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Seeing Double

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It’s the mark, I think, of a really good buy when I want to wear it the second I get it home. I actually bought this dress in the sale at Whistles a few weeks ago, but hung it up on the outside of the wardrobe so I could see it from my bed. On Friday, it got its first outing, joining me for dinner with a few friends. It was a sunny evening, so I decided to walk to the restaurant, which required flat, comfy sandals.

Saturday morning was bright, but breezy, so I chucked on jeans and a tee, but by noon the sun was high in the sky, just in time for us to see the carnival dance past, so I felt like putting on something a little looser. On went the dress again, this time with flip-flops.  Today I will have to force myself to wear something else but I’m already looking forward to wearing my Whistles dress again.

Necklace: H&M, Dress: Whistles, Sandals: Clarks, Flipflops: Haivaianas Bags: Mulberry

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I fell off the wagon….oops

I had been doing rather well on my self-imposed spending ban, but it all came an end in the last week or two. In my defence it was my birthday that triggered it off, and birthdays do need celebrating so I’m not feeling too badly about it. For various reasons I have not had as much time to wander around the shops lately which has had a very positive effect on my bank balance. Not visiting Zara on a weekly basis will probably fund a holiday this year!

Not that I’m giving up on buying, but I am only purchasing something if I really, really love it. To this end I have a secret Pinterest board, where I pin things I have my eye on. If I’m not bored of it after a week or two of daily visits then I’ll give it serious consideration.

And so the Marc Jacobs Dragon Scale scarf, which many of the fabulous WornOut ladies have, found it’s lovely way into my wardrobe. I spent about 6 weeks pondering over it! Ridiculous really, it is “my” shade, raspberry red, goes with lots in my wardrobe and I love it. I found it on Revolve for a pretty good price.

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IMG_5394I wore it out today with my Sonia Rykiel peacoat, and my Mulberry bag. Underneath, I had many layers, Heatgen long sleeved vest, charcoal cashmere jumper, last years Zara blazer, and Whistles crepe trousers from the January sales.

I am very impatiently awaiting delivery of this baby, 8 days and counting…come on DHL!

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I spotted it years ago on a blog, I think it was The Sartorialist, and loved it, but I had no idea where it came from. I was really pleased to stumble upon it on a rainy afternoon of web surfing. I want to wear it NOW! Here is the original photo which inspired the purchase. It’s from Konrath von Reumont, who have some other cheekily Diptyque-like items, I love them.

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And just this morning I bought these boots. I have been after gold ankle boots for what seems like years, my poor WornOut friends must be fed up hearing about my quest. But my shopping motto isn’t ‘Persistence Pays’ for nothing. After many gold boot disappointments, these are mine. Reduced too, wouldn’t you know with a cheapskate like me.

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I just had an excited try on now – couldn’t decide whether the jeans should be in or out! I am looking forward to wearing them with olive green skinnies, and my new t-shirt should the temperatures ever rise above 3 degrees. They are called Picker from Dune. The leather is lovely, the toe is pleasingly round (for I am fussy about toe shapes) and the heel is a good ‘running around without getting sore feet’ height. What more could I ask for?!

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So that’s me done for a while, I hope!

Lastly I wanted to give a mention to a great blog that I came across recently, written by the very clever indeed, and very lovely Mel. I have been home educating one of my children for the past while (hence the lack of shopping opportunities) and Mels blog has been invaluable in giving me ideas for working with him. Without it we would be doing algebra all day long, so my boy has a lot to thank Mel for! I’m sure that anyone with school age children will find something useful on ATeacherWrites.com.

Time Out

Last week was a bit tough, so our lovely babysitter’s arrival heralded some much needed Time Out with my husband.  What is better, sometimes, than a great pizza and a good red wine??

I  love a little high neck action, so wore this lovely Zara blouse for the first time.  Its such a pretty blouse, but I will wear it differently next time, I think.  With both different trousers and different shoes – heels are the answer here.  Live and learn.

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Zara styled the blouse with a leather mini skirt, but am not sure that is the way forward, either.  Maybe pleather leggings instead! Or…

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Possibly these electric trousers.  I can see you wince! [grin]

 

Now, I am really and truly not meant to be buying, but I found this Whistles Milly top on eBay for £13 too hard to resist (did I mention I had a hard week??), and I’m so glad I succumbed as its charming.  I sized down to a size 8, which is snug around the chest, but 10 would have been too big.  Just in case anyone else fancies a Milly top, too…

I would have been silly to pass up Milly…

Workwear round-up

No opportunity to post for the last few days, work is just manic. A quick round up of the last three days follows:

Friday – Whistles

Fridays are a bit more relaxed in corporate attire but not in workload. The ever elegant and incredibly stylish Tracey found this dress last year. I could not resist. It is the Whistles Marla dress. Oh how I wish Whistles would re-issue this dress and in another colour – cream for Summer please. It’s a really great fit, the sleeves are long enough for me and I love the mini Dynasty shoulder pads. No photo of me wearing it though, sorry. No time, just too busy. I wore my Marla with opaques and the LK Bennett Una shoes.

Thursday – The Grey Skirt Suit

So here I am on Thursday wearing a grey skirt suit from Reiss.

I am not really into peplum but as you can see the Axel jacket is trying to be different with the pep feature at the edge.

The top is Zara, slightly puffed shoulder in style and very old. A very similar top here.. It’s long in length so I have tucked it in and put a belt (old from Reiss) around the waist.

I make the most of the suit by wearing the Axel jacket with a dress or cropped black or navy trousers and a cream silky t-shirt. The Harper skirt skirt has been worn with a thick black, cream or bright blue jumper and often with the cream blouse I had on last week.

Shoes? DVF Alaina as worn before and for many more days and nights to come.

Wednesday – Zara Victoriana

Zara Navy Boucle Jacket worn with Zara “Victoriana” high collared white shirt. Please do not ask me to find the links on their website as that is a massive task in itself but here is the link to current Zara blazers.

Trousers are from Gerard Darel as worn last week and mistaken for Black. Belt is as before from Reiss.

The shoes are from Jones the Bootmaker and are called Callaghan. A cheaper version of the LK Bennett Shilo. The heel is much thinner and tend to wear out too quickly as seen here.

I stepped into a loose pavement slab, ripped the leather and made an emergency and very tacky repair with Sellotape.

Have a great weekend.

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