Playing With The Boys…The Flight Jacket Of Dreams

Oh, the aviator jacket. I defy you to look at this iconic garment and not have the words “Tom Cruise” immediately jump to mind! I admit I’ve played up to the image with the shades, but really? who doesn’t want a bit of flyboy action in their winter wardrobe? A really great flight jacket has been on my wishlist for the past few seasons but so far nothing had really hit the spot – the Acne Aviator Jacket of dreams came damn close mind you – a snip at a mere £2100 – needless to say it has never migrated from wish list to shopping basket! As usual, Zara has come up trumps with this – I would say pretty much perfect – flight jacket. I’m usually a stickler for fabrics to be the real deal so the fact that this is both faux leather and faux sheepskin would under normal circumstances have me curling my lip but the quality and feel of the jacket are amazing! The classic sheepskin flying jacket was invented in the mid-twenties to meet the demands of both pilots and aircrew who, in open cockpits with altitudes soaring, were subjected to ever lower temperatures! Well, it can definitely get a little nippy here in the Scottish borders and this jacket is so super snuggly and easy to throw on over jeans and a tee – something I really felt was missing from my winter wardrobe. The jacket comes in the classic black/sheepskin combo or for a more modern twist theres burgundy, all black and khaki options – all under a hundred quid! I couldn’t style this any other way than full on ‘Maverick’ mode..ripped jeans, grey tee, black boots and the ubiquitous Ray Bans complete the look! Will you be buying into the flyboy trend this season?

The Ultimate Aviator Jacket

Ripped Levi Jeans

Tom Cruise Top Gun Style

Tan Gucci Belt

Flight Jacket Outfit

The Flight Jacket Of Dreams

JACKET – ZARA

JEANS – LEVI

BOOTS – HUSH

T-SHIRT – ASOS

BELT – GUCCI

BRACELET – ASHIANA

NECKLACE – GIFT (SIMILAR)

SUNGLASSES – RAYBAN

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Coloured Knitwear – An Autumn Essential

As a dedicated disciple of Kelly Hoppen, I have shall we say a bit of an aversion to colour. It started with interiors then slowly but surely spread to my wardrobe – a veritable sea of black, white and denim! I think most of us are a little bit guilty of ‘playing it safe’ in the colour department (particularly when it comes to what we wear on our person) so I am tentatively leading the charge and championing the colours of the season. Red is the obvious choice but I’m leaning more toward the gorgeous berry’s and mustards that seem to be in abundance this year. Coloured knitwear is such an easy trend to translate to every day and is so much more flattering against an English complexion than the traditional camels and greys. Don’t get me wrong, camel and grey is precisely where my comfort zone lies and the chances of me giving them up are pretty much zero. But, I was amazed at how much this burgundy/wine colour actually suited me. With the baby still waking multiple times through the night, my epidermis has a permanent grey tinge that this super soft knit manages to almost entirely disguise! I’ve styled my new favourite knit (honestly, it’s pretty much perfect and yes, it does also come in grey – two shades of grey nonetheless – for if you just want to ignore me completely (I won’t be offended)) with leopard print boots and the famous Zara Mom Jeans! If you’re wary of the itch factor you would probably want to wear a long-sleeved tee underneath the jumper – I certainly will be – but the wool content is low and the irritation is minimal even if you wanted to brave it without! What are your feelings on coloured knitwear? Are you a fan or will you be sticking with the classics?

Coloured Knitwear For Autumn 2017

Burgundy Zara Jumper

coloured knitwear autumn 2017

Burgundy Chunky Knit

Leopard Print Boots

coloured knitwear 2017

JW Anderson Shoulder Bag

Burgundy Chunky Knit Outfit

SWEATER – ZARA

JEANS – ZARA

BOOTS – ZARA (SIMILAR)

BAG – JW ANDERSON

SUNGLASSES – RAYBAN

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Boots & Crops – The Perfect Pairing

It seems only five minutes ago we were in the throes of Summer and I was weighing up the merits of a floppy sun hat with the words Mrs. Rhoades emblazoned in sequins! So how is it that I find myself huddled in front of the fire having just removed two bin liners full of crunchy, ladybird infested (don’t ask) leaves from my doorstep? Putting aside questions with no discernable answer it occurred to me that as a dedicated denim devotee, it’s actually taken roughly six months to get my head around the new styles, specifically Mom jeans (check out my thoughts here) and cropped jeans with a raw hem. Towards the end of the summer season, I really became partial to a crop. I’ve been wearing them with loafers, strappy sandals and heels – they’re both versatile and flattering and to be quite honest I’m just not ready to give them up when the inevitable chill descends and I have to succumb to a good old pair of socks! The answer to this conundrum clearly lies in a pair of boots. It’s taken me a while to warm up to this idea (I do love a bare ankle), but this seasons ‘sock boots’ allow you to retain the slim ankle that really is crucial to the success of the boots & cropped jean combo! Alongside boots & crops, pearls are also having a bit of a moment (and you guys know how much I love a bit of pearl embellishment), so I’ve styled this up with an oversized embellished shirt and a boxy pink coat – both from Zara. How to do you feel about cropped jeans in winter? Are boots & crops the perfect pairing?

pearl embellished shirt

Cropped Flared Jeans

Pink Tailored Coat

Pearl Embellished Shirt

Zara Pearl Shirt

Sock Boots & Cropped Frayed Jeans

JEANS – PAIGE (SIMILAR)

SHIRT – ZARA (SIMILAR)

COAT – ZARA (SIMILAR)

BOOTS – CHARLES JOURDAN (SIMILAR) 

NECKLACE – MISSOMA

BRACELETS – MONICA VINADER, DINNY HALL, ASHIANA

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The Belted Blazer & My Top Denim Tip

It’s no secret that I love a blazer and jeans combo so, in a bid to keep things fresh I decided to channel that ‘off-duty model’ vibe and throw my belt on over the top of my jacket. Now I’m no Bella Hadid and my waist definitely does not ‘go in’ to the extent it did pre-baby (it was never particularly small if I’m honest) but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how the overall look turned out. Given my current obsession with the Double G Gucci Belt (if you haven’t already then check out my September Favourites for the lowdown on a rather spendy month), I was quite excited to see if it would work on my waist as well as my jeans and I feel like, in general, it does. In a perfect world, I think I would prefer a smaller size (I’m wearing an 85 so I think an 80 would be ideal) but that does rather depend on the thickness of the jacket/coat you’re intending to belt. I’ve styled the belted blazer with a pair of grey MiH jeans which I’ve had for years but have been given a new lease of life by chopping a few inches off the length and leaving the hem raw. TOP TIP…If you have a pair of jeans which you love the fit of but maybe the style just isn’t quite right, I would highly recommend having a go at a bit of customisation. Opting for a cropped raw hem is an easy way of bringing a pair of old favourites bang up to date without having to spend a penny! Gucci loafers, a leopard print scarf and my MacBook (just in case you were getting bored of the same old handbags – ha) complete the look. Are you tempted to have a go at the belted blazer? Do you have any top tips for customising your looks?

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By Malene Birger Scarf

Grey Belted Blazer

Belted Blazer and Jeans

Tan Guuci Belt

How To Belt A Blazer

Me and Em Blazer

BLAZER – ME & EM (SIMILAR)

JEANS – MIH JEANS (SIMILAR)

BELT – GUCCI

SCARF – BY MALENE BIRGER (SIMILAR)

SHOES – GUCCI

SUNGLASSES – RAYBAN

BRACELETS – MONICA VINADER, DINNY HALL, ASHIANA

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Autumn Trends – The Checked Coat & Mick Dundee

Mr.R & I have just finished watching Crocodile Dundee. (I know, bare with me). I have seen this film approximately 1654 times and yet this is the first time I have watched and had all the heart eyes for the fashion! They said it would never happen but the 80’s is well and truly back albeit with a slightly more minimal twist. Slouchy boots, sharp oversized shoulders, double-breasted blazers and, the star of the season…checks! If you’ve read my September Favourites then you’ll have seen that my M&S checked coat is my current style crush and that I am waiting (not so patiently now tbh but that’s a whole other story) for the Anine Bing fantasy blazer. I really feel that this is my season when it comes to the trends. The whole borrowed from the boys/luxury street style aesthetic pleases me enormously and it’s always helpful when there an abundance of the things available that genuinely pull on your heartstrings. Having said that, it can also be slightly irksome when every other person appears to have pinched the vibe you were quite happy rocking all on your lonesome. Anyway, I digress. Here I’ve paired my M&S checked coat with these fabulous wide leg cream tailored trousers from Zara, my Pierce Bag, shades, and heels. This is without a shadow of a doubt my favourite look of the season so far. I promise I’ll check back in (see what I did there) when I’ve laid my hands on the Anine Bing blazer, unless of course I can get hold of Sue Charlton’s Green checked jacket (remember the scene where Mick’s in the bath and she pretends to be Rosita, the maid?) Oof, now that would be the Holy Grail)!

Checked Coat | Marks And Spencer Coat | 80s Inspiration

Zara Palazzo Pants

The Checked Coat & Mick Dundee

Zara Wide Leg Trouser

Tailored Trousers and Checked Coat

JW Anderson Pierce Bag

Long Checked Coat

Marks and Spencer Checked Coat

Monica Vinader Bracelet

JW Anderson Pierce Bag

Rayban Folding Sunglasses

Wide Leg Trousers, 80's Trends, Autumn Fashion

 

CHECKED COAT – MARKS & SPENCER

TEE – ASOS

TROUSERS – ZARA

BELT – DOLCE & GABBANA (SIMILAR)

BAG – JW ANDERSON

SUNGLASSES – RAYBAN

BRACELETS – MONICA VINADER, DINNY HALL & ASHIANA

NECKLACES – MISSOMA

SHOES – JIMMY CHOO (SIMILAR)

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Mom Jeans – So Wrong They’re Right

Victoria Beckham has just presented her Spring/Summer 2018 collection wearing a white tee and a pair of Mom jeans. I think my love affair with all things VB has already been noted (20 Facts About Me) so it should come as no surprise that the VB seal of approval has given me peace of mind about my recent sartorial picks. Mom jeans are not a trend I saw myself buying into. For a start, I am now a mother so the irony ship has well and truly sailed. Also, they’re just not that flattering. However, they have two very strong points in their favour. Firstly, they are beyond comfortable. For a girl who eschewed jeans until well into her teenage years solely based on the comfort factor, this is a big deal. Secondly, I have a bit of a thing for anything that comes under the header ‘borrowed from the boys’ (oversized tailoring, loafers, white shirts…you get the picture) and while ‘boyfriend jeans’ always seemed a bit overly baggy (90s skater boy was never my preferred vibe), Mom jeans seem to give that whole ‘too big, unflattering, wearing something that doesn’t belong to you style in a bit more of a, hmm, purposeful way. Anyhoo the upshot of this is that I have decided (in a very roundabout way) that I rather like Mom jeans – at least for this season where borrowed from the boys is an actual thing and not just an abstract notion ping-ponging around in my fuzzball of a brain. This particular pair are from Zara – a gorgeous washed out black that I’ve been reaching for on pretty much a daily basis! Here I’ve paired them with kitten heels (have a read of the lastest Hundred Pound Haul to here my thoughts) a burgundy striped tee, (the perfect autumnal twist on a classic Breton) and my grey Me & Em Blazer. Are Mom Jeans a look you’ll be buying into this season? What are your denim staples?

How To Style Mom Jeans

Mom Jeans - So Wrong They're Right

Zara Mom Jeans

Black Mom Jeans

Black Gucci Sunglasses

Massimo Dutti Kitten Heels

Massimo Dutti Shoes

Red Striped Tee

Mom Jeans, Autumn Trends | Jessica Rhoades

JEANS – ZARA

TEE – MASSIMO DUTTI (SIMILAR – I actually have this particular style in the navy & LOVE it)

BLAZER – ME & EM (SIMILAR)

SHOES – MASSIMO DUTTI

BAG – DOLCE & GABBANA (SIMILAR)

SUNGLASSES – GUCCI (SIMILAR)

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Coats, Crops & Falling Into Autumn

Yesterday I opened the door to feel Autumns chill biting my bare ankles. Golden leaves littered the doorstep and my breath formed steamy spirals in the surprisingly crisp morning air. Overnight the new season switch has been well and truly flipped and I for one am absolutely delighted! Fall is my favourite season. Firstly, September is my birthday month (so we’re starting on a winning note), but there’s an undeniable ‘feel’ to Autumn that never fails to delight. I can’t wait for bright frosty mornings, pumpkins, fireworks and (obviously) the start of ‘Strictly’. But, where my heart truly lies is in Autumn fashion! Don’t get me wrong, I love my denim cut-offs and Panama hat as much as the next girl but you just can’ beat wrapping up in a chunky knit, a cosy scarf and a statement coat! This cream number my Uterqüe (sadly from a few years ago now but I’ve linked similar below) had me at ‘hello’. Has anyone seen the movie ‘The First Wives Club?’ (bear with me, I have a point I promise). In the final scene, Diane Keaton (along with Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn) dances down the street wearing a long cream coat. It was love. There is something unfailingly chic, elegant and glamorous about a cream coat. A cream coat says, ‘I’ve got my shit together…I can go about my business looking super polished without getting, ahem, soiled! With this in mind, it’s no surprise that this coat very rarely sees the light of day…I have very strict criteria about when and where I can wear it, top of the list being:

a.     When I don’t have a miniature human in tow and

b.     When It’s not p**sing it down

Clearly, neither happens particularly frequently so after numerous discussions with my mother about not ‘saving things for best’ I’m starting to be of the opinion that I should just live and let live and enjoy my coat. I realise that crops and bare ankles may be a slight contradiction to everything I’ve just said but hey I’ve only just rediscovered my Aquazzura flats (check out my August Favourites) and as much as I love a pair of winter boots, I’m determined to go down fighting! Are you an Autumn lover too? What are your new season essentials?

Aquazzura Christy Shoe

Aquazzura Strappy Flats

Coats, Crops and Falling Into Autumn

Paige Cropped Jeans

Cream Uterqüe Coat

Dolce and Gabbana Belt

Cropped Flared Jeans

Grey Crew Neck ASOS Tee

Missoma Horn Necklace

JEANS – PAIGE – OLD (SIMILAR)

COAT – UTERQÜE – OLD (SIMILAR)

TEE – ASOS 

SHOES – AQUAZZURA

BAG – DOLCE & GABANNA – OLD (SIMILAR)

NECKLACES – MISSOMA

SUNGLASSES – CHANEL – OLD (SIMILAR)

BRACELETS – DINNY HALL, MONICA VINADER & ASHIANA

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Pimp My Closet…A Wardrobe Detox

It is a truth universally acknowledged that all girls of a certain age must be in want of Carrie Bradshaw’s closet! We can all picture the scene. Row upon row of slick, backlit shelving, Mr. Big down on one knee…I digress but you get the picture right? As we’re hurtling rapidly into a new season I decided now would be the perfect time to have a bash at the fantasy closet! But first, a wardrobe detox of epic proportions was required! (N.b I have to apologise for the lack of ‘before’ pictures…my pride simply wouldn’t allow you to see the complete and utter carnage that had descended ‘pre-detoxification)!

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Aspirations vs Reality

So we’ve established that the dream is ‘heaven on 5th’…what’s the reality? Well, it’s not too shabby if I’m honest. I’ve mentioned before that our current home was a complete doer upper (Interiors Inspiration – Six Instagram Account You Really Need To Follow) so we did have the opportunity to at least make an attempt on the wardrobe fantasy. When we bought this house we were ‘sans child’ so very happy to make the four-bed terrace into a three bed to suit our requirements and, to be honest, I’m still 100% happy with the decision we made regardless of the fact that we are rapidly running out of space now we are three! The space we gained by knocking two bedrooms together meant that we were able to create a large master bedroom with ‘walk-in wardrobe’. The idea came from Mr.R (for which I am reminded daily) who had it custom finished to our specifications. It is a thing of beauty, all white with dark wood trim. When it came to dividing up the storage space between the two of us, I, ahem, may have come off slightly better. I have three rails and three drawers to his one and eight shelves to his four but still, as I fear may always be the case, space continues to be an issue. It seems that however large the space you acquire, somehow or other you always manage to fill it.

How To Display Your Belts

How To Display Your Designer Shoes

Wardrobe Detox In Progress

I am a woman of two halves. Half sleek and minimal, the other chaotic and a little out of control! I badly want to be one of those women who can wear head to toe white without accessorising the look with smudgy handprints, milk or bogeys! More importantly, I would like to be able to look at my wardrobe and have the ability to pull a look together with all my accessories close to hand rather than tripping over discarded boots and boxes -I’ve come to the point where I can no longer live in sartorial chaos…project Carrie Bradshaw has commenced! My first step was a wardrobe detox. So, like any good Marie Kondo student (The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying literally changed my life-so worth a read), I dutifully pulled everything out of the wardrobe to assess and then began my five-step wardrobe detox process…

  1. Divide into three piles – keep | store | discard
  2. Take the discard pile and divide again – friends & family | charity | sell
  3. Make sure you have a stash of storage tubs (these are great) and put away your seasonal items (in this case, summer dresses, sandals, and hats)
  4. Clean your wardrobe space – it is quite literally unbelievable how much dust and dirt builds up in the bedroom and around the wardrobe in particular – grim!
  5. Assess your keep pile for anything that needs to be cleaned/de bobbled/re-heeled etc and put away. (I always use the Narrow Black Flocked Coat Hangers – non-slip and great when you’re short of space)!

Now, the whole wardrobe detox process may seem simple and straightforward but let me tell you…it’s not. For instance, the weather in this country is nothing if not changeable. What happens if I do the switcheroo and then next week there’s a heatwave (unlikely yes, unheard of, no) and some items definitely blur the lines between seasons so it’s not always as clear-cut as the Virgo in me would appreciate. I find it’s best not to put too much pressure on yourself at this stage and simply go with your gut feeling of what you will and won’t wear going forward.

Pimp My Closet - A Wardrobe Detox

You Can Never Have Enough Storage

As I’ve said my major problem is that if you give me a space, I’ll fill it. I’m not sure there’s such a thing as too much space – there’s definitely no such thing as too much storage! With that in mind, I set myself the challenge of creating a workable wardrobe space with lots of storage while keeping my ‘Carrie Brashaw’ fantasy clearly in focus! A quick trip to B&Q later and I was the proud owner of five sets of storage cubes in which I intend to display scarves, shoes, and bags – the theory being that not only will it look aesthetically pleasing but it will also keep everything within reach making it easier to see what I have and therefore make styling a breeze!

How To Display Your Designer Bags

Designer Shoe Storage

How To Store Your Skincare Products

It’s no exaggeration when I say I’m in LOVE with my new look wardrobe. I literally get a little tingle of excitement every time I step in there. In fact, I think I may make it my designated space to retreat for a glass of fizz and some quality time with my latest cheesy romance – no really! Next up on the makeover schedule is my dressing table which is in serious need of a Pinterest worthy overhaul. A new mirror and makeup storage are definitely required and I promise as and when this happens, I will do my best to put my pride to one side and do some before and after photos for your entertainment! Do you have any tips and trips for detoxing your wardrobe? How do you organise your storage space?

How To Display Your Perfumes

*update* I’ve just had my first experience of getting ready in my new and improved wardrobe and I can confirm that it has been nothing short of revolutionary! 100% worth the blood, sweat, and tears! My advice would be…streamline, clean and display – there is nothing more luxurious than having the convenience of everything at hand, ready to rock & roll!

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Wardrobe Picks – Kick Flare & Camisole

Aside from my traditional love of denim, there’s the odd occasion when a good pair of tailored trousers just hits the spot. This russet pair from Zara is unashamedly ‘new season’ – can you imagine a more perfect colour heading into Autumn? I’m fairly tall (clocking on 5,9″) and these sweep the floor even paired with a 4-inch heel, so although perfect for me, the more, shall we say, ‘vertically challenged’ among you may need to seek the services of a good tailor. The kick flare gives a glamorous swoosh as you walk and they look awesome paired down with a simple t-shirt (I wore these for my birthday meal, teamed with a simple black crew neck tee and absolutely loved it.) They also have the advantage of balancing out the old ‘child bearing hips’ – I think I’ve been in skinnies so long I’ve forgotten the magical slimming effect of a wider leg! When debating this weeks wardrobe picks my inclination was to pair the trousers with a black silk camisole but the new season is simply awash with different shades of red so I thought, ‘what the hell’ let’s go all out and I have to say I’m delighted with the end result. I’ve talked about my love of silk camisoles before (Wardrobe Classics – Pink Trench & Denim) and they are definitely having a bit of a fashion moment (how rude – I liked them way before they were ‘in’. Ha)! Camisoles are a complete wardrobe staple for me –  They always look so on point paired with a tailored trouser but work just as well with ripped denim and a blazer or chunky cardi (this is very close to the look I wore on my first ever date with Mr.R over nine years ago now so it’s pretty much verging on classic). I’m making a conscious effort to try and push the boundaries with my wardrobe picks a little more this season (i.e not to wear jeans with everything) so expect to see more ventures into tailoring and even the odd dress or skirt coming your way as we move into Autumn/Winter. What are your picks for the new season.?

Black Leather Biker Jacket

Rayban Clubmaster

Missoma Lucy Williams Horn Necklace

Lakeland Leather Jacket

Wardrobe Picks - Kick Flare & Cami

Red Kick Flare Trouser

TROUSERSZARA

SILK CAMISOLEUTERQÜE

LEATHER JACKET – LAKELAND LEATHER (SIMILAR)

SHOESJIMMY  CHOO

BAG – SAINT LAURANT (SIMILAR)

NECKLACESMISSOMA

BRACELETSMONICA VINADER & DINNY HALL

SUNGLASSESRAYBAN

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