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Thursday, 16 August 2012

Studulike

Was I the only child on the planet who wasn't actually allowed to go to Spudulike? (and were we the only saddos to call it Spud-oo-lick-ay as well - god we thought we were funny. Not)  For no other reason than my mother thought it completely sacrilege to charge £2.50 for a baked potato and cheese that you could rustle up at home for about 30p.  And on reflection she did indeed have a point. 

However that, and not being allowed a Barbie castle, Benetton rugby top ("I am not paying for you to advertise someone's company") or a dog, are still things that clearly had some deep psychological effect on me growing up and a shrink would perhaps have a field day with.  Or, more likely, they would conclude that I should quit beefing on about it, my mother was right and I was damned lucky with all the other tat I did have that I conveniently neglect to recall. 

Be that as it may, I now present a homage to Spudulike. Of Studulike.  Because Studmelike.

I fear that the prolonged weeks spent 24/7 with the three rugrats (jaysus Greece seems like a lifetime ago) may just have affected my once sane mind.  It has certainly affected my ability to blog.  Primarily because I can't get near any internet enabled device in my house - two laptops and an ipad = the delayed breakout of WW3. Honestly you should thank me.  I am able to Tweet on my phone (@doesmybumlook40 for any other twitterers out there - am quickly becoming quite obsessed with it. It may be the only thing that's keeping me sane these hols) but am completely unable to post a blog. 

However I can peruse the internet and have been salivating at the selection of studded wonders that are about this A/W.  In all honesty, the chances of me actually purchasing any of them are severely limited.  That big 40 is looming bigger by the month and that small crusty sheep on my shoulder has started bleating BAAHHHH on a far more regular basis than ever before. 

So here, along with the Chloe Susannas from last week - which I will love from afar but will never grace my feet, is a quick selection of some of the beauties I have spotted. 

Firstly the Let it Be Rock Jacket from FCUK.  I think the key to most of the studded items that are around is to find one item that you love and stick with it.  Keep everything else to a bare minimum style, colour and patternwise.  There is only so bold most people can be.  And this jacket could stretch most to the limits.  Love it though.



Next some footwear not for the fainthearted.  I am trying desperately to think how these would fit into my wardrobe (so that I would get full use out of them) and failing ever so slightly.  Ok completely.  But they're still there at the back of my mind.  A completely marmite pair of boots.  The Cowboy Stud Boot from All Saints.



Stud boots are everywhere (this shan't be my last mention of boots this A/W fear not!) and a more user friendly version are the Amplify Studded Western Boot from Topshop.  


Now I think I've done quite well not to mention Zara so far seeing as they seem to have employed a design team this year, every single member of which has "Suzi Quatro" as their middle name.  They have gone stud crazy.  Jackets, shoes, boots and of course bags.  Which I'm just going to focus on today - this link will take you to their bag page.  Tis a page of stud porn. (which sounds wrong on every level)   But here are my personal favourites. 

Studded pony skin clutch. 





Studded city bag 




Plaited shopper with studs




Studded evening box bag 



Whilst we're on the subject of bags - my ultimate favourite stud bags have been for years (as I've nagged on before about - yawn) the Alexander Wang bags.  This time, let's all have a swoon over the Diego bag. 



But I have recently become obsessed with the US tv series Smash and therefore slightly obsessed with the bag that one of the main characters Karen (Katherine McPhee) has.  Two seconds on google resulted in my finding out it was the Romygold Drew Stud Hobo bag 


That pic doesn't remotely do it justice actually.  Here's one from the show, with her on the far left.  Oh helloooooo.




I honestly could go on and on and probably will end up doing so another day.  But for the moment, the jury's out which stud direction, if any I go in.  Will probably be hard not to.  Will you be doing studs this year?  Or are you firmly in the camp of if you're not a Hell's Angel, steer clear.  Steer very very clear?

Finishing as always with a run down of what I've been wearing the past week.  Two days in the middle were pyjama days - Sunday & Monday, as Saturday and Tuesday were long days in London.

Friday - day spent taking the kids swimming and for tea with friends.  Bliss.



Black bandeau harem playsuit - River Island
Gold filigree earrings - Etsy
Dull gold hav rip offs - Primark
Black sunglasses - H&M
Black Faridah hobo bag - Marc by Marc Jacobs

Saturday - day spent taking all three rugrats to London for the day for lunch and then Shrek The Musical.  The Husband was due to come but had to go on a stag do (the "only" weekend   they could do....which was handy as he would rather poke pins in his eyes as he hates musicals)   Well yah boo sucks to him, it was amazing.  The kids, my mum (who took his place) and I absolutely loved it.  Fantastic day was finished off with a fantastic evening at one of my best friend's house. Let's say a large glass of alcohol was needed at the end of bringing the kids back on the train on my own!


Tobacco maxi dress - Reiss
Gold necklace - Day Birger et Mikkelson
Gold Renegade bracelet - Stella & Dot
Tan leather stud cuff - Mulberry
Chestnut clog sandals - NW3 by Hobbs
Sunglasses - Tom Ford
Chestnut cross body battered bag - Campomaggi from Plumo

Sunday I was shattered, as were the kids, ditto Monday so we hung around at home, baking, cooking, doing lego, watching movies.  Much needed down time.

Tuesday off again - this time off to London for RR3's birthday (which was actually on Wed but the weather was due to be pap so we celebrated on the Tue instead)  A day of the London Eye, Mcdonalds, icecream, Trafalgar Square, bus ride, the Aquarium, wander down the South Bank, crisps & juice, wander over to The Husband's office, dinner at Busaba Eathai, mooch round Covent Garden and then home.  Shattered.  And that was just me. 



Bone drapey top - Phase Eight (I got this in the sale as it had a mark on it and a slight cut in it - I just trimmed the rest of the bottom where the cut was, which has a raw finish anyway - for £10. Chuffed - beyond chuffed) 
Tobacco Kristen high waisted skinnies - Topshop
Blush & gold enamel large earrings - Accessorize
Glasses - Accessorize
Tan Organza wedge sandals - Clarks
Chestnut cross body battered bag - Campomaggi by Plumo

Wednesday, trip to the cinema (to see Brave - how unbelievably fantastic - definitely worth seeing) and a birthday tea at a friend's house.  Obligatory Colin the Caterpillar cake from M&S.


White tee - Isabella Oliver 365
Khaki linen cargo pants - Topshop
Denim jacket - Red Herring from Debenhams
Wood and gold pebble necklace - Anthropolgie
Cheetah print ponyskin bag - Zara
Dull gold plaited belt - Zara
Leopard print ponyskin sandals - M&S
Gold renegade bracelet - Stella & Dot
Tan leather cuff - Mulberry
Sunglasses - Accessorize

And today for a day at home with friends visiting.


White vest - Primark
Silk patterned peasants blouse - Monsoon
Skinny paint splat jeans - Zara
Sunglasses - Accessorize
White bead and gold leaf earrings - Etsy
Chestnut clog sandals - NW3 by Hobbs 

I promise I shall try not to leave it so long next time - and I shall be replying to all comments tomorrow - thank you so so so much to those who do comment, I love reading them.  If you would prefer to email please do on doesmybumlook40@gmail.com

See you soon and hope those who are on summer holidays are surviving them! 

28 comments:

  1. Bargainous Phase 8 top - LOVE IT! Great to see your selection of studded gorgeousness..I think I'm going down the bag route myself. Have a great weekend, from another crazed mum counting down the days and trying to blog while hiding from the kids in the dining room...Avril x

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    1. V pleased with the top it has to be said. & yes I think a bag may be the way to go although I am still obsessed with those boots! Although it's only a couple of weeks left, we've got so much to fit in, weirdly I'm not sure I'm ready for them to go back. Duh!!! xxxx

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  2. I adore the All Saints boots, I am seriously considering ordering them immediately.x

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    1. Honestly they are just fantabulous in the flesh. I'm trying desperately to see how they could work in my wardrobe. And I'll have a good scoot around to see what else is out there. Not sure I exactly need a pair...... (ha ha ha). Obviously I shall be waiting for a code (which will never materialise) xxx

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  3. I love that FC jacket - gorgeous. So glad I have the Alexander Wang Rocco and still love it's studded base but it is so damn heavy!

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    1. Divine, isn't it. And I am beyond jealous at the Rocco bag and in the tan as well - just beyond scrummy you lucky lucky lady. xxx

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  4. Fabulous outfits as always! I love the Zara collection of studded bags:) Have a great weekend!
    ~Anne

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    1. Thank you! Zara really have excelled themselves (again!) this season. You too have a great weekend, although i'm going to try and be back tonight! xxx

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  5. I'm sure they made the holidays much,much longer this year - they are aren't they., they must be - That's why mine are starting to kill each other so soon. Either that or it could be the rain. Anyway lovely outfits - you always look gorgeous and serene !! Xx

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    1. Oh you're so so kind - I promise you, any serenity lasts for about 2 seconds whilst the photo is being taken and then all bets off - chaos resumes! Mine actually, touch wood, have been better this holiday than any other. Not great, but the first holiday I haven't literally turned into an alcoholic which is definitely an improvement. Weather has been better here as well. Just! Not long to go now! Kat
      xxxxx

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  6. The All Saints boots are so fab. Might take a look at those myself

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    1. Oh yay someone else likes them! I think they are just so so so great. Actually the more I think about it, the more I "might" have a solution for them. Definitely better irl I promise! xxx

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  7. LOVE the Smash bag, had noticed it myself. But mustn't buy anymore bags, H would kill me! Love the P8 bargain too, looks like a great top.

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    1. It's so so gorgeous. But I think you literally could not do anything else remotely studded At All, otherwise you would be descending firmly into Hells Angel territory. Am thinking about perhaps a more subtle stud bag..... maybe in tan..... Less "where's my Harley?"

      And yes, the P8 top is fab - I didn't notice it full price as I probably would have bought it. Like a grown up All Saints top!! (and better quality obviously!)

      xxxxx

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  8. I adore your blog - your humour, your style, your honesty!! Have given you an award ( I know time is tight so no worries if you cant pass it on - have it anyway!!) - you have helped me so much at the beginning of my blogging journey! Pop on over to my blog sometime and grab it! Claire x

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    1. Oh Claire that is just the loveliest comment to read, thank you so so much, I am so touched. I will go over later today - am ridiculously flattered and can't wait to read the blog! Much love Kat xxxx

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  9. love love LOVE SMASH!! god....you've grt taste..:-)

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    1. Isn't Smash just fantastic?! can't wait for series 2. And thank you for the lovely comment! xxxx

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  10. my husband is in love with karen from smash.....shes divine!! love her look too...helen kat....your blog is becoming a must read for me....absolutely love it:-).

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  11. Hi Kat, Loving your long Reiss maxi dress and gold necklace - beautiful outfit. I'm liking the studded fashion that seems to be everywhere and on everything at the moment. At my age (45) I'm doing it in moderation and wearing one piece at a time. Studded nude 'slipper' shoes from zara and the red studded shopper bag from zara. I'm also loving the studded collar shirts from zara - wearing them now alone or to wear under jumpers in the autumn/winter. Keep your posts coming as I so enjoy them and its so nice to compare looks. Any more news on your wedding outfit? PS Am going to check out Smash as I can't say I've heard of it ...

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  12. Just as I had decided that the stud trend was possibly a bit too 'mutton' for me, you show those bags!! I thought the Zara shopper one was lovely, but then I scrolled down to the Romygold Drew Stud Hobo bag. Deeee-vine!!

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  13. I'm in the same boat, turning 40 soon and all. However, you look absolutely glamorous! I was expecting to see a list of expensive designer brands when I saw your outfits (you carry them off so beautifully) but did a double take when I read Primark, Accessorize, River Island, Debenhams. My jaw must've hit the ground. You have a knack of taking very affordable clothes and making them look expensive.

    Ah yes....I'm starting to look forward for Sept when school begins again. I'm starting to climb the walls dealing with just 1 bored child. Not sure how you managed 3 on your own, on the train, all over London. That's no mean feat! Running a marathon would've been easier.

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  14. Love the adjusted Phase 8 top - it is very like the Rag and Bone Botany top that has been haunting my dreams for months (http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=36757362)...

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  15. Love the Romygold bag! Trying to work out how it would fit into my wardrobe, any ideas where her grey coat is from?! Can't find that out anywhere. I did email a while ago about some one on one advice and I think you said you could work put prices but haven't heard back so presume you're a little bit busy?! Louise x

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  16. These are my current favorite boots - drooling over them and will surely hit order soon:)

    zappos.com/frye-jenna-studded-short-grey-soft-vintage-leather

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  17. Have you had the Reiss Toffee tailored? I had to have the top altered to avoid <> falling out accidents. Looks great on you.

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  18. Love Phase Eight's 'AllSaints' type stuff,ie drapey tops etc.Much better value as well.

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  19. Been a long time Kat hope you will be back soon

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