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Saturday, 27 October 2012

An Aubin & Wills Purchase and a bit of Duffy





My bag of delight.

What was in the Aubin & Wills bag? I left you on a cliffhanger didn't I? In the bag was this 
lovely Maybray merino wool crew neck jumper.  

Aubin & Wills Maybray Jumper

Teal houndstooth check design

Okay, okay, some of you won't get why I like this ... it's not pretty pretty, it's not berry coloured, it's not cashmere, it's not got some fab design on it, it's not leopard print, it's just .... my kind of jumper. It's the kind of jumper which makes a quiet statement. It's like me. Quiet. Honest. I know I jabber on in my blog but in real life I am as quiet as a church mouse and a very quiet church mouse at that. And I guess I like my clothes to make a statement .... quietly. Does anyone understand that? I'm a living breathing oxymoron. I'm not the kind of girl who bedecks herself with bling and fuschia pink to make everyone look, I want to be that person that people think, she looks nice - can't quite put my finger on it but she looks nice.

Confession - I haven't actually read Dante.


This is how I envisage the Maybray jumper to work in my wardrobe - just a nice simple piece to tie in with the existing fixtures of old jeans and even older shoes.


Aubin & Wills Maybray Jumper
Jack Wills Black Jeans (old)
LK Bennet Green Shoes (old)


I like to think it has a slight 60's retro vibe about it with the houndstooth geometric pattern on the jumper.  I have to say the houndstooth is a bit flatcap and whippets but I think it adds to the appeal that it's a bit of an old man's jumper. It's something like what your dad would wear - actually, it is like something my dad wears! Oh my goodness! You know what they say about when you get older, you turn in to your mother, it appears I am turning in to my father! And the old LK Bennetts definitely have a 60's vibe about them. And if we're channelling 60's, let's clip the hair back - a beehive would be just a step too far.

That's the extent of my hairdressing prowess.


I was just thinking I don't have any sharp pointy shoes like the old winkle pickers but I think these work too for a slightly more grown up look ....


Same outfit with Black Patent George at Asda Shoes
So what if I buy shoes with the weekly supermarket shop!


And if I was many years younger, I would love to wear this jumper with a black leather (yes leather) mini skirt just to funk it up a bit ... but I'm not so I shall leave that to the young'uns out there.

On the day, I got this jumper and I was googling Aubin & Wills, I also found out that the brand was to be axed after Christmas. Oh no! Gutted! This is one of my favourite brands! Remember in my previous post when I kept alluding to how few customers were in the shop ... this is what I was leading up to - the fact that the shop was being axed. I am truly gutted as this is one of the few brands that I genuinely like for its wearability. I read a couple of the news articles and I don't know if I should get a job as a retail analyst or what but they did cite high price points and even referred to the cost of their jumpers, as being part of their downfall. Did I not mention something previously in my post on Aubin & Wills about their expensive jumpers? Regardless - this has not stopped me wanting any of their overpriced merchandise.

Anyway, the child within me loves to play with befunky photo editing software which you can download for free and allows me to turn my otherwise boring photos into something fun. I couldn't get to grips with photoshop and it's a bit highbrow and expensive for someone like me who just likes to play a bit. I said that the jumper had a 60's retro vibe about it so this is how I see it .... oh and that's me below trying to do a bit of get on down dancing sixties style.  Try to imagine a bit of a northern soul thing going on in the background. Try .... hard.



  
Really bad for the knees this getting on down business.

Forget that ... just listen to Duffy to put you in the mood for a bit of dancing.



Haven't heard this in ages. Wonder where she's got to? She looked lovely when she did the promo for Rockferry. 

Photo Credit : Gossip.is

How did I get from an Aubin & Wills jumper to Duffy? Do I now need a black poloneck and dark blue jeans with big turn ups? No, no, no - but never say never. Anyway, there's a sale on now at Aubin & Willsready, steady, go!


22 comments:

  1. Love grey jumpers! I think they're my favorites. You look lovely and particularly love the action shots.

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    1. Action shots are fun but so ridiculous to do if you are trying to take your own pictures. Hopefully the purchase of a gorilla pod (tripod) may help with future posts but knowing me, I probably won't be able to work that out. I still have to work out the self timer function on the happy snaps camera and it's defeating me!

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  2. Ha! You're hilarious. But I really do love the sweater. It's the sort of piece well thought out yet simple piece that's going to be a staple for a long time. Also, thanks for the birthday wishes! Though I'm not sure why you're convinced I'm such a spring chicken... I may not actually be any eons younger than you at all!

    http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/

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    1. I'm hoping, well actually I know, it's going to be in my wardrobe for many years like a lot of my jumpers. They're all quite plain but consequently stand the test of time for that very reason.

      Hope you had a great birthday. One coat in the bag? And you strike me as young so I see you as a spring chicken which is no bad thing.

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  3. Lol at the getting down - you look fab. What a gorgeous classic jumper with a nod to the houndstooth trend. I am not a fan of black/white houndstooth so it's lovely to see it in a different colour. Fab. Have a great weekend Sue, Avril x

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    1. Avril, I'm not a fan of the classic black and white houndstooth either but this being quite subtle works for some reason. Just takes a plain jumper to a slightly more interesting jumper. I like the fact that it doesn't shout A/W 2012 and doesn't "date".

      Hope you're having a good weekend too. Look forward to some great snaps with your new camera.

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  4. I LOVE that jumper on you - the whole look is very you and looks really good.
    Totally understand where you're coming from with the looking nice in a 'quiet kind of way', too! x

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    1. Aaaah - so I have a look? I was never sure if I did. What does that look say? Something like "shops too much and easily led?. Or delinquent child?

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  5. And....you do look 'nice', so mission accomplished! It's just lovely, I had been watching the navy version until it went on sale and sold out. Typical. I tend to prefer merino to cashmere anyway, for even my most expensive cashmere items haven't really worn well.
    There's a very subtle retro vibe to it, but definitely in keeping with your usual style, great with the jeans too.

    Not familiar with Duffy, but I like her outfit here - and as a blonde I wonder why I don't team black with blue denim more often. I am actually devoid of black tops/jumpers altogether. And now I have reached my budget limitations so can forget about it until a miracle occurs!

    I am grieving in advance for the loss of Aubin&Wills.

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    1. I think that's what I picked up on as well - the retro vibe. My usual style? I think something must be coming through on these posts - something along the lines of a jumper, jeans and a pair of boots or shoes. It's not very exciting is it? But it's what I wear.

      Well when the budget stretches - try something in black. I always think blondes look great when they wear black as it really stands out. Where as black disappears on me though I like it.

      I will grieve with you as well over Aubin & Wills. It's not that I ever bought that much but I still like it.

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  6. Love your posts - go straight to them and read them first in my blogroll as you always make me smile happily! The jumper is fabulous - I should go stock up in their closing down sale! X

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    1. Do - I keep clicking on items and they're all out of stock! Drat. Next time I do a post on Aubin & Wills, I'll do it after I've bought everything I want to stop people getting there before me!

      And thanks - glad I make you smile.

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  7. I reckon you can still work that leather mini skirt. Go on, I dare you! The sweater is nice also...maybe not a showstopper but it will combine beautifully with a lot of stuff and it's a classic.

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    1. Have you got a leather mini I can borrow?

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  8. That feeling you try and achieve when people can't quite put their finger on it, well you do that honey, I love the way you dress xx

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    1. Aww thanks. One can try but you never actually know how you come across. I'm just trying to stave off the joggy bots a little longer from the school run but there are days when you think ... it would be just so tempting!

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  9. LOL! Love how you're having fun with the rock n roll thang. WHOA! I didn't know they're getting axed. There isn't an Aubin & Wills here so I had no idea. You've just inspired me to out there and stop buying plain ol' jumpers.

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  10. Nothing wrong with plain ol' jumpers - they make the world go round and keep us warm and give us something to style. But it was nice to see a patterned jumper which I actually liked and wasn't stripy.

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  11. hey sue wow i really really like this jumper, what a perfect mix of textures!!

    steph / absolutely-fuzzy.com

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    1. I wore it early on today and it does feel lovely. I haven't really bought merino wool before - I've done and rejected lambswool - super itchy and even acrylic sometimes feels better than lambswool. I like the slightly androgynous tone of the jumper.

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  12. Love your outfit, very nice photos! :)

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    1. Thank you. They were fun to do!

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