.....at a certain time of the month. I said a couple of years ago that occasionally it is like a different person goes shopping. It's obviously me, but it's like I turn into someone else - I have a shopping lobotomy. I call them Bob. They take over my persona and boy, do they have questionable taste.
I have worked it out (and let's be frank, it doesn't take a genius to fathom this) that it happens to only occur at certain times........ Bob and my hormones are best friends it seems.
And hell, is he on a roll at the moment.
I am indulging Bob as I feel I am slightly losing my mind with my children, the house and Christmas (I daren't crack open the Mulled Wine yet as I am such an addict I will honestly be having it on my cornflakes and counting it as five of my five a day).
Bob is clearly a fan of colour. And the more eclectic. There are things that I have thought WOW about this week that usually I would think more Helena Bonham Carter than me.
But I'm going with the hormonal laden flow and letting my head be turned.
Which is why I may have come home with this yesterday.
May I rest my case? I actually went to Bluewater to return the teddy bear coat to Warehouse as I didn't think I'd get enough wear out of it. Which is ironic, seeing as I come home with the teddy bear coat on speed.
I have to admit, I don't love love it with this outfit - but I do adore it in the flesh. (and yes in my head I have oodles of outfits that this will work with. How I feel about these outfits next week is anyone's guess. Actually I can guess which is why I've left the tags on the coat....)
Faux Fur Patchwork Throw on Coat from Topshop £89
And if I didn't have my Fenn Wright Manson one that I live in, then I would be the proud owner of this. Same shape but in a winter fabric... (oooh maybe I'm persuading myself.....Actually no, even I am more than aware I only need one leopard print coat)
Faux Fur Animal Print Coat £89
I will admit that I did see this the other day online and thought oh I like that. It wasn't even in the "that would be good for Joseph fancy dress thinking". In fact, when I was in Topshop umming and ahhing over the aforementioned patchwork coat, I did look this up again online and whilst I do prefer the TS one (this means nothing when Bob's shopping to be fair..) I have to say I do still have a soft spot for this one.
ASOS Knitted Cardigan in Blocked Pattern £50
I also love this one and it's only two tone so that's verging on normal no?
ASOS Oversized Ombre Boiled Coat £120 I loved boiled wool - really really love it. A great fabric that lasts the test of time and in my experience doesn't bobble like normal wool coats can.
And another two shades here - camel and black. My classic colour combo of the season (which I have clearly eschewed for a coat that is more suited to the wardrobe dept of Monsters Inc. hmmmmm)
River Island Colour Block Coat £70
However just in case anyone thinks I've lost my marbles completely, I have also come across a fair few other throw ons (as that's what the Topshop one is called) that would work equally as well. And aren't perhaps as quite "different" as the ones above.
ASOS Structured Longline jacket in Knit with contrast lining £75 Now it may be Bob talking but I think this is all rather Jaeger.....
This one reminds me more than a little of my camel dressing gown coat. Now I know theoretically waterfall cardigans apparently went out with the arc but I have to say, these don't strike me as being like the cardigans of old....
ASOS Longline Waterfall Cardigan £45
In a plain grey....
ASOS Longline Waterfall Cardigan in chunky knit £48
And I'm on a waterfall roll..... this time in navy. These, even for throwing on around the house are perfect. For me, they're ideal for those days when you're not going outdoors much, everyone has their heating on to tropical temperatures and don't even get me started on shopping saunas, sorry, centres. Been there, done that, boiled alive in a full on coat.
ASOS Longline Waterfall Cardigan in brushed knit £45
I haven't yet ventured into the whole blanket cardigan/wrap malarkey as you can't do all of the trends all of the time but I definitely adore a chunky cardigan (hence my migrating into the above fur number - it's verging on more cardigan than coat in real life. Honest guv)
This for me is more cardigan than blanket.
Superdry Tassel Cardigan £95
And I also haven't done the whole cape thing but I'd say this is the perfect throw on over a huge oversized jumper.
ASOS Cape Cardigan in khaki £40
But just to prove I haven't gone totally stark raving, I LOVE this one. Neutrality restored.
Minimum Afina Knitted Coatigan £90
However I am all about the colour at the moment and to be totally honest with you, I always get more compliments on what I'm wearing when it's bright and colourful (which is rare and therefore no I don't get complimented very often!)
Alas, this piece of gorgeousness in a cardigan (the Nessa) is sold out at Hush.