All my favourite things...

....from All Saints.  

I used to buy loads and loads from All Saints.  And then I stopped.  I'm not entirely sure why, I assume it's because there just wasn't enough I loved from there.  

And if you stop looking at somewhere, it sort of falls off your radar.   Well, more fool me. 

But fear not, they are back with a vengeance and I am all over them like a dog on deer poo (if you have a dog and live near a park that has deer you will know exactly what I mean.  If you don't - take my word for it that these are the equivalent of kettle chips to dogs). 

The main reason to do that at the moment is that they currently have 20% off everything using the code ENJOY.  And when their prices aren't cheap, this is a hugely welcome discount *flexes credit card*. 

I first thought of them again when I was looking for knitwear to go over my leather leggings.  That didn't pan out for that occasion but still top of my wish list is the Benton Cape.

This I think would be perfect in the Autumn - yes, even now when it's slightly warmer, as it's a lovely thin knit that is perfect for layering. 

Benton Cape was £118 before discount in the mist marl



For me though, it would have to be the grey marl - absolutely adore it.  Now these do look exceptionally voluminous but in fact, the sleeves are fitted all the way up to the oxter (ok so this is under the arm for anyone who doesn't know this weird word.  Please tell me there are a few of you out there who have heard this?  I have spent my life trying to find other people who called it this growing up.... and yes I know you could just say armpit.  But it's OXTER.)  So you could easily wear a loose fitting chunky cardi, cape or heavy coat over the top.  And it's perfect for a thin layer underneath.

Benton Cape in the grey £118




Moving onto coats.  One of my favourite coats is a boiled wool drape front coat from Ronit Zilkah that I have had for about six years.  I completely love it and am going to be beside myself when it finally bites the dust.  I only hope that these are around as they would be the perfect replacement.  For me, these are more than a fashion item.  This is my favourite style of coat that I have been wearing for years.

Paxx Coat £328 in ink



This one again, I would wear pretty much every day.... simply adore.

Roux Coat in black £358




However I've just realised I don't have a khaki coat... (step away from another coat.  Repeat to self.  Step away from another coat) 


Una Coat in Moss £398 How simply stunning is this?



Now I have always had great success with dresses from All Saints.  Three of my dresses that I drag out year after year for special occasions are from All Saints. 

This one is more casual but it's perfect for during the day and then dressing up for night time.  It's dry clean only which would be my only bug bear. 

Laurel Dress in black £168



They also do this in a khaki with vintage floral style embroidery on the collar.  Love this little addition and adore the elastic ruching at the back of the waist.  So incredibly flattering for giving a little shape without hugging the lumps and bumps on the stomach at the front.  Genius. 

Laurel Colt Dress £188






Love the versatility of this one - reminds me of the Reiss dress I had on the blog the other day but is slightly more cosy.  A layered knitted dress you can wear done up with the zip or undone, depending on the look you want.  Two looks for the price of one.

Drina Jumper Dress £158





And my final dress is another knitted number.  In my head this would happily skim over my lumpier middle section (sod you plank - I am going to start doing them again tomorrow..or maybe Monday) and not cling to it like a reception kid on the first day of school.  A girl can dream... and actually, I do think a ribbedish wool can be more flattering than a flat fabric.  That's my theory and I'm sticking with it.  Plus I'm hoping that the drapey top half would float over my muffin as opposed to highlighting it...

Flik Dress in Cinder Marl £148




It will come as no surprise to anyone that my colour for the A/W is (always) black.   Predominantly black especially when it comes to night out outfits.  And the one thing that I am desperate for - and I know lots of other people are too - are tops.  The impossible to find "going out" top.  Blog is coming shortly on that topic, but in the meantime, this one looks like a perfect starter for ten.  I have one that will suffice at the moment.

Elan top in black £78 and goes in the machine   This is going to be a definite yes for me.  Perfect with jeans for a casual night out but the ideal top for over leather leggings or a leather mini skirt.  Amazing.




Another slightly more casual option but still a great addition to your wardrobe - love the idea of the cinder marl with black leather. 

Heny Long Sleeved Tee £48



So what are your thoughts on All Saints?  I definitely think they've come a long way from their, dare I say it, homeless looking styles of way back when.  Their fabrics and their cutting is, I think, amazing and in my wardrobe, their dresses and jackets have really stood the test of the time. 

Top of my wishlist for this A/W at the moment for sure.  Friday night in here and I'm going to be ordering the Benton cape with the 20 % discount definitely.  Just which colour... (I already know it's definitely going to be the Cinder Marl *punches air*)  Oh and the Elan top.  I'm only gutted they only do it one colour.

And to go with these more expensive purchases I have the bargain of the season so far.  I thought my ASOS Thea jeans at £11 and my ASOS pleather jacket at £24 were pretty good going but hold the front page.  £5 pleather joggers from H&M. 

So good, I've worn them two days in a row.

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Logo tee - Captain Tortue
Black Pleather joggers - H&M 
Black Tux blazer - Topshop
Superstar sneakers - Golden Goose
Black Mario bag - Jerome Dreyfuss

And last night for drinks with the girls - wearing the one Winter top I have that works for nights out.

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Black crepe top - Zara
Leather leggings - hush
Black fringe ankle boots - Zara

And today an amazing day (with a slightly squiffy head...) in London with the girls.  Breakfast at The Delaunay, followed by the Louis Vuitton Exhibition and then lunch at Les Deux Salons.  Quick hop, skip and a jump back on the train for school pick up and then swimming lessons.  

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Black jumper - Tommy Hilfger
Black pleather joggers - H&M
Grey knitted long waistcoat - Primark
Cracked leather Stan Smiths - adidas
Black Mario bag - Jerome Dreyfuss

Things I have learnt today.  The Louis Vuitton exhibition is slightly random but actually very interesting and if you can get to it, then I'd recommend.  It's free - even the guided tour is free (all run by, we think, male models.. what's not to love?!).  Yes it's one massive LV PR campaign, but fair play to them - beats a double page spread in all the glossies for interest, that's for sure.

And secondly - wearing pleather trousers to watch swimming lessons on a very warm day in a swimming pool that is housed in what is essentially a greenhouse, is moronic.  I honestly thought they were going to be hermetically sealed to my legs when the hour was up.  Still love 'em though.... 

Tomorrow the 11yr old comes home.  WHOOP!  And we are off to Ikea to choose desks for the 7 and 8 yr olds after footie in the morning.  The Husband is out tonight at a Charity Whiskey tasting evening thingy which will be going on till the wee small hours.  He can't WAIT to go to Ikea......snort.

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  1. Oxters is a word....an oxter is a part of the body for sure...like hunkers, do you use that one too? Definitely unique to the Irish, I think. Love the benton Cape.

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    1. omg I have not heard of hunkers. I am off to google now. How amazing is that cape?! To be honest, it's not really a cape, it's a jumper..

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    2. Oxters and hunkers are Northumbrian too! Brings back memories of my childhood. :-)

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  2. Nooooo! I love the poncho and I've just tried the discount code - it's not applicable on that item!!!! Gutted!! (Although maybe slightly relieved having taken advantage of the Whistles promo - phew!)

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    1. oh you are KIDDING????????????????????????????? BUGGER. That's my evening up the swanny. I'm off to read the small print - SOD IT. So so sorry.

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    2. Ah the code's ENJOY

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    3. oh god I am such a loser. Will change it now. So we can use it??!!! BOOM BOOM

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  3. Oxters. Love that word. Up to my oxters is one of my favourite phrases. With you on All Saints. Haven't looked in ages. But you've inspired me to look. That Elan top / Flik dress - both look great
    Maeve

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    1. Gorgeous isn't it all. I'm just gutted that the code doesn't seem to work on some things. We say Tickly under the oxters here. (god I need to get out more)

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    2. Ignore - code does work... I had just copied it incorrectly from the website... But whilst I'm on the subject of needing to get out more, I feel I can admit we also say "skin the rabbit" when I take the kids' tops off. See? Next step - funny farm.

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  4. Fabulous tops - love them to bits. Thanks so much for your always amazing insights into what to wear. You look stunning on your girlie night out but not so keen on your outfit for London with with girls - the trainers can make legs look very 'cankley'. But you manage to pull it off. x

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  5. Hunkers yes. Skin the rabbit - no! But I like it. Will have to steal

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  6. Never heard of oxters but I like it a lot! But oh dear, I love the Benton cape so so much! I've never been in an All Saints as I don't have one anywhere near me & I fear I wouldn't actually fit in the clothes, lol! But this is perfect in grey x

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    1. You could so wear those capes. I can't believe I didn't order it straight away - the M/L was sold out at midnight last night. GAH! I've got the S/M coming and hope I can exchange in store...

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  7. Oxters and hunkers are defo words we used up here in Scotland when I was wee!

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  8. You do make me laugh - not familiar with Oxters, but I am not to old to learn. Totally in need of coats this time of year. I am now smitten with the Roux, just love it! Have you ever heard of Sand, a fab Scandi brand? Just bought a pefect alpacca coat from there.
    Tx

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    1. Hmm I don't think I have heard of Sand. We have a couple of Scandi boutiques here but I can't recall seeing Sand. Will look into it xx

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  9. Yes I have heard of oxters, as in "up to my oxters", must be an Irish thing so!! I haven't heard it in ages though, you have reminded me I must use it again! Funny your newest blog is on All Saints, as it was a shop I avoided for years, I just didn't "get" their clothes. The only thing I had from there was a dress I bought about 10 years ago which was admittedly gorgeous but I consigned it a few years ago as I bought at a time when I was skinny and unfortunately it no longer fits. It was too short anyway. Then last week I was in Kildare Village, despairing that I was maybe going to leave there empty handed and I ended up buying loads in the All Saints outlet. I assume they are all from A/W14- 3 dresses and a thin knit jumper and they're all fab. I shall certainly be checking them out in future, and I love some of those pieces you chose from their current collection.

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    1. I got my jeans from the Kildare shop! They shut their Bicester shop a while ago which is a real shame. Will just have to come home to Nanny more often...!!

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  10. Yep, oxters and hunkers are both words we'd use here too! Definitely your Irish heritage coming out there Kat! I like Allsaints. I've a couple of the long sleeve Amei dresses and they are really versatile. Sounds like you had a great day in London today!

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    1. Hmm not sure I know the Amei dress - will check it out thank you x

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  11. Gorgeous cape and coats from Allsaints, you can't beat boiled wool. I was in H&M yesterday, but didn't see the joggers. I do have a pair of their ridiculously cheap pleather leggings though. Haha at watching swimming with them on, always so hot!

    We have family in Sevenoaks, I think I know the park with the deer poo in :).

    Tanya

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  12. Thank you for this - I just ordered the Elan top. Perfect top and just what I was looking for. :o)

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    1. I've ordered it too. Fingers crossed x

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  13. I'd also not shopped in All Saints for ages until the other weekend when I tried on about 82 items in their Brighton store, and managed to limit myself to 4 (also a 20% off weekend thankfully!). The Amei dress is fab as it has a drawstring that ties behind your neck to adjust the length and drape. Also the Villa tops are great for the everyday rock chick look.

    The material does seem a bit thinner than 'the olden days', and the designs not quite so edgy. Have you looked at Bolongaro Trevor? They were the original designers at All Saints before they sold it 10 years ago - some of their pieces are absolutely stunning (especially their leather and embroidered items), and the quality is brilliant. I have a dress, cardigan and a jacket from there which always get 'where did you get that from' comments!

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    1. Hmm I looked at Bolongaro Trevor years ago but there was something not quite right about it - will check it out again though, thank you for the tip off!

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  14. Love your blog and all your outfits..
    Is your zara blouse new season pls?
    Loving the all saints cape too.. Gorgeous .. And that olive coat ..
    X

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    1. Thank you xx the blouse if from last year but they usually have it every season. Although I fear this year it's in a different fabric. This one isn't great tbh but it's a crepe with a satin edge.

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    2. Ah thanks Kat, I'll have a look x

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  15. Oxters and hunkers both definitely Scottish. Loving that cape. I was looking at the sleeveless waistcoat in Primark just yesterday - may possibly have to go back for a second glance ...

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    1. It's really quite good actually! And I think it's also Irish as my mum doesn't have a Scottish bone in her body! (two Irish parents but was brought up in India.. random or what?!)

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  16. My mother, who grew up in Dublin, used to tell us to 'Stick that under your oxter' meaning to put something under your arm, or to mind it carefully!

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  17. Hi Kat, what do you think the sizing is like at H&M. Never bought from them before but spotted a few things on line, a coat and a pair of trousers.

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    1. How long it a piece of string? I have size 14 in my dungarees, the pleathers are a 10 and a new breton from there is a Small. Insane like everywhere. I'd also be super wary of quality. I would say 5% is decent. The rest is completely "don't stand too near a naked flame". Definitely need to try things imho. Good luck!

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  18. Thought oxters was a Shetland word but obviously not! Love living in rainy windy but beautiful Shetland but the shopping ain't so good, get great inspiration from your blog, and am in Glasgow now for a week and can't wait to hit the shops :-)

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    1. Hope you get some goodies! (internet shopping where you are?!) xx

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  19. Oh yes, skin the rabbit is familiar! My mother used to say it when she took my vests off when I was small ... and now I do it without thinking with my 8 year old daughter :) !!
    Always so enjoy your blog, do we get an update on the OTK boot decision soon?! x

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