How lovely to see you all on here! Merry Christmas from Aus.
I have passed into the holiday woolliness mode. Beach, seafood and zero fashion. Well except what I brought with me, there are no shops just one supermarket. Christmas was good, and quite intense. In a good way (pg announcements, that type of thing).
Amber love the Sandro and McQueen skirt and bravo on the rocco!
Big wave to Decam and libertychick great to see you.
Lots of people here (although much movement to different places) and we all have a turn cooking. I felt the pressure but did Julia Child's trusty coq au vin and went well. I got off lightly with only a small number.
Will see if anything in sales when I get back. Or maybe segue straight to SS.
Ooh snap Decam! Am wearing the new DvF right now and can really see why you ordered both colorways. The uplifting red color actually inspired me to put on red lipstick with retro eyeliner - loving how this dress is making me feel. Which Anya did you get?
Marsha I'd almost recommend going straight to SS unless you find something absolutely compelling in the sales when you are back.
I've been looking at incoming clothes and it seems that knee-length A-line skirts are back (good!) and cigarette trousers are staying (but red is the color to get). Also really want to find high street copies of some Dior SS13 looks... Blue jeans seem dead at the moment, which is great - forces one to experiment. Lots of bright patterned clothes - skirts, trousers, dresses. Marc Jacobs patterns for the resort collection are absolutely delectable and I might treat myself to something.
Goodness me - I just logged back in after a while away and we nearly lost the thread!!?? I know I'm not an original A&W poster but I've felt very welcome and would be most upset if this had ended! I bought these boots in the sale pinterest.com/pin/122230577358401237/ they arrived today but are very odd, too short in the leg and and not as chunky as I'd hoped so will have to send them back. I think I should have bought my original preference: pinterest.com/pin/122230577358037932/ but I got drawn by the better discount! That will teach me!
I'm also awaiting a parcel from NaP (my first ever!) - mainly basics but I'll post any winners.
We've had a wonderful Christmas with DS being thoroughly spilt by all the grandparents. We are now overrun with cars and diggers and Thomas the Tank Engine. DH is off in his tweeds today on one of two Christmas shoots so I have been catching up with my family who are over from the Netherlands. I hope you've all had a peaceful and happy time. Please don't go! x
Oh and I meant to mention pre Christmas a successful trip to the Burberry make up counter at Harrods. Their primer and foundation are amazing and they have a stunning matte red lipstick. I was very impressed.
I wear lots of AV and find it varies shop. I am 8/10 and sometimes wear small, sometimes medium. Depends on style if it's a looser fit Jacksonville style try M, if it's a clinger one like Massachusetts go L.
Shopafrolic, I would say Medium in Maxmara too. Is your DS a toddler now? My 4yo had a blast but the 18 month old liked her new toothbrush best of all. I have been meaning to try Burberry makeup for a while.
Dona, I ordered this bag. They tried to deliver this morning but we have just returned. If you like the colour of the dress, you might like this this coat I bought. Or is it too bright for Italy?
Well done Decam with the bag, it was sold out very quickly! Let's hope you'll find a great pair of boots soon.
I really like the coat and am seriously considering it as that red is really flattering on me. (Just wore my lipstick red trench today. The red Dvf is a classic shape so I would definitely find use for it in the future even if the weather stays mild - 15 C today.) Is the color the same as that of the wool wrap dress or darker?
I've been playing with the cocoon shape earlier this fall - lightweight Marni coatdress - and am intrigued. Am also in love with this coat - would buy it but it has a cobalt blue back, bah, too wild for me unfortunately <wimp> If anyone sees a bright red cocoon coat somewhere, please let me know.
Winter coats are tricky for me. I've scanned every single one on NAP, Yoox and Matches [roll] Navy is so dull (tired of my peacoat) and I don't love it with black. Cobalt would be lovely but where? I have two good long black wool coats for wearing over dresses to parties but want something more fashionable. Green is difficult to source (but I had a fantastic emerald green one in my 20s and my down jacket is olive green). Camels and beiges tend to wash me out, winter white would work but is unrealistic. Oh, well, charcoal too (am about to bin a charcoal wool swing coat after 12 years of service). <coat-a-holic>
Oh and I lost a post earlier today - iPad battery died a millisecond before I pressed send
Decam DS is nearly 2. His favourite 'present' has been an empty milk bottle which he has had tight hold of for 4 days now. The cars are currently redundant! Marsha I am tempted to order the other boots but Hudson don't do free returns. I think I'll wait until my NaP and Matches orders arrive - see what I'm going to keep and then decide from there. Another day's shooting for DH today. I am a pheasant widow.....
Decameron - I love that Anya bag! Have you received it now?
On winter coats - I have various black/blue/olive/fur combinations and find it really hard to go beyond those colours. I tend to accessorise them with bright scarves/fur collars/gloves/sexy boots. I am very fussy about the cut of my winter coats - I don't do "classic" cuts as I find the combination of classic colour and classic cut just too dull.
Wearing my red merino DvF today. One of the most perfect dresses I own. Very happy that I bought one.
One of the buttons of my new Goat Library cardigan fell off yesterday. It was one of the decorative (non-weight bearing) ones, so really poor quality control on their part! I would accept this from a piece of tat from Zara, but at rrp GBP 220 and with boasts of "understated luxury" and "crafted from the best materials" (in this case, 20% nylon ) on their website, you'd think there might be an extra 50p in the sewing budget...
What are you stylish ladies going to wear on New Year's Eve?
Happy New Year Marsha I picked up two Missoni scarves at TK Maxx today now down to £19 and £20 each so feeling very pleased I waited. We're having a quiet night in tonight as babysitters were ridiculously expensive so no fancy outfits here I'm afraid. Happy New Year to all x