Making a statement

Look at me, pretending it’s summer again. To be fair the sun was shining when I left the house this morning and it was only -1.

Now, you know by now that I like a bargain, and in my own way I am semi-frugal (mainly buying in sales/eBay/with discount) but at the start of every season something pops up and I know I have to get it. This 3.1 Phillip Lim tank is a case in point – I loved it on the catwalk:

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So when it popped up on Matches I snapped it up, and good thing I did as the black version has now sold out (grey still available here). I know it’s a lot to spend on what is essentially a vest, but I do love a statement tee and will get a lot of wear out of it; tucked into a pencil skirt, with leather leggings, even slung over a bikini on holiday!

Anyway, here I am wearing today with my good ol’ Goldsigns and Pistols. I’m also wearing my Next jersey biker and Chan Luu scarf (my office ain’t that warm), but for the purposes of the photo I shed them.

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Sadly it doesn’t look quite as nice on me as on the 6ft, 6 stone model, but I like it anyway!

I’m off out for drinks after work tonight so I’ll swap the Pistols for Louboutins and add bright red lippy to de-grungeify!

Outfit:
Tank – 3.1 Phillip Lim
Jeans – Goldsign Virtuals
Boots – Acne Pistols
Watch – Michael Kors

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Sunshine on a rainy day

I have a confession to make; on the way home from work last night I swung into my local Gap for a browse. They had some great stuff at very good discounts, and I ended up buying this.I love this coat, and living in the UK I think it will get a lot of wear over the summer. I’ll be wearing it with a Breton dress and silver sandals in warmer months.

And here it is on me:

20130322-114010.jpgWhen you’re wearing a neon coat, I think it’s important to keep the rest of the look simple. I’m wearing a short grey t-shirt dress with a denim shirt buttoned over the top. The Arty is probably a bit much, but I wanted to wear it anyway!

Outfit
Coat – Gap
Shirt – Gap
Dress – H&M
Tights – Falke
Boots – Acne
Watch – Michael Kors
Ring – Saint Laurent
Necklace – Etsy
Nails – Mavala South Beach Pink

Date Night Dressing

So this evening my lovely parents took the nippers off our hands for a bit so we could have an early dinner. Mr TMT works very, very long hours and some weeks we only really communicate by email/text, in spite of living and working together. This has been one of those weeks so it was extremely nice to snatch a bit of time together. Accordingly I thought I’d make a bit of an effort, so I changed out of my damp jeans (flares on a rainy day not the best idea, appaz), and into this ensemble:

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Dress – H&M
Blazer – Zara
Boots – Acne
Necklace – Etsy
Ring – Saint Laurent

Right, off to start drinking!

Monday Morning Lust List – Kurt Geiger

One for all you shoe lovers out there! I’m feeling a bit blue this morning after a long Valentine’s weekend with my husband, so what better way to restore that loving feeling than with a spot of shoe porn.

Kurt Geiger is like the Playboy Mansion when it comes to shoes; super tempting, with something to tickle everyone’s fancy. Here are a few of my favourites (just click on any of the images to take you directly to the site):

Kurt Geiger London Ella

Kurt Geiger London Ella, £195

I really like the silver mock croc toe and sturdy heel on this pair. They also come in black and white if you don’t want to make quite such a statement! I’d wear these with a black leather midi skirt and a grey marl sweatshirt and let the shoes take centre stage.

Anais Kurt Geiger London, £150

Anais Kurt Geiger London, £150

I’ve been looking for a pair of low heeled black shoes for work, and these might just be the ones. They’d look great with a pair of cropped, slim-fit trousers.

Liquorice KG Kurt Geiger, £39

Liquorice KG Kurt Geiger, £39

Then again, how fierce would these look with the same cropped trousers? And with a discount this good, I’d be rude not to, wouldn’t I..?

Sloane Carvela Kurt Geiger, £150

I’ve been smitten by these since I was first tipped off about them by a friend who works in the fashion industry. A more affordable version of these, they’ll go with everything from skirts to skinnies. The gorgeous oxblood colour is on sale too!

Shannon Carvela Kurt Geiger, £60

Shannon Carvela Kurt Geiger, £60

Oh, I love these. I know they are ridiculously impractical for a woman who spends her off-duty days kicking round a muddy park, but how amazing would they look with indigo skinnies and a simple grey tee. For the practical among you, they also come in black (though they are not as heavily reduced – can’t imagine why!)

Senorita Carvela Kurt Geiger, £70

Senorita Carvela Kurt Geiger, £70

I’m a sucker for a cowboy boot, and these are like a cheaper version of my Cobra Society pair. These would add a bit of edge to a flirty sundress on a summer day.

Funky Ash, £190

Funky Ash, £190

Now it wouldn’t be a shoe post from me if I didn’t include a pair of wedge trainers! I love this pair, not least because they remind me of the Buffalos I had back in 1997 when the Spice Girls ruled the world. Not everyone’s cup of tea, I know, but I’d be very surprised if these didn’t find their way into my shoe closet.

Star Acne, £400

For those of you with serious money to spend, the Acne Star boot. I have loved these since I first laid eyes on them, but last week I saw a girl in the lift at work wearing a grey pair (and carrying a PS1!), and love became obsession. Of course they are sold out in the grey everywhere. Sigh.

KG have been running their “Everything but the dress” campaign for a few seasons now, so it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t finish with a gorgeous accessory:

Jessie Brocade Clutch KG Kurt Geiger, £70

Jessie Brocade Clutch KG Kurt Geiger, £70

Jessie Brocade Clutch KG Kurt Geiger, £70

I love this Jessie Brocade clutch in both colours, perfect for dressing up a simple outfit. I can see this clutch looking fab with white jeans on a summer night out.

And if that wasn’t temptation enough, you can get 25% off all full-priced merchandise from the following brands: Kurt Geiger London, KG Kurt Geiger, Carvela Kurt Geiger, Mr KG and Miss KG, using discount code VOGUE25 until 5 July 2013! Don’t say I never give you anything…