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14 December 2014

My top 5 favourites pieces this season

Time to reviews my favourite purchases of the season! I like to do this to give me an idea of what I might like to try and bag in the sales! It goes without saying that top of the list it's footwear again! For me it is definitely the shoe, boot or trainer (for me in most cases!) that makes the outfit. I am totally in love with my black Converse hi-tops and I have worn little else since I got them about a month ago. They are such a classic, they do go with everything, hence I've been wearing them practically everyday!!



On the odd day off from my Converse I tend to wear my other footwear love, my Adidas Stan Smiths. Wearing these at the moment is weather permitted as I hate being cold so tend to only bare the ankles on the milder days! These are another classic and have been brilliant for pulling together more than a few outfits from some of the pieces featured below!

Adidas Stan Smith eBay £36

What I do love in Winter are my coats........as you know I have quite a few! Your coat and your footwear are generally all people will see of your outfit! This grey Topshop coat has been my favourite this season. I love the colour, it's been a great neutral for me. I tend to wear a lot of black at this time of year and this coat has been great for mixing things up a bit and getting me out of the darkness into a few lighter things! I love it with navy and it is great with the Stans!

Topshop coat £58

And of course the Stan's and the Topshop coat have looked brilliant with these H&M patchwork jeans. Now admittedly these jeans aren't the most comfortable jeans I own but I think they look the business and they have been brilliant for pulling together some of the navy pieces I have to make up some of my favourite looks.

H&M patchwork jeans £19.99

Last of the top 5 had to be the Zara sweater.....I love this! Such a lovely chunky knit, I love the colour and again I have loved wearing it with the H&M patchwork jeans and the Stan's! One of my other favourite outfits has been this sweater with the sparkly H&M harems and the Converse.....it is so versatile!! 

Zara sweater purchased £45.99

So, there it is, a round-up of my best purchases so far this season. I've been trying to think of anything that I've bought that's been a bit of mistake and hand on heart I can honestly say I don't think I've made any mistakes, everything I've bought so far has earned it's place in my wardrobe. Will this exercise help me at all when sale time comes? Not really, it's just proved that I don't really need anything as everything I have is working perfectly well together! I did fancy trying to bag a faux fur......H&M have let me down big time as the one I ordered appears to have got lost in transit....but hey, I'm not too devastated so maybe I don't want one as much as I thought I did. I think I would like some more chunky knits.....but how many does a girl need?! Definitely no further shoe purchases required! Hmm what's left to buy? Not a lot! The Husband is breathing a sigh of relief anyway!

So let's get onto what I've been wearing this week.....quite a few of these key pieces in play here!


Topshop coat (current, here)
Uniqlo shirt (A/W 2013 similar here)
M&S sweater (old similar here)
Gap always skinny (old, similar here)
Adidas Stan Smiths (via ebay, you can buy here)
H&M snood (current here)


M&S Limited Edition coat (current, sold out online)
Jaeger sweater (A/W 2013, same here)
H&M jeans (sale Spring 2014)
Converse black hi top (current via Surfdome)
New Look hat (Winter 2013, similar here from H&M £3.99!)
H&M snood (current, here)
Marc Jacobs bag (old)


Wallis coat (current, here)
Uniqlo Lulu Guiness sweatshirt (current, sold out)
Uniqlo silk shirt (Spring 2014, similar here)
Gap legging jeans (old, similar here)
Converse black hi top (current via Surfdome)
New Look hat (Winter 2013, similar here from H&M £3.99!)
H&M snood (current, here)
Anya Hindmarch Gracie bag (Spring 2014 via The Outnet)


Vintage coat
Whistles sweater (old outlet purchase)
ASOS Ridley jeans (current, here)
New Look hat (Winter 2013, similar here from H&M £3.99!)
H&M snood (current, here)
Anya Hindmarch Gracie bag (Spring 2014 via The Outnet)


Zara coat (old)
Gap merino sweater (Winter 2013, similar here)
Topshop Jamie jeans (Autumn 2013, similar here)
Primark scarf (current season)
New Look hat (Winter 2013, similar here from H&M £3.99!)
Converse black hi top (current via Surfdome)

Do you do a season *reccie* to see what's worked and what's not?! What have been your favourite purchases.....I am looking for sales purchase inspiration here! Is there anything you are hoping to snag in the sales?

As always I look forward to reading and responding to your comments!

Until next time!

Michelle xx


7 December 2014

Just an outfit round-up really!

We are suddenly careering towards Christmas and I don't know where the time has gone....so much so that I've only had time to throw together this post which is just sharing my outfits from the past week!! There is a new addition to the wardrobe which I shall share below!

First up is Monday's school run outfit....taking advantage of the mild weather we experienced at the start of the week to get the leather jacket out!


Superdry leather jacket (old, via T K Maxx, similar here)
J Crew sweater
H&M harems (as above)
Converse black hi top (current here)
H&M snood (current here)
New Look hat (Winter 2013, similar here from H&M £3.99!)

So, Tuesdays outfit consisted of piling on some layers to keep the cold at bay! The change of scenery was due to me spending the best part of the day helping my folks get their Christmas decorations up!


Topshop coat (current, here)
Pull & Bear sweathirt (Spring 2014, similar here)
Whistles t-shirt (old, similar here)
Gap always skinny (old, similar here)
Converse black hi top ( current here)
H&M snood (current, here)
New Look hat (Winter 2013, similar here from H&M £3.99!)
Anya Hindmarch (Spring 2014, The Outnet)

On Wednesday it was all about finishing the Christmas shopping with the DH! Again tons of layers to bob in and out of the toasty shops!!


Damart gilet (current, here)
Whistles jersey biker jacket (old)
Brave Soul shirt via ASOS (sold out)
ASOS Ridley jeans (current, here)
Converse black hi top (current here)
Primark scarf (Autumn 2013)
New Look hat (Winter 2013, similar here from H&M £3.99!)
Anya Hindmarch (Spring 2014, The Outnet)

Then there was the Christmas work do! There were layers for this too! I had some walking to do from one place to another and as I wanted to wear the New Look shoes, so to make up for potentially cold tootsies I tried to make up for it by topping my outfit off with a bit of fur to keep warm and glam things up a bit!


Damart gilet (current, here)
River Island drape cardy (Spring 2013)
Zara coated jeans (old, similar here)
New Look shoes (current, here)
H&M bag (current, sold out online but I have seen in store)

Saturday's outfit was fit for a trip to our favourite garden centre to see Santa and participate in a bit of ice-skating.....that was the 8 year old, not me I might add!! 


Topshop parka (Spring 2014, similar from River Island here)
Boden Off Duty sweater (bought from clearance sale, similar here)
Dorothy Perkins jeggings (Winter 2012, similar here)
Converse black hi top ( current here)
Anya Hindmarch (Spring 2014, The Outnet)

And finally onto that little purchase I mentioned! Whilst in town on Wednesday I was flitting through the menswear department in Primark and this little blazer caught me eye. I tried it on and the DH nodded his approval and exclaimed it would be his treat! Who was I to argue! It was mild enough to go without a coat today so I gave it it's first airing.....I love it! It's grey herringbone, the lining is a cute paisley fabric which is great for turning back the long arms!! I see myself getting lots of wear out of this!!


Primark mens jacket (current)
Uniqlo v-neck merino sweater (current here)
Uniqlo urban sweat pants (current, sold out online)
Converse black hi top ( current here)
H&M snood (current, here)
New Look hat (Winter 2013, similar here from H&M £3.99!)
Anya Hindmarch (Spring 2014, The Outnet)

What do you think of my little Primark bargain? Have you had any luck in the menswear department of a store lately! I may have something under the Christmas tree, also from the menswear section of another large High Street store! ;0) Santa willing....all will be revealed in a couple of weeks!!

As always I love reading and responding to your comments!

Wishing everyone a fab week!

Be back soon!

Michelle xx

30 November 2014

My party pieces!

Really this should read my *going out garments* but it wasn't quite so catchy as my party pieces! The fact is that there are no parties on the horizon for me over the festive period! Long gone are the days of a big office Christmas bash that requires a party dress and a week's worth of lady maintenance and preparation! These days the highlights of my Christmas calendar are a meal straight from work and a neighbours drinks party in between Christmas and New year! I am so rock'n'roll....not! So as much as I'd love to splash out on a fab new outfit I am instead looking to update my evening wear wardrobe with a couple of pieces that compliment a few purchases I have already made and that I can wear all year round! First up I felt I needed a tux! I have an ancient Jaeger one but it is quite boxy and I fancied something longer and fitted.....cue a trip to H&M where I picked up this beauty for just £24.99! I found it came up small and I've ended up with a size 14!



I'm not a Christmas sweater wearing type of girl but I am not adverse to a little bit of something sparkly so I plumped for this fab t-shirt also from H&M, another excellent bargain at £7.99!



I bought these H&M leather look leggings a while back and they have already earned their pay-per-wear! Again excellent value at £14.99



Right at the start of the season I purchased a fab little lacey pointy pump from H&M and they completed this look perfectly!



Here is the ensemble which I wore for a Birthday dinner with my hubby on Wednesday! A very un-classy ladies room shot I'm afraid!



I thought the t-shirt would be a great alternative to my denim shirt to wear with my faux leather skirt so I had a little try on!



I bought faux leather skirt from Next last year but they have done something similar again this year


Quite frankly if I hadn't bought the M&S caged sandals earlier in the year I would definitely be heading straight to get these amazing sandals from Next but I just cannot justify another pair of sandals as have only worn the M&S ones a couple of times!


I got the new H&M tux out again today......I may have been a tad overdressed for Sunday lunch at the pub but as I said I don't get out that much so I'm grabbing every opportunity to wear it! With another pair of shoes I picked up this week!


H&M tuxedo jacket (current, here)
Clements Ribeiro top (old, via T K Maxx)
Zara coated jeans (old, similar here)
New Look shoes (current, here)

If you missed the New Look lace up metallic heel lace up pointed pumps a few weeks back they are now in stock again so get some while you can! 


A quick round-up of my outfits from this past week!


Topshop coat (Winter 2012, similar here from River Island)
Jaeger jumper (outlet purchase, old)
Dorothy Perkins jeggings (Winter 2012, similar here)
Converse black hi top via Surfdome (20% off with ILOVEWINTER & Free Delivery!) 
H&M snood (current, here)
H&M bag (current, sold out online but I have seen in store)
New Look hat (Winter 2013, similar here from H&M £3.99!)


Mango coatigan (current, sold out)
Gap merino sweater (Winter 2013)
Topshop Jamie jeans (Autumn 2013)
Converse black hi top via Surfdome (20% off with ILOVEWINTER & Free Delivery!) 
H&M snood (current, here)
New Look hat (Winter 2013, similar here from H&M £3.99!)


Wallis coat (current, here)
Gap sweater (Autumn 2012)
Uniqlo Shirt (Spring 2014, similar here)
H&M jeans (sale Spring 2014)
Converse black hi top via Surfdome (20% off with ILOVEWINTER & Free Delivery!) 
Primark scarf (current)
New Look hat (Winter 2013, similar here from H&M £3.99!)


Topshop coat (Winter 2013, similar here from ASOS)
Damart gilet (current, here)
Uniqlo crossover merino sweater (old)
ASOS Ridley jeans (current, here)
Converse black hi top via Surfdome (20% off with ILOVEWINTER & Free Delivery!) 
Marks and Spencer leopard print bag (Winter 2013, similar here)
New Look hat (Winter 2013, similar here from H&M £3.99!)


Zara sweater (current, sold out online)
H&M patchwork jeans (current, here)
Adidas Stan Smiths (via ebay, you can buy here)

I would love to hear what your party pieces are! Are there any absolute wardrobe winners that you bring out every year?

As always I love reading and responding to your comments!

I best get off and sort out that filthy mirror....be back soon!

Michelle xx

23 November 2014

Fancy joining me for a spot of fab inspiration?

Ladies, if you are looking for a fab source of inspiration I may have just the thing for you! If you like sharing....even better! Read on.....

You already know that I rely heavily on Pinterest and Instagram for outfit ideas, I follow tons of blogs and can often be caught stealing style from my fellow blogging friends too ;0) Those of you who may have followed me from the beginning will know I started my outfit sharing journey on an amazing website called Avenue 57, run by the lovely Fiona Blake. Avenue 57 is no longer in it's original form but it is still around in a fab new format! There is tons of inspiration to be had here, some great advice........if you want it you can ask for it! There is plenty of sharing of outfits, clothing inspiration, and lots of superb info on High Street deals and voucher codes to be had. You can join in the fun as Fiona has now set up a closed group on Facebook to take advantage of all that Avenue 57 has to offer! I am now going to show a tiny slice of what superb inspiration there is on offer! 

You may remember that a couple of posts back that I purchased some fab glittery harem trews from H&M! Now, I bought these for any Christmas do's I may have coming up, they were such a great buy at £9.99, I wouldn't worry if I only wore them once or twice! Anyway this amazing lady has shown me the way! I just love the way she has completely dressed them down....something I would never have dreamed of doing! There was me trying to smarten them up with a tux style jacket and heels when I actually think the way to go with them is the complete opposite! I haven't copied this styling garment for garment but this sowed the seed for an outfit I could put together out of a couple of new purchases I have made which is just brilliant!!


So if you want to join in the A57 fun just follow the link here to sign up. As I said, it is a closed group, whilst your friends on Facebook will be able to see that you have posted they won't be able to see what you have posted on A57. A huge thank you to Natalie (I did ask permission to use her photo!) Natalie, I think you look fantastic in all of your outfits and thank you for making me think outside the box with the H&M trousers! I do love to give credit where it is due! Doesn't she look great ladies?!

Here is my take what Natalie has done so brilliantly above!!


I bought this gorgeous Zara sweater whilst on my little jolly to Brum last weekend with my lovely shopping buddy Jane from My Midlife Fashion




Converse black hi top via Surfdome (20% off with ILOVEWINTER & Free Delivery!) thanks to this superb inspiration from Pinterest!




Thought I'd best share the inspo behind my other outfits this week! Again, I've just *borrowed* elements of this ensemble aka leopard print coat and the new Converse hi tops!




M&S Limited Edition coat (current, here, 20% off with code NOV14A2, hurry though as this ends 24th November)
Pull & Bear sweatshirt (Spring 2014, similar here)
ASOS Ridley jeans (Current, here)
Converse black hi top via Surfdome (20% off with ILOVEWINTER & Free Delivery!)
H&M snood (current, here)

Last but not least on the outfit front is this combo which is another of my favourites from the past few weeks. Now again, I merely needed a nod in the right direction to put these pieces together and this came courtesy of the lovely Sharron from Style At Every Age here! Sharron gave me the gentle prod to put together a collarless coat over a Breton as it is easy to forget what you have when your wardrobe is fit to burst with stuff!! I love the results of this style stealing!!


Uniqlo urban fleece coat (Winter 2013, best alternative was from Primark on my last post here)
Boden Breton (current, here 25% off everything with code 3Y8Y)
ASOS Ridley jeans (Current, here)
H&M snood (current, here)
Anya Hindmarch Gracie Bag (Spring 2014 c/o The Outnet)

So ladies....are you going to join the ace group that is A57? There are a few familiar faces posting there as well as lots of newbies.....it would be rude not to right?! 

As always I love reading and responding to your comments!

Be back soon!

Michelle xx