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Cleanin’ Out My Closet


I hope I’m not tempting fate but a glimpse of the sun at the weekend and I’m bidding farewell to winter. I love putting away the heavy jumpers and pulling out the tshirts and sandals. Well, I love the idea of it, the reality of folding masses of woolies is rather tiring and creates lots of fluff (I hate fluff!) My dad is a fellow clothes lover and had a real life nightmare last autumn when he realised moths had infested the clothes he’d been storing for winter. I’m learning the lesson and have bought a stock of moth proof bags from John Lewis to store all my jumpers in as well as a few packets of lavender sachets to be extra sure.

La Bambina had great fun “helping”. She loves the Hoover (unlike her mama) and cooed gleefully as I vacuumed out my wardrobes and shelves, sun streaming in through the skylights. It did make me laugh as she kept crawling back to the shoe cupboard to play with my Sam Edelman rose Adenas. She was stroking them for most of the afternoon (much more like her mama!)
Sam Edelman Adenas
Among the bags and boxes I was delighted to be reunited with these sandals I have had for years but could’t find anywhere last summer.
Having decided it is spring no matter what the weather says, over the past few days I’ve been wearing summery clothes with leather jackets and scarves for warmth.
M&S beach trousers, navy Gap pocket tee, black studded Sam Edelman Frankies. I wore my black Zara leather jacket and an old cotton navy scarf with a thin white stripe I’d forgotten I had for the school run and an after school trip to the park.
These leopard jeans are such a beautiful colour but I struggle to know what to wear on top. Here I wore them with a very old cotton jumper from New Look which has buttons down the back and I pleased La Bambina by wearing them with the Adenas. I wore my Mint Velvet creamy leather jacket on top to pop out.
I love these harem / pyjama style trousers from Topshop (last year or the one before) They’re easy to wear and don’t go baggy after a day of rolling on the floor playing. I think I have a plain cream tshirt shaped hole in my wardrobe as I had to dig out this very old draped top from Joules and a H&M beige vest for underneath. Please let me know if you have any recommendations. The cowl neck accentuates my bosom so I put my DvF Kenley cashmere scarf on for decency and my Mint Velvet jacket for warmth.

A red kind of day

A red kind of day

Finally today. I bought this red leather jacket from Massimo Dutti last year when I was pregnant. I wore it a fair bit then fell out of love with it. Today I am wearing it with a LV rip off leopard print scarf (the” Mumsnet scarf”!), black studded Sam Edelman Frankies and a black maxi skirt from Gap (another non-maternity pregnancy buy – amazing how it still fits now after accommodating this bump!)
Kurt Geiger silver Moves
In other news, the Kurt Geiger order arrived. The silver Moves stay. Easy to wear, I know they’re comfy, will go with everything and didn’t break the bank.
Sam Edelman Alvins
The Sam Edelman Alvins almost stayed. I love the print, the texture, the fit and the brightness. But the colours just don’t fit with most of my clothes and so I’ve reluctantly returned them. I would highly recommend them as an alternative to the M&S ones I linked to yesterday.

Tomorrow I will write a blog on my final new purchases for a while – some Zara trousers and a dress.

I’m off for a driving lesson while my dad babysits and conducts a moth security assessment on my winter wear.

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.

Areclor Mittal Orbit

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


Might Mo

I wonder if this line would work on my kids?


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

Zara green draped trousers

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!



Not really up there with my favourite colours – in fact I don’t think I have one single orange thing in my wardrobe at all. Until now that is. But I have come to realise that I want, no actually need an orange bag.

Now if funds were limitless perhaps I’d be tempted for the classic birkin








Of course my budget doesn’t quite stretch to Hermes so after much googling and even a stroll round the shops – I have found it.  The mini Willow from Russell & Bromley









And I may actually go and purchase it this week – I have visited it twice and now the lovely ladies in my local store reach for it when they see me walk in.  I think it will work well for spring/summer – it will go with all my navy and white and when I pinned it I also noticed it works really well with khaki and cornflower blue.

So feeling the love for orange and coral I picked up this necklace in Marks and Spencer – its actually a lot more vivid in reality because I know you’ll all be shocked by this but the picture on the M&S website is a tiny bit rubbish









Anyway I’m wearing it here with New Look khaki shirt and J Brand majors and lordy – I really need to put some lipstick on.









My nails are also coral – Essie Camera which I bought via Ocado.

Oh and one other thing that I’ve seen recently and am rather fancying are these Zara sandals









I am loving the block heel and the ankle strap would sit nicely under my ankle length skinnies for summer. Not sure I’d wear with a dress as my legs would look too stumpy but the colour of them is beautiful.










The sun is out

Thank the lord.  I do find February a very trying month and am always so glad when we get to March and the days get longer and I don’t have to wear 25 layers all the time.

Have had a busy few days and actually went out for 2 consecutive nights and totally omitted to take photos – ooops.

I’ve also recently had a good look around Primark and New Look and picked up a few bargains.  Firstly these canvas hi-tops for my daughter – I think they were about £4 from Primark and fit her well.









I grabbed this bikini in Primark for myself as will be great for sunbathing in the garden and on our holiday in Wales [deluded].








And yes it was £4 and how similar to this  Odabash one









I then grabbed a couple of scarves in New Look because I am sick of my expensive scarves snagging on everything













I particularly loved the tie-dye one as it reminded me of the print of this dress which I love, love, love!









Which reminds me I have a stack of things to ebay to see if I can then buy this dress.

Anyway as the sun is out I’m wearing a linen shirt albeit with a vest underneath.  The shirt was from Jigsaw in the sale, the jeans are the River Island Amelies which I really think are comparable to premium denim and the earrings are Next.



Some bloggers

Get ‘gifted’ amazing items, you know Celine bags, J Brands etc.  I however get to go for a quick and I mean quick whizz round my local retail park accompanied by a 3 year old who really doesn’t like shopping.

But you know I can shop anywhere and on my mad dash I managed to grab this shirt from New Look which I’m wearing today.  I love khaki and its nice and soft and 100% cotton – also courtesy of Look magazine I got 20% off.


Worn with Rag & Bone boots, jeans and Anya Hindmarch bag.

I have had a productive morning booking a holiday to Wales which means I think that I will need a fleece.  Honestly I am not exactly a fleece person so off to start googling as a cursory look reveals its either White Stuff or Jack Wills neither of which are really me.