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Old Favourites

I like new things. I get excited when the fruits of my late night on line shopping are delivered (not so at the Post Office returns trips)

I also like old things – particularly my own old things. I was always a hoarder. I used to keep receipts, bus tickets, every card I was sent (we are a prolific card sending family so my collection was vast) Ten years ago I turned my back on collecting and embraced a new way of remembering things.

A decade on, my wardrobe is still work in progress. I have lots of clothes I’ve had for a very long time.

We had our loft converted last year. My only regret apart from the timing (we only just finished before La Bambina arrived) is that we now have very little storage at home.

I went to collect the two “London Summer” boxes from our storage unit last weekend.
20130605-074238.jpgHow happy I was to be reunited with my pale pink Swedish Hasbeens and my older dark tan Lotta from Stockholm clogs. I bought the Lottas first because they were a lot cheaper. I like them and have worn them a lot (though why I chose brown?!) I got the Hasbeens last year in the Office sale for less than half price. The Hasbeens are thinner and less clunky but otherwise there is little to tell them apart.
I had been wondering why I’d not bought new black sandals last year (I am maybe the only blogger who doesn’t really like my Sam Edelman Gigis) until I found these black sandals from M&S in my boxes. They were slated in reviews so reduced to less than a tenner. This is their third summer. I have the tan colour too.
The beaded beauties were from Primark via Sarah Wornout last year and have yet to be worn. A buckle broke the first time I did them up but has now been fixed and they will be seeing the light of day this week.

I have lots of sandals it seems. I may add a navy brogue style pair I have my eye on to my collection this year and that will be it.

20130605-125351.jpgFinal find to share today, a summery alternative to my beloved grey sweatshirts. This was from Marks & Spencer’s Limited Collection last year. The back is a buttercup almost neon yellow lace while the front is grey marl which makes it easy to wear with kids (I find small hands often snag my lace tops)
Yeay, it’s sunny and I have my legs out. H&M boyfriend denim shorts, neon and cream H&M tshirt, Topshop nude and neon sandals from last year.

Next Please

Now Eve and I have a love/hate relationship with Next.  We both often order things from Next and more often than not end up regretting it [looks away from grey jersey biker jacket].

But I don’t know this season it does seem better and they are using a lot of cotton at a reasonable price unlike most of the high street.

I mentioned before that I was after a denim shirt and have tried many many on to no avail and then I saw this one in Next









And its really really nice.  Would look great with white jeans and these  Zara sandals which I’m still pondering









Just wondering if they’re a bit too high for day to day.   Well I’ll keep pondering until they sell out and then I will become obsessed with them.

But back to Next – I tried this dress on recently and again loved it.









Its cotton, navy and broderie – 3 of my favourite things.  But most importantly it worked on my apple shape.  I can’t tell you how hard it is to find casual dresses for summer when you’re an apple – pears just don’t know they’re born.

And one final thing, this necklace which is very Belinda









Having been looking at Wendy’s lookbook recently – I am keen to replicate this look









well in terms of the white crew neck tee and statement necklace.  I also love the All Saints jacket she’s wearing – let’s face it I just love Wendy.

Anyway its a bit chilly today so am wearing jeans and Zara quilted jacket which I think I’ve gone off – its the shoulders – they’re just a bit weird on me I think.  Ho hum.









And really – putting my picture underneath one of Wendy – am I mad?


Next please

Honestly I am such a copycat.  When I saw Eve wearing her new Next grey quilted jacket I just had to get it.  I am a sucker for a biker jacket as long as its not leather – perverse I know.

So despite it being absolutely arctic here today I still wore it.









I did have to wear it with a vest, Boden breton and very old pink pashmina but I was fine. OK I was a bit blue but really one does sometimes have to suffer for one’s fashion.  The trousers are J Brand majors which are incredibly comfortable but weirdly I hardly ever wear them.

If you’re after a jersey biker I think this one from Hush looks gorgeous









So whilst I was doing an order from Next whose online service is pretty amazing to be fair – order by 10pm and arrives the next day – take note some retailers.  Well I  popped this into the order too









And you know its really really nice and of course I look just like the model in it.  (Really hopes my irony is coming through today).

I love dresses for the summer but am a difficult shape as I have no waist and am really over maxi dresses now so hoping this will work well with my Swedish Hasbeens for those lovely hot days I’m looking forward to.  Yes, I fully expect to wear it twice this summer.

It will also work well with my old Farhi linen biker jacket









This was one of my best buys last year and I’d really recommend it if they do a version this year.  Dorothy Perkins did a much less expensive version that was also pretty good.








When I’m driving in my car

It is pouring with rain, grey and foggy in London but I’ve already put my heavy winter jumpers away (ciao for now Gemmas) and am going to wear lighter clothes no matter what the weather. That’s what scarves and heattech are for.

I am having a driving lesson today. I have been learning to drive for some years on and off. It feels like forever.


Old Topshop Baxters, neon knit from H&M (in store now for £12.99 in loads of colours) over a black Uniqlo heattech, silver Ash Thelmas, Next jacket, M&S snake print scarf.

Back to the old routine

That’s what my grandfather used to say on Sunday evenings after supper. A little sigh of resignation and ‘Back to the old routine’. I felt a bit like that this morning, after our holiday, wading through the laundry and doing an on-line shop. Yes, the glamour, but at least I was well dressed!

Today I wore old Oasis skinny combats, a Zara lace top that was once a dress (I wear it much more now) Topshop ponte blazer, old snakeskin sandals and a bag I love. It’s a Kate Spade, originally it was coral but I dyed it, then removed that handle and replaced it with a chain I made from two necklaces!

My day cheered up considerably when I went shopping for a skateboard with one of my boys, actually he tells me it’s a Penny Board. The colours are fantastic, I am very taken with the pink with blue wheels. Can you see me on it, nipping to the shops?