Category Archives: J Brand

The Black Trench

Although not a classic double-breasted trench, this is one of my forever coats. It’s just so useful and easy to wear. The colour looks washed out in the photos but it’s actually jet black and I think it adds a certain degree of polish to my usual casual attire.

Coat – Comptoir des Cotonniers, Jeans – J Brand, Sweatshirt – Cos, Boots – Deena & Ozz, Bag – Prada. All old favourites.Trench

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A/W Wish List – old and new

I’ve poured over Vogue, NAP and Matches, browsed my high street favourites and I must say I am pretty uninspired. I’ve seen very little that I am interested in buying for winter.

It’s actually quite a surprise that I have seen little. Ok so I don’t like pink much but apart from that A/W’s trends are some of my favourites – lots of black, masculine cuts, shearling, leather, and baggy jeans and trainers still feature.

As I mentioned before, I am in the middle of a serious clothing cull. I keep things for decades and am pleased if they get one wear a season. It would be okay if I had five or ten things that fell into this category. Embarrassingly I have closer to 100. Ten grey tshirts, not one of which I love but one that will go with x skirt and justify me keeping them all. It is just too much and I have been very serious in my attempts to get rid of things and not to do those crazed H&M dashes. I will be buying better in future. Better, happier, more sustainable.

Enough moralising. I do have my eye on a few things.

At the moment all I want to wear is my lovely J Crew neon Cashmere Tippi (here but I can’t see the same pink anymore) It is bright enough to sate my colour lust (one of our lovely readers called me a “colour magpie” which made me smile) and the balance of warm but cool that only cashmere can be (in my humble experience) I have the black tshirt version from a few years ago but am very tempted to purchase another with the 25% code I have. I am seriously kicking myself for not buying the yellow neon when I had a chance. Every day I think, “if only I had the J Crew yellow neon sweater….” Hey ho.

I am also rueing the return of the La Redoute Shearling coat I bought in the sale last year. I loved it but was worried I had spent too much money and it had to go back. I have had a long term love affair with shearling though and have a few pieces I am going to bring in to daily wear including my black shearling Zara stole.

On to things new.

I love boiled wool. I think I’ve mentioned before the boiled wool funnel neck jumper my mum has had for many years from Stefanel. I’ve been looking for similar for over a decade. This Boiled Wool Cape from The White Company looks similar though it might be too similar to my draped black boiled wool coat.
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I also really like this Chunky Button Poncho from The White Company, though I’m slightly concerned that being 100% merino wool might mean it leaves fluff on anything I’d wear it with. And the quality of the jumpers I’ve had from there in the past hasn’t been fantastic though this may just be me?

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I am hoping to find a Cos version of the Acne Wham oversized sweater (or a NAP discount code!) Then I will discard all the similar sweater dresses in my wardrobe that no longer fit / have moth holes etc.

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Were I rich, this Day Birger leather jacket would be mine in a flash. As it is I have a black Zara leather jacket, a grey All Saints Post Commander and a Massimo Dutti red leather biker that will more than adequately do the job (not that it stops me lusting!)

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These J Brand grey leather trousers are what I really, really, really want. There must be a High Street pair that would be far better suited to my budget and lifestyle (“paper thin leather” worries me) If you have seen them, please let me know!

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Boots wise I am sorted. I was lucky enough to be gifted these shearling lined Acne Pistols for my birthday. I bought the Ugg Gershwins last year for when it is really cold and my Ash Jalouse in stone and black are still going strong. I also have my Belstaff biker boots which will last me years more.

I am not planning a new coat purchase either (not a very aspirational wish list – sorry) I have my Barbour Arctic Parka for when it gets freezing, my Zara parka from last year, as well as the grey Zara coat with faux leather sleeves which I still love. I am even tempted to give my almost unworn Zara navy studded sleeve coat to my beautiful sister.

This is a jacket 637878_mainrather than a coat but I am trying to resist the temptation to visit a River Island to try it on.

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And finally, these. They won’t be on the wish list for long as they have my name all over them and will be on their way to me as soon as I find them in my size. I blame Joanna from Poppy’s Style and am expecting her buy me a large glass of wine when she is next in the UK to make up for making me fall in love with them 😉

That’s all for now. What’s your major current clothing lust? Please do share.

Cougartown

As you’ve probably realised my television tastes can be terribly low-brow.  But something has to get me through the ironing and my current favourite programme is Cougartown.  Now the plot is pretty dreadful but oh, Courtney Cox’s wardrobe is fabulous.

I haven’t done too much research but it looks to me like a lot of Splendid/DVF/Tory Burch which is just my cup of tea.  But it was her jewellery which really got me googling.

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Now you’re probably all aware of Jennifer Meyer but I’d never heard of her or her jewellery.  But that has now changed and I love her range which is stocked on Netaporter.

This turtle pendant is so sweet but I think sells for over £1,500 so not umm cheap.

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This leaf pendant seems to have been worn by half of Hollywood and no wonder, it is so pretty but you know laden with diamonds in case anyone forgets you’re loaded.

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And I love how these pendants are worn layered with the long necklace below

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So as I’m sadly not BFF with Jen or Courtney I aimed to recreate the look with my Alex Monroe baby bee and a Stella and Dot necklace.

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Not that you can really see as the lighting in the Zara changing room wasn’t that great, but you get the drift.   With said necklaces, I’m wearing M&S leopard heels, J Brand skinnies, a J Crew camisole, J Crew navy Tippi jumper and last year’s Zara coat.   And yes I froze.  I seriously nearly put my Barbour on when I got home but resisted.

Anyway, I was in Bristol to get eyebrows threaded (hope Jasmine doesn’t read that I’m still paying silly Harvey Nichols prices for this).  And so had a very quick whizz round Zara which was very disappointing.  I tried on more ripped jeans.  I still don’t suit them.

I then had a look round the small selection of women’s clothes in Harvey Nichols.  I tried on some more ripped jeans.  I still didn’t suit them.  Not even at £200 a pair.  Thank God!

But I did make one purchase of some sandals in Mango.  I first saw these on StyleGuile’s blog but they were out of stock online, however, there were quite a few pairs in the Bristol store.

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And oh my, they are lovely.  But even more importantly than how they look, they have a cushioned pad under the ball of your foot.  Its like wearing footgloves from M&S, well I imagine so as obviously I’ve never tried them on but I’ve heard Gina used to be a major fan.

 

 

 

What not to wear

If you’re me that is.  Generally, I loathe being told that you have to be a certain age, size, height to wear certain items.  I mean where does that leave a short 40 year old?

And the reason I’ve been pondering this is because of one item, I give you, ripped jeans.

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And in my head, that’s how I’d look in them but with heels obviously.  But having tried far too many pairs on this week, the sad reality is I look more as though I’m auditioning for a role on Loose Women.

So they are sadly relegated to the pile of clothes that just don’t work on me.

Now  I know the weather has faltered a bit, but I am still hopeful for a long hot summer.  And I therefore need daytime sandals.  I have umm quite a lot of going out shoes but my Hasbeens are looking tired and I fancy something different.  So yesterday went trying on.  The most practical pair in terms of heel height and colour were definitely the nano clogs from Topshop in tan

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The leather is very soft and they give decent foot coverage.  Now this is pretty important if you’re feet are rather trotter like.  Much as I love super strappy sandals, my feet just look awful in them.   I also tried the red on and was surprised by how nice they looked but not a practical buy for me, but perhaps one for the sales if they went down to about £20

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Dune also had 2 lovely pairs.  The Giraffe sandals were incredibly soft leather and very light to wear but a tad too high for wearing when with the children, but I am very tempted

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I also liked these studded ones.  The heel height is perfect but perhaps a little too strappy for me

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Keeping with studs, I love the look of these Zara ones but know they’ll be too high realistically but again perhaps one for the sales

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As to what I’ve been wearing, well I’ve tried to keep it summery but honestly its been pretty chilly.

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I really went a bit pattern overboard here – camouflage jacket, McQueen scarf, stripey top and leopard print shoes.

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Same scarf here, J Brand careys, Rag & Bone boots, J Crew cashmere top and Nolita denim jacket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mind the Gap

Quick coffee with friend yesterday followed by a little peruse of all the new stuff in Gap. And its nice, some really lovely stuff.

I was particularly taken with the following things and have added them to my virtual basket in anticipation of a 30% off code soon.

The twill mini skirt is a nice shape, particularly if you’re an apple.  I tried it with a shirt half untucked and my hasbeens and it wasn’t too short on me but of course I am not exactly tall.  The sizing is huge though.

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I love these neon shorts and again they looked really good with the white linen shirt they’ve just got in,

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I also love this dress in the navy

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And so nice to see lots of above the knee dresses in and not just a sea of maxis.

Now obviously I haven’t given up on the great white top hunt.  And these are my latest contenders

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Now this is the most expensive so will wait for the sales but it is exactly what I’m looking for.  But how similar is this mango one

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And at £29.99 its definitely going to be worth a try.   And also saw this one in Zara and what a shock its cotton, a fabric I thought was forbidden in there

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Now to wear with my yet to be purchased white top, well, I have a yen for some ripped or faded jeans. Basically as Nat and I have been discussing, we just want to look like Eve.

So I love the look of these J Brand ones

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But I don’t want to spend more than £30.  I feel a trip to Zara next week coming on.

So as to what I’ve been wearing over the past few days,

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Jeans, top and jacket all River Island.  The necklace is Marks & Spencer, my new favourite shop for jewellery.

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OK what on earth is going on with my hand here?  But was trying to get a photograph of another M&S necklace, worn with Boden Breton and Rag& Bone jersey jacket which is very cosy.

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Etoile Marant blouse, J Brand rail jeans and Marc by Marc Jacobs wrap bracelet which you can see more clearly here

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The diamante bracelet is my daughters and was a party favour, just hope she doesn’t realise I’ve ‘borrowed’ it.