Oh hello 25% off at Whistles.... before we start the code is WH25AW15 till the 5th Oct.
I'll fess up - I already caved last week at House of Fraser with their Brand day thingy and bought the navy dress I had my eye on. And wore it today. And how I love it. I adore it and expect to live in it all Winter.
But that didn't stop me heading in today to see what else there was that I would have my eye on and hells bells, where do you stop?
So top of my list would be this grey two piece (well it's not really a two piece as you can wear them separately.. ok, it's still a two piece..) Basically it's my excuse to buy both. And I would only do this with the 25% off.
My needing of this wasn't helped by going into Whistles today and finding out it's Limited Edition and only available in two stores and online. Thanks for that Whistles. We all know there's nothing like having "ooh quite like that" converted to "I NEED THAT" with the little addition of "Limited Edition"....
Mohair Knitted Culotte £130 pre discount
With the matching mohair jumper which could so so easily be worn separately. As could the culottes. They'd look just as fab with a black or navy jumper over the top. Or how about a shirt and a blazer.... I think they'd be super versatile and would happily see you through the A/W and into Spring (loose white linen tee and black blazer or biker jacket? Just add Stans) Do you see why I now NEED this? Just which size to buy....
Mohair Blend Funnel Neck Jumper £130 pre discount
Just look how fab this outfit looks.... I am so ordering it.
And whilst we're there it would be rude not to mention the rather divine navy biker jacket pictured above....
Juno Quilted leather biker jacket £350 pre discount
Another blog I have coming up, as I seem to have become obsessed with them, is the loose cardigan. Can one have too many, is the question I will be asking... Obviously No is the correct answer.
Hence I was drawn to this.
Pocket Cardigan in navy £110 before discount. I did try this on today but suffice to say, over a navy jumper dress you couldn't see owt in my photo. If I had a brain I'd be dangerous.
The other thing I did manage try on today which I've been eyeing up, was the Loop Print Shirt Dress. I did love this but I'm just not sure personally how much wear I'll get out of it. The Sales Assistant had it on in the black and it looked great. And it is perfect if you work in a shop or office as it's ideal for those over heated places. It's formal but comfortable at the same time. I'm just struggling to justify how often I'd wear it. But certainly, if I were still in an office, I'd have bought it in a heartbeat. The SA had it on with heeled ankle boots and it looked super cool.
Loop Print Shirt Dress £110 (goes in the machine!)
Now this does come up big. They only had a 12 instore and often I am a 12 in Whistles, but this was massive. It is supposed to be oversized but this was like a tent. Definitely size down.
Coats of course are a great idea to buy with a discount this big and surely, two coats for the price of one would be the genius choice. I love this one. Absolutely adore it. Even though I wouldn't let my children within 10 yards of me wearing this cream side out. Details.
Split Seam Reversible Coat £250 pre 25% off. Not a bad price for a coat at all to begin with to be honest.
They also do it in a double grey version as well...
And the Soft Funnel Cashmere Dress in navy £180 Which I have. I got mine in the large as the arms were too short and the dress was too short in the medium. I like the slightly oversized look to it as opposed to it being shaped. The medium was just too skimpy on someone 5ft10 in my humble opinion. But horses for course and this was the sort of look I wanted. I ADORE it.
And here I am in said dress. Love love love.
Funnel Cashmere dress in navy - Whistles
Zip ankle skinny black jeans - Boden
Superstar sneakers - Golden Goose
Black Mario fringe bag - Jerome Dreyfuss
So last night as I mentioned - tortuous TWO hours doing English homework with the 7yr old, god love him. Like I said yesterday, totally my fault as I didn't realise he would have so much - or that he was so diligent and would insist on very little help. And it was hard. I'm not complaining (well I am sort of as it was so frustrating I was forced to have a glass of medicinal red) as he wasn't complaining but I've learnt my lesson and will spread it out over the week in future.
The upside of it was, that he said he found English hard but loved Maths and had been moved up a group and could he practise more. Or is he cannier than I give him credit for... "Mum, if I do The Maths Factor, can I use my iPad....?" Hmmm. In fact all very timely as I had an email the other day from The Maths Factor saying they're extending their 30 Day Challenge into the month of October as well.
Now I'm not going to lie - I dropped the ball in September with the boys and their Maths. Which is really stupid as they love doing it and it's an easy win with them as they get to go on their iPads during the week. But we've had all the build up to the 11+ and my focus really has been on the 11yr old. In fact, she didn't start the 30 Day Maths Challenge at all as we were knee deep in Bond and GL assessment papers (if you've never been subjected to the pointless torture that is a Verbal or a Non Verbal test, thank your lucky stars.)
But I've checked with The Maths Factor and the boys, despite having started their 30 Day Challenge and having failed miserably (again my fault) to complete it, can do another one in October. So long as they start it any day in October, they can continue for 30 Days. Ditto with the 11yr old when she gets back from her residential week away (managed to walk past her room this morning without flinging myself on the bed and sobbing. Probably something to do with the 7yr old hollering from downstairs that he thought the puppy was doing a wee on the new rug. I may never have moved faster.)
However the £1 for the first month trial ends on the 30th September, so you have until tomorrow night to sign up. If you have battles with screen time during the week like we do - I cannot tell you what an easy win this is. Plus, the 7yr old (who is an August birthday) and who spent a lot of time on The Maths Factor for the first four weeks of the Summer and last year has already been moved up a set (it took him a long time to get started at school and didn't even know any letters so we've always been on catch up). He's like a sponge and this has been perfect for combining his lust for learning with being able to use his beloved iPad. And I get to feel super smug and go shopping as a reward. What could be better...?
So now that I've managed to convince myself I'm mother of the year, I reckon I deserve a small treat from Whistles.... (do you not just love the justification?!)
Today, other trying on sessions included a couple of items on my wish lists which I'll be bringing you over the next couple of days. Key question is... do I want them more than I want the Whistles two piece? What's top of your Whistles Wish List?