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20 August 2015

Wish list things!

This is more of a transitional wish-list than A/W. The way I am going to try and buy this season is to firstly get a few basics up together in my wardrobe. Then once I've conquered the classics I will go in search of a few trend pieces to update what I already have. One or 2 of these items are replacements, things that I have bought before that I feel are worth investing a bit more in, like this first tux jacket from Zara. I bought a one from H&M last year, had I realised how much I would wear it I would have bought a better quality one!


I love the tucked sleeve on this jacket....perfect for me as I always rolled up the sleeves on the H&M one. It doesn't have the satin lapel either which makes it a little bit more wearable for me. It's an added bonus that Zara have styled it with a white tee (as you see below, also on my wishlist) and some cropped jeans which I managed to pick up in the ASOS sale (see here).....I can do this look! 

So, second up is the Zara slouchy v-neck white t-shirt that I just spoke of. Last Autumn I had a Whistles round neck white t-shirt that ended up being such a wardrobe workhorse during the tricky transeasonal weather so I think this will be another great little basic addition.


I've had a real love affair with the a-line skirt this Summer and I know Zara did this shape of skirt last year....luckily they are doing this pleather skirt again! I intend to add it to my growing collection of skirts. This will be great with boots and tights in the Winter but I'm hoping to wear it with boots and bare legs in the coming weeks and I may even try it with some Converse.....more about those in a bit!


It isn't all about Zara but I have to say their new season stock is unbelievably tempting!

I've had a very ruthless cull on the jeans front, 4 pairs have been disposed of in the last week and I think there will be more to follow. I have a few pairs of the Topshop Jamie's which are hands down my favourites, high waisted and stretchy which make them so comfortable, so I am forsaking most of my other skinnies for this style! I think there will be more purchases of these throughout the season but for now I intend to pick up these in the washed black.


Last but not least is the transitional footwear. Last year my black Converse hi-tops were practically glued to my feet....there wasn't a boot in sight until almost the end of the season when I purchased the Chloe-esqe style Aldo boots. So for this Autumn I am going to replace my totally knackered white Converse low, so expect to see these new ones with everything!



I know what you must be thinking.....nothing ground-breaking going on here! All seen before! Hands up this is a terribly boring monochrome kind of transitional uniform but there is method to my madness! I don't want to peak too soon with the Autumn/Winter purchases so I am going to hang tight until I can see which trends will work with the current *capsule* wardrobe (I use the term capsule lightly, there is still a lot of work to be done to achieve this!). These pieces should see me through the coming weeks, hopefully until those lovely discount codes start coming through.....you see, I have a plan as by then I will be furiously eBaying my A/W stuff to accumulate some much needed funds! ;0)

Right, onto this weeks outfits.....


Zara jacket, ancient
H&M top, ancient
Zara jeans S/S 2015
H by Hudson Mirar boots via Office, past season style
Balenciaga bag, ancient


Topshop jacket, past season
Zara t-shirt, past season
Topshop Jamie jeans, similar here
Aldo boots, A/W 2014


Mango dress, Spring/Summer 2015
H by Hudson Mirar boots via Office, past season style


DKNY biker jacket, via T K Maxx ancient
Topshop blouse, S/S 2015 now sold out
Topshop Jamie jeans, similar here
H by Hudson Mirar boots via Office, past season style
Balenciaga bag, ancient


T K Maxx top, ancient
Topshop Jamie jeans, similar here
Topshop Finest shoes, current here
Balenciaga bag, ancient


Whistles top, ancient
Topshop Jamie jeans, similar here
Topshop bag, past season eBay purchase



Warehouse top, Spring/Summer 2015
Vero Moda shorts, ancient
The Jacksons London *Smile* bag, here or here
Accessorize panama, ancient

Is your Autumn/Winter wish list or purchasing already well underway or are you totally underwhelmed by what's in the shops at the moment? Would love to hear your thoughts!



26 comments:

  1. I never find your style boring, so I'm reading this with great interest and following how you pull your look together so well. I love the idea of the pleather skirt ... hmmmm ... I may have to investigate that further as a winter alternative to my usual jeans!

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    1. Aww...thanks Helen! I've plenty experience of rushing out and buying the trends and then finding that my preferred looks are made up of the classics! I've rediscovered some my old favourites like my DKNY biker jacket over the last couple of weeks and so I feel armed and ready to go into Autumn, with the help of my wish list items!
      Like you I was in London over the weekend and saw lots of the a-line skirts around...that's what inspired me to try the Zara skirt with the Converse! I love people watching and for me there is no better place than London for style ideas! xx

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  2. I've already nicked a lot of your outfits (sorry, not sorry!!) & feel I'll be doing the same throughout A/W - except for the short skirt, can't do them!
    Love the Zara jacket as I have to roll the sleeves up on my H&M blazer too x

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    1. Steal away Sarah....it's not different to what I do when I see something on someone else that I love!
      The blazer is really lovely, a gorgeous crepe material that hangs really well....it has wardrobe winner stamped all over it! xx

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  3. You look so cool! You're just like Sue in that you know your own style so well and what suits you! I've been eBaying madly too - a HUGE purge like never before. I am really trying to stick with what I love. I've done plenty of experimenting over the past 2 years and now it is time to cultivate what I know works! Although I may have just gone a bit mad on sneakers in the Nike sale! x

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    1. Mwah Joanna! That is a compliment indeed! I'm still learning but I have a much better idea of what suits me now and more importantly what I will actually get the wear out of. I'm getting there....like you I'm hoping I'm over the experimenting stage!
      I have no doubt that at some point there will be more sneakers making their way into my capsule wardrobe....so I don't blame one bit for taking advantage of the Nike sale! ;0) xx

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  4. I've made a little start - a burgundy jumper! I loved it too much to leave it in the shop. I have that Zara black blazer in the white - it fab. My friend bought it in the black first, then I went and got the whole for both of us whilst abroad! I have a super soft pair of Jamies, they have been worn so much since I got them. Love the white version on you x

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    1. Hope you are going to be doing a show and tell on your little burgundy sweater Natalie! I do love my knitwear in the colder months and I've got a lot of the basics covered but I like a couple of statement pieces......so ideas would be most welcome!
      The Zara blazer is amazing, such lovely quality for the money and as for the Jamie's, I think they will eventually replace all of my other skinnies, I think the fit of them is that brilliant! xx

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  5. I also stick to a monochrome/simple style.
    I have had success with the Topshop black dress you reviewed previously.
    In the next couple of months I intend on investing in a new breton, some converse high tops and a cream jumper.

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    1. Good to know I am not alone in loving the monochrome Cheryl! Your wish list sounds right up my street! Glad you like the Daisy dress, I think it is going to be a very useful piece in my wardrobe over the coming months! xx

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  6. Gorgeous picks Michelle, you are so right to 'hold' on the AW purchases I always get too excited and buy too much too early! Love the Tux jacket, just perfect! And I am suddenly needing more converse I have decided I can no longer live without a pair of lo black converse in my life (slight exaggeration but you know what I mean!) I will follow your lead and try to hold back xxxx

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    1. Thanks Frances! I have definitely learnt my lesson from previous seasons.....last year the weather was pants when we returned from our holiday in August and I ended up eBaying a couple of bits that I'd been a bit too keen to buy and got wrong! The bits I'm getting now should see me right through the year as well as scratching the itch of wanting something new! I hope my Converse will be arriving today as I feel the same....I'm envisaging all sorts of outfits with them xx

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  7. Inspired by your basics. I'm looking for a nice pair of sneakers too. I feel that my feet look really big in white sneakers, but I'm going to try them again. Love your honed style. Going through your blog and revisiting your past outfits. Love it!

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    1. Thank you so much for the lovely comment Marianne! I think there will be more sneakers for me as we go through the season, I tend to wear them more than boots! I've been eyeing up some black suede Adidas Gazelle's but I'm going to hang tight just in case anything else takes my fancy! xx

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  8. Michelle, I love, LOVE, a tux jacket, and like you, I wear my one almost all year round! But I reckon if big budget clothes spending funds were freely available I would definitely invest in a YSL one, and have it for the rest of my life....waistline allowing! Helen xx

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    1. Helen....when I win the lottery that YSL tux will be in my top 5 items of clothing to purchase first! ;0) A definite forever investment piece! I'm off to dream up what the rest of that list will be made up of! xx

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  9. Well I don't think that's a boring list at all! I can see how all these pieces will work as part of a slimmed- down wardrobe, and as you say you can add in more trend-driven pieces to ring the changes. We actually have a few items in common - I've just been lucky enough to receive a little windfall, so I'm having a little clear out of my own, and replacing a few bits that I love as well as making a few new additions! I tried several Zara pleather skirts, but the quality was poor on all of them. I went for a Warehouse a-line number in the end. At £38 it's a little more money, but I'd say it's worth the extra for the better quality. Worth a try!

    Looking fabulous as always, lady! xx

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    1. Phew...this post is getting a much better reception than I anticipated! It would seem quite a few ladies are of the same opinion as in the classics are a good place to start!
      I'm about to get my last pay packet so I am trying to spend it wisely, so I'm confident I'm spending it on the right things!
      Spend that windfall wisely (lucky you!)....it sounds as though you already are! I love your new look....your hair is looking fab! xx

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  10. I don't think it's boring either - it makes sense to me! And it's quite nice going back to a pair of Converse every now and then. That's how I felt in February when I wore Converse instead of Adidas when we all met up in February as I knew there were going to be a few pairs kicking around. But I've only just started looking at the autumn stuff coming in yesterday ... I have been somewhat slow. And I like your ruthlessness - I said I would do my wardrobe when the kids were at home over the hols but it's been too busy! But I will sort it!

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    1. Oh good Sue....you are backing me up too! You can't get much more classic than a pair of white Converse can you?! I remember seeing you in the Converse....and you did indeed look cool, little did you know how ahead of the game you were! I saw lots of trendy girls sporting them in London last weekend, they seem to be having a right old revival, although they never really go out of fashion do they!
      I am still turfing stuff from my wardrobe....I did a little reccie of what's in the A/W stuff I packed away earlier this year the majority of it will see me through the coming seasons! I say it every time but I shouldn't need too much, I've got a lot of the basics.....just need a couple of those all important trend items to freshen things up! At the moment I haven't a clue what they will be! xx

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  11. Not boring at all - classics that will fit perfectly into your wardrobe, Michelle. I'm thinking about buying these converse too - I've been umming and aaahing for months now so I think I should just go for them! Loving your looks - can't believe you've been in boots! Has the weather been that bad??? Lynne xx

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    1. Lovely....someone else who agrees Lynne! Thank you! I would take the plunge and go for the Converse! I can't believe I've been in boots either but the weather really hasn't been that great.....doesn't look that good for the coming week either :0( xx

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  12. Your hair is looking SENSATIONAL at the moment Michelle!

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    1. Thank you Fiona! It's in dire need of a cut and colour at the mo.....but isn't is always the way that's when I feel it looks it's best! xx

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  13. The good/bad thing about being lat to the party on one of your blogposts Michelle is that everyone beats me to it and says what I was going to say!! So, not boring, gorgeous & classic and I am endlessly inspired by your wardrobe! *off to check out that jacket* xx

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    1. Thanks so much Avril! It's seems to me that staying fairly classic in my choices has met with much approval which is a bit of a relief because I am starting to be much more cautious about what I purchase and by trying to really figure out what has worked for me and not stray into too many trends, that is where I tend to make the most mistakes! xx

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