The project that I have embarked on which is to basically man up to the fact that we're not having a Summer and stop buying clothes that we would need to layer with thermals to wear now and look at purchasing those perfect items we can put on immediately that will see us through to Autumn, not to mention Winter (which frankly I could be writing about now. Out of interest - yesterday morning it was apparently one degree warmer than on Christmas Day....I'll just leave you with that nugget..)
So last time we looked at the perfect midi skirt. Well today, we're looking at a top that you can wear with them but for me - these are also ideal to give new life to those old jeans for during the day or for out at night. Perfect for work and lightweight enough to wear should the weather ever get warmer... (and I'm not going to jinx it by saying that it looks like we might break the 20degree barrier this week but....).
A year round staple - we're talking the blouse. I have even come round to rather liking (ok maybe that's a tad too strong a sentiment but I don't *mind* it.. ) the word. But I'm not talking any blouse, we're talking the pussy bow blouse. For me, this is now a classic.
I promise if you buy one of these, it will become so useful, you will wonder how you ever lived without it. The ultimate dress up dress down top, I can assure you.
And first off, it would be rude not to have one more sweep through the sales to see if there are any bargains left. I apologise now as you will lose an hour of your evening to the Mango sale site. Go forth and browse the bargains. Of which some are of the pussy bow variety.
Openwork trim blouse from Mango was £35.99 now £17.99
And in the white... again £17.99
Or the dark red... ok this is a tad autumnal but looks amazing with khaki and denim.
Another white shirt at Mango were £49.99 now £24.99
And to give more inspiration on how you can tie these blouses - this is the same as above but in the navy again from Mango and now £24.99
Pink perfection at Me+Em in silk.
Pussybow Silk Blouse in Pink Sugar £148
If mustard is your thing... this looks gorgeous with navy, grey or black. For day wear - just throw on with a pair of jeans, blazer and ankle boots.
Eyelet Tie Neck Blouse from M&S £39.50
Black now and mixing it up with a textured fabric.
Dobby Blouse by TFNC at Topshop £33
To add more interest, there's always print. I should probably keep these for another day but they're tie necks so they're going in here. Love.
Tie-neck blouse from Mango were £35.99 now £17.99
Or the gold.. again £17.99
And now for sleeveless and I appreciate I'm stretching the boundaries of pussbow here as this is more "just bow" but .. well, there aren't that many shortsleeved/sleeveless versions out there (that's my excuse and I'm sticking with it - oh and I happen to love it..!)
Striped Bow Blouse from M&S £22.50
And in the navy mix... again £22.50
But I have come up trumps with a blush version. Proper pussy bow.
Tie Neck Blouse from M&S £25
However my favourite has to be the swing blouse from Me+Em.
Halter Tie Neck Blouse £79
Me+Em are Queens of the sleeveless tie neck blouse, of that there is no doubt.
Tie Collar Top in Sugar Pink Crepe £115
And a Silk Silver Grey blouse £148
However if you didn't want sleeveless, I have found one short sleeved version.
Tie Neck Blouse from Me+Em £89
Bow blouses, yes or no? I love the versatility of them and the fact you can tie most of them in a number of ways. I have a black one from Zara in silk that I bought seven years ago I think. Still going strong.
So this is yesterday when the sun did shine. It also completely and utterly poured with rain. Faux leather jacket is earning its keep already. Football with the boys early doors and in the afternoon took five 9 year old boys to a laser tag party in Lingfield, called Bullswood Skirmish. Anyone vaguely local seeking ideas for boys' parties (or outdoorsey girls of course) should look no further. Amazing (by all accounts according to the small boys...) With no effort At All on your part (which makes it super amazing in my book).
Breton top - Joseph
Ada Trousers in navy - Marks and Spencer
Yellow faux leather jacket - Zara
White cracked leather Stan Smiths - adidas
Silver Have a Nice Day bag - Anya Hindmarch from Collen and Clare
Last night for yet another meal out with the husband (third time this week - we don't know we're born and yes obviously we've almost run out of things to talk about...) and then a Comedy Night.
Off white silk bardot top - Warehouse
Flared Jeans - Saks Fifth Avenue
Gold heeled sling backs - Topshop
Leopard print bag - Tory Burch
And today for painting the back drop at school for the Yr 6 production. Ironic trousers of course...
Black lace vest - birthday present from a friend and no idea where she got it from.
White linen oversized tee - Max Studio
Paint splattered khaki trousers - Zara
Rose gold and black leather sandals - hush
Whisky medium Marcie satchel - Chloe
I am exhausted after the weekend and the plan for this evening is the football and a glass of wine.
Tomorrow - a 4th of July special....Hope everyone else has had a great weekend!