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13 October 2014

How am I doing with my Autumn/Winter plan?

I am happy to report I have done pretty well with my plan (original post here)! I have not strayed from the original line up and any additional purchases are all in-keeping with what I originally had in mind! I'll kick off the show and tell with the outerwear purchases! I was lucky enough to bag the M&S leopard print coat with one of the 20% discounts that have been around and not only that, my parent's ended up buying it for me for my birthday! It had it's first spin on my birthday when I went out to tea en-famille!


Marks & Spencer coat (no longer online but plenty instore)
Jaeger sweater (Autumn 2013)
H&M  pleather leggings (current, here)
H&M bag (current)
H&M lace shoes (current, here)

I also managed to bag the Topshop oversized cardy, I got the last one in the shop but I think they have re-stocked and have it in other lovely colours now too!


Tophop cardigan (current, here)
Zara Breton (Autumn 2013)
Gap skinnies (old)
Superga trainers (Summer 2014)
H&M knitted snood (current, here)

Next up it is the selection of knitwear and tops I had set my sights on! My last post was all about the Uniqlo merino sweater research so I've filled the wardrobe gap with a grey v-neck and black round neck. I also managed to snag the Boden raven and grey Breton for just £11.25 with one of their generous discounts and a welcome back £10 off voucher!



Onto other tops.......I had my eye on 2 shirts! Not only have I taken full advantage of those discount vouchers flying around, I have had a lot of luck on eBay recently! One of the items on my list was a Gap denim shirt, however while trawling eBay I came across this one from J Crew and jumped for joy when I won the auction and paid £10 and P&P for it!



The other shirt was also Gap but I didn't get my butt into gear quick enough and by the time I went to order it had sold out! It was obviously meant to be though as I ended up with this Brave Soul red and black check shirt from ASOS which was a bargain also at £15 in the sale (unfortunately now sold out too). Not only was I lucky from the price point of view but I had a lucky escape not ordering the Gap shirt as I saw it in store last week only to find it wasn't red and black but red and charcoal which would not have been in keeping with the plan at all!


Moving on swiftly to the bottom half, I did invest in the ASOS ridley busted knee black jeans (with 25% off thanks to Glamour magazine!) and I say invest as they are possibly some of the best jeans I have ever owned!! High on the waist and with the most perfect amount of stretch, they are the height of comfort as far as jeans go........I would thoroughly recommend! So much so I have also ordered them in blue also!


Zara jacket (Spring 2013)
Whistles t-shirt (old)
ASOS Ridley busted knee jeans (current, here)
Adidas Stan Smith trainers (courtesy of eBay)
H&M bag (current)

And so we reach the footwear! Bearing in mind I have already purchased some black Superga, I felt I needed a casual boot for the rainy days and I knew I was after a completely flat Chelsea boot. I found the Lolly Dawson in Clarks and again managed to get them with a 20% discount thanks to the purchase of the dreaded school shoes! These have been a brilliant buy as again they are super comfy and have been just the job for the wet school run's this past week. The other pair of shoes on the list was a pair of lacey pointed flats from H&M, which have been brilliant for a couple of semi-dressy occasions where neither a boot or heeled shoe would do!


So that was the original list completed.....obviously there have been a couple of unintended but perfect additions on the way! When I got an invite for a Boden clearance, I thought I'd go along for a mooch. I've got to be honest and say I went along not expecting to find anything. Having never been such an event before I was in for a real shock! Such a scrum! It was in the Showering Pavillion at the Bath & West showground, which is basically a huge cow shed where they sell livestock (ok, it's a tiny bit nicer than that.....I may have gone to huge organised raves there about 20 years ago!). Anyway there were rails around the room and lots of tables with shoes, bags and boxes of clothing on. I arrived as it was opening at 10am, it was manically busy and just a case of diving in! This is not my kind of shopping at all, there is no pleasure in picking up something with the possibility of having to brawl for it....people are so fierce when it comes to bagging a bargain. Anyway happy to report that I left after 20 minutes completely unscathed after being fortunate to find something right up my street! I got me a lovely Off Duty black roll neck sweater, once again I have managed not to deviate from my plan as it fits right in. I think it's a cotton mix and was a steal at £25!


Boden sweater
H&M pleather leggings (current, here)
Oasis pumps (ancient)
H&M bag (current)

I have Net-A -Dresser and Fashion Mum of 40 to thank for the purchase of the H&M pleather leggings in the above photo which the Boden sweater. Helen from N-A-D sewed the seed a while ago and Annmarie reminded me more recently about the hole in the wardrobe for which a leather look legging/trouser was needed! I didn't get in there quick enough again for the Next ones (I was just not patient enough to go for the 2-3week wait for delivery) but I remembered seeing something similar in H&M (I purchased and returned these last year....doh!) so I set out to purchase these immediately as I had an occasion in  mind for wearing them as my birthday was coming up.

Also not on the original list but again a fab accessory fitting in the plan was the H&M fringed bag. I had some H&M vouchers for my birthday and I knew straight away I would buy the bag as I've been eyeing it up for a couple of months and had recently seen Joanna of Poppy's Style and Frances School Run style toting theirs, only making me want it more! It is a superb bag for £19.99, I managed to nab the last black one but they also have it in another colourway which I am also contemplating!


It looks like I have had a right old splurge but thanks to some birthday presents/money and eBay sales all my Autumn purchases have been covered! I've purged a huge chunk of my wardrobe on eBay, in particular I had a huge cull of footwear as last Winter I fell out of love with boots once I purchased the New Balance trainers and of course I have practically lived in the Kurt Geiger Laurel skate shoes since I bought them earlier this year so I no longer felt I needed a lot of the boots. I do love to bag myself a bargain and I rarely pay full price for anything and as you can see I have been truly lucky with getting so many discounts on things!! Every little helps as they say!

The plan of action has really come into play over the last week, all of the above outfits have been worn during the past 7 days.....it is safe to say that winter is well on the way now! Here are just a couple more school run outfits that saw me breaking out my parka as it was blowing a gale and lashing down here!


Topshop parka (A/W 2013)
Primark sweatshirt (current, menswear department)
ASOS Ridley busted knee jeans (current, here)
Clarks Lolly Dawson boots (current, here)
Marc Jacobs bag (old)
Efurt scarf (old, Hi Hi Oxted)


Topshop parka (A/W 2013)
Uniqlo shirt (A/W 2013)
Gap always skinny jeans (old)
Adidas Stan Smiths (courtesy of eBay)

I am looking forward to wearing the new purchases over the coming weeks and I love doing the obligatory Autumn/Winter changeover when you stumble over your forgotten favourites of years gone by!

I just wanted to thank everyone who left lovely birthday messages for me on Instagram, I was very touched, it made my day extra special!

As always I love reading and responding to your comments!

Until next time!

Michelle :0)


43 comments:

  1. I think you are doing very well with your plan. Some fantastic purchases and bargains. The leopard coat looks great on you, love the H&M bag. Punches way above it's weight.
    Sue x
    Bestfriendstyle

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    1. It has really helped having a plan Sue as it has really tied up a lot of the loose ends in my wardrobe if you know what I mean! I couldn't wait to wear the coat but it just hasn't been cool enough until now...that's all changed though now hasn't?! xx

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  2. Major coat envy! Love, love the leopard print coat. You're being admirably disciplined with your purchases. Well impressed x

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    1. Marks and Spencers have done some really amazing coats this year!! I am equally enamoured with your M&S cream cocoon coat! I feel like I have done the A/W shop in one fell swoop.....where do I go from here?!

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  3. Fabulous buys, I'm in need of a pair of Chelsea boots but fancy an oxblood pair :)

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    1. Thank you Sarah! Oxblood boots sound fab....I look forward to seeing if you find what you are looking for! :0) xx

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  4. Ooh Michelle you've been super disciplined & clever with your discount codes. I love all of your purchases especially the leopard print coat ;-)
    Jane xx
    www.mymidlifefashion.com

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    1. I fear the being discipline will only last so long Jane!! I have been finding it so much easier to put my outfits together though!! The 'Bet' coat was bound to be your favourite ;0) xx

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  5. You are doing well Mrs! I absolutely loved the leopard coat, looks so cool. And you've got some fab long lasting classics, fully ready for the season I would say!
    Abbi x

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    1. I am shining my halo Abbi! I have bought some classics that do work so well with my existing wardrobe classics!! I feel absolutely ready for the season ahead! xx

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  6. Great purchases and you look fabulous in your new leopard coat! Have a lovely week Michelle:)
    ~Anne xx

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    1. We all seem to be loving a bit of the leopard print at the moment Anne.....I love your new boots! Hope you have a great week too! xx

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  7. 10/10 for sticking to your plan, you have bagged some fab bargains (& it's always so much nicer to get things with a discount!). The M&S coat looks fabulous on you & I'm very jealous that you got the Boden jumper for such a steal (& glad you managed to escape relatively unscathed!!). x

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    1. Thank you Sian......I shall give my self a pat on the back from not deviating.....though I can't promise it will last lol! ;0) I'm giving the leopard print coat another spin today as I'm off to The Pig for lunch.....whoop, whoop! And yes I was lucky to get out of Boden without any fisty-cuffs!! xx

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  8. The bag is great isn't it!? I live the light grey one too! Aren't perfect jeans everything? I'm obsessed with some black ripped ones from Zara that I have - they feel as comfortable as leggings on!

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    1. The bag is totally gorgeous Joanna, I do love my designer bags but there is just something about this one that makes me want to use it all the time! Perfect size and great style!! It takes some doing to find great jeans but always worth doing a lot of research until you find the perfect pair! xx

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  9. You have been good and it's much easier to have a plan isn't it? I haven't got one I have to say - I'm still going with the gut instinct and whatever catches my eye. And I chuckled when I saw your check shirt there - I just took delivery of my check shirt from Uniqlo - but my mine is in a red and navy colour way - it kept flitting in and out in my size and I finally managed to nab it and I confess, I've even cut off the label and it's been through the wash and is ironed ready to wear! Not hoarding that one!

    I'm not sure if I have been buying that much but I have enjoyed mixing and matching some of my more recent purchases to bring everything back on trend - intact I'm worried that I'm not buying enough ;o)

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    1. It's made my wardrobe so much easier having a plan Sue! I think you have a plan of sorts, you still know instinctively what is going to work in your wardrobe even if it means ordering lots of stuff if only to return it! The brilliant thing about having the plan does mean it all works with everything I already have and brings the old classics back on trend and I love that as I feel it is all working perfectly for me!
      I haven't seen the Uniqlo red check shirt but I wanted red and black, so glad I stuck with that! I shall be using your little tab removing technique on the sleeves of this one though and I used your fab idea for taking jeans up but without losing the original hem trick to take up my favourite H&M black ripped jeans! You saved me a tenner which I can spend on something else :0) Happy days xx

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  10. Well done you! When you shop like you have you get so much more mileage out of your wardrobe! So funny I just discovered the Asos ridley jeans......but I didnt get the discount Grrrr! But have to agree they are super comfortable, and ready to get some more definitely! p.s. The leopard coat is the business! xx

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    1. Thank you Helen. I must admit I am feeling pretty chuffed with my purchases for the very reason that they will help to get the maximum mileage out of my existing wardrobe!! Thank goodness that I have found the Ridley jeans....they certainly keep the mum tum in check for me as well as being the height of jeans comfort!! I hope nobody gets sick of seeing me in the leopard print coat.....a firm seasons favourite already! xx

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  11. Some fantastic buys and well done for not going off piste! Looking fabulous as always, Michelle. Love every one of your outfits. So lucky getting the Boden jumper for such a fantastic price! Lynne xx

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    1. Ah-ha Lynne, I wonder how long going off piste will last?! I may have made a small diversion since I started writing this post but it is another string to my bow so to speak as I am still trying to bring some of my old favourites up-to-date!! All will be revealed soon! xx

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  12. WELL DONE Michelle for sticking to your list and making some great buys with discount codes and good old eBay. Loving the bag, great on trend piece to jazz up existing things you have. x

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    1. I must admit to getting a real buzz of managing to get what I'm after with a discount.....even more so this season because I've been so specific about what I want! I do think accessories can make or break the outfit too....which is why I couldn't resist the H&M statement bag xx

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  13. I like the checked shirt, it really jumps off the page... iPhone screen! Nice :)

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    1. Thank you Lou...the red is my only nod to a bit of colour in the plan but I think the shirt looks more red than pink in the photo! xx

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  14. A splurgey plan Michelle!! Wow you've bought loads - you go girl! I adore my fringed bag which I bough in grey and black but daughter has nabbed the black one. I love everything you've bought particularly the check shirt. I think my favourite though has to be the M&S leopard print cost x

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    1. Yikes.....it seems to be like I done in one huge hit!! Hopefully now though there will only be the odd purchase here and there Donna as I am done I tell you!! I really need to focus on Chritmas shopping and some big birthdays DH and my parents in November so it is time to reign the spending in!! xx

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  15. You look fantastic in the M&S coat - I have to say I was dubious when I saw it featured in some blogs, and again when I saw it instore - but you have made it look so stylish and classy. A belated happy birthday and well done you on your fab purchases!

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    1. Ahh thanks Carol!! For me a leopard print coat is quite a hard one to pull off as I tend to shy away from patterns and bright colours too!! I am such a cautious dresser, preferring to stick to neutrals and my beloved black, however I think the M&S coat is a great subtle colour and so I am wearing it with confidence which of course makes all the difference!! Thank you for the lovely birthday wishes.....I am now officially classes as mid-forties!! Yikes!! xx

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  16. Love, love, love all of your purchases & outfits Michelle! You have done brilliantly! I really need to get my thrifty head back on! Happy Belated Birthday! You look gorgeous! Ax

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    1. Bless you Andrea!! There is no better feeling than bagging something you love with a discount!! You are brilliant at finding some bargain gems too!! xx

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  17. I don't know where to start! The bag, the looks, the coat, blimey Michelle, you look stunning

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    1. Ahh shucks Fiona!! Thanks!! Your comment has made my day!! xx

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  18. Hi my lovely! As usual you've really pulled your new style basics together to combine with the rest of your wardrobe perfectly- really love the new shirts and sweaters and those H&M pleather leggings look fabulous! I would have got a couple of sweaters at Uniqlo but yesterdays purchases were from H&M which I feel are ideal for updating my wardrobe. I do love your leopardprint coat and fringed bag too, you've really picked versatile classic and stylish pieces for Autumn, well done!! xxx

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    1. Hey my lovely!! After just seeing your latest blog post I shall be dashing to H&M men's dept as you've picked up some superb knits!! Having a plan has certainly served it's purpose...everything in the wardrobe is working perfectly together!! I really don't need another stitch ;0) Whatever next?! xx

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  19. What a fab round up Michelle, you have done well with the discounts, I always feel justified if I buy something with a discount! Loving the clarks boots, I really need a pair of everyday boots that are comfy so will be checking those out! And I am so desperate for your topshop oversize cardi keep trying it on but I think I am too short for it..pah!! Xxx

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    1. The planned purchases are so much better when you can bag them with a discount aren't they Frances!! The Clark's boots are fab for dapping about in....especially with the rain we' had here!! I love the cardy...it's even got my mums royal seal of approval, in fact she wants one!! Hope I'm still shopping in Topshop at age 70!! Lol!! xx

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  20. Ooooohhhh I love all your new purchases Michelle - I've been eyeing up those asos jeans so might get them on your recommendation! LOVE the leopard coat and H & M bag too!!!! Well done you on your bargains and discounts!!

    Luisa
    www.astylishsomething.com

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    1. Hello Luisa! First of all I love your blog, so it is lovely to receive such a fab comment...thank you :0)
      I can't recommend the ASOS Ridley jeans highly enough! They are v.similar to the Topshop Jamie but they are slightly higher on the waist and the fabric seems to hold everything in just that little bit better too!! Obviously the price point is better than the TS ones as well!! You can probably tell how much of a buzz I get about getting my desired item with a bit of discount!! xx

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  21. Ah I love it all, brilliant finds!!

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    1. Thank you! It paid off to be dogged about my plan! Yay!

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