C150 – Day 30 & 31

So I’ve officially made it a month. Just under four to go, and actually, the last month has flown by, so hopefully the next four will do the same and I’ll find myself standing in the Harvey Nichols accessories hall in the blink of an eye!

Day 30
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I know navy and black can be a contentious colour combo but I really love it. I planned this outfit around my Jimmy Choos, which I am still besotted with (though they could do with a stroke of the suede brush)!

Outfit:

Top – Me&Em
Trousers – Gerard Darel
Shoes – Jimmy Choo
Watch – Olivia Burton
Bracelet – Chan Luu

Day 31

20130822-195810.jpgAnother of my favourites here. My lovely husband bought me this beauty of a skirt for Christmas and I’ve not really worn it over the summer, given its slightly dark and moody nature, but I’m very glad to be bringing it out as the seasons change.

Outfit:

Top – Majestic
Skirt – McQ
Shoes – Michael Kors
Watch – Olivia Burton

Better photo:

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P.S. apologies for skanky mirror

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C150 – Day 22 – 27

Heartfelt apologies, dear readers, for my lack of commitment. I have had a crazy couple of weeks, but I think I’ve got my shit together now. We’ll see. Anyway, you don’t want to hear about all that bobbins, you want to know what I’ve been wearing!

Day 22

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Outfit:

Top – DVF
Trousers – Gap
Shoes – Michael Kors

This top was a sample sale bargain and I just love it. I don’t wear it often enough really – must make more effort to give it the airing it deserves. The shoes are Michael Kors ‘Flex’ pumps and are just the comfiest ever. They pop up every season in different colours and frequently appear on the Outnet at great prices – highly recommend them!

Day 23

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Outfit:

Shirt – Equipment
Skirt – Gerard Darel
Shoes – Boden

You remember the saga of this shirt, don’t you? Well worth a very painful trip to acquire it with my newly operated on hand (you can expect the return of the grubby bandage soon as it needs redoing), as it makes me smile every time I catch sight of it!

Day 24

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Outfit:

Dress – LK Bennett
Shoes – Vince Camuto

A rare glimpse of business-appropriate Amber here – I very rarely do the ‘corporate’ thing, but I had a meeting where I needed to make an impact today, so it was required. I spent the whole day feeling like I was playing dress up, but the meeting had exactly the desired outcome, so it was worth it!

Day 25

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Outfit:

Scarf – Becksondergaard
T-shirt – Uniqlo
Jeans – Goldsign
Boots – Ash
Watch – Olivia Burton

The eagle eyed amongst you will notice a couple of new acquisitions here! More on those in a separate post, but I promise I haven’t broken the terms of my ban.

Day 26

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Outfit:

T-shirt – Gap
Jeans – Goldsign
Boots – Ash
Watch – Olivia Burton

Variations on a theme here – I’ve fallen back in love with my Ash Jalouse during the slightly cooler weather. They are so comfy and have that casual-cool thing going on. Another highly recommended footwear purchase if you’re in the market.

Day 27

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Outfit:

Shirt – Uniqlo
Jeans – J Brand
Boots – Boden
Watch – Olivia Burton

This was probably my favourite outfit of the week. I love a flannel shirt and this monochrome check one looks fab with my precious pink boots!

Back later with today’s outfit, and that handbag post I owe you…

C150 – Day 15

A late one from me today; work schedule would not allow me to nip to loo for a photo. I would have preferred to have done it looking slightly less dishevelled, but such is life!

This shirt and trousers were part of a big buy-up I did at Gerard Darel at Bicester last summer before I returned from maternity leave, and they have proved great value. I really like Gerard Darel, the quality and cut of the clothes is really excellent. I do worry, though, that a white shirt and black trousers can leave one looking like a waitress, so I’ve jazzed it up with some camo heels (£7.99 in the Zara sale a few weeks back) and a neon bracelet.

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Outfit:

Shirt – Gerard Darel
Trousers – Gerard Darel
Shoes – Zara
Bracelet – Boden

Hang out with your Wang out

One sad solitary outfit photo for you this working week. Yesterday I was too busy and today I woke 20 mins before I and two toddlers had to be out the door and on the bus. Let’s just say the results were not impressive! So I bring you Tuesday’s outfit:

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I bought this T by Alexander Wang skirt last week. I had liked it for ages then, having seen a very glamourous friend wearing hers, was on the brink of paying full whack when up it popped on my favourite website EVER, The Outnet, at half price. Don’t mind if I do!

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As it is rather longer on me than on the NAP model, I thought I’d be daring and try it for work. I kept the rest of the outfit quite prim with a white shirt and flats. I added a dash of colour with my new favourite bracelet:

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Outfit:

Shirt – Gerard Darel
Skirt – T by Alexander Wang
Shoes – Jemima Vine
Bracelet – Boden
Earrings – MFP

Happy Koople

I spotted this Kooples top on one of my many maternity leave potters round Westfield last summer and really liked it. However, for some reason (because goodness knows I am no stranger overspending) I deemed it too expensive at £115 and bought a cheaper alternative from Gap.

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Like all good cheaper alternatives that top was worn once and hangs forlornly in my wardrobe, so I now have a policy whereby, if I seem something I really like, I visit it a couple of times, either online or in store, and if my ardour doesn’t dampen, I buy it, even if it is expensive. Yes, I may have to rein my spending in for a bit, but isn’t that better than ending up with a wardrobe full of unloved ‘also-rans’which never live up to the memory of the original?

Anyway, I’d completely forgotten about this ‘one that got away’ until I happened on a Kooples outlet store while out shopping for my husbands birthday. Immediately that I saw the word ‘outlet’ the words ‘I wonder…’ floated through my mind… And, lo and behold, there it was. The broderie top of my dreams, reduced to a considerably less painful £46.

I’ve worn it today with a pale grey vest underneath, which helps to show off the beautiful cutwork detail on the front, which is also reflected on the sleeves. I like the fact that this top is slightly longer at the back, for obvious reasons, and that the fit is quite neat – often cotton tops of this nature can be a bit matronly on a larger bust.

I fear I’m not doing this top justice really, as I only had time to take a quick snap at the end of a busy and stressful day (hence the scowl), so it looks a little creased. Never mind, I know I’ll get lots of wear from it over the summer, so next time it will get a proper (non iPhone) photo to show off the detail.

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Outfit:
Top – The Kooples
Trousers – Gerard Darel
Shoes – Charles Philip Shanghai
Watch – Michael Kors

Bad Tuesday

After every Good Friday comes a Bad Tuesday. You know, you return to work several pounds heavier or worse your partner does and you’re stuck with kids still cracked out on a chocolate high.

This year I’m lucky enough to be in the former category, and a broken tooth on Friday (how’s that for timing?) put paid to any weight gain, so I was feeling quite sunny when I got dressed this morning. Naturally, a combination of signal failures, traffic jams and getting stuck in a malfunctioning lift put paid to that, but at least I’m wearing a nice outfit!

The Sainsburys top got a lot of good feedback from you guys, so I thought I’d debut it today. I’m having a bit of a monchromance at the moment, so I have paired it with a simple black skirt and grey cardi. To offset the primness of the outfit I had to add a neon belt and my beloved leopard slipper flats. Overall, I really like the mix of patterns and textures within a simple colour palette. But then I would say that – what do you think?

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Outfit:
Cardigan – Boden
Top – Tu @ Sainsburys
Skirt – Gerard Darel
Shoes – Charles Philip Shanghai
Belt – H&M
Watch – Michael Kors
Necklace – Bea’s Jewels @ Etsy
Nails – Mavala, South Beach Pink

Leopard Love

Introducing my new favourite shoes…

20130326-104108.jpgI have blogged about Charles Philip Shanghai slippers before. I’ve admired the beautiful shoes since I discovered the brand about 6 months ago, and now I finally have a pair! I’ve kept the rest of my outfit simple as I wanted the shoes to do the talking today, but expect to see them featuring in print-clash combos very soon.

20130326-104555.jpgOutfit:
Cardigan – Whistles
Top – Me&Em
Trousers – Gerard Darel (similar)
Shoes – Charles Philip Shanghai
Nails – Rimmel, Black Cherry