A few weeks ago I went on a mad decluttering spree. Nothing was safe. I just felt like I was drowning in stuff and it was time to get ruthless. The toy cupboard of doom, the never-ending kitchen cupboard that I put everything that doesn’t have a home, the man drawer of wires and crap, years and years of paperwork shredded, all of our wardrobes sorted and winterfied, DVDs and CDs put back in alphabetical order (that was a days job in itself but oh so satisfying), bookcases sorted with boxes and boxes being taken to the charity shop and last but by no means least, I attacked my nail varnish collection. I know. Serious decluttering time.
I whittled my nail varnishes down to a much more respectable number of twenty one. I wanted to get them down to a nice round twenty but I just couldn’t do it. But that twenty one does include two top coats and two glitter polishes so technically I do have less than twenty nail varnishes. Sort of. I’m an excellent declutterer but a minimalist I will never be. I got rid of more than double than I kept which is really quite something though. I binned all the old gloopy ones (why did I ever keep them? Madness.) And many more I gave to my teenage daughter. So yes, technically they are still in my house but not in my drawer any more. That totally counts as decluttering.
I don’t know how many nail varnishes could be classed as too many nail varnishes but I think I had gone way beyond that point. More colours than there are weeks in the year? When I only paint my nails once a week? Nobody needs that many nail varnishes. Not that there is anything wrong with having too many nail varnishes of course. I can certainly think of worse habits to have.
But actually it got me thinking that maybe a signature nail colour would be the way to go? Like we have a signature scent I mean. For me that’s Marc Jacobs Daisy in case you were wondering. But despite having all the colours under the rainbow (and quite possibly every possible shade of red and pink) and aside from the fact that I spend far too long deciding what colour to paint my nails every Sunday night, choosing just one signature colour would be really easy for me. Well okay then not that easy as I would have to choose two colours.
For me you just can’t beat a classic red nail. Even Mr Mostly loves red nails. My absolute favourite red after extensive research is Chanel Le Vernis in Pirate. What a name for starters but it really is my perfect red. But and it’s a big but, it just wouldn’t be winter without Chanel Le Vernis in Rouge Noir. Again, an absolute classic and the reason why I could never choose just one colour. Others may copy this shade but I’m sorry, they will never quite come close to the real deal for me.
So fresh from my decluttering madness when I still feel all fresh and liberated, is this where I promise never to buy another nail varnish while ever I still have a drawer full of perfectly good ones in every colour that I could possibly ever want? Or at least promise only to replace my two desert island nail varnishes if the need should arise? Quite possibly.
..so you’ve guessed it, it’s what I wore
Red leopard print dress – La Redoute, black opaques – Wolford, black Jalouse Spiral ankle boots – Ash, watch – Michael Kors, bracelet – c/o X by Trollbeads
On paper, a bright red animal print dress with a leather trim should scream LOUD but actually I think it’s quite the opposite and makes a lovely parred down day dress. I still maintain that animal print is a neutral. Even when it is bright red. No I’m not sure how that makes sense either but it does in my head. I bought this dress from La Redoute last year and I remember quite vividly having to shoehorn myself into it. This year, not so much. Ha! I actually love how it now fits me now as a loose shift dress, it’s just so easy to wear. Oh and it has two – yes two – big pockets. Quite possible my dream dress!
This is the very first outing of the season for my beloved Ash ankle boots and oh how I love them. Best investment ever. I could have kissed them when I pulled them out of their little bag this morning. But I didn’t. That would just be strange. Ahem. Seriously though, I would buy them in every single colour if I had the pennies. I just adore the shape and they are ridiculously comfy while looking so damn good. No easy feat.
So that was me, full on autumn winter wardrobe on the go and all old favourites that I’ve pulled out from last year. Nothing beats shopping from your own wardrobe. I must admit that I’m secretly glad to be back in my opaques although I had forgotten the joy that is getting dressed in the dark. I really must sort my navy and black tights into very separate piles. Why have I not done this before? I think this might just change my life. Or at least my legs.
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I thought I had found my perfect magazine. Finally a magazine that really spoke to me as a thirtysomething. That perfect balance of fashion and lifestyle with meaty features that I actually wanted to read not just roll my eyes at and turn the page. Intelligent interviews with people who I had actually heard of and clothes that I wanted to wear. Places that I would dream of escaping to and food that I would drool over and maybe even get around to cooking one day. And for a time I finally found all of that and more in Red magazine. So much so that I treated myself to a monthly subscription earlier in the year.
I had long since grown bored of so many magazines. It’s surprising how many magazines just don’t appeal to women of my age. I have no interest in reading back to back celebrity gossip especially when I don’t even know who the celebrities are. Far too many people seem to be famous just for being famous these days and that really doesn’t interest me in the slightest. Nor do silly quizzes on how to tell when he really fancies you and other such drivel. It’s a long time since I’ve felt the need to scrutinise a beau’s every word and or zodiac sign. In fact, I’m not sure I ever did. And don’t even get me started on the pages and pages of life changing diets. It’s bad enough being bored to tears by friends who have been on a diet for the twenty years that I have known them, I don’t want to read about the latest fad that I can already tell you won’t work. Yawn. I’m just too old and grumpy for all that crap.
But I would look forward to Red thudding on to the doormat each month. I used to set aside an afternoon to devour it cover to cover in one sitting. Easily pleased I know, but boy did it feel like a treat. In the last few months though, it seems to have gone seriously off the boil. Is it a coincidence that it was around the same time that Sam Baker left as editor? I don’t think so unfortunately. It just feels like it has completely lost its way. It just doesn’t draw me in any more. I now realise what an amazing job Sam Baker was doing and actually, she clearly made Red what it once was. And going by the conversations that I’ve had on Instagram and Twitter over the weekend, I know I’m not the only one to feel the same. There are so many disappointed readers out there that I know it’s not just me picking fault. Sigh.
You can imagine my disappointment when this months issue was delivered. Red has been Goop’d. Goop’d. Poop’d. Tomato. Tomato. Just the sight of Gwyneth Paltrow makes me want to scoop my eyeballs out with rusty teaspoons which I know is probably a slightly irrational reaction but it’s like Red couldn’t have got it – me – more wrong. Our love affair is well and truly over. So I now (annoyingly) find myself back on a mission to find a new magazine to love. Answers on a postcard please. Or better still, the comment box.
This week, (Mostly) Yummy Mummy mostly loves..
..Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Pirate
I adore Chanel nail varnishes. They go on like a dream in two perfect coats and I always love the finish.
Unfortunately the price tag is a bit on a steep side for a lowly housewife like me. (Although it is completely justified in price per wear terms never mind the complete and utter joy that they bring me time and time again stakes.) But lucky for me, I had some points to spend on my Debenhams beauty card wotsit so I thought I would spoil myself and put them towards this beauty today.
I think Pirate is quite possibly my most favourite Chanel colour ever. Happy sigh.
..so it’s what I wore
Feather scarf – M&S, black vest – H&M, black cardigan – Gap, leather cuff – Mulberry (as seen here) watch – Michael Kors, red jeans – M&S, leopard print ballet flats – Georgia Rose c/o Sarenza (as seen here)
Have coloured jeans been and gone? I honestly don’t know but I’m still loving mine and they are definitely here to stay in my wardrobe. These bright cherry red jeans never fail to cheer me up. I am never quite sure what to wear with them though and tend to play it really safe with plain black tops like I have here. I’ve actually been keeping an eye out for a denim shirt to wear with my coloured jeans layered with a white vest à la Pinterest but I am yet to find one that I like. I think I must be too fussy. I do think that there’s a fine line between being bright and bold and looking like a second rate children’s entertainer though and it’s not a line I really want to cross! But am I being too safe? How do you wear yours?
I’ve had this scarf for ages now and wear it quite a lot. I love the peacock feather print and it’s HUGE so it’s perfect for wrapping up on a draughty train ride or even for cosying up for a sneaky afternoon Nana nap. (I do love me a Nana nap) I think it breaks up this outfit nicely though and the black and red pattern hopefully brings it all together but without being too matchy matchy.
Leopard print and red are surely a match made in fashion heaven and I love these little Georgia Rose ballet flats with the red leather trim. The Mulberry cuff you have seen a million times before on my outfit posts but I love it to bits. It has a double wrap leather bracelet with the little apple charm that can open up. It also acts as a great distraction tool for small people who love to open it and close it over and over and over and over again!
If you enjoyed this post, you might like to take a look at some of my other outfit posts right here and don’t forget to check out the rest of the entries for this weeks What I Wore Wednesday with Transatlantic Blonde.
Hello favourite new dress, how lovely to meet you…
When I was asked to choose something to review from the new Autumn collection over at Joules, there was no question that it would be this beautiful Leila dress. I have had my eye on it ever since I received the new season brochure in the post weeks ago and have been lusting after it ever since! And it did not disappoint in the flesh. In fact, it was even more gorgeous than I had expected.
Nobody does floral dress patterns quite as well as Joules. Fact. And I love that it is so bright yet the colours still feel autumnal. It has a flattering scoop neck and pretty elasticated empire line. The dress comes just above my knee which is a perfect length on me for everyday wear. But it was the small details that really caught my eye like the pretty three quarter length bell sleeves and the button placket on the back. But best of all, it has pockets. Two of them! As somebody who is constantly misplacing her phone or being left in charge of Moshi Monsters that have been sneaked on to the school run, this is my idea of dress heaven. I understand that my love of pockets may be unusual *cough* but never underestimate the usefulness of pockets ladies!
I love love LOVE this dress. It fits like a glove and I think the small details like the lovely waistline and cute buttons (oh and the pockets) make it that little bit more special. It is also exceptionally well made as you might expect from Joules and it is more than worthy of the title of being my new favourite dress *happy sigh*
For more details about this Leila dress and all other kinds of Joules gorgeousness, do pop over to www.joules.com (just don’t blame me when you want it ALL)
Please note: I was very kindly sent this Leila dress worth £69.95 for the purpose of this review but have not received any other form of payment. All opinions (and strange fascinations with pockets) are of course my own. I think that goes without saying, don’t you?
I was sent the most beautiful gift from the lovely people over at Ralph Lauren to celebrate the the Holiday season (that’s Christmas to you and me, but of course it’s Holiday to Ralph!) And what says Christmas more than this beautiful red chunky Reindeer Scarf from the girls’ apparel range? Just beautiful.
There is nothing nicer than wrapping up warm and heading out on a crisp Winter’s day. Long walks with frosty leaves underfoot, walking off that extra mince pie or three and then coming home for hot chocolate and snuggles on the sofa. But what nicer way to wrap up than in this gorgeous Reindeer Scarf? It is in a chunky knit and the design features the most beautiful snowflake and heart motif with fringe detail along the ends to conjure up a little festive love this Winter. It is in the softest knit and so cosy that I only wish that I could steal it for myself!
Ralph Lauren have some beautiful gift ideas this holiday season and I have particularly got my eye on a very cute dress from the same range as the scarf. There is a great round-up of some favourites right here and all items are available at ralphlauren.co.uk and if you order by 20th December, it should be with you in time for Christmas. You might also want to sign up for the newsletter here to be the first to hear about all the latest styles, offers and sales.
The lovely people over at Ralph Lauren have not only sent us this beautiful gift but want to spread the festive cheer to one lucky blog reader too. How fabulous is that? If you would like a chance of winning a Reindeer Scarf just like mine for a little person in your life, all you have to do is leave me a comment here on my blog. Simple. I’ll then pick a winner at random later in the week.*
Good luck and happy holidays you lovely lot!
*Terms & Conditions: The winner will be picked at random and receive 1 Reindeer Scarf suitable for age 1.5-6.5. No purchase necessary. Closing date for draw is midnight on 21/12/11. Draw takes place on 22/12/11 for entries received by closing date. The number of winners will be 1 in total. No cash alternative. By submitting an entry, entrants acknowledge and accept these terms and conditions. The value of the scarf is £79. Open to UK residents only – sorry the rest of the world!