If you’re a regular reader you probably won’t have failed to notice that I’ve developed a teeny bit of an obsession with the Anine Bing Madeline Blazer. I first mentioned it in my September Favourites and, like anything in life, wanting something and not being able to get your hands on it seems to make you want it all the more! This blazer has been a bit of a tease. When it sold out I immediately signed up to the waiting list and from then on we were embroiled in a game of cat and mouse – me chasing and always, always getting pipped to the post! I’m not normally one to hold out this long for a particular item but what can I say? When its love, its love! I finally got my hands on my current pride and joy at the beginning of November and to say I am impressed is an understatement! The fabric is so soft – more like a heavy bamboo jersey than the wool I was for expecting (you would think after stalking something for that long I would have eyed up the fabric composition if only to check out the cleaning instructions). It truly is everything I hoped for and more which is just as well as the price tag warranted definite consideration. Although checks are having a bit of a fashion moment, this is far from a trend piece and in my opinion is 100% worth the investment. I took advantage of our recent trip to Spain to shoot this look which I couldn’t resist styling in classic ‘me-fashion’ with jeans, heels and a silk camisole. Whats your sartorial pride and joy? Whats worth the investment for you?
The Anine Bing Madeline Blazer is currently out of stock (again) but MANGO has some fabulous alternatives and at the time of writing there’s 30% off in the Black Friday sales – code BLACK17! Happy Shopping!
A uniform is supposedly the antithesis of what any fashion lover holds dear – namely the ability to choose, style and fashion their look at will or on a whim. As any former schoolgirl will attest, the rigidity of an enforced uniform is boring at it’s best and stifling at it’s worst! Who among us can honestly say they never bent the rules – hitched the waistband of a skirt or braved a forbidden hairdo? The irony is that no sooner do we leave the school gates and are thrown into the big wide world of dressing ourselves than we almost immediately crave the certainty and stability of at least knowing what we are putting on in the morning! I would argue that a uniform, of sorts, can and should have its place in your wardrobe if only to cover those days (and we all have them) where you just can’t seem to pull it together. For me, that uniform is jeans, a t-shirt and (shock) a blazer! I have numerous variations of this formula and I love that no matter the occasion, or whether my brain has turned to sleep deprived mush, there’s always a formula to fall back on and a formula that works! If you read about the latest hundred pound haul you may have clocked this blush pink beauty from ASOS. Now you may think that this pretty shade of ‘Millenial Pink’ (yes that’s what the kids are calling it these days) isn’t particularly ‘Autumnal’ but pair it with shades of berry and chic leopard print accessories and the colour suddenly takes on a whole new vibe! Here, I’ve styled my ‘uniform’ in action, teaming the blazer with my staple cropped flared jeans, a t-shirt and heels. Do you have a style crutch? Whats your off-duty uniform?
It was universally agreed that this hundred pound haul was the most challenging to date which, I have to say, came as something of a surprise. ASOS is vast, both in quantity and variety and I think the difficulty lay in the simple fact that give a girl too much choice and she is liable to get so befuddled that she either a. orders ALL THE THINGS, or b. orders nothing at all and ends up somewhere with a more edited selection. Anna from The Anna Edit has a great guide on ‘how to shop ASOS’ for this very eventuality – it’s obviously quite a common problem! I think I fall into the former of the two scenarios – as I mentioned back in August, I’m having a bit of a love affair with ASOS at the moment so I rather enjoyed both the challenge and the prospect of putting my new premier delivery service into action (it’s really quite excellent). Heres a rundown of my picks from the ASOS edit of the hundred pound haul…
Selected Femme Dress
After the big wardrobe detox of 2017, my closet has been looking shall we say a bit sparse. As far as I’m concerned this isn’t gratuitous shopping for shoppings sake – I have been in dire need of a bit of a splurge (I’m sure Mr R would beg to differ but then again it’s probably too much of an ask to expect any husband out there to actually admit his wife needs some new clothes)! This streamlined knit dress by Selected Femme was a bit of a wildcard and I surprised myself by how much I loved it! The beauty lies in its simplicity – crew neck with elbow length sleeves, the dress falls just below the knee and simply pulls on over the head. I’ve already worn this slinky number with boots but I’m pretty sure it will work equally as well with heels, strappy flats – I’m thinking my black Aquazzura Chrissy flats – or even a good old pair of converse! The knit is heavy enough to skim over any lumps and bumps while still giving you that fitted silhouette… the dream!
As I said, I’m in the process of pretty much building my wardrobe up from scratch and this Mango sweater ticked the ‘token colourful sweater’ box nicely! I’ll be honest, this one didn’t fill me with excitement BUT again I was surprised by just how much I like it (basically I over ordered operating on the assumption that I’d have to send a percentage back – yeah, I should really have known better with that one). The half turtleneck and balloon sleeves are cute details on what would otherwise be a simple fine knit sweater. The tomato red colour will be fab with ripped jeans and trainers and I can’t wait to pair it with my new Anine Bing Blazer (yes I finally got my hands on it – pictures coming soon)!
After I got married, in search of a bit of a buzz, I had a couple of extra ear piercings but I’ve never really done anything with them, preferring a couple of simple studs. When I saw these hoops and studs from Whistles I thought why the heck not (plus I have a little bit of a thing for moons since Luna came along)! I’m absolutely in love with the whole range from Maria Tash so until Mr.R can make good on my Christmas wish list, these fit the bill nicely! They are both now sold out on ASOS but are still available through the Whistles site.
Heres where things went downhill a bit. I love a baker boy cap in winter and this one with its gold studs just looked the business. Unfortunately either I have a head to rival Helena Bonham-Carter’s Red Queen or the fit of this is minuscule! It’s now sold out so I’m inclined to believe the former!
Best Of The Rest
I would say that that is one successful haul. The others, on the other hand, had mixed results with one tester sending everything back bar a basic white tee! Some top picks were…
We were extremely lucky to time our haul at the time of one of ASOS’s 20% off days (keep an eye out, with black Friday coming up and pretty sure there’ll be some amazing deals to be had). The downside of this is that things tend to sell out extremely quickly – I’ve linked what I can but apologies if some things or sizes are no longer in stock. There’s some great fashion content coming up with items included in the haul so make sure you stay tuned for those! Are you an ASOS lover? What have you got your eyes on for Black Friday weekend?