Marks and Spencer Pure Cotton Bandana Quilted Jacket £55 here.
Having said all that, sometimes it really does pay to see things in the flesh, some websites fail miserably to show the beauty in a garment or style said item adequately, so on a trip out with my middle daughter last week, my first mission was to track down the Marks and Spencer quilted jacket from their Indigo Collection (above). I am seriously lacking in the red jacket department when it comes to outwear and my love of quilted jackets shows no sign of abating thanks to Isabel Marant, Monsoon and Mango.
Sadly the jacket was nowhere to be seen which was a bit of shock for a store the size of Bluewater and even more annoying that larger sizes are sold out online and were before I went shopping, so grr, grr and treble grrrrr. But there were two pieces of outerwear I simply fell in love with upon sight!
Firstly the Autograph Leather Sleeveless Biker Jacket. Hello I think I love you. Tried it on, love for this item deepened, one for the summer sale list for sure. My pictures don't do it justice at all but it was and simply is divine.
Autograph Biker Jacket In Soft White £249 here.
We all know how sometimes the Per Una range at our favourite department store comes up with a little gem, well this season that item has to be the lightly quilted Trophy Biker Jacket. Quilted, great shape and in a colourway that will work with a lot of your existing wardrobe, consider this the perfect summer jacket, I do. Style note: Do not wear this fastened!
Per Una Jacket £59 here.
Whether it has ruffles, florals, a distinctive sleeve detail or lots of embellishment, we all need what I call a "go to" top. A top that we can throw on with a pair and jeans and look good enough to go out for a lunch date with friends. A top that can soften a black pencil skirt and make it worthy of cocktails (with heels of course) and if said top happens to be a dead ringer for a designer print or piece at a fraction of the cost, then so much the better. If there is one new top I would like to add to my collection of "go to" tops, it would have to be this Per Una one from it's "speziale" collection with its homage to this seasons geometric print by Preen. I was quite shocked to find two pieces in the Per Una department that caught my attention whilst passing, I didn't actively seek anything out! Its a shell shaped top so perfect for us apple shapes. It's going on the list1
Per Una Speziale Shell Top £49.50 here.
Lastly a denim dress. Many of you may remember that I bought one from Marks a few months back. Bloggers in general (what I really mean is Bloggers who are thin and wear much shorter clothes than I would) were going crazy for the denim tunic from Topshop but I was seeking out a mature chambray alternative, then I spotted a tunic style in store yesterday, got really excited when I saw a size 16 hanger only to find the dress that was on it was a 22 - jeez, doesn't this wind you right up, it does me, especially when the only other one was a size 8, it was a double blow of epic proportions. Loads of dresses on the rail, the other twenty odd were the dress I already have, typical! Its also not online but if you are in your local branch and want a denim dress for summer, try and seek this one out, it's longer than the Topshop one and I love the shape.
I only went in to look at the Indigo Collection jacket, oh and Percy Pigs, honest!
Any items caught your eye in Marks and Spencer recently.