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Pass the sunglasses

We have been lucky with the weather in Dublin (or the unluckiest people in the world from my 8 year olds perspective) in that we have had no proper snow, but there has been a lot of rain and sleet, and the sky has been grey for as long as I can remember at this point. It seemed like the perfect time to bring out this neon pink J Crew bag that I got back in November. When I opened the parcel, I felt the instinctive need to reach for my sunglasses – it really is bright! But it’s amazing how your eye becomes attuned to a colour, and now, post Christmas, it seems to have grown on me, and I’m hoping that by April I will love it. I definitely think it’s a shade that will look better in the sunshine (I live in perpetual hope of seeing the sun)

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I wore it with my vintage leopard faux fur, which is not as warm as it looks, so underneath I had a Marks and Spencer Heatgen top ( these are very good), Anya Hindmarch navy cashmere sweater and a John Lewis cashmere cardigan, my ubiquitous  Oasis cherry jeans and Aldo wedges.

Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, start all over again

I have had that song going around in my head for a few days now, since my daughter was watching “Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang” (worth watching for the beautiful art direction and Maggie Gyllenhaal’s wartime wardrobe of tea dresses). The lyrics seem so appropriate now – the children are back at school, the decorations are back in the attic, and I survived! 10 months to recover and then the madness starts all over again, but let’s not think about that now.

I realised that I haven’t done an outfit blog post for ages, and thinking about it, that’s because when I’m stressed out, I reach for dull clothes – black, navy and charcoal have been all I have worn in the run up to the C word, and I’m pretty sick of them now. But what is so unfair about this time of year is that the magazines, blogs and shops will be full of bright, summery clothes when we are coming into the coldest weather of the winter. I still need my thermals and cashmere, but I’m going to try and integrate a bit more colour into my wintery layers. And no more black or navy purchases, I have enough clothes in those shades to last for decades.

A photo that Tracey showed me the other day has really stuck in my mind, here’s Gwynnie in a great red jacket, and we are all trying to track down those boots (a quick google tells me lots of other people are too). So, a red jacket is on my list now, not too long, hip length I think. Let me know if you spot one!

156781630749820143_kBeaZDkX_cThis is what I wore yesterday (and today – first day back, I didn’t have time to think of another outfit) Zadig and Voltaire cashmere sparkly jumper, and their velvet blazer, Oasis cherry jeans, Aldo wedge trainers, Zara scarf. No navy or black – result!



Clever Tracey tracked down the boots,they are by Laurence Dacade, ‘Pete’ boots. Rather swoonsome in close up I think.


Autumn Weekend


Friday I spent doing jobs at home while my mum played with La Bambina then went for after school milkshakes. I wanted to try some yellow and grey together.  It is my favourite colour combination and I wore a fair bit of it in the warmer weather.  Here I am in Zara jeans, Zara cowboy boots, Gap yellow tee and All Saints cashmere cowl neck.

Saturday we had a birthday party at an indoor play centre.  I usually hate those places with a passion but it was a good party and I had fun too.  It was a 10am start and we had to stop and get a gift on the way (disoragnised, moi?) so there was little time to get ready.  I was unhappy with this outfit; Mint Velvet silk fronted tee (similar), All Saints cardigan (similar), Zara skinnies.  I added silver Ash Thelmas to go out.

Saturday night I went to meet some of my WornOut friends who had been at the Mumsnet Blogfest during the day.  I wore the Zara studded sleeve coat lots of us have, with a Zara shearling wrap on top (last year), Sass & Bide Black Rats, Gap slouchy roll neck, Oasis Carrie wedges, Warehouse plum studded clutch.  Accessorised with La Bambina who enjoyed her first night on the tiles with my lovely mates.

Sunday started early.  It was a beautiful day and my eldest and I were in the park at 7:45 drinking the hot chocolate.

I wore a Zara ensemble – khaki trousers, navy and white star sweatshirt, parka.

Sunday afternoon we went for a long stroll along the river and a lovely meal.  I wore Zara skinnies, Aldo Boeken studded boots, black Zara roll neck (I borrowed this from my sister and actually really rate them this year), black and gold See by Chloe bag, Zara cream and black skull scarf, Zara black leather jacket.

I will try and have a least a day or two this week where I don’t wear anything from Zara!








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!


I usually delegate rugby match duty to my other half, but today it fell to me and I prepared for the worst weather-wise. In fact, it was a beautiful sunny morning but I was still glad of all the layers. The first layer is a Hanro long sleeve silk vest, a very good investment that has lasted years, then my Zadig and Voltaire sparkly cashmere jumper, a Vanessa Bruno cashmere cardigan from a couple of years ago, Oasis houli-a-likes, my Gerard Darel coat, a nude pink Zara scarf and old, but much loved Gap biker boots, with sheepskin insoles. My boots have acquired a stain on the front, but I think I’ll just regard it as character-giving rather than a reason to bin them!

Stashed in my bag was the new US Vogue, delivered by courier just as I was leaving the house! Also cashmere wrist warmers and hat – you can tell I wasn’t taking any chances. The bag is a version of the Vanessa Bruno paillettes bags. I had one but the straps were too short to put over my shoulder which i found very annoying and so I made one to my own specs and ebayed the VB.

My boys team won and we celebrated with ice cream on the way home, cherry for me, strawberry for him. Yum!