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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 ūüėČ

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

Christmas Eve!

In Italy everyone has an onomastico where you celebrate your name day (trusting you’re named after a saint) I like to add a touch of self celebration to the general air of festivity on 24th December. This usually takes the form of prosecco and macaroons and occasionally the opening of a present or two (I repeat the festivities on New Year’s Eve too)

I spent the morning running about doing all the things I thought I had days left to do.  I also stopped to have my fringe trimmed and spotted the opportunity for a quick outfit shot.

Zara plum harems, Belstaff Chad boots, Marc by Marc Jacobs scarf, Warehouse roll neck, Zara black jacket with leather lapels

Zara plum harems, Belstaff Chad boots, Marc by Marc Jacobs scarf, Warehouse roll neck, Zara black jacket with leather lapels

Later we went out for drinks with our close friends and god kids then home for baccalà and our Feast of 7 Fishes. I have been preparing our salted cod for three days and it is going to take some serious work from the White Company Winter range of candles and room scenters to get rid of the smell!

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I’m wearing (under my pinny) Diesel furry waistcoat, black Nudie skinnies, French Connection star tshirt, black suede Oasis Carrie wedges and Per Una (yes, you read that correctly) faux fur coat. What a lot of faux fur! I am carrying Marc by Marc Jacobs black Francesca.

I am off to enjoy the festivities and open some pressies.  Merry Christmas, Buon Natale and Happy Holidays everyone.

Surviving Disney

I’m just surfacing after a long weekend in Euro Disney.

I realise that some people love the place. ¬†Indeed some adults enter so far into the “magic of Disney” that they can be witnessed unashamedly pushing kids out of the way to have their photos taken with Dumbo (yes, this happened) I am not a fan of queueing (that’ll be the Italian blood), shouting (oh, children having fun are noisy), freezing (-3) or starving (the food is truly appalling even in the big chains) ¬†I had to have some Time Out to deal with my irritation at not being able to get an even vaguely decent cup of coffee in France. ¬†Eventually I treated my caffine addiction shakes with mulled wine. ¬†Having said all that, we had fun. I don’t have any snaps of me with Goofy to prove it sadly but I did enjoy seeing my little one so excited.

My new Ugg Australia Gershwins were the stars of my Disney wardrobe. My partner raised an eyebrow and pointed out that they’re just like my Belstaff Chads. They’re not actually. Most importantly they are sheepskin lined. They come higher up the leg too – they are a mid calf rather than ankle boot. They are also bulkier and less chic. They offer the comfort of a regular Ugg but are waterproof and sturdier. I didn’t take any other footwear.

I think I actually prefer these shearling lined Ash biker boots. Somehow I managed to miss them in my furry boot search.

Day 1 I wore grey Dorothy Perkins jeggings, a Uniqlo heat tech (I wear one every day in winter), a Cos angora dress, Marc by Marc Jacobs wool scarf, Ugg Gershwins, See by Chloe bag, Ugg black sheepskin ear muffs and Celtic Sheepskin gloves.

Day 2 was an outfit regular readers have seen before. Olive Zara waxed jeans, olive Baukjen Gemma. The jumper has actually bobbled a bit which isn’t great. I had a heat tech top and long johns and a Zara roll neck underneath. ¬†And was still chilly.

Day 3 I really gave in to the cold. Zara skinnies with Falke opaques and heat tech leggings underneath, obligatory heat tech top, Uniqlo cashmere roll neck, All Saints cashmere cowl neck. ¬† I don’t have any photos of me without a coat on.

Day 4 I was fed up with bulky clothes so tried (& failed) to slim down the layers in Falke opaques under Topshop tie dye leggings with a heat tech top under a Uniqlo cashmere roll neck under a Cos roll neck dress.

My Barbour Arctic Parka did well. I bought it last winter and after another baby it is a tad snug but it really does keep the cold at bay. ¬†I was also exceedingly grateful for a Cos cashmere scarf. ¬†Sub zero temperatures are not the most fun to breastfeed in. ¬†I’m pleased with the Ugg Australia¬†ear muffs too. ¬†They come in a nice box and would be a good Christmas gift.

 

 

Playing Catch-up

Various (minor) domestic dramas and the continued winter vomiting of Older Daughter made last week not one of my better ones. For various reasons blogging had to take a back seat but I did manage to take some snaps, so here is a potted version of last week’s better moments. (You can tell that they are the better moments as in some of them I even have my coat on and am about to leave the house!)

This was actually today, so not last week at all but I wanted to show you the coat I am wearing because , quite simply it has been an absolute godsend in all this biblical rain we’ve been having.

It’s the Oasis waxed parka with quilted lining. I thought the fur on the hood looked a bit scraggy so I took it off mine (I had to take the buttons it buttons onto the hood with off too as they kept catching in my hair and ripping it out – ouch!). I’m currently wearing it with the quilted inner buttoned in for warmth but I can see it being very useful come warmer weather when I can take it out and use it as a raincoat. Okay, it’s not a performance item like say, a real Barbour would be, but it’s had a real testing in the current weather conditions and it’s pretty damn good at keeping me warm and dry. I recommend.

Underneath the parka this is what I was wearing:

Warehouse studded shoulder jumper

White scallop collar shirt from Asos¬†(I think there’s still 25% off on ASOS with )

Black boa effect leggings by American Apparel (old) but similar here

Ann Klein Bristle boots from Kurt Keiger Рnow reduced to £75

Snakeskin scarf by Armani Exchange bought in States earlier this year

You can’t really see it in the first photo but the boa leggings have got a really unusual finish, part leather, part wet-look, part glitter. I recently dug them out, having not worn them for at least two years and was reminded by how much better they have worn than the various wet-look leggings I have bought over the same period, all of which have lost their coating after a few washes.

Mid-way through last week my M&S kids faux fur gilet arrived (!!). Now this I ordered after Kat from Does my Bum Look 40 recommended it. I think Gina ordered it too. It was pretty good, about an 8 out of 10 I would say but in the end I sent it back because I already own two (real) fur gilets that I don’t really wear enough, hence me digging out this short brown mongolian fur gilet below.

Mongolian fur gilet from My Wardrobe (old)

Viscose military shirt from Kew (old)

Ponte jodphurs from Kookai (old)

Star knee high boots by Day Birger & Mikkelson (old)

Later on I added the Comptoir/Uniqlo short reversible puffa jacket. Although when I bought it I gave more consideration to the colours of the striped side than the solid colour inside, ¬†I actually hadn’t worn it coloured side outwards until today.

Saturday night, was a well-earned and much looked forward to night out with friends at a wonderful dinnerparty.

Wool flannel and chiffon panelled shirt by Tibi (old)

Pleather leggings from Topshop

Sancho Boots by Pied a Terre available from John Lewis

Leather snakeskin and zip clutch by Urban Code from Asos (sold out).

This clutch was a bargain, reduced to ¬£45 on Asos, and I was absolutely delighted with it when it arrived last week. I think this particular style is sold out now but Asos still has some other Urban Code designs, also heavily reduced. This is the crossbody version of my clutch (hmmm, I¬†may¬†have just ordered this one too…..) and I like this stitch detail clutch.

Sunday, the children stopped being ill, it didn’t rain (well, only a tiny bit!) and the sun actually shone and it was a lovely (if blustery) autumn day so we took everyone out for brunch and then went for a long walk (and cake!) at the local National Trust place.

Long sleeved a-line tee from Uniqlo (now sold out online but may still be instore)

Lambswool cowl neck slouchy jumper from Uniqlo here

Black Rats leggings by Sass & Bide (old)

Lady Jenn Boots by Belstaff (old)