Category Archives: Joseph

If the Choo’s fit….

Yipppeeee! I made last week’s mini worn out meet up and what fun we had. Lunch, drinks, shopping and conversation. A blissful afternoon. Can we do it again soon?

Usually I carry a pair of flats to comfort my feet. No swapping into flats on the long journey home this time. My new ankle boots kept my feet happy for the whole day.

The Jimmy Choo Mayor suede ankle boots had their second outing tonight. A rare night out with DH. I will wear these boots forever. They are so very comfortable, have limited ankle gape and are just the right wedge heel height to avoid the giraffe look.

Jimmy Choo Mayor ankle boots.
Reiss Ona Shimmer top
Joseph Leather Skirt




my-wardrobe Lust List

It is a while since I had a good browse on my-wardrobe but last night La Bambina’s sleep reached new lows and I found myself awake in the middle of the night with nothing to do but surf the net.

Here are some beauties I spotted.
I must start by mentioning Acne (top) and Goat (second photos) The colours at Acne this season are simply fabulous and happen to be my favourites – marigold yellow and bright green. I adore it all. I could but smile to look at the Goat offerings. I am not sure why but the style of these dresses make me feel hazy and happy. I wonder if it is because there is an air of some of the styles my mum wore when I was a kid.

Joseph Gold Stretch Leather Leggings

Be still my beating heart.  These Joseph Gold Stretch Leather Leggings are so lovely I really do feel slightly breathless when I look at them.  They are way out of my price range but wow! I dare not even say how I would wear them for fear I will fall so in love that I will not be able to resist them.

Bionda Castana Maddox

How beautiful are these Bionda Castana Maddox shoes?

Bionda Castana Tala Scalloped Edged Heels

There is something so appealing about their Tala Scalloped Edged Heels too.

It was a brand I was unaware of until Belinda Wornout linked to a pair of their heels she adored a few years ago.  I was immediately attracted by the name. I had white blonde poker straight hair in my late teens in Italy and my best friend still wore her hair natural almost black with corkscrew curls. We were known as Biondina Castana and even had a cocktail named after us in our favourite club. You can read more about the other Bionda Castana here

Kzeniya clutch

I love this Kzeniya clutch and may well have purchased it had I any weddings or similar events to attend this year.

Aila clutch

This Aila clutch wins the beautiful small bag award though. My sister had a white designer leather bag years ago, the first real luxury item any of us owned, and it went with everything.  I remember that we used to borrow it for dates, interviews, nights out.  I wonder where it is now?

Rebecca Minkoff Moonstruck bag

This studded Moonstruck bag from Rebecca Minkoff is on my birthday list. I have wanted a grey Alexander Wang Rocco for a long time but have been put off by how many snides and “tributes” there are around. Most of my clothes are from Zara and H&M so I know I am by no means an exclusive dresser. If I spent that much on a bag though I would want it to look special. The Moonstruck has a hefty price tag but the my-wardrobe loyalty scheme is very good now and a decent discount and pooling of birthday money and it might be mine.

These See by Chloe Nubie metallic silver shoes made me think of the beautiful Vince flats that Tiffany Wendle (curtsey) wears.

I had totally forgotten about T-Bags and was pleased to see my-wardrobe have started stocking their new range. This dress looks so fresh and easy to wear for summer, one of those hardworking dresses you could wear to just about all the summer social gatherings I can think of.

I don’t really wear skirts anymore but if I did this Preen Agatha one would be coming home with me.

Dara Ettinger Lark Dyed Amethyst ring
I love a statement ring. The colour of this Dara Ettinger Lark Dyed Amethyst ring is beautiful and my love for it hasn’t dimished over the weeks I have had it on my wish list.

Have a happy Friday.

It’s my birthday and I’ll buy if I want to….

It’s my birthday and I’ll buy if I want to.

Oh yes, that just takes me back to a birthday a very, very,  very long time ago when the treat was a trip to buy shoes from Freeman Hardy Willis and yes dear reader I returned home empty handed. Bigfoot strikes again. The 1970’s birthday fairy failed to deliver on the Girl’s world Petite typewriter too but I can get over that.

I have been birthday shopping over the past few weeks, mostly online as I have had little opportunity to escape the office. A very rushed day out in London with DH meant we could Christmas and birthday shop. We spent most of the day eating cake and drinking tea though. I bought some, not all of the following:

A pen – I love to write my diary with a nice pen.

An umbrella – anything to stop my hair looking like a damp muppet as soon as a drop of rain falls.

An iPhone 5 cover. Eve Wornout linked to this in her Christmas lust list. Please Santa baby bring this to me.

A bag – heavily discounted with codes, vouchers and more codes. This will carry all my important work papers aka potential shoe purchases of photos torn from magazines that I do not have the time to source.

A jumper. Oh I love it so much and discounted with 20% off from Flannels.

Two mini skirts.  I was told by my much younger NCT crowd a few weeks back not to do it at “my age”. How lovely for my worn out friends to enable me. Opaqued up later I went for it. Zara – I salute you so much that two minis ended up in the basket. The gold brocade one is no longer on the website. Well I can’t find it.

More leggings, jeggings and stretch. Well you need the elastic to hold it all in. Dorothy Perkins, yes you can.

A DVF body con dress. Ann wornout barricaded me into the sumptuous changing rooms at the Precious London night and a purchase was made. Well, you can’t say no to Ann.

The ankle boots. The marmite Acne Pistol boots. Yes, I know, like, but yes, yah, blah etc twenty years behind the rest of the fashion world but the gape put me off so much that I returned them after the first purchase a few months back. They have managed to find a space in the shoe cupboard AND they are a good fit for my large feet. The gape remains in place.

I also very disappointingly returned the Stuart Weitzmann Russell & Bromley “Hip Gal” boots, no photo even though the website has finally launched, not really impressed after such a long wait. I bought and returned two other pairs of boots but we shan’t name and shame the non refunding retailers just yet.  Still on the hunt for a day boot to wear to work…….the sales are coming.

The long boot. Say no more but they may have to be purchased….

The Park (a) jacket. I have to be warm in the weekly trips to the Park. I have to be able to put my very long arms into my pockets without looking like the Michelin character. The park (a) jacket hood must remain on the head in the wind without said frozen hands holding onto the hood.

Accessorising is something I just don’t do.  A collar and a chunky bracelet was a last minute rushed purchase.  Let’s see if I can make it a birthday mission to wear them before next year.

Leather jackets, pleather leggings and spangly pants!

I wore a leather blazer and leather trousers to a work Christmas do a decade ago and never lived it down.  When I wore the pleather leggings I purchased in Topshop several winters ago I got quite a few funny looks too. But it seems the leather revolution has taken off and it is now okay to channel your inner dominatrix on the school run.

I love a leather jacket and own quite a few. My high street recommendations are Massimo Dutti for super butter soft leather & chic styles, Zara for fashion and surprisingly good quality for the price, and All Saints for a less polished winter weight leather jacket. Their leathers are surprisingly warm.  I also have a Mint Velvet leather jacket I love though the colour faded significantly when I specialist cleaned it. I am barely resisting replacing it with this from Massimo Dutti.  Whistles leather jackets are lovely quality but the shoulders on this winter’s Naomi offering are a bit too Hiliary Devey for my tastes.

Massimo Dutti beauty

Zara leather biker jacket

On to leggings. I had real leather leggings that I bought in Paris years ago but gave them away because I couldn’t move properly in them. I prefer the Topshop pleather leggings I bought at the same time that were a fraction of the price and don’t restrict my blood flow. The new Topshop ones aren’t exactly the same which is a shame but they are good and they have different styles so you can try a few in the same store.

Topshop’s pleather leggings

For once Zara haven’t come up trumps for me and I’ve returned these leather effect jeggings. They were too heavy and didn’t have the right fit at all.  I think they might be good for a more petite figure though and the pleather looks like the real thing.

Zara pleather jegging with zips

Warehouse have done a good job with these leather look leggings though again the fit was slightly too baggy on my legs.

Warehouse leather effect leggings

I have a pair of  Miss Selfridge rubber leggings which are a lovely texture.  They aren’t doing them this year that I can see but ASOS have a similar pair and are catering for pregnant women with their maternity pleathers too.

ASOS maternity pleathers

Were money no object these Acne silver leather leggings would be mine.


I haven’t been able to forget these Acne aquamarine leather trousers from last A/W.  I think they are truly beautiful.

Acne again

Instead I have filled the coloured (imitation) leather hole in my wardrobe with these grey trousers from H&M, a tad cheaper at £25. I am wearing them with an All Saints cashmere jumper, Oasis snake trim wedges and a grey M&S studded vest.

H&M grey leather effect trousers

A fellow blogger, DoesMyBumLook40, recommends these coated jeggings from Dorothy Perkins which Gina WornOut has too.  I am shorter than DMBL40 and larger than them both and had problems with the waist “area” so they went back. I can see that they’d be an easy to wear everyday option though for someone slimmer.

American Apparel are brilliant for statement leggings. I have a pair like these gold spangly pants. I got lots of wear from mine last winter but beware – they are the kind of thing that make people stop & stare and cause family members to shake their heads. (A note of caution about the AA site too – some of their styling / photos are a bit distasteful in my opinion)

I realise I haven’t linked to any leather skirts or shorts.  I have tried this Zara pleated leather skirt (very strange high waistband so it went back) and I have these Warehouse leather shorts on order (as suggested by the beautiful Nat WornOut) but I am not big on skirts and shorts so these are my only offerings.

Zara pleated rubberised skirt


Warehouse leather shorts

As you may have picked up, “mutton” is not a concept that crosses my mind ever very frequently. I must say though that I never wear my (p)leather bottoms with anything shorter than below hip knitwear.  I favour a big cashmere jumper for day. Last year I wore them with a long plain black shirt, my (faux) fur grey coat and black heels to go out a few times and felt pretty ghetto fabulous.  For daytime I wore all my (p)leather trousers with my black Ash Jalouse last year and will again this winter. The rubber ones worked well with my Belstaff Chads too which are a flat grainy leather biker boot.

Finally, no blog on leather would be complete without a link to the beautiful Mon WornOut showing us how it’s done in her Joseph leather trousers.

Autumn Leather

No tugging? Tick

No powdering of thigh/ankle/calf or toes? Tick

No need for wire hangers to pull them on? Tick

Wearability? As much as possible.

Joseph Stretch Leather Leggings



I’ve added my comfy discounted DVF shoesMichael Kors clutch (bought in the sale from My  Joseph Stevie powder pink silk top (heavily reduced as there was a mark on it.) The mark has now gone thanks to the local dry cleaners) and TopShop plum jacket (not shown).  I was due to wear this Reiss top but as usual I was rushing to get out of the house so I’ll save it for another outing.