Amber, I've just imagined you singing about your shoes to the tune of 'I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts' <need wine obviously>. V. nice shoes indeed, similar to the ones that Reine has. Off to check out your other links.
WOW, Amber. Every single one of your new buys are fabulous.
Bonsoir, with your menu my first thought is adding gougères to the olives and almonds, as they're my favourite thing to offer with a glass of fizz. They do require cooking, though. I agree with fritzi that a salad would be good. After a rich and buttery risotto I'd probably dress it with quite a piquant vinaigrette, though you'll want to be mostly through the wine by then.
You have all been leaving lots of lovely links and I'm really enjoying catching up with them.
I have started the job now and am deep in the early learning curve - new people, new processes, new culture, new projects. Interesting, but a lot to wrap my head around.
Today I wore a black square-necked shift dress with cobalt jacket, red & cobalt Marc Jacobs scarf, LK Bennett black patent courts, and my black Peony & Moore Milly. Like Hopefully I've been having a bit of an LK Bennett shoe moment recently.
My workplace is quite male-centric but there are a few other women in my department. You can imagine how pleased I was when my eye was caught by a beautifully shaped black suede court on one of my female colleagues, and when she turned around I saw a tell-tale flash of red sole. Think I will grab a coffee with her one of these days.
Gorgeous purchases Amber. I have not been on here for a while, glad to here your job is going well pop, I decided to take the new job as well but currently working out my notice period at the old one. Your outfit sounds nice.
This is my new purchase would recommend - apparently they are doing basics for the outnet so I read in one of the many magazines scattered around Cowley Manor . Also bought this which works with jeans and workwear.
Marsha I am in need of a Christmas party dress now...did you find one? any suggestions?
Amber amazing buys! Mig the bag is very pretty. Bonsoir good luck with the dinner party! Breton and Fritzi, quite a coincidence!
Sorry about lack of contributions to fashion talk. Am snowed under with work, plus social life good atm - have been to a cocktail party this week (dressed in black leather pencil skirt, black boucle jacket, black heels and pearls - color is simply not done here atm), boozy sushi dinner last night, and some friends will be coming to visit us over the weekend. Next week, flying back home for a week of work and socializing (sans DC). Snow in the forecast, quite a change from the 20C + daytime temperatures here.
I need to report on my only fashion-related venture - my Celtic houseboots survived the washing machine. Drying them took almost a week in a shady spot on our sunny terrace, an they shrank a bit, but the risky procedure was worthwhile: they lambswool is bouncy and soft again and they look like new now. Impressive, considering that I think I had stained them with tea and olive oil (and had treated the stains with dishwashing liquid).
Hello Dona! Glad your exhaustion is at least partially social-life caused. Arf at all your recent downtime tunic-wearing - though I must say, now that I'm aiming to be office-ready every day I am suddenly discovering a powerful and never before realised desire to buy lux lounge wear. ;)
Good luck with your dinner party, Bonsoir.
breton - Congrats on the new job! Hope the last couple of weeks of the old one go well. I always find it nearly impossible to concentrate during the countdown.
Marsha - I am also over the Lanvin dress dilemma. Link when you've made up your mind?
BTW - have any of you happened to notice if Hobbs ever listed the rather nice-looking Chloe leather pencil skirt that was in their AW12 campaign? It was "coming in mid-October" for ages, but in spite of my keeping an eye out for it I seemed to have missed it completely.
Well, the Watanabe perhaps isn't so much of a bargain but it will last and never date.
Amber- I have worn Pigalle Louboutins for a few years now and defiantly wore them to my Father's funeral two months ago. I had to read the eulogy and I felt so much better clattering along the aisle in my courage shoes. He'd have approved. I took two pairs of shoes, the Pigalles and a black Heeled Marni pair with crochet applique- the latter being my safe option. However the heel started to go on the Marni's (furious-they've hardly been worn), my DH tried to emergency superglue them and the glue oozed out along the heel. Have had to have them overdyed at the cobblers to cover it.
Good job I was so sedated with grief and fear over the eulogy as otherwise I'd have thrown them at his head. Men, honestly......
Again in tunic, skinnies and sheepskin boots <tragic>
I hardly get out of the house during the day (have even delegated the school runs), so what's the point? Part of the equation is that it's a strange time weatherwise - 10C in the morning and 20C+ during the day, so the big wardrobe change is kicking out the boots at some point and putting on flip-flops or ballerinas. And then changing to jogging wear if I get a chance to go out. I promise to be more stylish when I retrieve my winter clothes <caffeine-induced jitters>
I love the Hervia links Mig!
DD1's midterm holidays start on Monday. School's always out during the busiest times of the year...
Morning! Haven't been on for a few days - am stuck in a nanny dilemma (she wants to leave her other job, I am trying to afford her for more hours as she is wonderful. Probably doable as we will get her entire personal allowance so pay less tax on a chunk of her pay, but the maths is driving me spare).
Also at your dress dilemma Marsha. Have you decided?
Am in knitwear crisis, not sure what I need, but definitely need some.
It all went well - but I am shattered! I think I'm just too old to be a mid-week late-night hostess! I have spent all day at home mooching around, vaguely rearranging my candle cupboard and putting my china and silver away...