Have you ever instantly fallen in love with a piece of clothing only to find it’s beyond your budget? It happens to me quite a lot. If it’s too pricey to even contemplate buying it sort of makes it easier, but when it’s just out of reach it makes it all the more tantalising. That was the case when I first saw this Scotch & Soda snow leopard trouser suit. I cooed over the jacket when I went to the-Bias-Cut.com pop up shop in London a couple of months ago. At over £200 I just couldn’t stretch to it, especially as I had to have the Pom bugs jacket too!

I ordered both the jacket and trousers in a size medium – the jacket fit fine, but the trousers were huge around the waist.

But then I had a sales alert email from Scotch & Soda, and to my delight this snow leopard trouser suit was heavily discounted. So of course I had to order it 😉 Thankfully I had some Christmas money from my family which covered most of the cost. I ordered both the jacket and trousers in a size medium – the jacket fit fine, but the trousers were huge around the waist. I was quite annoyed because I’d been looking forward to wearing them so much. The size guide states that a medium has a 29in waist, but there was room in them for a six month pregnancy bump! (I wish I’d taken a photo to show you.)

Sizing issues

So I had to return them (which cost £7.50 *sigh*) and order the small. And even those are a bit too big on the waist (as you can see in the photo above). But the XS are now sold out and they’d probably be too tight on the thighs anyway. I just don’t understand the proportions Scotch & Soda work to. I may get them altered (if that’s possible) because I really don’t want to return them. It’s a pity they don’t have an adjustable waistband like kids’ trousers!

What I love about suits and co-ords is the ability to create multiple outfits with them.

Anyway, sizing issues aside, I do love this snow leopard trouser suit. The quality is great, just as I expected. Having modelled several items from Scotch & Soda for Jacynth in September I was confident this suit would be a great investment piece. What I love about suits and co-ords is the ability to create multiple outfits with them. Just as I broke up the mustard skirt co-ord by wearing the top with red jeans and a check jacket, I’ll wear this suit as separates too.

Teaming a statement jacket with jeans and trainers instantly adds polish. Swap the trainers for heels and you’ve got a chic outfit for an evening out. Wearing the jacket and trousers together does make quite a bold statement…I’m not sure my husband is that keen going by the “fancy dress” remark he made. But I think you just have to wear what you want and feel good in. That said, there’ll be occasions when I wear the trousers with a jumper or plain t-shirt for a more subtle look. I may even add a camel or burnt orange blazer to pick out the colours in the print.

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Since I bought this suit, the jacket has gone on sale at the-Bias-Cut.com – it’s now reduced to £145. But if you want it you’ll have to be quick as there’s only one left in each size (apart from medium, which is sold out). I’ve added a link to Bloomingdales in the widget for anyone in the U.S who wants the medium. The trousers are available from the Scotch & Soda website in a XL only, but for some reason ShopStyle isn’t showing the sale price, so although it says they’re £124.95, when you click through they’re actually only £62.

Do check out the sale at the-Bias-Cut.com as there are some fabulous bargains waiting to be snapped up!

Last week’s favourites were…

Hilda Of Over the Hilda, Ruth of My Little Nest and Linda of A Labour of Life!

 

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Bright green coat with red accessories Per Una green coat, Zara multiway bag

Until recently, I couldn’t have worn a bright green coat with red accessories. This colour combination just seemed too Christmassy, which in my mind was bad enough at Christmas. But wearing it just after Christmas was unthinkable. You might be wondering then what brought about this change of heart…it had to be another blogger of course! When I saw Sharon of Best Before End Date rocking a green coat with red boots and tassel earrings it was a game changer.

It’s exactly the shade of green I wanted, and as it’s not too heavy I can wear it in Spring when I’ll team it with pastel shades.

I love bright green – not only is it a great colour for redheads, but it seems to have a calming, balancing effect on my mood. At this time of year I think it’s important to wear colour because the days are so dull and dreary. Setting my sights on adding a green coat to my collection I started browsing eBay, and found this one from M&S for about £20. It’s exactly the shade of green I wanted, and as it’s not too heavy I can wear it in Spring when I’ll team it with pastel shades.

Bright green coat with red accessories Per Una green coat, Zara multiway bag

As red is my favourite colour I had plenty of accessories to style the coat with. The Zara multiway bag has proved to be so useful – as a crossbody, belt bag and as a clutch. The coat is collarless so I picked out a fun scarf that my stepmother gave to me several years ago. I added the red hat out of necessity as much as for style because it was raining. A couple of beaded bracelets, a red stone ring and my red heart tassel earrings (from the-Bias-Cut.com) finished off the look.

Do you like this colour combination? Would you wear green and red together?

Bright green coat with red accessories Per Una green coat, Zara multiway bag

Bright green coat with red accessories Per Una green coat, Zara multiway bag

Bright green coat with red accessories Per Una green coat

Bright green coat with red accessories Per Una green coat, Zara multiway bag

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Bright green coat with red accessories Per Una green coat, Zara multiway bag

Bright green coat with red accessories Per Una green coat

Bright green coat with red accessories Per Una green coat, Zara multiway bag

Bright green coat with red accessories Per Una green coat, Zara multiway bag

Per Una coat (from eBay, similar) | Frontrow coated jeans | Zara multiway bag (similar) | Hat from eBay (similar) | Warehouse black sweater | M&S ankle boots (similar) | scarf – gift from stepmother (similar)

 

I’m through to the UK Blog Awards Finals!

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who voted for me in the UK Blog Awards! I really didn’t think I’d make it through to the finals, so it was a huge surprise to get the email telling me the good news! It was just what I needed to shake me out of the January blues, so thank you very much for your votes and all the kind messages on Facebook 🙂

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Lindsay of Small City StyleCheryl Shops and Johanna Grange!

 

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Bonmarche Green zebra print tunic jumper

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fantastic New Year’s Eve. I spent yesterday recovering from a very late night and a few glasses of wine 😉 I’ve caught up on my sleep and now feel almost back to normal. I just need to take the Christmas decorations down now.

My Instagram win tunic jumper

In the run up to Christmas I took part in a few Instagram giveaways and won this green zebra print tunic jumper from Bonmarche! It’s from the new Join Us range of knitwear featuring jumpers, cardigans and coatigans. I was invited to select an item from the collection, and this zebra print tunic really caught my eye. It’s also available in other colours, but I particularly love this bright green version.

Bonmarche Green zebra print tunic jumper

In terms of fit it could be better. I’d have liked it to be a couple of inches longer and not so wide on the hips. This is a S/M and it’s quite baggy. The only review of it on the website also says it’s too big. Maybe a wash and drip dry will improve the fit. On the plus side though, it’s a lovely soft yarn and the cowl neck can be pulled down to wear off the shoulder.

I’ve worn it over tights, but it would look great over leggings or jeans too. If I wear it with tights again I’ll choose some thicker ones because the tunic is just a bit too short for sheer tights (well for me anyway). I decided on the long boots because my legs felt a bit exposed (and cold!) but I did have fun trying ankle boots in various colours with it.

The faux fur backpack was a Christmas present from my husband; I saw it in TKMaxx when we went to Nottingham for a work reunion and he offered to buy it straight away…and I thought I already had too many bags! I’ll never say no to another one 😉

Bonmarche Green zebra print tunic jumper

Bonmarche Green zebra print tunic jumper, faux fur backpack

Bonmarche Green zebra print tunic jumper, faux fur backpack

Bonmarche Green zebra print tunic jumper

I picked up these green and gold earrings in Tesco when I was doing some last minute Christmas shopping. They were reduced from £8 to £3! They match the jumper perfectly 🙂

I had to wear a hat because my hair is not behaving at all since I had it cut last week. The air must be very dry because it’s full of static and a nightmare to style. Luckily I’ve got plenty of hats to cope with bad hair days!

How’s the new year started off for you? Are you raring to go or still recovering from the celebrations?

Bonmarche Green zebra print tunic jumper, faux fur backpack

Bonmarche Green zebra print tunic jumper

BonmarcheGreen zebra print tunic jumper, faux fur backpack

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Bonmarche Green zebra print tunic jumper, faux fur backpack

Bonmarche Green zebra print tunic jumper, faux fur backpack

Bonmarche tunic jumper | backback from TKMaxx | H! by Henry Holland hat (old, from Debenhams) | earrings from Tesco | bracelet from a charity shop | Kenneth Jay Lane ring

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Debbie of Fashion Fairy Dust, Tina of Tina’s Pink Friday and Edwige of Hypnoz Glam!

 


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Sequin in the New Year with the Style Not Age collective, sequin jacket, River Island sequin boots

Are you ready to sequin in the New Year with the Style Not Age collective?

Hello everyone! How are your preparations for New Year going? Are you ready to sequin in the New Year with the Style Not Age collective? We’re hosting a little party at home for friends; I still haven’t decided on what to wear yet, but this outfit is definitely in contention. It was my turn to choose the theme this month and it just had to be something sparkly.

I had numerous outfit options for this challenge – I’ve got four sequin skirts for starters. But I wanted something a bit more funky for New Year’s Eve, and it doesn’t get more disco than these sequin boots! I bought them in the River Island sale last Winter but haven’t worn them until now. Not content with one set of sparkles, I layered my sequin jacket over a plain black top. As I said in yesterday’s post, less is never more in my book!

I wore the jacket for a Christmas outfit three years ago, but with the more understated combination of boyfriend jeans and black heels. This time I felt like taking it up a notch by swapping blue denim for coated skinny jeans – the same ones I wore in Tuesday’s post.

Sequin in the New Year with the Style Not Age collective, sequin jacket, River Island sequin boots

Sequin in the New Year with the Style Not Age collective, sequin jacket, River Island sequin boots

Sequin in the New Year with the Style Not Age collective, sequin jacket, River Island sequin boots

While I’m not expecting it to be sunny on New Year’s Eve (certainly not after 3pm!) I added these silver glittery sunglasses for a bit of fun. They’re a bit too big and crazy for everyday wear, but I love having fun with accessories on the blog. Maybe I could get away with wearing them out with a plain black outfit. I’m betting my husband would make plenty of Dame Edna jokes though!

Sequin in the New Year with the Style Not Age collective, sequin jacket, River Island sequin boots

Sequin in the New Year with the Style Not Age collective,River Island sequin boots

Sequin in the New Year with the Style Not Age collective, sequin jacket, River Island sequin boots

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Sequin in the New Year with the Style Not Age collective, sequin jacket,

Sequin in the New Year with the Style Not Age collective, sequin jacket, River Island sequin boots

Next sequin jacket (old) | River Island boots (last Winter’s) | Frontrow skinny jeans (from Silkfred) | River Island sunglasses | ring from a charity shop | River Island faux fur bag (belt bag used as a clutch)

Now onto Jacqui, Hilda and Anna’s sparkly outfits!

Jacqui is wearing a fabulous sequin top from Oasis…what a lovely Christmas gift! Head over to Mummabstylish to see more!

Hilda’s dress is simply stunning…doesn’t she look amazing? I love the slits in the sleeves, and the shoes are so elegant. Read the full story at Over the Hilda.

Anna has paired sequins with faux fur…what a super combination! Pop over to Anna’s Island Style for all the details!

So that’s a wrap for 2018! I hope you’ve enjoyed our sparkly outfits. The Style With a Smile link up will be live on Wednesday – a day later than usual as I’ve already posted two days in a row…and I might need to recover tomorrow 😉

Wishing you a very Happy New Year, and thanks so much for all the support you’ve given me over the year, I really do appreciate it! See you next year!

 

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Leopard print pussy bow blouse and coated skinny jeans

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas Day! I had a relaxing day at home with the family, inlcuding my mum and mother-in-law. Isobel woke us up at 6am so I had to have a couple of little naps throughout the day! After a big sleep last night I think I’m just about recovered from the excitement and rushing around. I did a five-hour round trip on Christmas Eve to fetch my mum, so I was in need of a lazy day.

Even though I already have a pair of black coated skinny jeans…I figured it wouldn’t hurt to have a back up pair.

Today I’m sharing a couple of recent purchases from Silkfred…Christmas presents to myself 😉 I can’t even remember why I visited the website, but I was instantly drawn to this leopard print pussy bow blouse and coated skinny jeans. Even though I already have a pair of black coated skinny jeans from Mango, I love them so much that I figured it wouldn’t hurt to have a back up pair. These from Frontrow did not disappoint; the fit is great, and they’re a bit shinier than my Mango jeans so they feel dressier. They have just the right amount of stretch and the length is spot on for me…I don’t like having to roll them up with heels.

Leopard print pussy bow blouse, Ottoman Hands wire through earrings

I did wonder if this top might be a bit too voluminous, but the elasticated waist and cuffs give it definition…and the best thing is it doesn’t crease.

Pussy bow blouses seem to be quite popular at the moment, but I’ve long been a fan of them. They look really elegant and work well with both pencil skirts and jeans. I did wonder if this top might be a bit too voluminous, but the elasticated waist and cuffs give it definition…and the best thing is it doesn’t crease. It looked freshly ironed straight out of the parcel. I chose leopard print heels to match the blouse and a red clutch (which is actually the Zara multiway bag) for a dash of colour.

Christmas gift earrings from one of my favourite jewellery brands

I added my bold lion doorknocker ring and new earrings from Ottoman Hands, which were a Christmas gift from my husband ( I chose them myself). Ottoman Hands is one of my favourite jewellery brands and I have quite a few pieces in my collection now. I’m not sure if I was wearing them correctly though because they kept spinning around so that the amethyst was facing inwards. I’ll have to experiment with them to get it right!

This week’s Style With a Smile link up is a day later than usual with yesterday being Christmas Day. Next week’s will also be on Wednesday as it’s New Year’s Day. Monday is the Style Not Age collective’s last collaboration of the year…it’s going to be a good one!

What did Santa bring you? Did you get lots of lovely gifts?

Leopard print pussy bow blouse and coated skinny jeans

Leopard print pussy bow blouse and coated skinny jeans

Leopard print pussy bow blouse and coated skinny jeans, Zara red multiway bag

Leopard print pussy bow blouse and coated skinny jeans, Zara red multiway bag

leopard print court shoes

Leopard print pussy bow blouse and coated skinny jeans, Zara red multiway bag

Ottoman Hands Vinyl amethyst Wire Through Earrings

Leopard print pussy bow blouse and coated skinny jeans, Zara red multiway bag

Lilah Rose pussy bow blouse and Frontrow wax coated jeans from Silkfred | New Look shoes (old, similar) | Kenneth Jay Lane ring (similar) | Ottoman Hands amethyst earrings (sold out but labradorite version still available) | Zara multiway bag used as a clutch (similar)

 

Last week’s favourties were…

Yvonne of Funky Forty, Laurie of Vanity & Me and Laura of I Do deClaire!

 

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