Friday, 19 December 2014

Boden Sale Buys - For Once My Head Ruled My Heart

And that is something I struggle with at sale time, getting caught up in the bargains, the bigger the reduction the better in my book and I find it difficult to restrain myself. I have a wishlist of items, some of which I can't find exactly what I'm looking for, but when the Boden sale started I had a couple of pieces in mind so spent some of my birthday money wisely.

Image via Fashion Foie Gras

The zebra print t-bar flats had been on my wishlist since I first saw them on the Fashion Foie Gras Blog at the beginning of September. My love of animal prints is well documented but there is no zebra in the house and I thought these would be the perfect way to add print to an otherwise neutral outfit and am pleased to report the sizing is good, the embellished flats are quite tight but these feel really comfortable, although I haven't been outside the house in them as yet! I would of liked a bigger reduction but was worried they might go out of stock in my size which is what usually happens when I try and hold my nerve and I wasn't prepared to take a risk on these.

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Boden T-Bar Flat Also in Aubergine and Metallic. Get yours here.

Next up - a leopard print top. Just a jersey t-shirt that will be nice and comfortable for cooking the dinner on Christmas Day. My Xmas day attire has to be comfortable, nothing too hot (my tiny kitchen soon gets steamed up) and a print is essential to avoid the fat splashes that I always seem to get when cooking no matter how careful I am! It would be lovely to get invited to somebody else's house for a change, a chance to dress up instead of thinking about oven heat and comfort, I could rock up somewhere in heels and sequins whilst somebody else does all the hard work for a change.

There are plenty of leopard print accessories and a jacket in my wardrobe but I have never had an actual item of clothing before so am super excited to wear this and can see how easily it will dress up or down, in fact I might wear it out Saturday night save wearing the Boden lace top I wore last time (which is now super cheap in the sale). Leopardprint has fast become a wardrobe staple that never dates and looks amazing with black, navy, camel or red so I know I will get lots of wear out of this.

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Animal Print Top with 40% off now £21.00

I hurriedly tried both items on as soon as they arrived but promise I won't be wearing the shoes and top at the same time! Nor will I be wearing them with my work leggings!

Other things that I will be keeping a close eye on as they are also on my wishlist but currently either sold out in my size or not cheap enough are the Perfect Party Top in Daisy Jacquard, The Sequin Cable Jumper, The Off Duty Jumper but only in Navy or Charcoal and have just realised that with 60% off, the Embellished Jumper in grey could be winging it's way to my wardrobe very soon!

And finally I'd like to apologise for not having much time for blogging or commenting at the moment but things are rather hectic at SAEA HQ, not helped by the fact my laptop is broken and trying to borrow one of the kids results in them changing their passwords or leaving them out of battery with the lead hidden to avoid me uploading photo's, not shutting down properly etc etc so my pictures are evener poorer quality than usual and all sorts of funny shapes thanks to the Blogger app which seems to have no continuity or quality for that matter! 

So tell me has your heart ruled your head in the Boden sale or have you stuck to your wishlist?

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Friday Night Out But Not Out Out

I had a girls night out on Friday and it was great to catch up with the girls over a scrummy supper and a couple of G&T's.
I've been to this particular Indian restaurant many times before at this time of year and have been surprised by the mixture of people, some really dressing up and those that can't be arsed to cook on a Friday night so pop out without dressing up at all, so it was all about balance and not looking either too over or too under dressed but I wanted to make a bit of an effort in light of the fact I am almost another year older (drat) and Christmas is just around the corner, so it was a good opportunity to finally wear my Boden Lace Top along with the Next PU leggings beloved of a few of my favorite bloggers. An item that I was really unsure about, especially when I was sitting on my friends heated front seat!

The top was out of stock in my size when I first went to buy it some time ago but I kept checking back and finally got it. I thought it was a bit too fitted for my liking so checked again and ordered the next size up but honestly don't think there is a lot in it if I'm honest or perhaps I put on even more wait in the week it took to come. Then in true Boden fashion it got reduced in their recent up to 40% off promo so I wasn't a happy bunny despite the fact I did get it discounted, but not as generous as in the promotion. 

I was quite amused by the fact I wore two completely black outfits in one week (see previous post) but am considering myself to be ultra chic in my colour choices and may well turn into one of those women who only wear black eventually, but not just yes, so I slung on my very old leopard print coat to take the edge off and stop anyone thinking I had come straight from a funeral. 

Boden Lace Top here. Their sale is now on so you can get it nice and cheap!
Next PU Legging £28 here.
Hobbs Patent Shoes £129 here. Love these because they aren't too high and are really comfy but still elegant. Also available in nude patent or navy suede.
Anya Hindmarch Mini Gracie Bag old larger version in Midnight available here.
Leopard jacket old similar at Topshop for £89 here. I'm really fussy with leopard print and like a clear large print, not small or blurred.

I have a few things on y Boden sale wishlist I am hoping to spend my birthday money on tomorrow so fingers crossed I can get what I want and more importantly that they don't just have a miserly 20% off I much prefer half price items! 

What's on your Boden sale wishlist?

Thursday, 11 December 2014

The All Blacks

Bonmarche Padded Coat £55.

As I hurriedly got dressed for a day trip to London, I took one look in the mirror and thought to myself how many times have I seen this all black look replicated over the years. Black puffa coat, black jeans or leggings and long black boots, it's a fail safe winter fashion formula and certainly one that never seems to date. I had every intention of secretly taking some pictures of every woman I saw wearing a similar outfit in the West End but as I spent all day locked deep in conversation with my God Daughter or silent in admiration of Christmas Window Dressings, I kind of forgot, but I am sure there were hundreds, I have clients who come to me dressed like this, I've seen women in the playground or the supermarket dressed the like this and the only time I haven't worn this look myself over the years was last winter when my black puffa coat finally gave up on me after three winters of virtually constant wear and school runs. 

You can add colour with your scarf, bag or a hat but the other three elements have to be black to become a member of the "All Blacks" gang. I didn't have time to changeover bags (should of done it the night before). I toyed with the idea of ankle boots but knew I needed flats for walking around all day so pulled out my trusty Jimmy Choo patent boots which I can rely on for both comfort and classic style and I'd like to say a big thank you to Bonmarche for gifting me the coat - although I was equally excited by the pre-loaded Starbucks card which was also in the parcel and enabled me to have my first Eggnog Latte of the festive season!

Jaeger Long Padded Coat 50% off now £99. Warehouse Faux Fur Puffa £90. Karen Millen Signature Padded Coat £350. Boden Padded Parka £179. Mango Feather Down Long Coat £79.99. Linea Weekend Urban Padded Coat Was £130 now £65.

If you don't yet own a black padded coat there are plenty of reductions around so you may wish to treat yourself to this wardrobe outerwear staple, I know I was lost without one last year.
So tell me, is this a look that you or someone you know tends to wear every winter? Will you be keeping an eye out to spot an "All Black"?

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

The Style At Every Age Gift Guide - Watches For The Whole Family

Olivia Burton £75.00

A few weeks ago a reader emailed me asking about watches for her 16 year old daughter. I told her that my three daughters had a combination of Michael Kors, Marc Jacobs and DKNY between them and duly emailed her my recommendations. A few days later when I asked for Christmas wish lists from my girls, we had a new watch request in the form of Olivia Burton, a brand I had seen on various blogs over the past year.
I found the best place to buy these watches is The Dressing Room who have by far the largest selection along with free delivery on all orders and 10% off first orders, plus it's great to support an independent award winning boutique.

Image 1 of Marc By Marc Jacobs Amy Silver And Rose Gold Two Toned Watch MBM3194
Marc By Marc Jacobs was £185 now £148.

If you are sticking with the better known designer brands, Asos have a selection of Marc By Marc Jacobs watches which are currently reduced here and lets face it, although an older teen would love one, so would most grown up women! I like the two tone watches as they go with whatever jewellery selection you make along with your handbag hardware (if your OCD about these things). 

Image 1 of Disney Leather Strap Watch
Disney Watch was £35 now £28.

Younger teenage girls will love the selection of Disney watches at Asos some of which are reduced and perfect for making sure they leave the school disco on time! View full collection here.

Harrods Sports Watch £29.95

Leading on to watches for teenage boys. I thought this was a hard one until I stumbled across the Harrods sports watch I bought for my thirteen year old last Christmas. The watch is available this year and I am really pleased with it. It has kept time and still looks like new despite being worn everyday so I highly recommend this.

Uniform Wares 203 Series Brushed-Steel Wristwatch
Uniform Wares Brushed Steel 203 Series Watch £280.

Watches for men would be a hard one for me but luckily my hubby is a watch fanatic so I asked him what he would buy if he had £200-300 to spend and he immediately answered "Uniform Wares". Apparently he wants one (shame) and they have been seen on the wrists of certain male celebrities but sadly he can't remember who right now.  Full range available from Liberty of London with prices starting from £170 here.

Do you have to buy a watch for someone this year or do you have one on your own wishlist?

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Six Favourite Christmas Party Alternatives To The LBD

PREMIUM - Satin dress
Premium Satin Dress £59.99 Mango.

I have no major Christmas Parties or reasons to get really dressed up again this year but lots of you will have and it's easy to assume you need something black or red to feel really festive, but that is far from the truth.  There are so many embellished, sequin and metallic dresses and outfits around this season and lots of discounts available, so this could be the perfect time to pick up a party dress that will work whatever the season and could even be pulled out for wedding next summer - I'm all about versatility and getting as much wear as possible out of an investment piece, no matter what it costs!

1. Boden Embellished Jaquard Dress Was £390 now £279.30.
2. Dorothy Perkins Bronze Sequin Shift Dress Was £65 now £45.50 plus extra 10% off using code LUCKYU.
3. Hobbs Debutante Lame Dress Was £249 now £174.
4. Untold Beaded Dress Was £200 now £120 at House of Fraser.
5. Karen Millen Sequin Patterned Dress £250.
6.Adrianna Papell Short Bead Dress £150 at John Lewis.

What are you wearing to your Christmas Parties this year?

Monday, 1 December 2014

A Quick Heads Up - They Are Back In Stock!

Black Lace Up Metallic Heel Pointed Pumps | New Look

One thing I have missed during the last week and three days without internet is my constant checking to see if the New Look homage to the stunning Aquazzura flats were back in stock and I am pleased to report they are!

I bought mine before I went on holiday back in August and due to their popularity, I had to plump for a size smaller as my usual size 6 was out of stock and here I am finally back online only to find that yes they are back in stock but that sadly they still don't have a size 6 and I am left wondering whether I would be better off with a size bigger than a size smaller? Well the jury is still out on that one and I guess it isn't really the time to be buying shoes when there are still presents to purchase but thought I would give you guys the heads up in case you completely missed out first time round!

Black Lace Up Metallic Heel Pointed Pumps | New Look
New Look £22.99

You may think it's a little bit cold for shoes now but their little gold heel, these shoes would make a fab alternative to heels on a night out, I totally adore mine.

Its good to be back, although only time for a quick post tonight but looking forward to catching up with some blog reading over the next few days!

Did you manage to get your hands on these statement flats first time round?

Sunday, 23 November 2014

A Black Lace Trophy Top

Boden Luxurious Lace Top £99. £74.25 using code 3Y8Y

A belated post due to lack of internet (yet again) I think it's time to swap provider, twice in the last four weeks is driving me round the twist, I've had to borrow a dongle to write this! Anyway I wanted to talk to you about what to wear if you have no parties to go to, maybe just a couple of informal "do's" like me. My days of Christmas office parties at either The Ritz or The Savoy are long gone but boy do I miss them! I'm lucky if I go out for a meal to celebrate my December birthday (not that getting old is something to be celebrated) and I usually have a catch-up with a couple of Mum's from Teen Boys old Primary School and what to wear is always a dilemma when you might just be going to a pub or a local restaurant. I never want to be overdressed and usually stick with the jeans and heels formula and a Trophy Top of sorts.

My Trophy Top of choice this season was the Luxurious Lace Top from Boden thanks to a gift voucher, discount code and the fact my size came back in stock! When I tried my size on I thought it was a little bit tight if I'm honest so I checked the website again and the larger size was also back in stock so I exchanged it but there isn't a lot in it, It doesn't feel any bigger than the first one really but I love it so am keeping it and you never know I might wake up a stone lighter one morning, well if there is a God I will.

Now it doesn't photograph very well when your parcel arrives mid afternoon on a dull and dreary Friday afternoon and you have no windows in your upstairs hallway so I've done my best and decided to try it on with black jeans rather than blue. I fancied adding my blue glitter Valorie clutch by Anya Hindmarch to the ensemble but sadly it seems to have gone missing from my wardrobe and nobody is owning up!

So all in all I'm more than happy with the Luxurious Lace Top, it pretty much says what it does on the tin - goes with everything, will last for years and as with any Trophy Top it will sit in your wardrobe waiting patiently for the nights when you don't want to be overdressed but do want to wear something just that little bit special.

The Boden top does come in various colours but I never doubted I would opt for the black version and if like me you don't need a full on party dress this season, then there are plenty of lace tops around to dress up jeans, faux leather leggings or more formal trousers.

1. Mint Velvet Black Lace Double Layer Top £89 here and here.  
2. Coast Isa Lace Top £45  here.
3. Phase Eight Leoni Lace Top £49.
4. Oasis Sheer Sleeve Lace Top £30.
5. Monsoon Sophie Top £59.
6. Dolce And Gavvana £1,050 at Net A Porter.
7. Black Floral Lace Top £17.99 New Look.

Get an amazing 25% off the Sophie top at Monsoon with this weeks Grazia (Kim K on cover) and in addition to this, Tesco currently have 20% off Monsoon Gift Cards, so quickly grab a gift card, buy Grazia and get 45% off this great top! If not, just buy online using code MONNOV25 for your 25% off!

Is there a black lace top in your wardrobe? If not which one would you choose?