A tiny Friday treat

In case you needed an excuse to treat yourself, hell it's Friday!  

And if any of you are Mothers like me, then this may well apply:-


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In which case, I think it's perfectly acceptable for a little pick me up before the onslaught of children and the weekend.  Looooooong gone are the days of Friday night after work drinks.  I don't actually want to cry when I recall my old company's tradition of Friday drinks in the office at 4pm, followed by drinks in the bar downstairs, normally ending up somewhere rather nice for dinner resulting in a weekend either on the sofa with a takeaway (that is for lunch....) or hair of the dog in a pub.  I don't want to cry, I want to dissolve into full on hysteria.  Only sometimes....

No, for us, the weekend starts at 9am tomorrow morning with dropping off after a sleepover (that's the joy for this evening), drama and the 7yr old has the bright idea of the whole family going to the driving range.  Sunday morning it's rugby all round.  Lie in?  What lie in?

So yes, I think a teensy tiny purchase as a reward for the lack of me time that you get as a mum at the weekend, can be easily justified. 

Oh and it's my wedding anniversary today so double bubble. (even though we never do gifts on our anniversaries - details, schmetails.  Actually this year we're buying each other a bed.  Just the one bed to share, can I please point out.  Vaguely romantic..?!)

So I'm talking cuffs - NOT of the handcuff variety... even though the 11th wedding anniversary gift is Steel.... Nope, sorry dear Husband.  I'm talking jewellery.

Now I know I've talked about these before but I am always being asked where I get my leather ones from that I wear all the time.  I literally wear these every day, all year round and have done for over 6 years.  Actually one of mine - from Hultquist is nearly 8 years old.

Therefore starting with leather ones which are similar to mine - tan leather, go with everything and at a bargain price. 

Pieces Mitsa Leather Wrap Bracelet from ASOS £12 



Mine are all tan/brown but I do love the idea of a black one for A/W.  This one from Argento is a bargain at £12 in the sale. 

August Woods at Argento Black Leather gold lock cuff bracelet £12




They do actually have a chocolate brown one as well in the sale. 

August Woods Brown Leather Cuff £15




And in fact, I found a tan leather one.  Again - from August Woods at Argento.

Gold lock cuff bracelet £12 BARGAIN! 




A navy blue faux leather version from Mango in the sale may be useful. 

Fastening Cuff in navy now £6.99



However I may be moving on from the leather as I've seen this instore at Reiss and it's simply gorgeous.  Absolutely ideal if you're thinking of keeping your wardrobe very simple and monochrome.  One bracelet and you're done.  Quite often in the A/W, for a night out especially, I love wearing all black and the addition of this would finish the outfit perfectly. 

Darcy Print Animal Cuff £49 from Reiss






Or a smaller width if the wider one is too full on for you.  They also do this in a plain black and a burgundy as well. 

Patty Print Animal hair cuff £39



Another option that I'm quite keen to explore is enamel - this looks like a fab bracelet and easy to put on - very important in my book as I'm trying to juggle three kids, football kits, swimming kits, packed lunches, homework folders etc at 8am in the morning.  I simply cannot be doing with those fiddly, blasted lobster clasps on bracelets.  Cursing they ensure.  A lot of it.

Oasis White Enamel Dome multipack bangles £12




With the enamel bracelets, a plain gold one would be perfect.  In fact, plain gold ones work perfectly against most, if not all, of the cuffs here.  (I can feel a plan coming on....)

Belt Buckle Bracelet from Topshop £18.50 (free shipping at TS with the code LFWTREAT)


Ditto this one - on its own or stacked with one or all of the above or below. 

Plain Black Cord Bracelet £14.50



And another one for good luck. 

Hinged Bracelet £10


As I'm on a roll (and want all of these), last one.  All of these gold ones together would look just sublime.

Cut-Out Star Bracelet £8.50 from Topshop




For an injection of colour, I have one of these in rose gold and black (admittedly no colour there....) and I love it - wear it with my watch. 

Whistles navy friendship bracelet £20



I also love the horn and leather bracelet which would look perfect on its own or layered with a selection of other cuffs or smaller bangles.

Horn & leather bracelet from Whistles £20



Or in the silver and pink 




And whilst we're on the subject of layering - this is one of the cutest bangles I've seen in ages. 

Bee Bracelet £9.99 from Mango   They also do a dragonfly online as well.


Spike torque bracelet £9.99 from Mango - also available in silver



So there we have a selection, all of which I would wear in a heartbeat. Make mine look quite dull now - oh darn writing this blasted blog.  I loved mine before I started this post and now I Need (yes that is my version of *need* clearly) a set of gold ones....

Finishing with my pic from today and yes, I did go out for lunch, I did not swan up on the school pick up in this.  The Husband took the afternoon off and we went out for a lovely lovely lunch locally.  Exceptionally abstemious of us as normally we'd be off for the day or the weekend but it's the first day back to swimming lessons for my three small things and "polish halo", I thought I'd best be there to make sure it all went swimmingly - boom boom (new swimming teacher, new time, son with Aspergers - I'm sure all those in a similar boat will understand!)  

However, we have benchmarked a day out for the near future and in the meantime I got to wear my favourite dress (well actually it's a toss up between this and the Sportsmax Code one to be honest....) of the year.  Thank you sun for shining as you were 11 years ago today. 
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Reina Dress - DVF
Taupe Jalouse boots - Ash
Whisky Medium Marcie Satchel - Chloe 

I have a large glass of wine waiting for me and a sleepover to supervise.  Rock and Roll.......  (Oh and I might have had a Zara delivery.  If I write it really small, I don't think it counts) 


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  1. Happy anniversary and I love the cuffs - same as you - need to declutter and buy new.

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    1. Nothing better than a small something new to make all feel a little better with the world! (that and a glass of wine....) x

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  2. Agh, stop it, I didn't even know I needed a leopard cuff until I saw this!

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    1. Alas, me neither.... Although.. I think now I can put together a load of old outfits in black that I had and with just one small cuff - hey ho, whole new lease of life. So actually I'm "saving" money....

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  3. Ooo so flattered you did this post about cuffs after I asked last week! I know others had asked in the past, but still tiny bit excited... doesn't take much ;) just bought the ASOS leather ones you showed plus a couple of other bargain leather ones at ASOS. Chuffed! Thank you! x

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  4. You must share the details of the Zara delivery, then it absolutely doesn't count. Promise....

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    1. Oh I think I love you..... xx (I haven't even opened it yet as The Husband is here... need to wait for him to go out!)

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  5. Yeah for Zara deliveries and anniversaries!

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    1. Not so good when they deliver on the one day your husband is working from home and you're out in the morning.... Soddus Lawus.....

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  6. Aah yes, I remember drinking and being able to sleep it off the next day. Being woken at 6.30 by a shreiking three year old bouncing on your head and asking for breakfast NOW makes for quite a different experience!

    Loving the leopard cuff, you can't beat a bit of chunky bling. It's my birthday next month, and the wishlist is getting slightly out of control!

    Happy anniversary, hope you manage to squeeze a in little relaxation sometime during the next 48 hours :-)

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    1. Thank you so much - we had a lovely day and we're going to have a really chilled out weekend. Not a hangover in sight as I have a rather busy weekend coming up... TWO birthday parties for the 6 and 9yr old. What was I thinking?! I will definitely need some retail therapy to make it better..... x

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  7. Mine are now 12 & 14 - they lie in on a weekend - and occasionally raise their eyebrows at me when I reach for the wine bottle on a Friday night! Love that DVF dress with the boots. I am in such a rut style-wise - just cannot get away from jeans - it's good to read your blog for ideas. MUST order those Ash Jalouse.!

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    1. I have to say I LOVE the Jalouse - they really have come into their own with a skirt, for sure. I am loving the jeans too - I have an idea hopefully to explore this week which is still jeans based but just a smidge different. x

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  8. I am intrigued whats in the Zara delivery? Is it the camel coat? I love your boots with the dress you make it look so easy to wear !!

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    1. It *might* be the camel coat & it *might* be the white leather sneakers..... I haven't opened the box yet. OH MY GOD the restraint!

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  9. I put a little order in with the daughter who is off in Thailand/Cambodia. Leather cuff, tan, black, brown (either or all). Mine are looking slightly ratty but then I kind of like the worn look. Let's she how she does. This is my favourite dress of yours. It really is a stunner. Happy Anniversary for yesterday. I thought 11 years was diamond but then I tell the hubby it's our diamond anniversary every year. So far it hasn't worked! x

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    1. Thanks gorgeous - I love this dress, I really do. Just a shame it's so distinctive and you can only wear it every now and again! Although this is the 4th time I've worn it which isn't bad, is it?

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  10. Happy anniversary! It's mine too. 11 years also. Great minds. Love that dress too, gorgeous colours and great with a tan ;)
    Loving all of those cuffs. I now neeeeeed a leopard one. Who knew?!

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    1. oh happy anniversary to you too! I know - we ALL need leopard cuffs. I know I do!

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  11. Love the leather bangles...pressing the 'buy' button as we speak!!!! .good luck with the swimming ..my 13 year old son has Aspergers and after many, many, many lessons we gave up!!! .....he has just learned to ride a bike though..happy day:))

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    1. Oh YAY, well done you. And yes, he's ok with swimming lessons - it's just change he's not great with - we never know how it's going to go. But it went really well. Only thing we've had a disaster with is ice skating. Oh my lord, meltdown and then some but generally he's quite un-Aspie in that he's very sporty (well, until he loses and then he's full on tyipcal HFA!) xx

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  12. You look beautiful, do you wear colour very often? I always think of you in earthy tones, but that dress really suits you. If it's an anniversary there could be a teensy tiny touch of hermes on the cuff front, (from Vestiaire collective or Covetique they are almost high street prices)

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  13. Happy Anniversary to you both! I love all of the above too & seriously need to work on my arm candy! Ax

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  14. For the last couple of years, I've been purchasing bracelets/bangles/cuffs and necklaces for fun costume pieces. Earrings have been shown no love lately, ha. I just picked up several leather cuffs (you should check out the Rebecca Minkoff Dog Clip leather cuff if it's available by you) and a couple of silver-toned bracelets (one with spikes and one with the love knots). Hope you enjoyed your anniversary!

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