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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Birthdays and a Love Sam Lace Top (aka Buffet Top)



Time is marching on and I am now going to 50th birthday celebrations. Whoa - how did that happen? I remember celebrating friends' 30ths and 40ths but now we are hitting the 50's. Whoa - life slow down please! 

The flowers were for the birthday girl and Leeds Market came up trumps again with some lovely hydrangea heads and lilies. Turned out they were the birthday girl's faves! Result.



As we were making a day off it with some shopping thrown in, I changed from the intended tan sandals to my more walking friendly leopard mid heels. 

H&M Sandals (not good for shopping)

M&S Leopard Shoes (slightly better for shopping)



And I wore my black Love Sam top. 




Love Sam Top, Zara Jeans, H&M Bracelet (in store but sold out online), Mulberry Araline Bag


I call this style of top, a buffet top. An eat all you like kind of top and I have Eileen to thank for alerting me to this when I spotted it on her Instagram feed. I stalked it for a while on Shopbop as the sizes kept coming and going and when my size popped up - I pounced but they seem to have a fresh batch of them again and I'm now thinking do I need the white version too??? Hmmm? Anyway, I don't have much for going out in and this is the perfect kind of dressed up dressed down look I feel comfortable in. I think this is much more what I was looking for when I brought home the Kate Moss boho top which I eventually returned.

And it was just as well I wore this buffet top as it meant I had loads of room to squeeze in lovely stuff like salted caramel hot chocolate, banana loaf, chocolate croissant and scone and cream (shared of course).


#nomnom


And a small champagne cream tea à la Harvey Nicks.

Chin chin!


So, buffet tops! I can't recommend them highly enough! Especially if you're a glutton like me!


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Last Note :

  • Mine is a size small which fits a UK 10.







26 comments:

  1. I saw Annemarie's in her post earlier. Two of these lovely tops in one day is too much for me, I want one but am broke with a capital B! Not sure even the large would fit my burger belly x

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    1. I'm broke too or the white would be winging it's way to me. But one should be enough I think - I don't get out much after all!

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  2. Such a gorgeous top, Sue. I saw Annmarie's earlier too and I love the black and the white. It's very you! Beautiful flowers too, your lucky friend! I have a few buffet tops ;-) Lynne xx

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    1. Both colours are gorgeous and have their own merits. I would love both though if I could. And I love any chance to get giddy with some flowers. Just call me Jane (Packer).

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  3. Love the black - but I have my andOtherStories in black. I have you and Marlene to thank for this gorgeous top and your Instagram friend Eileen. Fab pictures, the top, the flowers and the afternoon tea! Thank you! Xx

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    1. Oh and it is so more you than the Kate Moss top , although that was nice the Love Sam is more you. X

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    2. I have my &OtherStories black dress version of your top - yet to be worn. I'm such a hoarder.

      And I agree, this top is much more me - less blingy. Eileen has some fabulous tops - if you like the Marant vibe which I know you do.

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    3. I didn't know you got the dress version - sometimes I wish I got it in the dress version to. You are such a little squirreler! X

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  4. It is such a beautiful top Sue. One of those that you'll wear and wear xx

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    1. I'm hoping it will become one of wardrobe go to's and still be a favourite in years to come.

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  5. Your top looks gorgeous. I can see why you and others have fallen in love with it

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    1. I can't believe how many of us have gone for it but it is such an easy top to wear - it's one that does all the work for you without you having to over accessorise or compensate with fancy jewellery or anything which I'm not very good with. It's also one which I feel "very me" in which is always a good thing.

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  6. Such a gorgeous top Sue, love it with the distressed jeans & leopard print.
    Jane xx
    My Midlife Fashion

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    1. It's your inner Bet coming out again isn't it Jane? It's the leopard shoes calling you?

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  7. Buffet top, lol!! It's lovely 'tho & looks fab with your leopard print shoes!! Amazing food too...making me hungry!! x

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    1. It was lovely food but you wouldn't believe it but I actually had roast lamb for dinner that night, after that lot! Now you know why I love buffet tops!

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  8. I want one!! Totally gorgeous, brilliant purchase Sue!! I am getting to the point where I daren't look at my favourite blogs as I am being tempted left right and centre.....I am also broke and about to go on holiday!! What's a girl to do?? Just glad I have decided it would be a bad idea to try and give the August spending ban challenge a go!! xx

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    1. I know what you mean - I'm always seeing things I want on my favourite blogs and I'm trying to reign it in as realistically, I can't wear all that I've got. This August spending ban sounds like something I should be doing but I know I will cave ...

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  9. I love that top. A fabulous Mr Creosote top if ever I saw one. (showing my age with Python referencing) x

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    1. I had to look that one up and yep you're right, it's a Mr Creosote top alright, LOL.

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  10. Lovely outfit & both shoes looked great but comfort is key! Ax

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    1. I am definitely a comfort first girl. It's been a long time since I wore anything body con - the stomach muscles have long gone!

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  11. This top haas been haunting me since you posted about it, I've been stalking Shopbop to see if it would come back in stock in M and black. It did and I'll have it Monday :) My last summer purchase and possibly the nicest...a splurge but it's so pretty and timeless.

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    1. Oh - let me know how it goes for you! I love mine as it is the perfect dressed up dressed down number. And yes, sometimes a little splurge is good for the soul - I like to keep the costs down in general but sometimes, you do need a treat.

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  12. haha buffet tops! a third of my wardrobe is made up of similar things, i am a total advocate. btw love those first pair of H&M sandals you have on - is it a sale find?

    steph / absolutely-fuzzy.com

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    1. The H&M sandals - they are super flattering though my feet keep slipping forward on them - I need some kind of grip to line them with. They also come in a black version which is so very you. I ordered them in the black first but they looked too stark on me and opted for the tan version which works better on me. Sold out now but only just recently. I've had them a few months - you know me - serial hoarder!

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