Sunday Night Fantasy Shopping

So, I owe you two bags this week don’t I, as I didn’t manage to post one last week? Well, since you ask so nicely…

20130825-200216.jpgI just LOVE the colour of this Givenchy Nightingale tote, and doesn’t the leather look deliciously squishy? Part of me thinks I ought to buy a black bag, as I don’t really have one, but my heart is telling me I want blue or grey. This one would love amazing with denim.

If I were to pick a black bag, I could do a lot worse than this classic Balenciaga Giant City:

20130825-200749.jpgI like the textured leather and silver hardware, and let’s face it – this bag is just plain cool. Making this list is getting harder and harder, I just want them all!

Clearance Weekend at The Dressing Room!

It’s starting to cool down and new season stock is pouring onto the rails, but there’s still time to grab some final summer sale bargains over at the Dressing Room, who are offering an extra 20% off all sale stock until midnight on 26 August! There are still plenty of lovely bits to pick up at rock bottom prices – here’s what I’d be getting if I wasn’t on this accursed ban!

Equipment Brett Python Shirt - was £192, now £75

Equipment Brett Python Shirt – was £192, now £75

With the discount, this shirt comes in at £60 – for an Equipment shirt?! Snake print was all over the catwalk too, so this is a really savvy new season buy – someone snap it up before I do!!

J Brand 1214 Aidan Slouchy Boyfriend Jean - was £269, now £99

J Brand 1214 Aidan Slouchy Boyfriend Jean – was £269, now £99

Boyfriend jeans are going nowhere fast – I’ll be updating mine for the new season with a fitted sweater and ankle boots. This J Brand Aidan style is very popular, so bag them at a discount!

Mercy Delta Zebra Wool & Silk Mix Scarf - was £150, now £55

Mercy Delta Zebra Wool & Silk Mix Scarf – was £150, now £55

How deliciously autumnal do the berry tones in this Mercy Delta scarf look right now? If you’ve never had the pleasure of stroking one of these scarfs, let me tell you they are so baby soft. This would brighten up my boring classic black coat a treat!

Day Birger et Mikkelsen  Acqua Top - was £150, now £75

Day Birger et Mikkelsen
Acqua Top – was £150, now £75

This top has got ‘Christmas night out’ written all over it! I think this beautiful silk top paired with leather leggings and a tuxedo jacket would make a sharp, contemporary alternative to a more convential ‘party dress’.

Bobi Blazer - was £75, now £32

Bobi Blazer – was £75, now £32

I’ve long extolled the virtues of a jersey blazer as a sharper alternative to a cardigan, and this ruby-red Bobi version would be great for A/W. Red has been everywhere at the press days I’ve attended, so this is a great buy – would look fab over a breton top and bootcuts, with a long chunky scarf wrapped round your neck.

H By Hudson Coachella Boot - was £150, now £60

H By Hudson Coachella Boot – was £150, now £60

I’ve liked these boots for aaaages, and at £48 with the discount these are a steal! I’d put them with vintage wash skinnies and a grey marl sweatshirt. Argh, so much tempatation!

Paige Denim Verdugo Super Skinny Jean - was £195, now £99

Paige Denim Verdugo Super Skinny Jean – was £195, now £99

A good pair of black skinnies can be hard to find, in my experience, but I love the fit of the Paige Verdugos, so I think this pair would be a great investment, especially for £80!

Just Ballerinas Glitter Platino Pumps - was £79, now £45

Just Ballerinas Glitter Platino Pumps – was £79, now £45

You know by now that I just love slipper flats, but they can be a little tricky to style for the evening. This pair have that nailed by virtue of being glittery and gold! Skinnies are the obvious choice for these, but I actually think they look really cute with opaques and a short skirt.

So, those are a few pieces I think are great, but there are so many more I could have featured so do check out the sale section, and don’t forget to use code CLEAR20 to get your extra 20% off! So, what will you be bagging in The Dressing Room’s clearance? Do let me know in the usual way!

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C150 – Day 30 & 31

So I’ve officially made it a month. Just under four to go, and actually, the last month has flown by, so hopefully the next four will do the same and I’ll find myself standing in the Harvey Nichols accessories hall in the blink of an eye!

Day 30
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I know navy and black can be a contentious colour combo but I really love it. I planned this outfit around my Jimmy Choos, which I am still besotted with (though they could do with a stroke of the suede brush)!

Outfit:

Top – Me&Em
Trousers – Gerard Darel
Shoes – Jimmy Choo
Watch – Olivia Burton
Bracelet – Chan Luu

Day 31

20130822-195810.jpgAnother of my favourites here. My lovely husband bought me this beauty of a skirt for Christmas and I’ve not really worn it over the summer, given its slightly dark and moody nature, but I’m very glad to be bringing it out as the seasons change.

Outfit:

Top – Majestic
Skirt – McQ
Shoes – Michael Kors
Watch – Olivia Burton

Better photo:

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P.S. apologies for skanky mirror

C150 – Day 28 & 29

Day 28

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Outfit:

T-shirt – American Vintage
Jeans – Paige c/o The Dressing Room
Sandals – Marni X H&M

Just a very casual outfit for a day with the kids involving a very futile search for a pair of work trousers (these have been sanctioned by the keeper of the purse as a necessary expense outside the ban). If anyone sees a slightly cropped, predominantly cotton, non-black pair please shout me!

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Outfit:

Shirt – Uniqlo
Skirt – Vivienne Westwood Red Label
Shoes – Jemima Vine
Watch – Olivia Burton

I really like this outfit. Seeing it next to my more casual look, it makes me think that perhaps Mr TMT wasn’t just ‘being a man’ when he suggested I wore more form fitting clothes at the weekend!

C150 – Day 22 – 27

Heartfelt apologies, dear readers, for my lack of commitment. I have had a crazy couple of weeks, but I think I’ve got my shit together now. We’ll see. Anyway, you don’t want to hear about all that bobbins, you want to know what I’ve been wearing!

Day 22

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Outfit:

Top – DVF
Trousers – Gap
Shoes – Michael Kors

This top was a sample sale bargain and I just love it. I don’t wear it often enough really – must make more effort to give it the airing it deserves. The shoes are Michael Kors ‘Flex’ pumps and are just the comfiest ever. They pop up every season in different colours and frequently appear on the Outnet at great prices – highly recommend them!

Day 23

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Outfit:

Shirt – Equipment
Skirt – Gerard Darel
Shoes – Boden

You remember the saga of this shirt, don’t you? Well worth a very painful trip to acquire it with my newly operated on hand (you can expect the return of the grubby bandage soon as it needs redoing), as it makes me smile every time I catch sight of it!

Day 24

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Outfit:

Dress – LK Bennett
Shoes – Vince Camuto

A rare glimpse of business-appropriate Amber here – I very rarely do the ‘corporate’ thing, but I had a meeting where I needed to make an impact today, so it was required. I spent the whole day feeling like I was playing dress up, but the meeting had exactly the desired outcome, so it was worth it!

Day 25

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Outfit:

Scarf – Becksondergaard
T-shirt – Uniqlo
Jeans – Goldsign
Boots – Ash
Watch – Olivia Burton

The eagle eyed amongst you will notice a couple of new acquisitions here! More on those in a separate post, but I promise I haven’t broken the terms of my ban.

Day 26

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Outfit:

T-shirt – Gap
Jeans – Goldsign
Boots – Ash
Watch – Olivia Burton

Variations on a theme here – I’ve fallen back in love with my Ash Jalouse during the slightly cooler weather. They are so comfy and have that casual-cool thing going on. Another highly recommended footwear purchase if you’re in the market.

Day 27

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Outfit:

Shirt – Uniqlo
Jeans – J Brand
Boots – Boden
Watch – Olivia Burton

This was probably my favourite outfit of the week. I love a flannel shirt and this monochrome check one looks fab with my precious pink boots!

Back later with today’s outfit, and that handbag post I owe you…

C150 – Day 18 – 21

Oops, I’m lagging a bit aren’t I? Let’s play catch up!

Day 18
20130813-201952.jpgThis Boden pocket Breton has had so much wear since I bought it – it goes with everything! I love it with my leopard loafers, spots and stripes are among my favourite pattern clashes!

Outfit:

Top – Boden
Jeans – Topshop Jamies
Shoes – Jimmy Choo

Day 19
20130813-202009.jpgI’m not sure my J Brand Earhart trousers are the most flattering in my wardrobe, but when you’ve known comfort like it you cannot turn your back. I wore this for a hungover trip to the dentist, so I needed cosseting!

Outfit:

Top – Uniqlo
Trousers – J Brand Earhart
Sandals – Sam Edelman

Day 20
20130813-202030.jpgI chanced upon these grey Goldsign Virtuals in the clearance section of the Harvey Nichols sale a couple of months back. I already have the mid blue and the indigo as you know from my repeated wears, so this was serendipity at play. I really like them with my bright pink boots!

Outfit:

T-Shirt – Mango
Jeans – Goldsign
Boots – Boden

Day 21
20130813-203812.jpgI wore this outfit for a trip to the zoo, hence the zebra shoes! I’m having a serious zebra love-in at the moment – had you noticed?

Outfit:

Top – James Perse
Jeans – Topshop Jamie
Shoes – Topshop
Scarf – Maje

Sunday Night Fantasy Shopping

Ok, ok, I’ve fallen behind. I know and I will rectify it tomorrow. In my defence, it’s been a shitty week for a multitude of reasons, and then yesterday I had a broken tooth extracted (like mother, like daughter), so I’m not feeling my best.

Anyway, nothing cheers me up like a little bit of bag-shaped eye candy, so here’s this week’s offering:

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I am very taken with the Saint Laurent Duffle, and I really love this rich burgundy shade. It’s a good size, big without being cavernous, and very understated. This is probably top 3, at the moment but, with 18 weeks to go, it’s still all to play for…