A few samplings of various #ootd (outfit of the day) posts that can be found over on my Instagram account. Most are everyday clothes for going nowhere special – just running around town, walking dogs, etc. I am a general jeans and t-shirt person but do have a very unhealthy habit of very expensive shoes that rarely if ever get worn. I also do not believe yoga pants/trousers should ever be worn in public unless you’re on your way to/from yoga or pilates class or out walking the dog (hence, I only own 1 pair).

Black, navy, browns, and denim pretty much dominate! And yes, I even own one of those totally country tweed field coats – which is about 15yrs old. I spent a small fortune on it (at the time, due to the exchange rate) on a very, very special trip to the UK long before I moved here. Being such a classic, I will never get rid of it.

I’m equally lucky because a dear friend is a fashion designer (high-end menswear) and he did a capsule collection a few years ago I was lucky enough to get several very limited pieces from, including the tan faux-leather jacket and the blue flat velvet pants/trousers and jacket above. I hope he decides to do these special women’s collections every few years or so!


Spring 2017 Already?


I was invited to Boden’s Spring 2017 preview day last night and it was beyond amazing! Navy, red, deep mustard yellow, green, pastels. Lots of textures. Military/nautical influence. Garden-themed prints – think trellis patterns, botanicals, and geometrics.

And again, they are *killing* it with the shoes! I wanted them all. All. The. Shoes. (Admittedly, it was hard to get good photos of the shoes as they were all under glass!) The embroidered floral sneakers – £95. The embroidered slipper/flats are a very textured fabric (it is so hard to see in this photo) and the detail on the medallion is amazing – £95. The leather saddle bag behind the slipper/flat – £160. The leopard fringe heels also come in a red/orange suede – £140.


La Redoute Finds

Until I moved to the UK, La Redoute was a brand that I only read about in magazines. I didn’t know anyone who shopped there and equated it more to a chic, European version of Old Navy that wasn’t uber trendy like TopShop. When they had their £5 and £10 sale earlier in September, I purchase 2 items – patterned pants/trousers (below) and a basic work friendly button up.


Trousers: La Redoute (R edition); Shoes: Clarks

The big 40% off sale just ended about two weeks ago and I finally received all my purchases! Yeah! (My credit card is silently weeping.) I purchased 2 more of the same summer-weight pants/trousers – one solid and one pattern; jeans; a flannel shirt; and a faux leather jacket that was back in stock in my size. TBH with French sizing, the faux leather jacket is a snug large when wearing a light-weight cashmere sweater/jumper, but I think I can make it work since it only cost £25!

Since we’ve just been thrown into autumn here in the UK, the pants/trousers probably only have a few more random days of wear left, as they’re unlined cotton. But with this fun orange pattern (and the pattern above), pairing them with solid greys, denim/navy, and black should give me lots of options. The solid black pair, albeit a bit heavier fabric, should get *tons* of use, but ARRGGHHHHH! Within 5min of having the black ones on, they were covered in fluff. Dog fluff, lint, my own stray blonde hairs – everything. So, these will require carrying a lint roller at all times. *sigh*

I was impressed with the jeans. Cigarette fit that look great on. I was shocked. And I actually fit into a smaller size (surprise) which, for French sizing, is something to smile about! The flannel is 100% cotton and should collect dog fluff like a champ but it’s still pretty cosy! Overall, I think I purchased some good basic pieces, that for the price, means excellent value per wear!