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Cashmere lovers, I’m calling you…

Hello, who doesn’t love cashmere?!  It’s a shame that it’s often hideously expensive, or dowdily shaped. I have lots of classic shaped cashmere knits, but this roomy H&M charcoal cashmere knit (£59) had me heading in store to check it out.  A more modern, interesting way to wear cashmere.  I find that this sort of relaxed fit can work well with fitted skirts or trousers / jeans:

H&M do quite a few cashmere or cashmere blend items. When H&M say “cashmere blend”, by the way, they mean 50 or 70% cashmere with the remaining 50 or 30% being wool. I loathe 5% cashmere being touted as “cashmere blend”. What tosh.

This well priced cashmere is found in the Premium Quality section, which is my favourite place to look for well priced, high quality items. The H&M cashmere is well priced, and I found the quality of last year’s maroon / berry cashmere scarf to be superb. It’s thick, soft and still looks new. So, I’ve high hopes for this year’s cashmere.

Back to the charcoal knit, this is how size S looks on me (can you see how fitted the sleeves are? I think that’s a slimming way to wear big knits):
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I’m wearing the jumper with my J Brand 912 jeans (size 28) and old M&S Autograph ponyskin ankle boots.

I also tried on the cashmere dress (£80):

but even in a size S, it felt bigger than Ben Hur, so probably suited to someone far far taller than me:

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Perfect maternity winter dress, though:

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Finally, another high street store where I have sourced cashmere, is Uniqlo.  Their cashmere is now instore.  You can possibly see from the below camel crew neck (£70), that they have updated the shape, to make it more relaxed, and split the bottom seam.  I will be heading in store to check it out.  They have a limited colour range, but I wore my black cashmere crew neck from Uniqlo a lot last year, so may buy another.

WOMEN Cashmere Crew Neck Sweater


Little Legs loved Frozen. It has even usurped Shrek. I am no Disney fan but I liked that it was sisterly love that saved the day and am thus happier playing Frozen than any other Disney character inspired game. Lucky as this morning’s game began shortly after 6am and lasted two whole hours. At least I got to be Elsa. Poor Bambina spent two hours as a talking snowman.

Today we really were frozen. Down by the Thames it was so cold and windy. You can see me desperately trying to wrap up in the second photo.
Black H&M trousers, Zara zebra pony skin trainers, black Uniqlo Heattech, old black Warehouse roll neck, Gap denim waistcoat, old La Redoute boiled wool coat from my mama, grey RayBans, navy Alexander Wang Diego.

Another major thumbs down from my partner who actually laughed at my outfit and suggested that the H&M trousers make me look crazier than Little Legs (she was sporting a pink tutu with a cat on, silver sparkly tights, a Breton, ski jacket and headband and bright blue Uggs)
I got changed before we headed out again.
Black Nudie jeans, shearling lined Acne Pistols (I cannot stay away from their warmth), Zara roll neck, Diesel faux fur sleeveless jumper/vest. Next time I’ll try and get some outfit shots before small grubby hands get to my mirror.

Hope you’re having a good weekend.

Old (for) school

Despite being too old for school (well, unless I went back as an, erm, mature age student), today I went out looking a bit school boyish. But I’m a rebel school boy, as my jeans are ripped and patched. Oh, you wild child, you.

I met up with my sister this morning and part of our conversation about how we dress differently for when we are with our children, depending on their ages and what we will doing, included me saying “So, I wouldn’t wear this sort of outfit to the park, for example. It’s a bit formal and the shirt is a bit restricting for lots of clambering about.” Naturally, the weather was relatively mild, so I did, indeed, go to the park with the littlest Bolters. Ever say one thing to then find yourself doing exactly the opposite?

Outfit: Uniqlo grey wool flannel blazer | Gap grey merino V neck jumper | Zara white cotton tuxedo shirt | Uniqlo Heattech camisole (I now buy size M for the extra length, v’s the S) | Only patched jeans (def should have bought 27, not 28. Tumble drier about to be used) | Marks & Spencer pewter ankle boots | Tie Rack purple wool men’s scarf



Especially for Sue

I realised when I was reading SusieSoSo’s blog that I hadn’t yet posted the photos from when I tried on the Uniqlo silk shirts and shirt dress.

I went in a few weeks back, when the weather was hot, so am wearing a sundress which you can see half pushed down.20130817-084019.jpg

I am a size 10 and need size XS in both the shirt and the shirt dress. Even then, the cut is a bit roomy, so they need tucking in, a bit, somewhere. Still, the colours are lovely and at £40 for the shirt and £70 for the shirt dress, are very well priced. Also, they are thick enough that you don’t actually need to wear a vest/cami under them. Not sure why some other retailers make such sheer silk shirts? I can even see my fingerprints when holding my hand behind some of them.





I also love the shirt dress (£70) – silk feels so wonderful on. Not sure where I would wear it, though.20130817-084229.jpg

WOMEN Silk Print Long Sleeve Shirt Dress

Finally, SusieSoSo, I think this is the M&S camel coat you want? Fast photo while w the Bolters, but let me know if you need help getting your size as my local M&S seems to have quite a few.



My £10 spree

*Note: sorry about the wonky/dodgy photos*

All excited about the news that we are headed for a hot July, and inspired by Eve’s stripy dress, I headed off to H&M and Zara for some new summer clothes.  But I didn’t get there. I was way laid by a sale at my favourite charity shop, where most things were £2.  Reader, I have had a shopping spree and only spent £10.  I won’t even kid myself that this is also an act of charity.

1st purchase was this French Connection floral garden print skirt that I had always planned to buy (or something else in the same print – they also did a few dresses in it, too) when it was in the sales, but never did.

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Apologies for the grimy mirror and the bad photos

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It makes me feel like dancing: cha cha cha.

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2nd purchase is this really nice, faded denim skirt from H&M.  Its so short that I can’t see me wearing it, except at home or on holidays, but its £2 and I like it.   And sometimes its nice not to be too prim.

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I’m quite liking the pockets

3rd purchase is this full black cotton H&M skirt, which is a bit short, but will be OK for when I am not with the Bolters.

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Here you can see my scary pale skin.  And the fold detail, giving it the full shape I like.  Although I still would like a longer (knee length), prom dress.  They are so pretty and quite feminine.

Just to make you smile, how hideous does this shape look on me?  It adds about 5kg to my frame.  No thank you.


Its interesting how much the shape of clothes can change how you look.

4th purchase is this standard, short Uniqlo denim skirt.  I used to have one, that I bought after I had my eldest, but after the baby weight came off, it was too big and Uniqlo didn’t seem to do them again.


5th and final purchase are these distressed ASOS jeans.  They need to be shortened and the left knee needs to be patched or something, but I thought it looked to be an easy, cheap project to have some cute summer jeans.  And, you know, for £2 I won’t cry if it doesn’t work out, will I?!


Today’s outfit is: old Australian brand tuxedo shirt (with sparkly cuff buttons) – I am a dandy at heart, H&M fancy pants cropped brocade trousers (now on sale for £12) and Sam Edelman Adenas.

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Details, details

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Here is a photo of one of the littlest Bolters, in her old Gap striped trim dress, which I wish came in my size!