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Spring Basics: 3 x Pencil Skirts


Linking to Patti’s Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday!

We’re enjoying the last bit of time before normal chaos routine starts next week 🙂 I love wearing skirts all the year round and recently Jill of Everything Just So and Adrienne of A Rich Life (on a budget) featured skirts on their fantastic ‘How I Wear My..’ series.

So this is my first pencil skirt outfit of the holidays. The nautical knit jacket is Banana Republic from a year ago here and the grey wool skirt is also BR from 2 years before that so you know I’m still mixing.PENCILWith the navy version of the little vintage lambswool jumper by M&S (camel colour here), white Rag & Bone brogues and vintage bamboo handle croco bag.DGPENCILSecond outfit with the floral pattern D&G – this is the only item of the brand I own and the fit is very nice indeed. On this occasion dressed down with a camel cotton jumper by H&M Men and Cobra Society slippers. Continue reading



PALESRPING2 After this outfit I’m giving myself a break from the bf jeans. Not that we’ve fallen out or anything like that. We both need the break from each other, you know the saying ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’, also it’s too easy an option and I really must push ahead in using *everything* else in my closet 🙂 Gap 1969 faded blue, Gap rayon tee, Zara Boy’s field jacket (this was such a lucky and useful find from a couple of years ago and it’s still perfect – not sure I’ll be able to pass it down), Hermès gavroche, vintage Next belt, Chanel single flap in washed caviar leather, Sam Edelman stone suede Petty booties. Continue reading

Red Coat

REDContinuing the festive spirit by wearing my red Tommy Hilfiger coat – Santa isn’t the only one with a nice red coat! I bought mine years ago in a moment of clarity of needing more colour in my life 🙂  It’s still kind of hard for me but I’m getting better!RED3There’s a lot going on in this coat besides being a true red colour though it may look a bit washed out on your screeens. Continue reading

Baggy Pants and Tan Slippers

ZARAHMLinking to Patti’s Not Dead Yet Style for Visible Monday

I’m wearing one of my favourite stripey jumpers, this one is from Zara Boys – can you see the red elbow patch? I should have taken them off (and put them on my Boy’s trouser knees) but they really don’t bother me 🙂 Oh dear, wearing kid’s clothes top and bottom! Continue reading

Review: Graphic Blue H&M Skirt and Mango Breton Stripe Jumper

GRAPHICPRINT2I looked high and low for a graphic print skirt all last year, in the end found it in humble H&M for very little using various discount codes. It’s a durable material, unlined and washes/dries easily which makes it a great option for holiday wear too. Although it has elastane in the material, it’s not very stretchy at all and for me came up a touch small so I had to size up. They also have capri trousers in the same print which came up big.

MANGOBRETONI adore this Mango jumper! It’s pure cotton with cropped sleeves and length. The size is generous and I had to size down for a nice slouchy fit like above. It’s on sale for £16.00!

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Raiding the Kids’ Closet

BLACKARAN2Not literally raiding but buying some staples from the Kids’ department has been the perfect and thrifty solution for me many times. The cotton V neck jumper is from Zara Boys, the black jeans – nice medium weight – and the canvas high tops are from H&M Girls. The vintage Aran cardigan is ultra useful in weather like this, bright but cold. My very casual vintage canvas tote is Céline and just the right size for essentials with a little room to spare which is how I like to carry my stuff around.

Spring Edit 2013: Aran cardigan and canvas high tops

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Black Forever

I went through a decade of not wearing black during the years my children were born as a detox from everything associated with corporations and London. When they were all school age, I resisted still and even had a little purge of black bags in my collection once I started my closet audit over 2 years ago. Along the way, I acquired some slightly different black things mainly jeans and trousers that were required for casual outfits. Also I found, surprisingly, that black dresses and shoes worked so well for me even during Spring and Summer. For the Autumn and Winter came knee boots to go with everything. And finally came the last few black accessories to complete the return of black to my closet. I’ve come full circle.chloe-moretz-afp_2458313aVery scary how sophisticated teen Chloe Moretz looks in her all black outfit – I really like it except for the too high heels. Here are more favourite black looks and my own… Continue reading