It just takes one suggestion...

.... that you read and think hmm good idea.  And then ten seconds later - brain computes and suddenly, you can't live without it. 

Thank you Polly Vernon for your tip in Grazia this week which I bought for the train journey on Friday to London. 

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 Until then, I had always been quite smug in my ability to live without a black biker jacket.  Completely fine.  I have looked at them longingly and often but have always just lived with my brown one (which I don't wear as often as I should).  However I then started thinking about how much I wore the very thin (and fabulously cheap at £24) pleather drape front black jacket that I bought from ASOS in the Summer, in the limited time that I have had it. 

And suddenly... hey presto.  THIS is what is missing from my wardrobe.  However before I go biker bonkers, a more cost effective solution may be to just look at the scarf aspect.  Especially if I can find one that means I will wear my brown biker jacket more.

Now you can go top end in these.  You can spend around £200 for Charlotte Simone ones - see Selfridges

Charlotte Simone Popsicle Fur Stole £175 


Charlotte Simone Candy Striped Cuff £150




But personally I wouldn't be spending that much.  Unless these are your perfect "I will wear everyday" Winter accessory or you have an unlimited budget, then I would bag a more reasonable option.  Which frankly, look exactly the same quality and are as unusual or as mainstream as you want to go.

Topshop are Kings of the Hill when it comes to these this year.  Clearly I am looking at these with one eye on my chocolate biker jacket (and maybe giving a "cursory" thought to a black one.. cue idea for a blog shortly).

Colourblock Pull-through Fur Scarf £32



Different shade - Colourblock Pull-through Fur Scarf £32



This one I adore (I am also going to have to see if I can find the jacket.. you can see where another blog is going, can't you?). 

Faux fur tonal stole from Topshop £28



Other options elsewhere and this is slightly different style but may work if you're looking for more of a scarf than a stole.

Jayley Skinny Faux Fur Scarf £30



Similar again but in different shades at River Island. 

River Island Chocolate Faux Fur Slot Through Scarf was £35 now £26



I love the breton end to this one (my description not theirs).  For me - if you generally keep your wardrobe plain with shades of navy, beige, cream and grey, then this is the perfect little bit of interest, at a great price, to make a real difference. 

Faux Fur Striped Pull-through fur scarf from Topshop £32



Black and white stripes at Florence & Fred at Tesco (this with a black leather jacket would be amazing.  I was going to say "fly" then but managed to give myself a good slap around the face and promise never to even contemplate saying it again...I will pour myself a gluwein shortly and all will be ok with the world again).

F&F Striped Scarf £20




More stripes again which would work in exactly the same way as above.  Just add a camel coat.  Or a navy one.. or a black one.  Or a leather jacket... hmmm.  How about a chocolate leather jacket.... (sold to the lady who hasn't shouted at her children all day in an attempt to not be such a grumpy mum.  Turns out I may be a better mum but I will be pickled by the end of the week as I now so need a small drink.  It's either that or chocolate and alas I don't like chocolate).

Stripe Faux Fur Scarf from Topshop £55



Slightly more unusual at M&S with an oversized patchwork scarf. 

Faux Fur Colour Block Scarf £79 by Lulu Kennedy for Indigo Collection at M&S




If we're talking way out - it has to be a leopard print one.  In for a penny, in for a pound..

Reiss Faux Fur Scarf £85




A more unusual "spruce" shade at hush 

Faux fur scarf £35 from hush (be quick if you want this as all their other fur scarves have sold out... clearly lots of people are more ahead of the game than me!)





Or you can recreate the "Australian Labradoodle" look in a scarf (and yes, I am obviously tempted) with a crimped version aka Mongolian Fur.

Premium Mongolian Fur from ASOS £75



A berry one in the sale from Warehouse. 

Warehouse Mongolian Fur Stole was £60 now £45




But if you're looking for a bargain and want a little extra (for yourself under the tree... 11yr old if you're reading then please, yes, Mummy would quite like one of these.  Pocket money is in your account.. or ask Daddy) then these are what I would head for first. 

Black Colour Block Faux Fur from New Look was £24.99 now £18.74  Actually - on reflection, this is the one with my name on it.  Chocolate leather jacket.  This.  DONE!




Another New Look bargain which looks easily as good as the Charlotte Simone faux fur ones if you ask me.  It all just depends on how you wear them in my book.

Black Colour Block Faux Fur Stole was £24.99 now £18.99  And this one is so perfect, I may be forced to buy a black leather jacket just to wear with it.  Actually it would look completely sublime with grey too.  Ok so two of these for less than the cost of most of the others - it would be rude not to.



I actually tried this one on last year and remember it was fantastic.  Really good quality for the price. 

Brown Oversized Faux Fur Collar £14.99 from New Look


And more bargains to be had at Dorothy Perkins - and varieties that I haven't seen elsewhere.

Black Ombre faux fur stole £18.99


Wine faux fur stole £18 also from Dorothy Perkins






So I have gone from not remotely needing one of these, to wanting about 4 of them.  And actually buying two of them.  Anyone else?!  I am sold with a capital S.  Thank you Polly.  (I think)

Outfit from last week - Thursday I think.  Forgot to feature it before now but these are leggings that I bought in the sale in the Summer which are hanging round my lady parts after 20 mins of having them on.  But they do look good (so long as I wear a LONG top with them...)  Comfortable they are not.


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Navy cashmere dress - Whistles
Olive pleather leggings - Zara
Khaki Alan cardigan - Acne Studio
Brown/khaki suede ankle boots - Eileen Fisher
Brown suede bag - Coccinelle

And yesterday for a family party.  This was after a glass or two of champagne, last night.

If you're too pale for a v neck, why not wear it back to front?  And yes, I got the berry hush leggings as well.  These are comfort x a billion, genuine perfection in a pair of trousers.

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Charcoal Adele Jumper - hush
Berry leather leggings - hush
Margot black suede & leather ankle boots - Sam Edelman (three years old - had forgotten how much I love them.  The Husband did ask why my 80's fancy dress boots had to come out of hibernation.  Tool.)

And for today - layers were the name of the game. 

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Grey longline tee - hush
Mint Mohair jumper - Autograph at Marks & Spencers
Grey cashmere scarf - Black
Grey cashmere wrist warmers - Black
Black coated high waisted jeans - New Look
Black Angelica boots - Seven Boot Lane
Black Harker hands free bag - Anya Hindmarch

And finishing with info of an event I've been invited to on Friday morning in Earlsfield with the lovely jewellery company Anna Lou of London.  Would be lovely to see you there - details on how to get your invitation below. 


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What should I wear??!!  And do let me know if you're coming!

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  1. Ooh I love the grey New Look scarf. And I got a black leather jacket for my birthday last month.....
    Child free morning on Wednesday so I'm attempting shopping for two Christmas party outfits. Wish me luck! The skirt I needed a black blouse for was heinous when delivered to back to the starting block.
    I'd love to come to Anna Lou but alas, it's just a little bit too far from Durham.
    Sarah x
    PS you don't like chocolate????

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    1. Well I"ve ordered the NL scarf and it will be here tomorrow so I will let you know what it's like! Good luck with the party outfits... I honestly think a skirt/top combo is MUCH harder than it should be! I will be exploring other styles shortly.

      And no - I don't like chocolate. I don't mind it but I'd never choose it if it was a choice between wine and choc. Or nuts. OMG I can inhale cashews from 20 paces.

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  2. Far be it for me to bring the tone of the conversation down... But I can't help but think that the Popsicle fur stole likes slightly rude! Sorry �� Ps. You have totally nailed that look in your last photo. If only my knees could carry those skinny jeans off so well. Elle x

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    1. Haha I thought that too! x

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    2. OMG It's the only thing I can see now too!!

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    3. I am so glad it wasnt just me, all i could think was why would i pay £175 to have a large pink one hanging from my neck, I think its the way it sort of just pokes out as well. sorry to lower the tone ladies. x

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    4. Goes to show how much of a bargain the other ones are!!

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    5. EXACTLY what I thought! Absolutely hilarious! Pleased I'm not the only one with my mind in the gutter. I need the black/white F&F scarf though - looks far more expensive than £20.

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    6. I've discovered it depends on how good the backing looks actually...The first New Look one is FABULOUS

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    7. Just dropping by the comments to see if any one else had the "WTF" moment on the popsicle. I see you are all there before me. As you were.

      (Oh but, once the idea is there is carried thru to all the multi- colour pull through ones...only now I am imagining some strange disease...)

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    8. ha ha ha! The first striped one from New Look I can HIGHLY recommend!

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  3. Yup! That's the only thing I can see lol

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    1. And imagine paying £175 for it...!! How attractive do the Topshop and NL ones look now?!!

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    2. That's all I see too! Thought it must have been my dirty mind till I read these comments. Has made me smile. Love the Hush one though x

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    3. Someone on twitter has said it looks like a muppet's willy. Not that I know what a muppet's willy looks like but yes, it could well be this!!

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  4. The third one looks like a dead badger and the others various animals. Not keen.

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    1. It would be a dull world if we all liked the same thing!

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  5. I'm so glad I got to the end and saw that it wasn't just me thinking the dangly pink bit was a bit, er, dangly, and pink *chortle*! Love the Topshop stole, need to hide my credit card from myself and step away from the Topshop site...looking forward to seeing which ones you bought!

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    1. Mine are arriving this evening! Love New Look next day delivery. (clearly I had to buy a whole load of other stuff to bump it over the £75 for next day delivery.. duh..!!)

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  6. Haha at muppet's willy!

    I do like a furry scarf (not in the rain, though!). I find them easier to wear than a furry gilet, as they are not so bulky. I have quite wide shoulders, which can be exaggerated by a gilet. I have a mongolian fur scarf and a purply/grey leopard one. Both come out this time of year. They can really dress something up, plus they are warm!

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    1. I love the fact you can completely reinvent old coats with these! You are ahead of the game - purple/grey leopard sounds gorgeous x

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  7. Ha ha - I too thought it looked like a willy!!! However - I love faux fur stoles, have a black one from Topshop last year and a champagne one from M&S. The perfect way to to lift an outfit as they pretty much go with anything. Kat your berry leggings - omg they are beautiful and after deciding I did iit t need any...well suddenly now I do...I think they will have to go on the Xmas list. Where's a Hush code when you need one...do you think they just might go in the sale?

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    1. And I'd love to go to the coffee morning but cannot make that day. Hope it goes well.

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    2. Such a shame, I would so so love to have met you! I don't think they will go into the sale as they're nearly sold out I believe...

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    3. The leather leggings are all sold out Carol. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Mine were delivered last week from the pre - ordered batch so keep an eye out for returns. They are gorgeous. Kat, I would really love to be at the event but being up north and working I can't. I think you should arrange a fashion event for all of us avid readers of your blog. I would be great. Get Hush to sponsor it?!!!! Xxx

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    4. It would be great. Not me!!!

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    5. Ha ha ha!! I may speak to them about that! xxx

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  8. Yeay special guest, Kat Farmer. You've got your name in lights. Hope it goes well. I visited a wholesaler last week to pick a few of these scarves up for the shop. TOTALLY SOLD OUT!! They were absolutely gorgeous and I was gutted. Early bird/worm springs to mind!!

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    1. I'm super excited! You should stock up at New Look and sell them!

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  9. Sorry Charlotte Simone but your really expensive fur scarf just reminds me of our black Labrador when he gets a bit...excited?! Shudder!!

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  10. To echo so many previous posters (especially the last one) - we too had a black Labrador, who really loved visitors - and that scarf very accurately represents the 'excitement' he felt as we welcomed them to our home. Or as we used to say 'Barney's got his lipstick out again' *cringe*. Love the rest of the selection though!

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    1. I think we should all be super chuffed we've saved ourselves £175. Now what to buy with our savings??!

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  11. Love the Faux Fur especially the Reiss one. xx
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  12. Ooo! Not keen on the 2nd photo. Bit like a dogs .........!

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    1. Ha! Just read the other comments . Great( or depraved) minds think alike

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    2. Oh definitely great minds!

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  13. I got a scarf like that two years ago in Monsoon and often drag it out on a night out over a leather jacket. I think it dresses it up if I am just wearing black jeans and a top. I was never a fan of pleather but I got this jacket recently in Zara http://www.zara.com/ie/en/woman/jackets/faux-suede-overshirt-c269184p3015079.html and I adore it. I wear it under my coat and it keeps me toasty. It is very similar to a light grey Rick Owens jacket I bought that I of course destroyed on a night out!

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    1. I have looked at this so so so many times but it's so so similar to the ASOS one I got for £24 (which I LOVE and yes, in my head was totally Rick Owens for about the same price as the postage of one!).

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    2. I might have to hawk the camel one in the sale.. I"m sure I could justify that for the Spring!

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  14. I love this suggestion, I'm going to do this asap. I love the Topshop scarf and the leopard print (no surprise there).

    By the way, Kat, I just bought myself a pair of the Stuart Weitzman Lowland otk boots in amaretto suede. Thanks to you for featuring them last winter, I've been obsessed with them ever since then.

    Have a blast at your upcoming event!

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    1. Oh you LUCKY duck! I have to say I think I missed the curve on them. I've thought about them so much I'm over them in my head (if that makes sense...!!) But enjoy - that colour is beyond beyond beyond stylish xx

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  15. I'll be there Kat! I love her jewellery and a perfect excuse to go into work a bit late!

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  16. Love all of these and with the points boost at Tesco can have the F & F one for basically nothing so would be rude not to wouldn't it. I don't suppose you saw anything in red / scarlet fur did you??? That I would love and help make up for missing out on the awesome parker I saw in a local boutique that was lined in a real red scarlet and trimmed in loads of fur ....

    Would loved to have met you at the coffee morning but work calls Im afraid :-( Have loads of fun and look forward to reading about it!

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    1. AHA - have a look at Dorothy Perkins... They do a pink/wine one (so not red - duh) which is also an ombre one so it might work.... Also have another look at Topshop or ASOS as they both had a great selection. xxx

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  17. Ooh look at me all hip and trendy - I bought a fur stole last week! We were going to a 1940s evening party and I thought it was the perfect thing plus they were everywhere! Kids thought I was mad. Honestly, they've just got no style kids these days ;)

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    1. YOU WINNER!!! I am completely completely loving my New Look beige and black striped one. The kids aren't convinced and the dog goes bonkers whenever she sees it.... They know NOTHING.

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