Mistral Cardigan and Leaf Print Skirt

I’m fully embracing Autumn now, which is just as well really as the weather certainly seems to have forgotten all about Summer. Digging out all my coloured tights and ankle boots has been quite enjoyable. Ankle boots are a huge trend this A/W so I’m well prepared with my ample collection. That won’t stop me buying more though ūüėČ

This Mistral cardigan and leaf print skirt is so appropriate for Autumn.

I’m gradually shifting my wardrobe towards more autumnal tones. Even though¬†the temperature is fluctuating quite a lot, generally it’s now cool enough for knitwear and boots.¬†This Mistral cardigan and leaf print skirt is so appropriate for¬†Autumn. The leaf print captures the season¬†perfectly, while¬†the trim on the bottom of the skirt matches the amber green colour of the cardigan.

Mistral Cardigan and Leaf Print Skirt

We’re used to seeing dark florals coming through at this time of year, but I think the leaf print is a great alternative. The mix of colours in the skirt provides several options for tops and accessories. If you prefer a cooler colour palette you could opt for a pale blue top.

If you’re wondering where the name of the cardigan comes from, just take a closer look at the buttons…

The Swans Are Swimming cardigan is a lovely soft mix of cotton, acrylic, polyamide and wool. It’s not at all itchy like pure new wool so you don’t need a layer underneath. For size reference I ordered a 12 because it’s not a stretchy fabric, and while it fits perfectly on the bust, it is a little loose around the waist, but I actually like the relaxed fit. Plus, when the weather gets colder I can comfortably wear a thin vest underneath. If you’re wondering where the name of the cardigan comes from, just take a closer look at the buttons in the photo below ūüôā

Mistral Swans Are Swimming Cardigan

As the outfit combines a multi-coloured print with a bright top, I chose navy boots, bag and hat.

The cord crinkle leaf skirt is a very flattering length, falling just below the knee. I have a couple of other cord skirts, so I know that they tend to cling to tights. Even though this skirt is lined it does still pucker a little so I need to buy a slip (a trip to M&S is in order!). As the outfit combines a multi-coloured print with a bright top, I chose navy boots, bag and hat. I bought this bag with a gift voucher I was given when I collaborated with Laura Ashley back in July. It’s a very useful size and can be worn across the body. The tassel is a fab detail. Navy jewellery¬†completes the look!

What are your favourite colours for Autumn? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget to link up!

Mistral Cardigan and Leaf Print Skirt Laura Ashley whipstitch saddle bag

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Cardigan and skirt c/o Mistral | M&S ankle boots (old, similar) | Laura Ashley bag c/o | Asos hat (old, similar) | Roberto Cavalli sunglasses (old, similar) | Eternal Collection necklace c/o | ring and earrings from Pia

Last week’s favourites were Valerie of¬†Maple Leopard, Yvonne of¬†Funky Forty¬†and Tiina L of¬†Elegance Revisited!


 

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Running the Marathon du Medoc

Running the¬†Marathon du Medoc¬†is¬†one of the most bizarre things I’ve ever taken part in. That’s why it appealed to me so much. It’s certainly not for the serious marathon runner. With 22 wine stops and so much food that you could consume more calories than you burn off, you have to ignore the Garmin and just go with the flow. This is the marathon where you go to have a good time, not get a good time. Oh, and fancy dress is compulsory. This year’s theme was music, so naturally I dressed as my hero Angus Young from AC/DC ūüôā

Running the Marathon du Medoc start line

Running the Marathon du Medoc start line

The carnival atmosphere at the start line sets the tone for a completely bonkers event that’s basically one big running party!

Running the Marathon du Medoc start lineRunning the Marathon du Medoc start line

In hindsight, I wish I’d have started necking the wine earlier because I think it helped to numb the pain!

Setting off from the small town of Pauillac near Bordeaux, the course weaves through vineyards and the courtyards of beautiful chataeux where you can sample some of the wine they produce. My plan was to stick to water until 35km because I don’t drink often so I get tipsy easily. Plus, I have a kidney condition that means I have to stay well hydrated, so running and boozing is not advisable. Typically my back ache and bunions decided to flare up that day making every step very painful. In hindsight, I wish I’d have started necking the wine earlier because I think it helped to numb the pain!

Running the Marathon du Medoc vineyard

Running the Marathon du Medoc wine station

One of my favourites was Jesus wearing a big cross on his back…maybe he turned all the water into wine.

The array of costumes was truly astounding, and not¬†confined to musical themes: I saw a man wearing a pole with Marge Simpson on the top of it and all the other Simpsons hanging off horizontal bars attached to it. There was a Baywatch squad including one member being eaten by a shark, several bananas and a woman wearing a huge Eiffel Tower. As to be expected, there were numerous David Bowies, Kiss, Abba, Village People and a few other people dressed as Angus. One of my favourites though was Jesus wearing a big cross on his back…maybe he turned all the water into wine.

Running the Marathon du Medoc wine station

Running the Marathon du Medoc

Running the Marathon du Medoc

We had all weathers that day, from blazing sun and blue sky to dark clouds and torrential rain. At one point I was so wet I couldn’t even unlock my iPhone to take some video! I was certainly glad of that baseball cap to keep the rain off my face!

Running the Marathon du MedocI had been due to run with a friend and her boyfriend but they¬†pulled out a few days beforehand. Although I was disappointed for them not to be able to take part, I have always run alone so I wasn’t put off doing it on my own. I knew that one of my colleagues was running with some friends and we’d met up the day before at the expo. They crossed the start line before me (I was delayed in the queue for the toilet as usual!) so they were about five minutes ahead of me.

Towards the end of the course the food stops get really interesting with oysters, steak, corn on the cob, cheese and ice creams on offer.

Because I passed on the wine until the later stages I managed to catch them up…they’d stopped at every wine station! Towards the end of the course the food stops get really interesting with oysters, steak, corn on the cob, cheese and ice creams on offer. I’m vegetarian so I skipped the oysters and steak (38km into a marathon probably isn’t the best time to try oysters for the first time anyway!). We finished the race together in just under six hours with a final downpour just before we crossed the line.

Running the Marathon du Medoc

Running the Marathon du MedocRunning the Marathon du Medoc

Running the Marathon du Medoc 2017 medal

Running the Marathon du Medoc

The winners were weighed after the race (you can just see the scales on the stage behind me) and won their weight in wine! Despite the pain and getting soaked it was definitely the most fun I’ve had on a marathon, and this was my sixth. Would I do it again? Well, immediately afterwards I was adamant this would be my last, but I’ve said that after the last five. A week later I’m itching to get out for a run, and who knows, there may be a seventh ūüėČ

Who would you dress up as? I’d love to hear your suggestions!

 

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Statement Sleeves and a Pencil Skirt Zaraa pinstripe blouse

What a weekend I’ve had! I’m just back from running what’s probably the world’s silliest marathon¬†through the vineyards of Bordeaux, drinking wine along the course! The Marathon du Medoc is¬†certainly unlike any other running races I’ve done, but certainly the most fun! Luckily we shot these photos before the marathon because I don’t think I’ll be wearing heels for a while!

Combining statement sleeves and a pencil skirt can¬†create a chic and on trend office-appropriate outfit…

Continuing my obsession with statement sleeves, I’m wearing another sale bargain that I bought from Zara a couple of months ago. Big ruffled sleeves look great with jeans for a casual outfit, but I like to buy clothes that give me options. Combining statement sleeves and a pencil skirt can¬†create a chic and on trend office-appropriate outfit, provided the proportions are balanced and you don’t bare too much skin. This blouse does have a deep V at the back, but you could wear a vest underneath. Another option would be to turn it around and have the V at the front with a lace¬†camisole underneath. I’ve tried it both ways and nobody would guess it’s back to front.

Statement Sleeves and a Pencil Skirt Zara striped wrap blouse

The belt cinches in at the waist to balance out the ruffled sleeves which creates a flattering silhouette.

When I first tried the blouse on I wasn’t sure if I liked it. In fact I was going to return it, mainly because it takes a bit of patience to get it to look right. It’s not something you can throw on in a hurry: you have to thread the long belt through the inner loop and wrap it around, making sure the V at the back is sitting in the right place. I’m glad I gave it another chance though, even if it does feel a bit odd to have so much back uncovered. The belt cinches in at the waist to balance out the ruffled sleeves which creates a flattering silhouette.

I debated choosing a navy bag to go with the pale blue and red, but I often like a third colour and this grey bag is subtle.

I dug out this red pencil skirt which I’ve had for ages.¬†Nowadays I¬†tend to favour flared midi skirts over pencil skirts but the ruching on one side makes this quite forgiving. Plus, I like the combination of colours. I debated choosing a navy bag to go with the pale blue and red, but I often like a third colour and this grey bag¬†is subtle. The pretty flowers on the strap have navy and red in them so they compliment the outfit. The bag was a clearance sale bargain from Brand Alley (another one of my favourite discount sites).

Statement Sleeves and a Pencil Skirt Zara striped wrap blouse

Statement Sleeves and a Pencil Skirt Zara striped wrap blouse

Statement Sleeves and a Pencil Skirt Zara striped wrap blouse

pale blue suede mules

I bought these shoes from Brantano (which has since gone into liquidation). They are very comfortable and pair nicely with the pencil skirt for an alternative to court shoes. After the weekend’s efforts I definitely need comfortable shoes!

Statement Sleeves and a Pencil Skirt Zara striped wrap blouse

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Zara blouse | Asos skirt (old) | shoes from Brantano | Emilio Pucci sunglasses | bag from Brand Alley

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Lunch at Hiltl, the World's Oldest Vegetarian Restaurant

During our recent trip to Switzerland we spent a day sightseeing in Zurich. My husband had planned to surprise me with lunch at Hiltl, the world’s¬†oldest continuously open vegetarian restaurant, but he’s rubbish at keeping secrets and told me the week before! I didn’t mind at all, in fact the anticipation only added to the enjoyment. My transition to vegetarianism has been gradual, from only eating certain meats, to being pescatarian, before becoming completely vegetarian at the beginning of the¬†year. On the other hand, my husband loves meat, so I wondered if he’d enjoy his meal at Hiltl or just suffer it for my sake.

Lunch at Hiltl, the World's Oldest Vegetarian Restaurant

As well as the à la carte menu there is also a buffet, with the option of an all you can eat price or paying per 100g.

Having seen¬†the menu beforehand we knew what to expect, but even so, it took me ages to decide what to order. We didn’t have¬†a starter because we wanted to save room for dessert. I managed to narrow my choice down to a dish from the Indian & Asia section but everything looked so delicious. It was very hot that day and if the restaurant had air con it wasn’t working very well because I was boiling, so very spicy food was a no-no. I eventually opted for the Sri Lanka jackfruit curry, while Pete ordered the cordon bleu. Isobel, true to form, had the spaghetti bolognese…she loves her pasta! As well as the¬†√† la carte menu there is also a buffet, with the option of an all you can eat price or paying per 100g.

Lunch at Hiltl, the World's Oldest Vegetarian Restaurant

Lunch at Hiltl, the World's Oldest Vegetarian Restaurant

My main course and dessert were both vegan, but some of the non-vegan dishes can be adapted to suit your dietry requirements.

The menu makes it very easy to see what the dishes contain with the list of symbols. If you have any allergies all the information is there for you too see at a glance. My main course and dessert were both vegan, but some of the non-vegan dishes can be adapted to suit your dietry requirements.¬†I’ve toyed with the idea of becoming vegan but don’t feel ready yet. In the meantime I’m just trying to cut down on dairy.

Lunch at Hiltl, the World's Oldest Vegetarian Restaurant

While waiting for our meals I sipped on the most delicious ginger and lemongrass mojito I’ve ever had…it was worth the 17CHF, which is about ¬£13.70!

Lunch at Hiltl, the World's Oldest Vegetarian Restaurant

The Sri Lanka jackfruit curry was mildly spicy and full of flavour. The jackfruit is a species of tree in the fig, mulberry, and breadfruit family and is native to South India. It has a firm texture but a rather neutral taste so it takes on the flavour of whatever it’s cooked with. The mild coconut milk-based sauce complimented the roasted cashew nuts and tangy orange pickle it was served with.

Lunch at Hiltl, the World's Oldest Vegetarian Restaurant Sri Lank jackfruit curry

Even my meat-loving husband said his meal was absolutely delicious and that he didn’t miss meat at all.

The Hiltl cordon bleu is made with organic smoked tofu instead of meat. Obviously I had to taste it for research purposes (not having had a cordon bleu before) and it was so tasty. Even my meat-loving husband said his meal¬†was absolutely delicious and that he didn’t miss meat at all. In fact since then he’s cooked some fabulous vegetarian meals for us all. The cordon bleu was served with yummy thick chips which I gladly helped out with! If you can’t finish your meal the staff will box it up so you can take it home (the restaurant also operates a takeaway service).

Eating at Hiltl has shown him that vegetarian dining can be every bit as tasty and enjoyable as a meat feast.

I was so impresed with Hiltl:¬†the service was fantastic and the range and quality of food is amazing. It’s not cheap, but then nothing in Switzerland is, especially when you’re from the UK and the exchange rate is poor (thanks Brexit!). Even so, it was worth every penny and if I lived in or near Zurich I’d be back there every week. I think it’s fair to say that my husband was a bit concerned that we would rarely eat together after I became vegetarian. Eating at Hiltl has shown him that vegetarian dining can be every bit as tasty and enjoyable as a meat feast.

Lunch at Hiltl, the World's Oldest Vegetarian Restaurant Hiltl cordon bleu

We were pretty full after our meal but managed to find room for a scoop of vegan ice cream, which was more like sorbet. I had the lychee and raspberry ice cream, which was perfect for finishing off a wonderful meal.

Lunch at Hiltl, the World's Oldest Vegetarian Restaurant vegan ice cream

Haus Hiltl holds the Guinness world record for being the oldest continuously open vegetarian restaurant in the world.

The restaurant takes its name from Ambrosius Hiltl, a tailor who took over a struggling vegetarian restaurant after his health was transformed by giving up meat. Since 1898, it has been personally maintained and cared for by the Hiltl family. Haus Hiltl holds the Guinness world record for being the oldest continuously open vegetarian restaurant in the world.

The “veggie butcher”

In November 2013 the¬†Hiltl shop opened next to the restaurant, with the first veggie butcher of Switzerland. At the “butcher‚Äôs counter”, meat alternatives such as tofu, seitan, tempeh and soya sausage products are offered. ¬†Other specialities such¬†as the popular Hiltl Tartare, Z√ľri-Geschnetzeltes (sliced strips of veal in a cream and mushroom sauce) or homemade cordon bleu are also available.

Lunch at Hiltl, the World's Oldest Vegetarian Restaurant

Cocktails at the Jules Verne bar

After our delicious meal at Hiltl we had a little wander along to the Jules Verne bar, as recommended to us by our hosts. The cocktail menu is very impressive, as are the views over the city. I had an El Floridita Daiquiri (sticking to rum after the mojito) which was quite sharp and very refreshing thanks to the grapefruit, lime and peppermint.

Isobel decided she’d rather sit at the bar by herself watching the bartender make the cocktails while we enjoyed the view.

Jules Verne bar Zurich

Jules Verne bar Zurich

Jules Verne bar Zurich

After finishing our cocktails we did a bit of window shopping before getting the train back to Zug. I thoroughly enjoyed Zurich and hope to return there soon.

 

Have you ever been to Zurich? If you have I’d love to hear your tips for what to do and see!

 

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Finery Graffiti Floral Print Dress

Well it certainly feels like the new season is here now with¬†the kids back to school and grey, wet weather. I really haven’t missed the morning school run or the cooler weather. I’m hoping we still get some sunshine and decent temperatures before Autumn really starts to bite. I’m seeing lots of rich, Autumnal colours in the shops now – and even Halloween decorations!

I bought this Finery graffiti floral print shift dress, along with a few other pieces from the same brand, from Secret Sales earlier this year.

Dressing for this time of year can be awkward, that in between phase when the weather can vary a lot from day to day. One way of subtlely shifting your wardrobe towards the new season is to work in autumnal colours in lightweight fabrics that can be layered. I bought this Finery graffiti floral print shift dress, along with a few other pieces from the same brand, from Secret Sales earlier this year. They were all hugely discounted, with this dress costing just £15. I also bought the skirt in the same print for £11. The micro dot trousers and the shirt dress I wore back in April were other bargains in the same order. The prices were too good to resist!

Finery Graffiti Floral Print Dress

Although the weather isn’t great here in the UK, it’s not cold, so I don’t need to dust off my coats and boots yet. When I do, this dress will work perfectly with either burgundy or navy tights and boots. For now I’m letting my legs see the light of day with these navy ankle strap shoes that I picked up in the M&S sale for a mere ¬£11!

Navy M&S ankle strap shoes

Finery Graffiti Floral Print Dress Paul Costelloe crossbody bag

Apart from the white base, there are four colours in the print of the dress, providing plenty of options for accessories. I opted to pick out the burgundy with my hat, bag and ring. The navy shoes, blue earrings and black sunglasses break it up nicely. In future I may go with a navy hat and bag if I swap the shoes for burgundy boots.

Finery Graffiti Floral Print Dress

Finery Graffiti Floral Print Dress Paul Costelloe burgundy crossbody bag frog ring

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Finery Graffiti Floral Print Dress

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Finery Graffiti Floral Print Dress

Are you embracing the new season’s styles or is it still warm where you are? It’s link up day so please share what you’ve been wearing!

Last weeks favourites were Nancy of¬†Nancy’s Fashion Style, Laurie of¬†Vanity and Me, and Johanna of¬†101 Things I Love!


 

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