Now, regarding my "school coat". It would be crazy to think that for one minute I have been too hasty in my purchase. Afterall, you all know how long I have been harping on about getting the right one. It had to be black, hooded and three quarter length. I didn't want a shiny, cheap looking specimen and discarded loads in my search as they didn't have all the components I was looking for. About two weeks ago I went on to the John Lewis website, a site I had previously browsed and initially found nothing, but this time, after more stock had been added, I was lucky enough to find exactly what I was looking for, as in the picture above. The coat was on the John Lewis own label and cost a mere £85. I only got it on Tuesday as I had delivery issues and couldn't find a day when I would be around to accept the parcel, so was more than pleased to see it eventually delivered and to find that it was everything I had hoped for. Upon wearing it on Wednesday for the first time, I did find the collar inside the hood quite stiff and high but it was a little too late to do anything about it as all labels had been removed and I was in the middle of the worst downpour I have had the pleasure to be drowned in, for many months and it is not John Lewis fault that I don't have a long and slender neck which looks fab adorned with pearls and more of a "lets just stick the head on the shoulders of this one" kind of neck! The padding is Down, the coat is thick and quite heavy and the rain just ran off it without penetrating the fabric. Being an Apple shape I might have been better to go for one that just skimmed my bottom as it is too big on the Hips but I suppose that does just balance the look when I am wearing it, I don't think anyone else would notice when it is being worn. You can not fault the quality and I am amazed I have bought a couple of things on the John Lewis own label now, as I got this cute top with my £25 off voucher about a month ago, which meant this pretty top, which will no doubt see me through a few summers to come, cost me only £24! I was lucky enough to be able to wear it when I went out to lunch with a friend at the end of September when we still had plenty of sunshine and no need for jackets. I also finally wore the Steve Madden Wedges that day too and with my pale blue flared seven for all mankind jeans and Dior sunnies, didn't look too bad for an old timer!
Another recent purchase was the Leather jacket from Select which you can see here in the flesh. Apologises I took the photo before I took the tissue paper off of the zip pulls! I was really pleased with this until my youngest daughter came home from school and said her friend had it on and I have since questioned whether it is a bit young for me! Oh well, it will fit daughter 1, so I can always give it to her!