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9 September 2015

The thing I love about Autumn is.......

apart from the golden hues, the leaves crunching beneath my feet and stoking the wood burner up again, oh no....the best bit about it is that my birthday falls at the beginning of October. This just so happens to coincide perfectly with my favourite seasons stock coming in! :0) In the vain hope that my dear husband reads this post (which he has been known to on occasion) I've compiled this little list just for you David! ;0) I usually pick and purchase my own birthday pressies but this year I would love a surprise! I would be more than happy with any (or all if you are feeling generous!) of the items below. 
First up, well it had to be an investment purchase. I do love my handbags and as they go on for years I'm going to kick off with this classic beauty from Jigsaw. I'm a sucker for a crossbody bag, perfect for the school run but it's the tassels on this that sells this one to me!


Next up is a bit of luxury, I don't own any cashmere yet but I have it on good authority (Susie So So and Fashion Mum of 40) that Uniqlo's sweaters are very good as well as being reasonably priced.



I would go for the navy in the sweater to go with my Topshop dark rinse Jamie jeans and H by Hudson boots and I think this Topshop belted coat would be the perfect accompaniment.


Now onto the frivilous wish list bits! I would love to whip this out of my handbag and it's probably the nearest I'd ever get to owning any Louboutin....but a girl can dream and having this lipstick would be the next best thing!



Birthdays are always a good time to stock up on your fragrance, for Winter mine is Jo Malone's Pommegrante Noir



Ending with a silly something for Daddy to get on behalf of my daughter! 



Cute isn't it?! She would be thrilled to give me this and it would be the cause of much entertainment on those rainy Autumn days I'm sure!

There we have it.......bit of a random list but I don't feel as though I'm being too greedy and these are all things I would love and most importantly use! Do you plan in advance of your birthday, do a reccie and compile a list for your family? Are your family really good with surprises and get your gifts spot on or are you like me and you normally take charge of the purchasing of your own birthday presents? I'd love to know!

Quick round-up of what I've been wearing these past few days!


Topshop blouse, sold out similar here
Dorothy Perkins pinafore, sold out similar here
Converse, here


Zara jacket, past season
Whistles dress, past season
Kurt Geiger Kad Sandals, past season
Balenciaga bag, ancient similar here


Primark denim shirt, current
Converse, here


Primark customised top, past season
ASOS Maddox crop jeans, current
Converse, here



17 comments:

  1. That pinafore really suits you Michelle! Some great picks here. My birthday is at the beginning of November so a pair of boots usually features on my wishlist. Sue xx

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    1. I know I'm going to get a lot of wear out of the pinafore Sue....already planning to wear it with a sweater tights and boots! Yep, the great thing is the timing is perfect for my birthday as by then I should know which trends I'm going to want to dip my toes in......fingers crossed I get some of these classics for my birthday! ;0) xx

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  2. Love the colour of the Topshop coat Michelle & that Jo Malone perfume is one of my favourites.
    Hope hubby has read the post ;-)
    Jane xx
    My Midlife Fashion

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    1. Isn't the coat gorgeous Jane.....my wardrobe is desperate for a bit of colour and so the coat would be perfect!
      I shall have to see to it that my little helper (Gracie) makes sure the DH sees it!! :0) xx

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  3. I've got my eye on a Louboutin lippy! Great picks here, the wrap Topshop coat is great too. I love the new blog design btw! X

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    1. Gosh that lipstick is so fabulous isn't it Sarah!! Love the packaging, it would be lovely to whip that out of your handbag wouldn't it! I bought a grey Topshop coat last year and lived in it so that was the first place I scouted for an new one this year....TS have come up trumps again! xx

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  4. Ooh some nice picks - I saw the Topshop coat the other day and I love it - the colour is fab. Think how lovely it would be against the navy cashmere and Jamie jeans! I always pick my own presents and buy them so there's less chance of any mistakes. Otherwise I'd probably end up with a pair of headphones that I would never use (the hubby has different ideas of what he thinks I would like and need to what I need and want!). Hope some of the wishes come true!

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    1. The coat does make me swoon! I think that colour would be quite useful too....I think there is much that would go with it in my wardrobe!
      Yes, it has always been easier for me to do my own present buying, I think I may now have a bit of secret weapon as I bumped into one of the hubby's cousins in town yesterday who was out buying his wife's birthday present so I joked he might want to have a word with David! ;0) Let us just say I now have high hopes for this birthday! xx

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  5. Whilst it's lovely to have surprises , I do think our darling men can get it a bit wrong sometimes....So the safest bet is big hints like this, then they still feel they have made the choice themselves! All your chosen items would be so beautiful to own....so I'm sure you will be a happy birthday girl!! P.s. Loving the new blog style it looks amazing too!
    Helen xx

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    1. Let's hope he sees this Helen, otherwise it will be another year of buying my own presents!! Luckily my daughter is now of an age where she could guide him a bit....previously I have enjoyed getting a roulette game of alcoholic shots from my DD, not quite sure what that says about me!! Lol! We enjoyed playing it with Maltesers and Smarties instead though! Yep, bit hints are definitely the way to go! xx p.s glad you like the blog design! :0)

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  6. Love your pics Michelle. My birthday is in November & a black leather bag was on my wish list. I love that Jigsaw one, thank you, it's become my new favourite! I got a couple of cashmere jumpers for the first time in h&m with my birthday money last year. They're great quality & very cosy. Worth a look too. Hope your hubby takes note : ) x

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    1. I can totally vouch for the Jigsaw bag Juanita as I have a couple already! The quality of them is excellent for the money, I think they easily compare with high end brands which are now sadly out of my price range as they seem to have shot up in recent years!
      I so need a bit of cashmere in my life....thanks for the tip off I shall check out the H&M ones too! I really hope the hubby is getting the message! ;0) xx

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  7. Ooh, I'm an October baby too! It definitely softens the blow of summer ending doesn't it? I usually ask for some spending money, as you can guarantee that I can't think of anything I'd like as the big day approaches, but I see loads of things right after...I'd be delighted to receive that bag though, and the Topshop coat is just stunning! xx

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    1. It most certainly does soften the blow....something to look forward to whilst packing away all the lovely Summer things. I love to have a little reccie and be a bit prepared but with a few ideas but what are the odds of me being be tempted with a few other ideas over the next couple of weeks?! A wad of cash actually is now sounding rather appealing! Good idea! ;0) xx

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  8. Mama_EJ here!
    My birthday is also early October. Great timing I think!
    I usually make a list of various things I'd like and then the husband picks something from this so there's a sort of element of surprise. This year, I'm lusting after an Alex Monroe silver bubble bee necklace!

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    1. It's perfect timing isn't it! You know I can't believe there isn't a piece of jewellery on my birthday wish list! Cue a little more virtual shopping me-thinks! Just hope the hubby does check out the list....though I fear some of these things could sell out if he doesn't act fast! xx

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  9. A lovely present list, Michelle. I have to tell my hubby what I'd like too. I have the Jo Malone pomegranate noir - it's beautiful. I have way too much cashmere but I still can't resist buying more - it's addictive! Lynne xx

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