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, 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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It took me a long time to feel comfortable wearing hats, but now I have quite a collection. I love how they can totally transform an outfit (as well as keep your head warm). Most of my hats are in neutral tones, but a brightly coloured one has the ability to make a bold statement. Plus, it’s fun to co-ordinate your hat with your outfit! So when I spotted this pink Fabienne Chapot pink hat on sale at Secret Sales I didn’t hesitate in adding it to my basket. It was also available in pale blue, and I’m a big believer in buying the things you love in multiple colours. So yes, I bought them both!

I had to wait weeks for them to arrive, but when they were finally delivered I was delighted. They are every bit as fabulous as I expected from this premium Dutch brand. In fact I now have my eye on this emerald green one too!

Fabienne Chapot pink hat and grey faux fur trim coat, L.K Bennett pink bag, Finery pink trousers

I was first introduced to Fabienne Chapot by Jacynth, who stocks some of the brand’s pieces at the-Bias-Cut. When I modelled some of the A/W collection I was really impressed by the design details and the quality. It felt so much better than wearing inferior quality fast fashion garments. To be honest, it made me look at clothes shopping in a completely different light.

Really, we shouldn’t be buying clothes that need repairing before we’ve even worn then. That’s the difference between fast fashion and good quality garments.

Take this grey coat from Stylewe for example: it looks great on (well, I think so!) but if you look closely you can see the imperfections quite clearly. When I first wore it on the blog I lamented the poor design of the detachable faux fur sleeves. They were attached by saggy elastic loops and buttons, which you could clearly see. They also left unsightly gaps as the elastic stretched. I was really disappointed, but then my mother-in-law came to the rescue and painstakingly sewed the cuffs to the sleeves 🙂 All I need to do now is reinforce the popper fastenings which are coming loose.

Really, we shouldn’t be buying clothes that need repairing before we’ve even worn then. That’s the difference between fast fashion and good quality garments. Yes they cost more, but they are definitely worth it. Buy cheap buy twice, as the saying goes.

Fabienne Chapot pink hat and grey faux fur trim coat, L.K Bennett pink bag, Finery pink trousers

Not one to be defeated by a style dilemma, I had a light bulb moment and remembered that I had these long gloves stored away, and luckily they’re a perfect colour match.

Despite the problems I had with the coat I do really like the style and colour. The three quarter length sleeves with the faux fur cuffs are rather elegant. But they are best suited to a top with sleeves of the same length, otherwise the effect is lost. The only problem with that is it’s not great for cold weather. Not one to be defeated by a style dilemma, I had a light bulb moment and remembered that I had these long gloves stored away, and luckily they’re a perfect colour match. Problem solved!

Fabienne Chapot pink hat and grey faux fur trim coat, Red Herring red stripe jumper,  L.K Bennett pink bag, Finery pink trousers

Wearing boots the same colour as the trousers creates the illusion of longer legs…I’ll never say no to that!

Once I started looking through my wardrobe I found I had so much more than I though to match this hot pink hat. These Finery trousers had been hanging up for the best part of a year unworn. But the bag completely trumped them as it’s been in a box stored away for years. I bought it on eBay, new with tags, for less than £10. It’s really more of an occasion bag, but it works perfectly with this outfit. Wearing boots the same colour as the trousers creates the illusion of longer legs…I’ll never say no to that!

Fabienne Chapot pink hat and grey faux fur trim coat, L.K Bennett pink bag, Finery pink trousers

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Fabienne Chapot pink hat and grey faux fur trim coat, L.K Bennett pink bag, Finery pink trousers
Fabienne Chapot pink hat and grey faux fur trim coat
I even have earrings to finish off the hot pink theme…it’s almost like I planned it! Just to break things up ever so slightly, I wore my red stripe jumper under the coat. It has both pink and black stripes, which mirror the side stripe on the trousers. There’s just a smidgen of sparkle in there – that’s as close to a Christmas jumper as I’ve got!
I love the combination of dark pink and grey, it’s a colour pairing I come back to time and time again. Are you a fan too?
Fabienne Chapot pink hat and grey faux fur trim coat, L.K Bennett pink bag, Finery pink trousers
Fabienne Chapot pink hat and grey faux fur trim coat, L.K Bennett pink bag
Fabienne Chapot pink hat and grey faux fur trim coat
Fabienne Chapot pink hat and grey faux fur trim coat

Fabienne Chapot hat (from Secret Sales, similar) | Stylewe coat c/o (first seen here, similar) | Finery trousers (similar) | Red Herring jumper (from Debenhams) | M&S boots (old, I love these embellished ones) | L.K. Bennett bag (old, from eBay, similar) | Azuni earrings (similar) | gloves from eBay

 

Last week’s favourites were…

Cristina of Memories of the Pacific, Shauna of Lipgloss and Lace and Gail of Is This Mutton!

 

 

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