Thursday, September 21, 2017

Making Me Blush

I'm not massively into pink. I'm really not. But in the course of the past few weeks I have found myself buying one and lusting over three further pink bags. Granted, they're not Barbie-pink and rather muted and flattering shades but still...

The one that I bought...

Mulberry Lily in plaster pink wrinkle patent leather with rose gold hardware
I had been after Mulberry Lily that's a bit more dressy than my PVT oak one for a while and completely fell for this one. It's plaster pink wrinkle patent leather with rose gold hardware. Doesn't exactly roll off the tongue but she is rather easy on the eye.

Those I'm swooning over...

SENREVE MAESTRA bag
This bag is the Maestra from SENREVE. I never even heard of SENREVE until fairly recently and this bag makes me want to justify its pricetag and customs fees I'd have to pay with "but it's also so practical!" because it actually holds a proper laptop! The texture and colour of this leather looks gorgeous and scrapes just on the right side of 'oh so pretty'. Though they are based in the US and the customs fees increase the price, they do let you prepay for everything, so ordering should be a doddle. 

Aspinal Essential Tote in Blusher Saffiano
Aspinal is a brand I keep coming back to. So far I have yet to buy a bag for myself though I had various small leather goods and bought my mum a rather gorgeous Brook Street bag. A few days ago I received their AW17 catalogue and this colour jumped off the page for me. I've been looking at ths tote for a few seasons now and this has got to be my favourite colour so far. (Oh, and check out their brilliant "View Size" feature. Just click at the image on the bottom of the product page and it lets you compare the bag to various items - you can even flip a Macbook and see how it would fit in.)

Mulberry Small Zipped Bayswater in Antique pink
Last but not least: On a recent lunchbreak I flew through Mulberry in Manchester's Selfridges and stopped in my tracks when I saw this one. I know it's been around for a bit. The colour is just stunning in real life - I don't think it comes across online. 
So, what is it?! 

Are there just too many lovely 'pink' bags around at the moment or is middle agedness with muted tones catching up with me? And if I am buying one of the three above - which one???

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Goodbye Summer

The weather is changing and I am moving away from 'summer' and into 'transitional': more layers, more knit. Soon enough I will have to try and remember what I wore last year - especially when the sheer tights go away!

Primark eyelash jumper, warehouse midi skirt, stella and dot necklace
Fluffy jumper weather is here! Blues and greens always work and this necklace kind of does the work for me. 
It was a bit too wet for converse, otherwise I'd have thrown in my blue hi-tops for an additional blue hue.
Jumper: Primark 
Skirt: Warehouse 
Trainers: Kurt Geiger 
Necklace: Stella & Dot

Zara embroidered jumper and stripy jeans
Can you call it a clash even if it kind of goes? Because I think that describes these patterns out together... (Because I was a complete numpty and went over on my ankle again, I wanted to wear something to hide my bandage, thus a bit casual for a weekday.) 
Jumper & jeans: Zara 
Trainers: Converse

Zara denim dress and Stella and Dot Ezra necklace
A couple of days behind as I was off and then working from home for little M's start into school life. 😂 If I was drinking, I'd say "hand me the wine." Anyway... Summer seems to be on it's way out and every outfit in sheer tights may well be the last one before the opaques have to come out. I thought we were promised an Indian summer??? 
Dress: Zara
Boots: Marks and Spencer 
Necklace: Stella & Dot

Topshop top and jacquard skirt
Feeling pretty meh about this outfit as it's just too autumnal. I'm not ready for summer to be over! 
Top, skirt & necklace: 
Topshop 
Cardigan: Boden 
Boots: Marks and Spencer

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Outfit Full Of Texture

So last week was little M's first day at school. That meant working from home on some days (which basically means slobbing it in jeans and sweatshirt) and thus not really enough content for a very satisfying outfit roundup. BUT, I happened to wear an outfit, which had so much going on, I thought I'd just do what lots of bloggers do and show you that one in detail!

So, without much further ado...

Next black stripe dress, Zara grey jacket, VVA bag
There are so many favourites in this outfit: The dress (new, from next), the boots, the jacket, the necklace - oh, and the bag - the bag!  
Dress: Next (current) 
Jacket: Zara 
Boots: Office 
Necklace: Accessorize 
Bag: VVA

Fancy a closeup of the details?

Zara embroidred jacket
 This Zara jacket has a lovely vintage feel to it and is embroidered and embellished all over.

Accessorize floral pewter necklace
 I've had this Accessories necklace for years. It's so delicate, I always fret over breaking it. Fingers crossed - so far it's been fine!

VVA black croc bag and Office boots
The bag comes to the office with me frequently - it handily even holds my laptop!
Totally unintentionally I matched my boots to the bag - I normally never match footwear and handbag - do you?

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Mulberry Muse

This Mulberry Edie is a bit of a deja-vu bag if you've seen my review of the Postman's Lock Satchel. Well, it is pretty much the same bag, just done in a different leather and with the more quirky guitar style strap - which I actually prefer. 

 
Size wise it's very similar to an Alexa - but see for yourself!


Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Dressing with Opposites

It feels like the last days of a summer that has barely been. With the sky grey and drizzly at times, I am sticking to boots or Converse. Incidentally: I think they work rather well with pencil skirts that would otherwise sometimes look a bit twee and plain. What do you think?

Boden animal print skirt worn casual
Back to outfits after the long weekend... did you have a good one? I think I've worn this skirt through all seasons now and it remains a firm favourite. Are you sick of seeing it yet? 
T-shirt: Warehouse 
Skirt & cardigan: Boden 
Trainers: Converse

Mango dress and M&S buckle boots
Channeling something akin to Maid Marian: green, floaty... buckles...?
Dress: Mango
Boots: Marks and Spencer
Necklace: Accessorize

Boden print skirt and textured cardigan
For some reason I completely forgot what I usually wear with this skirt right after I put it on. Usually I check back at my instagram but I don't have time so I spotted something grey and something pink for the top an threw it on...
Top: Topshop
Cardigan: Mango
Skirt: Boden
Trainers: Converse

Paige Jeans with Zara blazer
A bit too casual for a non-Friday but I sprained my ankle and needed something to hide the bandage. These jeans were a steal at the Harvey Nicks sale - though I'm not sure if ever pay the RRP for them...
Top: Boden
Jacket: Zara
Jeans: Paige
Trainers: Converse

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Something Old and Something Blue

Pathetically this is a couple of week's worth as I am behind. Pretty much as summery as we got in the past few months. I expect it's downhill from here - at least temperature wise...

Continuing the blue outfit theme. Looking at the calendar we ought to get ready to say goodbye to summer but I feel like it's not even been here. Let's make the most of it! 
Top: From an independent store (label says Golden Linen)
Skirt & cardigan: Boden 
Trainers: Converse

I was only off for one week and yet on Monday I stood in front of my wardrobe having no clue what to wear... 
T-shirt: Warehouse 
Cardigan: Boden 
Skirt: Miss Selfridge 
Trainers: Converse
Necklace: Stella & Dot

Natural tones on a warm-ish day...
Top: Zara 
Skirt: Boden 
Trainers: Converse

One to catch up on from my holiday week, hence the lack of decent mirror. It was my goddaughter's first day at school and in Germany that means church, then presentation at the school and then a family lunch. A warm and sunny day - with a heavy thunderstorm after lunch. 
Top: Golden Linen
Skirt and shoes: Boden

Another one from my holiday. Catching up with a casual outfit... these Converse "Chucks" are probably about 26 years old. They've been worn to death but I love them! I think the quality was way better back then, new ones seem to fall apart much quicker... 
Top: Topshop 
Jeans: Next 
Trainers: Converse

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Yay: New Work Tote!

So I'm back from my week's holiday (don't they always fly by too fast?!) and whilst my newly planted dahlias in the garden have been been decimated by snails and slugs, my newly acquired VVA Dahlia Tote looks just as lovely as she did when she arrived a few days ago.

VVA Dahlia Tote in Moc Crock Black Leather

So far so good. I packed her up for work and off we went. Want to see what fits in and how I got on?

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