Calling all HOC winters.....

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QueenCadbury Sun 21-Apr-13 09:21:05

So, I had my colours done yesterday and I am now a sprinter winter. My best colours being royal blue, electric blue, damson, lagoon blue and light emerald.

Of course a shopping trip is now required grin so I'm just after any inspiration by what you fellow winters have recently bought...

QueenCadbury Mon 29-Apr-13 21:38:22

This is my new extravagant purchase. I'm really enjoying wearing white. For some reason I always thought that it looked too stark but actually can see that it works.

LakeFlyPie Wed 01-May-13 22:46:16

Lovely top QC, I like wearing white too, but have to pick my moments with 2 DSs under 5 grin

I made a couple of 'Winter' purchases in Gap yesterday, a cobalt trench coat and an emerald green blazer, which annoyingly I can't find online to link a pic.

Just need some trousers which aren't jeans and the Holy Grail, which for me is smart but comfortable shoes which I can wear to walk for miles, at speed!

Any recommendations for wedge sandals or flats would be gratefully received, I lived in filthy Birkenstocks last year, but would like to smarten things up if possible this spring / summer

JennyWren Wed 01-May-13 23:26:43

I've recently had my colours done and I am a jewel winter. I'm happily ordering summer stuff online - I'm returning most of it, as I can't possibly afford it all, but I'm very excited about buying some summer clothes as I normally find summer very difficult and I've been putting off buying things until I had my colours done. I was pretty sure before I went that I was either a summer or a winter but always seem to get it wrong in hot weather - cold weather clothes are much easier for me to get right.

I really like this dress (it is surprisingly flattering on me) and I have picked out some navy flats and some navy and white peep-toe wedge espadrilles that I love.

Like HeyLuciani I am thinking navy and white... I am putting together a warm weather capsule wardrobe based around navy and grey cropped/ankle grazer trousers and (mostly white) tops, but I am keen to add some colour in there as well. I would like some 100% cotton/cotton-with-a-bit-of-elastane tops that are short/half-sleeved but I'm struggling to find anything I like that isn't white.

I'm also having a terrible time looking for scarves - I would quite like some patterned ones in jewel winter colours. Has anyone found any??? Everything I see is pastels. I normally only wear scarves as winter neck-warmers, so this is a bit of an adventure for me blush.

JennyWren Wed 01-May-13 23:30:19

I've recently had my colours done and I am a jewel winter. I'm happily ordering summer stuff online - I'm returning most of it, as I can't possibly afford it all, but I'm very excited about buying some summer clothes as I normally find summer very difficult and I've been putting off buying things until I had my colours done. I was pretty sure before I went that I was either a summer or a winter but always seem to get it wrong in hot weather - cold weather clothes are much easier for me to get right.

I really like this dress (it is surprisingly flattering on me) and I have picked out some navy flats and some navy and white peep-toe wedge espadrilles that I love.

Like HeyLuciani I am thinking navy and white... I am putting together a warm weather capsule wardrobe based around navy and grey cropped/ankle grazer trousers and (mostly white) tops, but I am keen to add some colour in there as well. I would like some 100% cotton/cotton-with-a-bit-of-elastane tops that are short/half-sleeved but I'm struggling to find anything I like that isn't white.

I'm also having a terrible time looking for scarves - I would quite like some patterned ones in jewel winter colours. Has anyone found any??? Everything I see is pastels. I normally only wear scarves as winter neck-warmers, so this is a bit of an adventure for me blush.

JennyWren Wed 01-May-13 23:33:02

Oops - I didn't mean to post twice. Sorry everyone!

LakeFlyPie Wed 01-May-13 23:56:33

Another lovely dress Jenny Wren, my sister bought a similar one recently from Fat Face which was very flattering due to empire line shape.

I really like the espadrilles you linked to, leather lined suggests comfort, are they?
If there is a seam or slightly tight edge they will be guaranteed to shred my feet. Not sure what is wrong with my sensitive trotters but I really struggle with most shoes, can't even manage Clarks ballet flats FFS!

I saw a few jewel scarfs in Gap and TK Maxx always have loads so might be worth a look there.

BeattieBow Thu 02-May-13 06:24:11

I'm a sultry winter too! Have spent rather too much money on my colours - I've bought a lot of navy and white (wore a white t shirt to work yesterday and spilt coffee on it within minutes grrr) and like Jenny am intending to wear Pops (!) of colour with it. I've found a couple of lovely tops in Jigsaw in light pink and blue. they have lots of nice things in there (expensive though). And also I got a sparkly mauve jumper in the sale from Whistles. These are colours I would never have worn, but the ice blue/lilac/pink/mint colours all came up as starred ones for me.

I'm looking for more royal blue/lobellia and raspberry stuff now - so will try dotty p's and Gap. I bought some linen t shirts in zara but they're too see through for me.

i also want some skirts.

oh and make up. What are you all wearing on your nails and lips? I did buy some of the HoC lippy, but it is just too pink on me. I feel like Cheryl Cole when I wear it. and not very appropriate for my lifestyle. So I want something less bright I think.

I love being a winter too!

Hopefully Thu 02-May-13 06:51:55

Jennie that Crew dress is lovely.

Beattie as a Winter if you go too soft/pale/nude in lipsticks you'll very quickly look washed out, but there are lots of shades to play with if the one you have feels too pink. I quite often have clients over just to try on some shades, even if they don't want to buy - perhaps your consultant would let you pop round to try on a few lipsticks...

Who was looking or t-shirts? On phone and can't remember! Have you checked kettlewell?

Winter is so the best season. Sorry hopefully. Am jealous of those of you who can do the ice pastels - think I got one tick at 25% for all of them, except ice pink for some reason.

MadAboutHotChoc Thu 02-May-13 09:39:52

Love that trench coat from the Gap. I found loads of cheap scarves on ebay by typing in the colour I wanted in the search button -this is a good one for summer scarves.

QueenCadbury Thu 02-May-13 13:32:00

lake I'm in love with that trench. I would have always gone for navy but now I'm really tempted...

I already owned a bobbi brown gloss in pink raspberry which seems a good colour and not too vivid so great for daytime. If you've got long hair though which blows about it sticks to it though!

JennyWren Thu 02-May-13 23:19:49

LakeFlyPie The espadrilles are really comfy - I've had to send them back and change to a bigger size, but already I can feel that they're going to be brilliant. They have a funny kind of pad under the ball of the foot which felt strange when I first put on the shoe but when you get used to it being there all you feel is cushioning.

Hopefully I was looking for t-shirts. I ordered a couple from Kettlewell and although I've kept them they're a bit viscose-y and I'm not keen enough to order more. I'll keep looking though.

LakeFlyPie Sat 04-May-13 22:47:26

Sold Jenny, they're in my virtual shopping basket right now, thanks for the persuasion smile
Just invested in a dark navy denim Hobbs skirt which should work with them too.

I got some Kettlewell tops last year (the V neck 3/4 sleeve ones) and have been rather underwhelmed by them.
They're OK and have washed quite well but the colours aren't amazing and they are very viscose-y.

Re lipstick I'm really impressed with the Revlon lip butters which I got following a previous MN thread.
I got red velvet, raspberry pie and berry smoothie and love all of them.
My lips can get very dry and I find the colours very wearable and the texture moisturising.

I have a Bourjois Lovely Rouge 'rouge best 15' which I think should be the right tone for me but it's so very pigmented I can't get my head around wearing it, am sticking to lip butters for now grin

Mashedupbanana Mon 06-May-13 18:55:04

Newly diagnosed winter here too (winter jewel) so watching for any other suggestions. I will try the lip butters and bobbi brown one too to get started grin

LakeFlyPie Wed 08-May-13 22:13:36

Did a quick fly by the shops today, didn't have time for a proper trawl but can report that Gap have lots of stuff in cobalt blue and navy (dresses, trousers, skirts and t shirts).

Fat Face have a sale with some lovely navy and white stuff including the dress I linked up thread, which is reduced to £25 my DSis will be cursing but sadly wasn't flattering enough to persuade me to make a purchase

QueenCadbury Thu 09-May-13 16:41:32

The cobalt colours in gap are lovely. Just a shame that the dresses made me look like a sack of spuds grin.

I went into a local boutique today and found a scarlet cardigan. Wow, it is bright! I'm so used to wearing muted tones that bright ones suddenly seem really in your face.

My hoc number 62 lipstick is here but haven't had a chance to try it properly yet but will report back when I do.

mashed how are you getting on with your colours? Was it a shock being a winter?

JennySense Thu 09-May-13 21:14:53

Popping by to say I bought two Mac lippies last week - good old Ruby Woo and Girl About Town [bright pink]
Also, for those of you looking for scarves, I took a chance here:
www.amazon.co.uk/gp/browse.html?ie=UTF8&marketplaceID=A1F83G8C2ARO7P&me=ABW6X8XKJPIUK
I actually bought their seconds and the scarves are fine for throwing round your neck over a coat and around £1.50 a go

Hopasholic Thu 09-May-13 22:24:35

I remember my Dsis having his done in the '80's! Is it a good idea? I have 4 heaving wardrobes full of clothes and end up wearing the same old thing. Just looked it up and there's a consultant at the end of my road!

( no indication how much she charges though....)

Mashedupbanana Thu 09-May-13 22:27:27

Thanks for the tips. Big shock to be a winter as I'm blonde and never normally go for brights at all. I'm very excited by it though... In fact I am going to the style day this weekend now! grin Has anyone else had the style day?

Maraki Fri 10-May-13 11:48:46

What a fantastic thread! I've been struggling to come to terms with going back to my natural hair colour after 20+ years of highlighting, vibrant lipsticks, and clearing out my favourite teals, corals, beige and chocolate clothes...

So, lipsticks:
mac lady bug a red that is less bright than ruby roo
mac plumful another lustre lipstick from mac in bright plum
mac lustering a sheer bright fluorescent fuschia for summer
HOC 54 damson my best lipstick ever

Blushers:
bobbi brown maui although called 'illuminating brozing powder'' this is actually a lovely cool pink bronzer with a tiny hint of shimmer that gives me cheekbones
B34 HOC as I am a burnished winter. Goes well with all red lipsticks

masheupbannana if anyone has done the style day, let us know if it was worth it

By the way, I recently bought these and I love them:
great navy top in next
versatile Gap cobalt blue dress

Maraki Fri 10-May-13 11:53:50

I am also thinking that clinique chubby stick in peony will be my next purchase

QueenCadbury Fri 10-May-13 14:25:29

hopsasholic it's £99 but well worth it.

mashed I haven't done the style day although definately would if I returned to work but at the moment as a SAHM with a toddler I don't feel I need it.

I think I may have mentioned further up thread about how scary the bright red lipstick is and how dh hates it. I was having a play around last night and it definately needs a strong look to go with it. I always thought go natural on the eyes if wearing bright lips but on me it needs eyeliner and lashings of mascara and also looks best wearing a strong colour top like black or red.

Hopasholic Fri 10-May-13 14:54:03

Thanks Queen Is it to show which kind of make-up tones suit your colouring or clothes (or both?)

Napoleon66 Fri 10-May-13 15:55:09

Hi there,
I recently bought MAC Russian Red a strong blue red and Chanel Rouge Allure in Palpitante (102) a slightly pinkier brighter red. I'm very happy with both.

pollygolightly Fri 10-May-13 19:23:23

Hi, delurking as also a winter. Love this thread!

Someone wanted cobalt blues maxi skirts? Primark has some if you don't mind shopping there.

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