Let's crack straight on as I have wine to drink and The X Factor USA to catch up on. (the high brow level of my television viewing knows no bounds. Car crash TV at it's best.)
Firstly I do have a penchant for leather as I may have mentioned (despite not actually having bought anything real leather this season. Ditto studs. But I am still drawn to them magpie stylee)
And as I've been very restrained in my outward adoration of them recently, I don't feel too bad in presenting an homage to Zara. Drool, drool and drool some more. My only issue is which one do I love the most and which one would I choose.
One thing I would say, in my experience (and I haven't tried on many of the ones below as they're new stock) Zara coats come up offensively small. I'm a size 10, although I do wear often a size 12 on top to get the length, but in Zara coats I am normally a large if not an extra large. Which strikes me as being completely ridiculous but there you go.
Starting with the combined leather jacket. I utterly love this. A complete bargain at £119. Easy to dress up and dress down. A winner in my book. I can't wait to see this in real life (it's only just come into stock and is actually already sold out online) Personally I wouldn't be teaming it with leather or pleather skinnies as they've done here - I'd prefer to tone it down a bit.
Next another nod to leather with this beautiful wine coloured coat with zip detail. Deliciously on trend with the colour, the long biker style and leather addition. Completely stunning. Perfect for all occasions. Work, casual, day, night. If you are a coat person, I'd be checking this out.
This time faux leather sleeves but yum yum yum. Under £90 for a wool mix coat that looks like it could easily cost twice or three times that amount.
This however is top of my list and I have been stalking the site like a mad sad thing as they keep promising it's coming back in stock. I adore this - in my mind I can justify my self proclaimed hater of coats title, as it's a long jacket. Yeah right. But bothered, as it's just one of the most stunning coats I've seen this season. Coat with quilted leather sleeves.
Leaving my leather fetish aside for one minute and moving onto a winter version of a trench. I'm proper trenched out this year. I tried to hunt down the one I that I had become mildly obsessed from M&S only to discover when I did eventually find it that it wasn't quite as fabulous as I'd remembered it. Disappointing much? Yes. So in a strop worthy of my 4 year old I decided to banish any thought of a trench from my A/W wardrobe this year and soldier on with an umbrella instead.
However there are definitely a few that are a nod to the trench style that have caught my eye. These work perfectly for all occasions again. My favourite look is dressing them down with a pair of battered jeans, breton top and some supergas or converse. (or Ash in my case obviously)
Continuing with my homage to Zara. This one is a complete classic. (LOVING the boots she's got on as well - haven't seen those online....I am still mildly obsessed with the All Saints full on stud cowboy ones that are probably the most marmite item I've ever posted.) Quilted trench coat.
Now please just believe me when I say that the next one is a billion, nay a trillion times better in real life than it looks in these photographs. Marks & Spencer - dear mother of god, please please PLEASE sort out your online images. I am beyond mortified for you, I really am. There is no polite way to put it, they are a complete embarrassment. And they worst thing is, they've been like this for years. It surely can't cost any more to employ a vaguely competent stylist or photographer?
Anyway, I digress. Ignore the photos. This is honestly a lovely coat.
This clearly isn't a photo from Marks ie it looks like a lovely coat you might want to purchase here.
In a similar vein, this is a longer version of a trench in grey and camel from Next. If you're looking for a longer coat then this would be my personal fave. Admittedly not in the most practical of colours but it's not a particularly practical coat bar keeping the cold off. This is not a trench of the waterproof variety. Also comes in regular, tall & petite which makes it an obvious choice in my Gulliver book.
I think I'm going to save my worshipping at the altar of all things animal till another day as I have Nigella's Italian Chicken in the oven and it's nearly ready. Beyond glamorous. We were due to have a dinner party this evening but The Husband had a work dinner put in the diary instead and so we've postponed. The two small boy RRs are watching a movie with popcorn, RR1 is at a sleepover and I'm experimenting with chicken, peppers & leeks. Which smell burnt. Great. Garlic bread and wine it is for dinner yet again. (there are worst ways to spend a Friday evening, I will admit)
A round up of what I wore yesterday and today before I head off to inspect the charred offerings my oven has seemingly churned out.
Olive & bone striped tunic - Toast
Beige Kirsten jeans - Topshop
Cream sleeveless cardigan - Joseph
Suede pirate boots - ASOS
Beige snakeskin print scarf - By Malene Birger
Leather cuff - Mulberry
Stone maxi zip satchel - Anya Hindmarch
Black and gold top - Zara
Distressed paint splattered skinnies - Zara
Biker boots - Kurt Geiger
Washed black suede jacket - All Saints
Gold & black scarf - Dorothy Perkins
Black sunglasses - Dior
Tan Shopper - Zara
See you hopefully tomorrow!