Do you get the January Blues? It can be a truly dreary month…maybe that’s why Hilda choose this as our first Style Not Age prompt of the year. I definitely find it hard not to succumb to the January Blues; it’s the dreadful weather and lack of sunlight that gets to me by this stage of winter. However, by the end of the month sunset is getting noticeably later, a sign that spring’s not far away.
Apart from the cold and rain, January is always a tough month, for one reason or another. This year has proved to be no exception. My mum’s poor health has been a big worry and travelling between Cheshire and Cambridgeshire to look after her has been tiring. But of course I don’t mind one bit. My hairdresser gave her a little trim after I dyed her hair, which perked her up no end. I also painted her nails a vibrant blue – now that’s the kind of January Blues we need! It’s amazing what a difference a bit of pampering can do when you’ve been poorly.
One of the good things about January (we always have to look for the positives!) is the Marks & Spencer sale. If you can hold your nerve and wait until the end of the sale you can pick up some amazing bargains. This entire outfit is M&S, apart from the vintage hat.
I bought the coat and sparkly jumper quite early on in the sale; this bright blue teddy coat was the only one left and I’d had my eye on it when it was full price. When I saw it there all alone, in my size and reduced to £41 I couldn’t resist it. Then I spotted the jumper reduced to £15 so I got it to match. I’ve since seen it marked down further to £11 so maybe I should have waited! (I have bought a pair of trousers and some boots that were heavily discounted which I’ll show you in another post.)
The pale blue trousers were only £9 at the M&S outlet in Salford Quays a few months ago. I’ve also got them in a bright blue in a shorter length (I’ve worn them with my green biker jacket). The silver sparkly sock boots (which you can just about see) are a few years old now. I have several pairs of boots in this style from M&S. In keeping with the grey and silver accessories theme, I added my reversible bag that I bought on eBay a few years ago. I take this bag on every holiday because it’s like having two bags in one! Plus it’s light and holds lots of stuff. To break up the M&S monopoly I finished off the outfit with a vintage hat that I bought at a 1940s event and some multi-coloured hoop earrings.
SHOP THE LOOK
Trousers, jumper, coat, boots and bag all Marks & Spencer | vintage hat | Monica Vinader rings (PR products) | Love Rocks hoop earrings (from TKMaxx)
Hilda has chosen a gorgeous wrap dress from LK Bennett, teamed with tan boots and bag, topped off with a very stylish hat. You can read more at Over the Hilda.
Anna’s jacket and jeans were both charity shop finds last month in Penzance coming in at £16 all together…bargain! The rest of the outfit is shopped from her closet. Head over to Anna’s Island Style for all the details.
Gail from Is This Mutton? shopped her wardrobe fro the entire outfit. The jacket, top and scarf are from Kettlewell Colours, jeggings from M&S and boots from the children’s section at Boden.
Jacqui has teamed River Island jeans with a Zara top topped off with a Jenerique blazer and Michael Kors bag. Catch up with Jacqui at Mummabstylish.
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