Where theres a Will(s) there’s a way…

I’ve been looking for a tartan skirt for AGES. As in years. This A/W they happen to be en vogue, so I thought this might be my year. Originally, I thought this one from Uniqlo showed promise, and it is lovely (and a great buy now on sale), but it was just a little longer than I wanted.

Wool Blended Check Skirt - Now £19.90

Wool Blended Check Skirt – Now £19.90

I really wanted a skirt with at least some wool in it, and while there was no shortage of lovely static-raddled acrylic versions on the high street, I was really struggling to find what I was looking for.

Until I went into Jack Wills. Now this is a rare event – it’s one of those shops I had dismissed as unsuitable for anyone of legal voting age, but I loved the window display so I popped in. And, lo…

Eberton Wool Skirt - £59.50

Eberton Wool Skirt – £59.50

Now admittedly, it is 60% polyester, but it is warm, comfy and pretty much exactly what I was looking for, so I’m happy as a pig in the proverbial.

I also picked up this jumper. I love the colour and sheer shoulder detail. Ideal for when you want something slightly dressier than a plain crew neck.

Isleworth Crew - £49.50

Isleworth Crew – £49.50

Here are a few other items which caught my eye:

Holecroft Brush Shirt - £49.50

Holecroft Brush Shirt – £49.50

I really like the colours and the soft brushed fabric of this shirt. Plaid shirts are one of my A/W staples – warm and easy to wear with skinnies and ankle boots. What more could you want?

Kentmere Cashmere Cable Crew - £129

Kentmere Cashmere Cable Crew – £129

The colour of this sweater is just stunning. I’ve never tried a cable knit before, fearing it could make me look a bit bulky, but I’ve lost quite a bit of weight (mostly from my boobs, sigh) since last winter so maybe I could pull it off with black skinnies and Pistols?

The following two dresses would have come home with me, had they had an 8 in either when I visited the store. So simple and easy to wear.

Delancy Dress - £49.50

Delancy Dress – £49.50

Carrie Dress - £49.50

Carrie Dress – £49.50

I am so, so tempted by these boots – I may have to order them to try. The berry shade is so gorgeous, although I love the navy and the charcoal colour ways too!

Ancroft Chelsea Boot - £69.50

Ancroft Chelsea Boot – £69.50

So, if you look past the hoodies and logo-bottomed track pants, there are some real gems in Jack Wills. One caveat: if you are over about 5’6 and buying a skirt or a dress, you’d better have really good legs or very little modesty!

OMG. It’s an outfit post.

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, hasn’t it? I’d also forgotten that you need to take about 60 photos in order to get one where you look only slightly mentally subnormal.

Anyway, this outfit was a bit of a rush job (*someone* overslept) but I was quite pleased with it so I thought I’d share.photo

Outfit:

Jumper – Uniqlo (men’s)
Jeans – Topshop
Slippers – Charles Philip Shanghai (faintly similar here)
Bag  – Gucci

Back in the saddle

Hello strangers, long time no see

I appreciate this is entirely my fault, but life has changed significantly chez TMT and I hope to be doing a lot more blogging over the next few months. Yeah, yeah, I hear you dry, you’ve heard it all before, but this time I genuinely might pull it off. Why? Because I’ve taken a year out from corporate life and am currently a full time SAHM for the next year. My progeny have started school and pre-school respectively this week and trying to synchronise the three different types of childcare I’d need to be able to work was giving me a panic attack and as I am fortunate enough to have the option, I thought I’d do it myself. SO, there probably will be a bit less workwear, though I’ll still be featuring it (I need a kick-ass RTW wardrobe, don’t I?) but hopefully more content as a whole.

ANYWAY, enough of my mithering (autocorrect changed that to mothering, how apt) and on to what we’re all really interested in – fashion. While I might not have been posting, I’ve certainly been shopping, so I’ll start with a few of my recent wardrobe additions and what I thought of them.

First up, I had a bit of a spree at Baukjen. They are so on it this season, I found myself saying the other day that I just wanted to move into the catalogue!

Henfield Bandeau Top - £49

Henfield Bandeau Top – £49

I bought this top simply because I love the way it is styled on the website – easy, simple and chic. I would advise sizing down; I got the small and really I think I could have done with the XS as, while it’s in no danger of falling down, I would still prefer it a little tighter. I wore it recently with ripped jeans and bright pointy flats and felt really good in the ensemble.

Weston Jumpsuit - £99

Weston Jumpsuit – £99

This jumpsuit is so comfortable it should be illegal. I wore this on a night out at a club and felt like I was wearing my pyjamas. It was so simple to style as well – statement necklace and zebra print heels – I was good to go. It was also great to wear the next day with my high tops when ruinously hungover. Unlike a lot of jumpsuits, this one is really flattering on the bum. I got an 8 which is a perfect fit.

Wrap Belt – £69

The last item I picked up was this gorgeous obi style wrap belt. I won’t lie, this is significantly more than I would normally spend on a belt but I fell in love and have worn it a lot. I’ve found it really useful for work, perfect for brightening up a waitress style white shirt, black pencil skirt combo, or lovely over a black or navy dress. I’ve also worn it over a black blazer and cami in the evening with skinny jeans. I would say that it is one size, so while it looks similar on me to the model (I have a 24in waist, shame about the thighs and arse) if you had a bigger waist you may not get the same effect.

Another wardrobe hero I have to mention is this Jigsaw cami:

Silk Camisole - £39

Silk Camisole – £39

It actually looks a lot better on the Jigsaw website (this picture is from the John Lewis site as Jigsaw don’t seem to be Mac friendly), but this cami has been worth it’s weight in gold. I searched high and low for a nice SILK cami with adjustable straps and finally found this. I love it and wear it a lot. Good work Jigsaw!

Another high street hero comes in the form of these jeans:

Bleach Wash New Baxter Jeans - £40

Bleach Wash New Baxter Jeans – £40

I’m normally a bit of a premium denim junkie but I found myself in Topshop trying on a load of jeans and I have to say I was really impressed. These came home with me and I have been really happy with them. They hold their shape really well and are (I think) really quite flattering for a pale wash. Only slight gripe is that they were obviously made for something taller as the rips come a little below my knees but that’s not really Topshop’s fault!

I’ve suddenly developed a real shirt addiction. Luckily Uniqlo have a really splendid collection of shirts to feed my habit without bankrupting me totally.

Denim Long Sleeve Shirt - £19,90

Denim Long Sleeve Shirt – £19,90

Everyone needs a denim shirt, right? Well this is a great one to have, good thick fabric in a lovely dark wash.

Silk Sleeveless Blouse - £29.90

Silk Sleeveless Blouse – £29.90

I’ve been wanting a black sleeveless shirt for a while. To get it in silk for under £30 was the icing on the cake. Tremendous.

Ines Cotton Twill Long Sleeve Shirt - £29.90

Ines Cotton Twill Long Sleeve Shirt – £29.90

This white shirt is from the Ines de la Fressange collection and is really lovely. It is quite long, just covers my bum, slightly oversized and mannish with lovely shaping to the shirt-tails. The fabric is soft and thick. Very pleased indeed. I got a size S in all of these Uniqlo shirts.

Continuing my shirt frenzy with something slightly more expensive, ahem, I attended the opening of the Sloane Square branch of J.Crew on Tuesday evening, where I snapped up this:

Flannel Shirt - £89.50

Flannel Shirt – £89.50

I wouldn’t normally drop this on a cotton shirt but the colours and cut are beautiful and I know I will wear it a lot. Sizing is typically generous, I got a UK 6 and event that is relatively roomy.

Now, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t have a handbag to include in this little line up.

Gucci Soho Disco Bag - £570

Gucci Soho Disco Bag – £570

Terrible picture on the Gucci site – will take my own and upload at some point as this doesn’t do it justice! I have to admit, this purchase was fuelled by three bottles of Rioja after a very boozy lunch on Bank Holiday Monday. Note to self, do not drink within walking distance of Selfridges. Anyway, I’m glad I got her as she is such lovely leather and fills the little navy bag shaped hole in my life quite snugly.

The last item on my list of recent acquisitions, I’m still waiting for. HURRY UP DHL!

Rockstud textured-leather point-toe flats - £575

Rockstud textured-leather point-toe flats – £575

Today is my fourth wedding anniversary and these little beauties are my present. Off out for dinner tonight and hoping to wear them – apparently an £8 delivery charge means nothing. Sigh.

Anyway, that completes my round-up of recent purchases. What do you think? Any clangers in there? I’ll be back soon with my A/W wish list…

Do it like a dude

While I was in hospital, I suffered a terrible loss. You see, my husband was in charge of the washing machine and I arrived my favourite navy merino sweater would now struggle to fit my three year old son. Bless him, he tried (and it could have been worse, at least it wasn’t cashmere).

Anyway, in the spirit of treating every problem as an opportunity, I went shopping for a replacement. My original was from Gap, but was bought with a code and I baulk at paying full price for anything from Gap – I mean, why would you? I found myself looking at the selection in Uniqlo, but for some reason, a ladies crew neck jumper in there looks like this:

20131016-211630.jpgErm, no. That ain’t a crew neck, that there’s a scoop neck. However, on inspection of the mens’ section, I struck knitwear gold! A proper crew neck and soft merino in a deep shade of navy for £19.90? Don’t mind if I do. The XS is a nice fit – perfect shoulder width with a little slouch.

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Outfit:

Jumper – Uniqlo
Skirt – Baukjen
Shoes – Jimmy Choo
Necklace – Alex Monroe

So, what do you buy from the mens’ section/nick from your other half’s wardrobe?

C150 – an apology

I know I’ve been beyond crap at posting my daily outfits. I sound like a broken record, but I have been so busy with work it has all fallen by the wayside a bit.

But I’m getting back on the wagon and starting afresh. I haven’t taken a photo every day over my week long blogging hiatus, but I haven’t repeated an outfit. You’ll just have to trust me on that. Here are a few photos from the last few days:

Day 34

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Outfit:

Sweatshirt – James Perse
Jeans – J Brand
Shoes – Bloch via TK Maxx

I’m not usually a wearer of pale pink, but I’m reliably informed that it is the colour to be seen in this A/W. I can’t commit to a saccharine sweet cocoon coat, so my concession to the trend is to dig out these Blochs I’ve had for a couple of years but rarely wear. It actually makes a nice accent colour for grey and navy.

Day 35

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Outfit

Jumper – Gap
T – Shirt – Gap
Jeans – Uniqlo
Loafers – Topshop

One of the best things about doing this challenge is rediscovering forgotten favourites. I don’t know about you, but I tend to wear my new items on repeat until the next flavour of the month comes along. I’ve had these jeans for longer than I’ve been with my husband, and I still really like them!

Day 39

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Outfit:

Jumper – Rag & Bone
Jeans – Gap
Boots – New Look

This outfit is composed entirely of ‘mistakes’. The jumper is £145 worth of viscose nightmare, it creases easily and snags on everything – not the great buy I had hoped it would be. The jeans are Gap sexy boyfriend and are just a size too big really so are rarely worn. The boots are fine, but tan really isn’t my colour. All together they don’t look too bad, but this look won’t make it into my C150 hall of fame!

Day 40

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Outfit:

Top – Topshop
Jeans – Goldsign
Shoes – Topshop

I wasn’t sure about these ‘cold-shoulder’ style tops initially, but my husband really likes me to show off my shoulders so I thought I’d try one and it went down a storm. I don’t generally ‘dress to please my man’, but sometimes it’s nice to make an effort (especially when, like this, it basically takes no effort at all!)

Oh, and it’s Sunday, isn’t it? So I owe you a bag…20130901-194028.jpg
The Baylee is the newest bag from the Chloe stable which counts the Marcie, Paraty and Paddington among its success stories. I think they’ve scored another hit here too – how gorgeous does it look with this monochrome outfit!?

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Sorry it’s taken me so long to catch up – I’ll be back with another outfit post tomorrow.

C150 – Day 28 & 29

Day 28

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Outfit:

T-shirt – American Vintage
Jeans – Paige c/o The Dressing Room
Sandals – Marni X H&M

Just a very casual outfit for a day with the kids involving a very futile search for a pair of work trousers (these have been sanctioned by the keeper of the purse as a necessary expense outside the ban). If anyone sees a slightly cropped, predominantly cotton, non-black pair please shout me!

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Outfit:

Shirt – Uniqlo
Skirt – Vivienne Westwood Red Label
Shoes – Jemima Vine
Watch – Olivia Burton

I really like this outfit. Seeing it next to my more casual look, it makes me think that perhaps Mr TMT wasn’t just ‘being a man’ when he suggested I wore more form fitting clothes at the weekend!

C150 – Day 18 – 21

Oops, I’m lagging a bit aren’t I? Let’s play catch up!

Day 18
20130813-201952.jpgThis Boden pocket Breton has had so much wear since I bought it – it goes with everything! I love it with my leopard loafers, spots and stripes are among my favourite pattern clashes!

Outfit:

Top – Boden
Jeans – Topshop Jamies
Shoes – Jimmy Choo

Day 19
20130813-202009.jpgI’m not sure my J Brand Earhart trousers are the most flattering in my wardrobe, but when you’ve known comfort like it you cannot turn your back. I wore this for a hungover trip to the dentist, so I needed cosseting!

Outfit:

Top – Uniqlo
Trousers – J Brand Earhart
Sandals – Sam Edelman

Day 20
20130813-202030.jpgI chanced upon these grey Goldsign Virtuals in the clearance section of the Harvey Nichols sale a couple of months back. I already have the mid blue and the indigo as you know from my repeated wears, so this was serendipity at play. I really like them with my bright pink boots!

Outfit:

T-Shirt – Mango
Jeans – Goldsign
Boots – Boden

Day 21
20130813-203812.jpgI wore this outfit for a trip to the zoo, hence the zebra shoes! I’m having a serious zebra love-in at the moment – had you noticed?

Outfit:

Top – James Perse
Jeans – Topshop Jamie
Shoes – Topshop
Scarf – Maje