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11 February 2014

Battling the elements!

It would seem that the weather we have been having lately is here to stay a while longer.....until Spring I'm told so I'm guessing with the way our seasons go we probably have another 6 weeks or there abouts!! I think it's fair to say we are all fed up with the rain and the gales......it makes it hard to get excited about the Spring stuff in the shops!! Just as well there are still a few bits & bobs out there for the transitional period!! Lucky for me as I have recently been looking for a replacement for the H&M parka that I bought back in August (featured on my first ever blog post....here). Unfortunately the zip was faulty and it broke beyond repair just after Christmas. I have to take my hat off to H&M and their customer service as they they took it back no qualms even though I had it for some time!!  However....this did leave a bit of a hole in the coat collection as it was the only one I owned with a hood.....and boy have we needed a hood of late!! A hood is a must when you have zero chance of keeping an umbrella up in these blustery gusts and as much as I love my beanie.....a soggy hat just does not cut it when it's lashing down!! The shopping fairies must have been smiling down on me as I managed to stumble across this Topshop parka in store. It was love at first sight!


I did dither....I kept thinking 'isn't it a bit late to be buying another coat??' I do already own a black waxed Whistles parka (sadly no hood though) and I had just about convinced myself I could manage until next Autumn. Especially since the Topshop one was double the price of the original H&M one!!  That was until last week when I got caught out in a deluge....then I decided it was time to take action and so I ordered the parka and blimey am I glad I did!! So thrilled with it! It is oversized and there is plenty of room for sweaters and jackets underneath. I love the fur-lined hood....it is really cozy and really pleased with the colour which is a bottle green, nice bit of leather look detailing on it too!! Of course it has already had a couple of outings as the minute it arrived I whipped it out of the packet and wore it straight away! Sign of a great buy!

So here I am sporting it!! Happy to report that it has kept me both warm and dry!!


Topshop parka
Gap Skinny's
Nike Free Trainers
New Look beanie

Here are the rest of my looks from these past few days.


Hobbs sweatshirt
Uniqlo Shirt
Gap Real Stright jeans
Converse trainers

Ahem.....another sneaky little purchase from Pull & Bear in the way of this sweatshirt.....well I did fail Frugal Feb on day 1!!


Pull & Bear sweatshirt
M&S loungewear trousers
Next pumps

And finally......don't faint....a dress!! Thanks to the wonderful Susie So So for helping me to get my mitts on this little number from DP


Dorothy Perkins dress
Jaeger coatigan (courtesy of ebay many moons ago!)
Office Brogues

So am I alone in still buying weather led items?! Have you had to dash out to stock up on any clothing essentials to brave the elements?? Or is everybody now head long into planning their Spring must haves?? 

Hope you are all keeping warm and dry people and that you have been fortunate enough not to suffer any awful circumstances during this weather madness! 

Love reading your thoughts and responding to them!! 

Until next time, Michelle xx

26 comments:

  1. I love the leather detailing on it too! Its perfect! I need one asap as the school runs on the bus are killing me! I love the M&S trews & need to go dig my black harems out! Not at all inspired atm.....roll on Spring! Ax

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    1. It's all in the details Andrea!! The leather look bits and the 'faux fox fur' hood....simply gorgeous even though I do say so myself!!

      The M&S trews are so v.similar to the Next ones....I'm thinking of going in for a 2nd pair....so comfy!! xx

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  2. Love your new parka Michelle & with the weather we're currently having (it's actually snowing here as I type!!) I'm sure you're going to get plenty of use from it before Spring arrives!!
    Jane xx
    www.mymidlifefashion.com

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    1. I was so glad of it today Jane....it was lashing down here but hubby was in your area and he said it was snowing when he arrived.....should be prepared for it all now thankfully!! xx

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  3. Great coat and you will wear this again and again and again and again!
    One day spring might arrive - one day

    Fiona

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    1. Love the coat so much Fiona.....I now don't care when Spring arrives!! Shhh.....comment is in an attempt to bring Spring on ASAP.....lol xx

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  4. Love that parka Michelle and I'd say we will easily have 6 weeks more of this weather so it will get lots of use!!
    ~Anne xx

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    1. Do you know Anne that another reason I went for the parka was that not last Summer but the one before I remember still wearing my parka in June on my daughters sports day as it hosed down.....how sad is that!!! Fingers crossed for glorious sunshine 2 years in a row for sports day this year!! xx

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  5. It's always the fur around the hoods that attract me and this looks like great fur! I think you can be forgiven for buying it Michelle, I never did get a new puffa coat this year and I'm still trying to stop myself! xx

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    1. There is still time to be buying that puffa coat Sharron.....who would Adam and Eve it that I would still be buying a proper coat in Feb?! It's nuts but a necessity sadly!! Luckily I love ithe new coat which is lucky as i shall probably end up wearing it all year round.....such as the weather conditions are in the UK!!
      :0( xx

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  6. Hi my dear!! ooh serious parka envy, that looks super stylish and oh so cosy, such a fabulous buy!! Loving your new sweatshirt too and I think it was worth breaking the frugal February ban, hehe!! xxx

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    1. Oops to Frugal Feb!! I've been rubbish at that challenge Sharon but chuffed to pieces with my new purchases.....so it's been worth breaking the spending ban!! xx

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  7. Great parka, Michelle. I'm sure you'll get tonnes of wear from it. I resisted a parka in Next at the weekend as my Dorothy Perkins one isn't warm enough when it's really cold. Frugal fab going well so far... Lynne x

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    1. Well done with resisting temptation Lynne keep going....not long until the end of Feb!! xx

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  8. I've got a pair of snow boots winging their way to me so NO - never too late to buy warm stuff. We still had snow on the ground last year at the end of March! Love the new parka and the Nikes too, oh and the denim dress! x

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    1. I've been eyeing up snow boots too Avril!! Hope they are not needed though as admittedly I'd rather spend the dosh on something else!! More dresses and trainers...lol x

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  9. Oh dear I fear I need a parka. I use hubby's for dog walking on really cold days. It's huge and very heavy - makes my shoulders ache. Love your choice. You look so cosy Michelle x

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    1. Tis very cozy indeed Donna.....I should grab one before they sell out! It would seem I am not alone in still feeling to keep warm and dry!! xx

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  10. Love it - love the colour and I love the details and I love that you can stuff lots of jumpers on underneath - my kind of parka!

    Snowboots next?

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    1. Thanks Sue!! I've been wearing tons underneath it....jackets and scarves even though it does up high on the neck it's still good to be able to get a snuggly warm scarf under there too!! xx

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  11. Love that parka, love the shape and the fur it looks completely fab on you! You will so get loads of wear out of it! X

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    1. Really love the shape of it too Frances...tis very cocoon like leaving plenty of room for lots of layering!! xx

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  12. I love Parka's, stylish but practical. Your Topshop one is gorgeous & you can't beat the classic khaki colour. Unfortunately, (or fortunately, lol!) I think you will be getting a lot of wear out of it for some weeks to come!! x

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  13. Super happy with this parka Sian......I won't mind if I'm wearing it for the foreseeable...lol!! xx

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  14. Topshop parkas are great, I have one from three years ago and still going strong! I love this one on you, looks super cosy x

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    1. Thank you....I love it, not sure what I would have done without it these past few days!! x

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