Leopard Print Boots and a Peplum Skirt

Well that’s British Summer Time done for another year, sigh. Did you all enjoy the extra hour in bed? On second thoughts maybe it’s best not to answer that! ūüėČ I can’t pretend I like the long dark evenings and shorter days, which make doing blog photos so much more difficult. There are a few benefits to the colder months I suppose: smart coats, chunky sweaters and long boots.

Amongst the rediscovered seasonal lovelies were these fabulous leopard print boots and a peplum skirt from Zara.

This last week I’ve been packing away most of my Summer clothes and reawakening the Winter¬†wardrobe. Amongst the rediscovered seasonal lovelies¬†were these fabulous leopard print boots and a peplum skirt from Zara. I’ve had both the skirt and boots for several years (I first wore the boots on the blog¬†here). However, the prize for oldest garment in this outfit goes to the top, which I reckon I bought about 17 years ago. The label says it’s from Etam, which¬†disappeared from the UK high street in 2005!

Leopard Print Boots and a Peplum Skirt

Of course, I still like to add a few new on trend pieces to my wardrobe each season, but classic black and leopard print never go out of fashion.

In fact, nothing in this outfit is remotely new; that’s the joy of these twice-yearly seasonal changeovers. You get the excitement of finding “new” things without¬†the spends. Of course, I still like to¬†add a few new on trend pieces to my wardrobe each season, but classic black and leopard print never go out of fashion.

leopard print clutch bag Kenneth Jay Lane lion ring

Leopard Print Boots and a Peplum Skirt

I can’t remember exactly how much I paid for these boots, but they weren’t expensive – around ¬£30/¬£40 I think. Looking at comparable boots I reckon I got a good deal! Time and again, eBay comes up trumps for unusual pieces at bargain prices.

Leopard Print Boots and a Peplum Skirt

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Leopard Print Boots and a Peplum Skirt

The faux leather peplum elevates the pencil skirt and gives it a sassy edge.¬†A simple and streamlined top is all it requires. Instead of a necklace I chose a pair of big earrings, which are a bit hidden under my hair. I’m enjoying substituting a statement necklace for earrings, and there’s so much choice at the moment. I’ve just ordered a couple of colourful pairs from eBay. I find earrings work much better for me now my hair is shorter. I added a gold spike bracelet and continued the animal theme with this lion door knocker ring.

Kenneth Jay Lane lion door knocker ring

Leopard Print Boots and a Peplum Skirt

Leopard Print Boots and a Peplum Skirt

Boots (from eBay,¬†similar) | Zara skirt (old,¬†similar) | Dune clutch bag (old, similar¬†here¬†and¬†here) | old top (similar) | Kenneth Jay Lane ring | Asos bracelet (old, similar¬†here¬†and¬†here) | Joe’s sunglasses (similar)

Are you digging out your Winter wardrobe now or is it still warm where you are?

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Red faux fur coat and black coated jeans

I’m sure you all know how much I love red,¬†and it just so happens to be¬†THE colour this season.¬†I already have a couple of red coats, but when I saw this faux fur one on the LOTD website it had to be mine!¬†Last week I¬†chose Lisa of the Sequinist as one of my link up favourites.¬†She was wearing a coat very similar to this, and¬†I was a bit sad when I read that it was sold out. But as if by magic LOTD invited me to choose some things from their website for review…and I found this lookalike ūüôā

I’m looking forward to¬†styling the coat different ways, and experimenting with different colour combinations.

The coat feels heavenly on, it’s the softest faux fur I’ve ever touched. In fact, I think I want to hibernate in it¬†over winter. But then I’d miss out on showing it off. It was hideously windy at the weekend when we took these photos (thanks Storm Brian!) and we were having to dodge the¬†showers. My poor photographer (aka husband) was freezing in his T-shirt while I stayed warm and cosy in my big red coat. I’m looking forward to¬†styling the coat different ways, and experimenting with different colour combinations. However, on a cold and windy day, teaming the red faux fur coat and black coated jeans¬†with boots and a hat seemed the most sensible option.

Red faux fur coat and black coated jeans

Keeping the colour palette simple, I chose my red and black striped bag (the one with the magic two-way sequins, first seen here).

Red faux fur coat and black coated jeans Zara black and red sequin bag

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Red faux fur coat and black coated jeans

This outfit didn’t call for much jewellery so I only added a ring and these deep red tassel earrings. Mmm…I’m thinking that shade would look good on my hair!

red tassel earrings

Red faux fur coat and black coated jeans

The boots

These boots are sooo comfortable! When I first tried them on I honestly didn’t want to take them off. The block¬†heel¬†makes them practical for everyday wear, and the generous width means they won’t rub or pinch. They look and feel like real suede but they are actually faux suede.¬†Although wearing them with jeans seems like the obvious styling option, they’d also look fab with a floral print maxi dress. Scroll down to¬†last week’s favourites and you’ll see what I mean ūüėČ

Truffle black buckle ankle boots

I mentioned in my previous post that I often find¬†heavily discounted items¬†on members only sale sites. These Reiss¬†jeans were one such bargain at around a third of the RRP. I rarely buy jeans online because the fit and size¬†is really hard to get right but I decided to take a gamble. In all honesty, I’m not keen on them: they bag around the knees and they aren’t snug enough on the ankles. They are quite long so I tucked them up at the hem but that didn’t help much. I think my plain Gap skinnies would have worked better. You live and learn, right?

Do you love faux fur? Are you looking for a new Winter coat? If so what’s on your wishlist? It’s link up day so scroll down and share what you’ve been wearing!

 

Red faux fur coat and black coated jeans

Coat*, boots and earrings c/o LOTD (*if your size is sold out, keep checking because stock seems to fluctuate) | Reiss coated jeans  | hat from Debenhams (old, similar) | Zara bag (similar) | Kevia ring (old)

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Jennie from Pocketful of Polka Dots in her gorgeous ruffled sleeve top, Lizzie from Lizzie in Lace in a beautiful floral print maxi dress, and Joi from In My Joi in a fabulous wide-legged jumpsuit!


 

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Pink Culottes and Cold Shoulder Top

It really feels like Autumn is just around the corner now with the evenings drawing in. The main consolation of Summer nearing its end is the sales. Although there’s a lot of tat on the rails, if you have the patience to trawl through them it can pay off. I bought these pink culottes at Marks & Spencer along with the¬†sunshine yellow dress. They were both roughly half price which I was quite happy with…until I went into another M&S store a couple of weeks later and saw the dress reduced to ¬£4.99 and the culottes to ¬£8.49! Don’t you just hate it when that happens? But then I consoled myself with the fact that if I hadn’t bought them when I did I wouldn’t have had them to take to Brittany.

I packed these pink culottes and cold shoulder top because I knew the proportions would work together

Sales frustrations aside, I love these culottes and I know I’ll get plenty of wear from them. The quality is fantastic and they feel much more expensive than even the full price. They make a great alternative to a midi skirt, especially on a breezy day. We took these photos in the ruins of the old church at the end of my dad’s field, which makes a nice change from my back garden. I love doing outfit photos on holiday, but it does require a bit of planning. I packed these pink culottes and cold shoulder top because I knew the proportions would work together (I’ve also worn the top with my metallic culottes).

Pink Culottes and Cold Shoulder Top

I’ve had this top for years, in fact I think I bought¬†it from a Freemans catalogue – that’s going back some! After going out of fashion I stored it away in a suitcase in the loft, but now the cold shoulder trend is back with a vegence and its time has come again! It’s great for taking on holiday because it’s light and doesn’t crease. Plus it goes with almost everything. I added some gold accents with my jewellery¬†and wedge espadrilles, which are also holiday wardrobe go-tos.

As soon as I spotted the bag my heart skipped a beat, especially when I saw it was on sale!

The bag was a holiday treat which I bought on a shopping trip to Paimpol, a lovely little town a short drive from¬†my dad’s. I also bought the jacket I wore in last week’s link up post that afternoon. As soon as I spotted the bag my heart skipped a beat, especially when I saw it was on sale! It cost 44 euros with the discount, which I thought was a bargain. All in all that was a very satisfying shopping trip ūüôā

Do you like to shop the sales early? Or do you wait until the end for big discounts and risk your favourites being sold out? If you have a strategy please do share it! Now it’s time to link up ūüôā

leopard print flapover bag

Pink Culottes and Cold Shoulder Top

Pink Culottes and Cold Shoulder Top

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Pink Culottes and Cold Shoulder Top

Pink Culottes and Cold Shoulder Top

Pink Culottes and Cold Shoulder Top

Pink Culottes and Cold Shoulder Top Jord wood watch

Pink Culottes and Cold Shoulder Top

Pink Culottes and Cold Shoulder Top

Marks & Spencer culottes (sold out, similar here¬†and here) | cold shoulder top (old, similar) | gold espadrilles (similar) | bag from a shop in France (similar) | Joe’s sunglasses (similar) | Jord watch c/o | ring from Pia | necklace and bangle from a charity shop


 

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Smart Casual Menswear at Jacamo

After almost seven years of blogging I’m featuring menswear for the first time! It seemed a little bit strange for me to be taking photos of¬†my husband when it’s always been the other way round. He’s a good sport though and was happy to help me review the smart casual menswear at Jacamo.

Relaxed dressing is the norm in Brittany so the range of smart casual menswear at Jacamo is perfect for this kind of holiday.

We decided to take advantage of the beautiful surroundings around my dad’s house on the north coast of Brittany for the photos. The ruins of the old church are just at the end of his field and provided the perfect setting for both outfit photos and fairy treasure hunts with the little one. Relaxed dressing is the norm¬†in Brittany so the range of smart casual menswear at Jacamo is¬†perfect for this kind of holiday.

As well as their own range Jacamo sells lots of big brands, including some with exclusive sizes.

Denim and chambray shirts are a wardrobe staple for everyone, men and women alike. Interesting details like the floral print section on this short sleeved shirt elevate them beyond a basic utilitarian garment. Who said floral print is just for us ladies? The shirt is a soft cotton fabric, and not too thick. We paired it with some charcoal chinos from the Flintoff by Jacamo range. As well as their own range Jacamo sells lots of big brands, including some with exclusive sizes. These trousers were a little on the big side, but fine with a belt (which was included).

Smart Casual Menswear at Jacamo denim shirt and chinos

Smart Casual Menswear at Jacamo

Smart Casual Menswear at Jacamo denim shirt and chinos

Smart Casual Menswear at Jacamo denim shirt and chinos

For the second outfit we chose a long sleeved chambray shirt and a pair of tobacco coloured chinos. The subtle print and contrast cuffs make this a versatile shirt which would be appropriate for the office or an evening out. Pete wasn’t convinced about the colour of these trousers to start with but with a little persuasion he agreed to try them. I really like the combination of blue and tobacco – it reminds me of the beach.¬†¬†Both pairs of chinos¬†have a little bit of stretch so they are very comfortable. The great thing about Jacamo is the range of sizes and lengths of trousers, plus shoes up to a size 15. It’s all at a very affordable price point too without compromising on quality. BTW, in case you were wondering, that’s not a real meerkat in the background!

If you’re thinking of treating the man in your life to some new clothes it’s definitely worth popping over to the Jacamo website for a look!

Smart Casual Menswear at Jacamo chambray shirt and tobacco chinos

Smart Casual Menswear at Jacamo chambray shirt and tobacco chinos

Trousers and shirts c/o Jacamo, all opinions are completely honest and unbiased.

 

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Gingham Ruffles, Denim and Embroidered Shoes Zara gingham top Marks and Spencer embroidered mules Zara basket bag

You could say I’m fashionably late to the gingham party. In fact, if I’d left it any later everyone would have drunk up and gone home. My procrastinating came to an abrupt end when an email arrived informing me the Zara sale had started. Not only did I order this top, but also the matching skirt, this cute basket bag and several other items I decided I couldn’t live without.

I like the combination of gingham ruffles, denim and embroidered shoes, it brings together several trends in one outfit.

I’m not sure I want to wear the gingham top and skirt together – I think¬†that would risk venturing into Little House on the Prairie territory. But then, when it comes to fashion I’ve learned to never say never to anything. I like the combination of gingham ruffles, denim and embroidered shoes, it brings together several trends in one outfit. Not that I’m a slave to trends, but I like to make them work for me without looking like a fashion victim. The¬†top is quite short so it works better with high waisted trousers.¬†For a dressier option you could swap the jeans for a pair of wide legged trousers in navy or white.

I can’t help thinking that this raffia bucket bag would make a perfect bird’s nest!

Raffia bags are¬†really having a moment, but finding a good quality one that doesn’t cost silly money hasn’t been as easy as I’d expected. When I saw this bucket bag in the Zara sale it went straight into my shopping cart (it’s been reduced further since I bought it…typical!). It’s a good sturdy design with a top handle, as well as a long strap that can be removed. It’s lined with a striped fabric and has a snap fastenening strap over the lid to keep it shut. I can’t help thinking that this raffia bucket bag would make a perfect bird’s nest! Grab it while it’s going cheap (sorry, terrible joke!).

Are you embracing gingham, ruffles, embroidery and raffia bags? Which is your favourite? It’s link up day so scroll down and add your lovely outfits!

Gingham Ruffles, Denim and Embroidered Shoes Zara gingham top Marks and Spencer embroidered mules Zara basket bag

Gingham Ruffles, Denim and Embroidered Shoes Zara gingham top Marks and Spencer embroidered mules Zara basket bag

Gingham Ruffles, Denim and Embroidered Shoes Zara gingham top Zara basket bag

Gingham Ruffles, Denim and Embroidered Shoes Zara gingham top Marks and Spencer embroidered mules Zara basket bag

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Gingham Ruffles, Denim and Embroidered Shoes Marks and Spencer embroidered mules

Gingham Ruffles, Denim and Embroidered Shoes Zara gingham top Marks and Spencer embroidered mules Zara basket bag

Gingham Ruffles, Denim and Embroidered Shoes Marks and Spencer embroidered mules

Gingham Ruffles, Denim and Embroidered Shoes Zara gingham top Marks and Spencer embroidered mules Zara basket bag

Zara top | Gap jeans | M&S mules |Zara raffia bucket bag | Winkwood sunglasses c/o | Les Nereides necklace

 


 

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