Knit
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Boden Printed Button Back Jumper
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Boden Stripey Stitch Jumper (rather stunned I am considering something “hotchpotch inspired”)
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Or another cashmere Tippi from J Crew in the black of heather duck grey?
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There is one more contender from Chinti & Parker but it has almost ruled itself out on price. There’s only 1 left so I am not linking until I am sure I won’t be buying it! :-)

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It’s the mark, I think, of a really good buy when I want to wear it the second I get it home. I actually bought this dress in the sale at Whistles a few weeks ago, but hung it up on the outside of the wardrobe so I could see it from my bed. On Friday, it got its first outing, joining me for dinner with a few friends. It was a sunny evening, so I decided to walk to the restaurant, which required flat, comfy sandals.

Saturday morning was bright, but breezy, so I chucked on jeans and a tee, but by noon the sun was high in the sky, just in time for us to see the carnival dance past, so I felt like putting on something a little looser. On went the dress again, this time with flip-flops.  Today I will have to force myself to wear something else but I’m already looking forward to wearing my Whistles dress again.

Necklace: H&M, Dress: Whistles, Sandals: Clarks, Flipflops: Haivaianas Bags: Mulberry

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More shades of black and white

Unlike Eve, I’ve had few sale successes this season (a few disasters actually, more on that later…). However, I thought I’d share a few of my recent purchases.

I LOVE this top. It’s also available in a couple of sizes on the Part Two website. It’s really easy to wear and the ombre effect is beautiful. Here’s a quick snap of  me trying it on.

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This scarf is also a keeper, good drape, fab print.

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Not a sale purchase, but a good buy, I’ve used this bag loads already. Marc by Marc Jacobs bag

I’ve got my eye on a few other bits but holding out for final reductions.

 

Nothing to wear

Honestly I know this may seem a little hard to believe but I’ve been having a few days where nothing I put on feels right.  And going through last year’s spring/summer clothes – well I honestly wonder what I actually wore – oh yes an awful lot of white jeans.

However I’m not feeling white jeans ready yet so it was back to rifling through my wardrobe in deperation.  And this is where a silk shirt comes in handy especially if you’re an apple shape as they cover up that tricksy middle area.  The one I’m wearing here is from Equipment and is their slim signature shape

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I have a lilac silk shirt from Whistles which I also wear a lot and love the look of this Ida by Donna Ida one – perhaps one for my sales wish list.

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Out for supper last night to the lovely Methuen Arms in Corsham which I’d highly recommend and wore H&M cotton top, J Brand marias, Boden leopard clutch and bargainous Whistles burgundy sandals which were £45 in the sale recently.

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And after posting about Jennifer Aniston’s tope – I discovered its the Isabel Marant  Loria  blouse

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I really love the pale blue version but would happily take the coral version too but at £365 – its a definite wait until the sales buy.

I am quite tempted by this White Company top which has a similar look and is a lot less expensive (thank you very much to the kind person who flagged it to me)

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Of course when looking on The White Company site its impossible not to look at the girl’s clothes – my 3 year old was particularly taken with the cornflower top and dress

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I sense a White Company order coming up.

And today for some pottering round the garden its neon Gap tshirt with old Hudsons which is the closest I get to a boyfriend jean.  I loved how Sarah looked in hers but know for me its a look that just wouldn’t work unless I suddenly grow a foot that is.

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Park in Progress

A warm and bright Sunday in London finally!

We went on the “Park in Progress” tour of the Olympic Park earlier; a very brief coach tour followed by a trip up the Arcelor Mittal Orbit tower.

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Arcelor Mittal Orbit

Glorious weather meant we had a great view across London and vantage point to look at the work that has been going on to transform the space from Olympic venue to park.  (The north section of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will open in July 2013 and the south section will open in spring 2014)Oly2

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I wonder if this line would work on my kids?

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I wore Mint Velvet leather jacket, black Gap tee, Sam Edelman Frankies, Whistles cream and green star scarf and green draped Zara trousers.

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Zara green draped trousers

These trousers are strange.  I have reasonably slim calves but they were so tight around the ankles I had to have 3 inch slits cut into them and they are still mighty tight.  I have them in the blue too so expect to see them frequently if Spring sticks around.

The leather jacket I have had for a few years.  It started to look grubby last year so I had it professionally cleaned which sadly faded it a shade or two.  I have ordered this New Look leather that Belinda WornOut put me on to and if it’s a good replacement I am going to dye this Mint Velvet one grey.  We shall see.

I am waiting for a few pairs of shoes and trainers to be delivered too and will report back when I have chosen which ones will be gracing my tootsies for Spring.

Right, off to the local park for some more fun in the sun.  Happy Sunday!

 

Christingle

One of the best things about having 3 children is the number of Christmas events you get to attend.  So far this week its been the Nativity and today its the Christingle service which I’m almost as excited about as my middle child.

So my mango sequin jumper is getting its first outing although I expect to be wearing it quite a bit over the next few weeks.  Am wearing with heattech underneath as the chapel will be chilly, River Island skinnies, Cath Kidston sparkle and Marks & Spencer ankle boots.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now of course a Chapel service means its really all about the coats and so I’ll be wearing Elise for a change.  The eagle eyed amongst you may have seen me wearing it in the January edition of Easy Living in the school runway feature – which was great fun to do.   If only I could have the wonderful photographer on tap to do all my photos.

 

 

 

 

Let the party commence….

Saturday 1st December and for me it was the first Christmas bash of the season. It was freezing here on Saturday night which actually only added to my  festive mood so I really went all out for a wintery (for which read: furry) and  glitzy (for which read: pile on the bling) party look.

 

Silk dress by Warehouse (old)

Furry gilet from My Wardrobe (old)

Snakeskin clutch handbag by Urban Code from ASOS

Sancho boots by Pied a Terre

Bracelet (and necklace not seen) from Forever 21 – the credit for these finds again has to go to Kat over on Does my bum look 40? Thanks Kat!

 

Geo Rhinestone Bracelet 

Bejeweled Rope Necklace

 

Last time I posted with a selection of outfits, it did make me acutely aware that perhaps I have become a bit of a formulaic dresser. I think we all do this to a greater or lesser degree – I mean, we all know the shapes that suit us or that we feel most comfortable in and I guess we tend to stick to them but, even so, I decided to make a real effort this week to break out of the skinny jeans and leggings that are my mainstay and bare my knees.  However, this has only served to highlight to me that my skirts options are just as formulaic in their own way as my trousers  - short-ish flared skater skirts anyone?!  But still, at least I tried….and I did at least add a bit of colour in there!

 

Okay, so this one wasn’t a skater style skirt…..

Whistles stripey bodycon dress (just seen, and very old)

Wool pea coat by Sonia Rykiel (old)

Black leggings by Vila from ASOS (old)

Topshop gold heeled ankle boots (old)

Scarf from Kew (old)

Cobalt leather driving gloves from Primark (last year’s but am sure I have seen similar again this year)

Orange wool rollneck jumper by Vanessa Bruno via The Outnet (old)

Skirt from last winter’s Comptoir des Cottoniers sale (old)

Ugg Bellevue boots (worn with the furry cuffs up)

Scarf from Kew (old)

This was actually today’s outfit for a long leisurely Sunday lunch at a friend’s house with another close friend  and all our families…. I did think maybe the leather dress teamed with knee high leather boots was a bit much for lunchtime but I think I got away with it. Certainly my husband, always one to err on the side of caution and temper the worst of my sartorial excesses pronounced it to be fine for daywear.

Leather dress by Urban Code via ASOS (old)

Brown tulle long sleeved tee (layered underneath dress) by One Step and available here in other colours

Star knee high boots by Day Birger et Mikkelsen via My Wardrobe (old)

Leopard cashmere scarf by N Peal via The Outnet (old)

Gold beaded bracelet from Accessorise