Tuesday, 7 November 2017

The Grey Cashmere Jumper

It's almost as bad as the camel coat search the grey jumper one, it's just one of those staples that needs to be right.  When La Redoute had their '40% off everything' sale I ordered 3 to try, not holding out much hope to be honest.  I have found as cashmere has become more available over the years, it's quality has become worse, a lot thinner.  I have jumpers and cardigans that are 5+ years old and still look good, any recent purchases just don't seem to have held their shape.  With the discount they were all between the £50-£70 odd mark which is about my limit for cashmere.  The cheaper two were thinner but the colour the perfect marl grey.  

La Redoute Cashmere Boat Neck Jumper £95
The neckline just wasn't right on me.
Crew Neck Cashmere Jumper £89
The perfect shade of grey but when I tried the below on, it was the clear winner.
La Redoute Collections Cashmere Jumper £119
A definite slouchier style jumper than the first two, which i preferred (but my dear Mother didn't....sorry Mum!)
Due to time of the year (we have birthdays straight after Christmas!) I did have a momentary question but the £71.40 (after the discount) one was so luxe, I loved how the shape was that little bit different and the thickness was just how it should be. It did come up slightly large, I have turned the sleeves up, however all my recent cashmere has shrunk and I've even gone two sizes up in anticipation of this. As I've got older, it really is about more quality pieces, less of them perhaps but pieces that won't date and will stand the test of time. There was also a cheeky offer to pay for it over 3 months 0% so that did make it more achievable. I've worn it straight away and absolutely love it. It is slightly darker than I thought I wanted but actually it doesn't matter as the pile is so rich, it's more about that than a slight shade discrepancy.

The only other one that has caught my eye in recent months is Zara's cashmere.  I have scoured the high street and it really is worth paying slightly extra for the quality.  It was also a great thickness but I stupidly didn't try it on when I was in London and my local store doesn't stock it.  You can order online but it is the pricier end.  I love the pale pink but it's a slightly more boxier style than my La Redoute one.  One to watch in the sales I think.  Silly me for not trying it on!

Zara Round Neck Cashmere Sweater £95.99 
Zara Light Pink Round Neck Cashmere Sweater £95.99
And because I didn't think the sales would get any better than 40%......naturally, they did!  Currently La Redoute have offers on; £30 off a £60 spend, £50 off £100 and £100 off £200.  Making my jumper now £69!  I'm not going to get mad over the few pounds but at now under £70, I really recommend it.  Use code XMAS and it expires 16th November 2017. 

PS This isn't a sponsored post, I've just done my research and shared what I've purchased! 

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Mini Zara Edit

Hello!  Yes, it's me again, with a long awaited post and one that didn't save so I got the hump and ignored the blog in anger, then got over myself long enough to start again.  Granted, in my sleep deprived state, after all the work of adding the links and writing the text, I may have forgotten to hit the save button.......poop indeed!  So I'll spare you long text because you probably haven't got the time to read it and I haven't got the time to write it all again and just share some snaps of pieces I found in Zara the other week.  I will add the links where I can.  The only temptation was the top but with half of my items still in storage I've kind of forgotten what I have and decided to wait.  

Flowing Embroidered Blouse £29.99
I loved the print on this dress but the style just felt a little nondescript.
Absolutely loved this, didn't try it on as I knew I would & I can't buy another coat (yet!)
Textured Coat £95.99
I liked this simple short black faux fur for something easy but luxe to add to an already glam outfit, sometimes simple chic is the way to go!
Faux Fur Jacket £69.99
Still on the hunt for a camel coat, this one was the perfect shade (just too long for me).  Zara do tend to always have a great selection of coats every season.
Long Oversized Coat £129 with 75% wool

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

The Face Cream Post

I know I haven't done anything remotely clothes related for a while but as I'm already struggling to fit in blogging, I'm just going to share what floats my boat at the time being so bear with me!  I've been meaning to share this little gem of a night cream for a while now.  I saw the reviews on it and thought I'd give it a try.  I am impressed Marks & Spencer!  It goes on so well, really feels like it sinks into the skin.  It does have a scent (which I noticed wasn't favoured in the reviews) but I don't find it over powering at all.  

Marks & Spencer Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream £22 
I have enjoyed it so much that when another deal came up I bought this bundle.  The night cream was free when you bought the other two products and then I had 20% off with my Sparks card so it was a little over half price for the lot.  I only use face cream with SPF in now, no matter what the weather.  It's not the Absolute range but the reviews were still good so I will report back.  Serums are something I haven't got into yet but keep hearing they are a must so thought it was worth a go.

Marks & Spencer Formula Range 
For the eagle eyed........What's wrong with the above picture?  It's testament to how away with the fairies I am at the moment.  

Yep, I read the reviews but not the actual blurb and the pictures on the website didn't have 'mature skin' on them, grumble!  Neither did I look at the ages of the people who rated them.  Let's see if Marks & Spencer understand and let me have a refund.  What a plonker I am.  

*UPDATE*  Good old M&S and their great Customer Service.  I had my poor husband searching the recycling bin for the receipt but with no luck.  The assistant found my online order anyway and there was no problem returning them - after having a little chuckle with me over what I'd actually ordered!  

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

I'm Still Here......(with a little home update thanks to Laura Ashley)

Oh gosh my little blog really has been neglected this year.  It's not because I haven't wanted to, just the pure exhaustion with what life has thrown my way the last 12 months.  Cancer, operations, seizures, family bereavements, dodgy builders, angry tradesmen, rare bricks (!), the list goes on. You name it, we seem to have had it.  I've constantly had blog posts in my head, desperate to put finger to keyboard and tell you all about things I've managed to buy along the way but time really hasn't been on my side.  I write whilst currently sleep deprived - who else tends to be more on fire when they are seriously lacking in sleep?!?!  Odd isn't it.  So, I can't promise I will be regular, but it's not because I don't want to.  My home really is my priority right now, it needs to be a proper one by Christmas as I'm hosting!  

So whilst I'm sourcing granite/quartz and flooring, I will share with you a little post I did for Laura Ashley.  I've so enjoyed writing for them, their homeware never fails to inspire me and it's these small touches that really have kept me going whilst we have been renovating our house.  Before you click on the link below, here is a before and after of my front door.  We extended out and up (there was an old porch there originally) then added a new door and knocked through the old one, opening up our hallway.  It's all still a work in progress as other areas became more important but the extra internal space is brilliant.  

To see all of the extras above, follow this link to read my full article over at the Laura Ashely blog.

PS A little heads up, there's up to 50% of furniture and upholstery from tomorrow with them! 

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