A bag to grab quick!

With more than a nod to the Cult Gaia bags that were everywhere last summer, Topshop have done very well here with their Grab bag. It is quite sturdy and has a little pouch inside to keep your things safe as well as a long handle. Unlike the Cult Gaia bags, the Grab bag will also stand up properly should you need to put it down. I love it.

I have a bum bag to talk about too but will save that for next time.

Stay warm! Back soon.

Green jeans

I wanted to tell you about these jeans. I really like them and are currently £12.99.

Zara jeans, black & Other Stories jumper, River Island belt and black socks (I wore my Stan Smith high tops)

I wore the new Zara studded mules last night. They’re not particularly comfortable mainly as they’re quite heavy, have a reasonably high thin heel and the cut away part does nothing to keep them on your foot. But they’re beautiful and I loved wearing them.

I’m off to celebrate my nanny’s 101st birthday. Back soon.

Shiny new things

I have done some shopping.

Shiny new trainers. I love trainers and wear one of my many pairs nearly every day. Stan Smiths and Nike Internationalists are my favourites but when I saw these I just couldn’t get them out of my mind – Nike Air Max 97. They’re a lot lighter than my other Air Maxes which is a good thing – one pair bruise my ankles! The colour is lovely and will look even better with a tan. But they are currently back in the box. I just can’t decide whether they’re too clunky. I know that’s “the look” for trainers this season but is it my look? Would my money be better spent on a lovely clean pair of new Stans? I will give them another try tomorrow but I like them a lot so they may well stay.

I’ve just booked a rather special holiday for us at Easter and have started to buy some of the summery stuff that’s been filling up my on line baskets over recent weeks.

This lovely Seafolly kaftan is reduced at ASOS. I have six or seven of these now and wear one every day on holiday, easy to pack and wash and about as simple as beachwear can get.

I think I first saw these Dodo Bar-esque River Island tops on Susie So So’s instagram feed back when there was a 20% discount code. I was tempted but in the end I opted for a cornflower blue loose top instead but while I was ordering the shoes yesterday, I spotted the top in red and couldn’t resist.I am going to remove the front tassels and lacing – it is a detail too far for me – but apart from that, I love it!

I do like a smock top and they become my uniform with jeans and sandals in summer so I bought this black sleeveless one too. I really like the fact it covers the top part of my arms where I am starting to get lovely crepey skin no matter how many weights I do. It comes in white too which I would have bought had I seen it yesterday and while I am on the subject of smocks, this crisper blue top is lovely.

I have been looking at these studded heels for weeks. Last summer I bought the beautiful M&S studded sandals but I should have listened to the reviews, they more or less fell apart after a few wears. I remember a particularly uncomfortable night standing up at a Kate Tempest gig in Brixton where the insole slipped progressively and the studs on the base of the shoe cut my feet. Anyway, these have gold toned studs which I like but they are a little loose on my feet and ankles (I have thin feet and ankles) The M&S ones were too and I really enjoyed wearing them despite that (when they weren’t cutting my feet) So, what to do?

More shoes in the shape of these fierce beauties from Zara. They’ve yet to arrive but if they are as nice as they look I will be one happy woman. Zara studded mules.

I have ordered some new Birkenstocks too. Another bad sandal decision last year was to buy the Topshop blingy Birkenstock style shoes and not the real deal. While I did love the Topshop ones and wore them a lot, they weren’t leather and started to rip very quickly. I’ve ordered these in bronze.

Swimwear is a thorny area but I tend to be of the opinion that this is my body and I will wear whatever I want. I wear bikinis on holiday but have started swimming twice a week with my kids and need a proper swimsuit. I’ve ordered this from Boden which I hope it as lovely as the reviews suggest (F2U8 gets you 20% off)

I ordered this Peek & Beau swimsuit too mainly because it’s significantly cheaper than most swimsuits for those of us with bigger busts and I was interested to see the fit. Too good to be true, it was tiny and no way the cups were the size on the label.

That’s it for now.

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Half term

I thought I’d share a few outfits from over our very cold London half term. My kids have gone back to school today but my sister’s kids have this week off and as her childcare fell through last minute and she has to work, I have her kids this week.

My children went to stay with their grandparents for the last day of their half term and I got to do some real life shopping!

Toga Pulla boots (I haven’t taken these off since I rediscovered them apart from to drive, they are not driving shoes!), Topshop bag, Cos coat (similar colour here), Cos scarf, Zara jeans, Kate Moss for Equipment shirt (I now desperately want this one), old Gap belt (excuse the bras – I was in Bravissimo!)Theory navy leather trousers, old Topshop star shirt. I love a star shirt and would buy this one in a flash if I didn’t have three very similar ones already. I am going to get this one – it comes in petite and larger sizes too and this looks great for a tenner if you’re a size 10. I’m also wearing my Zara boots and Mango jacket which I adore but has sold out, sorry. A close up to show you my new lipstick which I really like. It’s Laura Mercier Velour Extreme in Fire, it’s matte but not drying and feels very light on which is unusual for such a matte colour (if you like a lip liner I like this for all my Mac / Nars / LM oranges and reds) Note that the photo on the John Lewis link makes the lipstick colour look more orange than it is, they do have two really orange shades but Fire is definitely redder than it looks.

Zara blouse with neck tie, old Zara coated jeans (similar here), Zara leopard sock boots.Old Zara poncho, Boden cashmere roll neck, Zara jeans, Toga Pullas.

So, what I bought….

I got these striped trousers from H&M. They have an elasticated back so I got a 12 but I am debating whether to swap them for a 14 as I think I want a looser fit. There is a matching jacket I am quite tempted by.

I got this Lilac jumper in H&M too. I decided a few years ago not to buy any more jumpers that weren’t cashmere or merino (and actually keep me warm) but I’ve loved my & Other Stories roll necks which are a similar composition so I allowed myself this one.

I picked up the instafamous H&M Etoile jumper too and have already worn it twice. I like that it’s thick inside, rather like the Hush ones that are much more expensive. It says it is cropped; it’s not long but I wouldn’t say it is much shorter than normal. The sizing is on the large side – I have a medium.

I got these Zara cropped straight leg jeans but can’t show me in them as I’ve had to return them for a larger size. They aren’t as soft as some Zara jeans but are a great colour and as I’m a bit shorter than their tall model, they’re ankle length on me.

These aren’t my usual style but I’ve been hankering after some kick flares. These are a gorgeous colour but are a large fit – I am exchanging the 12 for a 10.

I got these joggers from Zara in a large. I’m trying to wean myself off wearing loose joggers so much but they’re so comfortable I couldn’t bear to return them.

Finally from Zara are these! I quite liked them but my daughter said they looked like someone had vomited custard and blood over my legs which has oddly put me off! Also (on my pair at least) the bum section was almost entirely a kind of pig-pink. Lovely 😉

The Mango order I mentioned in my last post all goes back – I looked so dreadful in the jumpsuits I couldn’t face taking photos.

I did splash some cash in the beauty hall at Selfridges but will save those purchases for another day.

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