Christmas outfits. Done.
Well, I say that... in my head they're done but we all know that awkward moment of trying an outfit on that you thought would look fabulous and it does in fact look like a total crock on you. Please tell me I'm not alone in doing this? Dimensions don't work, muffin hanging out, camel toe on show, back fat wobbling for all the world to get a good butchers at?
So assuming that none of these happen - I have nailed the Christmas outfits.
All thanks to a smash and grab at H&M yesterday. I have a love/hate relationship with H&M. There is a lot in there that I would hesitate to stand next to a naked flame in. A lot. An awful lot. There's a lot of knitwear that I would be reluctant to break into a jog in (thankfully this doesn't happen often so I could probably buy more than most) for fear of combustion.
But on the odd occasion they have some utter gems. Serious little pieces of joy that make shopping a pure pleasure. And yesterday - shopping with my gorgeous friend Cathy from Alice's Wonders, we managed a fantastic haul.
Mine was all bling.
Starting with a top that I tried to find online (as seen in Vogue no less..) but had sold out. However it's back online today.
Sequin turtleneck £29.99
I'm not going to lie. As you can probably imagine this is slightly scratchy round the neck. The sizing is also slightly dodge in that the large was fine on the sleeves but very large on the body. And the medium is a rather close fit on the arms (and shorter...) but a perfect fit on the body. So I've plumped for the medium and hope I don't boil alive in it. For £30, the quality is pretty darn fabulous. Planning on wearing with my pleather peg leg trousers (planning...)
On to bling fest number two and there has been success in the sequinned trouser department.
I feel I should point out, these are the trousers and not the leggings. So they have a zip at the side. Which I couldn't actually do up at the top in a size 10. They were also rather spray on. Spray on sequins is not a good look for someone post 40 with more than a smidge of cellulite. In my humble opinion. I therefore sized up (which handily meant I could also breath in them) and got the 12. They are still very skinny... and I have no idea how they'll wear, but again for £30....
Sequinned Trousers £29.99
And the final item is a tee that I was in two minds about but hey - for £12.99 it would have been rude to leave it there. I do have quite a girls night out in December and I had thought, this with leather leggings, blazer and black suede stilettos would be the perfect outfit (disclaimer... "in my head")
Sequinned tee £12.99 I got the Medium in this. What you can't see is that it does actually have my preferred rounded shape to the hem which means it's perfect for leaving untucked (my days of tucking in a tee ended when I was about 9 weeks pregnant with baby number 1, 11 years ago)
And here I am in the majestic ensemble of the latter two items. Please note. I do not intend to wear them together. There are only so many sequins I can do at one time. But the sequinned trousers with my Zoe Karssen grey tee... yup, I could do that. Actually I would probably wear my suede black stilettos with this and wear either my ponyskin leopard boots or silver stud boots (from Zara ages ago) with the sequin tee and leather trousers.
I also have a cunning back up plan, just in case I do try these outfits on and they go horribly Pete Tong.
Picking up from M&S tomorrow (actually I've just checked my email as I realised I didn't recall seeing confirmation of this even though I KNOW I placed the order and no - they're all still lounging around in my online basket. M&S online is so irritating - there's that final page where it looks like confirmation of your order but it's not. It's asking you to confirm your order which then processes it. I think Zara is the same. Every time I forget and skip away from the computer and wonder where my order is.) So I'm now picking up on Saturday. Nothing like leaving it till the last minute.
Anyway - this is what caught my eye and I think will be (hopefully..) perfect with either leather leggings, peg leg trousers or just good old jeans.
Metallic Effect Textured Blouse with Camisole from £45
Tie Neck Lace Blouse £35 Absolutely love the shoulder detailing on this. I think all rather Temperley...just not at Temperley prices.
So here's hoping. At the very least, I've never turned up to an event in my underwear (yet) so I'm sure I'll be able to drag something together....
Finishing with outfit from yesterday and what will forever be known as The Day of Sequin Success (until I decide to return it all next week).
Navy cashmere jumper dress - Whistles
Black zip ankle jeans - Boden
Superstar sneakers - Golden Goose
Black fringe Mario bag - Jerome Dreyfuss
It has been a long week here with ill children and a lot of broken sleep (I have turned into a complete lightweight - I can't do it anymore). Tonight I AM going to start wrapping presents... (she says ambitiously knowing full well that she'll be asleep on the sofa after one sniff of wine at 9pm). How is everyone else faring on their party outfit search?