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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Before a self imposed shopping ban...

... it is obviously the law of shopping to go bonkers and have a complete splurge. 

Now part of my splurge was for a wedding I went to on Friday, which was so fantastic and as it involved a dress purchase - yes you read that correctly - a D R E S S purchase, merits a blog all of it's on.  Tomorrow, my friends, tomorrow.

The rest - well, part of it - is still in bagged up, sitting there in the spare room, winking at me every time I go in, daring me to keep it.  But I'm being super practical and just holding fire to see, once I get round to writing the Christmas list (of things I have to purchase - alas not a wish list and hence a self imposed shopping ban), if I can justify in keeping the entire stash of booty.  

(and ok I will admit I may be waiting on an - ahem Ash - order to be delivered as well....... I caved, I caved, I am useless.  And beyond excited!) 

However there are a couple of beauties which I am more than happy to share.  And clearly they're keepers as I've already worn both of them twice.

So firstly we have this fantastic jumper from H&M.  I spent an afternoon last week, perusing the shops for great basic (not an animal motif in sight, most of you will be thrilled to hear) jumpers.  Which don't cost the wrong side of £50.   Of which I found not very many, as you can imagine.  But I have one great one to report - can't find it online which is a complete bummer as I would have loved to find it in other sizes. 

Perfect fabric mix - feels gorgeously luxurious as it has an angora content but is a polymide/viscose mix.  Small enough wool element not to feel itchy (my jumper bugbear) in the slightest.  Great shape for anyone who ever has a muffin moment (and let's face it - we all do, don't we?).  Not fitted, but not baggy and oversized - slightly nipped in at the bottom, so super flattering.   Lovely button detail at the back.  And an incredible £12.99.  

Not that it is another reason to buy it, but have to add that this jumper is able to withstand a large lashing of white spirit.  Which is necessary if you are dumb enough to stand against a newly painted white gloss door frame whilst admiring your friend's new bathroom.  Which I was.  Apologies to anyone at school pick up today who was treated to an overwhelming whiff of white spirit - that was me.  Tool.

And on top of that, the photos look unbelievably dull.  But trust me, it's a great little basic jumper. 





Secondly - now these are a lot more marmite.  Tie dye jeans. (barf, I hear you all cry)  I was completely lusting after the Isabel Marant versions in the summer, but at over £200 they weren't a realistic option for a fashion item which is highly likely to be a one season wonder.  And then they sold out of my size, so it was irrelevant anyway (makes it so much easier when an OOS notification makes your mind up for you) 

I will therefore admit I was somewhat  giddy (and a small glass of wine with lunch may have contributed to this I freely admit) to stumble (not literally - twas only a v small glass of wine) over these beauties in H&M.  

Now in my head I had written off patterned jeans this season.  I have a couple of pairs - two pairs for winter in the obligatory leopard print - that I thought would get me through.  But, fickle mcshickle me, here I am, falling head over heels in love with another pair. 

I have a feeling that the majority of people will think these ming.  Big time.  And ming whilst bleating like the muttonest of mutton things.  Well I love them.  Feel free to tell me how hideous they are.  The rather conservative husband's face was a picture when he saw them - he thought he hated leopard till he saw these.  Suddenly that leopard print ain't quite so offensive (every cloud and all that).  Have already worn them dressed up and dressed down.





So here's a round up of what I've been wearing since last blogging - bar the Friday wedding outfit, which I'm saving for a blog of it's own. 

New jumper debut!  


Navy jumper - H&M
Navy/black/camel leopard print trousers - Whistles
Navy military knitted jacket - Zara
Black suede & patent ankle boots - LK Bennett
Gold necklace - Day Birger et Mikkelson
Stone maxi zip satchel - Anya Hindmarch

And in the new jeans for a night out with the girls. 



Black cowl neck tee - Zara
Petrol, black and off white skinnies - H&M
Black tuxedo blazer - Topshop
Black suede and patent ankle boots - LK Bennett
Black leather corsage necklace - Sportsmax
Black clutch bag - Tory Burch

Now for Saturday night out at a dinner party with friends.  Somehow managed to miss Saturday day outfit. 



Khaki leopard print silk dress - Whistles
Black suede & patent ankle boots - LK Bennett
Black knitted boiled wool coatigan - Ronit Zilkha
Black clutch bag - Tory Burch
Gold bee necklace - Alex Monroe
Brown leather & gold chain cuff - Hultquist

Sunday - rather exhausted.  Having got nailed in the rain as well which =  Irish frizz.  Thank you genes.



Gold jumper  - St Tropez (Danish brand) from local boutique
Distressed straight leg jeans rolled up - Zara
Blush & fuchsia Camel scarf - Virginia Johnson
Burgundy & blush knitted coatigan - Clements Ribeiro 
Burgundy Superga
Stone maxi zip satchel - Anya Hindmarch

Monday was spent recovering (and I just dragged on the day before's outfit to do the school run, I will admit).  Had another trip to the hospital on Sunday night with RR3 again for his asthma.  Which involved a night of zero sleep.  Monday therefore was a right off, but he is on the mend which is the main thing. 

Today, Tuesday, normal service was resumed and managed pilates which makes me feel a ton better. 


Navy jumper - H&M
Petrol, black and off white jeans - H&M
Navy pleather jacket - Primark
Black biker boots - Kurt Geiger
Tan leather cuff - Mulberry
Black & navy leopard print scarf - By Malene Birger
Black Faridah hobo bag - Marc by Marc Jacobs

Tomorrow, I will be back with either my dress and accessory info (beyond exciting for me - another wedding done and dusted and the Christmas outfit sorted) or more new purchase news.... depending on whether the postie arrives....... 

24 comments:

  1. Nice to see you in a dress! And a lovely one at that. I also love your dressed down superga look.

    However,the H&M jeans get a big no from me I'm afraid. There is something slightly TOWIE about them I think.
    Brenda

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    1. Thank you! And gosh no worries at all about the jeans. I have to say I am a bit more in love with them every time I wear them. Tis my inner TOWIE coming to the fore......

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  2. Yep, me too I'm afraid - not feeling the love for the tie-dyes. Reminds me of the homemade bleach jobs we used to do on our jeans in the 80 (please say that wasn't just me!) for a "snow" effect. Love the Supergas however, I think they're even nicer (and comfier) than Converse.

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    1. Interestingly I wasn't a fan of snow effect or tie dye in the 80s. Clearly I'm reliving my yoof swinging up to 40 (oh the shame) And yes, how fab are the Superga and yes, totally more comfortable than Cons.

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  3. Love the jumper, the black/navy combos, not entirely sure tho about those jeans, as you say marmite for sure. But I do love the Zara navy camo skinny jeans, had similar concerns re mutton but may just buy them and think about it. Looking forward to the dress blog, also more dressing up for nights out outfit ideas please! ps is that Zara drape top current?

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    1. Thank you and yes, black & navy is currently one of my fave combos too. Hmmm I have to say I prefer tie to camo - not that they're hugely different. I don't think they're mutton so long as the rest of your outfit is much more understated (she says having worn it with a massive in your face necklace - in my defence I was going to a hugely tacky Essex fashion show!)

      Hope you liked the dress blog - still got to do the night out outfits blog. Zara drape top was last season - they do one this season with pleather shoulders which is (honestly!) lovely.

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  4. Hope your son is on the mend soon. One of mine used to suffer badly with asthma when the damp air set in so I know those sleepless nights.

    My first impression of those jeans wasn't good but they look really nice on you. I love the jumper and it's nice to see it on you knowing you are tall aswell. I hate jumpers that are just that bit short in the sleeve and length.

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    1. Oh thank you so much for your kind wishes. He's on the mend & getting better at taking his inhaler. The jumper is an excellent length - I'm v pleased with it.

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  5. Great minds:) I adore mine http://poppys-style.com/2012/09/18/an-homage-to-aerosmith/

    Those jumpers are buy one get one free in the US right now and they have a dress/tunic length too.

    So glad everyone is on the mend now...xx

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    1. DOh they only had them in one colour/style in the UK. And yes HOORAY to the jeans!!!!

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  6. I love em!....but then I love marmite! and I don't actually mind TOWIE!...so there you have it! (Oh, and I am 43!) x

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  7. Love the navy outfit - not mad on tie dye jeans but you can get away with them!

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  8. Dying to see the wedding outfit and Christmas one - coatigan looks great and I am definitely buying that jumper. Your wardrobe must be huge!!! Post a pic someday - it must be heaving with stuff - how do you keep track of it all!,

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    1. Hope you managed to track down the jumper. Honestly my wardrobe isn't that big! I tend to wear the same things a lot but just in different guises!! That's not to say every now and again I don't forget about a wee gem lurking somewhere.....

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  9. Kat...I love you!!!! Bought the lk bennett biits in kildare village outlet shop.....ridicuously tall in them....but..oh..the compliments!!!! From both men AND women...which is rare enough.....seriously...thank you for helping me rediscover my deeply hidden and long dormant fashion mojo.....Helen cork xxx

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  10. boots...not biits!!!!

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  11. Btw..any chance you'd do a christmas party dress post??(shoot me....yes i mentioned the 'C'word!!:-)...im 37..would love to look insanely hot at xmas party yet ..appropriate!! tried and bought zara feather dress but ret it as the feathers kept falling out....git the bastyan 'breanna'jersry dress in sale...but its a bit 'mumsy'..even tho i am just that!!! Please help Kat...Helen..cork

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  12. Seriously love the HM jeans and jumper (such a shame it isn't online). I've found codes to get the jeans down to just over £17 delivered so I'm a happy girl today.

    Thanks for making me aware of their glorious existence :)

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  13. Mmmm not a fan of the jeans. Anyone over a size 8/10 will look enornmous in them.
    Jumper - great. Will factor in a trip to HM tomorrow when I boost Zara's profits somewhat.

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  14. The dark version of those jeans is just fab! http://www.hm.com/gb/product/02981?article=02981-A

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  15. Living the jumper and the jeans on you though on me I would probably look a bit mutton! Lots of lovely outfits as usual and can't wait for the blog post on your dresses tomorrow -Ant xxx

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  16. I love that jumper and simply must have it!

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