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.
No. The biscuit refers to the colour of the new Mango skinny cords I wore today. And love! The fit is terrific and the length is perfect for me (the New Look ones have a stunning colour but don’t fit as well and are a little too short). I wore them with tan Gap ballets, a French Connection Renoir cowl top, Warehouse western denim skirt and Massimo Dutti floral scarf.
The ice cream refers to the girls’ dessert. I bought some writing icing a while ago to decorate cup cakes, and on a whim decided to do lion faces on their ice cream tonight. Clearly they are not discerning as they absolutely loved it! And I can only but hope they don’t start requesting different animals as Mummy is obviously cack handed. Not like the super talented Eat Cookie Sleep Cookie – have you seen her work? Absolutely beautiful. Anyway, my girls are stuck with my “art” and were pleased so I thought I’d mention this in case it appealed to you.
Yesterday I took my biggest sweetheart out for a quick grocery shop to M&S. In addition to the new lamb chipolatas (which are delicious!), I bought the same tennis bracelet as Tracey. I was prepared to pay the full price of £19.50, but was quite pleased to find it reduced to £10 (its still full price online). Both Tracey and I are now planning on buying more as gifts. Husband is thrilled thinking that now I won’t want a diamond bracelet. I love the blind optimism of the man.
I was wearing my tomato red sunray jersey Primark skirt. It’s hard for me to convey just how much the girls love this skirt – they cannot leave it alone. They try and pull it down, hide under it, hang off it while I walk, use it as a blanket… Charming, initially, and then a bit annoying. Unlike the TopShop skirt the other WornOut ladies have, this is not at all flattering around my waist, so I always have to wear a tight top and fitted jacket to try and trim my torso, visually (oh God, did you just read that?!). So I am wearing a cropped, fitted Warehouse denim jacket (I might tumble dry it for a better fit) and a black fitted stretchy long sleeve Primark top (£3.50 – buy them! 95% cotton w 5% elastane for good stretchiness), and Banana Republic black ballets.
On the way back, I stopped in at New Look to try the gorgeous coloured skinny cords again, this time in a size 8 (I am normally a size 10). Eureka!! I almost died getting them on, but Tracey assures me cords give a lot. As the day goes on, I am seeing this is true. Shame, though, I couldn’t get them in a size 9.
So today, I wore the New Look cords with a white long sleeve Primark top, tan leather Gap ballets, Warehouse denim jacket and tan leather Zara cross body bag. With the tennis bracelet, of course!!
I love black and white. A monochrome palette, if you will. Since I am also a paisley lover, I was delighted to see this suit in Mango.
And as you can see, the detail in the print is superb (as is the value – thank you Mango for having pretty things that are very affordable!).
However, I would like to point out that as a suit, as such, I think it’s a heinous fashion crime. So, then the question is: what would you buy, the jacket or the trousers?
While considering the suit, I passed the sale rail. Never going to find anything there. Not at this late stage. Or was I? Oh hello, charming lace skirt! I need another full mini skirt and its sweet. And cost just the same amount as that written on the note I found in my pocket – £10. Shopping serendipity.
Dashing about this morning finding dresses for the girls, I also found this shirt dress at the back of their wardrobe. Hello, old friend! I haven’t worn you for, what, 4 or so years?
As we were heading to the zoo for the THIRD time in 2 weeks (dear me!), I thought the shirt dress would add a touch of safari style and would be perfect with some leopard print sandals. Don’t laugh – if you kept going to the same places you’d try to inject some variety via your outfits, too!
Something I have just started doing is running a soft eyeliner *under* my top eyelashes and its really making my –otherwise pale and washed out– eyes stand out, but in a neat and subtle way. Drawing above my eyelashes never works for me as it gets too messy and looks too “made up” for day time. I was going to try the gel eyeliner w a brush trick but that’s too much work for me. And this way I am using products I already have. I especially like it with a dark coloured eyeliner, so you get a hint of the colour.
Finally, if you are after a good, affordable mascara, I recommend the Maybelline Stilletto mascara in waterproof brown/black. I am blonde so I need the dark brown, as black is too harsh. I buy it from eBay for under £4 and am very pleased with it. No flaking, no smudging and it makes my lashes so long! I must order some more (I wear a lot of mascara!)…
Outfit is: black Oasis shirt dress (old old old but doing well!), leopard print Warehouse Carina sandals (old) and gold filigree ASOS earrings.