..so it’s what I wore
Grey cape – M&S, breton long sleeved tee – Boden, high waisted skinny jeans – Next, tan brogues – Office, skull friendship bracelet – Links of London, watch – Michael Kors, nails – Cocktail Dress by Ciate
The weather is still quite mild here for September it’s definitely not big coat weather yet anyway but this cape from Marks and Spencer is perfect for the school run on chillier mornings. I’ve had this cape for years and years and YEARS and it’s one of those things that I don’t wear very often but I’m always pleased to dig it out every year. To be fair, there is probably only a very small window when you can get away with just wearing a cape before it’s time for a proper coat. It’s great for layering though and I like that it’s slightly longer than hip length so it’s easy to throw on over anything and everything. It’s quite hard to take a photo of with it being a dark grey colour but I hope you get the idea. It has buttons to the front and it’s made from the softest merino. A hug in a cape.
Underneath the cape I’m wearing my mummy uniform of stripes and skinnies. I have so many Breton tops it is verging on an obsession but I would argue that no two are quite the same. This long sleeved one from Boden is definitely one of my favourites I love it. The skinny jeans are from Next and I love the shape the high waist gives. The denim too is like a brushed texture which I really like. The brogues are making another appearance this week and although I’m not entirely sure if they are really me, there’s no denying that nothing screams autumn quite like tan brogues though!
So that was me, what have you been wearing this week?
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..so it’s what I wore
Yellow floral top – H&M, vintage wash skinny jeans – Next, yellow sandals – SaltWater, butterfly bracelet – TopShop, watch – Michael Kors, initial necklace – gift from forever ago, coral nail varnish – Soigne
Well if the sunshine won’t come to me, then I will bring the sunshine to my outfit. Or something like that. Nothing like a bright sunshiney yellow to brighten up my day that’s for sure. Yellow is my favourite colour and when I spotted this top in H&M the other day, I just couldn’t resist. It has little frilled cap sleeves and pearl buttons down the front. The floral print is just so sweet and its in a lovely soft crinkly cotton. And best of all it is a size 10 woohoo! I picked up a size 12 and knew that it would swamp me just by looking at it so I dared to try a size 10 and what would you know, it only bloody well fitted me. Me. In a size 10. Happy days! Now, please don’t burst my bubble by telling me how inconsistent and often far too generous the sizings are in H&M because I just won’t listen *la la la fingers in ears while doing a I’m wearing a size 10 dance*
I can’t believe how miserable this summer is turning out to be weather wise though. I know there is time for it to change yet but seriously, skinny jeans in June? It shouldn’t be allowed! I actually vowed that this would be the summer that I would get my legs out more but the weather gods are conspiring against me. My legs aren’t that bad. Honest. I think that’s one of the reasons why I usually fall into a uniform of maxi dresses though as they are just so easy to throw on when the weather is so changeable. When it’s chilly, you can still wear them without freezing to death or looking like a prize idiot but still feel a teensy bit summery even if the weather isn’t. I think I would just rather the sun shine though. You know, like it should in the middle of June *shakes fist at sky*
So that was me, what have you been wearing this week? And more importantly, does anyone know where the sunshine is hiding?
..so it’s what I wore
Paisley Print Trophy Biker Jacket – Per Una at Marks and Spencer, plain white tee – H&M, indigo skinny jeans – Boden, silver jewelled ballet flats – Next, watch – Michael Kors, silver necklace – birthday present from my brother
I first spotted this jacket in Marks and Spencer in York a few weeks ago. I had four children in tow who were all s t a r v i n g and we were heading up the escalators to the cafe so there was no time to stop to have a proper look but it being Saturday lunch time, the cafe was of course packed to the brim. What was I thinking. So anyway we came back down the escalators as fast as we went up them and now my poor children were even more s t a r v i n g so I definitely didn’t have time to stop. But as I craned my neck as we whizzed by, I realised that it was in the Per Una section which completely threw me. I swear if you squinted a bit it could pass as Isabel Marant or had I completely lost the plot? I looked at it online later when I got home and actually by this point, I didn’t care if it was more mad aunt than Isabel Marant I loved it! So when we were out shopping for my son’s birthday last week, I hunted it down to try it on and there it was, this lovely little jacket hidden away in a sea of bonkers Per Una frills. It had to be mine.
I’ve worn it today with my Boden skinny jeans and just a plain white tee from H&M. The jacket is quilted but really lightweight so doesn’t feel bulky at all in fact, it’s a really nice fit. I think the biker style makes it more relaxed. I love love LOVE the print which I guess is a bit mad on paper with the grey and white background, tribal embroidery and bright paisley floral patterns. Oh man I am totally dressed like a mad aunt, aren’t I? Don’t answer that by the way!
..so it’s what I wore
Pink boucle oversized coat – Matalan, striped fine knit top – H&M, statement necklace – H&M, indigo skinny jeans – Boden, jewelled ballet flats – Next
I first spied this pink coat thanks to Alison over at Not Another Mummy Blog and as soon as I laid eyes on it, I knew it had to be mine and ordered it straight away. It’s pink, it’s boucle, it might as well have my name plastered all over it! But actually, now it’s here I’m not sure if I can quite pull off the whole oversized coat thing. I have spent my thirties learning which clothes and shapes suit me or rather, what really doesn’t suit me. And the oversized coat breaks my usual rules about fitted things being the most flattering on my shape. But saying that, I’ve spent the last four months literally working my arse off to lose weight (sixteen pounds down, ten to go) and I’m not even sure what my shape is right now. But buying a coat that makes me feel like the size of a house? Hmmm I just feel a bit lost in it to be honest. I think it’s the dropped shoulders more than the sack like shape. But anyway, the labels are off so it’s here to stay, I just need to convince myself that it looks okay. The fact that it is pink is helping, I won’t lie. Oh and it has huge pockets. I do love a pocket or two.
To balance out feeling completely unsure about my new coat, I’ve reverted to my mummy uniform of skinnies and stripes. My sartorial security blanket if you will. I am still completely in love with these Boden skinnies they are just such a great fit. The stripey jumper is a new addition to my wardrobe. Like I needed more stripes? But it was a bargain in the H&M sale and I just couldn’t resist. It’s a fine knit jumper rather than a tee and I’m thinking that it will be great over shirts too. I’ve worn it today with this pretty new necklace also from H&M. Oh and of course the obligatory ballet flats. It wouldn’t be a mumiform without ballet flats, would it? Ha!
So that was a very unsure me, what have you been wearing this week?
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..so you guessed it, it’s what I wore
Sophie lace top in pink – Boden, skinny jeans in indigo – Boden, jewelled ballet flats – Next, watch – Michael Kors, nails – Chanel Le Vernis in Rouge Noir, Sweetie charm and Sweetie Candy Hearts bracelets – both Links of London
I adore Boden and when the new Spring catalogue arrived recently, this Sophie lace top was my absolute top pick. There was no question that it would be mine, I just had to decide which colour. And pink won the vote which probably doesn’t come as much of a big surprise! Ha! It is quite boxy in shape which normally isn’t the best for me but I think because it is hip length, I can just about get away with it. The body of the top is fully lined in the exact same pink colour as the lace. And I love the sleeve length – just so flattering and of course it means that I can get away with wearing it now rather than having to squirrel it away for Spring. Result!
These jeans are also from Boden and they have given my wardrobe such a new lease of life. I’ve lost a bit of weight recently and none of my jeans fitted me properly any more (swings and roundabouts and all that!) But it’s such a relief to finally have jeans that I don’t have to hoik up every two minutes – hurrah! I think I have finally found my perfect skinnies. Not so low that I am flashing my knickers at the world, not too high that they give me a big square mum bum. A perfectly skinny fit without flapping around my ankles and not a baggy knee in sight. I feel like I’ve won the jeans lottery. Safe to say that I will definitely be back to buy more I love them!
So that was me, what have you been wearing this week? Have you been breaking out the Spring clothes before we’ve even had a real Winter yet? That’s not just me, right..?
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..so it’s what I wore
Cream/grey boucle jacket – Next, cream top – H&M, vintage skinny jeans – Next, jewelled ballet flats – Next, watch – Michael Kors, Sweetie bracelet and Sweetie Candy Hearts bracelet – Links of London, nails – Chanel Le Vernis in Pirate
I picked up this boucle jacket in Next in the sale earlier this year. I actually umm-ed and ahh-ed over buying it at the time but it was such a bargain that I bought it anyway and I’m so glad I did, as I’ve worn it to death. In fact so much so, that it’s starting to bobble a little *sniff* I love that the colour is so neutral but the little sparkly threads keep it from being too boring and the soft material make it easier to wear than a structured blazer. I do love me a blazer don’t get me wrong but they can sometimes just feel too dressed up where this is lovely compromise of somewhere in the middle of being a cardigan and a jacket.
These skinny jeans were from Next and I love the vintage wash. I actually wish that I had bought two pairs now because they don’t sell them any more and the colour and fit is just perfect and joy of joys, they don’t go baggy on my knees. I hate jeans shopping it’s always mission impossible for me. I’m sure it shouldn’t be quite so hard to find that perfect pair that don’t cost an arm and a leg. I know that cost per wear, jeans are probably worth spending ridiculous amounts of money on but I just can’t bring myself to do it. So inferior high street jeans for me it is! Ha!
This has accidentally turned into nearly a whole outfit from Next but it’s actually not somewhere that I shop very often. Anyway the ballet flats are yes, you guessed it, from Next too! They are silver with sparkly jewels and my magpie tendencies just couldn’t resist them plus they look great with just about everything. Metallics fall into the same category as animal print for me – strangely neutral despite screaming LOOK AT ME. How does that work? But it really does. Ahem.
So that was me, what have you been wearing this week? As always I’ll be linking up with Blondie over at Transatlantic Blonde so hopefully I’ll see you over there. Until next week!
The lovely people over at Marks and Spencer challenged me to take one of their new AW13 dresses, and style it three ways. Having seen their new range, I jumped at the chance!
I chose this gorgeous Limited Edition Sheer Panel Shift dress. Never one to shy away from colour, I was instantly attracted to the bright red tomato colour and it certainly didn’t disappoint when it arrived. The dress is fitted with a zip fastening to the back and has a pretty sheer panel that runs along the collar line and also down the sleeves. I love wearing dresses mainly because they are so versatile so I knew that I would have fun styling this three ways!
Right, outfit number one. A coffee date with my favourite bearded man and what better excuse to wear my new dress? I wore it here with my black Primark biker jacket, Wolford black opaques and my Ash Jalouse Spiral ankle boots. I think this might be my favourite of the three looks.
Outfit number two. It was a here there and everywhere kind of day with children to be deposited at school and errands to be run. I wore the dress with black Topshop leggings, black patent boots from LK Bennett, my X by Trollbeads bracelet and a Lulu Guinness handbag from the olden days when I could afford to indulge my handbag habit.
Outfit number three. A Saturday of food shopping, ferrying around of children with much more exciting social lives than me and a trip to the park thrown in for good measure. Here I wore the dress as a tunic with indigo skinny jeans from Marks and Spencer, a feather print scarf also from Marks and Spencer and jewelled ballet flats from Next.
From dressed up, to dressed right down and somewhere in between, I absolutely loved this dress. I loved how it fitted and best of all I loved just how versatile it was. So, how did I do? Did I meet the one dress three ways challenge?
Disclaimer: For the purpose of this post, I was asked to choose a dress from the new AW13 range at Marks and Spencer so that I could take part in this challenge. The dress I chose is currently priced at £45. All other clothing/accessories/items mentioned in this post are my own.