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This goes with that

Outfit: Zara cream and white wool mix coat, Zara navy floral print silk blouse, Uniqlo cream belt, TopShop Baxter skinnies, Primark navy suede ballets and & Other Stories yellow bag.

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And since you get your dose of sunshine where you can, I plan to put some more in my wardrobe with these Banana Republic Carlie pointed flats (£85):

White on

The WornOut ladies are fab, and we often share clothes around.  I was the recipient of this great, off-white trench from Rachel WornOut a few weeks ago, and have been waiting for some good weather so that I can actually wear it!

Outfit is: Gap off-white trench (clearly in need of an iron – sorry!), Lily & Lionel scarf (copying Tracey, only mine also needs an iron, and I am going to try and stiffen it up with some starch, as I read somewhere that this is a good trick for floppy scarves), TopShop Baxter jeans, London Rebel silver ballets, Gap green leather bag.

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Since my husband volunteered to look after the girls by himself, I ran off to Oxford Street before he had time to re-consider.  First stop, Dorothy Perkins.  Yet again.  Not somewhere I used to go to at all, but I have been really pleased with their summer cotton offerings.

I bought this darling cotton and lace shell top (£22).  The review given said its thin (yes, white cotton often is) and should be thicker for the money (umm, its £22 and cotton, that’s a good deal in my book!).  I bought the size 10 and couldn’t have sized down as its fairly fitted across the bust.  Charming top, in a flattering shape; I can see me wearing it quite often in the warm weather.

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Good Lord, my bosoms are looming up at you, sorry!!!  I just wanted to show you the lace detail.  Reader, beware!  Here is the DP website photo:

White lace insert shell top

Now, this dress (£32) I just umm and ahh over.  I bought it in the white, but saw that DP also do it in a pretty buttery yellow, so thought I’d try it yet again, before I decide whether to return it or not.  Its a lovely dress, but I am really not sure that its the best shape for me.  Anyway, if the shape is a good one for you, I do recommend it.

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After my quick spot of shopping, I went for a wander through the nearby Wallace Collection, in Manchester Square, just north of the Bond St station (and also north of Selfridges!).  One of my favourite places in London.

Essentially, its the former private collection of the illegitimate son (Richard Wallace, whom the collection is named after) of the last Marquess of Hertford, and the museum is housed in what was their London home (Hertford House).  The house is gradually being refurbished to how it was (very decadent furnishings), and much of the collection is French art.

The little gold boxes (often used to store snuff) are precious little treasures: eye candy.

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I must admit that the Sèvres porcelain doesn’t move me, but if its your cup of tea (oh ho ho), the Wallace Collection has the finest museum collection of Sèvres porcelain in the world.

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Flirty little minx below giving the boys a peep up her dress.

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I couldn’t stay away from the shops for long, so I went back to Selfridges, where they are having a carnival and were giving out fairy floss in the shoe department.  Sugar + shoes = heaven.

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Common threads

Let’s see if I can turn the fact that I was too busy to come up with original outfits to my advantage…

Yesterday I –almost had a stroke– did the nursery run with all 3 girls. Deep breaths. Anyway, I grabbed my beloved vintage blue TopShop Baxter jeans, a black long H&M mama vest (this mama gets cold kidneys), a thick black and white striped Zara top and the pink “tweed” Zara blazer. And the silver leather London Rebel ballet flats. Which you can see, I obviously like the look of as my eldest has the Mini Boden silver ballets (parked next to me in the photo). They are soft and leather, so I may buy more.

Last night, I went out with some local mothers to Ping Pong (oh, dim sum, I like you very much!) and was rushing about to make it on time. As per. So I just added the new Russian doll earrings from River Island and swapped jackets with the Zara cream fantasy jacket, and ballets for the Kurt Geiger Pistol-esque ankle boots and trotted off.

This morning has been, umm, challenging. So I donned the Russian doll earrings again, an off-white with black trim tuxedo shirt (just seen) from Zara, the black Primark skinnies, red wool scarf (it’s the perfect red for me – the sartorial Holy Grail) and red suede Aldo ballets.

Maybe tomorrow I will have time to start afresh. Or maybe you’ll see one or two items from today as the thread continues…?

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bright red articulated russian doll earrings - earrings - jewellery - women - River Island

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The Transformer

Well, here’s hoping anyway!!! I bought this lovely denim shirt from H&M last week for a thrifty £15. At first it seemed a bit early ’90’s, but then the other Worn Out ladies were so encouraging about its versatility that I am thinking it will be The Transformer. You know, one of those items that goes with many things and transforms your wardrobe by adding a new look to existing items.

Today I have worn it just like I used to. Old School style, literally, as I had a Levi’s denim shirt I used to wear to school with leggings. The leggings are American Apparel and the silver leather ballets are London Rebel from ASOS. A wonder purchase at only £22.

Anyway, I plan to bring out denim shirt to make my TopShop pleather leggings more wearable for daytime, wear it with a black miniskirt, tights and ankle boots, and also with my white Baxter skinnies. How’s that for transforming?!

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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.

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MNG by Mango® Skinny Cords Black

Jones the Bootmaker Callahan Red (actually its raspberry)