However I somehow appear to have spawned sporty boys (oh and for the record when it comes to sport or exercise... errr yes, definitely inherently lazy) and the reality is that my Sunday mornings for the next gazillion years are going to spent watching them play rugby.
Now before someone asks, yes I have considered the point that this could be a fantastic bonding opportunity for all the boys of the family and I could spend quality time with my number one girl. Believe me - this was the plan. Who wouldn't this be the plan for?! But I have two boys and you need one parent per child pitch side for training.
However I shall look on this as an opportunity (and to be honest, I am rather enjoying seeing how much my 6 year old loves playing rugby and even the daughter has taken to chilling out with her kindle in the club house - I should point out it hasn't rained yet.....) to acquire new boots and a new coat.
The issue is that these need to be practical and I suck at buying practical clothes. There's a lot of style over substance going on in my wardrobe......
However I REFUSE to believe that it's necessary to look like you've been plucked from Base Camp at Everest. Oh I know, you veterans of the rugby sidelines will be chortling at my naivety and predicting how long it takes me to cave and head screaming into North Face.
Well. I have been heard to say that my children get their stubborn streak from The Husband but as I'm typing this, I'm getting ready to add Donkey along with Sloth to my middle names. However I am very good at admitting I am wrong and admit it I will do if I cock up on this.
But hopefully I won't.. (never let it be said I'm not a glass half full person). I honestly think (and yes, I will concede I may be deluded here but I always managed fine on ski-ing holidays. Admittedly I did have a North Face coat. Eats words) that with the right layering underneath and the right boots, I can find something that won't have people yelling "where's your sherpa?" when I rock up.
The timely reason for this blog is that it is yet another discount weekend. 20% off all coats at M&S and 30% off coats at Mango (although this appears to be now "selected" coats - cheeky monkeys - those marked with a circle or a star aren't included.)
Starting with M&S and I so so nearly bought this one last year. I tried it on the other day instore and either my arms have grown, they're skimping on their sizing or it was just too short last year as well but I am GUTTED to say the proportions of this are wrong on someone with arms like an orangutang (ie me). However I may have to try it again...... I will try it again, it was too good not to try again.
Down Filled Hooded & Belted coat with Stormwear now £79.90 was £99 This is honestly an amazing coat (says she with no technical expertise whatsoever) I'm a 10 to 12 on top and I tried on the Medium which was fine around the middle, if not a bit on the big side (but perfect for layering). I have quite a few friends who have the Burberry ones and I would defy you to be able to tell the difference. Detachable hood.
Also comes in a whole host of colours.
The one above is the mid length one which even on me was fine but I have to say I was and still am tempted by the super long one. You can't get nearer to wearing a duvet cover pitchside than you could wearing this.
Hooded & Padded Coat with Stormwear was £120 now £96 So this is waterproof as well.
Other options which I didn't see instore (as, dear M&S, these were not in the extensive COAT section. Obviously. One is expected to go to the Coat Section and try on a selection of coats, but then meander round the huge shop and look at every section to hunt out all the other coats you've snaffled away a la Easter Bunny. You're like a Coat Bunny)
Per Una Premium Down & Feather filled belted coat with stormwear now £119.20 was £149
Have to say I think it's all a bit Maxmara in the putty colour. Rather lovely (I don't plan on rolling round in the mud, so this would pass as practical?)
I won't say again how much this isn't me this colour, but I love it on other people and this is definitely an ace way of making something very practical slightly more fashion forward (did I actually just type that last bit?!)
Premium Down Filled Feather Quilted Coat with Stormwear was £129 now £103.20 in Berry
Premium Down & feather filled in 3 in 1 down coat £159.20 was £199 (can't quite work out why this is 3 in 1......
But moving onto Mango which somehow I don't expect to offer the same practicality as M&S. Which is the most ridiculous assumption ever. A bit like assuming that all Clarks shoes will be super comfy. (they're not by the way)
And whilst we're on that subject, my bestie has a Zara one she bought in Madrid years ago (the classic - oh I'm going to Spain so it must be hot. Oh maybe not so much. "necessary coat purchase made". You can see why she's my mate, can't you?!) and that is definitely more substantial and warmer than one would think.
So I have high hopes for these from Mango. All prices are pre 30% off - code is 5MNG
Feather down long coat £99.99
Hood and belt are detachable as you can see here in the black
Love this one but think that the proportions would work better on someone who's on the shorter side.
Quilted Hooded Coat £79.99 pre discount
Not many parkas here on this blog (ok no parkas) but a waxed/coated one with a great furry warm lining, could definitely be on the cards.
Faux Shearling lined Park from Mango £119.99 pre 30% discount
And to be honest, that's probably all there is on the Mango site that even I admit would serve the warmth purpose. Oh what to do.... Well I still have some other ideas up my sleeve - am thinking that our Scandi neighbours manage to survive on a daily basis in the cold whilst not looking like they've raided Millets, so this is where I shall be heading next.
They do have some fantastic other coats though, including the wrap around one I featured earlier in the season (ie a matter of weeks ago, duh) and other gorgeous classic numbers. I do have another coat suggestion up my sleeve (ha ha) which I'll explore shortly.
However I may just snaffle the M&S one, the full length duvet number, as it will also be an amazing dog walking job (not on the cards yet but just in case....) I'd hate for them to sell out again like they did last year (even though last year it was £99 and it's now £120 full price.... hmmmmm)
Don't even get me started on boots. I shall be starting my research on this tomorrow. Warm wellies are probably the way forward, seeing as apparently we spend most of the Winter knee deep in mud. Note to self - it might be a hell of lot easier and cheaper to persuade the smallest son that tennis is his game......
So finishing with outfits from yesterday and today.
Yesterday - expertly taken by the 10 year old. Charging around yesterday buying tile adhesive and underfloor webbing (I kid you not) but managed a sneaky trip into TK Maxx for a teensy splurge (only one thing) which I'll bring you tomorrow. The round robin of swimming and tennis for the kids after school and then chilling with The Husband and wine in the evening.
Breton top - H&M
Saxby jeans - ASOS
Navy waffle blazer - Next
Indira necklace - Stella & Dot
Taupe Jalouse boots - Ash
Whiskey Medium Marcie bag - Chloe
And today it was the turn of The Husband to take the photo. Trying to tell me something? Very relaxed day with the boys and The Husband, the daughter was at dance rehearsals all day so went along to basketball training and then a late lunch at Wagamamas.
White shirt - Autograph Men's (creased within an inch of its life after wearing it for just two hours. I HATE white shirts)
Bat sweatshirt with leather shoulders - Zoe Karssen
Grey Baxter jeans - Topshop
Black ponyskin skate shoes - Next
Black Faridah Hobo bag - Marc by Marc Jacobs
Tomorrow Rugby is at the Astro turf so I can wear trainers. This has made my Saturday night. WOOO HOOOOO. No damp grass shoe dilemma. It has come to this....... Where did it all go wrong.....?! In both Friday and Saturday nights this week which is very unusual for us and I'm loving it. Not a hint of a hangover - quality time spent last night as The Husband got home early and we had family Uno night with wine and crisps (fear not, the kids had juice). Tonight, Thai meal all ready to rock, another round of Uno en famille (the more I drink, the funnier it is apparently....) and tomorrow morning I shall feel like a spring chicken. Maybe this is the way forward....!
Hope everyone has a great weekend. As I'm at "such" a loose end, I'm going to do a sneaky Mango order later - knitwear here I come. xx