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Dressing Pins

I spotted this dress months ago when I was in Paris for work. It’s by Gerard Darel .

I love the design with the hearts, the colour (Blue) and sleeves. I am also wearing it with no jacket, a first for me.

The temperature is up!

Lengthwise it is just right for us taller beings.

I had it on my wishlist and decided to wait for the sale. Being so busy I managed to forget about the dress until a very late online browse at John Lewis. I was meant to be buying clothes for the children. Virtual space enabled the dress to drop into my basket, reduced too!

Trouble is the dress requires too many pins. I should have read the online review from the lady in Cheshire. It’s no longer there……

Pinned at the side on the attached belt, double pinned at the bust, (no office cleavage for me) and pinned at the back of the neck. I’ll be adding “make trip to tailors” on my ever expanding ‘to do list’ this weekend.

Dress: Gerard Darel Graphic Hearts
Bag: Anya Hindmarch studded bag
Shoes: Jones the Bootmaker Celeste
Pins: John Lewis



Workwear round-up

No opportunity to post for the last few days, work is just manic. A quick round up of the last three days follows:

Friday – Whistles

Fridays are a bit more relaxed in corporate attire but not in workload. The ever elegant and incredibly stylish Tracey found this dress last year. I could not resist. It is the Whistles Marla dress. Oh how I wish Whistles would re-issue this dress and in another colour – cream for Summer please. It’s a really great fit, the sleeves are long enough for me and I love the mini Dynasty shoulder pads. No photo of me wearing it though, sorry. No time, just too busy. I wore my Marla with opaques and the LK Bennett Una shoes.

Thursday – The Grey Skirt Suit

So here I am on Thursday wearing a grey skirt suit from Reiss.

I am not really into peplum but as you can see the Axel jacket is trying to be different with the pep feature at the edge.

The top is Zara, slightly puffed shoulder in style and very old. A very similar top here.. It’s long in length so I have tucked it in and put a belt (old from Reiss) around the waist.

I make the most of the suit by wearing the Axel jacket with a dress or cropped black or navy trousers and a cream silky t-shirt. The Harper skirt skirt has been worn with a thick black, cream or bright blue jumper and often with the cream blouse I had on last week.

Shoes? DVF Alaina as worn before and for many more days and nights to come.

Wednesday – Zara Victoriana

Zara Navy Boucle Jacket worn with Zara “Victoriana” high collared white shirt. Please do not ask me to find the links on their website as that is a massive task in itself but here is the link to current Zara blazers.

Trousers are from Gerard Darel as worn last week and mistaken for Black. Belt is as before from Reiss.

The shoes are from Jones the Bootmaker and are called Callaghan. A cheaper version of the LK Bennett Shilo. The heel is much thinner and tend to wear out too quickly as seen here.

I stepped into a loose pavement slab, ripped the leather and made an emergency and very tacky repair with Sellotape.

Have a great weekend.








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]




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

SUPER STRETCH SKINNY JEANS - Jeans - Woman - ZARA 4806/233

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).


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…

How shocking

Our eldest is lion obsessed. And I mean obsessed. As we don’t live in Clacton, Essex, the best place for us to go on a lion hunt in London (aside from the London Zoo, which I highly recommend) seemed to be Trafalgar Square! Unfortunately the lions are currently surrounded by temporary barriers from the Olympics, but you can still get a look at them.

The main place we were hunting lions, and other wild animals, was the National Gallery. The nice man at the information desk did some searches and told me the room numbers where paintings containing images of lions, tigers, rhinos and horses were.  In case it helps, the animals are in rooms 45 (tiger), 34 (horse, deer and cows), 39 (rhino, but also lots of fruit), 14 (donkey), 29 (leopard), 54 (lion)and 57 (two lions!).  There are, of course, other animals in paintings, but these were the ones that stood out.

My biggest darling loved it, and the pink cupcake she had in the cafe afterwards, and, so, I mention it in case it appeals to you. And if you know something similarly fun to do with very small children in central London, please do let me know!

For our lion hunt I wore a shocking pink Oasis shirt, black skinny Mango cords and silver leather London Rebel ballets. With a bright Loreal pink lipstick, which is a bit different for me, but a shock of pink does one good from time to time, I think!

The lighting doesn’t really show the black cords, so I have included another picture, as they have a lovely sheen.

And since I am talking shocking pink, look at my beautiful new shocking pink heels – they are so fabulous, I can’t wait to wear them!  They are the Callahan style from Jones the Bootmaker, reduced to £39.


MNG by Mango® Skinny Cords Black

Jones the Bootmaker Callahan Red (actually its raspberry)