Tartan myself 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…

20140114-190152.jpgThese 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.

20140114-190811.jpgI much prefer it this length – makes me wonder why I keep getting silly ideas about growing it every couple of years. I blame the media.

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Monday Evening Lust List – Boden

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.

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So, without further ado, here are my favourite styles of the season:

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Cashmere Crew Neck Jumper – £99

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.

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Chelsea Slingbacks – £99

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.

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Cotswold Weekend Top – £49

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.

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Wool Bistro Crop – £89

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.

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Pointed Slingbacks – £69

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.

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Sophie Lace Top – £59

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.

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Modern Stripy Top – £35

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.

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Mosaic Statement Necklace – £59

And wouldn’t this fabulous statement necklace be the perfect finishing touch to that outfit? I love the mix of brights!

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Mya Bag – £99

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!

Houndstooth

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!
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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.

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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.

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I’m also wearing another of my new favourite possessions. I found this Kenzo ring in my stocking on Christmas morning and haven’t taken it off. Thanks Santa!

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Outfit:

Jumper – Selected Femme (now sold out)
Jeans – Paige c/o The Dressing Room
Trainers – Isabel Marant
Tiger ring – Kenzo
Labradorite ring – Monica Vinader

Resolve

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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…

Happy New Year!

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.
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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.

20140101-122717.jpgIt 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.

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Back soon with my style resolutions and a round up of my sales purchases!