So today for the first time in forever (ok, so forgetting a sneaky trip last week to London....) I went shopping.
Actually, it's fair to include the trip last week as on thinking about it - that's when the inkling of NEW SEASON started to itch. Hence a stream of random ramblings about my A/W thoughts for this quickie blog.
And here we are - same old same old - classic dilemma of the fashion fan (note I said fan and not victim.....), do you jump early and dive in, sealing your A/W fate by September or do you hold fire with your game face on and wait until later in the season (well - October?) to see if better goodies are around the corner.....?
I have no idea.
Every. Season. So what have I seen so far that I am itching to buy? First and foremost the most ridiculous purchase for July - a sheepskin gilet. REALLY?!
YES! This was the most stunning thing I've seen in forever. I clearly didn't buy it as it's a fiver off £700. Ouch and then some. So I need to give it some (a lot) of thought. However I have discovered that they're only selling it at St Christopher's Place, Selfridges and Harrods. Oh and online. And large has already sold out, ditto every size online at Selfridges. ARRGGH. Nothing says I NEED YOU like Sold out.
Longline sheepskin Gilet from Whistles £695 This is reversible. It's perfect.
And yes, we're back to my love of last season which I didn't buy and wish like billio that I had done. But never mind - I will be buying this season. Except not from Russell & Bromley as apparently they're not doing the Loden (khaki to you and me) this season. EEK. So that of course makes them even more desirable, especially as they've gone up £25 online at Stuart Weitzman in a week. Grab from Selfridges. I'm waiting for a tipsy shopping moment and then I'll cave. (we all know what I'll actually do is wait until they're sold out at Selfridges, panic like hell and pay way over the odds for them somewhere else - ie from online in the US where I'll get stung with a gazillion £ customs charge. Obviously)
Stuart Weitzman Lowland Boots in Loden £650
To go with the boots and the gilet... I managed to snag in the sale at Zara, pleather leggings. That are AMAZING. £9.99. In khaki and in black with zips at the ankles. Unfortunately not available online. (seeing as I only paid £10 for each of these, with a penny change, it clearly makes perfect sense to spend the scary amount of money on the other things no?)
And to wear with these, I intend to yet again become obsessed with the oversized jumper. Last year I adored these - the perfect every day throw on with skinnies (which we nearly all have already - I certainly have enough to start a small retail emporium) and ankle boots (or knee high... or over the knee? Oh yesh)
I can't wait for the plethora of huge jumpers to hit the shops but in the meantime, this is as good a place to start as any. They call this a dress. Yes. Well. Not at 42 and at 5ft10 it's not. But a jumper for over skinnies or leather leggings, this will do nicely thank you. Love the zip detail.
ASOS jumper dress with zip funnel neck in khaki £45
However we are talking chillier days here and (hopefully...) these are a long way off. (the dilemma of whether to cave now though and risk everything being sold out by October is one that keeps me awake at night. Sort of.)
But I'm still desperate to think all about A/W and come September, more layers are definitely going to be on the agenda and one item I am definitely going to wear is a blazer. I'm going to be all about the blazer. I am sorted for black blazers, I have one fitted (Topshop) and one not (hush) - both of which I wear absolutely loads.
But I definitely need a new navy blazer and the best I've tried on in ages were from Me+Em. Would be rude not to take advantage now that one of them is in the sale.
Darts Detail Blazer in navy was £168 now £84
Another must have item is going to be a white shirt. Loose shirt pretty please - I have pleather leggings over which this would look amazing. Ballet flats or ankle boots. A must.
Double Layer Shirt from Me+Em £88 Size wise, for me, I'd say a 10 is a medium.... Soft, drapey, comfortable, no ironing. Done.
And to go with my new outfits... I have new A/W hair. Ok so new Summer holiday hair.
I've gone short. Not short, short but it's not long anymore. The disaster of my colour fiasco earlier in the year took its toll and my hair had taken on even more of a straw like consistency than usual. And so drastic measures were needed.
And I love it. Amazing new hairdresser who does a fair few of my friends' hair and here I am with my new lease of life.
Black shirt dress - & Other Stories
Black Diego bag - Alexander Wang
Sandals - Forever21
And I am sending back the tan Aquazzuras as, as much as I love them, I love the Forever21 ones just as much. Which were £15....... *polishes halo*.
I may have just ordered some bargain ones from Zara though.. just to see...... And put the rest of the saved money towards my Boot/Gilet fund....
So it can't just be me who's craving all things Wintery at the moment? Anyone else care to share what's on their wishlist? This is, of course, only the tip of my iceberg.