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Points scored

Well, I am nothing if not a trier!  Here I am in the Diesel Ronhar bootcuts again (one of my three pairs), bought about 4 or 5 years ago.  And have been languishing while I frolicked and pootled and played (any other mothers of young children reading?) in skinnies.  And now, while I still love a skinny jean or two, I want some variety.  So out came the old bootcuts again.

I tried them with flip flops, and with the right top, I like them.  I tried them with slipper flats, and, to my eyes, its not a good look.  I think because, with bootcuts, I prefer it if you can see either all foot (a la flip flops), or all shoe.  So I have tried them again with pointy heeled boots, and the pointy boots have scored.  Its a combo that works for me.

Today’s outfit: Massimo Dutti green, black and cream scarf, Uniqlo black roll neck wool jumper, Uniqlo cream heattech thermal top, Nine West pointy heeled boots.

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Here is a photo of my Massimo Dutti scarf, and I thought I’d mention again that Cos have a lovely looking scarf in similar colours:

Massimo Dutti wool animal print scarf

Massimo Dutti scarf

Wool and silk print scarf

Cos wool and silk scarf (£35)

Feeling the love

Be warned, this is a long one.

I like to think of myself as a calm mum who is quick to laugh. I try to be organised so we can take family life easy and have fun.

Yesterday however, I was not feeling the love. Tuesday night I didn’t get much sleep; La Bambina has a cold and my big girl had earache. I have a streaming cold myself. Still, I had a spring in my step in the morning after a brilliant Parent’s Evening the night before and the promise of pancakes for breakfast (I realise I was a day late – I was sick on the proper day)

Shower first. Is it just me that always thinks I can hear one of my children crying when I shower? Every day I religiously get out to check and of course and all is fine. Expect for yesterday. I could hear something but not my children. Well, not only them. Every burglar and fire alarm in the house (there are many) was going off. Great for my pudding’s earache.

I pulled on pyjamas, carried the girls downstairs, wrapped them in a blanket and put them outside the front door where the ringing was quieter while I tried to stop it. To no avail. I stood outside with them feeling light headed (& wet and cold having leapt out the shower) And then I saw the van with my weekly shopping arrive. Twenty odd plastic bags in the front garden plus me and two cold kids. No pancakes, no morning cuddles, no laughter and sunshine. Instead a stressed mama. And a very loud ringing.

By the time I fixed the alarm (well, an engineer did that later in the day but I did stop them ringing) we were in a tearing hurry. We do not thrive under pressure in the morning. I asked some of my sage WornOut friends if 8:30 was too early for wine. My sister offered rather helpful advice, “a nip of brandy in your coffee is much more refined”. There is nothing unusual at all about ordering a caffè corretto first thing in the morning in Italy. Not so in my local Costa. Anyway, I digress.

Loud noise was a feature of the day. La Bambina loved her music class and I did smile as three other babies tried to grab her rather lovely shoes. She was not impressed and resorted to the fail safe of covering them in slobber to keep other mitts off them. Lovely.

She wore Ruby & Ed magenta slippers.

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I wore very old M&S snake print leggings (and shouldn’t have), Cos heavy roll neck A line dress, Mango furry gilet, Cafe’Noir grey boots.

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Today I am feeling the love. It is Valentine’s Day after all. Until I had kids I don’t think I’d ever celebrated Valentine’s Day. I quite like it now.

We had heart shaped pancakes with chocolate spread for breakfast and my beautiful girl gave me three poems she’d “written” in English, Italian and French (we don’t speak French) So young and so romantic. The words changed every time she read them to me but they all referred to my provision of chocolate being very loveable.

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I’ve spent a long part of the day watching La Bambina chase a plastic flashing noisy rolling toy across the floor. Later I will be cooking a gourmet meal of spaghetti carbonara followed by pannacotta with chocolate sauce for my smallest beloveds (then crab and lobster for us grownups) I am Baby Led Weaning La Bambina and her introduction to spaghetti will be interesting. An important moment for any Italian.

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Very old Oasis jeggings I’ve just rediscovered, blue tunic from Zara and black Ash Jalouse. Ha ha – leggings and a tunic, get me!

Hope you’re all feeling, and more importantly getting, the love.

Convicted

Apparently monochrome is going to be a key trend this coming season.  This is good because I already have a lot of black.  And white.  And find them easy to wear together.  You can pretend its because I am stylish, but I know that you know its really because I lack imagination in putting colours together.

On Friday I went shopping for a couple of hours at Westfield.  It was actually warm enough to take my thick jumper off, and you can see that I was already monochromatic.  Dressed like a burglar.  But with better shoes.  The posture and facial expressions aren’t that far off, though [grin]

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Me

Burglar

My outfit was a long sleeved striped top from Primark (these stretchy long sleeved tops are great.  And about £2.  Which actually makes them fantastic), Zara super skinny jeans and red Aldo Frarani boots.  I was also wearing a Uniqlo black wool heavy gauge polo neck jumper that I wish I had had the foresight to buy in both the black and navy.  I love it – great shape, so thick and made of pure wool (which isn’t itching me, for some reason.  Maybe because the neck isn’t tight).  If you see one in your Uniqlo (they are sold out online and are reduced to £20.  God, I am a fool to not get the navy!), do buy one – they are perfect for the coldest part of winter.

Uniqlo heavy guage wool jumper (S)

Uniqlo heavy gauge jumper

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Zara super skinny jeans.  They’re so nice, I had to buy them twice

Aldo FRORANI boots

Aldo Frorani boots

Anyway, while I was out and about, I saw these lovely, but too high, grey suede Narelle (labelled as Marlene in Westfield) ankle boots in Jones the Bootmaker.  If you can deal with the high heel, they are worth considering (£99).

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My photo of Narelle – lovely, isn’t she?!

Jones Bootmaker Narelle Ankle Boots

Website photo of Narelle – doesn’t really do her justice, does it?

While I was at Westfield, I collected a bag I had bought online a few weeks ago.  The Amber cross body bag by Coccinelle (reduced to £40, and now sold out).  What should I do?  Keep or return?  I was hoping for a cherry red, but the Coccinelle Quency bag I was hoping would be a better option is actually a coral / red, which I don’t like.  So… now I am looking at the red of the Amber bag again, wondering if it will be versatile enough (its heading towards burgundy and I want cherry.  I think).

Coccinelle red Amber cross body

Oh, one last thing…  I also saw this beautiful scarf in Cos, in case anyone is looking for a wool/silk scarf with deep sea green tones, and doesn’t want to spend more than £35…

My Furry Friend

Around this time last year, I met with a friend from Germany for brunch. An early Saturday morning in a crisply autumnal London, off to drink coffee and talk husbands and children and clothes … my heart was already singing but when I saw the gilet she was wearing, its voice positively soared. Most shearling looks, on me at least, muppety and bulky, a bit cavewoman, a bit Family Pet. But the chunky knitted back on this one, combined with the silky waterfall of grey sheepskin to the front was far more forgiving and enticing.

I suppose there are people out there who jealously guard their fab finds, but this fashion fairy didn’t hesitate to track down a gilet for me and parcel post it over from Germany. I adore it, and resurrecting it this year is taking the sting out of my moodiness about the demise of summer, at least somewhat.

Sweater, Gap. Jeans, Goldsign Misfit.

 

Trainers from New Look

 

It’s versatile too: last week it took me from a chilly, bright day at the park with my youngest, playing football and pirates, to an evening at a London Design Festival event, give or take a pair of trainers and a belt or so.

Cos dress, Falke tights, New Look boots, Topshop snakeskin clutch, Primark belt, Louis Vuitton scarf

So although I’m not in the market for any more grey shearling, I must just rhapsodise briefly over two I tried on last week. There’s approximately a £2,000 price difference between the two, but we won’t dwell on that. They’re both sublime.

Acne Alison coat, approx £2200

 

Massimo Dutti combined fur jacket, £265

Marmite loafers

Christian Louboutin Rollerboy loafers

I love these leopard print pony loafers but realise that they are the Marmite of shoes.  WIT, one of the bloggers I follow, has this beautiful studded Christian Louboutin pair and they provoke pretty extreme reactions for a piece of footwear.  Mine are from Zara a few years ago.

Today I am wearing them with a new Cos round hem green jumper, Zara ripped jeans and my Whistles green and blush star scarf.

Cos round hem olive top

The ripped jeans I usually wear are years old and there is no label to tell me where they were from.  This new pair I am wearing today are from Zara and though they’re not as perfect as my others, they are pretty good and I’d recommend if you are looking for similar.  These are nice too but unusually for Zara the sizing is on the large side.