Gucci 2015/16 (Source)
I'd like to say that I was being terribly fashionable, bang on trend and going with the Gucci 2015/16 vibe of red and orange but I really can't lie. It was a .... coincidence.
H&M Blouse, H&M Skirt, Susie Ho Beachcomber Necklace, Jamin Puech Bag
I've noticed that across various blogs over the last couple of years, everyone seems to be denouncing colour and saying that it's not their thing anymore. Fair enough, I put my hand up to that and my wardrobe is a bit of a shrine to the classic palettes of blues, greys and blacks but I think it's important to keep it in perspective and that sometimes you need to liven things up a bit. I've taken it to the extreme here with my colour combo but it kind of grabbed me and sometimes it's good to go with the flow.
Basically, I had a christening to go to the other week. I had an old dress which I've worn for numerous weddings and the odd christening but I frankly, I was bored with it. I also didn't want to spend a lot on something that I wasn't going to wear again. So whilst having a wander through the shops, I spotted this rusty red coloured blouse in H&M. I loved the shade, it still erred on the dark side and it had nice detailing on the collar and the shoulders. I also spotted the pumpkin coloured skirt there too. That is the best description I can come up for this skirt - pumpkin.
In my eyes, it worked and I chose to go a little more eclectic with the look with the Swedish Hasbeens and the slightly boho necklace which is one of my designs, available here. I could have put on black suede pointy toe pumps for a more pulled together but the Hasbeens felt more me and I wanted to be comfortable so I plumped for blocky heels.
H&M blouse, H&M skirt, Swedish Hasbeens, Jamin Puech Bag, Susie Ho necklace.
Remember I said I didn't want something that I wasn't likely to wear again? Well, the blouse and the skirt are good standalone items which can be worn in a variety of ways.
The red blouse I bought in a size 12. The size 10 fitted too but as there wasn't much in it, I bought it in a 12 to allow for a little shrinkage as this sometimes happens with viscose items. I've not strayed too far from my usual wardrobe items and paired it with black jeans, tan boots and the guitar strap bag I picked up from Primark in a previous post.
H&M Blouse, Jack Wills Jeans (old), Office Boots (old), Primark Bag
1. H&M Blouse (same shape as mine and colour but with a print)
The pumpkin skirt? This too is actually quite wearable during the day when teamed with a sweatshirt and some Cons. Only snag? No pockets. (insert sad face emoji here).
Ganni Sweatshirt (old), H&M Skirt (instore), Converse, Mulberry Bag (old)
So I don't think I did too bad there to cobble up an outfit for £25 (£14.99 for the blouse, £10 for the skirt) excluding accessories, do you? #win
Last Note :
I thought I'd stop faffing and re-open my little online shop again as I've had a lot of queries. Please feel free to take a browse here or in the link at the top of the page where it says Susie Ho Shop.
Anyway, I leave you with the unofficial pic. George and I throwing some fashion shapes!
Adidas Stan Smiths available here
Sheepskin insoles available here
Sheep - probably from the Pound shop :o)
Sorry, no fancy titles there or anything. This is about fleecy insoles. I've mentioned them before and I'll mention them again. It's now autumn folks, the mornings are nippy and the toes are now covered up. I like to tuck my toes into a pair of fleecy insoles - soft, warm and kind to your feet. They add a little bit of extra cushioning too to put a bit of bounce in your step #comforthack
I used to buy mine from Leeds market but the little stall that I used to go to seems to have packed up and I don't know where it's relocated to since they started a refurb of the market area. So I looked online and found this ebay seller who sells two pairs for £2.99 including p&p. Done deal.
Or if you're posh, you can always go for the shearling Hunter version available here.
Me? I'm cheap.
Jigsaw Ottoman Jumper (old but similar here)
Zara customised jeans (old)
H&M Scarf (available here)
Opening Ceremony Shoes (old)
I didn't intend to write a blog post about the scarf but I had a couple of comments on it on Instagram which set me off thinking that maybe I should. A couple of ladies commented that they couldn't wear wool as it was too itchy for them. There is that problem for some people just as there is the problem for some people who will only wear wool as they don't like the feel of synthetic fabrics. Me - I can do both #bestofbothworlds
I spotted this particular scarf when I was trawling through the Premium Quality section online on the H&M site. It's generally my first port of call when I'm bored with the "New In" bits and if you look carefully, you can pick up some nice bits from here. I have a black cashmere jumper (available here) in a just right side of slouchy not sloppy fit from here for £50. I will be wearing this a lot this winter - I just know it. And I hear the big cashmere scarves are a bit of a winner from people who have bought them like Belinda when she covered them off on Allwornout recently. For £35. Similar offerings in Zara would be pushing double that price.
Anyway, my scarf is this petrol hued one :
Which also comes in a lovely pale grey (great dupe for the Acne Canada scarf here but maybe not as soft).
The scarves are 100% wool and comes in a whopping size of 70cm x 200cm. That's a lot of wool scarfage for £30. But for those who can't do wool - I spotted this modal number from Jigsaw in a similar hue and size and some might prefer this for the tassels :
And Oasis have put in their offering of a textured weave scarf in green. This is 100% acrylic but the weave and fabric looks like it was born for doing a bit of fancy scarf tying.
Or if you can handle the wool, you could wait till midnight tonight and see if you can get your hands on this lambswool number from the New Lemaire with Uniqlo collaboration :
A cropped jumper which doubles up as a big scarf. Genius.
Zara Parka (old but similar here)
Uniqlo Plaid Shirt (old but similar here)
Zara Jeans (old)
Sorel Caribou Leather Boots (old but still available here)
Footie season is in full flow and this week, I decided to go for a little bit of lumberjack chic whilst cheering the little one on. The old parka came out, the Sorels came out and I was as snug as a bug in an old parka and a pair of Sorels.
And we won! Hoorah!
I do get quite a few queries about the Sorels and whether they are worth the money and true to size and everything. I did a post on them when I first got them here and I have to say, having had them through a couple of winters - I wouldn't be without. However, they are not the cheapest or the lightest boots on the block so I've had a scout round to see what other options there might be. I have included a few pairs of Sorels in there (I do like the styling) and a good dupe for around £50.
There is 30% off these boots this weekend. These are a great looking alternative to the Sorels I have and considerably lighter. I did have a lovely reader get in touch with me to say that she had tried the Sorels but they weren't for her but the Crocs versions were a surprise hit. And I have to say, I did do a double take when I saw these in a store last year and had to nip in to look at them properly. They are really nice.
These are the nubuck leather version of the ones I have.
Quite utilitarian in design and reasonably priced. Insulated and waterproof - should do the job nicely.
Because I know there will be a few of you out there who will love the pom pom details and the ivory shade.
Are these not the most fabulous dupe of the Sorel Caribous? And at half the price too.
In anthracite. With tan trims. Class.
The one thing to notice with all these - the front of the toe is well protected in rubber. I've walked through "dewy" fields many a time to find my regular leather boots getting soaked through at the toes, so the rubber protection at the front is a godsend in my eyes. You also need thick soles - protection from the cold cold damp ground!
Sezane Breton (past season), Jack Wills Jeans (old), Mango Jacket (old), Office Shoes (old)
It's autumn. Time to bust out the witchy bad boys again. I did think about getting a pair of ghillie Riverdance lace up ones now that the summer sandal period is over but then I remembered I had these buckle ones which I got in the Office sale last year. Now if I remember correctly around about this time last year, I also said I wasn't getting any ghillie lace up shoes because I had these. At least I'm consistent.
Last year, they were a bit rare. I remember some Zara ones, some Hobbs ones and my Office ones. This year they appear to be back which is good for those who like witchypoo shoes with different prices so something to suit everyone.
Office have done another version this time in mock crock and with a zip at the back to make them easier to put on and take off. To be honest, I don't really struggle with mine - I only have to do do up one buckle on each shoe and that is infinitely quicker than lacing up a ghillie number.
Zara have their version too. None leather but a good price for a fashion fix.
Mango had a more streamlined pair late last year which is still available on their outlet. This is a suedette and I believe the lovely Annmarie at Fashionmumof40 has a pair of these. These are a little more refined than the three strap variety which are a little more "hardcore".
And now Topshop are onboard too with their leather version which look almost identical to mine.
So do you fancy getting taking the mick out of for wearing withchy poo shoes or have you gone with the Riverdance ones? Or both even!
Primark Leopard Print Bucket Bag (in store)
I popped the top pic on Instagram the other day and commented that I wasn't sure it was a keeper or not. The general comments were very favourable and you have to concede that at £9, it was a steal from gold old Primarni. Fact is, I didn't set off out to look for a bag like this, I just thought I'd have a nosey to see if they had any cute little bags which might work with an outfit I had in mind. But I just happened to come across this and it looked interesting. It reminded me of this one actually. But a whole lot cheaper.
Anyway, I popped the bag across me and looked in the store mirror and thought, not too bad. We'll hang on to that for the time being and slung it over my arm and carried on my way.
Around the corner, I came across this little beauty.
The little berry snakeskin number is a no brainer. They also have it in black which I may have to go back for.
And which Mango may have something rather similar to as well and which I prefer actually.
Now, did anyone pay attention to the Rebecca Minkoff autumn/winter 2015 collection? Did it pass you by as you were looking at the usual big name suspects instead? It passed me by but then again most of the collections do anyway - I just wait to be told what's coming in by my weekly Grazia and I'm good. And in one of the recent editions, I was led to a Rebecca Minkoff bag with a strap of wonder and serious tassel overkill.
I LOVE IT! (though you can only fit your keys and a bit of loose change and a packet of tissues in).
And then as I dug around to find out more about this wonderful bag, I happened on more fabulous pics from the Rebecca Minkoff show and the one thing I really paid attention to was the straps on the bag. They are FAB.
So you can imagine how excited I was when I spotted this tan number in Primark resplendent with fancy strap and tassels. Excited and happy to the point where I may have danced a little happy dance (but only in my head and not on the shop floor).
Primark Fancy Strap Bag (in store)
And do you know what doubled my excitement and happiness? Finding that they also do it in black.
I think this is what the Chinese dub as "double happiness"
The bags are obviously faux leather but at around £10 they are very well made and the finish is good. The size is erring on generous (for reference, it fits in a regular sized iPad) and it is light and has a magnetic fastening. With nothing in it, it's almost too light but then again the strap is not a heavy duty one so I would say try not to fit your whole life in the bag and it should do you just fine. My wobble with these two bags is that I love them for the strap but the strap is just a little bit flimsy - it's basically a pretty woven fat ribbon. Regardless, I popped them both over my arm and carried on my way round the bag section.
Gap Cashmere Jumper (similar here), Jack Wills Jeans (old)
Primark Snakekin Bag (in store)
This one is a real goody. It's well made for the price and well finished. It looks a lot more expensive than it's £7 price tag - just look at the raised ridge detail on the snakeskin flap which just takes it up a notch. It's not the biggest bag on the block but neither was the little white one I also picked up from Primark earlier this year but that one proved to be a useful little bag and added a nice little bit of interest to my mostly monochrome summer outfits. This berry coloured one is going to do the same but for the autumn winter. One thing to bear in mind - the strap is very long. And with no adjustment. What you can do is, from the left, take the strap under the flap and do the same with the strap on the right so they cross each other under the flap. This shortens it to a much better length or if you're tall - you're sorted :o)
Obviously, I popped this over my arm too and at this point, looking rather like a real life bag lady, I went and paid.
So ... what have I concluded, having had all the bags at home now to assess which ones are the real goodies. Well :
The little berry snakeskin number is a no brainer. They also have it in black which I may have to go back for.
Any take your fancy up there?
The old faithful Office Namesake boots are on.
Office Namesake Boots (old but similar here)
And it's official, I've transitioned. I've gone well and truly over to the dark side.
H&M Jumper, H&M Scarf, Jack Wills Jeans, Office Namesake Boots (all old)
A little whiff of mist in the morning, a couple of degrees drop in temperature and the black stuff comes out. It didn't take much.
I've been asked about whether my Office boots are still available - alas no. Mine were bought in 2012 at the height of the Marant Mania when all bowed to her Dicker boot shrine. Mine are a tribute to those without looking too lookalikey. But this type of boot has gone the distance and each year, similar versions come out all the time.
I came across these New Look boots though which are very similar in detailing and colour and come with a heel which is slightly lower than mine which makes them even more wearable during the day.
These Next Boots are also a good dupe for mine with a similar shaped heel and height to my Office boots. Although my Office ones are not overly high, I really don't like to spend a whole day in them as the soles can be quite hard underneath. What I do to overcome this a little is put a fleecy insole in my pair which adds a bit of cushioning and also a bit of warmth in the winter months.
These ones from M&S are more of a stone grey and probably my favourite colour wise. They seem to be popular with everyone else as they seem to be selling out fast online. There's less detailing across the front but I do actually like the simplicity of these and the shape of the toe is not too blunt - a little more elegant. The colour is a lot more neutral and easy to work. Oh yes, they also have "stain away" protection so get jumping in those puddles #justjoking
And I seem to have developed a sudden fondness for my big black scarf. I don't feature scarves a lot on my blog which is quite surprising considering when I worked, I was known for always having something wrapped round my neck. I was a bit of a pashmina queen when pashminas were having their moment. We've moved on since and my black scarf is a cheapy I picked up from the H&M mens section a year or two back. Not expensive but very light and also very long and very big. And very plain.
This is also where I admit to my (now not so) secret Olsen twins scarf addiction hence the big wafty scarf.
To misquote old Will Shakespeare : "Though they be but little, they be fierce ... in the scarf stakes".
I want them all!
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