Thursday, October 05, 2017

Vintage Bucket

I have a bit of a soft spot for vintage Mulberry, especially their Congo leather. Nothing ages as nicely as this - it turns beautifully glossy and multitonal over years of use. I've had a few small satchels in this finish before but never before one of these bucket bags.

Mulberry Vintage Congo Bucket Bag

Want to see more? Have a look what I can fit in!

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Confidence Booster Outfit

Do you have any go-to outfits for when you need to feel confident? My favourite outfit last the week was definitely my black stripy dress with that Zara jacket. The whole combo felt so easy to wear, fuss free and cool and looks like I hadn't tried to hard. Perfect for when you have to present!

In other news: It was only a matter of time until I would wear the same print twice in a week. I hadn't even realised until I posted my second pic on Instagram! Sigh.

"Mama, stand in a silly way!" Ok... I know I wore this recently but I had to speak in front of about 100 people yesterday and even though it was just for about 5 minutes, I was pretty nervous about it. I'm neither a practiced nor confident speaker, so my outfit had to be comfy, look cool but not like I tried too hard and have nothing too silly on it that could be remembered for the wrong reasons... 
Dress: Next 
Jacket: Zara 
Boots: Office
Necklace: Accessorize

"Mama, I want to be in the picture!" (Can I just say: this is is his "I just get in my sweats after taking off my school uniform" outfit. He doesn't dress like that for the whole day!) 
Mama's Shirt: Laredoute
Skirt: Boden 
Trainers: Converse 
Little M's outfit: Mango, Next, Matalan 

How to achieve such a spectacularly underwhelming picture: 
1. Drop food at taste session on floor in the massive atrium in front of EVERYONE in the building. 
2. Realise 2 hours later that half of the tomato sauce ended up on your dress and now doesn't budge. 
3. Think that for your ootd pic you can disguise the stain by showing off the bag you just switched into. 
4. Be ridiculously ungraceful posing with said bag and make dress appear to be only half of an outfit. (I can hear Julie say: "did you forget your pants?") 
5. Think "it's either that or nothing because I really can't be arsed trying for half an hour until I get a decent shot. 
 That (amongst other reasons) is why I'm not a professional blogger. 
Dress: Boden 
Trainers: Converse 
Bag: Mulberry

Do you have any items in your wardrobe that have the same print as others?

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Autumn Mulberry at Cheshire Oaks

On this rainy Saturday I dragged Mr G and little M to Cheshire Oaks and whilst my two had fun on the playground, I had fun at Mulberry!

After hearing about the recent bargain Kites (£250 in the outlets!), I was, of course, disappointed that they had their prices lifted back up. When I asked the SA what that had been all about, she kind of rolled her eyes and shrugged. It did seem like a bit of a weird pricing exercise...

Anyway - lots of autumnal and darker colours, not a huge amount that I would have been tempted by but a few lovely items!

Tempted: Small Maple in oxblood
Lovely: SBS in slate blue
Bargain: Mini Cara in Oxblood £595 

Some prices at the bottom of of this post. Enjoy the window shopping!

Regular Pink Polished Buffalo £880

Grey £795
others from £695 

Plain £556
Studded £595

Camera Bags £325

Mini NVT (oxblood & black) £595
Regular Quilted (black, red, blue) £595

Large from £507

Hobo £555

Tote (oak, black) £395
Satchel (black) £

Jagger Pouch
Green £199

Small £485
Large £450

Mini - didn't check many but Oak NVT was £295, I think
Regular - dto Oxblood £595
Medium - dto Taupe £695

Small (blue, black, oxblood, dune, oak) £472
Regular (burgundy, deep embossed black, green) £696

Small from £450
Regular from £570

Small Bayswater Satchel
Neon Blue & Steel Blue £680

Small Leather Goods & Other
Long locked purse (blue, red) £205
Small Zipped Blossom Purse £112
Small Zipped Tree Purse £155
French Purse - Oak NVT £220, Patent Navy (special purchase) £190
Bracelets £50
Leather Keyrings (tassels etc) £49
Metal Keyring (just one oval signature in silver) £53

Rectangular signature £130
Cotton tree print £115
Mulberry script £130

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

New Zara Favourites

I currently keep finding new Zara stuff I love (so I am also trying not too keep browsing them too often!) but I did take the plunge on the three below:
* an oversized shirt (dress?!)
* a pair of feathered trainers (!)   and
* an embellished sweatshirt with bishop sleeves.
Two of them definitely out of my comfort zone, and you know what? I loved wearing them!

Not something I've worn before, that shirt (dress?!) is huge on me, but I totally fell in love with it! (Mr G actually joked whether I was off painting - and I don't think he's far off.) This kind of blush pink is turning into my favourite hue this season. 
Shirt, shoes & necklace: Zara 
Jeans: Next

I was wondering whether the stripes AND the pattern AND the multi coloured jacket AND the necklace were a bit much but I do like it. :) 
Top & skirt: Boden 
Jacket: Zara 
Trainers: Converse 
Necklace: Aarikka

  I absolutely love my new (and current) Zara jumper! It's comfy and cosy, which is perfect for the colder months to come, 
but has enough detail to make my outfit. :) 
Jumper: Zara 
Trainers: Kurt Geiger 

Fluffy jumper and summer skirt. And that necklace. I love the mix of zesty and pastel colours. 
Jumper: Primark 
Skirt: Miss Selfridge 
Trainers: Converse 
Necklace: Oliver Bonas

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Making Me Blush

I'm not massively into pink. I'm really not. But in the course of the past few weeks I have found myself buying one and lusting over three further pink bags. Granted, they're not Barbie-pink and rather muted and flattering shades but still...

The one that I bought...

Mulberry Lily in plaster pink wrinkle patent leather with rose gold hardware
I had been after Mulberry Lily that's a bit more dressy than my PVT oak one for a while and completely fell for this one. It's plaster pink wrinkle patent leather with rose gold hardware. Doesn't exactly roll off the tongue but she is rather easy on the eye.

Those I'm swooning over...

This bag is the Maestra from SENREVE. I never even heard of SENREVE until fairly recently and this bag makes me want to justify its pricetag and customs fees I'd have to pay with "but it's also so practical!" because it actually holds a proper laptop! The texture and colour of this leather looks gorgeous and scrapes just on the right side of 'oh so pretty'. Though they are based in the US and the customs fees increase the price, they do let you prepay for everything, so ordering should be a doddle. 

Aspinal Essential Tote in Blusher Saffiano
Aspinal is a brand I keep coming back to. So far I have yet to buy a bag for myself though I had various small leather goods and bought my mum a rather gorgeous Brook Street bag. A few days ago I received their AW17 catalogue and this colour jumped off the page for me. I've been looking at ths tote for a few seasons now and this has got to be my favourite colour so far. (Oh, and check out their brilliant "View Size" feature. Just click at the image on the bottom of the product page and it lets you compare the bag to various items - you can even flip a Macbook and see how it would fit in.)

Mulberry Small Zipped Bayswater in Antique pink
Last but not least: On a recent lunchbreak I flew through Mulberry in Manchester's Selfridges and stopped in my tracks when I saw this one. I know it's been around for a bit. The colour is just stunning in real life - I don't think it comes across online. 
So, what is it?! 

Are there just too many lovely 'pink' bags around at the moment or is middle agedness with muted tones catching up with me? And if I am buying one of the three above - which one???

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Goodbye Summer

The weather is changing and I am moving away from 'summer' and into 'transitional': more layers, more knit. Soon enough I will have to try and remember what I wore last year - especially when the sheer tights go away!

Primark eyelash jumper, warehouse midi skirt, stella and dot necklace
Fluffy jumper weather is here! Blues and greens always work and this necklace kind of does the work for me. 
It was a bit too wet for converse, otherwise I'd have thrown in my blue hi-tops for an additional blue hue.
Jumper: Primark 
Skirt: Warehouse 
Trainers: Kurt Geiger 
Necklace: Stella & Dot

Zara embroidered jumper and stripy jeans
Can you call it a clash even if it kind of goes? Because I think that describes these patterns out together... (Because I was a complete numpty and went over on my ankle again, I wanted to wear something to hide my bandage, thus a bit casual for a weekday.) 
Jumper & jeans: Zara 
Trainers: Converse

Zara denim dress and Stella and Dot Ezra necklace
A couple of days behind as I was off and then working from home for little M's start into school life. 😂 If I was drinking, I'd say "hand me the wine." Anyway... Summer seems to be on it's way out and every outfit in sheer tights may well be the last one before the opaques have to come out. I thought we were promised an Indian summer??? 
Dress: Zara
Boots: Marks and Spencer 
Necklace: Stella & Dot

Topshop top and jacquard skirt
Feeling pretty meh about this outfit as it's just too autumnal. I'm not ready for summer to be over! 
Top, skirt & necklace: 
Cardigan: Boden 
Boots: Marks and Spencer
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