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Easy riding

I think I mentioned these biker jeans before.  Well, here they are: New Look biker skinnies.  Really good looking and its a bit fun having a bit of a biker look when you are pushing a double buggy to school and nursery.  Emulating an outlaw when you very very much live sedately within the law!  OK, no one would ever actually mistake me for an outlaw, but I love a little imaginary dressing up.  Obviously I stop short of buying a leather jacket and adorning it with studs and biker gang mottos!

Back to reality…  The New Look biker skinnies are £23, made of a soft stretchy cotton (28% polyester for good stretchiness), rather than a proper denim.  There is also some fading, which is a good alternative to solid black.  Size wise, they are true to size: I bought a 10, and they fit well.  Expect to see them often!  Although, I just discovered last night that they have been through the dryer (gulp), so I will report back if they didn’t survive.

I wore them in 2 different ways the other day:

Outfit 1: River Island cotton blend yellow jumper (love the colour, do not love the way it stretches out of shape during the day.  Its days are, therefore, numbered)  |  White H&M cotton vest  |  New Look biker skinnies  |  Kurt Geiger Willow ankle boots (I have fallen in love with them all over again)


Outfit 2: H&M denim shirt, and the rest of the outfit is the same, as it was the same day.  I liked both looks, but couldn’t find any sparkles to wear with them, so felt a bit bare.  The Bolters have broken some of my sparkles while playing / exploring in my room, so I am a bit of a dull bird at the moment.20130912-215635.jpg

Hopefully you can see the seam detail in this photo.



Website photo:

Black Biker Skinny Jeans

Zoom zoom, happy riding!

Snow bunny

To paraphrase that great crooner, Dean Martin: “You’re snow bunny ’til some bunny loves you, you’re snow bunny ’til some bunny cares…”.  And actually you’re no snow bunny until you have a great winter coat.  And I’ve found mine!

Walking through Zara, and there it was.  I tried it on, and I love it.  I need at least a M, but I might order L, in order to wear more than just a thin blouse under it.  This puffer jacket (£109) is much more elegant than the ones Zara did last winter, as it doesn’t have all that cheap looking gold hardware or those fiddly belts.  The colour is a pale silvery grey (admittedly I don’t know how water resistant it is, so I might still need to keep my old North Face for those really wet days), but it looks lovely and is warm (fleece lined and filled with 20% feathers and 80% down).  Coming to my rabbit warren very soon…





Image 7 of PUFFER JACKET WITH HOOD from Zara

Image 6 of PUFFER JACKET WITH HOOD from Zara

And while I am on the matter of soft and furry, I tried on a fake fur gilet (£65) in TopShop (here is the link to the mink one (pictured below), as the black version isn’t online), which has potential, although I did think it was a bit straight cut for me.  Size down – this is me in the size 8.  TopShop do good fake fur, so I will be keeping an eye out for more fake fur options as the winter stock continues to come in:





Now, we all make a mistake or two, don’t we?!  Here’s mine (£50 from River Island).  Yes, I love green, yes, I love paisley, yes, I love blazers.  But I don’t think that this item actually works.  I don’t think the colour is right.  Or the fabric.  So, back it goes.




Outfit: Massimo Dutti silk butterfly print (now damaged from slight pulls at the buttons, so unlikely to be worn often again.  Shame, as its pretty.  But too fragile.  Maybe I would fare better with roomier silk shirts, to avoid pulling)  |  TopShop Baxter skinnies  |  Australian brand bugle beaded sandals


Sales Buys


Pink neon cashmere jumper from J Crew
(with a special 40% off) The minute the yellow goes on sale it is mine!

Marc by Marc Jacobs phone holder
and matching make up bag (think that’s enough Marc by Marc Jacobs for a while. Apart from maybe a small neon bag)

Chinti and Parker grey intarsia cashmere jumper


Some people think there is no point buying from High Street sales. I’m not one of them. The Zara sale started at midnight on Thursday. I ordered loads and am returning loads. Everything I am keeping is pretty staid but will be worn a lot – that is after all what makes it a bargain, non?

Very simple and not the greatest of reductions but I have tried this bib fronted shirt several times in store and think I will turn to it often with skinnies and flats.

Lovely drape fronted trousers and the zip on the cuff means they can be worn as easily with flip flops as with black heels for the evening (or with these lovely Bertie Moirans!)

I have had this top in my possession three times before and each time I have reasoned that it is very pretty but would snag quickly in my life. With a tenner off I decided to buy it again. I will wear it simply with jeans and flats and am pleased with the fit and colour under my old snakeprint jacket which I often wear when I (rarely!) go out.

Again, not the most exciting of purchases but my old leopard print shirts are too small and too big so I needed a new one and this is very simple and easy to wear. I can’t find it on line but it was about £12.

This tshirt looks nothing on line but it is a flattering fit and will dress down some of my smarter pyjama style trousers nicely.

The Outnet

I mentioned some of the great deals they had on sunglasses last week. The pairs I ordered have all gone back. You can’t tell it by looking at me but I have a very small head and they all fell off. Some of them were great shades though and I hope someone got and loves a pair.

While I was going through the returns form I thought it would be rude not to have a peak at what else they had on offer. I have been looking for these Sam Edelman Harpers in the snakeprint ever since I had them, returned them & regretted it last year. They’ve been on the Outnet for ages but in small sizes. I finally decided to go for the zebra instead and I liked them (you may want to consider sizing down if you are a half size) until I opened my ASOS order and found shoes that made my heart leap.



These are they – River Island Sachas. I realise they won’t be making many hearts leapt but how I love them. Under half the price of the Harpers, so soft and easy to wear.
I am having a big internal fight to return the similar Bertie Moirans.

The H by Hudson Horrigans I ordered go back. I’ve wanted them all year and when I finally took delivery I didn’t even need to try them on to know they’re not for me. I have form buying winter gear too early anyway (though when is too early in the UK?!) and am pleased not to have fallen into that trap this time.

I have a funeral to go to next week and all of my suits are long given away (to the brilliant Dress for Success) I ordered a few black dresses from ASOS which were all disappointing. I think I may just borrow something from one of my sisters on this occasion.

I would have made some decent purchases from Topshop and Mango too (thank you Joanna!) but their websites let you shop but not check out. Such a waste of time. Hey ho.

For me one of the best signs that something really was a good buy is me wanting to wear it immediately. I was very happy to go out (to the park!) in some of my new gear (though not so happy that I need pretty thick cashmere in June!!) So happy I am double chin smiling at the mirror!

All that glitters

On a day like today  (it has been bucketing down since the middle of the night)I certainly need some sparkle in my life, so how fortuitous that the postman should bring me this Zara gold sequin skirt (via ebay)! Off came the boring jeans and on went the skirt. I’d love a navy textured knit to go with it and I’ve searched everywhere to no avail so I think I might have to knit one myself. At the rate I knit these days it should be ready for A/W 2013 though! Making do with an old navy cashmere jumper for now, I’ll have a root through the cupboards to see what else it will go with. Any ideas?

By now you’ll have seen that I’m a bit of a magpie, with my gold Mulberry bag, a couple of pairs of gold trainers, boots with gold heels, and my desire for sparkly things is unabated. I recently spotted these gold heeled boots in Dune, inspired by Celine boots from a couple of winters ago. The  lovely round toe is right up my street, but the heel is too high for me to wear every day.

Eve and I have been dreaming about these Maje boots for a while now, I tried them on (again) yesterday, but have decided they are a tad too cowboyish in shape, so I am crossing them off my list. Phew.

Then I spotted these in a Zadig &Voltaire ad in Grazia. Swoon. But they are not on their website and the staff in the Z&V concession in Brown Thomas had never seen them before. Hmm.

My final sparkly spotting is much more affordable, and would be a really good buy for winter I think, from River Island. Soft and fuzzy charcoal grey with sparkles, it looks much nicer in real life than on their site. Given the weather forecast I heard this morning, we’ll all be needing something to brighten up our days for the next while.


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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