Are you ready for the weekend? I’m definitely looking forward to sleeping in after a couple of very early starts and long days this week. I still have a few Christmas gifts to buy so I’ll be trying to finish off my shopping over the weekend. I’ll probably do most of it online because I don’t like crowded shops.

I’d been looking for a mid-length check coat for quite a while, so when I saw this one marked down to half price I snapped it up.

We hear a lot in the news about how online shopping is destroying the high street, but it’s much more convenient to shop from the comfort of your own home than battle through the hordes of shoppers. There are plenty of sales on at the moment too. I bought both my new check coat and embellished sock trainers online. I’d been looking for a mid-length check coat for quite a while, so when I saw this one marked down to half price I snapped it up. I had a Debenhams gift card so it ended up costing me very little, which is even better 🙂

Remember my post about elevating your casual style? These embellished sock trainers are a perfect example of that.

It’s a medium weight fabric so not really warm enough for bitterly cold days. However, the relaxed fit makes it possible to layer a chunky sweater underneath…I’m all about layering at this time of year. The check has red, pinky purple and light brown running through it, which I’ve echoed with my red stripe jumper underneath. My red bag (which you’ve seen many times before) with a fun toucan faux fur pom pom matches perfectly. It’s one of my most-used work bags and goes with so many outfits.

These photos were taken during my lunch break at work…and yes, I am wearing sock trainers. In fact I’m wearing trainers a lot lately and my feet are much happier for it. I know not everyone has the option of wearing jeans and trainers for work, I suppose I’m lucky in that respect. However, while I want to be comfortable, I do like to make an effort with my work outfits. Remember my post about elevating your casual style? These embellished sock trainers are a perfect example of that.

I was so bowled over by the red sock trainers from Zara (which I wore for the Style Not Age October challenge) that I knew I needed some in black too. Zara had sold out in my size, but then I found these embellished trainers at Asos, which I love even more (and they’re cheaper). They do make my feet look huge…but they are huge…these trainers are a size 9! I’m hoping the crisscross jewelled straps will distract attention from my boats and create the illusion of slightly smaller feet. And if they don’t, at least they look pretty!

What are your plans for the weekend? Are you busy in the run up to Christmas or relaxing at home?

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Check coat from Debenhams | Mango coated skinny jeans | Asos embellished sock trainers | Mila Blu bag (similar) | Skinny Dip toucan pom pom

 

 

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Happy Tuesday! I hope your week got off to a good start 🙂 Welcome to the 100th Style With a Smile link up! As this is a milestone link up it seems quite fitting that it’s a special one. The last seven days have been pretty hectic, but in a good way. As I mentioned in Sunday’s post, I’ve been to London twice. On Wednesday I travelled down to the Bias Cut’s pop up shop, where owner Jacynth launched her own collection of cashmere sweaters.

I can never come away from one of Jacynth’s pop up shops empty-handed…show me fabulous clothes and I simply can’t resist!

I’ve been a big fan of the Bias Cut’s ethos and Jacynth’s mission to end ageism in the fashion industry for several years. I was even lucky enough to model the A/W collection for the website a couple of months ago. Jacynth carefully curates the pieces and only selects the most flattering designs made to high ethical standards. I can never come away from one of Jacynth’s pop up shops empty-handed…show me fabulous clothes and I simply can’t resist!

On this occasion I treated myself to something I’d had my eye on since I first saw it online. This gorgeous Pom bugs jacket wasn’t in stock when I modelled some of the A/W collection, but when I saw it on Shirley I was all heart eye emojis! Luckily for me there was one in my size so it was meant to be! I adore the bug embellishments and little tassels. What you can’t see (because I forgot to get a photo of it) is the beautiful lining. I just love everything about this jacket! Sadly it’s now sold out but there are other equally fabulous jackets still available (like this one that I adore!).

My bargain blouse

I teamed my lovely new Pom bugs jacket with skinny glitter jeans and a gorgeous Hawes & Curtis blouse that I found in a charity shop. It must have been my lucky day because I found three of the same design in different prints in my size. The blouses fit perfectly, and best of all…they only cost £3.75 each! What a find! They are fitted at the waist and have a little stretch in the fabric so they’re really comfortable. I’m obsessed with pussy bows at the moment too!

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Pom Amsterdam jacket from the Bias Cut (sold out) | Hawes & Curtis blouse (from a charity shop, similar design) | Mango skinny glitter jeans (similar) | Jennifer Hamley Mini KT bag (now sold out but new collection coming soon!) | Zara hat (similar) | Kenneth Jay Lane ring (old)

A surprise blogger meet up!

And look who I bumped into at the pop up…Jacqui, Anna and Valerie! It was such a lovely surprise to finally meet up with them after being friends online for so long 🙂 Meeting up with other bloggers is so much fun…I need to do it more often! Jacqui was with her lovely goddaughter Esther who takes her blog photos, and she kindly took some group shots of us…thank you Esther 🙂

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style, Jennie of A Pocketful of Polka Dots and Grace of Color and Grace!

 

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Blogosphere Festival 2018, leopard print faux fur coat

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my posts from the Blogosphere Festival in London yesterday. It was held at the Landmark Hotel directly opposite Marylebone station, so very easy to find. It was the first time I’d attended Blogosphere so I had no idea what to expect.

Living in Cheshire makes it a bit of a trek to the capital, so to make two trips a few days apart is highly unusual for me.

This was actually my second trip to London this week, as I’d travelled down on Wednesday for the Bias Cut’s pop up shop (which I’ll post about later in the week). Living in Cheshire makes it a bit of a trek to the capital, so to make two trips a few days apart is highly unusual for me.

The weather’s been dreadful this week, which made deciding what to wear even more difficult. Trains can either be swelteringly hot or cold and draughty. The tube however, is always oppresively hot and stuffy. All of this poses a style dilemma!

Blogosphere Festival 2018, leopard print faux fur coat

I’d put two outfits out the night before so I could decide on which one when I got up in the morning. My alarm was set for 6am so I’d laid everything out. I decided on a loose metallic mustard batwing top (first seen here) with black high waisted skinny jeans. The top is loose and not too thick, which is ideal for travelling in. I topped it off with one of my leopard print faux fur coats. It may seem a bit extravagant to have three, but they are all different styles! I haven’t worn heels for ages because my feet have been aching so much, but these wide-fitting ankle boots are ok for walking moderate distances in. Thick socks help too 😉

This flower wall was like catnip for bloggers, so just as well it was double-sided!

The hat was both the cause of, and the answer to the problem of a bad hair day. It wasn’t behaving at all that morning, and by the time I arrived at the hotel it was totally flat and limp. I would have felt a pillock wearing a hat indoors all day, although it was tempting! It definitely made for better photos. This flower wall was like catnip for bloggers… just as well it was double-sided! I really want one in my house!

Blogosphere Festival 2018, leopard print faux fur coat

Meeting up with Suzi

I was looking forward to meeting up with Suzi (aka Alternative Ageing) more than the actual event. We first met at the 3040 Blogger Meet two and half years ago and have stayed in touch ever since. It was wonderful to spend the day catching up with Suzi. We chatted about veganism, menopause and the TV industry (Suzi was a journalist before training as a nutritionist and starting a blog). Her book, also entitled Alternative Ageing, has just been published and is available at Amazon…put it on your Christmas wishlist!

Blogosphere Festival 2018, Suzi Grant Alternative Ageing

The other three panels just confirmed what I already knew: don’t promote a product you don’t like just for the money and don’t buy fake followers.

There were four panels throughout the day discussing different topics – two in the morning and two in the afternoon. To be totally honest, I learned very little from these. The Importance of Audio was one that didn’t really apply to me, but as I knew nothing about podcasts, I did learn a few things. The other three panels just confirmed what I already knew: don’t promote a product you don’t like just for the money and don’t buy fake followers. That really was it in a nutshell. But we all know that already, right?

I actually learned more chatting to Suzi who really knows her stuff, and is incredibly tech savvy. She’s also very generous with her knowledge. That’s what I love about the blogging community – especially the 40+ blogging community – everyone is so helpful and supportive 🙂

Blogosphere Festival 2018, Vionic shoes stand

I had a chat with the Vionic team and tried on a pair of ankle boots that were so comfortable. The way they support the arch and take the weight off the ball of the foot is genius. My size eights look humungous…made worse by wearing skinny jeans. If only someone would design comfortable shoes that make big feet look smaller!

Blogosphere Festival 2018, Vionic shoes stand

There was a steady queue for the hair styling. I gave up waiting in the end because the last panel was due to start and I was only going to put my hat on anyway. Those beach waves will have to wait!

Blogosphere Festival 2018

There was a drinks area serving tea, coffee and mocktails throughout the day; the blueberry mojitos were delicious! There was a constant supply of food in little bowls, including some vegan options. I tried a yummy vegetable thai curry with rice, and broccoli with quinoa and pumpkin seeds. It wasn’t enough to keep us going for the whole day though, so we popped out to Pret for a falafel salad. During the break for lunch, we weren’t supposed to be in the ballroom where the event took place. But as there wasn’t adequate seating outside we sneaked back in with our salads…naughty!

There weren’t even enough chairs for people to sit and listen to the panels; some were sitting on the floor while others had to stand.

The afternoon session was clearly more popular than the morning. There weren’t even enough chairs for people to sit and listen to the panels; some were sitting on the floor while others had to stand. I’d bought an early bird ticket so I paid £25 for the whole day (which was half price). But those who’d paid that much to attend just one session and not even have a seat must have felt pretty cheesed off. It was also very noisy because not everyone came over to listen to the guest speakers. Given that there were only about half a dozen stands I’d have thought that was the whole point of going!

Blogosphere Festival 2018, flower wall

…when I saw the piles of Blogosphere magazines on the table by the door, I naturally assumed that they might give us one in the goody bag. But it turned out they were just there to get attendees to subscribe.

There was one other thing that struck me as odd, and if I’m honest a little bit stingy. Now I don’t want you to think that I’m one of those entitled bloggers who expect everything for free. We did get goody bags with a Christmas party game, a notebook and a lovely Dior palette courtesy of World Duty Free (one of the sponsors). So when I saw the piles of Blogosphere magazines on the table by the door, I naturally assumed that they might give us one in the goody bag. But it turned out they were just there to get attendees to subscribe. The organisers not giving paying guests a copy of their own magazine seemed really odd to me.

According to the website it’s £30 for four issues a year or £8 for a single issue. We received one of the magazines at the 3040 Blogger Meet and I thought it was ok but I wasn’t blown away by it. Considering I baulk at paying £4+ for a monthly glossy, I certainly won’t be shelling out £8 for it. I think putting a copy in the goody bag might have got them more subscriptions, but I guess they have their reasons!

Blogosphere Festival 2018, flower wall

Anyway, all the negative stuff aside, it was a really good day. My trains ran on time, the venue was lovely, I didn’t get soaked (as I did on Wednesday when the tube failed us) and I spent the day with a fabulous blogger friend 🙂

Do you enjoy going to blogging events? I’d love to hear about your experiences!

Blogosphere Festival 2018, flower wall

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Blogosphere Festival 2018, flower wall

Faux fur coat from eBay (similar)| M&S top (similar) | Mango high waist skinny jeans | Principles leopard print ankle boots (similar) | Zara hat (similar) | Messages in Metal necklace c/o

 

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Striped culottes with a simple black vest

I hope you’re not totally bored with my holiday outfits yet…don’t worry, this is the last one! It’ll be chunky sweaters and big coats for the foreseeable future I think, judging by the hideous weather. My Summer clothes are all packed away, waiting hopefully for another holiday sometime soon 😉

Pairing these bold striped culottes with a simple black vest is one of those outfits to fall back on whenever I’m not sure what to wear on holiday.

This is actually the second time I’ve worn this outfit on the blog; the only thing I changed was the bag and jewellery. Back in May, I used my fun straw crab bag. This time I opted for my Skinny Dip bucket bag because it holds more, and the drawstring makes it more secure. Pairing these bold striped culottes with a simple black vest is one of those outfits to fall back on whenever I’m not sure what to wear on holiday. It’s comfortable, light and airy, and requires no ironing. I’ve had the vest for longer than I can remember, but it’s a holiday and Summer favourite, as are these sandals. I accessorised with one of the many pairs of tassel earrings I took on holiday, plus my Style Splash personalised necklace (first seen here).

Do you have pieces that you always fall back on for holidays? I find it makes packing so much easier!

Striped culottes with a simple black vest

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Striped culottes with a simple black vest Skinny Dip Summer Lovin straw bag

Striped culottes with a simple black vest

Bershka culottes (pink version still available) | old black vest (similar) | Ribelle sandals (similar) | Skinny Dip bag (similar) | necklace c/o Messages in Metal (previously seen here) | Asos earrings (similar)

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Jen of Librarian for Life and Style, Cheryl of Cheryl Shops and Darlene of Aquamarina Style!

 

 

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Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. The end of October means Halloween, the clocks going back an hour (boo to the long dark evenings) and another Style Not Age collaboration 🙂 This month Jacqui has chosen “Frill Seekers” as the theme (good choice Jacqui!). I actually had a couple of outfits in mind for this theme, but went with this one as I had to shoot the photos during a break from work. I’ve been wearing trainers a lot lately as my poor bunions have been quite painful due to running more regularly again.

I’ve found wearing trainers incredibly liberating; I can walk wherever I want to without worrying about my feet killing me by the day’s end.

The upside is it’s never been more acceptable to wear trainers for work as it is now. We constantly see street style photos of fashionistas in pretty maxi dresses and trainers (or sneakers, depending on which side of the pond you live). I’ve found wearing trainers incredibly liberating; I can walk wherever I want to without worrying about my feet killing me by the day’s end. Hurrah for that! So I chose these knitted sock trainers to wear with my skinny waxed jeans and red frill blouse. I bought the blouse back in the Summer from & Other Stories when I was working in Leeds. It was reduced by 70%, so too good to pass by. I had to size up to a 14 though as the 12 pulled across the chest. Having to go with a bigger size means it’s loose around the waist, so I knotted it (one of my favourite tricks with shirts).

The embroidery on the jacket includes snippets of other colours and adds a professional element to an otherwise casual outfit. I love pairing a smart blazer with jeans, it’s a classic combination that will take you just about anywhere.

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Now let’s what my frill-seeking fashionista friends chose for this month’s theme…

Anna has also opted for a frilly shirt and jeans, topped off with a funky waistcoat. See all the details on her blog Anna’s Island Style.

Jacqui is looking fabulous in a red dress from M&S and Lotus boots. See all the details over at Mummabstylish.

Hilda is looking very chilled out in a chic jumper from Coast and stunning striped trousers. You can see more at Over the Hilda.

 

So that’s it for another month…only two left this year! I hope you’ve enjoyed this month’s theme as much as we have 🙂
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