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?

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The Style At Every Age Gift Guide - Going For Gold

Everybody loves a bit of gold in their life, especially at Christmas time, so spread a little shimmer this festive season with the Style At Every Age "Going For Gold" gift guide.
Whether your looking for stocking fillers, presents for family, friends or colleagues, its time to indulge in some gift giving opulence or maybe add a few little treats to your own Christmas wishlist.

1.Selina Gold T-Bar Shoes £65 Office.
2.Neom Christmas Wish Scented Candle £30.
3.Embellished Shimmer Gold Cushion £14 Next
4.Ariella Gold Sequin Dress £119.20 John Lewis.
Givenchy Antigona Tote £1,750 Exclusive to Selfridges (in 2013 this was exclusive to Harrods and my daughter had it for her 21st, wasn't this expensive either but it's a gorgeous bag).
6.Guerlain Gold Nail Polish £16.65 John Lewis.
7.Accessorize Sequin Clutch £22 Accessorize.
8.Gucci Guilty Eau De Toilette from £42 House of Fraser.
9.French Connection Cosmic Sparkle Top £90 at John Lewis
10.Gold Metallic Wrap £39.20 Phase Eight.
 11.Kate Spade Watch £225 Selfridges..
12.Classic Pave Link Bracelet £125 J Crew.

Will you be going for gold this Christmas?

Monday, 17 November 2014

Outerwear Series - Collarless Coats

Last week I wore my old Next camel coat on a quick trip to the supermarket, a gift from my God Daughter about 3 or 4 years ago. I was just over the moon to have a camel coat and didn't think a great deal about the fact it didn't have a collar, as the colour and flattering style of the coat were the most important factors. Thrown on over a fail safe formula that feels like my uniform, when I'm in a hurry just reach for jeans and a breton top.

Monki £70 at Asos.

I don't think I had ever had a collarless coat before and I was soon smitten by the simplicity of the style and wouldn't be adverse to having more in my wardrobe in a range of colours and prints, if that were at all possible.

Isabel Marant Ega soft-tweed collarless coat
Isabel Marant Soft Tweed Coat £640 at Matches.

I need a leopard print coat replaced and the Monki one featured below at just £35 would be a guilt free purchase in the run up to Christmas that would look fab over a LBD for festive nights out and I have fallen hook, line and sinker for the Phase Eight check one, visualising it with jeans and flat Chelsea boots as we speak.

Navy Button Front Coat was £85 now £29 Asos.
White Collarless Faux Fur Gloss Coat was £79 now £71.10.
Grey Mohair Collarless Coat £190 Kin by John Lewis.
Wool Blend Coat was £79.99 now £59.99 Mango (other colours available).
Leopard Coat £35 Mela Loves at House of Fraser.
Doris Check Coat £144 Phase Eight.

Are you a fan of the collarless coat? Do you have one? Which one would you choose?

Friday, 14 November 2014

The Style At Every Age Gift Guide - To Buy Or Covet - The Best Beauty Gift Sets For Christmas 2014

I'm a sucker for a beauty gift set and normally add a couple to my Christmas wishlist as they save me a lot of money long term and with a December birthday thrown into the mix, I am usually lucky enough to get two or three a year.

Being a real product junkie, I'm not fussy and although I love high end products and nail polish, since switching over to Low Sulphate shampoo and conditioner I am definitely taking a bigger interest in natural products without the parabens and chemicals so here are a few of my favourite beauty gift sets to buy or covet this Christmas.

With over £200 worth of iconic, expertly curated beauty products for just £60, I can't see this Net-A-Porter gift set being around for long, so be quick! Buy here.

LANCOME Beauty Christmas Crackers 2014

The Lancome Christmas Crackers are the perfect dinner table luxury but remember to only invite five ladies to eat so that you get to keep the 6th one for yourself! Alternatively buy the box and split for the perfect Secret Santa, Stocking Filler or a very luxurious under £10 gift. £54 Buy here.

Buy Benefit Beauty Bonbons Gift Set Online at

My daughters have all loved Benefit ever since they first became interested in make-up. Now they are all in their early twenties they continue to covet and purchase everything in the Benefit range and the brands Christmas gift sets always feature on their present wish lists. There are sets for every budget, and even some freebies on offer with Benefit at House of Fraser: Buy 2 products and receive a free deluxe sample of Lollitint and Buy 3 products to receive a deluxe free sample of Highbeam. See the full collection here.

JO MALONE Christmas ornament

 If I see this Jo Malone Ornament hanging on the tree on Christmas morning, I might just squeal like an over excited toddler. In fact anything Jo Malone would go down very nicely but this sweet little treat is a very purse friendly £22 and perfect from a daughter to give to her mum don't you think? Shop all Jo Malone Christmas Gift Sets here.

Singular Sensation Collection

As some of you may have seen, I am selling a range of 100% natural mineral make-up and skincare products from an American brand just recently launched in the UK called Younique and this fab gift set has everything you need to make-up your face in the morning and includes the high coveted 3d Fibre Lash mascara my clients are raving about which costs £23 on it's own. £77 buy here.

Surprising value

The Boots star gift of the week is always a great bargain and this week see's a fabulous collection of nail colours from Nails Inc and includes a rose gold foil and glitter polish to add a touch of sparkle to your Christmas mani. Worth £42 currently on offer for £20 here until 20th November.

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Not only have I always been a massive fan of The Body Shop and it's products, I have to say their discounts online are amazing with their current offer of £25 off a £50 spend using code 14671 you would be a fool not to fill a few stockings with their deliciously scented goodies. I've been lucky enough to try pretty much everything in the new Argan Oil range and can highly recommend it. The premium gift set featured above is just £25 so take advantage of their current offer and get two for the price of one! Shop here and don't forget to check out the Secret Santa and Stocking filler sections.

Ren always features on my wishlist and I was lucky enough to get this gift set last year. I adore their Rose products for a truly indulgent bath time experience. And relax. £45 here.

What beauty or skincare gift sets are you buying for family or friends this year?

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Faux Fur At Any Age

Seeing a recent Guardian article entitled Faux Fur At Any Age got me thinking about how I feel about wearing faux fur. I know it is a question a lot of women ask themselves but for me wearing faux fur isn't like wearing low cut tops or skirt lengths more favoured by a twenty something.

I have never had a problem wearing it. I have a gorgeous shaggy coat which sadly I can no longer do up and now that I have put on even more weight I do feel like a Yeti in it if I'm honest so a big shaggy coat is now out of the question, but that is just me and my size, I can't see any reason why a woman of more slender proportions would worry that faux fur isn't age appropriate. I think it just depends how much you love it and how you intend to wear it.

I adore a faux fur jacket dressed down with jeans and ankle boots and nothing looks more glam over your little black dress and boy do they keep you warm, but always check the weather forecast before going out, looking like a drowned rat is so last season darling.

So having dismissed my jacket (I'm not getting rid just yet) I turned to another faux fur item I had yet to wear, a French Connection gilet my youngest daughter had bought me in the sale a couple of years ago, half price at £70, still an expensive item from a then 19 year old living on a student loan and I was completely taken back by her generosity, loved it but never wore it.

I have gazed at it lovingly languishing in my wardrobe over the last few years and even stroked it affectionately on more than one occasion, but for me it seemed as though the weather was never just quite right for a gilet, either too warm and then suddenly too cold not have your arms covered with an outerwear layer, but I have to say this autumn/winter has been perfect gilet weather being as it is still so mild. I was on an impromptu supermarket trip with one of my daughters in the clothes I was just wearing around the house at the weekend when I suddenly thought I would grab my gilet and give it it's first outing. You see it was nothing to do with the fur issue but the weather issue that had stopped me wearing it before.

For anybody bigger busted and not wishing to add bulk the only advice I can give is to give the long shaggy fur jackets or gilets a miss and stick with a flatter fur in a darker colour to slim you down. If you still aren't feeling the fur, then opt for a scarf like the ones featured in my previous post here as these really do dress up coats and jackets beautifully. Always wear a heel with a fur jacket like I used to, but gilets are fine with flat boots or shoes.

1. Prospect Faux Fur Gilet was £95 now £76 Coast. 2. Aldora Faux Fur Coat £99 Monsoon. 3.Asos Faux Fur Gilet £60. 4. Luxe Grey Coat £85 Warehouse. 5. Cream Gilet £35 Dorothy Perkins at House of Fraser. 6. Chocolate Racoon Gilet £99 Mint Velvet.

Although I wouldn't go for The Guardian's styling if I was a similar age to the model, personally I can't see an issue with faux fur at any age, can you?

*Image via The Guardian

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Party Pieces Edit At Boden Plus 25% Off!

I'm not gonna lie, I did get rather over excited when the Boden Christmas Wishlist Catalogue arrived. Seriously guys, they had me at "embellishment" and there is copious amounts of that on offer ensuring you are set to sparkle throughout the festive season.  Boden are offering a diminishing discount this week which sees 25% off until Thursday, so if you haven't bought your Christmas party pieces yet, I'd start thinking about cranking up the glam factor pretty pronto if I were you.

The fact that the sequin cable knit jumper is £279 actually makes me want to cry. I love it so much but it is so totally out of my price range but boy what a beauty it is.

Sequin Cable Knit Jumper £279 before discount

The Boden Jewelled Pump might be hailed as this seasons most instagrammed shoe and I am proud to say I assisted in that little social media shoe statistic, but there are plenty of other sparkly shoes including the Spectacular Heel which is a heeled version of the Jewelled Pump but with less jewels for those that think they may be a little to much and the Mary Janes which come in a black glitter or gold metallic finish. 

Mary Jane £119

Lace Top £99 before discount.

If your not particularly a fan of all things sparkly and are looking to dress up a pair of jeans or faux leather trousers for a more informal get together, you really can't go wrong with lace and I would be more than happy to cook the turkey wearing this little number which I know would become a wardrobe staple for nights out once the festivities are long gone. Already sold out in my size in black (bum, s@@t, sod it) which just goes to show you can't wait for the things you love to go on sale, sometimes you just have to get what you want while you can and pray they sell out before they get reduced! Sometimes fashion is like, so annoying. I am going to check back every day in hope that there is a fat bird out there who hates and returns it!

Sequin Shimmer Tunic Dress £199 before discount.

There is no getting away from it, my overweight apple shape adores a tunic shape dress, you only have to look at how much wear I get out of my Cos one from S/S 13 which has been worn to numerous occasions, is so comfortable and extremely flattering I was naturally drawn to this opulent little number, which again, could be worn to all manner of events, even a winter wedding. Oh and did I mention it has sleeves so is a complete win win party frock in my opinion, plus it looks gorgeous styled with the Spectacular Heel if you are going for all out glamour.

Embellished Clutch £99 before discount.

The Embellished Clutch uses the same glass jewels and gems as the pumps and could be the perfect way to dress up a more subtle outfit at party time. It comes in three colours and choosing a favourite could quite possibly be the most taxing thing I have done all weekend so do let me know which one is your favourite!

In addition to the 25% off there is also free delivery and returns.

Have you a Boden Christmas wishlist? What's on it?

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Lucinda Wrap Cape From Monsoon

I think everybody will agree that the weather has been weird this autumn. It has been so mild down here in the South East for the time of year that some transeasonal knitwear has been the order of the day. Pieces that aren't too heavy and can be worn now but layered up when temperatures drop has been the way to go and most certainly influenced my choices when picking items to review from Monsoon for their Winter Warmers series.

Lucinda Wrap Cape £59.

Capes are a huge trend this season and feeling a need to add some black knitwear to my winter wardrobe meant that choosing the Lucinda Wrap Cape was a bit of a now brainer as it would be the perfect piece to layering over shirts and long sleeve t-shirts now but perfect for adding an extra stylish layer to either light weight or chunkier knits depending on the weather.

I had planned to do this review last week when I wore my new cape for a day out in London but sadly it rained all day and I got drenched, so took the opportunity to wear it out again to a lunch meeting yesterday where I also pinched my daughters handbag for a few hours ssh don't tell her!

The Lucinda Wrap Cape also comes in nude and I look forward to layering this piece over lots of different outfits. I love the website image with bare arms although I doubt I'd be that brave but love how it shows this really is a piece of knitwear to take you through winter and way beyond.

What knitwear pieces are on your radar this season?