I feel I should begin this post with an apology and a caveat that I use the word ‘haul’ in the loosest sense of the word. Round two of the Hundred Pound Haul and we’ve already made a, somewhat elementary, blunder. As it turns out, Marks and Spencer was an excellent choice for our first go – attainable and affordable enough to get a decent ‘haul’ for the set price of (yes you guessed it) one hundred pounds.
(If you haven’t already, get up to speed on the idea behind the Hundred Pound Haul HERE).
If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen that we recently returned from our first family holiday to the South of Spain. Traditionally us girls tend to go a little crazy in the ‘Massimo’ Boutiques (they’re literally on every street corner down there). It’s just so bloomin chic and designer-esqe but at great prices! To cut a long story short, whilst in the throes of sunshine and sangria, we decided that a dedicated ‘Massimo’ hundred pound haul would be just the ticket for our second go…what could go wrong? I’ll tell you what went wrong. You see, as stylish and as (relatively speaking) affordable as it is, you ain’t gonna get much of a haul out of our self-imposed hundred pound limit! Consequently, (and not really wanting to dip our toes into the sales) our ‘haul’ has become more of a ‘two piece pick’ of the new season styles. You live and learn and we will try to do better next time (hangs head in shame)
About Massimo Dutti
Some of you may, some of you may not know about the wonders of Massimo Dutti. As a northern gal, it’s not a brand we stumble across very often (which is why I take every opportunity afforded to me when in Spain). A Spanish brand through and through, Massimo is from the Zara family – the chic big sister to Zara’s playful brand of fun and flirtation and I seriously cannot get enough of it’s cool paired back aesthetic!
- White Cotton Shirt – You quite literally cannot go wrong with a crisp white shirt. There’s just something so ‘Cindy Crawford’ about that all American, denim and white shirt combo. Incidentally, I have just purchased a pair of gents Levi 511’s which, when paired with a white shirt just makes me come over all 90’s Supermodel! (disclaimer…In no way am I so delusional that I believe I actually look like Cindy, Christy et al – just let me put that out there). This is a shirt lovers dream…stiff cuffs, side splits and that arm detail takes it to a whole other level while remaining ‘office appropriate’. Post baby I generally take a UK size 10-12. I purchased the shirt in a size 12 which I would say is pretty accurate but it’s worth bearing in mind that it’s definitely a slim fitting piece.
- Velvet Bow Front Mules – My very first pair of designer shoes had a kitten heel (Prada circa ’99). When I bought them I was envisaging Audrey Hepburn, silk headscarves, the Riviera. Unfortunately, when I look back at pictures, all I can see is a slightly dumpy teenager, unshakably confident that she was a dead ringer for Victoria Beckham! (I mean really…Victoia Beckham in kitten heels? As unfailingly chic as she now undoubtedly is, this was unheard of in the 90’s)! I digress. The point of that story was to illustrate that since those Prada kitten heels, I have shall we say, rather lost my liking for that style of shoe. This shoe shouldn’t do it for me…shouldn’t but it does. What can I say, the romantic in me sees these as some kind of modern day ‘Slipper and the Rose’ (does anyone remember that film? Oh, so good! ) Cinderella shoe. On the Massimo Dutti website, these are called the ‘Black Slingback, High Heel Court Shoe with Bow Detail.’ Now quite clearly they are neither a slingback nor a high heel (although I suppose the latter does depend somewhat on your interpretation of the word high). I can assure you that they are indeed, as the pictures show, a (surprisingly comfortable and easy to keep on) kitten heeled mule (no slingback). I take a UK size 5 and these fit perfectly.
Styling My Picks
When I began to envisage styling the look, my immediate inclination was to pair both picks with classic faded jeans. This high-waisted, fitted yet relaxed style is so very current that it gives, what is essentially a textbook look, a very modern and dare I say it, ‘cool’ edge. Now, this is by no means the only way in which you can style these pieces. Velvet is an obvious winner for winter – I can see the mules looking so chic paired with cropped tuxedo trousers, a simple tee and a blazer. The shirt to me is crying out to be paired with leather – a slinky pencil skirt, a killer pair of leather leggings or a classic biker jacket slung over the shoulders. On the other hand, the shirt would be a great addition to a classic workwear wardrobe.
Stand Out Pieces
Being only August (and really quite muggy) it’s still quite difficult to get a real feel of the new season. That being said, leather (in all its guises) is always a winner for trans-seasonal dressing and Massimo always excel with their offering of buttery soft bikers and swing jackets. Unfortunately, leather would have been somewhat in excess of our budget for this particular haul but do check out Massimo’s leather collection if you’re in the market for a splurge!
- Shop New Season Leather HERE
So, lesson officially learned…choosing an upper-level high street label for a hundred pound haul was short sighted, to say the least, and we very quickly came a cropper. So, with that in mind, we have decided that for the next haul we are going to move away from fashion and have a go with makeup. (I cannot even tell you how excited this makeup junkie is about this one)! We’ve also made plans for both an ASOS and a dedicated accessory haul. Is there anything or any particular store you would like to see? Leave me a comment below, id love to hear your suggestions.
CLICK HERE to read about our first hundred pound haul