ok so it's not new new and I've featured some bits on the blog already but I haven't actually bought anything from there. Until now.....
Kin at John Lewis. I was telling The Husband about my new purchases (no he wasn't that excited at all....) but his ears did prick up when I mentioned the brand. "I FOUND THAT AGES AGO", he roars (this he was vaguely excited at).
And yes, I now remember that his very plain, classic, straight beige mac, is indeed from there. Very pleased with himself he was too. And very smug he is now at having discovered something and bought into it before me.
So yes, I may be late to the party but it's definitely a brand that I've been watching for a while. Now that I've burst my Kin cherry, I don't think there'll be any stopping me.
I did have the brushstroke dress on the other day that I'm still umming and ahhing over but I have two other purchases which did make it home with me the other day.
What's different about the brand? The simplicity of it. Very reminiscent of Cos I think, but much more accessible where I live - for a start I could easily get it delivered to my Waitrose with Click and Collect (I couldn't be more in love with this service if I tried - and the fact you can return things there as well but do always check your bank statements as I have had something go astray.. of course they fixed it immediately but do take note)
Simply, clean cut, lines in good quality fabrics and classic styles with a modern twist. Perfect for my homage to all things French, even though it has a Scandi feel to it. I've bought in hook line and sinker.
Starting with some of my favourite things from their range.
Oversized v-neck tee in gray marl was £35 now £24
Probably shouldn't have worn a black bra under it.....
They also do it in a black which would be really useful as a wardrobe basic - not on offer though but still I would say it's better to pay this price for one excellent quality tee as opposed to three inferior ones that you'll have to replace next year.
Another top that just oozes chic is this black and white boxy top.
Stripe Cotton Top £35
Moving onto knitwear and this is where I have had success number 1.
So I had tried on a fair few the other day - this one in pale blue I just love and it's on offer now as well.
Tuck Stitch Jumper was £59 now £41 It does say machine wash at 30 on the label but according to the review, I would handwash it. I'm wearing it in the large.
They also do this in a grey - personally I do think it works better on the oversized side.
Speaking of grey, I absolutely love the texture of this one.
Oversized Textured Jumper in Grey was £69 now £34
Of course, the one that I got the other day isn't in the sale (actually none of the above were on offer on Thursday). I was whizzing through John Lewis trying to keep up with whirlwind son number 1 who is like a gazelle shopping - the other two are easy to keep up with but he runs as if his feet are on fire. But had just enough time to grab the perfect off white jumper. Success, success, success.
I didn't realise that I had actually already tried it on in the blue - really didn't see it last time in the white as well.
So here it is in the blue.
Float Stitch Jumper in Indigo £59
And the white version which I bought. This feels so expensive (ok so it's not cheap at nearly £60). If someone told you it was from Maxmara, you'd believe them. It's gorgeous. Great shape, great length (I got the medium). Perfect to wear on its own or for layering. It's actually very similar to a Duffy one which I nearly bought last year which was over double the price. And I've always regretted not buying it, so am over the moon with this.
Similar shape but a sweatshirt material and again, my beloved black and white stripe.
Striped Sweatshirt £45
Their bags are also really worth looking at. Not all leather but at a price that reflects that.
The perfect Summer, throw it all in Canvas bag.
Bronte Oversized Tote Bag in Bronze £69
Magnus across body bag in white £39 Size wise, it's the same width as a ruler. Perfect.
And in black
Finally though, Success number 2 and the other bargain I grabbed was the jumpsuit that I had on the blog the other day. Absolutely love this. One of the issues I had with my old cheap one was the creasing issue. And, as a friend of mine reminded me the other day - it's not just the creasing on wearing, it's the hassle of ironing the darn thing. Ironing and I are not friends. I absolutely loathe it and only iron things if I have to.
This however in a thick, flowy fabric is (fingers crossed) totally crease proof. I am banking on this being the sort of fabric that comes out of the washing machine drip dry.
Tie Waist Jumpsuit in Black was £99 now £49 - true to size.
So I am pretty chuffed with my purchases - we will of course see how long it takes me to wreck the off white jumper..... And the jumpsuit also looks ace with heels. I'm out with the girls on Wednesday night for drinks and dinner so it I think it may well make an appearance then. Very pleased indeed.
Have you come across Kin in your John Lewis? Thoughts? Definitely products I think you need to try on as they do have that classic non descript look to them on the hangar. I can't wait to see what they bring out next. (and I still have the shoes to bring you.. saving them for another day. I can feel a number of shoe obsessions starting.....obviously having said I don't need any more. Obviously....)
Finishing with outfit from yesterday.
Cream blouse - Zara
Flared jeans - Stella McCartney
Gold earrings (just seen) - Forever21
Camel Cypress boots - Acne
So today after the excesses of yesterday (yes I have a very very sore head).... we are all taking it easy. Loads of movies and just hanging out, kids have overdosed on chocolate but I can still polish my halo as (and I know I'm starting to get dull about this - I prefer evangelical as it really is something that has worked so well for my children) they've been doing their Maths Factor programmes, inbetween Disney Infinity and Minecraft.
And tomorrow is the last day of their special offer of £1 for your first month. Proof is in the picture which gives me an extra hour to do research for tomorrow's blog (can you now see why I love it so much?!) .... apparently it might be getting warmer.....
Hope everyone had a fantastic Easter - I'm about to have hair of the dog in the form of a large glass of red wine whilst The Husband makes the roast lamb for dinner.