Well it's Friday, it's January, I am hawking the weather forecast like my life depends on it to see if it's still going to snow (as I type, this is apparently at 11am tomorrow morning..... ), I am ensconced on the sofa with a large glass of red and a bowl of kettle chips and it's comfort all the way.
Comfort zone yesterday - today I've progressed merely to another part of it. We've done stripes and yes, you've guessed it, today is leopard print.
So... my flights to JFK are booked. The hotels are booked, some restaurants are booked (any suggestions please do holler - 6 days are a lot to fill and yes, I can hear the violins....two days with one of my oldest friends and then three days with The Husband. In New York. Without kids. *swu) but I'm still umming and ahhing about what to take. It's actually going to be warmer there this weekend than it is here so to be totally honest the jury is still out.
Now I'm not going to mention the Lowland Boots again (well I sort of am) but I managed to find this little gem yesterday and I think it would be perfect with them. And no I'm not specifically trying to hunt down things that would work with the aforementioned boots. But yes I do seem to manage to be doing it without any effort...
This also ticks so many other boxes. It follows my rules - I have nothing like this at all in my wardrobe - it would work really for dress down lunch with a polo neck (black boots... even OTK ones...) Or in the evening with a cream or black shirt and ankle boots. The perfect little extra to throw into a suitcase. And I'd even wear into the Summer with flats and a white tee. Little blazer thrown on and it's the perfect year round skirt. See why I need it?
Jacquard Animal Print Pelmet Skirt £35
I'm not going to lie - I am ever so slightly concerned by the word "pelmet" but thankfully they also do it in their Tall range. My muff can stay undercover.
I'm on a roll and I don't have a longsleeve leopard dress - this one from Whistles is now a bargain - exclusively at ASOS.
Whistles Leopard print dress was £75 now £32
This again would be ideal to roll up in a corner of a suitcase. Ideal with black skinnies or any sort of jeans.
Animal Print Drape Blouse £38 at Topshop - and they also do this in a Tall.
Orrrr skinny jeans, leopard print tee (hey presto) and black tuxedo blazer - oh yes, call off the dogs. This wins in my book.
ASOS Premium T-shirt £25
I need this like I need a hole in the head but boy would I love to simply pack all black and take this as my coat.....(I appreciate I would need black hat, scarf and gloves!)
New Look Leopard print coat was £54.99 now £38
OR this one...
Only Faux Fur Leopard coat was £90 now £54
Yes I do have pretty much leopard print everything now that I think about it but my favourite thing bar none has to be my LV scarf (which is pretty much vintage). Leopard accessories are so very useful. Although they're rather neutral shades they give the perfect element of interest to an otherwise boring outfit.
This would work throughout the whole year - perfect for day time and also ideal in the evening.
Elliott Animal Print bag was £165 now £110
One thing I do definitely need for the Spring is a new pair of sunglasses and I've never considered a pair of leopard print - a more modern version of tortoiseshell.....
Dolce & Gabbana Sunglasses were £173 now £132
I know I have a leopard print scarf (I have lots and I love them all) but this one is just that little bit different.
ASOS Oversized Scarf £16
Couldn't possibly do a leopard print blog without some shoe action and happy days - these are gorgeous for £12! Now I wouldn't go tramping through puddles in these and clearly they're not snow worthy but finger's crossed we've got better weather on the way (the way may be of the long way away variety but these things always sell out if you don't buy them when you see them)
ASOS Life Story pointed ballet flats £12
So I'm thinking at the moment for NY - wardrobe combo of black, camel and leopard print...... I just need to make sure I've got the right mix of day to night outfits, at the same time ensuring I'm going to be warm enough. I did spy these today in Waitrose and think I may have to explore in more detail.
POLAR FLEECE TIGHTS!!!! £10 from John Lewis
Finishing with an outfit from Tuesday I think - I forgot to post it but again a whole load of old favourites but with a new hat (from a company that are literally based at the end of my road in the sticks!) I'm going to do a warm accessory blog in the next day or so, so will tell all then.
And outfit from today. School run, supermarket, coffee with friend and then I had three of my closest friends over for a lovely lunch (she says modestly.. basil chicken salad with WATER to drink). We were going to start our furniture painting projects but that didn't really get off the ground as we were all nattering too much. Meeting at school with my son's Autistic tutor, the Head and the Senco (gosh I love them all so much - we've still got such a long hard hill to climb but where he has progressed to from last year with all their hard work is extraordinary). Then two and a half hours at the swimming pool (no not me) All the glamour for a Friday night.....
Beige ribbed jumper dress - H&M
Black coated jeggings - Dorothy Perkins
Caitlyn boots - Seven Boot Lane
Patchwork fur coat - Topshop
Beige pompom beret - Miss Selfridge
Black Diego bag - Alexander Wang
We've got another lovely calm weekend - off on a family trip tomorrow which we are all so looking forward to. Well I say that - yet to break it The Husband that cinema and Five Guys equates to him having to go Bluewater..... I may get a child to do it whilst I hide....