I miss Aubin & Wills. The grown up sibling to Jack Wills. I felt it was very me and I still mourn it's departure from the UK high street. I don't think I've found it's replacement yet and so I still find myself trawling Ebay looking for people's unwanted A&W goodies.
Sometimes I hit lucky. Like the other week when I happened on the black version of my beloved white Annaside top.
Aubin & Wills top, Zara jeans, Toast Bag
I admit I wasn't sure if would I get as much wear out of it as my white one and would it work as well in black but I was prepared to take a chance. And I know it might seem boring to get another top in the same design but hey, I know the shape and style works for me and that's a battle won already - especially in the Ebay stakes.
Now I have to say, I do like black cotton tops in the summer. I love airy fairy white tops but I also like a bit of moody black. I admit, sometimes it looks a bit heavy but there are days when you can get away with it and it just looks right. This top should look even better after a few more washes to soften the black - till it becomes a little more charcoal in tone.
So last Thursday hailed it's first outing. I started off in the morning like this in my old (10 years +) M&S flats ....
M&S Shoes (very old), Toast Elinor Bag
In the afternoon when it warmed up, I changed in to last year's H&M ankle strap sandals to take the boys to the park.
H&M sandals (last year), Toast Elinor Bag
And in the evening for a takeaway at a friends house with fellow mums, I changed the shoes again for gold Gaimo wedge sandals and stuck on some bangles.
Gaimo espadrilles, Assorted bangles from over the years.
I admit to being a bit lazy about changing but I think the shoes make it look like I tried a little as do the bangles. Admittedly the bangles ended up in my bag as they invariably do because they jangled too much and got on my nerves.
And my drink for the evening? Can I recommend a nice little non-alcohlic beverage for those ladies who drive or do not/ can not enjoy alcohol. This non-alcoholic Mojito went down a storm with the non-drinkers.
Sainsburys Mojito Mocktail (found in the juice aisle).
Over some crushed ice, this is really refreshing! But as one of my friends said, she'd buy this and just stick a dash in rum in for the ultimate in quick cheat's cocktails ... which is not a bad idea at all. Whichever way - it's yum!