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Honestly I am such a copycat.  When I saw Eve wearing her new Next grey quilted jacket I just had to get it.  I am a sucker for a biker jacket as long as its not leather – perverse I know.

So despite it being absolutely arctic here today I still wore it.

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I did have to wear it with a vest, Boden breton and very old pink pashmina but I was fine. OK I was a bit blue but really one does sometimes have to suffer for one’s fashion.  The trousers are J Brand majors which are incredibly comfortable but weirdly I hardly ever wear them.

If you’re after a jersey biker I think this one from Hush looks gorgeous

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So whilst I was doing an order from Next whose online service is pretty amazing to be fair – order by 10pm and arrives the next day – take note some retailers.  Well I  popped this into the order too

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And you know its really really nice and of course I look just like the model in it.  (Really hopes my irony is coming through today).

I love dresses for the summer but am a difficult shape as I have no waist and am really over maxi dresses now so hoping this will work well with my Swedish Hasbeens for those lovely hot days I’m looking forward to.  Yes, I fully expect to wear it twice this summer.

It will also work well with my old Farhi linen biker jacket

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This was one of my best buys last year and I’d really recommend it if they do a version this year.  Dorothy Perkins did a much less expensive version that was also pretty good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mother’s Day

And I am pretending not to see the various beautiful necklaces etc that are being carefully hidden from me after nursery/school this week.  I suspect they are going to be so lovely that I’ll have to put them away very safely in my jewellery box (such a bad mother).

Now if I were Victoria Beckham I’d be hoping to receive something like this on Sunday

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But as I’m not on top of the gifts/cards the children will have made I’m hoping for a bottle of the new scent from Stella MacCartney – Lily  Absolute.  Actually I know that’s what I’ve got as the courier arrived it with it yesterday in an opened box – oh well, I’ll work on my surprised look for Sunday morning.

Well the week started with so much promise but the weather has taken such a grey turn although its still very mild with at least means I hope that my winter coats can finally be put away.  Couple of outfits from this week as have been lax on taking photos

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Not quite sure why I look like I’m pretending to be a teapot but anyway its Rag & Bone skinnies and oh how I love them.  Seriously I now really want the indigo rinse but that will have to wait.  Zara quilted jacket and a very old pale grey pashmina because you know the Sloane is back according to Tatler.

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And here the same jeans but you know a few days apart with J Crew spot silk shirt and Pistols that really do need a good polish.

I am really loving shirts at the moment as they cover my difficult area and I don’t have to spend the whole day breathing in.  Still on the look out for a denim shirt that doesn’t make me look like an aspiring country singer.  Rather taken this one but will wait for an ASOS code before ordering.

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Winter is coming

And I love it.  I am so much more of a winter person than summer.  I like covering up and I like layers.  And now its nearly November its time for my annual hunt for a fur coat to commence in earnest.

I do this every single year, convince myself I need a fur jacket try on about 500, return all of them and then realise I am too short to wear one succesfully.  I suspect what I really need is a little vintage mink cape but aside from the ethical/moral factors of wearing real fur I’m not sure I’d have the budget to stretch to an item that I’d probably wear once or twice a year.

But I do get so tempted at this time of year by all the sparkly stuff in the shops and then have to remember that I’m not actually one of the cast of Made in Chelsea and will have a mere handful of parties to go to.

So the current front-runner is this DKNY one

But its possibly a tad too shiny and I think looks a lot cheaper than its actual price.   Although I am rather taken with the taupe version especially as its described as old Hollywood style which would mean I’d get to indulge my Grace Kelly fantasies.

Today I’ve worn a poncho from the White Company with Pure Collection snood and River Island skinnies.  The boots are timberland and not terribly stylish but comfortable and waterproof.

 

Ode to the Rollneck

Warning: if you are not a roll neck fan you might want to skip this blog.  

If there were one item of clothing I could not do without it would probably be the roll neck.  It’s my Desert Island top.  Well, a winter top might not be the best advised outfit for a desert island but you know what I mean.

I am pretty happy in my skin.  I could be thinner, younger and less tired but I am not.  Being happy with how I look makes life a lot easier.  There is one thing I do not like though.  No, tis not my love handles nor my dodgy belly.  It is my neck, the whole neck / top of bust area.  I don’t know why but I just don’t like showing it.  In summer I always wear a scarf and in winter I wear a roll neck. 

With a roll neck on top you can get away with wearing more daring prints on your bottoms, tighter trousers, shorter skirts and higher heels. People always seem to say that those with big busts shouldn’t wear high necks but I have a big bust and am in breastfeeding bras and still find them one of the most flattering things to wear.  (I never wear v necks on the other hand)

I am picky.  I don’t like turtle necks.  They lack the face framing and slimming qualities of the roll neck.  The lack of roll, however thin the material, throws me off balance and makes me look like lamb dressed as mutton.

A turtleneck. Not getting my love.

Here we are talking about roll necks, also known as polo necks and sometimes turtlenecks even though the neck rolls down.  Confused?

The best every day roll neck I have found was from Warehouse.  They do them every year but this year’s doesn’t appear to be out yet (if you find one there is 25% off and free P&P with code Halloween)  I have four black ones – three I wash normally and one I dry clean and save for best.  They hit at the lower hip and the loose waistband means they skim any muffinage and look good with jeans, fitted trousers, skirts and anything that isn’t a skinny jean. 

The Uniqlo cashmere roll necks are good.  They have very good sporadic sales on their knitwear so it may be worth some investigation (i.e. googling) to see when the next one might be.  A few years ago I tried Benetton, Pure Collection, Jaeger, Hobbs and M&S which were all recommended by friends but much preferred Uniqlo for quality and fit.  I have just added this yellow one to my collection.  I love bright yellow with grey and I am going to try it with navy too.

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These Zara roll neck capes are brilliant!  They aren’t capes at all, they just have slightly batwinged sleeves.  I stress slightly – I have easily worn mine under my Baukjen Gemma roll neck and had no lumpy / restricted arm movement issues.  In colder weather a Uniqlo Heattech (or two) will fit easily underneath and still allow the top to drape. Zara describe them as turtlenecks but don’t been fooled, the necks roll down and are thus rollnecks.  They are my number 1 winter basic recommendation. 

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Baukjen Gemma (again!)

I must mention Massimo Dutti.  I do not like their roll necks on my size and shape but for someone with a smaller chest and flatter tum they are definitely worth a look.  The material feels luxe and they do a lovely range of colours.  Again, they call them turtlenecks but they are wrong.  I have a few from years ago that I used to wear to work in the winter under suits, a look I still really like.

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I like All Saints knitwear and have the 100% cashmere Char Roll Neck Jumper in last year’s grey.  They are doing a beautiful oxblood colour this winter.

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J Crew knitwear is excellent and is definitely worth checking out.  They are doing free delivery and returns at the moment (automatically applied at checkout) and for 25% off try the code INSIDER.  Let us know if you order anything (the WornOut crew love the cashmere tees)

J. Crew striped “turtleneck”

I have not been impressed with the offerings from H&M (bad quality) or Benetton (they bobble v quickly)

Last up the roll neck dress.  I have two black ones from Warehouse which are basically longer versions of their roll neck jumpers.  I wore them when I was pregnant with tights, boots (and red lipstick) and received more compliments than I think I ever have. I have recently bought this one in a navy/grey from Cos which I highly recommend.

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Finally I have a request.  Have you seen a boiled wool heavy roll or funnel neck on your shopping travels?  My mum bought this one from Stefanel a decade ago and I’ve been searching for one every since.  It is like a boiled wool version of the Gemma (I won’t link to it again I promise!) 

 

It’s Summer Jim, but not as we know it…….

The thing about the dreadful weather (and I shouldn’t even be complaining really as today was a “good” day….) is that it has lead to a complete re-appraisal of what constitutes summer attire. 
Some things I simply will NOT countenance, such as opaque tights in July. I know Belinda has (and I don’t blame her) but it’s not for me. I’d rather wear jeans every day if I have to (and I generally have been).
Quite apart from the issues of what to wear when it’s cold and wet, I’ve also been really struggling with the issue of bright colours when the skies have been so grey and overcast. I’m not one for much colour in Winter, but come Summer I normally love bright zingy shades of coral, yellow and green offset by dark or midwash denim or neutrals. But I can’t help feeling that all of those colours look best in the sun. Of which of course, we have none.
So Tracey’s recent post about all the new berry hues coming in for A/W got me thinking. I love burgundy and I do have a few burgundy tops, including this Hoss Intropia one I’m wearing below. The thing is, with its short cap sleeves and thin jersey material I haven’t got that much wear out of it in A/W but with dark denim it hasn’t felt quite right in Summer either. Until now that is, in the Summer that isn’t Summer.
Burgundy gathered jersey top with peplum by Hoss Intropia (old)
White Topshop Baxter jeans
Leopard clutch by Boden (old)
Stuart Weitzman Gadgetry sandals from Russell & Bromley (old)
Gold cuff by Pure Collection (old) 
This was actually taken on my way out to a 40th birthday party today (daytime affair with kids) hence the addition of the leopard clutch and heels.