Merry Christmas!

Season’s greetings to all my fabulous readers – hope all your wishes come true today; mine sure did…

20131225-101843.jpgWell, I have been good this year… Nice work, Santa!


The Dressing Room – Sale Preview

Sales are happening thick and fast at the moment, aren’t they? Well, save yourself for The Dressing Room’s awesome Winter Sale. The girls were kind enough to send over a selection of items to try, so here is an exclusive sneak preview:

First up, here I am wearing the Great Plains Music Melody dress. This shift is so easy to wear – the slightly darker print on the bottom half of the dress is great for slimming hips, and the rich green is perfect for the season. I have added a bold necklace and black over the knee boots for a look that could take you from the office to a bar.

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Dress  – Great Plains via the Dressing Room (£55 reduced to £38)
Boots – Dune
Necklace – Oliver Bonas

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again – you can’t go wrong with a stripey top. Farhi do this style every season and I think the shape really elevates a simple stripe to something special. This top would be great for a sophisticated evening outfit, and I have paired it with leather (look) leggings and black pointy kitten heels to keep the look simple and streamlined.

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Top – Farhi via The Dressing Room (£85 reduced to £42.50)
Pleather leggings – Uniqlo
Shoes – Vince Camuto

I was very kindly allowed to keep one of the items I reviewed here and I chose this Maison Scotch tunic. It’s not easy to see from the photo, but is has a very delicate speckled pattern and some contrasting trim at the shoulder which gives it a glam-bohemian effect. To be honest, it looks a lot like something Isabel Marant might design. Easy to dress up or dress down, I can see it will be a really versatile addition to my wardrobe. In fact I wore the outfit to a birthday party yesterday afternoon!

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Top – Maison Scotch c/o The Dressing Room (£82 reduced to £55)
Jeans – Goldsign
Boots – Ash
Scarf – Becksondergaard

The final item I trialled was this gorgeous Becksondergaard scarf. I have acquired several of their scarves since I started working with The Dressing Room and I can really vouch for their quality. This beautiful blue leopard print version fits in so well with my existing wardrobe, I think I’ll be snapping it up in the sale myself! I’ve opted for a casual look here, ideal for running around after the kids.

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Scarf – Becksondergaard via The Dressing Room (£39 reduced to £27)
Sweater – MaxMara
Jeans – Goldsign
Trainers – Converse
Beanie – Hush

Now, I happen to know that there will be a special Christmas surprise in store for all mailing list subscribers, so I strongly suggest you sign up to their newsletter and keep an eye on your inbox over the festive season.

Go on, log on and bag some bargains – it sure beats battling the rain on Oxford Street and winding up with pneumonia like I did last year! And make sure you report back on any purchases, of course!

An unexpected gift…

…is often the best kind. I was sent this beautiful cotton/cashmere scarf by the lovely folk at Dust PR and Bonnie Baby.

I first encountered Bonnie Baby in the summer when I attended the Dust PR children’s press day and met brand founder, Tracey Samuel. She was inspired to start the company after the arrival of her baby daughter, a time when many women chose to seek a different path. Having previously been head of knitwear at Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, Tracey turned her considerable talents to designing children’s knitwear – her eye and attention to detail is apparent in every piece. I loved hearing Tracey’s story and seeing the collection. The styling is fantastic – cute, quirky and contemporary. Look at those penguins!Image
They currently have an excellent sale on (my scarf is half price at £21.48), and sizes go up to age 5, which is handy for my 2.5 year old daughter, who is absolutely smitten with the penguin prints! So if you’re looking for a baby/toddler gift, check out the site – the clothes truly are beautiful!

Happy Birthday to me!

Yesterday I turned the fairly unremarkable age of 29. Mr TMT and I have an annual tradition of visiting Hyde Park Winter Wonderland every year on my birthday so off we went.

This year I had an extra special gift courtesy of the lovely folk at The Dressing Room – a beautiful Becksondergaard scarf sent to me as part of their Becksondergaard blogger challenge! The idea behind the challenge is that each blogger showcases their personality in the way they wear their scarf.

I’m not really a neat and tidy person, so I like my scarves BIG. This fabulous tiger and star print number definitely ticks that box! I wear mine by folding it diagonally in the centre, then just sort of throwing it round my neck before tying the loose ends to really show off those stars.



Scarf – Becksondergaard c/o The Dressing Room
Coat – Barbour
Jeans – Goldsign
Boots – Ash
Bag – Balenciaga
Gloves – Brora

The scarf perks up my dark, neural outfit a treat, and my friend here really liked it. The wool and silk mix kept me toasty on the ice and it was the first year I’ve not fallen over. Not saying that’s necessarily anything to do with the scarf but it does seem like a coincidence…

My lovely scarf is from the SS14 collection, but The Dressing Room have loads of beautiful Becksondergaard scarves here. I bought my mum this one for Christmas (don’t worry she doesn’t read the blog):


How do you wear your scarf?

A proper, genuine bargain

Over the years Mumsnet has been a great help to me – I’ve been given great advice when struggling with breastfeeding, made some fabulous friends and found the inspiration to start this blog. This week they did it again by pointing me towards some super bargains on the Great Plains site.

(Excuse lack of head – much partying has caught up with me and I look a wreck)

Total outfit cost (admittedly not including boots)? £6.

The dress, still available in the red in size XS (which is what I, an 8-10 (probably more 10 latterly) am wearing) here.

The leggings were a ridiculous £2 and are not even slightly see through. You could even splash out £4 for the grey-blue.

Even at Christmas time you can afford to treat yourself at these prices!