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In distress

Outfit:
– ASOS distressed jeans (“lovingly” stitched and patched and cropped last night. While watching Gossip Girl. Its such good eye candy. Except for Ed Westwick who is quite repugnant. Please can I come back in my next life as Serena Van Der Woodsen? Or at least with her figure and wardrobe?;
– French Connection navy crochet trimmed top;
– Marks & Spencer faux diamond platinum plated bracelet: good but cheap bling;
-Aldo Dobrus nude flats.

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Frilly me

I went to French Connection yesterday, looking for Annie (beautifully embroidered top), but found Anoushka (cotton voile, lace trimmed dress). I thought she would be perfect for me. But even in a size 8, she was huge. What sizing madness is this?!

So, I went to Massimo Dutti where I bought a gorgeous, raspberry pink cashmere jumper for my husband, who is quite indifferent about getting new clothes. Clearly, opposites attract…

Anyway, outfit was: ASOS orange and cream frilly dress, Aldo gold leather sandals, Clarks Trapeze (Anya Hindmarch Gracie “inspired”) leather bag.

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My £10 spree

*Note: sorry about the wonky/dodgy photos*

All excited about the news that we are headed for a hot July, and inspired by Eve’s stripy dress, I headed off to H&M and Zara for some new summer clothes.  But I didn’t get there. I was way laid by a sale at my favourite charity shop, where most things were £2.  Reader, I have had a shopping spree and only spent £10.  I won’t even kid myself that this is also an act of charity.

1st purchase was this French Connection floral garden print skirt that I had always planned to buy (or something else in the same print – they also did a few dresses in it, too) when it was in the sales, but never did.

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Apologies for the grimy mirror and the bad photos

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It makes me feel like dancing: cha cha cha.

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2nd purchase is this really nice, faded denim skirt from H&M.  Its so short that I can’t see me wearing it, except at home or on holidays, but its £2 and I like it.   And sometimes its nice not to be too prim.

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I’m quite liking the pockets

3rd purchase is this full black cotton H&M skirt, which is a bit short, but will be OK for when I am not with the Bolters.

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Here you can see my scary pale skin.  And the fold detail, giving it the full shape I like.  Although I still would like a longer (knee length), prom dress.  They are so pretty and quite feminine.

Just to make you smile, how hideous does this shape look on me?  It adds about 5kg to my frame.  No thank you.

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Its interesting how much the shape of clothes can change how you look.

4th purchase is this standard, short Uniqlo denim skirt.  I used to have one, that I bought after I had my eldest, but after the baby weight came off, it was too big and Uniqlo didn’t seem to do them again.

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5th and final purchase are these distressed ASOS jeans.  They need to be shortened and the left knee needs to be patched or something, but I thought it looked to be an easy, cheap project to have some cute summer jeans.  And, you know, for £2 I won’t cry if it doesn’t work out, will I?!

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Today’s outfit is: old Australian brand tuxedo shirt (with sparkly cuff buttons) – I am a dandy at heart, H&M fancy pants cropped brocade trousers (now on sale for £12) and Sam Edelman Adenas.

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Details, details

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Here is a photo of one of the littlest Bolters, in her old Gap striped trim dress, which I wish came in my size!

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What Have I Bought For Me Lately?

A little like Janet Jackson’s “What Have You Done For Me Lately”, but a slightly different focus.  After being quite restrained for the last few months, the sales have begun and many of the items that I put on my Wish List have been reduced.  Or were in danger of being sold out, so I pounced anyway.  Here’s what I have bought for me lately:

  • Aldo Dobrus flats (£50)

Eve has these in the black, but I just bought Sam Edelman Adenas in black, so didn’t feel I could justify both.  So, I went for the nude colour.  A lovely shade they are, too, with a great shape.  I am between sizes at Aldo, annoyingly.  So I did have to size up to 40, and then put in an insole.  Just what wouldn’t these go with?!

  • Gap cowl neck dress (£30 down to £20)

I actually need this in a S, but its sold out, so could only get the XS.  This size is a bit tight round my apple shaped middle, so not sure if I will keep it, but am including it as its lovely and I did buy it.

  • Zara floral crystal necklace (£23)

Just in case you didn’t see it enough in my recent blog post…

  • Zara turquoise bib necklace (£20)

I think this will work with both black and navy, making it an All Rounder.

  • Zara bejewelled earrings (£10)

Not sure if I have blogged these yet?  They are gorgeous, but so heavy that I will have to convert them from pierced to clip on earrings.  On my list of things to do, so they glimmer at me, waiting to be worn.

  • Warehouse military trousers (£36 down to £20)

I wanted skinny cargoes, but couldn’t get happy with the pockets on the legs.  These are, instead, perfect for me.  And now only £20.  They are true to size – I need a size 10.

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  • French Connection blue top (£20)

I bought this on a day I was feeling tense and frustrated.  Bad idea.  Its not a great top – too long for me.  Live and learn, Ms Buy in Haste, Repent at Leisure…

  • Sam Edelman Adenas (£99, but on Brand Alley for £56!!)

Fierce and fabulously comfortable – an unusual combination…

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  • Massimo Dutti strappy heels (£80 down to £56)

After wishing for these for a few months, I have also ordered these pretty things.  And I have something fun and lovely (waves to Chumps) to wear them to in a couple of weeks, too!

  • Coccinelle Queency (£185 down to £129)

Last but NOT least…!  I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for this bag to go on sale, and when it had a decent reduction, It arrived the other day and is gorgeous!!  I will eventually have the strap shortened so I can wear it as a shoulder bag, but while I still have to chase The Bolters, a cross body bag is probably a better idea.

 

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Oooh, I just checked and it has sold out, so I am glad I did’t dither.  I would have been really upset if my game of Sales Chicken backfired on me.  You know, where you try and work out whether you can wait for a further reduction, or risk it being sold out.  Not a risk I could taken for my Beloved Red Bag!

Apart from some shoes for The Bolters, I think that is me DONE for quite a while.  I think.

Summer clothes shopping

Breakfast in a cafe and then summer clothes shopping for my girls.

I do almost all my shopping on line. I’ve learnt the hard way though and when buying for my big girl, she has to do the real life choosing. I don’t like shopping centres but the logistics of getting up town were too stressful.

Bluewater was heaving and lots of shops had a disappointing selection of summer clothes but we did manage to fond some decent holiday gear that we all liked. I will blog some of my favourite kid things soon.
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Next tie dye skinnies, stone Ash Jalouse, French Connection grey drape back jumper, Mango faux fur gilet, Marc by Marc Jacobs scarf. I did not take kindly to the suggestion from a loved one that I looked very “TOWIE” but with false eyelashes and a furry waistcoat my defence was weak.