Classic navy trousers and sweater with a red coat

During my recent Asos shopping spree when I bought the multi-coloured faux fur coat, I did purchase something a little more “sensible” too. Straight or flared leg trousers are wardrobe essentials for me. I have lots of cropped peg leg trousers, which are great for Summer, but not brilliant for colder weather, unless you wear with sock boots.

I teamed these classic navy trousers and sweater with a red coat for a simple two-colour outfit.

I’d had my eye on these Finery flared trousers for a while and was contemplating ordering them from their website. They were reduced to £44, but then I found them at Asos marked down to £32. Well, at less than half price I had to order them. I have a few pieces from Finery (including this shirt dress) and have always been very impressed with the quality.

I teamed these classic navy trousers and sweater with a red coat for a simple two-colour outfit. Often I prefer to add a third colour, but I didn’t want to dilute the impact of the navy and red. The flared sleeves of the jumper have black edging and the earring tassels are also black, so strictly speaking there is a third colour, not that you’d notice immediately.

Classic navy trousers and sweater with a red coat

This a typical work outfit for me: comfortable, stylish and warm. I usually wear a baker boy cap because it’s so windy where I work that an umbrella isn’t an option. They’re easy to carry in my bag and pop on when I’m going outside. But I think a wide brim hat looks better with this outfit, balancing out the flared trousers. I may wear hats less frequently when I’ve had my hair cut on Thursday…seriously, I’m counting the hours! I’ll be heading down to stay with my mum for a few days and let my regular hairdresser pick the bones out of the mess caused by my straighteners. I’m at the point where I don’t care about having it chopped off, I just want the damaged hair gone. Watch this space!

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Classic navy trousers and sweater with a red coat

Classic navy trousers and sweater with a red coat

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Classic navy trousers and sweater with a red coat

Classic navy trousers and sweater with a red coat

Classic navy trousers and sweater with a red coat, Laura Ashley navy tassel bag

Navy Warehouse pointelle jumper

Finery navy trousers, Warehouse pointelle sweater, Laura Ashley navy tassel bag

Finery navy trousers, Warehouse pointelle sweater, Laura Ashley navy tassel bag

Finery trousers ( now reduced to £32) | Warehouse jumper (similar) | Laura Ashley bag (similar) | Wallis red coat (old, similar) Zara hat (similar) | Marks & Spencer ankle boots (similar) | Dark Horse Ornament earrings (from the-Bias-Cut.com)

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Terri of MeadowTree Style, Darlene of Aquamarina Style and Alicia of Between the Pearls!

 

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Valentine's lunch date outfits, Asos faux fur coat, V by Very straight leg men's jeans

One benefit of working in the same place as Pete is that we regularly get to meet for coffee or have lunch together. If we didn’t make the most of these opportunities we’d see each other a lot less with us both working shifts. Occassionally we get to car share too, which keeps travel costs down and helps the environment: win win! It also means I can pester him to take photos 😉 As it’s a special occasion I persuaded him to feature in this Valentine’s lunch date outfits post.

With Valentine’s Day falling in the week it makes more sense to make a lunch date of it.

We rarely go out in the evening due to working patterns and childcare. But to be honest, I prefer to go out for lunch because I’m usually too tired to out at night (I know, I’m a party pooper!). With Valentine’s Day falling in the week it makes more sense to make a lunch date of it.  Luckily we have plenty of options close by work that cater for both our preferences…I’ve sussed out most of them for the vegan options 😉

Valentine's lunch date outfits, V by Very straight leg men's jeans

Pete isn’t one for dressing up (he won’t mind me saying that!) so he usually wears jeans and trainers for work. Thankfully there’s no dress code so we can wear whatever we want. He did make the effort with his footwear though and wore shoes for a change. Pete doesn’t like to spend a lot of money on clothes (ahem, unlike me!) so finding good quality jeans at a reasonable price point is important. These V by Very straight fit jeans are great value for only £35. They contain 2% elastane, making them really comfortable, especially when you’re sitting for most of the day. The only improvement would be to make the belt loop a little wider as it doesn’t seem to be a standard fit. As well as their own range of denim, Very also sell classic names like Levi’s and Wrangler.

Valentine's lunch date outfits, Asos faux fur coat

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The statement coat

Working a ten hour shift means I also have to dress comfortably, and it doesn’t get more comfy than a jumper dress. Teamed with thick tights and long boots, it also makes for a warm and cosy outfit, if a little bland…which is where a statement coat proves invaluable. You can put a coat like this on over the plainest outfit and still feel fabulous. To be honest, when I saw this faux fur coat online I wasn’t totally convinced. I’d been deliberating over several in the Asos sale, but I was drawn to the mix of colours and textures in this one. Once I put it on I was completely smitten! It’s one of those items of clothing that instantly lifts my mood and just makes me feel good. That’s how all clothes should be in my opinion! All hail the statement coat!

Are you going anywhere to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Do you have a special oufit for the occasion?

Valentine's lunch date outfits, Asos faux fur coat, Jennifer Hamley Model KT aubergine laptop bag

Valentine's lunch date outfits, V by Very straight leg men's jeans

Valentine's lunch date outfits, Asos faux fur coat

Asos faux fur coat | River Island jumper dress (similar) | Jennifer Hamley Model KT bag

Valentine's lunch date outfits, V by Very straight leg men's jeans

Valentine's lunch date outfits, Asos faux fur coat

Valentine's lunch date outfits, V by Very straight leg men's jeans

Valentine's lunch date outfits, V by Very straight leg men's jeans

V by Very jeans c/o | Berghaus fleece (previously seen here)

 

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French Connection Tartan jacket and check ankle boots

Where did the weekend go? I think I blinked and missed it. But then most weekends pass by in a flash when I’m not working. It was certainly busy, mostly due to taking Isobel to various activities. Plus she had her friend round for a sleepover…midnight feasts, making slime, you know how it goes! I remember how much fun it was having sleepovers at that age; now I have fun with fashion rather than staying up late and having pillow fights!

I certainly found a bargain with this French Connection tartan jacket…it cost all of £5, plus the postage was free too!

I’ve always loved a charity shop or eBay bargain, but I’m now trying harder than ever to make more environmentally friendly purchases. Of course, I’m still partial to a little Asos spree once in a while, but I’m thoroughly enjoying buying preloved clothes. Bagging a bargain and being eco-friendly is a winning combination. I certainly found a bargain with this French Connection tartan jacket…it cost all of £5, plus the postage was free too!

French Connection Tartan jacket and check ankle boots

My attention turned towards tartan while thinking about what to wear for the Match Made in Seven punk theme. A few months before, I’d had my eye on a tartan biker jacket on eBay, but I didn’t get round to buying it…and then it sold. So when Nancy announced punk as the group’s first theme I was kicking myself for not snapping it up. I looked for a tartan A line skirt instead but couldn’t find one in time. In the end I wore a Sex Pistols T-shirt, leather skirt and biker boots. But once I get an idea in my head I have to see it through, so I carried on searching.

I really like the unusual mix of orange, dark red, grey and black.

As luck would have it I found this French Connection tartan biker jacket with a starting bid of just a fiver. Nobody else bid on it so it was mine! I really like the unusual mix of orange, dark red, grey and black. It pairs well with my the check print ankle boots I bought in the January sales, and I had the perfect matching accessories with the orange bag, earrings and bracelet.  I think tartan/plaid might be my latest obsession!

Thanks so much for all of your kind comments about the theft of my foxy friends, I really appreciate every one of them. Still no news I’m afraid, but we’re trying to stay hopeful.

French Connection Tartan jacket and check ankle boots, Tibi black trousers

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River Island check boots

French Connection Tartan jacket, orange bag

French Connection Tartan jacket, Mango orange resin earrings

French Connection Tartan jacket, Mango orange resin earrings

Tartan jacket and check ankle boots

French Connection jacket (from eBay, similar) | Tibi trousers (old, similar) | River Island boots (similar) | Zara hat (old, similar) | Alexia bag (old, similar) | Mango earrings and bracelet

 

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Pale Blue and Shades of Pink, Fabienne Chapot blue hat

Life lately

Well the last few days haven’t been the best. Some of you may have seen on Facebook that the animal sanctuary where I volunteer was broken into at the weekend and two of the tame foxes stolen. This has left all of the staff there totally devastated. Alice and Rift are the sweetest little foxes and completely trusting of humans. I’m heartbroken to think that trust has been betrayed by hideous people who mean to do them harm. Their appearance on BBC’s Countryfile on Sunday evening made for bittersweet viewing. I’ve been totally absorbed by trying to spread the word and help to get them back, but I fear that won’t happen. I can’t go into the possible reasons someone would steal foxes here on the blog, but let’s just say it doesn’t look good.

The outfit

I haven’t really felt like putting on nice clothes and smiling for the camera, but life must go on. Do you remember when I featured the hot pink Fabienne Chapot hat? Well this is the pale blue version. It may be my imagination but it feels a tad smaller than the pink one. I thought about teaming it with a brown coat, but then I remembered I had this blue coat that’s a near perfect shade match. It’s been ages since I last wore it – almost four years to the day in fact! The length and fit means it’s not as versatile as some of my other coats. Also, pale blue isn’t a colour I wear often; I usually opt for warm shades as they look better against my complexion.

Pale Blue and Shades of Pink, Fabienne Chapot blue hat

Teaming the pale blue with shades of pink helps to warm it up a bit and prevent it from washing me out.

This outfit reminded me of when Rose Quartz and Serenity were the Pantone colours of the year. Teaming the pale blue with shades of pink helps to warm it up a bit and prevent it from washing me out. I didn’t have a pale blue or pink skirt that would work with the coat so I pulled this old navy one from storage. I used to wear it lots with navy tights and boots, but it’s been relegated to a suitcase since moving house. To give it a new lease of life and some contrast against the pale blue, I opted for dark pink tights and satin sock boots. The collarless coat has a zipper rather than buttons, so the faux fur scarf prevents it from looking too blocky. I added some pink and blue jewellery, plus fun pink sunglasses to complete the look.

Are you drawn more towards cool or warm colours? How do you make colours work for you when they aren’t ideal for your compexion?

Pale Blue and Shades of Pink, Fabienne Chapot blue hat

pink enamel flower ring, Skinny Dip pink faux fur scarf

Pale Blue and Shades of Pink, Fabienne Chapot blue hat

J by Jasper Conran pink tote bag

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pink enamel flower ring

Pale Blue and Shades of Pink, Fabienne Chapot blue hat

Pale Blue and Shades of Pink, Fabienne Chapot blue hat

Wallis coat (old, similar) | Fabienne Chapot hat (similar) | M&S boots (similar) | Jasper Conran bag (old, from Debenhams, similar) | Skinny Dip scarf (similar) | Azuni earrings (similar) | ring from charity shop

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Cheryl of Cheryl Shops, Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots and Nailil of Thirty Minus One!

 

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Match Made in Seven: Punk, Sex Pistols T-shirt

Welcome to the monthly edition of Match Made in Seven! We are a international group of fashion bloggers who meet once a month. One of us chooses a theme in turn, and that can be anything. A book, music, a color, a movie. And then we style an outfit based on that theme. The theme of this month is chosen by Nancy and is: punk. Also take a look at the other bloggers how they have interpreted the theme this month.

Match Made in Seven: Punk, Sex Pistols T-shirt

As a rock chick I thought a punk-inspired look would be a breeze, but it wasn’t as easy as I’d anticipated!

When Nancy emailed to say she’d chosen punk as the group’s first theme I was really pleased. As a rock chick I thought a punk-inspired look would be a breeze, but it wasn’t as easy as I’d anticipated! My initial thought was to add some tartan into my outfit, but I don’t have much of it in my wardrobe. I tried to find a mini skirt so that I could wear it with tights and these biker boots, but tartan skirts are really hard to find, especially in traditional red tartan.

A few months ago I almost bought a tartan bomber jacket on eBay but someone beat me to it (I hate it when that happens!). So instead I settled for a tailored jacket that wasn’t quite what I’d hoped for in terms of fabric quality and fit.

A Sex Pistols T-shirt was included on that list of what not to wear, and being a die-hard rebel, I immediately bought one.

I had a look in some charity shops for a skirt, but to no avail, so I had to rethink my outfit. I cast my mind back to the late 70s for some inspiration. Although I was only a child then, my brother is 11 years older than me and was a big Sex Pistols fan, so the music and fashion of that time made quite an impact on me. He had a Never Mind the B@ll@cks T-shirt back then, in fact it wouldn’t surprise me if he still has it now!

But I bought mine more recently. My prompt was an article telling women what they shouldn’t wear over the age of 40, and it was quite an extensive list. A Sex Pistols T-shirt was included on that list of what not to wear, and being a die-hard rebel, I immediately bought one. Tell me I can’t do something and I’ll do it twice just to prove a point! So two and half years after it’s debut on the blog, it was time for another outing.

Match Made in Seven: Punk, Sex Pistols T-shirt

This time I teamed it with an old leather skirt and my new faux leather biker boots. They are definitely the most practical footwear for the snowy weather, but they are very squeaky! I hope that fades when I’ve worn them in because you can hear me coming down the corridor at work in them! Not that I’d wear this outfit to work; I probably could without anyone batting an eyelid because pretty much anything goes, but best not to on the days I’m working in children’s TV!

The Modalu satchel was a total bargain – I paid about £15 for it on eBay…and it was new!

To toughen up the look I added more studs and spikes. My Merle O’Grady ring is one of my favourite pieces of jewellery. I coveted it for a long time before it went on sale and I snapped it up. I do have to be careful when I’m wearing it though…it could be used as a weapon! Maybe that’s why I like it 😉 The Modalu satchel was a total bargain – I paid about £15 for it on eBay…and it was new!

Match Made in Seven: Punk, Modalu satchel Merle O'Grady spike ring

Match Made in Seven: Punk, Sex Pistols T-shirt, Modalu satchel

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Match Made in Seven: Punk, PrettyLittleThing studded biker boots

Match Made in Seven: Punk, Sex Pistols T-shirt

Match Made in Seven: Punk, Sex Pistols T-shirt, Modalu satchel

Skirt: Peridot (old, similar) | T-shirt from eBay (similar) | PrettyLittleThing boots | Modalu bag (from eBay, similar)

So that’s the first installment from the new Match Made in Seven collective. Don’t forget to check out how the other ladies in the group have interpreted this theme!

Debbie of https://www.debbiestyleslife.com/

Darlene of https://aquamarinastyle.com/

Sonja of https://www.yustsome.nl/

Bettye of https://fashionschlub.com/

Anna of https://www.muttonstyle.com/

Nancy of https://www.nancysfashionstyle.com

 

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