Category Archives: Isabella Oliver

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.


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



Cosy sporty

That’s how I felt in this outfit today.


I bought the most gorgeous pair of trousers  this weekend, at COS (where else?). I think technically speaking they’re treggings. They’re uber comfortable and the suede panel makes them feel very luxe. They have an exposed silver coloured zip at the back to add to their fabulousness. The zip, however, will never see the light of day – bottom baring and treggings/leggings are all wrong in my books.


Unfortunately, the photo below does nothing to show off my bag. It’s the Prada nylon messenger bag  I’ve been wedded to it ever since I bought it for my birthday a few months ago.

Long sleeved top – Isabella Oliver, sweatshirt – Cos, scarf – Cos (A/W12) boots – Denna & Ozzy



In my youth I was a clubber.  I wore lots of catsuits and crop tops with cycling shorts and was never out of my Buffalos. My favourite outfit channelled my beloved TLC and involved neon yellow dungarees with the obligatory one strap undone.

But then Life hit and I tried to grow up.  I struggled sartorially.  I did start to wear trousers instead of hot pants, but they were leopard print velour worn with a rather wild Mongolian fur jacket and my little sister’s white patent round vanity case.

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My eventual transformation into a Grown Up saw me banish colour from my wardrobe.  For many years it was full of grey and black with the occasional dark green or leopard flash. To be fair, I was hard up and I have always thought that cheaper clothes look better in black.

My conversion back to colour started slowly.  Navy was a revelation, cobalt followed and now I open my wardrobe door and see yellow, orange, red, gold and even some pink.

I have never had my colours “done” but it is very clear to me how I have used colour to reflect my mood and life events.  Sombre tones for darker days.  So I am pleased to say I have come colour full circle and am back to neon!

How my loved ones will sigh when they see me!


Gap sunkissed pull over in neon yellow, Gap luxe jersey pocket top in neon pink (underneath), Isabella Oliver grey summer joggers, Ash Thelmas, Gap leather tassel clutch in neon orange.

Anyone got a glow stick?


Order update – all this neon is from the new Gap collection.  I ordered with 20% off and am sure there will be another code soon.  I am actually returning the orange clutch and swapping for the pink, this bag with neon leather straps goes back as I don’t like the grey material and the fit on these trousers was awful so they are going back too. I love the pink top I am wearing under the yellow sweatshirt and have ordered it in white and true indigo too.  I had a neon pink Gap maternity one I got loads of wear out of – looks great under grey.



Friday song

It’s Friday, the best day of the week! (Hums manically to CBeebies theme song)

This morning I brightened up my school run with a neon sweatshirt from Cos last winter and grey Isabella Oliver joggers.   These are the summer weight ones but see some of Gina’s posts for the new winter ones.

Having spent the entire morning writing up eBay listings for my maternity wardrobe I am now off to bore my hairdresser with the next input of the “to fringe (again) or not to fringe” saga.  Zara slim jeans, Zara green pleather fronted jumper, M&S snakeprint chunky scarf in the green and nude colour way, new Aldo Boeken boots that I adore and Marc by Marc Jacobs Francesca handbag.

Zara pleather top & M&S snake scarf

Aldo Boeken studded boots

Marc by Marc Jacobs Francesca & Aldo Boeken boots

School Run Sparkles

I think it wasGina that first linked to this beautiful Baukjen (Isabella Oliver) Kate sequin jacket.  Like many of my WornOut friends, I have strongmagpie tendencies and after searching fruitlessly for something sparkly to add to my wardrobe, I ordered it.  I wasn’t hopeful after Tracey’s report back – it is jersey which we were not expecting, and a mink colour instead of silvery grey.  When it arrived I was indeed a tad surprised by the jersey material despite Tracey’s warning – it definitely looks more structured and jacket-like in the photos.  I had almost decided not to try it on but then I was trying the other things in my order so why not.


And I am so pleased I did!  What could be shapeless on a more petite figure is quite flattering draping on me.  The colour is the mink side of the grey spectrum but it makes it more day appropriate I think. I tried it with both grey and blue skinnies and a plain grey tee and I liked it.  Mostly I like the way it threw sparkles of light around the floor when I tried it on – like I was wearing a giant glitter ball.

My only dilemma is if I need it in my life.

I also ordered this Gemma Boxy Jumper in the dark green (to replace the Madeleine Thompson that went back) and it is beautiful.  Size M is too big for me though (I am a 14 in tops) so I have to return for a small and imagine it’d swamp anyone much smaller than a 10-12.  It is very thick so I will wear it over a fitted merino jumper and just add a big scarf instead of a coat.