Anne Klein Dress for Less Than a Fiver

You must all know by now how much I love picking up bargains in charity shops and on eBay. On a recent charity shop spree (when I bought this check jacket amongst other things) I found this Anne Klein dress for less than a fiver. To be precise it cost me £4.50. I didn’t even try it on, I just did my usual rough size check by holding it up across my chest; I know if it fits there it’s a deal. I only ever try jackets and coats on in charity shops, everything else is a gamble.

To make it season-appropriate I opted for navy tights and ankle boots, but added an orange bag and cuff for a shot of bright colour.

Thankfully the fabric is stretchy and slinky so I didn’t need to worry about the sleeves. When I tried it on at home I couldn’t have been happier with the fit. The gathered front allows the dress to drape flatteringly over the midsection, while the false crossover creates definition at the sides. The three-colour print means I can pick out any of these in my accessories. To make it season-appropriate I opted for navy tights and ankle boots, but added an orange bag and cuff for a shot of bright colour. In warmer weather I would wear the dress with either orange sandals or pale grey court shoes and bag for a more neutral theme.

Anne Klein Dress for Less Than a Fiver

I didn’t really need to do any research to know that finding an Anne Klein dress for less than a fiver is another great peachy style steal!

Although I’d heard of Anne Klein from reading other blogs I’d never bought anything from the brand before. As it wasn’t a label on my radar I had no idea about the price point, but I could judge the quality from feeling the fabric and looking at the finish. I didn’t really need to do any research to know that bagging an Anne Klein dress for less than a fiver is another great peachy style steal! I can’t find this dress online so I’ve featured some similar ones in the widget.

Do you ever buy things in store without trying them on? It’s link up day so scroll down to share your outfits!

Anne Klein Dress for Less Than a Fiver

Anne Klein Dress for Less Than a Fiver

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Anne Klein Dress for Less Than a Fiver

Anne Klein Dress for Less Than a Fiver orange leather bag Mango orange cuff

Anne Klein Dress for Less Than a Fiver orange leather bag

Anne Klein dress from charity shop | leather bag (old, similar) | Marks and Spencer ankle boots (old, similar) | Wallis gold necklace (old) | Asos sunglasses (old) | Mango cuff

Last week’s favourites were…

SWAS week 45 faves

Joi of In My Joi with her fabulous sparkly trousers, Tina of Tina’s Pink Friday wearing matching taxi bag and sweater, and Mel of Mom With Style looking stunning for her 30th birthday celebrations!


 

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Molly Brown Personalised My First Diamond Bracelet From Prezzybox

Can you keep a secret? Good, because today I’m showing you one of Isobel’s Christmas presents. She’s a chip off the old block when it comes to jewellery and fashion. When we saw the crown jewels on a trip to London last year she said “Mummy, I really want a diamond!” Well, this Christmas her wish will be granted with this gorgeous Personalised My First Diamond Bracelet from Molly Brown.

The Personalised My First Diamond Bracelet features a dainty 1/2pt diamond…I’d have absolutely loved this as a young girl!

When I was invited to choose an item of jewellery from Prezzybox for review I thought it was the perfect opportunity to get Isobel something really special. The bracelet has a double chain that’s adjustable so it can grow with her, meaning she can wear it for years to come. The Personalised My First Diamond Bracelet features a dainty 1/2pt diamond set into the silver nameplate – I’d have absolutely loved this as a young girl! You can choose from four different fonts, and have it engraved with up to 11 characters. I love the cute paw print tag, which is Molly Brown’s logo.

Personalised My First Diamond Bracelet From Prezzybox

Molly Brown Personalised My First Diamond Bracelet From Prezzybox

Molly Brown London was established in 2006 and upon its launch was dubbed ‘Tiffany for girls’ by Vogue Magazine. The essence behind the collections is that the designs are simple yet sophisticated, and as all pieces are fully adjustable they can be loved and worn forever.

The bracelet arrived in a pretty silk pouch and jewellery box to keep it protected. It also came with a gift bag, ribbon and card, ensuring it’s perfectly presented. I can’t wait to see Isobel’s face when she opens this very special present on Christmas Day! I’ll have my work cut out persuading her to save it for special occasions!

As well as making a fantastic Christmas present, it would also be the ideal gift for birthdays, christenings or as a thank you for being a bridesmaid. Prezzybox has lots of other personalised jewellery options, all at very reasonable prices. The Personalised My First Diamond Bracelet costs £39.95.

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Do you start early or leave it all until the last minute?

Molly Brown Personalised My First Diamond Bracelet From Prezzybox

Molly Brown Personalised My First Diamond Bracelet From Prezzybox

Disclaimer: I was gifted the bracelet in exchange for a review, all opinions are my own and completely honest. 

 

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Check Jacket, Lace Skirt and Shiny Boots Rena Lange check jacket Lotus Booney ankle boots Zara lace skirt

How was your weekend? I’ve been unexpectedly busy with work lately, which is great for the bank balance just before Christmas, but it meant not much time for blogging. We did manage to take some photos at the weekend when I got home just before it got dark. Oh how I miss daylight in the evenings!

A check jacket, lace skirt and shiny boots might sound like a weird mix but I like the different textures.

At least the colder weather means I get to wear boots, which I’m rather obsessed with at the moment. I’m combining some old favourites with a couple of lovely new additions in this outfit. A check jacket, lace skirt and shiny boots might sound like a weird mix but I like the different textures. These gorgeous deep red boots from Lotus are perfect for the festive season and would look equally fab with trousers or a skirt. They are also incredibly comfortable thanks to the generous fitting and mid heel. I love the shimmery fabric and crisscross elasticated panel on the sides. I’m so taken with them that I wore them to work yesterday too!

Check Jacket, Lace Skirt and Shiny Boots

Last week I hit the charity shops in a nearby town and found loads of fabulous clothes. In total I came home with three jackets, two jumpers, a dress and two skirts! My eyes were immediately drawn to this jacket, although I almost overlooked it because it’s a size 14. But when I held it up it looked more like a 10 or 12 so I tried it on. I was delighted to find that it fit! It just goes to show that you shouldn’t get fixated on sizing because it’s definitely not consistent across brands. Another factor to consider is that translating European into UK sizes can often be inaccurate.

Check and plaid are really on trend this season so finding this jacket for less than a tenner was a style steal!

I didn’t really care about the size or brand – if I like it and it fits that’s all that matters. However, out of curiosity I googled the brand – Rena Lange – and was shocked to find this exact jacket listed on Vestiaire for £154! I also found one on eBay for the more modest starting price of $40, but even so, it’s safe to say I got a bargain. Check and plaid are really on trend this season so finding this jacket for less than a tenner was a style steal!

Have you scored any great bargains lately? Are you obsessed with ankle boots like me? I’d love to hear what you’ve been buying lately…and it’s link up day so scroll down to share your outfits!

Check Jacket, Lace Skirt and Shiny Boots Rena Lange check jacket Lotus Booney ankle boots Zara lace skirt

Lotus Booney redankle boots

Check Jacket, Lace Skirt and Shiny Boots Rena Lange check jacket Zara lace skirt Zara mix and match bag

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Check Jacket, Lace Skirt and Shiny Boots Rena Lange check jacket Lotus Booney ankle boots Zara lace skirtJacket from charity shop | skirt from Zara (old, similar) | boots c/o Lotus | bag from Zara (similar) | ring & necklace from Pia

 

Last week’s favourite’s were…

Suzanne of Crazy Blonde Life proving that comfortable can be very stylish, Jen of Librarian For Life and Style in a fabulous cat print dress, and Patti of Not Dead Yet Style wearing a gorgeous dog print sweater…I’m loving the animal theme!


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Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut Emile Vidal Carr yellow Ellis coat

Did you all enjoy the fireworks over the weekend? We went over to a friend’s house for a bonfire and BBQ on Sunday evening. Thankfully the weather didn’t let us down, but boy was it cold! This isn’t my favourite time of year, although it does mean we get to wear gorgeous coats. I’ve actually been waiting to wear this bright yellow coat for about six months – since I bought it back in the Spring when I was invited to meet Jacynth, founder of The Bias Cut.

The attention to detail is what makes this bright yellow coat really unique…

It immediately caught my eye while I was looking through the clothes on the rails. As soon as I tried it on I was smitten. The asymmetric front gives a really modern twist on a classic style. The attention to detail is what makes this bright yellow coat really unique, such as the gold top button and the stunning deep red lining. The fact that it was on sale seemed to be a sign that it was meant to be!

Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut Emile Vidal Carr yellow Ellis coat

I originally planned to work the deep red shade of the coat’s lining into my outfit, but on this occasion I played it safe with navy. This was partly due to having had a lot of rain overnight and the ground was sodden. I didn’t want to ruin any heels, so I chose my navy cone heel ankle boots and a pair of Reiss trousers that were hidden away in my wardrobe. As with all Reiss trousers, they are very long, and although I’m not exactly short (5’7″) they almost cover my feet. They’re fine with a high heel but I wear more mid heel shoes and boots now, so I’d better learn to use that sewing machine!

I’ve come to appreciate how important it is to invest in good quality clothes and accessories; they last a lifetime and always make you feel good.

You all know how I like to bring in a third colour to my outfits, so I opted for the gorgeous zip off clutch from my aubergine Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag (you can see it in more detail here). It adds just the right amount of accent colour, as well as matching the coat in the style stakes. I’ve come to appreciate how important it is to invest in good quality clothes and accessories; they last a lifetime and always make you feel good.

Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut Emile Vidal Carr yellow Ellis coat

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Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut Emile Vidal Carr yellow Ellis coat

Ellis Coat from The Bias Cut (still in sale but only available in a size 8, so I’ve selected alternatives in the widget) | Reiss pinstipe trousers (old, similar) | navy turtle neck from TKMaxx (similar) | sunglasses from Asos (old) | zip off clutch from the Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag

Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut Emile Vidal Carr yellow Ellis coat Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag zip off clutch

Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut Emile Vidal Carr Ellis coat

Rewind to the day I bought the coat…

It was a beautiful warm Spring day and I was actually the first to arrive…Jacynth’s dad was still vacuuming! Its not like me to be early! Jacynth welcomed me into the beautiful family home in Lewisham and I was introduced to her family, along with Joanna Zara who makes the most fabulous hats and headpieces (see her Instagram here).

What I love most about blogger meet ups and press events is that you never know who you’re going to bump into.

Before long more people arrived, including a familiar face…Jacqueline of Petite Silver Vixen blog! We first met at the 3040 Blogger Meet almost a year earlier, and we hit it off straight away. It was so lovely to see Jacqueline again – in fact after we left Jacynth’s we went for a cheeky glass of wine at Waterloo station before I got my train back to Cheshire. 😉 What I love most about blogger meet ups and press events is that you never know who you’re going to bump into.

The online boutique sources the most stylish, contemporary labels made to high manufacturing and ethical standards.

Below are a few photos of the clothes and accessories available at The Bias Cut.  Although only in her 20s, Jacynth was inspired to start the company, which celebrates style at any age, because of her mum’s frustration with clothes shopping. The Bias Cut’s mission is to tackle ageism and offer women of all ages beautiful and modern pieces. The online boutique sources the most stylish, contemporary labels made to high manufacturing and ethical standards. You can read more about The Bias Cut here, and some of you may already be members of Jacynth’s Facebook group Ageism Is Never In Style.

Do you think brands are catering for 40+ women better now, or do you think there’s still a long way to go? I’d love to hear what you think. It’s link up day so please share your fabulous outfits!

Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut shoe and bag display

leopard print fox bag

Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut shoe and jewellery display

 

Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut clothes rail

Bright Yellow Coat and Meeting Jacynth from The Bias Cut Emma, Jacqueline and Jacynth

Photo courtesy of Petite Silver Vixen

Last week’s favourites were…

Jacqui of Mumma B Stylish in a lovely lemon and grey outfit, Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style in a pair of gorgeous checked trousers paired with burgundy, and Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots in her fantastic foxy Halloween costume!


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Checked Coat and Wide Brim Hat for a Walk in the Forest + Link Up

Another busy week has just flown by and already it’s the last day of October! Last week was half term and my husband’s 50th birthday. For the last few years we’ve been abroad for October half term but my husband couldn’t get the time off work this year so we celebrated his half century with a meal out at our favourite pub.

It’s easy to feel a bit hemmed in when the nights start drawing in so we made the most of the Autumn sunshine by going for a walk. Isobel wanted to go for a bike ride so we drove up to Delamere Forest for some fresh air and exercise.

Although it was sunny there was a chill in the air, but wearing this checked coat and wide brim hat for a walk in the forest turned out to be the perfect combination.

In my previous post I mentioned how I’d been packing away the Summer clothes and rediscovering my Winter wardrobe. As well as those leopard print boots I also unearthed this checked coat which I bought on eBay a couple of years ago. Check, plaid and houndstooth is very on trend this season so I was very happy when I remembered I’d got this coat. Sometimes you just need to shop your closet!  Although it was sunny there was a chill in the air, but wearing this checked coat and wide brim hat for a walk in the forest turned out to be the perfect combination.

Checked Coat and Wide Brim Hat for a Walk in the Forest

 

I’m a big believer in using hats to balance the proportions of an outfit.

Over the last couple of years I’ve become a big fan of hats. For me they serve several purposes: they stop my hair blowing in my eyes, they keep my head warm and the sun off my eyes, and of course they look incredibly stylish. I’m a big believer in using hats to balance the proportions of an outfit. I have fedoras and wide brim floppy hats in a variety of colours so I’ve usually got one to match whatever outfit I’m wearing. In this instance I matched my hat to the burgundy trim and buttons on the coat. The underside of the coat collar is burgundy velvet – I love details like that. My Paul Costelloe bag completed the look.

Checked Coat and Wide Brim Hat for a Walk in the Forest

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Checked Coat and Wide Brim Hat for a Walk in the Forest

My feet are giving me more and more problems lately so wearing shoes like FitFlops that have adequate arch support is essential.

A walk in the forest requires sturdy footwear and there’s nothing more comfortable than FitFlops. I live in the sandals over the Summer so I was overjoyed to find these boots on sale for just £15 a couple of years ago. They have a fleece lining which keeps my feet warm even in the coldest weather, and they are comfortable enough to run in. My feet are giving me more and more problems lately so wearing shoes like fitFlops that have adequate arch support is essential.

Checked Coat and Wide Brim Hat for a Walk in the Forest

The back of the coat has a lovely ruffle design. It does add volume to my lower half but I’m willing to make that sacrifice for an unusual feature.

Checked Coat and Wide Brim Hat for a Walk in the Forest

Finally, I had to show you my fantastic fox jumper! I’ve been desperately trying to get my hands on a fox sweater for ages and a few weeks ago I found this one on eBay. This outfit features four eBay bargains: coat, hat, jumper and bag. I also bought a badger motif jumper from Asos that I’ll be showing you soon!

Have you scored any eBay or charity shop bargains lately? It’s link up day so please do share what you’ve been wearing!

Checked Coat and Wide Brim Hat for a Walk in the Forest Joules fox jumper

Ronit Zilkha coat (from eBay, similar) | Joules fox jumper (from eBay, similar) | Gap jeans | FitFlop boots (similar style) | Paul Costelloe bag (from eBay, similar) | hat from eBay (similar) | ring from Pia | earrings c/o LOTD (first seen here) | Pucci sunglasses (similar)

Last week’s favourites were…

Nina of Sharing a Journey in a super stylish outfit for sightseeing, Ruth of My Little Nest wearing a gorgeous orange lace dress, and Suzy Turner rocking camo print and sequins!


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