Tuesday, 28 October 2014

What A Difference A Scarf Makes

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They may do an amazing job of keeping you warm when temperatures start to plummet but in my opinion, scarves are the most super cool cold weather accessory ever, capable of changing the look of every piece of outerwear you own.

Bear Stole £25 Topshop

Tartan scarves are a big trend this season and are the perfect daytime outwear accessory to team with parka's and peacoats.
If you are looking to add a touch of luxe to a camel or classic wool or cashmere style then you can't go wrong with this seasons second most popular scarf trend by adding a faux fur or mongolian stole to your collection. I wanted the Dune one last year and still live in hope someone might buy it for my birthday this year and have seen the Next one which is much better and longer in the flesh than it looks online - a great purse friendly purchase.
Leopard print is a real scarf staple that goes with virtually everything and is a great way to add a touch of animal print to your wardrobe if you don't feel brave enough to wear a leopard print coat or clothing. I couldn't survive without mine.

1. Mango £24.99. 2. Paris Check Scarf £59 Jigsaw. 3.John Lewis £39.
4. Dune £79. 5.Next £20. 6. Jigsaw £39.
7. Hobbs £49. 8. Jaeger £75.9. Coach £220

Have you bought a new scarf this season?

*1st image via Pinterest

Saturday, 25 October 2014

And Relax

Half term is finally here and middle daughter is home from London for a few days so not much on the agenda for us other than a Saturday night takeaway and a Sunday family roast with a homemade apple crumble to finish.  I always get ultra excited when my friend turns up with a few bags of cooking apples from her garden which I promptly cooked and froze for apple sauce and puddings for the weeks ahead.

Star Print Slim Leg Joggers £45 - Hush (20% off nightwear and 10% off everything else using code OCTEVENT).
Mohair Cardigan £34.99 - Mango (30% off this weekend using code 5WEEKEND).
Weekend Candle £30 - The White Company (15% off plus free delivery on Knits using code A214U).
Gold Pine Cone Decoration £12 part of 3 for 2 - M&S (20% off everything using code OCT14EM).
Velvet Slippers - Boden (15% off everything using code J9G7).

At this time of year nothing makes me happier than scented candles, autumnal bouquets and, loungewear to set the mood for the long dark winter ahead.
It's that time of year when I start to add a teaspoon of cinnamon to my cottage and apple pies and lets not forget that autumn/winter really does have the best Saturday and Sunday night TV of the whole year!

What's your idea of the perfect weekend?

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Fade To Grey

Silk cashmere-blend sweater
Silk Cashmere-Blend Sweater £34.99 Mango

It might seem a little bit boring to blog about grey jumpers but it is one gap that really needs filling in my winter wardrobe this year.
I have to put my warm weather essentials head on for this one, as no matter how boring it may seem, I realise the importance of having such an item missing from my wardrobe after the moths ate a very fine cashmere knit which was years old from Jigsaw, fuming much?

Merino Tippi sweater - Pullover - Women's sweaters - J.Crew

Top of the list is a J Crew Tippi Merino sweater £79.50 but I'm put off by the dry cleaning. Having said that it is a probably a far better option than trying to dry jumpers you have hand washed in winter.

OP - so simple yet French chic... Pretty.

I love the simplicity of a grey jumper worn with jeans and the nude shoes. If only I looked this good when I am being dragged along by two crazy pugs!

Grey sweater, baggy black pants #StreetStyle

A pinterest search of grey sweaters sends me into the sartorial stratosphere! So many ways to style such a simple piece.

grey knit + black midi skirt. Like the skirt length.

And then I hit upon the dilemma of maybe going for something chunkier in the style of the Acne Mohair Jumper.....................

Acne Dramatic Sweater £235 here or with 15% off at My Wardrobe but only a size L left here.

Image 1 of ASOS Cashmere Rich Crew Neck Jumper
 Then drawn in by a cashmere mix for £70 from Asos.  Decisions, Decisions.

I really don't class myself as an indecisive shopper but grey jumpers seem to have bought out the worst in me as I realise the only way to go is to have a selection of styles and weights.

And here I am in another old Jigsaw jumper, a grey A Line style. I have gone off the scoop neckline on this one so usually wear a scarf with it.

How many grey jumpers do you have in your wardrobe?

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Jogging Along

I think I bought these Baukjen joggers in the spring of 2013, I'm getting old so losing track!

I think it's pretty fair to say that during autumn and winter I usually have one pair on and one pair in the wash. I wear them to the supermarket, the village shops, to friends houses and if I still had to do a school run, I would wear them in the playground as well.

Bray Jogger
Bray Jogger in Taupe £59

I lounge around in them on lazy weekends, change into them when I come home after going out. I machine wash and I tumble dry them (although I didn't after the first few washes just in case).

Nevis Jogger
Nevis Jogger in Winter Blue £59

I had a blue pair but gave those to my eldest daughter. She often has them on when she comes to visit and even more so now she is pregnant.

Nevis Jogger
Nevis Jogger in Light Grey £59

I would also like to apologise in advance as you will be seeing an awful lot of them again this year - I honestly don't think I could live without them and if you are in any doubt as to how to style yours, I adore the Baukjen imagery and wouldn't mind some of their jumpers to update mine!

Do you spend your downtime in jogging bottoms?

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Spree V Steal

I appreciate how the majority of readers won't have the budget for a pair of Isabel Marant Dicker Boots and I kid you not, neither have I, I was just lucky enough to get mine in a sample sale last spring and it really was a joyous occasion considering I had wanted a pair since they first hit the fashion headlines a few years ago.

Isabel Marant 
Isabel Marant Dicker Boots £360. Also in black or tan.

Many look-a-likes come to the high street each season and with the Ash Jalouse (15% off and free delivery on this link) an ever popular choice and iconic in their own right, I was still on the search to find something cheaper when I saw the Marks and Spencer metallic boots that fill the brief as a great budget option.

Suede Heeled Western Ankle Boots with Insolia®
Marks and Spencer £65.

Whilst we are on the subject of budget friendly alternatives, a blogging friend recently asked if anybody had seen a cheaper version of the Hush Pink Silk Shirt....................

Hush Silk Shirt £140 also available in black and aubergine.

and yes I knew I had seen one somewhere.................

Buy Wishbone Honey Silk Shirt, Bright Pink Online at johnlewis.com
Wishbone Bright Pink Silk Shirt £85 at John Lewis.

Now nobody loves a bargain more than me and I can't blog forever so have been wondering for a while now how an online resource devoted to spree v steal pieces would go down with readers. Are you always on the look out for the luxe look for less?

Mango have 30% off of Coats, Cardigans and Jumpers at the moment so if your looking for a bargain and don't already have one, I'm loving their classic camel coats. Shop Mango here.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

A Detachable Lining

Faux-fur quilted parka
Mango Parka With Quilted Detachable Lining £139.99 (also available in black)

Oh god this weather is really doing my head in! I went out on Friday on what looked like a fairly normal day, too hot for a coat so I wore a long cardigan and boots. By mid afternoon when I was walking to a friends from town, the sun came out and I was absolutely boiling, plus I didn't have any sunglasses on me.
By teatime the heavens had opened and we found ourselves in the midst of more thunder and lightening than I had seen for years. Then there was this morning. I had to go to return a parcel, it was raining. Hard. I wore my usual autumn/winter weekend uniform of joggers and trainers and topped it all off with my parka as I needed a hood (my hatred for umbrellas is well documented). I hadn't been out five minutes when it became apparent that although it was tipping it down, it wasn't cold and yet again I was far too hot.

Detachable lining parka
In Sizes 14-24 Mango Violeta Detachable Lined Parka £149.99.

Back in the summer, I featured a parka with a detachable lining in one of my shopping ahead sales posts and although some of my lovely readers bought it, I felt I couldn't justify it and boy am I kicking myself now, it would be just perfect for this inclement weather!

Borg Lined Parka £78 Topshop.

So although I had a bit of an outerwear sale on ebay last year (regretting selling my poncho already) I am in need of more coats and a lightweight coat with a hood or a coat with a detachable lining and hood feel like an autumn essential right now!

Asos Parka With Detachable Faux Fur Lining £80 also available in Tobacco and Khaki.

Warehouse £90.00. Also Available At John Lewis For £67 Sizes 8 or 10 only.

There doesn't seem to be an awful lot around that is lined but isn't a Parka. I love Parka's, they really are the perfect day time outerwear option that never date and are a real wardrobe staple for anyone still doing the school run.
You can still get the one I talked about in the summer for just £29 here in a size 12 only and here is a picture of the lovely Andrea from www.inmamaswardrobe.blogspot.co.uk wearing hers without the lining.......

Is a coat with a detachable lining something your wardrobe is crying out for this season?

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Getting Hotter

Shawbury Boots £85 In Black, Tan Or Grey.

I wish. In fact I find it hard to believe I was still wearing sandals and bare legs last week although there was a cloudy day when I took my new Chelsea Boots from Hotter out to crunch a few autumn leaves on the shortcut to the village.

A Chelsea Boot was a definite gap in my winter footwear that I was desperate to fill but I also knew that I wanted quite a flat pair (I have a few pairs of ankle boots with a bit of a heel) and also wanted a zip fastening as I seem to struggle with a pull on pair I already own.

Hotter is a brand made in Britain with a factory based in the North West of England and although they intend to stick with the classic styles much beloved of their older customer demographic, they always have an injection of trend led designs to satisfy the needs of a slightly younger market looking for fashionable but classic styles with the comfort factor you always find with Hotter Shoes.

The other thing I love about Hotter is the price point for such amazing quality, which you would find hard to match eleswhere on the High Street.

Some other Hotter styles I'm loving this season include the full length Hampshire Boot in Taupe(above). Those with wider calves who struggle to get full length boots to fit will love this adjustable pair with their long zip to make getting them on a little bit easier. Another footwear gap for me I quite fancy a full length boot with a block heel. £129 also in black and brown.

A classic riding boot is a winter style staple and the Justina boots boast of buttery soft leather and a comfort insole for £149. Also available in dark brown.

Faux Fur is everywhere this season so if you are looking to tap into the trend without looking like a Yeti, then accessories are the way to go. The Hampshire boots are available in stone, black and brown and will ensure your ankles are kept nice and toasty when temperatures plummet. £79.

I wore my Chelsea boots out again today in the rain and their non slip sole was a complete godsend, I remember stacking it in Poundland last year on a rainy day and do not wish to repeat the experience!

Are Chelsea boots on your winter wishlist?