Stomping through Topshop the other week, I stopped before a pair of washed black Baxter jeans. 



I don't do solid black - that would be too neat and clean looking but washed black - yes please! And with no knee rips which is a bonus for me. After too many years of jeans going at the knees - I'm quite liking keeping my knees covered. I bobbed in the changing rooms with them, tried them on, came out and bought them. I'm making jeans buying sound easy aren't I? But it wasn't quite as easy as that. I did take two sizes in and I tried both pairs on twice and I also did some Sumo squats in them for a couple of minutes in the changing room just to test them out for comfort and give before I made my decision. You do that too right?

And I'm quite tickled with the reviews online and how everyone doesn't like them and declares them too short and that they are totally different from the Baxters of old. Well I have to say, I'm glad they've changed them because now I luurrrve them as they're perfect for me! They have turned out to be the perfect full length skinny not too skinny jean for me and I've worn them non stop since I got them. Whoop whoop. And shall we throw a fist bump in there too?   ;o)




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Last Note :

  • I bought mine in size 28 waist, 30 length for the perfect full length jean on me. I am 5ft 1.5inches with short legs (gah!) and a size 10 in most things. Any taller than me and these would be an ankle grazer ... which is what I think they should be. Basically order longer than what you would normally.





So the colour thing didn't last long and I'm back to the black, blue and greys. Want to know what will perk this outfit up though?

Matalan fur coat, H&M denim tunic shirt, MiH Breathless jeans, Next skate pumps


One of these!

Lulu Guiness for Red Nose Day 2015 Tote




That's a bit cheerier don't you think? 

Meow!


These totes from Sainsburys came out when I was on my jollies the other week. When I clapped eyes on them, I was immediately smitten with the leopard tote. Did I ever tell you how much I love a good cheap and cheerful tote? For £5, I get a smidgeon of designer which I might not be able to afford normally. So yes, I've had a bit of Orla Kiely, a bit of Amanda Wakely and now a bit of Lulu Guinness too. 

I can't wait to see what the next collaboration will be!


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Get your Lulu Guinness for Red Nose Day (Comic Relief) bag at Sainsburys now. £5 per tote with £1.50 going to charity.

Which one are you going for? Or have you already bagged one? (ho ho ho).



Read more here.








Next Coat (very very old), Gap sweatshirt, MiH Paris Jeans, Zatchels Bag, Adidas Stan Smiths


Yup - that's me in a fuchsia pink coat. And I put in three pictures there to make sure that you knew it was me in a fuchsia pink coat. 

I grabbed a navy coat to put on the other day but I wasn't feeling it. I looked out of the window, the sun was shining and I had had a good night's sleep after spending the last week hacking my guts up every night and not sleeping. But a visit to the chemist for cough medicine and lozenges and the whole world is looking a lot less sickly. And to reflect my happy mood - I put a happy coat on. A fuchsia pink happy coat. 

I've been perusing a few blogs now that I'm back in the land of wifi and the thing that hit me .... a bit of colour goes a long way. Yup, I'm a classic blue, black, grey kind of girl but hey it's okay to freak out every now and then and just wear what you like. And that day, fuchsia pink spoke volumes to me.

And a little more inspiration below from some lovely ladies in their colourful coats .... 


















Aww ... doesn't the world feel much better and brighter now?






Hi!


Hi. Did you miss me? I missed you guys. And I tell you what ... I really missed my wi-fi. Last week was half term and we disappeared to Wales to stay in a cottage with a pool table, a hot tub, a jacuzzi and no wi-fi. I would have happily given up the pool table, the hot tub and the jacuzzi and just had the wi-fi instead ;o) You don't realise your dependency on staying in touch with the outside world until it's not there. As it was, I had a couple of opportunities to grab 5 mins here and there in the odd cafe and to catch up with what people were up to. I just needed to reassure myself that I wasn't missing out on anything. I wasn't but I just needed wi-fi to know it.

Anyway, this meant that instead of a half term with the boys being glued to tech for entertainment, they had to do regular stuff like going to a zoo, learn to play pool, going for steam train rides ....

Ben on a train looking for wi-fi.

and walks on the beach

 Playing "Hunt the wi-fi"

No wi-fi here!

nor here!

or here!


I found the most wonderful interiors shop which was housed in an old chapel which was a visual delight for the eyes and made me want to redecorate my whole house from scratch.






And we let the boys have ice cream despite it being 5 degrees.

Yum!


which was really our way to soften the blow that there was no wi-fi where we were staying .... at ALL. For a week.

Nooooo! No wifi for a week?!?!?!


Anyway, we are now back in the land of wi-fi and life is as it was originally. I get to wear something other than the below staples - it's hard to pack 7 days winter wear in a case the size of a carry on!

I told you I was a fair-weather fashionista! Boring but warm.


I think I might crack out something a little more colourful tomorrow!










...... for a Sofia Coppola for Louis Vuitton Bag. There's not many designer bags that I like or covet but I have a real soft spot for this one. Maybe it's something to do with (1) how practical it is - I can stuff a ton of rubbish in there! (2) it's plain simple design - I like the lack of whistle and bell embellishments and (3) hey look! a long strap for wearing across the body so I have my hands free for rifling through the clothes rails on the shop floor ;o)

However the price is rather prohibitive.  So instead I wish, I wish, I wish ....

...... for a Mango discount code!





Please, please, please! Any time soon would be great. Thank you!




Right, last October I wrote a post about bringing my wardrobe up to date (here). Remember the disclaimers I added to the end about certain potential additions/non additions to the wardrobe? Shall I remind you?

  • Faux Fur. They don't really suit me or I've just not found the one. (Disclaimer - I have the right to retract that statement should you see me in a faux fur jacket/coat).
  • Culottes. I don't know how to wear them when it gets really cold but I'm not sure they are really me. I know knee high boots are one way round how to wear them and can look fab but realistically speaking - I don't have the energy to go there. (Disclaimer - I have the right to retract that statement should you see me in a pair of culottes).
  • Pleather/leather jeggings/pants. I've not found a flattering pair yet. (Disclaimer - I have the right to retract that statement should you see me in a pair of pleather/leather jeggings/pants).
  • Pointy Boots. The ones I like are too expensive. So I'll leave that one alone. (Disclaimer - I have the right to retract that statement should you see me in a pair of pointy boots because I caved).
  • Statement Coat. Not bothered. (Disclaimer - I have the right to retract that statement when it turns up)


So let's see what happened shall we?

  • Faux Fur. 

Disclaimer retracted. Okay, I said I was going to make do with my faux fur snood and my pom pom keyring but then the black Matalan fur coat came along and my whole furry world was complete and whole. Basically I just needed to find a fur coat that wasn't going to wear me and scream fashion victim and Sasquatch in the same breath and it took a little bit of doing and a few games of seek and ye shall find. But I found.

Matalan Fur Coat

  • Culottes. 
Disclaimer retraction not required. Ah ... I kept my sensible head on with this one. I actually had a pair of culottes in my possession and they didn't look bad, they looked pretty good actually. They were the M&S ones which Fran and Joanna had and I bagged myself a pair in the short fitting. They looked the bees knees when worn with a black polo neck and tan leather knee high boots that I had. But ... I couldn't be bothered to keep them as I knew I would only wear that one look and to be honest, I didn't even think I would even get myself out of the door in them. So I returned them. Pat on the back for me. But ... I have a secret hankering for some denim ones for the summer. Yes sirreee!

  • Pleather/leather jeggings/pants. 
Disclaimer retracted. Oh how I tried! Oh how I cried! I tried a goodly amount of pairs on. I tried all the skinny versions on that I could find in various stores and I can honestly say, they were not a good look for me. Wrinkly knees at the front and unsightly ripples down the back. You know when people say you should never look (around the) back? I should never have looked back! I also thought the looser peg styles might work and I got so far as to bringing a pair home and prancing about a little in them and realised that (1) they felt funny on and (2) I didn't feel comfortable or confident wearing them. So they went back too. And then I found the ones which had ponte jersey on the back. And that's when it hit me - this was what I needed as the jersey just helped to hug in the right places and I could still bend my knees and I was comfy ... like wearing a pair of jersey leggings which is what they are literally but with a bit of pleather at the front. And they were only £5. 


H&M Pleather Leggings

  • Pointy Boots. 
Disclaimer retraction not required. I'm living in my Stans when the weather is dry. And I'm doing that by sticking some fleecy insoles in them to take the edge of the cold. My other shoes are virtually redundant. I am also trying my best to wear the ankle boots that I have but mainly I am defaulting to warm comfy footwear aka Uggs. There was basically no justification for another pair of boots (I can't believe I just typed that!). And of course I will kick myself next winter when pointy boots are still a-go a-go. But I held fast and I may not be the most fashionable but I found I didn't really need them after all. How good am I? Besides we're nearly in March ... and the toes will be out soon.

  • Statement Coat. 
Disclaimer retraction not required. I have no statement coat. I have an understatement coat though. No pink, no orange, no baby blue, no red. Just an understated khaki swamp coloured coat. Because that's the kind of gal I am :)

Topshop Slouchy Coat


Summary - Only 2 out of a potential 5 disclaimers exercised. Not bad, not bad at all.






My hands are shocking at the moment. I guess it's partly to do with the horrible cold weather but I also know it's because I'm really rubbish at putting on the old hand cream. I put it on then I find I have to wash my hands two minutes later and then I've washed the stuff off. Seems a bit pointless if you ask me. So I don't put it on. But it doesn't mean I don't need the stuff ... I do! Especially as I have a little bit of painful cracked skin on my thumb and if you've been there ... you know it really hurts. You can't put any pressure on it and you can't fasten the top button of your jeans or open toothpaste caps without it potentially cracking more and well you know, it hurts. And yes I'm a baby.

So I bought the Kiehls Ultimate Strength Hand Salve today. I've heard good things about it and I read the 5 star reviews on their website and so I decided to go in to the Leeds store to check it out, I also liked the sales lady who was on the right side of attentive but not over zealous. She let me try some on and left me to wander around the shop and browse and eventually I made my way back to the till to buy my tube of the hand salve.

So I'm typing this now after having had the cream on for a good 5 hours. They were grey and dry and chapped before the cream and even after a couple of hand washes and no reapplication, they are looking and feeling so much better. A good application before bed time and I think I will start tomorrow off on a good and less painful note.

So has anybody used this before and what's your verdict?


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Last Note :

  • I also love the smell - it's a little bit herbal (not sweet which I dislike) but not overpowering. Like it's doing you good. So much better than a heavy perfumed smell which pretends it's doing something and it's not.
  • I love stores where you get freebies without having to ask for them. Just makes the day that little bit sweeter!

Yup - there is a sachet of "Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Cream" there. I'm not getting any younger!





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Mum to Ben & George, married to the Grumps, living in suburbia, somewhere in the north of England.

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