... or should that be unconsciousness... a day out in London with 5 10 and 11 yr olds at The London Dungeon does leave a jaded 42 year old exhausted. I was lucky to have two friends to accompany me and actually it was a really good laugh. Well, a really good scare - it is in fact very frightening and there is no way I could have taken my younger two. I would though, highly highly recommend it if you haven't been.
Which leads me to what will probably be a lot of not particularly productive research for the elusive "night out top". On my return home tonight was my All Saints order and I am gutted to report that the Elan top, just wasn't quite what I had thought it would be. I need to try the Medium on again but the Large was just too big, too baggy with too much fabric. I had hoped it would cover a multitude of sins but it just looked like I was trying to hide more (if that makes sense.... )
So leaving that to one side, I am definitely in the market this Autumn for tops that are just that little bit more special than those every day ones we wear.
First off - oh hello French Connection, I knew I could rely on you.
This I LOVE. The perfect combo of a little bit of glitz but still a hint of casual about it. One for the list to try. I'd happily also wear this during the day with a pair of faded jeans and a black long cardi with ankle boots.
Sparkle Nights Textured Top £60
Arrow Crepe Tunic £65 This is very similar to the black one I have from Zara last year (that I wore the other night that lots of people commented on) but would (fingers crossed...) be of a much better quality. They also do this in black as well. This over leather leggings would be perfection.
Another option... a sweater but one again that can be worn out at night. Satin body with sheer arms. And in a riot red as they call it - I would personally say it's a tangerine but it's a lovely Autumnal addition to your night out wardrobe.
Lou Lou Satin Sweater £58 also from FCUK
They also do it in a Winter White which I have to say I adore with these trousers. Gosh I love this look. And available in a Midnight as well as a Black.
However I think my completely favourite FCUK top has to be the genius genius addition of sequins to a classic breton. Oh. Yes.
Railroad Stars Sequin Top £45 And I don't really think this is a bad price either. I shall try this on tomorrow and report back.
Back to black and something a little less every day with a high neck blouse from Warehouse. They do have a sale on at the moment but frankly there was very little that caught my eye. This isn't in the sale but I think with leather leggings this could be amazing - or a leather mini skirt. Or I think teaming it with a pair of distressed boyfriends and heels could be ideal for the pub. Or for a very casual evening, how about a pair of ballet flats (ooh actually, cropped cigarette and black ballet flats...) Gorgeous.
Black Embroidered High Neck Top £42
So this is just a little taster of what's to come as I have to go and supervise homework... new desks in their rooms for two little boys = me running up and down as they get stuck. This isn't exactly what I had envisaged, I am going to make a camp on one of their beds till they finish. And then I have to wrap presents for the 8yr old's birthday tomorrow.
Thank heaven's for a v keen 11yr old who has iced cakes (bought from Lidl can I please point out... their mini muffins are amazing) for school for him. I am mortified to admit she does a better job than I could possibly do.
Outfit from today - yes we did get wet.
Red and navy breton - H&M
Real Straight jeans - Gap
Trench - Banana Republic
White cracked leather Stan Smiths - adidas
Cognac cross body bag - Campomaggi from Plumo
Tomorrow I shall be up at the crack making pancakes which the 8yr old has requested for his birthday breakfast... with strawberries and ice cream....!
And hopefully be back with more tops. I surely can't be the only one in need of these?