I’m bored

So, I’m bored with ‘The Challenge’. Not the saving or wearing different outfits daily, I’m getting on swimmingly with that – more the oppression of trying to blog it every single day.

The reality is that I am just too busy in my work and home life and actually I feel that I could be offering much more interesting content on the blog, so I thing a return to form is order. I’ll still be posting outfit shots, but probably not daily, and I’ll be bringing back the Lust List, Review and Trend posts. If there are any strong objections do let me know, but I am so immensely tired of seeing photos in myself in the same pose that I’m sure you must be too!!

Anyway, here a couple of those photos from the past week:

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Outfit:

Cardigan – Boden
Top – Majestic
Jeans – Topshop
Scarf – Maje
Boots – Aldo

One of my favourite trends for this season is Grunge, mainly because I was doing it anyway. Basically stick on a bit of plaid and some biker boots and you’re good to go!

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Outfit:

Dress – Laura Ashley
Tights – Falke
Shoes – Michael Kors

A new acquisition here, bought with my voucher from the Laura Ashley press day. I absolutely LOVE this dress. You can’t really see but the pattern is a sort of mock-croc print and the burgundy colour is delicious. It is also probably the most comfortable dress I have ever worn in my life. They are currently running a 25% off event, which I highly recommend you check out, as they’ve had a great season.

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Outfit:

Jumper – Gap
Skirt – M&S
Tights – Falke
Shoes – Boden
Necklace – Alex Monroe

The necklace is sort of new. I received it as a wedding anniversary gift last year, but lost it within a few months, which I was very sad about. My lovely husband has repeat bought it for my this year which was sweet of him. I promise not to lose this one!

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Crikey, I look about 108 in these photos! Luckily I have 2 weeks off now to recover from what has been a very stressful phase of my professional life. Expect a shiny, happy, chilled out blogger from now on!

Scandi Style Month at The Dressing Room

This month is Scandi Style Month over at Twentymumthing favourite The Dressing Room. This is exactly what it sounds like; a celebration of Scandinavian Style, showcasing the fabulous brands the DR stock such as Becksondergaard, Twist&Tango and Tokyo Jane. You can read more about everything they have going on over on their blog but on to my involvement… Those lovely Dressing Room folk got in touch to ask me to review some pieces by Rosemunde. This Danish brand design luxurious wardrobe staples in a silk blend which slip seamlessly into your existing wardrobe. Need proof? Ok then…

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Outfit:

Vest – Rosemunde (similar)
Top – Rosemunde
Jeans – Paige
Boots – Ash
Scarf – Becksondergaard

These tops work so well layered together as part of an everyday outfit. I love the tonal look acheived by layering the two shades of grey. Boyfriend jeans and a pretty bird scarf by another Scandi brand, Becksondergaard, make this a perfect casual look.

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Outfit:

Vest – Rosemunde
Jeans – Twist & Tango
Shoes – Christian Louboutin
Bag – Jimmy Choo

If you saw yesterday’s post you’ll have seen the outfit I put together for an anniversary meal with my husband, and this is a variation on a theme. While these tops are great for layering, they are fabulous worn simply with skinnies too. The delicate lace is the perfect foil to the pointy stilettos and zip detail on the jeans.

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Outfit:

Vest – Rosemunde (similar)
Cardigan – Rosemunde
Skirt – T by Alexander Wang
Shoes – Jemima Vine

Here I’ve put together a look which I think works really well for the office. I’m wearing a twin-set but (hopefully) don’t look like I’m missing my set of pearls and sensible court shoes. The colours palette is very simple, but the lace detail at the front (and back, check out the link) of the cardigan adds interest. And these tops would work just as well with jeans and boots too – I do like a multi-tasker.

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Outfit:

Grey Vest – Rosemunde (similar)
Purple Vest – Rosemunde
Jacket – American Vintage (similar)
Jeans – Goldsign
Boots – Ash

How beautiful is this aubergine colour? I love purple for Autumn/Winter, and this top looks so gorgeous layered with the pale grey. I can’t find this vest on the website, but if you give the lovely ladies at the Dressing Room a call, I’m sure they can sort you out. I haven’t mentioned just how delicious these tops feel against the skin. The high silk content means they are super soft, and they’re suprisingly warm too – perfect for layering up on chilly days. The other great thing about them is that although they’re quite figure hugging, they don’t ride up (the bane of my life with long vests!)

So, now you’ve seen how easily these great basics slot into my wardrobe, maybe you fancy some in yours? Well, your luck is in! From today unti midnight tomorrow (Tues 10 Sept) The Dressing Room are offering an extra 10% off all full priced items with code AUTUMN10. What better way to kickstart your A/W wardrobe? Do let me know what you’re buying or dreaming of buying – I love shopping vicariously!

DISCLAIMER: I received the grey vest shown in the pictures as a thank you for doing this review, but, as ever, all views are very much my own. The rest of the tops are winging their way back to St Albans (though having seen how lovely the slate grey long-sleeved top looks with my vest, I’m seriously considering breaking my ban!)

And yes, I know my patio needs weeding.

C150 – Day 44 – 47

Day 44

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Outfit:

Shirt – Diesel via TK Maxx
Trousers – Gerard Darel
Shoes – Boden

One of my favourite and oft used combinations here; monochrome with a touch of bright. Very easy to put together when I’m fumbling around blindly in my wardrobe at 5.30am.

Day 45

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Outfit:

Dress – Damsel in a Dress
Shoes – Banana Republic

I blogged about this dress aaaages ago, but, like a magpie, promptly got distracted by something shiny and forgot to order it, remembering only when it had sold out. eBay searches had proved fruitless when by chance, on a rare day off with my very dear husband, I clocked it on the rails in TK Maxx. I didn’t buy it due to the spending ban, but Mr TMT sneakily got it for me. Well done, that man. Probably helps that it’s slinky. Had it been harem pants they’d be languishing still.

Day 46

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Outfit:

Sweatshirt – Gap
Vest – Rosemunde c/o The Dressing Room
Jeans – Goldsign
Boots – Aldo

Very casual for a day spent doing not much at all with the littl’uns. I’m so glad biker boots are back in vogue, as I adore this Aldo pair. I bought them a few weeks after I had my youngest and they’ve proved an excellent buy. The leather has softened a treat and they are so comfortable. This pair are similar and look gorgeous.

Day 47

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Outfit:

Vest – Rosemunde c/o The Dressing Room
Leather trousers – Freda at Matches
Shoes – M&S via Ebay

A very rare evening out look! It is out wedding anniversary this week so we capitalised on my mother-in-law visiting and took the opportunity to slope off for wine and tapas. I wore my gorgeous new vest top (more on this in a separate post tomorrow – look out for a discount code) and my faithful leather trousers. I got these in the January sales for about £150, reduced from £500+ and they are just the most delicious, buttery soft leather. I loved this outfit and so did Mr TMT, so everyone was happy!

And the moment you’ve all been waiting for…the bag of the week:

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There are two reasons why I love this 3.1 Phillip Lim 31 hour tote: 1. The simplicity and 2. The colour. Absolutely sublime.

C150 – Day 43

Day 43

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Outfit:

Top – H&M
Skirt – M&S
Shoes – Jemima Vine
Bracelet – McQ

Another ye olde item today. I was rooting around in a box of workwear I put away after I had my first child, when I found this skirt. I bought this 5 years ago, while I was killing time waiting for a friend. You can’t really see in the picture above, but it has PVC piping on it:

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Quite a nice, low key way to do the PVC trend – I think a dress might be a bit Miss Whiplash for work…

C150 – Day 42

Day 42

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Outfit:

Top – Cos
Jeans – Paige c/o The Dressing Room
Shoes – Swedish Hasbeens

Some things in life just go together. Hot toast and butter. Wine and crisps. Drunk people and questionable kebabs. It just works. I think stripy tops and boyfriend jeans fall into this category. I got this Cos top shortly after I had my daughter (now 2) arrived, so it’s too big really, but I’m loath to get rid of it as unlike so many stripy tees out there it is proper, printer paper white. Not parchment or ivory or stone. So much better for my skin tone. So if you see any white based Bretons on your travels, do shout me, so I can put this one out to pasture!

C150 – an apology

I know I’ve been beyond crap at posting my daily outfits. I sound like a broken record, but I have been so busy with work it has all fallen by the wayside a bit.

But I’m getting back on the wagon and starting afresh. I haven’t taken a photo every day over my week long blogging hiatus, but I haven’t repeated an outfit. You’ll just have to trust me on that. Here are a few photos from the last few days:

Day 34

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Outfit:

Sweatshirt – James Perse
Jeans – J Brand
Shoes – Bloch via TK Maxx

I’m not usually a wearer of pale pink, but I’m reliably informed that it is the colour to be seen in this A/W. I can’t commit to a saccharine sweet cocoon coat, so my concession to the trend is to dig out these Blochs I’ve had for a couple of years but rarely wear. It actually makes a nice accent colour for grey and navy.

Day 35

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Outfit

Jumper – Gap
T – Shirt – Gap
Jeans – Uniqlo
Loafers – Topshop

One of the best things about doing this challenge is rediscovering forgotten favourites. I don’t know about you, but I tend to wear my new items on repeat until the next flavour of the month comes along. I’ve had these jeans for longer than I’ve been with my husband, and I still really like them!

Day 39

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Outfit:

Jumper – Rag & Bone
Jeans – Gap
Boots – New Look

This outfit is composed entirely of ‘mistakes’. The jumper is £145 worth of viscose nightmare, it creases easily and snags on everything – not the great buy I had hoped it would be. The jeans are Gap sexy boyfriend and are just a size too big really so are rarely worn. The boots are fine, but tan really isn’t my colour. All together they don’t look too bad, but this look won’t make it into my C150 hall of fame!

Day 40

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Outfit:

Top – Topshop
Jeans – Goldsign
Shoes – Topshop

I wasn’t sure about these ‘cold-shoulder’ style tops initially, but my husband really likes me to show off my shoulders so I thought I’d try one and it went down a storm. I don’t generally ‘dress to please my man’, but sometimes it’s nice to make an effort (especially when, like this, it basically takes no effort at all!)

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The Baylee is the newest bag from the Chloe stable which counts the Marcie, Paraty and Paddington among its success stories. I think they’ve scored another hit here too – how gorgeous does it look with this monochrome outfit!?

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Sorry it’s taken me so long to catch up – I’ll be back with another outfit post tomorrow.