Category Archives: Mint Velvet

Back to Black

It must be something about the gloomy skies – like Jasmine, I’m back in black too.
Yesterday I wore my Zara drape fronted trousers with a black H&M vest under the black Ikat vest I mentioned the other day (again knotted at the back) with an old Gap black blazer, old See by Chloe black bag with gold hardware, £5 H&M fluro watch and fluro belt worn as a wristband both from the kids’ section, black Rayban Cats 5000 and a dull gold angel necklace from Little Legs. I added black Sam Edelman Gigis and a Mint Velvet scarf to go out.
I always wear sunnies but don’t usually photograph myself in them. I just happened to run up to the room with the mirror the last minute (I’m not that much of a poser).
I wanted to say thank you for all the lovely messages about my mum. We won’t know what happens next for another week but she is doing well and we all continue to laugh and smile as often as possible.

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!


Get your jacket

I like jackets.

I do not like cardigans. I am simply unable to wear them. Just looking at them makes me age a decade. I have tried all the ways I can think of trying them. Belted makes me want to scream; the double whammy of looking like someone’s grandma and feeling like I have put on a straight jacket. “Thrown on” just looks silly. Photos tell me that the chunkier the cardigan the more success I have. Indeed the more jacket like the cardigan. So I tend to just stick to jackets.  Jackets, I can wear. Lucky that.

I’m a big fan of leather jackets and have several; All Saints grey (currently residing with one of my fortunate sisters), pale caramel from Mint Velvet, Massimo Dutti red and black from Zara.

Denim jackets are brilliant. I often use one in the warmer months to “dress down” a frock but the English summer is rarely hot enough to banish jeans and I don’t really like doing double denim. The best I’ve found was from H&M a few years ago though one of my sisters has had good success with a Next one.

Anyway, this is about neither denim nor leather jackets but Other Jackets.  I’m very lucky to have been given this lovely Zara yellow pleather trimmed jacket by Sarah WornOut. It arrived on a very grey day and brightened me up no end. I can be a bit soppy with clothes. I like them even more when I have the thought that a friend gave them to me.


I’m the proud new owner of this ASOS fluro jacket too. It’s quite thin and cardiganesque without being a cardigan.

I will wear it with ripped jeans and a grey tshirt, like this.


ASOS jacket, old Zara boyfriend jeans, Gap Sunkissed sweatshirt

ASOS don’t have it on line anymore but they do have some lovely jackets in.  I think these are worthy of further investigation.

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And if this ASOS jacket is a good take on this Helmut Lang coat (my favourite jacket of all time), it may have to be mine.




I have got in on the quilted action with this grey quilted biker jacket from Next.  As regular readers will know, Next and I are not the best of buddies.  I adore this jacket though and have wanted to wear it every day I have owned it, even though the weather hasn’t been kind to us yet.

Their website photo

Their website photo

and me in it.

jacket3My final new offering is this black jacket from H&M.  They did this style last year as well and have it in at least five colours.  You can’t see the pattern properly from the main photo, it is a lace print.  I have an orange one from last year – they are very easy to wear.

H&M black jacket

H&M black jacket

H&M jacket print detail

H&M jacket print detail

Finally, I bought this Baukjen Kate silver sequin draped jacket towards the end of last summer (blogged here). I really like it though it didn’t get much wear. I’m going on holiday to the sun soon and am thinking of taking it to wear in the evenings. More holiday talk soon.


Crocodile Dundee

I’m now at that stage of new baby tiredness where even the simplest of chores seems insurmountable. I am lucky I have always been a list writer.  They are my saviour.  Well, lists and the almost magical powers of Bare Minerals make up (mainly their mini miracle “Well Rested” – I wish!)

Today was busy. School run, then interview to get La Bambina a passport, followed by coffee with one my sisters, then school pick up, then cook for my babysitting dad and for me a quick trip to the My-Wardrobe SS13 preview. Half of these stops were at places with no lift access on the tube so I was facing the prospect of carrying the pram up stairs as well as my handbag and a bag of Zara returns

I had wanted to look sleek.  I wanted to wear pleather leggings and my Cos shirt tunic but then I couldn’t find shoes I could run around in that went with the pleathers and Zara studded coat (I needed a long coat to cover the tunic)  I started to get stressed out.  And late.  Mid sweat I spied my Zara snakeskin maxi skirt. Animal print in some form is always my fail safe. I couldn’t find the black J Crew cashmere tee I wanted to wear so ended up in a H&M wine vest, Gap grey tee Bowery supersoft crew, M&S snake scarf (this was a last minute addition I found in the bottom of the pram & used to cover up the post baby belly overhang I didn’t notice until I was out), Mint Velvet leather jacket and Steve Madden boots (all old).

My sister saw me and guffawed. “Why are you dressed as Crocodile Dundee?!”

I think it is the cowboy style boots. They were in retirement until I saw a few similar pairs in magazines and thought I’d get mine out. I don’t think they will be coming out again.