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Shoes, I always love shoes

The eldest Bolter announced that she wanted a haircut.  The little two joined in.  I dutifully took them to Trotters.  The poor, poor staff.  It turns out they didn’t want haircuts.  They wanted the gold coins you get once you have had your haircut.  The hairdresser was so sweet and palmed them off with gold covered chocolate, while I bought the girls these gorgeous sandals by Pom D’Api.  They remind me of brightly coloured racing cars.  ‘Cos the Bolters really need to move faster [hmmm].  Anyway, these are just so beautiful, and were reduced from £70 to £20.  I bought the pink, blue and orange, then told the other Worn Out ladies, so now some of the other Little Worn Outs have them, too.  Gorgeousness abounds.

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As to what I wore, I did that rare (for me) thing, of changing outfits.

Morning outfit: Zara black blouse  |  Primark floral skinnies (a bit faded, now, so I think that’s the end of the line for them)  |  Aldo Dobrus nude flats (they give me Sideshow Bob feet, but I forgive them)  |  Oroton black bag

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Afternoon / evening outfit: Zara black blouse  |  H&M black jacquard cropped trousers  |  Office leopard slippers  |  Zara tan leather cross body bag

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Wave bye bye to these shoes.  They pinch.  And, (to quote Vito Corleone), that, I do not forgive

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So, as I was mincing past Russell & Bromley, again, I bought these really lovely leopard slippers (style is The Club, and they are reduced from £245 to £70.  Bada bing!).  The white background makes them look quite fresh, I think.  They do slightly rub my nanmby pamby little toe, though [rolls eyes]

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While I was waiting for the sales assistant to get my size to try on, I fell in love with this Vixen (reduced from £225 to £95).  These are the best tributes to the Valentino Rock studs I’ve seen.  Damn, why don’t I have a job so I could wear these more than once a year?!  Damn, why aren’t I rich so I don’t care that I already have lots of unworn shoes and can just buy more, anyway?!20130821-213955.jpg

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I will just wait until the all nude Vixens are on sale, at the end of the season, as they will go with everything, and don’t look quite so “workwear/corporate”.

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Finally, I am a huge Diana Vreeland fan, and thought her “Why Don’t You?” column clever and amusing, so I am going to suggest Why Don’t You go to the Kensington Wine Rooms on Kensington Church Street and try a glass of their delicious Maury Solera (sweet red wine)?

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Cheers, Dianavreeland 3

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.
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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.
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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)
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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.

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):

Trying not to get the blues over the weather

Seriously, it’s diabolical isn’t it? First day of Spring, pah.

Anyway, I’m trying not to be too mizzo over it – must look on the bright side and all that. Which is why, over on my personal blog, I was yesterday celebrating the fact that an overcast, muddy trip to a farm at least had the silver lining of making me beyond-words-glad that I am a born and bred city girl.

But the photo I posted of Margot (Penelope Keith in The Good Life) had her rocking an outfit in cobalt blue. It’s one of my favourite colours – Jasmine’s too – and, although we both have Asian colouring, I think that seeing Margot in this pic really shows just how easy and vibrant it is for just about any skin tone to wear.

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So today: a bright blue slouchy sweater from Mango via Asos (great reduction; not so sure about the see-through styling here. Ask yourself: what would Margot say?), worn with one of my favourite necklaces, by Twisted Vintage, who rework old, sometimes even broken, pieces to make totally original and one-off items of statement jewellery.

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Another blue item that makes me very happy is this scarf, a present from Eve when we were recently shopping in H&M. This photo doesn’t do the colour justice but it’s divine; truly uplifting. I’m wearing it right now with a grey Uniqlo sweater and my pyjama bottoms. I’m actually a bit annoyed by how nice they look together, since it’s a combination that really works, perhaps due in part to the colours in my (Primark) PJs, but one that’s unlikely to be seen outside the home. Pyjamas on the school run. Does anyone? Seriously? Ask yourself: would Margot?

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Derby Day

If you’re from my bit of London and like football, you support one of four teams. Two of them are playing today. WornOut has fans on both sides of the London Derby so I won’t be partisan other than to say my team are the best and are playing in navy and white 😉

Driving lesson then pub with ten members of my family for Sunday lunch and the match. I’m wearing a very relaxed Sunday outfit of old ripped boyfriend jeans from Trafaluc (Zara?), Gap grey sweatshirt, rose Sam Edelman studded Frankies, H&M neon star scarf. Will add grey Raybans and leather jacket to go out.

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