And I’m back

So here I am. A little older, a little slimmer but probably not any wiser. Excuse the pasty visage – I was just pleased to make it into the office today!
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Outfit:

Dress – Hobbs
Shoes – Banana Republic

I’m giving my Bicester bargain dress an inaugural wear today. It’s exactly what I needed this morning – comfy, cosy and it has pockets! What more could a girl ask?!

Back tomorrow having hopefully done something about my hair…

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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 9

I picked up this stripy jacket in the Next sale a few weeks ago and this was its first outing. It’s more of a glorified cardigan than a jacket, as it’s quite lightweight, so it was the perfect cover up for this warm but changeable weather.

The stripes are quite bold, so I’ve tried to keep it simple with a grey tee and navy chinos, but couldn’t resist adding a bit of sass with the neon necklace and leopard loafers! I’d better like this outfit, as I had my photo taken for my work security pass today, and the ugly magenta M&S jumper I wore in the last one has plagued me for 6 years!

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Outfit:

Jacket – Next
Necklace – Next
T-Shirt – Banana Republic
Chinos – Uniqlo
Shoes – Jimmy Choo

Monday Morning Lust List – Monochrome Stripes

After a week of patchy blogging, I’m hitting the ground running today. A slightly different sort of lust list today as I am focussing not on a single store, but on a particular trend that is really tickling my fancy at the moment. Monochrome was all over the S/S13 catwalks and this has naturally filtered down onto the high street, but I particularly love it in stripe format. Maybe it’s my inner burglar, I don’t know. Anyway, luckily for me, I’m spoilt for choice!

Prom Skirt, £22 - Dorothy Perkins

Prom Skirt, £22 – Dorothy Perkins

I love the slight volume to this skirt, and the fact that it is 98% cotton is a real selling point – it is so hard to find natural fibres at a reasonable price! I have just ordered this with code DPVC20 (valid until 19 May) giving 20% off. I will report back.

Trench coat, £99.99 - Banana Republic

Trench coat, £99.99 – Banana Republic

I have liked this trench for a while, and it’s now on sale, but of course it has sold out in my size. I will have to do a trawl of the London stores. I’ve not had a Banana Republic trench before but, as I understand it, the quality and cut are among the best on the high street.

Striped knit blazer, £49.99 - Banana Republic

Striped knit blazer, £49.99 – Banana Republic

While I’m on the subject of Banana Republic, here’s another stripey little bargain. I think this would definitely need to be a try on in-store enterprise as I’m not sure the cut would work on me, but I can see it being a really verstaile office cover up.

Striped dress, £39 – Kaleidoscope

I’ve never bought from, or even really ever looked at, Kaleidoscope before, but I LOVE this dress. I think I’m going to have to order it because it ticks all my boxes; crew neckline, slimming side panels and cinching waist band. Click on the pic and check it out on the model, because I’m not sure this shot does it justice!

Cotton striped T-shirt, £22.99 - Mango

Cotton striped T-shirt, £22.99 – Mango

For a more casual take on the trend, how about this tee from Mango. I like the slight twist on the stereotypical Breton top, and I think the relaxed shape makes it really easy to wear.

Tibi Camisole, £195 - Net-A-Porter

Tibi Camisole, £195 – Net-A-Porter

I have my heart set on this cute cami by Tibi. It will have to go into the sale, because even I draw the line at spending the best part £200 on a vest, but I’m pretty sure it would be something I could bring out year after year, and as we only get about 6 days of camisole worthy weather a year in this country it would probably last me into my dotage…

T by Alexander Wang tank, £80 - Harvey Nichols

T by Alexander Wang tank, £80 – Harvey Nichols

A still pricey but slightly less absurd option would be this T by Alexander Wang tank. I’m a big fan of the brand and am building a bit of a collection, but the thing that puts me off here is the ‘off-white’ description. I’d have to see it in the flesh to determine just how far from white it really is.

 

Stripe patent court, £85 - Dune

Stripe patent court, £85 – Dune

Ok, so these aren’t quite black and white, but aren’t they fab? I’ve seen these pop up in a lot of fashion shoots, alongside some real big-hitters. I think the blush/black combo just about edges it for me, but it’s close! They’d dress up a simple shift a treat, or look great with jeans.

So, are do stripes do it for you? Or are you more into florals or colour-blocking? At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I love hearing your comments, so do let me know what you think!

Working It

Now, I know you’ve all been wondering what has happened to the low-quality ‘view from the loo’ mirror shots. Well, fear not, they’re baaack! I’ve been taking them, but had no time to upload as I’ve been like, doing my job and shiz. I know.

Anyway, here’s what I’ve been wearing the past couple of days:

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Outfit:

Cardigan – Gap
T-Shirt – Whistles
Trousers – Gap (£6.99 sale bargain here if you’re a size 8)
Shoes – Boden
Scarf – Alexander McQueen (similar here)
Bag – Raoul

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Outfit:

Skirt – Charity shop (so we’ll call it vintage)
T-Shirt – Banana Republic
Cardigan – Whistles
Shoes – Jemima Vine
Necklace – Mulberry
Bag – Anya Hindmarch

And here’s a little close up of my foxy necklace, just because I like it:

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I’ve got a couple of exciting posts coming up over the weekend and next week, so check in for those, plus I’m off on hols next week, so I’ll be attempting a capsule, UK-weather-appropriate holiday wardrobe post too. I bet you can’t wait!

Right, Mr TMT is out and there’s prosecco in the fridge needing drinking and shite on the TV needing watching… Over and out!

Return of the Mac

Well, it warmed up for about a nanosecond, so I gave my winter coat a day off and wore my leopard trench. My husband bought me this for Christmas, days before I had our son, and I have fond memories of excitedly insisting on wearing it, and knotting the belt above my enormous bump.

I must say, he got it totally right because I love this coat nearly as much as the child I subsequently delivered (not really Benny!) and enjoy pulling it out every spring. I like the large scale of the pattern, and the fact it looks quite an authentic print. It is perfect for throwing over a dull t-shirt and jeans combo. It’s a bit of a Marmite item, but I plan on wearing it when I wave that first-born off to uni (and I’m sure he’ll love me for it!)

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Outfit:
Trench – M&S
Ballet flats – Banana Republic (these are bloody brilliant – they have memory foam in them!)