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How many layers?!

My eldest boy has amazing circulation and never feels the cold, he wears short sleeved t-shirts all year round and teases me with my multiple layers. I hate winter with a passion, I feel like Fortycoats, a character from a old children’s tv programme who wore, well, 40 coats.

Today I was back on the school run and wore jeans for the first time in about a month. Its is easy to get away with skirts and dresses and opaque tights when the weather is moderately cold but shivering with icey thighs is not a good look, so I will have to reassess my wardrobe. I love the coated DP skinnies that some of the other WornOuters have been wearing but I know just from looking at the cut that they will do nothing for my pear shape. Time for an investigative trip around the shops I think.

So my layers today are: silk thermal long sleeved vest, long sleeved t from Topshop, Anya Hindmarch lightweight (but very warm)  cashmere jumper, Vince cashmere tunic, 140 denier opaques, Oasis Cherry jeans, Aldo wedge trainers with sheepskin insole (via ebay, I couldn’t live without them), Marks and Spencer cashmere wrist warmers, and a beautiful scarf I bought last year by Sian Jacobs. I saw it in a shop window, and (unusually for me as I generally don’t impulse buy) snapped it up – navy and sequins, two of my favorite things, how could I resist!

Opulence… for less

I adore the opulent, Baroque look that was everywhere on the catwalks for the Autumn / Winter shows recently. The incredible fabrics, the exquisite beading and embroidery, the luxe fabrics in rich colours, detailed prints and wonderful textures… I think this was best exemplified by the Dolce & Gabbana collection.  Sublime.

Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2012 RTW

Beautiful.  Dolce & Gabbana rtw F/W 2012/13.

Dolce & Gabbana

Now, unfortunately I don’t have a couture budget.  I have champagne tastes on a house wine budget. And I have small children that I run around after.  Luckily for me and everyone else who loves a little opulence and drama, there are some beautiful and affordable options on the high street.  I won’t be going head to toe a la Dolce and Gabbana, but I so enjoy adding bits here and there.

Today I wore sea green Primark skinnies (£13) with tan Mimco ankle boots and a black v-neck slinky Events top.  And piled on a richly coloured floral silk and cotton Zara scarf (last season, £30), a faux emerald ring I bought in Istanbul and a crystal tennis bracelet from Marks and Spencer (reduced to £10, but actually quite convincing looking).





After the nursery run with my eldest, I dashed into Zara and bought this wonderfully plush, soft fake fur stole (£30). Which I am hoping to wear as a collar over a coat, as well as on it’s own for my (increasingly) rare trips to the opera, with a black cocktail dress and red satin heels.  But the stole will probably get most of its use as a snuggle for my girls. The tactile little creatures!

SOFT FUR STOLE - Woman - New this week - ZARA

Whilst at Zara, I also admired the luxe bejewelled black sash belt, which Rachel suggested I wear with black cigarette pants and a tuxedo shirt. It’s a stunning piece in real life and excellent value for money at £23.  Definitely on my wish list.

Sarah has a beautiful white French Connection blouse with an embroidered front that I am sure you will see soon. I have added this lovely Zara one to my wish list (£30, and I will get size medium) for next month.


And, of course, I can’t forget the fabulous opulent jewellery available at Accessorize and Zara.


Accessorize earrings


Zara necklace

It’s definitely a good time to be shopping on the high street! If you spot any other affordable, but opulent, things, please let us all know!  And, umm, equally, if you know why on earth my Zara links have directed to their Spanish website, please do also let me know why the hell that is!

The high-low mix!

You know that you’ve been reading too many magazines when you start using phrases like “Borrowed from the boys” or refering to the singular ‘trouser’! The “high-low mix” is another favorite fashion cliche but it does seem apt for today when I’m wearing a silk blouse, velvet blazer and sweatpants. Yes, I found a bit of sport-luxe at last. Inspired by Gina’s Baukjen (is that how you spell it??) joggers which I was about to buy until I happened upon a grey pair in H&M. I have to admit they are very comfy – this is definitely a trend I could get into!


The cherry blossom silk blouse was found by Sarah last year, and I loved it so much I bought two! The velvet blazer is last winter’s Zadig and Voltaire but fortuitously is the colour of this season, and the ankle boots are fantastically comfortable by M&S.

I found this floral Alex Monroe ring this morning and must wear it more often.

And when I saw my mums work outfit today I thought it was definitely blog-worthy! Fuchsia crepe dress she made herself, black whistles blazer and Kurt Geiger Pistol-alikes. Pretty cool for a 68 year old!

Thanks and praise

It’s my eldest’s birthday party tomorrow, so have been busy like a bee. Firstly, thank you Australian Women’s Weekly Birthday Cake book for making generations of children happy, and providing their parents with clear instructions on how to make the cake of their children’s dreams. Or a close to as their parents can get!!! Husband and and I are about to attempt making Leonard the Lion. Wish me luck. I am going to chug down the wine to try and unlock some hidden creative talent that never seems to emerge. But must be around somewhere.

Secondly, a big thank you to the lovely lady at the Non Stop Party Shop (!!) for inflating many many foil animal shaped balloons, all with a smile. Just like she does for us every time. The girls were beside themselves with excitement when we brought the balloons home this evening.

My third thank you goes to the candid, but charming, lady in Marks and Spencer who advised me not to buy the dress that I was trying on over my clothes in the shop while my eldest sulkily and silently looked on. Apparently it was too mumsy for me (this from a lady who was old enough to be my own mother [blush]). She performed an act of fashion charity, I feel.

And my last thank you goes to my darling girl, whose party is tomorrow, for being such a delicious child who im/patiently accompanies me on many of my outings, including this afternoon’s dash around M&S. Despite today’s lapse, she is developing quite a good eye for outfits. Especially if your taste runs to animal and floral prints and adornments. We are simpatico in that respect.

Hot pink Oasis blouse, black sheeny Mango skinny cords, black leather New Look ballets and black Reiss Knightly handbag.