BLOGMAS – Introducing Mrs Claus…Yes It’s Another Blazer

Yes, I know it’s another blazer. I haven’t got a red blazer…well I do now obviously and quite honestly I have no regrets. This was a bit of a surprise holiday purchase. I stood in a queue behind perhaps the most irritating woman I have ever come across in order to buy this blazer which – as I remarked to my mum afterwards said a lot about how much I actually wanted it. (FYI she decided to hold up the whole queue by trying on and requesting new and different sizes in pretty much everything. The whole scenario took FOREVER and the only thing that calmed my shopper’s rage was the fact that her dress was half unzipped and showing the label and no one was telling her! Ha, that’ll teach her (I know I’m evil)). Anyway, I’ve gone completely off topic so at the risk of repeating myself I LOVE THIS BLAZER! It has padded shoulders (not Alexis Carrington style padded shoulders, nice subtle padded shoulders) that give a lovely sharp silhouette and It’s that gorgeous blue red that’s just perfect for this time of year. The only downside that I can see is that the first time I wore it, Mr.R said I looked like Santa and my dad shouted Hi Di Hi (bloody cheek, they wore yellow jackets)! Anyway, I’ve long since learned to ignore Mr.R’s sartorial observations and I think it’s pretty hard to fault! There’ll be no surprises as to how I’ve styled it – black jeans, black cami and heels are pretty much my dressed up uniform. This is the velvet cami that I talked about in A Pre-Christmas Holiday In The Sun which throws a bit of texture into the mix and gives that all important festive feel! Whats your go-to outfit for a bit of festive fun?

black levi jeans

red mango blazer

red blazer and jeans

mrs claus blazer

mango blazer

BLAZER – MANGO

JEANS – LEVI

CAMISOLE – MASSIMO DUTTI

SHOES – VALENTINO (SIMILAR)

BAG – SAINT LAURANT (SIMILAR)

 

Elf On The Shelf – The Adventures Of Tuukka Tuukka DAY7

snow angel elf

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Cashmere Woes – Finding The Perfect Luxury Knit

I love the idea of cashmere…soft, snuggly and super luxurious, I always imagine the cashmere wearing girl to be someone who holidays in Aspen and drives a vintage car! Now of course that’s nonsense – these days you can pick up a cashmere sweater alongside your bread and milk but well, I’m rather partial to the fantasy and In my experience, good cashmere is hard to find. I have bought at both low and high price points and I’ll be honest…up until now I’ve been disappointed. Firstly, there’s the itch factor. Now I’ve spoken about this before (check out my post on coloured knitwear) and while I know cashmere is supposed to be ‘above’ the myriad of scratchy knits on the market, until now I haven’t come across a piece that I could wear against my skin without some kind of barrier – i.e. a t-shirt (which just seemed to defeat the object)! Secondly, there’s the fluff factor – again I’ve spoken about this before but getting fluff up your nose or in your eye is so not glamorous. Finally there’s the bobble factor! If you are serious about investing in cashmere then a knitwear comb is essential – a bobbly fine knit sweater does not scream chic so much as cheap! In my eyes, de-bobbling is a completely non-negotiable part of the upkeep!

One of my first holiday purchases was this gorgeous fine knit camel cashmere sweater (what can I say, I must have had a premonition about the temperatures back home), which FYI, I can wear without a t-shirt underneath and (so far) has not bobbled!!! There’s something about camel coloured knitwear that just screams luxury so running with that theme, I’ve paired it with a cream coat and tan suede boots – impractical but oh so chic! What are your luxury must-haves?

Finding the perfect cashmere knit

uterque scarf

cream coat outfit

cashmere wars

camel cashmere sweater

brown suede boots

cream uterque coat

 SWEATER – MASSIMO DUTTI

COAT – UTERQÜE (SIMILAR)

JEANS – LEVI

BOOTS – ASOS

SCARF – UTERQÜE (SIMILAR)

NECKLACE – MISSOMA

BELT – GUCCI

BAG – JW ANDERSON

SUNGLASSES – RAYBAN

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