It makes sense to aim high

So apparently it's not Black Friday, seeing as it's Sunday, hold onto your hats gals, it's Cyber Weekend *weeps* (I also wept when it took NINETY minutes to get to Asda yesterday to pick up the blasted Fifa 16 that I saved a whopping £15 - max - on.  However it did almost buy my complete bargain of a furry scarf from New Look which I can't wait to wear.) 

However I am determined that I will not be undeterred by the bargains that are out there and I was thinking (as I was sat in traffic yesterday on route to and from Asda...eating a box of Matchmakers - I don't even like chocolate much but I was starving and I had hidden these in the boot.  Don't ask.) that it would be an excellent idea to have a look at leather jackets.  

Doesn't take a mathematical genius to work out (which is handy as I am not.  By any stretch of the imagination) that the greater the cost, the bigger the discount.

Still rather taken with the notion of a some sort of black jacket/coat alternative and since Polly Vernon mentioning a biker and a fur collar, I have become rather obsessed with the notion.  Therefore I am going to see if, yet again, I can scratch the itch that is the leather jacket.

I've said it once and I'll it again, the biker jackets at All Saints are perfection.  And with 30% off, on the High Street, it really doesn't get better than that, as they have the same styles year in, year out (rarely going into the sale and if they do, you can guarantee your size is sold out.  I have to size up in these as well, especially if you're planning on wearing more than just your underwear under them).

And my favourite is the Cargo in a black/grey leather.  Now I love a biker jacket but there can be, alas, a fine line between fabulous jacket and Danny Zuko.  I think it's something to do with the shininess of the leather and how silver and in your face the hardware is. 

So this, in a black/grey is the ideal solution. 

Cargo leather biker jacket from All Saints in black grey £298



Saying that, they've just bought out a new one which is in a vintage black which I think pips it in my mind.  Oh I love this - the quilting detailing - just superb. Now this would make an ideal Christmas present, no? 

Astor Leather Biker Jacket from All Saints £348  Yes, this one goes straight to the top of the biker jacket pops.



Alternatively, they have a more unusual (but still a classic) green version. This one is slightly looser with more detailing but definitely one you would be wearing for years and years. 

Balfern Leather Biker Jacket from All Saints £298




More buckles but back to the classic black at Mango with a great price.  I will say, that after All Saints, I think Mango is the best leather on the High Street at a very reasonable price.
Another variation on the biker theme is to have a combination of both leather and suede.   For me, this softens black leather especially which can sometimes be quite harsh. 

Buckles Leather Jacket from Mango £139.99 pre 30% off with code 5BLACKFRIDAY15



Adore the collar detail. 


If you still feel that a full on leather number is just not feminine enough, then one that is a suede/leather combo can perhaps work better - seems to have a softer edge to it?  Love this one from Vila at ASOS.



Another with a suede edge to it.  A more generous cut than some of the very fitted versions.

Selected Feline Black Leather Biker Jacket £230




Now most biker jackets are a cross front style, err ie biker, but that can equate to a lot of fabric at the front.  So the plain zip up ones might be better for lots of people.  

First up, need to say ignore the purple dress.  Ignore.  This isn't a pairing that floats my boat.  But the jacket in a different setting would be superb.

Speziale Leather Panelled Jacket was £239 now £179.30



Collarless again but I love the epaulettes.  These scream "I need a fur collar".  Or any scarf. 

Selected Isabello Collarless Leather Jacket £190 pre 20% off at ASOS.  (although I do think is perhaps too big for her?)



Paired back now at Mango with just the basic biker shape but with a more elegant edge perhaps. 

Zipped Biker Jacket £119.99 pre 30% off making this a great price for a classic leather.



However if you don't want to invest in a leather jacket than feast your eyes on this.  Pleather.  Would you know?  Well, from this pic I absolutely wouldn't.  The perfect little extra in a deliciously Autumnal shade of wine.  For a snip of the cost, even without the 30% off - and frankly, with the discount, it would be rude not to. 

Mango Zipped Biker Jacket in wine £39.99 pre discount




I am determined to wear mine more (chocolate leather from All Saints that I'ver never quite got to grips with... I think it's the not being black actually.... But now that I have my new fur collar from New Look to go with it.  Pics tomorrow.  It's marvellous!  For less than £20...)

Quick outfit pic now from Friday night.  Christmas drinks party.  Was going to wear a dress but it wasn't back from the dry cleaners in time (SEE WHY I HATE DRYCLEANING.  Put it in on Tuesday, foolishly assumed it would be done by Friday.. oh no.  Saturday.  Ugh).  So the sequin tee made an appearance. 

Hair had to be waved for the third time in two days.  What once was hair is now straw... Randomly it used to hold a wave really well (this is done with a wand not the Babyliss curl secret thingymajig) but now, it drops out after an hour or so.  Absolutely no idea why at all - I need to find a super strong hold mousse or something?  Any suggestions would be gratefully received. 

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Sequin tee - H&M
Black tux blazer - hush
Black leather leggings - hush
Black fringe boots - Zara
Black clutch bag - Tory Burch

We've done rugby this morning, now off for a quick lunch before a Christmas party at friends.  Has been an exceptionally busy weekend after a ridiculously busy week so am very much looking forward to catching up on the chores (ie washing - oh my lord, it's reached epic proportions) and a couple of hours of peace and quiet.  Does anyone else miss time on their own?  What used to be called loneliness is now called luxury.

AND FINALLY - Shoescribe now have a sale on, so... lots of Golden Goose sneakers reduced.  I have reordered and am sending the ones I bought back.  Saved £130!  Oh my lord, I've also just seen the knee high leather boots.  50% off.  *walk away from the computer, walk away from the computer*....

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  1. Hi - about to order this http://www.allsaints.com/women/leathers/allsaints-colwick-biker/?category=490&colour=5 but debating on size am 10 but should i go for 8 as looks a bit loose style and may stretch?!? Claire

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    1. LOVE! Well I"ve always found them to come up small so I'd probably say go with your usual 10. I'm not sure they stretch...!

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  2. Hi - could your conditioner be full of silicones? It smooths hair but makes it harder to hold curl. Also try a texturising spray or sea salt spray. Go easy if yr hair is dry, but I've got a sea salt spray with an oil so it doesn't go crunchy (Bumble & Bumble Surf Infusion). But yes, try some mousse too!

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    1. Hmm now that's interesting. I will have a look. I've got the OGX sea spray one which I don't think has an oil in... could I put an oil on before hand and then that? (spot the cretin)

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    2. Why not - try it! I've been trying lots of stuff myself, and seasalt alone is too drying. So I've used a little GHD oil before styling, then the seasalt spray and then some shine spray. Ie just chucking ALL the products in...

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    3. PS Sali Hughes & Caroline Hirons write great articles & blogs about silicones etc if you want to find out more.

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    4. I'm using the OGX shampoo and conditioner recommended by Caroline. ADORE HER!

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  3. I too am in the market for a new biker jacket in black. Saw a lovely one in whistles but planning on playing chicken with the sales after Xmas (as not desperate for one & besides which have other things higher up on the wish list!) Enjoy your Xmas party. I am wading through laundry now due to a busy week ahead - & very much looking forward to a couple of glasses of wine soon....

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    1. Hope you had a lovely weekend xxxx

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  4. Agh! I have my heart set on the GG with the gold front/ tongue but can't find them anywhere!

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    1. oh noooooo. Harvey Nichols? Farfetch?

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  5. Oh fabulous I've just ordered 3 pairs of GG from shoescribe!! Been waiting for a sale but didn't expect it in November! Matches are getting some fab ones for new season with either gold or silver trim but are £280. Need a discount code! Xx

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    1. oh WOW! Will you be keeping all three pairs?!

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    2. No will just try and keep my favourites. However, I replied yesterday to one of your readers comments that matches are going to have new season GG with silver or gold trim which I am already lusting after so need to get saving!!

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    3. I have gold ones already *smug face*!!! How many pairs are too many...?? hmmmm

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  6. Just ordered some GG plain white but then saw they have 'Skateboard' printed on the tongue. Think I'm a bit past it for that so cancelled order in the hope I can find someothers on sale. Any thoughts?

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    1. They all say skateboard in fact they say not for any othe use lol

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    2. I have never ever noticed. It's very subtle...!

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  7. Have taken your steer and ordered some bargains (kind of): Blacks extra long grey cashmere scarf (last one & with extra 10% off), All Saints chain shoulder bag in midnight blue (sadly burgandy not on thier own site) and Topshop tuck front blouse in white (down to £22). Excited. Love your blog.

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  8. I love my cargo jacket but my favorite is the Bleeker in indigo - just perfect and the leather is a little heavier than the cargo

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  9. I snagged a pair of Gold Adidas Superstars in the Shoescribe promotion! Excited.

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    1. FAB! (just wish their delivery was slightly quicker - £22 for next day - err BOG OFF!)

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  10. I got the Allsaints Colwick biker on a whim but now I'm worried as I've never worn AllSaints before. I went with my regular size (UK12) but do you think it will be too small? The style seems a bit more forgiving than other jackets though. Do AllSaints sizing normally run smaller?

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    1. Now I'd only say I size up in the jackets as I am v broad of shoulder.... I'm sure you'll be fine - generally I wouldn't say small at all xx

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  11. I had trouble with the Allsaints website and everything I clicked on came up "error". Perhaps I should give it another go.

    Kat, if you have a tumble drier you don't need to take things to the dry cleaner (excepting leather/suede), just buy the dry cleaning sheets and put the clothes in the tumble drier for 20 mins on low. Great for refreshing scarves too.

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    1. Interesting... Has anyone else tried them??! And I still haven't washed my leather leggings... even though you apparently can..!

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  12. I love your sequin top but lord do up you ever get hurt in them? I wore a gold sequin tunic on Sat night and went clubbing - I know, possibly the last time in my life ever as I felt sooooo old and as if I was annoying all the pretty young things but I had a fabulous time and danced and danced. However the next morning, the inside of both of my arms from wrist to armpit had loads of tiny lacerations! Looked like I'd been self harming and Lord did they sting in the shower!! Anyone else or just me?!! X

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