Category Archives: Marks and Spencer

A little bit of this

Two days, two outfits. Nothing that exciting but I’m pleased some new things are getting an immediate outing.
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20130628-092815.jpg Denim vest under Zara navy jacket, Topshop petrol scarf, Marks & Spencer’s Beach Trousers.

20130628-092826.jpg And today, Topshop 70s flared jeans (unlike the reviewer, I don’t think they come up small), Zara bib fronted blouse, Swedish Hasbeens.

TGIF. Have a good day.

Cleanin’ Out My Closet

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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!)
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Look what I’ve got

The tedium of ebaying has paid off coupled with a £100 off discount code from Monnier Freres – ordered on Saturday and arrived yesterday

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Oh how I love this bag.  Am wearing it with Rag & Bone skinnies, Office keepsake boots, Boden broderie top and Zara jacket which is ridiculously small to be honest and I most definitely should have sized up.  However have embarked on Clean & Lean diet so hoping it will feel a little more comfortable in the next few weeks.

Am clearly having a red moment as today am wearing the Marant Stacey blouse

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Again with Rag & Bone skinnies and Newbury boots.

So onto things I’m currently coveting/obsessing over.  The snakeskin and perspex heels from M&S that Eve blogged – I have ordered but they haven’t arrived yet.  And there is no way I’m posting a photo here as the comparison with Eve’s long brown legs would not be favourable.

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I am still looking for some white stilettos and these ones from Whistles look to be the perfect height but alas are about £100 more than I want to pay.

And every spring/summer I become fixated on broderie tops.  These three are currently top of my wish list but the Girl by Band of Outsiders one would definitely need to be a heavily reduced sale buy.  I mean £150 for cheesecloth – I don’t think so.  It is very very pretty though.

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This one from Marks & Spencer looks promising but honestly who knows based on the dreadful photography on the website.

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And I may have mentioned this Zara one before – yet to see in the flesh but will try and locate next time I’m in Bristol.

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Shopping report back – trainers, sandals & a skirt

So a few things have arrived.

Topshop Hipstar sandals

Topshop Hipstars

These Topshop Hipstars are my first foray into white shoe territory (I have always been very sceptical) but I love them and the quality is really good.  I like more of a covered sandal for summer in London and expect to wear them a lot with pyjama style trousers and jeans.

More comfy Topshop footwear that has thrown me into a dilemma!

Topshop Techno Neon print runners

Topshop Traes

Topshop Trace Snake runners

I am a big trainer fan and am so pleased that they’re now “in fashion”. I want all 3 pairs of these runners that I ordered and am sorely tempted to keep them. The Trace and Traes are mainly mesh which I didn’t realise from the Topshop website.  It will certainly make them nice and cool for summer.  The colours on the Technos are fantastic too.   I am definitely keeping the black and snake ones but want the neon ones too, and the orange and cobalt. Decisions, decisions….  Definitely enough to keep me trainer happy until my birthday and if I am very, very lucky I get some Golden Goose.

Golden Goose.  Swoon!

Golden Goose. Swoon!

I also ordered these Pentathlon runners and these Truffle beauties that Rachel WornOut has too but they go back – the leopard ones are too small oddly and the Pentathlons are too dark and heavy for spring (for me)

On to summer heels.

I really wanted these Sam Edelman Warner sandals last year and had them on my my-wardrobe wish list for ages. In the end I decided a newborn ruled out much heel wearing and my Swedish Hasbeens would suffice if I felt the need for some extra height.  Then I saw someone wearing them on holiday and my obsession began again.

Sam Edelman Warners

Sam Edelman Warners

I thought these Topshop Lanies looked reasonably similar and were worth a shot. They’re nice shoes but not what I wanted so back they go. Luckily I have since found the Warners in my size in a sale and they are on their way for the same price as the Lanies.  Result!

Topshop Lanies

Topshop Lanies

I almost missed the boat with these M&S Autograph Snakeskin Almond Toe Flats that Tracey WornOut drew my attention to. I ordered them and waited excitedly for them to arrive but alas they’re too hard and formal for me. They are a great price if you’re after a structured flat (might be worth noting that the sizing seemed on the larger side though)

Marks & Spencer Autograph shoes

Marks & Spencer Autograph shoes

These heels are faux snakeskin leather with a clear perspex heel and also from M&S.  They are divine. I love them!  (Thanks again to Tracey)

M&S Autograph perspex heels

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Autograph Leather Faux Snakeskin Clear Heeled sandals

I am hoping all this snakeskin will satisfy me enough to stop lusting over the beautiful Lama Peach Jensons.

Lama Peach Jenson boots

Lama Peach Jenson boots

Final item of the day is this Topshop neon skirt that I’ve had my eye on since it hit the stores. I ordered it before I went away but it didn’t arrive in time. I don’t wear short skirts much anymore (bending down with kids all the time doesn’t make them practical) but I’m making an exception for this.

Topshop Fluro orange Lace Pelmet skirt

I am waiting for a Kurt Geiger sale order and that will be me done for a while.  I shall report back on these when they arrive.

Sam Edelman Alvins

Sam Edelman Alvins

Kurt Geiger Moves in silver

Kurt Geiger Moves in silver

What do you think?

 

Topshop Fluro orange Lace Pelmet skirt

Orange

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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.