Things what I bought in the sales

So January is FINALLY over, I’ve been paid (thank god) and I’m ready to embrace the new season. Sorry you’ve not seen much of me lately – I’ve come good on my New Year’s Resolution to do more exercise and have been out running pretty much every spare minute of my day.

So, what have a bought in the sales? Well beside a lot of neon running gear, which I’ll spare you the sight of, quite a bit actually…

You’ve seen these already, the Isabel Marant Bennett wedge high top:

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These are already proving their worth and have been worn many times. They tick all the boxes for me. A good buy!

Zoe Karssen ‘Homme’ hoodie:

20140131-125104.jpgI’m wearing this as we speak. I picked it up half price in the Matches sale and I love it. So comfy while being fitted and still slightly edgy so I don’t feel like a total slob.

Hobbs Lulu dress:

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I’d been stalking this dress for a while and when it dropped to £50 I bagged it. A great work basic.

Jewel of Liberty silk scarf:

20140131-125758.jpgSometimes an item just speaks to you. I spotted this scarf when I was mooching in Liberty just before Christmas and I just fell in love. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, that’s for sure, but I’ve never liked tea anyway. I got it at half price which I was very pleased about. I’ve worn it a few times air hostess style but I’m looking for inspiration to tie it in other ways if anyone has an idea!

Me&Em Ruched Cowl Neck Dress

Me&EmI have the short sleeved version of this dress in navy and it has been so useful that I couldn’t resist the forest green long-sleeved version. I’ve said it before but these dresses feel as close to wearing your pyjamas to work as possible – perhaps I shouldn’t be so pleased about that, but in my world comfort is king!

James Perse Tank Dress

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I’ve shown you my James Perse dress before, but I am so pleased with this one, it really is a ‘take you anywhere’ dress with the right accessories – not bad for £50.

Dune Nins boots

Dune NiinsThese were a bit of an impulse buy while roaming the Selfridges sale. They have a very definite look of the Rag & Bone Newburys but were about a tenth of the price. I’m finding them very useful on evenings out when I want to look a bit glam but can’t face cold feet (i.e. 9 months of the year).

Comptoir des Cotonniers wedge boots

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Irritatingly these boots are now cheaper than they were when I bought them, but I have had so much wear out of them I can’t begrudge £20. They are fabulously French chic and easy on the feet. What’s not to like?

Charles Phillip Slippers

CPSAnother buy you already know about, my fab tartan slippers. Impractical and a bit ridiculous, these make me happy every time I look at my feet!

Rich and Skinny jeans

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These jeans were a lucky TK Maxx find. I always find my best buys in their clearance section which either means I have hideous taste and am hopelessly deluded or that the general public are less appreciative than I. I prefer the latter option. These may have knocked my Goldsign Virtuals off the top of my jeans hierarchy – they are so flattering. There were a few different Rich and Skinny styles in my local branch, so could be worth a look.

Dr Denim solitaire jeggings

Dr DenimI needed black jeans and I was all ready to spring for some premium denim but was struggling to find what I wanted. I know my favourites The Dressing Room stock this label, and Deryane the manager knows her stuff, so I thought I’d give the Solitaire jeggings a whirl. I’m really glad I did! When they arrived they were TINY. I genuinely didn’t think an actual human could wear them, but man, do they stretch. The rise on these is high, as in up to my navel, but I love that as there is zero danger of flashing my pants. They keep their shape remarkably well and for £30, I’m made up.

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

C150 – Day 16 & 17

Forgive my absence, have been having minor personal dramas that have left me with no headspace to blog. Apols.

Anyway, here’s what I’ve been wearing as the week from hell rumbles on:

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Outfit:

Dress – Issa
Shoes – Boden

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Outfit:

Jacket – H&M
Dress – Me&Em
Shoes – Boden (I quite like these shoes – can you tell?)

Back tomorrow with a bit more content and a little less whinging!

Practicing what I preach

After Monday’s Lust List, I thought I’d show you that I really am evangelical about Me&Em.

Here I am in my navy capped sleeve ruched dress, now reduced to £59! Grab one before they go!

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Outfit:

Dress – Me&Em
Necklace – Next
Bracelet – McQ
Shoes – Boden
Grubby bandage – Kingston Hospital

P.S. Yes, it hurt to take this photo.
P.P.S. No, I don’t know what my hair is doing.

Monday Morning Lust List – Me&Em

So, all the sales are well under way it seems, but the one I’m really interested in is yet to start. Me&Em is still something of a niche brand, though rapidly gaining popularity, so you may not have heard of them. And so begins your education… My Me&Em dresses are just about the most comfortable, flattering and versatile I’ve ever owned (take that from someone who has real difficulty finding dresses) and are fabulous quality too!

On to the Lust List…

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The classic Capped Sleeve Ruched Dress is an essential in any woman’s wardrobe, I think. I have it in the navy but I wouldn’t mind adding a black one to my wardrobe. Slimming, stylish and easy-to-wear, everyone I know who has one loves it!

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This Boyfriend T has more than a touch of T by Alexander Wang about it but for less than half the price. Definitely going on my sales hitlist!

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I could do with a new pair of black skinny trousers for work, and these Soft Tailored Ankle Trousers, with their cropped length and tapered fit, will be perfect. I’ve also heard rave reviews these, so I doubt I’ll be disappointed!

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I had a Ruched Skirt a lot like this when I was pregnant and it was just SO easy to wear. Ruching hides a multitude of sins, let me tell you!

20130701-074357.jpgI don’t have a red dress – can you believe it? How have I overlooked such a glaring omission in my wardrobe for so long. Fear not, hopefully it will soon be rectified with the addition of this Scoop Neck Ruched Dress! How sexy is this little number? Va va voom!

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Last on my list of must-haves is this utterly fantastic Ruched Maxi T Dress. I need this dress, I have dreams about it. I love the fitted top half and swishy skirt, and the ruching at the waist will hide my, ahem, relaxed muscles. Check out the lovely Fiona over at Avenue 57 looking fabulous in it here!

So, Me&Em, if you’re reading, please could you get on and start your sale before I go on a no-buying challenge the end of the month? Oh, and if you could reduce the items on this list by at least 50% I’d be much obliged. Cheers!

Monday Morning Lust List – Me&Em

So, all the sales are well under way it seems, but the one I’m really interested in is yet to start. Me&Em is still something of a niche brand, though rapidly gaining popularity, so you may not have heard of them. And so begins your education… My Me&Em dresses are just about the most comfortable, flattering and versatile I’ve ever owned (take that from someone who has real difficulty finding dresses) and are fabulous quality too!

On to the Lust List…

20130701-072820.jpg
The classic Capped Sleeve Ruched Dress is an essential in any woman’s wardrobe, I think. I have it in the navy but I wouldn’t mind adding a black one to my wardrobe. Slimming, stylish and easy-to-wear, everyone I know who has one loves it!

20130701-073256.jpg
This Boyfriend T has more than a touch of T by Alexander Wang about it but for less than half the price. Definitely going on my sales hitlist!

20130701-073700.jpg
I could do with a new pair of black skinny trousers for work, and these Soft Tailored Ankle Trousers, with their cropped length and tapered fit, will be perfect. I’ve also heard rave reviews these, so I doubt I’ll be disappointed!

20130701-074124.jpg
I had a Ruched Skirt a lot like this when I was pregnant and it was just SO easy to wear. Ruching hides a multitude of sins, let me tell you!

20130701-074357.jpgI don’t have a red dress – can you believe it? How have I overlooked such a glaring omission in my wardrobe for so long. Fear not, hopefully it will soon be rectified with the addition of this Scoop Neck Ruched Dress! How sexy is this little number? Va va voom!

20130701-074909.jpg
Last on my list of must-haves is this utterly fantastic Ruched Maxi T Dress. I need this dress, I have dreams about it. I love the fitted top half and swishy skirt, and the ruching at the waist will hide my, ahem, relaxed muscles. Check out the lovely Fiona over at Avenue 57 looking fabulous in it here!

So, Me&Em, if you’re reading, please could you get on and start your sale before I go on a no-buying challenge the end of the month? Oh, and if you could reduce the items on this list by at least 50% I’d be much obliged. Cheers!

In The Pink

Due to a massive fail to take a photo today, here’s what I wore to work yesterday:
20130502-172353.jpgI love the bold combination of cobalt blue and neon pink together, so I used those two colours as my focal points against a simple palette of monochrome. Nah, I didn’t really – I just grabbed a few things out of my wardrobe at random and the net result was the happy accident of a half-decent outfit! The earrings are new, and I’m still in that silly, excitable phase where I want to wear them every day, so expect to see them repeatedly for a couple of weeks.

Outfit:
Blazer – Zara
Dress – Me&Em
Shoes – Charles Philip Shanghai
Earrings – Kate Spade
Bag – Raoul