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