It's the code we've all been waiting for.....

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.


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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.  


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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? 

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  1. I love the funnel neck dress and it looks great on you (with your height). I would look like I'd picked up the husband's jumper, short as I am.

    Have you checked out Madewell, now they ship to the UK? The Lyricist Funnel neck is mighty similar to the Whistles one, but considerably less money - worth a look. I'm off to the US on Friday and may well have just put in a bit of a Madewell/Nordstrom order so I have something nice waiting for me when I get there....

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    1. oh I can only find it in a top and not a dress? Still looks gorgeous though..... Happy shopping! (and genius idea!)

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    2. Sorry, yes - I meant that it is similar to the Whistles jumper,rather than the dress. I do like Madewell - I have a sweatshirt from there that I've had almost 2 years and it's still in great shape. Need to get off the laptop now though as I've just hit up J Crew too (and I've not even packed my case yet).

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    3. Oh that's too funny. I'm hoping to get back to NY next year (although NOT in january again....!!) I did have a v swift look in last year but it was SO cold and such a cramped store The Husband didn't give me enough time to look properly.... git!

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  2. I've ordered the teddie cocoon coat and Chelsea boots..now thinking I may need some knitwear too! This could be dangerous!

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    1. They really do have a lot more gorgeous casual stuff this year than normal....

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  3. Did you see or try on the reversible coat in store Kat? I have my eye on the grey version but they only have a M or L online. Usually I would be a 12 in a coat or jacket but I thought as this is quite oversized I should size down. I'm assuming the S would be equivalent to a 10 and the medium a 12? There's a Small available on the house of Fraser website but I don't think the code can be used in concessions

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    1. Oh I'm so sorry, I didn't and no the code can't be used in a concession. BUT if you ring them, they're really good at having one delivered instore for you to try? Or they'll send it from another store. Hope that helps xx

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  4. Ordered the charcoal grey roll neck oversize cashmere jumper. Looks meh on the website but it's fab on & it fills a hole in my wardrobe. I love the suede low block heel boots - but when I tried on the patent version in store (the Farnham store is tiny & they don't have the suede version) they felt too tight. Was gutted as the style is exactly what I'm looking for. Don't think the material makes much difference as they were too tight across the top width of my foot (old lady bunion alert) & at the back - but I know a 41 will be too big! Kat I am less keen than you are about the mohair get up. Not a mohair fan generally (too prickly and sheds like a cat) & not sure about them in culotte form. But I love your jumper dress. And that grey two tone wrap coat is gorgeous.

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    1. That's so funny as I saw the suede block heel boots in store and thought OOH they're gorgeous. I've got a pair from Eileen Fisher that I absolutely love but they're not cheap and these would be a fabulous alternative. Absolutely gorgeous. Having said that, I've always struggled with their shoe sizing too. I definitely need a half size there. For some reason I am ridiculously drawn to mohair this year........You won't want to see my new Acne cape then...!! (it's not really a cape it's a knitted cardigan/cape thingy....) Just not cold enough to wear it yet!

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    2. Kat my bleedin' ankle boot issue - Help! I've mentioned this before - I need low heeled black boots preferably suede...got flat Chelsea boots and biker boots but want something with a bit of a lift...block heel and higher on the ankle is more on trend just now (might order the Whistles suede just to see) but I was wondering if I should just stick with the classics and order Ash Jalouse...they still seem to be available in black. Or the Boden lookalikes. Or Kurt Geiger/Nine West from Shoeaholics. The heel height is perfect. I have seen some lovely similar ones in Jigsaw but just a wee bit too high for me foe every day. But is this style on the wane and should I rather focus on finding my block heel boots?!!!!

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    3. I'll do an ankle boot blog this week!!

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  5. Oh Kat, you look a perfect dream in that Whistles dress! So much so that I almost bought one and I don't even like sweater dresses! Love the fact that you could wear it right away too! (Where I am, it's still barely fall weather and I'm dying to wear my new cashmere sweaters from Hush...)

    Would love your advice on something pls. I came across a gorgeous navy V-neck loose cashmere sweater with navy leather fringing on the bottom. Not cheap at £150 though, and I'm wondering if it's worth paying so much for a trendy item (re. fringing). Do you think I should go for it or pass?? Thanks!

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    1. It is PERFECT to wear now and also perfect to wear in the A/W when you're in and out of over heated houses and shops. The ideal layering piece of cashmere, I completely love.

      Right, well I love the sound of the fringed top (please share where it's from?!) and I honestly think that you'll get a good couple of years our of it. My bessie has a fringed top which she bought a fair few years ago and it comes out every year. Gorgeous top. I think it sounds like a winner. x

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  6. Following your blog last week on knitted dresses (which resulted in your Whistles purchase I believe) I bought the Label Lab one in black... It's quite short which I like (with tights or leggings) and drapes quite nicely so it skims some parts and hugs others. So far I'm pleased with it although I have yet to actually wear it!

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    1. oh fantastic! That sounds great. x

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  7. I love your blog and style even though we are very different physically (just shy of 5ft tall here!). I had already bought from Whistles pre-HOF discount and pre-25% voucher, bah, and worn items boo hoo so couldn't do the trick of re-ordering and returning. They go out of stock very quickly in the smaller sizes which I need so I can't wait! I did go for the pinstripe flippy jersey dress and one of the 3/4 sleeve linen tops which I'd tried on the in the summer and loved but lost out on due to indecision and my size then going out of stock. Hoping the dress fits! You look gorgeous in the funnel dress - I love it but it would be down to my ankles!!

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    1. Great buys. And sometimes you just need to bite the bullet and buy things when you see them otherwise you will miss out. x

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  8. Hi Kat, I bought the Marissa jumper in the same 'loop' print as the dress you tried. In case it's any use to anyone, I spoke to a helpful Whistles branch manager last week. She told their policy is that, if I buy just before they go into promotion, I can bring the unworn items & receipt back to any store to get the partial refund. I'd imagine they take the same common-sense view with online purchases, so we can avoid the whole return-reorder-refund shenanigans.
    who said that it's policy, if I bought anything

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    1. That's a really interesting point. How forward thinking of them. (love that jumper too!)

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  9. Love the leather jacket. xx
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    1. It's completely amazing isn't it?!

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  10. The dress looks very good on you! Funnily enough the salesperson on Northcote Rd )SW11) was wearing the grey mohair two-piece today and it was available in that branch (which isn't a flagship). It looked lovely on her! At 5 foot 4 I don't think I can carry it off but you should definitely have a go!

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