Don’t worry it’s not all technical wicking fabrics chez Nectarine, though I won’t deny these have featured heavily in my shopping bags of late, I’m still as covetous as ever. Here is a round up of my Spring wishlist:
First of all I need a new Breton top. Let me tell you it is the DEVIL’S WORK finding one with a white background (not Ecru, Stone or Ivory). I quite like the look of this little Boden bad boy though
ignores description navy/ivory.
On a similar theme is this Boden tunic, which shortarse here would wear as a dress. Will order to try and cross my fingers that it covers my cellulite.
As the sun shone for about 20 minutes this week, my thoughts turned to sandals. I really shouldn’t wear yellow as it does me NO favours but it’s such a happy colour that I can live with the prospect of jaundiced feet.
Also a happy colour is this Jaeger bag. This has popped up on a few blogs now and I just love it, the perfect antidote to those winter navys, greys and blacks.
This T-shirt is wonderfully silly – I love pineapples, so this would be a cute addition to my casual wardrobe.
I’m sure I’ve mentioned my perennial quest for a denim shirt dress. I’ve wanted one for ^years^ now, but never found one that didn’t make me look like a middle-aged farm hand. You may have think I’d have taken the hint by now. You’d be wrong. This Next one has had rave reviews so I should at least try it, right?
Back on safer ground, these Carvela skate flats are right up my avenue, so to speak. And Kurt Geiger currently have 25% off with code KGMARCH25. Rude not to.
So, that’s what I’m after – what’s tickling your fancy at the moment. Do tell – you can comment below or hit me up on Twitter!
When I went to the Laura Ashley SS14 press day on the wettest November day EVER, it’s safe to say Spring wasn’t really on my mind. However, as the mercury has risen (incrementally), I’ve found my eye drawn to some lighter pieces. Now let’s not go nuts here, it’s still pretty brisk, but today I felt able to swap my cashmere knits for this fabulous cotton intarsia knit. I liked it so much back at the press day I actually named it best in show, so I lined I had to have it! Geometric prints are ^everywhere^ at the moment, but I love the hint of red livening up the simple windowpane design.
And here I am modelling it. I’ve teamed it with simple navy trousers and burgundy courts, with a perky hit of bright green to remind me Spring is on the way.
Jumper – Laura Ashley
Trousers – Fenn Wright Manson
Shoes – Michael Kors
Bag – Anya Hindmarch
So, you all like shoes, right? Thought so. Well, how do you fancy winning a gorgeous pair of Melissa shoes from The Dressing Room as part of their Feb Feet Month?
It couldn’t be simpler – all you need to do is take a Shoe Selfie, a pic of your favourite shoes. Your feet can be in them or out of them, and they don’t have to be from The Dressing Room.
You can then enter in one of three ways…
Follow The Dressing Room on Twitter (@dressingroom1) and tweet them your Shoe Selfie using the hashtags #FebFeet #DRShoeSelfie
Like The Dressing Room’s page on Facebook (TheDressingRoomStAlbans), then post your Shoe Selfie to their wall using the the hashtags #FebFeet #DRShoeSelfie and share with your friends
Follow The Dressing Room on Instagram (THEDRSTALBANS) and tag them in your Shoe Selfie pictures using the hashtags #FebFeet #DRShoeSelfie
So what are you waiting for? The competition ends midnight Sunday 23 February and the winner will be announced on Monday 24 February.
I’ll start us off by showing you one of the fab pairs you could be choosing from if you win…
Melissa Lady Dragon Cluster Heels – £98
My love of Boden is well documented on this blog. I recently had my personal style analysed (more on this to come) and it turns out Boden is a great place for me to shop. Hooray!
Anyway, I just wanted to flag the fact that they have some great deals in the clearance section of their website, where selected items currently have up to 80% off.
I ordered this cashmere crew neck for a ridiculous £23.80. Amazing!
Check it out and see what gems you find!
So January is FINALLY over, I’ve been paid (thank god) and I’m ready to embrace the new season. Sorry you’ve not seen much of me lately – I’ve come good on my New Year’s Resolution to do more exercise and have been out running pretty much every spare minute of my day.
So, what have a bought in the sales? Well beside a lot of neon running gear, which I’ll spare you the sight of, quite a bit actually…
You’ve seen these already, the Isabel Marant Bennett wedge high top:
These are already proving their worth and have been worn many times. They tick all the boxes for me. A good buy!
Zoe Karssen ‘Homme’ hoodie:
Hobbs Lulu dress:
I’d been stalking this dress for a while and when it dropped to £50 I bagged it. A great work basic.
Jewel of Liberty silk scarf:
Sometimes an item just speaks to you. I spotted this scarf when I was mooching in Liberty just before Christmas and I just fell in love. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, that’s for sure, but I’ve never liked tea anyway. I got it at half price which I was very pleased about. I’ve worn it a few times air hostess style but I’m looking for inspiration to tie it in other ways if anyone has an idea!
I have the short sleeved version of this dress in navy and it has been so useful that I couldn’t resist the forest green long-sleeved version. I’ve said it before but these dresses feel as close to wearing your pyjamas to work as possible – perhaps I shouldn’t be so pleased about that, but in my world comfort is king!
James Perse Tank Dress
I’ve shown you my James Perse dress before, but I am so pleased with this one, it really is a ‘take you anywhere’ dress with the right accessories – not bad for £50.
These were a bit of an impulse buy while roaming the Selfridges sale. They have a very definite look of the Rag & Bone Newburys but were about a tenth of the price. I’m finding them very useful on evenings out when I want to look a bit glam but can’t face cold feet (i.e. 9 months of the year).
Irritatingly these boots are now cheaper than they were when I bought them, but I have had so much wear out of them I can’t begrudge £20. They are fabulously French chic and easy on the feet. What’s not to like?
Charles Phillip Slippers
Rich and Skinny jeans
These jeans were a lucky TK Maxx find. I always find my best buys in their clearance section which either means I have hideous taste and am hopelessly deluded or that the general public are less appreciative than I. I prefer the latter option. These may have knocked my Goldsign Virtuals off the top of my jeans hierarchy – they are so flattering. There were a few different Rich and Skinny styles in my local branch, so could be worth a look.
Dr Denim solitaire jeggings
I needed black jeans and I was all ready to spring for some premium denim but was struggling to find what I wanted. I know my favourites The Dressing Room stock this label, and Deryane the manager knows her stuff, so I thought I’d give the Solitaire jeggings a whirl. I’m really glad I did! When they arrived they were TINY. I genuinely didn’t think an actual human could wear them, but man, do they stretch. The rise on these is high, as in up to my navel, but I love that as there is zero danger of flashing my pants. They keep their shape remarkably well and for £30, I’m made up.
I’ve really got a flavour for tartan. I’ve always liked it in truth, though I’ve never been brave enough to wear it in a meaningful way. Over the past few months I’ve branched out with a couple of scarves and last week this accessory
fever segued into footwear…
These Charles Phillip Shanghai slippers were heavily reduced in the Net-a-Porter sale and I ended up paying about £35 for them. I love the leopard pair I bought last spring, so these should hopefully be a great buy. As a wise friend told me, slippers are the ballet flats for those of us who could never have been ballerinas.
In other news, I got a haircut.
Been a while since I’ve done one of these hasn’t it? Well, I think I’m pretty much done with the sales now (post coming on all my bargains) and ready to embrace the new season.
Back in November, I attended the Boden SS14 press day at Somerset House.
It was a riot of colour and gorgeous sorbet shades which could not have seemed more attractive on that rainy, glum winter’s day.
So, without further ado, here are my favourite styles of the season:
I must confess that this jumper is already sitting pretty in my wardrobe. A cashmere crew neck is a vital wardrobe staple and Boden have issued this style in 14 shades for the new season. I was very tempted by the lilac but plumped for the pink as it is better for my skin tone. The quality is great, though I did size up to a 12 as I prefer a slightly slouchier fit. It will be great for keeping me warm but feeling bright and springy through the remaining winter months.
I have often waxed lyrical about Boden footwear styles and this season is no exception. I love these gold slingbacks – I think they’d be great with charcoal slim leg trousers and a white shirt to jazz up my workwear.
I don’t normally go a bundle on the more boho styles, but I was really taken by this top at the press day. The addition of the neon embroidery makes it seem a little fresher than your average smock top. I’m seeing it with distressed denim and simple flat sandals.
I really love these trousers, but with my thighs being my ‘trouble-zone’, I’m not sure if I could pull them off. If I was leaner of leg, however, I’d wear them with a silver-grey sweater and silver flats.
Speaking of silver flats, these are another new addition to my wardrobe. I have last summer’s orange version which I wore to death, so these seemed a logical investment. I love metallic footwear and they will go with so much.
I’m so tempted by this lace top. I think it would look so lovely with the silver flats and a pair of boyfriend jeans. The pretty pink is so refreshing after a winter of navy and grey.
A variation on the more conventional Breton tee, I love the bold striped on this top. I’d team this with indigo skinnies and the gold kitten heel slingbacks.
And wouldn’t this fabulous statement necklace be the perfect finishing touch to that outfit? I love the mix of brights!
Loving a bit of matchy-matchy is my secret shame, but I’m really taken by the idea of this gold bag worn with those slingbacks and a simple grey marl sweat and ripped jeans. I’ve already got a gold bag so I really cannot justify this, but I do LOVE it. I don’t have a pair of gold shoes though….
What do you think of the Boden S/S14 collection? As ever, I love receiving your comments, tweets etc so do drop me a line!
So while I haven’t been doing very well at the old ‘blog more regularly’ resolution, I haven’t done too badly on the others. Hell, I haven’t even had a drink since I last posted!
I ordered this jumper from Atterley Road after spotting it over on Avril’s blog. It’s by Selected Femme and the combination of the jumbo houndstooth print and the great price for a wool/cotton mix reeled me in. Initially I wasn’t too sure – it is very bold and I tried it on when I was really suffering from the post-Xmas bloat, so I shoved it back in the box with a mind to returning it. Luckily I’ve had no time to organise that and this morning on a whim I stuck it back on (having lost most of the podge) and Mr TMT, who has a real horror of patterns, actually remarked on how nice it was. So that was that.
I’m wearing it with another sales buy; my new Isabel Marant Bennett wedge trainers, which I acquired shortly before Christmas. I’ve hankered after these for so long that when they popped up at a sensible (relatively speaking ) price, I couldn’t resist. The fact that they are zebra print is just an added bonus.
Last year I made only one serious resolution (obviously I included all the old gumph about diet/exercise) and that was to pass my driving test. I notched that up 6 months ago (ahem, 6th time’s a charm, apparently) and have been floating around aimlessly ever since.
So it is with some pleasure I set myself a new glut of goals to fail at today (I had to get over the NY hangover, then I got ridiculously spannered on the 2nd so I had to get over that too) so here goes:
1. Blog more regularly. I had a lot of good feedback on the more ‘thoughtpiece’ type stuff I did towards the end of last year, so I’ll be trying my hand at a bit more of that.
2. Shop more mindfully. I’ve been honing this quite well over the last couple of years, but there is still room for improvement. Generally my mistake buys have been the cheaper ones – I just can’t ever really LOVE something that cost £8 because I don’t feel really invested in it.
3. Diet/exercise gumph. I am loath to admit I’ve put on a couple of lbs over the festive season, but I have, so I need to sort that. Also I would like to spend less time stressing about my cellulite so more fluids, more exercise, less biscuits.
4. Resolve work dilemma. My present work situation isn’t really making me happy, and I’m worried by the impact it is having on my family, so I need to think very carefully about where to go from here, especially as my eldest starts school in September *sob*.
And finally, and most importantly…
5. Make the most of my kids. I spend far too much time ‘worrying about the next thing’ rather than enjoying the ‘here and now’. My babies are growing up so fast and I need to STOP responding to work emails on my days off while batting them away saying ‘in a minute!’ and soak up every delicious molecule of them before they go to school, make loads of friends and decide I’m a sad old tosser, good only for the provision of lifts and money to spend in Hollister.
So there we go, nothing to taxing, except the diet/exercise bit which will doubtless fall by the wayside long before the end of the month and the lure of the luxury M&S biscuit selection in the cupboard proves too great.
So, have you made any resolutions? Broken them yet? Do tell…
Hope you’ve had a slightly more auspicious start to the new year than I have. Let’s just say the January detox hasn’t quite got underway due to the consumption of a much needed restorative bacon sandwich. Last night Mr TMT and I ventured out on NYE for the first time in 5 years and ended up in a painfully trendy bar where the cocktails were served in the sort of flasks I used in physics experiments and everyone had a ‘directional’ haircut. It was good fun – the ‘ironic’ music they were playing could have come straight from my iPod – but my head is a little sore this morning.
Such an occasion necessitates a new dress, don’t you think, and as luck would have it I stumbled across one while doing the (third) round of the Selfridges sale. I bagged this James Perse tank dress for the knock down price of £50, reduced from £250.
It doesn’t look that exciting but I’ve been looking like a dress like this for a couple of years. I had a fab maternity version from Isabella Oliver that I absolutely loved and have been looking for a non-maternity equivalent ever since. It will be really versatile as I can glam it up with heels and jewels for most evening occasions or sling it on with flip flops and a denim jacket in the summer. I wore it last night with a chunky chain collar necklace from Coast and a pair of metallic ankle boots that I bagged in the Dune sale. I didn’t feel too out of place among the hipsters, so it can’t have been too bad
that or I’m delusional. Here is a very low quality drunken photo, featuring my husband’s thumb.
Back soon with my style resolutions and a round up of my sales purchases!