On moving to Dorset I hoped to end my obsession with buying clothes, imagining my country wardrobe of jeans, wellies, Barbour and even a dog to go with my new look! Instead I love fashion more than ever, wear heels most days and miss city shops despite loving life by the sea. Writing about my fashion finds will hopefully become a replacement for making so many unnecessary online purchases and my husband can finally work from home without being interrupted by the postman!
With temperatures plummeting this week it was time to bring out the duvet coat, not the most stylish, but certainly the toastiest option for school runs/waiting for small people to finish football training etc etc.
Coat - Zara AW13
Grey Jumper - Whistles AW14
Snood - Mint Velvet AW14
Gloves - GAP (old)
Jeans - Zara SS14
Biker Boots - Zara AW14
Bag - Longchamp
My puffer coat is from Zara a couple of years ago, bought in the sale. It's a great investment if you can find one in the sales as it's such a practical coat that won't date. Zara currently has this one in the sale, love the fur collar:
Leopard print scarves are a timeless investment and a wardrobe essential - you can wear them throughout the seasons and they can transform a casual outfit in seconds. There are endless options - pair them with neutrals for a chic and stylish look or clash with other patterns including stripes, spots or camouflage to create an edgier outfit.
I've got a lovely lightweight leopard scarf so I wasn't planning on buying another, but Mr DF bought me the cashmere shawl version from Hush for Christmas (unprompted!) and it has to be the ultimate in leopard print scarves - super soft, cosy, warm and big without being bulky. And it's still in stock, but this keeps changing, so if you like it be quick:
It really does make an outfit feel special, I seem to be wearing it all the time, this was yesterday:
Leopard Shawl: Hush AW14
Jumper - Maison Scotch at Yard AW11
Cargo Trousers - Hush AW14
Boots - Office AW12
I've had a quick look at what else is out there and even though this would be totally out of the question at this price, how amazing is Burberry's leopard print scarf printed over their trademark check?
As I said yesterday I'm not buying ANYTHING this month, but if I was going to invest in one item it would probably be an oversized knit jumper, the perfect treat to keep you warm, cosy and stylish for the rest of the winter, as well as hiding any excess Christmas pounds!
I did manage to bag one in the Boden sale before Christmas and am so so pleased with it - definitely ticks all the boxes, it's long, slouchy, super comfy and I really love the tight fitting sleeves when the rest of it is such a relaxed shape:
Jumper - Boden AW14
Jeans - Karen Millen SS14
Boots - Office AW12
Bag - Longchamps
The jumper is still available in the sale in the gold colour:
Happy New Year to all my readers! I must apologise for the lack of blogging in December, real life kind of took over, but a big thank you for all the lovely messages from so many of you asking me when I was coming back.
So how are all the New Year's resolutions going so far? I am not very good at sticking to a strict diet or doing the no drinking rule in January but I have imposed a spending ban and it's going well so far. I might extend it to the end of February, but let's see how things go. For me, this month is all about wearing what I already have, having a good clear out and trying to wear things I'd forgotten about.
Yesterday we had family over for lunch and I decided to wear the dress below from Hush. I bought it last year and wore it loads, but this was the first time this winter, and I'm feeling the love for it again:
It's so comfy and slouchy enough to hide any extra pounds gained over Christmas, but you still feel like you've made an effort. For me, it's the perfect winter dress, and it's still available in a size M/L in the Hush sale in the same colour:
I know, I know, I said I wasn't going to buy one this year (except maybe a camel coat in the sales) but it was the biggest bargain ever and I didn't even buy it myself! It's a navy blue pea style coat from Mango and is going to be super useful as I don't have one, or any kind of navy coat for that matter, except for a very practical parka, but nothing as versatile as this, that can bridge the gap between smart and casual:
I love the length and it's a really great price, even better in Spain, where Mr DF paid around £30 for it a couple of weeks ago! It will go with almost everything, but I love this classic combo of jeans and check scarf:
Coat - Mango (AW14)
Scarf - Zara (AW14)
Jeans - Maison Scotch (SS 13)
Boots - Office (AW12)
Have you found any fabulous coat bargains this year? If so, I would love to know about them, especially any discounted camel coats!
You may have noticed I haven't been around for the last couple of weeks - this wasn't intentional, but was kind of inevitable! I turned 40, so have been partying and celebrating and been generally spoilt by all my loved ones, plus a little trip to Barcelona, which was amazing! I have lots of outfit posts to share with you, or bore you with, in the coming days!
The one good thing about the falling temperatures is that it's finally cold enough to wear tights with all my favourite autumn/winter dresses. I'm a huge fan of jumper/sweater dresses in the winter, so easy and cosy to wear with flat boots and scarves, but before it gets really cold, a shirt dress is a great trans-seasonal item. I bought this one from Hush ages ago (August) but have been waiting for colder weather to wear it with tights:
It's first outing was to the theatre during half term to see Charlie and The Chocolate Factory en famille in London:
Dress: Hush AW14
Boots: Ash AW13
Scarf: Becksondergaard at Yard AW12
Vest top: Boden SS12
Backpack: Mint Velvet
It's so versatile, easy to dress up or down, and it's quite a relaxed fit, so perfect for layering over a long sleeved top on a chilly day. I would also style it with biker boots and leggings for a grungier, more dressed down look.
And here are some other shirt dresses that I like:
Love this check one from Mango, and its such a great price:
So, earlier this week I had the lovely unexpected bonus of a fabulous faux fur coat given to me by my Mum, see here) but that hasn't stopped me coveting some of the gorgeous furry accessories around at the moment. They are also the perfect way to inject some fur into your wardrobe if the coat trend is too full on. Here's my favourites, starting with this gorgeous faux fur clutch from Topshop, I like it as it's quite big for a clutch bag, although Mr DF has just pointed out it wouldn't be very practical in the rain!