Friday, 7 November 2014

The November Shopping List

Well, I can tick off all of my three items from last month; bobble hat, black jeans and Christmas party outfit - now that's a first, what's going on?!?  I only tried on a few hats in Topshop and saw a few pricier ones I liked on-line when I stumbled upon one in Primark.  I am not a huge Primark fan but it has it's place and for £3, the colours would go perfectly with my grey wool coat and it looked fab.  I compromised on the quality (acrylic - yuck) and the fur pom pom that I actually wanted but I'm pleased with the money spent on it as I have other hats I also wear a lot, this was just a fashion item for me that I liked. 

Cable knit pom pom £14
Cream version - which was my favourite
Primark £3
The black jeans purchase came about in a slightly more random way.  My friend had hugely recommended the Topshop Joni jeans to me.  I have never been a high waisted fan and have recently fallen out of love with skinnies, favouring a straight leg style from Gap.  I was actually after a comfy jogger style trouser to travel in as my flight was 8 hours.  However, she was so enthusiastic about them I gave them a go.  I neglected to take a photo of the blue colours I tried on as they were so awful on me and my toddler wasn't being very helpful at that point but thankfully I pushed on through and tried on the black.  Wow.  Not only did I feel 'cool' (yes, I still use that word) in them but my they were comfy.  The ripped knee was a bonus as I think they do look good, despite being asked by various family members if I had torn my jeans by accident....Can I also just add that the rips in the knee also make them a hell of a lot easier to move in - more give!  I travelled in them comfortably for the entire trip, not considering for one moment that I was uncomfortable.  There was also no gap at the back when I sat down giving me a huge draft!  So I ticked my black jean need as well as a comfy pair of trousers need.

Topshop £38
(I didn't go out with different shoes on - I was playing with footwear at that point!)
And finally the Christmas outfit by way of a silk Uniqlo shirt.  Random I know but I mentioned last month that I wanted to wear my black and white stripe skirt again.  It's a fairly glam skirt in my books  but I also wanted to keep it fairly sleek and sophisticated.  As you may know I am a high lover of damn good fabrics, silk being one of them.  Uniqlo had theirs on offer so I managed to grab this for £19.90.  Yes, honestly, under £20 for silk.  Bargain!  I've tried it on briefly (was on holiday shut down mode) and it works perfectly.  I promise to share in December when it get's its party outing.  

Just a simple, black, sleeveless silk shirt that can be worn again

I had tried this on from Topshop but it was to low cut for me and didn't fit right
To print clash or not to print clash, that is the question...
Skirt; H&M
Left shoe; Mulberry
Right shoe; Bally Switzerland
I turned my back for one minute....Elizabeth got a bit of a telling off for this!
So what I bought not from my list.  Well I had a day trip out with some girlfriends and a little light shopping was done, rude not too.  I found this animal print denim top in Warehouse reduced to £20.  A lover of anything animal print I snapped it up and wore it with my new Joni jeans to travel out of the UK in.  It's fairly loose fitting, making it super comfy.  

Warehouse £20
This was so not properly on my radar.  Joanna over at Poppy's Style has and amazing leather Mango skirt which caught my eye with the elasticated waist (can you tell there is a running theme of comfort with my style....?!).  Whilst away she kindly alerted me to 30% off at Mango and after a few failed attempts (foreign, weak wifi - arrrgh) I finally managed to get it for £41.99.  I've already worn it!


Cashmere jumper; La Redoute
Boots, Sam Edelman
I promised my eldest I would include one she took (after a little cropping), thank you H!
Gilet; Zara
I think I may need to change the direction/title of this monthly update as my list at the bottom for the coming month always seems so short compared to what my research has been from the last months list but hey ho, here goes it;

Pretty much nothing on my list, Christmas is around the corner and that's never a cheap time of year is it.......BUT please Santa may I have this?  I have worn my animal print gilet so much more than I thought I would and this colour looks good on me right?  I have been a very good girl this year, eaten all of my dinners and baked lots of cakes for people.  Love Natalie. X

Topshop £65
More pricey than my one but the fur was very lovely, I will give it that


20 comments:

  1. Oh I'm loving the cream La Redoute cashmere sweatshirt on you with the Mango skirt. Both fab!

    And I've been the same as you in Primark - I've found a couple of little bits in there this season - and acrylic - but I'm not losing sleep over it. I know what I'm getting in to and I will try not to cry when it all pills on me. Oh yes and I too have bought a navy pom pom hat for £2.50.

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    1. I must say it's washed really well, I've had it a while now but does come up fairly large. Sometimes spending just a few bob will do the job hey! x

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  2. I got the bobble hat in navy last year too, so I shall digging that out again this year! Love the Uniqlo shirt with your fab H&M skirt! The Joni jeans look really good, I am favouring the high waisted Ridley jeans from ASOS as they are so much more comfortable than some of my other jeans! xx

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    1. High waisted all the way now! (But I won't be lifting my top up to show those tummy huggers!) x

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  3. What fab buys and all so reasonable! Loving the silk shirt it will look fab with your skirt on you a Christmas winner for sure! X

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    1. Thanks Frances, was a fairly pain free Christmas outfit which is unusual for me! x

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  4. I need that black and white skirt from H&M - you've styled it beautifully and I would clash with the leopard print. I bought the cream Topshop hat - it's FAB and does not make your hair static like a lot of other cheaper ones. What's the Primark one like?

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    1. Um, oh dear - I completely neglected to think of the static matter.....I will let you know!x

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  5. Absolutely love the simple black shirt with your skirt & can't wait to see you wearing it. And I too have a pom pom hat from Primark which has worked very well for the past few years!

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    1. And no static (thinking about Fiona's comment above!!) ?!?!x

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  6. Can't wait to see your Christmas outfit Natalie. Love the clash! Cross fingers and toes Santa is good to you x

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    1. I am thinking this blog may be a big enough hint but you never know....!!!x

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  7. Ahhhh Mark's gonna ban me from reading your blog coz I always come away wanting to go shopping!! Saw that animal print top from Warehouse but couldn't find it in my size. Love the animal print gilet - totally not taken with the other coloured one though - I think you could find better.
    This reminds me.....I need to find where I put my winter woolies when we moved house.....hmmmm!! And you've totally reminded me I have a leather skirt too - need to dig that bad boy out! xxx

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    1. Sorry to say the Warehouse top is pretty fab. Washed and ironed so well, a really easy to wear top. Honestly the pink looks better in the flesh, trust me! How has a leather skirt not been out and hidden away Mrs T!?!?x

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    2. Not sure the leather skirt suits my post baby body anymore but I'll give it a try! This is another reason I love your blog - not just the inspiration to buy more but the reminder of what I have and how I can mix it up! xx

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    3. It's such a classic piece - don't get rid of it even if it doesn't fit, you never know! Good luck x

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  8. PS - I now own cashmere you will be pleased to hear xxx

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  9. I think you have bought some really fab things Nat. Not sure I'd clash,I'd stick with black but add a red sparkly clutch (fi there is one out there) and a red lip x

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    1. I was thinking of clashing but then keeping clutch simple with my black Miu Miu clutch but I may go black shoes and cobalt blue Miu Miu instead....watch this space!x

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