Sorry sorry sorry - darn real life and the doing of important things like being a mother (of children and a puppy) and having to sort out my garden (YAWN) plus a whole day of torture in Ikea (we didn't even have time for meatballs), which has meant that small things, like the matter of pretty things to wear, has had to take a back seat for the last couple of days.
How rude am I? Huge apologies, I am back, although this week things may be a bit patchy as I have a couple of mornings (which is essentially the majority of the day bar an hour before school run time) taken up with Autistic meetings and a whole day's football tournament. And trying to sort out the house (I have the contents of Ikea to singlehandedly build. Kill me now) and the food (not to mention wine) for the Big Day on Saturday (8yr old's First Holy Communion which will mean ziltch to anyone who isn't Catholic but to those in the know, you'll get it...) The fact it's currently due to be raining, I am not letting bother me.(much)
On the upside, I do have my outfit sorted - definitely (she says knowing full well she'll changer her mind) the Self Portrait dress which I am desperate to find an excuse to wear again. And the weather forecasts in this country are notoriously rubbish.
What I have thought about this week though, when pondering what to wear for both this and the party that I had yesterday is that, whilst it's sometimes a good idea to spend a lot on an outfit for a Special Occasion, the long and short of it is that often it's not the best value.
Don't get me wrong, I adore my Self Portrait dress and I don't regret buying it for one minute, but it did make me think that for those sparse occasions (sob) when we get to wear it - should we perhaps be spending our budget (whatever that may be) on clothes that we can utilise on a daily basis?
I had a good look at my wardrobe and back at the outfits that I've been wearing in the past month or so since it has warmed up and the common denominator is denim. Simply put, there is nothing else that comes close to being so versatile. Cost per wear, I think you'll find there's very little to beat it.
There's classic denim that we all have and I have plans for a kick flare blog tryonathon (once I can leave my delicious puppy for a couple of hours) but in the meantime, I've kept coming across denim with a difference.
So not your typical jeans, denim jacket or even denim skirt but denim that is still exceptionally wearable day in day out but is just that little bit different.
Denim with a twist I like to think. I will say that for me, the surprise hit of the season so far has been my off white boyfriend jeans that were a bargain from All Saints at Kildare Village but there are definitely other options that I'm keen to look at too.
Staying with jeans and some super versatile blue versions. I love a patch. I have some skinny ones from Mango last year which I regret to say are the worst fit ever (they just grow when you wear them. Thank god they were cheap in the sale and I do like them although flattering they are not)
My favourite blue boyfriend jeans are from ASOS and so I can highly recommend their denim.
ASOS Brady Slim Boyfriend Jeans in Patty Mid Wash with patches £38
Monki Ikomo Slim Girlfriend patch jeans £40
Denim and Supply by Ralph Lauren Patched Boyfriend Jeans £155
Printed patches from M&S....
Patchwork Girlfriend Cropped Jeans £39.50
Love the shape of these from Lulu Guinness at M&S - now on special offer.
Patch Cinch Back Boyfriend Jeans was £45 now £36
Clearly I have a thing about the blazer as well.....
Moving on from patches now but still not plain. Let your hems do the talking....
Cropped Girlfriend Denim Jeans from M&S £35