Monday, 30 May 2016

Rewearing Pieces From Your Wardrobe

Life is more than hectic at the moment and with a home renovation in full swing it leaves little to no time for much forward thinking.  I had a wedding at the week-end and as my wardrobe is currently scattered all over the place it hasn't left me with much enthusiasm so subconsciously, more than anything, I think I left it to the last minute on purpose.  The thought of trying to cobble something together just wasn't appealing.  However I had to, so the night before I grabbed 5 dresses from under  the eaves wardrobes (after ducking and diving to get to them!) and whittled it down to 3.  Not in the mood for it I left it until the morning however one thing was for sure, the white Zara blazer was going to be worn.  It just made every dress look and feel better full stop.  I haven't worn it a ton, it's a very crisp white but when I wear it, it does feel so good on.  I needed to wear a piece like that to give me a kick I think!

After a face time conversation with my cousin (the husband was no help, they all looked nice apparently) I went with a French Connection dress I've had for a good few years.  It is one of those comfortable ones that you just slip on.  It's not tight, it has a pattern that is so flattering as well as a neutral colour pallet.  I just wanted to feel comfy for this wedding.  

However, like the jacket, I wanted to accessorise with some pieces that I really loved to put some oomph back into how I was feeling about my current dismantled wardrobe.  I went for my killer Gucci heels and yes, they were a killer, they were not made for walking.  Needs must when you need a bit of loveliness on your feet though.  I love the bamboo detail on them and grabbed my sunglasses as I ran out the door which also have the bamboo (randomly bought years apart and forgetting that I had any Gucci bamboo pieces).  A few bracelets and my vintage Chanel and I didn't feel too bad in my outfit after all. 

Bag; Chanel
Shoes & Sunglasses; Gucci (Bicester Village)
Silver Bracelets; Tiffany & Annie Haak
Snake Rockstud Bracelet; Valentino (Bicester Village)
I would never advise leaving your outfit until the last minute but sometimes you do just have to go with what you feel on the day so it's good to have a few options ready.  I was sure I would go with a old Whistles dress which had lots of colour but just decided I didn't want to be faffing with the pockets shifting under it (it's silk) but I could handle a good heel that day instead!  

French Connection are great for these shift style dresses which actually leave room to move around in (or binge on bread rolls as I did and need extra breathing space in a dress!) and I have a few of them  now.  Just popped over to their website to have a look and completely fallen for this one. 

Anastasia Floral Relaxed Tea Dress £99
I'm pretty sure the below is the same Zara blazer as mine and it's currently online at £59.99.  I'm sure it was £10 more last year as I bought mine in Spain and with exchange rate ended up paying around what it is now.  It does say 'Ecru' but comes out a very bright white.  I love the relaxed, ruched sleeves and longer length to it.  

Turn-Up Sleeve Blazer £59.99
PS Please excuse the toilet selfies and pipe work in the photos, lack of time when you're racing out the house with two little ones under your feet also means you grab a photo when you can.  My husband is still learning after all these years that additional items like pipes don't really need to be seen but until that day, they are there for your viewing pleasure!

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

A Little Gap Edit

I've always been a lover of Gap, they are just great for classic, casual items and their sales are even better.  I have struggled in the past with their prices as in store always seems to be cheaper than online for some reason but it seems to be balancing out a bit more of late.  I grabbed this jumper a few months back for something like £14 as there was further discount on sale items that day in store.  It's 100% cotton and the sleeve can be turned up nicely for a 3/4 length.  I have worn it so much as it's so simple yet has some shape and style mainly due to the little slits at the front.

Being cotton it isn't too warm and has been an easy jumper to throw on with not only jeans but shorts when the sun has gone in.  It is definitely the kind of jumper you would want to take away with you on holiday for the evenings when it's cooler but proper knitwear isn't appropriate.  

Worn here with my Hush camo shorts
I've just checked and it's currently £11.99 online - a brilliant price for this jumper.  It comes in 3 other colours, I will link it here if you fancy one.   

I also had my eye on the below but it was just over £20 originally, it then went down to £5.99 and am pretty sure I got an additional 20% off on that day.  It has a boxy style to the sleeve which I like and at the price it wasn't going to be left behind in the shop.  I can't seem to find it online now but keep an eye out in the sales section in stores.  

Both tops fit true to size, if anything, on the generous side.  It's worth signing up with Gap for their newsletters as they are always having promotion codes with additional savings.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Beautiful Bargain Boden Buys!

I got carried away with the title, apologies (can you tell I've been revising my written English knowledge with my eldest!?).  This post is being split into two as before Boden contacted me I had visited their shop in London and taken some snaps to share.  Then this post got so large so there's going to be a part two next week.  I was so excited when they asked me if I would like to pick a few items to review over on my little blog, I spent a while perusing their website as there was so much I liked but I ended up with some classic staples and one thrown in for fun.  I do browse their Clearance section quite frequently as they always have some great bargains.  I had recently featured this lightweight jacket on my 'Bargain Buy' so I didn't hesitate in trying this.  I copied their look as I loved it with a stripe and simple jeans.  Unfortunately now it's out of stock and I'm not surprised as it was £59.50 down to £29.75.

(1 million shots later - it honestly felt like that, this was the best but the pram made it's debut)
Please note this blog is real - I just can't loose the kids.....However I did dash to the hairdressers straight after seeing this shot!
The breton was also from Boden and is in charcoal grey.  I bought it in a raspberry red last year and it's one of my favourites as far as fit, quality and price go.  It washes so well, only needs a quick iron and hasn't shrunk like other ones I have so I've added a second to my collection.  They come in a huge variety of colours and the fit is true to size and not too tight either.

Later in the day with less hair!
Long Sleeve Breton £26.50
This colour combo of it is currently on sale at £18.55
Because one breton wasn't enough with the order and I'd had my eye on this one a while, I chose a classic navy but with a gold glitter spot - spots and stripes all in one with sparkles thrown in for good measure - genius creation Boden, genius!  It does come up slightly longer in the body than the above style, but being long waisted this doesn't bother me at all.  It has some great little splits down either side so it sits well on the hips. 
My 9 year old is really persevering with trying to take my photo's but the 4 year old insists on getting in on most of them.  Life of a working Mummy.  Sigh. 

Last but by no means least, what else do you think I headed straight for?  Yup, their cashmere in our Spring/Summer.  I harp on about buying out of season staples and this is the perfect time to invest in really good knitwear.  I have a cashmere cardigan I bought from Boden years ago and it really has stood the test of time.  Initially I chose this raglan style however it comes up large and was out of stock in my size.  At £139 down to £69.50 this is a great purchase that you won't regret (and may even wear before Autumn hits if our current weather is anything to go by). 

Raglan Cashmere Jumper £69.50
So instead I chose this polka dot cashmere jumper.  Now this does fit true to size so I actually sized up as I wanted a more loose fit.  This is the same price as the above but has a more structured style to it, especially with the black panelling around the waist.  I am yet to wear it as it has been so warm of late but I don't doubt that this will be a great addition to my wardrobe come the colder months.  If you can, out of season buying really is a great way to build a classic wardrobe that works hard for you.
Cashmere Crew Spot Jumper £69.50

Also worth mentioning that I always wash my cashmere in my machine on a hand wash cycle then air dry.  I haven't ever paid for dry cleaning and as I know this can put people off buying decent fabrics I thought it needed a little note!

Thank you to Boden for allowing me to choose some fabulous pieces that will be staying in my wardrobe season after season. 

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Some Cheerful Ted Baker Shoes

I homed straight in on these gorgeous suede shoes I found in TK Maxx the other day by Ted Baker. I am sure they were under £20 (something like £16.99) but I was focusing so much on trying to make them fit I forgot to note it down.  They were a bargain though and leather - hence I wanted them to work.  They came up really large, this is a 3 and were too roomy with no smaller sizes either. Not meant to be mine!  But if you see them, try them even if they are not your size, you never know your luck.  

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