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Saturday, 20 December 2014

It's another of my seasonal must haves.

The mid heel boot.  That is also pointy.  And it's an ankle boot.  So it's really a mid heel pointy ankle boot.  Which I could have said first time round, thinking about it but, truth be told, my brain is fried. 

On a scale of "I could do without Christmas being next week", I am currently sitting at "I could do with Christmas being about three months away".  The final stages of our (and yes it has been forever and yes it would have been quicker to knock it down and start again and no we didn't realise how much work there would be and when you're on a budget this all equals time.  More time than we thought) house extension and renovation. 

I say "final stages", when I really mean that the snagging list is probably almost as long as the list of requirements in the first place but but but things do seem to have come together this week and I can finally see the end in sight. (typing this, I'm still thinking of the myriad of things there are left to complete but details, schmetails)  We have had all our old furniture and goodies (ie old crap I packed away and have lived without for a year and am now wondering what the hell I did packing it away in the first place) delivered yesterday and so I have spent two days unpacking and attempting to put stuff in places (where I have no storage furniture to put it as that's been moved to other rooms or skipped.  Which idiot skips the furniture but keeps the crud from inside?  Oh yes, me)  It's been joyous.  I honestly cannot think of one thing I've unpacked and thought, yippee.  Actually I lie.  The ice cream scoop, my Emma Bridgewater fig serving bowls which make me happy just looking at them and my check Zara coat from last year.  To be honest, the ice cream scoop is probably the most important as I have bent every other dessert spoon we own. 

It has meant though that I have got ZERO wrapping done.  Which is important as I spent two days prior to the furniture/crap unloading escapade finishing the Christmas shopping.  And I am done. *punches air*.  I now need to find a spare day between now and Christmas Eve to wrap it all *deflates*.  Which means that yet again I will spend Christmas Eve wrapping.  Big fat Christmas fail for the 10th year in a row. 

But most importantly it has meant that I haven't had time to blog.  I am so so so so sorry.  Especially as I have a couple of things on my mind that I feel the need to write about.  

Starting with the one revelation of the season for me and something that I'm constantly being asked to blog about.  And back to the first sentence - yes, it's the mid heel pointy ankle boot. 

I have too many boots.  There, I've said it.  Too many in that I don't wear enough of them all of the time but not *too* many in that they don't make sense in my wardrobe.  On a boot inspection I did earlier, there are, in fact, only a couple that I haven't worn this season - criminally my Acne Cypress boots and my LK Bennett suede and leather black boots.  And the reason why?  They are vertiginous in their heel heights.  

I like to think it's not because I am turning into an auld giffer, but more that it's a style thing.  I've not dwelt on this subject matter too much as I'd hate to come to the conclusion that I am actually just verging on geriatric.  That would be appalling. 

So my two favourite pairs which have sparked the interest are firstly my M&S wedge leopard print boots and secondly, my new this season, Toga Pullas.  Both are hugely versatile (to be honest, the first pair more so as they can also be worn with boyfriend jeans which I've struggled to do with the TP's - maybe I just need more practise but I can't stop feeling like I've escaped from Bronski Beat when I do wear them with looser jeans and a turn up)

These are the ones I have, currently sold out although they will be getting more in for the new season. (these are never reduced in the black by the way) 

The most similar I've found are probably these from Ganni. 

Ganni Asya Texas Buckle Ankle Flat Boots were £190 now £114

More Western at Blink and in the sale again. 

Blink Buckle Ankle boots were £50 now £30

M&S though have really done an amazing job yet again with their footwear this season (and thank goodness we have no dodgy styling shots to put us off our game) 

These are an amazing Toga Pulla tribute - adore the red, they also do them in a blue shade online as well. 

Flat Buckle Ankle Boots with Insolia £39.50

Block Heel Strap Ankle Boot with Insolia £45 Love this grey colour and totally on the money thinking about Spring (I said it....) 

They also do these in a blue which I think is gorgeous, also ideal for heading into Spring £45

Black is always a classic colour and these are a simple version of the theme. 

Panelled Pointed Toe Chelsea Boot £39.50

Stain Away Leather Triple Zip Ankle Boots with Insolia £59  Sticking with the mere whisper of an 80's vibe.

I just have to mention these whilst we're talking about M&S as these have been my not so secret find of the season.  No-one can ever believe they're from M&S when I wear them and they've been my go to shoes for nights out and parties.  Amazing and the reason I'm featuring them is that they're back in stock having been sold out for weeks.

Stain Away Suede Shoe Boot with Insolia £59 - also available in black 

But now moving onto the leopard print.  Mine are wedges but these are like rocking horse poo this season.  However nothing beats a pair of leopard print boots with a wearable heel that you can throw on every day, with jeans of all shapes, skirts and dresses. 

Report Signature Toby Leopard Leather Mid Heel Ankle Boots £125

Grey Leopard at ASOS in the sale - ASOS Real Thing Chelsea Ankle Boots were £35 now £24

Love these (ok so I do love them all but....) 

Senso Paloma III pointed leopard boots £199

The ones I would go for though are definitely these from Kurt Geiger, now in the sale. 

KG by Kurt Geiger Scamp Pony Effect Leopard Shoe Boots were £140 now £84

Similar at Mint Velvet Tommie Leopard Ankle Boot £149 now £119

And more almond toed at Hush. 

Leopard Boot from Hush were £185 now £165

Or you could the whole hog and get a leopard print pair of Toga Pullas. HA! 

Calf-hair buckle boots from Toga Pulla were £400 now £280

And here I am in my Toga Pullas this week once I had recovered enough to leave the house.  I had my first glass of wine last night - just half a one actually and just one more today.  I've missed three nights out this week but on the upside I am raring to go tomorrow for a party at ours.  (after rugby.  *rolls eyes*).  Proof that I really really have been Not Well. 


White linen tee - Zara
Silver jumper - Zara
Black triple zip skinny jeans - Mint Velvet
Black boots - Toga Pulla 


Navy and white longline top - Joules
Black oversized square jumper - Reiss
Pleather leggings - Toshop
Black boots - Toga Pulla 
Black Diego bag - Alexander Wang

Off for my takeaway as still surrounded by boxes.  And the last ever Newsroom.  I may cry.......

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

One for you, one for me.... we're not talking about a box of Celebrations here, we've already established that I'm a savoury girl.  I'm talking presents.  

Now I am properly sick.  I am feeling exceptionally sorry for myself, I think I may have proper flu.  My head feels like there's a sledgehammer going off inside it, my ribcage aches, my shoulders ache, I can't breathe through my nose, I am a vision of gorgeousness. 

Actually I've been asleep all day which is totally unheard of for me and I am typing from my sick bed.  

I forgot I have to get The Husband another present.  I'm quite lucky in that he doesn't read the blog so he will have no idea (just in case someone in his office decides to share my cunning plan with him though, I'm not going to reveal the one thing I already bought him.  This is something he asked for months ago and *punches air* I got it.  I should probably explain that I did in fact forget to get it and managed to miss numerous money off codes and then had to panic buy the last one nationwide at full price.  What a total numpty.)

But whilst I was having a little look at Matches Men, I sort of swerved into the Women's department.  It's really not that exciting shopping for men.  There.  I've said it.  Men's wallets or women's bags?  Err that's not a proper comparison surely?

Now I don't need a bag (well that's not true, I do actually *need* ie I would like) another black bag as I am black bag tastic at the moment.   And it would be remiss of me not to share (from the sick corner) the bargains that there are at Matches at the moment, especially of the DVF variety. 

To be honest, when it comes to "designer bags" hers are really good value anyway.  But with 30, 40 or even 50% off, they are my definite recommendation for under the tree this year (seeing as a Bottega Veneta bag is never ever ever going to happen!)

Starting with black, there are some lovely options.

Courier Rail Shoulder Bag from DVF was £360 now £180

Sutra Hobo Bag from DVF was £305 now £213

The Red version is even cheaper now was £305 now £183 and there are some gorgeous other colours online as well. 

The other bag shape I adore from DVF is the Sutra Duffle Bag was £280 now £186

Whilst I was there I also thought I'd have a quick look at some of the accessories.  These aren't cheap, they're still really expensive but it is Christmas......  Neither of these will be some people's cup of tea but I think with a plain dress or a tee and blazer, you'd have these for years.  They are rather "out there", I'll give you that.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Multi charm necklace 30% off at £374  

Rosantica by Michela Panero was £505 now £353

But a more reasonable little number would be some sunnies.  I have two pairs that I've had for years and both are absolutely cream crackered.  Seriously, my old Tom Ford glasses are verging on frosted glass, they're that scratched.  And the arm of my Dior ones keep falling off.  I am one step away from Jack Sugden style sellotaping it back on.

But these from DVF again look pretty darn perfect. 

However I abandoned Matches for His present as after a quick little google, I did manage to find it cheaper at ASOS.  It just means I'll have to wrap it myself *delegates to 10yr old* (she's still at that age when she loves wrapping presents - I remember so so looking forward to it every year.  And now?  Well I'd rather poke forks in my eyes.  I'm not well remember.....) 

Paul Smith Reversible Stripe Scarf was £65 (still is at Matches!) now £45.50 in blue.  Done.  Other colours again available reduced at ASOS - I just put Paul Smith Scarf in the search bar.

So I did actually accomplish something on my sick day.  I have no photo of any outfit as I have honesty worn my pyjamas for three days.  I can't actually remember being this ill, but at least I've hopefully got the worst of it over before next week when the festivities commence.  I now need to go and lie down.  Please send get well vibes as I have so so so so much to do tomorrow, let alone Thursday.  GAH!

Monday, 15 December 2014

The Best of the Rest

Oh god I'm not well.  It appears my daughter is the generous kind and has given me her lurgy from last week.  I've been sicker for sure but I currently feel like I have been chewing razor blades all day. 

So my day of last minute Christmas shopping has had to be shelved as I feel very sorry for myself - at home with the decorators.  The joy...... I'm also due to be out tonight for a dinner party but have had to give my apologies (yes I feel that rough).  The Husband will be flying solo whilst I try and persuade the children to watch a movie and not make too much noise. 

In the meantime and in between hacking coughs, I have got out some of the presents for the kids that I have bought (not nearly as much as I had thought - darn it.  Every.  Year.  I think I've bought loads, get it all out and it looks a piddly amount.  Except that I've spent loads.  GAH.  I will be doing my trip to The Range to stock up on art supplies to pad out their stash)

And whilst they sit on the kitchen island in a defiant manner, daring me to wrap them, I am practising my procrastination skills by just seeing if there are any dresses out there that I may have missed... and of course there are more sales. GAH. 

I have ordered my dress from yesterday from the bargains at ASOS - it's coming tomorrow, it's so so not me that the chances of it working aren't high but you never know.  It could open up a whole new sort of look for me.... (this is so unlikely it's risible) 

So sat here perusing bits for the children (actually I may just have done a price match at John Lewis as I can click and collect my Lego Emmett watch from there but it's £5 cheaper at Toys R Us. Thanking you kindly JL), I may just have come across some dresses which are rather gorgeous, from Warehouse which have opened up a whole new avenue of temptation. 

As I've said before, this season they are rocking it.  Seriously gorgeous stock, here is my cream of the crop. 

Starting with some looser ones (I've got canape-itis in mind for next week, you can keep your Roses & your Celebrations, I cannot resist a savoury canape.  I can literally hoover an entire tray in one swoop).  Again, I'm thinking Christmas Day, maybe New Year's Eve with some added bling and perfect for drinks parties and evenings out in January and beyond (planning ahead here...) 

Grey Marl Swing Dress from Warehouse £30

How have I not seen these before?  This is perfect.  I love it dressed down for lunch with ankle boots (I'm thinking my Toga Pullas..) but with heels for Christmas day or a dinner party.

Lace Shirt Dress from Warehouse £50

This is rather reminiscent of the Whistles dress from yesterday but at a fraction of the price.  A lovely little extra one to have at a bargain price now.  Graffiti dress from Warehouse was £48 now £25  Ideal with black or silver or grey for the Winter.  In the Spring, I'd wear this with a little black blazer and either black ballet pumps or my beloved white sneakers that I can't see me giving up any time soon.  And into the Summer with whatever sandals we shall be wearing.  This is my most favourite sort of dress - one that you wear for any occasion. 

And dresses of this sort are just in abundance at Warehouse. 

Black New Shadow Floral Slinky Dress was £38 now £20 

Camo Print Textured Dress £38 from Warehouse

This one is so far from my comfort zone but I love it.  I think it's very Roksanda as opposed to Warehouse.  Definitely looks much more expensive than you'd think.

Green Pleat Detail Midi Dress £70

Whilst I do love the one above, I have to say it's this one that I LOVE.   I'm just slightly concerned the cream against my ridiculously white skin tone may look a bit meh.  But I would have worn this to work and then out in the evenings, it would have been my *Friday* dress. 

Colour Block Wrap Dress £48 from Warehouse  And I think now with heeled suede court shoes for Winter it would be perfect, into Spring with some gladiator sandals...Or during the day with a pair of strappy buckle ballet flats.  Or how about ankle boots (oh hello Toga Pullas again... I'm literally talking myself into this as I type)

And if we're looking at jumper dresses, this I think would be too short for me to wear with tights but I'm loving the idea of it over my good old (uncomfortable) pleather leggings or skinnies.  The ultimate in comfort (if I can get over the saggy crotch from those god awful Topshop pleather leggings.  Mine detail and at least the length would cover it.  I'm all the class and then some) 

Cable knit high neck dress £48

So moving on as otherwise I would just be able to show every dress from Warehouse and there are others that are worth looking at, such as the brand True Decadence which I haven't come across before, but I would definitely say worth a look at.  All rather Whistles to me but at a third of the price.  From John Lewis. 

True Decadence Big Pleat dress in navy £48

And a grey one in a great texture.  True Decadence Waffle Curve hem tunic dress £48

This looks very like a Sportmax dress I nearly bought last year.  True Decadence Contrast Waist Dress in blue £50

A similar shape here from Ted Baker - a brand I don't tend to look at for dresses to be honest, but this one I think could neatly fit into most wardrobes as that perfect party dress.  For all year round to be honest. 

Ted Baker Metallic Wrap Dress in grey £139

I am still on a navy shoe hunt (I think I may have tracked down the Dorothy Perkins ones though... this does however rely on The Husband trecking to a random London location to pick them up for me.....hmmmmmm) and therefore I am now obviously looking at navy dresses as well.  (this is bad bad shopping....but I do have the little matter of the First Holy Communion at the back of my mind) 

Hobbs Prudence Dress in navy £139  The irony is that these plain navy dresses would be ideal with a totally different coloured shoe.  (I'm not going to mention pink but....)  Silver, grey, cobalt blue (oh yum actually - ooh these would all be fabulous with my Reiss sandals from last year), gold, the list goes on.  I also think this slightly 50's shape would look great with flats as well. 

Hobbs Sandrine dress in navy £149 (I would also wear this with sneakers or skater shoes come the Spring - it's machine washable..... whoop whoop = school run dress)

Now I've swerved Mango recently as I had overload from all their offers but blow me down with a feather, the gits have got new stock in.  And it's gorgeous.  Dresses - just a couple...

Tassel Shift Dress (I know, I know, it's black but it would be so useful) £44.99 from Mango and by the Summer you can wear it over a bikini.  Simply perfect.

Or a printed version (both of these could easily be worn with opaques) 

Speaking of dresses that can work hard for you - not dissimilar to the ones above is this utter beauty I may have stumbled across at the Matches Sale (did I mention Matches are in sale yet....... be still my beating heart and twitchy fingers

Caterina Pleated Tunic was £155 now £93 from Vix at Matches

Some DVF at 50% off?  Reina Tunic Dress was £265 now £132

Finishing with more navy - stunning simplicity again at DVF.  Bevin Dress was £305 now £183

And I could honestly go on and on but I must must must go and wrap some presents.   There is no photo today as I literally got back into my pyjamas after school drop off as a lovely friend dropped the children home this afternoon.  This is my outfit from Saturday for a family lunch before we went out in the evening.  More old favourites. 


Black vest - H&M
Navy sweatshirt - JCrew
Distressed patchwork jeans - Mango
Emerald green boiled wool coat - Zara
Caitlyn biker boots - Seven Boot Lane
Diego bag - Alexander Wang

I have just looked at the (smallish) piles of presents for the kids and of course, there is one pile with loads more than the others.  Oh darn it - and I thought I'd got it sussed.  Hopefully I'll feel a shedload better tomorrow and I'll go the The Range and get some more small goodies.  Oh and there's a Homesense and a TKMaxx opposite which should mean they're sorted.  Hope everyone else has finished their Christmas shopping?  Not to mention John Lewis Click & Collect which has been my saving grace for the last couple of years.  If I get them wrapped today this is the first time ever that I haven't left it all till Christmas Eve....... (we so know where this is going, don't we....?)