(Probably not) made in Chelsea

You’ll have noticed by now I’ve curbed my spending (a bit) in pursuit of a lovely new handbag. Broadly speaking, it hasn’t been that hard, largely owing to the fact I have quite an extensive wardrobe, but there is one item I’ve had a yen for – a pair of Chelsea boots. I remember having a pair from Ravel (remember them?) when I was about 8 or 9 and loving them, and just lately I’ve been thinking they might be the solution to all my footwear problems (so, just like every other pair of boots I’ve ever bought then?)

At first I thought I might get the Russell & Bromley Cadogans, which I’ve wanted for a couple of years but, being a constantly evolving creature, I have now decided they are too shiny.

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The Grenson Jessies are very similar but less shiny and I really like these, but I’m not yet totally sure whether I want brogue detailing or not.

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If I were going to opt for brogue detailing, these Balenciaga Arenas would be the dream. Well, if they’re good enough for Kate Moss…

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From the sublime to the ridiculous but also pretty sublime, I saw this beautiful blue velvet Penelope Chilvers pair in the flesh at Matches the other day. They are sumptuous, but I need to remember my lifestyle is not one into which a pair of velvet boots would easily fit.

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A surprising contender from M&S here – the navy elastic insert adds a bit of interest and I always get on well with an almond toe (I have weird pointy feet).

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If I could have any boots at all it would be this Saint Laurent pair, but they would eat quite heavily into the bag fund and I’d have to get the Gucci Disco (the cheapest on my shortlist – what a hardship). They are pretty special though.

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I’ve always had a good success rate with Dune boots, and I like the low ankle on this pair. Not the most exciting by any means, but I do like them.

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And onto the ones I’ll probably buy – the Dr Martens Kensington Flora. I used to love my DMs as a kid and I think I’m ready for my first adult pair. This is a nice entry level option before I graduate to the 8-hole.

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They also come in burgundy, which I really love, but would that be limiting? I don’t know.

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So which do you like the best? Please don’t say the Saint Laurent…

Sunday Night Fantasy Shopping

Ok, ok, I’ve fallen behind. I know and I will rectify it tomorrow. In my defence, it’s been a shitty week for a multitude of reasons, and then yesterday I had a broken tooth extracted (like mother, like daughter), so I’m not feeling my best.

Anyway, nothing cheers me up like a little bit of bag-shaped eye candy, so here’s this week’s offering:

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I am very taken with the Saint Laurent Duffle, and I really love this rich burgundy shade. It’s a good size, big without being cavernous, and very understated. This is probably top 3, at the moment but, with 18 weeks to go, it’s still all to play for…

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

Straight to the point

I’m experimenting with all my old jeans this weekend. Today a pair of Uniqlo straight legs that pre date my children, these hold a special place in my heart as they were the first pair of ‘normal’ jeans I managed to squeeze back into after I had my little boy. Naturally this means they are a bit roomy, so I’ve rolled them up and made them into DIY boyfriends.

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I’m wearing them with a simple micro-stripe top, tan suede ankle boots, a leather biker and bright accessories.

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Outfit:
Jeans – Uniqlo
Top – Chinti & Parker
Boots – New Look
Jacket – Oasis
Scarf – Chan Luu
Bracelet – Chan Luu
Ring – Saint Laurent

A few of my favourite things (and not a raindrop or kitten in sight!)

Happy weekend everyone! I’m looking forward to two days in the company of my family, and a nice meal out with Mr TMT later.

First though, I’m out running some tedious errands – in fact, I’m coming to you live from Wimbledon sorting office. The. Glamour.

Today I’m debuting the Next jersey biker I blogged about here. I really, really love it! Very cosy and a great shape. If you’re fancy it do size down though – I got the 8, and I can never shoehorn my ample bosom into a size 8 jacket so this is definitely a generous fit!

I also dug out an old pair of skinny flares from c.2008 and I’m actually liking the look (though I can’t quite believe how low the rise is!) They work well with my wedge trainers and make a nice change from skinnies.

So, something old, something new, how about something new and blue? Well the beanie is a gorgeously soft chunky Scottish cashmere knit bought from eBay, which arrived today. I’m really pleased with it!

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Outfit:
Jacket – Next
T-shirt – Cos
Jeans – Miss Selfridge
Wedge Trainers – Ash
Hat – Ebay
Necklace – Etsy
Bag – Alexander Wang Rocco

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My fabulous new Saint Laurent Arty ring. I’ve wanted one of these for absolutely ages and I love it!